Wednesday, December 24, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 24

Day 24: Reindeer/Snowmen Pots - These are a cute little craft for the kids, and perfect for the season. You can find the project sheet here. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 23

Day 23: Family Blocks - These blocks would look nice on a table as a center piece or on a mantel, and would add a little light to any room. The blocks come unfinished and you can paint them any color you would like or personalize with your family name, get your project sheet here. These blocks would be a nice addition to any home.

25 Days of Christmas: Day 22

Day 22: Reindeer/Penguin Magnets - These festive magnets are a cinch to make and are a great craft project for kids and adults alike. They were made by printing the images off onto a rub-on transfer paper. The images we used can be downloaded from our website. The images that we have available are reindeer, penguins, snowmen, or trees. The instructions can be found on the Holiday Open House project sheet. Follow the instructions for the Be Merry Magnets, and choose from the four images I listed above.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 21

Day 21: Snowman Paint Can
- What better way to give a gift or Christmas goodies than in this adorable paint can decorated for the season. Get the project sheet here and remember you can pick up all the supplies here at Crafts Direct. Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 20

Day 20: Tilano Coasters - For a thoughtful and memorable gift, why not make that special person on your list some of these coasters. There is still plenty of time before Christmas to make them. We sell the kit here at Crafts Direct, and it has everything you would need to make four coasters. All you need to do is get the photos you choose copied off onto the transfer paper, included in the kit. Here is a You Tube video to show you how easy it is

Friday, December 19, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 19

Day 19: Fleece Boa - This fleece boa is sure to keep you warm this winter. This pattern uses a little amount of fleece and calls for a sewing machine but is still an easy project. You could use scraps of fleece you may have or check out our Closeout Store, here at Crafts Direct, they may have remnants of fleece. I just bought some there the other day that measured 36x60 the print was a little more then the solid but it was additional 30% off and I could make 3 scarfs out of the two remnants I purchased. That makes for an affordable homemade gift.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 18

Day 18: Snow Globe - Who doesn't love snow globes? Especially a child. Snow globes are a perfect little touch to one's Christmas decor. You can give them as a gift to your child's friends, their grandparents, use as a stocking stuffer, as place cards for your Christmas dinner, or party favors for a Holiday party. Snow globes are a great craft for people of all ages.

Snow globe Instructions:

  1. Remove bottom plate of snow globe with finger or small tool.

  2. Cut your photo using the insert as a guideline.

  3. Insert photo & replace bottom plate (I wedged a folded up piece of paper in between the photos to press the photos against inside for better view of photo).

  4. Glue ribbon around bottom of snow globe (about 12" is needed).

  5. Glue on embellishment in this case a snowflake.

  6. Shake & enjoy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 17

Day 17: Organizational Boards - You can make these for the unorganized person in your life. The frames can be painted & decorated to match the theme of one's room or office. You can purchase sheets separately of the magnetic, dry erase, and cork board, to insert into the frames. Project sheets are available for the magnetic, dry erase, or cork board 12x12 frames.

25 Days of Christmas: Day 16

Add Image Day 16: Mini Loaves -
These would make great
gifts for your neighbors or co-workers. You can purchase these mini loaf pans at Crafts Direct and fill them with goodies, such as, candies or breads. These are mini loaves of banana bread. The recipe I used makes the perfect amount for three mini loaves (about a cup of batter per loaf). These make for a cute and simple homemade present.

Monday, December 15, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 15

Day 15: Etch Snowflake Glass Block - Decorating glass blocks have become a very popular craft. This is one I have made and thought it turned out very nice and reminds me of our snowy Minnesota winters. It would make a nice gift, or make one for yourself to bring a touch of winter indoors. The instructions can be found here. You can watch a video on our home page to see how easy vinyl can be. The best part of this, is that our Christmas/Winter vinyl is all half off. Have fun crafting.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 14

Day 14: Santa & Rudolph Wood Spoons - Aren't these just the cutest? This would be a great project to do with the kids, especially today. With all the snow we are expecting it is a perfect day to stay inside and craft. The instructions for the spoons can be found here and here. The patterns for them can be found here and here. Have fun crafting and stay warm.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 13

Day 13: Personalized Ornaments - Why not give a personalized ornament, homemade or purchased. This makes a quick and easy gift for anyone on your list. We will be offering personalization of ornaments with a monetary donation to the food shelf, today December 13th from 11am to 2pm, in our customer lounge. Bring in an ornament or purchase one here at Crafts Direct and have it personalized. We hope to see you!

Friday, December 12, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 12

Day 12: Embroidered Dishtowels - Embroidery just isn't for your Grandma anymore. Sublime offers transfers that are far from traditional. In the samples shown we used the Sublime Winter Land transfer packet. We picked a few of the designs and embroidered them onto colored dishtowels, sure to add a punch of color to any kitchen.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 11

Day 11: Simply Swank Ornaments - This kit includes the instructions and most of the supplies to make these three ornaments. In addition to the kit you would need some decorative paper, stickers and the Simply Swank Soldering Creative Kit. Soldering is a fun & easy hobby that can be used to create many different types of projects, from jewelry to altered art. The possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Donate to Toys for Tots and Save!

Did you know Crafts Direct is a drop site for Toys for Tots?

Donations are always welcome – but as a special bonus on December 12th: You will receive a 25% off coupon for every toy you donate!
Spirit 92.9 will be doing a live broadcast & there will be a fun holiday craft to make from
2:00 - 5:00pm on Friday.
Hope to see you there!

25 Days of Christmas: Day 10

Day 10: Coaster Set - Purchase this coaster set for less than $15. You can embellish with rub-on's and decorative papers or just stick some photos in the openings and call it good for a quick and easy gift.

On the sample pictured we used :

  • We R Memory Keepers Paper cut down to size 2.75"x 2.75" .

  • Then cut smaller squares of We R Memory Keepers Paper to place photos onto and we cut strips measuring 1"x2.75" to run along the side on a couple of the squares to look like a mini scrapbook page.

  • Apply coordinating We R Memory Keepers rub-on's to coasters.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 9

Day 9: Pin Cushions - Look how cute these pin cushions are, they look real enough to eat. They would make a great gift or a cute little stocking stuffer and could easily be made in an afternoon. Pin cushions are becoming more popular and we carry many different patterns that are available to purchase in store.

Monday, December 8, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 8

Day 8: Travel Mug & Water Bottle - Aren't these great? I've already made a few of these for gifts. This project would take about a half hour and would cost under $10 if you purchase the mug, water bottle or both before Dec. 13th, as they are on sale. You could personalize it by adding a photo or two. All you need to do is pick out some paper & cut it down to size, I used the paper insert as a template. Add ribbon, embellishments, some photos, or different patterned papers to create borders. Wrap it up and ta-da an easy homemade gift!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Day 7: Family Tree Quilted Wall Hanging - I absolutely love this. If I was a quilter I would make one of these for my Mother and myself. You could even give the kit as a gift to a quilter. We offer this project in a kit that includes the materials and project sheet. We, also, sell the Family Tree panel separately. Another bonus is that the kit is on sale through the 12th of December for $19.98. You can't beat that.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 6

Day 6: Decorative Clock - Customize a clock for someone on your list. We sell the clocks undecorated so you can add your own personal touch. We have a project sheet for the Relax one pictured, but the possibilities are endless. They are on sale through December 12th for $9.98 so stop in and pick one or two up today.

Friday, December 5, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 5

Day 5: Glitter Ornaments - Find out how to make these fabulous ornaments here. They would make any tree sparkle or attach one to a package to add some flair. This is a great craft project for people of all ages.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 4

Day 4: Trivets - These trivets are very easy to make. The videos show you step by step how to make your own. If the colors look a little muddy at first just keep working with it. It will turn out mine did. Remember all the supplies you can find at Crafts Direct.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 3

Day3: Applique Dish Towels - Check out these adorable new Christmas towels. These would make a great hand made gift for anyone.

They are really easy to make:
  1. Pick your favorite color/pattern dish towel
  2. Cut a strip of coordinating fabric & sew across the bottom of towel.
  3. Grab a piece of felt & use our Accu-Cut Machine to cut out your favorite holiday shape (choose from Jingle Bells, Snowflakes, Trees & more.)
  4. Sew felt shape onto towel.
  5. Optional: Add fun embellishments like buttons & ribbon.
  6. Spread the Christmas cheer - give one as a gift to a family member, friend or neighbor!