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D.I.Y - Paper Birds. I love making things to decorate my room with, and this is one of my favourites.

D.I.Y - Paper Birds

These little paper birds are so easy to make and look lovely hanging as a mobile! I like to hang them around my lampshade like this: They're a great way to add a bit of colour to any room. D.I.Y - Rosebud Lights. Want to know how to spruce up plain fairy lights into something a bit more pretty?

D.I.Y - Rosebud Lights

Here's how I made these rosebud inspired string lights. You will need: -A set of plain (or coloured) LED fairy lights. Make sure they are definitely the LED kind as the normal bulbs will get too hot and we don't want any fires! - Some strips of light transparent fabric. . - A pair of fabric scissors. Cargo Scarf: Free your hands, and your mind will follow! 101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials. These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy!

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials

You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! Oh, and think of all the money you will save making these gifts. {At least that’s the story I tell my husband…shhhh!} You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends!

If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly! Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think?


Little Red Infinity Dress. February 14, 2011 I’m always searching for a beautiful, well-fitting, versatile dress, and I finally found it.

Little Red Infinity Dress

In fact, I MADE it. The infinity dress has got it all! You can wear this amazing dress basically any way you feel comfortable–and it can look like a new dress each time! I made my infinity dress in about 3 hours and for under $20! I found these infinity dresses on Craftster years ago and have always loved them. First, you need to do some measuring. So, 30/6.28 = 4.7. 7 Ways to Recycle T-Shirts. So way way back, in June, I wrote this Studio Organization post, about starting the process of organizing my studio by cleaning out the closet full of junk.

7 Ways to Recycle T-Shirts

Well, it's September and...let's just say the closet is a work in progress. Some of the things that are taking up space in the closet are shirts that I never wear anymore. I realized I could repurpose them into something else! Here are some tutorials for recycling shirts: Check out these t-shirt scarves! Create cute little bows for accessories or packaging with this tutorial. Gorgeous ruffled pillow tutorial here. Looks like I have a lot of projects ahead of me to keep me from cleaning out my closet!

Cheap Decorative Balls. I got an urgent message from one of my readers, Jessica H. with a request/challenge for all my creative Dollar Store Crafting readers out there: I love those decorative ball thingies you can buy all over the place now. They come in all different styles (mirrored, raffia-covered, floral, etc.) and you put them in pretty bowls and they serve no purpose whatsoever but to sit there and be pretty. Lavender & Brown Sugar Scrub. Sock Monkeys. Amigurumi Bunnies. String Tree Wall Mural. French Memo Board. Snow Globes. Newspaper Gift Bags.

When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper.

Newspaper Gift Bags

I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall.

Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag. Memory Jar and other ideas. Friday, January 4, 2013 This idea was so popular last year that I’m reposting it again!

Memory Jar and other ideas

Happy New Year everyone! ~Jaden. Top Bloggers Favorite DIY Projects. Project Ideas.