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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 371 views]
Make Magnetic Sculptures

If you’re looking for an entertaining and educational project for the kids, this one is awesome!  Ana at Babble Dabble Do used hardware bits and magnets to create a sculpture kit that is half art project, half science project, and 100% fun!   This is definitely a project for older kids who won’t be likely to swallow the magnets, or to be done under direct adult supervision. …

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[22 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 317 views]
Make A Tea Cup Candle

I’ve mentioned in a few other posts that I’ve been creating a Mad Hatter inspired area in my yard.  Tea pots and cups are items easily found at thrift stores, and they play a big role in my decorating scheme.  I’ve shared my tea pot stand and my tea cup bird feeder with you.  Now I’m showing you my newest addition:  a tea cup candle!

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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 285 views]
Make Placemat Wrapped Vases

You’ve probably never thought of those plastic-y placemats as fashionable décor, but Desiree at The 36th Avenue is about to change your perception -  she used some of them to make these snazzy vase covers!  It’s a simple yet high-impact project, and you can use any cylindrical vase or other container for the project.  (Don’t throw away your next empty oatmeal container, it’ll look fab with …

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[20 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 461 views]
Make Reverse Stenciled Sharpie Ceramics

Here is a new take on the ol’ Sharpie-on-ceramics craft!  Becky at U Create used vinyl decals as a reverse stencil, masking off an area and then going crazy with markers.  This is an all-ages craft; her stippling technique seen here gives sophisticated results, but this is also a great crafts for kids, as you can see with the other examples of this project you’ll …

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[19 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 959 views]
Make Woven Yarn Bangles

Weaving is hot, hot, hot right now.  We’re not really ones to jump on every passing bandwagon, but if this is what the technique’s latest incarnation looks like, count us in!  Cintia at My Poppet wove simple patterns into these yarn-wrapped bangles, giving them a cozy character that will be great for fall!  This is a fabulous way to use up odds and ends of scrap …

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[18 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 620 views]
Make an Aromatherapy Neck Pillow from a Sock

Everyone needs a little “me” time sometimes.  Can’t get away for a spa day?  You can at least pretend!  Over at Happy Hour Projects, Adrianne shares how she made this aromatherapy neck pillow out of a sock, and it’s just the thing you need for a few minutes of relaxation!  It’s a great project for those odd socks, or pick up a colorful pair from the …

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[14 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 1,006 views]
Make a Bandana Bunting

When it comes to cheap fabric with an interesting pattern, bandanas are one of my favorite go-to items.  Over at 30 Handmade Days, Landee used a stack of bandanas to make an adorable bunting!  It would be great for a western-themed party, or use specific colors to make it work for various holidays or occasions.  Or make one just because they are so stinkin’ cute! …

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[13 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 1,249 views]
Make Hamburger Balloons

Try this clever idea for your next barbecue!  Kelly from Studio DIY took plain, yellow mylar balloons and, with the help of a little tissue paper, turned them into floating hamburgers!  They would make a great, whimsical addition to a birthday party, a family reunion, or any other gathering where you plan to break out the grill.  Or make them as a silly gift for …

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[12 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 1,161 views]
Make a Miniature Leg Lamp

As someone who is obsessed with miniatures, I squealed a little bit when I first saw this tiny version of the classic leg lamp (as seen in “A Christmas Story”), which was created by Instructables user seamster.  Already amazed at the scale – it’s made from a Barbie leg – I then realized something else completely amazing – this one is even a working lamp! …

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[11 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 1,035 views]
Make Computer Keyboard Jewelry

Maybe you found an old keyboard at a yard sale or thrift shop.  Maybe you had to replace yours after an oops-I-spilled-my-coffee incident shorted it out.  Whatever the reason you have that extra, unused keyboard laying around, you’ll be glad you have it around to make this geektastic jewelry!  Valentina from le idee della Vale disassembled an old keyboard and turned the keys into charms that …