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Vol. 5, Num. 21, May 26, 2010

Hi, today's crafts focus on more projects for kids and a cute gift for the hair bow lover among us. The throw pillow would be fun for boys and girls alike depending on the fabric chosen. Turn them loose on the "silly putty" project and watch the creativity shine.

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Photos and Projects:

Craft Project: Throw Pillow

Here's a really quick and easy pillow that I did with the girls using their choice of a sewing machine or hand stitching with a needle and thread using all straight stitching. Eight year olds were able to do this with remarkable ease and very good results.

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Craft Project: Hair Bow Board

A useful and pretty bow holder made of inexpensive, if not on-hand, scraps.

Craft Project: Hair Bow Board

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Craft Project: Gobs of Goo

Remember Silly Putty? This is similar to that, fun for the kids and it will amaze them to see how it is made.

Craft Project: Gobs of Goo

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Tips:

Organizing Beads and Buttons

I love the texture and color of beads and buttons. Until recently, each attempt to organize them usefully failed. I found a shelf at a yard sale and washed small bottles until all of my beads and buttons can be seen. Moving the bottles around helps me plan projects and I can enjoy my collection every day.

By Dutch

Organizing Beads and Buttons

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Watch Out for Lead Content in Crystal Beads

I do a lot of crafts and had always been intimidated by bead work and jewelry making. I took a couple of classes at Michaels and now I'm hooked. I went online looking for less expensive supplies. There are many sites out there and along with the purchase of supplies, I got a lot of instructions for making items and very good information about beads and such. Swarovski (Austrian) crystals are gorgeous and shine brilliantly. But what makes them so dangerous is the very high lead content in them. I refuse to use them for that very reason. Semi-precious stones, gemstones, and even glass beads can be used to make very pretty items.

By matjat from Denton, TX

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The above contests are weekly. We pick 2 tip winners, 2 photo winners (1 photo and 1 pet photo) and 1 recipe winner at the end of each week. Each winner will win $25!

New Requests:

Craft Ideas to Sell at Markets

I would love some craft ideas to sell at markets.

By Jillian from Sydney, Australia

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Making a Soda Can Tab Purse

How do you make a purse out of soda tabs?

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By Laura from Mesa, AZ

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Large Bib Collar Necklace Template

Where can I find a large bib collar necklace template?

By Danielle from Richmond, VA

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Making Butterflies from CDs

I am looking for butteries or other animals, like fish, made from compact discs. Thanks.

By Susan from Morrow, GA

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Making a Cupcake Shaped Flower Arrangement

I saw a "cupcake" that is a small floral arrangement and I'd like to make one of my own. The "paper cupcake liner" looks to be a small terra cotta pot with ridges. The "cupcake frosting" is actually a mound of white carnations.

Any suggestions as to how I can achieve the terra cotta ridged "cupcake liner"?

By Jan from Louisville, KY

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Sealing Acrylic Paint for Outside Use

I used an acrylic paint to put a design on a flower pot. It will be used outside and I need to know what to use on it to seal the acrylic paint so that it doesn't chip or run.

By Pam from OH

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Cooling Neckerchief Pattern

Can I make a homemade "cooling" bandanna or similar product?

By Denise from Duluth, MN

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Removing Paper Backing From Fabric Samples

How do I take paper off of a cotton fabric sample?

By Barbara from Moorpark, CA

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School Project: Making a Garden Party Hat

My daughter has to make a garden party hat out of an old hat for school. She is in the second grade. I just have no imagination. Please help.

By Bernadette from Seymour, IN

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Fabrics to Use for Making Rice Heat Therapy Bags

Can you use synthetic stretch toweling for making rice bags, that you heat in the microwave?

By Verna from Melbourne

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Making Plarn Crafts to Benefit Library

I work at a library and we have a huge amount of newspaper sleeves. I have started exploring the idea of having some of our teen patrons make plarn balls. Then we could either sell them to someone to benefit the library or send the plarn to someone for them to make something for each of them or something big to raffle off. How do I locate volunteers to create these recycled crafts? Thank you.

By Elyse from Kennebunk, ME

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