Post image for DIY: How To Diamond Smock Your T-Shirt

UPDATE: This previously ran on October the 30th but as we know everyone likes to update their basic tee every once in a while we wanted to bring it back.

Smocking has always been a craft that has intrigued me, I love how it creates more depth and volume in flat fabrics and the pattern is so pretty when finished. Read more »

kellbell -May 18, 2014, 1:04PM
So we cut the string and tie a knot on each square with a line or do we sew through an entire row and then cut the string?
Meaghan -May 02, 2014, 8:31PM
It looks like the close-up picture (with the needle going through the fabric in the center row) is taken from a different project. The lines crossing through the middle of the squares is different. In the close-up, they're just dashes, but they're very precise in the other pictures. It just seems strange to me...

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As soon as I saw it, I fell so in love with this DIY from Cora of Miles, Papa and Me that I knew I had to make my own. Read more »

better local search rankings -Aug 03, 2014, 11:55PM
Great post.
webpage -Mar 13, 2014, 1:35PM
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This is a guest post from Johnie of

Going on a winter hike can be magical: the snow falling all around you, cozy mittens on your hands, hot cocoa in your thermos. But it can be disheartening to watch winter animals search for hard-to-find food. Give them a hand by mixing up a batch of birdseed bombs before you head out—tie them on trees or drop them behind you as you walk. Read more »

Colyn Bonynge -Jan 21, 2013, 7:02PM
I know, right? Have feeders everywhere & the wildlife that visit are astounding & daily put a smile on my heart. I make a varety of suets, serve corncobs & raw peanuts to the squirrels (I have a new addition--a WHITE squirrel; turns out there are several colonies here in FL), mix all my seed with different varieties & berries, even put mealworms out for the bluebirds. Even though I do incorporate fruit, I simply never thought of using it as a "dip". Thanks for a GREAT idea. By the way, I make my own peanut butter for the wild children. The Internet has a plethora of recipes ;)
Johnie Gall -Jan 15, 2013, 1:21PM
Hey guys, Sorry to cause so much drama! I doubled checked with a wildlife rehab center in my area after writing this and they said this practice is safe and harmless as long as you use all-natural ingredients (you should only buy all-natural peanut butter anyway!) and seed formulated for wild birds. Thanks for having so much concern for the critters! JG

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Today’s DIY might be one of my favorites that I’ve done… I’m not sure why, but there is something so adorably sweet about these little embellished figurines. They can be used in so many ways, too… hang them on your tree as ornaments, wear them around your neck as a fun holiday necklace, place them around your home as decorations, or use them as gift toppers. Read more »

rhinestone beads -Jul 31, 2013, 6:36AM
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fp julia -Dec 13, 2012, 9:01AM
Sarah, those are so cute!

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DIY: Photo Bunting

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Bunting is a fun way to decorate for a party; it’s easy, pretty, and you can hang it anywhere you like. The other day here at Free People it was my sister’s Bridal Shower and for the occasion I made some bunting to hang delicately on the wall. The theme I used was “a couple in love” and printed out photos of her and her fiance throughout the years they have been together. Read more »

Maisie -Jun 24, 2013, 9:17AM
This is such a great idea for birthday parties! Or any other party for that matter. I can't wait to give this a try!
Kim -Dec 27, 2012, 8:19PM
Love this idea! Think I will be using it for an upcoming surprise party. Thanks

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Post image for DIY Hammered Leaf Prints

UPDATE: This post originally ran on November 1st 2012 but we wanted to share it again while we still have some time left to take advantage of those beautiful fall leaves!

One of the best things about fall is without a doubt the gorgeous explosion of colors when the leaves turn.  The mixture of vibrant red, orange, yellow, and green is breathtaking and I hate that it’s always so fleeting. Read more »

Jennifer -Dec 30, 2012, 3:28PM
This is an amazing idea. There are so many different ways you can do leaf imprints, this one looks to be my favorite. The added bonus is everything you use is easily accessible in the home, its not messy and you can have your kids help you. I think canvas would be awesome to try this on and then frame it for a nice seasonal piece.
michelle -Nov 26, 2012, 5:58PM
look up 'hapazome' or india flint. flint came up with hapazome when she didn't have any materials to naturally dye with in japan on so much fabric. she ended up dyeing the fabric by hammering flowers and leaves.

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Every year when I was growing up and my parents put out our holiday decorations, my favorite thing was a somewhat large snow globe with a miniature winter scene inside. Read more »

Ca -Aug 17, 2014, 3:48PM
Hhhmm... the blue tinted ones gave me an idea. Let me know if you think this might be feasible. Say I get a tube of those plastic fish and some clear lightweight fishing line, do you think I could skewer and string one fish per line, glue the lines to the top to make little underwater scenes?
Baking Friends Forever -Jan 25, 2014, 6:41AM
Thanks for this idea of distilled water and glycerin, I made these with extra minion toys from Happy Meals, they turned out awesome!

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Post image for 10 Supplies Every Crafter Needs

There are tons of different kinds of crafters out there. Some of us like to create more functional works of art, while others make things that are purely for aesthetic purposes. Some like enduring huge craft projects that take days (or even weeks) to finish, while others are more interested in simple projects with instant results. Read more »

Rohit -Jun 27, 2013, 3:42AM can be a good source for furnishing fabrics.
diyearte by L & S -Nov 22, 2012, 7:24PM
that's true! great post! ;) DIY and more: diyearte by L & S

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Post image for DIY: How To Embellish Your Socks

UPDATE: This previously ran November the 6th but as holiday is approaching we thought we’d bring it back this weekend for some inspiration.

The festive season is approaching, that time of year when you feel like wearing little sparkly details. Our November catalog has now launched, and inside there’s a whole lot of magic. I wanted to bring the magic more to life by embellishing a plain pair of socks,  adding a little bit of festive fun to an everyday outfit. Read more »

Carolyn -Sep 05, 2013, 8:11AM
Wowww!! Great idea, I love it.
jenny -Nov 07, 2012, 3:43AM
cute idea :) i will try that!

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Post image for DIY: Mason Jar Sewing Kit

UPDATE: This post originally ran on September 19th 2012 but we wanted to share it again because these would make amazing gifts for the holiday season!

I never thought I’d say this, but a sewing kit is something that I always like to have on hand.  You never know when you might need to fix an article of clothing, re-sew a button on a shirt, patch up a hole, etc.  Read more »

morgana -Sep 15, 2014, 10:31AM
a good and useful idea!!!
Antonia -Jul 04, 2014, 5:34PM
Chiling, I just made one and it sounds like the fabric you used is just too thick. Mine closes just fine.

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Post image for DIY Flameless Fire Pit

When cold weather comes, with it comes an overwhelming urge to make my home as cozy as can be. There’s something about string lights that can really give off that cozy feeling, and today’s DIY uses them in the cutest way I’ve ever seen. Read more »

nancy -Sep 14, 2014, 6:55PM
so cute. will make this next winter with my granddaughter. thanks.
-Jul 23, 2014, 9:31PM
This is my first venture onto this site - thank you

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Post image for DIY Holiday Mobile

There’s something really sweet and whimsical about mobiles, and they make such wonderful decorations – particularly around the holidays! I’ve been saving lots of inspiration for a holiday mobile and finally got around to making one. Read more »

Jan -Nov 17, 2012, 6:29PM
What a pretty idea. I would like to make one for myself. I love feathers and wolves. I think the wolf in the clear bubble is adorable. Loved it! JAN
megan -Nov 16, 2012, 9:47AM
Ive been looking for clear ornaments, to decorate my own and fill them with things. Thanks for this dig its awesome.

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