@Home This Weekend: Chalkboard Wine Glasses

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blog Having company over the holidays? This weekend, avoid party mixups by making some chalkboard wine glasses. Use this great tutorial, provided by jillybeans, and everyone can mark their glass. Now no one will be in danger of Aunt Edna’s germs! Cheers!

Handmade Gift Ideas: Wooden Chain

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chain Christmas Eve is finally here and you have plans to stay up all night waiting for Santa. Why not use that time wisely and craft him a gift! Sure, he loves cookies and milk, but he would really love a Wooden Chain to attach to his suit. Magpirate’s tutorial will give you step by step instructions on how to take a piece of wood and make a cool chain with a key. Get started now! Santa will be here soon!

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Handmade Gift Ideas: Upcycled Car Trash Bag

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73745_30Sep14_CarTrashBagFinishedInside Is there someone in your life that is just fanatic about their car? It could be 10 years old and it still looks new. I am not one of those people, but if you know someone like that, why no make them an Upcycled Car Trash Bag for their sweet ride. CraftADDchick takes a mattress sheet and creates a one of a kind automobile accessory. Fill it up with a tree air freshener, some driving gloves and a create a custom playlist for the ultimate road trip.

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Tute Tuesday: Honkin’ Big Beach Ball Snowman

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snowman There are some tutorials that come along and the only thing you can think is “brilliant!” This little gem by Beeker is one such tutorial. Using beach balls, she created this adorable Honkin’ Big Beach Ball Snowman. The use of beach balls and papier mache is so clever. I also love how they don’t weigh a ton so you can move them around for easy storage. While I might not get any snow this winter, I certainly can make these guys and dream of a white Christmas.

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Oh, Deer!

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blog4 This is the time of year when one might be more likely to spot frolicking reindeer! If you keep your eyes out tomorrow night, you just might see eight of them (or nine, if Rudolph’s there!) pulling Santa’s sleigh. But if you’re not lucky enough to see Santa’s reindeer, at least you can enjoy looking at some of Craftster’s herd.

I don’t think any deer could be cuter than this little sweetie, featured in a hoopla stitched up by lindyv321. How cute is that little mushroom ornament hanging from his antler?

jenleahlynn used colored pencils to create this hauntingly beautiful deer on shrink plastic, and then made it into a fun charm. blog1
Here’s another little cutie. sushiluvzombie made up the pattern for this amigurumi deer as she went along. So adorable! blog2
This fancy fella looks like he’d be the life of the party! PaperDragon purchased a plastic toy reindeer and transformed him with colorful paint. blog5
A couple of deer are caught running through the woods in this beautiful fused glass piece by CrazyEyeGlass. blog3

Want more? If you don’t spot Santa’s herd, click on the Craftster tag “deer”, where you’ll find plenty of them!

Meatless Monday: Super Easy Peppermint Bark

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peppermint bark Are you looking for a last minute holiday treat to take to the company Christmas party? You definitely don’t want a repeat of last year’s fiasco. I know…I said I wouldn’t mention it…

This year MissingWillow has you covered for that potluck party with her yummy Super Easy Peppermint Bark. There is no way possible to screw this up. You can whip it up in less than a hour and still make it in enough time to sneak in a little smooch under the mistletoe. YAHOO! Score!

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Handmade Gift Ideas: Grey & Plum Button Wreath

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wreath I am obsessed with wreaths. I have one on my door for each season or holiday. I also have them around the house…my craft room, bedroom and kitchen. I love wreaths that are unusual and express creativity. Mistress Jennie takes us step by step in creating a beautiful one of a kind Grey and Plum Button Wreath that is sure to be the envy of all of your neighbors. You can use any color or style of button depending on the recipient. It is a gift that will be admired all year long.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: Hippogriff

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hippogriff Happy Harry Potter Christmas! Every HP fan on your holiday list will head over broom for their very own Hippogriff. They can hang this wonderful creature from the tree or keep it next to them for a little extra protection. Pottermouth’s tutorial requires no magical spells or potions but you will need a needle and thread.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: Exploding Needle Box

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220973_28Apr14_needlebox_travel No need to worry, no boxes were destroyed or fingers loss making this Exploding Needle Box. There were lots of happy faces when it was given as a gift. Calabaza’s tutorial for an Exploding Needle Box is a great way to wrap up all of your crafty presents. It can be used over and over again and can be customized to fit any personality. The only thing that will explode with this gift are the kisses and hugs you will be getting.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: Japanese Shibori Dyeing

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53609_01Oct14_043 Looking for a fun project to do with family and friends when they come into town? Why not have a day of Japanese Shibori Dyeing. AlwaysInMyRoom has an excellent tutorial on this time honored tradition. You can teach the kids about this traditional dyeing technique while making last minute gifts. No two pieces will be alike and everyone can put their own spin on their project.

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December 19, 2014 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!


Owl Ornaments by jillybeans

Christmas Doe by lindyv321

Home Canned Bottle Brush Tree! by TheMistressT

Honkin’ Big Beach Ball Snowmen by beeker

Altered matchbox with wacky book inside by blupaisan

Magical Whales by andralynn

Harry Potter ‘Silver Doe’ Shrine Ornaments by Mistress Jennie

The Big Box of Masculine Beauty – a gift for a friend… (and super pic heavy) by Onyxnox

Iron Giant Wood-burning by Subee

Mod Houses Putz Style by pottermouth

The Wizard of the Haunted Forest by Ludi

Lepocampus (or Merhare) sculpt by maxxev

Bumble Hoop by artsycandice

Glow in the Dark Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant by phoenixfiredesigns

New life for an old box by cackle

@Home This Weekend: Embellished Guest Towels

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blog This weekend, spruce up your bathroom with some fabric embellished guest towels, using this quick and easy tutorial by NicoleMarie. Impress your guests with custom towels that match your decor!

Handmade Gift Ideas: Hostess Gift

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hostess gift If you are anything like me, you have a few gifts set aside for those “just in case” moments. You know, just in case someone stops by, just in case you got invited to the party of the century or just in case you are meeting his parents for the first time and want to make good impression. HSG shares with us a quick yet beautiful Hostess Gift that is perfect for those times. You can make a bunch up at once and keep them in a box ready to go, or personalize one just before you head out the door. These gifts won’t cost you a fortune so you can save those extra duckets for a new party dress that will impress. SCORE!

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Handmade Gift Ideas: Mini Book Jewelry

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bracelet Calling all bibliophiles! It’s time to share your favorite books with the ones you love. Why not give them an extra treat by crafting Mini Book Jewelry of their favorite book. You can give them the real book and a charm to go with it. My Ruby Slippers shows you how make little book charms for bracelets, earrings and necklaces. They are the perfect gift for the book lover in your life.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: Bunny Travel Pillow

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bunny Traveling during the holiday season can cause a lot of stress to you and to your little one. One way you can diminish that stress is to make everyone their very own Bunny Travel Pillow. Artisan82′s tutorial is perfect for creating a family of bunnies. No more stress, everyone gets a bunny travel pillow and all is right with the world.

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