Picnic Basket Makeover with Krylon

Upcycled Picnic Basket from CraftTestDummies.com

We are in full-on summertime mode here, with hikes, road trips and picnics! I got our “new” picnic basket at a yard sale for $10- it’s clean, sturdy and BIG! But it was also pretty plain. So I gave it a makeover using Krylon spraypaint! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Krylon brand but all opinions are my own.  For this Krylon challenge, our color of the month was “Honeydew.” We were asked to pick some accent colors, too. And […]

Hostess Tray Fit for a Queen (Or a Princess Charlotte!)

Krylon Fit For a Queen Serving Tray Makeover

I had this old hostess tray sitting around, and it really needed….something. It was plain and cheap, and faded into the background. I decided it needed some “oomph” and that when I used it, my guests should feel like a royalty! (Or maybe even me, on Mother’s Day?)  So I set to work. Here’s a sneak peek! (Disclosure: this is a sponsored tutorial designed my little ol’ me on behalf of Krylon. They supplied the paint and compensation. Thanks, Krylon!)    […]

Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Mothers Day DIY Gifts you can make in 4 hours or less!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner- but don’t despair! I’ve rounded up  a passel (yes, that’s a real word) of awesome DIY gift ideas that you can make in 3 to 4 hours (or even less!) And trust me, Mom still likes a nice handmade gift from the heart. Don’t we all? An InLinkz Link-up And here’s the thing…most of these are also great for teachers, hostess gifts, grads, or “just because” neighbor gifts. Do you really need a […]

How To Make A DIY Quilling Tool & Quilled Hearts Tutorial

DIY Quilling Tool

If you’ve been here before, you may know that I have a soft spot for quilling. I love that you can take simple strips of paper and some white glue and twirl them into spirals that you can form into shapes that can be almost anything! (OK, I’m a little breathless here!)  But what if you don’t have a quilling tool? Well, I gotcha covered. You need: plastic coffee stirrer (the ones like a mini straw) OR Ear Swab with […]

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Feb 2015 & SIX Valentines!

Valentine's Day/ Love Cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit February 2015

Time for the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit, peeps! And I made SIX Valentine’s Day/ Love cards in one go. Not gonna lie…this month I struggled with the card kit. The vintage colors felt a bit washed out to me, and I couldn’t quite feel the gold Gelato with clear embossing ink. While I love them together (see this post on embossing resist here) I just didn’t love them with the colors of paper in the set. But let’s take […]

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

When Santa shops for quilting stocking stuffers, there are some go-to items he can always reach for. Here are some of the best last-minute stocking stuffers for quilters. 45mm Rotary Blades Quilters need to replace their blades regularly, and most don’t. Not because they don’t want to, but because they forget to keep them on hand. Tuck some replacement blades in their stocking this year to keep them cutting safely in 2015.   Sewing Machine Needles Having a needle break […]

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Hostess Gifts

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Yesterday I shared how I make my Peek-A-Boo Gift Tags for the hostess gifts that I’m giving this year, and I got a request for the recipe for the Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub- so you here go! And you know what? You can make this in under an hour!   I’ve had my Dad, Mom, and daughter all try this scrub and we ALL agree that it leaves your ands very soft and barely scented. With our harsh Ohio winters […]

Frosty Hat Ornaments using Recycled K-Cups

K-cup Frosty Hat Ornaments and Place Card Holders.

I know I’m not alone in loving my coffee brewer….but I do have a modicum of guilt with all of those plastic k-cups that head into the garbage. I’ve come up with a little craft that you could use either as an ornament or a place card setting, depending on how you do it. A little paint, some ribbon and trims, and poof! You have cute Frosty Hats (top hats) made by recycling those k-cups! You’ll need: (affiliate links): recycled […]

Five Holiday Projects Featuring Krylon Spraypaint! (Vlog Hop)

Hey, Crafty Friends! As many of you know, I love to make YouTube videos and sharing great crafts and projects with you is one of my passions. This season, I’ve teamed up with Krylon and some  amazing video creators to bring you even MORE crafty happiness! We’ve put together a little “video blog hop” or Vlog hop to inspire you to get crafting. Here’s how it goes- you visit the first video in the series below, and give it a look […]

Acorn Crafts Round Up


Earlier this week I shared a tutorial for an acorn ornament…. ….. I kind of fell in love with acorns all over again. It doesn’t matter if it LOOKS like an acorn, is MADE from acorns, or has a PICTURE of an acorn- I’m loving it! So I put together a list of some awesome Acorn Crafts you will adore! [inlinkz_linkup id=465913 mode=1] Enjoy these crafts and make sure you pin them so you’ve got them for next year!

“Surprise” Acorn Ornaments or Gift Boxes

DIY "Surprise" Acorn Ornament. It opens to reveal a small gift or hidden message! Full video tutorial on CraftTestDummies.com

Today I have a great tutorial for you! It’s not yet Thanksgiving so I’m not “completely” in holiday mode yet.. but I AM thinking about hostess gifts and decorations that would work for Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah OR Christmas. (That’s a tough order to fill, right?) Well, these acorn ornaments are that “shabby glamorous” look that’s big right now, and it can be used for ANY fall or winter celebration. Note: this is a sponsored tutorial and the links below […]

Craft Haul: Stampin’ UP Holiday 2014 and Cards!

Vote for your favorite! And I'll even do a tutorial for the winning card.

Eek! Halloween just ended…which means that Holiday crafting is in full swing! For those of us who make our own Holiday Cards, it’s time to get cracking. For me, that means doing some playing experimenting with different designs to see which one will actually “make the cut” and become the holiday card for the season. I recently got a nice box of the Stampin’ UP holiday product to work with, and in this video I’ll share with you the items […]

Fun Frankenstein Lanterns (Craft)

Fun Frankenstein Paper Lantern Craft

If you have smaller kids, sometimes you don’t want to Halloween to be so scary or gory- so here’s a little fun Frankenstein Lantern you can whip up. He looks great sitting on a mantel or you can put him outside in good weather- he lights up and would look great guiding trick-or-treaters to your door!  I’ve included some Amazon links to make your shopping easier. I’ll earn a few pennies if you choose to make a purchase, so thanks […]

Review it & DO IT! Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

I love to decorate for the different holiday seasons-and I especially love making crafty items for our parties and family get-togethers. (And Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE!)  But what if you don’t want to *store* all of those decorations and supplies? Well, then make something that you can re-use for the next season, of course! And today I’m going to show you how you can use Krylon Frosted Glass Effect to make a spooky design on your goblets… and then […]

Embossed Autumn Cards using Pan Pastels

Embossed Cards Using Pan Pastels

Happy first day of Autumn! I’m not gonna lie, fall is my favorite. I like the cooler days, the crisp apples, and the happy advent of the mega crafting season! Today I have  a flash-back card for you- one I did for CraftsUnleashed back in 2011. I’m reposting it because I still kinda like it. Is it me or is is the grungy, distressed look finally winding down? So I decided to take a fresh look at that embossing folder and try […]

“Firecracker” Rice Treat Pops

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The other day I saw a super cute cookie treat idea  for the 4th of July on CakeSpy– you make cookies with Pop Rocks Candy and then roll the creamy filling with more Pop Rocks for a “firecraker” type of effect when you eat them. I loved the idea- but I needed to crank out my own lazy-and-cheap version. So what’s a gal to do? Hit the Dollar Store, of course! There I picked up the basic necessities: craft sticks […]

Personalized Tablet or e-Reader Case- Gift for Dads and Grads and More!


It was just Father’s Day here in the US, and I’m always stumped. I have a husband who doesn’t want or need “stuff.” He doesn’t collect anything, abhors tchochkies and knick-knacks, doesn’t wear ties or drink coffee or drink liquor. So my gift options are kind of limited. But he does like to read on an e-reader and he likes English Premiere League Soccer- but those kinds of fan items are hard to find in the US. Lucky for me, […]

Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin (St. Patrick’s Day Craft!)

Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin - St Patricks Day Craft

This post has actually been around for a few years here on CTD…but I have added new photos and a step-by-step video tutorial for you!  Who doesn’t need another St. Patrick’s Day craft idea or a super-cute Shamrock pin? Wanna play? You’ll need: black polymer clay translucent polymer clay metal leaf (silver or gold is ok) alcohol inks in yellow and green mini heart-shaped cutter (found in the cake decorating aisle) 2 part epoxy resin (I like ICE Resin) Pin […]

How-To: Braille Valentine’s Day Cards

Braille Valentine's Day Card from CraftTestDummies.com

Some of you may know that once-upon-a-time I was a Music Therapist, and back when I was a student in college I spent two summers working at Highbrook Lodge, a camp for the visually impaired. The wonderful training I received there has stuck with me my whole life, informing how I “see” the world and consider folks with visual impairments even today. So this year I wanted to make some Braille Valentine’s Cards with a focus on texture!   I […]

New Year’s Toasting Glasses

#FabulouslyFestive New Year's Toasting Glasses

Well, here were are, at the end of the year. One of the joys of our New Year’s celebration is welcoming friends into our home and having a bit of wine or champagne. I was thinking about that old phrase “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the older is gold.” So I made some silver and gold toasting glasses. They are super easy to make and you can make them in about a half-hour- no […]