Tute Tuesday: Easy No-Sew Halloween Bunting

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Halloween is approaching and as crafty peeps we know the importance of getting started early. MareMare has created a very easy and fun No Sew Halloween Bunting that takes your space from drab to fab. Using scraps of fabric and twine, her tutorial will show you how to make a bunting that will make your mantle look spooky and stylish. Don’t stop at Halloween, craft this bunting for every holiday from Easter to Christmas.

Learning a new craft doesn’t have to be scary. Our Halloween Board may look spooky and the tutorials are to die for, but we promise, it is all treats and no tricks. Happy haunting!

Witch, Please!

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With Halloween rapidly approaching, you know I can’t help but post tons of Halloween themed articles. What’s up today? Witch, please; it’s all witches.

pottermouth created the perfect little witch and set her on an altered block of wood. Best part? Her pet beetle on a leash.

Here’s a sweet witch doll, all dressed up for Halloween. La Chapa crocheted this little cutie.
kittykill captured a small witch and placed her in a mason jar to create this spooky luminary, one out of a set of three.
I had to get in on the witchy fun and alter a vintage photograph, giving everyone witch hats and broomsticks. Now it’s a photo of a coven!
Caution! yoopidou made a low flying witch to haunt her house. I love that warning sign.

Maybe I’ll take a break from posting more Halloween articles for a while. Now if you believe that…witch, please!

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Meatless Monday: Buttercup Cream Cake

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Who doesn’t like cake? If you have those people surrounding you, get rid of them. You do not need that kind of negativity in your life. Craft Critic knows that there is always time for a sweet treat with their recipe for Buttercup Cream Cake. This dessert is delicious. You won’t believe that it is vegan with its rich buttery flavor. It uses squash to create a rich texture. Buttercup Cream Cake is an excellent alternative for school functions or other areas where food allergies may arise.

Find a new twist on an old recipe with tips and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different foods-try something new! Happy Monday!

Happy Hobbit Day!

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Tomorrow is Hobbit Day! Craftster moderator Mistress Jennie is helping celebrate with this article full of fun Hobbit-related crafts!

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” So said J.R.R. Tolkien in a little book called the Hobbit, first published in 1937. Ever since his book was published, Tolkien’s epic tales about wee Hobbits have captured the imagination of of readers, and of course, of crafters. If you’re a fan of Tolkien’s work, why not honor Hobbit Day, September 22, by crafting something inspired by his tales?

Sometimes even the best of us needs a little push out our own front door. Sirya’s tiny Gandalf would be a great gift to encourage a friend.

In need of some awesome accessories? Sirelinde used jewelry wire to recreate Arwen’s beautiful Evenstar pendant from the LotR’s films.
 

If your walls need some interest, you could stitch up a map of Middle Earth, like this one by Wizards_Pupil.

BridgeKeeper crocheted a truly epic hat, inspired by the Tree of Gondor. This would be great for the fall & winter ahead.
Finally, if you’re itching to go off on your own adventure, you could stitch up a Fellowship Cloak like sairosaurus.

Thanks again to Mistress Jennie for spotlighting these projects, and for this delightful Hobbit Day article.

@Home This Weekend: Garden Painting

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This weekend, decorate your home with a garden-inspired painting. gigglygirl found a rustic wooden fence plaque and painted it with bright and happy flowers. What a great accent for a protected porch area, or even inside. Love it!

September 19, 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!


Vintage altered Halloween clock by KarenLouiseM

Cardamom-Zucchini Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting by TheMistressT

Halloween Table Runner and Wall Quilt by rantyhippie

Sloths by geekgirl1000100

Paper Fabric Bookmarks inspired by CLM! by underthemountain

Unicorn cushion cover, paper pieced with a twist by craftylittlemonkey

Garden inspired painting…wall decor by gigglygirl

Super shabby Dressing Table by lunke13

Hanging Shoe Rack by chocolatebutton

Peacock Pride Outfit by Acadian Driftwood

Color Splash Feathers – Food Coloring Dye Tutorial by rockingbearranch

Golden Knot with Pearl project by sarahknot

Golden Knot with Pearl project by sarahknot

Blobs by excelsior

Steampunk Halloween Costume Enhancements by cmarion3

Tute Tuesday: Color Splash Feathers

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Are you itching to try a new craft? Why not spread your wings and try rockingbearranch’s tutorial for Color Splash Feathers. Using a very simple dye technique she creates beautiful feathers that can be used in a wide variety of projects. Rockingbearranch uses discarded feathers from her chickens, but you can find supplies online or at your local craft store. Don’t hold back, create vibrant new colors by mixing dyes.

Fiber isn’t just something you need in your diet. There is an entire world of crafty material that is waiting to be discovered. Check out tutorials on our Fiber Board for dyeing, felting, weaving and spinning projects. Have a fantastic Tuesday!

Everybody Poops.

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In case you’ve missed it, TheMistressT is redecorating her bathroom. She has been posting all sorts of potty related art. I took a look around the boards to see what other poopy crafts I could find, and not too surprisingly, there are plenty!

skaborsk embroidered a stinky little poop hoopla (does that make it a “poopla”?)

When TheMistressT hears “Number 2 pencil”, she takes it literally, going so far as to creating googly eyed poop pencil toppers out of pipe cleaners.
hooked on amicute crocheted a poop so large that she gave it a name. Meet “Bradley“.
This happy little poop was cross stitched by doaflip.
You’ve heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve, but DropKickGrl is wearing poop on hers! Look closely at the knit wrist warmers, and you’ll see a somewhat poopy pattern…

Click here to get more scoop on the poop.

Meatless Monday: Crockpot Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal and Leftover Oatmeal Cookies

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Did I ever tell you that I have the cutest little apple tree in my backyard? It is a column style tree that produces the sweetest apples. This year I decided to take those little gems and try out my recipe for Crockpot Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal and Leftover Oatmeal Cookies. I prepare everything before I go to bed and let the oatmeal cook overnight. I wake up in the morning to the incredible smell of cinnamon and apples. The recipe that I use makes a lot of oatmeal and I hate to waste anything so I decided to try making cookies. They were a success! These cookies are very cake-like and dense. They go great with coffee or tea. I’m so happy that I got to use the apples from my yard and didn’t waste anything!

Leftovers are no problem when you use recipes from our Cooking Board. Whether it’s a meal or a snack, we have the perfect dish for you.

@Home This Weekend: Macramé Plant Hangers

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This weekend, macramé is back! This knot-tying craft looks better than ever. 85%confusion macraméd a hanger, and hung a succulent in a sleek rounded pot. What a great way to take advantage of a narrow space between windows!

Tute Tuesday: Plastic Bottle Lanterns

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Don’t toss that plastic bottle! Save it to make a beautiful Plastic Bottle Lantern. Craftster member cold.dinner share their tutorial for taking every day trash and turning it into something not only swanky, but also functional. Using a little glue, duct and ingenuity, you can create lanterns that are useful any time of the year. Decorate the lantern for any season by painting the plastic. You can add other bits and pieces to fit your decor. If you are a little worried about using wax candles, try using battery operated tea lights instead. Make these lanterns in different sizes depending on the bottles you have.

Let our Home Sweet Home Board light the way with tutorials, tips and inspiration for your next craft project. Happy Tuesday!

Time For Halloween!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I’m not talking about Christmas; I’m talking Halloween! Halloween swaps have been picking up, and Halloween projects are showing up on the boards. Yay, it’s time to get haunting!

It’s always Halloween time when you have a themed clock, like this one by KarenLouiseM. She included so much detail: various patterns in black and orange, vintage images, and skulls and pumpkins everywhere. It’s perfect!

TheMistressT has been busy making Halloween greeting cards to haunt her friends and family.
Me-OW! This vintage cat box practically screams Halloween. alwaysinmyroom decorated a small round box with felt, papers, and various trims.

 

patty_o_furniture knows how to liven up a carnival or party: with a fun Halloween themed photo board. No costumes required!
I had to get into the act as well, making a set of “teeny tiny Halloween shrineys”. This little black cat shrine stands just under 6″ tall.

Halloween is right around the corner. Are you scared yet? Make sure to visit our Halloween boards for the latest in Halloween costumes, treats, and decor.

Meatless Monday: Unicorn Smoothie!

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You are majestic! You need a drink that compliments your awesomeness. Lucky for you, Mistress Jennie knows exactly what you need with her recipe for A Unicorn Smoothie. This brilliantly bright beverage is lactose-fee and uses honey instead of white sugar for sweetness. No matter what the occasion, unicorn birthday party or Monday morning, this smoothie will definitely put you in a good mood. Not into blue and pink? No worries! Make this smoothie any color you like and don’t forget the sprinkles! Life is better with rainbow sprinkles!

From Unicorn Smoothies to Rainbow Pasta, food is fun when you try recipes from our Cooking Board. Grab your frying pan and set out on an adventure! Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Light Fixture Update

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This weekend, update your home by refurbishing your light fixtures. appledainty stripped paint off the glass globes of two fixtures, and then painted the metal parts a beautiful aged copper color with gold highlights, giving them a fresh new look. You can do it too!

September 5, 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!


Wee gnome home tea cosy by craftylittlemonkey

Funky Scrappy Overalls by Acadian Driftwood

Totoro blanket by storerboughtcreations

Of "Mouse" and Men bookmark by bethntim

Retro Pink Dress (1950s-style) – Pattern with Pictures! by GreatAwk

Carousel Horse from a child’s Wonder Horse by Jenxx

Kraken Pincushion by pottermouth

Beaded Figurine Repair by cutemonster

Some dog drawings! by loveandasandwich

Painted Mermaids by patty_o_furniture

Kinetic Winged Heart Teesha Moore Patch by endymion

King Kong Quilted Wall Hanging by Mermonster

Busy/ Quiet Book- Harry Potter, Star Wars, Disney, etc. by averyg

Victorian Superstitions Shadowbox by MissingWillow

Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters by craftADDchick