Fancy paper beads are a step ahead of the usual triangular shaped bead strip that make a fairly standard paper bead.

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Standard paper beads made from triangular strips.
Diablo shaped beads made from a more adventurous paper bead strip shape. As these strips are quite hard for beginners to make, I sell the pre-cut diablo bead strips online. They are currently only available as part of a kit. See further down for details.

Making these fancy paper beads in the diablo shape is easy.

I have created a pre-cut diablo paper bead strip in plain white, to make it easy for beginners to make basic diablo paper beads which they can paint and decorate in their own style.

In the picture above, you can see the diablo beads I made in my most recent film and they are painted with metallic pink and green paint with a sealer/glaze on top.

I have added some tiny gold and silver spacer beads to set off the colours.

Two bracelets I made with my pre-cut diablo srips.

If you want to see how to make these fancy paper beads, watch the video over on my YouTube channel.

I have made a short film showing the technique for rolling the strips. When you first see the strips, especially if you are a beginner to paper bead making, they can look a little intimidating and complicated.

But they really are not difficult to roll and the fancy paper beads they make are a lovely change from standard paper beads.

I show you very clearly in the tutorial over on YouTube how to roll the diablo strips with ease to make perfect diablo shaped paper beads.

If you want to get hold of these pre-cut paper bead strips, I am selling kits with enough strips to make three bracelets

The kit – a 3mm paper bead rolling tool, 36 diablo strips and 100 3mm metal bead cores.

And while stocks last – I am giving away a free glue stick with every kit.

A free glue stick while stocks last.

UK, European and other worldwide customers can buy my diablo paper bead kits from my Folksy shop below.

In my Folksy shop, the postage costs are separate. I have set this shop up especially for UK customers but I do ship worldwide from here for those who want to use Folksy.

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USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Customers can also my diablo paper bead kits in my Etsy shop below.

In my Etsy shop, the postage prices are included in the item price and are set for the costs to send items to the USA/Canada/Australia/New Zealand.

I therefore recommend that UK and European customers buy from my Folksy shop, above, instead of Etsy.

This is because the new Etsy postage policies are making the overall cost of items more expensive for people in the UK and Europe.

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Hope you enjoy the video.

And if you have any questions, please drop me a comment on here or in the comments section on YouTube.

Have fun making your fancy paper beads!

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So easy to make!


If you are wondering how to make Christmas decorations out of paper – you are in the right place.

To make your hanging Christmas decorations, you will need the following:

Assorted Christmas themed heavyweight paper
A glue pen
Glitter
9mm split rings and some smaller jump rings
Assorted silver or gold Christmas themed charms
20mm or 22mm gauge craft wire
Tiny glue dots for crafting
Christmassy ribbon
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Stick on craft gems.

And you will also find the following tools helpful in making these simple Christmas decorations:

Large craft punches in symmetrical shapes but you can of course just cut by hand with scissors or crft knife.
Looping pliers are brilliant for making neat loops on craft wire.
A bone folder is very useful in making sure your creases are sharp.
Craft wire cutters are best so you do not blunt your scissors.

The instructions on how to make Christmas decorations out of paper – step by step are in my video below.

If you want to try out my, ‘how to make Christmas decorations out of paper’ project but you don’t have a craft shop near you, have a look in my Amazon shops (links below).

It’s always best to try and source your supplies and tools from local craft shops, especially the small independant ones.

However, if you live in a place where there is no easily accessible craft shop, then you will find what you need in in Amazon stores.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

You will find my Amazon Afflilate statement by clicking here.

Did you find this video useful?

Now you know how to make Christmas decorations out of paper – you can go and make lots of gorgeous decorations – let me know how you get on in the commnets below.

Free bottle cap images are waiting for you over on my free downloads page.

But there is a catch – when you click the link and get to that page, it will ask you for a password.

To get the password you will need to watch the YouTube tutorial showing how I made these pretty bottle cap charms.

That’s all you need to do – just watch the video to get the password – no payment, no catch!

You will find step-by-step instructions on how to make these in the You Tube video below.

You can see how I used my free bottle cap designs to make these Charms, in the video below.

When you have watched the video right through and made a note of the password you will need, click here to be taken to the free downloads page.

Click here to watch the video tutorial on YouTube.

Now that you have your free bottle cap images, do you need help getting the supplies I use in the tutorial?

For those people who can’t get to a craft store or who don’t have one nearby, I have two Amazon storefronts where people in the Amazon.com and .co.uk areas can easily get the items seen in my tutorials.

But if you can get your supplies from a local craft shop, then please do to support any independent shop owners who are struggling to compete with the internet.

These are the links to my Amazon stores:

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

And this is my Amazon Affiliate declaration.

I hope you enjoy using your bottle cap images – let me know how yours turn out.

And also let me know in the comments below if you have any special requests for more free bottle images – what colors do you like?

easy diy halloween decorations

Easy DIY halloween decorations just for you.

And not just easy – also very inexpensive to make because…Ta dah! …they are made from bread!

Warning – these decorations ARE NOT EDIBLE!

easy diy halloween decorations

I’ll give you a brief step by step guide here so you can get the idea of how to make these cute decorations complete with holes so you can hang them up.

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Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love? 😍

Free Halloween printables as png files may be just what you need to add the finishing touches to a Halloween project.

Whether you are a teacher needing free Halloween printables for your class to use or a crafter wanting very simple designs depicting Halloween, these designs may be what you need.

There are 12 very simple, basic designs in this Halloween printables set.

You can either print them out or drag them onto another image in Photoshop. The backgrounds are transparent, although they show as white on here.

They will print out as white but if you drag the design onto another image in Photoshop, you will only get the black part.

You will find your free, full size free Halloween images by clicking the links under the pictures.

We hope you enjoy using your free Halloween printables.

We will be adding more free printables soon so if you want to make sure you get access to them all, please subscribe to this blog and you will find out as soon as new designs are available to download.

Coming up next is a sheet of beautiful 1 inch circular designs in rich autumn colors.

I have designed these to be in intense, warm colors to match the season that September brings to the northern hemisphere.

You will be able to print the 6×4 inch sheet of designs off and cut them out with a 1 inch circular punch to make handbag dangles, bottle cap pendants, key chains or to use in scrap booking.

You can see in the pic below right what I have done with some of the designs.

I will also be giving you step by step instructions on how to use these free printable designs next time so you can make these charms too.

My newest free designs coming up in my next post.
Examples of what you can make with my free designs.

Meanwhile sign up to my blog so you don’t miss any freebies…

…And have fun with your free Halloween printables!

Digital Freebies!

Who doesn’t like freebies? Especially when they are digital freebies for your crafts.

You may have noticed in my last post, I included a link to a digital freebie of small circle designs.

I created them to use in various crafts including scrapbooking, card making or for making pendants – basically, any creative activity where you can use small, colourful circular designs.

This time, I am starting to build on my digital freebies.

I have added another 6×4 inch sheet of 1 inch circular designs that could be used in any creative craft you want, including bottle cap pendants, or 1 inch bezel pendants.

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This design can be used with a 1 inch circle punch or cut  by hand.

Just print out onto 6×4 glossy photo paper and punch/cut the designs out.

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If you want to access my digital freebies – all I ask is that you watch my latest YouTube Video showing how I used these designs.

The video is less than 10 minutes long and it reveals the password you will need to get into https://www.funcraftstodoathome.com/free-printable-designs where I am now posting the links to my digital freebies

This is the page on this website where you can access the free designs once you have the password.

Get the password from the YouTube video and come back here to unlock your free designs.

And while you are over at my YouTube channel, I would love it if you also subscribed and hit the bell icon to get regular updates which will include more free designs for your crafts.

This is what I used my designs for…

…what will you make with yours?

There will be more and more of these free designs coming up in the future – do you have any requests for colours or shapes of designs you would like to have?

I can’t promise to be able to supply what you have in mind but it’s worth asking me.

You can do that by scrolling down to the comments section below and leaving your ideas there or filling in the.

If you aren’t sure where to source the craft supplies I use in my videos, you can visit my Amazon stores and browse through to find what you need.

Amazon shop for US and Canada readers

Amazon shop for UK readers.

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Not sure where to buy 1 inch glass domes or clear resin stickers?

Check out my Amazon shop links above.

Hope you enjoy using the designs!

Don’t forget to subscribe to this site by going to the black menu bar to the left of the screen and scrolling to the place where you can leave your email address to get notifications of new posts and free designs.

You will get a confirmation email and all you have to do is click the confirm link and you’re good to go.

Enjoy the digital freebies and watch out for more free images and designs to use in your crafts.

Free Printables

Free Printable Giveaway!

My latest YouTube tutorial is all about making this cute set of star themed  earrings and a small matching pendant necklace.

If you have arrived here from my YouTube video and you would like to get the free printable design to make this pendant and earring set, click here.

This must be printed out on 6×4 inch glossy paper to achieve the look that I got in my finished pendant and earrings.

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My free printable 6×4 inch sheet of earring and pendant designs.

Each sheet has four different designs repeated to make four sets of earrings with matching pendants.

The earring designs are approximately 0.9cm – 1cm and the pendant designs are approximately 1.7 – 1.8cm – so unless you are very good at cutting by hand, you will need to use the equivalent size circular craft punches to cut out these designs.

The full tutorial can be seen on my YouTube channel Rainbow Lane.

To accurately cut the designs from your free printable…

…it will help if you have some handy little craft punches like these.

free printable

The smaller one cuts circles  almost 1cm across and the bigger ones cuts circles around 1.7 cm across.

That is why it is important that you do not resize the free printable you have downloaded.

I have made the circles the right size for the punches.

I couldn’t find these exact punches for you to put in my Amazon shops but I have found a couple that are about the same size.

I suggest you get my free printable design first, print it off and measure across the centre of the circles and then look online or in your local craft store for punches.

I’ve also put both sizes of glass cabochons (domes) in my Amazon stores.

Mine were fractionally bigger than my circles but that’s fine, you don’t need to worry about that as a fractional difference in size doesn’t look odd, in fact it doesn’t really show.

Below are the links to my Amazon storefronts and my Amazon Affiliate statement.

My Amazon store for US and Canada readers.

My Amazon store for UK readers.

My Amazon Affiliate statement.

You can cut your free printable by hand with small sharp scissors but it’s much easier if you can find craft punches the right size to punch them out evenly.

The smallest circle punch you see in the picture below (the square white one) was bought from Hobby Craft in the UK.

I didn’t get it online, I went into the Ipswich store and bought it off the shelf. It’s an xCut Palm Punch Small Circle.

The bigger one was one that I already had in my collection of circle punches.

After searching online, I found some similar circle punches to sell in my Amazon storefronts (both.com and .co.uk).

The sizes I have chosen should be the same as the punches I used but once you have my free printable downloaded and printed off, make sure you measure the circle shape across the middle and find punches that fit.

If you print the free downloadable designs out at 6×4 inches without changing the document size, the measurements should stay the same as the I used, but I can’t guarantee that – it depends on your knowledge of using downloaded files and printing them on your particular printer.

Experiment and measure before you buy the punches – or, cut them by hand.

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free printable

Did you enjoy using the free printable?

Would you like more?

If you enjoyed using this design and would like more, subscribe to this blog because there are more freebies in the pipeline!

I will be posting more free printables this summer (2019).

If you have any requests for printables, let me know what colours, designs or sizes you would like and I will do my best to accommodate your needs – just let me know in the comments section below the post or in the comments section on my YouTube channel.

You can also use the contact form.

Hope you have fun using this particular free printable and I look forward to seeing you back here next time!

making your own buttons

Making your own buttons is fun and easy.

If you are a knitter, a dress maker or even a scrapbooker, making your own buttons may be something you've thought about doing.

A few years back, when I was creating tutorials for two US based sites, I did one about making buttons from junk.

It was very popular and now I have brought it back for another outing as a very quick picture tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

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The supplies and tools you will need for the project.

Making your own buttons the way I show in the video is quite a quick and easy process.

And the best part is you don't need any expensive materials because I use one of my old favourites - good old fashioned cereal box card!

You can see a similar post here, where I talk about making charms the same way.

making your own buttons

The biggest investment when making your own buttons by my methods is the tools you'll need.

But of course, if you are a crafter, you'll probably already have the tools and supplies.

But if not, you can find what you need in my Amazon shops.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

Or if you are UK based:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

In making your own buttons, you have complete control over the style, color and size.

For me, the attraction of making my own buttons was being able to create buttons in exactly the colours or designs I wanted.

For those who are familiar with creating their own designs in Photoshop or a similar design programme, you can make some spectacular button designs in eye-catching colours and patterns.

If you aren't so adventurous, then you can keep an eye out for lovely colours and designs in glossy magazines or use discarded wrapping paper and wall paper.

In this project, I used various papers I already had and the results were very pretty.

The buttons you see in the picture at the top of this post are not glazed but you will need to glaze your buttons with a robust glazing agent such as Triple Thick or Diamond Glaze.

This will keep them strong and splash-proof. In the tutorial, I use clear nail varnish - so that is an option if you don't have anything else.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial about making your own buttons over on my YT Channel.

And I hope it encourages you to have a go at making your own buttons - let me know what you come up with!

easy crafts with cereal boxes

Well, what can you make with cereal boxes that you can actually wear? 

Answer - very inexpensive but robust pendant bezels that you can make lots of, very quickly and that you can turn into these stunning pieces of cool fashion jewelry.

Pendant bezels made from cereal box card and PVA glue - I leave mine to dry out on top of acrylic paint bottles so they don't stick to anything when they are wet.

 What can YOU make with cereal boxes? -  Do you want to find a way to make cool stuff that is saleable - then check out my video on YouTube.

You can watch as I bring these pendants to life and see exactly the steps I took to create the pendants you see here.

It's really pretty easy and you can, very quickly, produce lots of gorgeous pendants that you could sell at craft fairs if you finish them neatly and professionally.

What can you make with cereal boxes that is truly useable. And why would you want to?

My reasons for asking what can you make with cereal box card  were about finding ways to use what I saw as a precious craft resource.

If you've read this blog before, you'll probably already know how much I love up-cycling cereal box card.

There must be tons and tons of this card going into landfill every day and yet people go into craft shops every day to buy expensive materials to craft with.

Many years ago, I discovered that if you glue layers of cereal box card together with PVA glue, you end up with a very robust resource that feels and performs like lightweight wood.

In my current YouTube project and, in lots of my other projects, you see me using cereal box card for making jewelry and charms that no one would ever guess are simply made from what most people throw away as rubbish.

But you can use cereal box card  for lots of other crafts. Another of my favourite ways of using it is for scrap book album covers.

Over the years I have created many handmade albums using cereal boxes for the covers. They sold well at craft fairs and this red album on the right is one I have been writing notes in for years - still going strong!

Cereal box card makes brilliant covers for handmade albums.
The covers ready to bind into an album.
The finished album - my studio album that I have been making notes in since 2015 - a bit worn but going strong!

Over time, I have also made many pretty pieces of jewelry using cereal box card and I am forever dreaming up new ways to create stunning designs.

The charms in the picture below were made from cereal box card and are still going strong! Click here to read the blog post.

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The idea for the latest make on my YouTube Chanel came to me in a flash of inspiration while clearing out my stash of junk resources.

I'm pretty sure I am not the only crafter who hoards all sorts of stuff that will 'come in handy' for crafting.

My old studio was stuffed with box after box, full of flattened cereal boxes, brochures printed on paper way too good to simply throw away, discarded wrapping paper, paper bags, gift bags - all sorts of 'stuff'.

 

 

Two of my many boxes of craft junk.

I was constantly dipping into my boxes for 'free' stuff to use in my projects.

But sadly, I have now lost my studio space.

My dad died last Fall and  we need to make way to eventually have my mum come and live with us, so we will need that space.

My old studio will house the kitchen and wet-room part of the project so my mum can still have some independence.

But it's been really good for me to lose that space.

It has forced me to have a massive clear-out of all my craft stuff and make me have a really good look at it all.

All that really obscure stuff that I probably would never have used has gone as I only have room to store half of what I used to.

It was while I was going through my stash of craft  junk that I once again started pondering the question - What can you make with cereal boxes? Probably because I have so many!

One of my many boxes of cereal box card waiting and begging me to keep on asking - What can you make with cereal boxes? 

Ideas for my next YouTube project were still bouncing around inside my head - nothing was decided.

And then I found something else in the box  that started my creative juices flowing and the idea for these pendants hit me. I found what would become the 'lead' for my faux stained glass design.

Being knee deep in paper junk at the time was annoying because once I'd had the idea, I couldn't wait to finish junk sorting and get started on it!

I wasn't really sure it would work - even when I was almost at the end of the project, I still wasn't sure that the pendants were going to look ok but then, when I started actually putting the parts together, I was really pleased with how they looked.

As soon as I got to the point where I fixed the overlay in place on the front of the pendant, I knew the technique I had visualised was going to work.

It's always exciting when a new idea comes together! All I had left to do was finish off with a layer of 3D Gloss and fix a bail in place so I could hang the pendant on a necklace.

Now it's your turn to have a go and make your own stunning pendants in your own gorgeous color choices.

If you have problems sourcing craft supplies where you live - don't forget I have two Amazon shops where you will find materials and tools the same, or similar to those I use in my videos.

If you buy from my stores, I do receive a teeny commission from Amazon but as always,  do shop around for the best deals and be sure about what you are buying. Read reviews - do your research.

These are my shops:

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

So there you have it! One very pretty answer to the burning question - What can you make with cereal boxes?

salt dough jewelry

Salt dough jewelry is really easy to make, as you saw in my last YouTube project and in my last blog post.

If you want to go straight to my latest YouTube video tutorial, please click here.

As promised, I have made some improvements to the technique.

I am a complete newbie when it comes to salt dough, so I did share my mistakes with you in the last video and in this new project, I am sharing with you what I learned from my mistakes and how I used them to improve on the results I got last time.

Having said that, I quite liked the red and gold pieces I made last time - but there were aspects of the whole project I didn't like.

salt dough jewelry

What was the main problem with the salt dough jewelry I made last time?

Well, I didn't like the thickness of some of the pieces. I rolled out the dough for the salt dough jewelry way too thick, so some of the pendant bases came out much too chunky for my liking.

There was no consistency in the way I rolled the dough out so some pendant bases were thicker than others. The ones you see above were very thick and chunky, so I didn't use them.

Also, I baked them badly so some of them puffed up completely and some got burnt or curled up.

In my new video, I show me making the salt dough pendant recipe and how to bake them so they come out flat and hard when they are done.

So how did I manage to get all my salt dough jewelry bases rolled out to the same thickness this time?

Well I bought myself a rolling pin that's meant for rolling out cake icing. It's got rubber rings on either end and the rings keep the thickness consistent.

I have put some of these rolling pins in my Amazon shops in case you can't get one near where you live. But most stores that sell cake making stuff would have them.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

You can find lots of craft supplies in both my Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk online stores.

Fancy having a go at salt dough jewelry?

Watch my video if you need some guidance and then have a go - the most fun part is creating texture and choosing colours and embellishments for your pendants.

I show you how to do all that and give you some ideas to begin with - then you can start designing your own salt dough jewelry - have fun and see you in the next project!