30 Valentines Day Crafts & Cards

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Valentines Day is just around the corner. In a day or two!! To help you make some creative Valentine gifts, here is an overview of our beautiful and fun Valentines. Find: craft tutorials for Valentine gifts; free downloadable templates for wrapping and cards; handmade Valentine card instructions; sweet recipes; gift ideas; and more lovely Valentine […]

Best Homemade Advent Calendars

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Beautiful Advent Calendars, to Make & To Buy. My friend was cleaning her closets the other day, and asked if I was interested in her old house-shaped letter-box. It looked … a bit dated, odd-shaped and bland. It was plain wood, and … I did not know what to do with it. Mentally, I was […]

Laundry Room Makeover w Easy DIY Wall Stencils

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How to use Stencils for Home Decor Fabulousness I have a bit of ‘green car’ syndrome… I mean, when you just bought a green car, all you spot thereafter are … other green cars. Like so with these awesome small laundry room design ideas. Did you see that article on it recently? Incredible, the design […]

How to Transfer Photos onto Wood

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This is a visual how-to tutorial that has so many applications! You can make photo transfers of your family, which could make a perfect father’s day gift. Or, you could make a ‘Thank you’-collage in Photoshop on your computer, print and use that image for the transfer, which would make a perfect Teachers Appreciation gift. […]

DIY Suzani Rugs

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Can you imagine this gorgeous suzani rug being a DIY IKEA hack? Me neither. Yes, it’s a bit advanced, but 2013 we can handle a bit more advanced projects, can’t we? I have about a dozen of unique articles on this blog on ‘how to make your own rugs’. These are easy rugs. Click link […]

Recycled furniture: Masculine, Rock-themed Dresser

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7. MUSIC-THEMED BOY DRESSER. Check out this absolutely fabulous rock-music – themed dresser. This is DIY kids furniture gone wild! Details on this dresser: chicken coop wire, tags, studded leather belts, painted Hotel California vignette, and letters and numbers drawers … this dresser has it all. It has 2 front rollers to give it more […]

50+ DIY Mothers Day Gifts

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50+ DiY Mothers Day Gifts

:: Personalized Mothers Day Gifts to DIY :: 50+ Beautiful, Easy-to-Make Mothers Day Gifts Pretty, personalized, functional & stylish gifts for moms, and other important women in your world. Make a gift yourself, or give mother the craft materials along with a free printed how-to tutorial as an enjoyable ‘DIY craft project kit’.   Mothers […]

Which Glue for the Job?

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Choose the Best Glue by Type of Craft, Art or DIY Project. Ever wondered which glue is best for your craft, art or DIY project? In this overview, I am comparing different glues and adhesives, and their uses. So, you’ll get all your sticky questions answered! I want to start with the all-time favorite glue […]

Gorgeous Hearts :: Free Printables

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THAT LOVING HEART: 15 free darling heart designs to embellish just about anything. Enlarge them: to create a wall-decal/ furniture print stencil or bleach-dye them on t-shirts (gifts or keep). Keep ‘m small: to print in red and adorn that Valentine Card; to create loving embroidery patterns; or make into stamps. Or make a darling […]

7 Stenciling Tips for Stencil Passionados

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We are becoming quite popular here at Fine Craft Guild for stencils, so I thought to share you 5 tips for successful stenciling. Why I am passionate about stencils is that they offer a fast and professional way to transform simple objects into designer statements or art even, without a fush, really. To help you […]

DIY Animal Stencil Mugs

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: this fun and easy way to spruce up plain white mugs and to personalize them with the kids (or your) favorite animals and designs. Stencil your way to the farm …. Country Living offers free stencils to download of cows, sheep and pigs.

Christmas Cakes & Cookies ~ Ideas, Cutters & Stencils

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: This year, I am seriously contemplating making a Christmas cake, or at least, Christmas cookies. While this is ‘normal’ for probably all of you, for me it’s a new thing.  That’s what happens if your sister in law is a pastry chef at one of the world’s best 5-star hotel chains.  There is no […]

French Pillows w Bird Collage & Bunny Portrait

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Today I have for you beautiful & unique French Bird & Bunny pillows, spotted in the hip-groovy Marais district in Paris. Bird Pillows If you’ve made our ‘bird with umbrella’ pillow, you could make this French bird pillow as a companion. Techniques:  To make a pillow like this, however, you must first create the whole […]

Fourth of July Clip Art

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Stars have to be the most versatile home decorating shape ever. All it takes is this printable Fourth of July clipart (star stencil) to make lots of stars for a fun & festive Fourth of July party. Fourth of July Clipart Star Stencil With this star stencil, you can add a star .. in blue, […]

Stamping :: Simple Painting Technique

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Once you start stamping, there is no stopping, is there? That’s what I found at least. Last night I was preparing for this weekend’s art demonstration. I was using some watercolor paintings in the category ‘misfits & unfinished works’ as the base for some fresh Spring artwork to bring along. What did I do, besides […]

Bedroom Furniture :: DIY Upholstered Headboards

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Comfortable bed headboards are easy to make and transform ordinary bedroom furniture. Actually good bed headboards have to follow certain design criteria: 1. Decorative items on (or above) the headboard should not be able to fall onto my head. 2. It should be high enough to support my back when having breakfast in bed. 3. […]

Build Your Own Birdhouses

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This adorable birdhouse is the culmination of a few different craft techniques: creating floral wall art from toilet paper rolls, making a beaded  accent charm, and painting, stenciling and decorating a birdhouse.   What makes this wall decoration work is repetition of color, shape and pattern.       The How-to How to Make Toilet […]

Create Cool Kids Furniture w Stencils (Tutorial)

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** How to Stencil Furniture. ** Lovely. Fun. Doable. Those are the three worlds … I mean words…  that come to mind when I saw this dresser make-over. You love it also?   Image source: Lena Corwin, via Etsy. Free Tutorial On Hand-Printing Your Cabinet This design & tutorial for this contemporary, whimsical dresser is […]

Art in Paris

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It’s not what you think. No art deco here, ma’am.  Manhole mandalas, that’s art, instead. Yesterday, I spotted this post by Laurie of Scene of the Grime (fun name) popping a manhole cover (roadside find) into her car. It was going to survive the junkyard and live as decoration in her backyard. A cool decorative […]

Original Easter Craft Ideas

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  No matter what your craft medium might be, here are 5 original ideas for you: 1. SEWING: Carrots for the Easter Bunny These great looking carrots give a fun whimsical note to your Easter Brunch table. You can fill them with chocolates and give them as gifts to guests. Or you could enlarge them […]

Butterfly Wall Decor DIY

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We all know the symbolic meaning of butterflies to be Spring and transformation. Well, I feel for me, Spring, as well as Transformation is in the air. When butterflies flutter in your belly, you’re in love. Such lovely symbolism… I thought today to craft a lesson plan tutorial for classroom use. Needless to say, you […]

Handmade Valentine Cards Ideas

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Need to whip up an easy Valentine greeting card, or clean and simple stamped note cards?  Good. What I want to show to day is how easy it is to make lovely cards with minimal tools.   Easy Valentine Craft These rubber stamped cards with hearts, squares & rectangles will do the trick for you. […]

Halloween Costume Accessories for Kids w How-to Video

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Today I want to share with you 3 very fundamental costume accessories that can be used in a wide range of Halloween costumes. ‘How to Make Some Great Halloween Costumes for Kids’: This video offers an inexpensive and really cool how to tutorial with templates for a child Halloween costume to make yourself: a candy […]

Craft Book of the Month Embellishings a la Anthropologie

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Favorite Craft Book   Complete Embellishing: Techniques and Projects This book includes an collection of 25 projects, illustrated with more than 170 photographs and clear step-by-step directions. All are original designs inspired by the author’s years as a crafter and visual manager for the hip New York store, Anthropologie. The ‘thing’ that makes Anthropologie unique […]

Halloween Stencils: Raven

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A raven is an important omen, according to Native American Indian wisdom. When you see a raven, expect magic, shape-shifting and creation!   That sounds perfect for Halloween, right?!! So, download your free raven craft stencil and decorate with a bunch of them, all around the house. I have seen some cute executions of the ravens. […]

Cotton Tote Bag Design Contest

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I like bags and if I see any opportunity to design a bag, well, I’m on it. Today I’m sharing an opportunity with you to not only design a bag, but also to get some free publicity from winning a contest. What fun. For the first time ever, City of Craft is inviting craft enthusiasts […]

Halloween Recipes for Scary Cupcakes

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My mind is set on trying new Halloween recipes this Fall and that includes making Halloween cupcakes. So, I did my research and found half a dozen wonderful Halloween recipes for cupcake designs of spiders, spooky ghosts, bloody faces, eyeballs, witch-pinned ones and other cupcakes orange and black sprinkles…   FineCraftGuild’s Halloween Recipes – Favorite […]

Print Bed Sheets with Seashells

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Easy ‘beach cottage’- home decoration summer crafts with shells. I came across this easy, free tutorial on how to make shell printed bed sheets, while I am prepping my future craft photos & articles on “How to create a Beach Cottage nowhere how far you are from the ocean”.   What’s You’ll Need for Your […]

How to Make a Sophisticated Stencil

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When I came across this video of ‘How to Make a Sophisticated Stencil’ to create a glamorous door decoration, easily by using a stencil, I thought to feature it here at FineCraftGuild.com.   While I have already written on the topic of ‘how to create your own stencil’ and other stenciling tips, there are various […]

4th of July – Cake Stencil

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Last minute celebration preparation can still turn out really great Let me enhance everybody’s Fourth of July holiday decoration projects and Independence Day celebrations with this FREE fourth of July clipart STENCIL template for this holiday weekend. I designed it in such a way that you can simply print this, copy it many times and […]