SMP Craft
30 Apr

SMP Craft Celebrates Earth Day!

Here at SMP Craft we are all about sustainability, and re-using products in order to make really cute and fun crafts. This craft takes advantage all of the left over books (sad, we know) and cardboard we have lying around. It is really simple, and can really personalize a room- or even your office!

Supplies
Cardboard
Small paper cups
Boxcutter
Hot glue gun
Tape
Sponge
Water
Scissors
ARC Pages, cut into strips (1.5-2” wide)
Mod Podge

Step 1. Trace your block letter onto cardboard. Make sure to make the letter as wide as a small paper cup. Make 2 for each letter.

Step 2. Carefully cut out the letters. Using a box cutter works best, but be careful!

Step 3. Place small paper cups (bottom side up) on one of your letters. Hot glue in place. Let dry. If you want to be extra sure the cup is stable, use thin strips of packing tape to secure it to the bottom letter.

Step 4. Hot glue your other letter cut-out to the top of the cups. Again, you can use small amounts of packing tape. Just be sure that it goes straight from the cup to the cardboard with no gaps.

(optional) Step 5.  This step you can skip if you’re short on cardboard, but we recommend it! Cut the cardboard into strips to close the gaps between the top and bottom letters. You can use packing tape for this as well. If you have a lot of curve to your letter, like a C or an S, use paper tape in small strips to tape your top letter and bottom letter together. Take small sponge and dip lightly into water; the tape needs water to adhere. Cover with two layers to add stability.

Step 6. Once dry, tear ARC pages into thick strips.

Step 7. Put a layer of Mod Podge on the back of a strip and on the letter’s surface. Place the strip on the Mod Podged surface. Using one strip at a time, wrap the letter in strips. Do first layer only.

Step 8. Wait 15 minutes for Mod Podge to dry.

Step 9. Add a second layer of ARC strips to your letter using Mod Podge.

Step 10. Let it dry.

Step 11. Add finishing touches such as some paint or even glitter!

hotglue cups     wrap strip     finished l

 

15 Jan

Project of the Month: Little Lamb Coverall from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters

A very Happy New Year to you, crafters!

2015 is starting out swimmingly with Washi Style and More Monster Knits for Little Monsters now available in bookstores! In December, Michelle showed you how to use washi tape to add some pizzazz to gift bags. This month we’re sharing a project from Nuriya Khegay’s More Monster Knits for Little Monsters. When leafing through to pick January’s Project of the Month (a responsibility, I assure you, I don’t take lightly) I was overcome with “aw” page after page of these truly adorable hat and mitten combos. Nuriya has divided her book into five sections: Nursery Favorites, On Safari, Pet Loves, Bear Hugs, and my personal favorite: Fantasy Friends.

        koala_bearbee_nursery    monster_fantasy

  lion_safari          puppy_pet

Adorable, right? And January’s PROJECT OF THE MONTH is no exception. Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens. In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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If you’re a beginner when it comes to knitting, More Monster Knits for Little Monsters has a section on knitting basics. It covers tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. Each project also contains step-by-step instructions and suggestions for finishing touches to truly make your little monster’s winter outfit one-of-a-kind. Every project is a coverall hat that completely covers the head, ears, and neck of your little monster. Even better, with the pullover design your little one won’t be able to pull them off.

Buy your copy today!

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Missed the first one? Buy it today!

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23 Dec

How to Tuesday: Mason Jar Snowglobe!

Before I head home for the holidays I have just enough time to share a quick last-minute DIY gift! I saw this online last year and I can’t believe I waited so long to make it. Today’s project is a snowglobe from a mason jar. And trust me when I say it could not be simpler!

Supplies
Mason jar
Water-proof glue (my hot glue gun worked well)
Paint (optional)
Small figurines
Water
Glitter
Glycerin

1. Choose a lightweight object for your snowglobe. You can find lots of small animal figurines and trees at your favorite crafts store. I went a different route and used a small Empire State Building statue I found in a shop.

2. This step is optional, but I’m glad I did it. To give your snowglobe an extra flair of fancy, paint your object gold or silver. I had some extra spraypain from the straw sunbursts and painted my Empire State Building gold. I suggest also painting the lid and the screw cap as well.

3. Once your painted figurines and lid are dry, glue them to the flat lid.

4. While your glue dries, fill the mason jar with water and add in glitter. (No such thing as too much glitter or “snow” in a snowglobe!)

5. Add in a few drops of glycerin to help the glitter fall slowly in the snowglobe. I recommend 2 or 3 drops. I used 5 and it was way too many.

6. Hold the lid upside down OUTSIDE of the jar and make sure the glue is dry and holding the figurines’ weight. Place lid on top and screw the cap back onto the jar.

7. Shake well, but gently!

 

supplies

glue statue

      pour water  add glitter

glycerin       test if stay     put lid on     screw lid

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It’s safe to say that a lot of people on my list next year will be getting these. But I’m keeping this one of Empy for myself.

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15 Dec

SMP Craft Sweepstakes: The Knitting Encyclopedia by Claire Montgomerie

I had quite the holiday shopping list this season: my parents, my sister, my brother-in-law, my roommate, my co-workers, and of course you crafters! Well, I haven’t had much luck with the others on my list but I think you’re going to like what I picked out for you guys: The Knitting Encyclopedia!

Enter HERE for a chance to win The Knitting Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for All Knitters by Claire Montgomerie.

encyclopediaThe Knitting Encyclopedia is the perfect guide for any knitter. Claire Montgomerie covers all the techniques needed to learn to knit and beyond. She shows you what materials and equipment work best from types of needles to stitch holders. She also walks you through the basics of casting on and off while sharing intermediate techniques of making patterned stitches using knit and purl combinations. And for the true knitting master ready for a challenge, Claire explains how to adapt patterns to make your own projects.

 

Claire also includes a comprehensive stitch directory grouped into numerous sections such as lightweights and heavyweight stitches, colorwork, and even a whole section dedicated to lace. The pattern section provides 30 stunning projects to make with detailed instructions perfect for any level of knitter. The beautiful 500 color photographs throughout ensure this will be user-friendly resource that you’ll turn to again and again.

Can’t wait? Order now from your favorite bookseller!

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7 Dec

Goodreads Giveaway: Loom Knitting Socks!

On Friday I shared with you my new plan for Christmas presents: handmade loom knit socks with the help of Isela Phelps’s Loom Knitting Socks. But that was two days ago so I’m guessing you knitting pros are ready to tackle some more sock projects; you’re in luck! This week we’re giving away twenty copies of Loom Knitting Socks on Goodreads.

loom knitting socks coverIsela Phelps has thought of everything when it comes to her loom knitting series. In Loom Knitting Socks she takes us step by step through 50 different sock projects ranging from thin lace knit socks to adorable booties perfect for your little ones. Each project comes with a yarn recommendation so you make the best possible sock.

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Loom Knitting Socks. The giveaway starts today and ends on Thursday–so don’t delay!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Loom Knitting Socks by Isela Phelps

Loom Knitting Socks

by Isela Phelps

Giveaway ends December 11, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Can’t wait? Order your copy today!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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