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Thanksgiving Embroidery & Appliqué Hoop

Posted by Marcea
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When we did our What Inspires interview for this month with Beverly McCullough, we spoke to her about her love of embroidery.  Beverly generously offered to create a Thanksgiving embroidery pattern just for OttLite and we thought it would make a great craft!  Beverly has made a corresponding pattern that she posted on her blog Flamingo Toes so be sure to check it out. Materials 7” wood embroidery hoop 10” x 10” fabric for background Felt or fabric for the pieces of the turkey [Read More...]

Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts Holiday Crafts



Carving & Decorating a Craft Pumpkin for Halloween

Posted by Marcea
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Do you love carved pumpkins but either don’t want to deal with the mess of a real pumpkin or (like me) live in a hot climate where if you did carve a pumpkin it wouldn’t last more than 6 days?  Well you can still enjoy pumpkin carving and decoration – with a craft pumpkin!  Craft pumpkins come in a variety of sizes and colors which gives you many options.  We carved and drew on our craft pumpkins and here's how we did it:Materials ·  Craft Pumpkin(s) (Michaels has a great selection)·  Pumpkin [Read More...]

Categories: DIY Crafts LED Lamps Holiday Crafts



Patriotic Mason Jar Candle

Posted by Marcea
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As the summer holidays approach, more people are spending time outside.  Here's a fun craft we found at Michael's that would be perfect for decorating your patio or porch for Memorial Day or 4th of July.  Materials  (3) Ball® Smooth Side Mason Jars (3) 4” x 6” fabric American flagsMod Podge® Hard Coat Foam applicators Decorative sand Jute twine Tea candles Scissors  Directions1. Remove flags from the wooden or plastic sticks.  If needed, use a pair of pliers to get staples out (try not to pull [Read More...]

Tags: 4th of july crafts DIY flag Independence Day Mason Jar Mason Jar crafts Memorial Day Mod Podge OttLite patriotic rustic crafts
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



Egg Dyeing Craft

Posted by Marcea
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 Dyeing eggs is a tradition that symbolizes Easter and the beginning of spring. I found this one on the blog Spend With Pennies.  It looked like it was simple and fun - and it was! This would be a great craft to do with small children, since everything used is a food product.  Materials ·      Hard-boiled eggs·      1 tub of whipped topping ·      Food coloring ·      White vinegar ·      4 disposable bowls or cups  Directions 1.     Pour enough vinegar in a bowl to submerge your hard-boiled [Read More...]

Tags: crafts Easter Egg dyeing Kids Crafts OttLite
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



Inexpensive Homemade Gifts - Week 3 - Wine Bag

Posted by Marcea
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December is almost over but you still need a few gifts for your friends and co-workers.  We've given you some instructions on how to inexpensively make both Tile Coasters and Ceramic Mugs.  Our last inexpensive homemade gift item for the 2015 holiday season is Wine Bags.  These bags take less than 20 minutes and are very inexpensive to make.  Materials (1)  fat quarter of fabric (patterned) (1) fat quarter of fabric (solid) Ruler Matching thread Pinking Shears (if you have them – [Read More...]

Tags: Homemade Gifts; DIY; Holiday Gifts
Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts Holiday Crafts



Inexpensive Homemade Gifts - Week 2 - Decorated Mugs

Posted by Marcea
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We're one week into the month of December - are you ready for Hanukkah and Christmas?  There are lots of people you might have forgotten that you need to get a gift for.  Let us help you with our inexpensive gift ideas you can make at home! This week we're featuring Homemade Ceramic Mugs.  The mugs and markers can be purchased at a store such as JoAnn Fabrics and you can use stencils to decorate or use your own imagination.  With as little as 4 supplies (including your oven) you can have a gift [Read More...]

Tags: Ceramics Homemade Gifts; DIY; Holiday Gifts
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



Kid's Craft: Thanksgiving Turkey Table Decoration

Posted by Marcea
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Thanksgiving is a great time to teach the art of gratitude to children. This project will help them learn what they're grateful for this year while also helping to decorate the Thanksgiving table.This is a simple project from Crafts by Amanda.  You probably have most of the items in your house already, which makes it even easier.  It took me less than an hour to complete so it should be something that’s simple for children over the age of 7.  Younger children could do this as well but an adult [Read More...]

Tags: Thanksgiving Crafts; Kid's Crafts
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



Halloween Decorations for the Ronald McDonald House

Posted by Marcea
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Halloween is a great time of year to go all out when decorating your house.  This year, the team at OttLite decided to get in the Halloween spirit and help a local non-profit by creating decorations for the Tampa Ronald McDonald House.A group of us got together one day to make glitter pumpkins, spider webs (made out of trash bags), paper spiders, and paper bats.  We also stuffed goodie bags with Halloween candy and an OttLite Mini Flip to give to the parents who are staying at the house in [Read More...]

Tags: crafts Halloween Homemade
Categories: Holiday Crafts



4th of July Wreath

Posted by Chaya C
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July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is a time when Americans get together for food, fun and fireworks. Many houses and buildings are covered with bunting and other decorations to show their national spirit.  We have a simple craft inspired by a craft on JoAnn.com that will help you decorate your house while still giving you time to enjoy yourself.Materials  * 16 inch foam wreath* Approximately 2 yards of contrasting patriotic fabrics (approx. 1.5 yards of one fabric and 1/2 yard of the [Read More...]

Tags: 4th of july craft
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



Have an Egg-cellent Easter!

Posted by Chaya C
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Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Growing up my favorite thing to do was run around the yard and gather up all of the Easter eggs.  Now as I am older, it is just as fun to hide them for others to find!This year I decided to make an Easter Egg Banner project that I discovered on Michael's website.  I may not be a craft guru, but I still had a blast making it... even though some of my eggs look more like squished blobs of yarn. Materials:Disposable CupsPaper PlateGlue GunGlue [Read More...]

Tags: bright craft Easter eggs illuminate inspiration inspire light Michael's OttLite Ott-lite
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts


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