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  • Spread Your Wings With Diamond Art

    "Creativity is intelligence having fun."
    — Albert Einstein

    Get creative with acetate and diamond dotting. Whether it's a butterfly, cactus, corgi, or a popsicle, a shadowbox is the great way to add a sparkle of personality to any home or office! Today's tutorial takes you step-by-step through creating a butterfly shadowbox worth treasuring for years to come.

    Diamond Dotting Butterfly on Acetate Shadowbox—Handmade By Leisure Arts

    Now This Is A Fly Project

    Add designer touches and show off your joyful personality with Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ and Diamond Dotz® Freestyle. Diamond dotting is not only fun and calming, it results in beautiful sparkly art. Just look at what you can do with acetate, a Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ project, and Diamond Dotz® gems.

    The Options Are Endless

    Butterflies aren't your thing? The options are endless. Check out the other patterns in our Patches book, any of our other freestyle books, or create your own!

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

    Supplies And Tools:

    Many of these supplies can be found on leisurearts.com in the freestyle section.

    Get Started On Your Work Of Art

    1. Download and print the butterfly design at 77% of original size from this pattern. Place the acetate over the butterfly design. Outline and fill within the design area on the acetate with the liquid adhesive.
    2. Carefully outline and fill in with the adhesive on the areas you want to apply gems to; you should see a milky white layer of adhesive on the surface. You can apply the adhesive to one section at a time or to the entire design. 
    3. Allow the adhesive to dry until it is clear. When adhesive clears completely it is ready for long term adhesion. On non-porous surfaces such as acetate, this may take up to 3 hours. Cover the design and adhesive with a piece of protective film if you will not be applying gems right away.
    4. Remove the clear covering on the adhesive. Apply the gems to the adhesive as desired. When you are not working on your project, place a sheet of protective film over the adhesive to protect it from dust.
    5. When you have completed your project, place the protective film over the gems and firmly roll over the whole design with a brayer or rolling pin. This ensures that the gems are firmly adhered.

    Craft Hacks & Tips

    • The liquid adhesive allows you to add gems art to any surface.
    • A bottle of liquid adhesive is enough to complete 4 full-coverage 9” x 12” artist canvases.

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Estimated Crafting Time

    3-5 hours plus drying time

    Easy Like Butter...fly

    Diamond Dotting offers both relaxation and stress relief. Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ is powered by Diamond Dotz® and is crafted of premium materials to allow you to create a sparkling masterpiece.

    Once you start creating, please share your progress to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! Or share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Check out our other projects at DIYDiamondArtTutorials and take a look at this video for more inspiration!



    Butterflyingly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Thanksgiving Inspiration

    "Thanksgiving is the quickest path to joy."
    -Jefferson Bethke

    Bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your home with projects that celebrate the season. From crochet table-tops to turkey dishcloths and a seasonal quilt, we've got you covered.

    Top Your Table

    Cover your table top with the colors of Thanksgiving with the Treasury of Holiday Crochet. This irresistible 160-page book is a celebration of celebrations, with a big collection of crochet projects to remember the seasons and holidays holidays throughout the year.

    Treasury of Holiday Crochet #5632C

    Give Thanks

    Give thanks with a little extra twinkle! Holiday Book. Diamond dot your way though the holidays with 10 projects begging to come to life with those fabulous 13-faceted Diamond Dotz® gems!

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    Clean Up Prettier

    Thanksgiving clean-up just got easier or, at least prettier, with these knit dishcloths. Dishcloths for Special Days gets you started on making your kitchen decor all the brighter with these festive dishcloths!

    Dishcloths for Special Days #5660

    Bring Thanksgiving To Life

    Dress up your Thanksgiving table with Thanksgiving Favorites in Plastic Canvas. You'll find a majestic turkey, pilgrim boy and girl, and a turkey magnet for your refrigerator.

    Thanksgiving Favorites in Plastic Canvas ePattern #800328

    Thanksgiving Heirloom

    This Blessed Thanksgiving Cross Stitch ePattern was adapted from an antique postcard, and will quickly become a treasured holiday heirloom!

    Blessed Thanksgiving Cross Stitch ePattern #800617

    Just Like Magic

    Within the pages of It's Quilt Magic, you’ll uncover the mysterious secret to three-sided success. You’ll be cutting and sewing and blocking those triangular babies in no time!

    It's Quilt Magic - 16 Projects that Take the Mystery Out of Triangles #7645C

    Like many special occasions this year, Thanksgiving may be a little different this year. All the more reason, we believe, that crafting and creating is more important. Bring the peace and thankfulness of the holiday to your home. You'll be grateful you did.

    Please share your holiday creations by tagging your photos with #leisurearts or @leisureartsinc on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Thankfully yours,

    Leisure Arts Team

  • Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

    October is I ❤️ Yarn Month at Leisure Arts, and we're excited to share projects that will satiate your love for yarn crafts. Baby toys, afghans, fashion for kids and adults and home decor—we've got what you've been yarning for.

    I Yarn, Therefore I Yarn

    Babies can't get enough of the delightful stacking toys in Baby Stacks. Each one is so easy to crochet, you'll be yarning to make one for each precious baby in your life. Choose from six designs including zoo animals, donuts, flowers, an octopus, and a rainbow. 

    Baby Stacks - 6 Easy Toys to Crochet #75668

    Surround Yourself With Yarn

    Snuggle up by the fire with a gorgeous knit afghan, and gift the other 23 to loved ones! Each solid-color knitted wrap in the Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans offers comforting warmth while adding a welcome spot of color to the gray days of winter.

    Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans #3137

    Have a Yarny Yuletide

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays shows just how easy it is to transform colorful yarns into festive, whimsical decorations. There are so many fresh and unique projects, you can have endless fun! Create your own holiday cards, a wreath, garland, light covers and other décor!

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays #6889

    Yarn Is Cheaper Than Therapy

    Crafting with yarn is not only fun, it is good for your psyche. So obviously, you can never have too many yarn hobbies! Modern Punch Needle takes your beloved yarn to a whole new, texture-y level! So easy to master, punch needle crafting is what’s been missing from your life. 

    Modern Punch Needle - step-by-step guide plus 14 progressive learning projects #7513

    Yarn It, Darn It

    No matter the outfit—whether casual to dressy—crocheted Lacy Wraps can add plenty of style, flair and a touch of warmth. Choose from eight airy shawl designs for you or as a gift for a loved one.

    Lacy Wraps #6995

    Coast Into Fun Home Décor

    Give your drinks a safe place to land with a set of plastic canvas Coasters. From kittens to succulent strawberries and vibrant sunflowers, you'll find designs for every style.

    Coasters #6078

    Great Balls Of Yarn

    Make life comfy for kids with the classic sweaters in Knits For Kids! Featuring pretty patterns and lace, or stripes and checks, you destined to create their new favorite tops for the cooler seasons.

    Knits For Kids #7118

    No Spinning A Yarn Necessary

    We're not spinning a yarn when we tell you how easy and fun these projects are, and how much you will be appreciated when you gift them.

    Please share your spook-tacular creations by tagging your photos with #leisurearts or @leisureartsinc on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Yarns truly,

    Leisure Arts Team

  • Creepin' It Real With Halloween Inspiration

    It’s gonna be a great Halloween—we can feel it in our bones! This year is destined to be different, but it can still be fang-tastic. Check out the projects below to ensure a great October 31.

    Be Witcha' In A Minute

    Everybody loves a tutu, and we've got several to dress up your Halloween costumes in A Tutu for Every Occasion. Your options include a rocker girl, forest fairy, princess, jungle girl, and a witch!

    A Tutu for Every Occasion #6225

    A Tutu for Every Occasion #6225

    Help Their Imaginations Soar

    Halloween inspires dress-up play everyday, and with Kids Dress Up, you'll have five crocheted sets for imaginative adventures! Your princess can travel to the forest and play with the forest creatures; your ballerina can premiere on the Broadway stage, or your superhero can save the world!

    Kids Dress Up #7120

    Bat-ter Up

    Let your neighbors know how much you love Halloween with this happy, colorful wreath. Deco Mesh Wreaths are easy and quick to make, and can be hung indoors or out. We'll show you how to fashion beautiful wreaths with readily available crafting supplies. 

    Deco Mesh Wreaths #5834

    The Dish Ran Away With These Dishcloths

    Why not let Halloween creep into every area of your household, including the kitchen sink? Be on-theme with these purple and orange beauties from Holiday Knit Dishcloths.

    Holiday Knit Dishcloths #5287

    Create An Eerie-sistible Candy Bowl

    It wouldn't be Halloween without a candy dish, and the black cat is just icing on the pumpkin. This plastic canvas creation will hold your favorite sweets perfectly. You can find it in Holiday Fancies—you'll also want to check out the ultra-cute pumpkin basket.

    Holiday Fancies #6073

    Tape Into Some Scary Crafting

    Use the powerful magic of duct tape to the eeriest house in the neighborhood or mutate into a horrifying swamp creature. The projects in Stick or Treat eBook use duct tape and are so easy, it's scary!

    Stick or Treat eBook #36005929

    Choose From a Boo-nanza Of Cross-Stitch Projects

    Cross-stitch your way to Halloween bliss with a Roly-Poly Witch, a Hair-Raising Halloween, and Boo to You cross-stitch ePatterns you can download today. Get out your needles and pick your poison!

    Roly-Poly Witch Cross Stitch ePattern #800289; Hair-Raising Halloween Cross Stitch ePattern #800622; Boo to You! Cross Stitch ePattern #800427

    Fangs For The Memories

    Now that you've got several ideas to get you started on Halloween, it's time to have some skele-fun. The best part, you'll be making memories for years to come. Which projects will you choose?

    Please share your spook-tacular creations by tagging your photos with #leisurearts or @leisureartsinc on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Bugs and hisses,

    Leisure Arts Team

  • Fall Into Your Next Project

    "I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves."
    —Ann Drake

    Just thinking about fall conjures up memories of playing in a pile of fallen leaves, pies cooking in the oven, gathering around bonfires, cuddling in the warmth of a cozy blanket, and so much more. It's a welcome respite after the hot and steamy days of summer, and a preparation period for the winter days ahead. We've got lots of craft ideas to fill your evenings in front of the fireplace, or your days when the kids are at school.

    Let's Get Wreath-el

    Wreaths aren't just for the front door anymore, and they are far more creative and unique than the wreaths of our memories. Step-by-step instructions on everything from choosing colors to picking your florals in Quick Wreath Designs will have you creating the perfect wreath in no time!

    Quick Wreath Designs - 14 Home Décor Projects to Make in an Afternoon #7522

    You Needle This Cottage

    Seasonal Cottages brings you charming cross-stitch cottage scenes for every season. The Autumn Cottage, with pumpkins, a black cat and fall foliage will bring in the fall in cozy cottagy style.

    Autumn Cottage; Seasonal Cottages #6486C

    Sock It To 'Em

    You’ll love knitting these fun socks for the you and the whole family! More Fun Socks presents 6 unique projects with personality. The only thing better than knitting them? Slipping them on your feet to warm your toes!

    Hello, Gourd-geous

    All the fall sights you love & cherish can be found in Bountiful Wonders Color Art for Everyone coloring book. So sit back, relax, grab your favorite fall colors and create a work of art or two (or 24).

    Home Décor With A Twist

    The projects you'll find in Macrame Home Décor will add an special touch that fits in with any style. We love the vintage owl and jar covers as much as we love the bright and colorful rainbows. This book is knot just home décor, you will also find jewelry projects with a twist!

    Macrame Home Décor - 15 Modern Projects for the Knotting Enthusiast #7538C

    Go On A Head

    As the temps begin to fall, the toddler or baby in your life will love the cute and cozy ear warmers and beanies in Little Animals Headgear. You'll love crocheting these irresistible designs, which are sure to bring a giggle or two to the kids who get to wear them.

    Little Animals Headgear #6642

    Fall Is Just A Short Way Of Saying Football

    Are you ready for some football? Choose your favorite team and show your team spirit with Diamond Art By Leisure Arts - NFL Kits. You're sure to score a touchdown with the football fans in your life.

    Dallas Cowboys  #51235 & New England Patriots #51240; Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY NFL Helmet Kits

    Don't Be At A Loss For Words

    Decorate your home with these expressive wooden words. Just add paint, resin, stain, ink, glitter, or anything else your imagination dreams up! We've got lot of inspirational, encouraging wooden words, including the two shown below: thankful and family,

    Leisure Arts Wood Word Medium 9x4.5 Thankful #LEA52886; Leisure Arts Wood Word Medium 12x10.75 Family #LEA52877

    Fall Out Of Your Normal Routine

    So, fall out of your normal routine and start a new project or two. They are not only fun and relaxing to create, they will warm your home with the look of fall. If you're working on your holiday gift-giving list, many of these projects make great gifts the recipient will adore. For more fall inspiration, check out our Fall Aesthetic board on Pinterest.

    What are you creating? Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Enlighten Your Room With A Mandala Pillow

    If you have never tried Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, now is the time! It's a calming craft that results in beautiful sparkly art. Your masterpiece doesn't have to sit in a drawer or taped to a wall—you can sparkle up phone cases, throw pillows, storage boxes, bags, whatever your imagination allows.

    Mandala—not just a pretty circle

    Today's tutorial takes you through the steps to create your own mandala pillow. The circular shape of a mandala symbolizes unity, eternity, wholeness, perfection. Additional elements give each mandala an even deeper meaning. We've noticed that mandalas are hypnotic, and bring a sense of peace and comfort to a room. We couldn't think of a better place to display our Blue Mandala than a cozy pillow.

    Blue Mandala Pillow - DIY Diamond Art
    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz - Blue Mandala Kit #50454

    You can use this tutorial for other pillows as well, just pick your Diamond Art kit, which include three additional mandalas: Sun Mandala, Mandala and Moon Mandala.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz kits: Sun Mandala #49304; Mandala #49301; Moon Mandala #50448

    SUPPLIES

    • A Diamond Art Canvas (Blue Mandala Kit)
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (fabric glue, hot glue, etc.)
    • Color-Coordinated Pillow (Type and size may vary, but MUST have a solid surface, no fur/velvet)
    • Scissors
    • Sewing Thread & Needle (embroidery floss, thick sewing thread, etc.)
    • OPTIONAL — Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, beads, etc.)

    Get Started on Your Pillow

    1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas

    Diamond Art doesn't have a big learning curve. It is a leisurely craft that allows you to easily put the canvas away for later. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week; it's up to you!

    2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design.

    3. Create Your Trim 

    Our canvas frays minimally, so don't have to worry about lining or sewing your edges. But, if you would like the extra support, carefully line the edges of your cut-out canvas with embroidery floss or thread. (We did sew the edges of our design in the photo above, because we liked the look of the border.)

    4. Craft Your Pillow

    Get to work on placing your design onto the center of your throw pillow using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to layout flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. If you're worried about our gems falling off, don't be! Our adhesive keeps our gems intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns. 

    6. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your pillow one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, or placing a gem here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then voila! You have a decorative and dazzling mandala pillow.

    If you try your hand at this project, please share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? your wish is our command! Check out our other projects at DIY Diamond Art Tutorials.

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • What's Everyone Creating? #LeisureArts

    We've gathered up more posts that you have shared on the Internet tagged #leisurearts for one of our favorite blog posts! We love to see what everyone's working on, and now we're going to share that inspiration with you.

    Don't Throw In The Towel

    Crochet-A-La-Dia created this Daisy Set and shared it with us on Pinterest! The colors couldn't be better to brighten up a kitchen! Want to make this set yourself? Find it in Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders.

    Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders #5733

    Baby Activities Cubed

    We love it when people get inspiration from us and make the projects their own! Agnesa Istokova posted an adorable in-progress activity cube on Pinterest! Love that elephant! Another activity cube, this one from Christina Avgoustidou, comes complete with the sun and rain clouds. We can just picture baby spending lots of hours playing and learning with these! Inspired by Play & Learn Activity Cubes, you're sure to find a cube that fits the baby in your life!

    Seeing Double

    Alicia James' daughter kept herself busy creating this Heart Unicorn (pictured right) after finishing up her reading and math for the day, while her mother was on Zoom doing professional development hours. While at Elizabeth-Herring's house, Elizabeth was finishing her latest diamond painting—Fun Unicorn (pictured left). Don't you think they're both magical?

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Fun Unicorn Design #49291 & Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY Diamond Painting Beginner Heart Unicorn Kit #50464

    Dreams of a White Christmas

    Cindi Louis has been using the White Christmas in Thread Crochet book for years. She shared this charming photo with us on Facebook showing the tree skirt and garland she created. She says she's halfway done with the garland, which is 60-feet long, and plans to finish it this year along with more of the snowflakes.

    White Christmas in Thread Crochet #3232

    All You Knit Is Love

    Infinite Yarns posted a gorgeous heirloom baby gift set including a hand-knitted pattern from our Adorable Baby Cardigans book. We know at least one baby will be classy and comfortable very soon!

    Stay Calm And Color

    Jaya Prakash Mateti posted this beautiful mandala page on Facebook from one of our Color Art For Everyone coloring books. We don't have this mandala book anymore, but we have many fantastic coloring books to choose from.

    Preparing For The Holidays

    It looks like Norma Davis celebrated #ChristmasInJuly along with us this year. She posted this enchanting Christmas afghan on Facebook, and we're loving the hint of glitter! We've got plenty of Christmas afghans and other holiday decor to choose from!

    Pretty As A Peacock

    The peacock's colors and "thousand eyes" on its tail promote fame and good luck in feng shui, and enhance protection and awareness. Ramya Sabari created and posted this mesmerizing Diamond Art Peacock, available as a kit with everything you need.

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Peacock Design #49940

    Let's Chime In

    Schmelzgranulat shared this beauty, created by Sonja, with us on Pinterest. We are impressed by the color and light! You can get started in crafts just like this with Melted Pony Bead Art.

    A Blanket Statement

    Stefani Lynn created this intricate afghan and shared it with us on Facebook. Classic comfort at its best. Check out Aran Afghans, and create your own!

    Thin Green Line

    Theresa Hanson posted this Thin Green Line afghan on Facebook, and we adore it—such a loving way to show support for the men and women of our military and/or federal law enforcement agents. Theresa used our American flag pattern in Honoring Our Veterans, with the green, white and black color scheme.

    We love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. Maybe we'll pick yours to feature in our next #LeisureArts Hashtag blog post.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Dazzle Days of Summer

    We're celebrating the Dazzle Days of Summer this month, and have we got some projects for you! From stars to bright color, we're confident these will dazzle you!

    To The Moon And Back

    What could be more dazzling than the moon and stars in the night sky? This knit Diaper Cover Set is perfect for the future astronomer in your life.

     Stars & Moon; Diaper Cover Sets #6396

    Vases To Make Your Daisy

    The brightly colored vases are the perfect complement to your patio furniture. With Yarn Crafts, yarn isn't just for knitting or crochet. Grab your brightest yarn and start wrapping!

    Yarn Crafts #6758

    Go A Little Wild

    We would go safari as to say our Elephant and Giraffe kits will brighten your world. Whether you choose both or just one is irrelephant, your results will be giraffic! Bring these majestic creatures to your home, or gift them to an animal lover in your life.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY Diamond Paintings: Advanced Elephant Kit #50457 & Advanced Giraffe Kit #50463

    You'll Be Hooked

    We'll hook you up with this bright and cheerful afghan—all you'll need are scraps of colorful yarn and your favorite crochet hooks. We've got this and other Scrappy Afghans you'll be yarning to create!

    Harlequin; Scrappy Afghans #7135

    Star Power

    Any baby would love to wrap themselves in the universe with this crochet Starry Set from Nature’s Gifts For Baby. Reach for the stars, yarn & crochet hooks and create a galaxy!

    Starry Set; Nature’s Gifts For Baby #6718

    Color Us Dazzled

    August 3 is National Coloring Book Day, a great occasion to get yourself our Summer Coloring Bundle. All the things you love about summer bundled up and ready for you to add your own special creativity.

    Color Art for Everyone - Summer Coloring Bundle #30027

    You Will Love Your Letters

    We initially thought you would love these letters, and we don't think we're mistaken! Pick a letter you love, add some bling, and brighten up your room! Decorate with Letters shares ideas and inspiration to spark your creativity!

    Decorate with Letters #5953

    We'll Have You In Stitches

    You need our Neon Mandala Embroidery Stitch Kit in your life! Your fingers will delight in every moment of this all-in-one project, with colorful embroidered threads that pop in a big way on black fabric. Dazzling!

    Mini Maker Mandala Embroidery Stitch Kit #49808

    Don't let this summer end without being dazzled. All of these projects make shimmery shiny gifts, or why not keep them for yourself! So many possibilities—what will you choose?

    We'd love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. C'mon, dazzle us!

    -Leisure Arts

  • Back to School Inspiration

    Back to school is going to be lot different this year for most of us, but the excitement of a new year and new possibilities can't be stopped. Whether it's starting back at school, doing school online, homeschooling, or a mixture, we've got what you need.

    What's Your Story?

    The interactive felt scenes from Play Mats will inspire children to create fun and creative stories. Mix with other toys, and the stories they'll come up with are as endless as their imagination! And everyone knows that creative play like this opens the mind to learning.

    Play Mats #7218

    Head To Class Totes Classy

    If you or your older children are headed off to class, carry school supplies in Italian style with Terrific Totes. Not only are these crochet bags beautiful, they're oh so functional! Tote a computer or tablet, books or whatever else needed for those busy school days.

    Terrific Totes #6573

    Bee-utiful Backpacks

    It's easy to get zoo the school day with crocheted Animal Backpacks for the younger crowd. It fits all the (panda) bear necessities your child will need so they will be free to exercise ze-brain. So quit monkeying around, grab your yarn and needles, and start crocheting!

    Animal Backpacks - 8 Pals to Crochet #7308

    Do The Math—Crocheting Is The Answer

    Crochet doesn't just produce afghans and sweaters, it teaches math and problem solving, and inspires creativity. So while the kids are at home, spend their math and art time with Learn to Crochet for Kids. Not only will they learn important skills, they will create several items perfect for when they do head out to school.

    Learn to Crochet for Kids #6352

    Busy Fingers, Focused Mind

    Schooltime means focusing, which can be hard for some of us. Fidget To Focus offers cubes, mats and squares to focus the mind for people of all ages. Plus, the designs are easy to sew, which makes creating them a great activity for your older students!

    Fidget To Focus #7219

    Gear Up

    Your kids can show up at school showing off their school pride with crochet hats, scarves and more from Home Team Gear. Patterns range from large to small, so kids of all grades—including college—can deck out in their school colors.

    Home Team Gear #6695

    Penmanship Can Be An Art

    Have you ever marveled at exquisite calligraphy-style handwriting? Polish your child's penmanship with Hand Lettering. With just a few simple tools and techniques—and a bit of practice—their writing will be just as spectacular as anything you see in stores or on Pinterest. 

    Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions #7326

    Storybook Ending

    Bring your favorite fairytales to life with Storybook Dolls to Knit. The walkabout puppets are based on beloved stories and rhymes, also included in an audio CD. You children can play along with the CD or come up with their own versions!

    Storybook Dolls to Knit (CD Included) #5286

    Now that you've been inspired by our Back to School ideas, choose a project (or 2 or 3) and get started! Your children will love you for it, and they will be inspired to learn.

    We'd love to see what you and your kids are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    -Leisure Arts

  • 'Twas Christmas in July: Diamond Art

    July is the perfect time of year to get some of your holiday projects finished early. It's a great excuse to escape the heat wave and sit in your air-conditioning. And it's the best time of year to use the downtime to make memories with your family. All the projects below utilize the Diamond Dotz Freestyle program and Diamond Arts Freestyle books.

    Everyone Was Diamond Dotting

    'Twas six months before Christmas and all through the house,
    everyone was dotting, except for the mouse;
    The Diamond Art projects were all laid out with care,
    in hopes that beautiful decorations soon would be theirs;
    The children were nestled all snug in their chairs
    While projects from Sparkle Holiday and Holiday books danced in their heads;

    And Ma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
    Had just arranged dots and canvases with patterns like a map,
    Then each of us chose a project with such excited clatter,
    We sprang from our chairs to pick the one that mattered.

    Ma chose a Merry Christmas cross as quick as a flash,
    The gold and the glitter were sure to make a splash.

    Merry Christmas Cross—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    Junior always loved the new-fallen snow,
    So it was natural he grabbed the snowman box to give it a go;

    Snowman Box—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    When what to Jill's wondering eyes did appear,
    As she shuffled through diamond dotting choices with cheer.
    With a little red hat, white beard and a smile, she knew pretty quick,
    What she wanted to do was to create a sparkly St. Nick.

    Hello Santa—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    Jill did such a great job, as good as grape jelly.
    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
    And I laughed with joy when I saw him for myself;

    More rapid than eagles our Little Johnny came,
    And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
    "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
    On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
    He loved Rudolph the most, because he was small.
    Now dot away! Dot away! Dot away all!"

    Reindeer Hello—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    I watched my family with great pride and cheer,
    They had created a snowman, a cross, a Santa and a deer.

    These Diamond Art holiday projects are not only fun,
    They will bring great memories for years and years to come.
    The Diamond Dotz are sparkly, the designs are so merry!
    They'll look great on the wall, the table, or a tote that you carry.

    It was so nice to see the excitement and glow,
    I decided to dot an ornament that I could bestow;
    I searched and I searched and found it with glee,
    What I would create is a tree, to hang on a tree!

    Christmas Tree Ornament—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    Ma, Junior, Jill, and Little Johnny couldn't get enough, and neither will you,
    We're so glad we stocked up, and had more dotting to do.
    Ma chose an ornament, dainty and sparkly and blue.
    She liked it soooo much, she created twenty-two.

    Winter Blues Ornament—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    A wink of my eye and a twist of my head
    Let the children know they didn't have to go to bed;
    They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
    And painted their stockings; then turned with a jerk,

    Stockings—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    "Look Daddy, look," they said with a shout,
    And giving a nod, they knew I was proud.

    I sprang to my feet, to my kids gave a whistle,
    And hung stockings on the wall, like a painting of a thistle.
    And I heard them exclaim, as they headed off to sleep—
    "Happy Christmas in July to all, and to all a good night!"

    Sparkly Decorations And Memories

    So when Santa's off resting at the beach, you can make memories for your family. You'll be creating holiday decorations that can be used for years to come, or given as gifts anyone would love. The projects pictured above are just a few of our holiday offerings. Check out the Sparkle Holiday and Holiday books for more.

    We'd love to see what you and your family are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    -Leisure Arts

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