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The "Times" They Are A-Changing: How to Make a Basket from a Newspaper

May 3rd, 2012 Email 1339 users recommend A charming basket (or comfy pet bed) is crafted from an issue of the Sunday New York Times. Jeff Rudell Weaving newspapers is a perfect activity for kids who are stuck inside on a rainy May Sunday (and it works with adults, too). A simple ribbon or two can turn even the most modest of materials—in this case an old newspaper—into a thing of beauty. Photo: Jeff Rudell The entire 126-year-old farmhouse I grew up in was insulated with old newspapers, wadded up and stuffed behind the walls and between the studs. With such a long history with newspapers, it struck me as odd recently to realize that most of what I did with newspapers these days (besides read them) was bundle them up and deliver them to the curb once a week in anticipation of the 6:00 a.m. recycling truck that comes every Monday to retrieve them. View 3 member project galleries

Junk Mail Art Most Popular Posts Our recycling is full of junk mail and election flyers. Hating to see all that colorful and heavy card stock paper just go to waste, we decided to create something from them. Here are the results of our endeavor. After the jump, find out more about how we made this simple junk mail triptych... • Collect flyers from your mail. • Use a black Sharpie marker to draw droplet shapes on the flyers. • Next, use a scissor to cut out the droplets, making sure to cut outside the black outline. • Arrange and glue the droplets on a sheet of paper in an interesting, random pattern. • Frame the finished piece. Related Posts:• Art from Recycled Junk Mail by Sandhi Schimmel Gold• Look! How to Make Pom Pom Flowers I have a thing for flowers that look like pom poms. Mums, allium, chive blossoms, dahlias – love ‘em! Since fresh flowers aren’t always in the budget, and because I have a brown thumb, I started thinking about what I could do to brighten up our apartment with flowers without actually using flowers. Soon, the idea for some sort of pom pom flower started bouncing around in my head, and this is what I came up with. How to make pom poms? Though my method basically follows the Bella Dia tutorial, I have made some slight variations, so I’ve posted my method below. What you’ll need for the project: yarn small, sharp scissors wire cutters a hot glue gun and glue sticks materials for the stems (paper or fabric covered floral wire or my favorite, branches or twigs) Using your thumb, hold the end of the yarn against your fingers as you begin to wrap the yarn. The more times you wrap the yarn, the fuller your pom pom will be. Cut a piece of yarn that is between 4 and 6 inches long to use as a tie.

Don’t Buy, DIY!: Woven Ribbon Sweater Seen on the runway in John Galliano’s Christian Dior Fall 2010 RTW Collection were whimsical, feminine knitwear pieces with satin ribbons woven and braided throughout. Photos: Monica Feudi, Within weeks of appearing on the runway, many Japanese clothing brands picked up on the design, re-interpreting the idea and selling them en masse to a demanding public, creating a micro-trend stat. In the U.S. I haven’t seen any clothing brands create their own version of this – which is just begging to be DIY’d! Difficulty: (Easy/Beginner) You Need: *chunky-knit sweater (I chose one with cabling, from And… *scissors *measuring tape *hand-sewing needle & matching thread (not pictured) How To: 1. At the top of the track of weaving, note the measurement on the tape. If you are going to create bows at the bottom of the weaving track, create a bow in the measuring tape and add that length to the total length of the track. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Pretty easy, right? Happy DIY’ing!

How to Recycle Yarn from a Thrift-Store Sweater October 4th, 2008 Email 62 users recommend When you're done ripping, you'll have hundreds of yards of brand-new yarn for knitting! Lee Meredith This example sweater is bulky yarn, so it'll be easier to see what's going on. Sometimes the edge will be machine sewn closed, so you'll have to make more cuts to get it started. Photo: Lee Meredith The most classic handmade holiday gift has to be the knit sweater, which is also one of the most ambitious. You'll Need: Thrifted sweater to unravel (details below)Seam ripperScissors (embroidery scissors can be helpful)Dish soap or shampooThese will help if you have them: niddy noddy, swift, ball winder Your first step is to find a sweater (or two) to unravel. Yardage: If you find a fantastic yarn but are not sure it'll be enough to complete your gift, I'd recommend finding another yarn of the same weight that could be added as a stripe in your sweater if needed. Seams: To get usable yarn, your sweater must have sewn or crocheted seams, not serged!

Surprise Dad with the Smallest Toolbox Ever! - Once Upon a Holiday - Alpha Mom™ May28 by Brenda Ponnay Altoid Tin Mini Toolboxes for Father’s Day I’ve been wanting to craft with Altoid tins since forever. I thought about it and thought about it and decided these tins would make a great caddy for holding collections of little odds and ends. While I realize that dads might not be into little mini toolboxes as much as I am, I still thought it would be a fun craft to do for Father’s Day. Let’s get crackin’, shall we? First off a disclaimer: I realize that this is not exactly a craft that you can do with your small kids. These are the materials you will need: At least 2 Altoid tinsA metal eye strap. These are the tools you will need:a hammera big naila little naila flat screwdriverwire-cutters First you will need to gather your Altoid tins. Next you will need to create the holes that you will use to wire the boxes together (if you are creating multi-drawer toolboxes) and to attach the handle. Now it’s time to spray-paint! And that’s it! Have fun and give Dad my regards!

DIY Hot Air Balloons Suspended I now have this sudden urge of throwing a party that requires hot air balloons. Just so I can make these. Karen, the crafty bride from this gorgeous wedding shot by Paul Von Rieter, made these whimsical hot air balloons using large bouncy balls. They are often found at dollar stores, so they can be made affordably. Thank you for sharing, these are incredible! What you’ll need: - large bouncy balls - potted herbs - square tin pots (or cans) - acrylic paint - brush - twine for tying tins to the “balloons” Instructions: To make each pattern, I started off by drawing a base guide. Once your balloons are dry, attach your herb “baskets” to them using twine. How to make an easy and stylish paint chip mobile for your nursery Supplies: Wooden knitting ring Assorted paint chip samples in colors of your choosing Spray adhesive (optional) Circle punch Sewing machine Tape Punch out piles of circles from your paint chips samples. I had about 20 circles in each of the 5 colors. Paint chips are one-sided so you’ll have to either glue two together or sew them together when you’re making your strings of circles. Line them up in piles next to your machine the way you’d like them to hang from the mobile. Hold them together and run a running stitch through the middle on your machine making sure to start with plenty of string at the beginning since we’ll be using that string to tie it to the mobile when we’re done. Remove the inner section of the wooden knitting ring (by loosening the knob). Cut four pieces of string or fishing wire, tie and tape them evenly around the circle as well. Tie another long piece of string or wire to the knot and attach to a nail on the ceiling to hang.

Creative Kismet & Blog Archive & Button Bracelet Tutorial This tutorial was updated on Sept. 28, 2007. Please see my flickr photo set with step-by-step photos. And also check out the Button Bracelet and Button Jewelry Flickr Group. What you need: Embroidery Floss- (I used DMC® Metallic Embroidery Floss) assorted buttons (any kind) glue scissors ruler2 -Light-medium twisted beading needles (you may not need these)I make my bracelets roughly 7-8 inches long. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. For option 1 and 2 you will be taking the thread through the button then finishing it off with two knots directly behind the button right next to the first two knots. I never realized how hard it is to make a tutorial! On a side note, I just wanted to thank everyone so much for all of the extremely nice comments that have been left on my posts -especially on the two previous posts. Wow! Be Sociable, Share!

Tiny Polaroid Magnets | { Ambrosia Creative } Hi there! It’s felt like forever since I’ve last blogged, and has felt like an eternity since I’ve done anything crafty and nifty. Since my morning sickness has gone into full speed (yes, we’re expecting our third this fall!) I came across these DIY Pantone chip magnets on How About Orange and wanted to do something similar. You will need: Cardboard (mine was the backing of a sketchbook — much thicker than the back of a regular spiral bound notebook) or 2-3 sheets of white cardstock or poster board spray-mounted together to use as a sturdy backing to the magnetsOpaque white marker (necessary only if your cardboard is not white) Craft knife Metal straight edge/ruler Clear packing tape or frisk film. Step 1: Download a Photoshop file of the Polaroid frames below. Step 2: Print out photos onto photo paper. Step 3: Spray the back of your sheet of photos and also the cardboard with spray mount. Step 4: Trim out photos with craft knife. 487 Comments

Johns-Joke of the Day - Did you know Michael Jordan having "retired," with $40 million in endorsements, makes $178,100 a day, working or not. If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head. If he goes to see a movie, it'll cost him $7.00, but he'll make $18,550 while he's there. If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he'll make $618 while boiling it. He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage. If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours. If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $200 every second. He'll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round. He'll make about $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon. This year, he'll make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined. Amazing isn't it? However... Game over.

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