Decorating the walls of your home makes a huge difference in its appearance and its feeling as a comfortable, personal space, but the cost of art and frames can add up very quickly. One of my favorite tricks for creating beautiful wall art is patterned cardstock, and this time, I mixed two patterned papers and several bright colored pieces of cardstock to create this simple woven paper wall art that can cost you less than $5. It's as simple as cutting strips of paper!
Having a cushy rug under your feet is the coziest thing I can imagine, and it's nice to be greeted with a fluffy bathroom rug as soon as you get out of the shower or as you stand at the sink to brush your teeth. It just adds to the relaxing feeling of a well-designed bathroom! In order to bring that coziness into your home, you can make your own bathroom rug in just one hour or less using a simple technique for weaving yarn through netting.
While wreaths are definitely popular front door decor during the holidays, they certainly can be decorated with year-round. And they certainly don't have be left to just the front door. This beautiful round woven wreath has me itching for the new year! It's the perfect statement piece to keep out all of 2017!
I have a slight obsession with textiles: pillows, tea towels, rugs (especially rugs)... you name it, I love it. So when I spotted this tutorial for making your own woven rug, I got pretty excited!
Whether you call them Easter baskets or spring baskets, these delightful DIY creations will add a fresh and festive feel to any space.
Pictured above is Diane's creation. Any self-respecting paper crafter will have everything on hand to re-create one.
Running With Scissors has a sweet
I'm not a climber, so I was not aware that climbing ropes are (a) really expensive and (b) have a shelf life. Used or unused, there seems to be a general consensus among climbers that they only last about 5 years. So, what does one do with a $200 climbing rope after it's beyond its efficacy? Turn it into a rug, of
Jute, it's not just for upholstery projects anymore. Instead of weaving it in seat situations, Erin decided to use it to weave baskets. The process couldn't be easier, and the supplies are minimal:
The Eloominator shows us how to turn old t-shirts into yarn. (Yup, that stuff picture above used to be a t-shirt!) She uses the resulting yarn on a Weave-It Rug Loom or 'any loom on which you can weave 4 ends per inch'. I could see using it to crochet rugs, however. Maybe a shower mat...To yarnify a tee of your own, here's what you'll need:
Molly at The Purl Bee shares her technique on how to make woven felt placemats. The best part about this project....it requires NO SEWING! (Even sewers like those kinds of projects now and then!) To make a set of six placemats, you'll need the following:
We have an epidemic in this country. It is the pox of residential neighborhoods everywhere. Damn you plastic lawn toys! *Shaking my fist skyward* Judith Needham probably agrees with me, because when her daughter wanted a playhouse, the master weaver set to work and made one out of willow branches.
This project was first featured in the August/September issue of Budget Living Magazine, (now defunct, as far as I can tell). At least one crafter was so smitten with it, she began saving up soda can tabs.
Jeffery Rudell never ceases to amaze me. Today he shows us how to weave a basket out of newspapers. A cleverly ironic way to recycle newspapers that will store newspapers waiting to be recycled!! LOVE it!
What will you need to make one? These items:
Cathy over on Craftstylish has used her flower loom to embellish holiday packages, and the outcome is absolutely darling. She also offers a tutorial on how to loom the little buggers. If you're interested in this technique, you can actually make your own loom, like I did. And although Cathy's bows are much prettier than, say, bows made of old casette tape tape, they're not as tree-hugger-y. :)
Image courtesy of Cathy Callahan.
June over at lovely Folding Trees shares her incredibly easy yet effective method of using old magazines to weave beautiful note cards and book marks. June also suggests using the technique to make wall art, book covers and pen pots too!
Supplies you’ll need:
paper (glossy magazine pages and copy paper)
What you’ll need to do:
Click on over to Folding Trees to see the entire tutorial. Via Craftzine.
Although Mylinda made this purse out of potato chip bags, you can also use cookie. Besides about 20 bags, you'll need a rotary cutter, a home-made 'needle' made out of a credit card (instructions are included in the post to make it), DMC embroidery floss or crochet thread and a zipper. For the complete process, visit Mylinda's post here.
Here’s a superb way to make use of leftover socks bereft of their mates: turn them into potholders! All you need is one of those old school potholder weaving looms and a bunch of lonely cotton socks cut into 1/4" thick loops. Jen at Re-nester bought her loom at a craft store, but she suggests you could make your own by nailing some brads spaced 1/4" apart into a scrap piece of wood that’s the size of an average potholder. For an explanation of...
Designboom has a fascinating pictorial of the traditional silk making process of the craftspeople in a small village in north-east Tailand. Starting with silk worms, which aren't actually worms, and ending with luscious fabric, the photos illustrate the proceedure in 6 steps.
Step 6: Ikat (binding)....