Monthly Archives: January 2012

How-to: Repair an Umbrella

January 31st, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Fortunately, one of the most common points of breakage in an umbrella--that tip that comes unmoored from the metal support--is quite simple to repair


How-to: Sew an Even Easier Drawstring Bag

January 30th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

In the year since I crafted my first drawstring bag tutorial, I've refined it to correct these fiddly bits and to make the bag even quicker and easier to sew. Read on for the quickest, easiest, drawstring bag tutorial that you're ever going to find


Want to Build a Solar Street Lamp in Your Own Backyard?

January 29th, 2012 | by Brittany Mauriss

One of the most beautiful things about crafting green is the end result of our labor: awesome crafts that are unique, upcycled, and built with our own two hands. Add solar power into the mix, and the project is elevated into the realm of clean, green, renewable energy - something that reduces your carbon footprint even after the project's complete!


Toilet Paper Roll Valentine

January 27th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This Valentine's Day, make something different and fun for your kids to hand out to their friends-- a toilet paper roll Valentine! It's more eco-friendly and they are one-of-kind Valentines!


10 Ways to Upcycle Maps!

January 26th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Maps are one of those things that just look cool. I look at one and I'm immediately inspired to travel the world and see everything each place has to offer. Why not utilize such an amazing item to spice up every day, boring pieces? Here are 10 incredible ideas to transform those boring items into inspiring ones!


DIY Valentine’s Day Gift for Him: Neckwarmer with a Hidden Heart

January 25th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

The thing about crafting for dudes is that it's hard to resist my inner urge to fancy things up with hearts and flowers and whatnot. Plus, since this is a Valentine's day gift for him, I wanted it to have a little bit of romance! My solution was to tuck a secret little heart inside the neckwarmer, so I can be mushy without treading on this project's manliness. Here's how to make your very own!


DIY Buttons: Make Your Own Buttons from Natural or Recycled Materials

January 24th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Using tools ranging from scissors to drills, using materials ranging from fallen tree branches to clamshell packaging, and, most importantly, using absolutely no additional money, I've been able to make a wide variety of sturdy buttons for all my sewing and craft projects. Check out the following tutorials to see how to make some DIY buttons of your own


Reader Tip: T-Shirt as Art

January 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

You know we love a good t-shirt reuse project around here, so I was pleased as punch when reader Nancy Sharp was kind enough to share her idea for reusing a sentimental t-shirt that was past its prime



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