Ideas & Inspiration
Welcome to the Crafts section of The Artful Crafter. This is the soul of my site, where I present craft ideas that hopefully will inspire you to create your own original works. While you are free to use any of the ideas you find on these pages, remember that it is better to be distinctive, so just take what’s presented here as your starting point and improvise.
I have listed all my craft ideas by category. Many of the articles contain links to related pages in the “Plans & Patterns”, “Tips” or “Letters” sections of the website. Follow the links to take you to articles about specific craft ideas, tips or patterns that interest you.
Consider some of the books and programs I have recommended. Even if you know 99% of what’s presented in them, the 1% you don’t know can make all the difference. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, use the search box or Contact Us to send us your questions.
Finally it is impossible for one person to be familiar with, let alone knowledgeable, about every one of the infinite number of crafts out there. If you would like to share your craft ideas, tips or patterns with others, or if you have questions about what you see here, please hit the “Contact” link and send them on.
I will be happy to publish your link or a brief advertising message in return for articles or patterns.
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I hope you enjoy my collection of craft ideas and come back to visit us frequently as I will be adding lots of new articles as time goes by.
Table of Contents
There are other things besides jewelry that you can make with beads.
Candles & Candle Holders
Candle & Candle Holder Articles
Tips and ideas for making original candles.
The History and Works of Paulette Gasser
Paulette Gasser is a very talented ceramist.
Articles on how to organize objects in an artistic away.
Crafting by Computer
Computer Crafting Articles
From hardware to software to templates and patterns to tips and ideas, everything you need to know to craft by computer.
Crochet & Knitting
Crochet and Knitting
Crochet and knitting articles on The Artful Crafter.
Cross Stitching & Embroidery
Cross Stitching & Embroidery Articles
How technology is changing this old craft.
Decorating with Decals
Water Slide Decal Articles
How to make, apply and cure water slide decals to just about any craft surface.
All we know about decoupage.
Digital Scrapbooking Articles and Tutorials
Learn how to design and create digital scrapbooking layouts and elements.
Articles on how to add a touch of class to cards, invitations and scrapbook layouts.
Learn about this almost forgotten and very unusual art form.
Ways to make and use fabrics in crafts.
Gift Bag Articles & Patterns
Dress up you gifts with elegant, but easy to make gift bags.
Gourd Crafting Articles
How to cure, finish and decorate gourds.
Holiday Craft Articles
Patterns, ideas and articles to help you make crafts for all seasons.
Homecoming Mums Articles
The tradition of mums as well as how to make them yourself.
Home Cured Modeling Clays
Home Cured Clay Articles
Articles about making beads to castles using modeling clays.
Jewelry Making & Selling Articles
How to make and sell original jewelry pieces.
Working with Leather Articles
Articles about tooling leather, shoe making and more.
Mason Jar Lamps
Mason Jar Lamp Articles
Tips and ideas on how to build and electrify mason jar lamps.
Paper Crafts & Card Making
Paper Craft Articles
Articles about origami, paper making, greeting cards, quilling and more.
Party & Wedding Planning
Party & Wedding Planning Articles
How to make your own invitations, favors and even wedding garters.
The history of porcelain and how it is decorated.
How to design quilts.
Ribbon Crafts Articles
Over 50 things to do with ribbon.
Rubber Art Stamps
Rubber Stamp Articles
How to make, use and care for rubber art stamps.
The Scrapbooking Pages
Layout ideas, tools and techniques to use, related crafts and much more.
Sewing tips and patterns.
Soap Making Articles
Handmade soaps make good gifts and sell well.
Teen & Kids Crafts
Teen & Little Kids Craft Articles
Crafts that may be of interest to teens and younger children.
How to make a potted topiary.
Wallpaper & Wall Coverings
Articles relating to crafty ways to cover your walls.
Simple Steps to Build a Tabletop Water Fountain
How to make unique water fountains using simple materials, including plans for several different designs.
Craft Ideas: Flower Pot Wind Chimes
How to make attractive wind chimes using small flower pots.
Wood Working Articles
How to get the best results.
Articles to Motivate & Inspire You
Inspiration & Motivation Articles
Help to get the creative juices flowing.
All Crafts Net
Go to AllCrafts Net – Free Crafts Projects!