AUGUST DIY Challenge Roundup

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We snuck back with a rainbow inspired DIY Craft Challenge this month, and it looks like you’re all as busy as we are! We got one VERY awesome Rainbow submission from Tara Bliven using our new submission form.

Tara used a brush and colorful gouache on butcher paper as a writing warm-up.

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Been doing a lot of cooking, so I used flavor-y words. – Tara

We love them, Tara!

Here’s a little more rainbow inspiration from our archives to brighten your day!

DIY: Rolled Paper Gift Basket

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RECIPE: Rainbow Bars

DIY: Tie-Dye Tissue Paper

DIY: Tie-Dye Tissue Paper

DIY: Crayon Candles

DIY: Crayon Candles

DIY: Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book!

DIY: Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book!

DIY: Rainbow Shamrock Brooch

DIY: Rainbow Shamrock Brooch

 

 

 


We’re excited to announce that next month’s theme is close to our hearts… Keep an eye on the Adventures-in-Making blog and Facebook for a some purrrfect projects, and send your cat inspired work to us to be included in our roundup at the end of the month.

May DIY Craft Challenge: Once Upon A Fairytale

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s DIY Craft Challenge! We just love seeing the awesome things you all make and feel so inspired by the ‘garden’ themed submissions we received. Be sure to check out our roundup post of what everyone made here!

Once Upon A Fairytale…

This month we are diving into a world of magic and make believe! ‘Fairytales’ is the theme for May and we invite you to find inspiration in your favorite storybook. So channel your inner child (and invite the kids in your life to join in) and enter a world of wonder this month. Have tea with the fairies in your backyard, host your own fairytale theme puppet show, or bake a cake that’s fit for a Queen! Wherever this month’s theme takes you, we hope you’ll share your own handmade magic with us!
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Inspiration Sources:

1. Emerald City Fairy House by Florence Griswold Museum
2. Finger Puppets by Lia Griffith
3. Storybook Clock by Amanda Patterson
4. Fairy Tea Set by Twig & Toadstool
5. Felt Mushrooms by Lil Fish Studios
6. Clothes Peg Fairies by The Imagination Tree
7. Fairytale Storytelling Game by Let’s Play Music
8. Paper Plate Dragons by Pink Stripey Socks
9. DIY Woodland Acorn Necklace by Flamingo Toes
10. Doily Hot Air Balloons by Joann’s
11. Sandcastle Place Cards by Oh Happy Day!

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, May 1st and ends on May 29th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on May 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

APRIL DIY Challenge Roundup

Don’t know what it’s like where you are, but in the Pacific Northwest we’ve had a confusing collection of warm sunny days and cold rainy days. The plants seem to like it, though. It looks like spring!

We’re excited to present this little round-up of Garden inspired projects from you (and people just like you).

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Claire made an upcycled window herb planter that has us buzzing.

This craft composed of 2 parts: the first was painting a cheesy pun and some bees onto an old window. The second part was decoupaging some old tin cans with insects to attach to the window and use as a herb planter.

She has provided free templates and instructions to make your own herb window at her blog – Pillar Box Blue.


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Maura, The Messy Brunette, shared these amazing crocheted blooms (and a nest she found in her garden in Ireland).

Weather hasn’t been great here to get out in the garden but I did manage to make some little flowers…


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Spring has long since passed in Córdoba, Argentina; home of Cintia and Sol de Noche {deco crochet}; but she’s bringing a little of the garden in, in a beautiful way.

As Winter is just around the corner here, I decided to bring some of my plants inside. Your theme has given me the chance to recycle some jute I had and leftover yarn in order to create these crochet pot covers.


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Tara submitted a little of her amazing artsiness  (and legendary lettering) in these swoon-worthy practice pieces.

…just experimenting with gouache and brush lettering. 


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I wasn’t planning to make a new wreath for our front door this spring, but as the weather got warmer, I decided I wanted something new.  I had an idea and went to the store to buy some pretty artificial flowers, some ribbon, and a wreath form.

She added a welcome sign to the center, and it turned out wonderfully. You can see more photos on her blog.


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Becky Kimberly of Cotswoldcre8 shared these awesome bright fiber flowers.

I’m a self-employed community artist whose been experimenting with gorgeous Marino wool create  to funky 3-D blooms!


I love finishing the roundup with a project that reminds me of the next theme, too! Rachel and I have been hard at work on the May theme, and hope you’ll be happily ever after surprised.

 

 

The April DIY Craft Challenge Is “In The Garden”

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s DIY Craft Challenge! We just love seeing the awesome things you all make and feel so inspired by the ‘bird’ themed submissions we received. Be sure to check out our roundup post of what everyone made here!

Play In The Dirt

Spring is here, the sun is shining, and we’re taking inspiration from our own backyards this month! The theme for April is “In The Garden” so we invite you all to go outside, find inspiration in your surroundings and make something inspired by the seeds you plant, the flowers you pot, and the creativity you grow.

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April DIY Craft Challenge at Adventures-in-making.com

Inspiration Sources

1. Incremental Mini-Garden by No Linde
2. DIY Stamped Spoon Plant Markers by Intimate Weddings
3. Hopscotch Garden Stepping Stones by Garden Therapy
4. Springtime Tic-Tac-Toe by Chicken Scratch NY
5. Ombre Herb Garden Markers by Humble Beads Jewelry
6. DIY Modern Neon Concrete Block Planter by Modernly Wed
7. Illustration by Sanna Mander
8. Chalkboard Clay Pot Herb Garden by The Robin’s Nest
9. Herb Embroidery by Onoe Megumi
10. Moss Hearts by Alissa Burke
11. Pansy Shortbread Cookies by The Cafe Sucre Farine
12. DIY River Rock Garden Markers by West Valley Moms Blog

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, April 1st and ends on April 27th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on April 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

Have a great weekend! We’ll be back on Monday with our own “Garden” themed projects to share 🙂

MARCH DIY Challenge Roundup

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.. We’re excited to share the submissions for the March #DIYCRAFTCHALLENGE. There are some really great projects here, and I love the variety of medium and method.

As always, we want to thank those who contributed for taking the time to share your creations with us and the rest of the team. You’re an inspiration!

If you haven’t contributed yet, think about joining us next month. It’s such a great way to get your creative neurons firing.


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Cintia from Córdoba, Argentina is the founder and designer of Sol de Noche {deco crochet}.

I love crocheting amigurumis and home decor. I’ve always wanted to design a dreamcatcher and your theme has given me the motivation I needed.

Her dreamcatcher features amazing crocheted peacock feathers. You can see more of her creations on her blog, Sol de Noche.


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Maura of the messy brunette shared this awesome jar she decorated with a folk  art painting technique.

I have been practising folk art painting & learning how to do the comma stroke. So in order to paint the little birds on the jar I had to get this right …. Getting there as you can see…


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Claire lives in Bedford, England and loves to craft with materials she has lying around.

The birdcage was made out of 2 old wire coat hangers bent into shape taped together and then covered in strips of scrap fabric. This was a really quick and easy fun craft to make.

 For step by step instructions, check out her blog post on PillarBoxBlue.

 


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I recently returned from a vacation to Northern California where I visited Bodega Bay (made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds), and was inspired to make my talisman necklaces with bird images from vintage dictionaries.

Christine Stoll shared a few of her gorgeous found-bauble and resin mounted pieces. You can grab a necklace for yourself at christinestoll.com.


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I was thinking about redecorating our fireplace mantle for spring and decided I needed some sweet little birds sitting on a branch to complete my design. I made my birds out of polymer clay, using stamps and household items to form and decorate them. Once they were complete, I glued them to a real branch to sit on my mantle.

There’s a whole flock of  adorable birdies and step-by-step instructions at Donna Herron’s blog.


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Colleen McGinty used stencils, scrapbook paper and watercolor ground to create these little love birds.

I love to use watercolor ground with a variety of different coloring mediums for a soft look and feel. When dry, I added color with gelato & pastel pencils, gently rubbing for the desired color.


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I used this project to brush up on old origami skills adding the challenge ofworking on a very small scale. I’ve been wanting to try this since my husband gave me a couple pairs for our first anniversary.  

Anna made these tiny, amazing, paper crane earrings for the challenge. You can follow along with her at her blog, 64 Color Box.


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Danita sent in this wool appliqué illustration of two sweet chicks hatching out of tulips. She embellished it with buttons and decorative stitches.

You know Spring is coming when birds hatch and flowers bloom, so why not put them together!


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I was inspired by the extreme cold and blustery snow we were having when I thought about making a baby snow owl.

You can can find a clever DIY to make your  very own floofy owl out of basic materials at Gail’s blog, Purple Hues and Me.


Rachel and I both have a soft spot for birds, so this was a fun month for us. I hope this amazing roundup will inspire the rest of you to play along next month by sending your theme inspired projects to alison@adventures-in-making.com. Remember, we welcome all kinds of creative adventures, and they can even be loosely inspired by the theme. April’s will be….

announced tomorrow! (Did I getcha?)

The March DIY Craft Challenge Theme Is BIRDS!

First I want to say thank you again to everyone who participated in last month’s DIY Craft Challenge! If you missed our roundup of submissions yesterday, be sure to check it out. We are truly blown away by the creative projects that everyone made and shared with us!

Put A Bird On It

With spring just around the corner we are drawing inspiration from our winged friends, the birds! There are endless ways to create something with this theme whether it be the eggs you dye this Easter, the bird feeder you make for your backyard, or the feathers you collect on your afternoon walk. We hope you’ll find some feathery inspiration this month and use it as an opportunity to revisit a project you had forgotten about, experiment with a new technique or skill, or simply treat yourself to an afternoon of making something you enjoy.

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. – Rumi

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March DIY Craft Challenge by Adventures In Making

Inspiration Sources:

1. Curly Paper Bird by Paper Craft Square
2. Wise Owl Pincushions by Quilt Magazine
3. Washi Tape Bird On A Branch by SuWolf
4. Birdseed Heart by Intimate Weddings
5. Paper Mache Birds by Ann Wood
6. Watercolor Feather by Lucy Akins
7. Peep Hot Chocolate by Needles And A Pen
8. Sugar Cookie Easter Egg Nests by Lovely Little Kitchen
9. Bird Sketches by Drawing The Motmot
10. Lego Bird Feeder by Gary Mueller
11. Painted Feathers by Free People Blog
12. Bird Garland by Art Bar Blog
13. Bird Costume by Probably Actually
14. Ombre Dyed Easter Eggs by The Crafted Life

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, March 1st and ends on March 29th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on March 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?
Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

February DIY Challenge Roundup!

We want to thank everyone who participated in the February DIY Craft Challenge. We were so inspired by your creations it’s had to move on to the next theme, but with this amazing collection of projects we’re excited to see what you’ll do next.

A few of you had questions about what kinds of projects we accept as submissions for the challenge, and we wanted to tell you that you to let your imaginations run free! Use the theme for inspiration to try something you’ve always wanted to, revisit an old favorite, or go crazy. We like it all.

Without further ado, here’s what some of you have been up to!


 

20160131_163450-01-01~2 I make States and Countries pillows for my shop, Mod’s Best Friend. The challenge inspired me to try something new for Valentine’s, incorporating California into the word LOVE for a really fun applique.

You can find some of Jennifer’s creations at www.modsbestfriend.com, and on instagram (@modsbestfriend).

I recently decided to try my hand at embroidery and hope to share this little adventure with you. Your theme is perfect for me as its given me the push to get started.  I had a kit sitting there for ages, looking all sad and lonely. 

Maura is an Irish blogger with and interest in crafty things, especially crochet and upcycling furniture. Follow along at themessybrunette.com and on instagram (@TheMessyBrunette) and Pinterest (@messybrunette)

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Although I don’t sew much, I thought that an Altoids tin would make the perfect base for a charming little pincushion.  Two things I like about this pincushion, (1) the tin offers some handy little storage under the cushion for needles, buttons, and notions, and (2) I used a little bit of netting from a vegetable bag to create the floral embroidery that decorates my pincushion.

Check out the tutorial for Donna Herron’s kit here, and her other great projects at hubpages.com/@purl3agony

In August 2015 my sister-in-law was diagnosed with myelofibrosis which quickly turned into leukemia. To keep her warm, I made the beanie in the attached photo.

Rebekah Burr-Siegal stitched this E. E. Cummings poem with a back stitch and chain stitch, and it’s absolutely amazing.

Stitches and threads are my main medium (along with felt) so I knew I had to enter the challenge. All my dimensional felt flowers are hand-stitched. I also love to add stitched details to the the flat flowers as well. 

Cathy is a freelance social media manager/writer/photographer in the Pacific Northwest and makes all sorts of awesome felt creations for her shop Catshy Crafts. Follow her on Instagram (@catshycrafts) and her site catshycrafts.com

Stitches and Threads inspired me to try different stitches and colors to create a sweet heart. I enjoy stitching, knitting, crocheting, quilting, mixed-media journaling, painting, poetry, gelli printing, collage, ….

Uli Day shared this lovely Valentine’s heart with us. You can see her other fun adventures at her site, uliday.blogspot.com.

So glad the challenge is back! I went with a super simple crocheted chain stitch scarf/necklace thing that I really love.

Sarah White shared instructions for this fiber project at her site, ourdailycraft.com.

I’m Dani from California. Each year my New Year Goal is to learn something new every year. This year I chose needlework, and I love it! I’m learning different stitches and mixed media is addicting. 

Dani from California made this sweet little stitched piece from a printable and some needle felting, fabric and buttons for a friend undergoing cancer treatment.

I have been wanting to try paper embroidery for some time now and this challenge provided the push I needed to just go for it. I can’t wait to try another project.

Anna lives in Florida, and is a “teacher by day and sewist, baker, and crafter by all other hours.” She has an amazing step-by-step description of her project at her site, check it out!

Those last two projects are the perfect teaser to March’s theme. Can you guess what it is?

The DIY Craft Challenge is back!

It’s a little late, but we want to wish you all a bright and happy 2016! 2015 was a big year for us, full of laughs and tears both personally and professionally.

After taking a bit of a hiatus, we’re excited to get back to Adventures-In-Making and are making a few changes to push the focus to what we’re really passionate about… getting YOU involved! Tutorials are great, but our goal has always been to make Adventures-in-Making about a community of people embracing opportunities for creativity in their own lives. We want to inspire you, and to have you inspire us!

New Year, New Adventures…

Today we are reintroducing our Monthly DIY Craft Challenge! For those of you who have participated in the past, we welcome you back for more fun! And for anyone new to our website, we invite you to look through our archives, check out past DIY Challenges and stay tuned for the new projects we have in store this week. Each month we choose a new theme to explore from the many shapes, mediums, and subjects that surround us. We invite you to join in the fun and share your own creations with us.

So, What’s New?

Like I said we are changing things up this year! So for the first week of each month we will share projects and posts to inspire you to a new creation, or to share an old one. After week 1, you can find us on social media where we’ll be sharing some of our favorite theme-related projects from both our archives and from around the web. Anyone can submit a project thru the last week of the month (we’ll give you a deadline reminder). Then we’ll do a final round-up post of everyone’s submissions on the last day of the month!

We’re really excited to relaunch our DIY Craft Challenges (especially after all the requests from you guys!) and to let the themes inspire us all to learn and try new things. We hope you’ll join us and help make the A-I-M community a positive force for creativity.

Now without further ado…

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DIY Craft Challenge: Stitches & Threads

Inspiration Sources:

1. Scrappy Applique Embroidery by Jessica Sower
2. Pea Pod Pin Cushion (Source Unknown)
3. Succulent Embroidery by MoonriseWhims
4. Empire Yarn by Jill Draper
5. Embroidered Constellations by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino
6. Embroidery Alphabet by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino
7. Embroidered Gift Tag by About The Nice Things
8. Clothespin Wrap Dolls by This Heart of Mine
9. Cat Embroidery by Bugambilö
10. Many Ways To Sew A Button by The Button Blog
11. I Heart Portland by JessB
12. Crochet Granny Squares by The Writing Tree

FEBRUARY DIY CRAFT CHALLENGE: STITCHES & THREADS

We’re kicking things off with our first theme of 2016 – Stitches & Threads! So get our your favorite sewing supplies and make something new. Don’t know how to sew? Not to worry. Challenge yourself this month and see what you can make with your favorite color yarn or embroidery floss. Experiment with making stitches on paper, learn a few simple embroidery stitches or draw something that is ‘stitch’ inspired. There are no limits to this theme! See where it takes you and most of all, have fun!

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, February 1st and ends on February 27th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on February 29th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

May DIY Challenge Results!

This month’s DIY Challenge theme has reached full bloom, and we’re very excited to share a roundup of submissions we received from our readers. With a theme like ‘flowers’ you know you’re gonna have some fun. Without further ado, here are the May DIY Challenge Award Winners along with the gallery of everyone’s lovely submissions…

DIY Challenge Award: Brightest Idea

The award for “Brightest Idea” goes to Lori Miller of Eldridge, Iowa. Lori is a fine art fiber artist and loves transforming cast-off sewing materials into something new. You can see more of Lori’s work on her website.

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As I am always seeking ways to turn the cast-offs into some type of treasure, I came up with a variation of the zipper pin. The idea is not my own originally but I modified it to make a more fresh, funky flower design. Combinations of colors was fun as well as the different type of zippers. – Lori Miller

DIY Challenge Award: Most Inspired

We were “Most Inspired” by Gail Griffin’s handmade foam lilies. Gail is from Millersville, Maryland where she teaches crafty classes and creates various projects for her blog, Plum Perfect and Me. Check out Gail’s step-by-step tutorial and have fun making your own foam flowers!

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DIY Challenge Award: Most Treasured

This beautiful handmade journal deserves the “Most Treasured” award because it is almost too gorgeous to write in! Made by Nikki, the creator of Venus Envy Paper. Nikki used K & Company scrapbook paper to create this book and used the coptic binding technique. As a lifelong journal writer, she loves that her handmade journals have the ability to lie completely flat, for easy writing. Be sure to check out Nikki’s Etsy shop where she sells handmade wax seals, custom journals, paper flowers and more!

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I specialize in making custom art journals, paper flowers and wax seals. I live in a smallish (read growing way too fast) town in Northern California. I am a proud sci/fi nerd and have adopted six homeless cats. Or I should say, they decided I was going to be their human servant for the rest of their natural multiple lives. I am most passionate about creating journals that will last not for the moment, but for generations. – Nikki

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Credits (left to right):

1. Homegrown Lollipop Flowers by Stephanie Rose from Vancouver BC, Canada
2. Field of Flowers Tote by Donna Heron
3. Mixed Media Collages by Becky Brooks from Issaquah, Washington
4. DIY Flowers On A Stick by Despina from Greece
5. Painted Sunflowers by Madison Lee from Southern California

Thank you for participating in the May DIY Challenge! We will be taking a break for the month of June but we’ll be back with our next DIY Challenge theme in July!

May DIY Challenge: Flowers

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Sources left to right: Fabric Covered Flower Pots by Ashley Ann, Pom Pom Bouquet by Camille Styles, Pressed Flowers by Sweet Paul, Paper Ranunculi by Brit+Co, Seed Starts in Cupcake Tins by Tuinieren, Spring Paper Flower Garland by Lia Griffith, Edible Flower Cookies by Pretty Prudent, Felt Roses by Pretty Petals, Book Paper Flowers by 100 Layer Cake, Spring Flower Bowls by Martha Stewart, Spring Kitten Flower Cookies by Lookie Boo, Pretty Lace Flower Pots by A Beautiful Mess.

May DIY Challenge: Flowers

This month we are officially celebrating the spring season with Flowers! Flowers are such a beautiful, versatile subject so we are excited to see what YOU make this month. Whether you are planting seeds in your garden, baking flower cookies for a party or making a flower inspired art or craft project, we invite you to share it with us!

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, May 1, 2015 and ends on May 29th, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on May 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more flower inspired project ideas.