Category: Crafts

Feb 17

How to Make a Basket

How To Make A Coiled Basket (courtesy of Howcast.com)

You don’t need a class in basket-weaving to get the hang of creating a handmade basket. Coiled baskets can be made by a novice. You will need:

Dried marsh grass

Raffia

A no. 18 tapestry needle

Step 1: Dampen a pencil-thick bundle of dried marsh grass.

Step 2: Tie raffia to one end of the bundle, and wrap the loose end around the bundle about 10 times as you move up its length. Leave a small gap between each wrap. When you reach the end of the raffia, lay the end of the first raffia along the bundle of grass, and then place the end of the new strand next to the ends of the old strand. Wind the new raffia around the old until the old raffia is covered.

Step 3: Bend the bundle around itself tightly so that it forms a coiled circle, with the wrapped end at the center and the loose end free. When you need to add more grass to the bundle, insert the stem ends of new grasses, a few at a time.
Step 4: Wrap the raffia three times around the uncovered part of the coil, and then use a threaded needle to connect the raffia to the wrapped part with a figure-eight stitch. Pull the stitch tight. Continue sewing figure-eight stitches until the coil is covered and closed.

Step 5: Extend the loop, wrapping the next section of the bundle with raffia and sewing it to the loop underneath with a figure-eight stitch. Continue binding and wrapping at 1-inch intervals as you enlarge the circle. Build the coils up gradually over each other at the desired angle to add height to the basket.

Step 6: Attach the final coil end to the previous one with a figure-eight stitch, and then wrap the raffia around the final two rows and the previous row. Thread the raffia back through the figure-eight stitch, and cut it free.

Did you know? Coiled baskets are used in the Apache Sunrise Ceremony — a rite of passage by which a girl passes from adolescence to womanhood.

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Feb 08

How to Make DIY Valentines Gifts

How To Make DIY Valentine Gifts (courtesy of GlamTrotter.com)

Hey you guys, it’s Amber, and this is going to be a little Valentine’s do-it-yourself video, and this is something that I like to do for my husband, as well as my friends and family. We love chocolate covered strawberries – I think a lot of people probably do – and, they can be quite expensive when you’re picking them up from a bakery, or like, Godiva in the mall for example. They’re so expensive! Like $6.00 for 2 strawberries! So, I’m gonna show you kind of a cute, little way to do it yourself – to make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and sort of turn them into a Valentine’s Day gift. So, if you are interested in how I make them, please stay tuned, and I will show you how I kind of present them and package them as well, at the end of this video.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Measuring Cup

Your Choice of Chocolate Morsels

1 Quart of Washed Strawberries

Ribbon with a Wired Edge

Package of Empty Treat Boxes

Wax Paper

Tray/Plate Lined with Wax Paper

Add 1 cup of morsels.

Microwave on high for 1 minute.

Churn the mixture from bottom to top.

Heat mixture for 30 seconds.

Again, churn the mixture from bottom to top.

Heat mixture for another 30 seconds.

Finally the chocolate is ready for dipping!

Since these are gifts, select the most attractive berries. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

Line your box with wax paper.

Place the berries in the gift box.

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Jan 30

How to Make a Bow

Learn how to make a bow in this great video from askthedecorator.com

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Jan 25

How to Make a Bunk Bed

How To Make a Bunk Bed (courtesy of buildeazy.com)

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Jan 19

How To Make A Silver Retro Christmas Tree

How To Make A Silver Retro Christmas Tree (courtesy of Threadbanger.com)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and welcome to Décor it Yourself! Every year, Will and I bring home a cut tree, but, this year we wanted to be a little greener and save some green, by bringing home a live one and showing you how to make your own retro tinsel tree!

First, gather a bunch of wire hangers and straighten them all out.

Fold 4 of them in half, then fold in half again, and reinforce the joint with galvanized wire.

Now, take out 4 pieces of thick wire, measuring 64 inches. Wrap the entire length of the 4 metal pieces in galvanized wire to create a strong structure.

Take your “L” shaped feet and attach to one end of your thick wire, to create the stand. Wrap until all 4 feet are secure.

Wrap the entire pole in tinsel, starting at the bottom. Once covered, wrap with galvanized wire.

Now, you’re gonna make your branches. You’re gonna cut different lengths of wire from your hangers, for the tiers of your tree.

Once you have your wire cut to the length it needs to be, wrap the entire piece with tinsel. Bend some tinsel over the end so it covers the sharp end of the hanger. Then, wrap that end with galvanized wire a couple of times, to secure the tinsel.

Now, wrap the entire branch with the wire until you reach the end. Then, secure that end the same way you did the first.

Bend one end 3 inches up at a 90° angle. You will need:

10 – 21” branches

8 – 16” branches

6 – 12” branches

5 – 10” branches

5 – 9” branches

4 – 8” branches

3 – 6” branches.

You’re going to attach your branches by placing them on the trunk, like so. It helps to mark where you’re going to attach them by marking them with a piece of wire.

Use a friend’s help to hold all of the branches of that tier in place. Wrap around all of them at one time with wire. Be sure to wrap all the way to the end of where the small parf of the L reaches the trunk.

We started with the bottom tier of the branches. Next, do the top tier, then measure the space in between to evenly distribute the rest of the tiers.

Once all tiers are securely attached, you’re going to finish your base. Take a square piece of wood, big enough for all 4 legs to fit on. Screw mending plates to each leg, about 2 inches from the trunk.

Paint your feet white to complete your stand.

Fold the branches in different directions to make it lush. Decorate, and voila! You have a retro tinsel tree for under $30 that you can use year after year!

A whole bunch of you asked for Christmas tree alternatives, so when we come back, I’ll show you plenty!

Welcome back! Another great tree alternative is a rosemary bush in the shape of a Christmas tree, that you can also use when cooking your holiday meals.

For small spaces, use a wall decal for your tree, as featured in Apartment Therapy.

Ingrid from Wood and Wool Stools has a cool tree alternative, as seen here. Read last year’s Threadbanger blog for these DIY trees by Venest. Our own viewer, Isabel, made this tree alternative out of a vintage body form. Awesome work, Isabel!

What are you doing for your tree this year? Going eco and green with a live one, or making your own? Send in photos so we can see them. Thanks so much for watching! I’ll see you next wek, and remember, Your Nest Needs You!

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Jan 19

How To Make Christmas Photo Ornaments

How To Make Christmas Photo Ornaments (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Decorate your Christmas tree with this keepsake ornament featuring a photo of a loved one. You will need:

Photo
Scissors
Transparent ornament with a removable top
Pencil
Cotton swab
Glue
Decorations
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Ribbon

Step 1: Cut out the photo you want to use into a circle that measures about 3 inches across.

Step 2: Remove the hanger and cap from the bulb. Then wrap the photo around a pencil, making sure the photo is facing outward.

Step 3: Holding the photo around the pencil, slip it inside the bulb. Release the photo from the pencil.

Step 4: Position and straighten the photo with a cotton swab.

Step 5: Get creative and glue small shells, colored tinsel, colored sand, and even popcorn to the inside and outside of the ornament. Gluing decorations inside will also help keep the photo in place.

Step 6: Write the date on the back of the ornament with acrylic paint, and a message if you like. Finish by tying a bow around the top of the ornament and give it as a gift to the person in the picture or hang it on your own tree.

Did you know? Ornaments on the 2008 National Christmas tree were made with holographic film to make the tree look lit all day!

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Jan 19

How To Prevent Common Christmas Disasters

How To Prevent Common Christmas Disasters (courtesy of Howcast.com)

With a little forethought, you can avoid many embarrassing, annoying, and downright dangerous holiday mishaps! You will need:

Emergency gifts
A drink limit
Kiss-avoidance strategies
Graciousness
Fishing wire
A computer with internet access
Orange and lemon rinds (optional)

Step 1: Have wrapped, unisex gifts on hand in case you forget someone. This is also useful if someone gives you something that cost twice as much as what you gave them: Just say, “And here’s your other gift!” Pick things you can use if you don’t give them as gifts, or stuff that can hold until next year.

Step 2: Figure out how much alcohol you can drink at the office Christmas party before you’re at risk of doing something you’ll regret. Then stick to your limit.

Step 3: Avoid an unwelcome mistletoe kiss by saying you have a cold – or feigning a cough or sneeze as the person closes in on you.

Step 4: If someone gives you a lousy gift, simply say, “Thank you.” If you pretend to like it, you may get more of the same next year.

Step 5: Prevent an emergency trip to the veterinarian by keeping sweet treats away from dogs and cats. Chocolate toxicity is the most common holiday-related illness for pets. Poinsettias are also poisonous to your four-legged friends.

Step 6: Keep kids and pets from knocking over the Christmas tree by securing it with clear fishing line attached to the treetop and a ceiling hook. If you have a cat, scatter orange and lemon rinds on the tree skirt; most cats hate citrus scents.

Step 7: Don’t panic if you still need gifts and even the drugstores are closed: Just go online, order a gift, and print out a photo of it. On your way out when you realize you’ve forgotten someone? Pick up some movie passes or a gas gift card.

Did you know? The average person gives up on trying to make their new electronic gift work at 11:48 a.m. on Christmas morning, according to a survey!

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Jan 19

Learn How To Celebrate Christmas On A Budget

How To Celebrate Christmas On A Budget (courtesy of Howcast.com)

It’s not just about buying less during the holiday season; it’s about buying smarter. You will need:

A budget
A gift list
Shopping web sites
Haggling skills
Secondhand purchases
Supermarket flyers

Step 1: Set an overall gift budget and use it to determine how much you can spend on each person on your list. Make sure you stick to it! Consider a family agreement to buy gifts for the children only.

Step 2: Search for gifts on eBay, Craigslist, and sites that offer discontinued or overstock items. Use price comparison web sites to ensure you’re getting the best deal, and look for rebates.

Step 3: Check out thrift shops, secondhand stores, and pawn shops – the latter in particular offer great savings on jewelry, watches, and electronics.

Step 4: Learn how to haggle. You can often get a discount just by asking for it, especially if it’s a small store, you’re a good customer, and you offer to pay in cash. Just remember to be polite and ask discreetly. Always ask salespeople if there are any coupons, promotions, or discounts available.

Step 5: Bake holiday treats from scratch to reduce costs, and consider giving some of them as gifts. Start scanning supermarket flyers a few weeks in advance for sales on baking supplies so you can stock up when prices are low. Butter stays good in the freezer for several months.

Step 6: Find ways to save on decorations. If you buy a real Christmas tree, make a wreath out of trimmings. Fill colorful bowls and vases with edibles, like fruit and nuts. Turn stemware upside down and put votive candles on the base for an unusual candleholder, or float votives in the glasses right side up.

Step 7: Trim your holiday card list by only sending greetings to people you rarely see. Then shop the post-Christmas sales to stock up for next year!

Did you know? The average American family spends over $1,000 on Christmas!

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Jan 19

How To Get In The Christmas Spirit

How To Get In The Christmas Spirit (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Dreading dragging out the decorations and pretending to love gifts you don’t really want? This year, find every way to make this a memorable, meaningful season for you and your loved ones. You will need:

Kindness
Holiday music
Decorations
Christmas tree
Volunteer work
Christmas movies
Personalized letters

Step 1: Greet people with a holiday wish and smile wherever you are.

Step 2: Clean the house while blasting cheerful holiday music and belt out a tune to get your spirits up.

Step 3: Decorate the house in festive colors. Hang mistletoe and set out red and green candles, tape up friends’ greeting cards, hang stockings on the mantle, and put the tree up early. Include the kids by letting them make their own decorations and crafts for the tree.

Step 4: Hang outdoor lights along the eaves, over the trees, and on the bushes. Paint a special Christmas letter box for the porch. Buy animated and lit reindeer, and other decorations for the lawn.

Step 5: Volunteer to bring toys, clothing, or a little cheer to those not as well off. Give to others around you, shoveling the walk for an elderly neighbor, making cookies, or helping out at church. Take some time to reflect on your blessings. Make this a family ritual.

Step 6: Watch Christmas movies with the family to get everyone in the spirit. Before bed, tell the kids Christmas stories to make it a season they will never forget.

Step 7: Send out personalized, old-fashioned, well-wishing notes and letters to friends, family, and associates. Everyone likes to get a nice letter this time of year.

Did you know? A box office flop when it was released in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life became the film classic it is today around 1974 when it became public domain and could be run on television for free!

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Jan 05

How To Make Lavender and Chamomile Sugar Scrub

How To Make Lavendar and Chamomile Sugar Scrub (courtesy of NoreensKitchen.com)

Hi everyone! It’s Noreen, and welcome to my kitchen! And welcome to another episode of The holidays are coming! Now, last week, we did bath salts, and I did want to make a statement about that. In some states, what they call “bath salts” have been made “illegal” because it’s a certain type of drug, that, I think you smoke – I don’t even know. But, they’re not the bath salts that I make. So, when you talk about bath salts and you hear that in the news, that’s not what we’re talking about. That’s something totally different – it’s just called the same thing.

But anyway, we’re gonna kinda go a step further today, and we’re gonna make a sugar scrub. This is really nice – you take it in the shower and then you scrub it all over your skin, and you rinse it off when you wash off, and it exfoliates all of those dead skin cells and it makes your skin glow, and it helps your body absorb moisturizer a lot more quickly, and it helps you to – the things that are in it are gonna help the toxins escape from your body, and it’s gonna be wonderful!

So, let’s see what goes in this! This is another thing that you could make assembly line style. You can make a whole bunch of it and just jar it up. You could even sell this at bazaars – it would be fantastic. So, what we’re gonna start with is a cup of Demerara sugar, and I’ll show you what that looks like. I should have left it out – you know what? I have a full one over here, let me grab it. I buy this in my grocery store – this is also what I use in my favorite bread recipe! This is pure cane sugar – sugar before it’s refined – so it still has a lot of molasses in it. Still has a lot of nutrients and minerals in it that refined sugar does not have. In the bowl it goes – a cup.

And, this is a ¼ cup of epsom salt. Not sea salt – a ¼ cup of epsom salt, because epsom salt is gonna help extract toxins from your body.

The next thing we’re gonna do…this is Vitamin E oil. You can get this at the health food store, you can get it online, I bought it in the vitamin section at Walmart, and it was about $3.00. And this will go a very long way – except you have to get it open! I’m gonna use a tablespoon of Vitamin E oil.

We’re gonna use a ¼ cup of some sort of oil, but, this is organic olive oil – cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil, ok? I will warn you – you cannot use vegetable oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, with this. You can use these 3 types of oil. You can use olive oil, you can use liquid coconut oil or you can use almond oil for this scrub. The olive oil contains lots of antioxidants that are fabulous for your skin, so you’re nourishing your body as well as having healthier skin.

Now, I’m also going to add a tablespoon each of lavender flowers and dried camomile flowers. Put those both in. You can do anything with this. If you want to make a lemon scrub, you can zest a lemon and you can put the lemon zest in here and it will smell fabulous. You can throw some black tea in here – just pop open a couple of black tea bags – or you can use green tea, or you can open up your favorite herbal tea and just toss a couple of those loose tea bags in here. Not the bag part, just the herb part.

Now, let me show you these herbs here before we move forward. This bag of lavender flowers was less than $5.00, and I get this from San Francisco Herb and Natural Food Company, and their website is HerbSpiceTea.com, and I love them! They have fantastic prices and an amazing, amazing selection to choose from, and they have medicinal herbs, they have culinary herbs and spices. And then, this is whole chamomile flowers, and both of these bags are a pound. You know, that’s a lot. When you think, I’m gonna buy a pound, that’s a huge bag. A huge bag! But, the chamomile flowers are fabulous. Chamomile helps you to relax. It takes the edge off, it has a natural calming quality about it, so this is perfect for taking a shower in the evening. It’s gonna help you exfoliate your skin as well, along with everything else that we’ve put in this scrub. This one I got from MountainRoseHerbs, which is another one of my favorite purveyors, or vendors, for herbal supplies. And, I will put their web addresses in the underbar, and their website is MountainRoseHerbs.com. And again, they have fabulous prices, and they also have – they have some things that San Francisco Herb and Tea doesn’t have, and vice versa. They also have a fantastic website where they actually have videos – they have a YouTube channel, and they have recipes and demonstrations, and you can learn a lot on their website about the origins and the uses for all of the herbs and everything that you’re looking at on there.

So, back to this! The only thing left to do know is to jar this up. I just put my trusty canning funnel up here, and I may have to tap this down. You’re gonna get more than a jar’s worth. This is just for demonstration purposes. You can pretty up that jar, put it in a cellophane bag, tie it with a bow, and you’re ready for gift giving! You can put a tag on it, and leave instructions below on how to use it. In fact, I’ll show you right here. I’ll just take some warm water – I’ll just do it on my arm, here. Just take a handful of it and rub it on your skin, and you’ll be able to feel – it’s gonna exfoliate all of the dry skin of of your body wherever you use it. It smells wonderful, and the, you know, the oil is not gonna be greasy on your skin, and you’re gonna wash it off with soap after you’re done. And I’ll just reach over here and get some of my hand soap. And it’s just like, if you’ve ever gone to Bath and Body Works or Crabtree and Evelyn or some really – like The Body shop, they’re really expensive places where you can go and get body care items. And you just dry off. But, this makes your skin really soft – feel it. Really soft!

So, give this a try. It’s a great gift! We’ve added the extra vitamin e in there. You don’t have to use a tablespoon if you choose not to. You can use a teaspoon. If you’re looking out for your budge, you don’t have to use it at all. So, there you have it – Sugar and Olive Oil Body Scrub that you make from home to give to your friends and family for Christmas. It’s not expensive, and you can make – if you buy a container of the Demarar sugar, a bottle of olive oil, a bag of epsom salts and a little bit of chamomile or lavender or spearmint or whatever herb you choose to put in there, or you don’t have to put herbs in it at all. You can make a whole bunch really cheap, and you can give it to everybody that you know and care about for Christmas. So, there’s another idea for holiday gift giving…I hope you try it, and I hope you enjoy it! Until next time – I’ll see ya!

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Dec 09

Learn How To Make Christmas Cookie Bouquets

Learn How To make Christmas Cookie Bouquets (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Follow this recipe to make a festive, edible decoration that everyone will enjoy! You will need:

Roll of cookie dough
1/3 c. pasteurized egg whites
4 1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
Cookie and cake decorations
Peppermint candies
Equipment:
Christmas cookie cutters
Wooden skewers
Electric mixer with paddle attachment
Colorful ribbon
Holiday-themed bowl
Florist foam
Red and green food coloring (optional)

Step 1: Roll out the cookie dough to double the thickness of your skewers. Then use your cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Poke the skewers into the sides of the cookies to make cookie lollipops.

Step 2: Bake the cookie lollipops according to package directions, adding one to two minutes to account for the added thickness. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

Step 3: Make the icing by beating the egg whites in the mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Step 4: Change the mixer speed to medium-low and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping the bowl between additions. Use more sugar for stiff icing to decorate designs and less sugar for loose icing to fill in the designs.

Step 5: Add the lemon juice, increasing the speed to medium-high until stiff peaks form and the icing is no longer shiny — six to eight minutes. Then ice the cookies. Divide the icing and add red and green food coloring.
Step 6: Use festive cookie and cake decorations to embellish the cookie lollipops. Tie a piece of colorful ribbon around each stick.

Step 7: Stick the lollipops into the florists’ foam in the bowl and hide the foam with peppermint candies. Use your bouquet as a festive centerpiece — if you can stand not eating it first!

Did you know? In 1979, in honor of the American hostages in Iran, only the top ornament of the National Christmas Tree was lit.

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Dec 05

Learn How To Keep Hanukkah Candles From Tipping Over

How To Keep Hanukkah Candles From Tipping Over (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Enjoy the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with peace of mind, knowing that the flickering candles in your menorah will stay put! You will need:

Foil
Menorah
Lighter or match
Candles

Even when they are secured, candles can be a fire hazard. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Step 1: Place the sheet of foil under your menorah to catch any wax that may drip. You can reuse the foil for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Step 2: Use a match or lighter to light a spare candle that you won’t need to use in the Hanukkah ceremony. This is a good way to make use of any candles in the box that are cracked or malformed.

Step 3: Hold the lit end of the candle over the first branch of the menorah, tilt it, and allow a few drops of wax to drip into it.

Step 4: Place the first candle into the holder, twisting it slightly while applying gentle pressure to secure it in the melted wax.

Step 5: Repeat the procedure with the other candles — one for each night of Hanukkah that has passed as well as the current night. Don’t secure the Shamus, or helper candle, until you are finished using it to light the other candles during the ceremony.

Step 6: Light the menorah after saying the traditional Hanukkah prayers to celebrate the Festival of Light. The wax will harden around the candles to keep them in place.

Did you know? For the entire 8 days of Hanukkah it is forbidden to fast or to eulogize!

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Nov 29

Learn How To Hang Christmas Lights Outdoors

How To Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Get in the Christmas spirit and illuminate your house with a dazzling display of lights! You will need:

Power source
Extension cord
Tape measure
Ladder
Christmas light hooks
Vertical Christmas light clips
Pole with a hook
Switch or timer (optional)
Coat hanger (optional)
Broomstick (optional)
Duct tape (optional)

Step 1: Find an outdoor electrical outlet that you will be able to plug a heavy duty extension cord into. Use an outlet that is controlled by a switch or run your lights through a timer.

Step 2: Use the tape measure to determine the length of the area where you want to hang the lights as well as the height of any walls, bushes, or trim where you will be hanging lights. Then figure the number of 50-foot light strings you will need.

Step 3: Look for broken or missing bulbs, and worn or bare wires before you plug in the lights. Then plug in the lights to make sure they work before you hang them.

Step 4: Use a stepladder if your house’s eaves are low. If not, use an extension ladder. Plant the ladder on level ground and extend it well above the eaves at a safe angle.

Step 5: Hang lights along the gutters first, using plastic clips made for light strings. Then attach lights to vertical trim using the vertical clips.

Step 6: Hang lights in small trees using the pole with the hook on it. Drape the string over the hook, extend it to the tree, and then twist the pole, allowing the string to fall from the hook to the branches. You can make a device by bending a coat hanger into a hook and attaching it to a broomstick with duct tape.

Did you know? Thomas Edison created the first strand of electric lights and decorated the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory with them around Christmas, 1880!

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Nov 16

Learn How To Get Really Creative For The Holidays

How To Get Really Creative For The Holidays (courtesy of Threadbanger.com)

It’s that time of year again, when Jack Frost nips at your nose, and the Grinch’s heart grows 3 times its size. It’s winter in the city, and holiday season everywhere!

Well, hello there, my Threadbanger friends, and welcome to the Décor It Yourself holiday special! If thinking about the upcoming holiday season stresses you out, relax! The holidays aren’t about spending money that none of us have. They’re about spending time with those that we love. So today, we’re gonna create the invitations, décor and gifts to give our loved ones a warm, wintry evening.

Gifts can be one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season – especially during these hard times. I’m gonna give you 3 easy gift ideas, that cost no more than $10!

For our first gift, we’ll take inspiration from our Earth Day episode, and create a gift by putting a cut plant in a vintage vessel. Who doesn’t need a little extra green, especially during these hard times.

These lovely coasters were made from remnants of fabric from leftover DIY projects. I still get in trouble when I go home to my folk’s house and don’t use a coaster. Sorry, mom!

For our last gift, you’ll need cinnamon sticks, cloves and clementine peels. Place your ingredients into an old mason jar and take a cool dishtowel and wrap it around it. Tie it with a bow, and you have a nice, warm gift of aromatic mulling spices. For more on mulling spices, check out the first episode of Décor It Yourself.

And now, on to my favorite element of any time of year – the décor!

For a quick and classy element of décor, spray a candle with adhesive, roll it in some glitter and place into an old shot glass or decorated vessel.

For our next décor piece, we’ll use our old wire hangars to create cool, seasonal sayings.

And, for the easiest of our décor ideas, take an old mirror and place on it your favorite woodland friends. Add a touch of glitter for a little snow flurry.

For our final low-budget décor piece, we’re gonna put our own spin on an old, kitschy idea. You’ll need some airtight glass containers, a glue gun, some figurines, glycerin, glitter and distilled water.

First, sand the inside of the container’s lid. Glue the feet of your figurine to the inside of the container’s lid and allow to dry.

Add 2 tablespoons of glitter to the vessel and fill with distilled water. To distill water, just boil and allow to cool.

Now, just add one drop of glycerin to the container, close the lid, and use your snowglobe as winter décor, or add a bow, and you have another gift to give!

Now that we have our seasonal décor and our gifts to give, we’re ready to invite our guests. After all, opening your home is a gift in itself! For unique invite ideas, check the DIY weddings episode of Décor It Yourself. But, for the holiday invite, we’re using a polaroid from last years’ Christmas. Look at us – living together in sin!

Well, we’re almost ready for our guests! But, to keep your party stress-free and low budget, choose one signature cocktail and one tasty treat. We’re doing sparkling peach and pomegranate schnapps, along with cookies, cupcakes and pumpkin bread.

I guess it’s time to celebrate!

Well, that was a hit! I’m off to clean up, but be sure to check back the first Wednesday of every month for more nesting. And remember, Your Nest Needs You!

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Nov 15

How To Make A Wreath Out Of Old CDs

How To Make A Wreath From Old CDs (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Short on holiday decorations, but long on old CDs? Tis the season to be crafty! You will need:

A plastic, wooden or foam craft ring
30 old CDs
A hot-glue gun
A picture hanger
A strand of battery-powered holiday lights
Batteries
A holiday bow or ribbon
A hammer
A nail
A plastic scraper (optional)

Optional: An over-the-door wreath hanger

Step 1: Arrange the CDs in evenly spaced intervals completely around the craft ring, shiny side facing out, and glue them into place.

Step 2: Glue a second layer of CDs so that they’re evenly spaced between the CDs on the first layer.

Step 3: Glue the picture hanger to the back of the ring so the wreath will hang properly.

Step 4: Glue the battery pack for the Christmas lights to the back of the wreath, opposite the hanger. When the glue dries, wrap the strand of lights around the outer edge of the wreath, with the lights hanging over onto the CDs. After positioning the lights, glue the strand to the backs of the CDs to hold it in place.

Step 5: Glue the bow or tie the ribbon to the bottom of the wreath to give your creation some holiday flair. Before displaying your wreath, remove any stray bits of glue with your hands or a plastic scraper.

Step 6: Tap a nail into your door and hang your wreath. If you can’t use nails, use an over-the-door hanger. Turn the lights on and bask in the colorful glow!
Did you know? In 2000, global sales of CDs peaked at 2.5 billion. In 2006, that figure was down to 1.8 billion.

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Nov 07

How To Use Sustainable Holiday Decorations

Sustainable Holiday Tips (courtesy of TheSalvageStudio.com)

Welcome to the Salvage Studio. I’m Beth Evans Romos, this is Amy Duncan and Lisa Hildebrand. We began our creative endeavor 3 years ago with our mutual lust for rust! We rescue good junk and re-purpose it into fun and functional home and garden décor!

Today, we’re gonna talk about how to set an entertaining table, Salvage Studio style. This works great for entertaining during the holidays. This same idea would also work if you were doing a sit down dinner. We’re gonna start from the bottom up, and we’ll talk about all the different ideas you can use to give you that lust for rust look.

First of all, starting with the tablecloths. I like to use white linen. White linen tablecloths are abundant at the thrift stores, they don’t need to be ironed because we like that sort of shabby chic ruffled, crumpled look. I like to layer several over one another. This works out great, because if the ones underneath have a hole and stains in them, the one on top will cover it over.

Once you have that down, then I like to put mirrors on top. Flat mirrors are easy to find, often times without the frame, and it just really helps to add an element to the tabletop and give it some sparkle. It works really great if you have some candlelight – it helps to bring that to focus.

Then, the next thing are trivets. You’re probably serving a combination of hot and cold food, and so we like to put down some interesting trivets. This one is an old spinning wheel, this one is a grapevine wreath, and this one is an old industrial gear.

Here’s some items that you can put your dishes in to. We love silver plate at the studio. And it doesn’t need to be shiny and bright. We love it to be tarnished, because it really shows the patina and adds one more layer of texture to your table. This is a beautiful dish, and if you collect a lot of different ones, you never know when they’re gonna come in useful.

We found this piece, which is an old farm pulley, at a friend’s house where she was throwing some things away. I thought, my God, what could we ever do with that? And we turned it upside down and thought wow – that makes a beautiful stand. And then the silver dish sits on top, and there you have the perfect display piece for your buffet table.

Another use of silver plate is taking the old silver plated trays. This has been attached to a lazy susan that has been painted black. The 2 are married together with adhesive, and again, makes a sunny presentation on your table.

Continuing on with silver plates, we also have these pedestals that can be made. These glasses are from wedding receptions that I don’t think were ever used after that fact, and then, just have the trays glued on top. If you stack them together, one on top of another, then you maximize the space on your buffet table, and you also have a wonderful looking display for crackers, cheese, fruit or desert items.

Another great buffet piece is made from putting together the glass ceiling fixtures with an old candlestick. This is an old wooden candlestick that has been painted a white color, and this piece has been attached to it with a rubber gasket and a screw. This is great, then, in not only holding things such as bread, but it could also hold a salad or possibly some mixed vegetables.

Continuing on with other pieces that have been repurposed. These candlesticks have been made from an old wooden lamp that has a great texture and patina to it. And, glued on the top has been a silver plate coaster. Always nice to add candlelight to your buffet table. It just really makes everything look that much more festive.

Another great piece that has been put together from repurpose items is this fireplace tool caddy. It has been reborn as the perfect buffet piece. These are, again, the glass globes from a smaller fixture that has been wired on and crystals added. You could put in silverware, you could put in napkins, you could put in bread sticks.

Then, finishing up with the final touches. I have napkins here, in an old soup tureen that has lost its top. And again, we like to use the real napkins along with the real silverware and real plates on the buffet table, instead of plastic and styrofoam. It just really gives that extra touch that means so much that you care.

And finally, for a little personal touch, I have these glass jars with photographs. They could very easily be place holders, if you were doing a sit down dinner, or they could just have a little fun momento for people if you’re having a family reunion. What this is is an old photograph that has been inserted into a glass jar. This one has some buttons in the back to help hold the photo in place, and then, the cover has been spray painted black and put on to hold it all together.

So, as you can see, lots of lovely ideas that makes use of what you have at hand to give our buffet table that special look!

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Oct 31

How To Make Resin Jewelry

How To Make Rock Star Resin Jewelry (courtesy of CreativeJuice.com)

Today, rockin’ crafts take center stage! First, we break the mold, designing some hard core resin jewelry. Then, we belt out stylin’ ideas for buckles that burst with glitz and glam! And, we;ll tear through a tee technique that’s totally cutting edge! Sine like a rock start, right now on Creative Juice!

You don’t have to be a rock start to appreciate some edgier fashion style, like this resin guitar pick necklace. But, you can be a fan of creating your own resin style jewelry. Fun, funky and easy to do, and we’re gonna show you how!

Creating resin jewelry isn’t as scary or intimidating as it may appear. It’s actually very easy, and considering how many you can get out of these 2 bottles, it’s very cost effective. So, we got these 2 bottles at the craft store. They come as a kit. You also want to purchase a mold, like this one here. They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. We’re gonna be making the oval one right here. And, these cost about $1.50 – really cheap.

Now, you also need to purchase some food grade silicone, and before you put your resin in, you have to spray the entire sheet with the silicone. Or, at least the mold that you’re gonna be using. Now this is kind of a lubricant, so when the resin hardens, it’s very easy to pop out and it’s not gonna stick to your mold. And we’ve gone ahead and just pre-sprayed these.

The next thing you want to do is choose what you want to embed. You can embed so many different things. I’ve got fun beads here, you could do this confetti – what I used to put in cards all the time and it would spill everywhere, stars and heart shapes! We’re gonna be using a guitar pick for ours. Now, we went and purchased these little tiny cups, these little measuring cups. You can get them at hobby stores or at medical supply stores, and they’re great because they have all different kinds of measurements all the way around. We’re gonna be using the drams measurement.

Now, we’re using 2 part resin, so let’s pour that right in.

Don’t forget your gloves!

Oh, yeah – gloves! Thanks for reminding me! You definitely want to wear gloves on this, because if it gets on your skin, it will burn you. We’re ready! OK, so, I’m doing 2 drams of the resin, and you really need to measure carefully, because even a small discrepancy can make your final resin too soft or too brittle. And, I’m doing 2 drams of the hardener. Like that. Now, I want to mix this up. I use these tiny, little popsicle sticks here. You want to mix this slowly for about 2 minutes, and avoid all air bubbles. That’s why I’m going really slow and just gently blending this together. Now, you can see it’s kind of foggy right now. You want to wait til it gets a little bit clear. The more you blend it, the clearer it’s gonna get. So now, I’m just gonna go around these edges here and scrape the sides and just make sure that it’s all blended very nicely together.

OK, I think our 2 minutes area about up. What I’m going to do is pour it into our 2nd cup here. Just make sure it’s all completely, completely blended all nicely together. And now, I’m just gonna remix this for about 30 seconds is all you have to do. And this will really help to make sure that all that’s blended together. All right, our resin is ready to pour. There you go, Cathie!

Thank you! We’re gonna pour it into our mold. We’re gonna fill it about halfway up, and then we’re ready to embed our guitar pick. I’m gonna use a tweezer here, and go in with a popsicle stick and coat the front and back of this, and that’s gonna help it slide right into place without creating any more air bubbles. If you were using paper or fabric, you would want to make sure that you coated them with some sort of a spray polyurethane or a decoupage medium before embedding them. Then, place it face down, because we want that to show. And we’ll just top it off with the rest of the resin. I’m not gonna go all the way to the top of the mold, cause if you did, you may get a lip once it’s dry, and then you’d have to go in with a file and file that away.

And, there you go! It’s really as easy as that. Now, you just want to set this aside for 3 days. Let it dry for a good 3 days. Completely cure it up. Now, this is for a clear one. We do want to show you how to add color, which is so fun! Blues, reds, greens, every color you can possibly imagine! This one here has been drying for one day. So, we already have our resin down, and we still have some room at the top. So what we’re gonna do is, we’re gonna add some dye to our resin, mix it together and pour a layer right on top, just like this one. So it’s basically just the back of it that’s giving this whole entire thing the color. If you were to mix all of the resin green – add some dye to all the resin and pour it on top – you would not be able to see this pick. It would completely cover it. Look at that. Just the tiniest little amount of dye here. Got a little bit extra. Place that right in there. And these dyes are specifically made for this.

A little bit goes a long way, doesn’t it?

Yea. Same thing, you don’t want to stir it too aggressively, you don’t want to create any more air bubbles. Now we’re ready to just pour it right on top. Ooh, that looks great with the yellow – nice, soft green. And, there you go! Same thing, you just want to set this aside for 3 days.

Now, we’re ready to pop out our guitar pick. Here’s the one that we did. What we just showed you how to do, this one has been drying for 3 days and it’s as simple as just popping it out, just like this. Put your thumb right on the bottom, move it around a little bit, and there it is! Pretty nice, huh?

Now, we just need to create a pendant out of it. It’s very simple. We’re just using the Fiskar drill, here. Just a hand drill. We’ve got a 1/8th inch drill bit, and we’re just gonna drill straight onto this – it’s so easy! You could use a power drill if you wanted to, but this just works so great. You can see how easy. I’m not even using one muscle!

There we go! Let’s dust this off. If you’ve got any little sharp edges here, you might want to use a little file. This little round file works nicely. Put it through, just kind of spin it around here. You could use a bead reamer if you have bead reamer at home. And remember, all the instructions on resin are at our website, DIYNetwork.com.

So, to get started with the wire wrapping, I’ve just got a small piece of wire here and it’s very flexible, and I’m gonna place that right through he hole that we drilled, just like that. And, you want to go ahead and just wrap one of them, just kind of coiling it around. Now I’ve got a wire cutter here, and I’m gonna cut away this excess. Go in with my pliers and flatten that down. Now I just need to create a little loop at the top. To do that, you just want to bend back your wire, then come on forward with it. Let’s make a pretty good size. I’m gonna leave a little bit of length on there, and we’ve got ourselves one inexpensive pendant.

Well done, Cath! Now all we need to do is, we’re just gonna string some chain right through it. You can buy ball chain by the foot, or if you have an old necklace laying around, just revamp it with a new resin pendant! There you have it, you wanna try it on?

I would love to try that on! So, have some fun with resin and make some jewelry! Coming up – we buckle down with a belt project that’s flashy and flamboyant! So strap yourself in with more Creative Juice!

For our rocker episode, I’m gonna belt one out…aww just kidding I’m not gonna sing a tune! But, I’m gonna craft up a really fun, rocker-inspired belt. First thing that you’re gonna need is a belt blank. Just go online and search for belt buckle blanks. They’re about 6 bucks and they come in tons of different styles. I’ve got some paper cut-outs here, and this one here, the crown, is just a font that I enlarged on the computer. This one here is just a piece of wrapping paper, and I spelled out the word Rock Queen. I’m gonna glue stick these right down onto the surface of my belt. Just cut them to size. Just fits in there. If you wanted to get real precise with your edges, you could lay this down on a photocopier and just use that to build a template.

Now, I’m gonna add a fun crown. Now, this font is called a dingbat, I think. It just came with my computer. And you can just print it out on a larger size and change up the colors, and ou can keep layering these up with tons of different images or sayings.

Now for my words – Rock Queen! I’m just gonna slide that right across the glue stick, sorta overlap that right there, and there you go! I got all the paper glued down, and now I’m gonna add some glitz to this! I’m gonna start by adding some rhinestones with some jewel glue. And this stuff works great if you’re working with plastic rhinestones, because it won’t cloud up on the backs. I’m gonna use some, kind of smoky quartz color to mix in. Just going in with my toothpick, place a couple of dots of glue down there, place our rhinestones on top, now we’re getting a little glitz. There you go, I’ve got those all glued down, now. At this point, I just want to set this aside and let this dry, and I’ve got one right here that’s already been drying, and I’m gonna apply some glitter and some Mod Podge to this. Now, Mod Podge is just a decoupage medium, and I’ve got a trick for creating a really cool sparking effect with it. I’ve got some copper glitter here and it’s ultra fine, and I’m gonna mix this together. And give a really nice coat over the entire belt buckle. That’s going to seal in all of the paper, I’m going right over the rhinestones. I like to go in one direction. Trying to go horizontal, across, because your brush strokes will show a little bit. That way, you have a nice, even coat. There we go! Got that all applied. Now, at this point, you want to set this aside and let it dry, and once it’s dry, it’s gonna look just like this. Look at all that sparkle – just by adding a little bit of glitter to the mod podge. So fun!

At this point, you’re ready to just attach it to a belt. I’ve got a belt blank here, and I want to show you how to attach the belt buckle to the belt. It’s very simple. Most of these types of belts have some snaps on the back, so, all you want to do is slide that piece, right under the bar, and then you’re gonna fold back the leather flap and snap it into place. It’s as easy as that! Then your belt will loop right through there. There’s usually a little notch here and that will hook right on through, just like that. So easy! So, get creative, get crafty, and Rock On, cause they’re a cinch!

Next, release your inner rock star with a cutaway t-shirt that will turn you inside out! T-shirts will always be a wardrobe essential. I always look for cool t-shirts, and variety is pretty important, too, like this t-shirt right here!

This t-shirt is so simple to make! We’re calling these cutaway t-shirts. We made this one earlier, and all we did was layer a piece of fabric behind our t-shirt, and then we went in and stitched out this star design. We did an outside stitching, and then we did some inside, and then we just cutaway to remove the t-shirt, exposing the cool fabric underneath there.

These are super expensive at the stores, and we’re gonna show you how to make them for minimal money. This is the one that we’re gonna be making today. This is for Cathie. I drew her a fly away heart, and that’s the image we’re gonna put right down here on the sweatshirt.

Just get your image and place it where you want to on your shirt. Let me show you a little trick, here, because I’m gonna be pinning this image onto the sweatshirt, and I’m using a self-healing mat. First, we need the piece of fabric that’s gonna peek-a-boo right through that sweatshirt. There’s lots of fabrics out there. We have found that if you use medium to small prints, you’re gonna have really good success with designs that will fit on the front of the t-shirt. This design here is great, because it’s an all-over design – there’s no right or wrong direction with it. If you’re going with some kind of really serious straight lines, you may have trouble lining it up and having really good results at the end. So look for medium to small images, all over pattern, and I like to go with 100% cotton or fiber that’s comparable to the sweatshirt or t-shirt that you’re using.

So, I’m using a self-healing mat here, and I’m just gonna slide it in my sweatshirt. And I’m using this because I’m gonna be pinning the fabric to the top of my sweatshirt, and I don’t want to possibly pin underneath here. So, if you have a piece of cardboard, a magazine, self-healing mat, works fantastic. So I’m just gonna be placing my fabric right in the area that I know my image is gonna go on top, and I’m gonna take a little time with this because I absolutely don’t want any wrinkles in this before I pin it. Fold this fabric over, and then position my image right on top. As you can see, I’ve got this lean here. I kind of want it to go off a little bit on the sweatshirt here by the zipper, so I’m just gonna fold this image over, this little piece of the wing, right there. So that looks just about right – let’s pin this down!

Now, you wanna pin this really, really well so when you start stitching everything together, nothing shifts around. You may think this is over stitching, but, trust me, you’ll be glad once you start stitching! And remember, for more information on this project and all of our other great sewing projects, just log on to our website at DIYNetwork.com. And this is ready to be sewn! So, Cathie’s gonna show you how to do this – get my self-healing mat out – there we go!

So let’s get stitching. I’m using a ball point needle, and that’s kind of a rounded needle. It’s still sharp, and it’s gonna go through the fabric really smoothly and help prevent any extra fraying that may happen. I’m using a short stitch length and going very carefully over my template. This is pretty easy sewing, but it’s also really detailed, so take your time and make it look right! There we go! Trim away these threads…

OK, so the next step in this is we want to remove this paper. So, I’m just gonna slowly pull it away from the sweatshirt here. Now, don’t go crazy and pull it really quick. You want to be a little gentle with this so you’re not gonna be pulling any threads out. Sounds like you’re ripping it, but that’s just the paper! Alright! There you go – how great is that? But, we need to reveal our fabric, and to do that, we’re gonna do the cutaway part now. What I’m gonna do is just go in and grab just this back fabric and sort of hold it separate, and in the center of where we just stitched, I’m gonna go in and make a slit. Just cut right in there. Then we’re gonna go in and we’re gonna cut very close to the stitching line, about 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch. You want to get close to the line, but you don’t want to go over that line, because then you would end up cutting through your stitches.

And we’ve got ourselves one cool, cutaway design! Now, all we need to do is to go in on the backside and remove a little it of this bulk. So I’m just using some pinking shears here, and just getting close to my stitch here and just cutting away that extra bulk. You don’t need that in there…it would just be irritating!

Let me see! I think I’m gonna be wearing this for a long time! Pretty cool! From t-shirts to sweatshirts to even jeans, you can create a rock and roll cutaway on just about any piece of fabric! Coming up, we square off with a pillow project that offers star treatment. You’ve got a backstage pass, next on Creative Juice!

Remember those cutaway tees that we did earlier, like my shirt here? Well, we did the exact same technique right on top of pillows, using this red faux suede and this black…a great combination. We also did it right on top of denim, which looked great. And we have a few tips and techniques for working with different fabrics when you’re using this cutaway technique. If you’re doing it on a t-shirt or using t-shirt knit material, you’re not gonna get much fray on your cut lines, but if you’re working with denim, you may need to use a little bit of this product called Stop Fraying. What we did is, we went in with a little bit of our Stop Fraying on a paintbrush and went right around our edges. This stuff dries perfectly clear, and it goes through the laundry.

Now, we specifically made these big pillows for on top of a bed. What we’ve done is, we wanted our birds to look at each other, going left to right, so what we’ve done is. We’ve just reversed the image on one of the pillows so they can sit comfortably and watch each other, all day long!

We hope that this cutaway technique has inspired you to try some of your own! Thanks for joining us, and we’ll see you next time – see you later!

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Oct 27

Learn How To Repurpose TShirts Into Tote Bags

How To Re-Purpose T-Shirts Into Tote Bags (courtesy of Threadbangers.com)

Hey Threadbangers! Today, it’s all about the earth. Earth Day was this week, so today I’m gonna turn the episode over to G from Refashionoso.com, and she’s gonna show us an easy way to turn old kids’ clothes into a new bag…check it out!

Here we are! From 2 t-shirts from Zara Kids, let’s create a new bag! Yo – enjoy!

What I’ve got today are 2 t-shirts from my daughter. These 2. These are 2 small for her now. So, what we are going to do, because the cotton is still fantastic, is create a bag! Are you ready for this? Yes, I am!

Let’s put the t-shirts on the floor, one with the design up, the 2nd one with the design face down. With pins, pin 3 sides of the t-shirts, leaving the 4th one and the sleeves free. After that, simply start to sew!

OK, guys, done! Now, we have to create the handles of the bag, using the sleeves of the 2 t-shirts. Let’s do it!

First of all, you need 4 buttons, and 4 pieces of textile, like this – look – with a hole in the middle, so we can use that like this. If you don’t have this, simply take a piece of denim, cut a little bit – cut a little piece like this – and make a hole in the middle, ’cause the denim is very hard material, it’s very good to do this kind of thing.

Simply, in one edge of the sleeve, sew the piece of textile with the hole in the middle. In the other sleeve, sew the button. Let’s do the same for the 4 sleeves of the 2 t-shirts. This way you can see how is simple to create the handles of the bag.

Look! We have done! And here as well – yes! Now, what we have to do – we cut the 2 labels, yes. We put this part inside like this, and we fix with pins. OK, and now, we simply have to close our new bag.

To close it, I want to use an old piece of t-shirt, denim t-shirt. I’m going to put this inside, and the button of the t-shirt outside. You can close it this way. I mean, you can use the buttons, everything you want and everything you like – it’s up to you. Ad then, start to sew.

OK, guys! We have done! Yes! It’s our new bag, look! And now, just open it. That’s it, and put inside all what you need: wallet, book, keys, close it. Yes! And now, we are ready to go out! Yes! I love it!

Thanks for the video, G. You’re a rockin’ eco-fashionista!

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Oct 19

Learn How To Decorate For Halloween For Under $20

Halloween Decorating Tips for under $20 (courtesy of Mommaair)

Hi! I’m so glad you made it! I just got back from the dollar store and decided to show you some really cute things to make under $20 for your house for Halloween. Come on in!

OK, I’m ready to show you the supplies that I bought, and remember, this is all from the dollar store, or it’s things that I just had laying around my house that I know you have laying around your house as well! So, what you’re gonna need:

Some Black Crepe Paper

Skeleton Garland

Some Foil Skeletons and Pumpkins

Burlap Fabric

Foam Wreath

Yes, a video tape – I’m gonna show you what we’re gonna do with this –

Empty Root Beer Bottles

Creepy Cloth – like a mesh, black

Spiderweb Cloth

Some Little Spiders With Skeletons

Corrugated Cardboard

I also went out to my own yard and just clipped some dried flowers that obviously, have kind of withered, but I’m gonna use these

And then, I got some pots at the dollar store, and I have already gone ahead and painted those with black craft paint – I just did a really, quick wash of craft paint. So, I’m excited to get started! Let me show you the areas we’re gonna work on.

Here’s a quick glance of our 2 areas before we do the decorating – the table and the chest. What you’re gonna do first is you’re gonna take this tape and you’re gonna wrap it around the wreath. I’ve wrapped it around all the way. And then, you’re gonna take your crepe paper and you’re gonna make a flower. And, it’s really, really easy. All you’re gonna do is gather – bunch it around, making it as big or small as you like, and then you’re just gonna straight pin it on. There’s the finished product!

Next, the burlap. I’m gonna use this for several things. I’m gonna use this to cover the pictures in my family room. Artwork that you don’t like. I’m also using it to cover my candles. So, I’ve cut some strips and it’s very easy to fray. Once you cut it, just go ahead and pull out strings. Save these strings, ’cause we’re gonna use these later to tie on things. So, all you do is wrap it around, and then I used one of the burlap strings, and then I took one of my little creatures and hot glued it on. I also used the burlap as a runner, and then I made almost ribbon out of the burlap, and I’m gonna use this to tie on the pots.

So, for your pots, I took the corrugated cardboard. You’re just gonna wrap the burlap ribbon around, tie a messy knot. Then, I disassembled the garlands, and you’re just gonna tie that on – use another piece of the burlap string.

The last thing you’re gonna do is you’re gonna make your ribbons for the root beer bottles. It’s really easy – takes – you’re just gonna loop it around, like this. Take a piece of craft wire, and I’ve combined…I’ve done it 3 different times and overlapped them. Then, I’ve gone ahead and put them on the beer bottle. There’s the skeleton garland, and I’m gonna use these all around. I cut these. Instead of keeping it as a garland, I cut these individual, put them on the root beer bottles, and then, if you saw a crazy lady at the side of the road picking sunflowers, that was me! Fill these with sunflowers. And the thing that makes all this work, even though it’s little and it’s all from the dollar store, you’re using a lot of it. And so, when you have a lot of little things, it makes a big impact.

Last thing is this creepy cloth. I’m gonna use this as part of the table runner and also on my light fixtures. We’ll show you how to do that.

OK, we’re out of time, but I am so excited to show you the final product. So, if you take these ideas and then add them to your existing Halloween décor, I think you are gonna have a really cute décor, but really affordable.

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Oct 09

How To Repair Cane Furniture – Part II

How To Repair Cane Furniture Part II (courtesy of Wickerworks.com/au)

Step 5 is the diagonals. I’ve started by coming up in the left-hand corner – the nearest corner, this one here. Underneath the yellow golf tee, I’ve come up underneath there, and as you can see, it goes over the verticals, the corner of the verticals there…and these ones, here, the horizontals. So, I’ve gone over the horizontals and the verticals, next one over, and you just keep following that. If you do the opposite, in other words, if you go over the horizontal and under the vertical, you’ll find you get a real zig-zag sort of pattern, and it’s not gonna slide nicely.

So, I just run this bit through first. Don’t forget, keep the cane nice and wet and you’ll find it slides easily. See, a couple of the strands have been put in now. And, when I said start from the corner, you can see down in the bottom here – just drop that – that I came up that one there and did a couple over here, and now I’m coming back. The reason that we start off in the corner is so that when you do come back this way, you’ve got a choice by going over that and coming down in there, or you can come over there. But, you see how awful that would look. So, join it back in the corner, there, get a little V shape and bring that cane underneath there and up here, and off you go. Keep going back and forth. You may get to a point in over this corner where you can join the diagonals so they go both into the same hole, and you will see that in a minute. But, really, it’s just aesthetically, you’ve got to make sure that it looks really nice and keep nice, parallel widths – that’s all you need to do. There’s no law, no rules, no one’s gonna come knock on your door saying you done it wrong. Just make sure you keep a nice, parallel look and that’s it! OK, I’m gonna keep going until I finish this step.

OK, now, were progressing with Step 6. That’s the final one of the diagonals. You can see all of the other ones are in place. I’ll put this black bit underneath so you can see it a little bit better…shows it up a little easier. Once again, I’ve started in the right-hand corner this time, underneath the white peg, and I’m gonna pull it up. And this time, you go over the horizontals and under the verticals. So you do the opposite way of weaving, compared to the first diagonal. It makes a little bit more sense once I’ve woven a few more strands.

So now I’ve finished Step 6, so both of the diagonals are in, you can see that it’s nice and neatly done. I’ll leave the golf tees in for the moment. And Stage 7, Step 7 will be the edge strip that gong all the way around where the outside holes are. You’re going to put the binder cane in, and that’s where we remove the golf tees one by one and tie off underneath.

OK, first of all you need to cut up some little pegs, and these are made out of pith core, or little timber plugs. And I’m just cutting them nice and short and putting a little sharp point on the end, if you want to, in every other hole, going around the back here. So, every 2nd hole, just tuck that into the hole. You can always push them in with your finger, but every 2nd hole, just tuck them in…another one here, and follow them all around. Take this golf tee out, and continue that around.

And you need also a binder cane, which is this one here. It’s a little bit wider than the normal rattan you need for here, so that it covers the holes up. Plug that in there, and then you have the same size cane, which is what we use in the weaving – that was the 2 ml cane, and what you need to do is come out from that hole there, go over the top of it, and pull down really tight. So, you see that for a finish. Come up through the 2nd hole and re-weave that down in that same hole again so you get that nice, little edge for it. So I’m just gonna do a few strands of that to show you what it looks like. Also, start from the back. It makes it easier to finish off, and a lot neater. So, I’m just finishing off where we first started. Just going back over the top , with the binder, just go back over the top of the other a little bit and lock it in. Just pull it a bit tight, and that’s it!

Then, all you need to do is tie off all these loose fits underneath here and snip them off and you’re finished! OK, to finish off underneath, turn the chair upside down and bring some of these canes here and just tuck them up under the next area, which is tricky with one hand! Just like that! And if you want to just finish them all off and nip off the excess, and that should hold quite easily. If you’re really worried about it, I normally put a tiny bit of pba glue just to stop them from moving. That dries clear and then it’s a nice, neat job.

OK, I’ve just finished off a bit of shellacs to brighten the color up, and now you can see that the whole seat has been hand-woven. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of doing these, and
I’m sure you will too. It’s very therapeutic! Just remember to keep the rattan nice and wet when you go to do any weaving, so naturally, stop and start whenever you want to, but maintain this to be wet for weaving. And that’s about it! If this has been helpful for you, leave a comment at the bottom of the video, would be greatly appreciated, and look out for more Need A Good Caning videos. Thanks again, bye for now!

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Oct 08

How to Repair Cane Furniture Part 1

How To Repair Cane Furniture Part 1 (Wickerworks.com/au)

Here we have an antique child’s highchair, and we’re gonna put a new seat in. And, I’ve actually fixed it all up before. It was all cracked around the front area here, as you can see, but, it’s nicely glued up. And, what we’re gonna do is show you how we can hand-weave a new seat – the traditional method of caning, individually laced through all these holes.

What you’re gonna need first of all is a good-sized cane. This one is 2 ½ mil, rattan chair cane, and you can buy it at any supplier. And you also need some golf tees. I’ve got a mixture of wood and plastic golf tees in there, so you can hold the cane in place.

OK, before we get started, what you need to do is soak the cane for about a couple of minutes – 5, 10 minutes at tops – so it becomes a lot more supple, easier to weave, and you can stop and start as often as you like when you’re starting this project, as long as you ensure that the cane is wet. Obviously, if you’ve got cane in the seat partially done, soak that for a little while, and also the new strands that you start weaving, and then that way, you’re gonna find it a lot easier to slide the cane through and make a better job. Because, once it dries out , it tightens up.

Now, there’s a little tip here I want to show you. You won’t be able to see this too well on the camera film, but there’s a little node – little barbs – where the leaves come out from the rattan. It actually grows that way – outwards of course – and the leaves come out this area here. These little barbs catch on your finger, or your fingernail, as you run through there. So, it’s imperative that, when you start weaving – especially the last 2 areas – to run it so that it runs smooth against the rest of the cane. Otherwise, you’re gonna keep catching this on parts of the weave, and it will just cause a bit of a nightmare. In fact, it might even fray or split. So, there’s a little tip for you. Run your finger on the top, and if it’s nice and smooth, that’s the direction you’ve gotta weave, ok? Now, let’s get started!

OK, the very first step you want to do is to ensure that you keep a nice, straight edge from the front to the back – so it’s not sort of going over to the left or the right – by your eyes, make sure you’ve got a nice, straight side there. So you can see that’s pretty straight. You don’t want it over in that hole over there – it would look a bit silly. So, put your first strand here, have a little bit hanging down below here and golf tee in there. Make sure you have the shiny side of the cane up on top, of course, pass it through the hole that you think is dead straight, and bring it up and under next to the right or the left – whichever direction you want to take to. I’m gonna go to the right, because I’m right-handed, so it makes it a little bit easier. Bring it up through the 2nd hole. And, always ensure that you’ve got it nice and fairly tight. Pull it taught. I’m doing this with one hand and holding the camera with the other, but, I can get it fairly tight. And then, when you want to stop, just put a little tee in there, a little golf tee in there and that will hold it in place.

So then, you just keep on going through, down to this hole, run it parallel, into the next hole, crossing, and do that right on to the very end, until you get to the straight, and I’ll show you that in a sec.

So, here’s the first part done, and you can see where I’ve kept it nice and parallel, and there’s no more room for anymore. You don’t need to put any more here. And, so they’re secured by the golf tees. Now, what I’m gonna do is just carry on across the end here. And, once we’ve got all this part in, we’ll go to Stage 2, Step 2.

So, Stage 1 is done. All the strands from the front to the back of the chair are in place. And, I’ve got a fair bit left over, so I’ve brought up the other over here, and now what we’re gonna do is Stage 2 or Step 2 – come across 90° to the first step. So, as you can see – I’ll move the camera around – you’re gonna come across there and weave through those holes and then come out the other hole next to it, and then go back and forth so you’ve got a nice, square pattern.

So, you can now see how we’re forming a nice, square pattern. The cane just sits straight over the top of the first stage. And make sure it stays nice and parallel. And so you’re following every other hole that goes round – every hole that goes round. And we’ll complete that to the very end, here. There’s also a strand parallel to that one. Now, I can get one more in here. As long as it’s run parallel. So, you’ll miss another couple of holes here…so, come up, say from that hole there and run parallel to this string, and that should finish that there off. There’s a few more golf tees in here now – that’s because there’s some ends here that I haven’t tied off but you need to keep them in here, anyway. And then, be sure that you keep this rattan wet as you’re weaving away.

OK, having done Stage 2, now we’re doing Stage 3, and that’s really the same as Stage 1. I’ve come up through this little hole here, as you can see, I’m gonna run parallel to the first stage. On top, once again, and keeping it to the right of the first stage. And you’re gonna go underneath here and, I’m gonna go from left to right just to finish this little bit here off because I’ve got enough cane, and then I’m gonna start on the other area.

So now we’ve successfully done Step 2, or Stage 3, and all the parallel lines are done. And Stage 4 will be doing the same as Step 2 or Stage 2…I’m getting them mixed up here, but it doesn’t really matter there – you get the gist of it all! So, now, we’re gonna go from left to right and follow the Stage 2 ones that run parallel. But, this one is a little bit different. Just start the ball rolling by putting the cane in, and I’ll show you what I mean.

So, for Stage 4, I’ve come up out of this hole here, and if you can see close enough, I’ve gone under the first strand and over the 2nd one. And you have to do that to the next parallel one running here, too – under the first one and over the 2nd one. So, you see, there’s a nice, little square pattern forming there. I’ll just do a couple of other strands so you can see. See these little square patterns forming here? So, don’t forget, it’s under over, under over, under over – just keep on going. And don’t forget to keep the cane fairly damp. I use a little spray bottle, here, which does the trick. Just spray a little water so it slides easier, too. And don’t forget the little tip I told you before with having that running of the cane smoothly up your fingers, because as you start pulling this through, it might catch on some of the cane and break. So make sure it runs nice and smoothly. You don’t need to go right across in one go – you can do it in stages and just gently pull. See? Watch this, where it slides quite easily, and pull that nice and tight til we get to the end, here. Now, when we get to the end here, make sure you don’t get the cane twisting on anything, make sure it stays nice and straight. Keep a nice, straight square pattern here.

And there you go. So, there’s the beginning of Stage 4. So, just keep on doing that, and I’m gonna do a few more strands so you can see what it looks like. So now you can see it’s starting to form a nice square pattern there. I’m just gonna put this black fabric underneath so you can probably see it a lot easier. There you go! That’s a lot better, isn’t it? So, that’s what you’ve got to achieve – keep the squares nice and close to one another and keeping them all parallel. See? It’s looking quite good now! So, I’m gonna finish this off now and then I’ll show you what it looks like when I’ve done the whole – finished the Stage 4.

So here you can see – now, I’ve finished the 4th stage, so we’ve got a nice, square sort of pattern, and all we need to do now is the next 2 stages – these are the diagonals. (Go to How To Repair Cane Furniture Part II)

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Sep 28

Learn How To Make A Volcano

How To Make A Volcano (courtesy of ExpertVillage.com)

Hi! I’m Collin Filbate, and I’m gonna show you one way to make a great volcano for a science project!

Now, the things you’re gonna need – you’re gonna need hot and cold water. You’re gonna need parental supervision on this one, because you’re gonna be using very hot water here. You’re gonna need a cup to mix it in. You need a thermometer, and that’s because you’re gonna use some fast acting, highly active yeast. You need a pail, you need some sort of bottle. Now, a pop bottle works great.

Now, you’re gonna want to cover it with a variety of different things. You can make paper mache, you can just use sand. You can use minimally expanding foam, but that you must use in a well-ventilated area. Blow up foam around it, and then carve away when the foam is dry. You’ll have to aerate that, ’cause that does have some noxious fumes, so make sure you’ve got parental supervision there.

I’ve got my scissors, I’ve got a little cup to mix in. I’ve got my funnel again. I’ve got a little bit of red food coloring for the lava, and I’ve got hydrogen peroxide. You’re also going to need a little bit of dish soap. Let’s get started!

We’ve got our yeast here. I’m gonna cut it open. Now, check the back of the package and it says, “this yeast needs water that’s between 120 and 130°.” Now, that’s awful hot. That will scald you! So, I’m gonna put that in here. Now, I’ve got the water just right here – just above 120 here. We’re gonna let that wake up – takes a few minutes.

Now, we’re gonna put hydrogen peroxide. This is 3% hydrogen peroxide. Pour a bunch in there. And, we need it to be red, right, because it’s lava! Red lava. One of my secret ingredients is simple dish soap. You’re just gonna put a couple drops of dish soap in. Once again, mix it up.

Now, we’re gonna do a bio-chemical reaction here. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen, But, it does it very slowly. Now, the yeast has an enzyme called peroxidase. Now, hydrogen peroxide kills cells, but, if a cell has a peroxidase – it’s a little enzyme that splits this up into oxygen and water – it can protect ourselves. Now, we have that, but bacteria do not. So, that’s why, when you put it on your cut, it froths up. That’s your body defending itself from the hydrogen peroxide the bacteria cannot.

Now, yeast is not a bacteria. It’s a eukaryotic organism. And we’re a eukaryotic organism, so we both have a peroxidase. And, now, that peroxidase is gonna go. I’m mixing it up, here.

The yeast should be nice and woken up, and now we’re ready to do our volcano…Our Volcano Erupts!

And, that’s how we build a volcano!

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Aug 19

Learn How To Build A Cool Sand Castle

How To Build A Cool Sand Castle (courtesy of Howcast.com)

A beachfront home may be out of your price range, but you can always build yourself a swanky sandcastle! You will need:

Sand
Shovel
A bucket
Bottomless circular containers of varying sizes
Sculpting tools

Optional: Spray bottle

Step 1: Pick a good spot! You’ll want to be near enough to the ocean to have easy access to water, but not so close that high tide will destroy your masterpiece. The best spot is just where the dark sand turns lighter.

Step 2: Wet an area of sand large enough for the castle you want to build. Pile buckets of sand on it, wet the sand, and tamp it down. Repeat, until you have a firm foundation. Keep a spray bottle of water handy so you can keep your sand moist. Wet sand is the key to castle building!

Step 3: Start making towers with the help of your bottomless molds. Place the largest in the center of your foundation. Fill it with very wet sand, packed down as hard as you can. Place progressively smaller containers on top, until you have a satisfactory wedding cake-like structure.

Step 4: When all the molds are in place, carefully remove them.

Step 5: Build a wall around the castle by stacking little piles of wet sand. Smooth the sides and tops with the bottom of your shovel.

Step 6: Take a plastic knife and gently cut into the wall, to create a few archways. Use a plastic fork with the middle prongs removed to put the finishing touches on columns.

Step 7: Use your sculpting tools to carve out architectural details, like staircases, windows, turrets and doors

Did you know? The town of Myrtle Beach built a 43-foot tall sand castle in 2007 to attract visitors to the seaside resort!

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Aug 08

Learn How To Make Your Own Bath Salts

How To Make Your Own Bath Salts (courtesy of About.com)

Hi! I’m Jen D’Amore with About.com, and today I’m gonna show you how to make our own, fancy bath salts. Bath Salts make a great gift, and a great indulgence – especially when you’ve personally selected and put together all the ingredients. First, let’s gather your materials. You’ll need:

A Bowl – for mixing,and a spoon

Salts – we’re gonna use a combination of Dead Sea salt and Epsom Salt

Moisturizing Oil – in this case, we’ll use Sunflower oil, but you can also use Jojoba or Castor oil.

Essential Oil – in this case, Sandalwood. And finally,

a Fancy Jar

These are the basics. You can also use fresh or dried flowers. They add a nice touch, especially if you’re giving it as a gift.

First, combine 1 cup of Moisturizing oil with 10 drops of Essential oil. Add the salts to the bowl. Measuring doesn’t need to be exact, but you want about 4 cups of salt per 1 cup of oil. Then, stir gently, until the oil is evenly spread throughout the salt.

The salt will need to sit for 2 days before you use it. You can cover the bowl and store it there, or go right into the fancy jars. Let’s keep ours in the fancy jars. Just spoon them in, add some fresh or dried flowers, a ribbon – and there you have it! Homemade, Fancy Bath Salts…for a gift to friends, or to yourself!

Thanks for watching!

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Aug 02

Learn How To Make A Papier-Mache Mask

How To Make A Papier-Mache Mask (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Make a papier-mache mask for Halloween, a masquerade party, Carnival time or anytime! You will need:

An old tablecloth
A work smock
A clean, empty plastic gallon jug – labels removed
Strong scissors
Craft knife
An elastic band
Newspaper
White computer paper
Unbleached flour or glue
Acrylic paint
Decorations

Step 1 – Cover your workspace with an old tablecloth or sheets of newspaper, and wear something to protect your clothes, like a smock.

Step 2 – With strong scissors, cut the plastic jug in half, lengthwise. Turn the jug upside down. The handle will serve as the mask’s nose. Cut holes for your eyes and mouth with a craft knife. Cut a small hole on each side of the mask, at ear level, for an elastic band.

Step 3 – Tear newspaper and white computer paper into strips, about 1 inch x 6 inches. Shredding the paper by hand works better than cutting it. You’ll need enough pieces to cover your mask with 3 layers of newspaper and 1 layer of computer paper, plus some extra paper for molding facial features.

Step 4 – Whisk 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water into a paste, adding a bit more of either, if needed, to reach a gluey consistency. You can also use glue, thinned out with water.

Step 5 – One by one, dip a newspaper strip into the paste, shake off the access and lay it flat against the mask horizontally, taking care not to cover the holes. Overlap each strip with w new one. When you finish the first layer, let it dry completely before putting on the next one. This time, apply the strips vertically. If you’re putting away your project for the night, store the unused paste in the refrigerator. The next day, microwave it for one minute before using.

Step 6 – Apply the strips for the 3rd layer horizontally. After you’ve applied 3 layers, mold some of the newspaper strips into features, like cheekbones and eyebrows.

Step 7 – Make the last layer out of the torn computer paper, applying the strips vertically. The white paper will give you a blank canvas for creating your character. If you live in a damp climate, you can dry the mask on a lightly-oiled cookie sheet in an oven set to Warm. Check on the mask after about 30 minutes.

Step 8 – When the mask is completely dry, decorate it with paint, feathers, glitter, sequins, beads, fabric, rhinestones, or whatever will make it your own!

Did you know? At 12 to 16 feet tall and several feet wide, the Igbo ijele mask is one of the largest ceremonial masks made in Africa!

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Jul 28

Learn How To Make A Transformers Costume

How To Make A Transformers Costume (courtesy of Howcast.com)

There’s no denying it – Transforming Robots are the Coolest Thing In The Universe! Here’s how to become your very own Robot In Disguise. You will need:

Cardboard boxed of various sizes

Utility knife or sharp scissors

Spray paint and Tempera paint

Duct tape

Tires from toy trucks

Hot glue gun

Super glue

Turtleneck

Sweatpants and a pair of gloves that match your transformer’s colors

Dark or black shoes

A friend

Optional: Two ping-pong paddles

Children under 10 should not use a utility knife or sharp scissors, and an adult should help older children.

Step 1: Find a tall, rectangular moving box that will fit over your upper body. It should be long enough to reach to your waist, and wide enough to go from armpit to armpit. Cut off the open flaps; then, cut circular holes on either side for your arms and a hole on top for your head. The armholes should fit snugly around your arms. Ask your local grocery store, bike shop, appliance store or furniture shop for boxes. They’re often willing to give them away.

Step 2: You’ll need 2 small boxes for each arm – one for the shoulder and bicep, and one for the forearm. Use just one box on a small child. Shoe or tissue boxes work well. Cut holes in the top and bottoms so your arms can fit through. Again, make sure the armholes are snug.

Step 3: For the legs, choose 2 long and narrow boxes – one for each leg. They should cover the distance from your knees to your ankles. Make holes on opposite ends that are just big enough to fit your feet through when you pull them on. The cardboard should sit firmly against your calves and ankles.

Step 4: Find a box that is just large enough to fit around your head. Remove the bottom of the box and try it on. The head piece should almost reach the torso box resting on your shoulders. Take it off and cut out holes for the eyes. Paint 2 ping-pong paddles in a solid color and glue them upside down on each side of the head box. They make great antennae!

Step 5: Spray paint the cardboard boxes in colors that correspond to your favorite Transformer. Use the Tempera paint and duct tape to add patterns and decorations, and glue the plastic wheels from a toy truck to the outside of your leg boxes.

Step 6: Put on a turtleneck, sweatpants and gloves that match your character’s colors.

Step 7: Put on the costume, starting with the leg pieces, while you can still bend down. Then, put on some dark or black shoes. Have a friend lower the torso box onto your upper body and place the arm boxes over your arms, affixing them firmly into the armholes. Finish by putting the headpiece in place. Now, all that’s left to do is Transform and Roll Out!

Did you know? In 2009, engineers completed the first test flight of the Transition Roadable Aircraft…a 2-person plane that can transform into a car in less than 30 seconds!

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Jul 19

Learn How To Make A Kite

How To Make A Kite (courtesy of Vickie GrassStainGuru.com)

Hi! My name is Vickie Bodwell, and today I have my son, Henry Bodwell, helping me show you how to make a kite. This is one of my all-time favorite childhood memories – I remember making a kite with my dad – when I was about your age – with newspapers and sticks. However, today we’re going to use a bit more sophisticated material. We’re going to use:

Heavy craft paper

Wooden dowels

Exacto knife

String

Scissors

Either glue or masking tape

We’ve selected some of Henry’s favorite art supplies to decorate, and the first two steps can be a little bit complicated, so if you’re working with small children, you may want to do those in advance and let them decorate the kite at the end. However, if you want to make our life really easy, you can go to our website and buy our Kitemaking Kit, and you can put it together and the kids can just go ahead and paint it. So, are you ready to go to Step 1? Great!

Step 1 – So, now on Step 1, we’re gonna go ahead and start making the frame of your kite. And, since Henry’s a little bit younger, we’re gonna go ahead I’m just gonna make this piece. What you’re gonna do is your gonna take your 2 sticks – one is gonna be a little bit shorter – and you’re gonna make a cross. You take your thumb to secure it, and you’re gonna want to make sure that the cross on either side is even. And you’ll take a piece of masking tape or glue and you’re gonna put a dab on the lower piece of the cross. Then you take your string and just wrap it tightly to secure the crossbow. And, at some point, you can check to make sure that it’s about even…at this point, balance is gonna be about your best success story for flying your kite.

Once you finish wrapping – you’ll leave a little tail to cut off – you’ll take your glue and just glop it on. So, while that’s drying – it’ll take about 30 minutes – we’ll put that aside and we’ll be ready to move on to Step 2.

Step 2 – So, in Step 2, you’re gonna be working with an Exacto knife, because you’re gonna make a groove into our wooden dowel. And, you’re gonna go along all four corners. So, at this point, you’re gonna start by making a loop at the top of the kite frame and going around each of the 4 sides. At the end, you’re gonna take your string and make another loop, by making a knot, pulling the string through and going back to your knotch. Then, just wrap around the end, let your next end go in the knotch and around, and you’re gonna end up back at the top. And, you’re gonna have a beautiful diamond shape! And you can make any adjustment you need to on your kite.

Step 3 – So, now in Step 3, it’s a good time to bring the kids back in, and we’re gonna take our craft paper, Henry, and we’re gonna carefully draw a line, about a half to one inch around the frame. And then Henry is going to cut along that edge. So, once your kite is completely cut out, you’re going to go back to your frame and you’re gonna place it in the middle. And we’re going to wrap the paper around your kite frame. So, you have the diamond shape – take your kite and put it back in the center. Take your glue or masking tape – I’ll show you how to do both. Henry, we’re going to wrap it like a present. I’m gonna move this craft paper so we can see what we’re doing. If you’re using glue, you just take it and go on one side of the twine, and you just fold it like an envelope. If you’re using masking tape, you just take your masking tape the length of one of the sides. And, you can cut out whatever excess paper you have. So, in this case we’ll just cut off the ends. And, make sure to make a nice point on your diamond kite. Alright! Now, you have the shape of your kite, right?

Step 4 – So, this is the final step in making the kite, and you’re gonna take a string and you’re gonna basically tie it from one end to the other. You make a loop. This will be, when you tie your string to fly your kite, that’s what it will go through. You tie one end to the top – just tie a little knot – tie this securely, because the story goes with my dad that he didn’t tie it securely enough, and the kit flew off! So, tie a really secure knot. Henry, you wanna put it through the loop? Alright – Tah Dah! OK, now, for the final Decorating! You can take any of your art supplies – Henry can do whatever he wants. He can paint, he can use markers, he can use crayons. And, you may even want to do a little tail at the end – weaving some of our fabric remnants and you can tie little bows on it for that extra, special flair.

Now, you have an old-fashioned, paper kite that you can go fly with your kids! So, have a great time flying your kite and we’ll see you next time!

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Jul 08

Learn How To Make An Optical Illusion Ring

How To Make An Optical Illusion Ring (courtesy of Howcast.com)

It’s jewelry! It’s an illusion! It’s your very own, cool creation! Here’s how to make a flower ring that will bloom before your eyes! You will need:

Newspaper to cover your work surface

Old clothes or a smock

Clear, dome-shaped beads

Acrylic paint, in different colors

A small paintbrush

A plain ring

Craft glue

Water

Paper towel

Optional:

Picture from a magazine

Step 1 – Paint a dot on the top of a clear, dome-shaped bead. This will be the center of a flower. Let the dot dry completely.

Step 2 – In another color, paint the petals of the flower and let them dry. If you don’t like how your flower looks, you can just wash off the paint with soap and water and start over!

Step 3 – Now that your flower is totally dry, you’re going to paint right over it with a third color. Your flower will disappear, but, don’t worry! You’ll see it again, soon!

Step 4 – When the paint is dry, flip over the bead. You’ll see your flower, in reverse, and magnified! Instead of painting a flower, you could also cut a picture from a magazine, the same size as the back of your bead. Put a little craft glue on the front of the picture and stick it to the flat back of the bead. The glue will dry clear, so the picture shows through.

Step 5 – Put a drop of glue on the flat part of your ring, and set your bead on top, so the flower is facing up. You can find metal, adjustable rings that have a flat disc on top, at craft or jewelry supply stores.

Step 6 – Let your ring dry for at least an hour or 2, and then, flaunt your bedazzling finger!

Did you know? In ancient Egypt, wedding rings were made from plants wrapped around the finger!

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Jul 01

Learn How To Make A Puzzle

How To Make A Jigsaw Puzzle (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Do you love to do jigsaw puzzles, but hate the corny pictures? Here’s how to make a puzzle with any picture – your pet turtle, your favorite cartoon character, your little brother…ok, maybe not your little brother! You will need:

A grown-up to help with cutting

A photo, poster, picture from a magazine or a drawing

A thick piece of cardboard or foam board

Glue

Scissors

A pencil

Step 1 – Choose a picture that you want to make into a puzzle, then choose a piece of cardboard or foam board that slightly bigger than your picture. The lid of a pizza box can make a perfect puzzle board, as long as it’s not all cheesy and oily!

Step 2 – Glue your image to the board you’ve chosen, and let it dry overnight. Place a flat, heavy object on top, like a book, to make sure it dries nice and evenly.

Step 3 – Ask a grown-up to help you trim up any of the extra cardboard or foam board that surrounds your picture, with the scissors.

Step 4 – Turn your picture over, and draw jigsaw shapes on the back of the board. Shapes with at least 2 semi-circular parts, facing either in or out, work best. Small, complicated shapes will be hard to put back together.

Step 5 – Again, with a grown-up helping you, cut the picture along the lines you’ve just drawn.

Step 6 – Now, jumble up the pieces, and see how long it takes you to do your hand-made puzzle! Or, challenge your friends to try it!

Did you know? The first jigsaw puzzle was made in England in the mid-1700s. It was a map to help kids learn geography!

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Jun 21

Learn How To Make Goobeldy Goo

Learn How To Make Goobeldy Goo (courtesy of howcast.com)

Your science teacher would call this ooey, gooey gunk a polymer. Your mom might call it messy…we call it fun! You will need:

– A new, 4-oz bottle of white glue
– 2 Mixing bowls
– Water
– A large spoon
– Food coloring
– 2 Measuring cups
– Borax
– A measuring tablespoon
– A resealable plastic bag

Step 1 – Squeeze the entire bottle of glue into one of the bowls.

Step 2 – Fill the empty glue bottle with water. Shake, and pour that in with the glue. Stir well.

Step 3 – Add a few drops of food coloring to the glue mixture and stir. Set aside.

Step 4 – In a liquid measuring cup, mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of Borax, until the Borax all dissolves. You can buy Borax at the grocery store. It will be in the laundry detergent aisle.

Step 5 – Measure out 1/3 cup of the Borax/water solution, and pour it into the other bowl. You won’t need the leftovers.

Step 6 – Slowly, pour all of your glue solution into this bowl, and stir while pouring.

Step 7 – The goo will start forming immediately. When you’ve added the glue mixture and stirred it, pick up the blob that’s now in your bowl and start squeezing and kneading it. There will be some water left in the bottom of the bowl. Wash your spoon and bowls as soon as you’ve finished your goo, to make sure the ooze doesn’t dry.

Step 8 – The more you play with the goo, the firmer and dryer it will get. But it will still be icky enough to gross out your friends!

Did you know? Goobeldy Goo is like quicksand and gelatin. They’re all “non-Newtonian fluids” that don’t behave according to Sir Issac Newton’s law of liquids.

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May 20

Learn How To Cast Jewelry

Learn How to Cast Jewelry (courtesy of ExpertVillage.com)

The question was, “How to Cast Jewelry?” So, for the next few minutes, we’re gonna go through the entire process, and I’m gonna show you a process called centrifugal jewelry casting…and this is how we do it.

We’re going to do what we call “sprue” the wax. This right here is the sprue, and it’s a passageway which allows the wax to escape the mold, and the metal to get into the mold. So, what I’m gonna do here is, I’m gonna heat this rubber base up, and I’m gonna stick this wax pattern right in here and let it harden. Before I actually attach this wax to this rubber base, I weighed this wax, because there is a very specific weight ratio of the weight of wax to the weight of metal. Because you have to know how much metal it’s gonna take, whether it’s gold, silver, 18 carat, 14 carat – but you need to know how much metal it’s gonna take to cast.

So now, I’m gonna put this sleeve over it that’s called a flask. Now, as we’re mixing this investment compound, it’s actually introducing air into the compound, and we need to remove all of the air because we need a totally air-free compound. And how we’re gonna do that is by use of a vacuum chamber. We’re gonna take our compound – and you can start to see the air bubbles start to rise – we need to get rid of all of those. We’re gonna place it under a bell jar on a vacuum table, hit the switch, and now, we’re gonna start to remove the air from this investment compound.

OK, now, you can see the investment start to rise as the air is being drawn out of it, and it’s gonna start to boil. And it’s gonna get to a very vigorous roll. Now, right here – this whole system is on a shaker table – where you can get aggressive and knock those air bubbles free.

Alright, now, we’re gonna pour this investment – here’s our wax pattern in the flask – we’re gonna pour it in, but we’re not quite gonna fill the mold up. Now, this time, I want to tap it lightly. Because there’s wax patterns inside the flask, I don’t really want to get aggressive. And now, I’m just gonna set it aside for an hour and 15 minutes, and when it hardens we’re gonna put it in the oven.

We’re gonna set this flask, which is now fully hardened, we’re gonna set it in an oven and now I’m gonna bake this for about 6 hours. And the wax will now go out of the sprue. The oven is gonna go to about 1500 degrees which is gonna melt the wax. The wax will exit through the sprue and just burn up in the oven, and it’s gonna leave a hollow cavity with the exact impression of the wax pattern inside this plaster mold.

Our next step will be to take it out of the oven after 6 hours, and then we’re gonna put it in a centrifugal casting machine and we’re actually going to force the gold into that cavity.

So far, we’ve injected a rubber mold, we’ve invested a flask, we’ve cast it and we’ve quenched it – and now, this is where we are. So now, we need to make this into a piece of jewelry…and here’s what goes on next!

The first thing I’m gonna to do is I’m going cut the sprue off. Alright, next, we’re gonna take a file and file the sprue down. Now, I’m gonna switch to a round file and I’m gonna do the inside of the ring. Now that the ring’s been filed, now we’re gonna switch to just a sandpaper wrapped around about a 1-inch square stick. And what I’m gonna do is now take and sand out my file marks. Now, we’ve filed the inside, filed the outside and sanded the outside. Now, we’re ready to take it to final polish!

Now, we’ve moved back to the polishing room, and now what we’re gonna do is put a high polish on this ring we just made. And that is how you make gold jewelry!

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Apr 18

Learn How To Decorate Easter Eggs Using Onion Skins

How To Decorate Easter Eggs Using Onion Skins (courtesy of FoodChannel.com)

Impress your guests this Easter with an arrangement of these beautiful, naturally dyed eggs. You will need:

Yellow Onions

Raw Eggs

Small Rubber Bands

and a Large Pot, filled with water.

To start, bring the water to a gentle simmer. Briefly immerse the onion skins in simmering water for about 10 seconds, to soften.

Wrap the onion skins around the raw eggs and secure carefully with rubber bands.

Gently lower the wrapped eggs into the simmering water. Heat for 20 minutes, to set the dye and cook the eggs.

Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, drain and cool.

Carefully unwrap the eggs and pat dry.

Dip the eggs into the prepared dye to add color.

Place your finished eggs in a basket for an impressive handmade gift or unique table decoration!

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Apr 15

Learn How To Build A Bookcase

How To Build A Bookcase (courtesy of Howcast.com)

If you can read, you can build a bookcase! These instructions are for a 30-inch high, 28-inch wide, 11¼ inch deep bookcase. You will need:

Planed Pine – cut to these specifications:

2 pieces – 1 x 12 x 28½”

2 pieces – 1 x 12 x 28”

2 pieces – 1 x 12 x 26½”

Wood glue

2 bar clamps

Scrap wood

Damp rag

Drill and drill bits

8 – 1½” wood screws

8 – 1½” L-brackets

16 – ½” wood screws

Measuring tape

Pencil

Ruler

Level

Wood stain, brush and clean rags

220 grit sandpaper

Clear, polyurethane finish

Optional: screwdriver

Step 1 – Using a generous layer of wood glue, affix each of the 28½” pieces to both ends of the 28” pieces, so the planks form a rectangle. Use the bar clamps to hold the pieces in place. Put pieces of scrap wood between the clamp’s grips and the wood, to avoid damaging the bookcase.

Step 2 – Mark the 4 corners of the top and bottom planks, about an inch in from the back and face of the frame, and 3/8” from the sides. Using a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than the diameter of your 1½” wood screws. Drill 8 holes on the marks.

Step 3 – Screw the wood screws into the holes, using your drill screwdriver attachment or a manual screwdriver. Wipe away excess glue with a damp rag, and let the glue dry overnight.

Step 4 – Decide on shelf placement. Take the clamps off and stand the bookcase upright. Measure and mark where the shelves should go on the bookcase. Starting with the left side, make a straight pencil line exactly where you want the first shelf to go. Repeat on the other side of the bookcase. Measure your tallest book to decide where to place your shelves.

Step 5 – Start with the top shelf. Mark a spot on the inside left side of the bookcase, 2 inches in from the front of the bookcase and 2 in inches from the back, directly below the line you’ve marked in pencil. This is where 2 of the L-brackets will go. Repeat on the right side of the bookcase.

Step 6 – Hold an L bracket upside down and mark where to drill. Securely install the L- brackets with the 1/2” screws. Repeat on the other side. Then, guide the top shelf onto the L-brackets. Use the level to make sure the L-brackets are aligned on either side of the shelf.

Step 7 – Add another set of L-brackets for the other shelf. Then, guide the bottom shelf onto the L-brackets. Glue and screw the shelves into place for added stability.

Step 8 – Apply the wood stain with a brush, and allow it to penetrate for several minutes. Remove the excess with a clean rag. Let it dry for at least 6 hours, and apply a second coat. When that dries, apply a coat of polyurethane. Allow to dry for 12 hours.

Step 9 – Lightly sand the bookshelf. Then, apply a second coat of clear finish and let it dry.

Step 10 – Choose a spot against a wall for your shelf, add your books, and step back and admire your handiwork!

Did you know? The Eagle Scouts offer a woodwork merit badge!

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Feb 22

Learn How To Dry Flowers

How To Dry Flowers (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Dried flowers make great decorations for your home and are perfect for making unique gifts. Spruce up your home with this fun and inexpensive hobby. You will need:

Pruning shears
Hangers
Dental floss
Rubber bands
Dark, warm and well-ventilated area
Hairspray

Step 1: Pick flowers for drying from early spring to late fall. Choose blooms that have not fully matured. The blooms will open as they dry.

Step 2: Choose healthy-looking flowers that are insect and disease free.

Step 3: Air dry the flowers. Cut the stems to no shorter than 6 inches in length and pull off any excess foliage.

Step 4: Tie the stems to a hanger with dental floss. Tie them individually or bunch the stems together with a rubber band.

Step 5: Allow the flowers to dry upside down in a dark, warm, and well-ventilated area for two to three weeks.

Step 6: Spray the flowers with hairspray after they are completely dry. Display your dried flowers around your home, keeping them out of sunny areas.

Did you know? No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black.

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Jan 12

Learn How To Make A Great Paper Airplane

Learn How To Make A Great Paper Airplane (courtesy of Jogo)

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Jan 11

Learn How To Knit

Learn How To Knit (courtesy of FreePeople.com)

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Dec 13

Learn How To Make Chain Necklace Jewelry

How To Make Chain Necklace Jewelry (courtesy of ExpertVillage.com)

Hi! This is Debra Windsong with Expert Village.

OK, in this clip, we’ll talk about necklaces made from chain. And, there are a lot of different kinds of chain, a lot of styles out there. What I normally look for is a medium weight chain, because I’m thinking that I want it to be strong enough to hold a few beads on it. There are lighter chains out there, and you really can’t do a lot of heavy work on the light chains, so just keep that in mind. If I want to use this for a clasp, I’m gonna have to make sure that it’s big enough for the trigger clasp to get through.

This one here is a fashionable chain – it’s got round and, um, very narrow, oval links. And, what I did with it is I put a pendant on the end of it, and I attached it with a bale. And I also made cuts in the chain in various lengths, and added a piece of wire that I strung a bead on. And for this chain, it’s very adjustable, because you can attach it to any one of the larger links on the upper end of the chain.

To attach the pendant to the chain, you’ll need a certain size bale, and your bale is going to depend on the size of the chain and whether or not you want to link it right onto one of these links, or have it move freely. The reason you might want it to slide freely is because if you adjust the length, you’ll want to be able to make sure that this is still falling in the middle as you wear it.

The advantage that there is to working with chain instead of the cord or the wire is that you don’t have to do as much work to get the clasp on. It’s usually a matter of simply opening up your jump ring and attaching the clasp. Also, when you do open up the jump ring, it’s very important that you take 2 flat-nosed pliers and just gently twist, slightly, so that you can twist back again and have it be a round circle, instead of getting all twisted out of shape.

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Dec 06

Learn How To Wrap Presents Creatively

How To Wrap A Present Creatively (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Become a wrap artist! Learn how to make every present look festive, no matter what shape or size. You will need:

A gift box

Wrapping Paper

Scissors

Tape

A bow or ribbon

Cardboard boxes or balloons

Fabric

Children’s bedsheets

Chinese takeout containers, empty paper towel rolls or oatmeal canisters

Matching boxes in various sizes

Optional: 2-sided tape

Step 1: Master the basic wrapping technique. Begin by placing the gift box on the paper, top side down. Fold one end of the wrapping paper over the box to see how much paper you’ll need to completely cover it. Add 2 inches to that length and cut the paper there.

Step 2: Center the box, noting how much paper is on the short sides that are going to be folded and taped. Having enough paper to cover 2/3 of those sides when the paper is folded down is ideal. Any more and it will bunch up when you try to fold the edges. If you have excess paper on those sides, push the box to the ideal distance on one side and trim the other side accordingly.

Step 3: Fold one end of the paper over the top of the box. When you’re sure it’s straight, tape it to the box. Then, fold the other end over it and tape again. If one edge of the paper is uneven from being cut, fold it over a bit to create a straight edge. Use double-sided tape for a more polished look.

Step 4: Now, fold the paper down on one of the sides of the box. Tape the diagonals that have been formed and fold them inward. Then, bring the bottom flap up and tape it in the center. Repeat with the other side.

Step 5: Press a stick on bow in the center, or, cut a piece of ribbon that’s about 5 times the length of the gift box and wrap it around the top of the package, lengthwise, until both ends meet in the middle of the bottom of the box. Then, twist them around each other in the center of the box, bring them back up to the top of the package, and make a knot before tying a bow. If the ribbon is ribbed, take a pair of scissors, hold the ribbon ends taut and pull the blade along them, to make curls.

Step 6: Wrap an over-sized present by taking apart some large, cardboard moving boxes and building one, big bottomless box that you can cover in paper and place over the gift. Or, just smother the present in balloons!

Step 7: Wrap gifts with sharp edges in fabric. It won’t tear like paper. Just plop the item in the center, gather the material at the top and tie with a thick ribbon. Fabric shops offer great deals on end of the bolt pieces. Have a big, bulky present for a child? Wrap it in a bedsheet, featuring their favorite cartoon character.

Step 8: Think about everyday items that could hold hard to wrap gifts – chinese take-out containers, empty paper towel rolls, oatmeal canisters.

Step 9: A dramatic way to present 3 or 4 gifts of various sizes is to create a gift tower. Place the presents in matching boxes of descending size. Wrap the boxes in the same or complimentary paper. Stack them, and tie the tower together with ribbon.

Did you know? 19% of Americans say they’d rather clean the house than wrap presents!

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Nov 19

Learn How To Arrange Flowers

Learn How To Arrange Flowers (courtesy of Howdini.com)

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Nov 12

Learn How To Make A Snowman

Learn How To Make A Snowman (courtesy of Howcast.com)

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Nov 11

Learn How To Make A Hair Bow

Learn How To Make A Hair Bow (courtesy of LearnHowToMakeBows.com)

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Nov 09

Learn How To Make Candles

Learn How To Make Candles (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Smaller and squattier than ordinary candles, votives are personal-sized creations, perfect for private worship—or for perking up your patio, picnic, or poolside party. You will need:

A fire extinguisher or baking soda
At least 1 lb. of candle wax
A stove top or hot plate
A double boiler set up with lid
A candle or candy thermometer
A clear counter top or work area
Some wax paper or newspaper
Candle wicks with metal tabs
A spatula
Votive molds or paper cups
A toothpick
And a small knife or piece of cloth
Candle colorant
Candle fragrance

Keep flammable items away from the stove. Never leave melting wax unattended and never use direct heat to melt it. If the wax catches fire, do NOT try to douse it with water—use a fire extinguisher, baking soda, or, for a fire contained in a pot, cover it with the pot lid.

Step 1: Prepare your workspace by covering it with wax paper or newspaper to make cleanup easier.

Step 2: Place the wax into the double boiler setup and heat to between 150 and 200 degrees, depending on manufacturer’s instructions. Use the thermometer to check the temperature frequently. Don’t let it exceed 250 degrees or the vapors could become flammable. One pound of wax will make about 5 small votive candles.

Step 3: Affix the metal tab of a new wick to the bottom of each container using a dab of melted wax. Make sure the wick is centered and standing up straight. Don’t use wick putty for votive candles—it makes the finished candles very difficult to remove from the molds.

Step 4: When the wax has reached its proper temperature and is fully melted, remove it from the heat, turn off the stove, and stir. If you want to add color or fragrance, mix in the additives according to the package directions just before removing the wax from the heat.

Step 5: Pour wax into each mold until it’s half an inch below the rim, saving about a cup of wax for later use.

Step 6: Put the molds aside to cool, keeping them away from any drafts or flammable objects. And don’t refrigerate them—the wax should cool slowly.

Step 7: Once the top has cooled and a skin has formed, usually about 30 minutes to an hour later, use a toothpick to poke a few deep holes near each wick to help prevent air pockets from forming.

Step 8: As the temperature drops, the wax at the center of the candle tends to sink and form a well. Reheat the wax you saved and add it to the mold until the well is filled. You may need to do this several times, but only fill the well, don’t over-pour. If fresh wax seeps down the sides of the mold, the candle will be harder to remove later.

Step 9: After the candles have sat for several hours and cooled completely, turn the molds over and tap the bottoms until the candles slide free. If you used paper cup molds, simply peel them away.

Step 10: Trim the wicks to about a quarter of an inch and that’s it—your votives are ready for action!

Did you know? Votives—which take their name from the Latin word vovere, “to vow” are often used in religious ceremonies.

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Nov 04

Learn How To Decorate Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

How To Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table (courtesy of Better.com)

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Nov 03

Learn How To Tie A Ribbon Gift Bow

How To Tie A Gift Ribbon (courtesy of StampingScoops)

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Oct 29

Learn How To Make A Diaper Cake

How To Make A Diaper Cake (courtesy of CreativeBabyShowerIdeas.com)

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Oct 25

Learn How To Carve A Pumpkin

How To Carve A Pumpkin (courtesy of FrankyFong36)

What’s up, everyone? It’s Franky Fong, and this is my jack-o-lantern. My son was here, but he got scared and ran off! This is the after…the after photo of my, uh, jack-o-lantern. You know, it’s pretty damn close to Halloween, and I haven’t seen one jack-o-lantern video on YouTube, and it seems that bloggers don’t care about Halloween, so this is gonna be my video on How I cut My Pumpkin! Alright, I hope you enjoy – oooohahaha…

Step 1 – Remove the guts. Cut at a 45 degree angle.

Step 2 – Draw out your design.

Step 3 – Poke holes along the lines of your design. I like to do large areas, like the mouth, in small sections. It’s a lot easier that way.

Step 4 – Connect the dots with your cutter.

Step 5 – Get some red wine.

At ease, soldier – carry on.

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Sep 30

Learn How To Make Soap

Learn How To Make Soap (courtesy of DonKathyLea)

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Sep 01

Learn How To Crochet

How To Crochet (courtesy of crochet-mania.blogspot.com)

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Aug 26

Learn How To Quilt

Learn How To Quilt (courtesy of MissouriQuiltCo.com )

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Jun 30

How to Make a Summer Dress From a Men’s Shirt

How To Make A Dress From A Man’s Shirt (courtesy of Giannyl.com)

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Jun 11

How to Sew With Woven Fabrics

How To Sew With Woven Fabrics (courtesy of ThreadsMagazine.com)

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May 19

How to Sew Finishing Edges

How To Sew Finishing Edges (courtesy of ThreadsMagazine.com)

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Apr 30

How to Sew a Dart

How To Sew A Dart (courtesy of ThreadsMagazine.com)

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Apr 14

Calligraphy Tutorial – Roman Alphabet

How To Do Calligraphy (courtesy of YourCalligraphyGuide.com)

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Apr 01

How to Make a Paper Lampshade

How To Make A Paper Lampshade (courtesy of Threadbangers.com)

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Mar 08

How to Knit Through the Back Loop (ktbl)

How To Knit Through The Back Loop (courtesy of LionBrandYarn.com)

To knit through the back loop, you’re going to be inserting your right-hand needle from the right to left, into your stitch. Instead of knitting through the front, such as this, you’re gonna be knitting into this back section.

You’ll yarn over, and complete the stitch as normal. This creates a twisted stitch, so, let me show you a normal knit stitch, as compared to the twisted stitch. So, as you can see, it sort of leans a little more…the left side is slightly more elongated because of the twist.

So, here’s knitting through the back loop again. Insert your right-hand needle into the back of the stitch. Then, yarn over, and complete the stitch as normal. And, that’s knitting through the back loop!

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Mar 02

How to Tie a Knot – Turks Head

How To Tie A Knot (courtesy of FusionKnots.com)

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Feb 17

How to Decoupage

How To Decoupage (courtesy of Threadbanger.com)

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Jan 22

How to Knit – Blocking a Sweater

How To Block A Sweater When Knitting (courtesy of KnitPicks.com)

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Jan 06

How to Knit – Untwisting Yarn Skeins

How To Untwist Knitting Yarn Skeins (courtesy of PetitPoix.com)

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Jan 01

How to Crochet a Winter Headband

How To Crochet A Headband (courtesy of Threadbanger.com)

Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s project! So, a lot of you have been requesting an easy
crochet tutorial, so this week, I’m gonna show you how to make a simple winter headband that’s gonna help keep those ears warm this season!

To make this headband, you’re gonna need some yarn and a size 10 crochet hook. Start by making a slip knot and tying it around your hook. Then, make a crochet chain by making a simple chain stitch. This chain is 62 stitches long. Now, you’re gonna stitch your first row.

Put your hook in the first stitch, and do a single crochet. Do this all the way, until you reach the end of your chain, Make sure to get that last stitch, turn your work over and put your hook in the first stitch. And again, do single crochets to complete another row.

Repeat this process til you’ve done about 11 rows, or whatever width you want.

When you’re done crocheting, pull the yarn to create a large loop, then snip the yarn and pull it all the way through that last stitch.

Now, put the 2 ends of your work together and attach them by weaving the long tail you’ve created in and out of each side.

When you reach the end, tie the 2 yarn tails together and weave them into the band so you can’t see them anymore. You can leave your band plain, add a broach, or give it to a friend.

You can also adorn it with a crocheted bow. Do 25 chain stitches, and crochet 11 rows. Fold your work in half, and connect your work by weaving the long yarn tail all the way down the side. Pull the tail together that side, and tie the 2 yarn tails together to secure.

Repeat for the 2nd side of the bow, and tie the 2 pieces together. Then, connect that whole piece to the headband. Do this by tying it to the band with the yarn tails, then weave the remaining parts of the tails through the band. I put my bow on at an angle!

Next, do a chain stitch with 10 stitches, and crochet 5 rows. Attach that square in the middle of the bow, again by tying and weaving the tails. And, you’ve completed a cute bow adornment for your headband!

For the last style, I’m taking a cue from Dionne Von Furstenberg and John Galliano by adding some pom poms! Simply cut out 2 cardboard rings, place them together, and cut a long piece of yarn. Tie one end to the side of the rings, and wrap your yarn around the rings. Do about 2 layers. Then, cut the yarn apart along the edge of the rings.

Now, cut a piece of yarn from the same as you used for the band, and tie tie pom pom together in the middle of the rings. Then, simply push the pom pom through the hole.

Attach it to the headband the same way you did the bow. Add a couple more, and you are finito! There’s many ways to adorn this winter headband – get creative!

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Dec 14

How to Make a Holiday Ball Wreath

How To Make A Holiday Ball Wreath (courtesy of TheCrochetCrowd.com)

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Dec 11

How-to Crafts – Fabric Covered Buttons

How To Make Fabric Covered Buttons (courtesy of Craftster.org)

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Nov 25

How to Make a Gift Bow

How To Make A Gift Bow (courtesy of LearnHowToMakeHolidayBows.com)

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Oct 21

How to Knit Socks

How To Knit Socks (courtesy of LionBrand.com)

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Oct 02

Knitting Tutorial – How to Knit with Double Pointed Needles

Learn How To Knit With Double Pointed Needles (courtesy of KnittingTipsByJudy)

I’m going to show you how to knit on double pointed needles – it’s not as hard as it seems!

I’ve already cast on stitches on one needle, as you can see. I cast on 12 stitches. So, we’re going to divide them now, into 3 needles.

So, we’re just going to knit 1, 2, 3, 4. That’s your first needle.

You take your next needle and you knit 1, 2, 3, 4.

You take your 3rd needle and you knit 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, it looks like a mess! But, what you have to do – this is the hardest part – is, you’re going to join them, And just like on the circular needles, you have to make sure that all of the stitches are facing the same direction…inward.

So then, you push those stitches down. You take your 4th needle, and you pull, with the tail, and start knitting. 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, you’ve got a free needle. You’re gonna take that up again. Drop the tail, and knit 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, you have a free needle. You’re gonna push those to the end. And, with your free needle, continue knitting, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, you’ve gone a whole round, and you want to put a marker – I always just use an extra piece of yarn, a different color, so that will show the beginning of the row.

And then, you take your free needle again, going into the 2 stitches from the tail, and go 1, 2, 3, 4. And you just continue going round and round until you’ve gotten it as long as you want it to be. It’s that simple!

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Sep 18

Origami How-to Double Heart Tutorial

In this origami tutorial,Tadashi Mori, will demonstrate how to fold two hearts with one piece of paper.

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Aug 31

How to Sew – Simple Beret Pattern

In this SewSing.com sewing tutorial, learn how to sew a simple and quick beret.

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Jun 25

How to Knit – Fair Isle Knitting

Learn How To Fair Isle Knit (courtesy of KnitPicks)

You can use a technique called stranded color work to knit with 2 different colors in the same row, or to create complex patterns. Fair Isle knitting is a type of stranded color work where you use traditional shetland island motifs and color gradients to make beautiful, shimmering patterns.

There are a number of ways to do stranded color work. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to knit in the round, while holding one color in each hand. Your right hand will throw the yarn in the english or American style, and your left hand will hold the 2nd color in the continental style.

For each stitch, you knit one strand of yarn while the other is carried behind the work, creating a strand or “float”. You usually use finer yarn for this, because floats will cause your fabric to be much thicker. Keep the floats fairly loose. Tight floats will cause your finished fabric to picker.

When in doubt, err on the side of floats that are a little too loose. Also, don’t get discouraged. Remember that blocking out your finished piece will really even out your stitches.

1) Decide which yarn will be held in each hand, then stick to this decision throughout your color work project. Knitters usually hold the background color with the right hand, and the contrast color with the left hand.

2) When knitting in the round, follow the chart in your pattern from right to left. Color work charts usually try to use a single color for less than 5 to 6 stitches in a row, in order to keep the floats manageable.

3) If your color work pattern has teeny, tiny motifs, you don’t have to worry about the next part of this tutorial. If your chart has longer, single color stretches, you may want to wrap your floats, by bringing a floating yarn over or under the working yarn in the middle of a long color stretch. Try to have no more than 3 stitches between wraps, and make sure to alternate any wrapped stitches with regularly knit stitches.

4) To wrap a float made out of the left strand, the first stitch of the color is knit normally. The next stitch you’ll want to wrap. Put your needle into the stitch and under the yearn on the left hand. Proceed to knit your stitch with the right color, per as normal. You have essentially lifted the left-hand color over the right.

5) To wrap a float made out of the right strand, pretend to knit with your right hand, wrapping the right hand color around the needle, as if to knit, but don’t knit it! Immediately after that, pretend to knit with your left hand, by picking up the color in the left hand with the right needle tip. Then, unwrap your right-hand color, and bring the left color stitch through. Do not weave 2 stitches in a row, and be sure to put an ordinary stitch in between, or the weaving won’t work.

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Jun 24

How to Make Hair Bows

A simple easy to follow hair bow video tutorial from Hair-Hardware.com

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Jun 10

Jewelry Making – How to Use Wire Hoops

How To Use Wire Hoops (courtesy of JewelrySupply)

Wire hoops are fun and easy to use. But a question that frequently comes up is, how can I make it an earring, or a wine charm? Well, I’ll show you exactly how to do that in just one minute!

First off, let’s take a look at this wire hoop. You’ll notice that it’s not closed completely, and that one side of the hoop has a flattened end with a hole in the middle of it. This is where you will put the other side of the wire hoop through to fasten it. This doesn’t take anything more than taking your chain nose pliers, and, coming over here to the flattened end of the hoop and pulling it up ever so slightly. You’re looking to put about a 45° bend, if that, on the end of this wire hoop. Not a 90°. This shouldn’t be going straight up and down, but just a nice, gradual bend. There, that looks pretty good!

Now, on the other end of the hoop, you’ll do exactly the same. For a wine charm, this is all that you’d have to do. Simply unhook it, slide it around the glass and then connect it back together. Same goes for an earring. Slide this end through the pierced ear, and then fasten it in the back.

We do have another project, Project #E873, called our Sapphire Hoop Earring, where we actually make a loop. This works out very well with our larger wire hoop earrings. Let me show you how you do that.

This is one of the largest, simple wire hoops that we carry, Item #WH152. For this, here’s that flattened end again. Bring that up, and now, take the end of the wire hoop and push it through. The reason that we use the largest one is because, as you push the wire through, the circle or the loop that you’ll be threading your earrings on becomes much, much smaller. So, in your non-dominant hand, hold that wire where you think you want to put that 90° bend in it to make that simple loop. And then, take your chain nosed pliers and go for it! And then, finish off the wire hoop with a simple loop, just as you would with a headpin or an eye pin or any other piece of wire.

Then, open up the connector loop at the base of the ear wire. Slip it on to the loop. Close the connector loop at the base of the ear wire, and there you go!

Now, here is one type of wire hoop that we carry that’s already set for ear wires or a pendant in the middle of a necklace. When you look at this, you might think, well, how do I get it undone? Well, when I flip it over like this, you’ll see that one side of this wire hoop has already been crimped closed. The other side, though, is still open. And if I give it a gentle tug, aha! There we go. Now, from here, thread on any kind of beads that you like. Close securely, put the wire back through, and you’re set!

We also carry a couple of different wire hoops that you cannot open. These are great for attaching charms by way of jump rings or wrap loops, or you can use these for keychains or key rings. You would simply attach whatever beads or findings you like around the outside, and it also comes with a jump ring here, up at the top, so you can hang something in the center. Again, there’s a connector loop outside of this wire hoop, or you can connect an ear wire or a bale.

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Apr 30

How to Make a Bow – Corsage Bow

Learn how to make a bow for a prom corsage in this video from AFloral.com.

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Apr 07

How to Latch Hook a Rug

Learn latch hooking basics in this easy to follow tutorial from MaryMaxim.com

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Mar 30

Recycle Crafts How-to – How to Recycle Plastic Bags

We all have them stowed under our kitchen sink, plastic grocery bags. Learn how to reuse plastic shopping bags and make a fashionable laptop case in this video from ThreadBanber.com

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Mar 27

How to Reuse Old Towels

How to Recycle Old Towels (courtesy of MichelleKaufamann.com)

Millions of tons of textile waste ends up in our landfills every year – even though there are great ways to recycle! Charitable organizations are a wonderful place to send your old clothes, your old linens, your old rugs. But, sometimes those old towels that end up in the back of our linen closet are not so donation-worthy! So, here’s a beautiful way that you can transform those old towels into something luxurious, like this bath rug!

I just love this, because this is a simple, green-it-yourself project that only requires your old bath towels or beach towels – you could even do t-shirts – and, a gridded matting.

This matting you can get at almost any fabric store. You just simply choose the size that you’re gonna want your rug to be, based on your bath dimensions. For me, I’m making it about 18 inches by 2 feet. That’s what’s gonna fit best outside of my shower.

Then, you take your towels, and hopefully you washed them! And, cut them into strips. You want to make the strips about ¾ of an inch wide – about the dimensions, the width of your finger.

Then, once you have the strip made, make it into lengths of about 5 to 6 inches. For this rug, it’s probably gonna take me 2 or 3 old bath towels.

Then, once you have all of your strips, you can start tying them into the grid. You just pull it through and simply tie a knot! You just keep on tying until you have finished the grid.

For the rug that I already finished, you can see on the back that I wasn’t super precious about it. I skipped some squares, especially when a good part of the movie was happening! But, it still makes a really dense, super-soft, really cushy rug that’s lovely for when I’m coming out of the bathtub or the shower. Puts me in a good mood as a way to start the day!

Thanks so much for watching this Green-It-Yourself project. I’m Michelle Kaufamann, helping you to let the green in today and every day!

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Mar 11

Recycle Crafts – Cork Mud Mat How To

Learn how to make a DIY recycled cork mud mat in this video tutorial from MichelleKaufmann.com

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Mar 05

How to Sew – Sewing on a Button with a Sewing Machine

Learn how to sew a button on with your sewing machine in this video tutorial from SewSing.com

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Feb 17

How to Make a Prom Corsage

Watch this step-by-step video tutorial from AFloral.com and learn how to make a corsage.

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Feb 13

How to Glue Acrylic

In this video tutorial from TapPlastics.com, learn how to glue acrylic together.

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Feb 11

How to Sew – Loading and Threading the Bobbin

In this how-to video from SewSing.com, learn how to install the bobbin of your sewing machine.

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Feb 06

Valentines Day How-to – Eco-Friendly DIY Card

Learn how to make an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day card for that special someone in this video tutorial from ShihoMasuda.com

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Jan 30

How to Knit – Knitting Backwards

Learn How To Knit Backwards (courtesy of theknitwitch)

Backwards knitting is a technique that you can use to avoid purling on all of your rows. So, if you don’t like to purl, you might want to try to learn to do this.

But, you knit to the end of your row, and then, normally what you would do when you get to the end of your row is turn your knitting, and then start working all your purls on the opposite side. So, instead of doing that, is, stay on the right side of your work – keep all of your stitches on your right-hand needle – and then, start by going from left to right, in back of your stitch, wrap your yarn counter-clockwise, and then pull that stitch over and then off the right-hand needle.

So, go from left to right in back of that stitch, pull your yarn counter-clockwise around, pull your stitch over and off your right-hand needle. I know we’re taught to panic when stitches start falling off of our right-hand needles, but in this case, it’s ok – I promise!

Pull that new yarn through, and your old stitch off the right-hand needle. And, from left to right in the back, wrap your yarn around counter-clockwise, pull that new yarn through on your left-hand needle, and then pull the old stitch off your right-hand needle.

And, you just continue this all the way across your row until you’re done. And then, what you would do is go back again and just knit your next row. And that’s all there is to backwards knitting!

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Jan 29

Crafts Tutorial – How to Make a Fortune Cookie

Learn how to make a fortune cookie from felt in this tutorial from LilyBeanMarket.com

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Jan 19

How to Tie a Fisherman’s Knot

An easy way how to make strong and nice fisherman’s knot from MetaCafe.com


Fisherman’s KnotThe most amazing home videos are here

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Dec 25

How to Crochet a Hat

How To Crochet A Hat (courtesy of Threadbanger.com)

Hey, what’s up everyone? Happy Holidays and welcome to Threadbanger! This week, we’re giving you a lesson a lot of you requested. Not only is it great for the winter months, but it’s awesome for a last-minute gift idea. The lights are startin’ to freak me out – can we get out of here?

In Meg’s cape episode, I wore this hat, and a bunch of you commented on how much you liked it. I am super proud of this hat – it’s the first one I ever made, and my grandma just taught me how to make it over Thanksgiving! Liquid Skyflier, Mercy Mile and Brooklyn Homies, listen up! Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s super quick! So, this week, I’m gonna show you how to make one just in time to gift it to someone for the holidays! That’s what I’m giving to people…sshhhh!

The first thing you’re gonna want to do is check out our “How To Crochet” episode that we did a while back. For this project, I’m using a size 10.5 crochet needle and some organic, cotton yarn.

We’re gonna start by doing a slip stitch and 8 chain stitches.

Once you have your 8 chain stitches, you connect the 2 ends by putting your needle through the first stitch and doing a single crochet stitch.

Alright! Now that you have your little ring formed, you just put your needle in that first stitch there and do 2 single crochet stitches in each stitch. So you end up with 16 stitches around the outer ring.

So for the next row, the way that I remember it the best is by going in the 1st stitch, you do single crochet. In the 2nd stitch, single crochet. In the 3rd stitch, single crochet. In the 4th stitch, 2 single crochets. And you’re gonna do that until you reach the end of the row, marked by your tail.

So the next row is a single crochet all the way around, so you don’t have to worry about counting! This could be a hat for a little baby!

We are going to do 2 singles in each stitch. We’re trying to flatten this out – we don’t want it to roll up like that yet.

And, for the next row, you do a single crochet in stitch 1, a single crochet in stitch 2 , a single crochet in stitch 3, a single crochet in stitch 4, and then 2 single crochet stitches in stitch 5.

So, when we reach the beginning of the row again, single crochet all the way around for the next row.

Instead of doing 2 single crochets in stitch 5, we’re gonna do 2 single crochets in stitch 6.

Again, it’s a single crochet in each stitch, all the way around. Let’s do it!

We are gonna start counting again, with 2 single crochets in stitch 7. And this project is very easily done with recycled yarn. Again, you can see that in the How To Crochet episode.

Alright! We’ve reached the beginning of the row again, but, instead of doing a row of single crochet all the way around, like we did after the previous counting rows, we’re gonna do 2 single crochet stitches in stitch 8.

The next row is gonna be 2 single crochets in stitch 9.

For this row, we’re gonna do 2 single crochets in stitch 10, You rockin’ stitch 10, that’s right!

Now, the next row is doing 2 single crochets in stitch 11…lookin’ good!

The next row is gonna be the magic number 12.

This is gonna be the last row where you have to count for a while – 2 single crochets in stitch 13. Get to it! Omg, this is super exciting! We just finished our last row of counting, for now. So, now what we’re gonna do is just a single crochet in every stitch, around and around and around and around, until it’s the depth that we want it.

As you keep going around and round, you’ll see it start to curl up, like this. This is good! This is exactly what we want – just keep going!

Our hat’s almost done, but we’re almost at the end of our yarn, so we’re gonna have to attach a new skein of yarn. And it’s really easy – all you do is take the end of this one and tie it to the end of this one, and tie them in a knot. Simple as that. This skein of yarn is 103 yards long, which basically tells you, you’re gonna need more than 103 yards of yard to complete your project. So, when you buy your yarn, make sure the skein is either big enough or that you buy multiple skeins, because a lot of times, they discontinue a color. Or, when they dye yarns in different dye baths, they turn out slightly different. So you just want to make sure you have enough yarn to be able to complete your hat!

Our hat is finally the depth that we want it, but now, we have to close up the rim so it fits our head better. It’s really easy! All you have to do is do a single crochet in stitch one, a single crochet in stitch 2, a single crochet in stitch 3, skip the next stitch, and do a single crochet in the following stitch. Then, you just start counting all over again and do that all the way around, until you reach the beginning of the row.

For the following, and final row, you’re gonna do the same thing you did for the previous row, but instead, you’re gonna skip 2 stitches.

Just pull that loop out really big, nip the end of the year, tie a knot and you are done! Also, make sure to snip any loose ends you may have. And now, you have a great gift for one of your friends, or, for yourself!

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Dec 01

How to Make a Wreath

Learn how to add your own personal touch to a festive holiday wreath in this video from MyHomeIdeas.com.

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Nov 11

How to Transfer Photos onto Fabric

In this tutorial from TheQuiltingCoach.com learn how to transfer photos onto fabric. A crafty way to personalize a special gift!

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Sep 19

How to Knit: Binding Off

Learn how to remove your finished piece from your knitting needle with this video from KnitWitch.com

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Sep 11

How to Make a Flower Corsage

Learn how to make three different flower corsages in this video from AFloral.com

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Sep 03

How to Make Scented Candles

Learn how to make scented soy pillar candles with this video from VideoJug.com

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Aug 25

How to do the Knit Stitch – Continental Methond

In this KnittingHelp.com video, you can learn how to knit the knit stitch in the Continental Method.

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Aug 18

How to Make Bath Salts

Give a unique homemade gift! Learn how to make bath salts with this simple video from Etsy.com

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Jun 27

How to Make a Boutonniere

Learn how to make a boutonniere and save a few bucks on your florist bill with this video from AFloral.com

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Jun 02

How to Make a Bow

This video from Afloral.com shows you how to make a bow using double face wired satin ribbon.

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May 30

How to Origami – Pink Flower Origami

Learn how to fold an origami flower in this video from JoostLangevelOrigami.nl

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May 23

How to Shorten Pants Professionally

Watch this video from LacycieDo.com and learn how to hem a pair of pants so they keep the original hem but are the right length.

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Apr 01

Wedding How-To – French Spiral Bouquet

How To Make A French Spiral Wedding Bouquet (courtesy of DominoMag.com)

Today, we’re going to learn how to make a traditional french style bouquet. We’re gonna be using all one flower. We chose roses just because they’re simple, straight-stemmed flowers, and also, because they’re beautiful!

So, the first thing that you want to do is you want to clean all of the foliage and the thorns, in this case because of the roses, off of your flower. You don’t want to have the foliage under water. It creates bacteria and just doesn’t look very clean or nice.

So, take a heavy cloth or bath rag, maybe something canvas or a gardening glove, and just really strip straight down and just pull them off. You want to get a vase full of water ready, and you’d like to probably have some raffia, which we have, or string or ribbon – something that you’re gonna use to bind your finished bouquet.

Okay, you want to slowly choose flowers, and you’re gonna be crossing your stems. This is gonna be our base flower, and you’re gonna slowly cross your stems to start with the center, that’s going to be round and mounded from the middle, and it will slowly spiral out. So, you’re gonna come out with a sort of perfect, half-ball shape, once you’re finished. And, you just want to turn it, always holding with your thumb and pointer finger. I’m just making this really, simple pattern, which is allowing a lot of space around each flower and showing off every one individually.

It’s important to look at it from all different angles. As you can see, I’m sort of making it heavy on this side, so what I do is just sort of turn it around – it can be scary, but you can do it – and sort of just work from that other side.

As you can see here, I have nicely, spiraled stems, and I’m holding it with my thumb and pointer finger as I started out. You want to take your raffia and use your pointer finger to help. You wanna hold that pretty taut, and you want to just wrap it around a couple times – just tight, as you’re holding it – because this is gonna be the anchor that’s gonna keep your flowers in place. So I’ve wound this around – and you want to tie just like a double knot. Nothing fancy – just like you were tying your own shoe. You wanna make sure that it’s not gonna get untied and not gonna go anywhere. It’s a little tricky…you can lean it against your body or do what you need to do. So, we have our scissors here, I’ll just cut that down short.

So, we’re almost done with our lovely, round bouquet. My vase is all ready with the water in it, and, we’re gonna cut this relatively short – probably shorter than you would think. And, you know, you can sort of bring your vase up and figure out, sort of eyeball, where you think you should be cutting it. We’re gonna just cut some stems – you wanna just cut straight across, and this will be resting on it. If you give it a cut on an angle, they have much more of a surface area to drink from.

And, what’s important – with roses especially – but, a lot of flowers that have these – these are nodes from where the leaves were growing out – you always want to cut above it or just below it. But, I’m gonna continue to cut these straight across, and you just want to guide it in there, give it a little tap and poke, and there we have our pretty french, round bouquet – viola!

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Mar 28

Origami Flower Instructions

Follow these origami flower instructions from www.joostlangeveldorigami.nl to create your own origami flower bouquet.

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Mar 19

Easter Hat Ideas

Watch this video from sjorsca for ingenious Easter hat ideas.

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Mar 17

How to Decorate Easter Eggs Naturally

Learn how-to decorate Easter eggs with onion skins in this video from monkeysee.com

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Mar 14

How-to Crafts – St. Patrick’s Day Hat

Learn how to make a St. Patrick’s day leprechaun hat with this video from VickiBodwell.

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Feb 28

Origami Box Instructions

Follow this video from ExtremeOrigami tutorial and learn how to fold origami box.

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Feb 27

How to Make a BristleBot

Learn how to make a BristleBot! Loads of fun when you’re stuck inside on a rainy day. Check out this fun how-to video from EvilMadScientist.com!

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Feb 25

Recycle Crafts – Recycled Plastic Messenger Bag

Learn how to use old grocery shopping bags to create a fused recycled plastic messenger bag with this video from Make Magazine.

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    Feb 15

    How to Make a Pinata

    Learn how to make a traditional pinata for party activities and games with this video from About.com

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    Feb 11

    Origami Instructions – Valentine Heart with Pocket

    These easy to follow Origami instructions from danbergam will show you how-to fold your Valentine a heart with a pocket. Use the pocket to hide a sweet little message or a gift!

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    Feb 08

    Jewelry Making/Soldering How-To

    How To Solder Jewelry (courtesy of JewelrySupply)

    Hi! I’m Sara, the designer for JewelrySupply.com. In this video, I’m going to show you how to do a soldering technique, but first, let’s go over a couple of safety tips.

    The soldering iron becomes hot when you use it, so never leave it unattended around kids or pets.

    Always make sure that you have adequate ventilation because we’re using flux, wear short sleeves, remove any excess jewelry that you may have, and always wash your hands after you’re done with this technique.

    The first step that you want to take whenever you’re soldering something is to make sure that you have each piece that you’re gonna be soldering together, held so it’s stationary while you’re soldering. For this, I have two 3rd hands,that are each holding one of the copper wires that I’m gonna join together.

    For the next step, I’m gonna be using some solder and flux, and we actually sell them in a package that comes together. That item number is S0242. Now, the flux that’s in here comes in this handy little bottle like this. It’s very, very important that you put the smallest amount of flux possible on the joint, due to the fact that, when this flux heats up, if there’s too much on here, it will spatter and spit flux everywhere. And since flux is something you don’t want to get on your hands or onto your clothes, it’s a very good idea to use less in this instance than more.

    I mostly have a soldering block underneath the area that I’m gonna be working, and that’s gonna protect my table or any surface that you’re gonna be working on from getting damaged.

    Now, take your solder and unravel just a little bit, because you don’t want to be working with your fingernails right next to where you’re gonna be putting the iron. So, unravel a little bit, so you can work with this stick, just like this.

    Your soldering iron is gonna get extremely hot, as I mentioned before, so make sure that, even if you have it turned off, you allow for a pretty good range of space between you and the soldering iron at any time.

    So, the first thing that we’re gonna do is heat up the soldering iron, and that’s gonna take a little while, so just be calm and patient. The point of the flux being here is to create a vacuum that’s actually gonna suck that solder in all around the joint. So, be listening. And when the hissing stops, then you put the soldering iron onto the solder. When that happens, you know that you’re done and you don’t have any more flux.

    So now, I’m putting the solder right here onto the joint, and I’m gonna be putting the soldering iron right over the top of that. Now, this is gonna happen pretty quick. You’re gonna notice that the solder melts, and it’s gonna work its way all around that joint – just like this!

    So when you think you have a pretty good joint, remove the soldering iron, put it back into its cradle, and just let the joint sit for a couple of minutes, so that it can cool completely. Remember, these 3rd hands are also made of metal, too, so it’s also a wise idea not to go and immediately start touching them and moving them. Let everything sit. And that’s basically all that there is to basic soldering!

    Whenever you’re done using your soldering iron, it is always a good idea to do what’s called tinning to the tips. I’m just gonna allow it to heat up for a minute. And all tinning means is just putting a little bit of solder on the end of it to keep any oxidation away from getting all over the tip of your iron. So when that’s all heated up, you just take a little bit, not a lot, and just put it over the tip. Allow it to cool, and then as soon as it’s completely cool, you can remove the tip from the end of the soldering iron, and you’re set!

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    Feb 07

    Ways to Reuse – How to Crochet with Plastic Bags

    Learn how-to crochet with plastic bags and decrease your impact on the environment with this demonstration from Make Magazine.

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    Jan 18

    How to Make Soap – Cupid’s Heart Soap

    Treat your Valentine to special handmade gift that not only smells good but keeps them squeaky clean! Watch this instructional video from GoPlanetEarth on how-to make soap.

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    Jan 14

    How to Knit – Directional Decreases

    Decreases can slant to the left, to the right, or stand straight up vertically. Learn how-to knit directional decreases with this video from ModeKnit.

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    Jan 09

    How to Make a Spud Gun – Mini Spud Gun Directions

    Learn how to make a mini spud gun with this easy to follow tutorial from 44GunSlinger44.

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    Jan 03

    How-To Diaper Cake Instructions

    Learn how to make a diaper cake with these easy to follow instructions from Creative-Baby-Shower-Ideas.com

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    Dec 14

    How to Make Paper Flowers

    Learn how-to make paper flowers. In these easy to follow directions from silveryouko300, learn how to make beautiful tissue flowers.

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    Dec 03

    How to Wrap a Gift

    Give your friends and family perfectly wrapped gifts this Christmas. Learn how to neatly wrap a gift with this video from VideoJug.com


    VideoJug: How To Wrap A Box With A Rectangular End

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    Nov 05

    How to Hem Pants

    Learn how to hem pants like a professional with both a sewing machine and by hand with this video from Tav-Creations.com

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    Nov 01

    How to Sew – Pinning a Pattern

    Learn how to pin a sewing pattern in this video from StartSewing.co.uk

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    Oct 24

    How to Make an Image Transfer

    Learn how to create an image transfer with a laser printer image with this video from ScrapTheWorld.tv

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    Oct 19

    How to Halloween Crafts – Floating Head Illusion

    Learn how to create the illusion of a ghostly floating head for Halloween with this video from BigScreamTV.info

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    Oct 18

    How to Halloween Crafts – Making Tombstone Decorations

    How To Make Tombstone Decorations (courtesy of BigScreamTV.info)

    Exactly What You’ll Need:

    3/4” and 3” to 6” Styrofoam Insulation

    Flat Black Spray Paint

    Wire Coat Hanger

    Spray Adhesive or Glue Gun

    Pliers

    String

    Marker

    Utility Knife

    No haunted house would be complete without a cemetery full of headstones! And, you can get these headstones at just about every party store or Halloween department, as my trusty assistant, Teresa, will tell you. But, they’re really expensive! For a piece of Styrofoam, it’s like maybe $7.00, probably $15 or $20 for a tombstone, and, they’re kind of not-so-great looking. I mean, they’re flat and they’re not personalized, that’s for sure. So, you can make your own tombstones, and I can pretty much guarantee that they’re gonna look better than the ones that you can buy.

    Now, earlier today, we went to our local home center…go to your lumber yard, home center, anything like that. And, you wanna ask before you go – make sure they have Styrofoam insulation. The great thing about this is it’s extremely inexpensive. For a 4′ x 8′ piece of Styrofoam, you could pay maybe as much as $15, $16 at the most. So, you can make a lot of headstones from a 4′ x 8′ sheet of Styrofoam. You can also get it in smaller pieces. This is about 2′ x 4′, so this is like $3.60, and you can fit this into the car quite easily. However, don’t be afraid if you’re gonna get a really huge sheet, because this stuff breaks apart and cuts apart really easily. Just bring a little cutting appliance with you to the home center.

    Probably, one of the more important things to think about before you get started, is where to get started! You probably want to do this on the driveway, on the patio, in the basement…somewhere where you can clean up pretty easily, because as soon as you start cutting this stuff, it starts fragmenting and you get little Styrofoam balls everywhere. If you want to do it in the yard, you might want to put down a drop cloth, some plastic sheeting.

    OK, great! You don’t need all that much to work with this stuff. The very most important thing you need is some utility knives. Especially, the retractable utility knives are the best thing to use, because it cuts really well when they’re really sharp, and as soon as they get dull, you can either break them off or just chuck them and put a new blade in there. And these knives are really, really inexpensive and easy to find just about anywhere. And then what you’re gonna need is a marker so that you can draw out your shapes. And if you want to do any kind of circular, like a rounded top, you can use string and your marker, and we’ll show you how to mark out a really nice circular shape on the top, just using those 2 items. And then, of course, my favorite – the wire hanger. And, of course, a pair of pliers and/or some wire cutters. And, like I’ve said before, you don’t need to have wire cutters because most pliers will actually cut your wires. And, I also have my trusty hot glue gun and the bowl of ice water, in case you get a little hot glue on you! You dip your hand in there and you don’t get burn marks!

    Before we get started, you’ll note that all of the Styrofoam actually has plastic coating on either side. Usually the manufacturer is printed on one side and there’s a solid color of plastic on the other. Leave this on while you do all of your drawing and cutting, because it will help the Styrofoam stay together and it will be a lot easier to mark on. And then, when you’re all finished, you can peel it right off.

    OK, I’m gonna show you real quickly how to do a nice, rounded top for your tombstone. We’re gonna make a decent sized tombstone; in fact, we’re gonna use pretty much the size of this. We’re gonna take off the top and make it nice and round. And, the easiest way to do that is to tie a knot in a piece of string. You’re gonna tie that and loop it right around your marker, and you can do about half the width – easy to find. Go right in about the middle, and you’re just gonna simply…

    OK, I’ve got my retractable knife here, and I’m gonna pull it out so it’s a little bit thicker, a little bit wider than the foam is thick. Be sure you’re cutting on something that you don’t care whether you get marks on it. A piece of cardboard underneath works really well. Cement will do just fine, but it will dull your blade a little bit. Especially for a curve like this, you want to try and use the smaller blades, because they go around a curve easier. You just carefully…it cuts really good when the blade’s sharp! So, there you go – your basic, basic tombstone shape!

    When you’re done cutting your tombstone, you can go ahead and feel free to peel off that plastic coating. Now, you notice there’s plastic coating on both sides; whereas, the tombstone is really only gonna be seen from one side, so you only have to peel off one side.

    Now, we could just stop right here and paint this one, but, I guess we’re gonna go ahead and show you how to maybe make it a little bit extra fancy! OK, one of the things that you can do real simply, is to put some lettering on it, like Rest In Peace is sort of the typical thing to do. And, if you give yourself a general idea of where you want the letters to be, with your semi-retractable knife, it’s really simple to go in there and like – don’t do it so it’s the thickness of the foam itself. You go in there with it slightly shorter and you go in at an angle, you cut down this way and you cut down the other angle this way. Just about no matter what you do to it, it kind of looks like stone. And whenever you make little jagged lines and edges in it, it looks like weathered stone! You’re scooping out a little triangle of the foam. And this stuff can also be sanded and everything if you want to sort of smooth out the edges – but, we like it rough! See where it’s dragging a lot? Now, my blade’s getting a little duller, which I don’t mind because I like it nice and rough. But, you can always snap that part of your blade off. You want to be careful and do it with the pliers, and snap the blade right off. Put it somewhere safe, and then you keep going!

    Alright, so you want to dress this one up a little bit with a couple of extra bricks? Yea! So, you take some of this stuff – it’s about a ½ inch, but you can find some different dimensions – you can use a yardstick, you can use just about anything. So, I’m just gonna make these bricks all about this size. The great thing about this is it’s all really forgiving – you don’t really have to do any extensive planning ahead of time. It’s just pretty much play as you go – really easy to do! This cuts real easy. So go ahead and peel off one side of the plastic, and leave the other side on there because that way it will keep everything all nice and glued together.

    Right now, what I’m gonna do is, just for fun, is I’m gonna put sort of a skull right in the middle of there. I’m just gonna free-hand it. And, it can be sort of fun and lumpy and lopsided – anything will work! Get some big eyes, and I’ll do like a separate jaw piece. You can always cut some of the teeth into it, but I’m not gonna do too many, ’cause that’s an awful lot to cut out. OK, cut out your shape. And there we have a bunch of cool details! We can make him laugh, put his face in any position.

    Now, actually, how we’re gonna attach these pieces onto this one piece of Styrofoam is we’re gonna use some spray adhesive. Now, you can use hot glue, but you HAVE to use a really low temperature hot glue gun and you gotta hold it up away from the foam. Otherwise it will melt it, and sort of dig in to it and it won’t adhere. So it’s a lot easier, I think to use – it’s either called spray mount or spray glue – and you don’t want to use really heavy duty stuff, ’cause that will eat into your Styrofoam as well. So, what you’re gonna want to do is probably put down a piece of plastic; otherwise, you’re gonna get sticky stuff everywhere. Let’s just use this other piece of – we’re gonna sacrifice this and do it over the top of that. Let’s get the big piece. OK! You don’t want to get spray glue everywhere else. And then, what you wanna do is spray it lightly on both sides of where you’re gonna be putting down. You don’t have to get the whole surface. Try not to get this on your fingers, because it really doesn’t like to come off very easily!

    OK, give him a nice, jaunty angle, there, like he’s laughing. OK, now, we’ve got a little empty spot up there. I’m thinking a crack! Nice, big crack. Let the crack go all the way down there. And then, all we have to do is paint it, and it’s done! Stick our hanger in and put it in the ground!

    Before we go ahead and paint this, ’cause otherwise we’d have to wait til it dries, we’ll go ahead and put some wire into the bottom of this. Now, wire will work if you don’t have any wind or anything. But, if you’ve got a really heavy tombstone, or you’ve got some wind and stuff, you can always do what we did last year, and screw on a piece of wood or something like that that you can poke into the ground, ’cause that will hold the Styrofoam up a little more. But, for this, this will be great with a couple of pieces of wire. We take our hanger and cut of the top part, and I’m just gonna go ahead and cut it in half. Get it straightened out as much as possible, and you want to go ahead and stick it into the bottom, there. And you can play around for whatever works for you. If you need a long piece of wire, if you want to use 3 or 4 of them, and then you can always angle them a little bit so your tombstone is like leaning back or leaning forward. And now, we’re ready to paint it!

    We’re gonna put the finishing touches on our headstone, and that means we’re gonna paint this baby! But first, or course, you’re gonna make sure that you’re outside, in a well ventilated area, and we’ve laid down some plastic. And, what’s great about this drop cloth, which you can get at most any home center or paint store, is that it’s multi-purpose! We are gonna use it in all of our dummies to stuff our dummies with, and we’re gonna use it for some other effects later on, so it has a lot of purposes. All you need is a can of flat, black spray paint. Remember to get flat black – it’s gonna look the best. You don’t want any shiny tombstones out in your cemetery – you want some really dingy, old, weathered tombstones! Remember to shake the can, hold it about a foot above the Styrofoam and start spraying in sweeping motions. Now, the thing about spray paint, as you’ll notice, is it actually eats into the Styrofoam a little bit, Which is fine, because it’s gonna make it look a little bit more like weathered stone. You can see how it’s eating away and making it look even more rotten. You don’t want to make it solid black. You want to move the spray can over in sweeping motions and just kind of dirty it up. Make it look gray and weathered in certain areas. If you hold the spray can from a certain direction, you will actually get some shadowing and highlighting. Notice how I’m holding the spray can at an angle, off to the side. Not straight overhead. You don’t want to make splotchy black marks. You just want to cast some really nice, weathered patterns.

    You may want to go a little bit heavier around the edges, because, of course, that’s where the wind and rain would be hitting the tombstone if it had been out here for hundreds of years. Remember only to spray paint it lightly. You don’t want to cover it in flat black – you just want it to look like it’s been weathered. And look how nicely the paint is actually eating into the Styrofoam! It’s actually a chemical reaction between the contents of the paint and the Styrofoam. So, that’s another reason why you definitely want to do this outside. The results are awesome – it actually makes it look like it’s stone!

    Alright! There we have it – there is our tombstone! Our masterpiece, where it took the sculptors years to create these, it took us probably less than 20 minutes. And what’s really awesome is it cost maybe around $7.00. That’s an awesome addition to anybody’s haunted cemetery!

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    Oct 11

    How to Make Jewelry – How to Knot Pearls

    How To Knot Pearls (courtesy of JewelrySupply)

    Hi! I’m Sarah, the designer for JewelrySupply.com. Today, I’m gonna show you how to do basic pearl knotting.

    The knotting technique that is commonly associated with pearls. And, when you see higher quality strands of pearls that have been made into jewelry, you will frequently see a knot in between each one of them. This is also a technique that is really great for gemstones or beads that you may have that have sentimental quality.

    How you knot between each one of them is like this:

    Take your cord, or the pearls that you’ve already knotted in between, and hold it in your non-dominant hand. For me, that’s my left hand. Take the cord in your right and make a simple, overhand loop. Just like this. Now, we’re gonna make a knot out of it!

    Take your tweezers…I’m gonna pull the knot over on my side…and put your fingers through the loop, just like this. Grab the cord right next to the pearl. If you have to, you can pull on the cord ever so slightly, just to get a really, firm hold on that. Take the cord and pull tight, right down at the end of the tweezers.

    Now, grab the cord, and with your thumbnail, put it right up next to the side of that knot. Ever so gently, wiggle the tweezers out of the knot, and close the knot completely by pulling on the cord and pushing the knot into that pearl with your thumbnail. That’s how you do that!

    Here it is again. We’re gonna string the last pearl against the knot that I just made, take the pearl in my non-dominant hand, wrap an overhand loop like this. Take my tweezers, go through the loop and grab hold of the cord, right next to the pearl. Now, take the loop and close it into a knot, grab the cord, take your thumbnail right next to that knot, pull out the tweezers and, ever so gently, pull the knot closed and press with your thumbnail. Make sure it’s really tight.

    Just continue on with that same technique all the way down the line, until your whole necklace or bracelet is complete! Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “well, why would I want a knot in between each one of my pearls, or gemstones or beads”? The reason for that is really quite simple. We all know what happens when a strand of beads breaks. It usually goes everywhere. Well, if a strand of pearls break, only one will fall!

    Some other tips to think about –

    Try to make sure that the cord in between each of your pearls is fairly close to the color pearl that you’re using. In this case, I have grey cord in between each one of these blue pearls. Over here, I have burgundy between each one of these burgundy pearls.

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    Oct 11

    How to Sew – Fixing a Ripped Seam

    Learn how to mend a fraying seam with this video from StartSewing.co.uk

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    Oct 11

    How – To Halloween: Making a Mummy Costume

    How To Make A Mummy Costume (courtesy of Threadbanger.com)

    You voted for it! This week on Halloween Wednesdays, we’re making a mummy costume. Alright, so here’s the supplies you’re gonna need to make your kick ass mummy costume!

    First, grab some white sheets. I got this twin set at Goodwill for only 4 bucks!

    You’re also gonna need a pair of white pants or jeans.

    And, a white, long-sleeved t-shirt, preferably a turtleneck. I got both of these at Goodwill for only 6 bucks.

    So, the first step is getting that dirty white, century-old kinda look that mummies use. So, we’re gonna do this by dying all of the material in black tea. I got this box of 100 teabags for only a buck.

    Now, grab some 3 to 5 gallon buckets, add some tea, hot water, throw your material in, and let it steep for about 2 to 6 hours.

    Now, take them out, dry them, and you got yourself some mummy material!

    Now, lay out your sheet, grab your scissors, and start cutting some 2 to 3 inch slits down the side of your sheet.

    Now, this is the easiest part. You’re gonna tear the strips the length of the sheet. They all rip pretty evenly, and all have a really cool, straight edge.

    You now have your mummy bandages. Start wrapping them around your turtleneck, and to sewing the strips around your shirt. This is the most time consuming part. However, the sloppier and less conformed you sew these, on – overlap your strips, leave some pieces longer than others – it’s a mummy costume. You seriously can’t mess it up!

    Now, once you get up to the chest area, I grab a pair of scissors and cut up the inseam of each of the sleeves. Lay them down flat. Cut some pieces of material out for the appropriate length of the sleeves, and get to sewing them on. Layer by layer by layer.

    Once you’re done adding your material, sew on the rest of your strips to finish your shirt. Turn it inside out and sew your sleeves back up.

    Now, grab your seam remover and do the pants. Rip up the inseam, all the way to the crotch. Lay flat, and now, cut out your strips to cover your pants. Start from the bottom, and begin sewing your strips onto both legs.

    You can stop when you get to the crotch, because your shirt’s gonna cover the rest.

    Now, turn your pants inside out, and sew back up your legs.

    With your mummy outfit almost complete, you just need to cover your face with your excess material, add some baby powder for that ancient mummy affect, and you’re ready to get your grunt on!

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    Oct 07

    How to Sew – How to Thread a Sewing Machine

    Learn how to thread your sewing machine with this video from FilmedCoUK

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    Oct 07

    How to Make a Fimo Clay Turtle

    Learn how to make a polymer clay turtle with this video from Fimo.web.tr

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    Oct 07

    How to Make Papier Mache – Halloween Skull Part 2

    How To Make A Papier Mache Skull Part II (courtesy of HayCrossHollow)

    Hello, this is Jeremy Edsall, and this is the 2nd part of my making a papier mache skull. In this segment, we’ll be working on building the skull. We’ve already worked on the jawbone, as you see here. And, what we’re doing is working on the top of the jaw – the top of the teeth and the top portion of the skull. We do that by taking a piece of cardboard, wrapping it up in aluminum foil and folding it over several times, and you’ll see how that gets folded and molded, and then that becomes part of the face of the skull.

    And you test-fit it into the jawbone. And then, what you want to do is depress this center to make a little bit of a cavity for where the nose is, and that will become apparent here in a minute. You will see that there is a little bit of a sculpture there. And with that indentation, you can start filling in with the papier mache, and start building that nose portion of the skull. There it is, covered with mache. It takes on a rounded appearance. And then, you can add some teeth as well, by doing the tips of the popsicle sticks. And, again, you want to test fit it to make sure it fits that jawbone.

    Then, you want to get a couple of tops from plastic soda bottles. And, what you do with these, is you cover them with aluminum foil as well, as you see here. And then, press these into the sides of that front of the skull, and fill these in with papier mache. Start building around them, as you see here. Continue to build and cover. There will be a hole there in the middle, and we’ll deal with that here in a minute. What you want to do is make a ball of newspaper – kind of like a brain size – and, that kind of looks like a brain stem, cause we’re gonna leave a little piece coming down.

    Insert that in that hole, put that down, turn it over, and attach it to the back of that top tooth portion and cover it up with papier mache. And start filling around that whole part of that, what I call the brain portion.

    Then continue to cover, and then what you want to do is take another piece of aluminum foil. Take a long piece and wrap that around and kind of contour that in around those eye sockets, and then you can start covering that with papier mache as well. Then you just want to work around the entire skull portion, covering all those places and covering up all that aluminum foil. And just build in the top of that skull.

    Most of these in these first 2 videos are all done in one time period, so you should be almost able to complete the whole project within one time period. Then, our next segment will be after I take a break and come back and finish with some details.

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    Oct 07

    How to Make Papier Mache – Halloween Skull Part I

    How To Make A Papier Mache Skull (courtesy of HayCrossHollow)

    Hello, and welcome to my video, How To Make A Papier Mache Skull. My name is Jeremy Edsall, and I am a papier mache artist. What you’re gonna need for this project is to get your hands on some Celluclay or Celluclay 2. It’s made by Activa products and you can find it at most hobby stores. It comes in various shapes and sizes, but it looks something like this in the package. What it is, is a block of ground up newspaper and some sizing, which you’ll be adding water to.

    So, get the package, unwrap it, ad start to break down some of the papier mache in the bag, there. Open it up slowly, and then pour it into 2 double plastic bags. And, newspaper bags, the ones they use when it’s raining, work great. So, get a couple of those, double bag it, and then add to that 2 cups of warm water. Warm water seems to work best, and it is suggested for mixing. So, pour your warm water directly into the papier mache, until it looks like this. Then, close up one end and start the kneading process.

    Now, if you did this in a bowl, it would get all between your fingers and under your rings and it would really be a mess, because, once it sticks to your skin it starts to dry, get crusty and is very hard to get off. So, you want to do this in a bag and minimize some of the mess and dust, because it can kick up a lot of dust. So, this is really the best way to do it! Works for me. Mix it thoroughly – knead it until all the dry is gone and you just have a mass of gray! Put this in the refrigerator, because it is perishable, and try to use it as soon as possible.

    Now, for the skull, get some cardboard, cut it out in this shape, some wire, some masking tape and a hole punch. Take your hole punch and punch a hole in each side of the jawbone. Then, take your wire, bend it like so, place it on the cardboard, and securely fasten it in with masking tape so it looks like this. Then, take the whole thing, put it on some aluminum foil, and start to fold, from bottom to top, like so. Fold it over, fold the top over, til it looks like this from the back, and it looks like this from the front.

    Now, you’re gonna have to cut a few, little slits in there with your scissors so you can continue folding the rest over, and then you can fold it over real neat until it looks like this. And then, go ahead and re-punch the holes in there. You should be able to see them through the aluminum foil. And bend the whole thing so it looks like a jawbone. And that’s what it looks like from the top and from the bottom. Now, the aluminum fol will help your papier mache stick.

    Then you can start coating it. Coat the inside, all the surfaces. Make sure you don’t plug up those holes. Then, get yourself some popsicle sticks. Cut the ends off with some snips. You can saw them, but this is the fastest way to do it. And you can take those, once you’ve gotten most of it covered, especially in that front area,and place them in there for the teeth. And then, continue to cover that jawbone. All the different sides. Remember again, don’t plug up those holes! Cover all the sides, and what you’ll have is your skull jawbone! And then you can start working on the top of the skull. (Go to Part II Video)

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    Oct 05

    How to Carve a Pumpkin – Creating a Layered Effect

    Learn how to carve a pumpkin to create a sculpted layered effect with this video from Fireburg.

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    Oct 05

    How to Carve a Pumpkin – Cutting Out Holes

    Learn how to carve a pumpkin using a pumpkin cutter with this video from Fireburg.

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    Oct 03

    How to Carve a Pumpkin – Using a Stencil

    Learn how to use a stencil when carving a pumpkin with this video from Fireburg.

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    Oct 03

    How to Make A Lady Gaga VMA Costume for Halloween

    How To Make A Lady Gaga VMA Costume for Halloween (courtesy of Threadbanger.com)

    Level of Difficulty – Intermediate

    Time of Project – 3.5 hours

    We’re gonna start by making the crown. First, spray paint 2 sides of a poster board red. Let it dry, and spray one side with quick spray adhesive. Then, place a square of red lace fabric on top of it, pressing down to secure it.

    Let it dry, then mark out the spiky points of the crown. Cut out the spikes, and use a hot glue gun to reinforce each one.

    Glue the 2 ends of the crown together to form a cylinder that’s big enough to fit your head, while wearing a wig. Spray some more red paint to the tips of the spikes and let it dry.

    Now, you need to make something to wear under the lace for warmth and modesty! Use a piece of stretch-knit, flesh colored fabric and stretch it around the intended costume wearer. Pinch and pin it down the back, and mark down both sides of the pin line with tailor’s chalk.

    Unpin it from the wearer, and pin it back together again on your table. Sew down the pin line, using a zigzag stitch. Fold in hem along the top, also using a zigzag stitch.

    Let the wearer try it on again, and mark chalk lines on the back and front to make mock undies.

    Transfer the lines to the lace, and pin the pieces of fabric together. Sew along the chalk lines with a zigzag and cut off the excess fabric. Repeat for the back, and you have the illusion of wearing sexy lace undies!

    Next, we have a long piece of lace, lay it over your model, and cut a hole big enough for their head to fit through. Pinch and pin, starting under the armpit, going down both sides of the wearer.

    Use tailor’s chalk to mark out where the shoulders start, extending to the armpit, going all the way down the pin line. Remove the piece, pin it back together, and cut off the fabric outside of your chalk line.

    Sew the sides of the garment together, using a zigzag stitch, starting at the armpit. Now, make sleeves by finding the middle of another piece of fabric and pinning it to the armhole, right sides together, until you reach the armpit. Sew together with a zigzag stitch.

    Have your model try on the garment, and pinch and pin the sleeve part around the arm. Mark along the pin line with chalk, take it off, re-pin and sew it closed with a zigzag stitch.

    Cut off all excess fabric, and make the other sleeve, using the first as a guide. When we return, we’ll show you how to complete your look.

    Welcome Back! So, you’ve got the fundamentals to your Lady Gaga costume complete. Now, there’s only a couple more steps left, and you’re done!

    Alright, so the next thing you want to do is cut yourself a piece of lace roughly 1 ½ ft x 1 ½ ft. Fold the fabric in half, and then, at the top of your lace, trace a small hood shape. Then, sew along your line, cut off the excess, turn it inside out, and you got yourself a hood!

    Alright, next step, you need a train of lace fabric for the back. This piece needs to be about as tall as you are, and almost like a triangle, trailing off at the end.

    Now, pin and attach the train to the back of the collar by gathering and sewing together from one end to the other.

    Next, take your hood, and pin it to the front of your collar. Then, like the train, sew it on with a zigzag stitch from one side to the other.

    Lastly, make yourself a couple of holes for your fingers to make some fingerless gloves, throw on a blonde wig, some sexy red shoes, and you’re ready for the paparazzi!

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    Oct 01

    How to Scrapbooking – Making your Own Embellishments

    Learn how to make your own embellishments with a few simple techniques from TheScrapSpot.

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    Oct 01

    How to Use a Potters Wheel

    Learn how to use a pottery wheel to center your clay to begin throwing with this video from HowToMakePottery.com

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    Sep 30

    How to Sew – Making a Guitar Strap Belt

    Learn how to make a belt from a broken guitar strap with this video from ThreadBanger.com

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    Sep 30

    How to Quilt – Measuring for Perfect Borders

    Learn how to measure your quilt and avoiding creating wavy uneven borders with this video from TheQuiltingCoach.com

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    Sep 29

    How to Knit – Brioche Rib Stitch

    Learn how to knit a brioche rib stitch with this video from WearWithStyle.com

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    Sep 29

    How to Make Stationary – Stitched Cards

    Learn how to make your own stitched stationary just in time for the holidays with this video from ReadyMade Magazine.

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    Sep 29

    How to Use a Multimeter

    Learn how to use a multimeter with this video from Make Magazine.

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    Sep 25

    How to Quilt – Rotary Cutters

    Learn how use rotary cutters for quilt making with this video from PennyH123.

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    Sep 23

    How to Make Paper

    Learn how to make paper from recycled fibers with this video from ChristinasMagic.etsy.com

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    Sep 23

    How to Make Origami Elephant

    Learn how to make an origami elephant with this video from OrigamiInstructions.

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    Sep 23

    How to Knit – Directional Decreases

    Learn how to knit direction decreases with this video from ModeKnit.

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    Sep 15

    How to Make a Foxhole Radio

    Learn how to make foxhole radio with this video from Make Magazine.

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    Aug 12

    How to Use Split Ring Pliers

    How To Use Split Ring Pliers (courtesy of JewelrySupply)

    A lot of you have been asking exactly how do you open up split rings, or how do you use a split ring plier? It kinds of looks like a chain nose that got a little a, you know, damaged somewhere along the way, but it’s actually very, very useful.

    If you look at a split ring, and if you’ve ever tried to open one,you probably found out that you’re gonna rip your thumbnails up pretty quick. A split ring plier, basically, you take the flat end, or the flat jaw, and slide it into the loop. Take the bent jaw – see this right here – and you’re actually gonna line that up just on the other side of one of the split rings, and then press. See? It’s actually gonna open it up for you a little bit. At this point, you would take a jump ring or an end of a clasp, or whatever you’re gonna attach the split ring to and slide it right in there.

    Now, at this point, you would just take your fingers and kind of let off on the pressure of the split ring plier a little bit – just so it closes ever so slightly, and then slide it down the split ring a little more. Just keep inching your way down there until it locks into place, and then you’re set! All you have to do is just remove the pliers and it will close on its own!

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    Jul 28

    How to Knit a Keyhole

    Learn how to knit a Keyhole for your scarf with this video from LionBrand.com

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    Jul 13

    How to Make Earrings

    How To Make Easy Earrings (courtesy of JewelrySupply)

    Hi! I’m Sarah, the designer for JewelrySupply.com. I’m gonna show you how to make a really quick and easy pair of earrings that you can wear with any outfit!

    The materials I’m gonna use for these are:

    2 – HP525s, or, the ball-end headpins in sterling silver

    2 – 10mm Swarovsky bicones in Jet AD

    2 – Sterling silver french earwires

    2 – BD405s, or, 4mm sterling silver, round beads

    The tools that you’re gonna need are:

    Sidecutters
    Chain nose (pliers)
    Round nose (pliers)

    So, first things first! Take one of your headpins and thread on a bicone and a roundie, just like that, and then make a simple loop. OK, then cut this off, just like this.

    OK, now, there’s 2 ways that you can attach an earring to an earwire. The first way is to not close the loop completely on the headpin, and then attach the loop from the earwire onto the headpin, just like this, and then just continue to close it. OK, so that’s one way to do it!

    The other way to do it is to close the loop completely on the headpin. And, then you would open the loop on the french earwire just like you would a jump ring. So, you’re not actually going to open the loop out; instead, you’re gonna open the loop on the earwire off to the side, like that, see? Then, you attach the loop of the headpin and, just like you would a jump ring, close it the same way you opened it – just the reverse. There you go! That’s the other way to do it.

    Either way, this is a really quick and simple pair of earrings that you can make for any outfit that you have!

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    Jun 13

    How to Make a Father’s Day Card

    Learn how to make an origami necktie for a Father’s Day card with this video from BareFootStamper.com

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    Jun 07

    How to Create Your Own Wedding Stationary

    How To Create Your Own Wedding Stationary (courtesy of WeddingFanatic.com)

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    Jun 07

    How to Make a Boomerang

    Learn how to make a boomerang with two yardsticks in this video from mdboomerangs

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    Jun 07

    How to Make Origami Pig

    Learn how to make an origami pig with this video from Chinitamarlene

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    Jun 07

    How to Make a Catapult

    Learn how to make a catapult out of PVC pipe with this video from Make Magazine.

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    Jun 05

    How to Make a Charm Necklace

    Learn how to make your own unique charm necklace with this video from ItsYourLife.

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    Jun 04

    How to Make a Wedding Bouquet

    On a tight wedding budget? Learn how to make your own wedding bouquets with this video from VideoJug.com


    VideoJug: How To Make A Wedding Bouquet

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    Jun 04

    How to Make a Secret Safe

    Learn how to make a secret safe out of a whipped cream can with this video from HackerDaily.com.

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    May 13

    How to Make a Homopolar Motor

    Learn how to make a homopolar motor DangerouslyFun.com.

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    May 13

    How to Make a Screenprint

    Learn how to make a screen print and silkscreen your own t-shirts with this video from Make Magazine!

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    Apr 27

    How to Make Orgami Frog

    Learn how to make an origami frog with this video from intempestanox.

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    Apr 21

    How to Make an Orbit Toy

    Learn how to make an orbit toy with this video from wobertwee.

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    Apr 20

    How to Knit on a Loom

    Learn how to put yarn on a knitting loom and start to knit with this video from WilkersonBricore.

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    Apr 11

    How to Make Origami Elephant

    Learn how to fold an origami elephant with this video from Chinitamarlene.

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    Apr 07

    How to Make a Volcano

    Learn how to make a volcano for your next science project with this video from deissero.

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    Apr 07

    How to Make Orgami Shark

    Learn how to make a origami shark with this video from Chinitamarlene.

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    Apr 01

    How to Sew on a Button

    Learn how to sew on a button like a professional with this video from ThreadBanger.com.

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    Mar 25

    How to Make a Potato Gun

    Learn how to make a potato gun with this video from Make Magazine.

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    Feb 28

    How to Make String Art

    Learn how to make string art with Todd Oldham with this video from HandmadeModern

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    Feb 28

    How to Make Soap

    Learn how to make glycerin based soap with this video from cozytailmom.

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    Feb 28

    How to Make a Bracelet

    Learn some simple beading techniques with this bracelet making tutorial from AuntieBeads.com.

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    Feb 17

    How to Cut a Circle on a Tablesaw

    Learn how to quickly and easily cut a circle on a table saw with this video from WoodGuy.com.

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    Feb 17

    How to Make Homemade Stamps

    Learn how to make a stamp with basic items from around the house with this video from AcademicAesthetic.com

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    Feb 16

    How to Make a Puppet

    A cool video from FightMyEyes on how to make a puppet with items from around the house.

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    Feb 16

    How to Make an Ottoman

    Furniture you can put your feet on! Learn how to make a cool ottoman with this video from Handmade Modern.

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    Feb 16

    How to Make a Cool Magnetic Flower Vase

    Learn how to make a spill proof magnetic flower vase with this video from Curbly.com.

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    Feb 14

    How to Make Paper

    Recycle old papers to make new paper with this video on how to make paper from the Children’sWebNetwork.

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    Feb 14

    How to Make a Paper Snowflake

    Learn how to make a paper snowflake with this video from theAmatour.

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    Feb 02

    How to Make a Wreath Part 2

    How To Make A Fall Wreath Part II (courtesy of AskTheDecorator.com)

    Hanging a fall wreath on your door is a great way to welcome guests. Hi! I’m Meghan Carter with Ask The Decorator, and today I’m going to teach you how to make a fall wreath.

    To start, I always place my bow first. I’m going to put my bow on this wreath a little off center
    to the left. Once I have my bow in place, I’ll know where I want to put everything else.

    On this wreath, I’m going to put greenery on first because the greenery will serve as the base on top of this grapevine wreath. Once you have your greenery picked out, it’s time to attach it. I take a hot glue gun and stick it down, and just hold it down in place for a few seconds. Sometimes, hot glue isn’t enough to hold down your greenery. So, if that’s the case, take a little bit of wire – in this case I’m using a green wire – and wrap around it. Don’t worry! No one will see the wire once the wreath is done.

    Once you have your greenery attached to the wreath, it’s time to place the pumpkins. I’m going to place 3 pumpkins down at the bottom. Attaching the pumpkins might be a little tricky. When I put these pumpkins on, I’m going to glue the back of them and then I’m going to hold them down. To make the pumpkins extra secure, put glue in between them and then push them together.

    Once you have the bottom 3 pumpkins put on, it’s time to put on the one pumpkin at the top. Before you put this on, I always put the bow next to the greenery. Because, that way you know exactly where you want the pumpkin to go.

    Once you have the pumpkins on, it’s time to put on some extra ivy. I just take little cuttings of the extra ivy and glue it on. I just place the ivy in strategic places next to where I’ve already put ivy in, just to fill any gaps and make the ivy look thicker. Once you’ve finished putting the extra ivy on the wreath, it’s time to put on the pieces of fern that look like they’re on fire.

    When you put these on, only use a few, and put them very close to the actual pumpkin. After adding the pieces of fern, you might want to add some of these oak leaves to add extra color. When you add these, because they’re big, you want to put them underneath the other greenery. I know at this point, you’re probably thinking the wreath looks like a jumbled mess! But don’t worry – this is where the wreath all starts coming together.

    Start adding all of your natural stuff and the berries, and you’ll see magic. What happens is, start layering all of the natural stuff and the berries slowly out, with more concentrated by the pumpkins and less fading out. Just as we did with the greenery. Don’t worry if you have to add extra greenery – that’s ok! You may find that you need to fill in a few spaces. Ow! Gosh – you really have to be careful when you’re working with hot glue. You can really burn yourself.

    After you have everything on your wreath just where you want it, you get to put on the bow and you’re almost done. The way I made my bow, I have a big, wire cord going through that I can use to attach to the wreath. I just put it on there, exactly where I want it. Take the wire, and then I just twist it as tight as I can to make sure it’s not going to fall off. And any excess wire I have left, I can just cut off before I hang it up.

    Look at the beautiful fall door wreath you have – isn’t it gorgeous?

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    Jan 19

    How to Make a Pinhole Camera

    Learn how to make a pinhole camera and process your own prints at home with this cool DIY video from Make Magazine.

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    Jan 19

    How to Make a Bow

    Learning how to make a bow with this simple instructional video from AskTheDecorator.com.

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    Nov 30

    How to Make a Feather and Egg Holiday Wreath – Perfect for Easter!

    This unique feather and egg holiday wreate is perfect for Easter, and can be adapted with Chrismas ornaments for an even more unique Christmas holiday wreath! A neat idea from IdeasInFives.com.

    You may also find this helpful:

    Wreath Magic: 86 Magnificent Wreaths, Garlands & Swags To Make

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    Nov 28

    How to Make Holiday Fairies

    Learn how to make holiday fairies with this “how to make fairies” video from MCMilker of Not Quite Crunchy.

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    Nov 28

    How to Make an Origami Jumping Frog

    You can learn how to make an origami frog that really jumps with this video from Merrill Sech, which shows you how to make a jumping origami frog! Ribbit!

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    Nov 25

    How to Make a Playcord for Your Kids

    Want to know how to make a playcord? (What’s a play cord? It’s like a child-safe rope made of yarn!) This video shows you how to make a playcord that your child can use as horse reins, a bracelet, an arm band, the rope for an anchor, or anything their imagination thinks up!

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    Nov 24

    How to Crochet a Snowman

    How To Crochet A Snowman (courtesy of Craftmastery.com)

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    Nov 24

    How to Crochet

    Learn How To Crochet with this excellent video (courtesy of All Free Crochet and Naztazia). An easy and informative, step-by-step, tutorial!

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    Nov 16

    How to Knit – Casting On

    How To Knit – Learn How To Cast On (courtesy of TheKnittingSite)

    When you cast on with a tail, you need to have enough length to make the stitches. Generally we reckon for half an inch per stitch.

    We start with a slip knot, try to make a loop. This is the tail end, remember, and that’s the ball end. The loop goes over there. Turn the loop towards you, and push from the ball end, through. That will be your stitch.

    As you pull the tail end, it tightens the knot. If I just bring my knitting needle in from the right-hand side, if you tighten the other end, the ball end, it tightens the stitch.

    Now, how one holds the yarn. You’re holding it there with the stitch on the needle…you’ve got the 2 threads down here. This is the tail and this is the ball. So, make sure the tail is nearer you, and put your fingers between the 2.

    Pick up the ball end with the first finger and the tail end with the thumb. Just like that. And hold the loose ends with your fingers. Just give it a bit of tension.

    Now, to make stitches, you want to pick up the yarn that is closest to you, and go over and pick up the yarn that’s coming down from your first finger, to pull it under there. Then, you let that fall off your thumb. And, as you go to pick up the yarn again, it tightens the stitch on the needle!

    Let me just do that again. Pick up the thread that’s nearest to you. And then, hook the thread that’s over there on your 1st finger. Drop that off the thumb, and as you take up the slack, it tightens the stitch. And, again.

    Now, you’ll find after you’ve done a few stitches, that the thread from the tail starts to untwist. So, you need to drop it ever so often just to let it twist back up in the way it’s spun. And then, you carry on until you’ve cast on as many stitches as you require. Which, is normally more than that!

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