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  • 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!

  • DIY Storage Box Using Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit

    Spark your imagination by crafting a fun a storage box with the Diamond Painting Deer and Rainbow Kit. You can create so much with this adorable Diamond Art design. Spend your leisure time creating a fun and functional storage box. Sparkle Art can be fun for anyone ages 8 to infinity! Sparkle Art is a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings that are beginner size. They may be small, but they flash with sparkle power! 

    So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds and your imagination! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting close up, featuring our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow. Bling out Bambi’s best friend when you diamond paint this fun and friendly Rainbow Deer! With the help of sparkling AB coated diamonds, this kit will give you positive vibes and happy thoughts. 

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    We think that Sparkle Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like handbags, phone cases, or in this post, an adorable box, perfect for storing jewelry, ribbon, treasures, pens, and more! The instructions are easy-to-follow and calls for a cute ribbon and adhesive glue to make this beautiful box.

    Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY magic to make a dazzling and fancy box. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go colorful using our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit.

    Supplies

    •  Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit
    • Paint, white or your favorite color!
    • Paint brushes
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (glue, double-sided adhesives, etc.)
    • Wood Box (8X8 inches) (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface)
    • Scissors
    • Ribbon
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (stickers, extra gems, etc.) 

    Get Started on Your Wooden Box!

    1. Make the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit 

    Bring out your creativity with a dip, dot, and dazzle! Sparkle Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for the moment or come back to it later in time if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or within hours, the choice is up to you, just let your imagination run wild!

    2. Craft Your Wooden Box

    Paint your wooden box white or your favorite color to give your project a hint of your personality. You can be as creative as you want with your brush and strokes. Paint and then let sit for an hour to let the paint dry! Then after the box is dry, adorn the box with your favorite ribbon. We used a ribbon around the box bottom and the lid. But feel feel to use one or both ribbons because the world and the box is your oyster. Our favorite is a cute iridescent ribbon that helps the Diamond Art sparkle!

    3. Cut Out Your Diamond Art Fabric

    After you've glittered your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! Our fabric frays minimally, so you don't have to worry about mending the edges before placing the design on your wooden box (but you certainly can if you want to). Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your wooden box, 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. Place the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow on the fabric and apply the adhesive. 

    4. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Sparkle Art design is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your wooden box is one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, going crazy with color combinations with additional ribbons, or even adding extra stickers here and there. 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 muah! It's as simple as that and it’s beautiful. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Sparkle Art canvas to the fullest and have a special location for your jewelry or more! 

    If you try your hand at this, 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.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here.

    DIY Diamond Art Phone Case

    DIY Diamond Art Welcome Sign

    DIY Diamond Art Cherry Blossom Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Handbag

    DIY Diamond Art Butterfly Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Elephant Folder

    DIY Diamond Art Dragon Eye

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Bead Bracelet

    I got some new books from Leisure Arts. The book that I was most inspired by is the Easy DIY Jewelry Book 2. You know how much I like buttons. Well getting to play with beads to me is equally fun. I wish I had some silver peace signs like in the book's project, Peace Sign Bracelet.  It was the one that I really liked. I have wrapped beads, made earrings and wine charms as gifts but I rarely make things for myself. This is my first bracelet and I chose real pretty green glass beads, and a couple of green gemstones with silver beads on both sides. I usually give the things that I make away as birthday, Christmas, and just-because-it-made-me-think-of-you gifts. This bracelet would make a great gift for a friend or family member for any occasion.

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    I wrapped my beads on an eye pin, but before you wrap, put on another eye pin to make a chain for your next set of beads to wrap. Continue until you have the desired length you want. I used my wrist and a friend’s wrist to measure so that it’s not too small or tight. I used two pairs of needle nose pliers, a very small set that I found at Hobby Lobby several years ago, and another pair that I got at my local hardware store along with my wire cutters. The only thing that I did not have in my bead box were clasps. I will have to pick up some tomorrow at my craft store. I will then use two jump rings which I call o – rings. Have fun playing with your beads. I know that I will be after I restock a few things.

  • Birthday and Mother's Day Cards

    I have been so busy with making birthdays gifts in April that I completely forgot about Mother’s Day. So please don’t tell my mother!!! Even with all the TV and radio ads I guess in my head I thought I still had plenty of time. I like making my own gifts for my friends and family. I know in a previous blog post that I said my new favorite book is Crafting with Buttons and Ribbons by Leisure Arts. In this book I think my gift cards are called Gift Tags I thought they would look really cute cutout and glued onto blank cards that I found at Michael’s craft store.

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    They have the templates in the book to help you make cards or tags. All you have to do is make a copy of it or trace it. I used tracing paper to trace the cupcake and the bird. You could probably even use white tissue paper if you don’t have any tracing paper. For the birthday cupcakes cards I used felt for the icing and the inside of a sleeve that they use for hot cups at Starbucks for the bottom. On my next cupcake that I plan on using tiny buttons for my sprinkles instead of tiny colorful bits of felt. But for my mother’s day card I used a piece of scrapbook paper for the bird, a piece of felt for the wing and a button for the eye. I just used good old fashioned Elmore’s glue to glue all the pieces onto the cards. Good Luck! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mamma’s from two legged babies to four legged fur babies!!

    Mother's Day Mother's Day
  • Birthday Bouquet

    I recently bought a jar filled with buttons that I found at an antique mall. I have been playing with buttons the last couple of weeks. Then came the fun part I stopped off at my favorite store the ‘Container Store’ to get something to put my new beads in. But before I started the first thing that I did was to wash the buttons because I didn't know where my new buttons have been. Once they were dry I sorted them according to size and color. I might be slightly O.C.D. but that’s OK. I don’t think I need an intervention just yet!

    I made two friends a Birthday Bouquet made of Button Flowers and I used some of my new buttons along with some buttons from my craft and sewing box. I found the image in Crafting with Buttons and Ribbons by Leisure Arts. I think that this book might be my favorite book that Leisure Arts has. So many cute things to make and too few hours in the day to try make them all some of the projects will have to wait to Christmas to do the button Christmas tree. But one project at a time if I start too many projects at once then they don’t get finished right away or I loose interest. I used 19 gauge wire, 2 to 4 buttons per flower stem. The tools that I used were crotchet hooks, wire cutters, and needle nose pliers. You will need some sort of vase. I tried a mason jar for a vase but I didn't like how it looked so I chose to use milk bottles for my vases.

    After wrapping the buttons I thought that my flowers needed some leaves so I contemplated going and getting some green seed beads and load them up and bend them to make leaves. I decided not to do that because I thought that green leaves would be way to busy and take away from the cute buttons. So I took like 2 feet of wire and slowly started wrapping the wire around the bottom of my Boye crochet hook keeping the wraps right next to each other and leave a good couple inches on the end that will be your stem for your leaf or whatever you want to call it. When I was done wrapping I slid it off my crochet hook and with my needle nose pliers I grabbed the top and pull to whatever length that I wanted. I used my size H and K crochet hook. I always have fun playing with wire. I hope that you give them a try. Oh!! With wrapping be careful that you don’t swing the wire around and into your eye.

    Button Flowers Button Flowers
  • Granny Square Pillow

    I have wanted some pillows for my sofa with bright fun colors. The pillows were either too cheap-looking or too pricey, so I decided to make my own. Granny Squares are fun, easy and quick; it only took a couple of days to do the front and put them together. The hardest part was choosing which color goes next. I used Encore yarn made by Plymouth Yarns. It is an acrylic wool blend yarn from my yarn stash; it's perfect for pillows. I didn't use a book to do my granny squares. If you don’t know how to do granny squares, here are two books to get you started Beginner’s Guide to Crochet Motifs and Granny Square Pillows Crochet E-Pattern.

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  • Knook

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    This week I learned how to use a Knook. I used the Knook for Kids kit by Leisure Arts and followed the instructions. I have to admit that I turned my nose up at learning how to Knook. I have knitted for almost 20 years and crocheted for about 5 years. Why do I need to learn how to Knook? I asked myself. Because you like to learn new things and challenge yourself is what I thought. So I gave it a go and I found that I liked using a Knook. I found the instructions to be very easy to follow. I even watched a video from the website that the book has - to make sure I had a full understanding.

    To practice my new Knooking skills, I Knooked three swatches: a garter stitch swatch which is just a knit stitch; a stockinette stitch swatch which is knit a row, purl a row; and, a rib stitch swatch which is knit two, purl two. The three swatches will make perfect coasters. I always need something to set my drinks on; my poor coffee table has several rings on it. They also make great little gifts that don’t take very long to knit up. Challenge yourself and learn something new this week.

    left garter stitch, middle stockinette stitch, and right rib stitch left garter stitch, middle stockinette stitch, and right rib stitch

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