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  • This article is a tutorial for felt and paper flowers. It includes a supply list, step by step directions for making bouquets, and lots of photos. It also includes other suggestions for felt and paper flower projects.

    Felt and Paper Flowers Tutorial: DIY Craft Project

    Felt and Paper Flowers Tutorial: DIY Craft Project

    by Rose Clearfield14

  • Glitter is a fun way to add bling to all your paper crafts. Learn how to use glitter, glitter glue, and glitter paper on scrapbook pages, cards, journals, and more. I've included free resources in this comprehensive guide. Enjoy!

    Tips and Ideas to Use Glitter for Paper Crafts

    Tips and Ideas to Use Glitter for Paper Crafts

    by Linda F Correa0

  • Unleash your creativity by creating a funky, fantastical paper mache statue. I'll show you how to gather inspiration, sketch your idea and build an armature that will be the frame for your creation.

    Make a Paper Mache Statue

    Make a Paper Mache Statue

    by QuiltFinger95

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to make rusting plates, for making rusted papers and fabrics.

    How to Make Rusting Plates

    How to Make Rusting Plates

    by Lisa Vollrath28

  • Learn how to weave flexible metal clay sheet or paper to make woven metal jewelry. This illustrated step-by-step weaving tutorial demonstrates a simple method with helpful illustrations.

    Metal Clay Weaving Tutorial

    Metal Clay Weaving Tutorial

    by Margaret Schindel38

  • Learn about gold and silver metal clay formulas from Art Clay and PMC brands plus Aura 22 and AGS (Accent Gold for Silver and the key characteristics and best uses of each formula from those brands.

    Metal Clay Silver and Gold Brands and Formulas

    Metal Clay Silver and Gold Brands and Formulas

    by Margaret Schindel9

  • What can you do with old book pages? Browse these fun project ideas and get inspired to make crafts such as garlands, flowers, trees, and more!

    53 Creative Craft Ideas Using Book Pages

    53 Creative Craft Ideas Using Book Pages

    by Loraine Brummer11

  • Learn how to make simple homemade musical instruments such as: drums, flutes, clickers, shakers, sistrum, harmonica, tambourine, ankle bells, cymbals, bongo, guitar, and maracas.

    46 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    46 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    by Loraine Brummer21

  • Looking for a fun and simple homemade craft? Try crafting with salt dough. Find out how using this easy salt dough recipe. Then make some of the fun craft projects provided.

    How to Make Salt Dough for Crafts

    How to Make Salt Dough for Crafts

    by Claudia Mitchell81

  • Learn how to custom paint leather shoes, boots or sandals successfully with acrylic paint and then how to trim and embellish them with rhinestones, faux gems, sequins and other fashion accents

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    by Margaret Schindel268

  • Unbiased reviews of metal clay related products including the Ultra-Lite Beehive Kiln and custom name/logo stamps by Metal Clay Artist Magazine's senior editor and technical editor Margaret Schindel.

    Metal Clay Product Reviews

    Metal Clay Product Reviews

    by Margaret Schindel10

  • Hot process soap making is one of the ways to make all-natural soap at home. But can you make the soap really, really pretty? What can you add to it to make it more interesting? Here's an account of some of my recent adventures in hot process soap making. You should be able to learn something, too!

    Hot-Process Soap Making Adventures, with Recipes

    Hot-Process Soap Making Adventures, with Recipes

    by Rachel Koski38

  • Make 50+ creative projects using old CDs! Even though you may not listen to the music on them anymore, the CDs can still be used for something practical and beautiful that you will enjoy.

    52 Beautiful  CD Craft Ideas

    52 Beautiful CD Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer10

  • A detailed list of basic, nice-to-have and specialty materials, tools, supplies and equipment for working with metal clay. Learn how to build a metal clay toolkit or see what's missing from your kit.

    Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment

    Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment

    by Margaret Schindel40

  • Try out these DIY burlap craft ideas! You'll be inspired to make flowers, garlands, wreaths, ornaments, and wall art. Keep these projects in mind for any upcoming holidays, seasons, weddings, or events.

    76 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    76 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    by Loraine Brummer16

  • Learn how to make easy tin can crafts, use tin cans to organize and lots more with this tin can craft and decor round-up with 20 different tin can craft and decor tutorials.

    20 Cute and Clever Tin Can Crafts

    20 Cute and Clever Tin Can Crafts

    by Jamie Brock87

  • These pretty clay birds are easy to make using clay and some household tools. These birds can be made in any size or color and used to decorate your home, garden, door wreaths, or your Christmas tree!

    DIY Craft Tutorial:  How to Make Decorative Clay Birds

    DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make Decorative Clay Birds

    by Donna Herron27

  • Wish you knew how to make one of those Boho headbands you see at all of the music festivals? Need a pretty head piece for a DIY wedding? Here's an easy-to-follow tutorial with written directions and step-by-step photos. With only a few supplies, you'll have one for yourself in less than an hour.

    Easy Boho Braided Hemp Twine Flower Headband Tutorial

    Easy Boho Braided Hemp Twine Flower Headband Tutorial

    by Claudia Mitchell2

  • Do you have extra buttons around the house that you want to use? Try these fun button project ideas that are perfect for both kids and adults!

    48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

    48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer26

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  • This step-by-step tutorial with photos and text instructions shows you how to turn a few bills of any dollar denomination into a pretty flower that makes money fun to give as a gift for any occasion.

    How to Make a Money Rose

    How to Make a Money Rose

    by Kylyssa Shay453

  • Plastic bottle crafts for kids, preschoolers and adults. Craft project ideas using water and liter bottles. How to make crafts using plastic bottles. Recycle ideas for children. Make flowers, jewelry.

    71 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    71 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    by Loraine Brummer32

  • A great way to use old newspapers is to craft with them. In this article, you'll find ideas, pictures and links to great tutorials. There are some easy and fun crafts for kids too.

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    by Loraine Brummer119

  • How to make silver, bronze or copper clay oil paste using plant-based essential oil or Sherri Haab Pastemaker and how to use it for strong joins in metal clay. Includes full lavender paste recipe.

    How to Make Metal Clay Oil Paste

    How to Make Metal Clay Oil Paste

    by Margaret Schindel9

  • Metal clay must be dry before firing to avoid steam that causes bubbles in the metal. Learn how to dry metal clay using foam, Teflon, a hotplate / cup warmer, dehydrator, hair dryer and other methods.

    The Pros and Cons of Metal Clay Drying Options

    The Pros and Cons of Metal Clay Drying Options

    by Margaret Schindel29

  • Recycled thick Woolen Jumpers are used to create hanging basket liners. Follow these simple steps to create a hanging garden of your own. Fill it with herbs or flowers to create a riot of color.

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    by Sally Gulbrandsen76

  • What are the most popular themes which sell art? Which subjects sell the most art? Do you know? Are these questions important to an artist?

    Top Ten Subjects for Art That Sells

    Top Ten Subjects for Art That Sells

    by John Dyhouse178

  • Learn how to build a bent-willow chair using free wood collected from the roadside. They're perfect to use as outdoor furniture so you can relax on the porch during the evenings!

    How to Build a Bent-Willow Chair

    How to Build a Bent-Willow Chair

    by Sharon Vile10

  • A fun craft for kids and adults, these eco-friendly bird feeders are just what your garden needs. Attract birds the earth friendly way by using these easy to follow instructions, including photos.

    Easy Biodegradable Bird Feeders

    Easy Biodegradable Bird Feeders

    by Claudia Mitchell63

  • Layered necklaces with multiple chains and charms are a popular fashion trend. These necklaces are surprisingly easy to make with the right tools and supplies. Learn how to make your own boho-style necklace with this tutorial!

    How to Make a Boho Layered Necklace With Pendant

    How to Make a Boho Layered Necklace With Pendant

    by Donna Herron10

  • Have you ever thought of metal as your canvass? Probably not. But it is, and it's easier to create designs in metal than you think. Acid etching copper and brass yields endless possibilities with impressive results. The materials needed are fairly inexpensive, and you may already have some of them at home. Acid etching metals allows you to create beautiful designs in relief. If you can stamp it, draw it, or write it, you can etch it!

    How to Acid Etch Metal/Copper and Brass Blanks for Jewelry

    How to Acid Etch Metal/Copper and Brass Blanks for Jewelry

    by Natasha49

  • Wedding and bridal shower craft ideas. Handmade wedding and shower craft projects to make include decorations, favors, centerpieces, bridal bouquets, veils, headbands, invitations, place cards

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • Crafts, for kids and adults, using paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Ideas for wall decor, seasonal and holiday items or adults. Easy and inexpensive projects for kids.

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer19

  • Do you want to try bringing new life to old calendar pages? Find over 30 fun craft ideas below that are great for kids and adults alike. Make bows, stars, gift bags, ornaments, and more!

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    by Loraine Brummer18

  • An introduction to the unusual and rewarding hobby of painting rocks. Make the most of freely available stones and pebbles to create fascinating 3-D paintings.

    How to Paint Realistic Animals on Rocks

    How to Paint Realistic Animals on Rocks

    by Bev G141

  • This article is all about tips and ideas for craft room studio storage organization. There are lots of photo examples and tips for specific types of craft supplies (i.e. yarn, beads, ribbon, etc.). I include additional resources as well.

    Craft Room Studio Storage Organization: Tips and Ideas

    Craft Room Studio Storage Organization: Tips and Ideas

    by Rose Clearfield20

  • A comprehensive guide on gemstone setting techniques in metal clay before and after firing. Learn which stones are safe to fire in place and how to set them in fresh, dried or fired metal clay.

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay

    by Margaret Schindel209

  • An introduction to silver and gold precious metal clay and a guide to recommended metal clay artists, teachers, organizations and projects suitable for metal clay beginners. Education and inspiration.

    Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Art Clay Silver and Gold

    Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Art Clay Silver and Gold

    by Margaret Schindel139

  • Easy craft projects for boy scout camps and for boys to make and sell. Simple, fun and easy crafts that boys will enjoy. Craft projects especially for boys to make.

    40 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    40 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    by Loraine Brummer10

  • DIY Plans with photos, diagrams and step-by-step instructions for building a nest box that is specially designed for wood ducks.

    How to Build a Wood Duck Nest Box

    How to Build a Wood Duck Nest Box

    by Anthony Altorenna11

  • Looking for a fun, fashionable, and usable craft? Here's the solution: an ombré tie-dyed baseball cap. It's fun to do with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

    How to Ombré Tie-Dye a Baseball Cap

    How to Ombré Tie-Dye a Baseball Cap

    by Claudia Mitchell4

  • I show you how to make a mosaic table top with ceramic tiles for outdoors in your garden. What are the best mosaic techniques for beginners. How do I grout a mosaic? Ceramic Tiles make an awesome garden table.

    How to Create a Mosaic Design for a Garden Table

    How to Create a Mosaic Design for a Garden Table

    by L M Reid14

  • An introduction to bronze clay, differences in firing schedules and methods compared to silver metal clay, and an overview of major bronze metal clay brands, formulas and jewelry making techniques.

    Bronze Clay for Jewelry Making and Sculpture

    Bronze Clay for Jewelry Making and Sculpture

    by Margaret Schindel12

  • Learn how to texture metal clay with carving, tear-away textures, photopolymer plates, household items, leaves, food, purchased and homemade mats, molds and tools in this comprehensive guide.

    How to Texture Metal Clay

    How to Texture Metal Clay

    by Margaret Schindel203

  • Upcycling worn t-shirts into beautiful rugs satisfies my penny-pinching nature. You'll find the instructions to make "yarn" from tees and how to crochet a throw rug similar to the braided rugs grandma used to make.

    How to Crochet a T-Shirt Rug

    How to Crochet a T-Shirt Rug

    by Stephanie Henkel173

  • Upcycling, or giving old items new life, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to keep items out of landfills. Learn how to turn crop jeans into a tote to get started!

    How to Upcycle Crop Jeans Into a Tote

    How to Upcycle Crop Jeans Into a Tote

    by Ethel Smith11

  • Making beads from roses is a wonderful way to keep special flowers with you forever. It takes some patience, but the results are lovely to wear yourself or give to a friend.

    How to Make Rose Beads From Your Wedding Flowers

    How to Make Rose Beads From Your Wedding Flowers

    by Elyn MacInnis234

  • This article is about how to price homemade craft items. It includes the most commonly used formulas for baseline, retail, and wholesale pricing as well as advice on everything from comparing the prices of similar items to the advantages of buying wholesale supplies.

    How to Price Homemade Craft Items: Formulas and Other Considerations

    How to Price Homemade Craft Items: Formulas and Other Considerations

    by Rose Clearfield57

  • I design hats for performance art and events. I've illustrated a how-to guide to help you make a Mad Hatter top hat. It's like in the story, but it uses upcycled materials found around the house.

    How to Build an Upcycled Mad Hatter Top Hat

    How to Build an Upcycled Mad Hatter Top Hat

    by Joel Diffendarfer5

  • Mason, canning, or glass jars... they can all be used to make crafts. Ideas for kids and adults. Recycled and upcycled Christmas crafts, centerpieces, wedding décor, gifts, and more.

    88 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    88 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    by Loraine Brummer181

  • A comprehensive guide to working with Metal Adventures' original BRONZclay brand bronze metal clay. Includes techniques and tips for working with this clay, firing schedules, troubleshooting and more.

    BRONZclay Bronze Metal Clay Jewelry Techniques

    BRONZclay Bronze Metal Clay Jewelry Techniques

    by Margaret Schindel52

  • Look through this extensive list of creative owl crafts for kids, teachers, preschoolers, and adults! They can make lovely gifts, home decor, or projects for art class. Enjoy!

    53 Wildly Fun Owl Craft Ideas

    53 Wildly Fun Owl Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer49

  • With just a few supplies and time, you too can turn common potatoes into beautiful jewelry. Find out how in this easy to follow tutorial.

    How to Make Potato Jewelry

    How to Make Potato Jewelry

    by Claudia Mitchell134

  • This tutorial will show you how to use permanent markers and rubbing alcohol to make your own alcohol inks for your scrapbooking and craft projects. I think you will be very happy with the finished product and with the amount of money you can save making your own inks.

    DIY Craft Supplies- Make Your Own Alcohol Inks

    DIY Craft Supplies- Make Your Own Alcohol Inks

    by Jamie Brock55

  • Learn how to make simple, natural, authentic soap at home, using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Soap making does not have to be a costly hobby - in fact, you may find that it's ultimately cheaper than buying soap!

    Home Made Soap Made Easy, with Recipes for Natural Soap

    Home Made Soap Made Easy, with Recipes for Natural Soap

    by Rachel Koski76

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