With all this talk of cross stitch lately on my website and Instagram, I decided it would be a good idea to make a little basics video! If you need a little beginning lesson or a refresher, this video will help you get started!
I’m so excited! I have a new temperature cross stitch pattern up in my shop! This one is a little different though…it is a MONTHLY temperature cross stitch! With these little, cute rainbows, you cross stitch one arc of a rainbow a day for a month in the color that matches up with your high temperature for the day. I found that this was actually really easy to do after the month was over so that I could see the range of temperatures for the whole month, then make up my temperature chart for that range. I made one for each of my daughters for their birth months. I even put their birthdays in gold floss to make it more personal! Since this is a monthly pattern, it is also fun to pick colors that go along with the season in which your month falls. So for my summer baby, I picked summery brights. For my winter baby, I picked cool colors. And for my spring baby, I went with a light, springy combo. How fun would this be as a baby gift? You could give it to the new mommy and baby the month after the baby is born or even on baby’s first birthday! You can find the pattern HERE in my etsy shop! Make sure to tag me if you make these temperature rainbows!
As I was lying in bed one night reading a book, it hit me…I NEEDED to make a giant cross stitch! Maybe it was because it was late and I was a little loopy, or maybe it was because I wasn’t really very interested in the book I was reading, or maybe it was because I just am always thinking about new projects, but whatever it was, I knew I HAD to make one ASAP! So I started thinking…what has holes like cross stitch fabric but is bigger? A chain link fence? The holes seemed too big, and it didn’t seem very pretty. Plastic fencing? Still not quite what I was looking for. Pegboard? Perfect! Big enough to make a big design, but not overly huge. And it can be hung like artwork! I ran to Lowes the next day and had a big pegboard cut down so that I could make my cross stitch dreams come true! After seeing how easy this project is, I’m pretty sure you will be running to Lowes tomorrow to make your dreams come true too. :)
Pegboard. I bought mine at Lowes, and to avoid having to spray paint, I bought a board that was already white on one side. This board measured 4’ x 8’, so I had it cut down into eight 2’ x 2’ pieces.
Yarn. This is a great yarn stash buster, so use up any yarn you might already have. If you want to create a rainbow gradient pattern like I did above and don’t have as many colors on hand, Amazon sells mini multipacks of yarn that come with quite a few colors. This one HERE comes with 30 different colors.
Large Yarn Needle. I like this metal kind HERE from Amazon. I also really love these plastic yarn needles. I use these needles all the time for garlands, crochet, etc., so they are good to have on hand.
Cross Stitch Grid. You can download my grid for a 23 square by 23 square here.
Optional: A trash bag or towel to set under your space while you are working to keep it clean from the pegboard mess.
Begin by cleaning off your pegboard as much as possible. Because the pegboard has had a bunch of little holes cut into it, it has a lot of brown dust and is a bit of a mess. I use a slightly damp towel to clean off the board, but be aware that the board will leave more mess as you are pulling yarn through the holes. I like to cover my area with a trash bag so that the clean up is a little easier. Or you could do it outside and sweep up the mess when you are done!
Plan out your design on your grid. The grid that I have available to download above is for a 2’ x 2’ piece of pegboard with 23 squares across and down. Adjust the grid for the size of your board. Then mark your grid with a marker to lay out your design. I like to find the center square to make sure it is centered well. The pattern for my rainbow design above is available for download at the bottom of this post.
If your design is fairly exact (like my heart), you may want to put a small pencil mark in the center of each square on the board so that you know where you need to cross stitch. I didn’t do this for my rainbow abstract design because it didn’t really matter where the stitches went. With the heart, however, I wanted it to be centered and symmetrical, so I put little pencil marks in the squares along the edge of the heart.
String your yarn onto your needle. Depending on the thickness of your yarn, you may want to double it up. I was using a regular thickness, so I did double up. A thick yarn, however, will probably be fine without being doubled. I like to work with about four feet of yarn at a time (so measure about eight if you are doubling), but you can easily work with less or more.
Start your stitching as you would any other cross stitch. I don’t like to tie knots in the string when I cross stitch. I like to secure the yarn in place by stitching over it. The benefit of not having knots on the back is that it will lie more flat if hanging on the wall. If it is easier for you to tie a knot, feel free, but make sure that your knot will not go through the large pegboard hole.
Continue to cross stitch into the squares where you want that color. I had to cut a few strands of the same color to fill in all the squares that I wanted. Remember that this pegboard is a little messy! Sometimes some of the dust will get into your yarn. Every once in a while, I would blow the dust off or pick slightly bigger pieces of the board out of the yarn. Brushing the dust off or blowing it off tends to work well. It also helps to have a trash bag or towel under your work surface to keep the mess to a minimum.
Continue to fill in your design using the colors of your choosing. Start a new color by going under a stitch on the back to hold the new yarn in place, just like to you started your first color. You can end colors the same way by stitching over or going under an existing stitch to hold those ends in place.
If you want to hang your artwork, you may want to attach picture hanging hooks to the back. Just make sure you use very small nails so that it doesn’t come through the other end. 3M picture hanging Velcro would be a great option for these.
You can even make your giant cross stitch functional! Use that pegboard to hang supplies in your craft room, hats in your bedroom, or keys by your door!
I love how the size of these big stitches makes a big statement. Cross stitch is typically a small, very detailed art. This makes it a little less detailed, but a lot more visible! You can even use the pegboard with pegs for functional space, and cross stitch around it! Pegboard just got a whole new look!
I always love a craft that can use of some of my craft supply stash. If you have left over yarn from other projects, then this craft will require very little by way of supplies! For this week’s craft camp, we made round weavings using embroidery hoops and yarn. That’s really all you need! Two supplies! Wait, I lied. You need scissors too. So you actually need three supplies. :)
Yarn. I used a variety of yarn because I love all the different textures in a weaving. I used some regular yarn, some finger loop, some roving, and other yarn I had in my stash. You will want to use a regular, thinner yarn for to string your hoop. Thinner allows for more warp threads and more design with your creation.
Embroidery hoops. If you want a variety of sizes, this 6 piece set from Amazon is a great deal. At craft stores, the smallest size is usually about $1.50, and goes up from there, so this is a great deal at about $7. If you want several all of the same size, this 12 piece set from Amazon is also a great deal. The 6” size at craft stores is usually about $1.79, so this package will save you about $7.
To start, you need to tie your warp (AKA the “spokes” on your hoop) yarn around your hoop. Take off the outer hoop to begin. Then tie your yarn to the hoop, and start wrapping back and forth all the way around. One really important detail with weaving is that you need to have an odd number of warp strings. So make sure that you end up with an odd number. I’ve created a video below to show how I made my strings centered and matched up.
At the end, tie another knot back at the first string to complete your weaving loom. Put the outer hoop back on to hold your warp strings in place.
I actually did this ahead of time for all of the kids. I thought it might be a little tricky for them, so I prepped the hoops for them. It really didn’t take long to do all of these. Once I got the hang of it, they went pretty quickly.
Now you can begin your weaving. You need to tie your first yarn directly onto the warp strings. The knot can be on the backside of your finished weaving, so don’t worry about it looking bad on your finished piece.
Keep in mind that it is easier to use the thinner yarn in the center of the hoop, as you have less space in between warp strings. As you get further away from the middle, larger yarn works well in filling in those larger spaces.
Start weaving your yarn over and under each warp string. Because you have odd numbers, you will be able to go around and around with your over under pattern.
I found it easiest to cut strands of yarn from the yarn skeins because it is hard to fit a large skein through the small warp openings.
As you want to change yarn, simply tie the new yarn to the end of the previous yarn. Then keep weaving as if you had one long strand. You may want to make sure that the knots you tie end up on the back side so that it keeps the front knot free.
Pull your yarn tight as you weave around and push it close to the center to make sure there aren’t any gaps.
I was surprised at how easily my kids caught on to the weaving. I did have to help the younger ones tie new yarn on to the previous yarn strand, but they didn’t need any help in weaving around.
When you get to the end of your weaving, you can tie your yarn to one of the warp strings, just like you did at the beginning.
You can trim down any visible ends, and ta-da! You have a beautiful, fiber filled, work of art! These can be hung from a wall or can be displayed on a mantle or book shelf. I seriously was so pleased with how cute they all turned out! It’s fun to see the different personalities of each kid come through in the colors they choose and designs they make.
I hope you enjoy making these as much as my kids and I did! Use up those yarn scraps and make some fun, and funky art for your home!
A few weeks ago, I saw a cute clay pencil holder on the Mod Cloth website. I thought it might be a fun craft to try to recreate because my kids love working with clay. As much as I wish I had a cool kiln in my backyard to fire my own pottery, I unfortunately don’t. So we are stuck with oven bake clay and air dry clay in our house. Luckily, air dry clay can be really fun! You have to be a little more patient with air dry clay since it takes a little time to dry, but it is worth it for the sake of craft camp! Do keep in mind though, that this craft cannot be done in one day. You will need to take one day to mold the clay and another a few days later to paint. Neither part takes very long, but you do have to wait several days in between to make sure your clay is dry. So get part of it started one afternoon, then get them back out when the kids are bored a few days later!
Air Dry Clay. I bought the Crayola white air dry clay, which worked fantastically. The texture is just like regular clay, and it looks really similar to fired clay when dry.
Craft paints. Any variety of paint from the craft store will work. You don’t want the washable kind for this though as you want it to stick on the clay and not come off.
Toothpicks for making designs in the clay.
Roll your clay into a ball, then form your clay into a desired shape. I wanted to make a rainbow, so I flattened it into a half circle shape. You want your clay to have a thickness of at least an inch and a half so that it has space to make pencil holes.
Using the end of a pen, make holes along the top of your clay to be the pencil holders. You will want to make the holes bigger than the pen because they will shrink a little as they dry. Wiggle he pen around a little to make the space a little larger.
Using a toothpick, make designs in your clay. I made stripes for my rainbow with mine, but you could also just leave it blank and paint on the designs later. I thought it made it easier to paint into the designs when I had the lines already drawn, but either way works great.
Because these clay sculptures are thick, you will need at least two full days to allow them to dry.
When your piece is completely dry, you can paint your work of art! The paint dries fairly quickly because the clay is slightly porous, so this part shouldn’t take very long.
Then you can enjoy your cute pencil holder! You have a work of art that can also help keep some of your office supplies organized.
My kids made a variety of different pencil holders: we had another rainbow, a Super Mario Star, and a rocket. With the rocket, the pencils can be stuck in end as if it was fire shooting out. I loved seeing the unique ideas that each of my kids had. Even though we had to start this craft but then finish it a few days later, they were still excited to get back to their pieces and paint them. Go fill up those shelves with a bunch of these cute clay pieces!
Pom pom pineapples have always been one of my favorite and most rewarding pom poms to make! In my latest video tutorial, I am showing how to make these tropical treats! Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be the first to hear about my newest video tutorials!
I have three daughters, and jewelry making is always a summer favorite. When they were younger, we had to stick with large beads and large elastic or thread so that their little hands could string the beads. Now that they are a bit older, we can use smaller beads and thinner string, giving us more jewelry making options. When I saw some beaded pom pom necklaces on @theloome on Instagram, I thought they would make a perfect craft camp activity! These turned out even better than I expected, and I they kept my girls busy for a solid two hours!
Seed Beads in various sizes and colors. I bought some online and some at craft stores. (Amazon has this fun multipack.) I didn’t worry about them being the same size, because I like the variety.
Small letter beads if you want them.
Beading string. I wanted these necklaces to be long, so I used string as opposed to elastic. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but this clear string from Amazon is a good option. You will probably want to secure your ends with a dab of strong glue to make sure the knot doesn’t come out. Thin elastic is another good option (like this one from Amazon).
Pom Pom maker. The clover pom pom makers are my favorite ones!
Tassel Maker or piece of cardboard. I really love the tassel maker that comes with this pom pom set. The tassel maker is adjustable and it makes it easy to get tassels of the same length. (I also love the giant pom pom maker that comes with this set!)
Beading needles if desired. I found that the string was waxed enough to string directly onto the it without needing needles. Plus, needles can be a little dangerous for some kiddos, so we skipped these altogether. You do need one to go through the pom pom or tassel, however, so keep one handy if you aren’t using it the whole time.
Paint palettes. These are perfect for keeping your beads so that you can pour out several colors at a time. I bought this 15 pack from Amazon because I figure that we can use them for painting projects too!
OmegaCryl yarn or regular yarn. I love the vibrant colors of OmegaCryl and the light, fluffy pom poms and tassels they make. I get mine from The Neon Tea Party. She has an awesome selection!
Start by cutting long strands of thread or elastic. I wanted them to be long enough to slip over our heads, so I made sure they were quite long. It’s always easier to make it longer at the beginning and cutting it shorter than starting too short and not being able to add more string. Tie a knot in one end of the string leaving about 2-3 inches for a tail, making sure that it is large enough so that the beads won’t go over it.
Start stinging your beads in any pattern you like.
When you get to the center (or wherever you want to place your pom pom or tassel), you will need a needle to go through the center of your pom pom or top of your tassel.
Letter beads can be added anywhere. My girls wanted them close to their tassels/pom poms.
At the end of your necklace, tie a knot (or several) with the ends. It is also a good idea to use a strong glue like E6000 or something similar.
Trim your ends.
The problem is that once you make one of these necklaces, you will want to make more because they turn out so cute! I want one with every color of tassel and pom pom! I was really impressed with the necklaces my girls made. When you have super cute beads and the best colors of pom poms and tassels, the necklaces pretty much will always turn out darling!
It’s summertime! And that means that the kids are home EVERY DAY. Even though we try to do day camps here and there, there are still a lot of summer days when we are home and my kids are saying the dreaded words: I’m bored. My kids love crafting, and often in their bored moments, they want to do big, elaborate crafts that require my help. To keep my sanity and to keep my kids happy, I decided to do a kids Craft Camp once a week for my kids. They know that once a week we will do some crafty project together. They can always do other crafts on their own during the week, but those are kid-directed. The craft camp craft is mom-directed. They look forward to that day each week (it changes from week to week based on out schedule), and I can think about it ahead of time and have the craft supplies ready to go. We started these craft camps last summer, so scroll back through my website to see our crafts from last year! This has become one of our favorite summer traditions, and it is some fun, creative, togetherness time!
For our first craft of the summer, we made painted rock houses with clay trees. This is a really inexpensive craft, since most of the materials can be found in your own yard! We have TONS of rocks in our yard. Like tons. If you dig a hole in the ground outside, you hit rocks almost immediately. We have planted quite a few perennials this spring, so we have rocks a plenty. I thought this would be a fun craft to kick off craft camp this year, and a good way to re-purpose some of those thousands of rocks!
Supplies for Painted Rock Houses
Rocks. Gather these from your yard, beach, hike, etc. Look for ones that can have a flat side that can be the base of your house, and ones that have a “roof-like” top.
Paints. I have a bunch of paints at home, but you can buy these fairly cheaply from any craft store.
Paint brushes. Thinner ones work really well for the details, and thicker ones are great for painting the house itself. (This set from Amazon is great and has a bunch of different sizes.)
Tiny jewelry boxes. These are optional, but they are fun if you want to make a mini diorama with your tiny houses and trees. (I found these mini boxes from Amazon that were perfect.)
Begin by washing and drying your rocks. Dirt can keep the paint from sticking, so make sure these are clean rocks.
Paint the roof on each rock house. You can just freehand a straight line for the edge of your roof.
Paint the house itself. If you want a very straight line between your roof and house, you can use tape to make sure the line will be straight. I like the not-so-perfect look, and my kids definitely didn’t have patience for tape, so we just decided to paint with as straight a line by hand as we could.
4. Now paint the house itself.
5. Once it’s dry, you can add windows or doors using a fine paintbrush.
Now that you have your little village, you can create some greenery (or pinkery, or bluery!) to go along with it!
Supplies for Tiny Clay Trees
Oven-Bake Clay. I love to get the multipack of Sculpey clay (like this one from Amazon) because it give us lots of color options. Since you only need a little bit of clay, you can use the rest of the clay for another project! (You can even make these snowglobes that we made for Craft Camp last year!)
Small wood pieces. You could cut up a branch from your yard, or buy these tiny, pre-cut slices from the craft store. I also found some tiny, round wood pieces that are rounded on one side and flat on the other. These were both in the wood section of the craft stores.
Gorilla Glue. I love this glue because it dries clear and lightweight. (You can find it here on Amazon.) Hot glue can also work.
Work the clay with your hands to get it soft and easier to work with. Mold your clay into a tree shape. Make sure that your tree can fit on the wood “stumps.” For the ones that I wanted to glue onto the rounded wood pieces, I had to poke the round end into the bottom of the trees to make sure that it would stand up straight. For the other stumps, I just made sure that the bottoms were flat.
Bake the clay according to the directions on the package.
Allow the clay to cool, then glue the stumps onto the trees. If using Gorilla Glue, make sure you follow the directions on the glue bottle. You need to wet one side of the two pieces you are gluing for it to work properly. Even though it is clear, if you get too much extra glue on your pieces, you will see it once it dries. It leaves a sort of “foamy” looking dried residue. Just make sure to only apply a little glue.
Allow the glue to dry.
These tiny little villages can now be made into tiny dioramas using the tiny jewelry boxes. Just hot glue your house and tree into a box. Make sure you pick itty-bitty houses and rocks!
Or you can put these little houses in a fairy garden in your yard. We let our girls plant fairy gardens this year in old pots, and they loved putting these rock houses in with their flowers.
And if you don’t want to make a diorama or plant a fairy garden, you can always just put these on a shelf or a mantle! The possibilities are endless! Enjoy your rock houses!
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to figure out that fun gift! If you are looking for something cute and easy to make for Mom or the women in your life, this purse pom might be just the thing!
While the method to make these pom poms is just the same as any traditional pom pom, the material used to make these is different. Usually I use traditional yarn to make pom poms, but these use a much finer, thinner yarn called OmegaCryl. If you have traveled to Mexico and have looked in the handmade markets, you may have seen pom pom garlands that are made using OmegaCryl. It is an acrylic yarn made in Mexico, and it comes in the most vibrant, rich colors. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it came in colors that I typically couldn’t find with regular yarn. OmegaCryl isn’t readily available in craft and yarn stores, which is the one draw back. But, you can find it online. My favorite place to find OmegaCryl is The Neon Tea Party, which has a great selection and darling ideas.
I’ve made a video tutorial explaining the process for making these purse poms. (And make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on all of my newest video tutorials!) You will need a few supplies to get started:
OmegaCryl yarn (regular yarn can be substituted as well)
Pom pom tying string. I like something that isn’t very shiny or slick. The OmegaCryl string is just a little too delicate to use for tying since you want it to be held together really tightly. I use just a cotton string to do my tying.
Pom Pom maker. I like the Clover 3 3/8” size for these big pom poms. You can find it in a set from Amazon.
Tassel Maker. I really love the Boye tassel maker that comes in awesome set of pom pom makers. If you wanted to make your own, a piece of cardboard could do the trick.
Yarn for the hanging strings.
Large metal yarn needle for stringing through the pom pom and tassel. I like this set HERE.
Once you start making these purse poms, you won’t be able to stop! And the possibilities are endless! You can make one to match every bag you have! :)
I made some with just tassels, some with just pom poms, some with different sizes of pom poms and tassels, you name it.
I particularly love how this tiered tassel came out with the ombre of colors. I can’t get enough of the bright colors!
If your pom pom recipient isn’t into purse poms, you can always make a doorknob garland. I’ve seen these popping up in boutiques, and they are a subtle way to dress up your door. I used regular yarn on this one, but it could be done with OmegaCryl as well.
This straw clutch is also a fun gift idea. I found a plain straw clutch on Amazon for less that $15 (you can find it HERE) then made a few pom poms with OmegaCryl. I hot glued these directly to the clutch, making a unique gift!
To top it all off, I’ve added a fun little tag to the pom poms that I’m giving out for Mother’s Day. You can download your own POM for MOM tag too!
I hope that you and all of the special women in your life have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Let’s let all of those ladies in our lives know how loved they are!
I recently used some amazing OmegaCryl yarn to make a rainbow pom pom, and I think I have my new favorite pom pom! I used TWELVE different colors for this one pom pom! The nice thing is that it is super easy to make! Find out how in my video tutorial below, and make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for other crafty tutorials!
I hope you’ll be seeing rainbows too after making these pom poms!