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TAG : Crafts and Techniques

Surface Design: Monoprinting, Patterns, and More

Courtney Cerruti’s Playing with Surface Design: Modern Techniques for Painting, Stamping, Printing and More (Quarry Books, 2015),is a practical resource that can teach you many creative styles of surface design. She provides detailed instructions on how to make creative art projects with ...

Ring Holder Dish Gets a New Look

I spotted this dish at a thrift store. My original plan was to put it in the bathroom to hold cotton balls, but the color just didn’t match my décor — so I painted it. This dish had a marbled pattern, but a solid stone dish would work just as well.Directions: Wipe down the dish with a ...

Paint Stencils Add Flair to Ceramic Vases

This vase, which held a little bouquet of very faded artificial flowers, came from a garage sale. I don’t typically buy vases, but this one’s shape was unusual, at least as far as vases go, and I thought I could find some use for it. This project was my first attempt at stenciling — and ...

Useful Key Rack

When I saw this pegged shelf at a garage sale, I thought it would make a nice key rack. However, I knew it would take some work, because it looked as though someone else had already attempted to repurpose it by painting it dark blue. I had originally planned to sand off as much blue paint as ...

Simple Bathroom Cabinet

I’ve had this cabinet for years, and although I’ve never liked the looks of it — a light veneer, similar to pine, but much less appealing — I didn’t want to paint it, so I just left it. After using chalk paint on several projects, though, I knew it was the perfect answer for sprucing ...

Repurposed Wood Table

Chalk painting furniture is so much fun! For this project, I decided to do something I’d seen before but had never tried — using two colors of paint to create a dramatic weathered look. I’m sure glad I tried it. I love how it turned out.Directions:Clean the table with a cloth and glass ...

Photo Frame Makeover

Searching the basement for something simple I could paint, I found a cheap-looking black plastic photo frame that was missing the glass. I figured I’d give it a coat of chalk paint and see what happened. I liked how it turned out, so I designed a scrapbook layout to go inside it. It seemed ...

Make a Barn Wood Wall Hanging

I love using barn board for craft projects, and although this frame didn’t have any glass, I knew I could create a scrapbook layout and decoupage it, so the lack of glass wasn’t an issue. I wanted to try the paint layering and sanding technique, and I thought this frame would be a great ...

Make a Decorative Mirror

Among the many treasures in my basement, I came across an unfinished wood frame with a mirror. This would be perfect for a teenager’s school locker or a younger child’s bedroom. It could even be used as a photo frame instead of a mirror, if preferred.The mirror I used had an opening on the ...

Create a Wooden Shelf With Flair

I found this little shelf at a yard sale, and although the stain on it was very light, I knew I could do something with it. I almost stained it a darker shade. Now I’m glad I decided to paint it instead.Directions:Use a clean rag and glass cleaner to wipe down the shelf. Let it dry for a few ...

Crafted Magnet Board

Some time ago, I saw a project online for a magnet board made out of an old metal tray. I had been wanting to make one, so when I found a jackpot of old, not-very-pretty, metal trays at a yard sale, I bought them — about a dozen in all.Magnet boards are simple and fun to make. You can use ...

10 DIY Craft Projects

Are you a flea market and yard sale enthusiast who buys old relics with the intention of doing “something” with them? Do you have a basement chock-full of old picture frames, jars, bowls, shelves, end tables and more — and you’re not sure what to do with it any of it? I did … and then ...

Give the Gift of Mother’s Day Flowers

This Mother’s Day, instead of spending money on pricey flower bouquets, spend a little quiet time in the craft room and surprise Mom with hand-picked flowers beautifully arranged in a container you already have on hand. Baskets of all shapes and sizes, old wooden boxes, and vases and jars ...

How to Make Papier-Mache Bowls

In Handmade Home(Trumpeter Books, 2009), Amanda Blake Soule offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities and personalities of today’s families. Our homes are places of comfort, nourishment and love, and the 33 projects in Handmade Home express the ...

DIY Jean Apron

Of all the things you can do with an old pair of jeans, recycling them into a cute apron is perhaps the most perfect application. By design, the denim is rugged and durable — perfect for protecting your clothes while out in the garden or cooking on the grill. The fabric will hold up to ...

Capper's Farmer - Your Hub for All Things Handmade

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