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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

  • 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

  • Kick Things Up A Notch With This Diamond Art Soccer Bag

    By now you may have heard about Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, a calming craft that results in beautiful sparkly art! You masterpiece doesn't have to sit in a drawer or on the wall, because the possibilities are endless. You can sparkle up phone cases, throw pillows, storage boxes, or even a bag. We've got a tutorial for you on how to make a one-of-a-kind sports bag your superstar will get a real kick out of. This tutorial works with almost every design we offer, but we decided to use our Sparkle Art Soccer Ball Kit.

    Diamond Art Sparkle Art Soccer Ball Bag Project

    Soccer Bag - DIY Diamond Art

    There are many other options from our Diamond Art collection to use on this bag, so if you're not into soccer, you have plenty of others to choose from! Might we suggest baseball, football, or even a unicorn?

    Sparkle Art Powered by Diamond Dotz: Baseball #50489, Football #50490, Unicorn #50480

    SUPPLIES

    • A Diamond Art Canvas (Soccer Ball Kit)
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (fabric glue, hot glue, etc.)
    • Basic Drawstring Sports Bag (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface, no fur/velvet)
    • Scissors
    • OPTIONALSewing Thread & Needle (embroidery floss, thick sewing thread, etc.)
    • OPTIONAL — Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, beads, appliqués, etc.)

    Get Started On Your Sports Bag

    Soccer Ball Kit - Sparkle Art Diamond Paint by Number #50491

    Soccer Ball Kit - Sparkle Art Diamond Paint by Number #50491

    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, and get ready to apply to your bag.

    3. Create Your Trim (Optional)

    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 black border.)

    4. Craft Your Bag

    Place your design wherever you want on the bag (we put ours towards the bottom so it will always be in good view), using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay it out flat, and smooth the canvas out to get rid of those pesky air bubbles. Our adhesive keeps our beads intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns, so don't worry about our beads falling off. (Pro Tip: If you want extra support for your design, stitch a few notches into the into the bag itself with extra thread you used for the trim.)

    6. Accessorize (Or Don't) 

    Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your Diamond Art Soccer Bag one of a kind by adding extra accessories such as beads or appliqués. Show the world how creative you can be with your dazzling craft. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then SCORE! You have a sports bag with personality.

    It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to use your Diamond Art canvas to the fullest! Now that you're finished, you can fill your bag and head out to the soccer field, school, work, hiking, just about anywhere!

    If you decide to try your hand at this project, share it to our Diamond Art Facebook page, or tag us @LeisureArtsInc for a special shoutout. We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Check out more DIY Diamond Art Projects (((need link once category shows up))) and get creative.

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • How to Master a New Craft or Skill

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

    Have you always to start something new and weren't sure where to start? Whether you want to learn how to crochet, how to knit, how to paint, how to tackle a new stitch, the list below gives you the basics on how to become a pro at your new creative endeavor:

    1. Grab a how-to book with expert instruction to guide you step by step
    2. Gather all the materials you will need. Ex: yarn, needle, paint, pen, etc.
    3. Start small with swatches, samples, small projects, etc. before tackling the harder stuff
    4. Practice your new skill regularly—that will help to make it almost automatic
    5. Sit back and revel in your new creations!

    In the next few paragraphs, we'll explore several of our books that come with easy-to-follow instructions and progressive projects for you to learn how to conquer new stitches, new skills, and entirely new crafts.

    Great Balls of Yarn: Learn Crochet or Expand Your Skills

    If you’re new to crochet or if you want to learn a new crochet skill or two, we've got you hook, yarn and fun with these easy-to-follow books! Learn how to crochet with ease and enjoyment.

    The progressive projects of The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners take you from easy to more difficult with easy-to-follow instructions and patterns. You'll love learning how to crochet with Marly Bird, and the resulting creations are cute AND functional!

    Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    You'll be hooked on crochet with Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks! We'll supply you with a hook designed especially for beginners, so it will be extra easy to learn how to crochet any of the adorable accessories for kids or adults.

    Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks #6381

    This eye-catching stitch will croc your world! The Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch is the perfect "how-to" to add an eye-catching layer of "scales" to your crochet projects. You'll be surprised how easy it is to learn with our step-by-step instructions, photographs, and videos. On a scale (see what we did there?) of 1-10, this book is definitely a 10!

    Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch #6377

    If you adore crocheting and love the look of knits, you won't want to miss out on this hybrid! Award-winning teacher Kim Guzman walks you through the basics with clear photos and friendly instructions in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet.

    Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet #5599

    We wouldn't toy with you—your children, grandchildren, friends' children (we could go on and on), will love these toys! And with Learn to Crochet Toys, you'll be a crocheting wizard before you can say "Bodacious ballerina begs you to begin"!

    Learn to Crochet Toys #6188

    Life's a Stitch: Learning Knitting is Fun and Relaxing, with Beautiful Results

    Don't be at your knit's end learning a new skill. Let our pros guide you through a basketful of knitting projects with ease and joy.

    Designer Marly Bird walks you every step of the way through how to knit multiple projects in the Complete Knit Collection. You'll not only create awesome gifts—or keepers—you'll gain the skills to be a knitting pro. From trendy dishcloths to a beautiful shawl or afghan, this collection has got you covered. 

    Chunky Pillow, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Market Bag, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Learn beautiful mosaic knitting with The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting. Create complex-looking fabrics with only one color per row, with yarn guru Melissa Leapman guiding you through.

    The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting #7492

    Come in first lace learning how to create gorgeous purses, doilies, scarfs, and more, with the Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting.

    Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting #6351

    Not only will this book teach you everything you need to know to make several styles of hats, it includes a kit with everything you need to knit one complete hat. Get started right away without worrying about the materials. If you've been wanting to learn how to knit hats, Knit Hat Book Plus Kit is for you.

    Craftastic New Hobbies That Are Easy to Learn

    Fun for all levels, Modern Punch Needle takes a modern twist on the traditional needle craft. The step-by-step instructions and 14 progressively harder projects take you from beginner to pro. Once you learn the ins and outs, you'll want to check out this post featuring our newest punch needle kits.

    Modern Punch Needle #7513

    Channel your inner pyromaniac and learn how to leave your mark (on wood, of course) with Modern Woodburning - 9 Skill-Building Projects for Learning Pyography You'll really enjoy blazing this trail!

    Modern Woodburning #7524

    We wouldn't macra-stray you wrong—Get Started In Macramé has 11 gorgeous wall hangings and other projects for beginners to learn how to master this craft from yesteryear. We can also help you out with the supplies you'll need.

    Get Started In Macrame #7217

    Paint happy thoughts with Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners. Stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six colorful and abstract projects, sure to be a centerpiece of your home décor.

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners #7412

    The World IS your oyster with Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions. Your creations can be just as spectacular as you see in stores, or on Pinterest and Instagram. Artist Kathryn Erney will teach you several styles—each building on the last—and before you know it, you’ll have mastered those pen strokes and will be making beautiful pieces!

    Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions #7326

    So whether you want to learn how to knit, how to crochet, or learn a new craft all together, our experts take you step-by-step through the process. Whether you're a beginner or want to enhance your repertoire, at least one of these books is perfect for you. When you're finished, post your photo/s on social media and be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your journey as well!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Make Something New for May-ker Month

    It’s May-ker Month at Leisure Arts, and we have some great kits and books to inspire the maker in you. Creating things by hand not only allows you to express your creativity, it sets free even more creativity that’s hiding just beneath the surface. Read on to find just the right project — or eight — below. 

    These Roses Have No Thorns

    An English rose brings to mind delicate charm and natural beauty — this pattern is no exception. Our Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit has everything you need to create these beautiful flowers, including a hoop, pre-printed fabric, needle, floss, & instructions. Calming and modern, this piece will be a beautiful addition to your world. So stop, smell the flowers, & stitch the roses!

    Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit - 10 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Printed Fabric, Needle, Floss, and Instructions #52622

    Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit - 10 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Printed Fabric, Needle, Floss, and Instructions #52622  

    Don’t Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill, Make It Out of Yarn

    Punch needle embroidery can be traced way back to Ancient Greece, from decorating religious vestments to passing the time on long sea voyages making rugs. It remains popular today and fits in beautifully with our modern-day decors. Punch needle embroidery is fun for all levels, and results in a highly textured design, often described as an oil painting with yarn. Mountain Waves will be your next masterpiece, to gift or to hang on your favorite wall. 

    Mini Maker Mountain Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51095

    Mini Maker Mountain Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51095

    Iloominate Your Life

    Our Bracelet Loom makes easy work of creating fashionable and fun bracelets. The Mini Maker Bracelet Loom comes with a loom, needle, comb & instructions. Your creations will make cherished gifts for family or friends, or will also look great on your own wrist! Whatever you choose to do with your creations, you’ll be over the loom with this kit! 

    Bracelet Loom - #50974

    Everything you need to make your own face masks

    Who knew a mask could be so simple to make? Our Mask Kit has enough supplies to sew 2 washable handmade masks, with a pocket to hold removable filters. A formable wire nose piece & elastic ear loops helps the mask conform to the contours of your face. The ear tie can be knotted to fit faces of all sizes, and it's 100% cotton. Reminder: This is not an N-95 respirator and the capability for protection is unknown. Filters not included.

    Mask Kit - #52873

    Mask Kit - #52873

    Weave Your Worries Behind With Macramé

    This craft from the 70s seems to have quite comfortably weaved its way into 2020. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, macramé will appeal to you. If you’re new to crafting, learning curve macramé is small. Plus, it blends nicely in any decor. The Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging has everything you need to complete this project, one weave at a time. 

    Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging #50869

    Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging #50869

    Knit Your Ordinary Knitting Projects

    Have you ever thought of knitting a journal cover? Or a handy yoga mat bag? Even if you have never knitted before and aren't sure where to start, or if you’re a seasoned knitter looking for quick yet innovative projects, the Complete Knit Collection is for you! Designer Marly Bird walks you step-by-step through each project, with progressive projects to take you from easy all the way to pro-crafter status!

    Journal Cover; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Journal Cover; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Yoga Mat Bag; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Yoga Mat Bag; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Cozy up to the Ultimate Crochet Collection

    If knitting isn’t your speed, but you like the idea of progressive projects and easy-to-follow instructions, Marly Bird does it again with the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners. And talk about cute and functional! Face scrubbies are all the rage for their gentle texture, durability, and great looks. And, we can’t get enough of this cowl — perfect for staying cozy at home or for the office where you’re never quite sure what the temperature will be. Both projects, along with the entire book, are a great intro into this addicting craft, or choose from the large variety to test your skills from easy to more difficult. 

    Face Scrubbies; Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Face Scrubbies; Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Oversized Cowl: Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Oversized Cowl: Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    We're Resin the Bar With This DIY 

    Express your creativity and make something beautifully unique. Our DIY Resin Pour Kit will allow you to create your own one-of-a-kind work of art. From trays to customized coasters, these projects will elevate your home decor and/or gift-giving! With the step-by step instructions, you’ll easily learn to mix and pour purple, gold, and white to create washes of rich glossy finishes. We'll share details on how to resin pour on a cheese board, tray, pedestal table, and coasters, and we'll give you resin-pouring basics, tips, and a resin estimator. We’re confident this kit will resin-ate with you! 

    Resin Kit #51202

    Resin Kit #51202

    These projects are sure to inspire the maker in you. The more you make, the more you (and those around you) are inspired to make more, and the circle of creativity just gets wider and wider. We'd love to see what your making, so don't forget to post on your social media channels and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    It’s May-ker Month at Leisure Arts, and we have several kits and books to inspire the maker in you.

  • Craft Away Stress

    April is Stress Awareness Month, and it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time! If you are looking for ways to relax and bring those stress levels down, crafting could be your answer. Stepping back and taking these little moments in life to crochet, knit, paint, or do anything creative, does more good for your body than you may realize. When you are crafting, you are taking charge and focusing on your mental and physical health, which is critical in times like these. So craft away your stress with any creative project—here are just a few ideas to help inspire you!

    Jump on the Diamond Art Bandwagon

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Rainy Day Design

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Rainy Day Design #49385

    If you enjoy crafting AND puzzles, it’s time to jump on the Diamond Art bandwagon. Our Rainy Day Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, powered by Diamond Dotz kit has what you need for a stress-free creative activity. The color-coded chart makes it easy for you to complete this abstract modern surrealist beauty, along with the pre-printed adhesive. With high-quality color printed fabric, 13-faceted diamonds, and handy tools like the comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you’ll be dipping, dotting, and dazzling your way to a colorful masterpiece!

    An Apron a Day Keeps the Stress Away

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash # 7609

    Sooooooo, you want to relax and be productive at the same time? (See what we did there?) Sew your way to calm with functional and adorable Simple to Sew Aprons. Whether you’re into gardening, chicken-raising, crafting, harvesting, or cooking and baking, we’ve got an apron pattern for you. You can never have too many aprons, right? Designer Billie Steward takes you step by step with instructions that will have you sewing these 13 quick projects and calming your nerves before you know it. With styles from bandanna to eggs to summer picnic or retro, these aprons also make amazing gifts.

    Wrap Yourself in Hand-Knitted Warmth

    Knit Cardigans - 12 Luxurious Sweaters will Become Everyday Favorites

    Knit Cardigans - 12 Luxurious Sweaters will Become Everyday Favorites #6999

    Wrap yourself in hand-knitted warmth and comfort with these Knit Cardigans by designer Andi Javori! Choose from 12 gorgeous cardigans, or heck, why not all of them? The hard part will be choosing which to knit first. Most of these aprons are rated Easy, with a couple of Intermediate ones sprinkled in just to keep you on your toes. Grab your knitting needles and make yourself a new sweater today! Each is destined to become a favorite. 

    Double the Creativity, Double the Fun

    Play Mats

    Play Mats #7218C

    You and your kids can double your creativity with Play Mats from Leisure Arts—make your own interactive felt scenes, and then enjoy using them to make up your own fun stories. Seven different sets are all easy to cut and assemble with glue and simple stitching. Designs by Kimberly Layton include a castle complete with princess and unicorn, life under the sea, a sweet cupcake shop, a campsite, a farm, a cottage in the woods, and a neighborhood. Arrange the colorful pieces in endless ways and mix with other toys to expand the settings and characters.

    Let Marvin Mega Boy Come to Your Rescue

    Mini Maker Yarn Crafts - Marvin Mega Boy Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50943

    Mini Maker Yarn Crafts - Marvin Mega Boy Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50943

    Let Marvin Mega Boy save you from your worries! This Mini Maker Yarn Crafts kit is a bite-sized craft experience that will leave you with a cherished and cuddly super hero. The kit has everything you’ll need to create your own adorable 8.5” Marvin Mega Boy amigurumi, including easy-to-follow instructions, yarn, crochet hook and yarn needle. This little guy packs a big punch when it comes to bringing you joy. PS. He also makes a great companion for napping and watching TV.

    Color Your Life with Paper Flowers

    Paper Flowers #7241C

    Paper Flowers #7241

    Not only are Paper Flowers easier to create than you’d expect, they bring out your creativity and wash away stress. With each turning page of this book, designer Jennifer Maker inspires you to create fabulous florals full of texture and color. And you’ll craft it all using tissue paper, cardstock, floral tape, and other readily available craft materials. You’ll uncover 10 projects in all that include a daisy, dandelion, orchid, and rose — one is sure to be your favorite. The best part — you’ll soon be diving into your very own blossoming projects. We’re sure of it.

    Be Homebound in Comfort With This Cozy Quilt

    Homebound - Featuring Two Fabric Colorways for a Modern or Traditional Quilt Pattern Pack #37556

    Homebound - Featuring Two Fabric Colorways for a Modern or Traditional Quilt Pattern Pack #37556

    Picture this: Lounging on your couch binge-watching your latest show, covered in a cozy blanket you quilted yourself! Our Homebound: Quilt with Leisure Arts pattern pack has a classic look, but never goes out of style. By adding a twist here or a fabric substitution there, you can go modern or traditional, or both! The finished lap quilt measures 49' x 65' with optional crib, twin, full, and king/queen sizes. The possibilities are endless-ish! And that makes us (and you!) very content.

    A Bike Ride That Will Soothe Your Soul

    Mini Maker Bicycle Embroidery Stitch Kit - 9 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #49814

    Mini Maker Bicycle Embroidery Stitch Kit - 9 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #49814

    Any Cycologist will tell you that this Bicycle Ride is good for your soul. You’ll have the sudden urge to jump on your own bike, gather flowers, and frolic your heart out, but not until you finish this charming embroidery project. If you find this Bicycle Ride embroidery project as charming as we do, then might we mention that your kit will contain everything you’ll need to embroider it into existence? Plus, the pattern itself is pre-printed on the enclosed fabric, so it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike. Yields one hoop of bicycle bliss. So go ahead – frolic away!

    Yes, We Do Believe in Unicorns

    Mini Maker Unicorn Dreamcatcher Book Plus Kit - Includes 32 page book and everything you need to create 1 dreamcatcher and 1 embroidered hanging #50389

    Mini Maker Unicorn Dreamcatcher Book Plus Kit - Includes 32 page book and everything you need to create 1 dreamcatcher and 1 embroidered hanging #50389

    Do you believes in unicorns? We do! Let this Unicorn Dreamcatcher protect you from your worries. The kit has everything you need to craft yourself to relaxation and create this unique dreamcatcher. But wait, there’s more! A bonus 32-page project book comes with your kit so you can create more great projects. You’ll be creating an organizer, doily dreamcatcher, ribbon chandelier, wreaths and more! Using the easy to follow instructions that come with our Mini Maker kits, you can easily bring creativity into your everyday life.

    Pamper Yourself With Cotton

    All About Cotton #7055C

    All About Cotton #7055

    Pamper yourself and your family with the soft cotton creations featured in All About Cotton. This book guides you easily through 10 projects like making baskets, bottle carrier, tote, plant hanger, bath set, coasters, dishcloth and hanging dishtowel, potholder, napkin ring, and a rug. You’ll use soft and cool, yet sturdy and durable, cotton medium-weight yarn, perfect for quick crochet projects. Not only will you relieve stress by crocheting, you will be beautifying your home as well!

    Choose one, two, three of these projects to bring some calm into your days, and come out of it with memories and cherished items. All of these projects are easy to accomplish and are perfect for you to do by yourself or include your children or other family members. Once you finish one or many of these stress relieving projects, be sure to share it with us @leisureartsinc or using the hashtag #LeisureArts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in the craft universe. In addition, most of the items we’ve written about in this blog post are included in our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and craft your way to calm.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    Craft Away Stress. April is Stress Awareness Month. Start Crafting your stress away!

  • Stuck at Home? Stay Creative

    Whether you’re stuck at home and need a relaxing way to spend your time, or you’re looking for activities to do with the kids, we’re here to help! We’ve got a wide variety of crafts to choose from even if you’re new to crafting. 

    Easy, Fun and Creative Crafts for Kids, and Adults Too

    After-School Kids Crafts Book #7238C

    After-School Kids Crafts Book #7238C

    Create awesome memories with your kids while you’re all at home. This book by Rachel Nipper may be called After-School Kids’ Crafts, but we can bend the rules now can’t we? The 12 playful projects included in the book are quick, easy and a joy to craft. Each craft comes with a shopping list and easy-to-follow instructions. If you like butterflies, unicorns, flowers, turtles, jellyfish or owls, you will find the perfect project to spark your creativity.

    Anyone Can Paint, Including You



    Now's the time to let your inner artist shine. Everyone has an artist within them, and with Happy Abstracts, even beginners can make bold and vibrant paintings! Learn to create vibrant canvas art, stroke by stroke and step by step. This explorative painting guide, by artist EttaVee (Jessi Raulet), will have you painting bright and beautiful works of art in no time with bold hues and daring brushwork. Following along with the photo guides, you’ll journey through six projects. This is a great way to feed your creative soul and stretch your mind.

    Craft Bombs Are Really the Bomb

    Craft Bombs - A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy and Happiness Book #7507C

    Craft Bombs - A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy and Happiness Book #7507C

    Craft Bombs: A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy, and Happiness, is a great companion to social distancing. This super-cute colorful art has plenty of activities to use your time creatively. Just pull out any of the pre-made art from the book and get creative with your craft supplies. This book offers layers of craft-tastic kindness, with projects like vision boards, journal cards, banners, affirmation and kindness cards, room décor, origami fortune tellers (cootie catchers) and more! 

    Get Busy and Get Slimed

    Who doesn’t love slime?! With Slimed DIY guide, you can make your own at home for hours of fun. The book includes a basic slime recipe plus 9 fun and gooey variations: Clear, Color Changing (temperature sensitive), Fluffy, Glitter Glue, Glitter, Gold (metallic), Magnetic, Starry Night (black with glitter and star sequins), and Winter (icy blue with snowy mini beads). You'll love being slimed so much, you won't want to put it down!

    Why Not Use This Time to Make Simple Home Improvements

    A Beginner's Guide to Chalk Painting Book #6437C

    A Beginner's Guide to Chalk Painting Book #6437C

    Transform everyday items into one-of-a-kind treasures with A Beginner’s Guide to Chalk Painting. The no-prep paint dries in minutes and can be layered and sanded for a perfect distressed look and feel. Wax adds durability and buffs to a soft sheen. The ultra-matte finish can be applied to new, unfinished, or up-cycled furniture,  cabinets, walls, glass, metal and more. You’ll love what you can do! 

    Tutus are Terrific and Easy to Make

    A Tutu for Every Occasion Book #6225C

    A Tutu for Every Occasion Book #6225C

    If you know a child who thinks tutus are terrific, you can craft one yourself with A Tutu for Every Occasion. Whether for special occasions or everyday play, each tutu is adjustable to fit sizes 2-8 and can be made in any length. Simple headwear and other accessories add the finishing touches to each ensemble! Bring out the ballerina in your child with these creations! 

    Time spent crafting is never a waste, so get your next project started today! Let us know how you're using your time productively and creatively—tag @leisureartsinc or hashtag #leisurearts, we love to see what your creativity at work.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    Stuck at Home? Stay Creative!

  • National Craft Month: Celebrate the Season With New DIY Projects

    Hello Makers! It's that time of year again, March is National Craft Month. Can you believe it's springtime already? With 2020 flying by at high speeds, we're taking a moment to focus on one of our favorite holidays. Crafting and DIY projects are not only a great way to be creative and expand your home décor and wardrobe, but also create opportunities to give to loved-ones or those in need, be more mindful and mentally healthy, and practice purposeful self-care. Take a look at some of our favorite books and projects to celebrate National Craft Month with!

    Crochet

    Amigurumi An Adorable Collection - Book 7573

    Heroes and animals and monsters, oh my! With Amigurumi An Adorable Collection, you'll be led through this Japanese crochet style with ease. Whether you want to add some whimsy to your wardrobe or give the gift of courage to a child in your life, there's an animal scarf, superhero doll, and other fun projects that will fulfill all your crochet desires. And since it's National Craft month and you have so many projects to get through, this book is also available as a file download.

    Knit

    Stitch a Garden - Book 75677

    Plants have been shown to boost one's mood, but why have real ones that die when you can create your own garden full of everlasting beauty? In Stitch a Garden, you can grow your knitting skills and discover 11 easy, new home décor projects, no green thumb required. And if you really want to go green, this book is available as a download. Step-by-step instructions, vibrant photos, and evergreen ideas will fill your home and crafting month with crafted beauty.

    Macramé

    Mini Maker Plant Hanger Macramé Kit - #49795

    If you're looking to add a little boho flair to your home while also creating something functional, then this Mini Maker kit is for you. Get groovy with this retro craft project. The Mini Maker Arrow Plant Hanger Macramé Kit comes with a 10.5" decorative arrow, lots of cording, and easy-to-follow instructions to get you pointed in the right direction the whole way through. Your new plant hanger will make the perfect wall accent for your home or a heartfelt gift for a plant lover in your life.

    Stitchery

    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

    Take this month to manifest a free mind with Free Spirit Stitching. These eight boho designs will get you feeling creative and calm in no time. Novice stitchers will gain valuable knowledge and experience, while experienced stitchers can breathe easy as you breeze through these gorgeous designs. The foundational embroidery stitches are clearly explained and put into patterns that will have people begging to know where you got such a trendy, well made accessory. From wall hangings and pillows to tote bags and clutches, there's a design for everyone in this book. You can even download it for more ease.

    Mini Maker Green Fields Embroidery Stitch Kit - #49813

    Dip your toe into the soothing waters of embroidery. With the Mini Maker Green Fields Embroidery Stitch Kit, you'll get the perfect introduction to embroidery without having to commit yourself to buying all the materials separately. This kit comes with an 8" hoop, 21 gorgeous floss colors, stamped fabric, a needle, and easy-to-follow instructions. There's no easier way to explore a new craft while making a tranquil piece for hanging on the wall or giving to a friend.

    Paint

    Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

    Unleash your inner artist and discover how freeing and fun painting can be. Happy Abstracts is a how-to guide for true beginners and seasoned artists alike. You'll be guided through six different projects and encouraged to embrace fearlessness and keep an open mind. There's no need to feel like something has to be perfect if you're the one creating it, and this book helps take that pressure away. Allow yourself to be vulnerable with your art and show the world what you're made of. As an added reminder, there are 14 vibrant pull-out cards to lift you up when you need a boost. They also make great cards for friends and family who need to be reminded of the magic they bring to the world.

    Woodburning

    Modern Woodburning - Book 7524

    Wood just got even cooler. In Modern Woodburning, you can learn the basics of pyrography, the art of decorating wood and other natural materials by burning them. Nine skill-building projects will give you all the woodburning basics, as well as inspiring you to create your own designs. Since this book is downloadable, it's easy to learn all about this red-hot craft. Blaze a trail and get your friends and family involved!

    Diamond Painting

    5D DIY Diamond Art Advanced Wildflowers Kit - #52515

    If a little sparkle never hurt anybody, then a lot is probably good for you! Dazzle yourself and your loved ones with a diamond dotting creation like this one. 5D DIY Diamond Painting Advanced Wildflowers Kit will be a crafting experience unlike anything else. The individually placed gems come together to create a magnificent piece of wall art. You'll be the envy of all who see it, but they don't have to know how soothing and fun it was to make. The kit contains a printed fabric piece, a stylus, a tray, a wax caddy, a comfort grip, color-sorted gems, and easy-to-follow instructions. It may look like you have to be a master, but it'll actually be a walk in the park to complete.

    There's no better time than now to start a new hobby or craft, so pick up one of these projects and get making! We would love to know why you craft and what your big project is for this month! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, so we can see how you're celebrating National Craft Month.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Knit Cardigans: 12 Luxurious Sweaters Will Become Your Favorites

    Hello Everyone!

    My name is Andi Javori and I am a knitwear designer living in New York. I design for my own company Javori Designs as well as for many other yarn companies and knitting magazines. I’ve worked with Leisure Arts on a number of knitting books and my latest one is Knit Cardigans.

    Who doesn’t love the feeling of a cozy and warm sweater or cardigan? I love opening my closet and seeing my go to sweater on the shelf. My favorite cardigan to me is like an “old friend”; very familiar, extremely comfortable, and always there when needed.

    When I first started to think about writing a book of cardigans, I thought about designs that I would love to wear myself.

    I am often asked the question “What inspires you?” The answer to this is quite simple, the materials. Today there is such a wonderful variety of yarns to choose from. I love combining different stitch patterns that really make the yarn come to life.

    Inside my new book you will find a versatile collection of stylish cardigans and sweaters that utilize a variety of yarns, styles and techniques. All of the patterns are offered from sizes Small to 3X including schematics. So if you’ve never knitted this type of project before, or if you’re an advanced knitter, there’s something here for everybody!

    SOME OF MY DESIGNS FROM THE BOOK

    Cabled Edge Cardigan

    This simple yet elegant cardigan is one of my favorites! The woven cable pattern around the edge of the cardigan is all you need to give this project that classic look. You can wear this to the office or dress it up with a pair of dress pants for a night out at your favorite restaurant. I love this beautiful grey yarn, but you can use any other colors that you love.

    Cowl Neck Sweater

    I’ve always loved cowl neck sweaters. The use of double moss stitch pattern along with the contrasting yarn colors make the cowl stand out from the body of the sweater. This is an easy pattern to follow.

    Fur Edged Cardigan

    This cardigan has a basket weave textured front with unique sleeves that you are going to love! The fur edge on this cardigan feels so soft around your neck.

    Striped Cardigan

    The stripes on the bottom half and the contrasting texture on top give this cardigan a very unique look. This will go with almost everything in your closet. It’s a lot easier to make than it looks!

    V-Neck Sweater

    This is the ultimate weekend sweater! The broken rib pattern along with the use of a pretty variegated yarn make this sweater very rich looking. This is great to throw on as you go about your errands!

    Lacy Cardigan

    This elegant cardigan uses a simple lace stitch that is very easy to knit. This is a pretty cardigan that’s great for a night out on the town.

    I loved working on this book. Designing cardigans and sweaters is truly a fun and rewarding experience.  I wish to thank everyone at Leisure Arts for their support and for giving me the opportunity to publish great knitting books!

    Please join me on Facebook and on Instragram at Javori Designs and visit my website at www.Javoridesigns.com where you can easily be in touch with me!

    Knit, Wear and Enjoy!

    Andi Javori

  • DIY Diamond Art Clef Photo Album Tutorial

    Are you ready to tune into your creativity with a fun and cute photo album with the Leisure Arts Diamond Art Treble Clef kit? You can create so much with this adorable design. Relax and spend your time glamming your favorite photo album, notebook, or journal with this beautiful design. This project can be for anyone from ages 8 to infinity! The beginner Diamond Art designs are a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings. They may be small, but they flash with shining power!

    So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? The act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds and your creativity! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas. You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting up close, featuring our Leisure Arts Diamond Art Treble Clef Kit.

    Bling bling with this musical note when you diamond paint this fun and friendly tune! With the help of sparkling AB coated diamonds, this kit will give you positive vibes and happy thoughts. 

    We think that Diamond Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like cups, handbags, phone cases, or in this post, photo albums, folders, journals, and more! The instructions are easy-to-follow and calls for a fun colorful photo album and the Tremble Clef kit.

    Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY creativity to make a dazzling and fancy photo album. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go musical using our Leisure Arts Diamond Art Treble Clef Kit.

    1. Make the Leisure Arts Diamond Art Treble Clef Kit

    Bring out your creativity by the dip, dot, and dazzle! Diamond art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for the moment or later in time if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or more, the choice is up to you, just let your imaginations run wild!

    2. Pick Out Your Favorite Surface

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! This project is fun and can be made onto anything like a folder for band to store your favorite music sheets, your journal to style it, or even a photo album to showcase your fun and dazzling memories! Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your journal, book, or your favorite surface, using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay out the design flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. Apply the adhesive glue or sticky substance and place the Leisure Arts Diamond Art Treble Clef Kit on the folder. 

    3. Accessorize (Or Don't)!

    Now that your Diamond Art design is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Our choices can be stickers, pictures, lettering, and more. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art and show off your imagination with the finishing touches. Let your creativity run wild to your heart’s content, and then there! It's as simple as that and it’s beautiful. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Diamond Art canvas to the fullest and have a special location for your important or fun documents!

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