Can't quite figure out to do with your old clothes? Upcycle your old tees into a cozy beanbag pillow chair with this crafter's guide from the folks at MAKE. For more information on turning your own t-shirts into pillow cases, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this DIY guide.
Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a knife lanyard knot. A knife lanyard knot is best suited for decorative purposes, such as attaching pendants to chains. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful crafter's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.
Need some help figuring out how to tie a wide-zipper sinnet? You've found it. This video crafts tutorial from TyingItAllTogether will walk you through the entire process. For specifics, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started tying your own wide-zipper sinnet, check out this crafty crafter's guide.
Broken umbrellas are all over the place. Blame it on the rain? Planned obsolescence is more like it—meaning the stuff is made to break. Carrying groceries never looked so good and reuseful. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started making your own custom broken-umbrella tote back, watch this crafter's guide.
Spice up your repertory of knitting stitches with the twisted cross stich demonstrated in this clever crafter's how-to. The stitch, though it might sound difficult, is much simpler than you would think and can be used anywhere a traditional cross stitch might be. Learn how to do twisted cross stitching with this free knitting lesson.
There's always a lot going on in the craft world, with ingenious new products being made every day. But there are also trends in decorating that rise up and end up on every crafter's blog. Right now, that ternd is garlands.
Dropped a stitch? Don't fret! It's easier to fix than you might think. It's so easy, in fact, that this knitter's guide can present a complete walkthrough of the process in under five minutes. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the process, watch this helpful crafter's how-to.
Looking for a quick-and-easy crochet project (and happen to be left-handed)? Make a small decorative flower from yarn with this crafter's guide. While this tutorial is geared toward people already posessing some knowledge of crocheting, beginners should be able to follow along provided they understand the bare essentials. For more information, and to get started making this flower yourself, watch this free video crochet lesson.
Looking for a quick-and-easy crochet project (and happen to be right-handed)? Make a small decorative flower from yarn with this crafter's guide. While this tutorial is geared toward people already posessing some knowledge of crocheting, beginners should be able to follow along provided they understand the bare essentials.
Want to add beadwork to your next crochet project? Though the process can seem intimidating at first blush, adorning your work with decorative beads and bobbles is easy once you get the hang of it. So easy, in fact, that this free video crocheting lesson can present a complete overview in just over four minutes' time. Learn how to securely attach beads when crocheting with this crafter's guide.
Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a simple chain jeweler's knot. Chain knots are attractive knots and are used in a lot of jewelry projects. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful crafter's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.
Looking for a fun and functional crochet project (and happen to be right-handed)? Make a hair scrunchie/scrunchy with this crafter's guide. While this tutorial is geared toward people already posessing some knowledge of crocheting, beginners should be able to follow along provided they understand the bare essentials. For more information, and to get started making this hair scrunchie yourself, watch this free video crochet lesson.
Recycle your old bedclothes and obtain a fashionable rag rug in the process! Learn to make a rag rugs from old linens with this green crafter's guide. While this tutorial is geared toward people already posessing some knowledge of crocheting, beginners should be able to follow along provided they understand the bare essentials. For more information, and to get started making your own rag rugs, watch this free video crochet lesson.
Looking for a fun and functional crochet project (and happen to be left-handed)? Make a hair scrunchie/scrunchy with this crafter's guide. While this tutorial is geared toward people already posessing some knowledge of crocheting, beginners should be able to follow along provided they understand the bare essentials. For more information, and to get started making this hair scrunchie yourself, watch this free video crochet lesson.
In this tutorial, we learn how to create a crafters tool caddy for your desk. First, you will need to gather a few pieces of chip board coasters and cut them to the specifications you would like your caddy to be. After you have done this, put your caddy together by locking them together using cut lines inside the middle of each of them. Once you have finished this, place additional pieces of chip boards inside to create different sections of the caddy. Once you are finished, place in your mat...
There's no better time than the holidays to whip up a batch of beautiful decorative bows. This instructional video teaches you how to tie your own bows for embellishing any holiday themed item. Once you've mastered this technique feel free to experiment with other sizes and styles. These are the bows that we use to attach to wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, swags, potted plants, and a variety of other floral arrangements. Learning how to make your own professional crafter's quality bow like t...
Kathy Carroll of the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes and Faux by Kathy demonstrates how to give a decorative distressed look to antique furniture pieces. Distressing is a great way to revive outdated or worn pieces, as well as achieve character and age newer pieces. Antiquing furniture techniques are easy to do and can be done by everyone from veteran decorative artisans to the beginning crafter.
MAKE zine aims to bring the DIY aesthetic and mindset to all the technology in your life. They want you to break open things and put them back together in a better way. In this video, MAKE and KipKay show you how to build a plexiglass drawer organizer so you'll be able to find your stuff in a pinch. This isn't a project for novice crafters, but the steps here aren't hard to follow.
We're kickin' it olde school in this craftacular how-to video sampling from the Impatient Crafter crew. Join Margot as she shows you how to ink acrylic letters so they look like buried glass and make an adorable pendant from a vintage optical lens to boot.
If you're an avid paper crafter, then you have probably been frustrated more than once when you're in love with a particular stamp but you only want to use one part of the stamp image and omit the other part. Rather than getting frustrated and simply stamping down everything at once, why not learn how to separate the image from the stamp?
Polymer clay is a favorite material for many crafters because it's so versatile. Those interested in creating miniatures - like small version of Domo Kun or tiny, hamster-sized apple pies - can easily mold the clay into any shape they wish, while jewelers enjoy polymer clay because you can experiment with different colors to produce all types of effects.
You know those long drives home in the car after you've spent a weekend at a cousin's house, or back from visiting Las Vegas? With more than a few hours at your disposal, what do you do to fill up the time? If you're an avid crafter and enjoy making jewelry, that you can turn those usually idle hours into productive crafting time by making this portable beading studio.
Due to the downturn of the economy, many smart shoppers have turned into smart crafters instead. Whether it's making crafts for your home or for friends, crafting saves money (we're talking a $2 craft versus a $50 present for a friend's birthday present).
Basic paper punches do two very extraordinary things for crafters: 1. They minimize your workload and save your fingers from completely drying out and falling off from weilding scissors at oblique angles the whole day, and 2. They create perfectly cut, perfectly uniform shapes and can be used over and over again.
To us, old T-shirts are just space clutterers, with too much history for my of us to throw away but taking up too much space in our closets to want to keep. But for crafters they're the Holy Grail of crafting supplies.
You don't have to own a Cricut, several volumes of themed scrapbooking paper, pinking shears, and ribbons in each color of the rainbow to call yourself a crafter. More complicated crafts do call for this kind of deep and expensive preparation, but the craft presented in this video practically requires nothing.
Easter is one of the best times for crafters to indulge in and even overdo pastel spring hues, vibrant flecks of glitter, and flower decals galore. Which is why this craft, a combination of all of the above, is such a perfect project for celebrating Easter.
Need to wrap a present for an upcoming celebration but have no extra money to blow on pre-made ribbons and bows? Then check out this super quick tutorial on how to make a bow using a fork.
Are you not really a big fan of sewing but love making things? You're in luck! Learn how to make a no-sew blanket with help from this tutorial! Keep yourself and the ones you love warm with this amazing blanket design that crafters of all levels can complete!
Learn from Dawn of Stampin' Up! how to make a paper bead for either decoration or for a homemade necklace! You can make these beads out of newspaper, magazines, or designer paper. Get creative this weekend and make a pile of paper beads to create a unique jewelry piece perfect for any crafter.
If you own the paper cutting craft device, the Cricut, you can make Happy Howlidays Christmas cards by using the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge. The Cricut machine is for crafters who want to cut out paper and graphics for scrapbooking and card making. The card shown will have a dog on the front and your choice of colors for paper. Red or green paper would work well since this is a Christmas card. You can also use the basic Christmas shapes with you Cricut machine and add those to the card as we...
In this Threadbanger tutorial, designer Desira Pesta shows you the steps to make a collage necklace. Made of scraps of fabric, a collage necklace is a colorful accessory for fashion-conscious folks. It's also cheap and pretty easy to make, ideal for crafters who are still learning.
Nylon flower making is an art form that can be done by anyone and can be brought back and modernized by this generation of crafters. The video could help you start in this exciting new world of nylon flower making where you are limited only by your imagination. See how to make nylon stocking flowers (calla lily). This nylon flower making video tutorial is brought to you by New Sheer Creations.
Dr Kreepy, Halloween crafter, shows how to obtain a rotting head without killing someone! For this project, you will need a skull, paintbrushes, liquid latex, black spray paint, brown paint, and cotton balls. Watch this video prop-making tutorial and learn how to make a cheap corpse prop head for Halloween.
Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter shows you how to make four fabulous inked backgrounds for miniature collage pendants. Using vintage French images and her trusty crew of crafty helpers Madge whips up a tasty project you'll definitely want to sink your teeth into. Learn how to make these pretty necklace pendants by watching and following along with this video jewelry-making tutorial.
Jump rings are super functional in jewelry making, allowing crafters to connecting disparate sections of a necklace easily and also serving as their own minimalist decor. If you're into the look of chain mail (which is just that - lots of chains connected together via jump rings), then you should check out this video to learn how to craft your own jump rings.
Jump rings serve a variety of purposes in jewelry making, the most common of which is connecting adjoining sections of a necklace, bracelet, or earring. If you would like to integrate jump rings into your jewelry crafting then check out this video to learn how to open and close a jump ring using two pairs of chain-nosed pliers.
What exactly is a head pin? In jewelry crafting, a head pin is the small wire loop on top of a bead that allows the bead to be attached to a necklace or an earring. If you're looking to get into making your own jewelry, then creating a headpin is one of the most basic skills you'll utilize for the rest of your career.
Whether updating your home design or protecting against mold and mildew, the installation of kitchen tiles is a simple process that any home crafter can do. This video tutorial shows how to install backer board and tile your kitchen floor. Once you've cleaned the area where your backer board will go, measure to make sure all materials will precisely fit into place. Before setting the tiles, plan the layout on a sheet of graph paper to figure out if you'll need to cut tiles. Finally, apply gro...
Creative Jewelry Making teaches the at home crafter how to make their own Bali bead and silver charm bracelet. This is not a video for jewelry making pros; it would be simple enough for a novice and can be completed in about half an hour. These are the tools you will need to complete the project: six Bali beads per inch of bracelet you will be making, six jump rings per inch, a Bali style toggle with a large hole for latching, and two pairs of flat nose pliers (make sure to use jewelry pliers...