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Craft Project Ideas Using Recycled Goods
Craft Project Ideas Using Recycled Goods
If you've been spring cleaning and have a pile of old clothes and Christmas ornaments that you really don't want to throw out, then why not turn them into a craft project that you can use around the house? Instead of spending your hard earned money on household items like laundry bags, quilts or even bookmarks, you can make them yourself simply and inexpensively. In this article, we'll walk you through the craft of recycling your used goods!
Simple bookmarks can now cost as much as $10 at a bookstore! You can make them yourself by recycling greeting cards you have received. All you need is old cards, some poster board or cardboard, some felt tip markers, and glue. Cut a strip from the poster board or thin cardboard about 8" x 2". Cut strips from the greeting card with the same dimensions and glue them to the cardboard on both sides.
If the bookmark is a gift, you can write a message on it. To make the bookmark more durable, cover it with clear contact paper or laminate it. For added decoration, use a hole puncher to make a hole at the top of the bookmark and thread a piece of bright yarn or ribbon through it. You can use the same process to make beautiful gift tags. Just make the strips shorter!
Your old artificial Christmas tree can be turned into fantastic, special projects that will add beauty to your home. We usually associate wreaths with the holidays but by adding some beautiful dried flowers and colorful ribbon, you can recycle your old tree into a decorative piece of art that you can display in your home all year. Using tin snips, remove the branches from the center pole. Take a wire coat hanger and bend it into a circular shape but leave the hook intact.
The branches will wrap around the coat hanger easily and you can make it as thick as you want. To cover the wire hook, just wrap it with cloth ribbon and tuck the end into the boughs or tie them in a neat bow. Once you have secured the branches, you can decorate it any way you wish. You can use hot glue to attach tiny stuffed animals to the boughs for a fun wreath for a child's room. Or, you can weave silk flowers or artificial berries through the branches for a beautiful hanging in your kitchen or bathroom.
Got some old clothes kicking around that are too worn to donate to clothing drives? You can turn them into projects for the kids. Buy some pillow stuffing or use old rags and stuff a t-shirt with the material. Cut off the sleeves and simply sew up all the openings. This is especially good with old shirts with team logos on it. For a craft project with emotional significance, sew old baby clothes together into a baby quilt, couch covering or a throw. Your heart will melt every time you see it. As a bonus, you can use buttons from the clothes to decorate framed art, picture frames or mirrors.
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Kids Holiday Party Christmas Crafts
Kids Holiday Party Christmas Crafts
There is no season quite like Christmas when it comes to bringing out people's creativity. Popular crafts to express individual holiday creativity include tree ornaments, homemade crafts, cards, or other decorations.
There are lots of chances to express innovation and creativity within the standard themes, whether you're only using simple materials or pulling out all of the stops. You have ample opportunity to do anything you want -- be it needlework or sewing, candle making or metal work -- to express your creativity. There is no limit to the details you can add.
It's important to remember that having fun with arts and crafts is the most important part, so let everyone involved be entertained and not burdened by it. Childhood is fleeting, so try to remember that your kids will have forever to perfect their creative skills. Confetti and glitter help a great deal to spice up what would otherwise be ordinary. Metallic shades in your color palette and cotton snow can make crafting all the more entertaining.
Christmas crafts are great for all ages, from children to adults, and there are lots of decorations that can be created at a craft party. Some projects that are also particularly fun for all ages are ornaments made from bread dough or salt. These simple art forms are a great creative outlet for those with exceptional skills or experience. While this is low-cost craft, you'll have to plan your time for a second session to ...
Thrifty Craft Supplies Makes the Difference
Thrifty Craft Supplies Makes The Difference
Anyone of us could walk into the craft store and spend a fortune on supplies. Personally, I have enough fabric and patterns to make clothes for my family for a year, but I still go back for something new! When making craft projects like scrapbooks or pictures, I like to look around the house to see what craft supplies I can find.
You don't have to spend a fortune on craft supplies to make stunning works of art. You can find wonderful supplies in common places. For instance, look outside. You can find stones, sand, shells, sticks, dried leaves, and dried flowers. All of these can be used to create beautiful projects. Leaves and the right colors of paint can make creative pictures or stamps to use on your walls. Take a look around the house as well. You can find pictures, quotes, and other decorative patterns in magazines, cards, and even junk mail. Thumb through them before you throw them away. Cut out anything you like and keep it in a file.
You can save other items around your house to use as craft supplies. Save cans, glass jars, paper towel tubes, and shoe boxes. These items can come in handy, especially if you have school age children that need craft supplies for school.
If you want to create a special photo or scrapbook from a vacation, collect your craft supplies along the way. Collect brochures and take lots of pictures along the way. I created a decorative matte for a family photo at Disney World from the brochures, free gifts (a small keychain with the ring removed), and our room keys. Don't discard items like plane tickets, movie or amusement park tickets, or room keys. They can add a personal touch and a great reminder to any photo. Seeing the plane ticket stubs again may remind you of something that happened during the flight that you may other wise have forgotten.
When you are shopping for craft supplies, you should try looking online or at the dollar store. You never know where you are going to find great supplies. You can also buy supplies at wholesale, or in large quantities if you know that you are going to use the supplies. It is not a bargain if you are not going to use it all! Ask your local art supply, craft store, or child's school for left over materials that would otherwise be thrown out. Sometimes you can get left over paint, remnants, or other materials at a discount - or free!
There are also some inexpensive craft supplies you can keep on hand if you or your children decide to do an impromptu project. Keep simple materials like white and colored paper, colorful felt pieces, craft paint in primary colors, crayons, white glue, scissors, and paint brushes. Your kids will love using piper cleaners and googly eyes, too.
In the end, what supplies you need or use will depend on your project and your taste. No matter what you need, follow these suggestions to find great craft supplies without spending a fortune!
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Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair
Dates: 12/14/2013 – 12/24/2013
Telegraph Avenue - Berkeley, CA Berkeley
Telegraph Ave. Between Bancroft & Dwight
This 4 block event will take place with 200 Craft vendors, food booths and musicians and other entertainers. The Telegraph fair offers unique and unusual handcraft by the artist. An opportunity to buy fine art originals and inexpensive holiday gift items. For vendors: Go to website and download application. Please be sure to call first before submitting your application.
Oakland / Grand Lake Farmers Market
Dates: 1/5/2013 – 12/28/2013
Splashpad Park - Oakland, CA Oakland
corner of Grand Ave and Lake Park Ave.
It's easy to see why the Oakland - Grand Lake Farmers Market is widely acclaimed as the best farmers market in the East Bay. Making the most of the cozy Splash Pad Park, this market welcomes over 44 local farmers, 30 specialty food purveyors, and a handful of local artisans.