Tute Tuesday: Freezer Paper Stencil

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Christmas vacation has begun for many households. Million of kids are sitting around with “nothing to do.” Stop the winter boredom with a Freezer Paper Stencil project. Craftylittlemonkey shares her easy tutorial that is perfect for any age group. You can have so much fun creating family t-shirts for photos or last minute gifts for friends. Don’t stop at shirts, use this tutorial for totebags, jeans or tea towels.

You are not going to sit around this holiday season being bored. Our Tutorial Cloud is the complete package. Everyone will stay busy and learn a new craft. Happy holidays!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tiny Needlework Succulent

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There is always one person in your circle of friends who has a brown thumb. They kill every living plant they come in contact with. No matter how easy the plant is to take care of, in a week, it is in sad shape. Save a plant and give your friend a Tiny Needlework Succulent. Craftylittlemonkey shares her tutorial for this easy basket weave that you can fill with succulents, flowers or other greenery. A Needlework Succulent is a perfect pick-me-up for the winter season. It looks great in an office, dorm or apartment.

Share a little sunshine this holiday season with gifts from our Handmade Gift Guide.

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Deck Those Halls!

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‘Tis the season to deck your halls! There are so many ways you can bring homemade decorations into your home for the holidays.

This gorgeous wreath by yzzilnoaj consists of over 200 vintage ornaments of all kinds. It’s simply spectacular!

Don’t forget to hang some stockings (with care!) PerfectlyBohemian made a set of burlap stockings, each lined with red flannel and topped off with fabric scraps and embroidery. Each one is different, making for a lovely holiday mantle.
Leave it to TheMistressT to find creative containers for bottle brush trees. This set will definitely add a lot of cheer to a mantle or shelf.
bethntim crocheted a set of adorable snow globe ornaments and used sweet little Christmas buttons to depict the scenes inside. Make sure you check out her post to see the other ornaments she made!
If you’re celebrating Chanukah this year, you might be inspired by this interesting take on a menorah: AmphipodGirl glued candle cups onto a metal octopus. It’s a different way to celebrate the festival of lights.

 

Go all out this year, and really deck the halls! Bring that creative spirit inside for a cozy and wonderful holiday season.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Pop Top Pin Cushion

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Great things come in little packages. Take for example this adorable Pop Top Pin Cushion from TroubleT. It is a tiny pop top that has been crafted into a useful cushion. Not only have you created the perfect present for your crafty friend, but you also kept a piece of plastic out of the landfills. Look at you saving the planet! You can use this tutorial for any size lid, not just a pop top. They are great for stocking stuffers.

Thrifty gift giving doesn’t mean cheap when you get inspired by our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Meatless Monday: Tomato Vegetable Lentil Soup

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There are some days when you need a good meal but you don’t have the time or energy. Thank goodness we have soup to take care of our hunger needs. A Tomato Vegetable Lentil Soup by Kaz814 is the perfect blend of easy cooking and a hardy dinner. This soup takes less than an hour to make. Of course, that means more time for relaxing and crafting. This recipe will make enough for leftovers, or if you are planning a party, it will feed 10.

From easy soups to more complex dishes, our Cooking Board has a meal that will make your stomach happy. Stay warm!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Monsters!

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The holiday season is the best time of the year to make a new friend. CMarion3 shares her tutorial for these little Monsters that are just crying to be adopted by someone. Use leftover scraps of fabric and other fun accessories to craft a one-a-kind creature. Write a brief history for each monster so the recipient knows a little bit about what they are getting into with these fantastic beasts.

Is gift giving causes you stress? Don’t worry! Our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide has you covered!

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Picture Frame Tray

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The countdown is on! We are getting close to the big day and you still need to craft a few last-minute gifts. Don’t stress! The gang at Craftster has you covered with their Craftster Quickies video for a Picture Frame Tray. Using a few household items you can create a fabulous functional tray that will fit any decor. Personalize this gift even more with drawings from the kids or other mementos. The possibilities are endless for this craft! Create a traveling tea party with a pretty cup, tea and cookies.

No matter what the style; funky, flashy or fresh, our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide has a present for all types of people (and pets).

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Dino Cups

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Do you have a budding paleontologist in your life? Have some fun this gift giving season with a Dino Cup from ThaNate. These tiny archaeological digs are an entertaining way to not only learn about fossils; they also keep the little ones busy while dinner is being made. You can add a variety of dinosaurs and other treasures to the “dig”. Dino Cups also make amusing White Elephant gifts. It will be a laugh when the recipient has to work for that twenty-dollar bill you hid in the mud.

From 9 to 90, our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide has something for every age.

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@Home This Weekend: Remote Caddy

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This weekend, check out this tutorial by HorrorCraft and make your favorite binge watcher a remote caddy for their preferred chair. So easy to personalize with special fabrics. What a perfect gift for the holiday season!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Rhumba Earrings

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Your friends are fashion divas. They see a trend and make it their own. Show those fashionistas that you have crafty style with Rhumba Earrings. Theartofmegan shares her tutorial for a fun pair of earrings that are quick and easy to make. You just need beads and a few jump rings to create sparkling jewelry that looks great on everyone. This tutorial can also be used for a charm necklace by attaching the cascade of rings to a chain instead of earring hooks. Make several at one time and keep them on hand for last-minute holiday presents.

Gift giving never looked so good with inspiration from our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Key Wristlet and Dog Leash

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Everyone knows that a dog is man, and woman’s, best friend. Do you have someone like that in your life? Someone who is bonded with their pup? Show those besties that you care by sewing a Key Wristlet and Dog Leash. Sewing Republic share their tutorial that is sure to be a hit this holiday season. Create a one of a kind set that showcases how fashionable both dog and owner can be. A Key Wristlet and Dog Leash make the perfect gift for your doggy daycare teacher.

Make everyone smile with inspiration from our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Chill Pill

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Raise your hand if you have a cranky relative in your life. You love them, but boy, do you wish they would take a chill pill. Maybe the problem is that they never actually received that pill needed to take it down a notch. The Bees Knees share their pattern for a Crochet Capsule that will surely put a smile on even the grumpiest face. This project is excellent for beginners. It also makes a nice toy for your pet. Add a little embroidery to the final project for a more personalized pill.

Crafting gifts this season is fun with inspiration from our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Tute Tuesday: No Stitch Yarn Hat Ornament

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Trimming the tree doesn’t have to be a chore when you decorate your spruce with these adorable No Stitch Yarn Hat Ornaments from littlebiskit. Using a paper towel roll and scraps of yarn, she creates charming baubles that look great on any size tree. Not only are they perfect for decorating, but they also make unique toppers for gifts. Craft several at one time and turn them into a festive garland.

Create your own holiday fun with inspiration from our Holidays and Occasion Board. Life is good!

Creative Elves on Your Christmas Shelves

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By now just about everyone knows about the elf on the shelf, who visits during December and reports on boys and girls daily to Santa. You can purchase one of these little spies if you wish, but wouldn’t it be more fun to make the perfect elf for your particular household?

FoxyBlue made this awesome trio of elves for a family with three kids. Each elf has their own personality, and together, they are three times the fun!

Meet Miss Elle Towe (love that name!!) She’s 11 inches tall, and lives with, and reports to Santa on, Scribble Dolls.
tendstowardschaos made this beautiful elf by modifying a Monster High Doll. Isn’t her green hair lovely?
Here’s another cutie, this one by cmarion3, who provided a photo tutorial on her process. She’s made with a pre-purchased doll body, so all you would have to do is give her some personality and Christmas clothing.
Here’s one more for the road! Surely this knit sweetie by RedheadWithThread would never report bad things to Santa. She seems too kind for that.

There’s more to see at the Craftster tag “elf on the shelf“, including many outfits to help personalize a purchased elf. Check them out, and remember, your house elf is always watching you…

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Bibs from Old Shirts

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Let’s face it, babies are messy little bundles of joy. Give that new parent a helping hand with craftylittlemonkey’s tutorial for a Bib from an Old Shirt. Using worn out t-shirts, she constructs a whimsical bib that is easy to sew. If you want to add a personal touch, embroider a name or other image onto the bib. Depending on the size, you can get at least two bibs out of one shirt.

Turn an outdated object into something new and spectacular with inspiration from our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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