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DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

May 26, 2014

Oh Dad, you don’t ask for much. Just a kid-free corner of the garage to work on your projects. And maybe a Porche. Well ok, he’s not getting the sports car, but you can appeal to his manly-man interests by creating a gift basket JUST for him. Some Dads like woodworking and tools. Others are […]

Turn your child's artwork into glasses at home #diy #crafts #ciw

Make Kids Art Glasses

April 14, 2014

My son loves to draw. He also loves to use drinking glasses, one after another. Honestly, sometimes I think he takes a sip out of each glass in the house before proclaiming it dirty and putting it into the sink. To celebrate his love of art and our need to give him one glass that […]

Kids Crafts – Make Pudding Finger Paints

July 26, 2012

Some preschoolers just put everything in their mouths. Today, I say we go with it. If you have  a toddler who tries to eat his paint, you may as well make it something that you are sure won’t hurt him. Try this great kitchen craft idea for making finger paint you can eat. And it […]

Sleepover Cheapover – Make a DIY Bring-Along Bed

July 11, 2012

This is a BRILLIANT tutorial from the Domestic Goddesque on her super-crafty blog! Use pillows, a cozy cute sheet (or fabric, but sometimes sheets are less expensive and have the kids favorite characters!) to make this fluffy, puffy sleepover bed. A little cuddly piece of home they can take with them anywhere. Heck, use those […]

Make an Arts and Crafts Apron

June 28, 2012

Even if you have been sewing for many,many years (20 years for me – gosh time flies,) sewing projects that start with a simple pattern often allow for the most creative possibilities. This apron project and tutorial is exactly the kind of fun sewing project for me and even better…what a rockin’ arts and crafts […]

DIY Wedding: Make A Chalkboard Aisle Runner

April 24, 2012

A wedding ceremony is the most meaningful part of any wedding day and the start of the commitment you'll make to each other. It's what the rest of the day's all about! Your ceremony, as much as the details of your reception, …

Make Bottle Cap Picture Magnets

April 4, 2011

While walking around Austin, TX…we were total tourists. Checking out all the cool vintage stores, taking lots of pictures, and basking in sunshine and Mexican-inspired art. We kept seeing these cool bottle cap magnets – simple little picture magnets made using bottle caps, glitter, tiny pictures, and a little resin (and of course a magnet.) […]

It’s A Bust!

March 9, 2011

NO really, it is! A miniature one anyway… I once made an exact polymer clay figure of my dear Daddy. But I forgot to bake it! So it sat on the shelf for years and years and as we watched it lose it’s structure, my Dad joked that it’s decline posture was a little too […]

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

January 1, 2011

Craft Supplies:

1. Chinese takeout favor box template. Ours is available for instant download on sale now for $2.49 on Meylah: Chinese Takeout Treat Box Template
2. Stapler
3. Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
4. Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.

How to fold and assemble your box:

1. Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
2. Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
3. Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
4. Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4…

Make A Flip (Swing Card)

December 30, 2010

Paula from More Than Cards demonstrates how to make a flip or swing style greeting card. The swing/flip card is made by cutting slits into the cardstock, then folding it at very specific measurements (Paula goes over these in detail in the video tutorial) What a cool cardmaking idea — definitely not your average Valentines […]

Make Your Own Party Hats

December 29, 2010

I love themed parties – especially when it is clear the hostess put a lot of time into making handmade party accessories and decorations. Michaels’ resident creative expert, Jo Pearson, shows us this wonderful craft idea just perfect for New years eve parties (or any party really!) Using poster board, decorative paper, craft glue and […]

How To Make A Vision Board

December 28, 2010

Types of Vision Boards When To Use A Vision Board How To Make A Vision Board Examples of Vision Board Why A Vision Board? Every year about this time (right before the New Year) I try to take a time to reflect on all the good from the year that is wrapping up and start […]

Viral Crafting: Monkey Style

July 14, 2010

If you live in America, you have almost definitely had, made, or been given a sock monkey at some point in your life. What you might not know is the Sock Monkey’s rise to fame was almost entirely due to the overwhelming number of crafters who took the instructions and just started sewing!
To celebrate this icon of ingenuity and also post a nice afternoon craft the kids can help with, I bring you this list of wonderful sock monkey tutorials!

Maddie The Menace’s Favorite Dog Stuff Tutorials

June 24, 2010

Maddie is still my lovable little pup, and I love to make her custom doggy stuff. Here are a few of my favorite dog beds, dog collars and leashes, and other DIY dog items you can make yourself.

Make Magnetic Paper Dolls For The Fridge

June 17, 2010

These are already scored for you on the Paperdolls Cricut cartridge. I used the “Everyday Paper Dolls” and “Paper Dolls Dress Up” cartridges. I also make little ones to give to my doctors and nurses on a popsicle stick and one for just about anyone I come across. It is easy to make them look like people and they love it!
My doctor even took her “nurse” paper doll on vacation with her and took pictures of the nurse in the sand at the beach at the tiki bar, etc … too cute.. Anyways, I cut them out 8 inches then I laminate them to protect them – small children like to tear up paper dolls. Then I just cut the clothes out on the Cricut also and laminate them and put velcro on them so the dolls can change clothes.