If you are like me, you have a lot of left over tin cans. They have a lot of uses, pencil holders, craft organizers, I have even cut out the top and bottom and screwed it to the barn wall to hold brooms and rakes! However, today I am going to share a much more fun use for tin cans. Check out these cute cans!
Fall is my favorite time of the year for crafts. I know its not really fall yet, but I can wish, can't I? I can also get an early start in making some end of the summer and autumn projects. Nature is just full of things that are great to use for crafts like pine cones, branches, leaves, pussy willows and my personal favorite: corn husks.
and Fun Things To Do With Them
Wooden gift tags are very inexpensive and there are many fun crafts you can make with them. They are enjoyable to decorate and can be used for so much more than just tagging gifts. I bought a bag of them to use on my jar gifts as tags because I found that cardboard tags are easily damaged or lost. I had quite a few left, so my crafting mind went into overdrive!
I love sock animals! I think the thing I love about them the most is the fact that they are almost always handmade. You have to love something that is made by hand, especially if it is a gift. I keep a file of sock animal patterns, and since the holidays are coming up, I thought I would share them with you. They are such thoughtful gifts for new babies, little girls or boys and even for the elderly. People love to receive things that are hand made because it shows that you are willing to spend time making a gift especially for them. It is more personal. Trust me, I have given sock animals as gifts for years and they are always well received.
Gourds have been used for a variety of things for hundreds of years. They have been used as bowls or cups to serve food and drink, the carving of sculptures, decorations for the home, storage, masks and even musical instruments. Gourds are used for many things even today, though they are usually more craft or decorative oriented. If you are interested in working with gourds or growing them, read on!
It is very easy to make a gift bag out of a t shirt. Why would you want to, you ask? Well, I can think of a few great reasons.
T Shirt gift bags can be made from any kind of t shirt from infants (very small bags) to Adult. (large or multiple bags) You can leave your bag plain or decorate it with buttons, sequins, fringe or other trim. You can also draw on it with magic marker or dye it a solid color. If you really want to get creative, you can use the tie dye method that was in a post I made back in January: How to Make a Tie Dye without Dye
My first adventure with decoupage occurred in the 1970s. I bought a picnic basket purse and I decoupaged flowers on the wooden top. I will never forget those yellow roses, how carefully I cut them out and the hour that it took me decide on an arrangement that I liked. I will also never forget the solid week I spent putting coat after coat of varnish over those roses. All in all the project took ten days to complete. I was so proud of it, I never carried it as a purse, instead I put it on my dresser and kept my teenage treasures in it.
Day 5 of Dog Week - Last Day!
I love to make my own pet toys. The ones available in the store are so expensive and they fall apart (or are chewed apart!) in such a short period of time, it is a waste of money. I am always searching the internet for DIY dog toys that I can make, so I decided to share some of my favorites with you.
Try a few of these, and you will see how fun and inexpensive it is to make your own!
Would you like to make an impression of your babies foot and hand for a keepsake? Or how about your dog, or cat? Even your spouse or mom! Keepsake impressions are the hottest thing in gifts, wall hangings, or even Christmas ornaments. You can even put them in a frame and hang them on your wall, as seen above.
Everyone loves tie dye, but hates the mess it takes to make it. Buying and handling the dye, buckets of dye that splatter and stain the floor and rugs. All the wringing and soaking and hanging. It's a pain! However, there is an easier way! You can get a similar effect as tie dye from using colored permanent markers. You can use them on just about anything cotton or poly/cotton; a t shirt, beater, canvas shoes, cotton skirt, denim, scarf, gloves, hat, anything goes. The technique is simple, this is how you do it......
Say you want to dye a t shirt. You will need:
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