DIY Craft Tutorial How to make paper mache air dry clay

Recently I decided to see if I could make my own air dry, paper clay to use on some of my paper mache projects.  I ended up with a really great clay that can be used not only for paper mache projects but for many other sculpting projects as well.  It was super easy and inexpensive to make. You will never believe the main component I used to make this clay...a roll of toilet tissue paper. Seriously.  Here's the recipe and instructions on how I did it.

DIY Tutorial: How to make your own gift bags.

Ok maybe not a gazillion and one but it's close enough.  From one, $1 roll of brown craft wrapping paper I made ornament gift bags for my husband's entire family and had plenty left over.  It's also a great way reuse/recycle old wrapping paper, magazines, newspapers and etc. Once you learn the basic folding construction of a gift bag it is a total game changer.


diy craft tutorial how to make a recycled book page dala horse or dalahast swedish Christmas

My husband is part of the first generation of his family that was born in the United States.  Over the years we have found a happy blend of family traditions when it comes to decorating for Christmas. In a previous post I discussed traditional Swedish Christmas ornaments and showed you how to make a Swedish Advent Star (see: How to Create Swedish Advent Stars Using Recycled Book Pages).  Today I would like to share with you another decorative Swedish item that can be made with book pages and other recycled materials: the Dalahäst or Dala horse.

How To Make Reusable Coffee Sleeve Tutorial

When I received a lovely fat quarter bundle from the Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection in the mail, the color and patterns made me think of coffee....well in all fairness I'm always thinking of coffee but these really did, ok? Reusable coffee sleeves help to cut waste and adds a little snazz to your cup.   I have been wanting to make some for quite a while and these patterns were perfect for the task.