From DIY home decor to handmade gifts, here are the best arts and crafts to spark your creativity

Carleyys Blog Round Up

Greetings instructables fans!

Keep on reading as I round up some great crafting projects for you to work on this week! Get inspired and share your own unique projects with us on instructables.

Random Crafting

Use your pillow as a sleeping vessel for your head and a mask for your eyes with this Sweet Dream pillow mask. It's adorable and easy to make!
In one of my first round ups I posted a light bulb vase project. Here is a tutorial for salt and pepper shakers made our of light bulbs!


Peacock Feather Embroidery Stitch — peacock feathers are so in right now. I see them on hair clips and earrings. Uses this design to stylize your clothing and handbags.
Turn a basic t-shirt into an adorable one shouldered top . Wear this shirt with a cute skirt or a pair of skinny jeans. You could also add some more design by embroidering it with the peacock feather design. Found on

Keep the Cycle Going — ReUse and RePurpose

There are so many great re-use and re-purpose instructables and DIY projects on the internet. It seems like every week I find some great projects that encourage creative ways to recycle your old junk. My best friend has made a pledge to buy nothing new for an entire year (excluding food and underwear — for hygienic reasons). I have found others on the web who have taken this challenge and I challenge you to think of creative ways to keep the cycle going. This could mean re-use projects or buying used items from craigslist or your local thrift store.

Check out what Tif is doing on Dotty Angels blog.

Weekly Challenge

Every week, as part of this round-up, I want to pose our crafty community a challenge.
Take the inspiration I provide and make your own Instructable from it. Everyone who participates will get a special patch!

This week's challenge is: Amoeba Shaped Lamp

This lamp isn't just a lighting mechanism, it is a piece of art. Create a lamp with amoeba like features.

Once you've made your instructable, be sure to add it to the Check It Out! Challenge Group, so I'll know to give you a patch.

Previous Challenges:

Stuffed Animal Clothing

Inspired by the outrageous costumes of Lady Gaga, including her Hello Kitty Dress and Kermit the Frog get up, create your own clothing and accessories out of stuffed animals.

Multi-Purpose Storage: This table has three uses: it can be a simple coffee table, it can store books, and the top flaps can pop out to be used as a TV dinner stand.. For this challenge build a piece of furniture or re work a part of your room or closet to elegantly store as much as possible while serving multiple purposes.

Under Armor: Under armor is correct! These industrial intimates created by Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch are made out of all sorts of metals from recycled aluminum cans, stainless steel mesh, rivets, grommets, hooks, and more. For this challenge, fabricate your own garments out of found metals!

Unique Clocks: I have seen some really unique clocks on instructables. I thought this clock make from a recycled bicycle could be inspiration to make some unique clocks from found objects.

Visit the Challenge group to see the rest of the previous challenges.

I can't wait to see what you make!

Book Tour

The Cooking for Geeks book tour has begun. This book allows us crafty souls to cook while expressing our creativity. On this tour the author, Jeff Potter, will show you how to create recipes using tips from his book on this DIY interactive book tour.


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