How to Print a Sturdier Template

How to Print a Sturdier Template - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Have you ever tried to trace around a paper template? The edges are so flimsy your pencil slides under or over, and makes a mess. Here’s an easy way to print a sturdier template. Cut a manilla folder in half, and then cut one side to 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, […]

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

There are lots of great crafts you can make from aluminum cans. And the colorful logos on the cans add to the finished project. For most projects you need to first turn a soda can into a flat sheet of aluminum. When I’m cutting aluminum cans, I like to wear a kevlar glove on the […]

How to Blow an Egg

How to Blow an Egg - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. There are lots of Easter crafts that need a blown egg shell. Try this easy way to blow an egg. Supplies. Eggs Fork or Pin Toothpick Bowl Egg Carton to Hold Blown Eggs How to Blow an Egg. 1. To prepare the eggs for blowing, first wash the egg in soapy water […]

How to Cut Holes in the Middle of Something

Crafty Journal - Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet

By Noreen Doll. I make lots of projects that require holes in the middle where they are hard to cut. Here is an easy way to cut holes in the middle of something. If the item is soft and flexible and bends easily, cut the hole like this. Fold the item in half so you […]

Sharpen Decorative Edge Scissors

Crafty Journal - Sharpen Decorative Edge Scissors

By Noreen Doll. Decorative edge scissors are fun to use, and they leave pretty edges on paper projects. A good tip for using the scissors is to not cut quite all the way to the tip when you are cutting. Stop a short distance from the end and then realign the scissors to continue cutting. […]

How to Prevent Cord Ends from Fraying While You Work

Crafty Journal - Twine End Glued

By Noreen Doll. Do you ever try to thread ribbon or twine through a punched hole only to have the end fray and spread in all directions? One clever remedy I’ve discovered is to put a drop or two of white glue on my finger tip and then stick the end of the twine in […]

Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

By Noreen Doll. I had a little bit of plastic left around the opening of the milk jug and I wanted to be able to use it, because I challenged myself to use as much of the jug as I could. I noticed the plastic was just the right size for embroidery thread bobbins. So […]

Speed Dry a Painted or Decoupage Project

Crafty Journal - Speed Dry Craft Projects

By Noreen Doll. When I craft I have a hard time waiting for paint, glue or Mod Podge to dry.  So I figured out a way to speed dry my projects. I have an old hair dryer that is too hot on one setting and too slow on the other setting for drying hair. But […]

How to Sharpen a Punch


By Noreen Doll. Do you need to sharpen a punch? Any kind of punch can be sharpened this way. I was punching holes around the edges of a Christmas card to make it into a sewing card for preschoolers. After punching a few holes, I noticed the punch was not punching cleanly, and it was […]

Cheap Laminating


By Noreen Doll. You can use packaging tape for cheap laminating if you don’t have – and don’t want to buy – a laminating machine. I make sure the tape I laminate with is completely clear. One thing it is really nice for is preserving recipe cards. I have a few old recipe cards written […]

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