Doodling Patterns inside Chinese Characters

Doodling Patterns into Chinese Characters- Muumade.com

Doodling patterns inside Chinese characters is a great way to familiarize yourself with their beautiful shapes while at the same time having fun by making beautiful patterns. But what exactly is doodling? According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word doodle is defined as an “aimless or casual scribble, design or sketch.” Now that does […]

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Making a Waist Pouch from a Pocket

Making a waist pouch from a pocket - upcycling DIY project

This is a tutorial on how to make a waist pouch from a pocket. The finished waist pouch is a practical and fun accessory.  You can use it to carry around small essentials, such as keys, coins and cell phones. This project is also a great way to upcycle an old pair of pants. They […]

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How to Cut Out Detailed Designs from Felt

Cutting out detailed designs from felt - Grease Pink Ladies

  Cutting out detailed designs from felt is not easy.  But with a few simple tricks, this daunting task becomes quite doable. I made the Grease-inspired Pink Ladies applique shown above by cutting out the black letters from felt. These instructions describe the process I used, and the same tricks can be used to cut […]

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Heart Shaped Paper Mache Box with Lid

How to make a paper mache box with a lid

  Paper mache is a great material for making light-weight boxes and bowls.  This post contains instructions for making a heart shaped paper mache box with lid, as well as a bowl.  The first part of the heart shaped box project is to make a box from thin cardboard.  (If you prefer to make a […]

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Flat Needle Felting

Flat needle felting - needle felted white flower on pale orange felt

  Flat needle felting is a very easy way to create 2D designs on textiles. My daughter created the above flower design on wool felt, and then framed it with an old embroidery hoop! Above is a wool sweater that I shrank (by mistake!).  But, since it fit my daughter in its new size, we […]

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Making Cards with Tissue Paper Scrunchies

Making Cards with Tissue Paper Scrunches - pale pink dress card

  Making cards with tissue paper scrunchies is fun and easy.  This idea involves making small balls or wads from pieces of tissue paper and gluing them onto a card in whatever way you like. Below, I will describe how I made a card decorated with tissue paper scrunchies.  But, you can use tissue paper […]

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Seashell Choker Necklace

How to make a seashell choker necklace

  Summer vacations at the beach provide a great opportunity to collect seashells.  Then, once back home, you can make beautiful crafts with them.  This year, we made seashell choker necklaces and earrings from the treasures we found while on vacation. We decided to use some small seashells with holes to make our shell jewelry.  […]

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Decorating Shirts with Your own Appliques

Decorating shirts with your own appliques - a finished T-shirt with a flower applique

  Decorating shirts with your own appliques is a great way to transform boring plain shirts into one-of-a-kind outfits!  This is a fun project for children, as well as for adults.  Then when finished, you can wear your creations!  If the children are old enough to use an iron and sew with a sewing machine, […]

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