How To Make Zipper Leg Jeans

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March 3, 2015
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How To Make Zipper Leg Jeans

Description: Unless you are experience with inserting zippers, these jeans will be a bit tricky.

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12 Crafty Ways To Reuse Phone Books

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March 2, 2015
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12 Crafty Ways To Reuse Phone Books

Now that everyone looks up numbers on the internet,  the phone companies will eventually stop sending new phone books each year. Until that time comes, however,  here are some of my favorite uses for phone books.

1. Gift Bows. Use pages from telephone books to make subtly colored, but surprisingly attractive gift bows.

2. Paper Beads. Slice and roll paper beads from telephone book pages to create unique  fashion jewelry.

3. Cutting Mats. Need an impromptu cutting mat? Try using an old telephone book to protect surface and keep the craft knife from being damages.

4. Origami Wallet. Fold a wallet in just a few moments using pages from the phone book.

5. Furniture. There are several methods for recycling phone books into coffee tables and chairs. Take a look at the links here and here.

6. Construct A Building. Amazing building is made from 7,000 phone books.

7. Pen Organizer. Stacks of telephone book pages are cut, folded and glued together to make a great organizers for pens, pencils and other small office supplies.

8. Flower Press. No need to purchase a flower press when old phone books work just as well.

9. Secret Hiding Space. Hardback books are generally used to make hollowed out hiding spaces for valuables. However, because of the size, phone books can be used just as well.

10. Paper Bunting. Phone books make a great disposable bunting for parties and other special occasions.

11. Flowers. You can make gorgeous flowers from phone books (see above photo).

12. Paper Mache. Because phone book pages are so thin, they make a great top-layer for intricate paper mache projects.

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DIY Sparkly Tights

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March 2, 2015
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DIY Sparkly Tights

Description: The key to success for this project is to make sure the front and back of the tights don’t touch each other while the glue is drying. Otherwise, the tights will stick together.

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Made Two Ways

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March 2, 2015
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Cottage Cheese Pancakessource: Wreford Miller

Here is a recipe for cottage cheese pancakes, made two different ways. The main recipe is for a sweet pancake. The variation is for a savory, spinach version. Both are yummy.

Sweet Pancakes

Ingredients

1 cup cottage cheese

1 cup sour cream

1 cup flour (without lumps)

1/4 cup sugar

3 eggs, beaten well

1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp oil

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

Pam or other non-stick spray

Directions

In large bowl, combine all ingredients except for spray. Mix very well with fork.

Spray high quality, non-stick pan with Pam.  Turn on flame to medium.

For each pancake spoon 1-2 Tbsp of mixture onto pan. Cook till edges begin to solidify.

Flip and continue to cook till pancakes are lightly brown on both sides.

You do not need syrup or additional sugar. The pancakes are sweet enough.

Spinach and Cheese Variation: Skip the sugar and vanilla. Instead, add 1/2 cup well drained cooked spinach, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and a general pinch of pepper to the mix. Cook like normal. Top each spinach cake with a tablespoon of warmed tomato sauce.

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Beaded Shirt Tutorial

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March 2, 2015
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Beaded Shirt Tutorial

Description: Just a couple of quick steps, and you’ll be on your way to creating a gorgeous beaded shirt.

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101 Frugal Ways To Share Art With Kids

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March 2, 2015
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Sharing art with children can be not only fun, but inexpensive as well. Here are 101 frugal (or free!) ways to help a child come to love the world of art and crafting as much as you do.

Participate In Com­mun­ity Res­our­ces

1. Free Days At Museums
2. Art Badge from Scouts (PDF)
3. 4H Projects (sewing, photography)
4. Free Library Programs

Read Great Books (free if from the library)

5. You Can Draw Marvel Characters
6. Draw Your Own Manga by H. Nagatoma
7. How To Draw People by Susie Hodge
8. Landscapes by Ian Sidaway
9. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book
10. How To Draw Animals by Susie Hodge
11. Oodles of Doodles by Mike Artell
12. Kids Draw Dinosaurs by Christopher Hart
13. Experiments With Impressionism
14. Priscilla Hauser’s Decorative Painting
15. Let’s Rock! by Linda Kranz
16. Pablo Picasso by Andrew Langley
17. Pastels by John Blockley
18. You Can Paint Pastels by Marie Blake
19. Edgar Degas (Getting to Know Artists)
20. Painting With Tempera by Paige Henson
21. Easy Origami by Didier Boursin
22. Under the Sea Origami
23. Step by Step Origami by Clive Stevens
24. Origami Toys
25. Crochet by Jane Davis
26. The Busy Mom’s Book of Quick Crafts
27. Little Hands Create! by Mary Dall
28. Big Book of Kids’ Crafts (BH & G)

Learn By Doing

29. Study Cartooning
30. Fold Some Origami Projects
31. Build With Cardboard
32. Learn to Sew
33. Decorate Cakes & Cupcakes
34. Paint With Watercolors
35. Make Some Handmade Paper
36. Create Paper Mache Projects
37. Learn To Draw With Tutorials
39. Design A Flower Garden
40. Craft With Recycled Plastic
41. Draw With Colored Pencils

Explore Interactive Sites

42. Inside Art
43. Portrait For Kids
44. Art Safari Learning Activity
45. Picturing The 1930’s
46. Odyssey Learning
47. Meet Me At Midnight
48. Artie’s House
49. Matisse For Kids
50. Interactive Color Wheel
51. The Dutch House Online
49. Lizzie Visits A Sculpture Garden
50. Design A Greek Pot
51. Explore A Victorian  Painting
52. Learn About Landscapes
53. Destination Modern Art
54. Bottlecaps To Brushes
55. Buffalo Hide Painting
56. Art Lab
57. African Life Through Art
58. Renaissance Connection
59. A. Pintura Detective
60. Explore Color
61. Inside Art Learning Activity
62. Explore Pop Art
63. Exploring Perspective
64. Cuboom
65. Wondermind
66. Barbara’s Garden
67. AlbrightKnox Art Games
68. Art Connected
69. Be The Curator
70. Vision And Art
71. What Is A Print?
72. Mr. Picasso Head
73. Art Detective
74. Detail Detectives

Download Free Art Software

75. Stykz Animation Program
76. Paint.NET (Photoshop clone)
77. Architect Studio 3D
78. TuxPaint (drawing program)

Play With Free Art Toys

79. Silk Drawing Toy
80. Build Your Own Kaleidoscope
81. The Scribbler
82. Create Your Own Flowers
83. Snowflake Toy
84. Dotshop
85. Artpad (favorite)
86. The Artist’s Toolkit
87. Still Life
88. Brushster Online Activity
89. Jungle Interactive
90. Flow Interactive Activity
91. The Swatchbox
92. RiverRun Interactive Toy
93. Wallover Toy (favorite)
94. PaintBox Interactive
95. 3-D Twirler Interactive Toy
96. Collage Machine
97. Interactive Mobile
98. Pixel Face Interactive Toy

Watch Some Videos

99. Arts And Crafts Videos
100. YouTube (search: crafts for kids)
101. Art For Kids Hub

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Men’s Shirt Refashion

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March 2, 2015
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Men's Shirt RefashionDescription: Fabulous idea, but not a lot of detailed instructions. You’ll need to be an experienced sewer to complete this project.

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Simple Gathered Apron Tutorial

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March 2, 2015
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Simple Gathered Apron Tutorial

Description: Information is given in the directions in order to make the apron fit all sizes.

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10 Free Stuffed Animal Patterns To Sew

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March 2, 2015
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10 free stuffed animal patterns for you to sew for your favorite child, friend, or even yourself.

Patterns vary in level of difficulty and detail of instructions.

PicMonkey Collage

First row, left to right: 1. Platypus, 2. Bunnies, 3. Turtles, 4. Totoro

Middle row, left to right: 5. Farm Friends, 6. Crab

Last row, left to right: 7. Polar Bear, 8. Dragon, 9. Fox, 10. Raccoon

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DIY Sheer Top Tutorial

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March 2, 2015
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DIY Sheer Top TutorialDescription: Believe it or not, this top is made from pantyhose. Wow!

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