Smocking lends a lovely, textured pattern to fabric. Smocking with floss in a contrasting color adds an attractive pattern to create a pillow that perfectly coordinates with the colors of your room. For an elegant monochromatic look, smock the fabric with floss in a matching color to add texture wi
The elaborate jewelry styles of the European Renaissance period had a big influence on both the culture of the time and jewelry-making tradition, so much so that many design concepts originating in this time remain popular to this day. When it comes to making your own Renaissance-style jewelry for c
Beading is fast becoming a popular craft for all ages. Beading is generally easy to do, and you can accomplish it in a relatively short period of time. Beading offers a portable, less expensive opportunity to create. It is less expensive because it requires few tools and materials. Seed beading is n
Wind chimes, mobiles and other garden art projects may include beaded, wire-wrapped spoons as part of the decoration. Look for old spoons to decorate for these projects at thrift stores and yard sales. You can decorate any size spoon with wire and beads, from small metal teaspoons to large wooden sp
A glass or ceramic cooktop is the hallmark of a modern, 21st-century kitchen. But the ease of cooking without having to clean the pans beneath traditional burners does have a downside at times. Burned-on plastic, such as from a grocery bag, can be difficult to remove from a smooth cooktop. You'll ha
Shapes all have different properties. You may need to use these properties to work out quantities such as the surface area or volume of a specific shape, so it is useful to know how certain shapes differ from others. Rectangles and rectangular prisms seem similar at first glance, but have one crucia
Although you can typically find them on a garage wall, peg boards also make inexpensive and convenient storage solutions for craft rooms. With the addition of metal hooks, hanging baskets and plastic containers, peg boards can hold items ranging from scrapbooking paper and embellishments to sewing s
Birds communicate to one another by making sounds and songs. They mark their territory and more by calling to other birds in their own unique language. By learning how to make bird sounds, it is possible to attract birds to you as they think the sound could be coming from another bird. Learn how to
Fabric roses can be used as place settings, house decorations, accents for gift wrap or jewelry. Using synthetic fabric and a candle flame gives them an authentic look. Apply a few drops of rose-scented oil to them. A few drops of glue from a hot glue gun can add the appearance of fresh morning dew.
Watch boxes are used to protect watches from damage.old watch image by cico from Fotolia.comWhen someone buys a watch from a jewelry or watch store, it usually comes in a box for protection from being damaged. After buying several watches, though, collectors can purchase watch boxes so...
Making jewelry needn't be complicated or require a big outlay on specialist tools and materials. There are a variety of tools and products aimed at the hobbyist jeweler. Modern jewelry supplies make it easy for you to create jewelry in your own individual style. From wirework to bead weaving, you're
Signs are one of the most common means of human communication.affichage image by thierry planche from Fotolia.comSigns are a pivotal part of our everyday lives. We encounter the text and images displayed on signs in almost every facet of life. Signs help us travel to where we want to go,...
Hand embroidery offers an artistic, unique way to embellish garments, whether everyday casual or once-in-a-lifetime formal. Literally thousands of embroidery patterns are available online and in craft stores that can grace any garment—including a man, woman or child’s shirt. Whether you
Storage cubes are often used as organizational tools in the kitchen, office or garage. While these products are available at home improvement stores, making them yourself can save lots of hard-earned cash. Buy new fabric that matches your current home decor, or use leftover scraps for an even more e
Display systems for earrings are a preferable alternative to storing these delicate items in places where they can clump together, break or get lost. Whether you're looking to display earrings for commercial sale or just trying to find an attractive way to store your own collection, coming up with a
Making a diorama can be both educational and entertaining. Often children need to make dioramas for school projects, but they can be done at home as a rainy day or weekend activity as well. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to diorama ideas.
Wire is used to make fine jewelry and costume jewelry. Wire gauges are an important part of making wire jewelry. The lower the wire gauge, the harder and larger the wire. A 24-gauge wire is quite flexible and can be used to create delicate types of jewelry such as chains and beads. A 24-gauge wire i
Video Transcript I'm Lindsey Ralston and this is how to use Martha Stewart's glass paint. Today, I'm going to show you how to use Martha Stewart's glass paint in a fun and simple way to add polka dots to one of your glass encased candles that you may have purchased from a store. This...
Tying braids with cords or crafting laces can be used to create a variety of craft projects, such as bracelets, lanyards and key chains. When you reach the end of a braid, it is important to secure the loose ends with a knot to ensure your braid remains intact. The completion knot is a simple knot t