December 5, 2012 • Crafting, Handbooks: Worst-Case
Photo via Flickr
With all the running around for the holidays, sometimes you can forget the most important things. Sometimes it's a kid, other times, it's an important part of your holiday tradition.
If Hanukkah arrives and you are without a menorah or candles, you will have to make your own. So here's an excerpt from the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays by David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven, to teach you how to make menorah candles out of crayons.
November 8, 2012 • Crafting, Fiction
Most readers can build worlds in their minds from simply reading the words on a page. But, sometimes they are not so good a building practical things to store their volumes of words. Some readers know what a hammer is in theory and how it is used in the context of Thor, but they’ve never picked one up at the local hardware store.
What do you do if you want that homemade touch to your bookshelf, but don’t know the difference between flat and phillips head screws? You turn to Etsy.
Thankfully bookshelf creating experts can be found all over Etsy selling their wares. They range from the tiny and cute, to the massive and impractical. What makes it even better is that many of these helpful craftspeople can custom make your shelf to almost any dimension you want. Just not the 4th dimension, they haven’t figured that one out yet.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite bookshelves you can buy on Etsy right now.
October 23, 2012 • Crafting
So Halloween is almost here.
Busy parents everywhere are scrambling for costumes for their kids and attempting to convince them that yes, they can totally wear that costume from last year, no one is going to remember (NO OMG THEY TOTALLY WILL MOM AND DAD!). And chances are if you waited this long, all that's going to be left are hundreds of Angry Birds outfits.
Luckily, for the literary minded, there are plenty of DIY solutions for the crafty costume maker. Below, I've rounded up some of my favorites from around the ol' Internet. Enjoy!
October 19, 2012 • Crafting
Welcome back to Freaky Friday, where we're dishing out some fun Halloween tips through the month.
So far we've showed you how to make Witches Brew from Witch Craft and Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers from Craft-A-Day. Next up, we've got these adorable monster babies from Microcrafts by Alicia Kachmar, Margaret McGuire, and Katie Hatz.
We've included the tracing template below. Feel free to save it and print it out. Enjoy!