@Home This Weekend: Stenciled Table

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blog This weekend, paint and stencil a coffee table to brighten up your porch. Mistress Jennie painted her table a cheery turquoise and stenciled some mandalas that pick up the color of her pillows. What an inviting place to sit and visit!

 

Tute Tuesday: Mrs. Weasley Inspired Burrow Afghan

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153888_15Jul16_IMG_1820 There are very few things that can hold up over time; Harry Potter being one of them. Even though the books and movies have been out for years, the series refuses to fade away. Mistress Jennie is a true HP fan! She not only shows her love for the characters in the books, but also shares it with you in this tutorial for a Mrs. Weasly Inspired Burrow Afghan. The colors are wonderful and just like that fiercely protective mother, this fab afghan will keep you safe from the cooler temps.

Our Crochet Board has patterns, tutorials and inspiration from afghans to arigurumi. Have fun and try a new craft!

Creative Craft Supplies

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blog2 Have you ever just felt like making something, but you didn’t have craft supplies? Well, that didn’t stop these clever Craftsters: they made awesome projects with some pretty creative materials they had just lying around at the house.

Can you guess what skullseamstress used to make this colorful rainbow chandelier? No? Can you believe it’s constructed from paper clips? So creative!

What a beautiful, fully lined leather purse. cindygert made it out of a bomber jacket that had been damaged by paint. The pockets on the front are such a great detail. blog1
carinbrat felted an unloved sweater and used the sleeve to create a colorful hot water bottle cover. So cozy!

 

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pinokeeo used photos from an outdated calendar to create this tote bag. Each page was covered with clear contact paper to make the bag sturdy and waterproof. blog5
Morwen took a page from Scarlett O’Hara and literally used old curtains to make her dress. Gorgeous! blog3

Don’t let the lack of “perfect” supplies keep you from crafting; make something out of anything!

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Meatless Monday: Stuffed Summer Squash

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4653100047_bdda044347 Do you belong to a CSA or have a farmer’s market near you? If so, you are getting a nice crop of summer squash either in season or about to come your way. The only problem is what to do with all of them. Why not spice up your squash with lapoli’s recipe for Stuff Summer Squash. You can add a wide variety of veggies, cheeses and spices to the squash. If you have meat lovers in your family, you can add sausage or a meat substitute for a more hearty meal. Use this squash dish as a base for different flavors and textures. Serve it as a side or as a whole meal.

Enjoy the season with recipes and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Cook up some happiness today!

@Home This Weekend: Raised Bed Garden

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blog This weekend, get ambitious and construct some raised beds for your plants! craftylittlemonkey and her husband built wooden frames, trucked in lots of dirt, and are now on their way to growing a lot of their own food. Nothing beats veggies right out of the garden. Mmmm.

July 14, 2016 Featured Projects

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Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them!


Underlying – An adventure in oilskin and oversharing. by LadyMearle

Rusty the Moth Guy – mostly needle-felted art doll by PerfectlyBohemian

dumbo tsum tsum coin purse! by Kawaiifelting

Sphynx brooch by petskin

Mosaic Star lazy susan – my first mosaic piece and what I learned [pic heavy] by sheepBlue

Captain Nemo’s Organ Room – 1:12 (++ Pics) by Arachnea

A very large commission 😀 by andralynn

Sometimes you just need some positivity by xperimentl

Stumpwork Purple Coneflower by LeapFeetFirst

Science Birthday Party! by petskin

A wordful box by P_E_S_T

Wonder Woman – Swoon Blanche by BenaeQuee

Balloon Twisting Apron by artsycandice

Ars Technica Shrine Necklace by custardfairy

It’s A-Doe-able! by LevelleCreations

Tute Tuesday: Lined Side Zipper Pouch

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32695_25Feb11_zp-00 I love the idea of a little pouch to carry with me, especially when I have a bigger purse or tote on my shoulder. A little zipper pouch is perfect for carrying around my craft supplies and other smaller items like lip gloss (a must in my world!), my phone and ID. The only thing that has scared me off from making myself a little zipper pouch is…the zipper. Thank goodness for Craftster member astormorray who has created an easy to follow and fully detailed tutorial for a Lined Side Zipper Pouch. Now that I have the tutorial, I can make several to match my outfits and purses. No more hunting around the bottom of my bag for my loot!

From traditional to contemporary, our Purses, Wallets and Bags Board has a tutorial for every style and taste. Create a new look today!

Pokemon Go: Gotta Catch ’em All!

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Pokemon Go has been sweeping the world the last couple of days. If you somehow haven’t heard of it, it’s an augmented reality game played on a smart phone. Using GPS, players find and collect various Pokemon and battle for territorial control. Pokemon has been around for years, but this new game has definitely sparked a new interest.

If you’re going to catch ’em all, you’re gonna need a Pokeball. Lob a ball at a nearby Pokemon and it may be yours. loveandasandwich made this soft version of a Pokeball with felt.

ChocoJud crocheted this fiery tailed Charizard amigurumi. blog2
omgferosh92 made several Pokemon out of perler beads. Zangoose, shown here, looks 3d! blog4
If you’re going out to search for Pokemon, you might as well look the part. rainbowshoelaces stenciled this logo t-shirt, complete with the Pokeball. DCFC0046.JPG
You have to walk around to play Pokemon Go. sheriffkarli will be hunting Pokemon in style with these happy shoes featuring her favorite Pokemon, Pikachu and Raichu. blog3

There are tons of other Pokemon crafts featured on Craftster. Click on the tag “pokemon” and catch ’em all!

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Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Spinach Puree

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94686_28Jun16_cauli_spinach Have you tried mashed cauliflower before? It is a great substitute for potatoes. Not only is it good for you, but is also a perfect treat for those picky eaters. Most people do not even know they are eating cauliflower instead of potatoes! Craftster member, MareMare has taken mashed cauliflower up a notch and made it even better for you with her recipe for Cauliflower Spinach Puree. While this cauliflower recipe is a great dish on its own, you can add other ingredients and make a sauce for dipping or “tater tots” for baking.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Check out our Cooking Board for other tasty alternatives. Create your own happy meal!

@Home This Weekend: Felt Bowls

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blog This weekend, make some great storage vessels. jac88 took some heavy felt and made these charming bowls. They’re perfect for holding a multitude of items, from candy to yarn.

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Crazy Creative Cakes

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blog4 Marie Antoinette said “Let them eat cake!” like that’s a bad thing. Let’s all have some cake. Not just ordinary cake, though: super special awesome Craftster cake!

This idyllic scene of Tinkerbell lounging by a stream in the shadow of mushrooms is actually a cake. Really! Cealy shared it and two other cake creations in her post.

FoxyBlue’s seven year old daughter was probably head over heels when she saw this fanciful Sweet Shoppe cake. blog5
ama made the perfect spooky cake for her almost-born-on-Halloween boy. It’s got pumpkins and ghosts and sweet little teddy bears, who just happen to be vampires and mummies.

 

Who’s up for a tea party? This topsy turvy creation by chughes225 was the centerpiece for an Alice in Wonderland baby shower. It’s so whimsical and fun!

 

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Sweets85 made a baby shower cake inspired by the movie Ponyo. What a great job with the fondant illustration. blog1

So have your cake and eat it, too. Click on the Craftster tag “cake decorating” to see hundreds more cakes of all sorts.

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Tute Tuesday: Bib Necklace

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Cameliamarin This summer’s fashion is all about the Boho look. Finding your inner flower child and twirling at music festivals from dusk till dawn is always fun. You can be stylish and free spirited with cynalune’s tutorial for a Bib Necklace. You could make them in any color and experiment with different flowers for the necklace. It can be worn not only in the summer, but all year round. If you are not into the gypsy look, this necklace is so versatile it can also be worn with more conservative fashions.

Earrings, necklaces and bracelets are only a few jewelry items you can crochet with tutorials from our Crochet Board. Stitch a whole outfit up and strut your stuff about town!

@Home This Weekend: Painted Patriotic Table

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blog This weekend, make the kids table the most desired table in the house! Kali88 cleaned up an old end table and painted it red, white, and blue. What a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July!

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Craft Challenge #114 – Pick It and Craft It!

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Craft Challenge #114, Pick It and Craft It, has been announced!

Your challenge this month is to craft a project inspired by the Tutorial Portal! :)

Entries are due August 1 – 7, 2016. Read all of the challenge details here. 😀

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Paper Stars

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Paper Stars In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make paper stars in just minutes!

Paper bag starbursts are fun for:

— Party decor
— Patio decorations
— Classroom activities