We found these oh-so-cool handmade crochet hooks on pinned by Marta McCall.
And a tutorial at Stramenda.
Have you ever made your own hooks or needles? We’d love to see them!
Design Sponge does it again with a great tutorial for making your own log table. I prefer shorter rounded legs, but these metal ones give it a great modern look.
The original one featured in Spring 2009 issue is slanted.
To buy one of these pencil holders visit Natural Earth Farm’s Shop.
I recently I asked Tonya to make a bigger one to give as a holiday gift.
Tonya also made a log style to giveaway with a Lyra pencil set and drawing supplies from Palumba Toys!
Here’s our Giveaway courtesy of Palumba Toys:
Pack of Premium Drawing Paper (75 sheets 9.5″ x 12.5″)
Small Painting/Drawing Board – 11.5″ x 15″
To enter drawing please leave a comment before Sunday (January 21, 2011) 8 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced on Monday.
Our winner for this giveaway is Molly: “i could probably make the handy little pencil holder but who’s got time with all the fantastic kid crafts we see? it’s a lovely set. thank you for offering!”
The lovely folks at the Wee Folk Art are giving away 5 years of Living Crafts magazine starting today! The giveaway includes 3 years of back issues, along with a 2-year subscription which starts with the current Winter 2011 issue, featuring their own article. The mother-daughter duo’s article includes a complete tutorial for a beautiful hand-sewn felt mitten and a set of woodland animals, exclusively designed for Living Crafts, based on the children’s classic fairytale, The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt.
Please visit Wee Folk Art blog and leave a comment to enter, until Monday, December 20, 9:00 p.m. EST.
Once you make the wooden animals from this article, you’ll be ready to make any wooden figures for your children. Here are some of the photos from their project:
by Fiona Duthie
These wooden tops are easy to make and fun to use! Make them with your children by putting them together but letting the kids do the coloring and painting (or help them complete the entire process). Over the years, my children have spent hours and hours with these toys, making up games with the tops as characters and seeing how long they can keep them spinning.
You can use any size of wooden wheel for these tops. Adjust the dowel size to the hole in the wheel – it should be a tight fit.
Wooden wheels are available through many crafts stores and online at specialty woodworking shops such as:
Cut 3/8″ dowel into 3″ lengths. Sharpen one end with a pencil sharpener. The tip should be a little flat at the end – not completely pointed as for a pencil. Lightly sand the flat end of the dowel to smooth the cut edge. Push the dowel through the hole in the wheel. The closer the wheel is to the point, the more evenly it will spin; the further away, the more wildly. If your dowel is a tight fit, you can test it in different spots to get the spin you would like. Once you have the placement, remove the wheel, apply a small amount of wood glue inside the wheel hole, and push the dowel through to that placement point. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth and leave to dry for an hour. If desired, paint the surface with watercolor paints or color with pencil crayons. Let the spinning begin!