St. Paddy’s Day Printables to Envy

There’s nothing easier than a good, printable craft, and today you’re lucky enough to have found four! Over at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com, we know that with the unpredictable weather, sometimes it’s best to take it easy when it comes to crafting. That’s why we’ve decided to share these free printables with you. Stay at home and print out these fan favorites so you can decorate for St. Patrick’s Day without leaving the house, and avoid that winter weather!

Chalkboard Irish Blessing

Chalkboard Irish Blessing The Chalkboard Irish Blessing is our personal favorite St. Paddy’s Day printable. The modern pattern makes it a great fit for any room of the house and the saying truly celebrates Irish heritage. Transform a blank sheet of paper into your favorite holiday decor piece for March when you add this printable to an old frame you have lying around the house. Handmade decorations are made simple with this easy-to-follow tutorial and the included free printable! This easy craft will have you decorating for St. Patrick’s Day without having to step outside.





Pot O’ Gold Cupcake Picks


Pot O' Gold Cupcake Picks

If you’re looking for a party printable for the holiday, these Pot O’ Gold Cupcake Picks are a great place to start. If you plan to have some guests over to celebrate the holiday, these printables will help you transform an average dessert into a festive and fun holiday tray. What’s more, with a free printable all you’ll have to spend cash on is paper and ink — two materials you’re sure to have stashed at home. Pay no attention to the winter weather, you can make this printable craft without bracing the next snow storm.



Lucky Day Printable


Lucky Day Free Printable Looking to further enhance your holiday party plans? Why not add a fun favor to the mix? With some quick help from your printer, you’ll be ready to transform the Lucky Day Printable into handmade party favors in hardly any time at all. These cute printables also make great classroom handouts for children that have a school holiday party to attend. Pick up a few packs of chocolate coins and clear plastic baggies from the dollar store and your St. Patrick’s Day craft is complete!







Somewhere Over the Rainbow Printable


Somewhere Over the Rainbow Free Printable

The Somewhere Over the Rainbow Printable is a darling, decorative craft which offers the perfect amount of holiday style to your holiday table. Easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts like this one are perfect for the last-minute crafter. Since everyone’s favorite Irish holiday has a tendency to sneak up on us, this simple, free printable makes crafting for the day a cinch! Grab a bit of ribbon, an old frame, and start decorating today.



Which printable is your favorite?



Sew the Perfect Gift

LOVE HOLIDAY CRAFTS? Win a copy of Sew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers from Martingale & Company! The deadline to enter is March 4, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Featuring an assortment of handmade gift ideas from top craft designers,Sew the Perfect Gift makes for a wonderful source of inspiration for crafters just like you.

 

 

Lucky You! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday that doesn’t cause a lot of stress for those who celebrate. All you have to do is decorate your home with some festive green and gold, make some Irish food, and you’ll have a wonderful St. Paddy’s Day; it’s that simple! Like the holiday, the crafts in AllFreeHolidayCraft’s latest free eBook, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults are fun, simple, and spirited. This awesome eBook will give you some of the luck of the Irish. With everything from shamrock wreaths to a sign made out of pennies to gold rocks, this collection of St. Patrick’s Day crafts is sure to help you make a magical day for everyone – no matter how big or small. These decorations will help your family believe in leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Make this St. Paddy’s Day the best one yet with Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults. Get started today!

 Happy St. Patrick's Day! 12 St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids and Adults

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Magical Gold Rocks Kids love to create things, and they especially do during the holidays. We have gathered some of our clever and cute St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids to help bring you together this holiday season. Using almost any material, you can make a St. Patrick’s Day craft that your little ones will feel lucky to have! One particularly great St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids are the “Magical Gold Rocks” (pg. 32). Once finished, use these rocks to do a hunt for “leprechaun gold.” Simply hide these gold rocks like you would Easter eggs and let the kids search for them. You could also hide chocolate coins around with them to give them something more to search for. There are many more unique ideas included in Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults for you to start working on with the wee-little-ones!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Decor Ideas for Adults

Shamrock Tree Decoration If your little ones are grown, don’t fret! Our eBook, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults includes an array of décor ideas for adults, too. The simple and easy St. Patrick’s Day ideas included in this collection like the “Shamrock Tree Decoration” (pg. 12), are all beautiful and unique ways to bring some subtle St. Patrick’s Day fun to your house. The “Rustic Shamrock Wreath” (pg. 23), for instance, is also a sophisticated decoration that is sure to make a statement. Show off your Irish spirit and display this easy craft for St. Patrick’s Day in your home this holiday season.

 

 


Amy Tangerine Prize Pack

LOVE HOLIDAY CRAFTS? Enter to Amy Tangerine Gift Pack from American Crafts! The deadline to enter is February 25, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Are you always ready for spring? Then the Amy Tangerine Gift Pack from American Crafts is the perfect scrapbooking kit for you. This adorable selection of spring-inspired scrapbooking materials will have you on your way to your best scrapbook yet.

 

Turkey Day Tips: Our Top DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

The warm smell of roasted sweet corn, carefully pouring through Black Friday ads, and eating that first (and second) slice of pecan pie are the things that make me look forward to Thanksgiving. However, about 2 weeks before my family arrives for Turkey Day, I always get overwhelmed with a holiday dread when I think about my daunting Thanksgiving to-do list.

If you host Thanksgiving like I do, you get the same November nervousness that happens when you have to plan for cleaning every inch of the house, searching for the “good” plates, pre-ordering the turkey, and relocating every breakable object in a place where grabby toddlers can’t reach. It’s a miracle you even have time to think about making your home look festive. To confess, last year I was so crunched for time that I decorated the dinner table with some DIY pumpkin crafts that I had made for Halloween.

To make our readers’ Thanksgiving preparation as stress-free as possible, FaveCrafts has compiled a list of our most popular projects for DIY Thanksgiving decorative crafts. Whether you need help finding fast and easy holiday crafts, entertaining young guests,  or are looking for recycled decor crafts you’ll find all the decoration ideas that you need to make your Thanksgiving run smoothly.

 

Thanksgiving Home Decor Crafts

Give Thanks Mantlepiece

An important tip to remember while decorating for the holidays is that some of  very best decor can be made with common household objects. For example, use recycled soda bottles to make this heartwarming Give Thanks Mantlepiece (shown) featured in Link Love: Get Ready for Thanksgiving.  If you love natural-looking decor, consider using an autumn-inspired color palette while creating  homemade Thanksgiving crafts. Check out tons of harvest season home decor ideas featuring burnt oranges and light yellows in New Pattern Monday: Thanksgiving Decor. While adding festive accents to your mantlepiece and door will make your house look extra welcoming, don’t forget to add finishing touches to places like your kitchen and bathroom by making a Decorative Fall Towel.

 

Thanksgiving Table Decor and Centerpieces

Turkey CenterpieceWe haven’t even talked about the most important place to decorate for Thanksgiving — the dinner table! Not to worry crafters, just check out Simple Thanksgiving Crafts: Table Decor, Turkey Crafts, & More for some of our neatest centerpiece ideas. If you have kids coming to Thanksgiving dinner, a silly turkey sewing project like this Turkey Centerpiece (shown) is sure to make them giggle.

If you’re in doubt that you’ll finish cleaning before you can craft, just check out these 14 Ideas for Thanksgiving Tables for a unique variety of super fast, budget-friendly ideas for decorating your Thanksgiving Table. No one will ever know you added these to your table at the last minute!

 

Hungry for more Thanksgiving decorating crafts? Check out our FREE Thanksgiving Dinner and Decorations eBook: Let Me See Your Turkey Trot! for over 54 pages full of awesomely autumn holiday decorations and delicious new recipes from RecipeLion.

 

 What Thanksgiving crafts do you use to decorate your home?

Whimsical Spring Birdcages: National Craft Month Project & Giveaway

Say good morning to day 4 of the National Craft Month Giveaway. Come visit our blog every day to enter to win a different prize of the day. Find the contest rules and enter below.


We’re continuing our celebration of National Craft Month with today’s featured project from Fiskars. You’ll want to hang these Whimsical Spring Birdcages right away to help you welcome spring into your home with an adorable design and bright colors. Put this little homemade decoration from Fiskars on your windowsill to create a refreshing, cheerful atmosphere in your home this spring.

 

Whimsical Spring Bird Cages

 

Don’t let these little birdies get away; the full tutorial is available for you to see how you can make this project yourself. Learn how easy it is to use your basic craft materials to create an eye-catching 3D decoration with your favorite spring colors. Such a precious craft can be the perfect finishing touch to your Easter craft decorating.

The Ultimate Craft Guide: 25 Free Craft Projects for Every Crafter Free eBook

 

This pattern is included in our free eBook, The Ultimate Craft Guide: 25 Free Craft Projects for Every Crafter. Celebrate National Craft Month with us by crafting the great projects in this free downloadable eBook written just for you!


 
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SUPER BONUS – WIN $1000 Gift Card!

Win Michaels $1000 Gift Card

Don’t miss your chance to stock up your craft stash and win a $1000 Michael’s gift card. You can enter each day to win this amazing $1000 Shopping Spree at Michaels. There are still 28 more chances to win,which means you should come back to the FaveCrafts blog each day to hear about the latest prize.

 

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It’s Your Lucky Day! Find 1000s of Crafts Right Now

As the title of this blog post promised, today is your lucky day!  For two reasons.  1) St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got a bunch of fun and festive craft ideas to share with you.  And 2) We’re going to introduce you to one of the most addictive, inspiring websites of all time.  And you’re going to love it!

So, let’s actually start with number 2.  Have you all heard of this thing called Pinterest?  I know, it’s a funny name and the concept is sort of confusing.  I mean, who actually knows what an “online pinboard” really is?  Well, we’ve broken it down for you in our handy guide to Pinterest.  In short, Pinterest is a website where you can go to find just about anything, from recipes to craft tutorials to funny cartoons to inspirational quotes.  And so much more!  So. Much. More.

You can search for something of particular interest to you, say St. Patrick’s Day crafts, for example.  Pinterest will bring up all of the green-leprechaun-rainbow-shamrock projects you could ever imagine.  And then you can spend hours (literally) looking through all of the fun ideas.

Just click on the image below and you can start browsing now!

 

Or you can choose to browse more general categories that you enjoy, like DIY & Crafts, Home Decor, or Food & Drink.  It’s all up to you!  And you can create your own account where you can organize your favorite things and save projects and recipes to categorized “boards.”  This is especially handy when you find something you want to try out, but don’t have time for right then and there. You can “pin” the tutorial or recipe and come back to it later!

So, those are the basics of Pinterest.  You with me so far?  Yes?  Good!

Back to #1, where we promised to share some fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts with you.  Whether you’re Irish or just like pretending to be for one day each year, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most fun holidays to craft for.  I mean, what could be better than leprechaun and rainbow crafts?!  And if Pinterest is any indication, a whole lot of you guys like making decorations for this holiday.  Some of our most popular “pinned” projects from AllFreeHolidayCrafts are St. Patrick’s Day tutorials!  Below we’ve highlighted some of the best-of-the-best, but you can also check out our St. Patrick’s Day board on Pinterest for tons more inspiration!


Most Popular St. Patrick’s Day Crafts:

Four Leaf Clover Bouquet

Happy-Go-Lucky Wreath

Enviable St. Patrick’s Day Card

Leprechaun Hat Treats

And just to make your day even luckier, here are some of our other most popular projects from Pinterest.  These are the ideas that people from all over the country and world liked enough to “pin” and share with their friends.  We hope you like them too!

Other Popular Crafts:

Carrot Boxes for Easter

Coffee Filter Roses

Cupcake Liner Flower Suckers

 

Tell me:  Are you addicted to Pinterest?  Or do you think you will be after reading this?

 

Meet and Make: Lisa DeNardi

Today’s Meet and Make is Lisa DeNardi, a craft designer for AllFreeHolidayCrafts.

Lisa’s passion lies with creating something awesome from something neglected. For her, it’s all about time-honoured, classic possessions that never really go out of style. Sometimes she restores them to their original loveliness, other times they are re-purposed and reused into something fresh and fabulous. What started as a hobby and has turned into a small part-time business for Lisa.

Lisa lives in a home that she lovingly refers to as ‘The Money Pit’ since there’s always something to fix, paint, sand down, build up or move around.

Lisa created her blog, Recaptured Charm, when she lost her only sister to breast cancer in 2006. She wanted to turn to something that would occupy her time and her mind. She started with small furniture makeovers and within a year moved to a fixer-upper home and started a blog to chronicle her renovations and furniture transformations. She has been busy ever since.

You can find more about Lisa on her designer profile page.

10 Fun Facts About Lisa:

1. I am most comfortable in my work clothes that smell like Downey but are splattered with paint.

2. My father owned a Queens Plate winner in 1983;The Most Coveted Horse Racing Trophy in Canada.

3. I must see the opening credits of a movie or else I can’t start watching it.

4. I truly believe that square pizza tastes totally different than round pizza.

5. I try to convince all my friends and Mr. Charming that ‘all you can eat sushi’ is good for you.

6. When I hear my daughters come in at the end of the night, I silently thank God for another safe day.

7. I am the sister of a breast cancer victim. She was my best friend and is never far from my mind at any given moment.

8. Can recite every line from When Harry Met Sally and any Bugs Bunny Cartoon.

9. I have severe arachnophobia.

10. I have a hard time convincing my friends that despite my age I don’t have a grey hair on my head.

 

Lisa’s Craft Tutorial: Make a Coffee Filter Wreath

Materials:

  • Styrofoam wreath form
  • Approximately 200 coffee filters
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Decorations of your choice (ornaments, pine cones, branches, etc.)

Instructions:

1.  Fold the basket shaped filter in half.

 

2.  Run the filter through your hand to make a flower. Flatten the bottom and apply hot glue.

 

3.  Start gluing filters to the inside of the wreath and work your way out. No need to go all the way around. Leave the back as flat as you can.

 

4.  Using sharp scissors trim any areas that are uneven.

 

5.  Hot glue on any decorations you like.

 

Question:  Have you ever crafted with coffee filters before?  What did you make?

 

New Pattern Monday: Thanksgiving Decor

Even though Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, it’s never too early to start crafting for Thanksgiving. If you’ve got family coming over for the big feast, you’ll want your home to be decked out accordingly. Use these Thanksgiving projects for inspiration this holiday season.

Harvest Blocks:

Shannon Staker offers some fall decorating ideas with a tutorial on harvest blocks. She offers a step by step guide to her fall decor project.

Straw Bale Centerpiece:

Use a rustic straw bale as the base for a lovely homemade Thanksgiving craft centerpiece bursting with red and green mums, pumpkins and ribbon. Make a Thanksgiving tablescape for your family meal.

Cornucopia Etched Glass Plate:

Follow this simple glass etching craft project to create an elegant Thanksgiving decoration featuring a cornucopia scene. This Thanksgiving Day craft would make a perfect host gift too.

How To: Easy Holiday Entertaining Ideas

We’re getting down to the wire – Christmas is in 9 days! We have some easy holiday entertaining ideas if you haven’t been on the ball about preparing this year. Now is a good time to start thinking about the details that will go into your holiday party, and how to incorporate some extra holiday entertaining ideas into your decorations and table scape. Also, if you haven’t already, put up your Christmas tree!

Easy Holiday Entertaining Ideas:

  • Since we’re running out of time, don’t spend all afternoon creating decorations for your holiday party. Keep it simple and elegant. Grab an old crystal clear vase and fill it with small, festive Christmas ornaments. Centerpiece #1. Check. Follow this tutorial for elegant Gold Scalloped Ornaments.
photo courtesy of CB2.com

photo courtesy of CB2.com

Gold Scalloped Ornament from FaveCrafts

Gold Scalloped Ornament from FaveCrafts

  • For an added decorative element to your mantel, side table or windowsill, use styrofoam cubes and wrap them with holiday wrapping paper. Colors like silver and gold are appropriate for winter and look elegant around your house. Wrap them in ribbon or tulle and you’re done!
    • If you have a bit of extra time, spray paint the cubes with frosty colors and add berries and pine cones for embellishments – like these Gift Packages on FaveCrafts.

    cracklepackage

    Gift Packages with Crackle from FaveCrafts

  • Instead of going all out on fancy schmancy placemats for your holiday table, consider using a plain piece of holiday fabric or brightly colored (red or green) rectangle felt. You can pick these items up at the craft store, and you’re practically finished!
    • Another easy holiday decoration using felt, can be made with the kids in no time. By cutting out tree shapes from a green sheet of felt and decorating it with colorful felt circles for ornaments – you can have a freestanding 3D Christmas tree for your dining table in no time. Your kids will think it’s super fun too. Just follow this tutorial for the pattern and instructions.

    Felt Christmas Tree on FaveCrafts

    Felt Christmas Tree on FaveCrafts

  • The last of our easy holiday entertaining ideas is to end the night with a simple Christmas card for your guests. As the host, it is nice to have some type of favor that shows you thoughtful side. Because let’s face it, Christmas day will be hectic. Create a simple Christmas card with a nice little phrase that shows holiday warmth and love.
    • It can be as simple as taking a piece of cardstock and pasting a construction paper ornament or snowflake on top. Use postcard style cardstock so you aren’t tempted to write long letters to all your guests. Remember, keep it simple! I like this card from Terri Sproul that you can find on FaveCrafts.

      Christmas Card from Terri Sproul

      Christmas Card from Terri Sproul

For more Christmas craft ideas, visit FaveCrafts. Merry Christmas!