Awesome Tie-Dye

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I live in a place where tie dye clothing is, ahem, practically required. You think I’m joking but our local soccer league give out plain white shirts to each team with the understanding that they will tie dye them to create unique jerseys for the kids. No, really. So tie dye is always on my radar. My kids love it and it’s a great way to get a little more use out of clothes that would otherwise be too stained to wear in public. Here are some cool tie-dye projects I’m planning on trying with them this summer.

Rainbow Socks - iLoveToCreate

Rainbow SocksiLoveToCreate 

I actually paid big bucks for a pair of tie dyed soccer socks last year and now I’m kicking myself. OF COURSE! I could have just made them myself! I love how this rainbow technique uses zip ties instead of rubber bands to bind the sections off. So smart!

Rosette Flip Flop - The Swell Life

Rosette Flip FlopsThe Swell Life

I have a little girl who would flip over this project! Flips flops (her favorite footwear – like mother like daughter), flowers and tie-die. It’s the perfect combination and a great way to have fun with fabric scraps in an unusual way. They just scream summer, don’t they?

Shibori Tie Dye - Lets Go Fly a Kite

“Shibori” Tie-DyeLet’s Go Fly a Kite

And for the  non pink flower lovers in the family these crazy blue tone tie-die shirts will be a huge hit! They look, somehow, wintery, and sciency and also a little foresty. My son will go nuts for them. And for making them I bet. What a fun summer project!

What’s your best tie-dye project? Send us a note! We love to hear what you are up to! Check out these and other Tie Dye Crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

Dyed Pasta

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Creating pasta mosaics is pretty much a must during a child’s preschool years and it’s a great way to spend a too hot to go outside summer day. But instead of just using your average, every day pastas, why not step it up a notch and present your child with a bowl full of brightly colored pasta? Dying pasta is simple, quick and easy enough to let the kids help making it all the more fun! Customize the colors of your pasta to your child’s favorite shades or treat this as a lesson in color mixing, either way, you are both sure to have fun with this project!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pasta – varying shapes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Food coloring
  • Zip-close baggies or sealable bowls
  • Paper towels and colander

1. Split the pasta up into small baggies or bowls, being sure to mix the shapes up so that each bowl has a variety.

2. Pour enough rubbing alcohol into the baggies or bowls to just cover the pasta.

3. Add food coloring to each bag. Start with a few drops and then work the color in before adding more until you reach the shade you are looking for.

4. Seal up the bags or bowls and let the color work it’s way into the pasta for at least 30 minutes. The longer you wait, the more intense the colors will become.

5. Drain the pasta in a colander and then allow them to dry spread out on paper towels. Once dry, the pasta can be strung as beads, glued into mosaics or just sorted and played with!

Dye-Free Easter Eggs

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

Have you decorated your Easter eggs yet? I found an article by Parents Magazines and they share some creative ideas on how to decorate your Easter eggs without using traditional dye.

One of my favorite ideas was adding Thicker Foam Stickers to spell out seasonal phrases on eggs, or plastic eggs. You could use this idea for directions for your Easter egg hunt, or just write “Happy Easter” as a centerpiece.

Shared by Tara Donne

You can also raid your crafting stash for special egg décor.  Use any all-purpose glues to add buttons, sequins, ribbons, gems, rhinestones, or flowers. Parents Magazine suggested CreateForLess as a supplier of colorful buttons and craft glue.

Read the article here!

Sparkle’s Tie Dye Take Out Box

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By Guest Blogger, Sparkle E. Glitter from the blog “Sparkle Studio”. 

I am in love with the Retro 70′s trend that is flooding the market right now.  Since I was not there the first time around, I am embracing all things 70′s.  I love the bellbottoms, the love beads, the mini skirts, the platform shoes, and I especially love tie dye.

So, I combined my tie dye love with my glitter love and here is the result.  Sparkle’s Tie Dye Take Out Box.  You can make one of these take out boxes in a few minutes, but remember to give your box plenty of drying time.  I used Sparkle 21 because it sticks to the plastic surface really well, and it comes in amazing colors.

Here is what you need:

Frosty white plastic take out box

Sparkle 21: Lavender Sparkle, Blue Suede Sparkle, Limeade Sparkle


Try this:

1. Make a thick line spiral of Lavender Sparkle on one side of the box.

 2. Add a thick line of Blue Suede Sparkle next to, but not touching the Lavender spiral.

3. Add a thick line of Limeade Sparkle next to the Blue Suede Sparkle.

4. Use the toothpick to scribble between the colors.  Draw some Lavender into the Blue Suede.  Draw some Blue Suede into the Lavender.  Blend all the lines together.

5.  Repeat on the other three sides if you want to cover the box.  Let dry.


You can use this same technique for faux tie dye on fabric as well.  Sparkle 21 is washable! It comes in many groovy colors, pick three you love to personalize your tie dye take out box.

Glitter on!


Lovely, Lovely Eggs

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Easter is fast approaching and while plain old colored eggs are always fun, there are so many amazing egg decorating ideas out there it would be a shame to stick with just the dye, wouldn’t it? Colorful, floral, unique, so many ideas! I’m thinking of trying a few of these on blown out eggs so that I can keep them well beyond Easter Morning! Alright, maybe I’m thinking of trying them all! Here are some of my very favorites!

Exquisite Eggs - Country Living

Exquisite Eggs – Country Living

These clever eggs use tattoo paper to transfer botanical images to the eggs, I love their Edwardian style. Wouldn’t they look great in a pretty bowl or vase?

Silk Dyed Eggs - Country Living

Silk Dyed EggsCountry Living

This is an unusual take on the traditional silk dyed eggs. Using black and white silks creates a striking, modern style, beautiful and elegant. And so charming!

Decoupage Fabric Eggs - Tatertots & Jello

Decoupaged EggsTatertots & Jello

On the flip side, these eggs are bursting with color. A great way to use those plastic eggs for something a little more decorative, these are bright and beautiful and I can’t get enough of them!

Scrambled Lines Easter Eggs - Martha Stewart

Scrambled Lines Easter EggsMartha Stewart

And here we have dyed eggs with a twist! Tape in stripes to create a void in the color when dyed. Applied in layers after each trip into the dye bath, you get a while and beautiful result with very little effort. This woudl be a great variation to try with the kids!

How will you decorate your eggs this year? Any ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to see them! And check out these and other egg-related crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Last Week’s Social Media Recap

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As the marketing assistant for CreateForLess, I have a lot of fun coming up with new ways to help inspire and interact with all of you through social media. We try to bring new ideas and fun finds from around the internet right to your screen with our different social media channels. If you’re not already following, and like what you see, make sure to click over and like, follow, comment, and share!

This week, I’m starting out with Instagram. I’m having so much fun in my floral arranging class, and I love to share! This week, we made English Garden arrangements. They’re supposed to be a little wild, and look like you just dropped them into your vase. But it takes a lot more work. My floral frog definitely helped a lot.


Follow the jump to find out what else we did this week!

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Ask the Experts: Journaling and Paper Types

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

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BasicGrey Spiral Journal

 Q: I’ve heard a lot about journals lately.  What are they used for in crafting?

A:  Journals can actually be used any way you would like. One example to use them for is to practice techniques and use mediums that are possibly new to you. They are a great place to keep pictures of idea that you wan t to try.  You can, then, keep them together so you can refer to them later.  They can be used to create ideas that you have that maybe won’t work on another project or they can just be used to get your creativity flowing.  They can, also, be used to put your thoughts down in a creative style.

Paper Accents Recycled Kraft Cardstock

 Q: What is kraft paper?

A:  Kraft paper, also, known as kraft card stock is recycled paper created from paper pulp taken from such things as paper bags or card board.  It is used for cards and other things by crafters because it is strong and adds a distressed look to some projects.

Paper Accents Vellum

 Q: How do I attach vellum without the glue showing?

A:  There are tape runners that are designed to be used with vellum which work well.  Another idea is to use just a regular tape runner and hide the adhesive with an embellishment.

ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Spray

 Q: When I use spray inks, all they do is leave big drips.  What can I do?

A:  The key to getting a good even spray is to push the nozzle down in one quick and even push all the way down in one motion.  Don’t push it in a choppy motion or it will allow for uneven spray.

Bo Bunny Clear Essentials Curly Q

 Q: How do I keep my clear stamps stuck to the acrylic block?

A:  First make sure the stamp is clean by washing it with warm soapy water.  If that does not help, you can apply some Tombow Muli Glue or Aleenes Tack It Over & Over to the block and allow it to dry to a tacky finish meaning that it is dry and then adhere the stamp.  The stamp will not be permanently adhered to the block and will be repositionable as long as the glue is allowed to dry.

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