These 30 printable toys are an easy way to introduce non-crafty children to the joys of paper crafts. Not only will the pre-teens enjoy using these printable toys, they will also enjoy the process of creating them.
To save money, any of these projects only use black ink. Therefore, you will also need to have markers, crayons or paints on hand.
- Bones Game
- The Balance Game
- The Way Game
- Tiles Game
- Reversi Board Game
- ESP Game
- Fall Into The Black Hole
- Brooklyn Bridge Model
- Taj Mahal Model
- Space Shuttle Model
- Stealth Aircraft Model
- Roller Coaster
- Empire State Building
- Mount Rushmore
- Paddle Steamer (pictured)
- Skull Dice
- 13 Piece Hearse Playset
- Dancing Skeleton Marionette
- Sumo Wrestling Game
- Soccer Penalty Kick Game
- Flip Animation
- Toucan Balance Toy
- Rugby Goal Kick Game
- Boomerang Toy
source: Emily Lindberg
Plastic bags are too abundantly available, and too damaging to the environment to be ignored as craft materials. Weaving, crochet and sewing are just a couple of the ways that clever crafters reuse this free resource.
Here are a couple of ideas:
1. Weaving – Crafters are now using plastic bags for weaving. If done cleverly, the finished products don’t even vaguely resemble the bags you brought your groceries home from the store in.
3. Knit – Any material that can be used to crochet, can also be used to knit. If knitting is your thing, there are plenty of plastic bag patterns available for you, too.
4. Sewing – Once plastic bags are fused to freezer paper or parchment paper, they can then be sewing into a variety of useful objects. The fused bags can be sewn with a regular sewing machine into virtually anything.
5. Rug Braiding - Plastic bag cut into strips can be turned into braids. The finished braids can then be sewn together to create long lasting area rugs.
6. Macrame – I haven’t been able to find a project for plastic bag macrame, but why wouldn’t it work out just fine?
7. Mold the Bags – Instructables has a tutorial for using plastic bags to mold items.
8. Faux Punch Art - Faux punch art can be made using styrofoam as a base. The results are very nice.
9. Basketry - You can make great looking baskets using plastic bags and cardboard. Good, clear tutorial.
10. Printmaking - Alisa Burke has a wonderful tutorial on printing with plastic bags. Definitely worth checking out.
If anyone has any other ideas, please post them as a message. I’d love to share your thoughts with Craft Stew’s readers.
Description: Such a cute apron! It’s hard to believe it’s patternless! I like the use of all the different patterns, but if you want something a bit more subdued, use one fabric for the entire apron. Then make the belt from a contrasting piece.
Craft Link: Patternless Kitschy Apron
source: Greg Turner
I made some orzo as an almost midnight snack the other day. It had a very delicate, toasted flavor which I loved. It was so cheap and good I decided to pass on the recipe.
2 cups orzo
2 – 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 tsp. chicken bouillon (parve or vegan)
salt, to taste
small pinch pepper
Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the orzo and cook till light brown. Add three cups of water, bouillon, salt and pepper. Stir well. When the water begins to cook out, add another 1/4 cup of water. Continue adding water until the orzo is done to your liking.
Easy Orzo with Cheese: Stir 1/4 cup parmesan into the orzo when done cooking.
Easy Orzo with Peas: Add 1/4 cup frozen peas to the orzo after toasting.
Easy Orzo with Garlic or Onion: I usually add a pinch or two of garlic or onion powder to my orzo right after adding the water.
Sewing can cost a small fortune if allowed to. After spending hundred of dollars on a machine, there are still fabrics, expensive patterns, notions and trims cramming the shelves of the stores. Buttons alone, can cost up to $10.00.
But there is a cheaper way. You can make your own sewing supplies.
Many sewing supplies can be made at home. Sewing machine covers, pincushions and bias tape can all be made from fabric scraps. Organizers, buttons and sewing kits can be crafted from materials sitting around the house. Even dress forms can be created in just a few hours.
Take a look at some of the links listed below and start saving money today!
Bias Tape And Piping
- Turn A Fat Quarter Into 5 Yds Piping
- How To Make And Use Piping
- Pleased As Punch Piping Tutorial
- Create Your Own Bias Tape Maker Tool
- Printable Bias Tape Maker
- Chinese Knotted Button
- Make Buttons From Shrink Plastic
- Resin Button Tutorial
- Covered Buttons (No Kit Needed)
- Wooden Button How-To’s
- Make Beads Into Decorative Buttons
- Dyed Buttons
- Easy Polymer Clay Buttons Tutorial
- Crocheted Buttons
- Images For Embroidery
- Turn Photos Into Embroidery Patterns
- 1500+ Free Embroidery Patterns
- Free 25 Page Embroidery Book (pdf)
- Pin Woven Fabric Tutorial
- Make Your Own Quilted Fabric
- DIY Lush Embossed Fabric
- Needle Felting Without Wool
- Fabric From Plastic Bags
- How To Make “Faux” Leather
- Fabric From Scrap Thread
- DIY Oil Cloth Fabric Method
- Turn Old Sweaters Into Wool
- Computer Printed Fabric
- Felt Dahlia Flower
- Detachable Flower Embellishment
- How To Make Chiffon Flowers
- Pretty Organza Flowers Tutorial
- Ric Rac Flower Tutorial
- Free Skirt Patterns/Tutorials
- Modern Sewing Patterns
- Free Clothes Patterns/Tutorials
- AllCrafts Sewing Patterns
- Free Dress Patterns/Tutorials
- Simplicity Creative Patterns
- Free Lingerie Patterns/Tutorials
- Free Hat Patterns/Tutorials
- Free Handbag Patterns/Tutorials
- Patterns From Fabric.com
- DIY: Transfter Cloth Labels
- Labels Made From Things In Your Pantry
- Label Tutorial
- How To Make Your Own Labels
- Make A Bow With Tails
- Carve A Styrofoam Hat Blook 1
- Carve A Styrofoam Hat Block 2
- Carve A Styrofoam Hat Block 3
- How To Make A Hat Base
- Make A Molded Hat Block (video)
- Needlebook Tutorial
- Matryoshka Needlecase Tutorial
- How To Make A Needlebook
- How To Make A Felt Needle Book
- Snowman Beaded Needle Case
- Wrist Pincushion
- Candlestick Pincushions
- Tuna Can Pincushions
- Picture Frame Pincushions
- Novelty Pincushion
- Square Deal Pincushion
- Tabletop Ironing Board
- Ironing Board Thread Catcher/Caddy
- Tailor’s Ham Tutorial
- Make An Ironing Board Cover
- Jazzy Ironing Board Cover
- Make Your Own Tailor’s Ham
- Measurement Chart
- Yardage Card
- Fabric Swatch Notebook
- Print Free Graph Paper
- 100’s Of Free Quilting Patterns
- How To Make Silk Ribbon
- Fabric Ribbon How-To
- Dyeing Grosgrain Ribbon
- How To Dye Silk Ribbons
- How To Hand Stamp Ribbon
- D.I.Y. Fabric Ribbon
Sewing Machine Accessories
- Sewing Machine Cover
- Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial
- 30 Minute Thread Catcher
- Sewing Caddy And Pincushion
Sewing Supply Organizers
- Cotton Reel Holder
- Organizing Embroidery Floss
- Ribbon Card Holder
- Embroidery Hoop Wall Storage
- DIY Wall Thread Organizer
- Loops In Soutache Braid
- Pleated-Ribbon Trim
- Faux Feathers From Fabric &Wire
- How To Make Ribbon Trim
- DIY T-Shirt Pom Poms Tutorial
- How To Make Painted Lace
- How To Dye Elastic
- DIY Pattern Weights
- Fabric Covered Sewing Pattern Weights
- Pattern Weights Tutorial
- Make Your Own Pattern Weights
- Make Your Own Stuffing
- Make A Sewing Seam Ripper
- Project Board Tutorial
- Make Your Own Needle Threader
- Make Your Own Iron-Ons
- How To Make Your Own Patches
- Homemade Basting Spray
source: Benjamin Golub
Another delicious recipe from a friend. I sometimes substitute broccoli for the carrots and celery.
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup matzoh meal
1/4 cup oil
Fill a large pot halfway with water. When the water is boiling, add the envelope of onion soup mix, onion, carrots, celery stalks and celery. When water returns to boiling, turn down heat and let simmer for 40 minutes.
While soup is cooking combine eggs, oil and matzoh meal very well. Cover and refrigerate for 40 minutes.
When soup is done cooking shape matzoh meal mixture into small balls and cook in soup for 20 minutes.