Hey Crafty Friends! I’m back today with another recycle kids craft for Earth Day and/or Spring. These little Flower Fairies and Woodland Sprites have a little musical tinkle, too, due to the hidden jingle bell. They tinkle merrily in the breeze or on your kid’s back pack! I designed this project for Creativity Connection which is owned by Faber Castell. But it’s so fun (and kind of addicting) that I had to share it here, too. You probably already have […]
Leprechaun Hats from Recycled K-Cups
If you look at the date, you’ll see it’s past St. Patrick’s day. Yes, I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I was sick last week and I ran out of steam. However, I’m hoping you all will still love this craft and pin it for next year-because it’s so cute and easy to transform K-Cups into Lucky Leprechaun Hats! Some links contained in the post are affiliate links. You can whip these out in an afternoon and […]
Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin (St. Patrick’s 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: (handy affiliate links:) 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 […]
Guest Tutorial from I’m Topsy Turvy: Carving Eggs with a Dremel
A big hello to first-time “Guest Dummy” Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy. She’s got great tutorials for the crafters, and cakes to DIE for. I mean really spectacular! Anyway, I love what Ashlee did with these eggs- and you all know that I LOVE my pistol-grip Dremel. Can’t wait to try these out myself! I published this post a few years ago, but It’s so fabulous it deserved a command performance! Last year I found this picture and story about […]
HSN: Behind the Scenes
Hello, Crafty Friends! I just got back from my most recent appearance on HSN representing the 3 Birds Estate Collection. I shared some photos and behind-the-scenes action as it happend on my Facebook and Twitter accounts, but just in case you missed it, I wanted to share here, too. My trips are whirlwind and I forget to take pictures-but the process of preparing for live TV is actually pretty cool. First, did you know that some of the on-air guests […]
How-To: Shrink Plastic Flower Head Pins
Spring has sprung early here in North Eastern Ohio, and we’ve got lovely flowers blooming outside. I used some shrink plastic to make some sweet little flower head pins and bring some of that “spring” indoors to my crafting table. Disclosures: some links below may be affiliate links. They are actually really easy. Let me show you how to make them! You’ll need: Clear shrink plastic (I used clear for that translucent look.) White glass “corsage” pins Alcohol-based markers (I used LetraSet […]
Spring Craft: Easter Banner
I created this banner for CraftsUnleashed last year- but I think it still is pretty rockin’!Â If youâ€™ve been online or reading magazines, you probably have noticed the trend of making banners to decorate or celebrate. Iâ€™ve â€œhoppedâ€ on the bandwagon for Easter (har, har!) and whipped up this simple but stunning decoration. However, this would be just as cute if it said â€œSpringâ€ or â€œCelebrate.â€ I used: Black Magic Core-dinations cardstock (or your choice in 4 different colors) Nanaâ€™s […]
Easy 4-Leaf Clover Tee for St. Patrick’s Day (Craft)
While we don’t go all-out for St. Patrick’s Day in my house, the kiddos love to wear some “green” and keep themselves pinch-proof!! You can make this Lucky Clover T-shirt craft in one step- make it tonight and wear it tomorrow!! Disclosure: some links below are affiliate links. You’ll need: tee shirt Tulip Glitter Fabric Spray paint in gold Tulip Spray Dye -Green Small paper heart doilies (available at the grocery store) Krylon Easy-Tack Repositionable Spray scrap paper and […]
Year of the Rabbit- 7 Crafts for an Auspicious Lunar New Year
Gung Hay Fat Choi- Happy Lunar New Year! This is the year of the rabbit, so I thought I’d scrape up some cute rabbit crafts to get you inspired! An even if you don’t particularly get into Lunar New Year- that’s OK. Consider these crafty ideas as a way to get a “jump” on your Easter and Spring crafts! For the little kids, there’s the ever-popular Bunny Mask from EnchantedLearning.com: Amigurumi is hot, hot, HOT right now, and what could […]
Paper Lantern Summer Party Craft
Here’s a little goodie I posted over at CraftsUnleashed-blog- and I thought I’d share it here, too. You can whip up one of these beauties just in time for your Labor Day festivities! I have to admit that this wasn’t my original idea- I saw a project on Martha Stewart’s blog that used butterfly punch cut-outs on a purchased paper lantern and I thought it was super cute. I was tickled, too, because ConsumerCrafts.com sells these fabulous battery-operated paper lanterns […]
Recycled Can Brooches on CraftsUnleashed!
When it comes to recycled crafts, I really kinda can’t help myself. I’ve got a bit of the magpie in me- I’m attracted to shiny things and I’m always trying to figure out how to use the little bits and bobs that attract me and reuse them into something fabulous. So now I’m using my Cuttlebug like a crazy person. (Watch out- if you’re in my house, the minute you are done with your soda I will snatch it from […]
Recycled Coffee Filter Flowers
Yeah, I know this one is kinda an “oldie-but-a-goodie,” but I had such a good time making them today that I thought I’d share it here, too…just to remind you how much fun you can have with the garbage you generate! My recycled objects were all collected after breakfast: 5 or 6 coffee filters (per flower) egg carton (yields 12) cereal box Plus you’ll need some not-so-recycled objects, one each per flower: bamboo skewers chenielle stems button for the center […]
Recycling Your Plastic Eggs
Well, here we are, Easter is over, and now we have copious amounts of those annoying plastic Easter eggs. (Well, actually we’re down a few because Ginger the cock-a-poo has discovered their charms!) But anyway, even if you don’t have scads on hand, they’re on sale everywhere for cheap, cheap, cheap! So here’s a coupla good reasons to get crafty with ’em! Make your own Egg Rattle Snake complete with rattler! If you’ve got a dremel or drill handy, this […]
Easter Banner up at CraftsUnleashed.com
Every now and then I make a little craft that I’m particularly proud of…and today’s post on making Paper Easter Banners at CraftsUnleashed.com is one of them. I hauled out my Cricut and got me to cuttin’ some circles and letters and BAM! In about an hour I had me this cutesy banner to hang on my mantle: I think it’s A) pretty, and B) is something you could make at home without a Cricut– and probably with the papers […]
Jenny shares some great Easter/spring themed crafts from other great craft sites and blogs.
Fabric Eggs from One Inch World
Jenny shares a great fabric-egg craft originated by One Inch World.
Tie Dye Your Easter Eggs-Literally!
Jenny shares DollarStoreCraft.com’s tutorial on how to use recycled silk ties to dye Easter Eggs.
Fabrege Egg Swap
OK, so we didn’t really swap fabrege eggs… we made Artist Trading Cards inspired by them. I got these last week on Wednesday, right before we headed out of town for a funeral. I apologize for being late to my wonderful swap-ees, Trish, Katherine, and Agnieska (from Poland!) These are gorgeous, and now I have to find a clever way to display them next Easter. I only hope that my swap partners were as pleased with my polymer clay ATC’s. […]
Springtime Crafting â€“ Make a Birdbath
So I spent this morning raking out beds, uncovering little shoots of spring. My crocus are blooming, and the tulips and daffys are over 1/2 up. It won’t be long until they bloom, too. So with all of this spring springing up around me, my thoughts have turned to garden crafts and yard art. First up: we need a birdbath! I found a super simple version on FamilyCrafts.com: Patricia’s Pots also has a how-to, with a slightly different design: She […]
Three Recycled Plastic Easter Egg Craft Ideas
Well, here we are, Easter is over, and now we have copious amounts of those annoying plastic Easter eggs. (Well, actually we’re down a few because Ginger the cock-a-poo has discovered their charms!) But anyway, even if you don’t have scads on hand, they’re on sale everywhere for cheap, cheap, cheap! So here’s a coupla good reasons to get crafty with ’em…. Make your own Egg Rattle Snake complete with rattler! If you’ve got a dremel or drill handy, this […]