While it’s tempting to remember about feeding birds only when the weather is warm and you are spending plenty of time outside, it’s now, when the winter has well and truly set in, that the birds really need your attention. Brighten up your outdoor space from its dreary winter look and offer your neighborhood birds some much needed feasting with one of these fun DIY bird feeders!
These teacups stuffed with suet and birdseed are a lovely colorful addition to your winter garden and will please the birds to no end. Be sure to look for sturdy cups that can withstand a little pecking and tie them securely to your trees!
Coffee Filters are one of those everyday items that can be turned, with just a little creativity, into amazing things. My coffee making habits don’t even use filters but you can be sure that I keep a big pile of traditional, basket style filters around the house, just for crafts! Here are a few of my favorite coffee filter crafts to get your creative juices flowing!
Looking at these pretty flowers, you’d never guess that they are made primarily from coffee filters! I’m totally tempted to whip up a few of these for my living room, especially since it’s been pretty devoid of real flowers this winter!
I love button crafts! Maybe it’s because I love hot glue, or maybe it’s because buttons are so easy to work with. I just think buttons are some of the most friendly, pretty, versatile crafts materials to work with. I’ve used buttons to create quirky wreaths, adorn felt ornaments, greeting cards and scrapbook pages. I’d like to dedicate this post to button crafts I’ve never tried – and I’ve tried a lot. Hopefully there’s something here that will inspire you to get creative and use buttons in ways you haven’t thought of.
This artist created a new look by smashing her old buttons and layering them. I just love the effect. These smashed buttons make unique jewelry, but I think they’d be great for purse making and mixed media projects as well.
It’s a new year and with it comes new trends in the world of crafting. Working at CreateForLess, we see brand new products come through the site and watch for crafting trends on blogs, Pinterest, and through other media outlets. We’ve seen brand new ideas for all sorts of crafting types, old techniques re-emerging, and products and crafts that all skill levels can enjoy. Keeping on that trend, we’ve got a few predictions for crafting in 2015.
Hand Painted/Watercolor Projects
We’ve seen a lot of bold design lately, from geometric shapes to color blocking. I believe that in 2015, we’ll see prints and patterns begin to soften up a little bit. The look of 2015 is going to be all about brush strokes! I absolutely adore the soft look of an object painted with watercolors, light pastels and undefined shapes are a real breath of fresh air after seeing so many bold chevron and geometric patterns. I also think we’ll see a lot more hand painted objects this year, brush strokes galore!
My family has always collected nativity sets and each Christmas we pull them out of their boxes, unwrap them and set them up. China, hand carved, antique metal, we have an array of them and love each dearly. But when my oldest kiddo was still just barely toddling around the house, he was, of course, instantly attracted to them and wanted so badly to play with all those little figurines. I think most kids are drawn to Nativity sets. It combines all sorts of things they love. Little dolls, a story, wee animals, why wouldn’t they want to hold and play with them. So we put the fragile and precious sets up on a high shelf and got to work on some kid friendly sets that are still his favorite all these years later. If your little ones would love a Nativity set (or two!) that they can play with and maybe even help make, here are a few of our favorite ideas to get your crafting started!
These Nativity Story Stones are such a great idea! Not only are they easy to make and personalize, they make a fun take-anywhere game that will keep your kiddos busy this winter while you are out and about! These would also make fab gifts for other little kiddos in your life so while you’ve got out the paints and stones, why not make several sets?
I’ve been, for a long time, an utter fiber addict. I knit and crochet and spin and lately, i’ve been into weaving, which is, I can tell you, extraordinarily fun. But the best part of weaving is that, like so many other fiber crafts, you don’t need any fancy equipment to try your hand at it! Forget the floor looms and check out these cool takes on the craft of weaving!
Raise your hand if tiny things make you squeal a little? Yep, me too. This is just about the cutest weaving project imaginable. A wee little matchbox loom! Perfect for getting your crafting willys out on the move or for showing the kiddos how the whole weaving thing works, this is a charming and addicting project to help dip your toe into the waters of weaving.
Every year, about this time, I start obsessing about cinnamon! Cinnamon is the scent of fall and winter for me, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I love using cinnamon sticks in my wintery crafts for their warm, bronzy color and wonderful smell, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of the Cinnamon stick crafts that are topping my crafty to-do list this year.
How adorable are these? I just love them! In groups or on their own, turned into ornaments or tied on the tops of gifts, these are so quintessentially Christmas I almost can’t stand it! These could also be super cute with short cinnamon sticks to create fun little gnomes! Cinnamon gnomes!