Last Updated 1/22/23
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Craft Ideas and Tips for Parties, Decor and some just for FUN.
Diamond Dots, Crafts from Trash, Kid's Crafts and MORE
Dollar Tree Wagon
This is a really cute easy display or centerpiece. (No it does not roll) Put kids toys in it or kitchen items or gnomes. I think I'm going to put some apples and maybe a Fake Bake Pie in mine.
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Trash to Treasures
Spaghetti Sauce Jars
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Coffee Creamers can become Fun animals
This cat was made from a Frosting Container
Milk Jug Creations
See what can be made out of an empty Milk Jug
Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
Pop Bottle Fun
Diamond Painting is a toss between Paint By Numbers and Cross Stitch. Fun, Relaxing and Totally Addictive. Here you will find Tips and Ideas that will have you hooked too.
Most Kits Include
A Printed Canvas w/key
Fauceted "Diamonds" (Plastic Beads)
The canvas has a grid of your picture and the corresponding key printed on the sides. It is covered with a tacky glue that the diamonds adhere to when placed and then covered with a removable plastic. Working from the bottom of your design lift the plastic as you work, leaving the sections you are not working on covered to ensure the glue stays tacky until you're ready to place diamonds there.
Diamonds are packaged and labeled with their corresponding number.
Stylus' have a hollowed end. You poke the stylus into the wax to fill the tip, this is what holds the diamonds on to it until they are placed. You don't do this for every placement. You only repeat when the diamonds are hard to pick up.
The tray that is provided help make the diamonds easier to pick up. Diamonds are placed fauceted side up
What you get ... Printed Sticky Canvas (Pretty sure that's NOT the technical name for it) , PLENTY of the Round Diamond Dots, Stylus and Tray
These are the ones I bought. The 2nd is about 3/4 the way done.
Diamonds have one side that is fauceted and the other side is flat. They are available in both round (Pictured) and square.
The straighter you place the diamonds, the better your design will look. The glue does allow you to continue to move the diamonds once placed so you can adjust them as you progress. Round diamonds are more forgiving if the placement is off.
I didn't expect the stars to be perfect but I did expect a lot more contrast in the colors so at least you could tell what it was when it was completed. I even removed some of the diamonds to see if I misread the key and used the wrong diamonds. It's an American flag and there are NO Blue diamonds in this kit and very few red ones. I understand the purple and black when blended can look blue but the orange and maroon look really bad for the red stripes. But the real problem was there wasn't enough difference in the various shades of white that the majority of the picture looks like an off white blob. The design may have been really cool in a larger size where the details would be better. But I wouldn't recommend this, there are lots of similiar designs available that would be better.
This is the picture I seen when I ordered this one, I wanted it to go on a small place on my wall, so I picked a smaller project.
LESSON: When picking out projects for smaller areas, choose one with a simple design. Details in smaller designs get lost.
I want to try this but I Googled it and it's available at Hobby Lobby or Joann's for like $4 cheaper. But I am thinking with this you can Diamond Dot pretty much anything.
Create your own Garden
Pipe Cleaner Flowers
Black Eyed Susans
Visit the Pipe Cleaner Flowers Page for
Easy to Follow
Step by Step Instructions with Pictures
for each Type of Flower
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to their Page
Tips and Tricks
I can't draw. So my nephew made these eyes for me. So Cute !!! Click on the pic to download the JPG file. Simply print, cut and Mod Podge. I usually use cardstock.
Making Crafts with Burlap is really popular right now. However I am constantly amazed when buying burlap how many clerks do not know how to cut it properly. Burlap has a large weave and will unravel easily. That weave often shifts. So that 1/2 yard you purchased may only have 12" of usable fabric if it is simply measured with the yard stick and cut.
A lot of times you need the burlap to stand up. I use Mod Podge to stiffen fabric however a Craft or Elmers Glue can be used to. There are lots of different opinions about the ratio between water and glue. I prefer a watery mixture, so the fabric is a little more pliable when it dries. Just keep in mind the more Mod Podge/ Glue you use the Stiffer the fabric will be.
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How to CORRECTLY
Measure and Cut Burlap
If you measure burlap with a yardstick and simply cut like regular fabric you will NOT get a square piece.
To get a squared piece tug on a string from the side at the point you want to cut
Pull that string completely out of the fabric, leaving a guideline
Cut along your guideline
For carrot greens I used a 30% Mod Podge/70% water mixture. I also added a little bit of green paint cause I wanted my burlap darker
Home and Storage Ideas
Hanging File Folders are great for organizing felt and other materials
I rescued the cabinet (it might have been a shoe rack) My sister made me a butcher block top and I painted it with chalkboard paint. I made the boxes from cardboard I duct taped together to get the sizes I wanted. I covered them with burlap on the outside and felt on the inside. Added cheap cabinet knobs I got from Menards. I then stenciled some of them to label what's inside. This replaces the "junk drawer" and is the most used item in my house.
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Storage and organization have always been a problem, but my real problem is I don't have a "Craft Room" . I craft in the livingroom, I needed to block off an area that is mine without it looking bad from the livingroom side. I had the Sterilite drawers but they were clear and looked messy when filled. I painted them with black chalk paint and sealed them with Mod Podge and used them to create a 1/2 wall. WARNING: Do not wait to seal them, seal them as soon as they are dry. Otherwise paint WILL peel and you'll need to start over !!! ( I know this first hand ;) ) I added various signs so I know what is in each drawer. From the livingroom side it just looks like a black wall, I put a sofa table in front of it. I can still craft and interact with those in the room. (Or the cat who photo bombed the photo.)
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Free Fun Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) for your cutting machines AND Free PDF Files for those who don't have one but have a printer and a scissors.
Craft Ideas and
Step by Step Instructions for your No Sew Gnomes
I use a mini glue gun a lot. I like it better because it's lightweight and easier to get a thin line, however I go through a LOT of glue sticks. A Dollar Tree crate is perfect to hold them so I can just grab one as I need it. Crates can be painted any colors or design you want. Tip: I used a coat of Matte Mod Podge after I'm done, it helps smooth out your texture of the wood so it's easier to get the dust off.
Mini wooden drawers you can get at Dollar Tree are great for storing your small items. I glued 6 of them together. I use a lot of small wooden balls and 1/2 balls for my gnomes. I glued the various size and types to the front of the drawers so I know what is in each one.
Decorate a Glass Jar and place popsicle sticks with "Ideas" on them. Have the kids draw one when they are bored. All Present MUST participate
Swear Jar With a Twist
Swear Jars have been around since I was a kid. (Yes I am OLD) Everyone knows about the concept .. An adult says a bad word in front of a child and they pay. I had the kids draw pictures associated with "No Bad Words" (or in our case No Bad "Woreds") and together we Mod Podged them unto a jar. Not unique concept or even one of our more cleverly designed crafts. However ...
Here's the Twist
Between Music, TV, Videos and YouTube being everywhere, trying to supervise what kids are exposed to is getting more difficult. So yes the adults pay if they say a bad word BUT if the child is caught watching or listening to something that has bad words in it and they don't change the channel, switch the video etc. MONEY COMES OUT.
1980's - Animals - Barbeques - Bored & Party Games - Printables - Candyland and Gingerbread - Camping and Scouts - Chocolate - Dinosaurs - Disney - Disney Stories - Dr Seuss - Dragons and Wizards - Fairies - FALL for Thanksgiving - Farms - Gaming - Gnomes - Ice Cream Socials - Movies and TV - Animated Movies - Kid's TV - Music - Pirates - Planes, Trains & Cars - Princesses - Sports, Hunting and Fishing - Spring and Gardens - Steampunk - Summer and Beaches - Superheroes - Under the Sea - Unicorns and Rainbows