More Crafting Hints & Tips

To me crafting is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable pastimes. A sense of accomplishment when successfully completing a project is a real source of pride. Successfully completing craft projects is not as easy for some as it is for others. Becoming familiar with the crafting hints and tips below will help you to be one of the successful crafters thus making crafting a fun and enjoyable activity.

  • When gluing small objects such as goggly eyes onto a larger object, squeeze the glue onto the larger object then place the smaller object into the glue.  Doing the reverse can be a real source of frustration, especially to children, as the small object will stick to your fingers and be difficult to place where you want it once it has glue on it.
  • When crafting work over a clean Styrofoam tray. It will help keep your work area clean and keep small parts from getting lost. Styrofoam trays, like fruits and vegetables come on, can be put in the top rack of the dishwasher.
  • When applying glue with a glue stick to small pieces of paper, lay a scrap sheet of paper under the pieces you are applying glue to. This will keep glue from getting on your work surface.
  • When you need to tie a string around something, after crossing the ends and tucking one end under, tuck the same end under a second time before completing the knot. This will help keep the string much tighter while you complete the knot.
  • When threading ribbon through a hole in a tag, cut the end of the ribbon at an angle and/or fold it in half before threading it through the hole.  It will go through easier like this.
  • When cutting out a heart, fold the fabric or paper in half and cut just half of the heart out being sure the center of the heart is on the fold. This will make both halves even when you open up the fabric or paper.
  • To draw a shamrock, first make a heart template then use the heart to draw the shamrock by tracing three hearts that overlap at the sides and meet at their points then finish the shamrock off by drawing  a stem at the bottom of the three hearts.
  • To tie an overhand knot, keep the two pieces of string together (as if they were one piece) and wrap them around your finger forming a loop.  Then, pass the ends through the loop you made and pull taught.
  • When painting with fabric paint in squeeze bottles, to lessen the number of air bubbles, keep a paper towel nearby and before each use, tip the bottle of paint upside down and tap it gently on the paper towel. This will help remove any air from the tip of the bottle.
  • To make a professional finish on a bow, either cut the ends on an angle or fold the ends of the ribbon in half and cut the ribbon on an angle cutting higher on the end where the fold is. This will form an upside down V shape in your ribbon.
  • To keep fabric from fraying, use pinking shears to cut it out.
  • To curl ribbon, buy curling ribbon and tie as desired then using  the blade of a pair of scissors, quickly run the ribbon across the blade.  Don’t be afraid to run the ribbon across a second time if the ribbon isn’t curly enough. As always, use caution when using any sharp object.
For even more tips on crafting successfully read more at Craft Elf’s Hints & Tips section.  
If you have any hints and tips for crafting, please feel free to share them below in our comment section. We would love to hear from you.

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