Spooky Halloween Shadow Puppets

October 26, 2012 - Filed under Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we’ve got a great project for you. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party, or just looking for an evening away from the TV… Download our free template to create these spooky Halloween shadow puppets, then turn out the lights, and let your imagination run wild.

Free Hallowen Shadow Puppet Printable

Download the free printable here

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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

October 15, 2012 - Filed under Halloween

Making your child’s costume shouldn’t be the scariest thing about Halloween. You don’t need to be a master seamstress, or even own a sewing machine for that matter. With a little bit of imagination you can easily make a fun creative costume for your little trick-or-treaters.

One of the easiest ways to make a Halloween costume is to start with a solid-colored hoodie, or onesie. Don’t feel like you need to make the whole costume from scratch. Make your life easier… stores like American Apparel carry a whole rainbow of solid colored clothing just waiting to be embellished and turned into something fabulous.

And if you can’t find the exact color you’re looking for you can always buy white, and dye it to suit your project (check out this site for some tips on dyeing onesies).

great start to an easy halloween costume

You can turn a solid colored hoodie or onesie into pretty much any creature you can imagine. Have a look at the inspiration below, and then let your imagination run wild.

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

1. Adorable Dalmatian Puppy – This white hoodie set, was transformed into a cute little dalmatian, simply by adding black paint spots all over. Attach a couple of ears and some socks painted with paws, and top it off with a little bit of eyeliner for a nose and some freckles.

2. Little Miss Sunshine – Embellish a cute yellow dress with a sun cut out of felt. You can buy felt letters and ribbon at most craft stores to create the sash. Check out the full how-to here.

3. Pink Owl – This costume would work great with pretty much any color of hoodie. Find matching fleece or felt from your local fabric store to make the feathers and simply sew them on, or even use your glue gun. Decorate a pre-cut foam mask to complete the look. For printable templates and full instructions check out this tutorial.

4. Halloween Onesies – Looking for something simple for your new born? Again with just a solid colored onesie and some felt you can turn your little one into a pumpkin, a skeleton, or a ghost.

5. DIY Bat Costume – Sew wings to the sleeves of a solid shirt for an easy Bat costume that’s comfortable to wear. The mask is cut from a template and worn over sunglasses to get the effect of dark eyes. (more Bat inspiration)

6. SuperHeros – Be your own super hero this halloween. An easy cape and a letter or symbol of your choice are the start of a great costume. Add some metallic leggings from American Apparel, and embellish with a belt, some cuffs, and a mask or a headband. Got more than one kid? Why not create a whole team of superheros?

7. Shark Costume – A grey sweatsuit is quickly transformed into an adorable shark. A white chest, some jagged teeth and a fin sewn down the back of the hoodie complete the look.

Perhaps you need a little bit more help turning your solid colored clothing into something a little more creative… look no further than etsy. You can buy simple hats and accessories to help turn your costumes into something truly memorable.

8. Bumble Bee | 9. Srcuffy Lion | 10. Assored Halloween Hats

Remember just keep it simple. Kids costumes don’t need to be overly complex, a couple of simple accessories are usually all it takes to make a great costume.

Are you making your child’s Halloween costume this year? We’d love to see what you came up with so don’t forget to share your creations on our Facebook Page – facebook.com/TalkCraftyToMe.

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Last minute Father’s Day Crafts

June 17, 2012 - Filed under Father's Day

Still scrambling for a last minute gift for dad? Don’t worry it’s not too late to whip up something fun and personal. Check out these easy ideas sure to make dad smile.

Last minute Fathers Day Crafts

1. Get outside with the chalk! This is a fun idea to get the kids involved. Simply pick a spot on your driveway or sidewalk and create a fun scene then step back and take some pictures.

2. Paper Picture Frame – Show dad how much you love him with this cute picture frame. Trim your photos to fit the openings of the letters and you’ve got yourself a fun photo frame.

3. Photo collage – Another great photo idea, especially if you’ve got lots of kids. Have them spell out your message to dad, or if hold fun signs to create a photo collage.

4. Super Hero Coasters – Got a comic loving dad? Why not make him his own set of coasters from a graphic novel. Just be sure not to cut up his favorite one.

5. Monogrammed Mug – Make dad his own personal coffee mug. Add his initial, spell out DAD, or even write him a little father’s day message, and he’ll be reminded just how much you love him everyday.

6. Homemade Hot Sauce – Hop in the kitchen and make your dad his very own fiery hot sauce. Perfect for a summer of grilling.

7. I love you this…. much – Show dad just how much you love him with this cute and easy card. Simply trace around your hands and stick them together with a folded strip of paper and your message to dad.

8. Tee-riffic dad – It doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick up a bag of golf tees and use this free printable label, to show your golf loving dad just how great he is.

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Children’s Nature Hunt

June 7, 2012 - Filed under Children, How-to, Paper goods

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Summer is just around the corner, and with the weather warming up, thoughts turn to picnics in the park, lazy days at the beach and all sorts of outdoor activities. To kick off the season I headed off on a weekend camping trip with my family. I was looking for something fun to do with my nephew and thought that a scavenger hunt would be a great way to spend some time together and enjoy the outdoors.

He’s only three, so I wanted to keep it picture based, with simple items we could easily find. I decided to laminate it so he could use it again either in his own back yard, or a trip to the park with friends. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and we had a great time exploring nature together.

DIY Nature Hunt

How to:

  1. Draw out your items – I did mine in Adobe Illustrator, but you could just as easily draw them by hand.
  2. Print, Cut, Glue – I printed 6 items to a standard 8.5×11″ page. And cut them out with an exacto knife. I found some really fun nature themed paper at my local craft store and cut them into slightly larger squares so you could see the fun pattern.
  3. Laminate – I wanted this to be something that would last, so I took it to a copy shop to get laminated, and then recut the squares.
  4. Put it together – I punched a hole in each of the cards and srung them together with some rustic twine and added a few beads for fun.
  5. Enjoy – Head out into your local woods and see how many items you can find.

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Nature Hunt

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Pets

December 14, 2011 - Filed under Christmas, How-to, Inspiration

Don’t forget your furry friends this holiday season… they’re part of the family too! Pamper your pets with these adorable handmade gifts.

Handmade Gifts For Pets

1. Pet Food Canister: Recycle and old tin into a handy and stylish pet food container.

2. Stamped Metal Pet ID Tags: Mentioned this technique in the gifts for her post, and think it works just as well for pet tags. Check out this great tutorial on stamping metal to create your own.

3. Cat Nip Mice: A great way to use up fabric scraps and a perfect toy to keep your cat entertained this holiday season.

4. Dog Paw Stocking: Who says stockings are just for people? This cute dog paw stocking is a great way to include your furry friend in the festivities.

5. Dog Bed: Tired of sharing your bed or couch with your pooch? Why not make him his own comfy bed?

6. Rope Toy: This is a super easy gift and cheap too! All you need are a few dish towels and a couple minutes of time, and you’ve got yourself a new rope bone perfect for tug-of-war!

7. DIY Dog Collars: Is your pup in need of a new collar? Here’s a great tutorial for a cute collar sure to put a little bounce in your pups steps.

8. Dog Bowl Stand: You dine in style so why shouldn’t your pooch? Why not make him his very own dining table?

9. Cat Scratching Pad: Keep your cat away from your furniture and give her this cute fish shaped scratching pad.

10. Doggy Rain Coat: Pamper your pup and keep him dry on your winter walks with his very own rain coat.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Kids

December 13, 2011 - Filed under Children, Christmas, How-to, Patterns

Why not skip the expensive, battery operated, mass-produced plastic toys this year, in favor of something more unique and personal. Handmade toys are a great way to encourage creativity and activate your children’s imagination. These great ideas are inexpensive and easy to make, plus they’re sure to provide hours of entertainment.

Handmade Gifts For Kids

1. Felt Alphabet Letters: Help your little ones learn there ABCs with some cute felt letters.

2. Homemade Play Dough: Create a rainbow of colors and watch your children’s imagination run wild with this easy to make play dough. This is also an easy project to do with young kids and would make a great gift for their little friends.

3. Crayon Art Folio: Perfect for that budding artist on the go!

4. Car Caddy: Another great gift for little one’s on the go, that also helps encourage them to pick up their toys so you’re not stepping on them.

5. Felt Tool Box: Put your little helper to work on the home repairs with their very own tool set.

6. Molded Crayons: These fun crayons can been made is any shape or size, all you need are some fun molds and a bunch of crayons. How about spacemen & rockets or ballerinas and zoo animals.

7. Felt Stuffed Animals: Who wouldn’t love a cute and cuddly little friend for the holidays?

8. Snowman Kit: This is such a cute idea for little ones who love to play in the snow.

9. Painted Wooden Blocks: Build em up and knock em down. Your kids will have endless hours of fun, and may even learn to spell.

10. Fort Kit: I love this idea. This kit includes everything you need to build a fort, like sheets, close pegs, suction cups, rope and even a flashlight for when it’s all built. Perfect rainy day fun!

11. Buttoned Baby Boots: Help keep those little toes warm this winter, with this adorable little baby boot pattern.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Him

December 12, 2011 - Filed under Acccessories, Christmas, How-to, Inspiration

Lets face it… when it comes to giving handmade, girls are easy. It’s the men on the other-hand that are a little more difficult to make for. But, never fear, we’ve got some great gift ideas you can make for the special men in your life.

Handmade Gifts For Him

1. Bacon infused Vodka: I don’t know a man alive who doesn’t like bacon. Combine that with booze and you’ve got a winner on your hands.

2. Bay Rum Aftershave: Give your man a manly smell with this Bay Rum Aftershave. Get the recipe here.

3. Mustache Etched Pint Glasses: These would make a great gift for the beer lover on your list. Check out this tutorial on how to etch glass to see just how easy it is.

4. Beef Jerky: Another classic manly gift. Package it up in a nice jar and you’ll surely put a smile on your guy’s face.

5. Bicycle Brake Clock: Does your guy love mountain biking and all things out doors? Why not make him this bicycle brake clock for his office so he can count down the hours till he can hit the trails.

6. iPad Sleeve: A handmade iPad Sleeve doesn’t have to be cutesy or girly. Use rugged and durable fabrics like wool and leather to create a sleeve that’s functional and masculine.

7. BBQ Rubs: Does your guy love to grill? Here are some easy recipes for yummy rubs, complete with downloadable labels.

8. Black & Tan Beer Soap: No lavender and rose petals here… this soap is all man.

9. Typographic Coasters: Skip the lace and doilies in favor of cork and plywood with these typographic coasters.

10. Screen Printed Tie: Spruce up a plain tie with unique screen printed designs like these ones from Etsy seller 20twenty. Or check out this screen printing tutorial to learn how to make your own.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Her

December 9, 2011 - Filed under Acccessories, Christmas, How-to, Jewelry, Kniting, Patterns, Sewing

December is officially in full swing, and it’s time to start talking gift ideas! First up in our handmade gift ideas series are gifts for her! Whether that’s your mom, or your sister, your girlfriend or your bestie. We’ve put together a list of easy gift ideas you can make yourself that are sure to impress any woman on your list.

Handmade Gifts For Her

1. Personalized Coffee Sleves: Cute and reversible, the perfect gift for your coffee loving bestie!

2. Rosette Bracelet: A great accessory to dress up jeans or any outfit for your fashionista friend.

3. Stamped Metal Jewelry: A crafty yet stylish way to express yourself, and your friendship.

4. Handmade Lip Balm: Got lots of girlfriends on your list? Lip balm is an inexpensive gift you can make in bulk.

5. Homemade Bath Salts: What girl wouldn’t love some homemade bath salts to help unwind after a busy holiday season.

6. Stenciled Mugs: Dress up plain dishware to reflect your friend’s style and color pallet.

7. Monogrammed Tote Bag: Encourage your family and friends to say goodbye to plastic with this personalized tote bag.

8. Knit Cowl: Spread the love, and warmth this year with a cozy knit cowl.

9. Matching Apron & Tea Towels: Got a foodie on your list? Why not make them an apron with matching tea towels. Check out this screen printing how to.

10. Ruffled Throw: Give someone a bedroom makeover with this unique ruffled throw.

11. Spoon Rings: Looking for a way to recycle extra silverware? How about turning them into rings?

12. Paperclip Earrings: Super simple and super cheap, these paperclip earrings are also super cute.

13. Fabric Clutch: A girl can never have too many handbags, and this easy to sew fabric clutch is no exception.

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DIY Tree Skirts

December 5, 2011 - Filed under Christmas

Now that you’ve got some inspiration for decorating your tree, how about creating something to cover that unsightly metal tree stand. Give your gifts a cozy place to rest until Christmas, with a handmade tree skirt.

DIY Tree Skirt

1. Heirloom Wool Tree Skirt: This simple tree skirt is made of wool, making it a little more durable, for those of us who have a tendency to spill a bit when watering the tree. Dress it up with some sequins and beads, to make a classy addition to your tree.

2. Christmas Craft Tree Skirt: This tutorial uses yarn and felt to create a simple and inexpensive tree skirt.

3. Simple Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt: Print out the template and sew together to create this simple scalloped tree skirt in your favorite colored felt.

4. Burlap & Lace Tree Skirt: I love the mix of hardy burlap, and delicate lace in this vintage inspired tree skirt. See the tutorial to recreate the look.

5. Patchwork Hand-tied Tree Skirt: Do you have lots of leftover Christmas fabric from over the years? Why not use it to create a cute patchwork tree skirt like this one?

6. Christmas Tree Tree Skirt: Another great way to use up some fabric scraps with this Christmas tree, tree skirt.

7. Multi-layered Tree Skirt: A great way to mix and match fun co-ordinating christmas fabrics. This one is a little more time-consuming, but the outcome is worth it.

9. No-sew Ruffled Tree Skirt: Not much of a sewer? Never fear… here’s one you can throw together without a sewing machine!

10. Ruffled Tree Skirt: I just love the fullness created at the base of this elegant tree skirt. Check out the tutorial to see how it’s done.

11. Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt: I can’t actually find the original source for this tree skirt, but using some of the techniques in the tutorials above you could easily create your own DIY version.

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Handmade Christmas Ornaments

December 2, 2011 - Filed under Christmas

I seriously can’t get enough of handmade ornaments. Every year a tone of new creative ideas pop up and I can never pick just one favorite. Here are just a few to get your creative juices flowing, and inspire you to create your own.

And… once you do, don’t forget to share it with us on TalkCraftyToMe’s Facebook page. We’d love to see what you’re creating this holiday season!

Handmade Ornaments 2011

1. Oh Felty Christmas Tree!: A great project for you and your kids. Just cut out decreasing sized circles of felt and stack them together to form this tree shape and top with a star.

2. Set of 6 handmade ornaments: Don’t have time to create your own ornaments this year? Check out this set of 6 from Pretty Plush on Etsy.

3. Mistletoe Tutorial: Let the smooching commence, with this cute felt mistletoe!

4. Mr. & Mrs. Gingerbread: This gorgeous pair of felt characters are hand stitched and would make a great addition to any tree.

5. Bird Softies: Done up in Christmas fabrics this free pdf pattern would make cute ornaments.

6. Felt Cutout Ornaments: Download the template to create these quick and easy candy cane, snowflake, and bell-shape ornaments.

7. Button Tree Ornament: Super simple but ultra cute ornament. All you need is a bunch of varied sized green buttons, and a cute little star for the top.

8. Mitten & Snowman Ornaments: Another tutorial for this cute winter themed ornaments.

9. Whimsical Bird Kit: Purchase everything you need to make these little bird ornaments in one handy little kit.

10. Snowflake Christmas Tree Ornaments: These elegant ornaments are simple to make with Crayola model magic and a cookie cutter!

11. Felt Ogee Ornament Tutorial: Bring a modern touch to your tree with this felt ogee ornament.

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