Guest Blogger, Veronika from toddleratplay.com
Paper Snail Craft is a super easy craft anyone can do with their preschoolers and even toddlers. Kids will love the googly eyes and watching it wobble!
By Guest Blogger, Liz Meehan, from the blog, Crafty Woman Shop
Hi! My name is Liz and I’m the woman behind Crafty Woman Shop. I first picked up a crochet hook during the spring after my daughter was born. With the help of YouTube videos, I quickly caught on to the craft and began making items ranging from baby headbands to amigurumi. The items I made were either for my daughter, myself, or as gifts to others. Time and again, friends and family would tell me I should start sharing and selling my creations. After a few years of telling myself I would open up shop, here I finally am! I design both free and paid patterns, and today I am sharing a fun Halloween design that I hope you will enjoy creating!
Well it seemed like it was finally summer, but now fall has quickly rushed in.
Not that I have anything against fall. It is almost tied with summer for being my favorite season. Mild weather, fall foliage, holidays, deliciously scented candles (apple pie, anyone?), seasonal desserts (again, apple pie anyone?)…. I’m sure we can all think of many reasons why fall is so great. The only drawback is the winter chill that begins to creep in, but I guess a positive to this is having an even better reason to crochet!
Halloween is also creeping around the corner, which is a good reason to stretch my creativity into designing some bizarre creations. This week I decided to sit down and design a spider web poncho. I even took it a step further and made a black widow spider to go along with it.
By Guest Blogger Barbara
My name is Barb, and I started doing crafts during high school while taking a home economics course. The class taught me how to crochet, knit, cross-stitch, macrame and sew. I have been doing these crafts for over 35 years and I still love to learn new techniques and challenging myself. I don’t know everything, but I love to learn and I’m always excited to try new things.
Visit Barb at her blog, One Crafty Gal today!
I love to make washcloths, not only because they are useful and are so much better than the rough ones you buy at the store, but because they give me an opportunity to try new stitches. Whether it’s crocheting or knitting, making a washcloth allows you to practice a new stitch or one you have not used in a while without making a huge commitment. You can make a small mistake here and there and no one will ever know. Once you finish the washcloth you can confidently take on a larger project because you’ve gotten some great practice.
By Guest Blogger Jasmine
So me and my daughter’s were walking through the mall and they saw these cute little back packs that they wanted, looking at these back packs I said I could make these so I set out to make my own pattern for these back packs, as well as my own graphs. My younger daughter want something simple just zigzags, ( which you can get here) and my older daughter want Bendy and the it Machine, ( mind you I had know idea who this was I had to do a whole lot of research, you can get that here) my daughters love there back packs and can’t get enough of them. Now you can use any graph you like on the front of your back pack these are just the ones my daughters like. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much I did making it. Also don’t forget to check out the video here
By Guest Blogger Heidi
My name is Heidi and I have been a papercrafter for over 10 years now. I love the process of finding inspiration and using lots of fun supplies to turn it into a beautiful project.
Visit Heidi at her blog, Blue Scallop Creations today!
Lately, I’ve been breaking out some older stencils and experimenting with ombre ink blending. This is my comfort zone as far as mixed media is concerned, LOL! I love the smooth look of the blended colors. For this project, I used my Kaleidacolor ink pads along with the Daisy Flower Cluster stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop for even more color variation.
By Guest Blogger Crystal
Hi, my name’s Crystal! I’m a wife and stay at home mom to two kids, E & O and we’re expecting baby P very soon. I have been crocheting ever since my oldest was born. I had tried to learn for years by reading books with little success, but then one day I came across tutorials on the internet and it finally all made sense! I’ve never looked back.
I started my blog, Marching North to share what I’ve come up with, as well as things I’ve made following patterns I’ve found online from all the super talented crocheters out there (giving them all due credit of course!)
Easter is right around the corner! My kids have been making me aware of that for a couple of weeks now. My daughter is a big fan of rainbows and colorful things so I thought this rainbow Easter bonnet hat would be perfect for her. I imagine she’ll be wearing it any time it’s cold enough, not just at Easter time! It makes me feel so good when I make them something and they actually want to wear it!
By Guest Blogger Annabelle
Annabelle Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11). Annabelle writes about crafting, sewing, and parenting. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel. You can visit her blog to learn more about her and her work.
Crafts are a great way to teach children everything from their colors to their numbers to some of the cutest critters around. And, one of my favorite things to do with my kids is forest animal crafts.
Rather we are creating an adorable, cuddly rabbit or a beautiful, prancing deer – each forest animal craft is unique and gives me the opportunity to teach my children a little bit more about yet another animal lingering in our forests.
Keep reading for the step-by-step how-to instructions for two of my favorite forest animal crafts: the rabbit and the deer.
We love to do this craft around Easter to incorporate the Easter Bunny into our craft. Holiday crafts are just so much fun!
We also always make a cute little felt bunny with a vibrant egg to accompany it.
For these crafts, it is important to note that you can add the details such as the face or design at two separate stages – if you are sewing them on, add them before you sew the front and the back together. But, if you are drawing them on you can simply do that at the very end.
First, start by grabbing your crafting tools. You will need: scissors, felt (colors of your choice), plush animal stuffing, thread, a sewing needle and printed labels to give your bunny a name.
Next, you will start by cutting out the shape of an egg – you will need two pieces so you can have a front and a back. Then, you will also do the same for your rabbit. Cut out the outline of a rabbit – you will need a front and a back.
For this third step, you might need to help your child a bit. This step is where you sew together the front and the back pieces. But, be sure you leave a small section open so you can fill the egg and the rabbit with the stuffing.
So, now comes my favorite part – stuffing the egg and the rabbit. Fill your craft with your plush toy stuffing and watch them come to life!
Lastly, finish sewing them up and add the finishing touches. You can sew more felt pieces to give the rabbit eyes and a mouth and add a design to your egg. Or, you could use glue and other crafting resources. Or, you could even decorate them using a marker.
But, we can’t let our rabbit be all alone in the forest. So, let’s make a deer to keep the rabbit company:
For the deer, we will follow just about the same steps as we used for the egg and the rabbit. Let’s get started:
Start by grabbing your crafting tools: Scissors, felt, thread, and a sewing needle.
Next, cut out the shape of the deer. Be sure to incorporate little ears into your cut out and also use another color of felt to cut out his antlers – these are a staple part of the project.
Now, it is time to stuff the deer! Just like you did with the rabbit craft, sew the front and back pieces together, leaving a small opening to stuff it.
Finally, close it up and add the finishing touches!
How did yours turn out? Share pictures of your finished product with us in the comments!