January 7, 2014
Craft Trends, Crafts, Crafts to Wear, Jewelry Making, Kid's Crafts
By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!
Theyyyyy’rrrreee back. Well, maybe they never left, but friendship bracelets are definitely a hit once again. I remember being a fifth grader and having one in progress at all times, pinned to the knee of my pants, clipped to the top of a book, taped to my desk in class. We loved them. They might even have been the thing that kick started my love of crafting of all kinds. But in the years since I was making simple striped bracelets at my desk, friendship bracelets have come a long way and there are so many patterns, variations and options out there now. Perfect for a lazy afternoon project, gifts for friends or just a new hobby, here are a few of our favorite ideas to get you inspired.
How to Make a Rainbow Friendship Bracelet – Dikulya67
These deceptively simple bracelets employ just one color of thread and small beads (I’ve seen it done with tiny hex nuts and washers too) to make a fabulous and pretty substantial piece of jewelry. While they would look great on their own, I think a rainbow of colors as seen here is so eye catching! I love it!
How to Make Friendship Bracelets – Todo Manualidades
Loom beaded bracelets can take on just about any pattern and create a lovely, solid piece that can look dressy and casual. These friendship bracelet style beaded pretties harken back to those school playground creations but with something a little fancier.
20 Friendship Bracelet Tutorials - Becoming Martha
Patterns patterns patterns! Look at all the possibilities! I love them all. Complicated, simple, two colors and rainbows. They all look like so much fun! I can’t decide which one to try first. How about you?
What’s your favorite friendship bracelet pattern? Send us pictures! Tell us about it! We love to hear what you are up to! And check out these and other friendship bracelet ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard.
December 23, 2013
Craft Trends, Crafts, Needlearts, Sewing, Techniques and Mediums
I’m new to the whole world of embroidery. To be honest, I spent a lot of years avoiding it like the plague, thinking it was old fashioned and not my style. But over the past two or three years I’ve fallen head over heels for the craft and have been working my way through learning different techniques and stitches. My current favorite? Sashiko. I wish I’d found it years ago. The simple, sparse lines appeal to my sense of style in a big way and even beginners (like me) can make some pretty stunning pieces. Sashiko is a style of embroidery from Japan that uses simple color combinations like blue and white, and basic, even stitching to create amazing patterns and textures. Great for stitchers of all ages, here are a few of our favorite sashiko projects and patterns.
Reversible Sashiko Placemats – The Purl Bee
Beautiful! Am I right? I love these reversible placemats with their simple cross sashiko stitching. While you could certainly make your own placemats from scratch to stitch onto, this would be a fantastic way to personalize a set of store-bought ones for a gift. I love the neutral tones there but these would be just as beautiful in the traditional navy and white, or maybe go for a color pop with red or green!
Sashiko Sampler Potholders – Design Sponge
And speaking of color! Look at these pot holders! Who wouldn’t want these hanging on a hook in their kitchen or gracing their table to protect the surface from hot pots? The amazing thing here is that, other than the border, each features just two colors. One for the thread, one for the fabric. And yet, they have such a modern, colorful look. These are at the top of my to-make list right now!
Sashiko Embroidery Tutorial – The Purl Bee
The secret to sashiko seems to be even stitches and spacing, especially when it comes to places where two lines meet. This diagram (and also this fabulous pattern!) are pushing me to up my game with sashiko and get some good stitching practice in.
Sashiko can be applied to so many projects – bags, clothing, knee patches, table runners – almost anything with a solid fabric for a background can be transformed with this beautiful style of embroidery. Have you tried sashiko yet? Send some photos of your projects our way so we can see what you’ve been up to! And check out these and other images on our Craft Trends Pinboard.
December 20, 2013
Christmas, Craft Trends, Crafts, Holidays, Home Decor
By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!
I have to admit that I’m a little addicted to cone trees for holiday decorations. I might just have a whole cone tree forest set up on top of my piano every December. Plus a few (dozen) more scattered around the house. I can’t get enough of them. SO I’m always looking for more to add to my collection and boy are there some cute options out there! While I know some people like their cone trees to be all the same, I prefer a mix of materials to cover them in complimentary colors, which opens up a whole lot of possibilities! Here are some of my favorites!
Gold Beaded Cone Trees – Buy them at Treillage Ltd.
These gold bead covered trees are, I think, glamourous, glitzy and gorgeous while at the same time looking simple and elegant. I love the bright shiny gold and the skinny tapered shape. What a great look with such simple materials.
Vintage Sheet Music Cone Trees – Buy them at the Joy Frameworks Etsy Shop
I love these fringed paper covered trees so much. They remind me somehow of long, fluttery eyelashes! Softer than many cone trees, these can be made from wrapping paper, newspaper, recycled book pages or other fun papers for a customized look.
Button Cone Tree – Falling for Vintage Etsy Shop (No Longer Exists)
Oh buttons! I love buttons! This button tree is so cute! It’s got its own rustic elegance that could fit in with just about any decor and be customized to any color scheme just by changing the hues of the buttons. What a great use for that jar of miscellaneous buttons all crafters have tucked away at the back of their shelves! Adorable!
Are you a cone tree fan? What do you cover yours with? Send us your photos and ideas! We love to see them. And check out these and other cone tree ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard.
November 25, 2013
Craft Trends, Crafts, Green Crafting
I’ve got a little satin bag full of the sparkly costume jewelry that both my grandmothers used to wear to parties and I love to peek at their elegance, but I very rarely use them. They are a little too fancy for everyday wear for me and I don’t often have a chance to go somewhere where they would be fitting. So I’ve been on the lookout for some projects to use them with. I love their glamour, they deserve to be used and worn and these projects are just the ticket!
Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree – Burlap & Denim
Well of course! A sparkly Christmas tree! I love the idea of making a Holiday display that sparkles and shines with the glint of vintage jewelry.
Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree - Burlap & Denim
This pearl edged version is particularly pretty as well!
Great Grandma’s Jewels – Simply Julie
And here’s a way to make those sparkly jewels a little more suitable for every day use! Pretty little hairpins topped with something vintage and fun! These would be especially pretty for a little girls party hairdo!
Rhinestone Brooch Bouquet – Noaki Jewelry Etsy Shop
Ok, a bridal bouquet isn’t really everyday, but what an amazing way to carry memories of those who are no longer around for the wedding with you down the aisle? Such a beautiful bouquet!
Have you used vintage jewelry in any of your projects? Send us pictures! We’d love to see them! And check out these and other Vintage costume jewelry projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard!
November 20, 2013
Christmas, Craft Trends, Crafts, Holidays, Home Decor, Seasons, Winter
There’s something enchanting about snow globes, isn’t there? As a little girl I could watch them for hours and even now, as a adult, I find myself mesmerized by the sparkly snow swirling behind the glass. I love having them around the house, especially in the winter (although glittery ones are fun in the summer too) and I love love the thought of making them myself. Perfect for a cozy afternoon project and just the thing to have lined up on my mantle. Here’s a round up of some of my favorite DIY snow globe projects.
Miniatures in a Jar – SaltTree
Magical! Am I right? It reminds me of wintery nights and fairy tales and, of course, Narnia, which is a favorite book in our house. I can’t get over how beautiful and whimsical this snow globe is. And because it’s waterless, there’s no need to worry about leaks. Plus, well, it’s amazing, right?
Salt Shaker Snow Globes – Popsicles and Pinatas
These salt and pepper shaker snow globes have to be my favorite DIY snow globe! So much fun! How perfect would these be on a fancy dinner table? I love the thought of it! And just think of all the interesting glass salt and pepper shakers that could be found for this project! I’m in love.
Snow Globe Pendant DIY Kit – MiniatureSweet Etsy Shop
And look at this wee little snow globe pendent! I love the idea of having a sparkly, fun little snow globe to take everywhere with me. What an excellent gift for a little one with a big imagination. It would seem like a little piece of magic, just for them.
Have you made any DIY Snow Globes? Send your ideas our way! We love to see your projects! And check out these and other snow globe ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard.
November 6, 2013
Craft Trends, Crafts, Floral Crafts, Green Crafting
Much as I’d like things to be different, I don’t have a very green thumb. I can raise a decent tomato and I mostly remember to water my plants outdoors. Mostly. But I tend to kill any plant that makes it’s way into my house. It’s is too bad because I really like having plants inside. I crave green, especially in the winter, which is why I love succulents. It’s almost impossible to kill them with neglect, in fact, they thrive on it! And their queer, prickly appearance looks great both in modern and old fashion settings. Lasting long without water, they are great for interesting crafts. Here are some of our favorites.’
Triple Succulent Bouquet - Succulently Urban Etsy Shop
This succulent bouquet is so unique and beautiful. I love the pale greens and the modern look that it has, such a fun thing to add to a wedding an otherwise classic wedding. Succulents would also look great mixed with lush flowers in a bouquet or make fantastic (and long lasting) boutonnieres for the guys.
A Tarnished Tea Party – Gardenista
The combination of beautiful, intricate silver and stark green succulents might be my favorite look ever for these pretty little plants. I love the contrast of old fashion and modern and the purpley green against the tarnished silver. It’s lovely, isn’t it? A whole tea set filled with succulents would make an amazing centerpiece for a birthday party or holiday display.
Terrarium How-To – Sweet Peach
Ah terrariums! Here’s where succulents really come in to their own. These plants make the easiest, and probably the prettiest pieces to use in terrariums. Once put together (and terrariums are so addictive to make) they require almost no care, perfect for non-green thumbs (like me)!
Have you used succulents in any of your projects? Send us pictures! We’d love to see them! And check out these and other inspiring ideas for succulents on our Craft Trends Pinboard!
October 29, 2013
Craft Trends, Crafts, Knitting and Crochet, Needlearts
Once upon a time I lived in New York City where the lights are bright, the streets are busy, and the yarn bombing is awesome. As a knitter, I can’t help but love yarn bombing. Colorful and fun, it makes me grin every time I see a bike rack or store handle or stop sign covered in yarn. Add a little yarn bombing to your life!
Yarn Bomb Squid Tree – The Dapper Toad
You can go big! Man I bet that was a lot of work! But it’s so awesome! An octopus tree! I want that in my local park.
Or you could go small
Yarn Bomb Candles – Garden Therapy
Chevron Pattern Yarn Bomb – Knit Hacker
You could yarn bomb a bike rack – this one looks pretty modern and artsy, am I right?
Bicycle Skirt Guard Crochet Pattern – Knits for Life
Or a bike (how beautiful is that? No, really. I want that for my bike. I mean, first I have to get a bike. But then I want that for my bike!)
And phone booths on either side of the pond love to be yarn bombed
A Phonebox Cosy Tale – Knit the City
iPayPhone Yarn Bomb - The Dapper Toad
(See, how can you not giggle a little at that?)
Look for a local yarn bombing group in your town or if there isn’t one, start one! Send us your yarn bombs and check out these and other yarn bomby goodness on our Craft Trends Pinboard.