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  • There are many ways to join together pages for a card or booklet. Hand sewing your binding is a creative way to add a personal touch while providing a sturdy join for your pages. Hand sewing a binding is easier than you think and only requires a few basic materials.

    How to Hand Sew a Binding for a Card or Booklet

    How to Hand Sew a Binding for a Card or Booklet

    by Donna Herron2

  • 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 Gulbrandsen78

  • Try these fun and easy egg carton craft ideas for kids and preschoolers! It's a great way to upcycle an item you can accumulate easily.

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer8

  • 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

  • Try these patriotic DIY projects to celebrate the fourth of July and Memorial Day. These crafts are great for kids and adults, and they can be done individually or as a group activity for a party!

    47 Patriotic Craft Ideas: 4th of July and Memorial Day

    47 Patriotic Craft Ideas: 4th of July and Memorial Day

    by Loraine Brummer37

  • Transform your yard into a creepy Halloween graveyard with fake tombstones and clever epitaphs. Here are ideas for funny R.I.P. names and spooky tombstone sayings, plus easy instructions for making your own tombstones.

    Tombstone Ideas for Your Halloween Graveyard

    Tombstone Ideas for Your Halloween Graveyard

    by FlourishAnyway32

  • 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

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  • This funky little Christmas tree decoration is made with polymer clay, some sewing pins, and thread. Making this ornament involves some detail work, but it can be completed in a couple of hours and will add a unique decoration to your holiday tree.

    DIY Holiday Craft: String Art Christmas Tree Decoration

    DIY Holiday Craft: String Art Christmas Tree Decoration

    by Donna Herron10

  • 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 Brock60

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Many great ideas for making crafts using milk jugs. Included are pictures and the site names to the tutorials. Crafts for kids and crafts for every holiday.

    40 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    40 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    by Loraine Brummer12

  • 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 Shay455

  • 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 Schindel272

  • Learn how to make a fancy 3D chandelier from a frozen pizza box. Three dimensional chandeliers are a popular choice for party decorations. In fact, we are using several of them for my daughters high school graduation party this year. I have made...

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    by Jamie Brock50

  • 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

  • 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 Schindel42

  • 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 Thanksgiving arts and craft projects? Try these reaths, garlands, pumpkins, turkeys, pilgrims, scarecrows, and more! Links to tutorials included.

    40 Best Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

    40 Best Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer152

  • Here are some inexpensive ingredients, directions, and tips on how to make hand crafted, vegan homemade soap. With pictures and recipe you can learn to make your own home made soap

    Homemade Soap - How to Make Soap at Home

    Homemade Soap - How to Make Soap at Home

    by Dolores Monet3

  • This is a fun and easy craft for kids. Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to create this alligator craft. You can use the pieces you create as a template to create many more pieces for multiple alligators—or just make one. It helps promote learning in a fun crafting experience.

    "A" Is for Alligator (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

    "A" Is for Alligator (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

    by Jason Nicolosi8

  • 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 dĂ©cor, gifts, and more.

    92 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    92 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    by Loraine Brummer182

  • 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 Schindel211

  • 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 Brummer121

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

    52 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    52 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    by Loraine Brummer34

  • 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 Koski39

  • Beautiful rustic nature crafts projects. Twig branch art and crafts for kids and adults. Crafts made from twigs include, wreaths, garlands, stars, coat rack, reindeer

    44  Rustic Twig Craft Ideas

    44 Rustic Twig Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer5

  • Step by step instructions and photos are provided in this easy tissue paper suncatcher craft tutorial. It's perfect for kids of all ages.

    Suncatcher Craft Project for Toddlers

    Suncatcher Craft Project for Toddlers

    by Claudia Mitchell74

  • These cute clay mittens are an easy holiday craft project, using only three colors of clay and a few tools. Although I've displayed my mittens as a tree ornament, these decorations could also be used to embellish a festive wreath or as an addition to a holiday gift.

    DIY Holiday Craft: Cozy Clay Mittens Christmas Tree Ornament

    DIY Holiday Craft: Cozy Clay Mittens Christmas Tree Ornament

    by Donna Herron6

  • See what the buzz is around these bee crafts and decoration ideas! Use materials such as paper, craft sticks, egg cartons, clay pot, pom-poms and more. These DIY projects are great for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and adults.

    48 Beautiful and Creative Bee Craft Ideas

    48 Beautiful and Creative Bee Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer6

  • Looking for wedding and bridal shower craft ideas? These handmade wedding and shower craft projects include decorations, favors, centerpieces, bridal bouquets, veils, headbands, invitations, and place cards.

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • Fun, easy Halloween craft ideas. 40+ Halloween craft projects that include: Bats, spiders, ghosts, witches, monsters and mummies. Wreaths, noisemakers, painted plates

    48 Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

    48 Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer24

  • 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.

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    by Loraine Brummer40

  • 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 Brummer28

  • 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

  • Thanksgiving turkey crafts for kids, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and adults.

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer23

  • 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 Schindel47

  • 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

  • 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 Brummer11

  • Creating this "D" is for Duck is such a fun learning experience for kids. Capture their interest in learning about the sound the letter makes. Challenge them to come up with other animals that begin with the letter "D."

    "D" Is for Duck (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

    "D" Is for Duck (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

    by Jason Nicolosi2

  • 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

  • 40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults, including ideas for making flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, and snowflakes, as well as crafts for Christmas, Halloween, and fall. Many of these coffee filter art projects use other inexpensive supplies like food coloring and markers.

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer32

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Schindel36

  • 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 Brock88

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