March 13, 2020

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Bamboo Decorative Box -  finished box

Making a Bamboo Decorative BoxThin pieces of bamboo, CDs, and raffia are assembled in this project to create a useful, decorative bamboo box. It is great for storing small items on your desk. If a small plate is placed inside you can add a little potted plant. There are a lot of different uses.


Creating a Crackle Paint Finish on Canvas - two finished canvases

Creating a Crackle Paint Finish on CanvasIf you want to create a crackle finish on your canvas this tutorial will show you how. You will need some acrylic paint and Elmer's glue or a similar product to begin.


Hogs and Kisses Candy Holder - finished hog holder surrounded by red and silver wrapped Kisses

Making a Hogs and Kisses Candy HolderThis Valentine's Day craft is based on a play on words. This sweet little TP pig makes the perfect container for some candy treats for you Valentine. The attached craft details the steps required to make your own.


Succulent Gift Tag - closeup of succulent arrangement

Making a Succulent Gift TagAdd a small succulent cutting to your homemade gift tag for a dual gift. See how in the project below.


Custom Bathroom Door Design - painted bathroom door

Custom Bathroom Door DesignWith an outdoor bathing space you can add a bathroom door with a custom design. Acrylic paint and wooden slats turned this framed plastic panel into a work of art.


Bamboo & Coconut Shell Planters - planters hanging outside of a house

Making Bamboo and Coconut Shell PlantersThese bamboo and coconut shell planters are not only functional, but will bring an island feel to your garden. Use them for succulents or other plants of your choice. The tutorial published below will get you started.


Egg Carton Miniature Furniture - table and two chairs

Making Egg Carton Miniature FurnitureFrom egg crate to doll furniture, this project will guide you through the steps. Your kids can help made these miniature chairs and table plus have fun playing with them afterwards.


Making Custom Push Pins - pins and ticket on corkboard

Making Custom Push PinsCreate your own custom push pins. You will need thumbtacks, hot glue, and paint. Design shapes that delight you or make sorting and posting notes and reminders more clear at a glance.


Succulent Plant Starter - bottle with leaves in place

Making a Succulent Plant StarterThose of us who grow succulents know that it is generally easy to start new plants from cuttings. This recycled soda bottle succulent plant starter is designed to also focus on starting new plants from individual leaves. The easy to follow instructions appear below.


Tree Candlestick Holder - finished recycled bottle tree candle holder

Making a Tree Candlestick HolderRecycled glass bottles are decorated with layers of leaves cut from 2 liter bottles to make this candlestick holder. The following steps, supplies, and photos will guide you through the entire process for making one or more of these eye-catching crafts.


Making a Bag from a T-shirt - finished bag

Making a Bag from a T-shirtThis project is even more timely as plastic shopping bags begin to disappear from our lives. Recycle your old t-shirts into reusable bags. Try one or more for the methods described on this page.


Heart-Shaped Toy Binoculars - red binoculars on dark background

Making Heart-Shaped Toy BinocularsPaint and recontour TP tubes to make these fun heart shaped toy binoculars. We can show you how.


Easter Egg Wreath

Making a Plastic Easter Egg WreathPlastic Easter eggs can be used to make a pretty seasonal wreath. Make it as simple or elaborate as you like. We have some excellent examples to choose from.


Paper Mosaic Art for Kids - stars and moon added

Paper Mosaic Art for KidsWhen you or your children craft using construction paper there are inevitably scraps. Turn them into fun mosaic art projects with your children. See how this technique was used to make a rocket ship and a jet.


3D Pop-Up Heart Card - open card with 3-D heart

Making a 3D Pop-Up Heart CardGather together scissors, glue, and paper to create this delightful 3D pop-up heart card. Using 3 colors adds to the overall effect.


Making A Beading Loom - beginning to bead

Making A Beading LoomMaking beaded bracelets and chokers is a longstanding craft that has delighted children and adults for years. The first thing you need is a loom. This tutorial can guide you through the steps needed to make your own.


Heart Picture Frame Magnet - finished magnet on a stainless steel refrigerator door

Making a Heart Picture Frame MagnetThis magnetic heart picture frame magnet is fun to make for Valentine's Day or other occasions. Let us show you how.


Several different quite time play tins made from Altoid tins.

Making Quiet Time Play Tins for ChildrenThese amazing little mint tin play boxes are a wonderful project to take on and the recipients will adore them. Check out the accompanying craft and try your hand at it. Older children might also get hooked.



DIY Tissue Box Marble Maze - looking down on finished maze

DIY Tissue Box Marble MazeBefore tossing out tissue boxes, your child may be interested in making this marble maze. You can easily make this with a few supplies: tissue boxes, hot glue, straws, scissors, and any scrap piece of art/paper. My son had lots of fun with this and he's currently altering the maze course to make it more complex by adding a third tissue box.



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Cleaning Cat Poop Out of Carpet?What shampoo solutions are best for removing cat poop from carpet?


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Roof Repair Assistance for Low Income Homeowners?How can I get get help on getting a roof on my house? I'm low income.


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Double Tip Drawing Pen Dried Out?My double tip pen which is dried out just stopped working. I am sad because I use it for all of my drawings and now I can't. What can I do?


Identifying an Old Wooden Chair - old wooden armed chair with vinyl  upholstered seat

Identifying an Old Wooden Chair?I would like to know the history behind this chair or maybe the metal plaque on the back of this chair?


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