Challenge #125 Halloween Costume Winner: Little Aviator

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This month’s Craft Challenge was our annual DIY Halloween Costume Challenge! The challenge was to create a handmade costume that was spectacular. There were so many participants with amazing costumes. The costume could be for yourself or someone else.
Our winning entry was created by Summer6061! Her entry titled, “Little Aviator” is brilliant. She created an airplane around her five year old’s wheelchair and turned him into a number one flying ace. Check out the winning entry here.

Congrats, Summer6061!

For winning, Summer6061 has won an item from one of Craftster’s online shops!

Shop Craftster
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Hope everyone had fun creating for the challenge this month! Happy crafting!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Best White Elephant Gift

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White Elephant gifts are supposed to be awesomely bad. Turn the joke up a notch this year with Patty_o_Furniture’s tutorial for a Hidden Mayonnaise Jar. She pulled a fast one on her kids by giving them a fake jar of mayonnaise in their lunch. When they opened the jar, they found their food and all was forgiven. Do the same thing at your party by filling a painted mayo jar with treats, gifts cards and other fun items to show that you really do care, but just have a wild sense of humor.

Gift giving is fun when you get inspired by our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Christmas Crack

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When I say Christmas Crack I am not talking about Uncle Stan bending over to grab presents from under the tree. I am talking about the most delicious treat known to man. Years ago Mistress Jennie posted a recipe for Christmas Crack and the angels sang. Never has a sweet treat been so easy to make yet so unbelievably scrumptious. The ingredients cost next to nothing, and you can add toppings such a nuts, peppermints or even SPRINKLES! Whip up a batch for yourself and for friends this holiday season.

From sweet treats to saucy dishes, our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide has the right gift for the right person.

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Christmas Crackers

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Spice up your next holiday party with fun Christmas Crackers. These party favors are not the kind you eat, although they can be a bit salty (WINK!). Craftster member elliebelly123 shares her tutorial for Christmas Crackers that can be not used only during the holiday season but anytime you want to have a party. Fill the crackers with little gifts and candy for each guests. Don’t forget to add the traditional paper crown for each person. Not into the party scene? Christmas bon bons are an excellent alternative to bows on presents.

No matter what size; small, medium or large, our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide helps you with everyone on your list this season and beyond.

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Tute Tuesday: Up-Sizing a T-Shirt

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You just found the best t-shirt ever but fortunately they do not have your size. What are you going to do? This shirt is a must have! Don’t sweat it, sweetie! Craftster member gala_apples has you covered with her tutorial for Up-Sizing a T-Shirt. She shows you have to take extra fabric and turn that shirt into something magical. It may look a little difficult, but there are step-by-step pictures to help you along the way. Think of all the awesome t-shirts you can make once you have this tutorial mastered. You will be the queen of the scene!

There is nothing better than giving old clothing new life with tutorials from our Reconstructed Clothing Board. Happy Tuesday!

Craft Challenge #126 Announced – Gingerbread House Contest

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Craft Challenge #126 – Gingerbread House Contest, has been announced!

Your challenge this month is to bust out those mixing bowls and create an epic gingerbread house! 🙂

Entries are due January 1 – 8, 2019. Read all of the challenge details here. 😀

Meatless Monday: Potato and Veggie Chowder

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Who turned winter on? I didn’t get the memo! It’s a good thing that I have all the supplies for Calabaza’s recipe for Potato and Veggie Chowder. This soup will keep me warm on a cold winter’s night. Did I mention that this meal can be made in an hour? I can make it on a Sunday night and have leftovers throughout the week. This chowder is also easy on the wallet. No expensive ingredients! I can even tweak the spices to add a little heat. A nice hard cider, a bowl of chowder and I am cozy in a winter wonderland.

It’s soup season! Check out our Cooking Board for inspiration. Stay warm!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: TM Style Pouch

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Did you know that our very own craftylittlemonkey is the queen of using up her scrap fabric? She can turn any small piece of fabric into a work of art. Her tutorial for a TM Style Patch is perfect for anyone on your list. It can be used for craft supplies, cash, or glasses. You can also turn this project into something bigger like a wall hanging.

Give old items new life with inspiration from our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Craftster Quickie: How to Make No Sew Table Runners

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In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill is helping you get through the holidays without busting out a sewing machine! Learn how to make these beautiful no sew table runners for your holiday table.

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Lip Balm in Slider Tins

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Got a secret Santa? What about a secret crush? Take care of both people with a Craftster Quickie’s video for Lip Balm Slider Tins. This project is easy to follow and will provide you with gifts for multiple people. Break out that washi tape stash that you have been hoarding and personalize the slider tin for a more festive present. Add a little mistletoe to the wrapping and you are in for the smooch of a lifetime!

Don’t be afraid to share the love this December with inspiration from our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Scrappy Heart Sachets

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Are you like most crafters? You have a hard time throwing away pieces of fabric? Sure it may be a tiny scrap, but you might need it one day. Today is the day to grab those leftovers and share the holiday love with CMarion3’s tutorial for Scrappy Heart Sachets. This project is so easy and quick that you can make up several in one sitting. Add your favorite scent, such as lavender, peppermint, chamomile or pine, for a personalized touch. One whiff of these whimsical sachets and your mood is instantly lifted. Scrappy Heart Sachets are a great gift to have on hand for those last minute guests.

Gift giving is fun when you are inspired by tutorials from our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Free Motion Octopus with Color

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You should try something new this gift giving season. Craft outside of the box with Pottermouth’s tutorial for a Free Motion Octopus with Color. Using her sewing machine, she creates a beautiful and whimsical creature with bright colors. This project may seem complicated, but it is easy and very forgiving for the novice. You can use this technique for any image or quote.

Creating artwork is fun when you get inspired by our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

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@Home This Weekend: Pretty Hanger Covers

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This weekend, protect your favorite clothing with hanger covers. Using vintage embroidered pillowcases, TheMistressT made some lovely covers that will add some class to any closet. So clever!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Restoring a Vintage Sewing Machine

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There are those of us who absolutely love vintage things. We adore the stories attached to the object and can’t wait to give an old item new life. Craftster member Hannahmaree shares her love of restoration with this tutorial for Restoring a Vintage Sewing Machine. This step-by-step guide shows you how to take a large chunk of broken metal and turn it into a functioning sewing machine. You will feel amazing giving new life to something that would otherwise be thrown away and the person receiving the sewing machine will thank you with beautiful projects.

Give the gift of yourself this year with our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. No matter how you share the love, it will be much appreciated.

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November 28, 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!


Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake with Vegan Strawberry Buttercream Frosting by elliot_anne

Autumn Kaleidoscope Shawl by Mistress Jennie

Crafternoon group crystal sun catchers by craftylittlemonkey

Knitted Squirrel by Smeddley

Tiny recycled coffee filter wreaths by Sunbala

Gingerbread Matchbox by rackycoo

Shelf Tree (aka corner display) by JS

The first tree of Christmas by steiconi

Awkward Young Me series by calluna

Cake Themed Yarn Bowl by vtcoconutcream

Flower Earrings – Earring Tree by sarahknot

Saloon girl costume by Belladune

RPG Dice Tray by Smeddley

Sachets from Vintage Handkerchiefs by Reel Crafty Girl

Painted porch sign by schizo319