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.

DIY Spider Halloween Soap

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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}

Printed Burlap Art Autumn Decoration

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There are few things that scream “Autumn” quite so much as burlap! I’m here to show you a quick way to make your own printed burlap art Autumn decoration. I used one of my favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables but you can always use this technique to print anything you want on burlap. We’d love to see what you come up with on the Consumer Crafts Facebook page! Supplies needed to make your own printed burlap autumn decoration: {Read More}

Fall Leaf Polymer Clay Dish For Jewelry

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I love the colors of autumn, don’t you?  It’s my favorite time for spending outdoors; the weather is perfect for day hikes.  This has nothing to do with getting crafty, I know – but it certainly inspires new designs and ideas for projects!  I made up this fall-inspired clay dish jewelry holder from polymer clay with a piece of nature imprinted into it, and painted it with a hint of gold.  It’s perfect for holding small pieces, and it looks pretty on {Read More}

Jumbo Clothespin DIY Mail Sorter

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There is nothing that my little ones like to do more than “check the mail.” They watch for the mailman- and usually fight over who gets to go out and grab the mail, and bring it into the house. I am not sure why this is such a fun event for them- considering most of what we get on a daily basis is boring- bills, bank statements and junky business flyers. A lot of times the mail gets gathered by {Read More}