Crafting Tips and Tricks

Always sign and date your labors of love. I have homemade ornaments from many years ago. Some aren't signed and it's sad not to remember who took the time to create their "labor of love".


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April 16, 2012

I don't like to rush out and buy a ton of expensive materials before I start a new hobby, so I have found it's worthwhile to take a sample class or visit a craft store for a demo of something I'm interested in trying before I jump in all the way.

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January 16, 2008

Don't despair if you don't have a printer or ink to print patterns off the net. Tape a sheet of paper to the top of your screen, and trace the pattern with a pencil. I have done this many, many times, and am well pleased with the results.

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November 10, 2008

If you are handcrafting small angels for ornaments, here is a very easy way to make already wired, angel wings. Simply buy a large, wide roll of glittered or un-glittered wired ribbon. Cut a piece of the ribbon off the roll.

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January 17, 2007

When gluing paper crafts, I find it is easy to get glue all the way to the edges of the paper. Simply get an old, worn-out magazine to absorb the glue that goes past the edge. Then, peel off the glue-applied item and affix it in its permanent place.

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July 12, 2006

I do a lot of gluing and painting when working on my crafts. It can get pretty messy at times. My solution for this is to buy inexpensive paper towels and cut them into squares or rectangles to keep on hand for quick clean-up of paint tips and glue tips.

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February 27, 2008

I love to crochet and all the old pattern books/magazines excite me when I would find them at garage sales. They are musty, mildewy, who knows what has crawled over, in and through them? Some of the books you don't even want to touch, but if you're like me, you can't keep your fingers off or out of them.

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If you are making a craft projects with silk flowers, you can stiffen them, and still keep their bright color, by using the strongest hair spray you can find.

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This is handy for people like me who always misplace a lighter or it falls in the couch.


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Keeping Things Together While Gluing. Sometimes when you are working on a project, the pieces are difficult to keep together until the glue dries. . .

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Look up a favorite picture and once you choose one, enter the url into the box at the following link! You will have custom colors!

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May 6, 2009

I like the recycled bird feeder idea. Here is a faster, simpler way to make holes in any plastic without using a hammer. If you have a gas stove in your kitchen, I use a pair of long handled pliers to hold a longer nail.

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For those of you who color your own hair, save the plastic gloves and wear them when working on any kind of messy craft or painting project. They will keep your hands a lot cleaner.

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10 ways to reuse an empty needle nose plastic glue bottle.

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August 25, 2004

The saying, "measure twice, cut once", is as old as the hills. It's generally used in carpentry to help prevent the wasting of materials, but it's really a good tip for all crafts. It's a good rule when working with fabric, leather or any material that needs to be cut to fit a particular purpose.

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May 10, 2014

I'm looking for a craft for my 5 year old to make to take to the local assistant living facility. My grandfather had a stroke 2 years ago and he loved when my son try's to help him and visit during his recovery over 14 hours away! I want to continue to teach my son to care for others, giving, and hopefully bringing light to another's heart. Anyone has any ideas for him to make and hand out? Thanks

By Lindsey


May 26, 20150 found this helpful

Here is easy, creative, and educational crafts to make learning fun and engaging for kids. Crafts that can be done are alphabet tree, alphabet drawing board, apple print pumpkin, butterfly crown.
For more here is the site which I had come across while searching for the kids crafts for my little hope this can give u a great idea of crafts that kids can have great fun while doing this.

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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

Picture frames made from popscicle sticks are easy to glue in a square. Cut up calendars or greeting cards to glue to the back and glue on a bright piece of yarn for the hanger. I know you're proud of your grandson.

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February 9, 2012

This page contains sewing tips and tricks. All crafts can be made easier if you are able to pick up some useful tips. Sewing is no exception. Sewing tips can speed up your work and may help you create a nicer final project.

A sewing room garbage can by tying a bag to the table leg.

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April 9, 2013

This is a page about cutting fabric straight with scissors. Cutting a straight line, using scissors, when working with fabric is not always that easy.

Cutting Fabric Straight With Scissors

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