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How to Make Your Own Ironing Board Covers

Ironing board covers are tough to keep in good shape. You spill things on them, they get pen marks and they fade if you wash them too many times. To solve this problem, you can make your own ironing board cover. Not only is it a cheap way to keep your ironing board cover nice and new looking, but yo...More...

How to Preserve Flowers in Jewelry

Flowers have a beauty with universal appeal, but unfortunately, it's also a beauty that's fleeting. Preserving real flowers in the form of jewelry will give you a chance to enjoy their shapes or colors for a long time to come. Choose either a method of silver casting for a three-dimensional jewelry ...More...

How to Do Tatting With a Needle

Tatting is a technique that uses loops and knots to create decorative doilies and lace edging. Tatting can be recognized from the arched chains or small rings included in the lace. A common hobby in the mid-19th century, colors used in the technique usually are white or off-white. Thread thickness c...More...

How to Clean Hair on a Porcelain Doll

Porcelain dolls are collected and played with by doll lovers young and old alike. With proper maintenance, a porcelain doll can last hundreds of years. Dust accumulates in the hair of a porcelain doll if left on display with no cover or box. Cleaning the doll's hair is a quick and easy process that ...More...

How to Cut Borders for Quilts

The most popular border for a quilt is a straight sewn border, also known as a butted border. This simply means that a straight piece of fabric is sewn along both sides, then the top and bottom edges. The top and bottom border strips extend past the quilt top and cover the bottom edges of the side b...More...

How to Finish a Quilt Border

A quilt border provides a visual break between the quilt blocks and the binding. It is added to the top once the blocks have been assembled and sewn together and is meant to be the part of the quilt that drapes over the side of the bed. A border can show off your quilting stitches, or you can use tw...More...

How to Preserve Old and Brittle Newspaper Clippings

Newspapers are one of the best sources for breaking stories and incredible events. Unfortunately, because these vital periodicals are produced in mass quantities and at great speed, they are printed on paper that is far from archival quality. Even if your precious clippings are only a few years old,...More...

How to Make Your Own Letter Press Plate

Letterpress plates can be made from any line art design. Many people design them then send the designs off for plate making, but you can make the plates at home. Because the photopolymer plates are UV-sensitive, take care not to expose them to any light source that contains UV rays until you are rea...More...

What is Laminex Made From?

Plastic laminate is a material used in bathrooms, kitchens, hospitals, restaurants and even bowling alleys. Despite its name, plastic laminate is made of only 18 percent plastic resin. Laminex is an Australian company that produces plastic laminate....More...

How to Make a Rose Bush Into a Tree

Although rose trees are usually created by grafting a trunk onto a rose rootstock and then bud-grafting the top of the trunk with buds of the chosen variety of rose for the canopy, there's no reason you can't attempt to make an existing rose bush into a tree. Use the same method and procedures used ...More...

Lathe Safety Checklist

Some woods are toxic enough that a full respirator is recommended when using your lathe on them.Portrait image by Vaida from Fotolia.comThe primary safety concerns related to a lathe have less to do with severed fingers than with being hit by flying pieces of wood. Another common safety......More...

How to Make Mosaic Trivets With Frames

Mosaics are collections of small pieces of glass, tile, paper or other small materials. You can put them together in a random pattern or a preplanned design. Make a simple trivet for your kitchen using a picture frame as your base. Use colored glass to ensure it matches your kitchen decor. Use the t...More...

How to Make a Large Mold

When you make a large mold, you can use the mold to recreate sculptures and impressions of items that cannot otherwise be reproduced. Although it may seem daunting to think about making a large mold, it can easily be accomplished by using a polymer clay that can be baked right in a conventional oven...More...

Watches Used by the U.S. Military

The wristwatch remains a widely used item among U.S. military personnel.Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty ImagesThe wristwatch is such a common, everyday item that one might forget that it's needed on the battlefield. Indeed, the simple wristwatch has for decades formed part of the equipment......More...

Washi Bracelet Instructions

Washi is a thin paper used in Japanese origami. Often patterned and available in an array of colors, the paper has gained popularity as a component of decoupage. Inexpensive and easy to work with, washi paper and decoupage medium adds flair and color to plain, wooden bead bracelets....More...

DIY Gigantic Paper Flowers

Gigantic, colorful paper flowers are not just for fiesta decorations anymore. Today, giant paper flowers are used in place of floral wedding bouquets, as centerpieces and party favors. Long-lasting, inexpensive and a stylish memento of an event, giant paper flowers, whether made from tissue paper or...More...

Easy Native American Jewelry Crafts for Children

Environmental surroundings and spiritual beliefs inspire the materials used in Native American jewelry-making. Children are attracted to the natural symbols commonly found in Native American jewelry. Kids can easily craft totem animal charms, beaded pendants and noodle necklaces....More...