DIY Crafts

DIY crafts is a collection of tips and techniques to help you make your own homemade crafts. There are free craft ideas and also craft recipes.

Want to know how to paper mache? I will tell you what you can use for a form, instead of using a balloon.

Read the craft tips to find a sometimes unexpected version of how my crafty brain works.

There are easy craft ideas using inexpensive materials, a lot of which you probably already have in your home.

The Arizona Flea market in Quartzsite is the place to find the materials for making your DIY crafts.

This place is known for it's rocks and jewelry making supplies but it also has a lot more.

Looking for a list of the must have and the get later Arts and Craft Supplies? Here you will find the basics as well as an expanded list.

Need to organize all those craft supplies? Make this easy shelf that is just the right size for holding glass canning jars.

Want to learn how to do needle felting? I can show you how. It can be used to make a variety of homemade crafts. You can take it along with you almost anywhere. All you need is a needle felting needle, a small block of foam, and some wool.

Start out with one of the easy crafts to make, like the needle felted snowman. After learning the needle felting technique, there are endless DIY crafts you can make.


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The supplies for this easy craft idea don't take up any more space than a knitting project. In fact, it is so easy, you may want to replace your knitting for needle felting. I'm not saying it is like knitting, because it isn't, but it is easy to throw in a bag and take along with you.

Click here to go to Needle Felting how to.

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Know someone with a new baby?Don't like to bake? Try making this diaper cake.

It makes a great gift for a baby shower and it's useful. No baking involved!

Just use disposable diapers, elastics, facecloths and a few baby toys.

This project is quick and easy.

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Looking for ideas on how to make wings?

Here is a list of materials you can use.

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This is one of the photo craft ideas that can turn a picture into what looks like a painting on canvas. It's easy too!

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This range hood makeover is inexpensive and easy. Don't replace that stove vent that is the wrong color, paint it.

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Here are shadow box ideas. Finally, you can display those special keepsakes that have been hidden away in a box somewhere.


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Should you wash Vintage Teddy Bears?

I'm not saying you should, but I did. Want to know what happened?  


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Here you will also find different paint techniques. Painting can add that important finishing touch, turning your diy crafts into an amazing work of art. Blackwashing is just one paint technique that adds important depth, and one that can really improve the look of your project.

I will also talk about sculpting, so you can create a one of a kind Santa. This is one of my most favorite homemade crafts. Included are tips on making eyes and sculpting proportions correctly.

A Santa, isn't so much one of those easy crafts to make, but putting the time in, is worth the effort. If you haven't done any sculpting before, there are alternative methods. For example, using a mold to make the face. This can make it an easier project, and you will still get good results.

What about those Craft Wrecks I was talking about? I will have those projects that turned out to be not so easy or just not quite right. I will tell you what I think went wrong and what to do next time to avoid the problem. Something besides never attempting it again!

Not everything can turn out perfectly. Crafting is sometimes about trial and error and that is okay. Some bad home made crafts maybe aren't as big of disaster as it seems. Maybe some can even be rescued before they are thrown in the trash!


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Featured Craft of the Month

Make a carved walking stick and go for a hike!


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