Posts Tagged ‘Brilliant Ideas’

Advent Calendars for One and All

The countdown to Christmas officially starts tomorrow! (Or today, if you are in the future/Australia). An advent calendar is a fun to way to help kids (and spirited adults) anticipate the big day with a tiny treat each day of advent. Advent calendars (and candle wreaths) started in Germany in the 1800′s, but have since [...]

Make your own butter!

I just saw this on Mother Earth News, and it looks really cool, and easy, too! You can make your own butter and buttermilk following their instructions. It even explains how to make flavored butters. I think rosemary butter on corn or potatoes sounds fantastic – and perfect for grilling over the holiday weekend!

Who’s Watching the Watchmen Crafts?

Have you read Alan Moore’s Watchmen? Seen the movie? I’m a dabbler in the world of comic books and graphic novels. I tend to like ones that are dark and complicated. I’m currently obsessed with Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman. Watchmen was one of the first graphic novels I read and I swore I wouldn’t [...]

How to Make Goldfish Soap in a Bag

Welcome back to Tute Tuesday, where we highlight some of the awesome tutorials our members have posted. This week we have some adorable Goldfish in a Bag Soaps posted by MareMare. These soaps add some humor to your bathroom, and make a great gift for kids or adults. You don’t have to win a carnival [...]

Crafty DIY Ways to Keep Warm: No Sew Fleece Blankets, Knit Blankets, Lap Quilts & More

Unless you are one of the lucky Craftsters who live where it’s always warm and sunny, chances are you are either in the chilly heart of Winter, or Autumn will be upon you shortly. Either way, it’s a good time to think about ways to keep warm. Cold feet? Drafty house? Chilly hands? Never fear, [...]

Inauguration Day Craftster Style

This Tuesday is the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, and all over America (and the World) people will be watching this exciting historic event. Every four years Washington DC is full of revelers celebrating the inauguration with balls, parties, and of course, the swearing-in ceremony itself. This year’s is one of the most anticipated in [...]

12 Easy Sewn Holiday Gift Ideas!

So I assume that most of us will be making at least some portion of our holiday gifts this year. Not only is it part of a normal holiday season for most crafters, its also sometimes easier and more meaningful to put forth the time instead of plunking down cash. Well, I’m going to show [...]

Time to Vote in the DIY Twin Challenge

The entry period of Craft Challege #9 has ended and voting has begun! I must say that I never would have thought of the idea for this challenge in a million years and I’m so glad a bunch of you suggested it because I had no idea how interesting it would turn out to be! [...]

Tsukineko Memento Ink & Amigurumi Crochet Toys? Oh Japan, How I Love Thee!

How does so much crafty goodness and appealingly designed things come from just one small nation? I came here to just write about this very interesting product called VersaCraft (Fabrico) I heard about which allows you to stamp onto fabric using a traditional stamp pad but then you can heat set the ink to the [...]

Freezer Paper — Who Knew!?

May 2010 Update: Check out the Craftster Quickies Video Tutorial for all the info you need to make freezer paper stencils! I keep reading bits and pieces here and there about cool things you can do with freezer paper so I decided to do some searching on Craftster to see what the heck everyone is [...]

Army Men Crafts

I recently noticed a handful of projects posted that involved army men. So I did a search and came up with a whole bunch of them that I though would be fun to compile here. by Antuanette by laurentron by Faith by Milly by Zombie_Teeth by swalsh by Smurfette

Make Your Own Custom Fabric Labels

Craftster member vanityandagun came up with a really clever way of making your own cloth labels to sew into things you make. All you need to make these is: – a graphics program – iron-on paper – ribbon – an iron Here are some of the steps but check out the tutorial to see them [...]

Forgot Your Knitting Needles? Use Your Arms!

I saw a reference on the Craftster forum to this really interesting technique where you use your arms as knitting needles! You use really chunky yarn and it ends up having this really cool airy netted effect. Here are a few pics of the process and what it yields: Marta from Marta’s Yarns in Australia [...]

The Hipslinger

Let’s face it — "fanny packs" are a good idea. Unfortunately they are so ugly and conjure up such an unfashionable image that you really don’t wanna be caught in public wearing one. Luckily, the super-creative members of Craftster have come up with very cool alternatives. Oh, and of course, a new name …. The [...]

Hooray for Dollar Stores

The entries are in for the first Craftster Challenge! The theme was Under $5 From a Dollar Store. So basically people were allowed to spend $5 on anything in a Dollar Store and had to craft up something totally unexpected with those items. The voting has begin and will end on June 8th. There are [...]