License Plate 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!

We’ve moved more times in our years than I care to remember, but while unpacking (again) a few months ago I came across a pile of old license plates from our various states of residence. What to do with those old memories? I started looking and now I think I’ll have to find a few more license plates just so I can tackle more than one of these crafts!

Texas License Plate Wall Art - The Craft Caboodle

Texas License Plate Wall ArtThe Craft Caboodle

We’ve got a fair number of folks in our family from the Lone Star State and I know they’d love this reuse of a pair of Texas Plates, but the same idea could be used for any state. What a great way to show your state pride.

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Mother’s Day

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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!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner folks! Are you ready? I know there’s always a scramble at our house and I bet we’re not the only ones who need some last minute inspiration for something special for the moms and grandmas in our lives. I especially love ideas that are quick and easy but come out beautifully (since we are terrible procrastinators, easy and fast is always key for these kinds of projects) But even if you’re a plan ahead-er, we’ve been gathering some lovely ideas that your loved one will adore.

Pool Noodle Bouquet - No Time for Flash Cards

Pool Noodle BouquetNo Time for Flash Cards 

These are such a fun way to use leftover chunks of last summer’s pool noodles! And what a cheerful reuse they are! I bet you could add circle of noodle to the center to make them more daffodil than daisy but either way..So cute!

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Sewing Machine Accessories

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When I was growing up, I spent part of my summers each year at my grandmother’s house where she taught me how to sew. I spent hours in her sewing room learning to press seams, turn hems, baste, rip out, add buttons. Her sewing room was a well organized space, simple, but with everything she needed within arms reach. Once of these days I’d like to have a similar space for my machine so I’ve been busy collecting ideas to help make it into a place of beauty, organization and function. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

Sewing Thread Holder - The Creative Homemaker

Sewing Thread HolderThe Creative Homemaker

My sewing machine (ahem, one of my machines, I have four, but mainly use one) is a vintage singer and while it runs like a top, I dread filling the bobbin a little, so one of these days I’ll invest in a bobbin winding machine and have a rack like this to hold thread and matching filled bobbins. Plus it will keep me from buying yet another spool of the same yellow thread since I’ll know exactly what I have at a glance!

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Peg Dolls!

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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 don’t know if you’ve noticed but the peg dolls are taking over. No, really, they seem to be everywhere! And why not? Their simple shape opens up all sorts of possibilities for characters, colors, and add-ons and they allow for so much imagination when playing! Since they can be made into almost anyone or anything, the sky is the limit on where you take your pegs dolls. Go simple with basic colors or super detailed, make one or make them by the dozens. Kids of almost any age will love them, there’s something irresistible about peg dolls, don’t you think?

Color Matching Peg Dolls - Chasing Cheerios

Color Matching Peg DollsChasing Cheerios

For the youngest kiddos in your family why not make a game of color matching with peg dolls? Toddlers will love matching dolls with their cups and it’s a fantastic way to introduce and reinforce colors in a fun way!. I love these bright, basic colors but you could go with lighter shades or mix it up with letters or numbers painted on the cups and dolls for more learning games!

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Lovely, Lovely Eggs

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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!

Easter is fast approaching and while plain old colored eggs are always fun, there are so many amazing egg decorating ideas out there it would be a shame to stick with just the dye, wouldn’t it? Colorful, floral, unique, so many ideas! I’m thinking of trying a few of these on blown out eggs so that I can keep them well beyond Easter Morning! Alright, maybe I’m thinking of trying them all! Here are some of my very favorites!

Exquisite Eggs - Country Living

Exquisite Eggs – Country Living

These clever eggs use tattoo paper to transfer botanical images to the eggs, I love their Edwardian style. Wouldn’t they look great in a pretty bowl or vase?

Silk Dyed Eggs - Country Living

Silk Dyed EggsCountry Living

This is an unusual take on the traditional silk dyed eggs. Using black and white silks creates a striking, modern style, beautiful and elegant. And so charming!

Decoupage Fabric Eggs - Tatertots & Jello

Decoupaged EggsTatertots & Jello

On the flip side, these eggs are bursting with color. A great way to use those plastic eggs for something a little more decorative, these are bright and beautiful and I can’t get enough of them!

Scrambled Lines Easter Eggs - Martha Stewart

Scrambled Lines Easter EggsMartha Stewart

And here we have dyed eggs with a twist! Tape in stripes to create a void in the color when dyed. Applied in layers after each trip into the dye bath, you get a while and beautiful result with very little effort. This woudl be a great variation to try with the kids!

How will you decorate your eggs this year? Any ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to see them! And check out these and other egg-related crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Globe Love

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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 long had a thing for maps and globes. I love them! I htink they appeal to the wanderlust that’s always lurking somewhere in the back of my mind. I’ve got a whole boxful of maps hanging around that have been turned into all manner of things, from wrapping to letters to wallpaper. But lately I’ve been wanting a few globes for my house, and not just ordinary globes, something a little…more. Here are some of the ideas I’m toying around with, maybe you’re working on a globe project too?

Last Minute Preparation - One Canoe Two

Last Minute PreparationsOne Canoe Two

I’m loving this globes blend of usefulness (the continents are still there) and style. The gold lettering is both casual and elegant making it a nice match for most decor styles. So pretty.

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Craftastic Organization

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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!

Once upon a time I had a whole room to myself for my crafts and I can tell you, it was pretty dreamy. Paint bottles all lined up in a row, different weights and colors of papers neatly filed, it was beautiful.  These days my craft storage is a little less grand but I’m still always on the hunt for clever and useful craft supply organization. In fact, with less space comes the need for even better organization, it’s all too easy to let a small craft closet to descend into chaos. To that end, I’ve been collecting fun craft organization ideas and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you!

Spool Storage - Mad in Crafts

Spool StorageMad in Crafts

Brilliant! How many times have you ended up with a tangle of twine when trying to unwind a section for a craft? These funnels hang on a well organized (and cutely painted) pegboard making the best use of tight spaces.

Glitter Glue Organizer - Craft Gossip

Glitter Glue OrganizerCraft Gossip

And again, brilliant! I’ve been storing glues upside down in cups but this is much better! Attached with magnets, your glues and glitter glues will always be ready to go and easily found with this trick! It’s at the top of my list of to-dos!

Hot Glue Guns on Silicone- Sew Many Ways

Hot Glue Guns on SiliconeSew Many Ways

This use of a silicone hot pad for a glue gun mat is so smart! Much better than the scrap of paper that I’ve been settling with. Regardless of whether or not it’s for a permanent glue gun station or just the thing you pull out when you are ready to work, it’s a fantastic idea.

Spray Paint Storage - One Thrifty Chick

Spray Paint StorageOne Thrifty Chick

Storing my spray paints is always a challenge and this is the best idea for it that I’ve seen! See what colors you have clearly without taking up a ton of shelf space!

What are your best craft organization tips? Send us your ideas and photos! We’d love to see them! And check out these and other Craft Organization tips on our Craft Trends Pinboard! Save on craft organizers at the CreateForLess Spring Cleaning Sale and start organizing!

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