Pretty Little Hand Warmers

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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!

It’s getting to be that time of year again, friends! Cold weather time! And while I must admit that I love the cooler months of the year, I’m not a big fan of freezing fingers, so hand warmers are a must in our house. But why should they be boring? Never! Here are a few of our favorite DIY hand warmer projects. Psst, they make great holiday gifts! So check them out and get crafting!

Vanilla Cream Cashmere Heart Handwarmers - WormWoole Etsy Shop

Vanilla Cream Cashmere Heart HandwarmersWormeWoole Etsy Shop

So pretty! Am I right? These recycled sweater hand warmers turn old, worn out sweaters into something newly useful and beautiful! Soft and snuggly, I can just imaging them tucked into my pockets, keeping my fingers warm. It must be love!

Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers - Haberdashery Fun

Mini Heart Shaped Hand WarmersHaberdashery Fun

And speaking of love, how about these precious heart shaped hand warmers? Adorable, right? Perfect for using up spare bits of fabric, these would make fantastic teacher gifts from your child (but be sure to make them a set as well!).

Homemade Hand Warmers - Repeat Crafter Me

Homemade Hand WarmersRepeat Crafter Me

And these! Ack! Possibly the cutest hand warmers ever made, these little owls are a lovely project for a beginner sewer and a wonderful gift for just about anyone on your list.

Have you made hand warmers for your loved ones? Tell us about your project or send us photos! We love to see them! And check out these and other hand warmer projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Zipper Projects

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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!

A few years ago, an aunt of mine sent me a whole box of sewing notions that she had picked up at a garage sale. On top of the buttons and thread and scattering of pins, there were zippers. Zippers and Zippers and Zippers! Added to my already large collection of colorful zippers, I ended up with quiet a stash. And while they’ll always be mostly for my sewing projects, I love the idea of of turning zippers into something else entirely. Here are a few of my favorite zipper craft ideas!

Zipper Bangles - Brit + Co.


Zipper Bangles - Brit + Co.

These surprisingly elegant little bracelets are so much fun! Bright colors, shiny clasps, and so simple! These would make great gifts for kids to give to their friends or teachers since they can do most of the work themselves. Use heavy duty metal zippers for a different look or keep with the lightweight and colorful nylon varieties for a brighter style!

Felt Zipper Heart Brooch - Wooly Fabulous Etsy Shop

Felt and Zipper Heart BroochWoolly Fabulous Etsy Shop

These beautiful felt and zipper heats are amazing! They could be broaches, embellishments for a special skirt or coat, or ornaments for your tree. I just love them! Any why stop at hearts? So many shapes would be possible!

Rainbow Zipper Pouch - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Rainbow Zipper PouchScattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

How much fun is this rainbow zipper bag? Perfect for a small purse, a pencil bag or even to hold a very special gift, this bag is full of colorful fun!. Pick your favorite shades for a rainbow or alternate two special colors for a different effect!

Vintage Zipper Decor via Makezine


Vintage Zipper DecorMakezine

I love these wild, colorful, zipper covered jars! Modern and quirky, they would make fantastic storage in a craft room or a fun place to stow small kid trinkets! I just adore the texture and rainbow colors of these!

Have you made any fun zipper projects lately? Tell us about them in the comments below or send us some photos! We love to see what you’ve been up to!

Quiet Books

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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!

When my little ones were very little, I kept a bag full of fun with me just about at all times, because you never know when you might need a wee squirmy kiddo to sit quietly. And of course, we had a quiet book (or two) lurking in that bag but oh my, I wish we’d had some of these beauties! Wonderful, amazing works of art that would keep any little one busy in those must be quiet moments of life.

The 100 Hour Quiet Book - Life With My Littles

The 100 Hour Quiet Book – Life With My Littles

My little car loving boy would have LOVED this page in a quiet book. Or even a whole quiet book of pages like these! While I love the little velcro car in this book, you could also use toy cars to drive on the little felt roads. You might even make a little “garage” of pockets to go with it!

Activity Book - Bubbles & Bobbins

Activity BookBubbles & Bobbins

I love the idea of a food themed quiet book! You could start with a single ingredient and show all the stages of turning one thing into another or create an ABC’s of different foods!

Quiet Book - The How-to Gal

Quiet BookThe How-to Gal

Admit it, just looking at this makes you want to do some zipping and unzipping, doesn’t it? Kids love love to zip and unzip, so this pages is brilliant for a quiet book! And all those colors! Fantastic!

We’ve rounded up some great Quiet Book ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard so hop on over and check them out! Have you made a quiet book for a little one in your life? Tell us about it in the comments or send us photos! We love to see them!

Shape Learning Crafts

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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!

While I no longer have a toddler in my house, I vividly remember those days (actually, I miss them very much!) and I still collect things-to-do with toddlers and preschoolers out of habit. As a teacher, I tend to lean toward the educational and shapes are always a hot topic for fun and learning. These crafts are fun to make with and for the under five set who are learning or excited about all sorts of shapes!

Shape Activities for Preschoolers - Toddler Approved

Shape Activities for PreschoolersToddler Approved

Shape pictures! A classic! Nothing coudl be more simpler or more fun than providing all sorts of shapes cut from construction paper or craft foam for the kiddos to turn into rockets, houses, towns and animals! This one, I promise you, is always a hit!

Play Date Mosaic Art Project - Happy Hooligans for CBC

Styrofoam MosaicsHappy Hooligans for CBC

These mosaic tile shapes are made from painted foam meat trays! So much fun to use in all sorts of crafts, they are also a great chance for little ones to try out cutting squares, triangles and the like before gluing them into patterns and pictures! Very clever!

Building Shapes - A, Bee, C, Preschool

Building ShapesA, Bee, C, Preschool

This popscile stick project is fabulous for little kids as well as bigger ones, turning learning into a fun game! I love that each stick is numbered with how many sticks it will take to complete the shape in question! These could also be made into magnets for fridge play!

What shape learning crafts have you done with the kiddos? Send them out way! We’d love to add them to the list! And check out these and other Shape crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Sequins and Sparkles

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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!

Sequins are in, darling, didn’t you know? They are back and big and so delicioulsy awesome. And while sequins are, of course, amazing sewn into all sorts of fabricy goodness, they are also fabulous in crafts, adding a hint of sparkle to just about anything! Individualy or in groups, sequins are such a fun addition to your craft arsenal! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use their sparkly goodness!

Sequin Strand Gift Embellishment - Creature Comforts

Sequin Strand Gift EmbellishmentCreature Comforts

Oh Oh! Is it too early to start thinking about holiday wrapping? How cute are these little sequins strung on plain old string? Fun and Fabulous, anyone would love to recieve a gift wrapped like this!

DIY Sequin Ornaments - Fox Hollow Cottage

DIY Sequin OrnamentsFox Hollow Cottage

And speaking of holidays, these sequin ornaments are so much fun! They would be a snap to make and would add all sorts of shine and glint to your tree. And how simple to customize them to your color scheme by using sequins in shades that match your decor.

Sequin Wall Art - Pearls & Pastries
Sequin Wall Art – Pearls & Pastries

I love this sequin heart piece of art. Just enough glitz to add a bit of shine to a wall or desk while still looking classic and clean. While this version uses multicolored sequins, you could tailor this to your favorite colors and even shapes (maybe a set of initials? Perfect wedding gift!).

What projects have you used sequins in? Have you tried anything new using them lately? Send your ideas our way, we always love to see what you are up to! And check out these and other sequin crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Bottle Cap Crafts

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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!

Since my husband likes to try his hand at beer brewing, we tend to have a lot of bottle caps sitting around in our house, perfect for all sorts of crafty crafts! They make for all sorts of jumping off points for projects, whether they are new, unused or recycled caps, metal or plastic, it’s worth saving them to keep around for when inspiration strikes! Here are a few of my favorite bottle cap crafts!

Bug Magnet Kids Craft - The Country Chic Cottage

Bug Magnet Kids CraftThe Country Chic Cottage

Well, these are just about the cutest thing ever, right? Bug Magnets! I just love them! What a perfect craft to make with the kids, and a fabulous way to display their art once they are dry and ready to work! Love, love, love!

Minion Toilet Paper Roll Craft - Crafty Morining

Minion Toilet Paper Roll CraftCrafty Morning

My kids are a little bit obsessed with a certain movie filled with silly yellow minions so this, this is going to be just about the coolest craft I could introduce them to. In fact, I think I might be mother of the year in their eyes over this craft. And who can blame them, so freaking adorable! And what a clever use of the humble plastic bottle cap. Score!

Bottle Cap Candles - Draft Magazine Bottle Cap CandlesDraft Magazine

While these bottle cap candles are certainly cute little things, but they are also super handy! We keep a few of them in the car, in our bags and in various drawers around the house, idea little lights for a sudden power outage. They also make fun, ambiant light for a rustic themed dinner and are quick and simple to make. So clever!

Twine Projects

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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 have a soft spot in my heart for twine, twine of all sorts. I think it all started when I saw a photo, years ago, of a row of twine balls sitting in funnels, hanging on a wall. So simple, so practical and so pretty! Since then, I’ve kept a variety of twine in the house for all sorts of projects. Especially kid projects! A few spools of twine has saved many a kid “mommy I need!” moment! As well as collecting twine, I collect twine crafts! Because if you have the twine…you might as well use it to make pretty things! Here are a few of my favorites!

Packaging Stickers or Labels by In the Clear Etsy Shop

Packaging Stickers by In the Clear Etsy Shop

Simple and perfect! Am I right? Who wouldn’t want to recieve a gift tied up like this? And what a fabulous way to wrap up something homemade? I just love the combination of bakers twine and buttons. So lovely!

Glass and Twine Lanterns - Available at Terrain

Glass and Twine Lantern SetAvailable at Terrain

These lanterns! So elegant and yet also so without pomp! They look retro and modern, exotic and classic all at once! What a great way to reuse old jars and turn them into something awesome! I can see them all lined up along the edge of a patio or hanging along the inside of a window, looking all pretty and charming, can’t you?

Jute Crochet Technique - Umelecky

Crochet Twine TechniqueUmelecky

I’m a total yarn nerd, I admit it. So combining yarn, which I love love love, and twine, which I also love love love, is just about the most perfect idea I’ve ever seen. While this project makes pretty little mats, you could use this trick to form bowls, vases or baskets as well. I bet you could even go super size with this using thick twine or rope and bulky yarn and make a cool floor mat! So much fun!

What is your favorite twine craft? Have you used twine in a project lately? Send us some photos! We’d love to see! And check out these and other twine craft projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

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