Tute Tuesday: Map Paper Pinecones

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Map Paper PineconesWant to recycle an old map and create a holiday gift at the same time? Why not try out Phizzychick’s tutorial for a Map Paper Pinecone. These beautiful faux pinecones can be used as ornaments, part of a garland or placed in a lovely seasonal dish. They are perfect for both fall and winter decor. You don’t have to stick to maps, you can use any style paper you wish. If you have a bibliophile in your life, old books would be splendid for this project. You can read more about this design and the materials used HERE

Crafting this holiday season just got a little easier with tutorials from our Tutorial Cloud. No matter what craft you have in mind, we have inspiration for you.

Ode To Coffee

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We sure do love our coffee, and boy, is there a lot of coffee related art posted on Craftster, so pour a cuppa and let’s take a look at some of that coffee art.
Are you always in need of that morning pick up? Then you may agree with jaimeshive, who strongly declares “Death before decaf” here in embroidery.
Onyxnox wrote a lovely “poem for mornings” and painted this fun sign for her kitchen.
Here’s the cutest coffee fan ever! This little owl, painted by andralynn is getting ready to start his morning right. Mmm, coffee!
digital misfit used satin stitch to make this somewhat snarky ode to coffee. Great job!
This mixed media coffee art by alwaysinmyroom was made with paper, ink, paint, markers, and then a nice coat of wax. The layers and the wax give it such a nice depth.

Coffee, anyone? If you need more coffee, including other art, coffee mugs, and even coffee recipes, make sure to check out the Craftster tag “coffee“.

Meal Prep Monday: Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken Pot PieThere is no better comfort food than a Chicken Pot Pie. It may seem daunting to make this savory dish, but trust us, it’s not when you use Queenhobo’s easy recipe. Most people stress about the crust, but you don’t have to when you use canned biscuits instead of a traditional topping. The thick biscuit crust gives the meal a chicken and dumpling flavor. Yummy! If the thought of chicken makes you want to scream, you can make a pot pie using other meats or seasonal vegetables.

No matter what you choose; chicken, beef or veggie, our Cooking Board has a mouthwatering recipes to tickle your tastebuds.

@Home This Weekend: DIY Room Divider

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This weekend, wow your friends with a gorgeous room divider made from everyday objects. pookiemccool made this pretty screen using a printer box, some old curtains, leftover furniture paint, and duct tape. This would be perfect for a shared bedroom!

Tute Tuesday: Snow Dyeing

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Snow DyeingOh my goodness! Who invited the snow to our November celebrations? It seems as if everyone is bracing for an early arctic freeze. Don’t hate the snow, craft with it! Ptarmic wumpus share their tutorial for Snow Dyeing that is not only fun, but you can also create beautiful material for other projects. If you don’t have snow in your area, you can use the same technique with ice from your freezer. This is a great craft for kids. They can discover new color combinations by mixing various dyes. You can see the full thread for this project here: HERE

Learn to knit a scarf, bake sugar cookies and create a collage with inspiration from our Tutorial Cloud. Stay warm, dry and crafty!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Brrr; winter is coming! Bundle up and keep warm with knit or crocheted accessories; here are some beautiful ways to keep that cold weather at bay.

Mistress Jennie crocheted this lovely stained glass infinity scarf. Keep that neck warm!

Why wear an ordinary hat when you can be foxy? When her daughter asked for a fox hat, banana731 knew just what to do.
A hand knit sweater is the best for keeping the chill away. This one, by katydidnot, features bees. Bee-youtiful!
You know your hands are going to be warm if you have a pair of these heavy mittens. The rainbow hearts add to the fun. knittyknitter made a couple pairs for her two kiddos.
Lastly, maybe all your days will be warmer if you carry a little sunshine wherever you go. Khazz made this cheery keychain so she can do just that.

Stay warm, Craftsters!

Meal Prep Monday: Autumn Vegetable Tian

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Autumn Vegetable TianWhat is growing in your autumn vegetable garden? Lots of squash? Potatoes? An evil beet or two? Gather the last harvest of the season to create an Autumn Vegetable Tian. Craftylittlemonkey shares her recipe for this tasty dish that can be served alone or as a side. You can use a variety of spices for an extra punch or keep it simple with salt and pepper. Don’t forget to add a little cheese on top! If you don’t have a garden, you can always check out your local farmer’s market or grocery store for ingredients.

From sunny summer to ice cold winter; our Cooking Board has a recipe for every season.

@Home This Weekend: For The Birds

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This weekend, grab a large leaves and make a bird bath! This one was made with a rhubarb leaf. cmarion3 included a great tutorial with her post, so check it out!

November 6, 2019 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!

yet another biscornu by Averia

Hocus Pocus Hoop by Mellius01

Hail Santa – Holiday Fun with Anagrams! by TheMistressT

Vintage Kitsch Elf in a Baking Tin by endymion

Jolly Christmas Houses by rackycoo

Gift Card Holder from Extra Gum Package! by Reel Crafty Girl

Fairy door and house by maxxev

TM patch bag for my mom by Powerhouseofthecell

Tragedy and Comedy – Conjoined twin bears by lunke13

necklace and earring set by small beads by sarahknot

Hallowe’en Mini Folio by pottermouth

Chemise a la Reine by BenaeQuee

Harvest Home by lindyv321

Autumn Vegetable Tian by craftylittlemonkey

Row counter necklace by tattfae

Thinking Outside The Hoopla

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Embroidery hoops make great frames for embroidery projects, but what happens when your art is too big for a hoop to contain? You think outside the hoopla, of course!

luckdragon created this portrait of her daughter entitled “Big Scarf“, and I think you can see why. That cozy scarf busts right outside the hoop!

A butterfly loves to be able to spread its wings. This beautiful stumpwork piece was created by sheepBlue.
Buttons help make an interesting texture to this brightly colored hoop by Smeddley.
Two woodland creatures dance among the fall leaves in this adorable work by PerfectlyBohemian.
Make a wish! Averia embroidered this dandelion on netting for a cool 3D effect.

So many hooplas; so little time. Click here to see pages and pages of them!

Tute Tuesday: T-Shirt Drawstring Backpack

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T-Shirt Drawstring BackpackDo you have an old t-shirt that you just can’t let go of? Instead of saying goodbye to that favorite garment, why not turn it into a backpack? Krafty_Karasu share their tutorial for a T-Shirt Drawstring Backpack that is easy to create. You do not need mad sewing skills to create your backpack. It is a great beginner project that is both fun and functional. This also is an excellent gift for coworkers or crafting groups. You can make several at one time using themed t-shirts so everyone in your inner circle can match. If you are feeling extra ambitious, make them up as a party favors for your next soiree.

Who doesn’t love taking something old and turning it into something new? It allows you to really use your imagination. Our Tutorial Cloud has tips, tutorials and inspiration for your next upcycle craft. Happy crafting!

Meal Prep Monday: Butternut and Apple Soup

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Butternut and Apple SoupI know I have mentioned it before but I love soup! I love soup weather…a cold rainy day. It is a little slice of heaven for me. I’m always willing to try something new and different so when I saw Onyxnox’s recipe for Butternut and Apple Soup I knew it was go time! This recipe is both sweet and savory. The bacon gives it a nice smokey taste and the apples add a bit of sweetness. It is the best of both worlds! I cannot wait to try this with a slice of artisan bread and a citrus salad. You can see the full thread for this project here: HERE

Stay warm this November with soups and other delicious recipes from our Cooking Board. Have a tasty Monday!

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Air Dry Clay Votive Holders

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Air Dry Clay Candle Holders Kittykill has done it again! She has created these STUNNING air dry clay votives holders!

And she is sharing the full project tutorial just for us! 🙂 Click below to watch the video tutorial!

@Home This Weekend: Plastic Bag Fruit Bowl

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This weekend, upcycle your plastic grocery bags and make an awesome fruit bowl. All you need is some cardboard, a few nice plastic bags, and a tutorial by sophie_aj. What fun!

Tute Tuesday: Crochet Skull

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crochet skullAre you ready October 31st? It’s not to late to get your Halloween on with bethntim’s tutorial for a Crochet Skull. This is a simple pattern that you can use for a variety of projects from a banner to a scarf to a slouchy hat. Depending on the size, a Crochet Skull can be made quickly and with little effort. In the time it takes to stream your favorite scary movie, you can have a scarf. If you want to go really big, try crocheting a shawl or tablecloth with this pattern.

Do you want to try a new craft? Don’t be scared! Our Tutorial Cloud is THE place to get inspired.