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Handmade Chocolate Lollipops

  When I first moved to North Carolina, I worked in a bakery owned by a young lady who had studied at a top culinary school. She knew a lot of cool tricks, which made a job that started at 6am seem like a lot […]

How To Make Bias Tape

Bias tape is simply strips of fabric that are cut on the diagonal, folded into the center, and folded once more. Cutting and prepping it this way allow the fabric to bend and stretch easily around corners and curves, making it perfect for binding quilts […]

Make an exploding valentine box

Make an exploding valentine box

Most valentines are lovely, but some appear to be an impossible act of physics. I love when valentines get “ohhs and ahhs” and leave the recipient wondering…”how’d she do that?”
Here is a great tutorial from the Life As Lou blog on how to make a valentine that is sure to make the people you love explode with happiness. (just kidding, but it is awfully fun to see their faces when the box transforms into an album with flippy pages!)
Life As Lou Exploding Box Tutorial

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*(image credit: Life As Lou)

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Craft Supplies:

1. Chinese takeout favor box template. Ours is available for instant download on sale now for $2.49 on Meylah: Chinese Takeout Treat Box Template
2. Stapler
3. Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
4. Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.

How to fold and assemble your box:

1. Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
2. Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
3. Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
4. Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4…

Make A Flip (Swing Card)

Make A Flip (Swing Card)

Paula from More Than Cards demonstrates how to make a flip or swing style greeting card. The swing/flip card is made by cutting slits into the cardstock, then folding it at very specific measurements (Paula goes over these in detail in the video tutorial) What […]

Make Your Own Party Hats

Make Your Own Party Hats

How To Make Pretty Party Hats
Crafty party hats decorated however you like them - match your theme perfectly and have fun making them! Image Credit: Skrabalica on Flickr

I love themed parties – especially when it is clear the hostess put a lot of time into making handmade party accessories and decorations. Michaels’ resident creative expert, Jo Pearson, shows us this wonderful craft idea just perfect for New years eve parties (or any party really!) Using poster board, decorative paper, craft glue and embellishments, watch as Jo creates adorable party hats that are way better than anything you can buy in the store. Adorable!

She also includes video instructions on how to make a template to make your custom party hat that is significantly more sturdy that the cone party hats you might have made in grade school.

Craft Idea: Make Party Hats

Make Seed Paper For Cards And Crafts

Make Seed Paper For Cards And Crafts

If you have ever made handmade paper, this project will be a breeze – the process for making seed paper is much the same. First you make your paper pulp, add the seeds and press. This is an eco-friendly craft that is fun for kids and adults alike! Here’s how to make your own seed paper…