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A woman sewing an edge on a blanket.

Blanket Craft IdeasBlankets can be made from all sorts of fabric, yarn or thread and can be created using basic sewing, crochet, knitting or loom work. Simple fleece blankets can be just tied together, making it a great gift project for any age.

 

The completed Origami Envelope

Origami EnvelopeThis is a really cute and impressive way to send a letter, a message or an invitation.

 

A bunch of elastic for sewing.

Threading Elastic Through Casing?What is the best/fastest way to thread elastic through casing?

 

A collection of Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Toilet Paper PumpkinsMaking toilet paper pumpkins for fall home decor is a wonderfully easy craft to complete. Use a simple, no-sew method to create these delightful pretty fabric home pumpkin accents.

 

Pleated Ribbon Brooch - two finished pleated ribbon bows

Pleated Ribbon BroochThis ribbon brooch looks really classy. You can alter the look by changing the width and length of the ribbon, by adding or subtracting the number of ribbon pieces you use and by choosing ribbons of different colours and patterns.

 

Recycled potpourri containers

Recycled Potpourri JarAn easy and inexpensive craft to make for mom for Mother's Day. Cover your work area with newspaper. Fill a clean baby food jar with potpourri. Use the dip container lid as a stencil. With a Sharpie marker, trace a circle around the dip container lid on the tulle.

 

Egg Carton Rose Brooch - brooch on the front of a yellow cardigan

Egg Carton Rose BroochDon't throw away your empty egg cartons. You can make beautiful roses out of them, then glue them onto an old pin. When painted, the cartons make a beautiful almost canvas-like material. This is one gorgeous upcycled brooch that I think you should try!

 

The completed lampshade when lit.

Lampshade out of Transparent Duct TapeHot glue and expired eyeshadow will help you transform a simple transparent sticky tape into this original lampshade. Making this lampshade is not difficult and not expensive. It is washable and durable, but can only be used with a LED bulb.

 

The completed button board.

Button/Jewelry ArtBought this letter board and came up with this idea to decorate it using buttons and some odds and ends of old jewelry.

 

A completed reversible hot pad

Reversible Hot PadThese are hot pads I made to coordinate with my dishes for a more decorative table setting. Definition of a hot pad - a pad for use under a hot dish to protect a table. (They are not potholders! Potholders are used for protection from the heat when removing something hot from the stove or oven.)

 

The woven paper basket with a houseplant inside.

Woven Paper Basket PlanterI wanted to weave a nice basket to hide a plastic flower pot inside. Sheets of paper were perfect for this. It is not difficult at all and very cheap.

 

The finished letter with a sticker closure.

Origami Folded LetterWrite a message on a piece of plain paper and fold it into what looks like an envelope. This is a really cute and thoughtful way to send out love or invitations. In this digital age, it would probably be very much appreciated over the usual text messages.

 

Adding a faucet and handle and decorations to the birdhouse.

Upcycled Water Faucet DecorI saw this birdhouse made with an old water faucet. Since I had some old plumbing supplies that belonged to my grandpa, I came up with this craft decor using a water faucet and a handle. The "birdhouse" was something I found at a thrift store.

 

The completed Our Nest is Best Pizza Pan Craft

Our Nest is Best Pizza Pan CraftI just love these pizza pan crafts. This will be my second one. Everything is from the dollar tree except for my yard twigs. Hope you like it!

 

Decorating the card with greenery and flowers.

Decorated Greeting CardsUsing dried leaves and flowers, I made this greeting card from a package of cards (with imprinted information) someone was giving away.

 

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The completed coaster.

Crocheted Coaster Using Old JeansDon't throw away your old jeans. Use them to crochet this original coaster. You need to know how to crochet a magic ring, single crochet (sc), chain (ch) and finish of crochet. This is a very fast and easy crochet project.

 

The completed clock.

Manual Clock Made From ScrapsMy eldest is having a hard time reading time in an analogue clock. I found a paper plate under my desk and came up with the idea of making a manual clock where I could teach him how to read time.

 

The completed decorative vase with flowers.

Patriotic Vase Made of StrawsWith some Dollar Tree straws, glue, and a plastic cylindrical container, you can make this just in time for the 4th! This is a cool idea for kids, but a hot glue gun is used. Supervision is always recommended.

 

The completed Diamond Beaded Bag

Diamond Beaded BagI ordered an inexpensive "diamond bead" kit from China and although I didn't much care for the cat design, I figured I could come up with a way to learn how to do the craft and make something other than a picture. I ended up decorating a cute cell phone purse for my grandaughter.

 

Using the scales as sequins.

Sequins from Fish ScalesIf you need sequins to decorate something not big, but do not want to spend money, then make sequins yourself from fish scales. You can also dye these sequins any color.

 

The completed pizza wall hanging.

Pizza Wall Hanging Using a Bike Spoke Wire FormThis was a labor of love. I joined a wreath addicts group and when these spoke forms became the new "it" craft, I casually mentions they looked like a pizza! Someone casually mentions I should make one. Challenge Accepted!

 

The finished paw print key case.

Paw Print Key Case Made of Plastic BottlesUsing plastic bottles in crafty DIY projects is a great way to save money and minimize environmental impact. I used a plastic water bottle and shampoo bottle to make this key case.

 

The completed butterfly hairpin.

Fabric Butterfly HairpinThis stunning looking butterfly hair clip is made of painted chiffon fabric. This is an easy, fast, inexpensive and perfect for adding a touch of personality project. Great for gifts too!

 

The completed travel bag.

Travel BagToday, I'm sharing my new craft made from scraps. Materials are easy to find at home just like old newspapers and card boards. The best thing is - it's wearable and useful.

 

The completed bark bangle.

Bark BangleIf you like unusual jewelry, then you will definitely like this bangle. As you might have guessed from the title, this bangle is made from bark. I used walnut bark and added some beads. This bangle will cost you almost nothing.

 

The finished painted buffet.

Dry Paint Distressed BuffetBought this vintage buffet for $60. I wanted to try out a different type of "distressed" paint look and found this interesting method called "Dry Paint Distressing".

 

The finished Space Rocket Window Art

Space Rocket Window ArtLearn new exciting crafts made from scraps at home. I have a cut out bottom of a plastic bottle. At first I thought of turning it into a paint palette but I had a better idea.

 

The domes with the lights turned on.

Fairy Light Dome SouvenirSouvenirs are always present in occasions especially on weddings. We all want to impress our guests with the most unique giveaways. If you are in a tight budget, you can never find the good looking ones for a low cost. You can always choose a DIY option to get your desired quality. Just make sure you do it the earliest possible to save your time for the big day.

 

The completed crocheted booties.

Crocheted Baby BootiesSince I had some leftover yarn and didn't want to discard it, I decided to make an old-fashioned pair of baby booties. With leftover yarn, you can make "free" baby gifts!

 

The completed velvet feather earrings.

Feather Earrings Made of Fabric and WireThese earrings are distinguished by their feather shape and laconic design. I used a piece of velvet fabric and copper wire from an old transformer, so it cost almost nothing.

 

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The completed Parachute Craft

Parachute CraftI am fond of keeping things thinking I might be able to make something useful out of it. I found this plastic cup dome lid which gave me an idea of making a parachute craft to display in my kids room.

 

The finished decorated lantern.

Lantern Flower ArrangementFlowers can be used in so many ways. This is a "lantern leftover" from my son's spring wedding. I decorated it with florals, greenery, and a candle. This will be used as a centerpiece on a buffet we are refinishing.

 

Adding stickers to the case.

Vintage SuitcaseI love vintage items and decided to decorate this wooden suitcase I picked up at a thrift store to look vintage.

 

Skeleton keys hanging from a plaque.

Skeleton KeysI needed some keys to hang on this cute wall hanging. It was hard to find the size I needed without spending a lot of money. I decided to make some from wood and paint with metallic paint to make them look like a real key.

 

The completed five gallon terrarium.

Terrarium in a Five-Gallon JugSo this has been sitting around in our garage for a few months! My husband thought it was cool so he bought it at a garage sale for $1. He loved the idea I came up with of using it for a terrarium. We aren't too good at taking care of houseplants, so a terrarium that needs little attention is our way to go.

 

The completed dinosaur counting puzzle.

Dinosaur Counting PuzzleTeach toddlers to count 1 to 10 with a simple interactive puzzle. Make them participate in this craft and let them enjoy the game. It will develop analytic skills on putting the parts in exact place and learn basic counting as well.

 

The finished concrete ring.

Making a Concrete RingIf you like unusual jewelry, then a concrete ring is definitely for you. I figured out how to make this ring without spending almost anything. All you need is quite a bit of a mixture of concrete, wire from an old transformer and... half a potato. The head of this ring is made of concrete and the shank is made of wire.

 

A completed bead necklace.

Beads from Old JeansIf you have small pieces of old jeans left, you can make beads out of them. Denim beads go well with wood beads and leather cord. Using jeans of different colors, you will get multi-colored denim beads.

 

A drawing with homemade wiggly eyes.

DIY Wiggly EyesWiggly eyes are hard to find in my place nowadays. I have gone to so many craft stores and I just couldn't find them. And maybe due to this pandemic, the supply of this craft material in my area has become scarce as it is not part of the essentials. Then I found out a simple hack on this at home.

 

The frame with a photo inside.

Portable Crochet Photo FrameThis crochet frame not only looks original but is lightweight so you can carry it with you. It can be hung on a wall or placed on a table. It can also be a great DIY birthday present. Instead of a photo, you can insert a picture and use it as a double sided card.

 

The painted pieces of "sea glass".

DIY Sea GlassBecause I couldn't find any inexpensive sea glass to use for decorating a terrarium I was going to make, I decided to figure out a way to make my own.

 

A decorated water mister.

Decorated Water MisterJust adding a little something to an unusable item can turn it into decor to match your home. We had an old glass water mister that didn't work but I wanted to display it in my home so this five-minute craft added a little interest to an otherwise not so interesting piece of decor.

 

Three decorative feather pendants.

Boho Feather PendantsAmazingly easy and impressive crafty make for older children and teenagers. You can make these as plain and simple or as fancy and colourful as you like

 

The finished concrete butterfly.

Concrete ButterflyThis butterfly is made from simple cement. The cost of cement is not that high, so making this butterfly is not expensive and not difficult. You can glue it with instant glue to any hard surface.

 

A Flower Bracelet from Plastic Cosmetic Containers

Flower Bracelet from Plastic Cosmetic ContainersDo not throw empty plastic cosmetic containers out. I suggest you turn them into this beautiful flower bracelet. You will have a new piece of jewelry that will cost you almost nothing, and you will also save the earth by upcycling your plastic containers.

 

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The completed pendant.

Wire and Denim Tree of Life PendantThe Tree of Life is a popular and universal symbol that has been used all over the world for centuries. To make this Tree of Life Pendant, I used denim from old jeans, copper wire from an old transformer and goldstone chips with holes. I really like the combination of blue denim with copper wire and brown goldstone. It is not difficult and not expensive to make this pendant.

 

Three differently decorated bookmarks.

Origami Corner BookmarkThis is a simple way of making a corner bookmark by means of paper folding.

 

The shank button in place.

Shank Button from Old Aluminum CanI want to share with you my idea for making Shank Buttons. This project will help not only to make original buttons, but also to reuse old aluminum cans.

 

The finished Japanese knot bag.

Reversible Japanese Knot BagUse old jeans of different colors to sew this original Japanese bag. This bag is made of two different fabrics and is reversible. You will get two different looks in one bag.

 

The completed coffee lampshade.

Coffee LampshadeCoffee is one of the world's favorite drinks. The amount of coffee waste is very high. I want to show you how to make the environmentally friendly, very light and strong enough lampshade from recycled coffee grounds. This method is very easy and can be used to make many other things.

 

The finished whale.

Stuffed Whale Wall DecorI'm starting to decorate the walls of my room and my first project is this stuffed wall figure. Flat drawings are too common. In this project, it's like you're making a stuffed toy but out of scratch papers.

 

The completed spider toy.

Spider EggI have been busy with projects to add up to my toddler's learning wall. With all the mom duties, I have to do other chores so I needed to come and go from the room. When it's just about time to finish my latest craft, I am surprised to see my eldest doing his own craft and taking pictures of it so I could post it here. This is simple but worth sharing.

 

The completed denim dove.

Origami Dove Brooch from Old JeansOrigami is the art of paper folding. I made this brooch by folding denim from old jeans instead of paper. I used the origami scheme for folding a dove.

 

A collection of aluminum cans.

Aluminum Can Craft IdeasI am looking for ideas for making crafts out of aluminum cans?

 

Ring for around the leg with ball attached for children's game.

Swing And JumpThis is the homemade version of a toy you can buy at a toy store or through a catalog. Cut the center from the plastic lid to make a ring. Tie one end of your piece of string to the ring. Wrap the ring with electrical tape.

 

A finished foto frame.

Foam 'Foto' FrameThis is a fun, easy project for any family member. A great project for kids that allows them to express themselves and customize their favorite photos!

 

A decorative bucket made from juice bottles.

Bucket from an Empty Juice BottleAs the mother of a toddler, I have 8 million empty apple juice bottles lying around. So instead of tossing them, I decided to recycle them. This particular bucket was made by cutting the top off the apple juice bottle with an X-Acto knife.

 

Yellow and purple pages.

Collage "Teach Me" Book For KidsThese books can be made on any subject and your kids can help make them. Cut out pictures from magazines about your subject: colors, numbers, animals, etc. Great for preschoolers.

 

A piggy bank made from credit cards.

Credit Card "Piggy Bank"The other way we can use those sample credit cards is to make a "piggy bank" to teach your kid that an alternative to credit cards is to save up before spending.

 

Small drawers made from cardboard.

Cardboard Do-Dad DrawersNo place to store all that costume jewelry used in dress ups? Need a space to put that sticker collection? How about a someplace to store crayons and other art supplies? This cute set of drawers will fit the bill no matter what you want to store!

 

A frame that says "Home Sweet Home" on tags.

Home Sweet Home FrameTake frame, I used an 11x13 inch, take the cardboard that usually comes with frame and cover with fabric. Adhere tags with glue gun.

 

A small backpack made from a milk jug.

Unique Milk Jug BackpackIf you always seem to be "on the go" then you surely understand that kids don't go anywhere without their "stuff." That is why this craft idea is so handy. With this easy-to-make backpack, your child can take their treasures with them wherever they go!

 

Scarecrow made from patio pavers.

Patio Paver ScarecrowCute scarecrow made from a patio paver, paint, felt, foam, and raffia.

 

Using interesting clippings to make magnets.

Make Magnets from ClippingsThis is a fast, easy way to use up old National Geographic magazines, newspapers, or stamps -- with some acrylic medium and a magnet sheet, you can create customized magnets!

 

A citronella candle in a terra cotta pot.

Citronella CandlesRecipe for making citronella candles. These look great on BBQ tables and outdoor patios

 

A bar of homemade soap.

Coffee and Cream SoapMelt your soap down using a double boiler method. Once melted, stir in your instant coffee or coffee grounds, powdered milk and coffee fragrance oil.

 

A jar of bath jelly.

Bath JellyEmpty the packet of gelatin into a bowl and set aside. Boil 3/4 cup of water using a saucepan or Kettle. Carefully pour the hot water into mixing bowl and mix it with the gelatin powder. Let the gelatin dissolve completely.

 

Cool stool painted to look like a watermelon.

Watermelon StoolSand the top so it will take the paint. If it is an unfinished stool, you may want to paint the legs. Apply acrylic paint to make it look like a watermelon.

 

Three pins made from western conchos and beads.

Concho Western PinI have made a passel of these concho pins to wear with my western outfits and blue jeans. I have had many compliments. I have even given away a few for presents.

 

A decorative keepsake box.

Antique Keepsake BoxStart by painting the inside and outside of your box with a complimenting color to your fabric. Once your box is dry, using your lid as a template cut a square of fabric that is just larger then the top of your box.

 

Bars of homemade soap.

Earth Clay SoapMelt down your soap and water in a double boiler method. Once your soap is melted stir through the remaining ingredients and add any scent or color, then pour the mix into your soap molds.

 

The finished bangle.

Jagged Edge Bangle Using Old Transformer WireThis beautiful bangle is made of copper wire from an old transformer. It will cost you absolutely nothing. All you need is crocheting skills and patience.

 

Using a card to lift up the tines that hold the picture.

Card To Lift Edge of Picture FrameSome picture frames have these little backings that you need to open. Using your fingers to open the backing can hurt after awhile, so this is what worked for me.

 

Copper Wire Unicorn from Old Transformer - copper wire unicorn sculpture

Copper Wire Unicorn from Old TransformerCopper wire is an excellent material for creativity. I want to show you how easy it is to make a copper wire unicorn without spending almost any money. I used wire from an old transformer. Let's transform an old transformer!

 

The finished Mother's Day card.

Mother's Day CardI saved this empty tea box cardboard package and finally figured out what to make with it, a Mother's Day card! It's sort of like a book and in the empty space, I decided to put a clear cover so I can write notes on the punch out hearts for my mom to read and slid in money as a partial gift!

 

Intertwined Bead and Wire Crochet Bracelet

Intertwined Bead and Wire Crochet BraceletThin wire from an old transformer is an excellent material for crocheting original jewelry. This time I decided to use a lot of beads. Since I wanted the bracelet to be not only crocheted, but also intertwined, I decided to crochet the rings, which I then connected - intertwined. I also used pearlescent beads for decoration. This is how the idea of this bracelet was born.

 

The completed stretch bracelet.

Beaded Stretch Bracelet with Fishing LineYou don't need an elastic band to make a bracelet stretch. I came up with a special stringing of beads on a fishing line, which made this bracelet not only stretchable, but also original looking.

 

The completed upcycled dresser.

Dresser UpcycleAnother dresser upcycle. I picked this up for $40 at a yard sale. There were marker scribbling all over it, so I decided to paint it to go into a room I was re-decorating. It is painted to match some of the other pieces of furniture I have in the room.

 

The completed Eight-Pointed Star Thread Button

Eight-Pointed Star Thread ButtonAll you need to make this button is a shampoo bottle cap or just a piece of hard plastic, string, and a piece of wire. I used wire from a damaged transformer. As you can see, it will cost you almost nothing, but you will get this very original button.

 

The crocheted foil lampshade.

Aluminum Foil LampshadeAluminum foil is a rather fragile material. I figured out how to make an original lampshade from aluminum foil. All you need is aluminum foil, crochet skills and patience.

 

The completed bottle decor on a granite countertop.

Bottle DecorI made this cute decor using old food bottles: two Snapple drink bottles, a Worcestershire sauce bottle, and an old maple syrup bottle.

 

The completed terrarium.

Portable Mini Plant TerrariumIf you have a desire to carry your favorite plant with you, then this portable terrarium is for you. I have come up with a very convenient and easy-to-make terrarium. All you need are two jars with lids and wire. I used copper wire from an old transformer.

 

Creating decorative vegetable slices.

How to Make Simple Vegetable Carving ToolsFruit and vegetable carving make food more eye-catching and more enticing. But don't spend money on carving tools. You can make simple carving tools yourself from a tin can and an old razor.

 

A completed Pi pendant.

Wire Wrapped and Beaded Pi PendantI used wire from an old transformer and beads to make this pendant. The pendant has a secret: it is not only Pi-shaped, the number of beads corresponds to the digits of Pi.

 

The completed Custom Made Jewelry Box

Custom Made Jewelry BoxMy daughter has a huge collection of necklaces. We've tried various ways of organizing them and then came up with this customized jewelry cupboard which stores 50 necklaces.

 

The completed copper ring.

Wire Woven RingI used a copper wire from an old transformer and nails to create a weather tool. So it is not at all expensive and not difficult to make this original ring.

 

Wooden daisy flowers in terra cotta pots on a chandelier outside.

Wooden Daisy FlowersMy Valentine's Day gift: flowers and chocolates! My husband made the flowers from wood and attached a dowel. After I had eaten the chocolate centers, I decided to repurpose the flowers and made this cute hanging for my patio area.

 

The completed zipper bag.

Case From a Shampoo BottleRecycling and reusing plastic bottles is a great way to minimize environmental impact and save money. Make this case from a shampoo bottle to house pens and craft supplies. Impress and interest people around you with your sustainable efforts.

 

Colorful bookmarks made from adhesive tape.

Multicolor Adhesive Tape BookmarksI wanted to find a use for my expired dry eyeshadow. I used it to color the transparent adhesive tape. The result is original multicolor bookmarks. Shiny eyeshadow adds a delightful shine to the bookmarks.

 

The completed beaded flower brooch.

Folded Beaded Brooch from Old JeansDon't throw away your old jeans. Fold a few denim circles, add beads and you will have this original brooch. I like very much the contrast between the raw edge of the denim and the pearlescent color of the beads.

 

A wedding announcement surrounded by dried flowers.

Dried Flower ArrangementIt's fun to collect flowers while taking walks in our neighborhood and pressing them for craft projects. You can add a wedding announcement to a dried flower arrangement and design it into a picture frame to present it as a wedding gift.

 

Painted wire flowers attached to denim.

How to Decorate Fabric with Wire FlowersI don't know who first came up with the idea for making flowers from wire and nail polish, but it's a really great idea. I want to share not only my way of forming such flowers, but my idea of decorating fabric with them, for example, denim.

 

Flower Pot from Cement and Old Jeans

Flower Pot from Cement and Old JeansNever throw away old jeans. Since denim is a fairly durable fabric and also absorbs concrete mix well, I used old jeans to make the petals of this flower-shaped flowerpot. This flowerpot looks beautiful not only on a lawn, but also on any hard surface in the yard or inside the house. It will delight you with its "bloom", even in winter.

 

A pair of beaded earrings.

DIY EarringsIn this tutorial, you will learn how to make earrings. The earrings can be made in about 30 minutes. Here's what the making process looks like.

 

A Keepsake Laundry Room Sign

Keepsake Laundry Room SignLast summer, I was able to get a can full of old plumbing supplies that belonged to my grandfather who was a plumber for a small town in Nevada during the 1930s and 1940s. Not knowing what to do with the old faucets, etc., I came up with this keepsake idea to display the plumbing parts.

 

The completed pendant on a ribbon.

Interlaced Wire Pendant with Goldstone ChipsIt is very easy to make this pendant. It is made of copper wire from an old transformer and several goldstone chips. You can use any other semiprecious stones with holes.

 

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Pattern for Yorkie Craft?Anyone know of a pattern to make a Yorkie either with or without coat hanger and not knitting or crocheting, please? Thank you.

 

A wrapped wire craft.

Crafts Using WireWire is a wonderful medium for making jewelry and decorating crafts. It can be purchased in many different thicknesses or gauges and can even be recycled from old electronics.

 

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EZ Rose and Flower Maker?I purchased the E.Z Rose and flower maker from TV shop in 1995. I have lost my instructions. Would anyone have the instructions they would like to email me?

 

A cupboard with decoupaged pages on the panels.

Cupboard MakeoverThis cupboard makeover takes it from boring to amazing! Find a cupboard with a straight sided recessed part. It could be a jelly cupboard or armoire type of cupboard or anything else that works.

 

A roll of aluminum foil

Crafts Using Aluminum FoilAluminum foil is not just for food preparation and storage, it can also be used to make beautiful shiny crafts. These can range from simple sculptures made by kids up to beautiful jewelry that would be treasured by anyone.

 

The finished noodleboard covering a sink.

DIY NoodleboardI ran across an item called a "noodle board" one day online when I was looking for an idea to cover my kitchen sink to provide temporary counter space. You know those times- everyone is coming to your house for a get together, but space is at a premium to set up a buffet.

 

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