@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

June 29, 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!


Super garlic & onion spread by LovelyMiss

Orlando Strong by bethntim

Old end table to new kid-size table by Kali88

Shadowhunter t-shirt by bunny1kenobi

Abalone sea horse by Ratfinkz

Rainbow Zebra! by noodle-bug

Mermaid’s Treasure Mini Houses by pottermouth

Disney Hades Wall Hanging by audio

Cross-stitch portrait by amy22

Sailor Puffin by Phizzychick

Koi Carp pond by Cherie

Eternal Free form sewing tote by gozer

I want to believe wall hanging by Mermonster

Lamb, Owl, and Bunny by meleriffic

Wonder Woman by Helena Puck

Tute Tuesday: Summer Hat

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ap7l6u Whew! The sun is beating down on the old noggin’ and making it impossible for me to see what I am working on in my garden. I need a fashionable hat that will not only keep the sun out of my eyes but also not give me hat hair. I am so glad that I came across Polly Peanut’s tutorial for a Summer Hat. This tutorial is easy to follow and even the novice seamstress, like myself, can pull it together. You can a sew bunch of these for every outfit and it is a great project for stash busting. The best part? No more sun in my eyes and I look fab!

Looking for other fashionable ways to beat the heat this summer? Check out our Clothing Board for everything from summer hats to swim suits. Have fun in the sun but don’t forget the sunscreen!

Hedgies!

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blog3 Fact: hedgehogs are just adorable. And hedgehog crafts are adorable too! Here’s a sampling of sweet hedgies that have been posted on Craftster.

This precious little hedgehog is also the perfect pincushion, and would be a welcome addition to any sewing room. maker*land shares the link to a tutorial in her post.

Doesn’t this felted fellow by Harlan look almost real? I swear he’s looking at me. blog4
There’s a sassy little hedgie seated atop this tiny bottlecap pincushion. fuzzystuffies is responsible for this extreme cuteness.

 

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pink_pamplemousse made an adorable hedgehog pair out of blown glass. Love them! blog2
 

What better place to write about your hedgehog love than in a handmade journal? teachart used a coptic stitch binding and then added a felt hedgie to the cover.

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There are so many adorable hedgehogs on Craftster that it was hard to pick just five. Click on the Craftster tag “hedgehog” to see them all!

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Meatless Monday: Bean Burgers

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DSCF1675 Are you ready for some backyard fun this 4th of July weekend? You’ve got your drink with the little umbrella, the baby pool filled and now you just need some burgers for the grill. Whip up a batch of Bean Burgers courtesy of Craftster Member Mangomerle that will have even the most hardcore meat eater salivating by the BBQ. These burgers are full of taste and can be frozen for future grilling. They are a great alternative to the store bought average garden burger. Add extra spices for even more of a flavor punch.

From burgers to ice cream; our Cooking Board has all your backyard food needs covered. Happy 4th of July! Stay safe!

@Home This Weekend: Vermicomposting

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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This weekend, enrich your garden with the help of some worm friends. Make a bin for vermicomposting! Using an 18 gallon storage tub, astamour created the perfect environment for composting food scraps. All you need to add is worms. Your garden will thank you.

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It’s a bad week to be a seal…

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?! It’s almost SHARK WEEK! Yes, yes, I know, there have been a few rough years in there, some sensationalism and controversy and drama, but last year showed a return to form, and hopefully it will continue to get better, because sharks are such misunderstood, maligned creatures. And I wouldn’t normally feature a project of mine in the blog, but this sums up perfectly why I like real shark shows and real shark information and how we need to shift from the Jaws perspective of sharks. Well, sort of. It’s also supposed to be a little humorous. But on to the other, talented crafters and shark-related goods!

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While I am huge about the idea of dealing out real information on sharks and shark conservation, I admit to also having a soft spot in my heart for cheesy monster movies, and Sharknado is one of those franchises (though I admit to being slightly more partial to Sharktopus, you can bet I will be tuning in to Sharknado 4, oh yes I will). And if I could have had this amazing Sharknado costume by Saint_Angel, I’d wear it every chance I got! Maybe even to the grocery store to stock up on Shark Week snacks? Yes, yes I probably would…

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And what better to serve Shark Week snacks on than a SHARK PLATE?! It would be amazing if I could get one of these, it’s so cute and fitting and I really, really, really need it. RoGryphon created this beauty, and not being ceramically talented, I’m just going to have to go to the store and see what shark-related goodies I can buy in time. But it just won’t be the same.

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Speaking of time, I’m a little bummed I didn’t start on this blog earlier, it might have given me the idea to start crocheting up a giant hammerhead of my own! I could snuggle with it through all the shark week… I’m fairly quick at crochet, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pull it off, doggone it! But Xbeautiful_disasterX has inspired me to try for something amazing for next year!

Shark Week starts on the 26th, and I can’t wait!

Flower Power!

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Pink Lilies After close to 15 years since I spouted a seedling from a lemon tree, my 7′ tall baby suddenly has flowers for the first time ever! I think it’s because I bought a flowering lemon tree, and it just felt like it had to keep up, but whatever the reason, flowers! Time will tell if those turn into lemons, but for now I’m all about celebrating flowers! Flower crafts! Flower art! And this painting of lilies by StudioANF is also fitting, because for the first time ever I also have lilies blooming (the bunnies usually eat those)!
Plumeria flower Of course, if your flowering plants aren’t as bountiful as you’d like, you could always sneak in a few wee homemade flowers! This excellent tutorial by yoopidou will show you how to make tons and tons of beautiful plumeria blossoms to stick everywhere. And if your neighbor gets suspicious that your boxwood is flowering, just tell them it’s a rare florentes boxwood!
Flower_Lace_Tile And the flowering love doesn’t have to stay outside, either! Why not whip up a beautiful flowering clay tile like this one by Jenxx? True, glaze colors and clay firing can be tricky, and it might take a few tries to get gorgeous colors like these, but hey, isn’t half the fun of crafting experimenting?

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And, of course, we continue our indoor flower love with a very pretty little art quilt by SewHelpMe. I really love the design, I’m not sure I’m up for a quilt – even a small one – but the idea could be used on so many things! Needlebooks, fabric journal pages… excuse me while I unbury my sewing machine…

Tute Tuesday: Doily T-Shirt

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203427_01Sep10_4_done Are you looking for ways to update your summer wardrobe but can’t spend a ton of cash? Why not take a page out of Craftster member najaorama’s fashion book with her tutorial for a Doily T-Shirt. This is a fun way to embellish your average t-shirt. You don’t need to be an expert seamstress to master this beautiful summer shirt. You can have fun with shapes and designs once you have the skill down. Why not make a skirt to match your awesome breezy shirt?

Don’t throw those old clothes out! Check out our Clothing Board for inspiration and tutorials to change those boring duds to fab one of a kind creations.

Happy Campers

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blog1 When I was a kid, my family hit the road every summer for two to three weeks at a time. We were a family of five, so camping was the affordable (and fun!) way to travel. These projects and posts bring back a lot of fond memories for me. It’s summertime; let’s go camping!

This pop-up camper looks almost exactly like the camper we took on our trips. Here’s the exception, though: this is actually a lamp that galegiegerich stitched on plastic canvas. It looks so real! When the top is removed, you’ll see that it’s fully furnished. What fun!

Eating on the road can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re backpacking. oddmoongirl did a little research and found out how to make a lightweight stove out of a soda can! blog2
graverobbergirl altered a shoe box to look like a picnic basket, and then filled it with goodies to create this campfire kit. I see fixins for s’mores! blog3
Speaking of s’mores, there are tons of great camping recipes in  this thread by juliusmunki. There’s no mention of s’mores, but you already know how to make those. However, should you need a reminder, please reference the photo on the right from the campfire kit above.

 

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Here’s one last happy camper to get you in the camping spirit. kittykill embroidered this fun little trailer for a swap partner, and then framed the hoop with rick rack and a bright ribbon. blog5

Ready to hit the road? You’ll find more camping and camper related projects right here on Craftster!

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