Diamond Art is one of the most adored crafts of the 21st century. Whether you're 18 or 80, you can dip, dot, and dazzle all day! But not as many people know about Freestyle. It's the program that allows you to be the designer. With just a little bit of guidance, freestyle is one of the easiest crafts out there. You can incorporate it into everything from home to wardrobe to gifting and everywhere in between. This purse, for example, is a one-of-a-kind bag that's perfect for all you fashionistas out there who are always searching for the most unique, stylish thing out there. What's better than being able to create it yourself?
-Diamond Art canvas of your choice (our example is linked here) - Strong adhesive for backing (ie fabric glue, hot glue, needle and thread) -Your favorite sewing needle and thread (thick thread or embroidery floss works best) - Basic tote/purse -Scissors -Optional: extra accessories (ie pom poms, tassels, beads)
Let's get started!
There isn't a big learning curve to Diamond Art, just dip, dot, and dazzle! Diamond Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for later if you want to. Complete in one day or take a whole week, it's all up to you!
After you've dazzled your canvas, carefully cut out your design and get ready to sew! To keep the edges of the canvas from fraying and to provide extra support, carefully line the edges of your cut out with embroidery floss or thread.
Once you're ready to place your design, add the adhesive of your choice to your bag. Lay the canvas piece flat and smooth it out to get rid of air bubbles. Don't be worried about your gems falling off, our adhesive is strong and durable! If you want even more support, stitch a few tacks onto your canvas.
Time to accessorize!
Now that your Diamond Art is attached and ready to dazzle, all that's left are the finishing touches. Make your Diamond Art purse one of a kind with tassels, pom poms, extra gems, or whatever your imagination can think of! Show the world how creative you can be, now is your time to shine! This design would also look great on a throw pillow or jean jacket.
It's that simple! This is a great and unique way to utilize your favorite Diamond Art canvases to the fullest. Now just sit back, relax, and wait for the compliments to flood in! And, as always, remember to tag us on social media with #leisurearts and @leisureartsinc as we always love seeing what's happening in your crafty corner!
With Tik Tok, Instagram, and Pinterest constantly churning out new ideas, it's hard to sort through it all and figure out what you're actually interested in. That's where we come in! We've combed through social media to find the trendiest crafts so you don't have to! From jewelry to embroidery, there's a trendy craft for you, just just have to discover it.
Clay jewelry is the newest thing in accessorizing. With its durability and versatility, this medium is taking Instagram and Tik Tok by storm. Creators are showing their process of themed earrings, hand crafted pendants, and more. Now you can be just like your favorite creators and trendy influencers by making your own clay jewelry. These 17 projects are the perfect addition to every outfit and can be customized to fit any personal style. Join the millions of people who love clay jewelry!
With over 1.4 billion videos on Tik Tok, it's no wonder we're talking about diamond painting. Diamond painting is basically paint by numbers but with gems. It's an easy way to fill your time and your home with a little bit of sparkle. Our 13 faceted gems are even more dazzling than most. Try one of our kits to see if you love this art style as much as the rest of the world!
Resin has simply exploded over the last couple of years. This long lasting, highly customizable craft is great for everything from coating a pop socket to building a table. We have a great book that can guide you in the ways of resin art. With projects from home decor to jewelry, you'll find something to update your life the resin way.
Embroidery, while a very traditional craft, is another trendy activity. Over 2 billion people on Tik Tok are customizing clothing, creating home decor, and personalizing gifts with just a needle and thread. If you are a beginner or just haven't had this hobby for a while, try a beginner's guide to get you into it. This book has projects that any beginner or low leveled stitcher would love.
Crochet is another traditional craft that has been rediscovered by the masses. With the 70s coming back in style again, crochet bags, tops, and more are coming back too. The versatility of this craft is only made better by its endless customizations. From recreating items worn by celebrities to coming up with custom patterns, crocheting has become popular with billions of people. Our book Back in Style features over 30 designs for crocheters who want to wear their projects. Step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photography will lead you to the wardrobe update of your dreams.
Trends come and go, but they often come back again. Some of these trends are new, some were done by our great grandparents. No matter what trends you follow, there's always room to set your own path and create your own unique pieces. As always, if you try anything from this post, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your craft corner!
Crafting is fun and fulfilling, but can sometimes feel wasteful. With Earth Day coming up this month, we here at Leisure Arts have been thinking about how to reduce waste and make our hobbies more sustainable. Whether you want to waste less or just need to make room for new supplies, we can help you make your crafting more eco-friendly. From home decor to wardrobe updates, being sustainable with your crafting is easier than you think.
Dress up your wardrobe with Diamond Dotz. With strong adhesive and 13 faceted gems, you can step up your dazzle with ease. Diamond Art Freestyle is all about using extra gems or buying your favorite colors and letting the dots fall where they want! While this book provides more of a guide, it's a great first step on your Freestyle journey. It's also a perfect way to use up those extra gems without throwing them away or having to find space and storage for them.
What do you do with all those old T-shirts that never get worn but you don't want to throw out? Take those treasured memories and well-earned mementos and turn them into a quilt! Perfect to give as a gift or remind yourself of good times, T-shirt quilts are a great way to sustainably craft. You can use scraps and small precuts to embellish them, and can even use an old top sheet as your base. Reducing, reusing, and recycling has never been so cozy!
If you're looking for ways to waste less in your craft, turn to your stash! Stash busting is a term for purposefully using up your stash of yarn, fabric, and other materials. It's also one of the best ways to promote sustainability in your own home! It's the waste-not, want-not mentality. These 6 projects are meant to be created with small amounts of yarn in various colors, making it the perfect stash busting companion.
Being sustainable doesn't mean you have to limit yourself. Whether you've never tried punch needling or it's your favorite craft, it's a great way to use up yarn in a textural, stylish way. It's especially great for adding to existing materials, like jackets, purses, pillows, and more. It adds a dimensional element to old pieces in a modern, fun way. Even the smallest scraps of yarn can be salvaged with punch needling!
No matter how you do it, try to challenge yourself this month to be more sustainable in your life practices. From busting your stash to crafting with found materials, there's so many ways to be more eco-friendly and less wasteful. As always, tag us with @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your crafty corner.
Spring is finally here! Gone are the short, cold winter days. It's time to welcome rain showers, sunshine, and freshly bloomed flowers. With the new season also comes new necessities. You have a new season to craft for! Whether you want to spring clean your yarn stash or just want a quick home update, we've got you covered for all your springtime essentials.
Capture the beauty of nature with a new Diamond Art painting. With 13 faceted Diamond Dotz and hours of fun ahead, you'll be welcoming in spring with a hefty dose of dazzle! This gorgeous floral seaside is perfect to hang in your home or to give as a gift. Either way, it will be a cherished piece of art all year round.
No need to wait for April showers to bring you May flowers, you can crochet them yourself! Brighten your home decor with spring-inspired afghans. 8 designs are each as beautiful as springtime itself. It's like adding a little bit of your garden into your home this season.
It may be spring, but it can still get pretty chilly. Stay warm while your waiting for the sun to come out with a knit cardigan. Whether you have just a little experience with knitting or you're a pro, these 12 knit cardigans are perfect for you. Cardigans are especially great for those days when it's cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon. Just throw one on and wait for the compliments to flood in!
One of the easiest ways to update your home decor is with a new throw pillow or two... or three or four. It's easier than ever to make beautiful, textured pillows to go with any home style or taste. Choose from one of these 10 patterns, select your color palette, and go! It really is that easy.
Bring a bit of brightness to your home with an embroidery project. Perfect for hanging on the wall, stitching onto a pillow, or giving to a friend, this mini maker is an easy and fun springtime craft. With everything you need right there in the box, you'll have a gorgeous embroidered project in less than a weekend!
No matter how you like to prepare for spring, a home or wardrobe update is essential. It's quick, easy, and can be so much fun! Stitch an afghan, sew a pillow, or dot some diamonds. The new season is here and you're going to be ready for it. As always, if you decide to craft with us be sure to tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your crafty corner!
With National Craft Month well under way, it's time to start thinking about how you can grow your skills and expand your craft. Whether you're a diamond dotter, knitter, quilter, or something else entirely, this is the perfect time to experiment and see just how good you are. Test yourself, you may find yourself surprised by how advanced you've become!
Combine the elegance of tradition with the styles of today. Doilies are a fun and unexpected way to update your home with a retro flair. While doilies may be easy to crochet, adding texture and advanced stitch techniques ups the anti. Try using threads and thinner yarns for even more added difficulty. Doilies Updated will help you understand the different methods involved in doily making while giving you tips and tricks for styling and using your finished projects.
Bloom and Grow Your Knitting Skills
Whether you are a beginner looking to up your knitting skills or an advanced knitter hoping to switch things up a bit, these designs are perfect. Give your home and closet a fresh new update to go with National Craft Month by knitting a new purse, pillow, or scarf set. Knitted items also make great gifts for birthdays, showers, and all other occasions! Start to Expand Your Knitting Skills and see just how far you can take them.
Enjoy the relaxing repetition of Diamond Dotz with a Diamond Art canvas. Take a trip to the mountains and float on a peaceful lake with this exquisite project. Turn it into a framed art piece or stitch it onto an accessory for a dazzling patch that will make heads turn. Advanced Diamond Art kits are perfect for quiet weekends and recharged evenings.
You, Too, Can Be An All-Star
Quilt for the stars! You don't need more pre-cut projects and paper pieced quilts, you've got All Star Quilts. Several well known quilters have come together to create quilt blocks designed to take your skills up a notch. By the end, you'll have a beautiful new quilt to hang, gift, or wrap up in. Discover your own awesome abilities!
Florals For Spring
Take a stroll through the gardens of your cross stitch dreams. Shade the petals and curve the leaves with beautiful colors blooming throughout. Pillows From Paula's Garden will have you growing your skills and expanding your home decor with gorgeous designs. Guests will be asking where they can get one of their own.
National Craft Month is a great reason to challenge yourself and your creativity. Try a new pattern or pick up a new craft, the challenge is half the fun. No matter what you do, don't forget to tag us with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your crafty corner.
It's one of our favorite times of the year: National Craft Month! We'll use any excuse to craft but this month we consider it mandatory. Whether you have just a few minutes or days at your disposal, 'tis the season to get creating! All month we'll be showing you some of our favorite projects and products, you're sure to fall in love with one. Let's take a look at some of our classic favorites.
Diamond Art Freestyle
Diamond Art is one of our favorite modern crafts. There's so many things to dot and so little time! Although it's not for everyone, Freestyle is a great way to explore the craft, test your skills, and use up extra Dotz from your finished canvases. If you need a little direction, a book like Diamond Dotting Paper Crafting is the guide for you. With patterns for everything from desk accessories to cards, you'll find your way to Freestyle heaven!
Not only is it National Craft Month, it's also the start of spring! Welcome the sunshine and flowers with some crocheted afghans. You'll keep warm during those crisp mornings but feel warm with pride while holding your handmade blanket. Spring Afghans is full of afghans that are perfect for springtime preparation.
Whether you want to get into a new craft or you just love looms, this is the bundle for you! Designed specifically for beginners, you don't have to worry about picking anything out or making sure you have everything, it's all here. You'll be covered from top to toe in loom knitted goodies and you'll have enough projects to keep you busy until next National Craft Month!
It's not always about the big, time consuming projects. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. This mini maker is perfect for new stitchers, time crunched stitchers, and everyone in between. With step-by-step instructions and diagrams included, you'll have everything you need for your new kitchen wall accent or to give to an avo-obsessed friend.
The magic of National Craft Month is undeniable. It's a whole month that's just for crafting! And what better way to celebrate than with a quilting project. Learn something new while spending time with the old in this book, It's Quilt Magic. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to working with triangles while refining and expanding your existing skills.
This National Craft Month, our team reflected back to last March and all the making we've done since then. While there may be more indoor days in our future, that doesn't mean we can't fill them with exciting crafts and new creations. These projects and more are how we maintain balance and purpose in our lives during hard times. Finding the light in the dark is an essential part of survival, and what a light this month can be! As always, don't forget to tag us in your social media creations with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your craft corner.
Do you have a stash of fabrics, yarns, Diamond Dotz, or thread? Bust that stash! Make room for more as you make something new with these gorgeous projects. There's something for every style and every stash.
We're always looking for new surfaces to dot. One of the best ways is when the light can shine right through! Dotting surfaces like vases is a great way to take an ordinary object and make it extraordinary. And there's more where that came from in Glass Sparkle. Nine downloadable projects to make with glass objects around the house will be the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle to your decor with extra dotz from canvases.
We all know what happens at the end of a yarn project; you use part of a skein and then you don't have enough for a new project but too much to just throw away. Maybe you just couldn't resist that new color. Too much yarn is the best problem to have! Especially with books likeUse Up That Yarn From Your Stash. From coasters to coffee cozies, you'll find something small for all that extra yarn in your basket.
Whether you need to get rid of some extra fabric or you have old t-shirts to repurpose, masks are a great stash buster! Since they use so little fabric but are a new necessity, it's the best of both fun and function. Breathe Easy is full of different ways to make masks and caps for both COVID era and everyday use. Check out Breathe Easy IIfor even more design ideas and inspiration on how to use those scraps and stashed fabrics.
Using up your yarn stash can be as easy as 1-2-3. Simply pick your project, make your project, and you're done! Cowls, tunics, blankets, and more await you with books like Easy As 1-2-3 Skeins. Each project is designed to help you make the most of your stash, no matter how big or small it may be.
Quilting doesn't always have to be blankets, afghans, and throws. The same stability in a regular quilt can also be applied to smaller projects that work with the size of your stash. Quilted Purses & Totes has everything from wallets to totes to lunch bags, all in a physical or downloadable book. Try one today, it'll tote-ally fit into your closet!
Having a stash of supplies can always be a good thing for just-in-case scenarios. But when that stash gets too big, a simple project like one of the above is just what you need to bust that stash... and make room for more!
Don't forget to tag @leisureartsinc and use #leisurearts so we can see what you create! We love to see what's going on in your craft corner.
With so many things being taken away last year, Pantone has double dealt the trends this year! They announced their 2021 color of the year was actually two colors: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. They call the combination, "A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting... practical androck solidbut at the same time warming and optimistic." These colors replace Classic Blue from 2020, but are still just as easily incorporated into your life.
Illuminate Your Life With The Ultimate Craft
Diamond Dotz® prove time and time again to be the perfect craft for all situations. This intermediate White Horse kit will be the hero of your home. The printed background showcases the hopeful yellow white the shadows and mane of the dotted horse give way to that Ultimate Gray we're going to see popping up all over. Whether you want to add a touch of the ranch style to your home or you have a horse-obsessed child, this trend-matched craft will be fun as a gift or a finished piece.
Lucky You! Clover Stitches Make The Perfect Weekend Project
We've still got a few months of chill left before the sun illuminates our lives and wardrobes. Lean into the chill with an easy knitting project. It doesn't matter if you've never knitted before or if you only have a few hours per day to devote, this Clover Cowl kit is perfect for every one on every schedule. The gray is a perfect Ultimate Gray match. With a cowl this cool, you'll be wishing summer were a little chillier.
Gnome Sweet Gnome: A Tale of Two Trends
Whether you're an avid gardener or a loyal trend-follower, you're sure to love gnomes. Now there's a perfect kit for everyone! These gnome kits are begging for your personal touch with paint, Diamond Dotz®, inks, and anything else you can dream of. Above is the girl holiday kit, with five holiday sets to cover your year with cheer. From St. Patrick's Day to Christmas, you can have the ultimate combination of trendy colors and crafts. Illuminate is a perfect accent color for Easter, Halloween, or Christmas, and Ultimate Gray is a great base color for the whole year. Post your progress on our Facebook Page and see how your "gnomies" do theirs!
This Color Boom Will Make Your Crafts Bloom
What better way to combine tradition with trends! Cross Stitching is one of the most traditional crafts in the industry. Try taking something like cross stitching and using trend-based colors to update it. Above is #6281 Seasonal Wordplay, a series of patterns for all four seasons using words and phrases in seasonal colors and fun fonts to create an image. The spring pattern is perfect for use with Illuminating. You could even change up the colors to match Pantone's choices every year!
Illuminate Your Embellishments On The Ultimate 2021 Accessory
Masks are a big part of our lives for the foreseeable future, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. #7741 Breath Easy 2 is full of ways to jazz up your masks with vinyl, stitchery, appliques, and more. The best part about it is that it's completely customizable. You can take Ultimate Gray and Illuminating and make them into the perfect mask for you! Everyone around you will be jealous of how trendy and cute you look in your custom mask.
Ultimate Gray and Illuminating were chosen as a way to bring balance to an uncertain time. Light and dark, pragmatism and optimism. These colors balance each other in every application. We hope these projects inspire you to get making with these colors. If you've made any of these projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We'd love to see what's going on in your craft corner!
Diamond dotting with kits is fun, but have you tried Freestyle yet? It's an easy way to add dimension and sparkle to every day items, some you may never have thought of... Join us in using the Diamond Dotz® Freestyle system to dot your life!
Your pet is already the light of your life, now you can make them look like it! With just a few materials, you can get your pet looking like the shining star that they are.
To begin, you'll want to cut a piece of adhesive to the size of your tag. If you're using a common shaped tag, you'll probably be able to find a punch in the same size and shape to make a perfect template. You can also carefully hold the tag on top of the adhesive and mark around the tag, then cut around it.
Remove both sides of the adhesive covering and place on your tag. If you want to do an initial, begin with that. This tag is going to have an M for Maisie.
After you have your letter down, simply fill in the spaces, leaving the spot above the ring hole open so you don't remove any dots when putting the tag back on the collar.
Once you're done dotting, put the tag onto the collar and marvel at how beautiful your pet looks! Make sure to let the resin cure before leaving it with your pet in order to eliminate possible consumption of Dotz®.
Whether you're quarantined and can't get to the nail salon or you just love nail art, dot accents are an easy way to get a dimensional manicured look.
Start off by picking your design. This pot is getting triangles for a Tribal-meets-Art Deco look. Your could do dots, swirls, peace signs, candy stripes, or anything you can find or think of. To cut the triangles, simply cut a rectangle and make alternating diagonal cuts to achieve several similar triangles. You could also use a triangle punch.
Just like with the pet tags, remove both sides of film from the sandwich adhesive and place it on your pot. Start at the top point and work your way down to achieve even placement. Continue placing triangles and dotting them until the pot is finished.
Once again, it's as simple as that! Now your plants will glisten in the sunlight and stand out in the room.
Why stop at eyeliner? Line your eyes with Dotz® for a fun, embellished look!
Optional: Start by mapping out your shape with eyeliner. This will be easier to follow and will get covered by the Dotz®.
Follow this look for a Mod 60s look or create your own. To achieve the 60s eye, you'll dot an arc above your crease, following your eye shape until you get to the outside. The outer part of the line should extend slightly, elongating your eyes.
For the iconic lower lash line, place 3 dots on the outermost corner of your eye, then groups of 2 along your lash line. The inner most line should be 1 dot. Add mascara to your top lashes and you're done. Groovy!
Get a grip on your own sparkle! Set your phone grip apart with a custom dotted design.
This may be the easiest Freestyle project you'll ever do. Just like the pet tag, start by cutting or punching your shape. Most phone grips are 1.5" in diameter. Then place your adhesive, dot your design, and you're done! A custom phone grip in under 5 steps.
Dotting your life is as easy as idea, execution, done. With these examples and many more to come, pretty soon you'll be living the multi-faceted life of your dreams! Happy dotting!
Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The practical gifts we're featuring today will not only add style, but will be useful to whoever receives them! With your added personal touch, every time they are used they will think of you!
Clean & Organize
Not only is the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners THE most fabulous and functional place to begin your crochet adventure, it will take care of at least a few people on your list! Before you know it, you’ll be using or gifting one (or all 20!).
Simple to Sew Aprons Sew your way to sooo much functional cuteness with these Simple to Sew Aprons. Thirteen quick and adorable projects await you several cooks on your list!
Best of Quilted Bags has a great assortment of shapes and sizes, with pattern options to reflect many fashion preferences. Large or small, you're sure to find at least a few bags perfect for your friends or loved ones!
Add some sparkle to your organization! With Diamond Art freestyle, you can add a personal touch to everyday items that are great for organization and home décor.
The wild at heart will love these chic desk sets in three exotic patterns: leopard, zebra, and giraffe. Each set Wild for Style includes a tissue box cover, a holder for sticky notes, a desk top caddy, and desktop calendar corners. Also, a coaster set and journal cover show a collage of all three prints! How striking!
All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, organized and clean! They are sure to cherish them for years!
What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!