SMP Craft
10 Dec

DECEMBER: SMPCraft’s Make a Snowflake Challenge!

We haven’t had a winter snowflurry in NYC yet and who knows with our recent spell of tepid weather if it’ll happen anytime soon or even before we bid farewell to 2015.

Since SMPCRAFT prefers the process of making over waiting, starting today until the end of 2015, we challenge you to make a snowflake!

Use paper, yarn, wood, beads, paracord, pencil, ink, paint, sharpies, clay, concrete, metal, cake flour, sugar, chocolate…to create a dazzling snowflake. Make one snowflake or an entire blizzard!

To get you started, we’re giving you TWO FREE SNOWFLAKE PATTERNS to download from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Cainio.


Frost Snowflake Crochet


Spring Snow Snowflake Crochet

We’re also sharing over 20 other snowflake making tutorials from our fellow crafters that we thought you might enjoy trying. Check them out here:

WATCH Giant Paper Snowflake via letslassothemoon

Made with Love: Doily Snowflake Garland via designsponge

Paper Snowflakes via Martha Stewart

Rainbow Snowflake Window Art via Toodaloo

Snowflake Suncatcher Garland via homegrownfriends

Snowflake Ballerinas for Crafty Moms via krokotak

Knitted Snowflake Star via Judy Gibson

Let It Snow: Snowflake Decoration via theballardbunch

Glittered Clothespin Snowflakes via 1825

Snowflake Window Cling via kidsactivitiesblog

Snowflake Window Clings via firstpalette

Borax Crystal Snowflakes via Adventures of a DIY Mom

Snowflake Nail Art via nailside

Super Easy Snowflake Stocking via purlsoho

Sweet Tortilla Snowflake via ourbestbites

Paula Deen’s Snowflake Cookies recipe via foodnetwork

Snowflake Cupcakes via gloriouseats

Marshmallow Snowflakes Recipe via Martha Stewart

Snowflake Cookie Recipe via tasteofhome

Peppermint Chocolate Snowflake Cookie via seriouseats

In case you missed this, go here and here to read about the incredible snowflake images captured by photographer Alexey Kljatov with a DIY camera set-up made of taped-together components.

Snowflake macro photography by Alexey Kljatov via dps

Alexey Kljatov ‘s DIY camera used to capture snowflakes

We can’t wait to see your snowflake creations. Share using the hashtag #MAKEASNOWFLAKE so we can spot you!

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12 Dec

Freebie Friday: Macrame Nordic Snowflake Coasters and Striped Hotpad

Protect Thy… Tabletops! During this particularly social time for many people, when holiday parties are simply par for the course, whether you’re throwing a cocktail or dinner party or attending one or all of the above, we have a FREE PROJECT DOWNLOAD for the ultimate handmade gift to give yourself or to the host(ess): Stylish, functional, Nordic snowflake coasters and a striped kitchen hotpad–made by using the craft of knotting, also known as macrame.

Nordic Coaster Striped Hotpad

These projects are from Macrame Pattern Book by Marchen Art Studio, a creative group that supervises Marchen-Art Company in Japan, which designs leather and hemp cords accessory parts, and other craft items. This dream of a book (especially for a knotter like myself who finds the repetition cathartic) is an outstanding resource for both new and experienced knotters and includes over 70 knots and small repeat patterns plus 33 projects–ranging from simple jewelry pieces and accessories to more complicated projects such as net bags and ornate baskets.


So this holiday party season: To Knot or Knot to Knot? That… beloved Crafters, is the question!

Order your copy of Macrame Pattern Book now!


Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

New in December & January!


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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!



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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