November 14, 2018 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!


"Slow Craft" Adult Merit Badge by craftylittlemonkey

Hippocampus by Yaqulek

And some creepy art dolls by Nodsu

Haunted Mansion Grapghghan by Mistress Jennie

Pepe the King Prawn by endymion

Velvet patchwork pillow cover by thanate

Ornament Dioramas by Onyxnox

Wall hanging by schizo319

Macrame Boho Feather Wallhanging by 85%confusion

Decoupage Dragon Book by ChameleonHound

Universal Monsters Friends by kittykill

Robot Duck Cake by redheadedblonde

Oh, Thanksgiving I still love ya! by bethntim

School bus scarf by ilovesnails

Geometric Pumpkin by TheMistressT

Tute Tuesday: Cupcake Bath Bombs

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As cold weather and the holidays approach, it is important to take care of ourselves. There is no better way to treat yourself than with a nice hot soak in the tub while reading your favorite book or magazine. Craftster member SimplyOrganic share their recipe and tips for making these adorable Cupcake Bath Bombs. They are perfect for days when you just need some time to relax. If cupcakes aren’t your thing, you can use the recipe to make other shapes for bath time. Cupcake Bath Bombs are excellent gifts any time of year. Pair it with a crochet washcloth for true craft luxury.

Looking for other ways to pamper yourself? Check out our Bath and Beauty Board for tutorials and inspiration. You are worth it!

Rainy Days

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As I write this article, it’s raining. And it’s going to be raining all week. All I can think of is rain, so of course that’s what I’m featuring this week.

This precious little fox has the right idea: “Let the rain come down”. There’s nothing you can do about it, anyway. andralynn used clay to make the face 3D. So cute!

A 4″ hoopla by craftylittlemonkey depicts a beautiful interpretation of the silver lining behind every dark cloud.
This mosaic by HSG is appropriately titled
“Raindrops keep falling on my head”. Those perky pigtails – adorable!
Here, a few friends take a fun walk in the rain. alohamom2three‘s daughter painted the figures and then used melted crayons to create the downpour.
Tired of the rain? Never fear, Witty_Child reminds us that the sun will come again in this sunny hoopla. I can’t wait!

Stay dry!  And don’t forget that a rainy day is the perfect day for crafting. Enjoy!

Meatless Monday: Semlor aka Swedish Cream Buns

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Looking for a different dessert to serve this holiday season? Why not try your hand at baking Semlor aka Swedish Cream Buns. While this delight is usually served before Lent; we can guarantee they will not be turned down any time of the year. A big thanks to Craftster member Avlan. She has translated her favorite recipe into English for those of us who are a bit rusty at our Swedish. This dessert is filled with yummy almond paste and fluffy whipped cream. It pairs well with a nice cup of tea or coffee. Swedish Cream Buns are labor intensive but so worth the work.

Any time is the right time for something sweet. Our Cooking Board will help tame those sugar cravings with recipes, tips and inspiration. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Boho Wall Hanging

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This weekend, add a touch of boho charm with a feathered macramé wall hanging. Using trimmed fringe ends and a fallen tree branch, 85%confusion created this fun piece, adding to the charm by dip dying the “feathers”. Beautiful!

 

Tute Tuesday: Fabric Snail

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It is so much fun to find new ways to scrap bust pieces of fabric. Craftylittlemonkey shares her tutorial for a Fabric Snail that is not only easy make but will help you use up those last bits and pieces of supplies. Create several of these little guys for a nature themed party. You can tie inspiring notes to the snail and give them to coworkers and friends to lift their spirits. Add beads, rhinestones and other charms for extra bling. Fabric Snails are a great make and take project for craft night and children’s art classes.

Save those scraps! Our Tutorial Cloud is full of inspiration for those extra supplies hanging around. Have fun and create your own crafty world!

Thankful DIY

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It’s time to count our blessings. The holiday season is approaching, and soon it will be time to welcome family and friends to celebrate. Let’s decorate!

In her post, appropriately titled “Fall Obsessed”, ysmeine included many projects perfect for fall and Thanksgiving, including this quick and easy cloche, made from a candlestick and stemless wine glass.

Reel Crafty Girl had a great idea for your buffet table: decorated chalkboard signs. No more guessing what’s in that casserole!
How great is this “Give thanks” sign by bethntim? She designed it so that once Thanksgiving is over, the reverse reads “Jingle Bells” for the Christmas season. So clever!
TheMistressT stamped “thank you” into  a clay turkey to make this removable vase charm.  Once the vase is filled with flowers, it’s the perfect centerpiece for a Thanksgiving feast.
What is Thanksgiving without hand turkeys? Here’s the perfect project for kids (and adults!) Create a turkey with the outline of your hand, and write what you’re thankful for on the back. JAM Paper made a box to store them in. What fun to look back at these year after year!

It’s always good to be thankful for what you have. As a blog writer, I’m thankful for all the wonderful Craftster who continuously post such beautiful and inspiring work!

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Meatless Monday: Savory Veggie Stuffed Flaky Pastries

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Looking for a portable treat that you can drop in your lunchbox and eat on the go? Check out craftylittlmonkey’s recipe for Savory Veggie Stuffed Flaky Pastries. These little gems are easy to cook and assemble. You can add seasonal veggies to the mix for a truly unique taste. They also make great appetizers for upcoming holiday parties and office potlucks. If savory isn’t your thing, you can add jams and fresh fruit for a delicious single serving dessert. These little pies can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a quick snack.

Start your holiday meal planning with tips, recipes and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Have a tasty Monday!

Craftster Quickie: How to Make Picture Frame Napkins

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In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make beautiful, upcycled napkin rings!

Happy Crafting!

@Home This Weekend: Patchwork Bag

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This weekend, make a patchwork bag from your fabric scraps.  craftylittlemonkey arranged her remnants in a rainbow pattern and made this beautiful extra large bag. So bright and cheery!

October 31, 2018 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!


Disney Bound Porg Dress and Coordinating Floral Wire Ears by BenaeQuee

Paper Craft Haunted Houses (and a cautionary tale) by bethntim

Crispy Chickpeas with Potatoes and Over Easy Eggs by MareMare

ChairBat Mao by pottermouth

Needle Felted Mouse Witch by RaraAvis

Extra large patchwork fabric basket by craftylittlemonkey

Car accessories by nikkic26

As With Proclamations of Verisimilitudes by UnRuli

Embroidered dragon by elderflower

Chanukahpus by AmphipodGirl

Paper Tops by pinokeeo

Swoon Carter Bag by gozer

Be Kind Flag by Ludi

Altered Costume Boxes by rackycoo

Dia de los Muertos pumpkin by Krafty_Karasu

Tute Tuesday: Skeleton Leggings

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It’s almost Halloween and you are still looking for the perfect costume. Don’t fret my little ghoul! There is still time to pull off something epic. Anrondeau share their tutorial for Skeleton Leggings that are easy and fast to create. Using bleach to craft a skeleton-like effect on clothing may seem stressful but if anyone can do it, I know you can! This tutorial is great for other images instead of bones. You can be a sky full of stars, a chalkboard or a stick figure person. Skeleton Leggings are an inexpensive way to show off your Halloween spirit. They also make great gifts for your goth friends!

No time, no worries! Our Holiday and Occasions Board is full of quick costumes and decor for any event. Happy haunting!

It’s Halloween Eve!

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This blog has been leading up to Halloween for weeks now, and now it’s Halloween Eve! Tomorrow is the big day, so let’s take this opportunity to one more time check out some awesome Halloween crafts.

This embroidery by Witty_Child is everything Halloween. There’s a full moon with a silhouetted witch, her black cat familiar prominent in the foreground. Ooo, spooky!

This little green mouse is definitely ready for tomorrow night, with her pumpkin and broomstick. RaraAvis needlefelted this little cutie.
I’ll bet kittykill‘s house looks spooky tonight, with all the Halloween lanterns she’s made. This “spooky” one lights up to reveal a black cat.
Rattle dem bones! I love this cross stitch ornament by lindyv321. It’s done on perforated paper and backed with felt. Bring on the Halloween tree!
The eerie scene you see here is actually part of an “exploding” haunted house by WhistleFish. When you remove the roof, the walls fall down to reveal this haunted inside.

Happy Halloween eve, everyone! I hope tomorrow is filled with thrills, chills, and lots of candy.

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Meatless Monday: Crispy Chickpeas with Potatoes and Eggs

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Can we all admit that we love brunch? There is nothing better than breakfast and lunch together on a Sunday. Add a mimosa, a few of your besties and you have the recipe for the best day ever. Craftster member MareMare is an excellent cook and loves to share her tips for planning the perfect meal. This time she has gone off the charts with Crispy Chickpeas with Potatoes and Eggs. Every flavor of brunch is in this dish. The texture alone will knock you off your feet. This meal is so versatile. Use what you have on hand or in season for a delicious treat any time of the day.

It doesn’t matter if you are an early riser or a night owl, our Cooking Board has recipes for any time of the day. Have fun and feed your face.

@Home This Weekend: Strawberry Baskets

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This weekend, view the pattern that Acadian Driftwood linked, and make some adorable fabric strawberry baskets! These baskets can hold a multitude of things, and are even reversible. So cute!