SMP Craft
19 Feb

CRAFT FASHION ALERT: PARACORD Jewelry + Free Project Downloads!

Fashion Week in NYC officially ended yesterday and since paracord (aka parachute cord)–one of the most forgiving, fun, and affordable materials to design and craft with–was noticeably absent (Wha?) from the runways, we’re having our very own mini paracord design showcase here!

To kickstart the Friday fun, we’re giving you TWO (2) FREE PROJECT DOWNLOADS from Made in Paracord: 25 Great Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Projects to Knot by Caitlin Wynne:

Download for free here, the SIMPLE NECKLACE and the BRACELET WITH BLING!

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Free Project Download: Simple Necklace from Made in Paracord

 

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Free Project Download: Bracelet with Bling from Made in Paracord

Want to make more with paracord? All of the projects in Made in Paracord are modern, fun, beautiful and require virtually no skills. Create your own pieces to keep or give as a handmade gift!

Maybe this plant holder?

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DIY Paracord Plant Holder

 What about this pot or pencil holder?

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DIY Paracord Pot or Pencil Holder

Or this chair… which I’m dying to make myself…

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DIY Paracord Chair

Look! A dog leash!

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DIY Paracord Dog Leash

 Find these fabulous, affordable, simple paracord craft projects and more in Made in Paracord–at your favorite bookseller:

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Amazon
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Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books

Happy weekend crafting!

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5 Aug

10 DIY Sharpies Projects: It’s So Easy to Be Crafty, Stylish, and Thrifty with Sharpies!

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Waste not, want not. Life is messy. Accidents happen. Time takes its toll. Reuse and recycle. Make beautiful things.

Whether you agree with any or all of these age-old adages and modern prescriptions, we heartily believe you’ll want to try one or all of these small, gratifyingly simple and stylish DIY fixes and tricks to save time, money, and even our lovely planet with the classic permanent marker: Sharpies!

DIY SHARPIE OMBRE STYLE FOR YOUR HOME

1. DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins via Kirtsy

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DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins

2. DIY Sharpie Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

DIY Projects with Sharpie Pens

DIY Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

3. DIY Sharpie Shibori-inspired throw pillows via HotforHouses

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DIY Shibori-inspired Sharpie throw pillows via HotforHouses

4. Another option for a DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

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DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

5. DIY Sharpie Tabletop via Hometalk’s Janel Hutton

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DIY Sharpie Table Top

6. DIY Sharpie Lampshade via ALittleGlassBox

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DIY Sharpie Lampshade via aLittleGlassBox

7. No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog

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No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog

DIY SHARPIE FASHION!

We’re huge fans of pampering ourselves–splurging once in a while makes for a balanced life. But sometimes we go a little overboard… or maybe we’re saving up for a big vacation. Or that wedding for which you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor creeps up on you… Times like these, Sharpies to the rescue!

8. DIY Superfine Sharpie Nail Art via TheBeautyDepartment

DIY Sharpie nail designs and art

DIY Superfine Sharpie Manicure

9. DIY Sharpie Galaxy print canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

10. And last but never least…. Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpies!!! Get inspired or commission the artist Vivian Xiao to deck out your instrument! via technabob

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Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpie permanent marker, artwork by Vivian Xiao

 

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13 Jun

10 Beer Bottle Crafts

Are you throwing or going to a barbecue this weekend? For 4th of July or before the end of the summer? Will there be beer?

Before you or your host toss those empty beer bottles and caps into the recycling bin, visualize making one or all of these 10 DIY projects that turn your empties (caps, too) into something really cool and useful. Remember Father’s Day is just around the corner… CHEERS!

1. SIX PACK OF SOLAR-POWERED “LIGHT” BEER: Popular Science’s Dave Prochnow

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2. SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS: S. Pres, Oh!

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3. CANDLE HOLDER: Threadsence

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4. BOTTLE CAP CANDLES: Draft

BeercapCandles5. CLOCK: Apartment Therapy

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6. BOTTLE CAP HOT PAD | TRIVET: My Amphetamines and My Purls

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7. MODULAR SHELVING: Instructables Ten Green

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8. BRACELET HOLDER: Gliter, Wits & Grits 

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9. WASHI TAPE SUMMER VASE: Sweet Paul

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10. BOTTLE HERB GARDEN: Design Sponge

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12 Dec

Freebie Friday: Macrame Nordic Snowflake Coasters and Striped Hotpad

Protect Thy… Tabletops! During this particularly social time for many people, when holiday parties are simply par for the course, whether you’re throwing a cocktail or dinner party or attending one or all of the above, we have a FREE PROJECT DOWNLOAD for the ultimate handmade gift to give yourself or to the host(ess): Stylish, functional, Nordic snowflake coasters and a striped kitchen hotpad–made by using the craft of knotting, also known as macrame.

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These projects are from Macrame Pattern Book by Marchen Art Studio, a creative group that supervises Marchen-Art Company in Japan, which designs leather and hemp cords accessory parts, and other craft items. This dream of a book (especially for a knotter like myself who finds the repetition cathartic) is an outstanding resource for both new and experienced knotters and includes over 70 knots and small repeat patterns plus 33 projects–ranging from simple jewelry pieces and accessories to more complicated projects such as net bags and ornate baskets.

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So this holiday party season: To Knot or Knot to Knot? That… beloved Crafters, is the question!

Order your copy of Macrame Pattern Book now!

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New in December & January!

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29 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

If you couldn’t get enough of the tiara from this past Freebie Friday, we’ve got some great news! This week’s Goodreads giveaway is Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry.

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry answers all the most pressing questions you may have while planning and executing your project. What bead shapes fit best together? Will your piece sit still or shift—and how do you design for each? Can you set luster against luster, or will luster against matte work better? All these questions and many others will be answered in this must-have guide to the key design principles for beautiful beaded jewelry. And what’s more, the book lets you test all this out with 20 wonderful patterns and projects!

ACT FAST: This Goodreads giveaway only runs through Wednesday, 7/2.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry by Renata Graham

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

by Renata Graham

Giveaway ends July 03, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Can’t wait? Order today!

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Amazon
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Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books
Walmart

 

Check out our June and July titles:
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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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