Lucky in Love St. Patrick’s Day Card and Pedestal

Today we have a guest post from Stefanie Girard from Sweater Surgery! She’ll be sharing with us an easy way to decorate for St. Patrick’s day. For more great tutorials, be sure to check out her blog!

Stefanie Girard, St. Patrick's Day

Good thing we have lots of holidays to celebrate as it gives all of us card makers and crafters lots of reasons to get our paper, recycled cardboard, and die cutter out. After crafting with my heart dies for Valentine’s Day, I knew I could then use them to make clovers and shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day and that is just what I did for this card.

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In addition to die cutting 3 hearts to make the clover for the card, I die cut the words “lucky”, “in,” and “love” using all different fonts and dies with my Sizzix die cutter. To make the stem of the clover I just trimmed by hand a scrap of the green glitter paper I used for all the other elements.

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In addition to my Lucky in Love St. Patrick’s day card, I wanted to make a little pedestal for my vintage wedding cake bride and groom. The glitter cardstock was a bit too flimsy so I went to my pantry-one of my best sources of recycled cardboard. A Chex cereal box was perfect! I was careful where I die cut the cardboard as to maximize the green areas of the box. I did add a small square of the coordinating green plaid paper on the top of the die cut pedestal for an added element.

I hope you have fun with this “green” craft and are lucky enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with someone you love!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s day?

10+ Wine Bottle Crafts for Galentine’s Day

We know that everyone is getting excited about Valentine’s Day this year. It’s all hearts and roses and chocolates and cupids everywhere! But let’s not forget the holiday that comes before Valentine’s Day, and is arguably even more important than the fabled day of romance.

We’re talking about Galentine’s Day!

Galentine’s Day is February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day is about celebrating all of the wonderful women in your life. The day was originally created by Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler’s character on the wonderful television show Parks and Recreation. Every year, Leslie spent the day before Valentine’s Day with all her female friends, celebrating their friendship and their love for each other.

This idea has become so popular, that Galentine’s Day celebrations are now a common occurrence across the country! And why shouldn’t they be? We love the idea of women coming together to celebrate each other and to celebrate their friendships. So in honor of Galentine’s Day, we’ve collected some of our favorite recycled crafts for you and your female friends to tackle together.

Wine Bottle Crafts for Galentine's Day

This collection of Wine Bottle Crafts for Galentine’s Day is the perfect way to make use of any old and empty wine bottles still lying around your house. Why throw those perfectly nice bottles in the trash when you can put them to good use in your home? And let’s be honest. There’s a chance that you and your friends might go through a few wine bottles when you get together to celebrate Galentine’s Day… might as well have something crafty to do with them afterwards!

Wine Bottle Crafts for Galentine’s Day

Empty Wine Bottle Picture FrameDIY Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Bold DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Snowball Wine Bottle Vases

Faux Lighted Wine Bottle

Sparkling Wine Bottle Craft

Wine Bottle Herb Garden

DIY Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Wickedly Wonderful Wine Bottle Candles

Wine Bottle Pendant Necklace

Wine Bottle Lanterns

 

Wine Cork Crafts for Galentine’s Day

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Succulent Wine Cork Planter Magnets

Wine Cork Jewelry Holder

Monogram Wine Cork Craft

Pretty Pendant Charm Necklace

Wine Cork Menu Board

Sweet Wine Cork Fairies

Wine Cork Keychains

Wine Cork Balls

 

Looking for more crafts to do with your lady friends? Don’t miss out on these great craft collections!

30+ Things to Do With Old Wine Bottles

17 Whimsical Wine Cork Crafts

 

Comment below and let us know, how will you celebrate Galentine’s Day?

Quick and Easy Pinecone Crafts for the Holidays

Pinecone crafts are simply the best when it comes to holiday crafting. Why? For starters, they’re super affordable! If you can’t forage for free pinecones in your backyard, then they’re always available at big-box stores or craft stores for a reasonable price. They’re even great Christmas craft ideas for kids because they can be super quick and easy. They’re so easy, they’re also the best for last-minute holiday crafting. The possibilities are endless when it comes to pincone crafts for Christmas, so take a look at a few of our favorites and get crafting!

Quick and Easy Pinecone Crafts for the Holidays

Gold Tipped Pinecone Ornament: the classic pinecone craft for Christmas! If you don’t have a few of these DIY ornaments on your tree, then they’re a must-have this year. Mix things up by coating your pinecone in glitter or using other metallics to create colorful tips on your handmade ornaments.

Gold Tipped Pinecone Ornament

Breathtaking Frosted Pinecone Décor: learn how to create the perfect, frosted pinecones for a wintry DIY home decor project. You can display these around the home or even on your Christmas tree!

Breathtaking Frosted Pinecone Décor

Simple Pine Cone & Ornament DIY Garland: use those metallic, gold-tipped pinecones or those frosted pinecones to create a rustic and simple DIY garland. It’s a simple and classic homemade Christmas decoration that you can use year after year.

Simple Pine Cone & Ornament DIY Garland

Gorgeous Glitter Pine Cone Wreath: this tutorial shows you how to make beautiful, glitter-tastic wreaths with pinecones in different colors! Make one in your favorite festive shade to adorn your front door.

Gorgeous Glitter Pine Cone Wreath

Bleached Pine Cones: a different approach to the glitter and metallic pinecones, this bleached pinecone tutorial shows you how to get this gorgeous effect. It’s a budget-friendly, rustic, and simple DIY decor project — a win, win, win!

Bleached Pine Cones

Frosted Pinecone Mason Jar Lights: create these decorations for easy mason jar lights to decorate your holiday mantle or any other space in your home that can use the soft glow from candlelight. We love how this mason jar craft idea incorporates one of our favorites: frosted pinecones!

Frosted Pinecone Mason Jar Lights

Pine Cone Ornament Mobile: the ultimate in rustic and simple DIY decor, this DIY mobile creates a decor piece that truly brings nature inside. If you like glam, then try using Gold Tipped Pinecones to take this craft up a notch.

Pine Cone Ornament Mobile

Pottery Barn Knockoff Faux Antler Wreath: pinecone wreaths are super affordable and easy to make, so we’ve included two on our list. Not only does this tutorial show you how to make a DIY wreath to die-for, but also how to save money by making faux antlers!

Pottery Barn Knockoff Faux Antler Wreath

Pretty Easy Pine Cone Place Card Holders: create this simple and affordable place card holder for your next family gathering. It’ll make your table setting for your Christmas dinner oh-s0-festive!

Pretty Easy Pine Cone Place Card Holders

 

Comment below and let us know, what other materials are great for holiday crafting?

 

Recycled DIY Organization Ideas

What are the trickiest areas of your home when it comes to getting organized? Maybe it’s the jewelry and fashion accessories in your bedroom. Or perhaps it’s your desk and office area that is most in need of an efficiency makeover. If you’re here on FaveCrafts Blog, then we’re guessing that your craft room needs a little help too. No one wants to have to go on a scavenger hunt through their house every time they need to find something simple. A few simple projects to declutter and corral all those little bits and piece will show you how to organize and have your supplies in order in no time.

Recycled DIY Organization Ideas

We know that sometimes, knowing how to organize seems to be just too hard, too expensive, and too unattractive. We’re here with DIY organization ideas to show you it doesn’t have to be!

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Image courtesy of Aunt Peaches

There are lots of ways to get your kitchen, office, bedroom, craft room, or any other part of your home organized quickly and easily. We’ve rounded up 14 of these clever DIY organization ideas below and we just know you’re going to love how simple they are. Best of all, these DIY organization crafts are positively adorable too!

Recycled Can Organizer

Image courtesy of HP

Recycled Screwdriver Coat Rack

Image courtesy of Homemade Modern

  1. DIY Recharging Station from A Little Craft in Your Day
  2. Handy Cardboard Carton Desk Caddy from Aunt Peaches
  3. Chalkboard Coat Hanger from FaveCrafts
  4. Recycled Can Pen and Marker Organizer from HP Create
  5. DIY Magazine Holder from A Little Craft in Your Day
  6. 15 Minute Recycled Desk Organizer from FaveCrafts
  7. Stylish Recycled Organizer from A Little Craft in Your Day
  8. Wine Cork Jewelry Holder from FaveCrafts
  9. Recycled Screwdriver Coat Rack from Homemade Modern
  10. Rustic Recycled Tin Can Organizer from Homeroad
  11. Lovely Mod Podge Tray from FaveCrafts
  12. Easy Hardware Organization from Chez Larsson
  13. DIY Frame Earring Holder from Morning Creativity
  14. Easy Peasy Scarf Organization Holder from From the Desk

See? There are lots of great ideas for getting your house into tip-top organized shape using inexpensive recycled materials. Next time you’re about to toss out those cardboard tubes, empty plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cartons, boxes, or other potentially useful things, have a look at them with an eye to tidying up and having a home for each and every item.

Which part of your home is most in need of organization? Share your clutter hot spots in the comments below!

 

 

 

Happy America Recycles Day! + Krazy Glue Giveaway

Today is America Recycles Day! And what better way to celebrate than by crafting with recyclable items?

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Today we are celebrating your creativity and helping keep America clean. So even if you hubby thinks your crazy for keeping a bag of toilet paper rolls, just know that we here at FaveCrafts applaud you and encourage you to keep crafting with recycled materials.

Each hour on Facebook we are featuring a recycled project today. So yes, that means 24 posts today! You can join us on Facebook RIGHT NOW to see all of the fun!

Another way to keep things out of landfills is to repair instead of toss. Our favorite way? Krazy Glue! I’m serious when I say this stuff is truly the best when it comes to crafting and fixing up your house.

Check out these awesome projects that use Krazy Glue!

Now you will get a chance to win some Krazy Glue for yourself! There are two types in this prize and 3 winners will get one of each!

Krazy Glue® 20g Craft Gel – Krazy Glue Craft Formula Gel is perfect for filling gaps on porous surfaces like ceramic and pottery. The no-run Gel Formula allows for gluing vertical surfaces without a drippy mess and also allows for gluing two mismatched surfaces. Delayed skin bond with Skin Guard gives you extra working time.

Maximum Bond Krazy Glue® 20g Gel – Maximum Bond Formula provides an extra strength and durable shock-resistant bond. Our no-run Gel Formula allows for gluing vertical surfaces without a drippy mess and also allows for gluing two mismatched surfaces. It works best on porous materials like ceramic or pottery. The extended tip makes it easy to get into tight spaces.

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In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

How would you use Krazy Glue to celebrate America Recycles Day?

Thank you to all who participated in out giveaway and, more importantly, America Recycles Day! The winners are…
Patricia M – I am always fixing and rehabing items! I could use this in so many ways!

Jennifer – I have 4 toddlers in the house so there is always a few things on my “going to fix” shelf. This would go a long way in helping me!

Kyle – I have started using it for several jewelry projects. Love It!!

OFFICIAL RULES FOR CONTEST

  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, November 18th, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

Between the Pages: 10 Book Crafts

betweenthepagesBooks can take us on magical journies through time and space…opening doors to new worlds, introducing us to new characters, and giving us new outlooks on life.  They hold some of our favorite stories and tales, and they give us the power to scour the deepest regions of our imaginations. 
While books are great for painting a visual world in our brains, they can also be used as physical decorations in our homes…with images and words literally popping out of the pages and adding color and style to our lives.   Whether you use the cover or the pages, books are fabulous tools for making unique and amazing projects.
As an avid book lover, I fell in love with these amazing book crafts and project ideas.  These projects are great for putting old books and thrift store books to use, and they’re a cheap and fun way to “smarten up” your decor.
If you love decorating and crafting with books, you’re sure to love this little list of 10 Brilliant Book Crafts.  From wreaths to wrapping, pumpkins to ornaments, this collection offers a unique way of looking at an old book.  To further your fun, be sure to check out our giveaway at the bottom of the post!  Lovers of 3D book art are sure to appreciate this one!
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Between the Pages: 10 Book Crafts
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  1. Children’s Book Paper Banner
  2. Book Page Halloween Wreath
  3. Wordy Bird Ornament
  4. Rolled Book Pages Wreath
  5. Book Page Wreath
  6. Pretty Dollar Store Pumpkins
  7. Bird and Text Collage Art
  8. Recycled Book Page Ornament
  9. Book Page Envelopes
  10. Tin Can Pencil Holder

 

BONUS!  We’re giving away an Artfolds book to 2 lucky winners!  These amazing books can be transformed into beautiful works of art by simply folding the pages.  Printed with a bar on each page to mark how the pages should be folded, these publications make it easy for anyone to create a lovely book sculpture.  You have until October 14th to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome giveaway!  Head on over to the giveaway page now and register to win!  Good luck!

13 Projects to Make with Duck Tape

The all-in-one home fixer upper, Duct Tape, now has a crafty purpose.  This strong-bonding adhesive tape found at several stores nation wide is being used by creative minds to add color and style to their wearables, home decor, gift packages, and so much more!

Available in a wide variety of colors and styles, Duct Tape can be used to create everything from home accessories to jewelry.  These Duct Tape Bags are a must-have for kids of all ages, and creative people are even making cute Duct Tape Shoes for little kids.  There are so many colors and patterns out there that you’re bound to find a roll of Duct Tape to best suit your needs!

If you feel like you want to get crafty with this awesome adhesive, you’re in luck.  We’ve gathered up 13 of our favorite Duct Tape projects and “stuck” them right here for you to find!  Don’t forget to tell us which one is your favorite in the comments below!

BONUS!  Want even MORE awesome Duct Tape patterns?  Check out our giveaway at the bottom of the page.  We just know you’re going to love it!

 

13 Projects to Make with Duck Tape

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BONUS!  We’re giving away a copy of Duct Tape Your Heart Out!, an awesome book filled with 44 fun and easy projects using Duck brand duct tape.  Covering fashion, decor, and gift ideas, this book is great for crafters of all ages…and has lots of great ideas and suggestions for adding a bit of color and style to your favorite fashion accessories.  You have until August 15th to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome giveaway!  Head on over to the giveaway page now and register to win!  Good luck!

10 Thrifty Recycled Crafts for Summer Fun

10 Thrifty Recycled Crafts for Summer FunEvery kid looks forward to summertime because they get to spend some time doing fun creative activities. Kids get to let loose and run around outside in the sun instead of being in a classroom all day. The challenge, though, is keeping your kids occupied with fun summer activities. My kids are all energy and no down time, so I’m constantly searching for new activities to keep them entertained. Now, I love using recycled crafts to entertain my children because I don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money on projects to keep them occupied. I’ve found that the coolest recycled craft that my kids love are the Adorable Minion Lawn Darts because they can’t get enough of the Minions. This fun craft keeps them outside for hours at a time. I have a hard time getting them to come inside when it’s time for lunch.

Of course, you need to plan for the summer days when the weather might not be as nice as you’d like it to be, so it’s always a great idea to add some indoor activities to your list. Any time I come across cardboard boxes, I immediately grab them because my kids love turning them into a fort or Creative Cardboard Box Cars. They always have a blast making things out of the cardboard boxes. Sometimes they prefer playing with cardboard boxes over anything else. That’s why it’s always a good idea to find new cardboard boxes to bring home.

Most of the materials for these crafts were already in my house, so I didn’t have to scramble around town looking for things that my children can use for their crafts. These no-fuss crafts really made it easier for me to keep my children happy.

 

Outdoor Activities

Summertime is all about playing with your kids outside in the sun, so you need to have some fun summer activities that will get the whole family outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. The Water Bottle Rocket is the perfect kids craft to get your little ones outside; after all, what kid doesn’t like to shoot things off into into the air?

 

 

Indoor Activities

Indoor activities are always a great idea to have for when it’s nasty and rainy outside. Your kids can throw a burst of color into a cloudy day when they make Color Burst Melted Crayon Art. This a great activity idea to do, especially when your kids have a bunch of old, broken crayons that they never use.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun

 

If you’re looking for some more summer fun ideas to have with your children, check out the Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun, hosted by our friends at True Aim Education!

 

 

What summertime activities do your little ones love to do?

Color Blocking and Upcycled Clothing Ideas

9 Ways to Transform Old T-Shirts

Color blocking is slated to come back in full force over the next few months. As the sun comes out and our world gets just a bit brighter, our clothes should be doing the same. Color blocking is an amazing way to wear bright, stunning colors while still looking chic. Plus, many color blocking pieces are extremely flattering and slimming. Mostly black pieces can really help you look trim and adding color blocking to those pieces means you do not have to sacrifice flair. Whether you are looking for a color block dress pattern or searching for a DIY t-shirt reconstruction, one of these 9 Color Blocking and Upcycled Clothing Ideas will surely become a staple in your already fantastic wardrobe.

I personally love color blocking on clothes. It never really goes out of a style and always looks timeless and vintage. One of my favorite dresses in my closet is a mod color blocked dress that features big splashes of blue. Plus, color block pieces are so simple that you can pretty much pair them with anything. If you like big jewelry, you can go totally 80s with chunky, costume jewelry. If you are more of a subtle girl, you can wear a simple pearl necklace with a color blocked piece to look like a sassy Audrey Hepburn.

I have compiled these particular projects together because they combine my love of color blocking and bright colors with my love of t-shirt reconstruction. Many of these mod and fab pieces are created by upcycling t-shirts and other clothing. I just love to be able to give new life to an old piece. It saves you money and gives you a sassy new wardrobe in the process.

15 Minute Tuxedo SkirtColor Block Dress and Skirt Projects

Refashioned 1960s Mod Dress
Color Block T-Shirt Dress
Tank Top Make Over Dress
15 Minute Tuxedo Skirt (Pictured left)
How to Make a Skirt Longer
Party-Ready Jersey Dress Tutorial

 

Thrifty Refashioned Infinity ScarfOther Color Block Upcycled Projects

Thrifty Refashioned Infinity Scarf (Pictured right)
Draped Color Block Tee
Color Block DIY Pants

 

 

What other 60s trend do you wish would come back in full force?

The Best Blogger Crafts: Retro Muffin Tin Frame

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This month we’re celebrating our bloggers and their creativity. In January 2014 at CHA, bloggers gathered at our CHA Networking Event to meet companies and to work more with us here FaveCrafts. After getting a bunch of crafty swag from the event, they set out to make projects out of the materials they were given. We’re featuring these projects all month with giveaways so you can make your own versions of their wonderful crafts.

Retro Muffin Tin Frame

Retro Muffin Tin FrameIn our contest last month, each of these blogger crafts were voted upon by fans for a great prize! This Retro Muffin Tin Frame by Michele Kovak from Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker was voted #1!

If you like the look of retro craft ideas, then you’ll have so much fun making your own Retro Muffin Tin Frame. You can even use an old, rusted muffin tin. You can use glitter, paper and even paint to bring your piece to life. Be sure to add plenty of details to your frame so it really stands out from a sea of boring decorative items.

best-bloggermini_rightYou can find this project, as well as many other fabulous blogger projects, in our new eBook, The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2014:  Decoupage, Sewing, Jewelry Making, and More free eBook.  Download your own free copy today!

 

 

Enter to win today’s prize

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Today’s prize is a selection of Krylon spray paint and a few “blank canvas” objects for you to test out your spray painting skills. Included in the prize is a can of Krylon Shimmer Metallic (blue, black cherry, pink), Krylon Natural Stone and Krylon Gitter Blast, and Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. Be sure to check out these other best blogger craft projects that use items from this Krylon prize!

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In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

  1. Like the FaveCrafts Facebook page here, AND
  2. Like the Krylon Facebook page here, AND
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

What color spray paint would you most likely craft with?

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Thank you all for participating in yesterday’s giveaway! Congratulations to Mary H. who answered “Oh My Gosh! I would love to try the “Stone” & “Looking Glass” as I have not used them yet! Thanks so much! I love repurposing, recycling & re-creating!!! Blessings!” We hope you craft some amazing things with this prize!

To see the current giveaway, please check our giveaway schedule.

Enter to win our Super Spectacular Grand Prize Giveaway!  Filled with more than $500.00 worth of amazing prizes from 15 companies, this is the ultimate way to get crafting this month!  The deadline to enter is April 25, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Super Spectacular Grand Prize Giveaway

OFFICIAL RULES FOR DAILY CONTEST

  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must “like” both the FaveCrafts and the Krylon Facebook pages to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, April 7th, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.