St Patrick’s Day Printable: Origami ‘Cootie Catcher’

St Patrick's Day Printable: Origami Fortune Teller (Cootie Catcher)
Originally published 3/15/2013 – Republished 3/15/2016 My FedEx Out of Office blog post is up for March, and I almost forgot to share it with you guys before St. Patrick’s Day!   This is a fun printable (with Dot artwork, naturally!) that your kids can fold up and have fun sharing with their friends. You remember these from grade school, right?  You would make them out of a piece of notebook paper, then play with them telling fortunes until they were confiscated by a mean teacher!  We always just called them fortune tellers, but according to the internet, they are also known as Cootie Catchers.… [ KEEP READING ]

Tutorial: Super easy (& inexpensive) french door curtains

Make almost no-sew curtains super quick and easy.
…or (almost) no-sew ‘two seams and you’re done’ curtains you can make in less than an hour.
We have a GREAT sunroom. It’s got a huge vaulted ceiling and french doors on both sides and lots of windows. But, we also have a computer at a desk in the corner, and the light from the windows can cause a glare on the screen. Hence the need to occasionally cover up these gorgeous windows with some sort of curtain. And curtains or shaded on french doors are really a pain in the butt to me. They either get in the way, or they are clunky and unattractive, so I had avoided doing anything about the glaring window til forced to by nagging husband and kiddo.… [ KEEP READING ]

How to make an adorable Needle Felted Alien

Make a Needle Felted Alien photo
We’re always looking for cute (and maybe a little silly or geeky) crafts here on Dabbled, so when Lark Crafts offered a tutorial to share with you guys from their new book Wee Felt Worlds, I said, “Yes, Please!” The book has a bunch of really cute creatures and scenes you can create with needle felting – everything from a silly science lab, to a sweet shop, to a pirate island… with easy to follow instructions.   It looks like it would be a good introduction to the craft of needle felting, you don’t have to already know how to do it.… [ KEEP READING ]

Make your own Retro Inspired Canvas Print (Tutorial)

how to make your own Retro photo canvas - tutorial
How to transfer a photo to canvas for a neat, retro look! This is a fun project if you’d like an inexpensive way to make your own “canvas print”, and you like a retro, old fashioned feel.  It makes a great gift, too (like the one used in the tutorial, a great wedding momento!) I did this for my December post on FedEx’s Out of Office blog.  It is easy to do, but be warned it is a bit time consuming when you get to the final step of removing the paper from the canvas, so I wouldn’t go any larger than 8×10″ for this project.… [ KEEP READING ]

Awesome Crafty Giveaway from Elmer’s Craft-It (@elmers) …$150 value!

Craft It elmers giveaway
So my big plan was to come up with a really cool Christmas project to show off the stuff in this box… and a lot of great stuff it is… cutting mats and X-actos, and glues –courtesy of Elmer’s… all kinds of crafty goodies. (the full list is below). But as I mentioned yesterday, this past month has been a blur, so I have fallen behind in my crafty-bloggy duties. So, give me an idea of what YOU would do with this box of goodies, and you can win your own box!

The goodies inside: FOAM AND DISPLAY BOARD:
· 9” x 12” Mini Bi-Fold Foam Board X-ACTO:
· Designer Series Gripster Craft Knife
· Designer Series 12” Metal Ruler
· Designer Series 12” X 12” Self Healing Mat
· Designer Series 8” Scissors
· Designer Series 5” Precision Tip Scissors
· Designer Series Basic Shape Templates
· Designer Series Decorative Shape Templates PAINTERS:
· Painters Bright Colors
· Painters Sherbet Swirl CRAFTBOND:
· Dot Runner
· Foam Mounting Tape
· Thin Medium Glue Spots
· All Purpose Glue Stick
· Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen
· Elmer’s Designer Tape Just leave a comment below telling me what awesome project (holiday project???)  this box would inspire you to do, and by random selection you can win your own box.… [ KEEP READING ]

The Homemade Shrinky Test Lab (redux)

everything you need to know about making shrink plastic out of #6
So way back in 2008, one of the first big “experiments in craft” I did for Dabbled was what I called the Shrinky Dink Test Lab.  I had run across the idea for using #6 plastic to make homemade shrink plastic (aka ‘Shrinky Dinks’) at various places on the crafty webs, but I decided to delve a little deeper.  I started with a basic project (Doodle Charm Earrings), and that led to other questions.  What about coloring with other materials like colored pencils?  How do you seal your plastic afterwards so the marker doesn’t rub off?  And successes and failures in all this also led to interesting effects that could be achieved.… [ KEEP READING ]