Showing posts with label Craft tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Craft tips. Show all posts

Craft Room Organization

Last year I organized my craft supplies because I kept buying supplies I didn't need.  I was buying  duplicates of duplicates.  It just makes economical sense to organize craft supplies.

 These storage drawers can be found at Lowes in the hardware department.  My first thought was it would make a great craft organizer. You can make your own labels or use  Avery labels to identify the contents.You can change the whole look by painting the organizer. This can be done by taking all the drawers out and using a spray paint for plastic.  Be gone the dreaded gray "man color".   This is the best craft organizer  if you have a lot of small items.
  This is a great system for craft papers that is portable. It is a plastic container that has groves to hang the files. 
 It holds laminating sheets,photo  paper,labels,velum,colored card stock and anything else that is paper size in this file. It can be easily moved to any place you craft.

Plastic drawers make great storage for crafts and basket making items. I have a gift drawer for women and girls.  When I find something on sale I buy it and save it for a basket or a gift combo for later.  Gift packs are good to buy when they are priced to sell.  Break them down and put in your gift drawer.  You are ready for any occasion without a trip to the store.
You can also make a drawer for kids gifts.    Buy products on sale and save them until you need them for gifts or baskets.
I have a 3 drawer plastic bin where I keep all my gift basket supplies.  I have shreds, excelsior, tulle, teddy bears, and I keep a few gift items in the bottom bin.
  This drawer holds all my  candles, clear ornaments, and votive candle holders.  I love making  photo candle...see my Candle Making Technique.

Organize tape,glue sticks, and glue dots in the same drawer. Use small baskets to separate them.
 There are a lot of ways to organize your crafts, but with the small area I have for crafting, this works best for me. It's been over a year now and all my stuff is still organized.



100 Hobbies To Consider

 January is National Hobby Month.  Hobbies are a great way to make friends with your same passion.  Children and parents can really bond when they share the love of a hobby.  Can't decide what to choose for a hobby?  Here are some ideas to get you started

  1.  Acting                                          
  2.  Amateur Radio
  3.  Caring for Animals                
  4.  Arts
  5.  Astrology
  6.  Astronomy
  7.  Backgammon
  8.  Badminton
  9.  Baseball
  10.  Basketball
  11.  Bead work
  12.  Boxing
  13.  Belly Dancing
  14.  Bicycling
  15.  Bird watching
  16.  Board Games
  17.  Boating
  18.  Body Building
  19.  Bowling
  20.  Butterfly Watching
  21.  Button Collecting
  22.  Cake Decorating
  23.  Calligraphy
  24.  Camping
  25.  Candle Making
  26.  Canoeing
  27.  Car Racing
  28.  Cheerleading
  29.  Chess
  30.  Coin Collecting
  31.  Collecting Antiques
  32.  Collecting Artwork
  33.  Collecting Music Albums
  34.  Compose Music
  35.  Computer activities
  36.  Cooking
  37.  Crafts
  38.  Crocheting
  39.  Cross Stitching
  40.  Crossword Puzzles
  41.  Dancing
  42.  Photography
  43.  Collecting Dolls
  44.  Dominoes
  45.  Drawing
  46.  Embroidery
  47.  Entertaining
  48.  Exercise
  49.  Fishing
  50.  Football
  51.  Four Wheeling
  52.  Aquariums
  53.  Gardening
  54.  Garage Saleing
  55.  Genealogy
  56.  Golf
  57.  Go Kart Racing
  58.  Guitar
  59.  Hiking
  60.  Horseback riding
  61.  Hot air ballooning
  62.  Hula Hooping
  63.  Hunting
  64.  Jewelry Making
  65.  Puzzles
  66.  Juggling
  67.  Kayaking
  68.  Knitting
  69.  Learn A Foreign Language
  70.  Playing an Instrument
  71.  Leather crafting
  72.  Lego’s
  73.  Magic
  74.  Metal Detecting
  75.  Motorcycles
  76.  Mountain Biking
  77.  Painting
  78.  Paintball
  79.  People Watching
  80.  Photography
  81.  Piano
  82.  Reading
  83.  Rock Collecting
  84.  Running
  85.  Scrapbooking
  86.  Scuba Diving
  87.  Sewing
  88.  Soap Making
  89.  Swimming
  90.  Toy Collecting
  91.  Traveling
  92.  Walking
  93.  Woodworking
  94.  Sun Tanning
  95.  Collecting Vintage Music
  96. Stamp Collecting
  97. Starting a Blog
  98. Write Music
  99. Fish Aquariums
  100.  Dominoes 
It is a fact that hobbies make you a more interesting person and learning new skills is definitely a great way to keep your mind alert.

Fill Party Balloons with Candy and Gifts The Easy Way

Photo: Gunny Sack
    Fill Balloons With Candy and Toys using the following technique.  I have always liked the idea of filling balloons with candy and letting the kids pop them but I didn't like the idea of filling each balloon.  We know how the friction can slow things down.  If you make  a water bottle funnel (use a bottle with a wide mouth) you can easily push candy into balloons. 
 Use orange and black for Halloween parties, Red or Green for Christmas Parties, pink for a girls birthday party, blue for a boys birthday Parties , and pastels for Easter parties. How about filling with small baby shower gifts and letting mom to be pop the balloon. 
 For Gender Reveal baby showers, fill with pink or blue confetti and let someone special pop the balloon.There are so many ways this idea can be used. Use larger balloons for larger items.  And don't forget money slides in easily too.  Teens love money.

How to Etch on Glass Tutorial

This is one of the coolest projects I have seen lately.  This site has step by step tutorial on how to etch on glass.  She uses the subway art which is awesome but you could use monograms or cute graphics for children's glass mugs.  There are a lot of ways to use this technique. Visit her site at A Girl in  Paradise for this easy tutorial.

How to Print on Fabric(Pillow)

Photo From My Repurposed Life






I am so in love with this pillow.  This is on my project to do list as soon as I buy the supplies.  The graphic is from the graphics fairy site.  I have been to that site hundreds of times but my mind never conceived an idea  like this.  I found this while I was looking for sewing ideas.  I cleaned out a back room today and dug out my sewing machine.  As soon as I locate my bobbins, thread, and machine needles, or most likely go and buy some, I'm going to do this. She warns about using your printer to  print on  fabrics, but I have printed on paper bags, tissue paper, and many other items not associated with printing.  It is just the matter of not leaving ends that will get caught in the printer. If you are interested in learning her technique visit her site at My Repurposed Life.  Don't forget to visit The Graphics Fairy for free graphics...we would love see any projects you make.
Here is a site called Instructables  showing how to use  freezer paper to print on fabrics. Lots of good info here.

Make Your Own Transfer Paper And Tracing Table

Photo: Home Frosting
Make you own Transfer Paper with this cool idea from the  Home Frosting site. Transfer paper is very expensive but this sure takes a bite out of the cost.  This site has a step by step tutorial.  Great idea for the crafter that transfers graphics to t shirts and other fabrics.  She says you can also use this method to transfer to wood.
Photo:Here Comes the Sun
And then, check out this do it yourself light table that can be use to trace graphics.  You can go to her site at Here Comes the Sun

Halloween Cupcake Platter and Halloween Invitations

Cute Attention getter cupcake display.  Hand crafted cupcake holder is great for Halloween Parties.  Click on tutorial   at Pure Joy Events for  step by step instructions.  She  also has some great  ideas for a Halloween Party.   Send these cool invitations out to get the party started.


Post It Note Idea

With Back to School around the corner  I  thought this was a  great idea to help  reduce the stress.
This idea came from a mom whose son always forgot his lunch in the morning.  She glued post it notes on a clothespin and clipped it on her sons backpack.  She changed it each day to remind him not to forget something he needed to take with him.  Simple yet effective.
Not only is this great idea  for kids and Teachers,  This would be good to clip on a pocketbook to remind us of things as we head out of the house.
This would have been  useful for me when I was traveling back and forth to Charleston  with a friend .  I got in such a hurry I forgot to pack some very essential things.  She still rags me about the trip I made without Undies.
Do you have a tip that works for you and your family for back to school?

*photo from Family Fun

Clever Ribbon Organizer

 How clever is this?   I have drawers full of ribbon just screaming organize me or let me go. 
Best idea I've seen for ribbon organization. You have it at your fingertips with the ability to pull off as much as you need with one easy pull.  You can find the basket and dowels at Walmart. You simply put the spools on the sticks and thread the end of the ribbon through the holes. You can have a gift wrapped and ready in a jiffy with this cool idea. 
 Visit Spunky Junky for the tutorial.

Thrifty Recycled Cake Stands


      Thrifty Indeed...I can see myself now going through thrift shops looking for the perfect vase and plate for a recycled cake stand.
This could be used at a mother daughter tea or I thought about Kids themed plate (the plastic kind) with a plastic vase for Children's Birthday parties... You can find the instruction for this fabulous idea at Design Sponge.

Make Easter Baskets by Age


If you are doing several Easter baskets for family and friends you may be overwhelmed trying to decide what to fill them with. Often it works best to determine what your basket recipient would like depending on their age. Following is a guideline for choosing the contents for Easy Easter baskets by age-
For a toddler basket- You will want this Easter gift basket to be full of small things that will delight your child. Candy should be kept to a minimum since it is often difficult to regulate with a very young child. You could include:
  • Books-Cardboard books work especially well for this age group since they can stand up to rough usage.
  • Toys-Small toys will enchant this age child but make sure there are not small pieces that can break off and be a choking hazard
  • Bubbles
  • Puzzles that are age appropriate
  • A plush animal
For an elementary age child's Easter gift basket- This age group is ready to take on more complicated toys. They are the most enthusiastic about Easter and will be delighted to go through Easter basket. You could include:
  • Art supplies-markers, pens and pencils, paper and stickers
  • Travel games
  • Easter themed plush animals
  • Character based toys
  • Water toys
  • Candy and other treats that they enjoy
For a pre teen basket- While this age group may seem reluctant to join in the fun of a basket they will secretly love getting one. You could include:
  • DVDs of a recent hit movie for this age group
  • CD's or a gift card to download music
  • Makeup as appropriate
  • Locker accessories for school
  • Items that reflect a personal interest or hobby
  • Snack packs of treats that they can keep in their locker
For a teenager's Easter basket- They may seem even more reluctant than their pre-teen counterparts but you should not be fooled by their standoffish behavior. They will also enjoy getting an Easter basket with the following items-
  • A gas card if the teenager is driving
  • A gift certificate to their favorite store
  • CDs of a gift card to download music
  • Items that reflect a personal interest or hobby
  • Treats and other snacks that they would enjoy
For a college student's basket- This Easter basket may have to be mailed if your college student cannot come home at Easter. But you can let them know that they are thought of with the following items-
  • A money gift card(since most college students are always broke)
  • Treats or other food items that remind them of home. Whether it is home baked chocolate chip cookies or ones from a special bakery they will appreciate it.
  • School supplies
  • Items to decorate a dorm or apartment
For an adult Easter basket- An adult Easter basket can be personalized to fit the interest or hobbies of the recipient but any adult would be happy with the following basket. You could include:
  • Gourmet chocolates-don't forget a chocolate Easter bunny
  • Peeps-because every Easter basket should have them
  • A gift certificate to a favorite restaurant perhaps accompanied by movie tickets
  • Assorted Easter candies and trinkets as appropriate for the Easter recipient
For a grandparent- Whether a grandparent is near or far they would love to receive an Easter gift basket with the following items:
  • A small but easy to care for flowering plant
  • Pictures from loved ones
  • A digital frame fully loaded with pictures
  • A gift card to a favorite restaurant (many seniors are on fixed incomes and appreciate this)
  • An assortment of retro Easter candy for fond memories
Looking for more Easter activities? visit http://www.easterbunnyfun.net/ for crafts, coloring pages, recipes, poems, and the opportunity to share your best Easter memories.

Organizing pony beads

It took me a while to organize all of my pony beads but it will be so worth it. I put them all in little zip top clear jewelry bags. You can find these at Hobby Lobby or A C Moore. I buy alot of different sizes because they are so handy for small items if you craft. I have them organized by colors, except one bag of mixed neon colors. This has inspired me so much I'm now looking for crafts that use pony beads. I sure have enough of them to make something. I have so many because I would buy another pack when I went shopping not knowing if I had that color. It will be simple now to just pull out my craft drawer and see if I have that color. I had them in several different places, now they have a home.