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The Craft Patch

Crafts, Home Decor, DIY's and Recipes

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Free Printable Valentine's Day I Heart U Art

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day? I think it's fun to add some splashes of decor for each holiday throughout the year. It helps my kids get excited about whatever holiday is coming up next. But I don't go crazy for Valentine's Day like I do for Christmas, so I am always looking for cheap seasonal decor ideas. This year I created this I Heart U Valentine's Day art, printed it and framed it and voila! Instant Valentine's Day decor! And I'm excited to be sharing this art with you as a free printable.


I couldn't decide which color scheme I liked best, so I am offering all four variations and I'll let you pick what you like best. Ooooo... good idea! Print all four and make a cute Valentine's Day gallery wall! 


Download the free 8"x10" PDF files here:






These graphics would also make really cute handmade Valentine's Day cards. Just resize the file, print it out and glue it to the front of a card, then add whatever embellishments you like.


If you like this project, please Pin it so others can find it too!






Looking for more fun Valentine's Day crafts and DIY's? Here are some of my favorite ideas from years past:

Paper Clip Love Birds Valentine's Day Craft

"You COLOR My World" Free Printable Valentines

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Boho Scarf (Free Knitting Pattern)

I'm excited to be sharing a free knitting pattern with you today. I was perusing the yarn aisle at Walmart the other day and came across Red Heart Strata yarn and instantly fell in love. It's almost like t-shirt yarn, but it's a tube instead of flat strips of knit fabric if that makes any sense. It's soft and stretchy and squishy and completely delicious yarn! I immediately came home and started working on a boho-inspired scarf.


The pattern itself is simple, but it makes a great fringe-like lace that gives the project a beachy Boho look. Even beginning knitters can handle this pattern! 

I created an infinity scarf by sewing the finished scarf ends together to form a circle. It would make an awesome long scarf as well, but you would need to use two skeins of yarn. It would be really fun to finish each end off with fringe. I even think it would be cute as a short fold-over neck warmer with buttons. So many cool possibilities with one pattern!

Are you ready to make your own knitted scarf?

Materials:

Red Heart Strata Yarn, 1 skein
Size 11 Straight Knitting Needles


Pattern:

Cast on 22 stitches using the long tail cast-on method.

Rows 1-4 : knit all stitches
Row 5: k1 with 3 wraps. Repeat to end.
Row 6: k1 and drop wraps. Repeat to end.

Repeat until the scarf is the desired length. I repeated the six row set 17 times and used the entire skein of yarn.

I did want to note that after you knit row six, gently pull on the stitches until the long stitches are even and smooth. It's a little weird at first, but you'll get the hang of it quickly.


Here's a little video so you can see exactly how to work Row 5 and Row 6.





I hope you enjoy this fun knitting project as much as I did. I can't wait to wear my new scarf!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Kraft Paper Fringe Wreath Tutorial

This post is sponsored by Paper Farm and contains affiliate links. Thank you to this generous sponsor for helping to keep this blog up and running!

I enjoyed having my home decorated for Christmas, but with the start of a new year, I've been changing my home decor up a bit. Today I am sharing a craft tutorial with you for making this awesome DIY wreath. It's so fun and I'm totally geeking out over it.


Can you believe this wreath is made out of paper?! I am digging the rustic texture of the kraft paper mixed with the funky fringe. This wreath could totally lean neutral farmhouse or eclectic London flat. It almost has a tribal feel. You could also add a round mirror to the center and turn it into a DIY sunburst mirror!

To make your own brown paper wreath, you will need:


Wire Wreath Form (I used a jumbo 18" form, but you can choose any size)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

1. Begin by cutting long strips of kraft paper. I made the strips for the outer layer of my wreath 4 inches long, then decreased the width of the strips as I neared the center of the wreath. The smallest strip ended up being about 2.5 inches.

2. Use the fringe scissors to add fringe to one edge of the kraft paper.


3. Run a line of hot glue along the top edge of the fringe, then wrap it around the outer ring of the wreath.To get the paper to follow the curve of the wreath, you kind of have to scrunch the top edge as you glue.


4. Repeat the process for each ring in the wreath and then you're done!


 Like I said, I'm in love with this wreath. So much texture and interest for so few dollars! Another successful DIY craft project is in the books!


At first I hung the wreath in my entryway, but then I moved it to the living room and layered it on top of my giant chalkboard.


I kind of love it in here! I've gone completely neutral for winter, so the wreath really works.


P.S. I'm really loving how my living room is coming together. Yay!

 If you like this project, you might also like:

Accordion Fold Paper Wreath
Paper Shamrock Wreath

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

DIY Mini Craft Room Storage Boxes

Hi friends! Sorry for the silence over here. I've taken some time off while my kids were out of school over winter break. But I've got a bunch of fun, exciting new content coming in the next few weeks, so be looking for it.

Today I'm sharing these cute mini DIY storage containers over on the Consumer Crafts blog. 


They're the perfect size to hold washi tape, just saying. See the full post HERE.


I'm currently trying to dig my way out of the big mess in my craft room. I've made some fun changes in there and I can't wait to show you!

Monday, December 26, 2016

10 Most Popular New Posts of 2016

As the year comes to a close, it's time for my annual "Top Ten" post. These are the ten most popular new posts from 2016. Each year I am surprised by which projects make it on this list and I don't think I've ever been able to predict what will end up being most popular. It sure is fun to see! Thank you friends for coming here, for making my projects, for leaving encouraging comments, for being my friends in real life and online. I love this little place I've created on the internet because of the people I've met. I am inspired by you!



Now, without further adieu, the most popular posts of 2016: