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
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
Making crafts is a fun party activity, whether you're a child or an adult. These party craft ideas for fall can be used for any age. They're simple, relatively inexpensive, and useful projects that will occupy your guests for up to 1 hour per activity. You can choose one, or set up several craft sta
Drawstring bags are quick and easy to make and are suitable for the beginning to advanced seamstress. Because they can be made in a variety of sizes and styles, they are useful for organizing items and are decorative as well. Small drawstring bags are great to carry as purses. They can be made with
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
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
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.
Use the Titanic as crafting inspiration.Doors from Titanic :-) image by zimous from Fotolia.comA ship of immense proportions, the Titanic measured 882.5 feet long by 92 feet wide by 110 feet tall, according to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit. The size of this ship could not save it from...
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
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
Friendship bracelets are usually worn by teenagers and given between friends.Two smiling teenagers image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.comA colored knotting of strings is a common sight on many teenage arms. A homemade bracelet, given in friendship, is an easy and thoughtful craft...
Folding an origami spaceship is like folding a paper airplane; it takes patience and concentration. This spaceship leaves a little wiggle room to customize it to your liking. Finishing touches, such as painting your spaceship or adding logos and stripes, give color and depth to your figure. Perched
If you are making a jewelry pin or a decorative brooch, you will need a few specific supplies and tools. The right kind of glue is important and you need to use the appropriate sizes to be sure that the pin is strong and will last. The things you need are available in craft or hobby stores.