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My Latest Project: Pet Portraits

20 Dec

It has been a long time since we’ve posted on Crafty Crafts! We’ve been busy crafting, and doing other craft-related things and will post more soon! One thing I have been busy working on is creating pet portraits. I have started creating them for other people too, and have just launched a blog for that. Check it out HERE to see more portraits like the one below. If you are interested in having your pet’s portrait drawn, contact me using the contact form on the Crafty Crafts Pets site! Right now, you can have a digital drawing of your pet for just five dollars.

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Santa Hat Dress

19 Dec

This may be the most affordable Christmas Dress your 18” Doll has ever worn!


1. Two Santa Hats.  (This dress was made with a felt hat that had fur trim.)

2. Fabric Glue

3. Ribbon

4. Small Piece of Velcro


1. Lay one hat on flat surface and cut off top of hat.

2. Cut armholes.

3. Glue Ribbon at top of armholes with fabric glue.

4. Put fabric glue around any rough edges to avoid fraying.

5. While glue is drying, cut white fur trim off of second hat.

6. Cut trim the right length to drape over shoulders of doll like a shawl.

7. Glue dime-sized piece of Velcro to ends of shawl. (One on the fur side, and the other on the opposite under-side.)

Now your doll is ready to party!

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Fingerprint Santa Keepsake Ornament

12 Dec

We made these with our cousins. Everyone draws their own face and puts a fingerprint for Santa’s head. They make nice keepsake ornaments because each face is as individual as a thumbprint! 


1. Glass Shapes. We ordered ours here. They are very inexpensive, but you do have to clean the glass when it comes in!

2. Ornament Hooks

3. Black Sharpie

4. Acrylic Paint

5. Bead


1. Draw eyes, nose and mouth in the center of the glass with Sharpie.

2. Paint on beard and white part of hat.  Allow to dry.

3. Add red part of hat and red shirt. Allow to dry.

4. Put a dab of flesh colored paint in a paper plate.

5. Put thumb in paint, making sure it is covered.

6. Press thumb over face.

7. Attach hook. Thread on bead.

Tip: This ornament shows through the back of the glass. It is important that you do these steps in the right order, or it won’t look right. Face first, then white paint, then red paint, drying in between! Thumbprint goes on very last!

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Tinsel Pencils

8 Dec

You can’t get much more glamorous than a shimmering trail of gold following your pencil as it moves across the page!  This craft is super easy, and fun to play with (and write with) afterward.


1. Tinsel (get the kind where the strands are attached across the top.

2. Pencil

3. Painters Tape


1. Cut a few inches of tinsel and lay on a flat surface.

2. Place pencil on tinsel and secure with small piece of tape.

3. Roll tinsel around pencil.  

  4. Put a small piece of tape over the edge of the tinsel, securing it to the pencil.

Now go write something amazing! 

*Tip: AFTER tinsel is on the pencil, you can cut it to different lengths for different effects.

Fun Stuff Fridays

Fun Fur Firs

27 Nov

We’re still trying to find uses for all of the fun fur we bought and didn’t make into scarves.  Making these trees with it was easy and a lot of fun!


1. Cones.  We recycled these old cardboard bobbin cones, but you can use Styrofoam cones too.

2. Hot glue

3. Fun fur or other fun yarn

4. Marti Gras beads, beaded garland, or other strings of beads

5. Tree toppers. We used stars from a battery operated string of lights that no longer works. But you can use small ornaments, ornament stars, or even small Christmas balls.


1 Add a small vertical  line (about an inch) of hot glue to the cone.

2. Wrap yarn around cone, crossing over glue until it is covered. Repeat these steps until tree is covered with yarn.

3. Fit star into hole in cone OR decide what other item you will use for your tree topper and glue it on top.

4. Starting at the top, wind beads around tree, using a few dots of glue to keep in place.

That’s it!  You can add buttons, sequins, or other things to your tree too, but we decided to stick mostly with beads!

Ribbon can be used instead of beads for decoration.

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Toys In The Dryer

Paperclip Garland

17 Dec

This is a fun craft to make with a group of people because each person can make a section and then the sections can be easily liked together.  We created a long garland like this to wind around a tree we decorated for Hospice.


  1. Paperclips of various shapes and colors
  2. Variety of beads, sequins, jingle bells


  1. Slide beads, sequins and jingle bells through some of the paper clips.
  2. Link paperclips together to form a long garland.

You can dangle some paperclips from others and add decorations for a different look, as in top garland below.

Another idea is to use a paperclip garland to display cards!

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