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Changable Holiday Gnomes

By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Make a Gnome for all holidays using this super fun kit, and your imagination!  Create your basic gnome, and then change the various hats, and accessories found in the kit to customize your gnome for each holiday as it comes along using Velcro dots.

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Product Review: Solid Oak Macrame Beaded Banner Kit

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Want to try a new craft? Macrame involves a series of knots that are easy and quick to learn. This Solid Oak Kit will let you create a pretty wall hanging while also teaching you a new skill.

CRAFT:
Macrame

DIFFICULTY:
Beginner

MATERIALS:

 

REVIEW:

The macrame kit comes with three skeins of cotton yarn, beads and instructions.

Before getting started I recommend winding the skeins into balls because they can easily get tangled.

The directions suggest gluing the tips of the rope or wrapping them with tape. I recommend using wasabi tape because it is easy to peel off later.

The cotton yard is firm enough to easily knot but still soft enough to not scratch the hands. The beads are a pleasing natural wood.

You’ll need to find a way to secure the rope while you work. I started with zip ties around the back of a chair. However, once I finished the first banner it felt like a waste of zip ties since I could only use them once. Tying the rope with some scrap yarn worked way better.

The instructions have clear visuals for each type of knot. I found this very helpful since this is my first time trying macrame.

At first it felt like I was all thumbs and it was hard to coordinate my hands with the rope.

Over time I started getting the hang of it and the knots became easier to make.

Using the back of a chair works great because you can move ropes you’re not using out of the way.

As I become more comfortable making knots my knotting style tightened up noticeably. The left macrame above was the first one I made. I decided to place the first one in the center of the piece to compensate for the size change..

This took me three days to make. I made the first macrame day one, three of them on day two and did the last one and finished the piece on day three.

Each banner piece uses the same length for the ropes. I was surprised how much the knotting process made the ends uneven.

The wasabi tape also comes in handy at the end. I used it to tape my piece to the floor to cut the tails into a pyramid.

The kit made it easy to try macrame. Even though I’m a beginner at this craft I’m really happy with my finished piece.

Not only did I learn a new skill but now I have some groovy wall art.

Craft on!

Snowflake Wall Hanging

By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Create a pretty winter themed decoration for your home to fill the “after Christmas” decorating void.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, break off a chunk of your clay, and use your rolling pin to roll it out until it is about 1/4-inch thick.  Use your snowflake cutter to cut snowflakes–how many you want to use for your wall hanging is up to you, I prefer to use an odd number.

Use a toothpick, pencil, straw, or something else pointy to poke a hole into the top of each of your snowflakes.  Make sure your holes will be large enough to fit your jute through.

Let your snowflakes dry until hard, flipping them over every few hours so they dry evenly and don’t curl.  Mine took over night.

Lay your twig on a flat work surface, and arrange your snowflakes below it in the pattern of your choice.

Push a piece of jute through the hole in your snowflake, and tie the tail onto the jute just above the snowflake, so the knot is on the twine, not right on the hole.  Leave a long enough tail on your jute so the snowflake hangs below your twig at your desired distance, and then add about 3 extra inches so you have plenty to wrap and tie onto your twig.  Repeat with all of your snowflakes.

Tie the end of each piece of jute around the twig, double knotting, or triple knotting to hold securely.  Pull the knot to the bottom of the twig, so the snowflake hangs straight down from the twig, rather than from the side of it.  Trim the extra twine.  Repeat with the remaining snowflakes.

Cut a length of jute, and tie each end onto opposite ends of your twig to form a hanger.  Pull the knots to the top of the twig.

Hang your beautiful wall hanging against a flat surface to best display your snowflakes.

Happy Crafting!

Rustic Farmhouse Angel

By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Create a pretty angel with rustic farmhouse charm using simple materials, and this easy tutorial.

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