Make fishtail earrings {or bracelets} with a homemade loom!

Howdy friends! The Rainbow Loom craze is still in full swing at my house and this is becoming the most popular stitch they like to make:

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The best part is you can make your own loom (although the blue rainbow mini loom is the most coveted loom in the house!)

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I prefer the binder clip and scrap of cardboard loom myself, watch to see how to make the fishtail style bracelet and earrings. If you are making earrings you will need a pair of earwires but you won’t need a c clip. Watch the video to see how:

Have fun making these with your kids and grandchildren! I have a couple more Rainbow Loom tutorials on my YouTube Channel if you are interested and while you are there subscribe so you don’t miss any videos!  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

The Most Addictive Craft in the World!

Hello friends! We have another whopper of a storm headed out way, 6-10 inches of snow so I am going to schedule a few posts in case we are without power again. At least I have plenty of crafts to keep me busy! The kids all got Rainbow Looms for Christmas and they have been making bracelets like crazy! It is so fun! I can’t seem to pass by a loom sitting on the table without making a few myself, in fact I think I may have developed a bit of carpel tunnel making these darn things LOL! Anyway, here is a brief overview of the basics of these looms and bands:

I have a couple more videos on different things you can make with the stretch bands on my YouTube channel if you want to see more! I think I need to step away from the looms and go find the snow shovel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

School Vacation is Almost Here! {Got Crafts?}

Christmas vacation starts tomorrow! Are you ready? Today I am going to share a project that will keep the girls entertained this vacation. A couple of weeks ago the folks at Sunshine Shoppe Supply asked me if I’d like to try some of their products.  They have a wide assortment of hair bow supplies and cute jewelry kits for babies, kids and adults. I knew my girls would love making some headbands for their friends this Christmas so I grabbed  a DIY Shabby Chic Headband Kit and a small sampler of Diamond Mesh sheets.

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I no sooner had the supplies laid out and my girls dove in!

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I chose the peacock collection but they have several other colorways to choose from and they are all on sale right now for $8.99. The kit makes 6 headbands!

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My girls are pros at crafting so they used a hot glue gun but if your kids are not as graceful with glue I recommend a thick quick setting cold glue such as Helmar 450 or Aleens Thick and Tacky glue. You might want to let them dry on waxed paper in case the glue seeps through though.

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I think my girls did a great job, the only downside was that we ran out of supplies too soon, the girls wanted to make more!

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One other note, we cut the diamond mesh easily with scissors to add a bit of bling to the bands, the mesh was not in the kit but it was very affordable, the 6″ pack is on sale for $8.95 and a little goes a long way! The girls also added some handmade clay buttons from my stash to their creations.

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With the long school vacation coming up I’m sure your little girl would love a headband or jewelry kit from Sunshine Shoppe Supply! It would also be a fun project to make for a birthday party or playdate.

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I want to thank Sunshine Shoppe Supply for sponsoring us today and I do hope you check out what they have to offer. In addition to crafting kits they have bulk wholesale supplies perfect for folks who like to sell their hair bows. There are some beautiful, unique stuff worth a look! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Hey Parents and Teachers! A craft for the kids!

Weather you have a classroom full of kids or just one of your own this fun project will not only make a lovely decoration for your Christmas tree but also a wonderful memory. I’m rubbish at cooking with the kids but give me crepe paper and glitter and everyone wins, plus there is no cranky sugar crash to deal with later. Let’s make a festive Christmas wreath ornament! Check out the easy to follow video!

You will need:

Crepe paper party streamers (2 rolls for $1 at Dollar Tree) or green tissue paper

white glue

green paper

ribbon or yarn

scissors

pencil or marker

sequins or pom-poms (for decorations)

Optional (circle cutter): Grown ups need to cut the inner circle of the ornament so a circle cutter is great to have or you can get crafty with the scissors!

Directions: Parents, remember ABP when crafting with kids (always be prepared!) Have supplies out, tissue paper squares cut and the inner circle of the wreath cut out. Make a few extra wreaths in case they want to make more, they are so fun!

Kids do this:

  1. Cut out wreath with deco-edge scissors, write your name on the back.
  2. Glue ribbon to wreath.
  3. Use a pencil to mold paper strips (see video) and glue to wreath base.
  4. Add decorations!

Viola, a beautiful wreath! Let kids make these for gifts for family and friends, they are sure to bring joy! Merry Christmas and as always happy crafting!

A quick and easy crochet for kids!

Howdy friends! Tonight I am going to share a project I taught to my children’s knit and crochet class. All you need to know is how to chain, making it the perfect beginner project. This is a great way to use up scrap yarn too!

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You will need 3 colors of yarn about 6′ each, a large 4 holed button, a tiny crochet hook that will fit through a button hole and a medium crochet hook such as a US size G.

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Start with one piece of yarn and use the tiny crochet hook to pull the yarn through 2 buttonholes and make the ends even. Make a slip knot close to the button with one string and chain until you run out of yarn, do the same for the other side, just be sure to keep the slip knot as close as you can to the button. Repeat with the other 2 colors and you should have 6 strands of chain stitch crochet hanging from the button. Divide the strands into 3 groups by color and braid.

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Now make 2 knots: one to end the braid and one to form the toggle and you are done! These make cute Christmas presents and kids can use this technique to make bracelets, necklaces and belts for their dolls too! Happy crafting!

Let’s Draw a Reindeer!

C’mon, why not? I will be teaching the 4th graders at my kids school how to draw a reindeer as well as make a reindeer craft next week so I thought I’d practice with a video tutorial for you. I used a slightly textured lightweight paper, a vine of charcoal and a kneaded eraser but please feel free to substitute with pencil or chalk or crayon. Let’s draw!

If you want more drawing tutorials just let me know, this was fun to film, I don’t know why I never made one before. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Paint a Christmas Cactus in Oil Pastels!

Good morning friends! I had a request on my last Ask a Crafter video to do a painting in oil pastels. Ahhh, oil pastels. What fond memories, I always loved it in elementary school when my teacher would let us use the Cray-Pas, the rich, smooth creamy texture, the sweet waxy smell and the vibrant colors that were like crayons on steroids. Good times! Let’s relive our childhood with this fun and easy painting!

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My Christmas cactus is in full bloom right now so I decided it would be the perfect subject. I used Crayola brand Portfolio Water-soluble Oil Pastels (my favorite) but if your oil pastels are not water-soluble you can still blend them easily with your finger. You can heat them for a few seconds with a hair dryer or heat tool to blend them easier if needed or use a bit of paint thinner or baby oil. If you don’t have oil pastels check your child’s art supply box as most childrens art kids have a set included. These are one of the least expensive art mediums you can get so a new set will only set you back a couple of bucks! :D

Pretty fun huh? I bet you can think of a bunch of fun stuff to paint with oil pastels. Teach your kids too! Share the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS I am working on some watercolor Christmas tags so if you need more crafty ideas and projects head over to my YouTube channel, the new video should be up this afternoon!

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