Kid Friendly Knitting Needles

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

Between the pool and the park and camp and play dates, summer can be a whirlwind of activity, and even the most energetic kids will sometime need a quiet activity to do in the cool of the indoors. If you have a burgeoning knitter this summer, or a child interested in learning to knit, but you aren’t ready to hand over your good needles, why not put the kids to work making their own knitting needles?

Here’s what you need


Dowels – 1/4 inch and or 3/8 inch
Pencil sharpener
220 grit sandpaper
Rocks, buttons or beads, even small toys
Hot glue or super glue

If you have longer dowels, cut them into pairs of even lengths, 12 inches long works well but you can go shorter depending on your preference.


Using the small hole of the sharpener for the 1/4 inch dowels or the larger hole for the 3/8, sharpen the end of each dowel until you have an almost sharp point.

Sand the sharpened end until smooth, then sand the shaft of the dowel to make sure there are no nicks in the wood to catch on the yarn.


Using either the hot glue or super glue, attach the beads, buttons or rocks to the flat end of the dowel.

Allow the glue to dry before using.

** a 1/4 inch dowel give you a size 10 1/2 knitting needle, a 3/8 inch dowel makes a size 15, both are great sizes for beginning knitters, especially when paired with a bulky yarn.

Pumpkin Pie Jewelry Set

By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.

Celebrate the holidays with festive pumpkin pie jewelry for yourself or a hostess.

When it comes to the holidays and family get-togethers, I am always excited for my grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie topped with a nice dollop of cool whip. Make a pumpkin pie jewelry set to wear or give to the host of this year’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

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Spooky Handprint Ghost Tree

By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.

Make a spooky Halloween decoration with the kids!

Have your little ones give you a hand (literally) with this handprint project. The kids will love it and you will have a cute keepsake. I always love looking at last year’s handprint crafts and showing my little one how much she has grown.

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Simple Cable Scarf

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilight Kallisti

This scarf is perfect for a winter gift and can be customized to fit your style.

It feels like fall today so I’m starting to make my holiday knitting list. I made this Christmas scarf for a nephew who requested the colors. Bored by the idea of endless inches of ribbing I came up with this Simple Cable Scarf pattern.

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Mug Crafts

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I love a good mug craft because mugs are so useful. They make great personalized gifts and can be used to store pens, makeup brushes, or knitting needles. I’ve already got way too many mugs in my cupboard, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love adding to it. Here are some of my favorite projects.

Confetti Dipped Mug

Confetti Dipped Mug

I love the “dipped” look on mugs, which probably explains why most of my mug crafts are some variation of color dipping. It’s just so easy to execute. Chose your favorite color combo with tissue paper and make your own confetti mug in no time.

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