Craft Basics: Ideas and Inspiration

Looking for craft ideas and inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Browse all our projects below for craft basics inspiration for all levels of crafting. Click on any project image below for detailed instructions and tips.

Homemade Candy Corn Halloween Bark


I am busy making Halloween treats right now and one of my favorite treats to make is chocolate bark!  So I created this really fun and beautiful layered candy corn chocolate Halloween bark. It’s perfect for any fall or Halloween treat! This Halloween bark is so incredibly simple to make!  You will love how quickly it comes together and how little hands-on time this actually requires. Plus it looks beautiful packaged up in cello bags and handed out to good {Read More}

Felt Owl Coin Purses with Free Pattern


In my opinion, a gal can never have too many coin purses–are you with me?  I have several but my collection just wasn’t complete until I made these felt owl coin purses.  Aren’t they cute?  Along with being cute they are easy to make and close securely with a magnetic clasp.  This felt owl coin purse project is one even a beginning stitcher can accomplish.  Really–even you can make one of these! You only need a few supplies to make {Read More}

Soap Making Recipes to Try at Home


Once you’ve mastered the process of making your own soap, you can start to have fun and get crafty with different scents, colors and even additives like real flower petals. If you’re new to soap making, check out our blog post last week on how to make soap. This week, we’re taking it a step further with some basic soap making recipes you’ll swear by and all the techniques to personalize them. (Learn how to make this colorful handmade soap from {Read More}

DIY Spider Halloween Soap


About a month or so I made some really fun kids soap from fabulous supplies from Consumer Crafts,  This craft was not only a lot of fun, but it was so simple that my 7 year old daughter could do most of it all by herself!  So today I am really excited to show you this really fun DIY spider soap perfect for kids of all ages and perfect for Halloween! You will just need a few simple supplies to create {Read More}

DIY Halloween Party Bone Straws


Are you planning a fun DIY Halloween party this year?  These great bone party straws are super easy to make and will be the hit of the party.  Form your bones from clay, bake, and hot glue to straws.  So simple and yet so spooky! Supplies needed to make your own DIY Halloween party bone straws: Sculpey III Sampler Pack Plastic Clay Tool Set Rolling Pin Parchment Paper or other non-stick surface Striped Paper Straws Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks {Read More}

Make Your Own Soap: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

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It’s one of our favorite hostess or house warming gifts: a basket with a few household essentials and fun gifts like soap, cooking or cleaning utensils, a bottle of wine and more. To make it even more fun, make your own soap as part of the gift! You can personalize soap in a few different ways, using the favorite scents, colors and even flower petals of your gift recipient. Creating your own soap is a nice way to stay natural, too, {Read More}

Spectrum Noir Tutorial: How To Stain Wood Using Markers


Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers blend so beautifully on paper that I thought it would be fun to try them out on wood in this Spectrum Noir tutorial! The result is a custom, vibrantly stained project that was really fun to create! Here is all you need to give this Spectrum Noir tutorial a go! Spectrum Noir tutorial for wood staining supplies: Spectrum Noir (Alcohol Ink) Markers, in a variety of colors Spectrum Noir Blender Pen (or cotton swabs, and {Read More}

Fun Candy Corn Fall Candles


Fall is here which means Halloween is right around the corner. Yay! This is my favorite time of the year. The cooler weather, the new decorations, Halloween costumes, candy….did I mention candy?! I have to confess something, though. I do not like candy corn. I just can’t help it. There seem to be two camps of people – the candy corn haters and the candy corn lovers. Honestly, people get pretty passionate over loving candy corn. I will concede this {Read More}

Autumn-Leaf Oatmeal Spice Homemade Soap


Today’s homemade soap craft is a very simple one indeed!  You need a few simple supplies and very basic artistic skills to create these simple, charming oatmeal spiced soaps.  Let’s start with the base! Supplies needed to make your own homemade soap: Oatmeal Soap Base Spice Medley Fragrance Oil Metal Leaves Food Coloring Gel and Paintbrush Glass or Ceramic Bowl for Mixing Soap Mold Cut your soap into cubes and melt slowly in a double boiler or very carefully in the {Read More}