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Craft Your Own Decorations For The Fourth Of July

The summer is almost upon us, and so is the season for red, white, and blue! Get into the patriotic spirit by creating a fun Fourth of July craft with your kids. Here are a few easy, festive crafts that will give your Independence Day a little extra pop. Buy craft supplies online and have arts and crafts day when the supplies arrive!

Dye-It-Yourself Flowers

Art meets science in this clever DIY project. Pick some daisies, grab a little food coloring, and get ready to wow your kids.  Prepare red and blue food coloring in separate cups and dip in parts of the white daisy blooms. These patriotic blooms make the perfect centerpiece.

Patriotic Accessories

Not only is this an excellent way to practice fine motor skills, but it’ll let your little one dress up for Independence Day in style. If you buy craft supplies online, you’re sure to find red, white, and blue beads and bead wire. Help your little one choose beads and make lovely, patriotic bracelets and necklaces for the big day.

Lollipop Topiary

Are you expecting a crowd this Fourth of July? A delicious red and blue lollipop topiary is an easy, kid-friendly centerpiece that will make any party pop. Gather up red and blue lollipops, and include a small, green garden foam when you buy craft supplies online. Fill a small plant pot with the foam and poke all the lollipops in until they form a large, round topiary shape, growing out the plant pot.

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Quarantine Craft Ideas

Many people are stumped about what to do for fun or how to entertain the kids during the quarantine. We’ve rewatched all the Harry Potter movies. We’ve rearranged our kitchens and even given exercise more focus. Well, if you’re in need of some more inspiration, here are some awesome examples of easy craft projects you can try during the coronavirus quarantine. Pop to an online craft store to order some supplies and give these craft projects a try.

Quarantine Cardboard Art – The easiest quarantine craft to do at home! Turn all your Amazon delivery boxes into colorful wall art by cutting out geometric shapes, painting them with acrylic paint, and gluing them together into abstract wall art.

Ribbon Vases – Gather all your ribbon scraps and get a square or rectangular glass vase. Glue the ribbons to the outside of the vase to give it a colorful makeover. Maybe you can even add some pom-pom trim. You can find lots of ribbon at an online craft store if you don’t have any ribbon scraps on hand.

Wine Cork Vases – Many people are drinking a little more wine while stuck at home, so put those corks to some creative use. If you have started a collection of wine corks, this is a fun way to show them off. Glue them to a rectangular tall glass vase.

Cupcake Wrapper Wreath – If you have some cupcake liners in your pantry, flatten them and layer them on top of each other to create colorful flowers, and then glue them to a styrofoam wreath form.

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Make Your Own Hair Accessories

Oversized hair clips are quite trendy lately. They are easy to use, they look great in all lengths and types of hair, and they give a little pop of interest to your outfit. Pearl, raffia-wrapped, and statement clips are having their heyday, so why don’t you have a bit of crafting fun and make your own? Just buy craft supplies online, including a pack of plain hair clips, to create some unique hair accessories. Here are a few ideas.

Pearl Clip

If you include a bag of faux pearls when you buy craft supplies online, you can make an easy pearl clip. You can use all one size of pearl or different sizes. Use hot glue to attach the pearls, or you can also use super glue gel. If the pearls have holes for stringing, place the holes facing each other so you can’t see them. You may want to use tweezers or needle-nose pliers to place really small beads. Make sure to let the glue fully set until your clip is ready to wear.

Raffia Clip

If you get a bag of colored raffia when you buy craft supplies online, you can make a raffia clip. You will need to use either a rectangular clip or one that has the cutout in the middle so that you can wrap raffia all the way around the frame. Hot glue works well for this clip, as you can glue it to the frame and then wrap it around itself a few times for stability. Just keep wrapping until the whole thing is covered and glue the end in place underneath the clip.

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Buy Art Supplies Online and Learn to Paint This Spring

If you always fancied learning to paint, there is no better time to do it than this spring. There is no need to break quarantine or go outside.  You can buy art supplies online and have them delivered right to your door.

There are some simple steps you can follow:

Step 1 – Consider Why You Want to Take up Painting

You will want to consider why you want to take up painting and what you would like to get from it. Your answers will guide you in what you should focus on learning.  You can buy art supplies online.  Some people do not have the patience to sit and accurately render every tone and detail of a subject, so they may better enjoy learning color and brushwork from the Impressionists.

Step 2 – Pick Your Medium (Acrylics, Oils or Watercolors)

Next, you need to decide on a medium on which to focus. This will help so you can pay more attention to the big-picture aspects of painting, like color and composition. The major choices are oils, acrylics, and watercolors.

Step 3 – Buy Art Supplies

It’s now time to stock up and buy art supplies online. You will not need that much to begin. The supplies you get will vary depending on the medium you choose.

All you need is:

  • An Easel to Hold Your Artwork
  • Canvas (for acrylic or oil painters) or Paper (for watercolor painters)
  • A Palette for Color Mixing
  • Brushes (for your chosen medium)
  • A Palette Knife
  • Paints
  • Solvent (for oil painting)
  • Paper Towels (for wiping your brush between strokes)
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Learn a New Craft with Help from an Online Craft Store

Break out the glue and scissors — it’s time to start crafting.

After a few days of binge-watching Netflix, chances are you and your family will be quite bored with self-quarantine.  Keep your hands busy by learning a new craft.  Not only will crafting projects keep you and your kids busy for hours, but once you’re finished, you’ll also have functional and decorative items. It’s easy to find all the materials you need at an online craft store and have these delivered to your home.

Take Up Knitting

Knitting is a terrific way to keep your hands busy.  There are so many cool projects you can make.  All you need to get started with knitting is yarn and a pair of knitting needles. Then, just look up a web tutorial that explains the basics of knitting and start your creation. You can find many patterns, needles, and yarn supplies at an online craft store. If you’re new to the craft, we recommend starting out with a simple project like a scarf.

Pressed Flowers Make for Pretty Artwork

Pressing flowers is an easy art project in which to involve your kids.  It makes lovely wall art to keep or give as gifts. To press flowers, just arrange fresh flowers between two sheets of paper towels, and then place a bunch of heavy books on top of them. Leave them this way for a week, and your flowers will be flat and dry.  You can find glue, cardstock, and frames at an online craft store. Simply glue your dried flowers to a piece of cardstock and place it in a frame to create a piece of custom floral artwork.

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Personalize Your Shoes with Paint

We’ve all got fashions and accessories that could use a little TLC. With the price of new clothing and shoes on a steady incline, you have to become more innovative on how to make things last a bit longer while keeping it modern and, more importantly, uniquely you.

A great example of this type of imaginative and resourceful approach is by personalizing a pair of old shoes or boots with paint. If you buy craft supplies online, consider adding some acrylic paints to the order. Other supplies include pencils, paintbrushes, water, paper towel, and of course, the footwear. Once you have your materials, it’s time to make your masterpiece.

Start by sketching shapes on to your shoes using a pencil. This way, you can easily erase a mistake. Your pattern could be anything, so be playful and have fun.

Use a variety of paintbrushes to color your sketch. Paintbrushes, like most materials, are very affordable if you buy craft supplies online. There’s no limit to the design and color options, so you’ll never have to worry about a knock-off.

It may take a few coats to get the color and coverage that you want, but be patient; the shoes won’t get up and walk away on their own.

Finally, be sure to allow the designs plenty of time to dry. In just a little while, you’ll be stepping out in style.

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Using Scraps of Fabric to Make Jewelry

We all have moments of creativity from time to time, and getting in touch with your artistic side does not have to be expensive. A great way to tap into your talent is by using scraps of fabric to make jewelry. Old clothing in your closet could be the secret to your next statement piece. With those time tattered shirts, blouses, and tank tops, you can make beautiful new additions to your wardrobe.

The various fabric stores in Long Beach, CA, are great places to find inspiration for clothing and accessories. Some of the more popular ideas include:

Fabric Balls: Take your small squares of cloth, scrunch them up into balls, and tie them with ribbon and voila! A new bracelet or necklace emerges.

Fabric Flowers: Extra decals from old purses or sweaters can be sewn together for a bold statement piece.

T-Shirts:  Cut up your old shirts, weave them together, and you can easily end up with a new headband for your hair, a funky new bracelet, or a new necklace for your collection.

At any of the fabric stores in Long Beach, CA, there are many different types of bits and bobs to tie your loose ends together. Sparkly stones, bright buttons, or even some metallic threads, are all great extras that take your one-of-kind jewelry piece to a whole new level. Whatever you do, take pride in your work because it can never be duplicated, only adored.

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Refresh Your Living Room with DIY Throw Pillows

Some throw pillows are hideous. Some are expensive. Some are both.

If you don’t have throw pillows and you want to add a few beautiful examples to your home décor, why not make your own? It’s not only an economical option, but it’s also fun as well.

You may be thinking that you’re creatively challenged and couldn’t make something as simple as a cloth napkin, let alone a pillow, but our staff at Fabric Barn Inc. want to encourage you to start snipping and sewing. We are among the most well-known fabric stores in Long Beach, CA, and we’ve put together this blog post to give you motivation for creating your own DIY throw pillows for the living room.

It’s relatively inexpensive to make your own pillows as long as you have access to a sewing machine and don’t have to buy a new one. All you need from a material standpoint is fabric, batting, and accents such as ribbons. Of course, you will also need the other tools of the trade to create your masterpieces, so make sure you have scissors, a tape measure, a ruler, and stick pins. Then it’s all just a matter of stitching the pieces together, stuffing them, and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

You can find all of these materials and supplies at our fabric store in Long Beach, CA, along with some encouragement if you get stuck or are a bit hesitant about starting.

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Creating Affordable Home Décor by Getting Crafty

Take a look around your home and think about what you see. Is your fashion sense not reflected in the quality of the items you have on display? Is your stylish flair minimized and muted by some misguided fashion decisions from the past? A “yes” or a thoughtful pause followed by “well” means that it’s time to consider breathing some new life into your décor.

You can do this without breaking the bank by choosing all your materials and supplies from an online craft store such as ours at Fabric Barn Inc. Online stores allow you to look around your home while you’re shopping and picture what you will need to refresh and renew the design accents of your home. It couldn’t be easier to get the fabrics and colors and textures that will evoke the sensations and reactions you’re seeking.

The only limit to upgrading the accessories you have and creating new ones is the limit of your imagination. You can explore daring new designs and fashion trends without breaking the bank if you use affordable supplies that you’ve bought from an online craft store. The convenience of an online retailer means that you can shop and begin the décor transformation of your home whenever the mood strikes.

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How to Choose Yarn for a Crochet Project

Crocheting is a great hobby. Like many crafters, you may want to buy yarn online for your next project: it’s quick and convenient! However, if you are starting, you may be overwhelmed by the choices available to you. This post will cover a few of the basics of picking the right materials for your crochet project.

First, let’s go over the materials. There are three popular types of yarn material that are suited for beginners: wool, cotton, and acrylic. Wool is among the most popular as it is flexible and resilient. Cotton is a smart choice if you want your piece to hold its shape better. Meanwhile, acrylic is popular for its value-oriented cost and wide availability of colors.

Another characteristic you need to consider is the weight. In this sense, “weight” is the thickness of a yarn thread. The higher the number, the thicker the yarn will be. Beginners may want to try their hands at a medium-weight yarn, which is typically #4. Also, take note of your crochet hooks. They may have a recommended weight to use with them as well.

Other things you may want to note when buying yarn online include texture, pricing, color selection, and available yardage. Selecting the yarn that is right for you ultimately comes down to the types of projects you want to complete. So whether you want to get some practice in or are planning on crafting a scarf, always remember that the kind of materials you work with will set the tone for the entire experience.