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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Crafting with Candy Corn on: September 29, 2012 06:55:23 AM
There are so many cool things you can make with Candy Corns. By simply placing one glass inside a clear vase and filling the space with candy corn, you have the perfect Halloween vase for your fall flowers.


You can string the Candy Corn on to elastic thread to make napkin rings, garland, bracelets or necklaces. The napkin rings would be a great accent for your Thanksgiving table.



I'd like to see what other people have made with candy corn.
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Cheese Cloth Ghost on: October 26, 2011 09:39:44 AM
I have made many of these cheese cloth ghosts over the years but I have always made them table top ones (so that they can stand up) I saw on the Today show today that they made some basically the same way but they cut the cheese cloth into smaller pieces and when they were done, hung them on trees. I thought this was a really neat idea but I don't think you can hang them outside because the elements would ruin the shapes. If you haven't made them before, what you do is cut a piece of cheese cloth and dip it in a liquid starch. Then place it over a a form you have made (I use a styrofoam ball on top of a water bottle and stick pencils out of the sides for arms) until it is dry. The ones on the Today show were more simple as they didn't have arms.

If you need more help learning how to make cheese cloth ghosts you can get a tutorial at Craft Elf http://www.craftelf.com/Craft_elf_holiday_Halloween_cheese_cloth_ghost.htm
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Learn to Sew Ghost on: October 24, 2011 10:35:34 AM
This is such a great craft project for teaching kids to sew. I have made these with large groups of children and have always had success. First you trace and cut out two ghost shapes from felt then make holes around the edge of the ghosts punching through both layers at one time to be sure the holes line up correctly. Having the holes pre-made for the children helps them to learn how to space the stitches. Using yarn and an yarn needle, teach the kids how to whip stitch the edges together. Leave an opening for the kids to stuff and then stitch it closed. After adding a face and a bow you have an adorable ghost decoration!

You can get a pattern and some tips at Craft Elf http://www.craftelf.com/craft_elf_holiday_halloween_Learn%20to%20Sew%20Ghost.htm
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Jelly bean carrotts on: April 19, 2011 07:41:10 AM
This is such a quick craft, you can literally make them at the last minute. Just fill a clear frosting bag with orange jelly beans, add tissue paper for the carrot topper and tie off with raffia. No need to pay big money for pre-made ones in the store.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Towel Bunnies on: March 27, 2011 07:07:30 AM
If you are looking to make an Easter gift for your Mom or Grandmother, I think this is the perfect idea. It's a bunny made from a towel and two facecloths and looks great hung up in the kitchen. There is very little sewing required - just sewing the ring on the back for hanging and taking a couple of stitches to keep the hands together. Everything else is just tied. Pretty simple.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower pin on: March 21, 2011 06:35:59 AM
These flower pins stitch up quickly and are great for Mother's day or Easter. I adjusted a pattern I have for an afghan with flower centers and used a smaller hook and baby yarn then stitched on a bar pin and glued a pompom to the center of the flower. I love making them in pastel colors.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Cheap but beautiful Valentine to give out on: February 04, 2011 07:50:06 AM
These lollipop flowers are so inexpensive to make that the kids can give them out to all their friends and maybe give a bouquet of them to the teacher or a grandparent. The only thing you need to make them is tissue paper cut into the shape of flower petals, lollipops and floral tape. You could even make them with a whole classroom filled with children.

You could put several in a vase filled with M&Ms for a nice centerpiece.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Rice Wreath Ornaments on: December 14, 2010 05:46:11 AM
I was playing around in my craft room and came up with these wreath ornaments made from rice, glue and food coloring all mixed together then shaped into wreaths. You could make a bunch as gifts and they only cost pennies to make. They only took a few hours to dry.

If you want a complete tutorial you can find it here: http://www.craftelf.com/Crafts/Rice%20wreath%20ornament%20craft.JPG

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Merry Christmas!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Ice cream clowns - great birthday party treat on: August 11, 2010 07:53:59 AM
You can make these clowns ahead of time and keep them in the freezer.  When it's time to serve they are all ready and quick to pass out to party guests. I made these for my children when they were small and they will never forget them. We still make them once in a while just for fun!  All it takes is ice cream, a cone, a cookie and some frosting!

Ice Cream Clowns:
 Complete instructions: http://craftelf.com/Crafting_with_Food_Ice_Cream_Clown.htm

If you aren't having a birthday party just make as a special treat to cool off in the summer.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ornaments ~ Skate, Mittens & Ribbon Candy on: July 08, 2010 08:42:19 AM
It's Christmas in July ~ I Love Christmas. If you are already planning your Christmas crafting like I am here are some ideas for homemade ornaments.

The first one is a skate made of felt. I stitched a silver pipe-cleaner into the bottom of the skate as the skate's blade and threaded silver ribbon right through the felt to make the laces. http://www.craftelf.com/Christmas_ornament_Felt_Skate.htm

Next, is a pair of mittens cut from felt then I used the blanket stitch to outline each mitten. Then, draw some holly on the mittens with fabric paint http://www.craftelf.com/Craft_elf_Holiday_Christmas_Mitten_ornament.htm

This is one of my favorites ~ Ribbon Candy! It looks so realistic and holds up great over the years. It's made with ribbon, beads and thread. Very inexpensive and quick to make. Give a set as a gift or attached them to the top of a gift in place of a bow. http://www.craftelf.com/Ribbon_Candy_Ornament.htm

Let me know if you have any favorite Christmas ornaments to make ~ I love crafting ornaments  Smiley
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