General Crafts

This page contains crafts of various techniques.

No Sew Duct Tape Mask

Want to make a mask but don’t know how to Sew? Especially with the CDC’s recommendation for the general public to use face covering when not at home in order to help reduce the spread of COVID 19

Duct Tape to the rescue!

Our design features an adjustable fit around the difficult nose area.

Just watch this video to see how you can quickly and easily create a no sew mask with duct tape – also known as Duck tape in just minutes.
Do-it-yourself masks are to be worn in addition to minimum of 6 foot physical social distancing. Please save the supply of the N95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders as they put their lives on the line to save others – maybe even you!

You will need a pair of scissors, ruler and these materials: 7″ by 12″ piece of mask material, yard of elastic cut in half (2 pieces about 18″ long), duct tape (aka Duck tape) >Be sure to check out

Whole New Meaning to Chinese Puzzle

Did you know you can make your own puzzle? Watch this step by step video and learn how to make your own. It is easy. Easier than solving the finished puzzle!

Minutes to make – Hours of fun!

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We made our puzzle from a package of chicken fried rice making it a terrific recycle project. It was made with a Cricut machine although other brands would work just fine.


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Up-cycle CD Project Idea

     We love to re-purpose things and keep them out of landfills.  Today’s project up cycles an old CD.  You can also recycle an old DVD.  With movies being moved to digital format, projects such as this will give a new life to your DVDs.

      You will be surprised at how simple and quick you can turn a plain CD into something pretty.

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Watch the video to find out the surprise material we used.

      You can use your finished project as coaster.  Or hang it as an ornament in a window where it will sparkle and shimmer in the sunlight.

Stressing Reducing Easter Egg

   Hatch your creativity AND take out your frustration all at the same time with this fun needle felted Easter egg. It is quick and easy.

   There is no sewing involved yet there is a needle. Felting needles do not have an eye but do have sharp barbs. All you need to do is moving the needle straight up and down. Stab it as hard as you like – a stress relieving motion.

   After Easter you can give it to your kitty as it makes a fun cat toy!

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Glitzy Easter Egg Will Spark a Smile

We are Egg-xited to bring you this Egg–stra-special Easter Egg.
    Create a sparkle to an eye and a smile to a face when you learn how to make this shiny Easter Egg. They are simpler to make than you might think and can be quite elegant. Sure to brighten any day.


Hatch your creativity and have some homemade fun.

So get cracking and made some eggs – Easter Eggs that is!

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Be sure to check out the reasons we selected eggs for our theme this Easter.

Extend Mask Life with Easy to Make Cover

   With N-95 respirator supplies in question, extending the life of a mask may become important during the pandemic.

   Quilters will especially appreciate that these covers are made with scrap batting. We chose quilting batting because it tends to cling to masks. We have included a casing for elastic or ties should you desire to secure it in place.

   We designed this mask cover to be disposable yet it can be washed a few times.
Please follow CDC guidelines to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!


Bar None Liquid Soap Saves Money

   Hand soap can be expensive and body washes are even more. Lets us show you how to inexpensively make your own very simply using a bar of soap.

   For hand soap, we suggest a soap that makes you feel extra clean yet is gentle on your hands. Your hands do so much for you so here’s a way to take card of them.

   In the shower a wet bar of soap can turn yucky so many of us turn to the pricey body wash. Follow our video and you can have the best of both worlds. Select a favorite bar soap with a great scent and skin quenching characteristics and Wow! you just extended the life of your soap bar and eliminated the mess.

DiY Face Mask
Protect supply of medical masks for medical workers and first responders

It is important for every one of us to do our part in trying to impede the spread of the corona virus. Three important actions you can take right now are social distancing, washing your hands, and reserve the supply of masks for the frontline health care professional and first responders.

It is of the utmost importance that the health care and first responders are protected so that they will be there to save lives when they are needed the most. Conservation by the general public of the professional grade masks is why MainelyDiY.com has developed our own mask.

Covid-19 and other viruses are tiny – in the micron range or smaller. How small is that? Move the decimal point 6 points to the left or 0.000001. Our mask likely will not be able to filter out particles of this size. However the virus may be carried by other larger particles which the mask could offer some protection from. If your handmade mask gets the least bit wet with potential contaminants remove it immediately.

Another way our mask can help is that is will protect your nose and mouth from being touched by your hands.

We considered several factors when designing our mask:
  • Snug fit against the face
  • Breathability
  • Reusable
  • Comfort
Standard surgical style masks gape at the side. Our mask is designed to fit snuggly against the skin to eliminate this.

It also needs to be breathable as you don’t want your body to work harder than normal to getting air into your lungs. Adding more layers will make it more difficult to breathe and thus is not recommended.

The medical grade masks are one time use. Our mask can be laundered with disinfectant agents.

Comfort makes out mask wearable. Face it if isn’t comfortable your won’t use it.



We used a fun cotton fashion fabric for the outside. Why not be fashionable by choosing a fabric theme you love. Cotton flannel was chosen for the inside due to its softness against your skin. This is important because you want it to seal against face for best effectiveness.

We do not recommend you wear any mask constantly. Just wear it when needed and keep it clean. You may want to make several to have a clean one readily available.

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Who Wood be your Gnominee

   Who will be your nominee? Since each one of these wood gnomes has his only personality is will definitely be hard to chose.

   Theses needle felted gnomes are super easy to create. The gnomes are made by shaping wool roving and then melding the fibers into each other by poking it up and down with a felting needle. A felting needle does not have an eye so there is threading involved – yeah! Instead a felting needle has tiny barbs on the side near the needle point. I used medium sized needles or 86mm. You will find yourself addicted to making them.

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Lovely Victorian Lace Heart ❤️ Ornament

Enhance your décor with this romantic lacy beaded ornament that has a Victorian feel to it. Hang it in a window and when the sun catches it, it will sparkle and glisten in the sunshine. It is reminiscent of the twinkle in your eyes when you first fell in love.

Perfect for Valentine’s day or any day you want to put a little love in your heart. ❤️

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Check out these Valentine’s Day and Heart Inspired DiY Projects

Simple Heart Template

This video has two different methods for creating a smooth heart shaped template require no special tools. Both are simple and quick. One of the techniques is particularly flexible in the depth and length of the points. Make them any way your heart desires. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Template is perfect to use for paper crafts including greeting cards or for sewing appliques or any heart themed project.

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Bean Bag Toss Game

    You can make this bean bag toss game yourself and customize it any way you like. Paint it the way you like. We recommend painting the target holes a contrasting color. The bean bags are literally filled with beans.

   With the innovative leg design, you can adjust the angle and height any way you desire. Since the support legs are independently adjustable playing on an uneven surface is no problem. The legs are also removable so you can store the game flat or hanging it.

   This game is lots of fun for the whole family. It can be played both indoors as well as outdoors.

Just teach your pet to retrieve the bags after tossing at add a bit more laughter to the game. Check out the video to see how the Crafting Kitty gets it on the playing fun too!

Some people call this corn hole game

To make bean bags

  • Cut 3 dark and 3 light rectangles of fabric 4 1/2″ by 9″
  • Fold one piece in half right sides together along the 9″ side – it now measures 4 1/2″ square
  • Sew a narrow seam along 2 open edges
  • Turn right side out
  • Fill with beans
  • Realign open edge so that seam in centered one the former fold line.
  • Fold in edges and stitch across.
  • Repeat for remaining bags.

Recycled CD Snowflake Ornaments Glisten in the Light
Easy & Inexpensive

Glistening snowflakes make this ornament especially cool. Pun intended. Upcycling old compact discs is also very cool. You can use old dvds as well as cds. The snowflake theme extends the use of these ornaments well beyond Christmas for the whole winter long. The contrast makes the snowflakes really stand out.
They are quite elegant yet very simple to make. In fact, if you can color you can make these. You likely have everything on hand to make these and since recycled cds are the base, the ornaments cost practically nothing to make.

Country Paid Ornament with Glitzy Snowflake

Casual laid back country style meets sparkly and glitzy glamour in this fun Christmas tree ornament. Plaid is all the rage right now and gives that relaxed homey feel. Sophistication is added via shiny rhinestone crystals in the shape of a snowflake. The snowflake will twinkle as it catches and reflects light.
This ornament is wonderful well after Christmas as it can enhance your home décor all winter long. It is surprisingly simple and quick to make. It is also very addictive.

Two Chris Moose designs are available in our Library in both svg and pdf file formats.
Chris Moose
Santa’s sleigh has become one sweet ride with this yummy craft made from candy bars and candy canes. These sweet sleds are great gifts for office co-workers, teachers, hair dressers or any person you want to feel special. Of course the kids lover them too.
They are easy to make and since they come together quite quickly you can make some extras just to have on hand for that last minute gift giving. It is also a sweet way to use paper scraps. Only problem is that they are almost too cute to eat.
Santa's Sweet Sleigh
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Super Simple Shiny Stamped & Embossed Ornament

Super simple ornament is easy to make. It starts off with a purchased wood ornament. Stamp it with a sentiment and emboss it. It is really that simple. Be sure to watch the video for crafting tips.

You can choose to decorate just one side or make it double sided. Whether you decide to duplicate the design on each side or pick different designs for each side, it is totally up to you. This ornament makes a wonderful gift tag and is a gift in itself. What could be better than a handed crafted gift that keeps on giving every year! These ornaments are so quick and additive you will want and will have the time to make a bunch.

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Corky the Reindeer

This cute and simple reindeer ornament is created from a recycled bottle cork. It take only a few minutes to craft. Be sure to watch entire video for a technique variation.

The Perfect Gift

Create the perfect gift for the person that has everything including a great sense of humor. This little lint brush for your belly button makes a wonderful stocking stuffer. Giving a gift card? Why not put this little gem on top of the real present – the gift card where the recipient can pick out the ideal present for themselves? It is guarantee to bring a smile no how you use it and isn’t a smile a great present for both of you?

Frosty the Snowman Ornament

Frosty snowmen make such cool ornaments. Pun intended. Not only are they great for Christmas but these ornaments can stay up all winter long. Hopefully this snowman ornament will inspire you to get outside this winter and have a ball making some real snowmen. You can make this cute snowman ornament without batting an eye. His white color actually comes from a quilt batting scrap.

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Brighten Your Holiday with a Shining Stars Ornament

Bring a shining star into your life. It is perfect to brighten the darkest of winter nights. The winter solstice, which occurs around December 21st, is the longest night of the year. To see a bright shining star on a dark winter night gives hope of the coming spring time and more light. What better way to indicate the coming of the light of world in the birth of our savior? Celebrate the Christmas season with this sparkly star ornament which will shimmer and shine when lights from your Christmas tree hit it. A fireplace mantel or a window are other great places to hang this ornament.

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Do you hate to throw out old CDs or DVDs? We have turned ours into cute beaded Christmas candle decorations. The old compact discs are great at catching the light as are the transparent plastic beads we used. This decoration features a candle stick with two different flame ideas. The candle stick is surrounded by a Christmas wreath complete with red holly berries courtesy of some round red beads. They are surprising simple to make and real eye catchers when they sparkle in the light.

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Santa’s Jolly Belly Ornament

Santa Claus is known for his jolly round belly. You can recreate the roundness and cheerful spirit in this easy and quick ornament. Our no paint method minimizes any mess. Kids can get in the act as the only skills needed are coloring and gluing. Adding a smile shape will accentuate the roundness of Kris Kringle’s belly. You will be smiling too as you watch the kids’ faces beam with pride and a sense of accomplishment.

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Chris Moose

Adorable Christmas Moose Ornament is sure to bring a smile to your face. Simple as winding a ball of yarn. Then add some features and Chris’s fun loving personality comes alive.

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Bead a Snowflake Ornament

Learn how to design a beaded snowflake ornament. Snowflakes are great ornaments as not only do they look great on your Christmas tree but they can be used in your home decor throughout the winter season. Perfect to hang in a window as they sparkle when they catch the light.

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This little Googly Eyed Deer ornament couldn’t be simpler to make. He could also be used as a gift package decoration. This is a great project to make with your kids and get their creative juices flowing. Just be sure to use the second method with craft glue with your little dears.

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Twinkle Twinkle Star Santa

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Santa sparkles and shines in the light just as a real star shines in the night sky. This Santa Claus is so easy and fun to make you’ll want to craft several of them. Not only will they look great on your Christmas tree but anywhere else. How about a row hanging from you fire place mantel? He will stand on his two legs as long as he has sometime to lean against.

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Santa Goes Nuts

See how Santa goes crackers in this super simple craft that takes less than 5 minutes to make.

This ornament is a would be Santa Claus who went a little nuts and turned out to look more like a toy soldier from the Nutcracker Suite Ballet.

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Rejuvenating Fallen Glitter Ball & Glitter ornament ideas

Do you have a glitter ornament where all the glitter has fallen to the bottom? Why throw it out when you can watch our video and save money? This video will teach you how to fix and add the sparkle back into your ornaments. Be sure to watch to the end to see some glitter balls design ideas!
Floor wax is not recommended as it only lasts one season.

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Sparkling Beaded Wreath Ornaments

Quick and easy Christmas wreath ornament will sparkle and shine when the lights hit it. Check out how to make this ornament and get inspiration for tons of holiday ornaments and decor at Holidays at MainelyDiY.com
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Glitzy Ornament Creature

Is it a Red Nosed Deer or a Chris Moose? You choose your creature. It’s fun to make this adorable ornament. Be Sure to check out Fiery Red Ornament for basic instructions.
Floor wax is not recommended as it only lasts one season.

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Fiery Glitter Ornament

Want a glamorous and glitzy Christmas tree? You can when you learn the basics of making a glitter Christmas ornament. Go beyond the basic by choosing a faceted ball and it will make your project red hot! Once you learn how to make the basic method, check out upcoming videos which will show you how to kick it up several notches.
Floor wax is not recommended as it only lasts one season.

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Red Nosed Reindeer from Clothes Pins

Red Nosed Reindeer
Dark Red Nosed Clothespin Reindeer
You will enjoy making these adorable little red nosed reindeer ornaments from clothespins. Choose to go with the natural color or move to the dark side. Let these cute little guys jingle their way into your heart.

Butterfly Angel

This Butterfly Angel is another super quick and easy craft. Be sure to watch the entire video for tips and variations. Make it for Christmas, for the Angel in your life, or just to have Angel in your life.

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Party Angel

Add a bit of shine to your holiday decor with this surprisingly simply to make Party Angel. Since she is quick to make you could have one at each place setting at next your dinner party. Your guests would be delighted if you let them take one home as well.

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Nature Candle

Create a stunningly beautiful candle from the great outdoors. Perfect seasonal table centerpiece as the theme is easily changed. Great for any holiday. My kids used this technique for their Wedding decor.


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Lacey Wreaths

Great for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and every holiday. Special tips are included for heavier center figurines.
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Floral Christmas Ornament

Elegant ornament is beautifully simple to make


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A Star is Born

Learn how to make a pointed star with one single cut on a piece of paper. Seriously only ONE cut. Watch to end to see the home decorating idea.

Glitzy and Glittery Pine Cone


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Learn how to make one of these fabulous pine cones.   They are simpler to make than you might think and can be quite elegant.Pine cones are great fall and Christmas decorations.   Be sure to watch the second video for exclusive tips on choosing the best materials for this project.
Pine cone

Easy gift bow with recycled material

There is no need to store a bunch of gift bows when you can easily make them as needed with materials you have on hand. So up cycle your old magazines, brochures, catalogs and calendars with this simple technique.