Monday, November 29, 2010 | By: Lexi

These Tie Cell Phone Cases are Awesome!

I stumbled across these cell phone cases made of old ties.
There's no tutorial, but it could be fun figuring out how to make one for yourself.
Or you could visit Tearful Touch's Etsy Shop to buy your own for about $20!

Sunday, November 28, 2010 | By: Lexi

Make This Anthropologie Inspired Flag Bunting Necklace

I am totally in LOVE with this tutorial for this Anthropologie inspired necklace.
(After being involved in the crafts blogging world for a little while, 
I've notice, Anthropologie is a favorite for craftsters to model after, 
and I have no complaints)!

These Xmas Oreos are So Simple to Make!

I'm no cook, so I'm happy to see this little How-To on making Christmas Oreos!
(My boyfriend LOVES oreos, so I'm trying to find a bunch of 
different recipe variations and stuff and send them to him in a care package)

Sew Together This Adorable Yoda Hat!

I came across this Yoda hat tutorial.
I'm not much of a sewer 
(but it's a goal of mine to learn)!
But this project looks nice and simple...

Not to mention, ridiculously cute.

Upcycle a Magazine into Pretty Wall Art

If you're anything like me, you probably have a huge collection of magazines
stacked up in the corner of your room ready for collages, scraps and what-have-you...

I found this tutorial that makes a beautiful piece of art.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | By: Lexi


Some random images that I had saved in my "inspirations" folder on my computer. Unfortunately, they have no links since I don't remember where they came from, but if you have any idea, please let me know and I'll happily give credit where credit is due.


Make a Funny Victorian Portrait of Your Dog

Here's a tutorial at Can't Stop Making Things 
on how to make a funny Victorian portrait of your pet. 
It's pretty simple, all you need is a picture to work with 
(you can probably find one at The Graphics Fairy)
and a picture of your pet.

Pretty funny.

Create Your Own Prescriptions!

The Dating Divas might be one of my new favorite blogs... 
Here's a tutorial on how to make a Prescription for Fun 
game to play with your spouse! 
I love this idea so much, 
it's so playful and original. 

You put the little capsules inside the pill bottle of those "grow an animal" thing
that you can find at the dollar store or somewhere they sell kids stuff.

I can even make this for my boyfriend 
who currently lives 800 miles away,
with a couple of alterations.

S'more Brownies!

This picture alone is enough to inspire me to make these s'mores brownies...
That's all I need to show you, words are pointless here.

Check out the recipe here

Mario Theme Coasters

I was just browsing along the internet for inspiring crafty projects. and I came across this awesome set! A Mario coaster set, complete with a box for storing the coasters. This is way more intricate than most perler bead sets I've seen, with actual scenes and backgrounds to each coaster.
My boyfriend would DIE if I made him something like this.

I need to go purchase some perler beads... asap.
Thanks again to Craftster.com for helping me in my search for all things crafty!

Make a Tassel Necklace

The ladies at Hope Studios brings us a wonderful 
I usually see necklaces like these in stores 
going anywhere from $25-100.
But you can find out how to 
make one yourself, 
for way less.

Free Keep Calm & Merry On Printable

You know the whole "Keep Calm and Carry On" print outs,
Well for the holiday season, it's "Keep Calm & Merry On"
Cute, right?!
Get this FREE printable from Craftily Ever After.

How To Make a Framed Wordle Print

I found this tutorial on how to make a
Framed Wordle Print for your family or a friend.
This idea is so great because it
really is simple, cheap and personal.
You don't need to be an artist, 
just have access to scrap paper and a printer.

It's project to cost between $2-5,
depending on what items you need to purchase.

Layered Cut Out T-Shirts Tutorial

I love how the tutorial doesn't limit you at all.
You can choose your own fabrics, style, colors...
everything is up to you.
I love this design and the color combo.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | By: Lexi

Oreo Fudge Balls

I found the recipe for OREO FUDGE BALLS
I'm not sure if these recipes are the ones my ex's parent's used to make, 
but they look similar... I'm so excited. 

These things are amazing. 
I want to make them right now.
They're so rich, and fudgy,
and oreo-y.

My boyfriend will love them. <3

Crayon "Batiked" Candles

When I was in high school, 
my honors art class did a batik project 
and it was so much fun. 
I wish I had the means of making 
more batiked art on my own. 

However, I came across this tutorial 
at Craft Chi on how to use crayons to 
create "batiked" candle art. 
It's certainly not the traditional art of batik, 
but it's still pretty cool and you most likely 
have everything you need for it 
sitting around your house! 
(or a $3 trip to the dollar store).

Cross-Stitched Tetris Magnets

I'm so excited I found this tutorial on how to make 
cross-stitched Tetris magnets 
(you can also use these as Christmas ornaments or little grab bag gifts). 

This tutorial at Craftster shows you how to make a cross stitched pattern, 
but you can also make these with perler beads, 
but I think the cross stitch looks much more interesting and unique.

Monday, November 22, 2010 | By: Lexi

Tons of Sushi-Inspired Crafts

You can find a list of sushi-inspired tutorials 
and completed projects at Craftster.
I love sushi so much.

It's delicious,
and healthy!

How can you NOT love sushi?!

I love it SO much, here's another list of 
polymer clay sushi video tutorials.

Learn How To Make Burger Clay Earrings

Go to Crafter News to find out how to make Clay Burger Earrings.
This video tutorial is great. 
I never knew oil pastels could add detail to polymer clay.

Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

This recipe at I Heart Naptime looks incredible.
I can't wait to make these for the next family get-together...
Maybe they'll be more popular than my cousins's taco dip!
(yeah right).

Bring Your Child's Art to Life

This tutorial shows you how to bring your child's artwork to life! 
I love having two nieces that I can make these for 
without having to give birth... haha. 
But seriously. 
This tutorial at What Rachel Made Today is so simple &
will really brighten your child's day.

Make Your Own Personalized Postcards

At The Simple Dollar, you can find a really great and simple tutorial 
on how to make your own personalized postcards and stationary. 
You don't have to be an artist to make these... 
just have an eye for matching color combinations.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 | By: Lexi

Create a Water Stencil Portrait

This is a really cool technique for creating watercolor stencil portraits. I can't wait to try it out. I already went out and bought the Art Masking Fluid. The peeling the sticky stuff up seems like the funnest part! Find out how to do it here.

Using Bleach to Dress Up a Tee

Use bleach pens to create a funky T-shirt.
I love this style and it looks like a fun process.

Go to Kimberly Michelle to see the tutorial for yourself.

Fall Frame

This fall frame is so adorable... 
and the idea of it can be 
interchanged to winter holidays & summer time!
Go to Hero Arts and find out how to make your own!

Put Shutters on Your Bulletin Board

This tutorial is so great! 
I love the chic look of putting shutters over top your bulletin board.
You can find out how to do it yourself here at Crafty Nest.

Paint Chip Art

As a crafting hoarder in denial,
whenever I go to the Home Depot or Lowes, 
I grab as many paint chips as I can shove into my purse... 
and sure, sometimes they come in handy
with different projects...
but this one at Aunt Peaches
looks so great!
and I can empty my 
shoebox of paint samples.

I'm going to do one for my bathroom!

Saturday, November 20, 2010 | By: Lexi

5 Great Websites for Crafters

5 Great Websites that every Crafter 
should have bookmarked 
(Illustrator Friday, Drawn!, Go Make Something, Not Martha, The How To Girl) 
you can find them here.

Mixed Media Tissue Paper Technique

I love mixed media arts and what I love more 
than mixed media arts is learning new techniques for mixed media arts.
This technique looks so nice.

Tutorial - Polymer Clay Button

Over at Violet Elephant find out how to 
make these snazzy polymer clay buttons.

Sandcasted Lego Rings

These sandcasted Lego Rings are a great best friends jewelry...
Aren't these great!?

Leg Warmer Pattern

Get a free pattern for these adorable leg warmers!

I love these leg warmers with those shoes... 
I can't wait to make some of these for myself for the holidays 
when I'm done with everyone else's gifts...
Friday, November 19, 2010 | By: Lexi

Polymer Clay Flowers

These little polymer clay flowers are a great way to embellish accessories, jewelry, ect.

Make Plaid Digital Paper

This is a handy technique for anyone making digital scrapbooks or a nice paper for a picture frame. 
You can make a plaid design based on the colors in your photograph. 
So head over to Digi Scrappers Corner for the tutorial.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 | By: Lexi

Modpodge a Shadow Box Ornament

At Mod Podge Rocks, there's this amazing tutorial on how to make a shadow box ornament. I, for one, love shadowboxes. You can do a Xmas theme as shown, or you can do something more personal for a family member/friend.
Aren't these miniatures adorable?

The final product

Make an Envelope Scrapbook

These envelope scrapbooks make great gifts for your friends and family... (doesn't everything I post on here?) They're a little bit more simple and to the point than regular scrapbooks (which is a good thing in some cases). I made something like this back in high school, they were really fun! The tutorial can be found here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | By: Lexi

Mario Bros. Zen Garden

Miss Cuddlefish at Craftster.org made this amazing Mario Zen Garden.

I'm just IMAGINING the possibilities... 
Mario, Halo, Resident Evil, Sonic...

The geek in me is realllly aching to do some crafts!

Free Printables at Go Make Something

On this blog post at Go Make Something you'll find over 1000 FREE printables! I'd post pictures of some, but the disclaimer on the blog forbids reposting the images... so go see for yourself! You'll find something for every project!

A Bookmark book - Ingenious!

I love this!
This little book within a bookmark tutorial
is such a great gift idea for the bookworm in your life. 

In this tutorial at DIY Planner
the example they use is a blank "book" bookmark for writing notes in. 
But you can also write your own mini-story, poetry, ideas, or quotes 
in your bookmark to personalize it for your family/friends.

So be sure to check out this tutorial for a cheap but meaningful last minute gift!
Thursday, November 11, 2010 | By: Lexi

Weave Magazine Coasters

If you're anything like me, you have stacks upon stacks of magazines, ready for anything your crafty life might throw your way. Well how about you use them to Weave Magazine Coasters at Fidgety Fingers?! They're cute and you can make them in any color scheme you want. These also would make great handmade gifts for the holidays!