"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Check out our other projects at DIYDiamondArtTutorials and take a look at this video for more inspiration!
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!
Heroes and animals and monsters, oh my! WithAmigurumi 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.
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.
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. TheMini 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.
Take this month to manifest a free mind withFree 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.
Dip your toe into the soothing waters of embroidery. With theMini 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.
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.
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!
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.
Hey again, makers! If you haven't gotten in the holiday season yet, then get ready! We have some great ideas for the people on your Christmas list that are hard to shop for. This could be a co-worker, extended family, that new friend you met in your book club, a neighbor, and more! These are small and quick projects that you can make multiple quantities of, so you can check off the people on your list in no time! Plus, we have some bonus ideas for that special pet, or pet lover in your life. Because we all know you can't forget about them! So scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next project.
Cozies and Coasters make the best gifts. They serve as functional and fashionable presents that keep your mugs company and tabletops safe. Go simple with this pattern and add a personalized button from Cup Cozies, or go bold with these snowflake coasters from Mug Hugs and Coaster Sets. Your coworkers and book club buddies would love these little tokens as a holiday present. They work up quickly, so you can make a mass amount to have enough for everyone come Christmas time!
Bookmarks, the most underrated gift! Everyone knows a bookworm in their life, and you know that they would love this style of crocheted bookmark. This type of corner bookmark prevents pages from getting dog eared, in the fanciest of ways! You can go with simple white, or vibrant blue, the choice is up to you with color. This pattern and all of the other ones inside Beautiful Bookmarks work up quickly, so you can also make multiples of these.
If you want to make some unique gifts this year, then try these felted bowls and vases from Stitch A Garden! These projects have a great texture to them, and the colors are super fun and vibrant. You can make a bowl or vase and fill it with fun stocking stuffers for a nontraditional stocking or gift basket.
Get out your fruitcake pans and listen to those sleigh bells when you entertain with this Christmas Carol Songbook Set! This would be a great gift for the hostess of the house. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. This set is a one stop shop for all things holiday cheer. This set comes with songbooks filled with the classics, along with recipes and a hostess guide for the ultimate festive soiree. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. If you want to get someone something special, but are unsure of what they like, this gift is the perfect catch-all. who doesn't love a good Christmas carol?
Spread warmth and joy throughout your home as well as those of all your candle-loving friends when you explore the captivating world of Home Candle Making! Stephanie gives you 12 boutique quality projects to choose from, but we think going simple is best for multiple Christmas gifts. This simple lavender candle is perfect for a little pick me up! You can even switch out the herb for rosemary, or another popular scent. Whenever someone lights their mason jar candles, they'll think of you and your thoughtful Christmas gift!
Jewelry is always a great gift to receive during the holidays, and when you throw essential oils in, it makes it even better! Aromatherapy Jewelry gives you a ton of options to craft for your favorite people. Go for simple drop earrings or layered stackable bracelets, and pair them with the inspiring word that you associate with the person you're gifting for. It makes for an adorable little gift with a surprise message!
Baby flower soaps? We're here for it. Home Soap Making has a lot of small gift ideas that you can make mass quantities of for everyone in the office! Just pick your favorite silicone mold, and start crafting. Just place a small amount in a cute bag with a baby loofah and a bowtie and you have great trinkets to hand out during the holidays. The process is super easy to learn with photo-led instructions from Kimberley Layton.
Perfume is another fun thing to make that's always appreciated! Mix and match your favorite scents and concoct small perfumes! These are great gifts because they are small enough to be taken on-the-go. Home Apothecary is full of great herbal recipes for things like tub tea, scrubs, and even other beauty products like lip balm, but we thought that this would be the best project to make several gifts from.
Sewing & Cross Stitch
Use these creative ideas for embroidery hoops from Hoops Hooray as a unique approach to giving and gifting. You can use small embroidery hoops as gift tags that someone can keep forever! Even if you're giving gift cards this year, you can make a special house for them like this pattern above (left). They make great small statements, and you can make them in no time.
If you want to show off your stitching skills this holiday season, break out the mini hoops and give out some Cross Stitch Quickies! This book has 50 adorable and small practice patterns that you can create for someone special! You can deck out your Christmas cards, or elevate the traditional ornament with fun designs like these animal designs! These projects specifically would be great for that special pet lover in your life.
For Pets and Pet Lovers!
If you want to learn knitting, and don't know where to start, loop knitting is a great entryway into the yarn craft! Loops and Twists is full of great knit patterns that don't use needles, so it makes for an easier and quicker knit experience. There is this simple black cat bed (above) that is perfect for a first time knitter, that would make a wonderful gift for your furry little friend!
I mean, this picture above from Knits For Pets is really speaking for itself. What cat wouldn't want a dream cat house like this shark head? You could make this house as bulky and fluffy as you want depending on your weight of yarn. With simple knits and purls, you can make this new bungalow for your little furry friend just in time for Christmas.
Jelly Roll Rugs and More is full of great patterns, especially for pet lovers! this Pet rug and Pet bed really take the cake on creativity with quilting. You can mix and match with colors and patterns, but we really like the pet friend prints used on these fabrics. Jelly Roll is a relatively easy technique that works up quickly, so you have enough time now to make that special pet accessory before Christmas!
These dog magnets are perfect small gifts that can be placed just about anywhere! With different breeds to choose from and loads of creativity, you can make the cute little dog magnets from My Pet Crafts for everyone on your list! It's as simple as using some hot glue and having some patience.
We're back at it with #givingandgifting inspiration, makers! We've got some great gifts that you can make for the precious next generation. Whether you're giving these books and patterns to a crafty mom, or making the projects in this blog for your own favorite little one, you'll find a fun and fresh design to get you inspired for the holiday season. So, scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next gift to work on!
Every new mom loves a good stroller accessory, and babies love them even more. This starry stroller set is perfect for a bright and bubbly baby, and will keep them warm and cozy on early morning strolls through the park! Everything Baby Crochet is a collection of 48 of our favorite baby patterns, so it's a one stop shop for crochet baby accessories. So if you don't like this pattern, there are 47 others to choose from, including but not limited to hats, booties, blankets, and more! As an added bonus, there are handy little pockets to keep baby's favorite toys in.
Boots and hats are staples for holiday gifts, and these patterns from Infant Boots and Hats are too good to pass up! There are plenty of colorful and easy to crochet patterns for both boys and girls, so you have a wide range of hat and bootie sets to make for a baby that needs some extra cozy gear.
If you are looking to make an interactive gift for the holidays, try these fun Baby Stacks patterns! You can make adorable animals or delicious donuts, the options are vast and creative. These little stacks are fun and baby-friendly, which makes these stacks the perfect gift to keep baby's attention for hours on end.
Here's another interactive gift, Play and Learn Activity Cubes! These little crochet cubes are learning tools with a cuddly surprise. With different themes and contraptions to attach to the sides like mirrors, pulleys, fishing hooks, and more, the possibilities are endless! These little cubes provide endless entertainment for baby with surprise pockets and playful attachments. Every cube has a story, so pick your favorite and give it to your favorite leading lad or lady as a gift!
For the knitters in our maker groups, we're going heavy on giving and gifting winter fashion. This sweater from Sweet Knits is so adorable, and it looks so cozy and warm too! This is only one of many patterns that are comfy and versatile. I think any one of these sweaters would look good on a boy or a girl.
If you want to go really festive with the winter wear, then try out these onesie sets from Modern Baby! With beautiful cables and muted color palettes, these matching sets are sure to keep baby warm and stylish. Our patterns vary from short to long sleeves, so you have 6 outfits to style your favorite crawler in.
If you're still wanting more cardigans, we've got you covered. What cardigan is cuter than a baby cardigan? These patterns from Adorable Baby Cardigans are perfect as a light layer for baby, and even though these colors seem spring-like, you can always change them to fall or winter palettes.
What if you could give a stuffed animal and a baby blanket in one super cute gift? Animal Lovies has all the animal patterns you need to create an adorable snuggle friend for your favorite little one to run around in. These huggable little blankets with show your baby that they always have a shoulder to lean on when they need it, be it a soft and fluffy one at that.
Keep toddlers quiet and entertained with a colorful felt picture book full of touchable textures and shapes! The Quiet Book has a bunch of nifty ideas for felt books that will entertain babies with fun themes and interactive textures. This is definitely something to put on your crafting to-do list if you want your bundle of joy to be a future bookworm.
If you want to brush up on your quilting skills, try out this individual Boo's Nursery Patternfrom our Pattern Pack Collectionon our website. This is a super simple and colorful quilt that would bring a smile to any baby's face. Let them be bundled up in something as sentimental as a hand made quilt, a gift that they will cherish even after they've grown up.
Baby Quilts are perfect and timeless gifts that will be cherished forever, so start baby's nursery off right with fun patterns and block styles. This Plaid trimmed quilt gives off a rustic vibe that would be so cute hanging over the side of a crib in a nursery.
Every new mom needs extra baby supplies, so why not craft a few bibs for the little ones? These fun and festive bibs from Sew Cute Baby Bibs make eating fun, with multiple patterns and ideas for transforming the traditional sewn baby bib. This book is gender neutral, so the patterns in this book are for all kinds of messy eaters.
We're back again, Makers! Do you hear those sleigh bells faintly ringing? We've been mapping out some great gift ideas over in our neck of the woods, specifically for parents and grandparents. We've got a wide range of things to choose from, for your mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa! So scroll to find your craft category and get your next spark of gift inspiration!
If you want a festive gift this year, we've got you covered.Fair Isle Crochetis full of colorful holiday-like patterns done in the Fair Isle Technique, where only two colors per row are used, and the previous color is usually worked over. the technique is fascinating, and easy to learn! The book walks you step-by-step through the process. scarf sets would be great for mom and dad, you can even make them matching sets!
For the one who plays poker every weekend, we've got the ace of spades of gift ideas! We love this fun and eclectic afghan from Sportacular Afghans. There are a myriad of other patterns to choose from, depicting multiple kinds of hobbies and sports! This is just scratching the surface of the kinds of patterns you can crochet. Grandpa would just love this poker blanket!
If you're looking to polish off your crochet skills, these lap throw patterns from Make In A Weekend Textured Lap Throws speak for themselves. Witch simple stitch patterns that create great textures, you can make someone a really cozy throw for a relaxing weekend morning.
Take the traditional afghan to the next level with this holiday gift! Wildlife Cable Afghans is a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' afghan that allows you to mix and match different parts of all of the patterns included in the book. create your own custom wildlife crochet masterpiece, perfect to keep mom or grandma warm but the fireplace. This would even be a good gift for grandpa or dad too!
Mittens are always a great go to gift for the holidays, especially since we always have a few cold months to endure after Christmas. These patterns from Quick & Easy Mittens work up quickly, and will keep some nice an cozy from frostbite in fun and vibrant colors!
For the person who loves to unwind with a good Netflix binge, try making them a throw blanket this year! these varied patterns from Comfy Knit Throwsare so versatile and easy to make, you'll be a knitting master in no time. Blankets tend to take a little bit longer to make, but these patterns are so simple they can be made in just one weekend! That way, you can practice your skills by making a test afghan, and then have the real one by Christmas!
Scarves make great gifts no matter who you ask and these pattern from Cozy Scarves do not disappoint! With easy to follow instructions and versatile patterns meant for all kinds of yarn weights, this book is perfect for the beginner who wants to practice their knitting skills.
If you're not a Yarnist, and more of a crafter, then these projects are perfect for you! This plastic canvas Teabag Holder is perfect for the one who constantly has to have a hot drink by their side. Gifts Galore in Plastic Canvas give you a wide range of projects to create with easy to follow instructions! From tissue boxes, to magnets, to birdhouses, and more, the possibilities are endless!
If you want a more sentimental gift for the holidays, try this photo collage from DIY Pallet Projects. Start with basic planks of wood of all different styles to give your project some dimension, and then add your family favorites for a personal touch. This would make a beautiful rustic gift that's neutral enough to last through all seasonal decor.
Another great wood project is this cutting board from Modern Woodburning. Woodburning seems like a hard craft to get into, but it's just like drawing! Just with an extremely hot pencil. Modern Woodburningwalks you through all the basics of pyrography, and even gives you great ideas and inspiration to follow, like this pineapple cutting board design. With a little practice and patience before the holidays, you can create fun and functional gifts for every member of the family!
For the crafter that's handy with a sewing machine, show off your excellent skills in a cute piece of clothing! This vest from Fashion Quilted Accessories is perfect for an eclectic fashionista. With the beautiful cityscape quilted on the back, this gift becomes a one of a kind fashion statement with extra sentimental value. You can even change up your fabrics to put your own twist on the pattern.
Maybe the person you're making for is a sewing fiend themselves? Then these pincushion patterns from Pincushions To Sew are perfect! With various fun patterns to choose from, made from just a few simple stitches, these small little projects pack a crafty punch! Make one, or are multiple for your secret Santa, the choice is up to you.
Hey there, Makers! We're getting close to the holidays now, which means that we here at Leisure Arts are brainstorming for holiday makers. We've been compiling some epic lists of gift ideas, in all sorts of categories, and throughout our Giving and Gifting Campaign we'll be releasing blogs that are designed to help you get your head in the holiday game! We're covering the easiest to shop for, all the way to the most difficult. This week? Kids and Teens! These guys fall into both categories, so we made sure to give a wide range of gift ideas that you can make for your favorite little protégé. Scroll to find your next gift to work on!
Whether it's a son or daughter, niece or nephew, grandchildren, or your favorite young hope for the world, we've got you covered with these fun and easy gifts to make.
Crochet the next Captain Marvel or Flash when you create these Amigurumi patterns from Huggable Superheroes!Kristi Simpson shows us a thing or two about gifting heroism in cute and cuddly ways. Make these little plush buddies for a special superhero lover, and they can take them anywhere they want to go! There's a hero for everyone, and you can get creative with different yarns and colors to your heart's content. Some of the masks are even removable, so kids can take part in the fun and be their own superhero!
This is a great project that works for both boys and girls! Play Mats is great for creating large and fun scenes for a kid to play in, ranging from rustic farmhouses all the way to glamorous castles! Using simple stitching techniques, included templates, and a little bit of patience, you can create fun little environments for your favorite little one to play in. Isn't this farmhouse pattern super adorable? As an added bonus, some of them are even portable for on the go fun.
Fidget spinners may be a fad of the past, but we've got some fidget gear that doesn't get old, especially for your hyper and energetic little ones. This fidget cube from Fidget to Focus is full of nooks and crannies to keep a kid's attention, with bright colors and soft fabrics to boot! This book is full of patterns meant for all ages, but this we thought would be an especially fun holiday gift.
Teens can be hard to shop for, but we've tried to give you guys a wide range of things to create, from fun home décor to cute accessories.
String art is one of those fun and easy crafts that creates timeless and geometric home decor that will last you a while. Cool String Art is all of that and a bag of chips, with diverse and colorful patterns that would bring a smile to any teen's face. You can play with colors and types of string to make it unique to the person you're gifting it to, and watch as you become a string art master.
If you want to make a fun and versatile gift for your favorite teen, then try this super simple headband from Boho Jewelry.The headband doubles as a necklace, and you can use really smooth fabrics like this blue silk to give this accessory a more luxurious feel. Add your favorite beads or gems, and you have yourself a minimalist and beautiful accessory that can be worn with just about any outfit!
This project from Home Decor Using Grommetsis probably one of the most practical gifts you can make, and it would probably be the most appreciated from the teen that can't breathe without their phone charger around. This sewing pattern uses the classic grommet and takes it to the next level, creating a life hack that would work for any type of phone charger! Just adjust the size of the grommet you need to use to hang off of the outlet in the wall.
Make something unexpected for your favorite son or nephew this season! We've got a wide range of ideas that work for every personality.
Everyone needs a light layer, and this classic pattern from Knits for Kids is working its winter magic. Knit and purl your way through the intricate patterns and ribbed sleeves, and create a cozy masterpiece that will keep your little guy warmer than a fresh cup of hot cocoa.
If you want fashionable and functional gifts this season, then these crochet Animal Backpacks patterns are great! There's a range of adorable animals to choose from - Giraffes, pandas, crocodiles, and more!
Give your favorite little one a great big monster hug with these Adorable Amigurumi Patterns from Huggable Monsters. Make them as small or as large as you want them to be (depending on the yarn you use), and create a buddy that's out of this world! The patterns are easy to follow, and you'll find that they work up quite fast using simple stitches.
Girls just wanna have fun! We've got a great bunch of gift ideas for your queen in training, full of bright colors and styles.
It's getting cold out there, and people are flocking to mittens and cozy caps. This adorable mittens and cap set from The Best of Knit Accessories is perfect for girls of all ages, from itty bitty to full grown! We love the cables and stitch patterns, and this olive green is to die for. This makes for an easy and cozy gift to knit.
People underestimate all of the creative things you can craft with plastic canvas. This adorable Fairy Princess getup fromRule The Kingdom in Plastic Canvasis perfect for the little dreamer with a big imagination! These designs are as simple as counting rows and cutting canvas to stitch beautiful designs onto. With our step-by-step instructions, you can have this accessory set and much more done in as little as 1-2-3! Don't worry, we didn't leave your little knight out of the plastic canvas fun. There are plenty of fun accessories for boys too inRule the Kingdom in Plastic Canvas.
If you're wanting to flex your quilting and sewing skill, make a stylish and creative backpack for the woodland creature lover. This Olympia Owl Pattern Pack gives you all the instruction you need to create this beautiful backpack. mix and match your fabrics and finishes and customize it to your liking! The possibilities are endless, we just give you the best framework possible to start from.
Ho ho ho, makers! We're decking the halls with Christmas (in July) cheer, and we're using the lazy days of summer to start on our holiday projects and décor. During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we barely have time to make the elaborate gifts we want to give, let alone add special handmade touches to our holiday décor. Which is why Christmas in July is the perfect time to start crafting! If you start on projects now, you can have more time during the actual holiday season to relax. So go grab a nice snack, scroll to your favorite craft category, and start making your list to check twice!
The Fair Isle Technique is a perfect color mixing style that works great for Christmas projects. Which is why you can start making the beautiful projects in Fair Isle Mittens now, so you have wonderful gifts to give during the holidays! These mustard colored fingerless mitts are perfect for texting in the cold, and can be used for multiple seasons. With the beautiful houndstooth patterns and chunky cables, these are the perfect versatile accessory for your wardrobe, and the wardrobes of your daughters, nieces, or granddaughters.
Everyone loves retro, but we want retro with a modern twist. Which is exactly what you get with the projects from Retro Christmas Ornaments! These clothespin angels are so easy to make, you'd think Santa's elves had a hand in helping you! You can create beautiful projects like these ornaments and more with the help of the book's easy to follow instructions. Retro has never been so easy!
You can't forget about the animals! You can create this cat stocking with adorable little doodles at the trim from The Stockings Were Knit. Give your cat some Christmas tidings with a specialized stocking just for them. This is a perfect Christmas in July project for all cat lovers! This book has stockings for every member of the family, animal or human (so don't worry dog lovers, there's one for you, too).
This is definitely a transformation of knitting. You can make these great ornament covers with beautiful beaded accents from our book, Beaded Ornaments.With basic stitches and interwoven glittering beads, you have creative and definitely unique ornaments that will be treasured for many years to come.
General crafts Christmas projects are perfect for the makers who don't know too much about crochet or knit, but still want to be creative with yarn and other mixed media. This wreath made of paper leaves from Open House Merriment is perfect for a door in need of sprucing, or a wall in need of decorating. With easy to follow instructions and tons of inspiration, this book is perfect for the crafter who loves to plan and prep ahead of time.
If you want some non-traditional décor for your tree, then try these little yarn snowcaps from Yarn Whimsies. You don't need to know crochet or knit to be a snowcap pro, it's as simple as common household items like toilet paper rolls and lark's head knots! This is a great way to be creative with yarn, without all the technicalities of fancy stitches. You end up with colorful and creative modern tree ornaments!
Plastic Canvas is one of those crafts that seems complicated, but it makes for beautiful projects. The Magic of Christmas gives you great step-by-step instructions to follow as you learn how to count threads, create your shapes, and stitch adorable little gift toppers and stocking stuffers like these candy cane climbers. It's small projects like these that can turn a lazy summer day into a productive day!
Cross Stitch brings a classic twist to modern projects of all festive proportions, like this wine bottle jacket from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. With quippy quotes and adorable artwork, you can't go wrong with a beautiful hostess gift like this one! Who doesn't want to dress up their favorite red or white?
If you're thinking ahead of time on Christmas wrapping and accessories, then these little additions from 50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas are perfect for your future presents. Vamp up the traditional name tag with a stitched on Christmas tree, or little Rudolph. These projects work up quickly with color-coded and easy to follow charts, and would make for great first projects for someone who is starting out in cross stitch.
If you come from a family that has a Christmas tree in every room, then our wealth of cross stitch books will give you more than enough inspiration. These adorable stockings from Mini Cross Stitch Ornamentsare a great hybrid of classic and modern Christmas designs. Even though they're mini, look at the detail! It's hard to believe that you can fit so much Christmas spirit into something so little.
Even MORE cross stitch inspiration (See what I mean? A wealth of ornaments books). These circular ornaments from Holiday Ornaments Galore are minimalist enough to work for any style of Christmas tree. With quirky designs like robins in beanies and skiing snowmen, you can have an adorable set of colorful designs.
Coloring is a fun and funky distraction for when you just need some crafty and creative time to yourself. Especially during the holidays. You can color in these Color On The Go - Holiday books wherever you go, and use the perforated pages to transform your Christmas cards! Laminate them and make a collage, scan them in and make a digital card, create fun and fancy colorful leaflets that bring a personal touch to your Christmas gifts! With fun designs like ornaments and mittens, you can't go wrong choosing any of these four books. Or better yet, get all of them!
Santa might be sun tanning and shopping right now, but we've sent a letter to his workshop, and he loves these projects! We received a package of candy canes and sugar plums as a seal of approval. These projects, varied from beginner to advanced, are perfect for you to start now, so you're not bombarded during the holidays with busywork and shopping. If you try your hand at these projects, be sure to share it and tag us @leisureartsinc so we can admire your work and give you a special shout out. So go trade that traditional cup of hot cocoa for a Frappuccino, and craft away!
Makers, it's time to get those star spangled banners out! Fourth of July is coming up, and we want you to be prepared to host parties and events for all things red, white, and blue. We have some adorable and creative projects that you can make yourself and decorate your home or backyard with till your patriotic little heart is content. Scroll Down to find your favorite craft category, and find your next barbecue decor project!
Crochet some quick and fun little additions to your Home Decor for Fourth of July like this bald eagle amigurumi plush from Spirit Animals. With its adorable face and easy to stitch features, this decoration is a subtle nod to Fourth of July, and makes a cute plush to keep afterward.
Though Fourth of July is overshadowed by barbecues and cookouts most of the time, we have to remember that we have this holiday because of our honorable veterans who fought hard for the US. Which is why now is the perfect time to start these afghans fromHonoring Our Veterans, to keep the memory of their dedication through intricate lacework and the bright and bold colors of the USA flag. These afghans would take a little bit of extra time compared to our other decor projects, but if you start now, you can have a show stopping afghan to display for the holiday.
How can you resist that tiny little Uncle Sam? Treasury of Holiday Crochetis a great resource for all crochet holiday decor, but for Fourth of July in particular. Add a sophisticated edge to your USA colors with a lacy table mat and napkin holder. Show your love for our stripes with striped cozies and coasters! This book is full of inspiration for your 2019 barbecue decor, and with easy to follow instructions, you can have all of these projects made in no time for a DIY Fourth of July!
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
What a subtle and beautiful addition to a Fourth of July party! Cross Stitch definitely makes you work for picturesque stitched scenes like this one, but all that hard work pays off when you have eclectic artwork to show off to your house guests. This Grand Ole Flag Patternis the perfect tiny tribute to nostalgic Fourth of July memories.
How about a checkered flag for a change? You can add an Antique Game Board to your Fourth of July decorations for some added entertainment with colorful cross stitch flair! You have a multi-functional décor piece that serves as a cool game board for friends and family, and then you can display it later as a nice artistic attribute to your party space.
Go on a voyage of stitch patterns and colors with this Blue Voyage Stitchery Kit and try your hand at embroidery. Whether you're a first time stitcher, or a seasoned embroidery pro, you'll have loads of fun stitching these designs onto a pre-printed canvas, so you never lose your place. With easy to follow instructions and everything you need inside one little package, you can have a perfect Fourth of July decoration without being too literal about it.
If you prefer to celebrate in subtlety, try creating small little tokens that show your Fourth of July spirit. These Independence Day Dishcloths from Holiday Knit Dishcloths are the perfect way to say, "Happy Fourth of July!" without essentially dressing up as Uncle Sam.
Knit projects can be perfect for the summer, with the right theme in mind. This Anchor Pillow from Knits For Summer is a part of the best collection of summer knit vibes for 2019. This would look great on a couch or lawn chair, and would be cute and comfy for a house guest to chill on. Perfect for a Barbecue with the buds.
Fidget To Focusis the perfect book for fidget projects that are way cooler than a silly old fidget spinner. Create functional home decor pieces that double as activities that are designed to help with disorders like Alzheimer's, and help keep the brain trained, focused, and stimulated. This Denim Fidget Mat is perfect to keep the kids busy while you're grilling, or for anyone to fuss with while you're sitting around the TV watching old movies. With easy to follow instructions, becoming focused has never been easier.
Quilting! A tried an true tradition for all holidays. Anytime there's a special event or occasion, there's a quilt pattern made to be put on display. This All Aboard Quilt Pattern Packhas all the instructions you need to make this red, white, and blue beauty, with a beautiful chevron design and multiple prints. With the rustic flannel border, you can't go wrong displaying this outside on the porch or inside next to all the hamburgers.
No matter what time of year it is, coloring will keep you occupied and relaxed. But think about all of the free time you have in the summer! The coloring bundles are jam packed full of fun and fantastic line designs to color till the sun goes down. You can choose from 8 bundles offered on our website, and choose which one of the lovely four books in each bundle you want to start filling with color! Relax and unwind with intricate patterns and beautiful line work to mindlessly color in and create. The best part is that all coloring pages in these bundles are perforated, so you can take them out and use them however you want! Fun, and versatile.
Another fancy detail for a festive fourth of July is to hang a Seasonal Door Sign up. This majestic bald eagle with a flowing flag in the background gives your home an extra special DIY look to it with the plastic canvas design. Plastic Canvas is an easy craft to follow, and this book gives you all the basics you need to get started, even if you've never tried the craft!
Diamond Artis one of those crafts that spans across season and holidays. It's so relaxing to diamond paint all of our creative and quirky designs, that there isn't a time of year that I wouldn't dazzle a canvas. With our ever growing collection of fun and fresh designs, there is a lot of canvases that we could recommend to you, but this Advanced Lighthouse Kit takes the cake. This mysterious and nautical canvas is perfect for a subtle and artistic display of fourth of July pride, with the red and white of the lighthouse beaming against the blue night sky background. we love this canvas, and it's even more beautiful in person when our 13 faceted gems are applied.
I think we've given you guys plenty of inspiration for this Fourth of July season, so why not give these a try for your next event? If you end up making some of these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc, or use the hashtag #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife for a special shoutout.
Hi Leisure Lifers! Mother's Day is coming up, and we really need to get on the ball. Your mother deserves the best, whether that's eggs benedict in bed, or a relaxing day with no people and a season of Outlander. If you have a mom that loves crafty and creative gifts, then you've come to the right place. We have some extra special mom gifts that will ensure that you get the bigger Christmas present pile this year. Find your craft category, and find this year's Mother's Day project!
These sachets are perfect for the mom that perfumes everything. You can get creative and punch up the colors like this teal and green crochet mandala sachet from Doilies Updated, and put her favorite scent in a wash of beautiful blue yarn. Sachets are meant to freshen up your clothing drawers with a fresh scent, and can be in various shapes and sizes! Contrasted to the crochet mandala, this knitted lavender stitched sachet from Stitch A Garden is much more neutral and minimalist, with a small accent of lavender flowers stitched into the front. Sometimes it's the little things that matter, and this is a tiny token that will last mom a while!
If you want to give mom some jewelry this year, go the unique route! This blue ensemble fromCrochet Jewelryis a great way to dress up an outfit with artistic accessories. These drop earrings will be light and convenient on mom's ears (which is what you want out of a nice earring set), and the matching earring set is to die for. You can change the colors up on this patterns if blue isn't her favorite color, and even incorporate different kinds of beads to put your own spin on the piece, making this mother's day gift versatile and fashion-forward.
If you're going in the self-care direction this Mother's Day, nothing is better than a spa essentials package. You can make these two projects and plenty more from their books, and put together a basket for mom to soak in relaxation. These citrus celebration wax melts from Home Candle Making will have her office or room smelling like a fresh squeezed glass of lemonade or orange juice. Throw these in with a little tea light holder and you have a fun and easy gift! You can even include a little recipe card, so she can keep her favorite scent around for as long as she wants.
If you want to give her some bath essentials, these adorable little loofah soaps from Home Soap Makingare perfect for gently exfoliating the skin, and making you feel shiny and new. With easy to follow instructions, you can make mom a set of these and pair it with some lotions for a cute a crafty bath basket!
If you want to thank your mother for helping you flourish into the beautiful butterfly you've become, then make her this beautiful scarf and headband pattern from Fashion Quilted Accessories. She'll appreciate all of the appliqué work and stitched details you took the time to create for her, and you can even customize this pattern to your liking with your own color combinations of thread.
No matter what you decide to create for your mother on her special day, put love and happiness into it, and show your mom that you appreciate her. Because you know if you don't, she'll remind you about it every year after, and even after that. If you're making your Mother's Day gifts this year, remember to share it to our social pages, so we can see what's going on in your studios, just be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife.
February may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you should stop celebrating love! Love is a driving factor in crafting, Maker friends. We create and share our wonderful work with the people we care about, and we crochet, knit, color, and more because we love practicing these hobbies. Which is why we have some amazing projects that you can surprise a special someone with, and bring a huge smile to anyone's face. Be it a significant other, a friend, or your next door niehgbor that plays music a little too loud (see: Aromatherapy Jewelry), everyone can benefit from a little present now and then.
So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've found the special surprise you've been searching for!
Oh, Coffee. 64 percent of Americans drink one cup every morning. So why not make their morning moments more comfortable? Not to mention, cute! We have these crafty and quirky patterns from Cup Coziesthat are perfect for your favorite caffeine junkie. We did a previous Blog Post on this book a few moons ago, if you want a more in depth look at these crafty cozies. Crochet the cunning kitten for your favorite Cat Lady (top right), or the bumble bee cozy for the exceptionally busy bee (top left)!
Socks have always been classified as a boring gift, but you always end up needing them, and essentially can't live without them (nobody wants stinky feet). So don't underestimate the power of a cute and cozy sock as a present, especially knit ones! We have a variety of socks to knit from Knit Socks For Those You Lovethat can be used for multiple scenarios. Do your morning Yoga routine in these coral ankle wraps (top left), or crash on the couch with this bubblegum pink pattern (top right).
Who doesn't love a good scented candle or lotion? The right smell can transport you to a new attitude, and keep you meditating for days. Now imagine being in that relaxed state, all the time! That's what you get when you wear one of our designs from Aromatherapy Jewelry. With easy to follow instructions on how to infuse essential oils with absorbent Volcanic Lava Beads, you can surprise your special someone with a beautiful and modern piece of jewelry. But that doesn't have to just extend to your significant other! Our Aromatherapy Jewelry designs make the perfect gifts for friends, colleagues, you can even incorporate these beads into a dog collar! Dogs deserve to be relaxed too.
Bright and Beautiful Baby Baubles (Say that 3X fast)
Baby Quilts - Book 7363
Baby Quilts - Book 7363
The perfect surprise for a new mother is a breathtaking baby blanket. Our geometric and colorful Baby Quilts are perfect to brighten up and revamp a nursery, and keep the next generation cozy and crafty. Play with shapes, colors, appliqués, and overlays as you customize any of these seven quilt patterns. This project might take a bit longer to create and surprise someone with, but the end result is definitely worth it.
Which project would you surprise someone with? Tell us below! If you make any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!