DIY Christmas Ornaments!

There are a ton of tutorials out there for crafting your own ornaments. Handmade ornaments not only look great on your tree, but they also make fantastic (and affordable) gifts! Crafting a new ornament each year could also be a special holiday tradition you start with your friends or family. And if your family isn’t down to craft you could see if there is a craft swap nearby where fellow crafters get together and swap handmade ornaments. Check out these tutorials for dozens upon dozens of DIY ornaments!

25 Christmas Ornaments To Make

This collection of tutorials comes from The Ornament Girl and is full of really beautiful decorations.

The Best Handmade Christmas Ornaments

We would expect nothing but the best from Martha Stewart! These tutorials are really divine and the results are awesome!

20 Easy Handmade Holiday Ornaments

This collection comes from HGTV and several tutorials involve easy-to-find natural materials!

Do you usually make ornaments for your tree? Feel free to share pictures 🙂

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Our Top Craft Books For This Holiday Season

If you are looking for a unique, thoughtful, and purposeful gift for a friend or your children, why not give them a book? Books make wonderful gifts and today we have selected 5 of our favorite crafting books. So you can be sure that your gift will not only give the gift of knowledge but also help unlock the creative juices of your someone special! Several of the books we selected even feature “green” craft ideas and specialize in crafts suitable for younger kids! Onto our picks!

Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects

This wonderful little gem is jam packed with tutorials and crafting ideas. Great for adults and kids alike, and a pretty good bang for your buck at only $16.47 on Amazon.


Drawing Lab For Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises To Make Drawing Fun

This book is perfect for both seasoned drawers and beginners. It will help reinforce good techniques and expand any readers’ artistic side. And with 52 exercises, the book lends itself well to a year-long self-guided study in drawing. Pick it up from Amazon for $15.63.

 

Green Crafts For Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, and Found Materials

This book would make a great gift to both kids and parents looking for ways to engage their children in the arts while teaching them about environmental stewardship. A great deal at $11.73 on Amazon!

 

Sewing School: 21 Projects Kids Will Love To Make

This book is fantastic if you are interested in teaching your kids how to sew and is available on Amazon for $11.53.

The Big Green Book Of Recycled Crafts

A great collection of crafts that reuse, repurpose, and recycle materials into handmade treasures. Just $3.98 on Amazon!

Do you craft with friends or your family for fun? What kinds of crafts do you do?

 

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things: Cupcakes

This week we have been craving cupcakes, and with a mission of bringing birthday cheer to the children of San Jose, it’s no surprise! So today we wanted to share a few of our favorite things—some inspirational pictures from around the web of beautiful and delicious cupcakes! We hope you enjoy and get inspired to create some fantastic cupcakes for your next event!

Hippo Bubble Bath Cupcake from The Cupcake Blog

Tiramisu Cupcake from Cupcake Project

The Muppets Cupcakes from Allison Mae

Mustache Cupcakes from Coco Cakes Cupcakes

Oreo Cupcakes from Bakerella

Owl Cupcakes from Flickr

Owl Cupcakes from Buzzfeed

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes from Une-duex Senses

Skull Cupcakes for Halloween by My Recipes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes from Cake & Allie

Have you made an amazing cupcake, or do you have a recipe or image to share? We’d love to see them!

DIY Crafts: Button Bracelets

We came across this simple and fun craft while perusing DIY ideas on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl last night. We love the results and think you will too! It took only a few materials and 10 minutes time for us to recreate these adorable button bracelets! They are great as little gifts or favors, and make a great summertime accessory!

Materials:

  • 1 large button
  • 1 small button
  • 4 1.5-ft pieces of twine or string of choice

Directions:

Follow this step by step tutorial from I Spy DIY that has helpful pictures. But we have summarized below!

  1. Basically thread each string halfway through the large button holes.
  2. Tie each pair of strings into a knot. Braid the strings (doubling up one string).
  3. On one side knot the braid, thread the four strings through the smaller button. Tie another knot after the small button. Trim your extra string.
  4. On the other side braid completely and create a loop by knotting the braid with itself!
  5. Wear your bracelet with pride!

Here’s how our bracelet turned out!

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