Crafting For a Cause

Marcy Franklin

Handmade bears travel around the world to brighten kids’ lives. There aren’t many things more comforting than curling up with a cozy blanket or stuffed bear. Now, knitters and crafters are helping thousands of children in need of something to snuggle. Here are two organizations creating comfort—one stitch at a time. Mother Bear Project Nine years ago, Amy Berman, a …

Flying Bluebirds

KIWI Eco-crafts: Flying bluebirds Materials Paper towel, toilet paper, or wrapping paper tube Scissors Nontoxic paint Nontoxic glue Beads Scrap wrapping paper String (4 to 5 inches per bird) Directions Flatten  the paper towel or toilet paper tube and cut into ¾-inch strips. Then follow  the directions below to make hearts, birds, or flowers. Stretch  open one of the flattened …

Grocery Bag Greetings

Vickie Howell

Materials 16″ wire wreath circle 35-40 plastic grocery bag Empty cereal box Star stencil White craft paint & sponge brush Craft glue Glitter (we used Crafty Chica Chunky Glitter in goddess gold) Rub-on letters 10″ jewelry or florist wire Scissors Hole punch 1½” die cutter (or round object with a similar diameter to trace around) 38″ x 7″ piece of …

DIY Tree-riffic Ornaments

Vickie Howell

Materials Greeting cards Scissors Straight pin Beads, baubles, or other adornments Jewelry head pins (at least 3″ long) Jewelry pliers (for the blue and small red ornaments) Metal brad (for the red fan ornament) Liquid fusion glue (optional) Instructions Cut card fronts into 1/4″–1/2″ strips. Alternate between using plain scissors and those with decorative blades, for added ornament fanciness. Using …