Tute Tuesday: Bubblewrap Printing

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IMG_1742 I love the idea of using every day objects to make beautiful art. LimeRiot has taken bubble wrap and created a whimsical hoop.I’m not sure how she could stop herself from popping all the bubbles. The willpower of this lady! Bubblewrap Printing is easy to do and you probably have all the supplies on hand in your house right now. From honeycombs to beach stones, this technique can create a unique texture for your next project.

Do you have a great tutorial featuring household items? Post it and we will feature it on our blog. Check out our other Tutorials for inspiration.

Little House on Craftster

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blog1 I’m so drawn to tiny houses; they remind me of home and family. No matter what the medium used, these little houses are sure to delight you as well.These gorgeous paper maché houses, recently posted by FoxyBlue, were the inspiration for this article. They’re so beautiful! Each one contains a positive affirmation, such as “Be the Light” and “Enjoy the Little Things”.
Look at this friendly little felt house by StickerChic87. Don’t you just know that the occupant of this house would be happy to invite you in for a cup of tea and some cookies? blog5
cmarion3 made these wee whimsical houses out of polymer clay. I love their twisty little roofs. blog2
pottermouth‘s row of cigar box houses might just include a house or two of ill-repute. Regardless, they’re full of color and fun details. blog3
One thing I love about these simple handcarved stamps by LimeRiot is their versatility. Singularly or in a set, you can stamp little neighborhoods to your heart’s content. blog4

Dorothy said it best: “There’s no place like home.” Be sure to click on the Craftster tags “house”  to see more of these miniature

Meatless Monday: Cute Falafel Wraps

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dfgsdfg My food never ever turns out cute. I am a member of the ugly food club. It taste great, but it looks like a science experiment. Craftster member, Emu has come along and saved me from my ugly food syndrome with these absolutely adorable Falafel Wraps. Now I can make healthy yummy food that actually looks good enough to eat! This is an excellent idea for picky kids who refuse to eat anything that isn’t processed into a nugget form. Once you have the falafel part down, you can make any shape or creature you want. I’m thinking dinosaur wraps!

Our Cooking Board has other great ideas for playing with your food. Let your imagination run wild!

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Tassel Jewelry

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Succulent Decor Have you seen all of those ADORABLE, but super pricy tassel accessories in magazines lately? Well, in this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill will teach you how to make your own custom version for a fraction of the cost!

@Home This Weekend: Furniture Restoration

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blog This weekend, restore a piece of furniture to its original beauty. HSG stripped this library card catalog of, in my opinion, an unfortunate paint job, and made it beautiful again. Be sure to click on the link to view the sad “before” photo, and then enjoy the process HSG used to achieve this fantastic result.

Tute Tuesday: Mother’s Day Fridge Clip

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DSCF2656 Mother’s Day is this Sunday and if you are anything like me, you waited till the last minute to whip something up. Lucky for us latecomers, AidanNia has created a very quick and simple tutorial for a Fridge Clip. This project has two things that I love, function and beauty! You can customize your clip with pictures or quotes. This project doesn’t cost a fortune but will mean the world to your mom. How can she not love something handmade with a picture of your beautiful face on it!

Check out our Tutorials on the Tag Cloud for other last minute gift ideas. Remember…Handmade is Better!

Robin crafts! Hello spring!

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Robin Painting A robin has nested in my window box. My bedroom window box. Four feet from where my head is when I sleep. There are three eggs. The good news is that they are probably only going to be in the nest for about two weeks. The bad news is… did I mention the four feet? To that end, I’m trying to foster my love for robins before those little noisy things hatch. Beautiful robin pictures like this one by Knickertwist go a long way to fostering a warm fuzzy feeling.
Robin Pillow Speaking of warm and fuzzy, what about this amazing felted robin pillow cover by PerfectlyBohemian? If that doesn’t make you love robins, what would?
Beaded robin How about this amazing beaded robin by Onyxnox? That has to make you love them! So sparkly and gorgeous! And tiny… I’m in awe of anyone who can work so small!
Robin Amigurumi And can you get more cute and cuddly than an amigurumi robin? This one-of-a-kind was made by yoguiana and is perfectly adorable. If these don’t make me love robins before those little chirpy babies hatch, I don’t know what will!

Your fun baby bird fact: no, you touching them will not make their mothers reject them! You can put a baby bird back in a nest. Have a chirpy spring!

I Scream, You Scream…

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blog1 …we all scream for ice cream! Now that it’s warming up, let’s talk cold delicious treats. Here are some wonderful ice cream projects I found on Craftster, most of them non-caloric.

Remember Nutty Buddies? I probably wouldn’t have survived the 7th grade without them. We loved those tasty concoctions. This pair, by ld, is made of felt, but they look so real!

Look how tiny and perfect these ice cream cone charms are, and none of them are larger than 1″ tall. kishcrafts made them out of polymer clay. blog3
Only one of these embroidered treats is happy. Poor upturned cone! HorrorNerd05 stitched this up for a local ice cream shop. blog4
Even a felted cone will “melt” if left in the sun too long. Fortunately for creator corduroy cat, cleanup should be easy. blog2
Now for the real thing: if you put a scoop of ice cream on these cupcake cones by jMi, you would definitely have a yummy treat. (You didn’t think I would write an entire article about ice cream without including some actual food, did you?) blog5

Let’s all scream for ice cream! Check out more ice creamy goodness (including yummy recipes for homemade ice cream) by clicking on the Craftster tags “ice cream” and “ice cream cone“.

Meatless Monday: Toddler Teething Cookies

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212296_30Apr15_Apple-Blueberry_Teething_Cookies Poor moms! They give so much and what do they get in return? A very fussy babe who is teething. To soothe the savage beast, mothers around the world will offer up teething cookies. The only problem is that most commercially made cookies are loaded with sugar. Companies are trying to get our kids hooked on sugar before the age of 3! Thank goodness elliott anne has shared her recipe for Toddler Teething Cookies with us. This recipe may be bland for us older folks, but toddlers love the taste and it feels good on those gums. The best part about this recipe…no added sugar!

Check out our Cooking Board for other sweet alternatives to cut sugar from your favorite recipes.

@Home This Weekend: Art Caddy

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blog This weekend, repurpose an old dishwasher silverwear basket and make a handy art caddy. It’s perfect for holding supplies for little ones. CvilleCraftyGirl glued some cardboard to the bottom to keep the smaller items like pencils from falling through the holes. How wonderful for art on the go!

Everyone needs more fiber!

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Handspun Yarn Among the many, many, many things I want to learn to do, spinning is very high on the list. I adore knitting and crocheting and nothing makes a better finished project than starting with something as awesome as handspun yarn. I constantly see the amazing Belladune posting gorgeous skeins of yarn (like this one) and drool. I’ve got a drop spindle and little bit of wool roving, but I’m so afraid of messing it up – even though they do have a lovely set of instructions to help out the beginner!
Handspun Yarn jungrrl posted this lovely bit of handspun cleverly names “Common Grackle”- can’t you just imagine that knitted or crocheted… or woven (another thing on my list of to-learns!) into something wearable and lovely? I cerainly can!
Rolag And maybe someday, if I get decent at spinning, I’ll get myself something as beautiful as these rolags by meleriffic to work with, but I think that day is far, far, away. For now, I’ll just sit back and admire these amazing Craftsters and their works!

If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, why not take a poke around Craftster and get some inspiration? Many threads are filled with not only amazing projects, but a lot of encouragement and advice – and most boards have dedicated question sections! Go ahead, try something new!

April 29, 2015 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!

Did you ever wonder what the Doctor’s closet might look like? by sheepBlue

Flaming kitty by petskin

Batman and "Friends" (60’s Batman fanart) by spaceradish

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding Cross Stitches by HugsAreFun

Personalised family tree by twentyfingers

Biagio, Gastone and Rhonda by ThreeLittleCats

Strawberry Shortcake Shoes by jillybeans

Community Craft Project by Phizzychick

Cross Stitched Plaid by BookishDreamer

Mad as a Hatter…. by Onyxnox

Nerdy Merit Badges, Pt 2 by oddacity

Cacti Amigurumi by geekgirl1000100

Stripy Noro Knee Socks… by noodle-bug

I’m just a sweet (knitted) Transvestite… by DithMer

The Invaders Quilt by Mermonster

Tute Tuesday: Simple Casserole Carrier

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273564_16Apr15_20150412_161755 Ready for picnic season? You may have the perfect dish but transporting it to the party without a spill can be a challenge. Thanks to Alexampersandra and her tutorial for a Simple Casserole Carrier, you will have no more spills and look stylish while waltzing in with your buffalo chicken dip that everyone raves about. You don’t need to be a master seamstress to create a one of a kind carrier and because it is so easy to make, if you leave it with your hostesses, you can whip up another one in no time.

Feel the need to create something new? Why not check out our Tutorial Tags and try a fun craft today.

Keep Calm and Treat Mum

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It’s almost Mother’s Day; what are you getting for your mom this year? You know she wants something handmade! You’ve got a week and a half to whip something up, so keep calm and treat mum.

A fun cross stitch, like this one by beki710, will be a constant reminder to your mom that you care.

What mom wouldn’t love some beautiful handmade stationery? The bright colors and prints on this set by kwality570 make writing notes fun. blog3
I love the colors of this felt box by mojisha. It would be a great place for Mom to store a set of stationery, or photos, or other trinkets. blog2
Your mom will think of you every time she lights a homemade candle. Bighalofro embellished hers with star rivets. Don’t have time to make your own candle? You could always purchase one and decorate it in a similar way. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OK, now we’re talking. Who could resist these beautiful chocolate truffles? No one, that’s who! Odri shared the recipe for a variety of flavors. You know your mom loves some chocolate! blog5

Even something as simple as a homemade card will let your mom know you care. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Meatless Monday: Buffalo Spaghetti Squash

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206052_21Apr15_IMG_9632 Squash used to scare me. The thought of doing anything with it besides frying made me shudder in my boots…and then I discovered spaghetti squash. I LOVE spaghetti squash but thinking of ways to fix it became a hassle. I needed new ideas! I’m so glad that I stumbled on Abbeeroad’s recipe for Buffalo Spaghetti Squash. Finally, another way to fix it and add a little zing for taste! This recipe is easy to follow and will satisfy even the pickiest eater.

Check out our Cooking Board for other ways to spice up your meal. Your taste buds will thank you.