Vol. 5, Num. 21, May 26, 2010
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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.
A useful and pretty bow holder made of inexpensive, if not on-hand, scraps.
Remember Silly Putty? This is similar to that, fun for the kids and it will amaze them to see how it is made.
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.
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 Margaret from Denton, TX
I would love some craft ideas to sell at markets.
By Jillian from Sydney, Australia
How do you make a purse out of soda tabs?
By laura from Mesa, AZ
Where can I find a large bib collar necklace template?
By Danielle from Richmond, VA
I am looking for butteries or other animals, like fish, made from compact discs. Thanks.
By susan hubbard from Morrow, GA
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.
By Jan from Louisville, KY
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
Can I make a homemade "cooling" bandanna or similar product?
By Denise Carlino from Duluth, MN
How do I take paper off of a cotton fabric sample?
By barbara from Moorpark, CA
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 O'neal from Seymour, IN
Can you use synthetic stretch toweling for making rice bags, that you heat in the microwave?
By verna from Melbourne
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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