@Home This Weekend: Cool Pupcicles for Hot Dogs

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This weekend, treat your hot dog to a cool treat! TheMistressT shared her recipe for yummy PBnBanana “pupcicles”. These contain just three simple ingredients: bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt. So tasty, you might even want to eat one. Woof!

Tute Tuesday: Flower Crown

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The Summer Solstice is coming up this week. Welcome its arrival with dancing, outdoor celebrations and crowning yourself queen of summer with 11denson’s tutorial for a Flower Crown. This project represents everything wonderful about summer by using what nature has to offer. Make several in different sizes for your favorite maidens. If allergies have a hold on you, a crown can still be created using fake flowers. Floral crowns are a whimsical addition to birthday parties, bridal showers and fairy tea parties.

Looking for other ways to celebrate summer? Check out our Tutorials for tips and inspiration. Happy summer and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Tiny House

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I love looking at tiny houses, both online and on tv (Tiny House Hunters and Tiny Luxury). It’s fun to imagine living in one. Would it be comfortable? Would all my stuff fit? And most importantly of all: where would all my craft suppies go?!? Well, if you love tiny, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet; the tiny abodes featured here are built in Altoids tins!

Move over, Man Cave, it’s time for a “She Shed”. A girl’s got to have her own place to hang out and relax! pottermouth made this tiny shabby chic get away. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea.

What fairy wouldn’t love this adorably woodsy fairy house? Muse Fondue decorated the interior with all sorts of found objects, including fun accessories made with acorn caps.
Do you recognize this living room, found at 221B Baker Street? It belongs to none other than the famous Sherlock Holmes. Knickertwist lovingly recreated the room down to the very last detail.
Beware, something witchy this way comes! This witchy workroom by MissingWillow contains everything a full size witch would need, only much, much smaller.
Even outdoor spaces are going tiny! Onyxnox created this tiny koi pond inspired by a quote by Terry Pratchett. Tiny koi? Yes, please!

Altoids tins can be altered to make all sorts of tiny homes, plus much more! Make sure you keep those tins for future projects, and refer to Craftster tags “altered altoids tin” and “altoids tin” for inspiration.

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Breakfast Taco

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Breakfast can be so dull! You can have cereal, a waffle, maybe a cup of coffee. BORING! Start your day off right with MareMare’s recipe for Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos. How can you have a bad day when you begin it with tacos? Using vegetarian sausage and seasonal veggies the meal goes from bland to brilliant! If you want to bring the heat, add peppers and hot salsa to the scramble. Don’t let your crazy schedule stop you from having a good breakfast. Switch out small tortillas for burrito size and take that delicious meal with you.

No matter what time of day; breakfast, lunch or dinner, our Cooking Board has inspiration for your next meal. Don’t forget to have a fabulous day!

@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.