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Dec 3

Today I headed into my local Dollar Tree to pick up some items for a project and walked out with supplies for a cheap and easy fall wreath!

Completed Fall Wreath

Project Materials:
Grapevine wreath, $1
2 five foot fall leaf garlands, $1 each
Wire and wire cutters, on hand
Faux flowers and ribbon, on hand

Total: $3

1. Take the tags off all your supplies.
2. Using short lengths of wire, secure the garland to the wreath as needed. (It should now look like the picture below)

Fall Wreath
3. Add faux flowers and ribbon or other decorations.
4. Hang your wreath and enjoy!

Nov 7

Thread Holder
If you don’t want to purchase multiple ugly thread holders, this is the project for you! Sew Knits made a framed thread spool holder out of some inexpensive items you may already have around the house. This is a great way to add style to your sewing area and keep all of your spools of thread right at your fingertips. [how to make a framed thread holder]

Project estimate:

  • Frame, on hand or $1
  • Scrapbook paper, on hand or $1
  • Sawtooth hangers, on hand or $1
  • Scrap wood, free
  • Mod Podge, on hand
  • Foam brush, on hand
  • Nails, on hand or $2
  • Superglue, on hand or $1

Total cost: Free, or up to $6

I may try this not only for all of my thread, but also for my Etsy products that are on hang tags! I’ll be sure to share pictures if I do!

Oct 31

Wreath Hanger

Jamielyn at Make and Takes has come up with yet another great project. She has created a simple and easy-to make DIY Wreath Hanger for $3! Now you don’t have an excuse not to create and hang cute wreaths for every occasion. Jamielyn saw one in Pottery barn last year for $80! Crazy huh?! [How to Make a Simple DIY Wreath Hanger]

Project estimate:

  • Wooden Base (circle or square), around $1
  • Finial Topper (found from HD), under $1
  • Large wooden Dowel (I cut mine down to 20 in), $1
  • Wire hanger, on hand
  • Wire cutter, on hand
  • Spray paint, on hand
  • E-6000, on hand

Total cost: $3.00

May 3

cylon hoodie

I was so excited to be a contributor for Susan Beal‘s new book World of Geekcraft. I made a Cylon Hoodie inspired by the TV show Battlestar Galactica. It was so much fun to come up with a geeky craft for the book. I hope there’s a sequel and that I get to write more!

Speaking of geeky crafts, there is some big news over at CRAFT. One, this month is Geek Craft month, and two (and this is a HUGE two), my friend Sister Diane (of Craftypod and general internet crafty fame) has been hired as the new Editor-in-Chief of the site! CRAFT could not have picked a better and more qualified individual than Diane, and I am so excited for her and for what’s in store for that site.

But back to World of Geekcraft, Susan’s touring the internet promoting her book, so check out all these amazing craft blogs:

  • Monday, May 2 – Geek Crafts & CRAFT:
  • Tuesday, May 3 – Cathy of California
  • Wednesday, May 4 – Average Jane Crafter
  • Thursday, May 5 – LindaMade
  • Friday, May 6 – Easy Crafts Wiki & Patterns by Figgy
  • Monday, May 9 – CraftyPod & Craft Gossip
  • Tuesday, May 10 –Quilter Geek
  • Wednesday, May 11 – Indie Fixx
  • Thursday, May 12 – Not Martha
  • Friday, May 13 – House on Hill Road & Public School
  • Mar 19

    Kia at GreenChicken31 has done several cute peeps crafts. Check out these pretty rainbow peeps bunnies she used to make a mobile. [see the peeps bunny mobile here]

    Kia also used felt Peeps bunnies to make napkin rings, make wall art, and she made a bunny applique quilt for her first quilt ever.

    How to make a Peeps wreath at Tried and True

    Feb 24


    Hi, I’m Sallianne Norelli and I am so thrilled to be here with all you indie crafters. I run Clara’s Closet Soft Designs for Home and Life where my mom and I make decorative pillows, soft animals, aprons and other cool things out of high end decorative fabric. We also sell vintage items which are always changing. My blog is at I invite you to come on over as the whole purpose of my blog is to cheer on other artisans and crafters and give ideas, inspiration and resources to people just like me who have a passion for making things.

    If you’re like me, you may have wondered how some soft doll artists get their dolls to look vintage and aged. I finally figured it out! Here’s my video explaining how to dye your soft dolls to look older. And I am offering you my bunny pattern free at my blog, (or email me at [email protected]) so come on over! Happy crafting.

    Craft Tutorial: Bunny Prim Dyeing from Heather Mann on Vimeo.

    Dec 13

    Turning Ebooks into Gifts

    This week over at CraftyPod, my good friend Sister Diane is posting an fun series about turning an ebook into a cool gift.  She’s posting one idea for the next five days for turning your ebook into a tangible gift, including such awesome ideas as printing an ebook and binding it, or presenting a CD or thumb drive creatively.

    Sister Diane always has fabulous articles and ideas, so I can’t wait to see what she has to share.

    Go check out Part 1 now, and look for the rest of this series every day this week!

    #Crafterminds Craft Blogging Twitter Chat

    Some friends and I have started a craft blogging Twitter chat. Our first session was last week, and it was really amazing. Over 50 craft bloggers got together and shared their best tips for blogging. This week, we’re talking about Photography.

    Here are the details:

    Date and Time: (TODAY) Monday, December 13th at 1pm PST/4pm EST
    Topic: Craft Blog Photography – are you wondering how to take a great picture of your craft project?  Do you want tips and tricks for making your current camera work for you?  Questions about photo editing?  We’ve got the 4-1-1 this coming Monday.
    Moderator: @crafterminds
    Hashtag: #crafterminds

    Craft Blogging Experts – follow us all!
    Amy from Mod Podge Rocks, @modpodgerocks
    Heather from Dollar Store Crafts, @dollarcraft (moderating as @crafterminds this week)
    Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, @infarrantly
    Jen from Tatertots and Jello, @jenjentrixie

    Special Guest: Amy Locurto (@LivingLocurto) from I Heart Faces and Living Locurto.  Her blog photography rocks, and we know she’ll have some great advice.

    If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, they are great fun.  Here are some resources to help you get started:
    What is a Twitter Tweet Chat?
    How to Participate

    They go pretty fast, so Tweet Chat is a great website to follow the conversation.  We hope to see you Monday!

    Find out more at Crafterminds.

    Nov 22

    Impersonal gifts – the ones you give to teachers, party hostesses, coworkers, your local mail carrier or UPS driver… you want them to be cheap per piece, easy enough to make in an assembly line style, and impressive enough to get your message across (“Thank You!” or “I appreciate what you do!”). Generally, anything you can assemble from raw ingredients (cooking or otherwise) are going to be your best bets. Something like bath salts, pumpkin bread, homemade candy, or a quick and easy craft.

    Here are some ideas:

    Those should get you started! Share your good ideas — what are you planning to make this year?

    Oct 31

    I have made about eight costumes this year for my freelance writing jobs, but of course, my kids wanted to dress up as something else! So, this week, I got a bunch of felt yardage and made food costumes for each of my three boys. I discovered how wonderful felt is for costume-making!


    • It’s cheap and
    • comes in really wide yardage (about $3.69 per yard, and 72″ wide, which is amazing)
    • cuts and sews up easily
    • comes in many bright colors
    • and it doesn’t unravel so you don’t have to finish the edges

    It really is a fabulous fabric for costumes! There are cons, but they are not really a drawback for costumes:


    • Will start looking shabby on clothing with prolonged use
    • Better for decorative projects (instead of projects that will see heavy use)

    Neither of these things really matter with a costume that will probably be used for one day and no more. (But even if the costume is used again, it will probably hold up well enough for playtime).

    The Costumes

    My oldest son wanted to be a piece of pizza for Halloween. What a fun and unique idea! I made it like a very large pizza-shaped bib. Instructions are posted at Dollar Store Crafts:

    Make a Pizza Costume

    My middle son wanted to wear a candy corn costume. How funny that both boys wanted to dress like triangular food! The candy corn costume is basically a smock or simple A-line shift made out of felt. This costume was simple to make, and took about 30 minutes to sew. Instructions posted at Dollar Store Crafts:

    Make a Candy Corn Costume

    Because the older two boys wanted to be triangular food, I made a triangular food costume for my youngest son, too. His costume is either a watermelon or a strawberry (but I decided it looks more like a strawberry). This costume is kind of like a short-sleeved poncho. Again, instructions at Dollar Store Crafts:

    How to Make a Strawberry Costume

    If you want to see the other costumes I made this year, look at these links:

    Oct 25

    wax tart skull

    I got these silicone ice cube molds at the dollar store that are shaped like skulls. I thought of several projects you could make with them, and have posted tutorials for a bunch of them over at Dollar Store Crafts. I didn’t realize just how fun a one dollar mold could be! I still have four or five ideas I haven’t had time to make yet.

    Recycled Wax Tarts are my most recent project (photo at top of post). Wax tarts are scented wax you can use in a potpourri warmer. I made them from recycled wax off of a cheese – yes, yes you can do that!

    Molded Papier-Mache: this technique was new to me, and made for fun teeny tiny Day of the Dead calavera decorations.

    Molded Sugar Skulls: a fun twist on traditional sugar skulls, and you can eat them! Serve them with coffee or tea.

    Melt & Pour Soap on a Rope: cheap ‘n easy soapmaking project using the dollar store skull mold.

    A few other silicone mold crafts:

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