MainelyDIY Full Disclosure · Christmas · Feature · Gnomes · Other Crafts

Elfin’ Candles – a new kind of Elf on the Shelf

Looking for a super simple and inexpensive craft for this Christmas season? These cute fun elf candles are just what you need to spark your crafting creativity! Step by step pictorial instructions include pro tips I learned along the way to make your results look professional.

Start with tall slim candles in the color of your choice. I got mine at Dollar Tree

Pro tip: Look at top of candle and select one that has wax that is fairly level

Make a collar template by cut a 1″ wide piece of paper. Wrap this strip around candle and mark leaving extra for an overlap. Fold in half and cut a triangle as pictured. Test to make sure you like it and if not make another.

Cut 1″ strip of glitter foam for each of the following:

  • Collar
  • Belt
  • Buckle
  • Feet

Cut a 3/4″ piece from the gold strip for the buckle.

Hot glue gold buckle to center of belt strip

Use paper template to mark collar center on reverse side and then cut it of collar material. Don’t worry about the length as long as overlap won’t be huge.

Starting at center of candle hot glue collar to candle glass hiding wax level. Add glue as you go. Overlap ends and secure with glue.

Next glue belt onto candle a bit below the center so there will be room for the buttons. Make sure to center buckle

Pro tip: Overlap belt and foot to align with collar overlap for more professional results

Glue foot onto the bottom of glass

Audition button ideas. Various sized buttons, poms-poms or other embellish can change the look to match your style and personality. Choose your favorite and glue them on.

Pro tip: use an embossing tool or hair dryer to blow away those pesky glue strings.

Enjoy your elf candle and make him some buddies.

Nature Candle

Beautiful Beaded Candle with Recycled CD

MainelyDIY Full Disclosure · Fiber - Yarn & Needle Crafts · Knit

Learn to Knit Series – Purl Stitch

Hey, isn’t knitting a flat stitch? Not the bumpy texture from rows of knitting! The secret is to alternate rows of knitting with rows of purling. So let’s learn to purl.

Congratulations you just learned two new stitches. That’s right 2 new stitches! And for the second lesson in a row. Alternating a row of the knit stitches with a row of purl stitches you also learned the stockinette stitch. Who’d a thought – another two-fer. Talk about double knit.

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Learn to Knit Series – Knit Stitch

Now that you have cast your stitches onto your needles, it’s time to learn the knit stitch!



Tips


  • Over tightening stitches will make it difficult and frustrating to knit.
  • Aim for consistency. It will come with practice.

Congratulations you just learned two new stitches. That’s right 2 new stitches! The knit stitch of course and by repeating the knit stitch over and over, row after row you also learned the garter stitch. Who’d a thought – a two-fer.

The Garter Stitch creates a fun bumpy texture. We particularly like that bumpy texture for dish clothes as it makes cleaning dishes easier. Look for our video on dish clothes coming soon!


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Learn to Knit Series – Casting On Knitting

In order to start your knitting project, you need to learn to add stitches to your needles otherwise known as casting on.

Now that you have completed the foundation row, you are ready to take the next step in your journey in learn to knit. MainelyDiY is delighted to be along you side as you learn to knit. The next step is is learning the knit stitch.

MainelyDIY Full Disclosure · Christmas · Fall & Winter · Greeting Cards · Paper Crafts

Merry M Fold Card Tutorial

Whether you call a W fold or a M fold card, whom receives your homemade greeting card will be merry upon opening it. These action cards have a pop-up motion thanks to the…you guessed it the M-fold.

See the M-fold in Action

Best suited to display small designs stamps, stickers, and the like or just pretty paper. These are simple to make with spectacular results.

Cutting and Scoring Chart

DescriptionQuantityCut SizeScore at
Base/Back14-1/4″ by 11″5-1/2″
M-fold12-1/4 by 11″2-3/4, 5-1/2, & 8-1/4
Front Artwork (Landscape)13-3/4 by 5″
Pieced for Stamping42″ by 3″
Border for Stamped Pieces42-1/2″ by 3-1/2″


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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.

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.
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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!

Needle Felting Base       Gnome

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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.

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

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MainelyDIY Full Disclosure · Greeting Cards · Holiday · Paper Crafts · Spring & Summer

Egg-stra-special Easter Egg Card

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   The primary technique used is iris folding. We added rubber stamps yet you could ask to kids to do some coloring or other artwork. The sentiments are added by hand for a more personalized and homemade touch. You could print them out on a computer and then pasted them as desired on the card for a classier feel.

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

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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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