30 Printable Toys For Pre-Teens

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Printable Toys For Pre-TeensThese 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.

GAMES

PAPER MODELS

TOYS

3-D PUZZLES

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Alligator Skirt Tutorial

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March 22, 2015
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Description: Detailed and nicely photographed tutorial from Art With Ashley.

Craft Link: Alligator Skirt Tutorial

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10 Very Unusual Plastic Bag Crafts

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March 22, 2015
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Plastic Bag Craftssource: 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.

2. Crochet – The internet abounds with instructions for plastic bag crocheted projects. Here are links to tutorials for a bowl and a sleeping mat.

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.

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Ruched Leggings Tutorial

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March 20, 2015
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Ruched Leggings TutorialDescription : MADE’s tutorial on sewing leggings is great! It has clear instructions, useful photos and even a couple of extra tips.

Craft Link : Ruched Leggings Tutorial

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High Low Shirt Tutorial

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March 20, 2015
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High Low Shirt TutorialDescription : This shirt pattern is drafted for size small. However, Melly included a link to a good post on adjusting patterns to larger sizes.

Craft Link : High Low Shirt Tutorial

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Patternless Kitschy Apron

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March 20, 2015
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Patternless Kitschy Apron

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

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Easy Orzo With Three Variations

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March 18, 2015
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Easy Orzo With Three Variationssource: 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.

Ingredients

2 cups orzo

2 – 3 tbsp. butter or margarine

1 tsp. chicken bouillon (parve or vegan)

salt, to taste

small pinch pepper

Directions

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.

Variations

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.

Make Your Own Sewing Supplies

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March 18, 2015
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How To Make Your Own Sewing Supplies

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

Buttons

Dress Forms

Embroidery Patterns

Fabric

Fabric Flowers

Free Patterns

Labels

Millinery Supplies

Needle Cases

Pincushions

Pins

Pressing Aids

Printables

Ribbons

Sewing Kits

Sewing Machine Accessories

Sewing Supply Organizers

Shoulder Pads

Trims

Weights

Everything Else

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Leah’s Soup

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March 18, 2015
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Leah's Soupsource: Benjamin Golub

Another delicious recipe from a friend. I sometimes substitute broccoli for the carrots and celery.

Ingredients:

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

4 eggs

1/4 cup oil

Directions

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.

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Sweatshirt Market Bag Tote

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March 18, 2015
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Sweatshirt Market Bag Tote

Description: Great way to recycle an out of style sweatshirt.

Craft Link: Sweatshirt Market Bag Tote

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