Few media are as flexible as water colors. From strident hues down to the palest of tints, watercolors can be used to paint a variety of subjects. Learn what you need to know today to get started.
Tatting lovely, lacy designs can create beautiful borders on clothes and accessories. Find out all you need to know to start making these beautiful creations today.
Canvas work is one of the oldest forms of embroidery. Bargello, or Florentine stitch is a great way of starting canvas work. Scroll to the end for a free chair seat pattern to get you started.
Hairpin Lace can be used to create beautiful items. Find out all you need to know and get started making hairpin lace today. Links to free patterns included.
Making your first soft stuffed toy, types of fabrics & stuffing to use, and making the features on the toys. Start with something easy, try the door draft stopper included in this article.
Hand and finger puppets can add hours of imaginative fun to your child's life. Learn how to make these wonderful toys yourself and add a couple of rag dolls in just for fun!
Kids of all ages enjoy the pleasure of having a soft stuffed toy, usually in abundance, and one of these ocean creatures are sure to please. Help your child make their own deep sea treasure.
Learn the five categories used in raffia work, then practice some of them by making a simple raffia mat or make simple flowers for a wall hanging.
Using semi-precious stones to make pebble pendants, pebble rings and pebble bracelets is a fun and easy way to add to your jewelry collection. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Little girls love to play house, and having a dollhouse to play with will take up hours of imaginative fun. This simple wooden dollhouse is easy to make, and will last for years to come.
The most successful of outdoor toys exploit and develop children's imagination. This play house will do just that. It is simple to make and much cheaper than the manufactured equivalents.
Learn all the basics when weaving with straw, then move on to making a Bridget Cross and some more traditional straw dolls. Included are a seahorse, Mother Earth, baby rattle, cornucopia and more.
This owl bounces as you hold him up, and his wings flap realistically. The only downside... You will have to do the hooting yourself.
Leather purses are easy to make, check this out to find out how to make a suede pouch purse (great for little girls) a leather hand purse and a faux leather wallet.
These two beautiful bags can be yours, and I'll show you how! Learn everything you need to know to make them yourself. Fun to Learn! Easy to do!
Leather gloves and leather mittens are warm and cozy. Get started today learning how to make them yourself. They will make a great Christmas present this holiday season.
When working with leather, small items like wrist bands and key rings are an ideal opportunity to try out all sorts of decorating techniques.
All about leathercraft. Tools of the trade, choosing, buying, stitching, lacing, gluing and coloring are all included in this article about working with leather.
This crochet doll is sure to become a little girl's favorite. She wears a smart blue dress, green sleeveless jacket and blue panties. All her clothes can be taken off and put back on again.
All you need to learn crochet is a hook and some yarn. Learn the basic stitches used in crochet & then move on to the more complicated stitches.
Pebble worry beads & pebble paper weights are fun to make. This is a great craft for children and adults. Start your road to worry and stress relief by taking a walk on the beach.
Baskets are great for giving homemade gifts. Why not make it extra special by making the basket yourself. Instructions for both an oval basket and a rectangular basket to get you started!
Pets need a bed too, this basket is great for small animals. Cozy on the inside, your pet is sure to feel safe and secure.
Functional and practical, weaving a laundry hamper is easy when you know how.
Pot luck black forest cake is easy to make and yummy to eat. Moist with chunks of cherries and whipped cream on top, this cake is great for pot lucks and family get together's.
A ship in a bottle has been a popular ornament for many years, the old ones are now collectors' pieces and some are quite valuable. A great hobby to get into, it is both fun and rewarding.
Potpourri is a natural way to freshen up your home without all those harmful sprays. Learn some basic combinations and create your own personal favorites!
Tie-dyeing is a fun way to become a fabric designer! Choose colors from subtle pastels to shouting vivids. Experiment with different typing combinations and colors! Learn how to do it on a budget!
All you need to know to use macrame to make your own hammock. Use it camping, in the back yard, or in your child's room. Make on a smaller scale to hang and organize those stuffed toys in!
How to macrame a belt with a buckle and How to macrame a tie belt. Easy to follow instruction and a beautiful addition to your attire.
Macrame is an ancient craft, used by fishermen, not only to practice their knots but to pass the time. The same knots are used to make a variety of beautiful items. Learn how to start knotting today.
Using fabric to make flowers is a great way to use up leftover material laying around the house. Here are some great ideas of what you can do with that fabric.
Tissue paper, crepe paper, and tin foil used to create beautiful & interesting flowers. Learn to make poppies, daisies, hyacinths, rose buds, sweet peas, and more. Fun and easy to do with the kids!
One of the loveliest American crafts is patchwork quilt making. In the days gone by, young brides were expected to have a trunk full of patchwork quilts ready for their new home.
Basket weaving is a great hobby that can add charm to your house and your own personal touch when you use the baskets you make as a gift.
Stained glass has a history that dates back to the 12th century. How is it colored? What are the steps? How do I do it myself?
Making corn dolls is an ancient craft that survived centuries. It was believed that the spirit living in the harvest field would die as soon as the last wheat was cut and be born in the woven doll.
Cane is an excellent fiber to work with. Learn the basic concepts for how to weave with cane. Then make a split cane stool or repair a bentwood split cane chair.
Learn to make orange peel jewelry, pasta jewelry, and a beaded choker and necklace. Also included is a beaded curtain and a beaded lampshade.
Body lotion, face masks, hand creams and hair care products can all be made at home with a few common items you find everyday in your kitchen. Learn to make buttercup ointment, rose water and more.
Safety pins are something every mother seems to have around the house. Once the kids have grown and you no longer need them as an emergency coat zipper, use them to make jewelry! Here's how!
Basic instructions for working with a bead loom. Once you get the knack, make your own matching belt, ring and bracelet on a loom.