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  • This recipe and step-by-step guide (with images) shows you how to recycle soap bits to make homemade soap with added honey. You can also scent it with essential oils and fresh or dried herbs, and optionally colour it with food dye.

    Recycled Soap With Honey Recipe

    Recycled Soap With Honey Recipe

    by Arthur Russ12

  • Learn how to turn a dining table into a sewing table with this guide. It's not just another oak dining table renovation and repurposing project: I also show my experimental approach, as I explored various options (while thinking out of the box) to meet specific criteria to a satisfactory level.

    Renovate & Repurpose an Oak Dining Table Into Sewing Table

    Renovate & Repurpose an Oak Dining Table Into Sewing Table

    by Arthur Russ4

  • Great outdoor, nature and camping crafts for kids and adults. Plan adventure, birthday or camping themed parties with these backyard camping craft ideas and activities.

    40 Backyard and Camping Crafts for Kids

    40 Backyard and Camping Crafts for Kids

    by Loraine Brummer33

  • 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 Gulbrandsen80

  • 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

  • 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 Herron26

  • Make your own pandemic piñata! Lift the spirits of a loved one stuck at home on their birthday or other special occasion with this easy and hilarious DIY piñata that looks like a model of the dreaded COVID-19 virus.

    How to Make a Coronavirus Pandemic Pinata

    How to Make a Coronavirus Pandemic Pinata

    by SmartAndFun0

  • Have you ever thought of metal as your canvas? It's easier to create designs in metal than you think. Acid etching copper and brass yields endless possibilities with impressive results. 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 Natasha51

  • 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

  • Learn art marketing tips from successful artists with years of experience. Watch their video interviews. Decide what will work best for you.

    How Artists Actively Promote Their Work

    How Artists Actively Promote Their Work

    by Barbara Radisavljevic73

  • 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 Mitchell65

  • 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 Brummer91

  • 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

  • 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.

    41 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    41 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    by Loraine Brummer13

  • Rainbows are a cheerful symbol of hope and brighter days! This easy children's project is a fun introduction to basic weaving techniques that uses just household materials and creativity. Kids will enjoy watching their rainbow appear before their eyes!

    DIY Children's Craft: How to Make a Paper Plate Rainbow With Yarn

    DIY Children's Craft: How to Make a Paper Plate Rainbow With Yarn

    by Donna Herron4

  • Mason, canning, or glass jars... they can all be used to make crafts. With these ideas for kids and adults, you'll learn to make recycled and upcycled Christmas crafts, centerpieces, wedding décor, gifts, and more.

    94 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    94 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    by Loraine Brummer183

  • Each year, 58 billion disposable coffee cup sleeves are tossed out. Learn how to save your fingers and the environment by taking the time to make your own reusable coffee sleeve. Easy to make and customize, a reusable coffee sleeve also makes a great homemade gift.

    How to Make a Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy with Sewing Pattern

    How to Make a Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy with Sewing Pattern

    by Natasha37

  • Check out these fun paint stirrer craft projects for kids and adults. Craft ideas include: snowmen, scarecrows, bunnies, Santa, sunbursts, wind chimes, ornaments, flags, and Christmas and Halloween projects.

    34 Creative Paint Stick Craft Ideas

    34 Creative Paint Stick Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer5

  • 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

  • With a few supplies, you can turn an old rubber boot that was headed for the dumpster into a cute and practical flower planter. Add a little whimsy to your garden with this recycled boot flower pot.

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    by Claudia Mitchell75

  • Looking for beautiful, rustic nature crafts projects? Try these twig branch arts and crafts for kids and adults. These crafts made from twigs include wreaths, garlands, stars, a coat rack, reindeer, and more.

    56 Rustic Twig Craft Ideas

    56 Rustic Twig Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer5

  • 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 MacInnis235

  • 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 Brummer20

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

    38 Remarkable Pinecone Crafts

    38 Remarkable Pinecone Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer21

  • 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.

    77 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    77 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    by Loraine Brummer16

  • 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

  • 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 QuiltFinger96

  • 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.

    41 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    41 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    by Loraine Brummer11

  • This charming rustic wreath features a unique woven twine texture that is perfect for farmhouse or cottage decorating. Easy to make, this wreath only requires a few materials and can be decorated in many ways and for various seasons.

    DIY Craft Tutorial: Wrapped & Woven Twine Wreath

    DIY Craft Tutorial: Wrapped & Woven Twine Wreath

    by Donna Herron6

  • 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

  • Whether you're new to soap making or a seasoned vet, why use artificial ingredients to color your all-natural home made soap? Check out these easy to use natural ingredients that will give your soap the beautiful colors you're looking for!

    Natural Soap Colorants - How to Color Your Homemade Soap Naturally

    Natural Soap Colorants - How to Color Your Homemade Soap Naturally

    by Rachel Koski Nielsen17

  • 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 Koski Nielsen39

  • Looking for plastic bottle crafts for kids, preschoolers, and adults? Try these craft project ideas using water and liter bottles. As you learn how to make crafts using plastic bottles, you'll be able to make flowers and even jewelry. These are also great recycling ideas for children.

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    by Loraine Brummer42

  • These decorative birdhouses are built for the birds! Birdhouses designed with the birds in mind have a higher chance of attracting tenants, and adding a bit of whimsey makes them look good too!

    How to Build a Rustic Decorative Birdhouse

    How to Build a Rustic Decorative Birdhouse

    by Anthony Altorenna31

  • Metal clay must be dry before firing to avoid steam that can distort or mar the sintered metal. Learn several methods for drying metal clay on open-cell foam, nonstick sheet, or a hotplate or cup warmer, in a food dehydrator, or with a handheld hairdryer and a DIY cardboard drying box.

    How to Dry Metal Clay

    How to Dry Metal Clay

    by Margaret Schindel39

  • Lavender wands are pretty, fragrant, and are great gifts. Learn how to make a lavender wand with my step-by-step tutorial.

    How to Make a Lavender Wand

    How to Make a Lavender Wand

    by Marlene Bertrand34

  • Learn how to make fairy house furniture. These small wooden benches and chairs are easy to make from garden sticks. In this article, I show you how with step-by-step instructions and my own photos.

    How to Make a Wooden Bench for a Fairy House

    How to Make a Wooden Bench for a Fairy House

    by L M Reid2

  • 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

  • Step-by-step instructions with photos for building a stylish bluebird birdhouse that the birds will actually use. Adding a few extra details adds character and makes your birdhouse unique.

    How to Build a Unique Cottage Style Bluebird House

    How to Build a Unique Cottage Style Bluebird House

    by Anthony Altorenna5

  • Soda, pop, coke or cola cans—they are all aluminum cans that can be used to make crafts. Check out these can art and craft projects for kids and adults. These 30+ things to do with aluminum cans include flowers, jewelry, and angels.

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    by Loraine Brummer22

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

    50 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    50 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer70

  • 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 Schindel213

  • This article examines the various patinas and related finishes for steel. These finishes either involve oxidation of the metal or are nonreactive finishes.

    Patina Finishes for Steel

    Patina Finishes for Steel

    by Jason11

  • 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

  • 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.

    37 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    37 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    by Loraine Brummer13

  • 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 Brummer15

  • 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

  • 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 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 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

  • 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

  • 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 Koski Nielsen76

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  • Upcycle your oatmeal box by incorporating it into fun craft ideas! They make great craft supplies for kids and teenagers and adults.

    37 Excellent Oatmeal Box Craft Ideas

    37 Excellent Oatmeal Box Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer5

  • Heat embossing is an easy, but impressive, way to create personalized stationary, cards, envelopes, and gift tags. Discover heat, or wet, embossing and how to heat emboss with or without a specialized heat tool. This step by step how-to includes lots of pictures and two instructional videos.

    How to Use Embossing Powder to Wet Emboss with or without a Heat Gun

    How to Use Embossing Powder to Wet Emboss with or without a Heat Gun

    by Natasha18

  • 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

  • Search through 60+ crafts that would be fun for teenage girls! They can make them just for fun or to sell. Decorate the bedroom, make bff gifts for friends, and more!

    65 Amazing Crafts for Teenage Girls

    65 Amazing Crafts for Teenage Girls

    by Loraine Brummer31

  • It says something particularly special when your gift on this loving holiday is made by hand, with love. Check out these 50+ unique valentines day gift ideas for your husband, friends, and kids.

    52 Outstanding Handmade Valentine Gift Ideas

    52 Outstanding Handmade Valentine Gift Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer14

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