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Latest DIY Crafts

Posted by Erika on Sep 22, 2009 in Crafts , Family Crafts , Uncategorized

  • Try these great Kanzashi designs for your next DIY project. Use it for your hair or as an accessory to your purse.

  • For great ideas on elegant paper projects for sophisticated entertaining, use ideas from Paperie. Make your own coasters or any variety of classy and creative handmade paper projects for every occasion, from New Year’s to Oscar Night party.

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Halloween Crafts and Activities for the Whole Family

Posted by Erika on Sep 14, 2009 in Crafts , Family Crafts

Are you ready for Fright Fest?

It’s never too early to start making out your list of things-to-buy in order to start up for your Halloween crafts . Whether you’re preparing your children’s classroom party of if your getting a head start for your home party, you will find our many crafts interesting and useful.

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  • Create this unique Halloween costume in just 1-hour! Mummy_full_article_vertical
  • Make the perfect pumpkin with these unique carving ideas.

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Back-To-School Crafts

Posted by Erika on Sep 8, 2009 in Crafts , Uncategorized

Help Your Kids Stay Organized:

  • Encourage neatness and tidiness to your kids by helping them with a do-it-yourself desk organizer. This is a great Back-To-School craft that can be both a pretty addition to a child’s desk and an educational tool.

  • Stimulate bedtime reading to your kids by building a great book display for their bedrooms. They’ll have easy access to books anytime of the day. This will prepare your home to be a scholastic haven that will help make the transition from summer days to an academically structured day much easier.
  • Kids are more likely to stay organized if they have a chart that helps them. With this handy dandy chart family members can keep track of chores, important documents or leave messages for one another.

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Back-To-School Family Crafts

Posted by Erika on Aug 31, 2009 in Crafts , Family Crafts

Get Creative

  • Get a little creative and personalize your school supplies with this back-to-school family craft . This is a great way to get you ready for your first day back to school. Start by picking your gear, purchase fabric paint and start embellishing it with your own innovative ideas.
  • Consider decorating your lunch box with all your favorite action figure cartoons. Tired of your plastic baggies? Get creative by reusing snack and sandwich containers from juice cartons and milk jugs. Kids you can get creative by decorating your eco-friendly containers with stickers and markers with your own personalized touch.

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Try this idea for your own recycled sandwich box:

  1. Mark a clean 1-gallon milk jug.
  2. Cut along markings. Pierce a row of dots with a thumbtack to make the creased lines.
  3. Fold the flaps along creased lines, then open and fold flaps in opposite direction, making it easier for kids to open and close. Add an adhesive-backed Velcro dot closure.

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Creative Book Cover

Posted by Erika on Aug 17, 2009 in Crafts , Kid's Craft , Uncategorized

Get your kids excited about going back to school with this great ft. Have them make their own designer book cover! Choose any material like tie-dye fabric or a different patterned cloth, whatever suits your taste. You’ll need:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Pieces of fabric cloth
  • Glue
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Textbook

1.  First you need to cut the paper bag  by cutting from the top of the bag to the bottom along the corner creases. Also cut the bottom of the bag completely.

2.  Place your textbook in the middle of the brown paper cover .Folding the top and bottom of the brown paper cover so that it is now exactly the size of the textbook, crease the folds and bring the side of the brown paper cover over the book.

3.  Open the cover of the book and fold the left side of the paper around the cover of the book. Do the same with the other side. Open the cover and mark the paper at about half the width of the book cover. Do the same with the other side. Remove the paper from the cover and trim the paper to where you marked it with scissors.

4.  Slide the cover back onto the text book to make sure it fits. Adjust the brown paper cover if it feels too snug or too loose. Once it fits properly, remove and set aside.

5.  Line the area where you will be working with wax paper. Mix 2/3 cup glue and 1/3 cup water in bowl with your paintbrush.

6.  Cut fabric into about 2” x 2” pieces. Open paper book cover and place “better” side up onto the wax paper. Start by painting a 2” section in a top corner of the paper with glue mixture. Next place a piece of fabric on the glue, add more glue and paint over the piece of fabric scrap, smoothing with your paintbrush as you go. Scrap should be saturated. Repeat until the paper cover is completely covered with overlapping pieces of fabric.

7.  Once your paper is covered, open the book cover up and place textbook back inside and carefully close the book. Place a piece of wax paper in between the front cover and front page and the back cover and the back page. This will keep the cover from actually sticking to the book as it dries. Allow to dry overnight.

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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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Craft Idea – Paper Photo Frames

Posted by Erika on Mar 27, 2009 in Crafts , Family Crafts

Liven up your family photographs with handmade photo frames. These simply-crafted paper frames not only enhance the charm of a photo, but also add to the beauty of your home decor.

For this paper craft, you’ll need:

  • One 6″ X 6″ cardboard
  • Wallpaper/giftpaper scraps
  • Jumbo blossoms (Available in craft stores. Each packet contains 8 flowers of different shapes and colors, along with crystal brads.)
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors

Steps to follow:

  1. Cut four 4″X4″ sqaures out of each of your wallpaper/gift paper scraps. You should have 16 squares total.
  2. Make ½” diameter rolls out of each square.
  3. Glue the paper rolls on the cardboard. Eight vertically and eight horizontally, (as depicted in the image), leaving a small square gap in the middle.
  4. Measure the empty square, and cut your favorite photo according to your measurements.
  5. For the finishing touch, pick the jumbo blossom of your choice and affix it with a crystal brad in the lower corner of your frame.

Happy Crafting!

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