Posted by Erika on Apr 30, 2009 in Crafts

Make this Mother’s Day special with unique crafts ideas for kids. Show your children how to convert an inexpensive, seemingly useless item, into a priceless and useful gift for mom. Our Pebbled Flower Vase can be an inspiration.

To make this pebbled flower vase,

You’ll need:

  • An empty glass jar
  • Pebbles of various shapes and textures
  • Craft glue
  • Oil paints (2-3 different shades)
  • Paint brush

How to make it:

  1. Apply a coat of craft glue on the outer surface of the bottle.
  2. Cover the entire surface of the jar with pebbles – be sure to pack them tightly together. Allow glue to dry.
  3. Paint the pebbles with oil colors to give them a brighter look. Let dry.

Your Mother’s Day gift is ready! :D

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Posted by Erika on Apr 22, 2009 in Crafts

Nothing makes a mom feel special like a personalized gift from her child. Make your mom feel special with this hearty recipe cards holder.

To make this holder you’ll need:

  • A medium size cardboard box
  • 2 sheets of light colored felt paper
  • 1 sheet of dark colored felt paper
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Greetings card with picture

How to make it:

  1. Trim the flaps and lids of the cardboard.
  2. Wrap the entire box, inside and outside, with light colored felt paper. Apply the felt with craft glue.
  3. Cut 4 long strips of dark felt, roughly 1.5-inch wide. Feather the sides of the strips to give it a more artistic look.
  4. Glue the dark felt strips over the four outside corners of the box.
  5. Cut the picture from the greeting card and glue it to the center of the box front.
  6. Cut small hearts of various sizes from the card. Glue the hearts onto the box for further embellishment.
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Sewing Crafts for Summer – Handmade Shoulder Bags

Posted by Erika on Apr 15, 2009 in Family Crafts

A handmade shoulder bag is the perfect sewing craft for Summer, and it’s easy enough for beginners.

You can make these bags using your old felt, denim or cotton clothes.
What you’ll need:

  • One piece of fabric of your choice
  • Contrasting fabric for lining
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

How to make it:

  1. Cut a 20”X8” rectangular piece of fabric. Also cut a long rectangular piece of fabric for the shoulder strap.
  2. Cut a 20”X8”piece of your second fabric, this will serve as the lining.
  3. Place the lining fabric onto the main fabric, tuck it with pins and sew the four sides together to make it a one.
  4. Symmetrically fold the fabric widthwise and sew the open ends together.
  5. Next, fold the strap fabric lengthwise and sew along the entire length of the strap, this will add durability.
  6. Sew the two ends of the strap about 1 inch deep inside the open end of the bag.
  7. Fold and stitch the open edges for a better finish and fold open the bag.

Your handmade shoulder-bag is ready. If you’re feeling creative, feel free to embellish it with glitter glue, buttons or ribbons.

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Flower Craft Ideas – Tissue Paper Flowers for May

Posted by Erika on Apr 7, 2009 in Flower Crafts

Use these beautiful tissue paper flowers to add a touch of color to your house this May. Tissue paper flowers are easy to make, and kids will love trying this decorative craft project on their own.

Flower Craft Ideas

To make flowers you need:

  • Colored tissue papers
  • Chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Scissors
  • A Ruler

How to make it:

1. Cut tissue papers into rectangular pieces of desired size.
2. Stack 5 to 6 tissue paper pieces (these can be the same or different colors).
3. Fold the pieces like an accordion, widthwise.
4. Wind one end of the chenille stem around the mid-point of the pleat.
5. Carefully spread the pleat and separate each layer along the edge by pulling it towards the center.

Your spring paper flower is ready!

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