For avid crafters and seamstresses, a pincushion is a must-have item. Follow these simple instructions to create your own, personalized fabric pincushion.
- Cotton filling
- Circular piece of fabric
- Embroidery thread
- Sewing thread
- Sewing and embroidery needles
1. Find a patterned fabric that you like at a fabric store or from around your home. If you have an old piece of clothing that you are not sure how to use, do not be afraid to cut it up and use it for this project. Depending on how large you want the final pincushion to be, cut a circle shape that is about twice as large as you want the final piece to be. Use a jar or vase with a similarly sized base to help measure.
2. Place a ball of cotton filling in the middle of the fabric circle, being generous with the amount of cotton. Next, fold up the sides around the cotton, creating a ball of fabric with cotton inside. Using a sewing needle and thread, sew together the end parts on the bottom to secure the ball.
3. Take an interesting button from around the house or a vintage store and place it in the middle of the top of the pincushion. Push it down and then, using embroidery thread, secure the button by sewing it into the fabric and through the cotton filling. It should create a slight indention in the middle of the cushion.
4. Add as many embellishments as your heart desires and then cut off the loose ends. Now you have perfect cushion for holding your pins!
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Sometimes going to school everyday can be tough for a kid. A little extra love and fun can help him or her get through the day and enjoy it. If you would like to show your child that you care and brighten their day, use these tips to decorate his or her lunch bag.
- Brown paper bag
- Colored markers
- Colorful note card
1. Take any plain brown (or white) paper bag that you would normally pack a child’s lunch in. Lay it flat on a surface, like a table, and pull out your favorite colored markers. Decorate the front of the bag with the child’s name as well as some fun illustrations.
2. Get a pack of stickers in a theme that your child will love. Stickers come in every shape, size, and color, and the perfect ones should not be hard to find at your local craft store. Add these stickers to the outside of the bag, or you can even decorate any Tupperware or cutlery that is inside. Just be sure that your sticker placement does not hinder the eating process.
3. Finally, be sure to make a sweet note that your child can find when it’s lunchtime. Take any fun, festive little note card and write a message that will encourage him or her to have fun and enjoy the rest of the day. You can embellish this with stickers as well. The whole package will be sure to put a smile on any child’s face.
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Denim jackets can be a lot of fun to wear, but sometimes they are just begging for decoration. If you own or want to own a beautifully embellished denim jacket, why not do it yourself? Follow these steps to create something that you will treasure forever.
- Denim jacket
- Metal studs
- Embroidery thread
- Embroidery needles
1. Grab a plain denim jacket from your closet or your favorite store and make sure that it has the fit and look that you are going for. A less expensive option can be found at your local thrift store. Put the jacket in the wash at least once to clean it and prepare it for decoration.
2. Attaching metal studs to your denim is a really easy way to get an edgy, cool look. They come in many sizes and shapes, from squares to triangles to stars. You can use a stud gun, but in many cases you can just use your fingers. Take a stud and make sure each of its four prongs is folded out. Push the stud through the fabric of your jacket and then fold the prongs down firmly on the backside. Experiment with different patterns and shape combinations for a truly original look.
3. To embroider your jacket, choose a few colors of embroidery floss and an embroidery needle and jump right in. Cut off appropriately sized lengths of thread, tie off the ends, and sew a pattern, word, or illustration to personalize the jacket.
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Beaded bracelets are fun to wear and even make great gifts for family and friends. Here are a few easy to follow tips to help you create your own personalized bracelets.
- Plain string or elastic string
- Beads of every shape, color, and size
- Small dishes (optional)
1. To make a simple beaded bracelet for yourself or a friend, you have to start out by choosing which type of string your beads will be strung on. Plain white string is easy to find at craft stores and will do the trick. For a bracelet that you want to be able to pull of and on, use elastic string. Measure the string around your wrist and then cut off the section that you want to use, leaving room for knotting at the ends.
2. Sift through your bead collection and decide which of them you want to use. If you need to, you can separate the beads by size and color into dishes, which will make them easier to organize. Make sure that the holes of the beads are big enough to put the string through.
3. Tie a firm double knot on one end of the string. Now you can begin placing beads onto the string. Feel free to improvise, or use a premade pattern. You can tie knots between clusters of beads for even more variety.
4. Once you have finished beading the bracelet, tie off the end of string with another firm double knot. Place the bracelet around someone’s wrist and then tie a final knot to hold the bracelet together.
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If you are a crafty person who loves hair accessories, try this one on for size. With just a few easy to find materials, you can create your own personalized headband in no time.
- Plain plastic or cloth headband
- Hot glue
- Feathers, glitter, rhinestone, studs
- Fake flowers (optional)
- Old scarf
1. You can use an old, plain headband from your own collection at home or buy one at your local drugstore. Choose a band that has a plain color and has an unadorned surface. It does not matter what material the headband is made of, but keep in mind that a plastic band will be harder to glue things to than a cloth band.
2. Choose the embellishments that you want to use on your headband. You can make a pattern, like a row of rhinestones, or throw on whatever strikes your fancy. Choose one color to create a theme, like a fiery red headband, or mix and match different shades to give a more festive look. Just use hot glue (with caution) to stick on all of the necessary elements.
3. Using hot glue, stick on a row of your favorite fake flowers. Use artificial daisies for a lighter theme, or get big and bright blossoms to create an eye-catching piece.
4. For a more subtle design, try wrapping the headband with a piece of ribbon. Cut a long piece and carefully wrap it around the headband, securing each end with a few dabs of hot glue.
5. Let everything dry completely before wearing the headband. This can be a great piece for a party or just as an everyday accessory.
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Friendship bracelets are fun, easy to make crafts that will show your friends and loved ones that you care. With just a few simple materials, you can make something truly memorable.
- Embroidery thread in various colors
- Safety pin
- Clear nail varnish
1. Choose three or four of your favorite colors of embroidery thread.
2. Use one of the threads to measure how long the bracelet should be. The thread should fit snugly around the wrist, with a little extra length for tying off. It is better to overestimate the length than underestimate it. After the first thread has been cut to size, you can cut threads in the other colors to size using the first thread.
3. Once every thread is the same length, tie them all together with a knot at one end. 4. Push a safety pin through this knot and attach it to a firm surface like a pillow or the knee of your pants. This will serve as an anchor as you create the bracelet.
5. Line up every thread and begin with the last thread on the left side. Take this thread and tie a knot with it on each adjacent thread, creating a progressing line of knots. Repeat this with every thread, creating rows of progressive knots.
6. Once you reach the end of the bracelet, tie off the end in another knot. Tie it around your friend’s wrist and secure with one last knot. You can dab some clear nail varnish on the final knot to ensure that it stays put.
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Is your plain, white light switch cover getting you down? To add a little sparkle or joy to your wall, try decorating it! You will smile every time you turn the light on.
- Plain light switch cover
- Hot glue gun
- Acrylic paint
- Craft varnish
- Paint brushes
- Beads, glitter, other small embellishments
- Collage materials (ticket stubs, magazine cutouts, etc.)
- Screw driver
1. You can find plain, white light switch covers at secondhand or hardware stores. If you would like to decorate an existing cover in your house, you can easily unscrew it from the wall with a screwdriver. Be sure to clean the surface of the light switch cover well, drying it off completely before you begin your project.
2. If you would like to paint your light switch cover, gather together some paintbrushes of different sizes and plenty of colors. You can fully improvise your painting or create a sketch beforehand. After painting the cover, be sure to let it dry completely and then apply a coat of varnish. Once the cover is totally dry, you can reattach it to the wall.
3. For another fun way to decorate a light switch cover, try creating a collage on the surface or embellishing it with beads or glitter. To create a collage, simply glue your chosen materials onto the clean surface of the cover and then cover the whole piece in varnish. For three-dimensional decorations, use a glue gun and firmly attach each piece to the surface of the cover. Let dry completely and then reattach the cover to the wall.
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Framing your favorite photographs can be a great way to display them, but might get a little boring once your entire wall is covered. For another fun way to display your favorite photos, try out these steps for making a lampshade out of photos!
- Photographs of any size
- Paper clips
- Old cloth lampshade with wire frame
- Lamp base with light bulb
1. Grab any old, cloth covered wire lampshade that is about the size that you want your new lampshade to be. If you cannot find any of these around your home, you should be able to get one at a secondhand store.
2. Carefully cut the fabric covering off of the wire lampshade so that you are left with the bare frame.
3. Using paperclips or photo clips, start attaching photos to the top and bottom of the wire frame. Go all the way around, adding and moving photos so that they fit in the space. Expand downwards and upwards until the entire space is filled with photos. Make sure that the connections are secure along the way.
4. You can add other fun souvenirs like ticket stubs or old friendship bracelets to further embellish the shade.
5. Once everything is secure, you can place the lampshade back onto the base. Now every time you turn on your lamp, you will be able to view your favorite photographs and memories as well!
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Sometimes, it just feels good to be gross. Embody this feeling by playing with some homemade slime between your fingers. No longer will you have to go to the store to get your squishy fix. Sometimes, the ingredients in those containers can cause skin irritations, or even sickness. Know exactly what you’re putting in your goo, made with simple household items. This goo can be stored in a tightly sealed container for about two weeks.
For this craft, you will need:
- White craft glue
- Gel food coloring
- Two disposable containers
- Disposable mixing spoons
To make the ooey gooey slime:
1. First, measure out one tablespoon of borax and put it into one of the disposable containers. Pour in two cups of water and stir to dissolve the borax.
2. In the other container, mix 1 cup of white craft glue with 1 cup of water, and stir to combine. There shouldn’t be any water floating at the top of this mixture.
3. Add a food color of your choice to the glue mixture and stir until evenly incorporated.
4. Pour the glue mixture into the borax mixture slowly and stir constantly until evenly combined. The slime will become hard, and may even separate from some of the water. You can throw out that liquidy mixture.
5. Play with your slime immediately or store for later fun!
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Part science experiment, part gross out mixture—this is a great craft that can lead to a world of other projects. Once you’ve made this puffy paint, you can store it in a tightly sealed container in a cool place for up to three months before it begins to lose its effect. Puffy paint brings fun new texture to paintings and other art projects. You’ll love being able to make it at home rather than running out to the store and buying an expensive brand.
For this craft, you will need:
- Regular men’s shaving cream, non-scented
- White craft glue
- Self-rising flour
- Food coloring
- Mixing containers
To make the puffy paint:
1. The measurements will depend on how much paint you would like to make. You can, however, always make more in a jiffy. For a larger batch, begin by spraying about half on an unopened can of shaving cream into the mixing container. Add about ¼ of a cup of the white craft glue and stir with a spoon.
2. Add about 1 tablespoon of self-rising flour. At this point, the mixture should be glossy and light. If it seems too sticky, add more shaving cream.
3. To make different colors of paint, separate the mixture into a few mixing bowls and add food coloring. This shouldn’t change the consistency of the paint too much, no matter if you’re using a liquid or gel.
4. Use the paint immediately and watch it puff up on the page to new life!
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