Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Gemstone Candles

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38315_06Feb16_gem-candle-diy4-500x424 Welcome to this year’s Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. Each day until December 24th we will be showcasing handmade gifts that you can make, not only for the holiday season, but all year long.

One thing that makes winter and the holiday season so cozy is the light from a beautiful candle. There is a warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you watch the way the light flickers off the scenery around it. Craftster member DaBunny has created a tutorial for Gemstone Candles that will be sure to dazzle your friends. You can use these gem stones for wax melts as well by adding scent and making them on a smaller scale. Make up a large batch of these fun melts for group gifts.

For fun tutorials and inspiration, check out our other handmade gift ideas. We have something for everyone on your list.

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@Home This Weekend: Magical Succulent Planter

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blog This weekend, create a unique planter for your succulents. teaandcraft shares a step by step tutorial on how she made this magical unicorn planter from a coin bank. If you can’t find a unicorn, any ceramic animal will do. I can picture a whole menagerie of animal planters adorning your windowsills. Happy planting!

 

Tute Tuesday: Ribbon Turkey

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335433_21Nov16_Screenshot_20 Who is ready for a day of family and food comas? Raise your hand! Thursday is Thanksgiving. A time for family and friends to gather together and give thanks for everything in their lives. Let’s face it though, it can also be a time of chaos. Kids running around, grandpa sleeping in the chair, uncles telling bad jokes. Why not cut the chaos by having a craft table set up for everyone to create a Ribbon Turkey. Craftster member Crafty247 shares their tutorial for these cute little gobblers. Just remember to have adult supervision with this tutorial; hot glue is involved.

Our Occasions and Holiday Board is full of inspiration, tutorials and ideas for every holiday from Thanksgiving to 4th of July. Happy crafting!

Turkey Time!

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blog5 Happy Turkey Day! This Thursday, lots of folks across the US will be sitting down with friends and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. Most of those meals will include turkey, but we’re not going to talk about the kind of turkey you roast today; we are all about turkey crafts!

OMG, how cute is this knit turkey hat by banana731? If I had a resident toddler, I would make them wear this all the time! Want a drumstick?

waggonswest made a lovely stuffed turkey, but I don’t think you’d want to eat this bird. It’s specifically built for cuddling. blog3
teag was having trouble finding Thanksgiving decor, so she did what any good Craftster would: she made her own! This Thanksgiving totem is made from paper clay and painted with acrylic paints. blog4
Gobble, gobble, gobble! Why did the turkeys cross the road? Sorry, this crocheted turkey trio isn’t telling. Yarn or Fabric designed these fun gobblers to look just like the handprint turkeys we all drew as children. blog1
Raise a toast in some true Thanksgiving “gobblets”. TheMistressT will be serving beverages from these turkey-adorned wine glasses. Cheers! blog2

Want more turkey? Click here, where you’ll find a great variety of turkey crafts. And if you need help cooking, there are tips and instructions on how to cook a turkey there, too. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Meatless Monday: Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

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129980_20Jun16_DSCN0325 Thanksgiving is just a few days away. You have your entire meal planned except for dessert. Sure, you can make the same old boring pumpkin pie, or you can raise your baking skills to another level with pottermouth’s recipe for Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake. This delightful dessert will dazzle your friends. They might even name you person of the year! The Maple drizzle is the perfect match for the spicy and slight tartness of the cheesecake.

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions. Why not start a new one with ideas and inspiration from our Cooking Board. We at Craftster are thankful for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 18, 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 kittykill. We hope you enjoy them!


My First Cosplay: Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show, The Vest by TheMistressT

Crochet Long Hooded Cape by Mistress Jennie

Chinese New Year card-Monkey by excelsior

Harry Potter Patronus Wreath by patty_o_furniture

Steampunk Dragon by steiconi

Ink Splatter Girl Hoop by gozer

Molly Weasley embroidered clock by fatewineroses

Holly Jolly Christmas House by rackycoo

First attempt at a paper cut light box by lidehtium

book tree decorations by maxxev

Landscape quilt by vkvhawk

I’ve been on a doll making spree! by FoxyBlue

Zipper Critters…with tut. Very pic heavy by cmarion3

Jointed puppets by steiconi

Vase of Flowers card by excelsior

@Home This Weekend: Sassy Salad Servers

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blog This weekend, spice up your salad servers with a little creative wood burning. TheMistressT added delicate line drawings of botanicals to this set. These pretty utensils can’t help but make your salad more delicious. What a great idea for a gift, but don’t forget to make a set for yourself!

Tute Tuesday: Embroidered Planner

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23567926885_602918789e_z Are you sitting down? I have something to tell you. There is only 6 more weeks until 2017! WHAT? How did this happen? It is time to start planning for holiday gifts and the new year with this tutorial from KiddyFactory for a Embroidered Planner. While she uses a specific Moleskine design, you can get the same effect on just about any planner. This is a great gift for those forgetful friends. While you are at it, make one for yourself.I know you are going to be busy next year.

Need to do something with those hands? Why not check out our Needlework Board for tutorials, patterns and inspiring ideas. Have a fabulous Tuesday!

I See the Moon, and the Moon Sees Me

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blog3 Did you get to see the super moon this week? So beautiful. Of course it inspired me to feature some moon crafts!

This first big moon is the result of a happy accident: Knickertwist set out to make snowballs, but some did not cooperate, so she made them into moons. This guy looks quite content, hanging around with his friend, a silver star.

 

Melissaurus made some inchies to celebrate the phases of the moon. They look great mounted on some old sheet music. blog2
How fun is this jester moon ornament by Lady Rando? His jaunty hat and collar are adorable. blog4
teaandcraft used black polymer clay to make flat beads. Once they were baked, she painted them with silver paint to create this phases of the moon necklace. blog1
xMangoRose crocheted this fun little Sailor Moon wand with a crescent moon accent. Simply magical! blog5

To see more moon crafts, click here!

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Meatless Monday: Spicy Lentil Soup

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lentilsoup_web Need to feel the heat on a chilly night? Why not warm up with Craftster member Mantis’ recipe for Spicy Lentil Soup. If this tasty dish isn’t spicy enough for you, add more heat! This is an excellent base for any flavor your little heart desires. The lentils will soak in the aroma of the broth and spices. This soup is excellent for dinner parties, craft night or just hanging out with family and friends.

Check out our Cooking Board for delicious dinners. Try something different today. You might just find your new favorite dish! Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: “Built In” Bookshelves

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blog This weekend, think about enhancing your home on a budget. treasures_Of_Albion purchased stand-alone bookcases from Ikea, and used trim and hardware to make them appear custom built to fill her space. What a fantastic library she has now!

Tute Tuesday: Square Bottomed Canvas Bucket

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Canvasbucket1 Nothing will send me screaming in fear like trying to organize my craft supplies. I am so embarrassed by my giant pile of WIP’s and patterns. They are taking over my house! Thank goodness for Craftster member Kargrrl and her tutorial for a Square Bottomed Canvas Bucket. My craft supplies never looked so good in these stylish buckets. They also make a great gift idea for new home owners, newlyweds or for the holidays. I love the idea of filling one of these with a new craft to try and giving it away as a gift.

There are so many fun ways to organize your craft supplies. Check out our Tutorial Tags for inspiration. Happy Tuesday!

It’s Fall, Y’all!

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blog1 Seems like fall took its own sweet time getting here this year, but now that cooler weather has finally arrived and the days are getting shorter, I think we can agree that we’re finally out of summer. How about some crafts to celebrate the change!

These adorable sprytes, made by treasures_Of_Albion, are wearing their fall clothes and frolicking in the pumpkin patch.

ysmeine entitled her post “Fall Obsessed”, and shares several photos of fall decor that she’s placed around her house to celebrate the season, including the banner and wreath shown here. blog2
Inspired by Teesha Moore, craftADDchick created this embroidered and quilted patch that features the beautiful colors of changing leaves. blog4
Now that it’s getting cooler, wouldn’t you love a gorgeous cowl to help keep warm? LimeRiot made this one with the perfect fall leaf pattern. Want! blog5
violentjayne really captured the spirit of fall with her acorn dress. Faux suede, tulle, and a few hundred faux leaves went into the making of this one of a kind dress.

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As we say here in the South, enjoy the fall, y’all!

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Meatless Monday: Your Best Pumpkin Recipes

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imgres Do you have a pumpkin lover in your house (wow, that might be a loaded question)? You know the type, the person who can not get enough pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup. As soon as autumn hits, they go pumpkin crazy. Lucky for you, and them, our Cooking Board has a great thread full of nothing but Pumpkin Recipes! We have got you covered from the time your bunny slippers hit the floor till the you hit the sack. While some of the recipes do include meat, you can always use a substitute.

Looking for the perfect dish? Check out our Cooking Board for tips, recipes and inspiration. It’s a foodie’s paradise! There is something for everyone. Create a great meal and watch the happiness unfold before your eyes.

Craftster Quickies: How to Make DIY Fall Decor

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DIY Fall Decor In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you three ideas for making floral, gilded and glittery fall decor!

DIY Gilded Pumpkin