Gift giving can be difficult. It's hard to know what someone wants or even what someone already has. But one thing's for sure... if you're buying for a DIY-loving friend, they're probably interested in trying a new craft. So today we're sharing a different kind of gift guide - one that will help you assemble kit-style gifts for ten of our favorite crafty hobbies.
Now that the temperatures are getting a bit chillier, I've been spending the evenings curled up on the couch with throw blankets and a warm cup of tea. And if you have too, then you might enjoy the tutorial that I have for you today... I'm going to show you how to make an incredibly simple faux fur throw blanket with fabulous yarn tassels adorning the corners. Click through to check out the full photo tutorial.
I like a properly matted and framed piece of artwork as much as anyone, but sometimes, it can be a little overkill. First off, it's expensive, especially for large pieces, and secondly, it doesn't always fit the style of the art. Framing a poster or screen print can often make the space feel more like a weird movie or record exec's office, rather that a home filled with awesome art.
Whenever I find any large, vintage art, I'm especially struck by the bold graphic design and aged colors and texture. For something like this, a classic frame would be way too expensive, and not the right fit, design-wise.
So, I took a cue from the classic pull-down maps of my elementary school classrooms, and created a simple way to hang it on the wall with a lot more character. This month we've been teaming up with our friends at True Value, my local neighborhood hardware store, and I think this project shows off how you can come up with a great, stylish-looking final project using simple materials and just a few tools.
Sure, your glue gun melts glue sticks, but does it drip glue all over the place when sitting on its "kickstand"? Does it seem to spontaneously tip over when sitting on said kickstand? Does it take forever to reach maximum heat?
If your glue gun does any or all of these things, it might be time to break up with it and find a new model. After hours and hours of testing 6 models—4 corded and 2 cordless—of wildly varying prices, we've pinned down our favorites. Let's introduce our contenders (and our recommendations):
This year, all my Christmas decor is leaning towards the paper-y and the handmade. So, when all my Christmas presents ended up getting wrapped in brown craft paper and old books, I knew the leftover red and green gift tag stickers at the bottom of my wrapping paper organizer wouldn't do.
So, I came up with this easy way to create leaf-shaped newsprint gift tags for free! And free is a lot better than the $4.00 apiece they're asking at West Elm. Here's how:
You guys, it's totally picnic weather these days. And picnic weather means picnic blankets! Here's a simple one you can make in an afternoon and be picnicking on by sunset!
I can't quite put my finger on it, but for some reason I'm a total sucker for coasters. Maybe because they're small, cute, and functional?? Who knows... But I do know that these DIY color-blocked coasters are just too fantastic not to share!
It's no secret that I have an on-going love affair with felt. Add my obsession with little boxes and storage containers to the mix, and this DIY project is a no-brainer!
...or wallet, or pencil holder, or mouse pad!
Hello, slightly-abstracted chevron pattern! You're my new favorite thing. Also, that metallic gold flair you've got going on really suits you. I have a feeling we're going to be BEST. FRIENDS.
If diamonds really did come in such vivid colors, I think I'd be tempted to get one in every color. Especially if they were as inexpensive as FREE, like this fascinatingly faceted assortment.
These teacup planters would look absolutely adorable on a kitchen windowsill or even on your desk in a sunny office!
Instead of "Foodie Friday", I thought I'd have some fun today and go with what I'm calling "Fabulous Friday" because, hey, it's the weekend! Why not? And also, this disco ball helmet is pretty much the most amazing thing I've seen all week; I simply had to share!
As you know, I love any and all DIY projects that make use of thrifted glassware (hello, mod dot drinking glasses!). This is a really fun idea you can apply not only to tumblers but any kind of glass dish -- bowls and vases would look awesome, too! So, hit up your favorite thrift store and let's make some pretty glasses!
Hi! I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest. I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life. It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun. And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.
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Downloads, templates, and printables -- oh my! We've rounded up some of the best free-for-the-printing Easter crafts all in one spot. Enjoy!
Bare walls are the pits. Liven those bad boys up with some affordable modern art -- that you made yourself! Here are ten of our favorite DIY wall art projects to make this week.
Ahh, washi tape. The craft-o-sphere's wunderkind! This seemingly all-purpose material can be found gracing the surfaces of everything from Easter eggs to vases and now... walls! Check out a few of our favorite unexpected decorative uses for this craft supply miracle!
If you've seen those leather scrap bundles at your local craft store and have wondered what to do with them, wonder no more! We've got a simple afternoon DIY project that will add a touch of rustic charm to your decor -- for cheap!
Fluffy pastel bunnies and plastic grass be gone! We're celebrating Easter with some modern flair this year, starting with everyone's favorite activity: dyeing Easter eggs! Here are 12 totally unique techniques that will have you foregoing the grocery store kits and celebrating the season with egg-streme style!