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Person painting an egg made of polystyrene

How to Paint StyrofoamThe rough porous surface of Styrofoam can make it a challenge to paint. This is a page about how to paint Styrofoam.


Elderly Woman doing needle work

Craft Ideas for Nursing Home PatientsThis is a page about craft ideas for nursing home patients. Finding crafts that nursing home patients will enjoy making can be a daunting task.


Seashell Wreath

Using the Right Glue for Seashell CraftsThis is a page about using the right glue for seashell crafts. Certain types of glue work best when working on projects involving gluing shells to other objects.


hand holding paint brush for watercolors

One Handed Crafts?This is a page about one handed crafts. An accident or stroke may result in losing the use of one hand. This does not mean the end of crafting opportunities.


sewing and yarn supplies

Donating Craft SuppliesThis is a page about donating crafting supplies. You can share of all kinds of your unused crafting supplies to assisted living, childcare centers, churches and other nonprofit organizations.


Orange paper heart with a red ribbon, on a aqua colored cardstock.

Gluing Fabric to Paper?This is a page about gluing fabric to paper. Finding the best glue for your project helps guarantee a satisfactory outcome. Not all glue products will work well when gluing fabric and paper to each other.


curtain with grommets

Removing Grommets Without Damaging Curtains?When altering curtains you may wish to temporarily remove the grommets. This is a page about removing grommets without damaging curtains.


glue bottle

Gluing Paper to Plastic?This is a page about gluing paper to plastic. Whether it's for a craft project or you just need to cover something up, sometimes you need to attach paper to a piece of plastic. Some glues will work better than others to get the task completed.


Adult painting a picture with watercolors.

Crafts for Mentally Challenged Adults?This is a page about crafts for mentally challenged adults. Finding crafts that are easy enough and at the same time engaging enough for mentally challenged adults can be daunting, as there will be many different skills levels.


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Making Sock Long Johns?How can I make sock long johns using only one pair of socks?


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Selling Excess Craft Supplies?This is a page about selling excess craft supplies. There are many reasons you may find yourself with excess craft supplies. One way to reduce the clutter and organize the supplies you keep, is to sell them.


Applying craft sealer to a vase.

Making Homemade Craft Sealer?Make your own decoupage sealer at home. This is a page about making homemade craft sealer.



Photo of a glass block.

Buying Pre-Drilled Glass BlocksThis is a page about buying pre-drilled glass blocks. Drilling a hole in a glass block can be a lot of work. Buying them pre-drilled can save you lot of time on your cat project.


Adding Scent to Old Potpourri, Dried Flowers in Container

Adding Scent to Old PotpourriThis is a page about adding scent to old potpourri. Revive your old potpourri by adding a new scent.


Silk Wedding Flowers

Using Acrylic Water?This is a page about making and using acrylic water. Filling your vase with faux water for your silk flower arrangement can help give it life-like detail.


Homemade White Glue

Homemade White GlueThis is a page about homemade white glue. If you run out of white glue right in the middle of a project, make your own.


closeup of old machine in cabinet

Removing a Sewing Machine from Its...This is a page about removing a sewing machine from its cabinet. Sometimes you need to remove your machine from the cabinet to move it, clear, or for repairs.


No More Frayed Bracelets

How to Prevent Frayed Friendship BraceletsIf your friendship bracelet is made with synthetic thread then using a lighter to heat the frayed area or cord ends will repair or prevent fraying. This is a page about how to prevent frayed friendship bracelets.


White doily with purple edges against an orange background.  Doily does not appear to be starched

Starching DoiliesThis is a page about starching doilies. In past years doilies were often starched to best display some of their lovely ruffled edges or to create bowl shapes.


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Peek-a-Boo Dolls?I'm trying to find out what the dolls are called that are homemade and are about the size when finished as a 2 year old toddler standing up. But the main idea of the Boy or Girl Doll is for their faces to be hidden while they are bent over hiding there face against their arms. I have seen these on front porches, mostly outside dolls.


Pink Tulle

Hanging Tulle From the CeilingThis is a page about hanging tulle from the ceiling. Tulle is often used in decorating for weddings and other special occasions.


Woman in Straw Hat

Dyeing a Straw Purse or Hat?This is a page about dyeing a straw purse or hat. When changing the color of straw you want to make sure it will not bleed onto other things.


A shorefull of different sized seashells.

Attaching Seashells to Plywood?This is a page about attaching seashells to plywood. If you crafting with seashells there may be a need to adhere them to wood or other materials.


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Preserving a Dead Starfish?How do we dry out a dead starfish? We recently went to a beach that had lots of tide pools. There were lots of starfish. We would never bother the live ones, but my son found a dead one.


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Putting Pictures on a Backpack?My daughter wants a backpack for school that no one else has and would like for me to custom make her a backpack. Is there a way I can print pictures of her favorite character from the computer and put them on a back pack?


Spray cans of spray varnish.

Sealing Plaster Stepping Stones?This is a page about sealing plaster stepping stones. If you made some plaster stepping stones and you want them to last it is best to seal them.


Glue gun dripping hot glue onto wood surface.

Remedies for Hot Glue Gun BurnsWhen crafting using a hot glue gun try keeping a bowl of ice water near by to dunk your fingers in if you accidentally get glue on your skin. This is a page about remedies for hot glue gun burns.



Drilling Holes in Glass

Drilling Holes in GlassThis is a page about drilling holes in glass. Glass crafters often find that they need to drill holes in glass to complete their project.


A teen knitting a house.

Craft Ideas for Teens?This is a page about craft ideas for teens. Many teens enjoy doing crafts; it gives them something to do that they can be proud of and can result in great new clothes, accessories, gifts, etc.


Gel Pens on white background.

New Gel Glitter Pen Not Working?General consensus seems to be that the best way to jumpstart a gel glitter pen is to bounce the tip on a hard surface. Shaking it can also get the pen working. This is a page about a new gel glitter pen not working.


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Threading Punch Needle?Can you thread a punch needle without a threader?


Elderly woman stringing beads

Crafts for Visually Impaired Nursing...This is a page about crafts for visually impaired nursing home patients. Visual impairment can affect the type of crafts a person can do enjoyably and successfully.


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"Family Is Like a Quilt Pieced Together..."?I saw a verse that was framed at the local fair and it started out A family is like a quilt pieced together... I can't remember the rest of it, any help would be greatly appreciated.


Smoothing Rough Edges

Smoothing Rough Edges on Glass and Plastic...This is a page about smoothing rough edges on glass and plastic crafts. Many craft projects require you to cut glass and different types of plastics. This often leaves a rough edge that needs to be smoothed.


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Painting a Serving Tray?I bought a restaurant size baking sheet from the thrift store in hopes of turning it into a large serving tray. The plan was to decoupage pictures of family and friends onto it, or just spray paint it and lacquer it. My question is, would it be safe to eat food that was left on the lacquer/paint? Anyone know of a safe product to use and/or alternative ways of making this idea work? Thanks.


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Leewards Craft PatternsThis is a page about Leewards Craft Patterns. Popular craft patterns from Leewards can still be found, if you know where to look.


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Using Regular Crayons to Decorate Fabric?How do you color with regular crayons on t-shirts?


A pile of silver soda can tabs.

Preparing Soda Can Tabs for Crafts?There are many craft uses for soda can tabs. This is a page about preparing soda can tabs for crafts.


A plastic red container of ground coffee.

Finding Plastic Folger's Coffee Cans?Plastic contains can be used in many craft projects. This is a page about finding plastic Folger's coffee cans.


Rubber Cement

Gluing Foam RubberGluing foam rubber can be a challenge but with the right adhesive, it is possible. This is a page about gluing foam rubber.


Glitter Tubes on White Background

Working With GlitterThis is a page about working with glitter. Working with glitter generally ends up with glitter everywhere.


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Cleaning Glue Off Craft BrushesDepending the type of glue you are using, there are several methods commonly used to clean your brushes. This is a page about cleaning glue off craft brushes.



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Making a Lollipop Tree?I am trying to find instructions for make the "tree" used in a lollipop tree (where you pick a sucker with the colored end and win a prize). It will be used everyday for 2 weeks so it needs to be durable, sturdy and small enough to sit on a table.


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Melting Hot Glue Sticks Without a Gun?Can you use a small crock pot to melt hot glue sticks?


Wire-Edged Ribbon Bow

Decorative Bow IdeasThis is a page about making decorative bows. Handmade bows can be used in many craft projects, such as wreaths or as decoration on clothing.


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Pattern for PVC Pipe People?I'm looking for patterns to make PVC people. Can you help? Also I've only got the good use of one hand.


Preserving Bread for Display

Preserving Bread for DisplayThis is a page about preserving bread for display. You can make a display or a cute gift from a loaf of bread.


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Craft Ideas for Adults with Learning Disabilities?This page contains craft ideas for adults with learning disabilities. Keeping hands busy and having the satifaction of making something, is good for everyone.


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Lamp with a Fillable Base?I'm trying to find a lamp base that is fillable. I can't find one for under $100.


Blue microwave heat pack.

Fillers for Homemade Heat Packs?There are several common recommendations for fillers to use in homemade heat packs. They include: rice, beans, buckwheat, or field corn. Essential oils can also be added to the dry fillers. This is a page about fillers for homemade heat packs.


Balls of yarn in different colors and sizes.

Finding Free Yarn for Personal Use?Finding free or very inexpensive yarn for your own use is not necessarily that difficult. There are a number of resources you can try such as, Freecycle, Craigslist, Goodwill, and even the community page for you city. This is a page about finding free yarn for personal use.


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What type of glue do I use for fabric?Could someone please let me know the best glue for fabric? I believe I have tried it all, but my jewels fall off of everything I make. I would appreciate any help that you have to offer.


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Potholder Towel Toppers?I'm looking for the pattern for a hanging kitchen towel where the handle is a folded potholder. I saved it on my computer and now I can't find it. It's not really a pattern, just directions, but really nice. Thanks a lot for your help.


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Wine Glass Holder Pattern?I am looking for a simple pattern to make a "neck" wine glass holder to hold a standard wine glass at wine tasting functions.


Lace Tablecloth

Repairing a Lace Tablecloth?This is a page about repairing a lace tablecloth. There are ways to repair a favorite lace tablecloth whether it is hand crocheted or machine made.


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Removing a Promotional Logo from a Shopping Bag?I have a large shopping tote bag which has a printed promotional logo at the front. How can I remove it so that I will be able to decorate the bag with an iron-on transfer?


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Making a Cat Out of Yarn?Does anyone have a pattern for a yarn cat from the 80s? The yarn is wrapped around cardboard pieces and then cut and put together.


Bucket of Plaster of Paris

Craft Ideas Using Plaster of Paris?This is a page about craft ideas for plaster of paris. Plaster of Paris can be used for tons of fun crafts. You can make everything from paintable sculptures and ornaments, to stepping stones and handprints of your kids. Here are a bunch of ways to use your leftover Plaster of Paris.


Temporary tattoo on child's hand.

Using Temporary TattoosThis is a page about using temporary tattoos. If not being used on skin, plastic and glass can be decorated with temporary tattoos.


Cutting Straight With Scissors

Cutting Paper Straight With ScissorsThis is a page about cutting paper straight with scissors. As we all know making a straight cut with a pair of scissors can be difficult.


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Preserving Pinecones?About 20 years ago my father-in-law climbed trees in California (he was 85 then) to get me some of the largest pine cones I had ever seen. I didn't ask and was willing to gather a few from the ground.


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Crafts Using Terra Cotta Flower PotsThis is a page about crafts using terra cotta flower pots. Terra cotta flower pots are an excellent choice for making a variety of crafts both for your home and garden.


Sweet Gum Balls

Buying Sweet Gum Balls?This is a page about buying sweet gum balls. Although many homeowners dislike the seed pods dropped by sweet gum trees, others use them in gardening and crafts.


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Lights That Will Fit in a Wine Bottle?I need information on where to buy lights that fit in the top of wine bottles. The only lights I have come up with have two ends for stringing and the large end does not fit.


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Crafts Using Thick Vinyl Material?Does anyone have any craft ideas for using up vinyl covered fabric, like you would use for upholstery. I have lots of this stuff, I meant to recover my couch cushions with it but I don't have enough in the same color to do that.


Woman Crocheting

Crafts Ideas for Hospice Care Setting?This is a page about crafts ideas for hospice care setting. Patients receiving hospice care often have varying physical limitations that can affect the types of craft activities they are able to participate in.


Shredded Paper

Making Shredded Paper for CraftsThis is a page about making shredded paper for crafts. If you ever need shredded paper for crafts, there are some quick easy ways to make the amount you need.


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Making Silver Paint?What colors of paint do you mix to get silver? I want to make some silver bells from a stamp for Christmas cards.


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Instructions for Children to Make a Rag Rug?I want to have my class of 11 year olds make a rag rug. Can you give me some help on materials to use, as basic as possible. Thank you.


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Removing Thorns from Pinecones?Is there an easy way to remove the thorns from pine cones so children will not hurt themselves while making crafts?


Faux bundt cake

Making Fake FoodThis page is about making fake food. There are situations when intimation food is just what's needed.


tissue paper flowers

Using Everyday Household Items for CraftsThis is a page about using everyday household items for crafts. Before going to the craft store check around your home, you will be surprised how many things you already have that can be used for craft projects.


Glass jars with decorations glued on.

What is the Best Glue For Glass?A common question from crafters working with glass is, "What is the best glue for glass?" The answer will vary depending on what is being adhered to the glass. Different glues work better for glass on glass, but another product might be just right for attaching other embellishments.


Cleaning a Glue Gun

Cleaning a Hot Glue GunThis is a page about cleaning a glue gun. It is very frustrating to have your glue gun become clogged right in the middle of a project.


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Attaching Fabric to Painted Wood Frame?I want to attach small bits of fabric to an unfinished wood frame I bought at Michaels. I painted a couple coats of acrylic paint already and wanted to attach the fabric to the paint. What type of adhesive should I use? What type of sealer should I use afterward?


Uses for Leftover Yarn

Uses for Leftover YarnThis is a page about uses for leftover yarn. If you crochet or knit, you probably have a stash of leftover yarn.


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Making a Fence and Cactus Decoration from Cardboard?I need to make a fence out of cardboard to use as a decoration for VBS at church. Any ideas? Templates? Same for a cactus, too.


Sealant for Outdoor Acrylic Art Project  - painted barn on a mailbox

Sealing Acrylic Paint for Outside?Craft projects created using acrylic paint will hold up to weather longer if properly sealed. There are a number of products available, but you would do well to investigate the best options for your specific artwork.


A spray can of varnish.

Sealing Home-printed Photo Magnets?This is a page about sealing home-printed photo magnets. Keep your homemade photo magnets nice by sealing them.


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Wooden Spool and Nails Instructions?As kids we used to hammer 4 small nails into a cotton reel to form 4 corners of a square around the hole. We attached a line of cotton wool to the pins and through the hole and by continuously using a "sewing process" ...


Craft Using Fleece

Crafts Using Fleece ScrapsThis is a page about crafts using fleece scraps. There are many fun crafts that can be make using your leftover fleece scraps.


Getting Rid of Bugs in Grapevine Wreaths

Getting Rid of Bugs in Grapevine WreathsThis is a page about getting rid of bugs in grapevine wreaths. The grapevine wreath forms you buy at the craft store may be harboring some unseen guests.


Reed diffuser and violets.

Homemade Reed DiffusersThis is a page about homemade reed diffusers. These decorative air fresheners are fun and easy to make using your favorite essential oil and reeds.


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Cut Up Craft Supplies Inside Clear PackagingI saved this clear zippered packaging from my shower curtains. You can save pillowcase or bedding packaging; anything clear would work best so you can see where to cut.


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Best Glue for Sea Shell Critters and CraftsI want to make shell figurines. What is the best glue to ensure the shells stick to each other permanently and the figurine is durable. I would like a clear glue and one that doesn't bubble or spread out excessively. I will also be attaching beads that are strung on wire to some of the projects. The shells I will be using are ones I collected from the beach.


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Attaching Sea Shells to Fishing Net?I want to attach seashells to a fishing net to hang on my privacy fence. I thought about drilling a hole and tying them, but I am afraid of cracking the shells. Then I thought about glueing. But I would need a glue that could withstand temperature changes. It feels like over 100F in summer and some 32F in winter. There is also a lot of rain and possible tropical force winds.


Carved Rock Identification - round stone with incising on the top surface

Identifying a Carved RockFinding a unique object, such as an incised rock, while out working or hiking is exciting. Determining if your find is an artifact is best done by contacting your local museum or the anthropology/archaeology department at the nearest university.


A collection of porcelain doll heads being painted.

Selling Vintage Doll Molds and Supplies?If you have either inherited doll making supplies, including molds, or are no longer interested in this craft yourself it is time to find a buyer. Etsy or eBay may be good places to try to sell the supplies. Some research prior to selling them can help determine a fair asking price.


Cheap Yarn Bowl Idea

Cheap Yarn Bowl IdeasThere is no shortage of pretty and moderately pricey ceramic or wooden yarns bowls you can buy. But what about using something you might already have in the kitchen cupboard? More money for yarn!


Use Leftover Egg Dye for Craft Projects

Use Leftover Egg Dye for Craft ProjectsThe dye left over from dyeing Easter eggs can be used in craft projects. Some ideas are offered below.


A collection of grommets with a tool.

Crafts Using GrommetsGrommets and smaller eyelets come in handy for use in many crafts and projects including curtains, plant pouches, and even a homemade poop bag holder. Check out the many ideas found below.


A lace paper rectangular placemat.

Crafts Using Lace Paper?Paper lace or doilies can be incorporated into many types of crafts, such as scrapbooking, cards, decoupage, and more. This page offers suggestions for crafts using paper lace.


Pricing Handmade Decor Items - vintage glass transformer hanging light fixture

Pricing Handmade Decor Items?This is just a small percentage of the things I make. Pricing is a problem for me.


A girl painting her fingers and paper with watercolors.

Tips for Easy Craft CleanupCrafting is fun, but it can also be quite messy when using glue and paints in particular. This page offers some inexpensive tips for easy craft cleanup, as well as, an idea for a reusable crafting surface.


A desk filled with craft supplies.

Help: I Live in a Craft Room!I tried to clean and organize and ended up writing, instead! I hope you who can relate will enjoy, and those who can't will soon!!


A wreath made from greenery and red berries.

Hanging a WreathThere are a number of ways you can hang your seasonal wreath. Depending on where it is to be hung different hangers can be used. Ribbon is a good choice it can be hooked on a nail, door hanger, or over a Command Hook. Command Hooks are also a good choice if your door has a glass window.


A frame with shells and glass to make a seascape.

Best Craft Glue to Create a Water Effect?If resin is not working for your water effect on a craft, you might try PVA glues and even add some hot glue effects.


A child using watercolor paints.

Protecting Work Surface When CraftingDepending on the type of craft you are working on there are varying ways you can protect your work surface. This page offers several suggestions such as plastic lids, cereal box liners, a ceramic tile, and more.


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Making a Reversible Tissue Box Cover?Can you make the tissue box cover reversible?


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Cleaning Plaster Ceramics Molds?I just purchased over 45 ceramics molds. They were in a dirty basement and are covered in dust. Is it OK to rinse them in water to get the dust off? Use a brush or just my hand? They are vintage pieces, most dated 1960s and 1970s.


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Using E6000 to Attach Rhinestones to Drinking Glasses?If I use E6000 to adhere rhinestones to drinking glasses, are those glasses safe to use? And is the glass dishwasher safe?


Painting on a Shovel Head Getting Dull - old wood handled shovel with cow painted on shovel head

Painting on a Shovel Head Getting Dull?This shovel is hand painted with a cow on it (see image). I bought it in 1990. Now I need to know how to restore the luster; it is dull looking! I have tried cooking oil, but that didn't work as I keep it on the porch and dirt and dog hair stick to it! Any recommendations?


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Colorful Tangled Yarn

Keeping Yarn From TanglingThis is a page about keeping yarn from tangling. Yarn can easily get tangled when in use or even when being stored.


Protecting and Displaying Your Collection - finished shadow box

Protecting and Displaying Your CollectionI have been collecting hearts in all manner of shapes and sizes for about a year now. Nothing fancy or crazy, but I just began liking the various shapes they come in.


Use Leftover Egg Dye for Craft Projects - blue dyed shell next to an un-dyed scallop shell

Use Leftover Egg Dye for Craft ProjectsAfter dyeing eggs, you can leftover dye for other crafts. For example: shell dyeing or an experiment.


Cheap Yarn Bowl Idea

Cheap Yarn Bowl IdeaSome of the cute ceramic bowls out there that have the notches for yarn, are 35.00! So today I had the idea of using what I have and it works great.


How to Reuse Your Canning Jar Lids for Crafts - butter knife on edge of canning jar lid and lid opener end of can opener in place

How to Reuse Your Canning Jar Lids for CraftsI know from experience that jar lids get used just once, unless it's for a craft.


Using A Large Piece Of Tile To Make Craft Cleanup Easy - gold painted leaves on a piece of white tile

Using A Large Piece Of Tile To Make Craft Cleanup EasyWorking with different craft projects can be messy especially if you are using a lot of glue or paint. Normally you need to cover your area with a newspaper or have a special plastic cloth that you use when working on a different craft project. Newspaper can be messy and the black ink can get on your hands or even on your craft project. Using a very large piece of tile is the best way to go.


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Preventing Rice Weevils in Stored Craft Rice?I use to make heating pads a lot, but stopped for about two years. I just opened my box that had a half used jumbo bag of rice that I use only for heat pads, and of course it had the little rice bugs. It got me thinking and now my question is how do I store a jumbo bag of rice for crafts without getting bugs? It was in a new sealed tight container.


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Cotton Batting Instead of Needle Punched Insulated Batting in Pot Holders?Your posts say you can use most anything to sandwich between the potholders, but I find old flat blankets or fleece at the thrift store work well. You can even use old clothes, the possibilities are endless! So up to what temperature can one pot holder with these alternate fabrics take?


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Best Glue for Attaching Seashells to Wood for Outdoor Decor?A hot glue gun works good when applying seashells to plywood, but if you live in the hot south, you can't use it on anything outside during the summer months because the sun gets the glue hot enough to loosen its hold and, one by one, the shells begin to fall off. What type of adhesive should I use on outdoor decor?


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Best Glue for Attaching Seashells to Velvet?What is the best adhesive to use on seashells to make it adhere to velvet fabric? This will be framed and hang on a wall.


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Using Handy Stitch For Hemming?Does anyone happen to know of any links or personally have any videos of how to hem dresses shorts, etc, with the Mini Portable Handy Stitch Sewer. If there's a step by step video for beginners, that would be AMAZING.


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Glueing Sheet Music to Windows?I am trying to glue sheet music to a window, but it seems no matter what glue I use you can see it when looking at it from the front. I have used mod podge matte and other things.


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