Seashell Choker Necklace

How to make a seashell choker necklace

  Summer vacations at the beach provide a great opportunity to collect seashells.  Then, once back home, you can make beautiful crafts with them.  This year, we made seashell choker necklaces and earrings from the treasures we found while on vacation. We decided to use some small seashells with holes to make our shell jewelry.  […]

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Decorating Shirts with Your own Appliques

Decorating shirts with your own appliques - a finished T-shirt with a flower applique

  Decorating shirts with your own appliques is a great way to transform boring plain shirts into one-of-a-kind outfits!  This is a fun project for children, as well as for adults.  Then when finished, you can wear your creations!  If the children are old enough to use an iron and sew with a sewing machine, […]

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Needle Felted Food

needle felted food - hamburger

  Do your children enjoy make-believe picnics and dinner parties with their toy friends?  Needle felting is an easy way to fill such special occasions with lots of homemade (or rather, “handmade”) food. Needle felted food can be made into whatever shapes and sizes that match your child’s play friends. If you are not familiar […]

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DIY Knee Patch

DIY peace symbol knee patch

  Recently, one of my pairs of jeans went “rrrrip!” at the right knee. It happened around when I was preparing my previous post, on DIY Hot-fix Rhinestone Pattern Making.  Because I had made a free downloadable peace symbol rhinestone pattern for that post, I decided to take advantage of the same pattern to make […]

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The Making of the Little Felt Bunny

A green bunny and a blue floppy eared bunny looking at each other

  The Little Felt Bunny is a small stuffed animal, which began as a play companion that I made for my daughter some years ago.  I was inspired to make a bunny because we were reading Watership Down by Richard Adams at the time.  (It is a beautiful book, by the way!) I always begin […]

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Woodblock Printmaking

  I have fond memories of working on woodblock printmaking at school.  The usually noisy classroom would become soothingly quiet during art class, while everyone concentrated on their carving.  I think it was in third grade that we first made woodblock prints. So, recently I decided that my daughter was old enough to work with […]

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Princess Crowns

  My daughter’s class celebrated the end of this academic year with a theater production.  It was especially exciting for my daughter because she was chosen for the role of Cinderella.  The play itself was a mix of classic fairy tales with plenty of modern twists, and her character had a snobbish personality.  But that […]

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How much can an eye express?

  Sharp piercing eyes, warm eyes, absent eyes, angry eyes…. Our eyes express emotion and convey personality. But how about the eyes of stuffed animals?  Can a pair of eyes made of felt express anything? Indeed, I think that they can!  Below are some examples of the effects you can achieve using the same exact […]

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Miniature Foil Art with Chocolate Wrappers

Miniature foil art with chocolate wrappers

  Every once in a while, don’t we all indulge ourselves with a taste of some good chocolate?  So, why not enjoy making some miniature foil art with the chocolate’s wrappers at the same time! Here are some tiny foil objects that I made.  The bird on the left is an origami crane, which can […]

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