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Valentine’s Day Tree With Clay Hearts

*+-After Christmas, I promised my son that we would make some clay hearts, similar to the stars and bells that we have made in the past for the Christmas Tree. And then I thought, why not go all the way… Continue Reading →

Make a Vintage Journal to Start the Year

*+-A brand new year deserves a brand new blank journal! Make yourself one using the covers of a vintage book and archival drawing paper. Here’s how! Supplies for New Year’s Vintage Journal: Vintage hardcover book Archival drawing or sketching paper… Continue Reading →

Make Shaving Soaps for Him

*+-As part of my quest to give handmade gifts, I happened upon the perfect idea for my husband: shaving soaps! We’ve also been trying to cut out as many commercial cosmetics as possible, and he actually prefers to use an… Continue Reading →

Handcut Fall Leaf Wreath

*+-I don’t own any kind of cutting machine, so when I want to do this kind of project, it means going old school – with a template and scissors! I actually find the process soothing and therapeutic once I get… Continue Reading →

Upcycle a Trinket Tray with Gold Paint

*+-When I saw this wooden tray at the flea market I immediately snapped it up! I knew I could use it either in my scrap room or on my dresser. I believe it is actually the game tray for the… Continue Reading →

DIY Chalkboard Paint and Canvas

*+-It’s back-to-school season and I have chalkboard on my mind! I have long loved everything chalkboard and use it various ways around our home. But this time I wanted to do it with a twist, DIY chalkboard paint! I thought it… Continue Reading →

Update a Vintage Purse With Embroidery Thread

*+-I love thrifting, and I love nothing more than bring home a slightly shabby treasure and giving it a face lift! My latest find was a somewhat dingy white leather purse, that I added some summer colors to. Supplies for… Continue Reading →

Make a Dreamcatcher with Baker’s Twine and Yarn

*+-I’ve long been fascinated by dreamcatchers, and still have one that I bought in Arizona over 10 years ago. I even made one as an embellishment to use on a scrapbook page! I finally decided to try my hand at… Continue Reading →

Make a Mini-Album with a Vintage Book Cover

*+-I’ve been experimenting with using vintage book covers lately. I have quite a few of them left back after removing the vintage book pages, and what better way to give them new life than to make them into “new” books?… Continue Reading →

Open-Ended Art With Kids: Collages

*+-My favorite kind of activity to do with Kieran is open-ended: those with no particular finished product in mind. I love seeing his creativity blossom this way: he is in total control of the activity, and I never know where… Continue Reading →

Crafting With Kids: Paper Tube People

*+-This idea was inspired by the book Poupées Marionettes et Pantins by Ilse Strobl-Wohlschalger, a vintage craft book from 1968. These paper tube people are easy to make and are fun for small world play! My five year old really… Continue Reading →

Neon Summer Crochet Clutch With T-Shirt Yarn

*+-Nothing says summer like a pop of neon! Whip up this crochet clutch in an afternoon with neon t-shirt yarn. This fun clutch gives you just the pop of color you need to make your summer accessorizing complete! Supplies for… Continue Reading →

Make Leather Bookmarks for Father’s Day Gifts

*+-I recently came across a leather artisan who was selling leather scraps and scooped up a bunch for crafting. I couldn’t wait to use some in a project, and what better medium to use for gifts for dads? With Father’s Day… Continue Reading →

Crafting With Kids: Salt “Glitter” Shape Garland

*+-Glitter isn’t a supply I use often for my own crafts because it is so messy, and I definitely don’t get it out for crafting with my son! But I wanted to do a glitter type activity with him, and… Continue Reading →

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Craft Sticks

*+-Gardening time is in full swing now, and plant markers are a great craft to work on this month. They serve two purposes: to distinguish between similar looking seedlings, and to add some color and whimsy to your vegetable and… Continue Reading →

Make a Textured Ombre Pen Pot or Vase

*+-My desk needs a bit of sprucing up. My big plan is to sand it completely to remove the stain, and then paint it white, or maybe yellow. In the mean time I decided to work on a smaller project… Continue Reading →

Make a Bits & Pieces Springtime Garland

*+-Now that Spring is officially here, it’s time to open up the windows, clear out the clutter and add some fresh and lively decor! You can get a start with this bits and pieces garland that is super simple to… Continue Reading →

Make a Mini Paper Album From Scratch

*+-I’m always looking for simple ways to document family memories, aside from regular scrapbooking pages, and mini-albums or mini-books are great for recording an event or trip. Plus they make great gifts too! I also prefer to make my own… Continue Reading →

Crochet-A-Day: Crochet Boot Cuffs

*+-When I took up crochet again a few years ago, one of the first projects I worked on was crochet boot cuffs. They didn’t take too long, were fairly simple, but had enough of a challenge to keep things interesting…. Continue Reading →

Crochet-A-Day: Crochet Heart & Printable #Love Card

*+-Please welcome our newest regular contributor to the Make and Takes team… Francine Clouden of Callaloo Soup! She’ll be sharing all sorts of fun paper crafts, kids crafts, and yarn crafts. Today’s she’s sharing a tutorial for our Crochet-A-Day series… Continue Reading →

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