Croq Zine – The Blog
Dec 22

10 best craft ideas

I can’t believe it’s already time to look back over this year! Check out our most popular posts of 2011:

braided headband

1. 16 Headband Tutorials

Get your pinning fingers ready! I picked 16 amazing DIY headband ideas for you.

2. When is it a good idea to copy someone?

Crafting is all about the inspiration, but is there ever a good time to copy someone’s work?

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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!

Nov 3

Rock Candy - Complete

Brandy at Gluesticks has been playing around with making different types of home-made candy. Apparently homemade rock candy is incredibly easy to make. There are many variations and links online to help you along the way, but thankfully she shared her version of a successful recipe.

Project estimate::

  • Sugar (lots of sugar), on hand or up to $5
  • Water, on hand
  • Food Coloring, on hand or up to $2
  • Bamboo Skewers, on hand or $1
  • Funnel, on hand or $1
  • Jars or Glass Cups, on hand
  • Clothespins, on hand or $1

Total cost: Free or up to $10

After following her instructions, just wait 7 days, and voila! She had a great time watching them grow and sampling the finished product. She did not add any flavorings to hers, just sugar and water, but it might be fun to try that sometime.

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

Oct 30

DECOR8RgirlHi everyone! My name is Melinda Hileman (aka DECOR8Rgirl). You may know me from Dollar Store Crafts. I’m the one who posts things from Iron Craft and the crazy holiday roundups.

What you might not know about me is that I’m the owner of Hileman Design; a graphic/web design, public relations and desktop publishing company of one. I also have two shops – Grounding Stones Jewelry and DECOR8Rgirl on Etsy. Grounding Stones Jewelry has wire-wrapped earrings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets while DECOR8Rgirl has accessories, jewelry and office items. Check them both out!

On the personal side, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications focused in Public Relations, a focus in English and a certificate in Digital Arts and Culture. I live in the Jacksonville, FL area with my husband Ross and our rottweiler Kona. We don’t have any kids since Kona is enough of a handful. You’ll see her in some of my roundups and crafts since she’s a constant source of amusement around here.

I hope that I can bring you guys some awesome craft and DIY projects and I can learn as much from you as you do from me!

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.

    Feb 12

    croq lipbalm kit

    Yay, almost all of the Kickstarter packages have gone out. I have about six more to go, I’m sorry to say.

    When I got approved to post my Kickstarter project, the Kickstarter people suggested that I offer handmade goodies for prizes. I did so, but it turns out I added a metric ton of work to my already-maxed out schedule just to make good on the Kickstarter pledges. I LOVE making and sending packages, but it is time-consuming and I probably shouldn’t have promised quite so much. Sorry for the huge delay, my friends. And if you are one of the six who haven’t received your goodies yet, I am working on your packages.

    Lisette from Purple Custard Service Station is one of the lucky recipients of a package, and her package included a Lip Balm Kit! Yay! She wrote about it on her blog here.

    All is fairly quiet here in CROQ land, but I have tons of stuff going on elsewhere.

    • Dollar Store Crafts
    • CraftFail
    • Crafterminds (we have a craft blogging Twitter chat every monday at 1pm Pacific Time. Hashtag #crafterminds. Join us!)
    • And contributing blog posts at multiple other sites

    If you would like to be a blog contributor here at CROQzine, let me know at heather at and I will set you up to post!

    Possible topics: craft blogging, crafty mama, zine stuff, any craft news, reviews, interviews with crafty people.

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