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Basic craft techniques

Decorative Crafts

Basic craft techniques
 
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About the projects

These craft projects feature craft techniques that can be used to add colorful designs to paper crafts, scrapbooks, fabrics and household objects. Use what you learn in gift wrapping and home decorating.

The projects range in difficulty from EASY to AVERAGE.

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have some crafting fun! Or jump to the category index for a listing of all crafts.

Christmas Quilling

Christmas Quilling
Description ↓

Quilling, the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils or scrolls, is a wonderful way to decorate boxes, tags, and cards. It can also turn a simple craft item into an elegant gift. This project includes Christmas quilling designs and examples of how to combine quilling with handcrafted items.

EASY

Stenciled T-Shirts

Stenciled T-shirts
Description ↓

Take a plain T-shirt or a tired 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 fabric.

AVERAGE

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Stenciled Flower Pots

Stenciled Flower Pots
Description ↓

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.

AVERAGE

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Decoupage Box

Decoupaged Box craft project
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Simple Paper Cutting

Simple Paper Cuts craft project
Description ↓

In this project, Aunt Annie introduces you 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 project.

EASY

Basics of Quilling

Flower made of paper filigree
Description ↓

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.

EASY

Magazine Holder

Magazine holder with sponged and stenciled decorations
Friday Fun Description ↓

Here’s a craft that is fun to do, recycles empty cereal boxes, and organizes those stacks of magazines, paperback books and miscellaneous papers around the house or in your child’s bedroom.

AVERAGE

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Mexican Yarn Painting

Huichol yarn painting from Mexico using variegated yarn
Description ↓

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.

AVERAGE

Sponged Paper Cards

Examples of Sponged Paper Cards
Description ↓

  See how easy it is to create custom decorative papers for use in your card making. The beauty of sponging is the limitless range of color possibilities—make whatever color paper you desire! Make the springtime sample cards or come up with your own design.

EASY

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