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About Mable Craftsalot

The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!

Colorful Crafts to Get You Through Dreary Winter Days

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

I’m pretty much over winter the second I wake up on New Year’s Day. To me, winter is only magical when the holiday season is surrounding me with lights twinkling everywhere and holiday music playing in the background whenever I leave my home. Once all of that is over, I really truly hate winter. In Portland, we rarely see snow or sun. It’s just grey all the time, and it kind of drives you crazy. One way to combat those winter greys here in Portland is to surround yourself with bright colors, which is why it makes me so happy to look through these colorful crafts.

Paint Chip Mosaic

Paint Chip Mosaic

Grab a few paint chips to create a fun mosaic you can frame. You can look for inspiration online or create a pretty sunflower like this one. Use different shades of colors for a truly unique look.

Colorful Mini Vases - Trashy Crafter

Colorful Mini VasesTrashy Crafter

I love the way these vases look, and you can use every color of the rainbow to brighten your home decor while it’s still grey outside.

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Autumn Wreaths

Autumn has arrived! Here in Portland the trees are bursting with color and the clouds are bursting with rain, and I’m looking for inspiration for new autumn wreath designs. Wreath making is one of my favorite fall crafts because the design possibilities are endless. There is an autumn wreath for every craft level. I’m including some of my favorite possibilities for DIY wreaths to brighten your door this fall.

 

This wreath combines the natural charm of burlap with the warm bright beauty of fall flowers.

Fall Burlap and Flower Wreath Howtonestforless

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Pretty Wire Trees

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

DIY Wire Trees

DIY Wire Tree Decorations

Bring nature indoors as the weather cools down with this fun project! Kids and adults can enjoy creating these gorgeous trees to top boxes, add to a terrarium, or decorate a bookshelf. Use up old beads and buttons, or create a unique memento with collected shells or rocks. The possibilities are endless and the result is stunning.

DIY Wire Tree with Moss

What You Need:

  • Wire (we used 20 gauge wire cut into 18 inch pieces)
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutter
  • Tacky Glue
  • Small Embellishments (beads, tiny buttons, little rocks, we even used moss)

How to Make It:

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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

If you’re like me, you’ve probably waited until the last minute to put the details together for your Halloween plans. Here are a few of my favorite crafts that will help set the tone for spooky fun on the week leading up to Halloween. I’ve included decorating ideas as well as some kids’ crafts, and costume ideas for the little ones who haven’t yet decided what they want to be!

These Popsicle Haunted Houses are fun to build and make great decorations.

By Happily Ever After

Popsicle Stick Haunted HouseHappily Everly After

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Patriotic Wreath

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

DIY Patriotic Wreath

This patriotic wreath was inspired by the fireworks of Independence Day! The sparkly blue mesh looks like the night sky with metallic chenille stems acting as crazy, loopy fireworks. This fun wreath is the perfect way to add whimsy to your 4th of July party, and to show your patriotism for the days leading up to your summer party.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How to Make It…

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Helpful Craft Tips for National Craft Month

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

March is National Craft Month, and in celebration we’d love to make your crafty lives a little easier. There are so many wonderfully easy craft tips out there to help avoid frustration and make your crafting experience even more enjoyable. Check out some of these ideas to help save you time, energy, and keep you sane through your crafting. If you have any craft tips, don’t forget to enter our National Craft Month Drawing. Your tip could win you a $100 CreateForLess Shopping Spree!

Store Embroidery Floss on Clothespins and other Craft Tips

Store embroidery floss on a clothespin. It’s easier to find the end and it looks pretty set out in a bowl.

I use CD cases with magnetic sheets to store spellbinders dies – Peggy M. from Brandon, SD

Punch through aluminum foil to sharpen dull punches. Lubricate them by punching through wax paper.

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10 Ways to Avoid Getting Pinched on St. Patrick’s Day

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Were you one of those kids that always wore the smallest, most insignificant amount of green that you could on St. Patrick’s Day? For some reason, that was me. I’d wear green nail polish on one finger, or green underwear, or a green necklace hidden in my shirt. I loved fooling people into pinching me on St. Patrick’s Day. You got to pinch anyone who pinched you! Talk about payback. As an adult, I kind of hold on to this tradition. Not to pinch people, but I still avoid my green shirts and dresses and opt for a more subtle but still festive approach to avoid the dreaded pinch. Here are some great ways to avoid the pinching and still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Clover Tattoo - Modern Parents, Messy Kids

DIY Four Leaf Clover TattoosModern Parents, Messy Kids

Keep a homemade temporary tattoo hidden behind a sleeve, or wear it loud and proud on your hand.

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