10 Amazing Mandala Crochet Creations The mandala has spiritual significance for a lot of people but it doesn’t have to be specifically a spiritual thing. It can be a visually pleasing and meditatively relaxing geometric design. Crochet mandalas appeal to me because of their natural aesthetic appeal that is enhanced with the lovely color and texture of crochet work. How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom June 25th, 2008 Email 1322 users recommend Weaving like this can be the basis for so many projects: place mats, coasters, bags, hats—use your imagination. Yarn Bombing Wikipedia describes yarn bombing as "a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk." Knitted, crocheted or woven pieces are sewn around inanimate public objects such as bike racks, light poles, telephone boxes and abandoned buses. The purpose is to bring some beauty and wonder into otherwise drab and everyday surroundings. It is less damaging than painted graffiti and costs next to nothing (a pair of scissors and a few minutes work) to be cleaned up and taken away. Some find it to be pointless and no better than any other form of vandalism, but it can be easily argued that it does cause people to stop and take a fresh look at their surroundings. Larger groups such as Knitta Please and Knit the City often do large scale projects, but smaller tags can be easily created and installed by lone artists.
upolstry headboard Quick Custom Wainscoting Add intricate architectural detailing with ease. This elegant wainscoting looks like the result of hours of elaborate work, but it just calls for a visit to a home center. The ready-made PVC latticework panels are mounted on the wall above the baseboard and topped with a chair rail made from 1x4 and 1x2 boards. Screen molding is nailed in place to hide the joints where the panels meet. Paint the raw wood pieces with white paint color-matched to the PVC. 80+ Best DIY Paint Chip Projects Well, I've had my go at using paint chips recently for a baby shower decoration / gift for a friend. And I've since seen some amazing examples of creativity using paint chip cards. I'm sharing my favorites below, and you too can find inspiration with over 80 projects and pieces of art on this paint chip Pinterest board. Since the projects / works of art are so fabulous, I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Don't forget - there are 80+ paint chip projects to inspire your next work of art at this Pinterest board. More DIY and repurposed inspiration collections:
Finger Knitting How-to You know how I just wrote about how I like getting a handmade gift more than just about anything. Well, this is anything. Sitting on the couch on a lazy Sunday, knitting with my kids . . . that beats gift-getting for sure. Twilight Taggers: How To Yarn Bomb I get asked all the time "How do you yarn bomb exactly?" So here's a How To guide on yarn bombing. This is just from my personal experience. Everyone does it differently. Everyone needs to find their own flow. Also keep in mind that I only crochet my yarn bombs. Two ways of making woolly pompoms When I was younger and a family member or friend was expecting a baby, my Mum would encourage me and my brother to make pompoms for the new baby. So it seemed only right that I would make a few for my own twins who are due any day! I have found 2 ways of making pompoms, which I will call the ‘traditional’ way and the ‘quick’ way. Let’s start with the traditional way. For this you will need:
tutorials Winners have been contacted for both the Fabric Destash Giveaway and the paper+palette giveaway! Check your email! I recently shared my craft room makeover with you all, and one of my favorite parts of the space is my updated office chair in shades of pink, gray and white. I don’t know why, but I’ve been drawn to pink more lately, and I’ve especially been drawn to it in this space, that is all my own and can be as girly and fun as I’d like. Anyway, waaay back when on the blog, four years ago, to be exact, I shared this post when I turned a dated, standard office chair into this:
Painted Bottle Vases Crafting is near and dear to my heart and I realize that it is shamefully under represented here at The Apple Crate. So today I bring you a project that has long been in the making, recycled jars and bottles as vases! I have Martha Stewart to thank for the idea. She has a great tutorial on her website that I followed to make these. Lots of people are out there doing something similar, with either spray paint or acrylic paint. Crochet Swirls (Update: To see more of my patterns, please visit my ONLINE SHOP!) This is a little crochet swirl. You might have seen me using it in this project. Not Your Grandma's Knitting: 20 Incredible Yarn Bombs While certain types of permanent graffiti can be a very beautiful addition to an otherwise bland space, much of the time it's unattractive and a pain to remove. Yarn bombing, however, is a completely different story. Easily removable, yarn bombing focuses less on making a permanent statement and more on lending a sense of warmth to colder spaces. From bike racks to buses, yarn bombers seem to have found a way to add a knit cover to almost any type of outdoor item. Check out 20 of the most impressive, stringy works — they just might inspire you to craft something of your own. Show As Gallery
Pompoms! I saw some pompoms on Pinterest the other day and it reminded me to make some with my boys (and my niece and nephew). They all l-o-v-e-d it! I had fun too. Reminded me of making them with my Mum when I was little! Recycle Tutorial: Woven Rag Rug Thank you for all the great feedback for liking my Braided Rag Rug. I understand that not everyone has a sewing machine or/and able to sew, so I created this no-sew version for the non-sewer who like to recycle their bed sheets or de-stash their fabrics to make this feet cozy Woven Rag Rug. This tutorial doesn’t require any loom for weaving; just use a sturdy corrugated carton box from your recycle pile. I hope everyone can do their part on greening the Earth again and reduce the rubbish that loaded the landfill.