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Better Bitters

Bitters add a little depth and mystery to the flavor of cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks. You can buy them in most supermarkets, but why not make your own? It’s so easy, and you can experiment with all kinds of flavors. You can follow this bitters recipe, find a recipe online,... Read more »


Need to improve your hand-eye coordination? Take up juggling. And make it crafty by whipping up a set of these soft, colorful Japanese juggling toys. All you need are some fabric scraps and a handful of dried beans or rice. The Japanese word otedama refers to a variety of juggling... Read more »

Necktie Glasses Case

A thrift store necktie is the perfect raw material for a carrying case: it’s elegant and comes with its own padding to protect your valuables. Plus, you need only a few minutes and a little hand-sewing to whip one up. Although this project shows you how to make a case... Read more »

Cyanotype Printing on Hand Knits and Crochet

Materials Knit or crochet piece for printing Digital artwork Computer graphics program Inkjet printer Inkjet transparency film, available at office supply & photo stores <a href="…>Original cyanotype kit</a, sold at photo stores Measuring cup, plastic or glass Measuring tablespoon, plastic Plastic tray or small tub 2" foam craft brush... Read more »

Soda Bottle Desk Organizer

I love digging in my recycling bin for potential craft materials. A recent surplus of empty plastic soda bottles inspired this easy organizer, which is endlessly customizable. Use any size bottles you like, and arrange them in a configuration that fits on your desk or in a drawer. Materials Empty... Read more »

Perpetual Button Calendar

I know calendars (and clocks and address books) are quickly becoming computer-centric tools, but I like the old-school charm of this desk calendar. Make it once, and you can use it forever – just move the numbers to their correct location each month, and change the nameplate! Materials Picture frame,... Read more »

Make a Potluck Cozy

I got this idea from my Mom — when she brings a hot dish to a potluck, she usually wraps it in old towels so it stays warm in transit. So I decided to refashion a felted wool sweater into a kind of padded envelope to carry potluck dishes in.... Read more »