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I can't paint, but I want to make some paintings.

I want to make some paintings that basically look like this--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint. Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted by empath on Nov 4, 2013 - 18 answers

fun, messy crafts for an 8 year old birthday party?

My girl is turning 8 and we're having her party at the local Michael's. Unfortunately the sales people there haven't been real helpful in terms of making recommendations for what crafts the girls can do; and I'm completely overwhelmed when I look on the Internets. So here's the question: what are some really fun crafts that can be done in an hour and a half, and are messy? (Because that's the whole point of having it at the store instead of in my house, right. Otherwise I'm wasting that $50.) Is marbling paper fun? Is tye-dying fun? What else haven't I thought of? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Oct 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Alternatives to Meetup.com, maybe free ones?

I'm interested in starting a regular craft night event in a town which I have only recently moved to. I'm on my local MeetUp but I'm curious if there are other platforms like this I should explore before plunking down my money. Anyone had any luck gathering interested folks through another method? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Oct 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Distractions from sadness

I'm going through a heavy streak of sadness (seasonal change/life issues/past issues) along with some extreme fatigue. I'm looking for engaging distractions that make the really bad days bearable. Books/TV/Movies, etc. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 16, 2013 - 46 answers

Bottlecutting gift

My boyfriend loves cutting bottles to make glasses, but he has limited success in making clean cuts. I'd like to give him a present to improve his success at it. Can you help? Budget is around $100. Tips for other cheap cutting methods are not needed; he's tried all of them (seriously). [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina on Oct 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for bracelets with a lot of cool, funky beads

Someone recently sent me a bracelet from MiaLena. Who else makes stuff like this? [more inside]
posted by BibiRose on Oct 7, 2013 - 7 answers


What are some easy, fun art projects or DIY decorations I can do for zero dollars? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Sep 29, 2013 - 23 answers

Gifty/Crafty MeFites, Lend Me Your Brains!

Suggestions needed for gift/craft ideas that'd mark a friend's presentations at two academic conferences. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Sep 25, 2013 - 3 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

What do I make with these postage stamps?

I have inherited hundreds (possibly thousands) of unsorted postage stamps. I'm not interested in selling them as I very much doubt they have any monetary value. What crafts can I make? I've made a few Scrabble tile pendants but would like to hear other ideas. Jewelry suggestions are especially welcome, but I'm open to pretty much anything.
posted by Wordwoman on Sep 3, 2013 - 26 answers

How to present a copy of a ribbon-themed poem as a wedding gift?

I have commissioned a poem for some lovely, non-materialistic friends, who requested no gifts for their wedding. The theme of the poem is the leminscate (a figure 8) as a metaphor for marriage, and it evokes the word's greek meaning of "decorated with ribbons." This would seem to lend itself to some interesting, crafty ideas for how to frame or print a copy of the poem, but I am not crafty, and am drawing a blank. And it probably shouldn't look like one of those "Support our Troops" ribbon icons either. Any better ideas?
posted by yarly on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 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

Can I paint this rug?

I want to paint some designs on this hideous rug that I bought by mistake. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 13, 2013 - 25 answers

What method should I use to recreate a small wooden horse tail?

I have these antique wooden horses, some of which are completely missing their tails due to breaking off and subsequent loss. I would like to recreate 4 extra tails using some method but am getting overwhelmed by the possibilities. I am not afraid to try creating a mold then casting them somehow, but I would like this to be easy and cost effective (<$30 total) since I only need to do 4. I am doing this purely for aesthetic reasons and the material does not have to be terribly durable and Obviously I do not expect this to be wooden. The tails are approximately 2" x 1" and are originally wood, painted black.
posted by thorny on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I become a Wizard?

How do I become a Wizard? (for party planning purposes, as opposed to real magical ones). [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on May 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Emphasis on reuse

What are some craft projects that are made out of things that would be thrown away? [more inside]
posted by bq on Apr 25, 2013 - 19 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

How to avoid a post-workout sugar-candy-brain-rush

What can I do with excessive amounts of candy, besides cramming it into my craw? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Mar 22, 2013 - 16 answers

An embarrassment of hood ornaments

I've come into possession of a large box of hood ornaments from late 40's- early 50's American cars. What cool/fun/funny thing can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Mar 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Short, simple videos of craftsmanship

I want to see more well-shot video of traditional crafts/trades-people who are excellent at what they do. Links? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Feb 28, 2013 - 29 answers

Making a calendar gift

I have an idea in mind for what to give my niece as a HS graduation/off-to-college gift, but I'm overwhelmed, not knowing where to start on making it. Any crafty people w/ bookbinding or relevant experience wanna give me some (much needed, much appreciated!) guidance? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 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

How to scope a grandma crochet blanket project?

My wife's grandmother is an amazingly talented seamstress who also crochets. She recently put out an all points bulletin request for projects, what do I need to know before I request a crocheted throw made out a material that might be outside her comfort zone and/or budget? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 12, 2013 - 30 answers

A labor of love

Help/ideas/moral support needed for handmade wedding invitations for a 10-person wedding. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Dec 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Help picking a loom

Need help buying or building a real loom. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 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

Hold onto your butts!

Mrs. hamandcheese teaches children education programs. About dinosaurs. She needs your help with a specific crafty art activity teaching kids about bugs stuck in amber. Suggest us some amber-like glue solutions! [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Sep 26, 2012 - 13 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

LA to DC - Fabric and leather supply stores

LA to DC Crafting - Fabric and Leather supply stores? [more inside]
posted by krikany on Aug 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me sew a bamboo martial arts gi.

I want to use bamboo fabric to sew a custom martial arts gi. Help me find fabric and plan this out. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Jul 31, 2012 - 9 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

making pith helmet cat ears - advice?

Please help me: a) procure 2-5 pith helmets (natural straw type), inexpensively; b) procure material to make matching cat ears; c) add cat ears to pith helmets, in "airplane ears" or "listening behind" position, because cat safari is serious business. Found $15/helmet source for (a), but wonder if there's a less expensive way. For (b), I have no real clue - what should I even buy? Very thin chair caning supplies? Tiny willow branches from a nearby tree? Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Making Youtube Videos to promote your site on a shoestring budget

Is there a way to make high quality youtube videos using a smartphone (Iphone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S2)? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 13, 2012 - 1 answer

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

Crafting ideas for a hodge podge of old photos?

Calling all artistic, creative MeFites! Help me figure out something creative and not insanely expensive to do with all of these awesome old photos of Memphis and Memphians! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Sprucing up a junky old wood table

Ideas for refinishing an old dining table without stripping it? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jun 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Crafting a momento from a hotel key card

What would be a romantic keepsake (intended for my wife) that I could craft out of a plastic credit card-shaped hotel door key?
posted by TheManChild2000 on Jun 9, 2012 - 18 answers

What would a woodchuck build with all this wood?

Usable scrap wood left over from a home project. What can I build with it? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on May 21, 2012 - 10 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

How can I display postcards?

How can I display postcards in a unique way? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Apr 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Small craft fasteners?

I need some kind of fastener for a small craft project, but I don't know what it's called... [more inside]
posted by ella wren on Apr 7, 2012 - 14 answers

What is the best method to paint this hideous clock?

What is the best method to paint this hideous clock? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Mar 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Hand painting your own custom graphic tees

What are the best paints and other supplies for creating your own graphic tees/t-shirt art? Where can I buy the soft, plain tees for it? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Mar 16, 2012 - 2 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

What color thread should I use for quilting?

What color thread should I use to quilt this quilt? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me be more crafty!

What office supplies can I re-purpose to use for crafts? [more inside]
posted by a red so deep on Feb 10, 2012 - 10 answers

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