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 Gingerbread House & Birdhouse In One

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I love this little DIY gingerbread house project for Christmas in July because it works now as a birdhouse AND it works later as a darling little flickering nightlight for Christmas.  I plan to do a whole little bird city with all the houses Consumer Crafts has available (See them all HERE).  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a birdhouse painting party with a bunch of friends or neighborhood children? It is a wonderful way to get out of the {Read More}

Craft Organization Ideas to Keep You Out of Trouble

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Crafting can sometimes be a slippery slope. One day it’s a small hobby you’re doing in your spare time and your supplies are neatly organized in a small corner or your office. Next thing you know, crafting supplies have taken over your house and you can find them all over the place. (Photo courtesy of our blogger, Shaunte. Check out her craft room.) Craft organization ideas can make spur of the moment projects easier, help you save money from buying duplicates {Read More}

Homemade Teacher Gifts: A Bouquet of Freshly Sharpened Pencils

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Once upon a time, I taught in the classroom. And I kept adorable little pots of pens and pencils on my desk. It would usually take about a month for me to ask aloud, “Why don’t I have anything to write with!?!?” And students would sheepishly look away. I would realize: most of my pens and pencils had been “borrowed” away… never to return to their stylish little desk organizer. And then a solution presented itself:  a handmade “flower pencil” won’t walk {Read More}

Back to School Countdown Calendar

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Summer is winding to a close and school will be starting before you know it.  Relish those last days of summer fun with this back to school countdown calendar.  We have added a fun activity to each day for you to do with your kids.  Make the countdown calendar, add the activities of your choice, then let them start each day with a fun surprise activity.  This is a great way to end summer on a fun note for little {Read More}

Flickering Firefly DIY Picture Frame

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What better way to capture those amazing summer memories than in a handmade picture frame with flickering fireflies swooping in and out of an embossed mason jar? Follow these simple steps below to make your own firefly DIY picture frame! Supplies needed to make your own firefly DIY picture frame: Ready to Finish Memory Frame 9×7 Core’dinations Vintage Collection Retro Mod Squad 12 x 12 Paper Pack 10 Bulb LED Battery Light Set Krylon® Adhesive Spray Darice® Mason Jar Embossing Folder Canson {Read More}

Wooden Monogram DIY House Numbers

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When I was cleaning the front porch off this spring, I felt like it needed a little something new. Our house numbers have been hanging for more years than I would like to admit. I figured that was a good place to start! So, with a little Mod Podge and paper I made these fun monogram DIY house numbers to hang by our front door. These DIY house numbers were an instant gratification project. It came together really quickly- and I {Read More}

Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Craft Ribbon

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You probably already use craft ribbon to create beautiful decorative bows and wrapped presents, but have you ever used it in your craft projects? Ribbon is one of the most versatile craft supplies, but there are some tips and tricks to choosing the right kind for your project. Picking the Right Craft Ribbon Like most craft supplies, there are a variety of types of crafting ribbon, and not all are ideal for all projects. Craft Curling Ribbon is the common type of ribbon {Read More}

DIY End Table Storage Cube {Furniture Makeover}

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While I’ve always admired furniture painting projects on various blogs, I never took one on because I don’t have the patience for them.  Sanding, priming, staining….ugh!  I would lose interest before ever completing the project.  Then I tried Americana’s Chalky Finish Paint, and my views changed.  No tedious prep work required with this product:  Just paint it!  I’ve been decorating my house with thrifted items that I refresh with Chalky Finish Paint, and here’s my newest piece.  Inspired by this {Read More}

Pottery Barn Knock-Off: Diamond Panel Wall Art DIY

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Did you know that I love a lot of the designs and art work from Pottery Barn?  I love a lot of their furniture too.  But I don’t love the price.  So when I saw this really pretty Yellow Diamond Panel from Pottery Barn, I knew that I could easily recreate it with the help the new Chalky line of paints from Americana! This wall art DIY piece took a little bit of patience to create, but it was not difficult {Read More}