Top Tips For Work Safety

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  • You may feel silly wearing protective wear, but your eyes, skin, and lungs will thank you. When using any supplies that states use in a well-ventilated area–wear a dust and filter mask that covers your nose and mouth. Also wear when sanding and cutting with power saws. The fine dust particles are bad for your lungs. Wear goggles when working at close contact with spray paints and power tools. Also don’t forget the rubber gloves when working with chemicals, dyes, and other products that can irritate skin.
  • Work in a circle: Have items you use all the time including your tools like scissors in the front part of the circle within easy reach. Other items can fill in the circle. This set-up is less stressful and not as exhausting as having to hunt down the items you need.
  • Storage of supplies is always a problem– store up, down, here and there, but NEVER on the floor. It’s an accident waiting to happen and very frustrating.
  • Always get up every hour (when sitting for a long time) and stretch–your legs, neck, back, and arms.
  • Lighting is very important–even if you have to make an investment in new fixtures and bulbs. Avoid eyestrain and mistakes (especially when matching colors) with good lighting. Mother Nature is best so if possible set-up near a sunny window.
  • Never completely relax when using power tools or anything that uses electricity. Mistakes and accidents happen when we take these tools for granted.
  • If it smells…it’s probably not good for your respiratory system. Buy non-toxic glues, paints, and sprays. Unscrew the lid of a liquid and smell for fumes. No room is ventilated well enough for some of these products.
  • Rotary scissors are wonderful to relieve hand and wrist stress, but buy one with a retractable blade. Always replace the cover of sharp, pointed tools to avoid accidents.

Stash Busting Projects for All Crafting Types

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Stash Busting Projects

I think all of us can admit that we have way too many craft supplies. I have tons of leftover odds and ends from finished projects, projects I gave up on, and things I just had to have. Going into the New Year gives us a chance to look at what we have and improve. I’m hoping to clean out my craft space for the coming year, but I don’t want all of those scraps and materials I have saved to go to waste. So, I went on the hunt for some great stash busting projects, no matter what you have too much of.

Use up those Fabric Scraps!

DIY Mug Cozy with Insulated Lining - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Insulated Mug Cozy

If you’re a sewer, chances are you’ve created a lot of fabric scraps. It’s so hard to just throw those scraps away, especially if it’s a particularly nice fabric. I think most sewers tend to hang on to those scraps for a future project, and then just create a neglected pile somewhere in their sewing room. Well, now’s the time to give that pile a little love and create beautiful things along the way!

Try making some quilted coasters to decorate your craft room and keep your sewing table looking lovely

Perfect your hexie skills with a fun and colorful bracelet.

Or, if you aren’t a quilter, turn your fabric scraps into one of these trendy bracelets.

Search that pile for some coordinating scraps to create cute potholders for your kitchen.

Add a modern touch to your sewing room with this geometric hexagon clock.

Bust Through that Leftover Yarn!

Crochet Pattern for cute flower coasters from ThinkCrafts.com

Crochet Flower Coasters

My biggest craft stash is definitely my yarn stash. I’ve been an avid knitter for a few years and recently picked up crochet as well. As a result, I have tons of half used skeins of yarn, Leftover yarn from projects I’ve abandoned, and bags of skeins for projects I’ve always intended to work on. I really need to get control of this, and while I still fully intend to use some of that yarn for certain projects (starting them is always the hardest part), I have lots of skeins I just need to turn into something beautiful.

Tame those bad hair days with a pretty knotted headband.

Contain odds and ends in your craft room with a fun yarn bowl your kids can make!

Create a yarn ball mosaic to show off your crafting love in a unique way.

A squishy pom pom rug is a colorful treat for your feet, especially during the cold winter months.

Weave your leftover yarn to create a useful basket.

Repurpose Your Paper Scraps

Punched Heart Garland at ThinkCrafts.com

Punched Heart Garland

Paper is another material that creates a lot of scraps that you think hold a world of potential in the crafting department. It’s almost painful to throw away those scraps of pretty paper. So they stay around, collecting dust in a basket, or on your desk, their colors calling to you, but you don’t know what to create with them. Here are a few fun ideas.

Scraps of all sizes can be used to create colorful Bird’s Nest Bowls.

Run to the hardware store and turn your paper scraps into pretty washer necklaces.

Decorate your kitchen with your favorite paper with these glass gem magnets.

If you’ve got a lot of solid colored paper scraps, completely repurpose them into a brand new sheet of paper.

Turn seasonal paper scraps into wreaths for every occasion!

Trim Down Your Bead Stash

Wire Tree With Beads

Pretty Wire Trees

I feel that beads are a craft supply you can never have too much of – until you suddenly do. You collect every single bead that cathes your eye with absolutely no idea what you create with it. So it sits in a container as “decoration” on your shelf. If you have some sort of overflowing container because you just couldn’t help yourself at the bead store, (guilty) here are some great ways to bust through that stash.

Extra perler beads or pony beads can be melted into fun and festive bowls.

Add beads to a suncatcher and watch them sparkle.

Get creative with your seed beads and make a colorful safety pin bracelet.

Use colorful beads to create this cuff bracelet.

If you have an overwhelming amount of beads, sort them by color, then create a jaw-dropping mosaic.

What are you hoping to accomplish in the craft world this year? Do you need to organize your craft room, finish a big project, do you want to learn a new craft? Let us know at the Craft Resolutions Drawing and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Gift Certificate! Then, stop by the New Year’s Craft Resolution Sale to get started!

Sewing Notions Catch-all Dish

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Sewing Notions Catch-all Dish

I’m not the best at putting my pins back into the pincushion as I’m sewing. Instead, I set them down on my table, just waiting for me to accidentally stab myself. They roll around, sometimes end up on the floor, and leave me searching all over my craft room to make sure I didn’t miss a pin. So, in the spirit of spring cleaning, I decided to create myself a small go-to dish for my sewing notions. It’s the perfect place to store things I might need like bobbins, extra pins, a measuring tape, and maybe even some small scissors for snipping threads. No more looking for dropped pins, extra bobbins, or a pair of scissors, they’re all in once place!

Sewing Dish

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Toddler Weaving Loom

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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

DIY Toddler Weaving Loom by Brave New Home

When we went to a museum on our last family trip, my toddler became engrossed with this little weaving loom the museum had as part of their hands-on kid section.  Even though his little fingers weren’t quite able to weave the yarn, we couldn’t pull him away from trying.

2 - materials for kids weaver

When we got back from our trip, I thought about ways to make a weaving loom that would be appropriate for his level of hand-eye coordination.  For this project I used a wood frame that I picked up for a dollar, yarn, paint, hot glue, and wire.

3 - removing frame elements and marking drill points

4 - sanding the drilled holes

I started by removing any frame bits from the frame (like the metal brackets that keep the photo in place).  I marked where I would drill holes for the wires to fit through.  After drilling my holes, I sanded over the entire surface.

5 - painted frame and cutting wire

The wood frame received a coat of paint then I started inserting the wire through the holes.  I suggest covering the ends of the wire with hot glue or some sort of tape as a safety precaution.

6 - inserting wire into weaver

I was planning on using a craft stick to thread the yarn but the wooden dowel that came with the frame ended up being an even better fit so I got glued the end of my yarn to it.  I did a few rows of weaving as an example before explaining it to my toddler.

Neon Cord Bracelets

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By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

DIY bracelets with neon cord. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I’ve been a crafty chick for as long as I can remember, and when I was a kid, I had one of those kid’s DIY kits for hemp bracelets. I made SO MANY bracelets… I loved it. But that was years ago, and I was definitely out of practice. Now that paracord bracelets are on trend though, I was inspired to revisit my ol’ bracelet making days with a little updated twist: neon cord in place of hemp!
Stuff You’ll Need:
Nylon Cording (in your desired colors and thickness), a lighter, wooden beads, washi tape or safety pin (optional)

 

 

In the above photo, the pink cord is your base cord. Choose whatever color you’d like for your base cord, wrap it around your wrist 4 times, and cut. Carefully melt the ends with your lighter to prevent it from unraveling. I doubled my side cords for increased thickness, but this is completely optional, as is using two colors. Fold your cord in half.

 

If using one color for both sides, measure your cord from hand to hand (the length of your arm span) twice, and cut. Melt the ends with your lighter. If you are using one color, but want to double it, simply cut a second cord the same length. Fold your cord(s) in half.

 

If using different colors for each side (to achieve the look of the pink & white and orange & white bracelets above), measure a length of each color from hand to hand (the length of your arm span), and cut. Melt the ends with your lighter. Fold your first cord in half and slide one end of your second cord through the loop of the first cord. Pull the second cord through so that the two ends of the second cord meet, linking the two cords together at their middles.

 

Now for the braiding…

 

  1. Place your  base cord over the midpoint of your side cords (the fold if using one color OR the point where your colors are linked if using two colors). You want your side cords down just far enough so that they create a loop the size of your wooden bead at the top of the base cord. If it helps, tape the loop to a book or table with washi tape, or pin the loop to your jeans with your safety pin.
  2. Place your left cord over your base cords, leaving a loop on the left side.
  3. Place your right cord over the length of the left cord that is now on the right side, slide your right cord under your base cords, under the loop created by the left cord on the left side, and through the loop.
  4. Pull your cords tight. **Refer to the animation above for reference!**
  5. Now do the same thing in reverse:
  6. Place your right cord over your base cords, leaving a loop on the right side.
  7. Place your left cord over the length of the right cord that is now on the left side, slide your left cord under your base cords, under the loop created by the right cord on the right side, and through the loop.
  8. Pull your cords tight.
  9. Repeat steps 2 – 8 until your bracelet fits your wrist.
  10. When your bracelet is your desired length, slide your wooden bead onto the base cords (if not all the cords), and tie a knot using all the cords. Using your lighter, carefully melt the cord ends and parts of the knot to keep it secure.
  11. To wear, slide your knot and bead through the loop!

Knotted Bracelets made with neon cord. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I have three different styles pictured here. The orange and pink bracelets are done with different colored side cords, the larger white bracelet is done using two long strands of white cord over a thicker purple cord for the base (finished with a knot and no bead), and the white bracelet with beads uses a single strand of long white cord with beads strung onto the base cord ever 8 knots! Get creative with your designs!

 

This is a fun and easy craft for kids, too — sort of like friendship bracelets! If you whip some up, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Starburst Necklace

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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. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

bling-book

 

Celebrity Craft Professional Mark Montano’s latest book the Big-Ass Book of Bling is full of enough projects to cover you in bling from head to toe! This necklace is just one of the many accessory projects you can make with household items and imagination. Visit our friend Mark Montano’s website for even more crafty and DIY bling ideas!

 

 

 

 

Mark Montano's Starburst Necklace at ThinkCrafts.com

I think this actually looks like a key to another dimension.  If you were to neatly place the smaller stones you could perhaps make your astrology sign?  Just a thought.

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Cabled Arm Warmers

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By Yarn Crafts Contributor Joselyn

Cabled Arm Warmers at ThinkCrafts.com

Finding your dream pair of gloves, mittens, or arm warmers is very tough. With all of the patterns out there, you’d think there would be at least one that fits all of your needs. Don’t feel alone if you haven’t found the right pair or even knitting pattern yet, the same thing happened to me. I invented this pattern  to be adaptable and something I could do while watching TV without too much counting. I’ve made tons of versions of these since I wrote up the pattern, some shorter, some with different cables, but always with the stretchy ribbing on the parts without a cable.

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