Product We Love: Dimensions Counted Cross-Stitch

These easy-to-stitch designs by Dimensions are a fun and trendy hang-up for your space! Whether that be in your office, household, or propped up on a desk, you’ll never be at a loss of words again. If you’re feeling daring, you could even gift these to a like-minded friend or family member.

At only $9.99, each cross-stitch kit is equipped with thread, 14 count Aida in white or black (depending on the kit you choose), a 6″ wood hoop, needle, and detailed instructions. The finished craft is 6″ in diameter. (There are so many sassy and fun designs to choose from! See your options here.)


Which design is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Product We Love: Unicorn SPiT Paint

Crafting can be fun for just about anyone, but let’s be honest, it can also get expensive. Especially when each project requires all different materials. With hundreds of options in the industry, we discovered a product that may help combat that overwhelming feeling you get when you head toward the craft store checkout line!

Unicorn SPiT is a multi-use paint that was created by Michelle Gordon, an Art Director for her family-owned business, when she realized there was a gap in the market for quality craft paint. After experimenting in her kitchen, she came up with a formula that was usable on a variety of surfaces including wood, glass, metal, fabric, concrete, and more. It’s also jasmine scented (believe us, we tested!) and non-toxic, so you can paint indoors without having to wear a mask. It’s now distributed by Eclectic Products, the same company that does E6000 glue.

We painted this wood letter L with the colors Purple Hill Majesty and Zia Teal. The easy-to-use product blended perfectly together for a washed look. We added a little water to dilute the mixture and get the varying shades of colors. (Fun fact: If you squeeze unicorn paint onto a paper plate and let it dry, you can use it as a watercolor.) Hang the letter on a gallery wall or prop it on a bookshelf and you have the perfect DIY to personalize your space!

The line comes in 10 vibrant colors and can be diluted with a splash of water down to a gel, stain, glaze, or tint- making it perfect for simple painting projects, or something more complex like refurbishing old furniture. For the letter E, we painted on Thunder Blue and used a paper towel to wipe off any excess for a washed look. We added white paint on top for a white wash, then added white polka dots.

The possibilities are endless! You can mix glitter into the colors for a metallic look, add white liquid glue to it for a puff paint look, or stain any surface and add a glaze for a professional finished look.

UNICORN SPiT isn’t quite on the market yet, but look for it in places like JoAnn’s, Home Deport, and other crafting and home improvement places soon!


What do you think? Would you try UNICORN SPiT? 

How to Make a Pom-Pom with a Clover Pom-Pom Maker

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Looking for a unique embellishment on a gift or a decoration for a party? Make pom-poms in assorted colors with the Clover Pom-Pom Maker to add a fun twist to your DIY.


Instructions from the Clover website.

Buy the Clover pom-pom maker here.

 

 

1. Wind your selected fiber on each “half moon” shaped arm of the pom-pom maker.  Use more yarn for a fuller pom-pom.
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2. With the arms closed, insert a sharp set of scissors into the groove and cut the fiber loops.  When done you should be able to see the center all the way around the pom-
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3. Insert a length of fiber, cord, yarn around the groove, pull tight and tie in place.  This piece holds the pom-pom pieces together so make sure it is tight enough to hold those fibers in place and the double knot is tight enough to prevent it from ever loosening.
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4. Pull the tool in half setting your pom-pom free.  Now just fluff and shape it by hand and trim to suit your purposes.

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Product We Love: String Creations Map

miy-map-1The Bucilla String Creations Map is the perfect project for both beginner and advanced crafters. The best part? It’s completely customizable! Use your favorite materials to create a keepsake perfect for your space.


Materials for Our Project:

  • Bucilla String Creations Stitch Blanks Map
  • Acrylic paint in desired colors (we did an ombre effect with purples)
  • Paint brushes
  • Yarn
  • Pencil

Size: 8″-wide


Assemble the Map:

1. Trace a heart shape on the map with a pencil. (Do it over a state you live in or a region you love!)

2. Paint the bottom third of the map with lightest color purple.

3. Avoiding the heart, paint the middle of the map with a slightly darker color purple. Slightly mix the edge of the colors to blend them together.

4. Using the darkest color purple, repeat step three at the top third of the map.

Tip: Dip a clean paintbrush into water. Lightly dab excess water onto a paper towel and then paint over the edges of each color. This will help the paints to better blend together, making the ombre more gradual.

5. Fill in the drawn heart shape with your desired color paint.

6. Once the paint has completely dried, thread the yarn through a needle and weave in and out of the holes in desired pattern (we did heart outlines). Tie the yarn in a knot to secure at the back, and cut the excess off.
map-3A great option to plot a road trip, document a vacation, or even as a gift to a long-distance friend or relative, the String Creations map gives crafters of all ages room to express creativity through coloring, painting and embroidery. This budget-friendly product costs less than $6 and is a craft the entire family can enjoy!

Get more info on the Bucilla String Creations Stitch Blanks map here.

Product We Love: Mint Stamp Maker

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The Mint Stamp Maker from Silhouette uses thermal printing technology to turn any image into a stamp. Use the included software to print your image onto a stamp sheet, then mount the image on the wood block, and add ink!

 

Visit silhouetteamerica.com for details.


Don’t want to design your own? Get a jumpstart on holiday crafting by grabbing our free stamp designs!

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Featured on page 11 of Fall/Winter 2016 Make It Yourself.

 

Download the PDF here.