@Home This Weekend: Ant Baffle

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This weekend, keep those pesky ants our of your hummingbird feeder with an easy to make ant baffle! Nobody wants ants floating in their sugar water, so Acadian Driftwood used a plastic food tub and some other simple supplies to create a mote that prevents the ants from invading the feeder. Now everyone (excluding the ants, of course!) is happy.

July 26, 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!


Upsizing Recons by gala_apples

Viking chair by schizo319

Stained Glass Quartz Lotus Blossoms by Phantome

Miniature room box scene with mini plant tutorial by craftylittlemonkey

Needle felted Airedale Terier by Cherie

Honeydukes Display Shelf by MissingWillow

Life Expectancy shrine by bunny1kenobi

Junk Journal by geekgirl1000100

Modern Foxes by BigBangMomma

Marshmallow Cake by patty_o_furniture

Tardis in space (and some more acrylic flow canvases) by edelC

Nephilim Rising – huge 3×4� acrylic on canvas by FoxyBlue

Barnacle "succulent" garden (picture heavy sorry) by yzzilnoaj

Star Wars Hoops – Enamel Pin Displays by tendstowardschaos

First Grandbaby�s Quilt by Homerof2

Tute Tuesday: Giant Granny Square Blanket

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My husband and I just learned to crochet. We have taken a few classes together and are now ready to venture out on our own. I have been trying to find patterns that are not only easy, but something we can use or give as a gift. Mistress Jennie’s pattern for a Giant Granny Square Blanket is the perfect project for both beginners, like myself, and the more seasoned crocheter. Her step-by-step guide gives the right amount of information without being confusing. You can customize this blanket to fit any decor or season. I’m thinking of making several for Halloween.

Want to learn a new craft this summer? Check out our Tutorial Cloud for inspiration. Our members have tips and ideas for any project you can imagine.

Snakesssssss!

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Don’t worry; these aren’t real snakes, but faux snakes made by Craftsters. They’re not poisonous, and they definitely won’t bite. Take a look!

Surely you’re not frightened by these two cuties? kbauer knit these two colorful reptiles for her lucky kids. What a sweet pet!

A tiny green snake. Awww… so cute! Nodsu needle felted him, and then chain stitched him to give a scaly look.
craftylittlemonkey used bits of old sweaters to create the scales on this friendly multi-colored snake. She included a tutorial in her post on how he was made.
What a perfect decoration for Halloween! alwaysinmyroom wired rubber snakes to a twig wreath and spray painted it black. She even included a few glow in the dark snakes for contrast. Spooky!
OK, I’ll admit that this snake does look a little scary. Don’t be afraid, though, it’s actually a yummy desert! BoomerBile did a great job of making this snake cake look realistic. Word is that it was delicious as well.

Want to see more? Slither on over and click on the Craftster tag “snake”.

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Meatless Monday: Toasted Ravioli with a Summer Salad

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Looking for an easy yet tasty weeknight dinner? Let Craftster member ficklephonebug help you out with their recipe for Toasted Ravioli with a Summer Salad. This dish is simple to make and requires very little prep time. Using store bought ravioli and panko breadcrumbs you can take everyday cheese ravioli to another level. Pick veggies from your garden or the farmer’s market for the homemade marinara sauce and salad. The ravioli will cook up fast so you can have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes. Less time in the kitchen, more time for crafting! It’s a win-win situation.

No time to cook? No problem! Our Cooking Board is full of easy to prepare dishes for any night of the week. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Fancy Solar Lighting

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This weekend, glam up your garden with some fancy solar lights! curiousfae‘s friend purchases candlesticks from thrift stores, paints them black, and then adds the lighted part of solar lights to the top to make these one of a kind solar candles. Perfect for a cool night in the garden.

Tute Tuesday: Fabric Paper

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Are you one of those people who can not throw out scraps of fabric? Who knows, you might need that tiny piece for a project at a later time. Well, that time is now! Craftster member PurpleHeather shares their tutorial for Fabric Paper that will turn those bits and pieces into eclectic paper that can used for ATC’s, book coverings and other mixed media craft projects. Make your paper full of texture using leftover ribbon, scraps of paper and yarn. Don’t limit your imagination! This is a project that just begs for you to have fun with it.

Every Craftster knows that upcycling is where it’s at! Our Tutorial Cloud has so many ideas to re-purpose scraps into new works of art. Create something fun today! Happy Tuesday!

Craftster Rocks!

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Have you seen the new Craftster Rocks Facebook page? If you are interested in painting rocks, you need to join that page and see what’s going on. We’re having some fun! The current Craftster contest is all about painting rocks as well. Need inspiration? Here are a few projects that are sure to get those creative juices flowing.

alhrayth painted several rocks for her garden, including some mushrooms and this adorable little ladybug.

How fun would it be to find one of these inspiring rocks? Kids at underthemountain‘s daughter’s school made these and will be leaving them around town as Random Acts of Kindness.
Cherie posted that she loved spending an hour or so decorating this uplifting pebble.
This rock was perfectly shaped to make a sweet heart, and JCOSTELLO painted some pretty pink flowers and and a frilly border to create this little Valentine.

 

These whimsical little cartoony rocks are sure to bring a smile to whoever finds them. Crafty_Girl25 gave each of her characters a sweet happy face.

Come join the fun on both the “Craftster Rocks!” Facebook page, and enter the Craftster Rocks! contest going on now. Click here to view the contest rules and see the fun prizes that go to the winner!

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Meatless Monday: Strawberry Basil Muffins

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Your garden is overflowing with herbs, fruits and vegetables. What colorful combinations are ready to be made with this abundance? Craftster member Mistress Jennie shares her recipe for a flavorful twist on the every day muffin. Strawberry Basil Muffins are a burst of summer! They appeal to both the sweet and savory side in each of us. You can serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner because of their versatility. No matter what time of day these muffins are consumed, they are sure to be a hit.

Ready to mix and match a meal this season? Let our Cooking Board inspire you to be adventurous and combine flavors and foods for a new delicious dish.

@Home This Weekend: DIY Earthbox

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This weekend, grow your own veggies in this diy earthbox, made with plastic storage containers. Although AeonGoddess lives in an apartment with no actual yard, look at these lush plants she is able to grow in her small space. Make sure you read her tutorial on how you can make one of these for your place. Everything tastes better when you grow it yourself.

July 11, 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!


2 tiered birthday cake by geekgirl1000100

Chaircat WaterMAOlon by pottermouth

Llama! by jellybean89

Beaded Haning Planters by Yaqulek

Black-chinned Hummingbird by Ludi

BUTTERBEER 12×12 Scrapbook Layout by Reel Crafty Girl

Bob’s Burgers Pocket Letter by kwality570

Sexy Devil Girls Purse by gozer

Sparkly Purple and Grey HST Quilt by tendstowardschaos

Scissor Fob & Stitch Markers for sheepBlue by Mistress Jennie

My First Cricut Project! by TheMistressT

I saved my stained jeans with a floral paint job! by Opalgryphon

Majestic Unicorn by lindyv321

Molly by Patraw

Scary Fairy for Halloween by rackycoo

Cats of Summer

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What are some of the things you think of when you think of summer? Did “cats in hats” come to mind? NO? Well it should! For example:

Who doesn’t love a nice slice of watermelon on a hot summer day? pottermouth is forever adorning her tolerant kitty, Chaircat Mao, with crazy hats. This one says “summertime” all over it.

Nodsu‘s cat is just like a ray of sunshine in this bright and cheery hat. Nodsu does acknowledge that there might be a “chance of thunderstorms” here though. Her kitty’s expression leads me to believe that she may be correct in her weather prediction.
pottermouth had Chaircat rock out a patriotic mohawk last year on the the 4th of July. What a fierce look she has. She is ready for some major fireworks.
Sometimes you really want to wear a hat in the summer, but you don’t want to get too hot. Luckily for yoguiana‘s puss, a cat beanie is a great option. Looking good!
These cats look like they could use a drink. Luckily for Chaircat, pottermouth has gifted her with this lovely hat, complete with its own frosty mug of beer. Bottoms up!

Summertime and cats in hats. Is there anything better? I think not.

Tute Tuesday: Harry Potter Lumos Wand

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Every summer in July San Diego is the place to be for all things pop culture. Comic Con is fast approaching and you will need to muster up all your magic to navigate the massive waves of people that surround you. Craftster member kiss-chasing has the perfect wand for any spell you need to cast. Their Lumos Wand tutorial takes a drab every day stick and makes it sparkle. You do have to use soldering material for this tute to BE CAREFUL! This wand isn’t just for Harry Potter, it can be used for any magical cosplay.

You don’t need to cast a spell to create the perfect costume, just use our Tutorial Cloud for tips and inspiration. It’s magical!

Meatless Monday: Calabacitas

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Are you looking for a spicy side dish that will use all of that zucchini that you grew this summer? Why not give Calabacitas a try. This Tex-Mex Southwestern side dish is easy to make and requires minimal time in a hot kitchen. Craftster member lindyv321 share her recipe that will knock your socks off. If heat is your thing, add more peppers to the mix. Top it off with cojita cheese and cilantro for even more flavor. Make a large batch and eat it throughout the week or share the love at a large potluck.

Taste the world with recipes and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Don’t be afraid to mix flavors and have fun! Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Beaded Hanging Planters

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This weekend, spiff up your plants with beads! Yaqulek used a variety of beads to make these hanging planters. Make sure you click on the image to see other designs! And then, get beading!