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For the last installment of Sugar & Cloth’s Handmade Holiday, here are a few favorites for DIY gifts. After all, even if they have everything, it still isn’t the same if it’s made by you! 1 Felt Animal Kit | Purl Soho 2 Woolen Pouches | Martha Stewart 3 Tiny Polaroid Magnets | Ambrosia Creative 4 Canvas Leaf Boxes | One Perfect Day 5 Solid Perfume Locket | Design Sponge 6 Wool Camera Wrap | Design Sponge 7 Pom Pom Cowl | The Purl Bee 8 Chalkboard Necklace | Henry Happened 9 Teacup Candles | Martha Stewart 10 Etched Map Serving tray | Design Sponge 11 Leather Envelope iPhone Case | SwellMayde 12 Vintage Coasters | Sugar & Cloth Like this: Like Loading... Related:  make

Cute as a Button - Amazing Button Crafts from Around the Web Lately I keep coming across the most adorable button crafts. I seriously want to do them all. The Freckled Nest has two fantastic button crafts that are so cute I had to share them both. First, Spring Button Flowers - This is adorable and I love the simplicity of it. Second, a Framed Cork Display Case for a Button Collection - This reminds me of butterfly specimens and would be perfect to hang in a craft room. The Factory Direct Craft Blog has a wonderful tutorial on how to make fun button stamps using wine corks and interesting buttons. Ellen's Creative Passage shows how to make a few different beautiful button bracelets. I saw this button color palette at Creating While Waiting. I love this button explosion t-shirt from iCandy Handmade. At MarthaStewart.com there is a great simple tutorial on how to turn your favorite buttons into cute little fridge magnets. I love love love scanner art and I think it can be such a fun activity to do with kids (or all on your own).

Beaded Bracelet I’m super excited to share this project with you, as it has been over two weeks in the making. I fussed around with many a mini-crochet needle and embroidery thread, and my house is now littered with bitty seed beads, to arrive at what I think is my favorite and most unique tutorial yet! Woo hoo! Materials: Embroidery thread (I used 6 stranded thread) Crochet hook size 1 (2.75mm) Seed beads Jewelry clasps Needle Scissors Directions: Note: This pattern is for a bracelet that measures 6.5″ at completion. I needed just under 16′ of embroidery thread for that length. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Or you can always go the neon route, which is clearly a Blog a la Cart fav. Admittedly, Sunny demands to wear the blue and “geen” one frequently. Photos: Ashley Weeks Cart

solid perfume pocket watch locket Try as I might, I cannot seem to grasp even the most basic of feminine beauty rituals. I’m constantly struggling to master rudimentary hair and makeup techniques, and my one-time foray into the “subtle” art of perfume left everyone in the room with burning nostrils. This DIY solid perfume locket from artisanal perfumer Mandy Aftel is something I can definitely stand behind, though. Read the full how-to after the jump! Creating your own solid perfume is extremely satisfying. Materials Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Soap Queen TV: Holiday Candle Travel Tins Grab some hot cocoa, get comfortable and prepare yourself for some candle making fun! In the final episode of my Holiday Series I show you how to make cute little travel candles perfect for the gift giving season. When filming this episode I tried to include as much helpful information as possible, which resulted in a nearly 13 minute long video (hence the get comfy recommendation). I demonstrate how to use our liquid candle dyes and wax dye blocks as well as show many common candle problems and how to fix them. Although I mention it in the video, I really want to emphasize how important it is to use heat safe containers both for your mixing container and for the final candle container. I love keeping a few of these travel candles on hand for last minute hostess gifts or ‘just because’ gifts to give through out the Holidays. Download the free PDF label template here to print out and make labels just like the ones in the video.

Pillow Case Box I ditched school work today in favour of some crafting :) Here is my creation; A fabric box made using an old pillow case and some cardboard! I started with a plain white pillow case from the thrift store. We live in a tourist town, so lots of plain white hotel linens end up at the thrift store. Woo-hoo! I trimmed off the band at the open end of the pillow case and later used it as a handle on the box. I then sat the pillow case on the counter to create a flat base. I then marked straight lines across the corners... Difficult to see the pencil marks, but they're there! Then I sewed along the pencil lines. The triangular flaps were long enough to sew together, so I did :) Here you can see the box standing up, but it has no support. Inside of the box... (note: this is a great time to attach a handle to the box. To give it some support, I used some cardboard I had lying around. I made a box shape using the cardboard... ... ... Here it is looking tidy-ish: Ta-da! The bottom of the box: Inside the box:

25 Beauty Products You Can Make in Your Kitchen By Jaime Morrison Curtis | . These 25 Beauty Products You Can Make in Your Kitchen are filled with ingredients you may already have at home. So this Mother’s Day hand the kids on over and take time to do something special for yourself, like whipping up an instant salt scrub or relaxing with a chocolate facial. Make an extra batch and surprise your mom to thank her for the great job she did raising you. nggallery id=’122682′ Chocolate Facial There is nothing sweeter than a chocolate facial. Coffee Scrub Why just use coffee for drinking? Makeup Remover After a long day of wearing makeup it's nice to take it off with something gentle and natural. Like Jaime on Facebook Follow Jaime on Twitter Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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 haven’t felt like myself. But nothing like inspiration to wake one out of a reverie — or nightmare, in my constantly sick state. 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 4: Trim out photos with craft knife. 487 Comments

Charlotte - Temporary Tattoos Tutorial 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. You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories. My daughters and I were talking one day as we played hopscotch about how to make chalk and I thought to myself, let’s try it! It ended up being quite a lot of fun. What you will need: • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes • Scissors • Duct tape • Wax paper • Small bucket or disposable container to make the recipe • ¾ cup of warm water • 1 ½ cups Plaster of Paris • 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint • Paper bag or a “mess mat” ** we made six tubes of chalk – we simply doubled the above recipe Step 1: If you are using paper towel tubes, cut each tube in half, so it is roughly the length of a toilet paper roll tube. Step 2: Cover one end of each tube with duct table to hold the contents within. Step 3: Cut as many pieces of wax paper as you have tubes.

DIY Coffee Scrub « A Cup of Mo DIY Coffee Scrub Posted by mmarnall on February 27, 2011 · 19 Comments In a recent issue of Womans World, I came across this wonderful DIY Java Scrub recipe that I thought would be great to share with you dear reader. It was listed under ‘Cures for Tiredness’ and hey, I’m an 8-to-5er who is constantly busy- whether I’m working out, pursuing creative endeavors or just out and about, so I definitely get tired from time to time. The article claims that a coffee scrub will clear away dull skin and leave you with a brighter complexion, that the caffeine helps reduce swelling and the massaging action of applying the scrub flushes out excess fluid that make your hands, legs and feed look puffy. Whether the scrub does all of these things, I have no idea. Recipe (altered a little bit by me): DIY Coffee Scrub Inspired by how easy this was, I have all of the ingredients in my pantry, woo hoo…I went Google-ing for more salt and sugar scrubs. DIY Sugar Scrub Enjoy! Like this: Like Loading...

Day 1 Oh gosh. I didn't get this post up yesterday:( I'm doing a project for SewStylish Magazine and ended up running late. BUT I will be posting two sweaters on Wednesday to make up for Monday. So I bought this yellow short sleeved cardigan at the Community Aide store for $1.50. So this one was originally extra large (see bottom before pic). 1. 2. 3. 4. Please use the button below to link and share the Embellish Love:) How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) Two facts about me: I'm cheap. I love dresses. I wear dresses probably 6 days out of the week. It's not that I one day just decided to wear dresses to feel cute and girly. Far from it. Back in November when I really started Talk2thetrees I kinda just wore pajama pants and sweat pants. Dresses are so comfortable, I can sit around the house and feel comfortable and cute. The only problem.. they are expensive! Here is a tutorial on a High Waisted Dress: For under 6 bucks! First you will need a ribbed tank top. I got mine from Walmart for 2.50 You could also use a t-shirt 3 yards of matching fabric. Clearance section is my favorite. Cut the tank top almost in half. (I cut mine a little too short.. oops!) For the bottom part of your dress take the fabric and wrap it around your waist about 1 and a half times, and cut in a straight line. I never measure, I never use patterns... Next you fold your fabric in half. You have kind of a big blocky rectangle skirt. We are going to create a ruffle.

Interiors: Revival tactics By Clare Nolan UPDATED: 19:00 GMT, 3 April 2010 Leftover fabric pieces, flea-market finds, a handful of beads and buttons… It’s amazing how a few thrifty treasures – and a little imagination – can help you create a chic and unique home If you can’t bear to throw away much loved but chipped or cracked china, put it to good use as decorative planters for easy-to-care-for succulents. You can mix colours, sizes, patterns and styles of china – the more eclectic the collection, the better it looks (car-boot sales and charity shops are great sources, and the high street has some cheap and cheerful options, too). This is bunting with unique appeal – use images of your choice (eg, photocopied photos, tear-outs from magazines) to decorate each triangle. Simply cut out a paper triangle to use as a template – an equilateral triangle of about 15cm is a good size, but you could incorporate more than one size if you wish. Transform plain curtains by sewing on pretty panels and pockets.

Rainbow Headphones « Stars & Sunshine Look at my new rainbow earbuds! I used to love perler beads when I was little. You know, those round plastic beads you laid out on white boards with pegs to hold the plastic beads, then ironed them and the melted together and you had a little piece of pixelated plastic art? {via flickr} My parents were cleaning out their house, and wanted to get rid of our old perler beads. All I needed was an exacto knife, some perler beads, and earbuds (or any similar diameter wire/cording). Not only are they newly rainbow colored, but the pieces that go into my ears have penguins on the outside! Like this: Like Loading...

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