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Ten Easy Crafting How-To's and Tips
By Monica Resinger
_http://homemakersjournal.com_ ( 
Here are ten easy crafting how-to's and tips with a little something for  
everyone. I hope you find them helpful, inspiring and fun. 
Nature Crafts:
1. When making dried flower arrangements, be creative about the containers  
you use. You can use anything that will hold the flowers including a dump 
truck,  football helmet, old watering can, china cup, basket or anything that 
your  fancy. 
2. Save your old phone book and use it to press flowers and pretty leaves  
for decorating items around the house. Just open the phone book, lay the flower 
or leaf flat on a page and close the book. They will be dry in about a week,  
then you can put them in/on frames, cards or use them to decoupage items such 
as  candles or paper boxes. Most any flower can be pressed, but the flatter 
ones  such as pansies work the best. You can also separate petals and press 
them  individually. 
3. To decoupage, you can add water to white glue until it's the consistency  
of cream. Brush this solution on the item you are decoupaging, carefully put 
the  flower on, then very carefully brush on a top coat of the glue solution. 
Let dry  and add another coat if necessary. If you want to make a design of 
flowers and  leaves, be sure to lay it out first to find the best look. You can 
also add  pressed flowers to pictures of the family, or other pictures in 
frames. When  putting into frames, you can use decorative paper to mount the 
flowers onto,  then frame. 
4. For a shaped (heart, square, oval) grapevine wreath, bend florist wire  
into the desired shape then weave fresh grapevine around it until you get the  
look you want. Be sure to put more vine on than you think is necessary because  
the vine shrinks a lot as it dries. Lay the wreath on newspaper until is is  
thoroughly dry. 
Doll Dressing:
5. A fun thing to do is dress up a purchased doll or stuffed animal with  
your crochet and/or crafts. You can purchase a new doll or stuffed animal, go 
the thrift store to get one, or, if you have kids, use one of theirs. Once 
you  have your doll, take a good look at it and decide what type and color of 
clothes  would look good on it. You can then look for a crochet pattern, sewing 
pattern,  or purchased clothes that suits. Once you have the doll or stuffed 
animal  dressed, you can add accessories like crafted or purchased hair 
ribbons,  crocheted or sewn socks, buttons, shoes, miniature items, homemade 
and  more. I'm sure that in the process of doing this you'll come up with a 
name for  it. If you don't get too attached, you can sell it at a bazaar or 
it as a  gift to one of your loved ones or a friend. It's a fun thing to do. 
6. If you crochet, be sure to save your yarn scraps because they make  
excellent stuffing for pillows or stuffed animals. 
7. If you knit or crochet, put balls of yarn in a coffee can. Punch holes  in 
the lid and string each yarn through a different hole. 
8. Use a soap sliver as pin cushion. It will also lubricate the tips of the  
pins & needles so they slide easily into stiff fabrics. 
9. Use cut-up, old pantyhose as stuffing for pillows or stuffed animals. 
10. Large bottle caps such as liquid laundry detergent bottle caps make  
great disposable containers for glue or paint. 
Have fun crafting! 
Monica is the founder Homemaker's Journal E-publications, the growing home  
of many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and  
more!  _ ( 
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