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Birdhouse Centerpiece Ideas

Birdhouses usually hang in trees to offer birds a place to make their nest and have their young. Birdhouses may be painted and decorated in many ways. Plain wooden birdhouses can be turned into decorative centerpieces for a number of different occasions, from a wedding to Halloween, with a little cr

Sources of Sapphires

Deep blue sapphires are highly prized.saphir et diamants image by pgm from Fotolia.comSapphires are famous for their brilliant blues and crystal clarity. However, they come in a range of colors from white to yellow, pink and black. Sapphire sources are concentrated in Asia, with Kashmir...

How to Do a Darning Stitch

It's annoying when your favorite socks spring a hole where your toe sticks out or your new slacks separate where the seam didn't get stitched properly. Remedy small sewing problems with a darning stitch. You'll be able to wear your favorite items in no time. Just read the following steps to learn th

How to Make Native American Beaded Fringe

Native American beaded fringe is a stylish feature on many types of clothing, including Native American costume. The fringe is actually made up of the material from the clothing item itself, so the only other materials are the beads themselves. You can create a beaded fringe on your own clothing ite

Directions for Lanyards

Lanyards can be entertaining projects for kids while at home or away at camp. They make nice gifts for adults who can use them as key chains, bracelets or necklaces. Lanyards are usually made with a diamond stitch out of soft string or pieces of leather. They can be any color or variety of colors an

Fancy Ways to Sign Letters

A signature tells a story about the signer, and that story can be fantastic with a few embellishments. A special writing instrument or a vibrant color will add a personal touch. But you can also vary your technique and give a signature extra confidence. Whether signing professional correspondence or

Directions to Crochet a Hat

Crochet is a wonderful way to make warm and fashionable accessories for your winter wardrobe. Crochet a hat using thick and bulky yarn for a project that can be stitched in an evening. This easy-to-crochet hat is worked in the round and is done in the style of a cloche or beanie. Make several as qui

How to Use a Clay Bead Roller

Jewelry making crosses time and cultures, and is even used to mark status or as money. More recently, crafting jewelry at home has been a popular pastime. Combined with making one's own clay beads, beautifully unique jewelry pieces can be created. Using a clay bead roller assists in easily making be

Video: How to Make Christmas Angel Costumes

Video Transcript My name is Carol Hughes. I've owned Custom Costumes of Rochester for 25 years now. Today, I'm going to demonstrate some basics of costuming to you. How to make a Christmas angel. This is an unusual angel. We use just the coat which is a beautiful white brocade and it's...

Janome 3022 SP Help

Janome is a familiar name to sewing machine users worldwide. Originally known as New Home sewing machines, Janome quickly gathered a reputation for excellent value, ease of use and reliability. The 3022 SP is one of Janome's top-rated models.

How to Tell If Gems Are Real

With gemstone prices on the rise, more collectors and consumers are hesitant when making their purchases for fear of false stones. The first inquiry collectors and consumers investigate is whether gemstones are real. Forgers have created clever replicas and synthetic stones to closely mimic the trai

Materials Used for Making Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are made from a ubiquitous polymer substance known as polyethylene. This begins as ethylene, commonly extracted from natural gases, then treated to become the polymer, forming long chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms. These chains can vary depending on what type of polyethylene is being

How to Make Skyscrapers From Milk Cartons

Recycle milk cartons to create a cool cityscape of your own. Making a miniature city can be a creative project for kids and, if you have a few craft supplies, you won't have to spend a dime on materials. Use it as a play setting for action figures and small model cars, or as a model of a city for a

Facts About Recycling Corrugated Cardboard

Decades-old recycling programs exist on a large scale in many neighborhoods. Most people understand of the importance of recycling, but do not know the specifics of how it works and why it is important. Corrugated cardboard is one of the most highly recycled items.

Ideas & Instructions for Things to Make Out of Candy Wrappers

When Gary Duschl made his first gum wrapper link in 1965, he just wanted the longest chain in his ninth grade class. Duschl's 12-mile-long chain earned him a spot in the Ripley's Believe or Not! museum. Your child can transform a basic wrapper chain into a multitude of crafts and handmade gifts. She

How to Handmake an iPod Holder

An array of iPod holders is available in stores, but making your own allows you to create an entirely customized look. Felt fabric is easy to work with because it does not fray at the edges when cut. It is also a fairly sturdy, thick fabric so the holder will protect your iPod from damage. This basi

Video: Refine Tip of Nose in Wax Sculpture

Video Transcript Still refining on the shape of the nose a little bit one of the things that I want to do at this point is just make sure that the tip of the nose is refined. And at this point I'm going to use my heated blade and gently scrape away the areas that are unnecessary. Now...

How to Revive Dried Play-Doh

How to Revive Dried Play-Doh. Play-Doh can keep a child,occupied for hours on end. However, as with any toy, the Play-Doh artist may forget to put it away. The result will be a hard, crumbly lump that doesn't look much good for anything. However, it's easy to revive the Doh into playing shape.