Quick basic tips to get started with your cardmaking, especially with you're a total beginner at making handmade greeting cards.
If you want a fun activity to do with your kid, why not make some homemade slime using glue sticks! This is a great activity your child can participate in and even learn something in the process.
With a little planning ahead, setting up a craft show booth can be really fun and make a big difference to your sales.
Make this easy peace ornament for Earth Day, a 60’s-70’s/hippie theme party, or just for someone who's a fan of the peace-sign symbol and bead crafts!
Tired of your yarn becoming tangled? Three ideas for homemade yarn holders that will work in a pinch.
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.
Add glamour to an old pair of shoes and save them from the landfill: apply micro-glitter and not only rescue but upcycle your shoes. It's easy AND fun! Use this procedure for many different crafts!
The ability to add a deep, rich patina is an important tool in any metalsmith's arsenal. Discover how with liver of sulfur, an inexpensive and effective way to patina copper and brass.
Best no-carve pumpkin ideas. Ideas for: painting, decoupage, stenciled, jeweled, blinged and decorating pumpkins. Fun and easy no-carve pumpkin ideas
Who doesn't love adding dimension to their scrapbook pages, art journals, and paper crafts? Heat embossing adds dimension to your projects in just a few minutes. I hope you're inspired to try it!
Recycle plastic grocery bags to make useful and interesting crocheted tote bags in varying sizes. Basic step-by-step instructions with photographs are included. Learn how to cut continuous strips of "yarn" from the bags and try this easy crochet pattern. Make something from nothing!
Jazz up your sofa and save an old pair of jeans from the landfill by making this adorable denim throw pillow cover. Easy step by step instructions and photos are provided.
Make outstanding crafts using sphagnum, Spanish, reindeer, artificial or excelsior moss. Crafts made include trees, balls, baskets, wreaths, frames.
Turn that pile of sentimental t-shirts saved from trips, school, family, clubs ect that are stashed in your bottom drawer into keepsake T-Shirt Pillows and put them on display for all to enjoy.
I'm an experienced woodworker and craftsman who uses a brad nailer. Here are my thoughts on whether having one would be useful for your arts and crafts endeavors.
Do you want to try your hand at personalized coasters? Find detailed instructions to decorate tiles with napkins or photos. They make wonderful gifts for friends or family and are easy to customize!
Birdhouse designs, plans and inspiration for building handcrafted wooden birdhouses and nesting boxes. These birdhouses are made for the birds!
Turn any gift box and lid into a festive holiday floral arrangement and a special Christmas tree decoration with just a few supplies, some creativity, and some holiday spirit!
DIY Centerpieces are the perfect addition to create a festive mood or to accent your everyday decor. Add a pop of color, beauty, sparkle or whimsy for unforgettable centerpieces.
How to make a hand crafted dream catcher. Dream catchers are said to protect us from bad dreams. The web catches the bad dreams and the daylight hits the dream catcher and lifts it away. Dream catchers make excellent baby shower, or wedding gifts, easily customized.
Put your collected seashells to good use, and make something that is truly beautiful! This wreath is an easy project that will add a natural element to your home.
A router is a tool used to hollow out a specific area from a solid surface such as wood or plastic. By controlling the shape and depth of the cut a multitude of possible designs can be achieved. Here is an easy to follow guide to get you started!
Make a simple toy catapult that can fire a table-tennis ball 20-30 feet away! It's perfect for a school project or for a fun target shooting game.
These sugar cube igloos are a fun and interactive Canadian craft for teaching kids about the history of the Inuit people. They also make wonderfully unique Canadian party decorations!
Do you love crafting with your Cricut machine? Do what you love and make some money doing it! In this article, we'll go over some fun products you can create to sell with your machine.
Have you got a box of old cassette tapes from the 1970s and 1980s? They hold fond memories, but now you are unable to find a machine on which to play them? Here are some ways to upcycle old audio tapes.
Design a handbag for holidays or everyday! Customize your purse with these directions and photos using basic sewing skills by repurposing a denim skirt.
Soy candles burn longer, release less toxic soot and burn cooler than paraffin candles. Here's how to make your own at home.
Learn to make an oil lamp from an orange (or other citrus) in 7 easy steps. Includes step-by-step images, tips, and video. Fun for kids and the whole family.
Lucky Stars Jamie Brock This is a easy, step by step tutorial on how to fold origami stars, otherwise known as lucky stars, dream stars or wishing stars. They are small in size and made from narrow strips of decorative papers. It is ideal to use...
Learn how to use a pre-made rebatch soap base to create rustic-looking soaps! You can create them for yourself or give them away to friends.
New to book repair? This article outlines some common issues with glue-bound books and useful approaches to repairing them with inexpensive craft glue and a handful of rubberbands.
Starting a digital scrapbook on your iPad can be extremely fun and rewarding. Here are some of the best scrapbooking apps available for iPad. These apps offer the best themes, backgrounds and elements that help you build a scrapbook of your dreams.
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.
Christmas is here. Have you prepared your crib? If not, maybe you'll decide to make one for next year. It is easy to do and costs next to nothing!
DIY Plans with photos and step-by-step instructions for making a bluebird feeder. This feeder lets the bluebirds in, but keeps bigger birds out.
Wood carving in general can seem intimidating to most people. For those who wish to sample the craft, spoon carving is generally a good place to get your feet wet.
I've been teaching oil painting classes for about six years now. Every student has their strengths, but one thing that most of them have in common is they get stumped when it comes to which colors to use. This is a great project for both...
Recommended sources for where to purchase the best vintage beads and jewelry supplies, by a designer who has shopped for and used them in one-of-a-kind pieces for nearly 30 years.
Preserving and drying flowers is a craft that has been honed over the ages. Hang drying and air drying are more time honored, traditional methods of this craft. However, technology has led to the use of microwaves, ovens, and chemicals, such as silica gel in the drying process.
Love beaded curtains and want to make your own? Here are some fun ways to make your own beaded curtains from things you may have laying around the house. You won't believe what some of these things are.
Simple tips to make your own soap using Melt and Pour Soap. This is a fun way to get creative - quick to make and no curing time required.
ewelry making, when I first began, seemed a difficult craft to undertake. I initially took on the challenge of creating my own focal pieces of jewelry due to the cost and difficulty finding in retail just what I was looking for. This hub discusses what I consider the bare bones of jewelry making supplies for beginners.
Shawl pins are popular and used to hold a shawl in place or decorate a knitted sweater, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to make one out of polymer clay! My easy tutorial will show you how!
Fun and easy Halloween spider craft ideas for kids: kindergarten, preschoolers, toddlers. Arts and crafts ideas. Spider craft ideas for adults to make and sell. Spiders: bat, pumpkin, itsy bitsy spider
The more I learn about working with wood, the more I appreciate a sharp tool. Let me share some of the knowledge I have gained about how to sharpen chisels, and also why it's important.
Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to make your own crin flower to trim your handmade fascinator.
DIY plans for building a bat house with an image of a flying bat. This article includes diagrams, photos and step-by-step instructions for building and hanging a bat box.
Skeleton leaves are beautiful, delicate, and lacy. It is easy to make skeleton leaves at home: this video shows you how to make skeleton leaves with two different methods. One is easy, but takes a lot of time. The other is fast, but requires a steady hand. Leaf skeletons are wonderful for use in many different paper-crafting projects!
You’ll find many outstanding and creative ways to use chicken wire in this article. Transform picture frames, canning jars and furniture. Make beautiful home décor and sculptures.
DIY illustrated step-by-step how-to guide to make your own storage rack to hold a bank of external HDD hard drives as a storage and backup solution for your computer or iMac.
Handmade charms are a fun way to create and personalize jewelry like bracelets and necklaces. You can make your own colorful charms using recycled materials, decorative images and household items!
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!
Painting your own beads is easy and a great way to design a colorful statement necklace that expresses your own personal style. This tutorial is a fun way to add a new accessory to your wardrobe!
Information on factors that should be taken into account when designing jewellery for sale or for yourself, friends and family.
I will show you how to create lucky paper stars with your own hands! The resulting star jars can be used as decorations or given as gifts.
Step by step instructions with pictures for beaded bookmark or keychain. Also instructions for doing as a group project.
Quick and easy ideas for reusing and repurposing your Christmas decorations around your home all year round. Stop packing away your favorite holiday ornaments and use them everyday!
Learn how to make a book by hand with this step-by-step tutorial. These can be used as journals, sketchbooks, photobooks, and more!
Sensory boxes are a simple, cheap, and fun way for kids to explore their senses. They can be customized for any theme, subject, or season. Try making fake body parts boxes for Halloween!
Learn about the fats and oils used in making soap as well as the differences between saturated and unsaturated fats.
Lovely three dimensional hearts made from colorful scraps of leftover scrapbooking paper. Perfect for rainy day crafts or holiday decorations. These hearts look darling hanging anywhere and any time.
Blacksmithing and Chainmaille Classes in Carroll County, Frederick, Baltimore, and Henderson, Maryland
Use antique ceiling tin to make an attractive wall hanging. Using salvaged material is a sustainable practice and can add a unique decorative touch to your home. This simple project is easy to do.
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.
Learn how saltwater, crayons, electricity, a hair dryer, and a bit of creativity can be used to etch a candy tin with the step-by-step text instructions and photos in this craft tutorial.
Making an elastic band harp can be fun and a great activity for a rainy day. It's also educational and you will have most of the materials already at hand.
The best Halloween arts and crafts for kids, preschoolers, toddlers and adults. Halloween art and craft ideas to make spiders, witches, ghosts and bats. Fun and easy art and craft ideas for Halloween
Are you interested in designing and making your own button jewelry? Get tips and ideas for creating bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more.
Looking for easy to make kid craft ideas that won't break the bank? Here are five budget-friendly craft ideas that use recycled products from around the house that both your kids and wallet will love!
It's a fun time to be a Harry Potter fan. Here are three simple DIYs that require few materials and allow you to dabble in the magical world of witches and wizards.
Scrapbook paper has evolved to more sizes than the standard 12 x 12. How do we sort and store all of the various sizes without bending any corners or creasing the paper. 5 tips for your craft room.
Can your handmade business make money selling knit or crochet items at craft fairs? Read tips on how to make money selling handmade hats, scarves and other accessories.
Accidents happen! If you have a torn or ripped page in a beloved book, it's easy to repair it with materials you probably have around the house.
Here are some basic tools for wire wrapping jewelry, all tools that I use every time I make this kind of handcrafted jewelry at home.
The Folk Artist Krypto explains how to take freshly cut hardwood tree trunks and carve them into beautiful one-piece wood art. Proper seasoning of the wood and a patient cutting procedure are vital to prevent checking and splitting of the wood fibers. Krypto also discusses sealing techniques to aid in the control of water evaporation from the green wood.
Build your own Peterson bluebird nest box plans with these step-by-step instructions. Entice more of these beautiful birds to visit with our tips for attracting bluebirds into your garden.
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.
How to setup a pottery studio for throwing and firing your own pottery. These ideas can give you a headstart on getting yours ready for clay and glazes.
These portfolios are very easy to make with brown paper bags, staples, and duct tape. Get creative and have your kids decorate them! I use them in the classroom to keep art organized and to give the children to take their art home in at the end of the quarter.
Candle boxes have been around for centuries. This early 1700's replica candle box will add to your décor and function as a box to hold anything you want to put in it.
Try this cheap, easy, fun craft for kids. You'll be all set with step-by-step instructions and photos to help!
This article is about machine sewing/ stitching with paper. It includes general tips for the process, projects/tutorials, and ideas for additional elements (e.g. borders, embellishments, etc.).
Have you seen or heard of the new crayon art craze? Wondering how to make your own? It's super easy and this tutorial will make it even simpler.
Fun, easy paper plate crafts for children of all ages including seasonal craft projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
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!
Learn how to make fun art projects using watercolor paint and rubber cement. Includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and other fun art ideas for kids to create with rubber cement.
Making homemade slime with your kids is an easy, fun, and educational activity that can be done with simple ingredients found at home! Borax and glue are the main ingredients for this project.
Called primitive, grunge or grungy, vintage, early American or folk art, all of these craft ideas include free tutorials. Easy country crafts to give as gifts, for your own decorating, or to sell.
Have you ever wanted to make resin jewelry? I've listed the steps and materials you need to create custom rings below!
Selection of some truly awesome patterns to create with the new mini MonsterTail and even on some standard Rainbow Loom boards. Fishtail designs create striking bracelets for kids and adults to wear.
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.
Stick pins can be used to fasten a scarf/shawl in place or to decorate a woman's hair when in a upswing style. I made this beautiful and handy pin using a decorative glass bead and some polymer clay.
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.
This article outlines a simple way to catalog and track an artist's work. The catalog has many uses, not the least of which is to aid in marketing the artist's work to the public.
Do you have old t-shirts lying around at home? Recycle them into clothing and accessories with these craft projects and ideas.
If you want to decorate your cell phone, you can paint it with nail polish. Using this guide you can learn how to paint a cell phone using only nail polish and a few simple tricks.
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.
Many people have bird feeders and bird baths that they hope will attract fine feathered friends to their yard. Learn how to make a nesting ball using various natural fibers to welcome birds to your home while helping them build theirs.
This wine cork birdhouse can be used indoors or outdoors. This birdhouse adds decoration on an apartment balcony or in a tree at your cottage. Easy wine cork craft, your kids can have fun building.
It's easy to make a cheerful welcome wreath using a basic wreath form, some artificial flowers, and a few garden-themed accessories. This beautiful decoration is perfect for any season or decor!
Why buy a corsage when you can easily make one yourself? Use this easy tutorial to quickly put one together!
Lavender is a wonder herb with many uses. The essential oil is a popular product used in aromatherapy and the dried lavender flowers are used in craft items and culinary preparations. If you love lavender flavours, check out some of these lavender recipes.
Learn how to make a wreath made of styrofoam and ribbon. It's a quick and easy way to brighten up your doorway or someone else's day!
Information on seven different types of cords and thread that can be used when making handmade jewellery.
The grain of wood is often what makes it so attractive to the human eye. We enjoy the natural color and flow. Here I am going to show how to push the grain of wood just a little further than raw and natural by adding colors to the grain. This is not...
Use these tutorials and guides to make simple yet adorable polymer clay charms for jewelry and accessories. I include tips on using and taking care of polymer clay.
Rubber is a raw material used in most of the flexible items that we use daily or often. It has a peculiar nature because of its unique chemical composition. It is flexible and hyper elastic in nature makes it useful for many purposes. Rubber has...
This is a simple and fun way to make potpourri in your dehydrator. The possibilities are endless when you make your own! Plus recipes, including apples and cinnamon and pumpkin pie.
How to create mosaic art, a guide to techniques, tools, design, indoor vs. outdoor materials, substrates, tesserae, color, adhesives, sealers, and delving into the mysteries of grout.
Learn how to create digital scrapbook pages with GIMP, the free photo editor. This article includes a video tutorial for those new to the GIMP photo editing program.
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.
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.
Alcohol inks are expensive. Here is a way to make tons of colors and save money. The best part is that they actually work great!
Revamp an old tabletop by creating a beautiful mosaic design! Here are some ideas for mosaic tile designs you can use for garden tables. I've also included tips on grouting and sealing the tiles.
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!
Learn how to press flowers and preserve their beautiful colors! I'll also share how to create a few fun craft projects with them that you can add around your home.
Learn how to make a floating wine bottle holder. This is an easy woodworking project that anyone can do.
Learn how to create three different bookmarks with this step-by-step tutorial. No more folding page corners!
Don't throw away all those brightly colored plastic bags you get. Recycle them and embellish a straw bag to give it a little bit of a retro look. This easy to follow tutorial will show you how.
Learn what you need to make salt clay dough, how you can make it, and what you can do with it once it's made.
I show and review handcrafted coal ornaments, especially Welsh coal. Although they're hard to find, you can still find a nice selection of coal ornaments online.
Aluminum can earrings are the perfect beginner aluminum can craft project. Learn how to quickly and easily make fun, fresh earrings out of old soda cans!
This article is about some of the top resources for purchasing beads online. I provide pros and cons for different sites as well as recommended products to buy in different places.
A triarama, or pyramid diorama, is an easy, hands-on, 3D project for homeschool narration, unit studies, or book reports. Learn how to make a triarama with these easy steps.
Make fun summer memories this year by trying these beach crafts! They're fun for kids and adults. You can use items such as seashells, sand, driftwood, and rope!
Includes instructions for making simple Chinese lanterns from paper, along with photos and lots and lots of tips for varying their look and adding embellishments for making them unique.
Here you will find some very easy drawing instructions using only alphabet letters to make it easier for children.
Every company that makes digital images, craft stamps, and other images uses an angel policy to keep their original artwork from being "stolen" by another party. Learn how these policies affect you as a crafter or professional maker.
A fun and easy holiday craft for all ages, this candy cane ornament is a festive homemade piece perfect for any Christmas tree!
Learn how to make a stunning necklace with an old key and some beads. An old skeleton key can become the perfect centerpiece to hang combinations of beads and trinkets to create a unique necklace.
These traditional corn dollies are simple to create, and make wonderful decorations for jackets or hats during harvest festivals. Learn how to make one of your own in this easy guide!
Looking for a unique way to wrap many small items? Try these easy surprise ball instructions, and turn them into a gift that's as fun to unwrap as it is to receive.
Waste sawdust can be converted into tiny craft items like paperweights. This recycling project with my son was initiated with a funny piggy structure in mind. But we also made other craft items.
Best Out of Waste craft idea for all: Follow these steps to turn materials that you would otherwise recycle or throw out into a beautiful wall hanging.
Save your empty cereal boxes and turn them into clever crafts! I'm a huge fan of using materials that often end up in the recycle bin or garbage to make arts and crafts projects.
Learn all the basics when weaving with straw, then move on to making a Bridget Cross and some more traditional straw dolls. Included are a seahorse, Mother Earth, baby rattle, cornucopia and more.
These colorful handmade jars make wonderful gifts, party favors, or table decorations for a variety of occasions and events. Easy to make, they are also a great way to repurpose and recycle old jars!
Making your own liquid hand soap is an easy afternoon project that will potentially save you hundreds of dollars. Choose your scent or opt for a fragrance-free soap. Make enough for a large family or plenty for gift giving.
Do you wonder what you can do with walnut shells? I've included a large variety of crafts and activities using shell halves or ground shells that are kid-friendly and fun to try!
This is a fun project! Design and construct your favorite building using poster board and craft paper. This hobby or career is called "Model Building" and is great for individuals or families.
Easy to make and beautiful to look at, these ice sun catchers are a great cabin fever buster. With only a few simple supplies, children and adults will enjoy creating this fun winter craft project.
Stainless steel chain mail will eventually get dirty, if not grungy, and lose its sparkle due to numerous scratches. Luckily, there are many ways to clean chain mail made of stainless steel.
Digital scrapbooking is comparable to traditional scrapbooking, except your pages are created with your computer using a scrapbook software program. It is often easier, cheaper and more convenient.
Learn about beadwoven flowers such as French flowers! I include jewelry project ideas, patterns/tutorials, and resources.
Sandblasting intricate designs into glass is now possible with a UV sensitive film from Rayzist. Here is ten simple steps on how to etch a design from clip art to a sand blasted image on a glass mug.
Do you want easy arts and crafts ideas for kids? Try these engaging projects with kindergarteners, preschoolers, or toddlers!
This article is about how to start and maintain successful blogs for craft businesses. It includes blogging platform information as well as ideas for blog posts, features, and topics.
Learn how to make stained glass patterns with a few simple tools that you probably have around your home!
Make lovely ladybug crafts using paper plates, egg cartons, bottle caps, rocks, and more! These DIY project ideas are fun and easy activities for kids.
Learn how you can make your own mosaic bird baths, tabletops, gazing balls, flowerpots, stepping stones, and more. Find out what materials are needed, what methods are best for completing each mosaic project and how to find inspirational designs...
A Damaged Plaster Frame I love to buy old picture frames, well because I like old stuff. I am especially fond of those old gilded plaster frames. They set off my landscape prints really well. The only draw back is that ones in good shape aren't...
Learn about the art of polished dirt balls, also known as hikaru dorodango. Subtle and cerebral meets getting-your-hands-dirty fun! This is easy, if you balance skill and patience.
Learn how to make a cellini spiral with this tutorial and free pattern for a Mediterranean style cellini beaded bracelet. Cellini spirals are a type of tubular peyote and are easy to do, once learned.
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.
Looking for a fun kid's float for the swimming pool? Create a pirate raft out of foam pool noodles with these step-by-step directions, pictures, and video.
More techniques for paper quilling. Follow these easy instructions and make your own beautiful designs.
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.
Learn how to start a basic spiral rope chain and change things like the number, size, and type of beads. You'll be able to create beautiful jewelry, accessories, decorations, and more!
Here are a few step-by-step instructions turn tank tops, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and hoodies into cute upcycled bags.
Paper crafts are a great way to improve kids' fine motor skills. The equipment is inexpensive and they can have lots of fun paper tearing, folding, cutting, glueing and weaving paper.
An origami box with a lid features no creases on top or bottom. 10 Easy Steps shows how to fold the origami box. Each step has picture illustrations and written instructions. Gallery photos and ideas.
Don't put up with boring notebook covers! Be an original and make them unique with one or more of these creative ideas!
How to prepare and paint fiberglass-reinforced plastic. Includes discussions on immersion service paints, outdoor paints, and the effects of exposure to the elements.
Here's my illustrated step-by-step guide to restoring an old cane. I used a lathe to make a new purpleheart wood handle and fitted a motif coin on top of the handle.
Many home winemakers soak and scrub wine labels off to reuse the bottles. But here's a way you can save and reuse the beautiful labels as well.
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.
Album cover frames are perfect for displaying the cover art from your favorite LP records. This article shows you how to make your own DIY album cover frames with photos and step-by-step instructions.
Ripped up jeans may be in style, but too much tearing can make them unwearable. These five recycling ideas are easy enough for anyone to do and keep the material from going to waste.
Problems of cutting hard cheeses and illustrated step-by-step how-to upcycle guide to make a cheese cutter from repurposing a hacksaw blade and making a cheeseboard to match from recycled wood.
Safety pin headdresses are fun and enjoyable to make. This beautiful craft is great for automobile decoration or as a Native American display decoration.
Step-by-step instructions (with photos) on how to make reusable creepy bloody window decorations with dirt cheap materials you can buy at the grocery store.