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  • I love all of these clothespin crafts. Many of the ideas will be great fun to do with kids or are projects that the kids can do alone.

    48 Classy Clothespin Craft Ideas

    48 Classy Clothespin Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer9

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Brummer7

  • Recipe for easy-to-make coconut milk soap. This recipe will produce a soothing, healing and moisturising soap ideal for sensitive skins. Can be used to wash hair also. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.

    Coconut-Milk Soap Recipe

    Coconut-Milk Soap Recipe

    by Sleepylog190

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Brummer18

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Learn about flower pressing techniques and ideas on creating unique handmade gifts from flower art. Pressing flowers is easy and can brighten up your home decor.

    Pressing Flowers For Handmade Gifts

    Pressing Flowers For Handmade Gifts

    by Suzanne Day5

  • 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

  • The basic parts of a wooden gear clock, how they work, and how to build one from a wooden-clock plan. Includes step-by-step instructions and video guides.

    How to Make a Wooden Gear Clock

    How to Make a Wooden Gear Clock

    by Robert T Gasperson202

  • 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 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 Brummer118

  • 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 Brock54

  • Castile soap is the purest soap ever. Make your own Castile soap by following this easy recipe. This soap is ideal for vegetarians and vegans.

    Castile Soap Recipe

    Castile Soap Recipe

    by Sleepylog10

  • Get the inside scoop on all the little known tricks of the trade for increasing sales and building repeat business. How to design and work a booth that rocks!

    Craft Fair Vendor Sales Tips and Booth Ideas

    Craft Fair Vendor Sales Tips and Booth Ideas

    by Christin Sander187

  • 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 Shay454

  • 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

  • Getting wood cut at Home Depot or Lowes is a great free service. It can save time and money if it's done correctly. Many people complain about their accuracy, not me--I get perfect cuts--everytime!

    Home Depot Plywood Cutting—Cut Right the First Time!

    Home Depot Plywood Cutting—Cut Right the First Time!

    by Joel Diffendarfer25

  • 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

  • Pressing flowers is a bit old-fashioned, but it can be a fun and simple way to make a personal gift or recycle flowers that are overgrown or dying. Learn how to create your own framed pressed flower as a gift or a way to bring the outdoors inside.

    How to Press and Frame Flowers

    How to Press and Frame Flowers

    by Jennifer0

  • 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

  • Repurpose glass jars with metal lids into fabulous coin banks, tip jars, and donation jars. In this tutorial you will learn how to punch a rectangle slot into a metal lid using basic hand tools. No power tools required!

    How to Punch Slots in Metal Lids of Glass Jars

    How to Punch Slots in Metal Lids of Glass Jars

    by Marla0

  • 40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults. Ideas for making: flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, snowflakes, Christmas, Halloween, fall. Coffee filter art projects using food coloring, markers

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer30

  • 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

  • I design hats for performance art, events, and art. This illustrated how-to guide will take you step-by-step to make a Mad Hatter (or Hattress) top hat like in the story using 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Check out these DIY ideas on how to make pop-up greeting cards for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s, or Father’s Day. This article includes pop-up card ideas, tutorials, and templates.

    35 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    35 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    by Loraine Brummer6

  • A free template, tips, and techniques are freely shared in this Wet Felting Tutorial. Recycled Crivit Beach shoes are used in the place of shoe lasts and recycled Soles are attached on completion.

    How to Make Wet Felted Boots for Children

    How to Make Wet Felted Boots for Children

    by Sally Gulbrandsen18

  • 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 Eileen Kersey11

  • 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

  • I've noticed that many different projects can be made with wire hangers. Inexpensive and fun, these hanger crafts are perfect for the classroom!

    49 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    49 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer70

  • 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

  • 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

  • Use this step by step wet felting tutorial to create wet felted beads. Add a cheap recycled charm bracelet to the mix and the result is a gorgeous wet felted necklace or bracelet.

    How to Wet Felt Beads for Use in Jewelry

    How to Wet Felt Beads for Use in Jewelry

    by Sally Gulbrandsen48

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Monet2

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  • 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

  • Find fun pinecone project ideas for kids, toddlers, and adults! Make wreaths, ornaments, napkin rings, angels, bird feeders, and more!

    36 Remarkable Pinecone Crafts

    36 Remarkable Pinecone Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer18

  • Learn about the tools and supplies needed to fire BRONZclay metal clay successfully and what to look for when deciding which ones to get. Most also are needed to fire other bronze clay formulas.

    BRONZclay Tools and Supplies for Making Bronze Jewelry

    BRONZclay Tools and Supplies for Making Bronze Jewelry

    by Margaret Schindel20

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