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19 Jan

DIY Tissue Box Car Crafts!

Winter has officially arrived on the east coast. And with it sniffly drippy noses. On the bright side, those empty tissue boxes? Loads of crafting potential!

Grab those boxes, some scissors, and colored tape and Voila! Transform them into convertible race cars. The perfect craft to do on a snowy or cold day with the kids.

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Start with decorating the box with tape

Check out the finished convertible cars made by my niece (seven) and nephew (10) for direction and inspiration. They used colored tape for headlights, tail lights and the grill. For the windshield and wheels they used scrap paper and taped them on. My nephew, particularly crafty and artistic, also drew a paper man to sit in his new green convertible.

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Finished Tissue Box Cars by Sienna and Liam

The possibilities are endless! VROOM VROOM happy crafting!

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5 Jan

Happy Pub Day: The Origami Garden, Made in Paracord! and 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet!

Happy New Year, indeed! We have not one, not two, but THREE amazing new craft books publishing today. If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution (like every year’s) is to read more books and make more things. So I would definitely recommend buying all three of these very different books for your collection!

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First up is The Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, and Other Backyard Critters by Ioana Stoian. This collection of 40 charming origami designs includes delightful flowers and foliage, cute animals, and other backyard critters that are sure to inspire you to get folding. Ideal for beginners and more experienced practitioners, each cleverly designed origami pattern is complete with detailed step-by-step artwork.

Learn how to fold traditional forms such as birds or butterflies, or try out some cute, contemporary designs such as a rabbit or a ladybug. Plus, there’s even 20 sheets of origami paper included, so you can get started right away!

Origami front coverBuy your copy today!

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The next addition to your TBR pile is the ridiculously fun Made in Paracord: 25 Great Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Projects to Knot by Caitlin Wynne. If you haven’t heard of crafting with parachute cord before, prepare to have your mind blown with these 25 super-cute projects, all created in brightly colored paracord. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates! I mean, just look at these beauties.

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Buy your copy today! 

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Last but certainly not least is the latest from crocheter extraordinaire Leonie Morgan: 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet: The Ultimate Mix-and-Match Patterns in Eye-Popping Colors. Hexagons 1This is a delightful collection of hexagons to crochet in bright and inspiring colorways. With 75 original designs to choose from, a further 50 vibrant color variations, and five eye-catching projects to try, there’s plenty here to spark the imagination. Complete with a wide variety of designs that range from simple to more advanced, each hexagon comes with a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a large photograph of the crocheted piece. Hexagon 2

Simply pick your favorite pattern and get crocheting, or mix and match the blocks to create your own unique project!

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Buy your copy today!

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20 Dec

The Force Awakens… a DARTH TRUMP PIÑATA!

 

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“May the Force be with you. Meditate.”

HA! Just when you thought you’d heard and seen it all. Then you get wind of this project: a Darth Trump Piñata filled with candy and crackers for a Star Wars-themed costume party.

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DARTH TRUMP or DONALD VADER (depending on your perspective.)

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Princess Leia versus Donald Vader

Full disclosure. My big sister made it. And she’s an artist. When I asked her to describe the process, “Tape, glue gun, and cardboard reinforcements–so easy!” was her semi-helpful answer.

Here’s how she did it:

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One half Darth Vader one half Donald Trump

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The fusing and construction with reinforced cardboard begins!

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Glue gunning the head(s).

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More reinforcing with cardboard strips.

Admittedly, I’m skeptical. Easy for seasoned artists and expert crafters perhaps.

But don’t stop yourself from trying to make your own mashup piñata… I’m already imagining a Winged Hillary or fairytale or fantasy creatures.

Here’s the finale… the pièce de résistance…the mash up getting mashed up by the kids at the party.

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Let the Darth Trump Piñata mashing and bashing begin!

May The Force awaken… more crafting in you.

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21 Nov

#PARISJETAIME

New York City’s Flatiron Building Pays Tribute to Paris Attack Victims with Eiffel Tower Projections via AMNY

SMPCRAFT’s headquarters is in the Flatiron building, where, this past Wednesday through tonight, projections of the Eiffel Tower on its Broadway facing side, pay tribute to the Paris attack victims.

Compelled by these images and those posted by over half a million others sharing their thoughts and solidarity visually using #parisjetaime, PARIS, this post of handmade creations inspired by you, is for you, with love, from SMPCRAFT.

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#PARISJETAIME via @blond_in_paris

Paris Je T’aime Postcard Pillow via Allwomenstalk

String Map of Paris via Babble

Eiffel Tower Smartphone Case via aspoonfulofsugardesigns

Pom Pom Poodle Dog Craft via lovethecountry

French Poodles Crochet Afghan via Allfreecrochetafganpatterns

3D Spellbinder Die cut Eiffel Tower via SamanthaLeeWalker

DIY Pin and Thread Eiffel Tower via thethingshemakes

Tissue Cover via aspoonfulofsugardesigns

Paris French Cookies with Royal Icing via Sweetopia

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Paris Cake with Eiffel Tower Icing via SimplyBakeCakes

Eiffel Tower topped Cupcakes via lifeisalullaby

NEW YORK PARIS via stealstylist

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31 Oct

KRAFTWERK, KIDS, and CARDBOARD ROBOTS

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WATCH this Youtube video of the “BEST. KRAFTWERK. COVER. EVER.” via electronicsound.co.uk

This kraft projekt really does deserve respekt. Kudos to these kids and their musik teacher.

The school is Lemmchen Grundschule in Mainz and Lars Reimers is the music teacher who told his class that they would be working on a project for the next few weeks, which involves learning ‘Roboter’ by Kraftwerk, and making their very own cardboard robot costume which they’d wear while performing said cover version.

Brilliant.

It’s Halloween and I can’t wait to see all the costumes that countless creatives have whipped up. If you still haven’t come up with your costume, watch the video. You’ll be inspired.

Have fun everyone and Happy Halloween!

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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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