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:
I ran across the coolest craft project ever on a blog I read called Creative Dominican. It shows how to take a plain plastic tote and turn it into a beautiful storage box. Well, she calls it a toy bin, it is actually nice enough to put in your living room and could be made even fancier or dressed down with denim or such to make a cute storage box for any room in your house.
To get the full low down on how to do this, here is the link to the post with the tutorial. I plan on making one very soon to hold the extra pillows and afghans in my family room. I already have the fabric!
A Very Easy Craft How To
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