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The 36th AVENUE - StumbleUpon. If your gift list is long and your budget is small here are some great Handmade Gifts that you can make.

The 36th AVENUE - StumbleUpon

Keep in mind that handmade items are not just beautiful but special… I love to give them and I love to receive them. In my opinion they are the best! Jersey Knit Bracelet.

Decorating

Fourth of July Citronella Candles. Jun24 by Brenda Ponnay It turns out citronella candles are pretty easy to make!

Fourth of July Citronella Candles

They are a bit fussy and require a lot of microwaving and some pouring of hot wax but the end result is fun and pretty. This craft is not especially toddler-friendly but I think it would be great for older kids who can be trusted in the kitchen, or for younger kids who have a lot of help from an adult. Here is what you’ll need to to make patriotic tea lights like you see above: • six 1/2-pint regular canning jars (found in grocery stores)• 1 lb. microwaveable soy wax (found in craft stores)• a glass measuring cup for melting and pouring• a spoon for stirring• several old crayons in red and blue• a cutting board and knife• citronella oil (found in health food stores)• braided candle wick (found in craft stores)• scissors• six pencils or dowels• a hot glue gun• a microwave.

Random Tutorial Generator - StumbleUpon. Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial. UPDATE: I have completely re-written this tutorial with all new photos and better instructions and it is available as a licensed pattern in my pattern shop.

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial

The free tutorial for personal use is still available below! I use a little zippered pouch to carry around my earbuds since they are the fancy microphone ones and I don’t want them to break or get tangled. Some of you have commented that you are looking for some small, simple gift ideas. This is definitely simple to make, and a little more fun than the typical rectangular zippered pouch! I can see these as the perfect gift for teenage cousins or nieces or girlfriends or even teacher gifts. First, download the pattern file HERE. Cut from main fabric: 1 circle 2 half circles 1 tab Cut from lining fabric: 1 circle 2 half circles Cut from batting (or medium weight interfacing, if you prefer):1 circle 2 half circles. Motherhood, Frugal Fashion & Thrifty... May18th2010.

Motherhood, Frugal Fashion & Thrifty...

Recycled Pillow Box Favors. You know that I save toilet paper rolls.

Recycled Pillow Box Favors

They can be made into so many things — mummies, rockets, Uncle Sam hats, flower party favors………………. even cute pillow boxes perfect for a little favor! Fold in one side of the end. Then fold in the other side. Repeat on other end. Open back up and give the toilet paper roll a bit of paint. Give it a nice shine with a light coat of clear spray paint. Fill with candy and treats, fold back ends. How about some for Halloween? Do stuff! & Ten minute no-sew recycled t-shirt bag!

Tutorial time!

do stuff! & Ten minute no-sew recycled t-shirt bag!

I got a gig teaching a recycled t-shirt project at the library a few months ago, with a request for a recycled tee bag – the only bags I’d made from tees in the past had required sturdy sewing, and I didn’t want hand-sewing to be the only thing holding the bottom closed in a class version of the bags, so I started brainstorming about some kind of hand-sewing-friendly or no-sew bag idea…. and here’s what I came up with! The simplest version of these bags is great for smaller tees, or the more light-weight kind of girl-tees – just turn the bottom of the shirt into a drawstring and tie it closed!

As you can see, even with a not huge tee, this will still leave a significant hole in the bottom of your bag, but for purposes like grocery shopping, this size hole shouldn’t really matter… 21 Paint Chip Craft Ideas. By craftyamy | I have a stack of paint chips from various projects over the years.

21 Paint Chip Craft Ideas

They always seem to go into a drawer – because they are so colorful that I don’t want to throw them away. Do you also have said stack of paint chips? Then you need some project ideas, because you shouldn’t let those swatches of color go to waste. They are perfect for crafting. Nggallery id=’125493′ Pretty Meets Practical Cut up chips and put them under glass to accent your table. Visit the post at Atypical Type A Whole Lotta Love All you need are stamps to make a cute message. Read more about this project at Grace and Ivy.

Letters

Giftbags. Hair Crafts. Jewlery. Perfect Box Pouch Tutorial & Make it Modern. How insanely fabulous is this pouch?

Perfect Box Pouch Tutorial & Make it Modern

I can’t decide if I love it so much because a) it is made from glittery elephant fabric, b) of it’s small but perfectly proportioned size, c) it holds my on the go quilting supplies or d) all of the above. If you’d like to make your own see how below. You will need: 2 pieces of exterior fabric measuring 8 inches by 6 inches. (The longer side will be the top of your pouch, keep this in mind when cutting directional fabric)2 pieces of interior fabric measuring 8 inches by 6 inches2 pieces of mid-weight woven non-fusible interfacing (This helps add body to your bag, because without it it wouldn’t be very “boxy””1 12 inch zipperCoordinating thread (this will be visible on the outside of the bag) Things that will come in handy: rotary cuttercutting matshearscraft scissorsclear ruler Step 1: Choose and cut your fabric- is it just me or is this oftentime the hardest part?

Step 2: Layer your pieces. Step 3: Stitch the layers together 1/4 in from the edge. Silly Mustache DIY Projects. By craftyamy | By Flickr user CDRyan Mustaches put a big smile on my face – they are so kitschy, and there is nothing funnier than a serious project with a big mustache on it.

Silly Mustache DIY Projects

Party planners have been using the mustache photo booth trick for a few years, and since that time mustaches have expanded into pretty much every arena including the DIY world. I’ve found 15 mustache projects that impress me and then added in one that I did not so very long ago. Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk. By Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child One of our favorite outside activities at our home is drawing with chalk on the driveway.

Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories.

Knitting