Beginners Guide to Four Basic Macrame Knots

Welcome to my "MacraMay" Series! Every week this month will be a new post and Youtube video on macrame crafts. This week we start with four basic macrame knots which you will need to know for the craft next week. Practice these basic macrame knots and you'll be on your way to becoming a macrame master.   Macrame Knot Supplies All you will need to practice these knots is some string. It can be any type of string really, but I am using a 3mm macrame cord that I bought on Amazon here.  You may also want some scissors to…

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Free Printable Bookish Coloring Pages

When I made the first set of bookish stickers that are currently in my Etsy shop for sale, I decided to save outlines of those drawings to give to you as free bookish coloring pages!  This is the perfect time for a freebie too because this is my 100th post on this blog! What a cause for celebration! So thank you for being here :) Coloring is  such a fun relaxing activity. It can be one of the things you start to do this year for self care! New year's resolution through coloring pages.  **The watermarks on the preview images…

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Geometric Watercolor Bookmarks

Geometric watercolors is something I stumbled across looking for craft program ideas for my day job as a librarian. I loved it so much I had to share. This is a fun easy craft that any ages can do! No experience or skill required.  Just be creative and have fun! Look at my step by step instructions and Youtube video below for guidance! Geometric Watercolor: Supplies There are only a few things you need to get started on this craft: Paint Brushes  Watercolor Paper  Watercolors Washi Tape in different sizes (1.5mm, 3mm and 8mm) Markers (I like metallic colors or…

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Book Page Heart Garland — Book Paper Chain

This book page garland is the perfect easy craft to spice up your home for Valentine's Day. It's great to do with kids too! Made with twine and book pages, this heart garland has some rustic flare to it. Let's get crafting! Craft along to my Youtube video linked below. And don't forget to print out the heart template to trace your hearts! Book Page Heart Garland: Supplies There's only a few supplies you need for this craft: Old Book Pages Twine or String Heart Template on Cardstock (PDF Link below) Scissors Hole Punch If you don't have twine or…

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DIY Dried Orange Garland/Ornaments

A little late to the game here, but I saw all the dried orange garland videos on social media and just had to try this myself! Mine are more ornaments than garland, but I still love the way they look on my Christmas tree.  This is such an easy craft to spice up your holiday decor. They just take a little bit of time so aim to do it when you're home for most of the day. How Do I Dry My Oranges? After you slice up your oranges, you have to put them on a cookie sheet and bake…

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String Gnomes — No Sew Holiday Craft

This fun little string gnome craft has been all over the internet lately, so I had to try it out for myself. They came out positively adorable! These little gnomes are super easy to make and require minimal materials. Below I have a step-by-step tutorial with pictures and a YouTube video so go ahead and make some cute little string gnomes yourself!  No White Beard? My string gnomes have a totally different vibe to them than the videos and pictures of others I've seen on the internet. Everyone goes for white perfectly sculpted pom-pom beards.  I happened to not have…

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Best Shops for Stationery Addicts

As I am a big lover of stationery and all things papery I thought it would be fun to put together a guide on the best shops for stationery addicts! This is by no means an all encompassing list, I am always finding new sites that I fall in love with and want to buy more.  These are the sites and Etsy shops you are guaranteed to find stationery you or the stationery addict in your life will be obsessed with.  Gifts for Stationery Addicts: Websites 1. Nico Neco Zakkaya This shop is filled with the most stunning authentic Japanese…

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Aromatherapy Stress Balls DIY Stress Relief

Aromatherapy stress balls are something I think every person should have right now! It's nice to squeeze in your hand like a traditional stress ball with the added benefits of calming essential oils to smell as well. It's super easy to make too. You can even make it with your kids as a fun craft! I've made a few stress balls by now and used different essential oil blends each time. You can really have fun and experiment with this stress relieving activity.  What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils are essences extracted from plant matter. They can be used for…

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How to Make Book Page Paper Roses

Book Page Paper Roses are so fun and so easy to  make! They also make for great home decor that will never die from lack of watering (guilty!). And to top it all off, they are gorgeous! Once you know the basic steps, you can use any sort of paper you want. You don't have to stick to just book pages. You could try music sheets, maps, scrapbook paper, etc. The options are endless! Check out my step by step instructions here with pictures and I have a Youtube video embedded below for all you visual learners out there like…

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