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Rain Chains

Rain chains are a kind of decorative downspout for a gutter system. Rainwater pours out of the gutter and onto a series of rings or cups, which help channel the water down to the ground where it is either stored in a rain barrel or simply diverted away from the building. A set of rain chains can …

DIY

Efficient Overnight Packing Hack

Whether you’re planning an overnight stay or just like to keep an emergency change of clothes handy, this incredibly efficient packing tip from DaveHax will turn your change of clothes into a tidy little package that you can easily fit in a small bag.<p>[via Laughing Squid]

How-To: Maple Leaf Mini Quilt

Get a jump on your Autumn-inspired decor with this charming maple leaf mini quilt tutorial that Nicole from Modern Handcraft shared on the Therm O Web blog!<p>Loving those maple leaf blocks? You can follow Nicole’s tutorial for making them here. Then, once the blocks are finished, it’s time to hop …

Printable Happy Hexagon EPP Templates

What’s better than settling in for an evening of stitching with a giant stack of hexagons? Having a giant stack of <i>happy</i> hexagons, of course! Add a little joy to your next English paper piecing project with this printable sheet of fun 1-inch happy hexagon templates from Mollie at Wild Olive.<p>Now, who …

Crafting

Sewing Tip: Finish a Waistband without Sewing by Hand

In many skirt or trouser patterns, the last step in the process often involves finishing the waistband by hand. And, while the sewing isn’t usually difficult, it can be pretty slow going, making it just about the last thing that most of us feel like doing at the very end of a project. But, there’s …

Painted Rocks Roundup

I have seen so many amazing painted rock examples lately that I just had to round up a bunch of my favorites to share. This is a perfect rainy day craft to do with the kids, and a great way to use rocks collected from your summer vacation.<p>Monsters<p>People<p>Mandala<p>Birds<p>Penguins<p>Modern dominoes<p>Cacti<p>Garden …

Flashback: DIY Milled Soap

<b>By Jessica Wilson</b><br>Years ago I attended a crafty party where we made melt-and-pour soap. It was awesome and crazy easy, and I could see how one could get hooked. It is so easy that when I decided to make soap for CRAFT, I thought I should tackle something a little less easy. Methinks I bit off a tiny …

Dessert

DIY Anime Jeans

Wanna get that just-stepped-out-of-a-comic-book look in a pair of jeans? It turns out that all you need is a pair of jeans (on sale in this case), some paint, and a good brush to paint on some well-placed lines for some really impressive results.<p>Cosplay artist Kirameku created the jeans to go with …

Pear Babies Are Growing on Trees in China

Babies are growing on trees in China. Little babies with tiny facial features, closed eyes and daintily crossed hands. These are not normal babies though, these are pear babies. That’s right. Pears that are shaped like babies, and they look oddly realistic.<p>Fruit Mould Co, Ltd. is a company that …

How-To: Embroider a Tiny Face

Get the most out of your small-scale embroidery! Learn the required stitches, plus expert tips and tricks for making them work, in your next project with this helpful tiny face embroidery guide from Jenny Hart at Sublime Stitching!

Embroidery

How-To: Stylish DIY Boot Belts

Add some color and style to a plain pair of boots with this fun DIY boot belt project from Wilma at Bohomia!<p>The tutorial is in Dutch, but the photos are fantastic, so the instructions are still pretty clear. (If you need a bit more info, there’s always Google Translate!)<p>[Via CraftGawker]

How-To: Half Hexie Star Table Runner

Hexies are great on their own, but they also make fantastic foundation shapes for tons of other English paper piecing projects. Take your hexie love to a whole new place with this lovely half hexie star table runner tutorial from Diane at CraftyPod!<p>The bold, large shapes are perfect for adding some …

Quilting

Aging Pleather with Sharpies and Nail Polish Remover

Got some pleather that needs the be aged in a hurry? Dedicated cosplayer Yaexrae (YIKES-rye) did, and when she found that the shoe polish she used to change the tint of her leather shoes was completely ineffective on the pleather belt that she needed to make match them, she had to turn to other …

Nails

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

It’s September, so that means fall flavors are fair game, right? Right! Satisfy your bread-for-breakfast craving with this delicious-looking chocolate pumpkin bread recipe from A Beautiful Mess.<p>Make a batch this weekend! Click here to see how it’s done.

Gummy Bear Sangria

Are you on course for a full-blown lazy weekend? Well, if you’re not, then you can always change course with few glasses of this charming Gummy Bear Sangria recipe by my name is yeh.<p>The trick to this colorful concoction is getting your gummy bears sauced by soaking them in vodka over night. Then …

How-To: Knit a Cable without a Cable Needle

Have a cable in your knitting pattern, but no cable needle in your stash? Don’t panic! Learn how to cross your stitches like a pro with this easy-to-follow tutorial for knitting a cable without a cable needle from Lion Brand Yarn!

How-To: File Folder Blank Book

I love pretty office supplies, but I’m always disappointed that cool folders never come in packs large enough for me to, say, actually use them in my filing cabinet. (All my folders must be matchy-matchy, or it’ll drive me crazy.) More often than not, I’ll end up buying the folders with the neat …

Spiral Knot Wrapped Headphones

Give your headphones a personalized touch with this charming spiral knot wrapped headphones tutorial by Agus Yornet.

Headphones

Knitting and Crochet Tip: Select the Perfect Yarn Texture for Your Project

When picking out yarn, many knitters and crocheters focus on color and fiber content, but yarn texture also plays a huge role in determining the look of a finished item. Pick the perfect ply for your next project with this handy yarn texture guide that Ashley Little shared on Craftsy!

Yarn

How-To: Granny Square Zippered Pouch

Carry your pens and pencils around in style! Make a cute and colorful granny square zippered pouch with this easy-to-follow tutorial from Cindy at Skip to my Lou!<p>With charming crochet stitches on the outside and sturdy fabric lining on the inside, this project is both pretty and practical!<p>Ready to …

Sewing

Candle Making: Beeswax Sheets vs. Wax Blocks

Getting ready to do some last-minute holiday candle making? Compare your DIY project options with this beeswax sheets vs. wax blocks tutorial roundup from WhimseyBox!

How-To: Holiday Bacon Garland

Pepper your tree with savory ornaments by using this totally reasonable and not at all absurd black pepper bacon Christmas tree garland tutorial from That’s Nerdalicious.<p>All you need to adorn your greenery with deliciously cured swine belly is bacon, black pepper, and toothpicks. The bacon is …

How-To: Make Charles Mingus’ Secret Eggnog Recipe

You don’t get to be one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time without picking up a few secrets and it turns out that a devastatingly strong eggnog recipe just happens to be one of the secrets that Charles Mingus acquired.

How-To: Colorful No-Sew Felt Garland

Dreaming of a string of reusable garland that’s simple, colorful, and stores flat (read: no wrinkles) when you’re not using it? You’re going to love this wonderful no-sew felt garland tutorial from Julie at Etsy!<p>The best part: it’s not just a holiday project. You can make strips in many different …

How-To: Put On A Duvet Cover ‘Magic Burrito Style’

After watching this magnificent display of duvet cover wrangling by Scott Culley I’ve decided that “Magic Burrito” is officially my favorite style of doing anything.<p>[via Laughing Squid]

Burritos

How-To: Make Pom Poms with a Fork

As if forks weren’t already useful enough, now you can use them to make cute little pom poms with this handy tutorial from Small Good Things.<p>[via Thread Party]

Flashback: Snowflake Coasters

<b>By Jessica Wilson</b><p>For the past few years, I have seen pretty little laser-cut ornaments in the craft stores. Recently, on a paint run to Michael’s, I discovered an assortment of lovely unstained snowflakes. They were so pretty, I scooped up about a dozen or so. They are the perfect size to place a …

Crochet Basics: How to Crochet Stripes

Crochet multi-colored stripes like a pro, even if you’re just starting out! Check out this simple stripes tutorial that Andrea Sanchez shared on Craftsy!<p>Ready to give it a try? Head over to Craftsy to see the full how-to.

Seven-Layer Russian Salad Recipe

<i>Note: Here's my recipe for mock-homemade mayo, a timesaver... To 2 cups Kraft Homestyle or Hellmann's mayonnaise add: 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 6</i> …