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These craft projects feature craft techniques that can be used to add
colorful designs to paper crafts, scrapbooks, fabrics and household
objects. Apply what you learn in these craft projects to decorate other craft projects, in gift wrapping, and in
The projects range in difficulty from EASY to
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have
some crafting fun!
Stenciled T-Shirts - Take a plain T-shirt or a tired and old T-shirt and perk it up with
stenciled designs. These super easy embellishments are a great way to
rescue a T-shirt that has been stained. The same technique can be used
to stencil sweatshirts and sweatpants—just about anything made of
Stenciled Flower Pots - Turn a plastic flower pot from ordinary to extraordinary with
stenciling. In this project you will learn how to apply acrylic paint
stencils to a small plastic flower pot. This technique can then be used
to decorate large plastic flower pots, plastic hanging baskets, plastic
wastebaskets, or just about any plastic container.
Decoupaged Box - In this project you will learn the
basics of decoupage by decorating a box made from cardstock with
images printed on your color printer. The same technique can be used
to decoupage wooden boxes, glass vases or plates, etc. With the
wealth of images available for downloading and printing, this
traditional craft is well-suited to modern times.
Simple Paper Cutting - In this project you are
introduced to the art of paper cutting through the techniques of cut
apart and layered paper. These techniques can be used to decorate
greeting cards, stationery, boxes, gift wraps, or any paper craft
Basics of Quilling - Quilling is the art of rolling
narrow strips of paper into coils or scrolls, and arranging them to
form elegant filigree. In this project, you'll see how to use a
toothpick to roll coils and scrolls then pinch, shape, and arrange
them into decorative patterns.
Mexican Yarn Painting - The crafts of Mexico are renowned for bright colors and bold designs
especially the nierika made by the Huichol people. In this
project learn how to do Huichol-inspired yarn paintings then use the
technique to make decorative plaques or to enliven the surfaces of
boxes, cards, notebooks, and more.