How to Doodle with String

I have a fun and creative craft for you today.  I am going to show you how to Doodle with String.  The cool part about this craft is that you will have to use your imagination and creativity to draw within the strings to create an image.  Every Doodle you do will be different than the last one.  I have given you 5 examples of some doodles you can create.  Simply scroll down within this post to see them.  Or, use your creativity to make your own designs.  The choice is yours.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started with this craft.

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How to Doodle with String



 

Materials Needed

String

Glue

Paper

Markers, Crayons, Paints or Colored Pencils

 

Step 1



Dip string in glue.



Dip string in glue.


Step 2



Hold string over paper and drop.



Hold string over paper and drop.

 

Step 3



Let dry.



Let dry.

 

Step 4



Draw a picture that you see within this string.



Draw a picture that you see within this string.

 

Here are a few examples:

Example 1

 



Example 1 - Worried



Worried

 

Example 2



Example 2 - Alien



Alien

 

Example 3



Business Man



Business Man

 

Example 4



Example 4 - Angry Whale



Angry Whale

 

Example 5



Example 5 - Teacher



Teacher

 

Doodling with string is so much fun…. isn’t it?  Now, of course, your Doodling with String will look different than mine.  So make sure to take a picture of your Doodling with String and post it with your comments below.  I’d love to see your Doodles.

Here is our video on how to Doodle with String

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How to Make Magazine Folded Hearts for Valentines Day

Valentines Day is just a week away.  And, if you are still looking for ideas for Valentines Day decorations I have the craft for you today.  I’m going to show you how to make Magazine Folded Hearts for Valentines Day.  These Magazine Folded Hearts are the perfect decoration for Valentines Day.  You can hang them from the ceiling or from a door…. either way the craft turns out really cute.  And, what’s really cool…. it gives you something to do with all those extra magazines you have sitting around.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make Magazine Folded Hearts



 

Materials Needed

Magazine

Scissors

Yarn or String

 

Step 1



Get a magazine like this one.



Get a magazine like this one.


Step 2



Fold top right corner of page down.



Fold top right corner of page down.



Press down crease.



Press down crease.

 

Step 3



Fold over to middle once more.



Fold over to middle once more.



Press down to sharpen crease.



Press down to sharpen crease.

 

Step 4



Continue with all of the magazine pages



Continue with all of the magazine pages… I tore the cover off.

 

Step 5



Cut a curved line at the top of each page.



Cut a curved line at the top of each page… I was able to cut several pages at once.

 

Step 6



Take yarn or string and tie 2 times around center of heart.



Take yarn or string and tie 2 times around center of heart.  Leave enough yarn to hang heart up.

 



Finished Magazine Fold Hearts Craft



Now, you are finished with your Magazine Fold Hearts craft.  Didn’t it turn out awesome?  Go hang it up proudly for all to see this Valentines Day.

Here is a video on how to make these Magazine Folded Hearts.

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How to Make an “I Don’t Want to Stay Down” Doll

Today I’m going to show you how to make a traditional Romanian Toy.  It is called a “Hopa Mitica” Doll.  But, we will call it an “I Don’t Want to Stay Down” Doll because this doll will not stay down.  When you try to lay it down it will pop right back up.  It’s a cute, funny toy that will be a ton of fun to make…. almost as much fun as it will be playing with the Doll.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started with the crafting fun.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you this craft step-by-step.







Our doll will not be made of wood, so …

 

Materials Needed

– round top (I use a round top from a roll-on)
– scissors
– a red marker and a black one
– 2 cloth pieces – one white or light pink for the face and one colored for the dress
– anti-shock wrap (bubble wrap)
– yarn (whatever color you want her hair to be) and needle
– 1 toothpick
– weights (could be anything heavy but small, it should stay on the bottom of the round top.)
– one piece of ribbon







 

Step 1

Make a ball (not perfect, of course) from the bubble wrap…






… roll up the white cloth around it…






… and tie it with a piece of yarn. This will be the head.






 


Step 2

Use the needle to add hair to the head, like in the picture.






Cut the yarn near the needle…






… and make a knot (or two) with the two parts of yarn.






Add as many yarn pieces until you are happy with the result. An alternate method is to glue the yarn to the head of the doll.






 

Step 3

Now we will place the weights in the round top. They should stay on the bottom of it. You can place there just enough weights to keep the round top up. If you will add more, the doll will not work.






 

Step 4

Make another ball of bubble wrap …






… and stuff it in the round top, in order to keep the weights in place.






 

Step 5

Place the toothpick on the lower part of the head, like in the picture.






 

Step 6

Roll up the rest of the bubble wrap around the toothpick…






… and fix it on top of the other bubble wrap, on the round top.






 

Step 7

Take the colored cloth …






… and wrap it around the doll, keeping out the head.






 

Step 8

Tie the cloth with the ribbon, at the base of the head. Take care to let her hair out too.






The doll will look like that.






 

Step 9

Using the markers, draw eyes and mouth.






And that’s it.






Now try to put her down.






She will jump up …






… waiting to play with you.






And that is how you make your “I Don’t Want to Stay Down” Doll.  Try and knock her over and see what happens…. she pops right back up again ready to play some more.  Have fun!!

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How to Make a “Beautiful Places” Key Chain

Do you have pictures you would love to remember?  For example, do you have pictures of Summer Camp, or School Trips, or perhaps a Vacation with your parents?  Aren’t these memories just wonderful and you would love to remember them for always?  Well, I have the craft for you today.  I’m going to show you how to make a “Beautiful Places” Key Chain…. perfect for holding your fondest memories close to your heart.  Or perhaps you would like to make this “Beautiful Places” Key Chain for your friend or family member who would too love to keep these memories close to them.  Either way… this key chain is sure to be loved.  So, let’s get started.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you this craft step-by-step.







 

Materials Needed

– metal caps (as many as the places you want to remember)
– small pictures of those places (cut them round to enter in the cap – 2.5 cm)
– key chain accessory
– yarn
– duct tape
– glue






 

Step 1

Take the image…







… apply a layer of glue on it…







… and place it on the cap …







… like this.







 


Step 2

Repeat that for all the places you want to remember. I want to remember two castles and two ancient vestiges from Romania.







 

Step 3

Cut four pieces of yarn (as many as the places you have)…







… of different sizes.







 

Step 4

Cut a piece of duct tape…







… place a piece of yarn on it, like this…







… then place it on the exterior side of the cap.







Now we have a finished cap.







 

Step 5

Repeat step 4 for the other caps.







 

Step 6

Cut a bigger piece of yarn…







… put it through the loop …







… and knot it.







 

Step 7

Do that for the other caps too, taking care to let enough space between them.







That is it! Now you have a key chain with all the beautiful places you visited.







Doesn’t this “Beautiful Places” Key Chain turn out awesome?!  Imagine carrying your keys on this key chain…. it will be wonderful.  How did your key chain turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, don’t forget…. take a picture of it and post it in the comment as well.  I’d love to see it.

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How to Make a Coffee Can Drum

I have a fun craft for the youngest of crafters.  Today I’m going to show you how to make a coffee can drum.  What child doesn’t love playing drums?  They all love playing the drums.  This drum is made from a coffee can, denim and some other materials you probably have at home.  Once you have made the drum simply grab a couple of pencils or any wooden sticks and your drums are good to go.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make this, step by step.







 

Materials Needed

– aluminum coffee can with plastic lid
– colored paper
– denim
– yarn
– glue
– pencil
– scissors






 

Step 1

Cut the paper the same height as the can.







 


Step 2

Apply a layer of glue on the paper…







… and place it on the can.







 

Step 3

Cut a rectangle out of the denim.







 

Step 4

Take the plastic lid and add a layer of glue on it’s exterior side…







… then place it on the denim rectangle. Let the glue dry.







 

Step 5

Close the coffee can.







 

Step 6

Cut a generous piece of yarn…







… and spin it around the can, just under the lid.







 

Step 7

Do the same on the lower part of the can.







 

Step 8

Your drum is ready. You can use two pencils or any wooden sticks to play it.







Wasn’t that easy peasy?!  Now, your drum is all ready to play all day long.  How did your Coffee Can Drum turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  Also, you can add a picture of your drum to the comments as well… that way I can see how it turned out.

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How to Make a Nativity Scene for Christmas

All week long I have been showing you how to make the characters for a Nativity Scene.  Well, today you are going to set up your Nativity Scene complete with basket.  You have been working hard and today you are going to get to see the results of all your hard work.  If you need to still complete the Nativity character crafts…. not a problem.  I have all the crafts for the Nativity characters below.  So, let’s complete the Nativity Scene for Christmas, shall we….

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How to Make a Nativity Scene for Christmas



 

How to Set up the Nativity Basket

Materials Needed

Basket – large enough to hold the nativity scene

Gold or Yellow Thread

4 Twist Ties

Glue

 

Step 1



Take 4 twist ties and wrap gold or yellow thread around them.



Take 4 twist ties and wrap gold or yellow thread around them.


Step 2



Fold over corners to keep thread on.



Fold over corners to keep thread on.

 

Step 3



Twist one of the twist ties over the other, like a letter V.



Twist one of the twist ties over the other, like a letter V.

 

Step 4



Fold one side down to now look like a cross.



Fold one side down to now look like a cross.

 

Step 5



Twist another one around the first two.



Twist another one around the first two.

 

Step 6



Do one more to look like this.



Do one more to look like this.

 

Step 7



Glue the star on top of basket.



Glue the star on top of basket.  Add gold or yellow thread to the bottom of the basket.

Now that you have the background to the Nativity Scene done it is time to make the characters that will fill this Nativity Scene.

 

Nativity Scene Character Crafts



Nativity Scene Characters



 

How to Weave the 3 Wise Men



How to Weave the 3 Wise Men for a Nativity Scene



 

How to Weave a Baby Jesus and Cradle



How to Weave a Baby Jesus and Cradle for a Nativity Scene



 

How to Weave Mary and Joseph



How to Weave Mary and Joseph for a Nativity Scene



 

How to Make Yarn Clothespin Sheep



How to Make Yarn Clothespin Sheep for a Nativity Scene



 

How to Make Yarn Clothespin Donkeys



How to Make Yarn Clothespin Donkeys for a Nativity Scene



And, there you have it…. you have all the crafts needed to complete your Nativity Scene.  I would love to see how your Nativity Scene turned out.  Please share your Nativity Scene with all of us by leaving a picture in the comments below.  I’d love to see how it turned out.

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How to Make Yarn Clothespin Donkeys for a Nativity Scene

Today we are continuing our Nativity Scene crafts… in this post I’m going to show you how to make Yarn Clothespin Donkeys for your Nativity Scene.  This craft is very similar to the Yarn Clothespin Sheep we made yesterday…. and, this craft turn out just as cute too.  With some cardboard and a few clothespins you can make this Yarn Clothespin Donkey…. so let me show you how.

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How to Make Yarn Clothespin Donkeys for a Nativity Scene



 

Materials Needed

2 Pieces of Cardboard

Pencil

Brown or Gray Yarn

Black Yarn or String

3 Clothespins

Scissors

 

Step 1



Draw this shape on cardboard and then cut it out



Draw the above shape on cardboard and then cut it out.  You can draw the above shape by drawing 2 ovals as shown above.


Step 2



Wrap brown or gray yarn around cardboard.



Wrap brown or gray yarn around cardboard.  Then place 2 clothespins on him for legs.  Start wrapping over those too.

 

Step 3



Wrap the clothespins with yarn part way to look like thighs.



Wrap the clothespins with yarn part way to look like thighs.

 

Step 4



Add clothespin to top of head for ears.



Add clothespin to top of head for ears.

 

Step 5



Cover clothespin and head with yarn.



Cover clothespin and head with yarn.

 

Step 6



Wrap black yarn or string around cardboard.



To make a tail… Wrap black yarn or string around cardboard.

 

Step 7



Then push black string or yarn under all strings.



Then push black string or yarn under all strings.

 

Step 8



Tie into a knot and then take off of cardboard.



Tie into a knot and then take off of cardboard.

 

Step 9



The knot is in the middle



The knot is in the middle like in above pic.

 

Step 10



Push knot up to the top.



Push knot up to the top.

 

Step 11



Push tail into the wrapped yarn.



Push tail into the wrapped yarn.

And, there you have it… you just finished your Yarn Clothespin Donkey for the Nativity Scene.  How did it turn out?  Make sure to let me know in the comments below.  Also, make sure to make the rest of our Nativity Scene including, The 3 Wise Men, Baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph and Sheep.  Make them all and display your Nativity Scene proudly.

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How to Make Yarn Clothespin Sheep for a Nativity Scene

All week long I have been showing you how to make a Nativity Scene that is practically completely Woven.  Today I’m going to continue the Nativity Scene Tutorials with showing you How to Make Yarn Clothespin Sheep for your Nativity Scene.  The craft is super easy, but will turn out perfectly for your Nativity Scene.  And, don’t forget to do the rest of the Nativity Scene crafts:  3 Wise Men, Baby Jesus, Clothespin Donkey and Mary & Joseph.  Everything to make your Nativity Scene a beautiful one.

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How to Make Yarn Clothespin Sheep for a Nativity Scene



 

Materials Needed

Cardboard

Black Crayon or Marker

Scissors

White Yarn

2 Clothespins

 

Step 1



Draw a seed shape on cardboard... color the tip black



Draw a seed shape on cardboard… color the tip black.


Step 2



Cut out your seed shape.



Cut out your seed shape.

 

Step 3



Wrap white yarn around entire cardboard shape



Wrap white yarn around entire cardboard shape… except black tip.

 

Step 4



Place clothespins on the cardboard for legs.



Place clothespins on the cardboard for legs.

 

Step 5



Start wrapping yarn around the clothespins.



Start wrapping yarn around the clothespins.

 

Step 6



wrap around more of the clothespins for thighs



After you have covered top of both clothespins… wrap around more of the clothespins for thighs.

 

Step 7



Tie a knot and you are done



Tie a knot and you are done.  Now, he will stand on his own.

Isn’t that a cute sheep?  Perfect for the Nativity Scene you have been working so hard on.  Make a few to add around the Nativity Scene.  And, if you haven’t already done so…. make the rest of the Nativity Scene including the 3 Wise Men, Mary & Joseph, Clothespin Donkey and Baby Jesus.

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How to Weave Mary and Joseph for a Nativity Scene

For the past few days I have been showing you how to weave different characters for a Nativity Scene.  First, I showed you how to Weave the 3 Wise Men.  Next, I showed you how to Weave a Baby Jesus.  Today I’m going to continue showing you how to weave a Nativity Scene by showing you how to Weave Mary and Joseph.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Weave Mary and Joseph for a Nativity Scene



 

Materials Needed

2 inch x 4 inch Piece of Cardboard

Ruler

Pencil

Scissors

Tape

String or Yarn (different color yarn, make sure to have some skin color yarn like Peach, Tan, Brown, etc.)

Needle

Fork

Stones, Coins, or Something Else Heavy

Cotton or other Filling

Black Thread

Old Piece of Fabric

4 Hand Shaped Beads

 

Step 1



Cut out 2" x 4" piece of cardboard.



Cut out 2″ x 4″ piece of cardboard.


Step 2



Mark sides with lines about 1/8 inch apart



Mark sides with lines about 1/8 inch apart… so every two lines on the inches side of the ruler.

 

Step 3



start cutting slits on lines that we drew in the previous step.



If you think your cardboard will fall apart by cutting slits… firstly, cover with clear tape.  Otherwise, just start cutting slits on lines that we drew in the previous step.

 

Step 4



Put string in the notch that is alone on one side.



Put string in the notch that is alone on one side.  Tape it down.  Then pull the string all the way up the back of the cardboard.

 

Step 5



pull the yarn through the first notch



In the last step you brought the yarn up to the top left side notch from behind the cardboard.  Now, pull the yarn through the first notch… now the yarn is in the front again.

 

Step 6



bring yarn over the next notch and pull down back again



Now, bring yarn over the next notch and pull down back again.

 

Step 7



Bring the string all the way down to the bottom.



Bring the string all the way down to the bottom.

 

Step 8



Bring string over from back and up thru the first notch again



Bring string over from back and up thru the first notch again.

 

Step 9



pull the yarn behind and thru the 2nd tab



Now, pull the yarn behind and thru the 2nd tab so that there is now a loop in front and behind the first tab.

 

Step 10



bring the yarn down behind cardboard and up thru the next slit.



Now, bring the yarn down behind cardboard and up thru the next slit.  Make loop in front of tab and bring down back of cardboard again.

 

Step 11



bring yarn down back and up bottom and thru the slit and make a loop in back and down next slit and down front again



Now, bring yarn down back and up bottom and thru the slit and make a loop in back and down next slit and down front again… continue this pattern.

 

Step 12



When done... tape string down



When done… tape string down.

 

Step 13



Thread a needle with yarn or string.



Thread a needle with yarn or string.

 

Step 14



Pull the yarn over and under each piece of yarn and leave a short tail



Make your yarn as long as you want it to be.  Pull the yarn over and under each piece of yarn and leave a short tail.

 

Step 15



turn the cardboard over and you will weave on this side too



Now, turn the cardboard over and you will weave on this side too.  On the other side you went UNDER the last thread… so here go OVER the first thread.  ***Don’t go under the taped string.

 

Step 16



Every few times or so, take a fork and push the threads down



Keep weaving on both sides of the cardboard.  Every few times or so, take a fork and push the threads down.

 

Step 17



When the thread is nearing an end, then push the needle down thru loops in past rows



When the thread is nearing an end, push the needle down thru loops in past rows.



How to start a new string



To start a new piece of yarn… just put the string in where you left off… like you see in the above image.

 

Step 18



Weave back and forth with skin color only in center strings



Weave back and forth with skin color (tan, brown, peach, etc.) only in the center strings.  So, you will NOT be turning cardboard over and weave along back.



start by pushing the yarn through the same loop that the bottom left side of the face used



Choose the color that will be around face.  You will be using this yarn to weave around the face for a hood.  We start by pushing the yarn through the same loop that the bottom left side of the face used.



weave around back.



Now, weave around back.



come over on the right side of the face.



Now, come over on the right side of the face.  Loop thru the string on the right side of the face and then go over it and weave around back again.



Keep going.



Keep going.  At the top of the figure you can weave all around it again.



This is what your figure should look like now



This is what your figure should look like now.

 

Step 19



Use your needle to pull loops off of cardboard.



Use your needle to pull loops off of cardboard.

 

Step 20



pull the woven fabric off of the cardboard



Now, loops are off… You can now pull the woven fabric off of the cardboard.

 

Step 21



Tie any loose threads into a knot.



Tie any loose threads into a knot.

 

Step 22



You should now stuff with stones, coins or something else heavy.



You should now stuff with stones, coins or something else heavy.  Only fill enough to look like she is kneeling.  Then fill the rest of the figure with cotton.

 

Step 23



Use black thread to sew on hair and eyes



Use black thread to sew on hair and eyes.

 

Step 24



For Joseph.... sew on a beard.



For Joseph…. sew on a beard.

 

Step 25



Bend figures into an L shape



Bend figures into an L shape like above.  Sew them in this position with same color yarn as shirt.

 

Step 26



Somehow I lost the pictures of the last few steps....



Somehow I lost the pictures of the last few steps…. Basically, just cut a bit of fabric and wrap around (like in image) and sew to head (just a few stitches will do).  Then just glue two hand shaped beads to the bottom of their face to look like praying hands.

 

Step 27



Sit Joseph and Mary around Baby Jesus



Sit Joseph and Mary around Baby Jesus from our Baby Jesus craft tutorial.

Awesome job…. you just finished weaving Mary and Joseph for a Nativity Scene.  How did they turn out for you?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, if you haven’t already done so…. make sure to complete the entire Nativity Scene by weaving the 3 Wise Men, Baby Jesus, Clothespin Donkey and the Clothespin Sheep.

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How to Weave a Baby Jesus and Cradle for a Nativity Scene

Yesterday I showed you how to Weave the 3 Wise Men for a Nativity Scene…. well, today I’m going to continue the weaving fun by showing you how to Weave a Baby Jesus and Cradle.  Imagine how proud you will be to have made an entire Nativity Scene yourself… so proud!!  So, let’s get started.

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How to Weave a Baby Jesus and Cradle for a Nativity Scene



 

Materials Needed

2 Pieces of Cardboard Measuring 3 inch x 1 1/2 inch

Ruler

Scissors

Tape

String or Yarn (Brown, Yellow & Skin Color Yarn like Pink, Tan, Brown, etc.)

Needle

Black String or Thread

Cotton or other Filler

Burp Cloth or Similar Fabric

Fork

 

Step 1



Cut a piece of cardboard about 3 inches x 1.5 inches.



We will start by making a cardboard loom to weave the basket with. Cut a piece of cardboard about 3 inches x 1.5 inches.


Step 2



Cut slits about 1/4 inch apart on one of the long sides.



Cut slits about 1/4 inch apart on one of the long sides.  Cut one slit on the other side.

 

Step 3



Put string in slit that is alone.



Put string in slit that is alone.  Tape down.

 

Step 4



Pull string around back and down thru top slit.



Pull string around back and down thru top slit.

 

Step 5



Wrap string around front of tab to the next slit.



Wrap string around front of tab to the next slit.  The string will now be hanging down back of cardboard.

 

Step 6



Bring string down back of cardboard and up around to the front



Bring string down back of cardboard and up around to the front and slide thru the first slit.

 

Step 7



Bring string around back and thru second slit.



Bring string around back and thru second slit.

 

Step 8



Bring string around back and then thru next slit



Bring string around back and then thru next slit… now it’s hanging down front again.

 

Step 9



Put string into next slit so string hanging down back to make loop in front.



Put string into next slit so string hanging down back to make loop in front.

 

Step 10



Bring down back of cardboard and then up around the front.



Bring down back of cardboard and then up around the front.  Place in the slit and make a loop in back by putting in 2nd slit.

 

Step 11



When done winding... tape last string down.



When done winding… tape last string down.

 

Step 12



Thread some yarn or string.



Thread some yarn or string.

 

Step 13



Basics of Weaving



We will now start weaving. Above in the illustration, O is over and U is under. Basically, put the needle under and over the strings. For the first string, you can pull the yarn all the way through, leaving just a bit of yarn left under the first string. When you get to the edge of cardboard, turn over the cardboard. Then start weaving again. if you ending going under the last string on the other side, then this time go over.



Stick needle with yarn under and over strings.



Stick needle with yarn under and over strings.



You can leave a bit of a tail on the yarn you are weaving with.



You can leave a bit of a tail on the yarn you are weaving with.

 

Step 14



go under the first string on the other side.



Turn over the cardboard… we ended by going over the last string, so go under the first string on the other side.  Make sure to skip taped down string.  ***Always weave on the side with OUT the loops… as seen above.

 

Step 15



take a fork and push the threads down.



Keep weaving on both sides of the cardboard.  Every few times or so take a fork and push the threads down.

 

Step 16



When the thread is nearing the end, then push the needle down thru loops in past row.



When the thread is nearing the end, then push the needle down thru loops in past row.

 

Step 17



To start a new piece of yarn... just put the string in where you left off



To start a new piece of yarn… just put the string in where you left off… like you see in the image above.

 

Step 18



Fill up the entire piece of cardboard with brown yarn.



Fill up the entire piece of cardboard with brown yarn.

 

Step 19



Use your needle to pull loops off of cardboard.



Use your needle to pull loops off of cardboard…



pull the weaved fabric off of cardboard



… Now the loops are off like this and you can pull the weaved fabric off of cardboard.

 

Step 20



You now have a little basket.



Take the woven fabric off the cardboard.  Tie any loose threads.  You now have a little basket.

 

Step 21



Cut a piece of cardboard that is about 1.5 inches by 3 inches



Cut a piece of cardboard that is about 1.5 inches by 3 inches.

 

Step 22



Wind string around it like you did with the other cardboard loom.



Cut slits on one of the short ends.  Then cut one slit on the other side.  Wind string around it like you did with the other cardboard loom.  Make skin color such as pink, tan, brown, etc.

 

Step 23



Then weave with the skin color you chose when winding string.



Then weave with the skin color you chose when winding string.  Weave all the way to the top.  Use needle to take the loops off of top.  Take woven fabric off of cardboard.

 

Step 24



Tie loose threads into knots.



Tie loose threads into knots.

 

Step 25



Get some black string or thread and tie a knot.



Get some black string or thread and tie a knot.

 

step 26



Start sewing the eyes.



Bring the needle up thru unclosed end and pull it out where you want one of the eyes to be.

 

Step 27



Sew second eye.



Then just push the needle back down where you want the eyes shape to end.  From underneath push up where you want 2nd eye to be.

 

Step 28



Fill with cotton or other filler.



Fill with cotton or other filler. Then sew the bottom of the figure shut with skin colored yarn that you used previously.

 

Step 29



Cut a piece of burp cloth or other similar fabric.



Cut a piece of burp cloth (ask Mom or Dad if they saved any from when you were a baby) or other similar fabric.  Make it a rectangle.  Fold down a triangle on the left top corner.

 

Step 30



Place woven baby on it with head all the way to top of triangle.



Place woven baby on it with head all the way to top of triangle.

 

Step 31



Push bottom of fabric up to below eyes.



Push bottom of fabric up to below eyes.

 

Step 32



Push the left side of fabric over the baby.



Push the left side of fabric over the baby.  The push it under right side of baby.

 

Step 33



Bring right side of fabric over the baby



Bring right side of fabric over the baby and push it down under the left side of baby.

 

Step 34



Baby should look like this now.



Baby should look like this now.

 

Step 35



Place baby in cradle.



Place baby in cradle.  Cut up some yellow yarn and stick in basket if you want to.

 



Finished Baby Jesus in Cradle Craft.



And, there you have it…. you finished weaving a Baby Jesus and Cradle for a Nativity Scene.  Awesome job!!  This woven Baby Jesus goes perfectly with the woven 3 Wise Men we made yesterday. Make sure to also do the Mary & Joseph craft, Yarn Clothespin Sheep craft  and the Yarn Clothespin Donkey craft to complete your Nativity Scene.

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How to Weave the 3 Wise Men for a Nativity Scene

Today I have a great craft perfect for the Christmas Holiday Season.  I am going to show you how to Weave the 3 Wise Men for a Nativity Scene.  There are a lot of steps to this craft, but I don’t want you to be intimidated by that.  The craft isn’t too complicated…. there are just a lot of steps because I wanted to be detailed in my instructions for you.  And, keep an eye out… I will be showing you how to Weave a Baby Jesus for this Nativity Scene in the next day or so too.

Check out our other Christmas Crafts.



How to Weave the 3 Wise Men for a Nativity Scene



 

Materials Needed

2″ x 4″ Piece of Cardboard

Pencil

Ruler

Scissors

Yarn or String  (Different colors for skin, beard, hair, clothes and crowns)

Needle

Fork

Black and Gold String or Thread

Rock, Stones, or Coins (something heavy)

Cotton for Filling

Safety Pin

Fabric from Old Clothes or Baby Clothes

Tape

Twist Tie

Sturdy Cardboard Box

Small Beads

 

Step 1



Cut out 2" x 4" piece of cardboard



Cut out 2″ x 4″ piece of cardboard.


Step 2



Mark sides with lines about 1/8 inch apart



Mark sides with lines about 1/8 inch apart… so every two lines on the inches side of the ruler.

 

Step 3



start cutting slits on lines that we drew in the previous step.



If you think that your cardboard will fall apart by cutting slits… firstly cover with clear tape.  Otherwise, just start cutting slits on lines that we drew in the previous step.

 

Step 4



Put string in the notch that is alone on one side



Put string in the notch that is alone on one side.  Tape it down.  Then pull the string all the way up the back of the cardboard.

 

Step 5



pull the yarn thru the first notch



In the last step you brought the yarn up to the top left side notch from behind the cardboard.  Now, pull the yarn thru the first notch… now yarn is in front again.

 

Step 6



bring the yarn over the next notch and pull down back again



Now, bring the yarn over the next notch and pull down back again.

 

Step 7



Bring the string all the way down to the bottom.



Bring the string all the way down to the bottom.

 

Step 8



Bring string over from back and up thru the first notch again



Bring string over from back and up thru the first notch again.

 

Step 9



pull the yarn behind and thru the 2nd tab



Now, pull the yarn behind and thru the 2nd tab so that there is now a loop in front and behind the first tab.

 

Step 10



bring yarn down behind cardboard and up thru next slit.



Now, bring yarn down behind cardboard and up thru next slit.  Make loop in front of tab and bring down back of cardboard again.

 

Step 11



bring yarn down back and up bottom and thru the slit and make a loop in back and down next slit and down front again



Now, bring yarn down back and up bottom and thru the slit and make a loop in back and down next slit and down front again… continue this pattern.

 

Step 12



When done... tape string down.



When done… tape string down.

 

Step 13



Thread a needle



Thread a needle with yarn or string.

 

Step 14



Pull the yarn over and under each piece of yarn and leave a short tail.



Make your yarn as long as you want it to be.  Pull the yarn over and under each piece of yarn and leave a short tail.  ***Notice that you start weaving on the side that does not have loops.

 

Step 15



go OVER the first thread



Now, turn the cardboard over and you will weave on this side too.  On the other side, you went UNDER the last thread…. so here go OVER the first thread.

 

Step 16



Keep weaving on both sides of the cardboard



Keep weaving on both sides of the cardboard.  Every few times or so, take the fork and push the threads down.

 

Step 17



push the needle down thru loops in past rows



When the thread is nearing the end, then push the needle down thru loops in past rows….



To start a new piece of yarn... just put the string in where you left off



… To start a new piece of yarn… just put the string in where you left off… like you see above.

 

Step 18



When you get to about the half way point... change the yarn to skin color - which could be brown, tan, pink, cream, etc.



When you get to about the half way point… change the yarn to skin color – which could be brown, tan, pink, cream, etc.  Go as far to the top as you can.

 

Alternative Way to Make the Face

Step A



Weave back and forth on center strings if you want to make skin only in the center.



An alternative way to make these figures are to make the face only in the center (like small image above).  Weave back and forth on center strings if you want to make skin only in the center.  So, don’t go around the back for making the face.

 

Step B



We start by pushing the yarn through the same loop that the bottom left side of the face used.



Choose the color that will be around the face.  You will be using this yarn to weave around the face for a hood.  We start by pushing the yarn through the same loop that the bottom left side of the face used.

 

Step C



weave around back.



Now, weave around back.

 

Step D



Loop thru the string on the right side of the face



Now, come over on the right side of the face.  Loop thru the string on the right side of the face and then go over it and weave around back again.

 

Step E



Keep going



Keep going.  At the top of the figure you can weave all around it again.

 

Step 19



Use your needle to pull the loops off of cardboard.



Use your needle to pull the loops off of cardboard.

 

Step 20



you can now pull the weaved fabric off of cardboard



The loops are now off like this… you can now pull the weaved fabric off of cardboard.

 

Step 21



Take fabric off of cardboard



Take fabric off of cardboard…. it now looks like above image.

 

Step 22



Fold inside out and then tie loose threads into knots.



Fold inside out and then tie loose threads (the ones that were taped down in the beginning) into knots.  Turn back to right side.

 

Step 23



Get some black string or thread.



Get some black string or thread.  Tie a knot at one end.

 

Step 24



Make the eye.



Put needle inside of hole on top of the head… and then put the needle where the eye should be and pull it out the front of the face.  This way the knot is inside the figure and can’t be seen.

 

Step 25



just sew in eyes by pulling string in and out of the fabric until they look like eyes.



Then just sew in eyes by pulling string in and out of the fabric until they look like eyes.  To sew in the 2nd eye… pull needle under fabric and up in the spot where the 2nd eye should be.

 

Step 26



Tie a knot inside of figure.



Tie a knot inside of figure.

 

Step 27



Place a rock, coins or something else heavy in the bottom and make sure figure stands.



Place a rock, coins or something else heavy in the bottom and make sure figure stands.  Then fill the rest of the figure with cotton or something soft.

 

Step 28



Sew top of head closed



Sew top of head closed… with knot on the inside.

 

Step 29



To make belt... tie 3 pieces of string together and braid them.



To make belt… tie 3 pieces of string together and braid them.  Pin it to your pants to keep it down while you braid.  Tie knot when done with belt.

 

Step 30



Cut a piece of fabric from old shirt or baby clothes



Cut a piece of fabric from old shirt or baby clothes (ask Mom or Dad first).  Then wrap around figure and tie shut with belt.

 

Step 31



Use cardboard loom to make the beard.



Use cardboard loom to make the beard.  Wrap string around the short side of the loom.

 

Step 32



push a 2nd string under all the wrapped strings



When done wrapping string around side of loom… push a 2nd string under all the wrapped strings… like so.

 

Step 33



Take it off of cardboard.



Take it off of cardboard.

 

Step 34



Fold it in half and then sew it on below the eyes.



Fold it in half and then sew it on below the eyes.

 

Step 35



To make hair, push needle thru top of head



To make hair, push needle thru top of head, until just a bit of string is sticking out.

 

Step 36



with tail of string still out, push the needle back into the head somewhere else.



Then, with tail of string still out, push the needle back into the head somewhere else.

 

Step 37



When you have a loop of string... don't pull any further.  You just made a curl.



When you have a loop of string… don’t pull any further.  You just made a curl.  Now, stick the needle thru again… and the curl will stay now.

 

Step 38



When your figure has enough curls... then tie a knot and you are finished with the hair.



When your figure has enough curls… then tie a knot and you are finished with the hair.

 

Step 39



Tie a twist tie and wrap colored thread around it.



Tie a twist tie and wrap colored thread around it.  I used gold thread… you can use any color you wish.

 

Step 40



Fold ends of twist tie over to keep threads on and then push it onto your figure's head.



Fold ends of twist tie over to keep threads on and then push it onto your figure’s head.

 

Step 41



The 2nd crown is beaded on a cardboard loom.



The 2nd crown is beaded on a cardboard loom.  Just make slits 1/2 inch apart on both sides of a sturdy box.  The loom is threaded by putting string in first notch… taping it down.  Then just pull over to other side and put thru that notch.  Then put thru 2nd notch and pull to other side and continue.  When done… wrap around extra notches to keep in place.

 

Step 42



Tie thread to first string.



Tie thread to first string. ***Make sure to leave extra room on strings so you can tie knots at end.

 

Step 43



Put some small beads onto the needle and thread.



Put some small beads onto the needle and thread.  If you have 6 strings, you need 5 beads…. If you have 5 strings, you need 4 beads.

 

Step 44



Pull threads and beads under all 6 strings



Pull threads and beads under all 6 strings, so they are on the opposite side now.

 

Step 45



Push all the beads so that each bead is in between 2 strings.



The first row is the trickiest… and then each row gets easier.  Push all the beads so that each bead is in between 2 strings.

 

Step 46



push the needle thru all of them so that the needle is now on the opposite side again.



Then, while beads are up above the strings (because you are pushing below them)… push the needle thru all of them so that the needle is now on the opposite side again.

 

Step 47



Now, do this for all the rows.



Now, do this for all the rows.  Make as many as you feel fit.

 

Step 48



I took some gold thread and wove it over and under all of the strings a few times



Optionally, as an added touch… I took some gold thread and wove it over and under all of the strings a few times to make the crown surrounded in gold.

 

Step 49



Cut off string on both sides.



Cut off string on both sides.

 

Step 50



Tie it shut to make a crown.



Tie it shut to make a crown.

 

Step 51



Place crown on figure.



Place crown on figure.

 

Step 52



For the 3rd crown, you can use the same loom that you used for beading.  Thread it the same way.



For the 3rd crown, you can use the same loom that you used for beading.  Thread it the same way.  Weave over and under.

 

Step 53



When you have woven a long strip, then take loops off.



When you have woven a long strip, then take loops off.

 

Step 54



Cut loops in half.



Cut loops in half.

 

Step 55



Tie these strings into knots.



Tie these strings into knots.

 

Step 56



Roll this woven fabric lengthwise



Roll this woven fabric lengthwise…. like above image.  Sew it so it stays like that.

 

Step 57



Then sew into donut shape and place on figure's head.



Then sew into donut shape and place on figure’s head.

 



Finished 3 wise men craft



You have just finished weaving the 3 Wise Men for a Nativity Scene…. How did they turn out?  Please let me know in the comments below.  Also, take a picture of your Wise Men and share them in the comment as well.  I’d love to see them.  Come back to check out how to Weave a Baby Jesus for a Nativity Scene as well the Mary & Joseph craft, Yarn Clothespin Sheep craft and the Yarn Clothespin Donkey craft to complete your Nativity Scene.

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How to Make an Octopus Toy

Today I’m going to show you how to make a cute Octopus toy out of yarn.  The craft is an easy one, but it is sure to be a lot of fun.  This Octopus toy would make a great gift to give to somebody this Holiday Season.  Or, if you like…. keep the toy for yourself.  Make a few and give your Octopus a friend.

Check out some of our other Toy Crafts.

Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make this toy step-by-step.






 

CRAFT MATERIALS NEEDED:

– string and needles

– scissors

– yarn

– glass or foam ball

– something flat – a book or a board (if you want a big octopus, you’ll need a bigger book)







 

Step 1

Let’s start by wrapping the yarn around the flat thing.
Take care not to wrap too tight or it will be hard to work with later.







Step 2

When you have a good thickness, we can cut the end.






Cut a small piece of yarn …






… slip it under your cluster …






… and tie it at one edge of the book.






 

Step 3

Use the scissors to cut the opposite end that you tied on.






Now you should have a long bunch of string tied in the middle.






 

Step 4

Take the ball and tuck it under the middle.






Hold the yarn under the ball. Take care to wrap the ball completely.






Take another piece of yarn, wrap it around the bunch a couple times and tie it with a double knot.






It will look like this.






 

Step 5

Split the yarn in many even sections…






… and cut little pieces of yarn that you’ll use later to tie every section.






Split every section in 3 parts, braid and then tie it.






Repeat for the other sections. It’s no problem if you loose some sections, but take care to have enough of them and even enough. I started with 8 sections but in the final I have only 6.






 

Step 6

Let’s make the face 🙂
You can sew the eyes…






… like this.






You can let a little bit of thread at every eye to make a cute octopus – girl, with long eyelashes.






Finally, sew the mouth too.

I like trying to sew the face but you can glue beads on it or you can paint it. Just… have fun.







Isn’t he cute?!  Are you going to keep him for yourself or are you going to give it as a gift this Holiday Season?  Whatever you decide to do he is sure to be loved.

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How to Finger Knit – Finger Knitting

When I was a child my Grandma tried teaching me how to knit.  I wanted to learn, but it was so complicated.  I never did master the craft of knitting.  Knitting can be a difficult thing to learn, but I am going to show you a much easier method of knitting… Finger Knitting.  You are actually going to use your fingers to knit.  No knitting needles need.  All you are going to need is yarn and your hand.  So, let’s do it.



How to Finger Knit - Finger Knitting



 

Materials Needed

Yarn

 

Step 1



Place yarn over thumb.



Place yarn over thumb.


Step 2



Now weave the yarn over the next finger... then under, over, and under the next fingers.



Now weave the yarn over the next finger… then under, over, and under the next fingers.

 

Step 3



Wrap the yarn over the pinkie and weave towards the thumb.



Wrap the yarn over the pinkie and weave towards the thumb.  Then when get to the index finger, wrap over it and weave towards the pinkie finger… continue.

 

Step 4



it is time to move the weaved yarn to the back of your hand



When there isn’t any more room to weave on your hand, then it is time to move the weaved yarn to the back of your hand… Lift bottom loop of each finger over the top loop and to the backside of your hand.

 

Step 5



Now your knitting should look like this.



Now your knitting should look like this.

 

Step 6



continue to weave yarn on the front of your hand.



Now that the weaved yarn is moved to the back of your hand… continue to weave yarn on the front of your hand.  When there is no more room to weave on the front of your hand… again, move the weaved yarn to the back of your hand.

 

Step 7



slip end through end loops so knitting doesn't unravel.



When you are done with your knitting… slip end through end loops so knitting doesn’t unravel.

 



Finished finger knitting



And there you have it…. you just finished your first Finger Knitting craft.  How did it turn out for you?  Let me know in the comments below…. you can even add a picture of your Finger Knitting.  I would love to see how it turned out.

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