What better way to pass the time during the cold month of January than by investigating new craft ideas on Pinterest?
This scarf would be a great way to chase away the winter blahs. The pattern costs $5, but if you know a little about crocheting and adapting patterns, you can probably figure out a good knock off. It looks like it’s mostly a matter of increasing and decreasing as you make stripes.
Homemade Pin Catcher
Old dishes are a great thrift store find. They’re usually affordable–especially if you’re buying one that’s not part of a matching set. I would probably use hot glue to attach the magnet, but I think super glue would work as well.
Candy Heart Candle Holder
All you need for this one is a vase that fits inside another vase, and a bag of those chalky heart candies. You could substitute other candies, but I would stay away from anything chocolate if you intend to light the candle inside.
Perler Bead Pattern
You might remember perler beads from when you were little. You put plastic beads on a tray, then iron it to melt the beads together. The thing I like about all the perler bead patterns on Pinterest is that they’re easy to turn into cross stitch patterns. They’re drawn on a grid like cross stitch, and it makes an easy pattern that’s good for beginners.
I keep trying to get the hang of knooking. One of my readers directed me to a tutorial she posted, but I still have a hard time with my technique. This pin suggested that I’m thinking too much like a crocheter as I try to knook, so maybe if I adjust my grip it will work a little better. I haven’t given up on it, but I also haven’t produced anything worth photographing!
I’m making valentines with my sorority to send to kids at Riley Children’s Hospital. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Christmas is almost here! I’ve found some really cute last-minute decorating ideas on Pinterest.
Christmas Tree Napkin
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about napkin folding. This Christmas tree napkin looks really easy, and the link has detailed instructions.
If you have a small table, and don’t want to devote precious food space to decorations, hang some ornaments from a light fixture. The blog in the link has a bunch of other good ideas too.
Mason Jar Candles
To make a snowy mason jar candle, fill the jar part way with salt before adding a votive or tea light. Follow the link for some nice shabby chic ideas.
I don’t usually decorate the bathroom for Christmas, but hanging ornaments from the curtain hooks is clever. I would probably hang them from the curtain rods over my windows. Follow the link for more bathroom ideas.
Candy Cane Candlestick
If you’re like me, you have plenty of jar candles but no nice candlesticks for a dinner table. It’s not clear how easily you can eat the candy canes when you’re done, but it’s probably just a matter or peeling off some hot glue. The instructions in the link say you need 20 candy canes for two candles.
Merry Christmas and happy crafting!
I’ve been in the car a lot this summer, and since I’ve mostly been a rider rather than a driver, I’ve had a lot of time to spend on Pinterest. Here are some of my finds!
How to Tie a Scarf
My aunt loved scarves, and I’ve started wearing them more. They’re very trendy right now, and this is a good chart showing how to tie a scarf several different ways.
Mod Podge Glass Tray
This is a nice way to customize a glass tray. Keep an eye out at yard sales and thrift stores for inexpensive trays. I would probably use maps like in the photo.
This is another good way to use thrift store finds. Just paint the inside of a glass vase!
Mod Podge Leaf Jars
The leaves will be changing colors soon (some have started already!) and this is a cute way to bring the pretty fall colors inside.
Placemat Purse Organizer
This is a purse organizer made from a fabric placemat that has been folded and stitched to make pockets. My purse is the size of a small suitcase, so I will be trying this pattern out soon!
I made some more jewelry for lupus awareness. I have a very easy pattern for teardrop chandelier earrings.
I’ve been on the road a lot this past month, and haven’t had much time outside of the car for crafting. Time in the car can be a great time for crafting…but it’s also a great time for napping! I had planned to crochet, but instead I spent most of the time on Pinterest. Here are some of my favorite crochet pins I found.
One of my trips this month was to wine country up in the Finger Lakes of New York. So what better way to start this list than with a free crochet pattern for a wine tote? This is a great way to give a bottle of wine as a gift.
I’ve been driving my mom’s old car recently, and the seat belt is itchy and scratches my neck. I’ve adjusted it as much as I can, but I’m going to make this seat belt cover to make it more comfortable.
This scarf looks really easy. There’s no pattern with the link, but all you need to do is crochet circles and stitch them together. Then stitch an M on them all. This looks like a good way to use up scraps.
Another way to use up scraps–a reusable Swiffer! I have some leftover Pipsqueak yarn from a baby blanket that I think would catch dust well.
If you’re anything like me, you don’t start your Christmas crafts until it’s too late to finish them by December. Now is the time to start thinking about Christmas crafts if you want to finish them before you have to start thinking about all the shopping, baking, and decorating.