TAG: Crafting

Bottled Fun

Bottled Fun

Kids are notorious for playing with packaging, so saving up plastic bottles and jugs for crafting makes perfect sense. With an inventive attitude and a few supplies, fun in a bottle is a sure cure for boredom. Milk jugs can be turned into game equipment like carton catchers. With some careful cutting, sturdily affixed end tubes and a bit of ornamentation a game of catch is invented. Just add a ball and toss back and forth for an energetic, recycling inspired activity that the whole family can participate in. Condiment bottles can be repurposed and used for restocking craft materials. Once… read more

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

Organizing and cleaning out closets can sometimes turn up clothing that doesn’t get worn often. Sweaters are one item that normally either receives a lot of wear during cold months, or is pushed to the back of the pile if the style is outdated or uncomfortable. The following are a range of ideas for reusing old sweaters that will give them an updated look and a new life. Knitted sweaters that are soft can be cut and easily turned into hats. A homemade elfin hat is a great way to upcycle an ugly or stretched out sweater. Also, this tutorial… read more

Go Global With Map Designs

Go Global With Map Designs

Maps can be used to create inexpensive, but still rich looking, accents in a room. They can be purchased almost anywhere, from new ones at convenience stores to vintage finds at thrift shops and garage sales. World travelers and wandering wannabes can all appreciate a map design. Decorating an interior with maps can be done small-scale, or incorporated into a theme. Walls are a great place to start with maps, and they make easy instant wallpaper. However, walls are not the only surface they can be placed on. Furniture and other objects that can be covered with them in a découpage project… read more

Making It Clean With Homemade Soaps

Making It Clean With Homemade Soaps

Sensitive skin, irritating fragrances and expensive prices are some reasons to consider making homemade soap. Store bought soaps can contain synthetic chemicals that can be aggravating. Also, antibacterial soaps containing triclosan, an antimicrobial agent that was initially listed as a pesticide, have been under scrutiny for potentially causing developmental and health problems. Making homemade soap means that any recipe can be tailored to suit personal preferences or address specific skin conditions. Soap crafting can be perfected by the skilled soap maker, but it can also be done by novices. There are countless recipes for do it yourself soaps requiring varying… read more

Homemade Candles

Homemade Candles

Candlelight emits a relaxing glow, but store bought candles can be expensive. They can also have an overpowering scent or be laden with toxins that can be released into the air when burned. Making your own candles allows control over the ingredients, scent and presentation. There are some general techniques for candle crafting. Container candles basically involve melting the wax and slowly pouring it into a heat safe container. Candles made in molds require a bit more effort, especially when applying advanced techniques, but it is a skill worth learning. Hand dipped candles take some time to complete but can… read more

Handmade Wreaths

Handmade wreaths

Store bought wreaths can be expensive, and if they are living ones they may not last as long as their price tag dent does in your budget. Assembling your own is a way to have an original wreath that will be both fun to make and look at. Wreaths actually date back thousands of years and can be found in various cultures. They come in many sizes, from smaller loops that were once worn on top of the head as honorable adornments to larger sizes used for decoration and to represent unity or hold special significance. Though the wreath’s looks… read more