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How to Make Melt-And-Pour Soaps

Melt-and-pour soaps are so easy to make that you'll always have a stash of ready-made, homemade gifts on hand. To make melt-and pour soap, you begin with soap base from a craft store. Simply cut off the [more…]

How to Make a Friendship Bracelet

Homemade friendship bracelets are inexpensive Christmas gifts that children can make and give. Colorful friendship bracelets are made by tying patterns of knots in colorful thread. They are safe to wear [more…]

How to Make Decorated Barrettes

Making beaded barrettes is a great craft project for little girls. They can give the finished barrettes to their friends for Christmas. This would be a great holiday craft project to do with your Brownie [more…]

How to Make a Beaded Picture Frame

Give an old or scratched picture frame a brand new look by covering it in beads. A beaded picture frame is a budget-friendly Christmas gift that's perfect for children to make. If you don't have old frames [more…]

How to Make a Whimsical Wire-Scroll Photo Holder

A beaded, wire-scroll photo holder is an inexpensive, homemade gift for anyone on your Christmas list. Experiment with different colors and combinations to create a personalized present, and add more wires [more…]

How to Make a Beaded Bookmark

For the readers on your Christmas list, a beaded bookmark is an attractive, homemade gift that's sure to be appreciated. Make this beaded bookmark as simple or as extravagant as you wish, depending on [more…]

Clay Bead Project for Children

In this Christmas craft project, children make round, single-colored clay beads for garlands, as Christmas tree ornaments, or as jewelry for gifts. Use polymer clay, which you can find in craft stores. [more…]

Solving Common Appearance Problems when Making Soap

Sometimes, your finished homemade soaps just don't look right. Disappointment is natural, but chances are you can still use and enjoy soaps you've made. You'll want to make your soaps to look their best [more…]

Basic Candle-Making Supplies

Making candles and soaps at home doesn't call for an arsenal of expensive supplies. Here's a list of essentials candle-making materials you'll need to create your own tapers, pillars and votives: [more…]

Types of Candles

If you’re making candles, you may wonder what each type of candle is called. After all, candles come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. This list helps demystify the terminology: [more…]

Basic Soap-Making Supplies

Making your own soap, like making your own candles, doesn’t require a lot of supplies. When making melt-and-pour soap, you can get by pretty inexpensively. Follow this list to know the important supplies [more…]

Making Candles & Soaps For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you want to make your own candles and soaps, you need shopping lists for the basic ingredients for both. Get to know the types of candles you can make: tapers, pillars, or votives — the varieties abound [more…]

How to Make a Five-Pointed Paper Snowflake

Folding and cutting paper snowflakes is a common holiday craft idea that everyone, young and old, can enjoy. Creating a paper snowflake with an even number of sides is fairly easy, but you can really impress [more…]

How to Make a Six-Pointed Paper Snowflake

One of the easiest, most common, and most enjoyable of holiday crafts is cutting snowflakes out of paper. Folding your paper to create a standard six-pointed paper snowflake is a little more difficult [more…]

How to Make an Eight-Pointed Paper Snowflake

One of the easiest, most common, and most enjoyable of holiday crafts is cutting snowflakes out of paper. Folding your paper to create a standard eight-pointed paper snowflake is pretty easy, as long as [more…]

Steps in the Woodworking Process

Woodworking is painstaking and rewarding work. Following a plan helps ensure that your woodworking project comes out the way you envisioned. The following list sets out the steps to follow to build a piece [more…]

How to Buy Wood for Woodworking

Whether you see woodworking as an art or a craft, your finished piece begins with a great piece of wood. As a woodworker, buying wood can be a challenging experience. You have to think about a lot of details [more…]

Woodworking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Woodworking brings together nature, human, and technology to produce long lasting pieces of function and art. A great piece of woodworking begins with knowing how to choose the right type and piece of [more…]

Quilt Shopping List

Much of the fun of starting a new quilt comes from planning the shopping trip to get the supplies you need. Even if you’re using fabric scraps you already have, you may need to find some complementary [more…]

Common Fabric Yardage Cuts for Quilting

If you’re quilting, you’re dealing with fabric and yardages. The following chart is a useful tool to have on hand when you’re purchasing fabric yardage. You can also refer to this chart when pulling fabrics [more…]

How to Select Fabric for Quilting

A quilt is all about the fabric used to make it. Sure there’s batting and backing, but the design and integrity of a quilt comes from the fabrics you choose to compose it. Use the tips in the following [more…]

Quilting Lingo

Hang out in a fabric store long enough and you’re bound to hear some quilting lingo that you may or may not be able to translate. To help you feel more comfortable and in-the-know, here’s a quick rundown [more…]

Quilting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Quilting results in pieces prized for both usefulness and beauty. The long history of quilting offers ages-old tips, and modern technology throws in some shortcuts, if you want to take them. But the lingo [more…]

How to Make Blown Easter Eggs (Pysanky)

The ancient Ukrainian form of decorating eggs, pysanky,starts with a blown egg — that is, an egg shell with all the gooey insides removed. Although you may never aspire to spend time decorating eggs as [more…]

Great Tips for Decorating Easter Eggs

Decorating Easter eggs can be fun for kids of all ages. Although dipping hard-boiled eggs in dye is a standard process, you certainly aren't limited to dip-dyed Easter eggs. Here are some of the many ways [more…]

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