@Home This Weekend: Sun Catcher

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This weekend, bring the sparkle inside with a beautiful beaded suncatcher. A mix of clear and colored beads will make the light dance within your home. kittykill added a beautiful glass starfish as an accent piece to her suncatcher. Doesn’t this remind you of a summer day at the beach?

Tute Tuesday: Passport Wallet

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Adventure is out there! It’s time to move out of your comfort zone and discover new things. You do not want to worry about your passport and travel itinerary when you are trekking through the great outdoors. Craftster member CraftyCarrie shares her tutorial for a simple Passport Wallet that will hold all of your paperwork. It can be customized to fit your style and travel needs. Got some extra scraps hanging around? A Passport Wallet is a great project to use up those little pieces. Add a special touch with embroidered monograms, quotes and favorite images. This wallet also makes a great Father’s Day present for those dads that travel for a living or are in the military. If a staycation is in your summer plans; why not throw a travel around the world party with foods from different countries, and use the Passport Wallet has a party favor. Instead of tickets, your guests can check off the different international foods they try.

Stay stress-free and have fun this season with inspiration from our Tutorial Cloud. It’s a terrific way to start your summer!

Let’s Go Camping!

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When I was growing up, my family used to travel every summer. There were five of us, so we always went camping instead of staying in hotels. All those nights of sitting around a campfire and eating dinners outside were so special to us all. We loved going on those trips.

That’s why this travel flag by jellybean89 brings back such fond memories for me. The fire is inviting, the camper is cozy, and the sky is big and full of stars.

What a great little campsite, right nest to the river! I’ll bet it would surprise you to know that this is actually a camping themed birthday cake, baked and decorated by Craftster member henri.
graverobbergirl filled a decorated box with everything needed to make s’mores (including an adorable instruction booklet), and presented it to her camping friend. It’s the perfect campfire kit.
This plastic canvas pop up camper is nothing short of amazing. galegiegerich designed and constructed this using only photos of campers. Be sure to see her post, because the entire inside of the camper is done, complete with beds, a table, and even a tiny lamp.
If you can’t be camping, maybe you can wear your heart of your sleeve with a camping themed charm bracelet. This one, by Mistress Jennie, is full of appropriate silver charms like a camp sign, a campfire, a flashlight, and a hot dog on a fork.

Pack your bags; let’s hit the road! For more camping projects, be sure to click on the Craftster tags “camper” and “camping“.

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Boy, do I feel sheepish!

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It’s been an amazing weekend, I got to hold (and was peed on by, but let’s gloss over that) a two week old lamb. He was with a rescue group, and if the city didn’t ban farm animals, I might have wanted to take him home. I already have the Border Collie, might as well get some sheep, right? But I can’t (cue sad music). But I *can* look at a bunch of cute sheep crafts on Craftster!

While I can’t carry the little baby sheep everywhere, I could have a sheep bag to carry! This one by alwaysinmyroom is so cute, and if you used it to carry your wool and knitting supplies it’d be so perfect! I’m so sad I can’t have a little producer of pre-yarn in my backyard!
The closest I could get to having a sheep in my house is probably these amazing sheep coasters! This post by 19libra86 includes a link to the instructions, which were originally only in Spanish, but are now available in English and I’ve already printed them, because I need sheep coasters to go with my amazing bear coasters.
Or an amigurumi sheep to cuddle! I could have a permanently small and cuddly sheep, like this crochet one by BigBangMomma. Yes, I think I need a snuggly sheep (and this one won’t piddle on me, so win win!).

I’ll survive not having a sheep of my own, at least for now…

Meatless Monday: Watermelon Shark

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Father’s Day is this weekend and of course there will be some backyard BBQ’s happening. Your dad is a shark! Well, not literally, that might be a bit weird. He kicks butt! Always on the go, taking care of business, moving forward. Celebrate you dad in fruit form with an awesome Watermelon Shark from Sweets4ever and Kittykill. Together they will show you how to make fun and yummy watermelon edible sculptures. If you aren’t into sharks, you can make baskets, teapots or other whimsical shapes. Take it up a notch by adding other summer fruits to the mix. Watermelon Sharks are also great for summer pool parties.

Not sure how to pull together an awesome party? Check out our Occasions Board for ideas and our Cooking Board for recipes. Together they will make you the hostesses with the most-est!

@Home This Weekend: One Fish, Two Fish…

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This weekend, grab some airdry clay and make a fanciful fish! Even better, make an entire school of fish. yzzilnoaj made 10 unique fish, painted them in vibrant patterns, and set them free to swim across her living room wall. What fun!

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June 6, 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!


Travel Flag by jellybean89

Scrappy Coaster with Ric-Rac by craftADDchick

Set of Dishtowels by Mistress Jennie

Teacher Toolbox by sweets4ever

Tiara I made…. by Mlsocci74

Grande dame witch (inspired by knickertwist) by edelC

Dimensions Learn-A-Craft Weekend Embroidery Project by bethntim

Airmail/Postcard-inspired Mug Rugs by TheMistressT

Dory Blood Drop (pattern included) by Smeddley

Fruit Pizza by lindyv321

The Voice of the Tempest Reliquary by appledainty

CREEPY CLOWN: Not for the faint hearted by lunke13

Kinda Coraline Repainted Doll by pottermouth

Litte Bird Pendant with Super Secret Hidden Pocket by theartofarejay

Seashell "Succulent" garden (pinecones) Picture heavy lol by yzzilnoaj

Tute Tuesday: Unibloomers

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Searching for an outfit that is both functional and cool this summer? An outfit that goes from garden to grocery store? Look no further than Unibloomers from Craftster member Ludi. You don’t need a lot of fancy fabric for these bloomers. You just need an old sheet! Yep, one old sheet and just a few scraps of fabric. If you do not want an unibloomer, you can adapt this pattern to make traditional bloomers. This frock is so fab that all of your friends will be asking for their own pair. Start your own girl gang with matching unibloomers. You can dress your bloomers up or down for a fun and whimsical outfit.

No matter what season our Clothing Board will help you create a style that is all your own. Happy Tuesday!

Beach, Please

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Time for some hot fun in the summertime; let’s all hit the beach!

I absolutely love this embellished straw tote. It’s a little bit naughty and a whole lot of nice. classy broad used black letters and some fun trim from Michaels to create this go-to summer tote bag. Beach, please!

 

What to do with all the sea glass you’ve been collecting over the years? OnePrettyThing glued some of hers into a pretty heart shape. What a great souvenir of your trip to the shore!
Here’s a crafty way to display some of the beautiful shells you may have picked up along the way. kittykill painted a small canvas, wrapped it with a pretty ribbon, and attached a big starfish and some shells at the corner. It’s a whole lot of beach in a tiny space.
Light up your summer nights with beachy candles. Using a mason jar and an old wine glass, frecklesinoureyes assembled these with sand, shells, and bits of twine. So pretty!

 

HSG used wine corks, mosaics, and shells to make this beach-themed message board. Hooks at the bottom makes it also function as a key holder. Look at those seashell tacks to hold messages: HSG thought of everything!

There are tons more crafty beach projects on Craftster, from beach games, to flip flops, to bathing suits, and much more. Click on the beach tag to see more!

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Meatless Monday: Strawberry Galette

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The month of June is very special. School is out, summer starts and strawberries are in season. There is nothing better than fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market. They are extra sweet and juicy. Craftylittlemonkey knows a thing or two about taking those little gems and making them even better with her recipe for a Strawberry Galette. This dessert is beautiful and easy to make. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of preparing your own galette crust. It is easier than you think. If strawberries don’t excite you, create this dish using other berries or fruit. Peaches, plums and cherries will be here soon. Maybe a galette for each summer fruit? Yes, please! To add even more sweetness, pair the galette with homemade ice cream.

From salads to dessert; dig into the season’s bounty with recipes and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Enjoy the sunshine!

@Home This Weekend: Toolbox Goes Glam!

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This weekend, use some paint and paper to really glam up a purchased drawered toolbox. Wanting a unique teacher gift, sweets4ever transformed this once drab cabinet into a work of art, and then filled it with all kinds of things teachers need. This would also make a great home organizer, jewelry box, or holder of small toys. I’ll take two.

Fun with Gelli!

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I recently got a Gelli plate, and to look for some idea I turned, of course, to the countless projects posted on Craftster. And I found more than I thought I would – there were, of course, the pretty and fun prints themselves, which are an art project as they are – like this set by Mlsocci74.

I also found that even a ‘failed’ Gelli print can be put to good use! Even if you’re not happy with the look of a print, as geekgirl1000100 wasn’t, you can keep adding to it until you get something you are happy with! This mini junk journal certainly looks nothing like something that ‘didn’t come out nicely’!
And I wouldn’t have thought it, but you can print fabric, too! These hoops by PromisedHeartbrk are so very inspiring, and I do have a special fondness for the crane one. There are a lot of others in the link that you should check out, as well!

Well, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go clear off a big enough space to do a bunch of Gelli printing,,,

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Picture Frame Trays

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How to Make Picture Frame Trays In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to create trays from picture frames!

These trays make beautiful gifts for grads, dads, housewarming parties, and teachers. Fill them with mementos such as photographs, wedding invitations or children’s artwork.

Happy Crafting!

Tute Tuesday: DIY Rubber Stamp

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Recently I went on vacation to California and introduced my friends to letterboxing. What is letterboxing? It involves clues, hidden places and rubber stamps. We decided that we wanted to create our own and found LimeRiot’s tutorial for a Rubber Stamp. This tute easy to follow, inexpensive and doesn’t require fancy tools. Rubbers stamps are not only great for letterboxing, but you can use them for personalize stationery, placemats and even clothing. Just remember to be careful! I don’t think I need to tell you that craft knives are sharp! We want you to keep all ten fingers and other body parts intact.

Trying a new craft is exciting and fun! Our Tutorial Cloud is full of inspiration for your next project. Be adventurous!

Where the Fairies Are

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Some say that fairies are all around us, and who am I to argue that point? A fairy’s gotta live somewhere, though, and here on Craftster, you can find several examples of lovely fairy abodes.

amethyst6 built this sweet little cottage in hopes that a fairy might move in. With a nice fenced in yard and garden, I can imagine this would be a very popular location!

Here’s a view inside from a window of a clay house built by decidedly average. This house comes fully furnished, and already has tiny fairy inhabitants living within.
No time to build an entire house? How about a cute fairy door? This one was made entirely of polymer clay. Cryssoleil hand painted all the little details.
Where do fairies go to wash their wings and accessories? Why, the Wandry Room, of course! Knickertwist built this tiny useful room, and filled it with everything a tidy fairy needs.
Fairies love the outdoors, so kittykill planted this tiny garden and furnished it with a wee chair and other items just for them.

Are you interested in having fairies live near you? Perhaps you should build them a comfortable space. Then you can sit back and watch the magic happen!

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