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When it's time to style this party, I will always style it hard!

An acquaintance has asked me to serve as the (paid) stylist for her child's birthday party. I'm not a professional party stylist, just a maniac with a glue gun and far too many ideas. What's a fair price for my labor? Party location: NYC. [more inside]
posted by 2or3things on Jul 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Paint my decorative garden fish!

I am usually pretty crafty but for the life of me can't figure out what kind of paint will suit my needs - semi-to completely permanent, will stand up outdoors year round, semi see-through, pretty colors, for glass. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jun 16, 2014 - 4 answers

De-stuffing for the stuff-intensive lifestyle?

I have a lot of stuff and desperately need to declutter. But I'm also a crafter, a DIY-type and a mom to small kids, which means I have lots of quasi-legitimate reasons to hold onto Stuff. Given that all these objects are potentially useful, what algorithms can I use to distinguish between "useful, but toss" and "useful, so keep"? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 19, 2014 - 26 answers

Tips for a new teen crafter?

What should me 14-y.o. daughter know about starting a small hobby/business of making and selling crafts? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Dec 9, 2013 - 21 answers

what do to with fancy beer bottles

I've got some heavy, fancy beer bottles, like this, at home. Throwing them out is a waste, and there is no deposit. What can I do with them?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me name the things I have made

MeFites, you did such a good job of coming up with a name for the last blog I launched that I'm back again asking you to help me name the next blog I want to kickstart soonish. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Dec 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Making camp awesome, one craft at a time

I've been offered the chance to run a week-long day camp this coming summer at a local art space. I have an idea for a theme, but I want to run it by the hive mind and make sure it's as awesome as it can possibly be. Who want to help me plan Costume Camp? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Nov 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Making something pretty from old slides

I need ideas for an art project using old 35mm slides. I have looked at the lampshades and curtains. The problem is most of my slides are a black background with very fine colored lines forming the image (they're protein structures, this picture here is a good example of what's on my slides). I worry any lampshade I formed with these wouldn't highlight the images on the slides the way I see in photos because so much of the slide itself is opaque. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Leather soles

What specific type of leather is used for dress shoe soles? [more inside]
posted by pengale on Oct 22, 2013 - 1 answer

Need recommendations to make/buy custom military-style campaign ribbons

I help run an annual game convention in DC and I am looking for advice on acquiring some awards for people who participate in one of our tournaments. The event has a wargamming theme and I would like to give people a custom, military-style campaign ribbon for participating. I see lots of websites for ordering actual U.S. service ribbons, but does anyone know of a place that might make custom ribbons? Or suggestions for making about 30-60 of them by hand? [more inside]
posted by Kolath on Oct 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me with a fun craft project!

Hi all, I've been tasked with creating a funky mailbox for our office mailroom. It's for employees to submit anonymous feedback for our director. She wants something irreverent and cheeky, so I am hoping to make something medieval-inspired, like this misericord carving. [more inside]
posted by duvatney on Oct 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Help Make this Space happen: Suggest your favorite tools and resources

I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
posted by leastlikelycowgirl on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

What craft supplies do you keep on hand regularly?

Looking for a list of any and all "standard" craft supplies that you keep around. What are some great things to have on hand in case you want to make someone a gift? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Aug 30, 2013 - 30 answers

What small, cool things can I put in the secret compartment of a box?

So, I finally finished my dad's (now extremely late) Father's Day gift: a handmade wooden box with dovetail joinery and a "secret" pull-out compartment. Now I'm wondering what cool thing I can put in the secret compartment before I send it. Any ideas? Further details and dimensions, etc., within. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 14, 2013 - 13 answers

New Hobby Is Producing Stuff - What Next?

So a hobby I've picked up to help wind down in the evenings has started to produce items that might actually be sell-able. This is a new experience for me and I am at a loss as to what to do next. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jul 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me craft a leather anniversary gift!

I make a gift for our wedding anniversary every year. This year I need to make something out of / involving leather, but the amount of work/resources needed to craft leather seems quite daunting. Any ideas or cool alternatives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2013 - 8 answers

apparently I am not the only person who likes tiny furniture.

So, I'm running a fairy garden craft workshop in the store I work at in April. I've done this activity before when I worked at an after-school program, so I pretty much know what I'm doing with the actual crafting. However, interest in the workshop has been high enough that I would like to try running private workshops for people, and already have two people interested in hiring me for this. How do I figure out what to charge them, what do I offer to provide, and how do I find more clients if I want to make any actual money? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Mar 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Ideas for a sewing party?

My friends were interested in my recently acquired sewing machine and brought up the idea of a craft/sewing party. I have no idea how that would work. Help? [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Feb 12, 2013 - 13 answers

I've stitched it, now what do I _do_ with it?

Please help me find good ideas of how to incorporate a 4" x 5" piece of needlepoint into a project for a new baby. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jan 22, 2013 - 16 answers

So many adorable tiny humans!

What should I knit or crochet as gifts for friends and family who are having babies? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Dec 12, 2012 - 32 answers

custom signet rings

Hit me with your best ideas for crafty ways of making my own custom seal signet rings. They cost above $300/each online, and more for a custom seal. I have access to a laser cutter, and am pretty crafty, but though I'm trained I don't currently have access to a jewelry studio. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Gifting on a shoestring...

Looking for blogs/websites dedicated to thoughtful & creative gift-giving on a budget. DIY, crafting, homemade/canned foods, scrapbooking a huge plus. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Am I infringing copyright by repurposing old goods?

I have some questions about crafting and copyright. If I make objects out of old boardgames and then sell them online, am I running afoul of any copyright or trademark laws? As a contrived example, let's say that I make a lamp out of a Monopoly game, using the actual game board and pieces. If I try to sell it on Etsy, would Hasbro have any kind of claim against me? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Getting more equity out of food-making sweat

Which foods are actually cheaper to make at home using store-bought ingredients? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 10, 2012 - 42 answers

It's like epoxy clay, but easier.

Please help me remember a crafty-type material I saw in a web article a month or two ago. It's some kind of plastic that comes in pouches, in various fairly deep colors, and apparently permanently hardens some time after being exposed to air. [more inside]
posted by Malor on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Crochet me a new one!

What is your favorite esoteric/advanced crochet stitch or technique, and why should I learn it? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Dec 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Pattern Migration

What should I make to participate in artist Stephanie Syjuco's community textile art project? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Sep 4, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I cut out a small circular piece of stone?

I would like to turn a piece of raw amethyst like this into a stone like this able to be mounted on a ring. What is the best way to do this assuming I have access to most hand-held power tools as well as a heavy-duty drill press?
posted by talkingmuffin on Jun 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Help Me Cover an Ugly Barrel

What material is about as thick as a notebook cover, made of plastic (or something as durable and flexible), available in sizes about 3'X6', and available very cheaply or free? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on May 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me get a handle on these lunchboxes.

EtsyFilter: What's the most cost-efficient way to get the handles/latches for classic-style lunchboxes like these in less-than-bulk quantity? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Mar 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for advice on my DIY framing project

I have a number of unframed art prints and posters, and would like to do the framing myself. What advice do you have for me? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 3, 2011 - 21 answers

If I had a chicken this would not be a problem.

What do I do with all these egg cartons?! [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Dec 20, 2010 - 17 answers

Delicious Homecooked Toys

Can I craft homemade toys out of casein? If not, what should I use? If so, how can I finish them so that they'll last? [more inside]
posted by grar on Nov 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me, you crafty foxes.

What can I do with a few hundred ornament hooks? [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Jul 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Not-ravelry-but-similar Filter

Dear hive, are you by any chance aware of ravelry-style(ish) social networking spaces for embroiderers/cross-stitchers? [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster on Mar 28, 2010 - 1 answer

Make this a very merry Marxmas

Help me find a brief quote by Karl Marx suitable for use on a holiday ornament! Extra points for being commodities-fetish related! [more inside]
posted by luazinha on Dec 17, 2009 - 14 answers

What malleable substance can be shaped like clay for craft projects but turns out lighter like styrofoam once hardened and dried?

Does this substance exist? Arts & crafts people or hardware store people: for a craft project, I want a material that is malleable like clay but winds up lighter-weight like styrofoam/polystyrene once it has set and hardened. Maybe it it's dispensed from a tube or can? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz on Nov 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Before Etsy: What was that DIY trading community from way back when?

Years ago (2002? 2003?), long before Etsy, there was an online community for DIY/crafty blogger types to trade materials and maybe handmade goods as well. What was it called, and what happened to it? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Oct 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Will a DIY InkJet Iron-On Transfer Stick to a Running Shirt?

[Will-it-Stick Filter] I need to put an iron-on transfer on a runner's singlette. Will it stick? [more inside]
posted by Flipping_Hades_Terwilliger on Oct 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Stitch 'n' Bitch party of one? I hope not!

Can a novice in Boston turn casual crafting into a social outlet? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Sep 25, 2009 - 9 answers

What can I make from a broken crystal chandelier?

I have the crystal pieces from an old, broken chandelier. What can I make from them? [more inside]
posted by jeather on Sep 14, 2009 - 9 answers

The present that sticks together.

Anonymous-cos-they-might-read-it-filter: I want to make some cufflinks for my dad. What sort of glue do I want to bind things onto findings? What do I want for plastic and for metal (say, typewriter keys)? I can't weld or solder, so was wondering how other people made them.
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I go about getting more knitting work?

Seeking tips on finding more pattern testing and sample knitting opportunities (preferably compensated in money or goods). [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on May 25, 2009 - 6 answers

non-fading replacement for colorful construction paper

Construction paper's beautiful bright color fades. What paper should I use instead? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Feb 11, 2009 - 9 answers

Good color printer for crafting?

My wife is looking for a good color printer for crafting projects. We have a cheap-ish inkjet now, but the color quality is disappointing. Decent color fidelity for the occasional photos and the ability to print on thicker papers are important to us, but we're hoping to avoid spending Money Hats(tm). Should I look at color laser printers? Anyone have suggestions on particular printers?
posted by verb on Nov 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Vintage water slide decal adhesive

What is the adhesive that backs water slide decals made of? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Paradoxical sheet magnets

SciFilter: Why don't these sheet magnets work as expected? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Feather my bookshelf

After a run of reading somewhat serious, oftentimes depressing fiction and nonfiction, I'm looking for something more domestic. Have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Aug 29, 2007 - 19 answers

sewing classes in Portland

Where should I take sewing classes in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by alan on Aug 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Wool ewe help me find some good places to buy yarn?

Knitters and crocheters of MeFi, which are the best Toronto-area yarn shops? I know about Romni Wools at Queen and Bathurst — what other stores should I check out? Alternatively, if you buy yarn online, where do you buy it (and are you really okay with not being able to feel up the yarn and ascertain the colour)?
posted by orange swan on Mar 5, 2007 - 12 answers

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