10 Craftster Projects to Try This Weekend

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Here at Craftster we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this month! For ten years, we’ve encouraged people to jump into crafting with both feet – it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be fun! To get in to the celebratory spirit, we’ve recommended some of the most popular tutorials written by our forum members.  Each project can be completed with a few hours of work, making it perfect for trying your hand at a new skill or relearning a craft you haven’t done in years.

52 Reasons Card Book

1) “52 Reasons” books

While this is a simple project, coming up with unique and creative “reasons” makes each variation a personal gift. Craftsters love these altered playing cards as a little surprise on Valentine’s day or as a stocking stuffer. Check out our many examples of completed 52 Reasons books to get your creative juices flowing.

Reusable Shopping Baf Tutorial

2) Reusable shopping bag

If you have a plastic bag and two yards of fabric, you could make this cute tote! QueenofDIY wrote step-by-step instructions for creating a professional-looking bag that can be folded up into its own pocket for easy storage. Of course this bag is great for groceries, but add a few bottles of wine and it would be a perfect hostess gift.

Learn how to screenprint

3) Learn how to screenprint

Making your own printed fabric is easier than you might think! Member sheepBlue breaks down the materials you need to get started and gives you step-by-step instructions to create your own T-shirt designs or printed fabric. Not sure what to make? Our screenprinting forum has designs ranging from dinosaurs to Daleks.

Toddler dress from men's button down

4) Men’s Button Down Shirt to Toddler Dress

Skip the buttonholes by making a dress out of a hand-me-down shirt. Craftster member cheytown turned a questionable Goodwill find into a beautiful summer dress for her daughter. Since the original dress was posted in 2007, dozens of craftsters have whipped up and posted their own versions.

How to make homemade mozzarella

5) Make mozzarella cheese … in the microwave!

Homemade cheese sounds like it would be a project for only the most dedicated homesteader or domestic goddess. But believe-it-or-not, MissingWillow’s tutorial for fresh mozzarella only requires a few special ingredients and less than an hour.

Watercolor portrait from a photo

6) Watercolor portrait

Not an expert artist? Don’t worry; you won’t need serious drawing skills to make a beautiful watercolor portrait with weighanchor’s tutorial. Turn a photograph into a one-of-a-kind painting to decorate your home or give to a friend.

Goldfish in a bag soap DIY

7) Goldfish soap

Craftster moderator MareMare makes the cutest fish-in-a-bag soap! Follow her tutorial to create your own, complete with where to buy those adorable plastic fish.

Necklace made from washers

8 ) Washer necklaces

Create cute, personalized necklaces in less than an hour with this tutorial by onescrappinjohnson! The materials are inexpensive and the design possibilities are endless – you can use wrapping paper, scrapbook paper or even a photo to make them.

Custom make slippers to fit your feet

9) Soft slippers

You don’t need a pattern to make papilionette’s cute and cozy slippers! If you have some fabric scraps, fleece, and, well, feet, you can make these ballet-style slippers. We love her Alexander Henry fabric, but you can customize them to suit your own taste.

10) Easy chocolate toffee

Looking for an inexpensive gift or easy treat? Try jennieingram’s awesomely simple candy recipe. There are only five common ingredients, so you probably have everything you need in your kitchen right now.

Have you tried any of these popular tutorials? What are your crafty plans for the weekend?

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