Join 3,512 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)

51 posts tagged with crafts and resolved. (View popular tags)
Displaying 1 through 50 of 51. Subscribe:

I want to rebuild my grandparents' house... in miniature

I have a deeply nostalgic love for my grandparents' former home, a generic but beloved split level they lived in from the 1950s to mid 2000s. As an artist and crafter with an obsessive love for details, I have long noodled with the idea of making an incredibly accurate recreation of the house in miniature... but I struggle with where to start. Architectural models, dollhouses? What is the best route forward? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me use my empty box!

I have a large flat box made of lightweight wood -- maybe pine -- that I have had for years. I would like to do something with it. It is about 18" square and about 1.5" tall, with the lid adding another half inch or so of headroom inside when it's closed. It is plain with a simple gold-tone hook latch. I have considered the idea of drilling holes and using it for a charging station but would like to consider other ideas before I either commit to that or give up and keep carrying it around. Any thoughts? Thanks so much!
posted by michellenoel on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Need Pens in Sydney - Help (Wedding Invite Disaster Version)

Where can I buy pens in Sydney, and/or who has a wide variety of pens (gel pens, paint pens, that sort of thing)? I am working on my sister's wedding invitations and am rather pressed for time... I am especially interested in the Sakura Souffle pens, if you know of anyone who carries them. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Dec 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Plastic liquid that dries clear?

My aunt is dying of cancer, and I'd like to help her relive a happy memory. Sometime in the late 80s, we made wire flowers and dipped them in a strong smelling plastic (?) that hardened into clear colored panes. Neither of us can remember what it was called or very many specifics beyond that. It came in a can and we dipped the wire loops directly into it. It hardened relatively hard, and took maybe overnight to cure. What was it? Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

How should I present this gift?

I need a pretty package. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Advice for a homemade zombie animal Halloween costume?

My kid wants to be a zombie weasel for Halloween. Help me make it awesome! [more inside]
posted by kostia on Sep 13, 2013 - 6 answers

advice for a newbie soap maker

I just made my first batch of soap. Now what? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Apr 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Is there such a thing as a knitting briefcase?

I like to knit in meetings; it actually helps me to listen better! But the bag I have for my projects doesn't look particularly professional. Most craft bags are so cutesy, which is not at all my style. What can I get that would look simple & respectable? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Mar 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Best simple way to affix light dots to a black t-shirt?

My son's school has a "100th day of school" t-shirt project coming up, requiring 100 of something to be on the shirt. He's a kindergartener with fine-motor issues who suggests a Pac-Man theme. I'd like him to decorate the shirt himself or at least part of it. So, how should he get 100 colored dots in various pastel colors on a black or navy t-shirt? Ideally the dot-making wouldn't require a lot of grip strength or precision. (We adults will help with the Pac-Man, ghosts, and maze lines as needed.) Bonus points for washability, but that's not essential.
posted by homelystar on Jan 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Future 15 month old wants something dangling that won't kill her

Please help to give me ideas for safe Christmas ornaments/baby toys to hang on a tree for a 15 month old, that (individually) aren't too expensive. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Dec 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Packs of Warhammer 40k tabletop terrain?

I'm looking for some sort of "Starter pack" Warhammer 40k tabletop terrain, shippable to Canada. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Nov 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Occupy Muldoon's!

What kind of art project(s) could I create with old paperback edition of Muldoon's Handling a Criminal Case in New York (that I'm willing to take apart)? [more inside]
posted by 168 on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

DIY Felt/Flannel Story Pieces

What is the best method for making my own flannel or felt story board and story pieces? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Mixed Media Art 101

I think I have fallen in love with mixed media arts and crafts! Help me do more of this! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Tile importing + baby clothing = ?

Can you help me come up with some cute ideas for a customized onesie or other baby gift, having to do with tile? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Sew help me

So I've bought a sewing machine. Now what else do I need to get going? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on May 7, 2012 - 22 answers

What's the best way to hem a stack of fat quarters?

Is there a simpler way to sew a hem than how I'm doing it now? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Turn my binder collection into electronic gold!

I want to compile and organize hard copies of recipes, craft projects, and other household things into something electronic - not particular about if local computer (Mac, OS 10.7) or cloud-based. Bonus points if accessible from multiple devices (computer, iphone, ipad, etc.). What solutions should I consider? [more inside]
posted by southpaw on Dec 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I attach some wire to the end of a tiny pine cone in a non ugly way to make it into a Christmas ornament

Hey crafties, do you know a good way for me to secure some wire to the end of a miniature pine cone in a non-ugly way so I can make a Christmas ornament out of it? [more inside]
posted by Askr on Dec 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Let me entertain me, and I'll have a real good time!

I need something to do at night that 1: Does not require electricity. 2: Will not rot, mold, or attract bugs. 3: Can be done by a solitary person. 4: Does not require particularly expensive materials, nor take up much room. 5: Is not particularly mentally taxing. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 27, 2011 - 44 answers

Super durable yarn?

What kind of yarn is durable enough to use as a bicycle lock cozy? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Sep 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Altered tin question...

How to attach polymer clay to a tin? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Jul 3, 2011 - 6 answers

What can I do with a large quantity of CD-ROMs?

I have over 1,000 copies of several PC videogame CD-ROMs. The games are widely distributed/available, so the discs probably don't have any value to gamers. What can I do with them beside give them away? Creative or crafty ideas welcome. Also, not against making a little money if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees on Jun 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Crayons and Paas tablets? Ist that all you've got?

I'm getting ready to dye Easter eggs with my kids, ages 7, 9, 11 and 14. Do you have any tips for decorating easter eggs? Our repertoire consists of using two colors, crayons, and putting on stickers. My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Apr 23, 2011 - 18 answers

Peeps! Peeps?

Have any Mefi peeps ever entered the Washington Post Peeps Show? I'm looking for advice! [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Mar 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Not a scrapbook lady.

I have two large shoeboxes of keepsakes and souvenirs from travels over the past five years, including event tickets, hotel key cards, tourist maps, pub coasters, receipts, photo booth pictures and banknotes in about a dozen different currencies. I don't want them to live in a shoebox any more. What's a good way to organize them into an album of sorts? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Feb 21, 2011 - 19 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

How should I wrap a Christmas Cache of LARP weapons?

I decided to buy my wife a small Medieval LARP weapons cache for Christmas. I know she will like it, but I want to wrap this gift so it will really wow her. I am in need of a clever or creative suggestion to put together this gift - without spending more than about 25 bucks on some sort of the thematic presentation. Help me tie up the best gift ever! [more inside]
posted by faheypb on Nov 30, 2010 - 14 answers

how to make a water container with todays news?

I need to make a vessel that will hold half gallon of water, and will not leak for at least 1 hour. The catch? I can only use 1 newspaper, 1 pound flour, 1 tablespoon of salt. It has to be ready for tomorrow. I can use my oven to bake it or dry it, so it has to fit in my oven. These are the "only" limitations. Any ideas?
posted by uauage on Nov 16, 2010 - 26 answers

Help, I'm swamped with drawstring backpacks!

Any ideas for repurposing promotional drawstring backpacks? [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Oct 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Crochet resources for the baffled beginner?

What's a great book or website for teaching yourself to crochet? [more inside]
posted by sculpin on Sep 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Hello You Crafty MeFi Bastards!

Hello dearest Hive: Any of you by chance crafty bastards? Here's what I want to do. I have the proofs from my first book, and would like to cut out and make a collage of all the pictures, glue them to an old hunk of countertop that i can stick some IKEA legs on and make into a coffee table. I guess what I need is best practice as far as glue, and what to cover it in. I understand there is some sort of stuff you can spray/paint on to seal it...or I could go with the stick a hunk of glass/plastic across the top. any info will be greatly appreciated.
posted by timsteil on Jul 30, 2010 - 21 answers

I'm a dude. I have an opal. Now what?

So I'm a manly man, sort of, and many years ago I was given a small opal (1cm top to bottom) - I don't think it has any real monetary value, but it's pretty, and I'm tired of it living in my drawer. Any ideas for what I can do with it? My first thought was tie pin, but that seems pedestrian. Suggestions that include sources for necessary supplies or services would be especially helpful.
posted by symbebekos on Jul 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Bobbin Along

I need a sewing machine; how much should I budget, where should I look, and what features should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Cheap Arts & Craft supplies in the Vancouver BC area?

Looking for cheap/free art supplies, or suggestions on good camp crafts to do with kids on a budget. [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Jun 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Quirky fun for adults and kids to have together

Analog Amusement Filter: Looking for creative quirky artsy ideas for indoor amusement with/and without kids. But I'm looking for something new, for ideas that cannot be found in any of those "one billion kids craft/fun/game/activity" type books. Further specs inside. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jun 17, 2010 - 14 answers

CraftFilter: How to attach applique with embroidery, for dummies.

Crafters, please help. What I'm trying to do is apparently called "applique" and "embroidering," as part of a quilt project. I'm totally clueless and kinda need to finish today. [more inside]
posted by slidell on May 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I make this sweater at home, and if so how?

How can I knock off this super cute cardigan by hand? Is it worth trying? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Feb 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Not only do I "do more," I don't really even do my hair.

Where can I buy more cute 1" pins like these? [more inside]
posted by tantivy on Jan 11, 2010 - 14 answers

New Things for the New Year

My goal for the year 2010 is to try one new thing every week. I'm compiling a list of new things to try, and would love input! Looking for ideas in all different areas -- new skills to learn, new hobbies to try out, fix-it projects, tech/computer projects, new recipes to try, magic tricks, you name it. [more inside]
posted by stennieville on Dec 11, 2009 - 33 answers

I wove you, metafilter

Does anyone remember a website a few years back that would post scans of crafts and recipe books from the 50's-70's for the sole purpose of making fun of them for being horrible? I think it had "Lavender" in the name somewhere? It might be still going. It was a huge site with a lot of different sections of content and all of it was really funny. [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Nov 2, 2009 - 9 answers

What halloween crafts / art activities do the 5-7 year olds in your life enjoy doing?

What Halloween crafts / art activities do the 5-8 year olds in your life enjoy doing? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant on Oct 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Eco-friendly waste paper? Well, more neighbor-friendly ...

I'm working on reproducing an old childhood amusement with less messy waste or just dealing with ignoring the debris .... eggs to throw at each other. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Oct 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Scrabble, home decorating edition.

What can I make with these decorative letters that I bought at a gift shop clearance sale? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Tunisian crochet hook sources?

Where do I buy aluminum or bamboo Tunisian (afghan) crochet hooks in Los Angeles? Alternatively, is there a reputable online source for them? I'm looking for something in the smaller sizes-- it's for a scarf, so no size-Q monster hooks. I've seen plastic ones here and there, but I'm tough on plastic hooks and would prefer to avoid them. Thanks!
posted by fairytale of los angeles on Oct 4, 2009 - 10 answers

This is my brain on no vacation

Help with productive vacation ideas? Of all the things to avoid, I have been putting off taking vacation and now suddenly the summer is slipping away... [more inside]
posted by messica on Aug 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Cute barette craft help!

How can I make this felt barette? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Dec 18, 2008 - 2 answers

Crafty DC Shopping?

Crafty Gift Filter: Help! I need a place in the DC metro area that sells crafty gifts. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Dec 5, 2008 - 11 answers

How should I go about painting my Halloween mask?

I'm trying finish up a mask I'm making for Halloween; it' s basically a giant papier-mache eyeball, and I'm looking for suggestions for suitable paints to use to make it look good. [more inside]
posted by millions on Oct 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Looking for a good chemo cap pattern

Experienced knitter seeks tried and true hat pattern to be made with wool and love. [more inside]
posted by geekchic on Oct 24, 2008 - 14 answers

Page: 1 2