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Make these projects and gifts in just a few simple steps.
This revealing look clearly illustrates paint’s possibilities for a costume that fits adults and teens.
With glossy spray paint and round boxes, construct a building block costume that can’t be beat.
For a fresh take on the traditional jack o’ lantern, try a classic lamp design that glows from within.
Clever Uses for a Hand Rake
Find out how to make a wineglass rack, necktie holder, and letter organizer with a simple garden hand rake.
The Sailor’s Valentine
In the 19th century, men at sea brought intricate shell souvenirs home to loved ones. Today Lynda Susan Hennigan is revitalizing the art with finely crafted shellworks of her own.
Make a Felted Sweater Tote
Sweater totes make a great gift or donation to a community fund-raiser. Use the carryalls for light shopping, as a second handbag, or to stash a knitting project.
Basic Recipe for Rolled Candles
Although rolled candles are by far the easiest to make, they create lasting impressions. Paraffin wax is available in sheets, but cross-hatched beeswax is much easier to work with and adds a distinctive flair.
Candles in Seashells
Lovely on their own or as a companion to sand candles, these small lights celebrate the beach and the summer. Collect only good-sized empty shells, or save the shells from your next clambake or oyster fest.
Dried Flower Candles
Embed flowers onto a candle by affixing dried flowers to the surface, then over-dipping in clear wax. This technique works especially well with interestingly shaped leaves and flat blooms.
Birch-Tree Bark Candles
These wonderful, woodsy candles may test your carpentry skills, but they are well worth the effort. Beech and birch, both white and red, all work well and the effect, when you light these candles, is enchanting.
Creating Scented Candles
By pouring a basic mold and adding a bit of perfume or essential oil, you can create scented candles to your personal specifications.
Making Candles in Tins
Tea tins are ideal for making these simple but effective container candles. However, you can also use olive oil jugs, sardine cans, or any other tin imaginable to make beautiful and colorful displays!
Rolled Beeswax Tapers
Just a simple variation on basic rolled candles, these charming tapers combine a homemade touch with a feeling of elegance.
The Sisterhood of Crafts
Each November crafters flock to Omaha, Neb., for Silver Bella, a weekend getaway that promises fun, fellowship, and craft workshops
Mini Pumpkin Cakes
Chocolate-y pumpkins replace the real thing on a Halloween dessert table
Artfully decorate your pumpkins in gold and silver for a glittering Halloween display
Making Jack-o’-Lanterns Last
Ordinarily, cut pumpkins stay fresh for only a few days. To keep them going for as long as possible, follow these tips.
Pumpkins make special vases to display flowers on a holiday table
Find out about using pumpkins as votive candle holders at your dinner table
Pumpkin Place Cards
Personalize a tiny pumpkin or gourd as a name card at a holiday table setting
Pile pumpkins one on top of the other for a colorful seasonal display
Piebald Tropical Pumpkins
Piebald tropical pumpkins are characterized by variegated color. Learn more about these wonderful gourds.
Enter Country Living’s contest to exhibit your quilt creations at the International Quilt Festival in November.
Transform household goods into innovative containers. Here, three organizing solutions that will help you stay on top of your to-do list in style.
Pretty Little Yo-Yos
Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson, a.k.a. the Farm Chicks, specialize in giving new stuff vintage appeal. Here, three projects that make colorful yo-yos the main focus.
Make a Ghost Mirror
Printable instructions for creating the ghost mirror as seen in the 2008 House of the Year.
Ohio Knitting Mills
At his Brooklyn shop, Steven Tatar offers a new generation of stylish shoppers the chance to wear graphic knitwear that was produced in one of America’s most prolific mills from the 1940s to the ’70s.
Make a Wrapping Station
Make space in your home for a holiday wrapping station that will double as a craft space all year long. It’s easy, efficient, and pretty!
Build a Paper Rack
Pretty papers and ribbons make holiday gift-giving festive! Build your own paper rack and include it in a wrapping station, just in time for the holidays!
Make one-of-a-kind candles with these easy instructions.
Behind the Scenes with Candi Jensen
Get a backstage look of the PBS show Knit & Crochet Today with Candi Jensen, executive producer and Country Living knit and crochet expert.
Easy to do, gorgeous for fall. Learn how to make this centerpiece.
Framed Floating Fern
Create an eye-catching floating fern display, beautiful in front of a sunny window.
Make use of nature’s raw materials with these projects from expert crafter Melissa Neufeld.
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Hosts and guests alike will appreciate the thoughtfulness of any of these customized, monogrammed tokens.
Cherished mementos don’t always fit in an album. Here’s a simple project that will help you safeguard them.
Make a Patchwork Throw
A throw blanket is a necessity in your home just as your favorite cookie is with a cup of hot tea.
July 4th Projects
Print out these Victorian postcards to create old-fashioned 4th of July paper crafts and decorations.
Make a Tote
This felted wool tote will carry you through the season >>
Felted Tote Bag Instructions
The bag is knitted in stripes, then the bottom is sewn up and the bag is felted. Create knitted handles before felting or sew on plastic ones made from plastic tubing.
Rick LaChance, Birdhouse Maker
At home in Missouri, Country Living Guild member Rick LaChance turns salvaged wood and metal into birdhouses with architectural appeal.
Have an obsession with beautiful ribbons, buttons, beads, and other trimmings? So do the shop owners featured here. Their passion for these tiny treasures inspires them to collect and share with like-minded customers.
A Potter’s Passion
For nearly 25 years now, potter Joan Platt has been fashioning in her studio in Palisades, N.Y., elegant ceramic tableware that honors her reverence for simple forms.
Creating a Craft Room
When planning a craft room, accessibility is key. All the materials you need should be within reach.
Pamela Dalton, Paper Artisan
It’s called Scherenschnitte, a 16th-century Swiss-German folk-art tradition. Country Living Guild inductee Pamela Dalton is keeping the craft alive.
June Walters speaks about her specialized craft
Add homespun appeal to plain woven baskets with colorful fabric remnants in this simple project from expert crafter Melissa Neufeld.
Flowers by the Yard
Little seed money is required when using fabric remnants to infuse a blouse or tote with maximum flower power.
Stamp with Style
Tap the energy that comes with spring to express your creativity
Make a Berry Wreath
Celebrate the season by creating a berry wreath and suspending it from your front door or garden trellis.
Gary & Mary Stretar, Painters
Country Living Guild members Gary and Mary Stretar paint in the same studio at their Ohio home, but they see different things.
Dr. Bruce Douglas is never buttoned up when it comes to talking about the vast collection of vintage buttonhooks. He and his wife, Jan, have been collecting them for 33 years
The Great Frame-Up
When the Larson-Juhl company bought a venerable French frame-making atelier, the art of Europe came to America.
Another reason to smile when taking out your best silverware: pretty handmade holders. They’re also a nice gift.
Make Your Own Blackboards
The writing is on the wall: Blackboards aren’t just for the schoolhouse. Learn how to make your own out of items you already have around the house.