How to create abstract art maybe a question you have asked yourself - especially if you have zero experience and no confidence to try.

But it's really easy to create images like the one below even if you are not an artist, cannot afford to buy paint and are afraid of failing.

how to create abstract art

If that sounds unbelieveable to you, just watch my video here on my YouTube channel, Rainbow Lane.

Watch the whole video and by the end, you will see how you can spend hours dabbling around with a few cheap items you can buy from the grocery store.

How to create abstract art is not some amazing mystery known only to people with artistic ability.

There is so much snobbery in the art world - click here to read a previous post about THAT! - and I believe it prevents us ordinary people from getting lost in creativity because we are afraid of getting it \'wrong\'.

Guess what? There is no \'wrong\' way of making art.

There is only the fun of creating - and the fear of getting it \'wrong\' absolutely kills that creativity.

Don\'t let that be YOU!

You have as much right to explore your creativity as anyone who has been to art school or is so highly acclaimed, their stuff is exhibited in the best galleries across the world.

I mean GOOD for them! Really, GOOD for them - BUT what about good for YOU?

If you can\'t sing like Barbara Streisand or Beyonce - does that mean you shouldn\'t sing?

So if you can\'t paint like Michael Angelo, does that mean you should never, ever try to paint like you? No. Of course it doesn\'t.

I doubt if anyone is ever going to ask you to paint the ceiling of a fancy church anyway.

How to create abstract art
We don\'t need to compare ourselves with Michaelangelo, or anyone else for that matter!

If how to create abstract art is something you just can\'t get a handle on, then the technique I demonstrate in my video  will be perfect for you!

There is nothing so daunting as sitting there with some expensive paints you have just bought, and a canvas you don\'t want to mess up.

In the video you will learm how to use the cheapest, most basic items from the grocery store - milk, food coloring and a secret ingredient that really makes the magic happen.

You will need a camera that can do close-ups - you can probably use the camera in your iPhone - I haven\'t tried that myself but I\'m sure it would work.

And if you live in a place where you would have trouble getting food coloring, visit my supplies page where you will find links to products you can order.

But most people should be able to get EVERYTHING they need for this project very cheaply from the grocery store.

how to create abstract art
how to create abstract art
how to create abstract art
how to create abstract art
All these paintings were done using the very simple, method I outline in my video using very inexpensive items from the grocery store.
I know how to create abstract art even though I am not an \'artist\' - and so will you - it\'s easy!

How to create abstract art really isn't such a difficult thing if you know where to start...

so watch the video and get creating today!

If you have learnt how to create abstract art by watching the video - leave a comment on YouTube and let me know how you got on.


How to make charms out of cardboard was a subject I covered a few years back when I did tutorials for a US based craft website.

Back then, I was one of the makers getting paid to supply step by step guides for subscribers.

Eventually, the website got bought out by someone bigger and the guides that all us makers had supplied (for very little pay!) were put onto YouTube and are still being shown on there to this day, including my original ideas for how to make charms out of cardboard.

Since I first created these charms,  I have seen lots of people adopting this method and it seems to be quite popular.

So for those people who have not seen my original step by step tutorial on how to make charms out of cardboard, I decided to make a video showing what I did.

You can see the video on my YouTube channel Rainbow Lane by clicking here.

And click here to see a previous post about using scrap card to make jewelry.

how to make charms out of cardboard
The original charms I made for the tutorial back in 2015 - watch the new video for an updated look at how to do this.

If you have ever wondered how to make charms out of cardboard, you will love the video!

Whenever I want to learn something, nothing frustrates me more than long drawn out videos that take ages to show the crucial information.

I usually click off and find another video that is shorter and more to the point.

So I keep this in mind when I make my videos. I try to show you what you need to know, quickly and easily as I know your time is precious.

That's why my video on how to make charms out of cardboard is fairly short and as easy to follow as possible, without me actually being right there with you.

I also try to help busy crafters who don't have easy access to craft shops, or have time to spend online sourcing the supplies I use in my videos, by sourcing the products and putting links to them on my Amazon Craft Supplies page.

how to make charms out of cardboard
how to make charms out of cardboard
Having problems finding a tool to make a tiny hole in your charms so you can fit...
...a jump ring really easily and neatly, like this?
Don\'t worry - I put everything you need on my Amazon Craft Supplies page!

But what about the images I used in How To Make Charms Out Of Cardboard? Can you get them too?

Yes you can! Those images are my own designs and are available in my Etsy shop.

how to make charms out of cardboard

Making these  gorgeous little charms really is so easy!

Whether you use my images or your own, it\'s so easy to make some really impressive little charms by using cereal box cardboard for the main material. And if you were going to throw the box away, that means your supplies for this project are partially free - right?

And what could be better than craft supplies that are virtually free and at the same time, save even a teeny bit of rubbish from landfill!

how to make charms out of cardboard
You can easily make charms just like this - from junk!

So why not rescue some cereal box cardboard or card from some other packaging and have a go at this project?

Let me know how you get on learning how to make charms out of cardboard and leave me a comment below the video on YouTube.

Low budget craft ideas are so important in a craft world dominated by very expensive craft supplies.

So you may be really pleased to hear about how you can make one of these beautiful paper bead bracelets using rubbish that would usually get thrown away.

You will need a couple of other supplies but the main material used in these beautiful low budget craft ideas is scrap paper.

If you are new here, you may want to check out this video for other low budget craft ideas, but don\'t forget to come back and try out this one!

And if you prefer to go straight to the tutorial to see the ideas I am showing you in this post, click here to go to YouTube.

If you are here to find out where you can buy the tools I use in the video, scroll down to the end of this post to find the links.

My favourite thing to do is go to my local card shop, buy a birthday card and then make a beautiful bracelet from the bag it came in.

It\'s always tricky giving friends and family handmade presents. We all know that fine line between something that looks handmade because it\'s so badly done and something that is handmade but also very pretty and wearable.

These little bracelets are brilliant if you are looking for low budget craft ideas for making presents or, even to make stuff to sell at craft fairs.

low budget craft ideas

The beautiful beads on the right were made from this small, flimsy paper bag that many people would throw away. And they make gorgeous, delicate bracelets.

low budget craft ideas

So you can see, low budget craft ideas don\'t have to look cheap.

Most people are shocked when I tell them that the bracelet I have given them is made from the paper bag their birthday card came in.

The beads actually look like they are made from china if you finish them properly with a few coats of glaze.

And if you are someone who doesn\'t have a ton of money to spend, a well made hand crafted gift is a great alternative to a shop bought present.

I would be touched if someone spent their precious time making me something.

The beads below were made from a sheet of waste printer paper and wrapping paper from one of my birthday presents.

low budget craft ideas
low budget craft ideas

I never throw wrapping paper away, even if it is torn. You only need a very tiny area of the wrapping paper to make these beads - watch the video to find out why.

The low budget craft ideas I show you in my current YouTube video will probably get you thinking differently about scrap paper.

The technique I show you for how to use the wrapping paper to make paper beads means that you can use any kind of printed matter as the base for the beads.

So that means you can use old bank statements, letters, junk mail - anything that comes in a standard page size with a rectangular shape, or that can be cut into a rectangular shape as you see me doing in the video.

What about the tools I use in the video?

The paper bead rolling tool I use is my own design. I manufacture them myself and sell them online at a very reasonable price.

I also design and sell the printed templates which you can buy online and download to print off but for those who don\'t have a printer, I have designed some paper bead strip template stencils that you place on to top of your paper and draw inside.

The stencils come in one sheet with four different size stencils on it.

low budget craft ideas
low budget craft ideas
low budget craft ideas
low budget craft ideas

Buy the 3mm Easy Beady paper bead rolling tool - £7.00 - ships worldwide.

Please note the special free offer below, when buying both tools together.

Buy the 5mm Easy Beady paper bead rolling tool - £8.00 - Ships worldwide.

Please note the special free offer below, when buying both tools together.

Buy the Easy Beady paper bead strip stencil - £5.99 - Ships worldwide.

Please note the special free offer below, when buying both tools together.

Free Offer worth £5.99!

When you buy the 3mm and 5mm tools together using this link FREE OFFER, you will get the stencil completely free.

Just click on the free offer link and you will be taken to my etsy shop. I ship worldwide.

Come back soon because I will be giving you details of the new paper beading products I am adding to my range in the very near future.

All my Easy Beady products are designed to make paper beading easier and quicker.

And if you are looking for any of the other craft supplies I use in my videos, visit my Amazon craft supplies page, Rainbow Lane.

For those people who don\'t have access to a craft store or who don\'t have time to search around online, I have created this page where you will find some of the products I use and some other products that are similar.

However, I do urge people to shop around to find the craft supplies they need - my Amazon page is there to give you suggestions if you don\'t know where to get your supplies.

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Thank you for reading this post.

I hope you enjoyed it and are fired up with some low budget craft ideas - see you next time with more crafty ideas for you!

Alcohol ink is one of my favorite mediums to work with.

It\'s versatile - you can do so much with alcohol ink from all the standard craft applications  to practically anything you can dream up.

But alcohol ink can be messy - so wear gloves unless you want heavily stained fingers!

This project is one of my latest ideas for using alcohol ink with aluminium foil. I have explored this before and my videos showing how to make my \'Moon Glow\' pendants have been some of my most watched, most popular videos on YouTube.

To see my previous posts using alcohol ink, click on the links below.

Alcohol Ink Pendants - Faux Dichroic Glass

Alcohol Ink - Oh My Word!

Alcohol Ink On Aluminium Can - Beautiful pendants.

How To Make alcohol ink Moon Glow pendants

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alcohol ink
alcohol ink

Black alcohol ink has never really shaken my world but oh my goodness, it came into its own in this project!

If you want to see the video tutorial I made for this project, you can see it by clicking here. You can see how I got the beautiful results for the paper bead tile bracelet using black ink.

All I had was the idea (while running on my treadmill which is my ideas machine!) but I didn\'t really know how it would react on the aluminium foil.

You can see that although I only used black alcohol ink, the tones that developed when I used the alcohol ink blending solution on the aluminium foil are absolutely gorgeous.

alcohol ink
alcohol ink
These tiles were colored entirely with black alchohol ink and alcohol ink blending solution.

The aluminum foil on the right shows what effect you get when you use alcohol ink to color it.

I made two different sheets for this project but the sky is the limit really, you could blend whatever colors you want in as many combinations as you want to get all sorts of colorful effects.

alcohol ink
alcohol ink

If you think you would like to have a go at this project...

...but don\'t know where to get supplies, you can visit my craft supplies page on Amazon.

Click here to go to my page.

I try to link you to the same products I use or, the closest I can find.

This project has probably been one of my all time favourites.

Once you have made yourself a selction of colored foils, you can experiment with making card tile beads in different colors to contrast with your hand-inked foils.

If you want to make really gorgeous hand-crafted items from card, inks, and aluminium foil, (like the necklace below) watch my video to learn the basics of how to get started.

alcohol inks

It's really easy and a relatively inexpensive way to craft, once you have invested in the alcohol inks.

You can experiment with using junk card from food packaging if you don't want to buy craft materials. Aluminum foil is really inexpensive to use because you get so much on one roll!.

The main investment is in the inks, the blending solution and the Glossy Accents glaze.

alcohol ink
alcohol ink

I hope this post and my YouTube video have inspired you to make some beautiful, fun jewelry!

If you do have a go at this project, don\'t forget the take care of yourself and the surfaces you work on. Alcohol ink is strong smelling, it stains skin and work surfaces so be sure to use rubber gloves, a face mask and plastic table cover.

Paper Bead Templates speed up the paper bead making process if you are a crafter who likes to create your own bead strips.

If you are fed up with measuring and drawing out triangles - the paper bead templates in this kit will be perfect for you. And the two paper bead rolling tools that come with the kit save you even more time because they are easy to use; when used properly, the tools will result in paper beads that are firmly wound and come off the shaft of the tool with ease.

If you have landed here and you haven\'t see my video over on YouTube where I use the paper bead templates in a project, click here to go see the video. But don\'t forget to come back to see where to get the kit.

And if you have landed here from YouTube and want to know where to get the paper bead templates and paper bead tools, click here to go to my Etsy shop.

For links to the individual products, see the Etsy links at the end of this post.


paper bead templates

When I first started making paper beads, many years ago, I didn\'t have anything like these paper bead templates to help me along.

Looking back, I can\'t believe how I used to spend hours measuring out dots along the top and bottom of sheet of paper and then go through the boring job of making the lines. So I started making my own paper guides to copy but it was still time consuming.

Then I thought how brilliant it would be if I had a sheet containing all the template sizes I use regularly - but all I did was dream about it.

Eventually, because I needed to speed up the part of my paper bead making workshops where people create their own strips to hand color, I spent ages trying to make a sheet of four paper bead templates that I could reproduce without massive expense. I wanted my students to be able to use the paper bead templates in the class and then take them home.

And that was how my paper bead templates were born.

paper bead templates
paper bead templates
paper bead templates

My paper bead templates are so easy to use - and once you have cut your strips, you can use either of the two paper bead rolling tools to roll your beads.

The four templates on the single sheet have base sizes of 1inch, 3/4inch, 1/2inch and 1/4 inch.

To use the them, you simply turn the sheet over, run some strips of removable sticky tape down in between the templates and then gently stick the sheet to whatever paper you are using for your paper beads.

 Whatever your chosen bead strip size, you simply lightly draw inside the relevant triangle template with a very sharp pencil (and it must be lazer sharp) in a color that will be easy to see for cutting.

You can repeat this across your paper, carefully positioning the sheet to maximise the use of the paper's surface area.

paper bead templates

The two paper bead rolling tools that come with the paper bead templates make core holes of either 3mm or 5mm.

The 3mm tool is used to make beads with a smaller hole that will take finer threading materials such as beading elastic or cord. The 5mm tool is used to make beads with a larger core hole to take a thicker threading material such as the bracelets used to make European Style jewelry. The 5mm tool is ideal for people wanting to make beads that have the same shape and look as beads seen on Pandora bracelets but with a teeny fraction of the cost!

paper bead templates

Please note - you will need a separate paper template to make European Style beads like these.

You can download the template from my Etsy shop.

The bead rolling tools and the paper bead stencil templates can all be bought separately or, they can all be bought togther in a kit for a massive saving of £5.99 (that\'s the bead tool stencil free!)

The prices for the items are:

3mm Easy Beady paper bead tool - £7.00 plus p&p

5mm Easy Beady paper bead tool - £8.00 plus p&p

Paper bead templates - four size sheet - £5.99 plus p&p

Easy Beady paper bead making kit containing all three items above - £15 plus p&p


Paper Bead templates

If you want to make beautiful, creative paper jewelry, these tools are ideal for anyone just starting out.

And once you get going, you can really let your creativity run wild dreaming up ways of making junk mail look really pretty! You can make gorgeous handmade gifts that people will love and wear, instead of putting them in a cupboard feeling annoyed that you gave them some second rate homemade tat!

You can even make beautiful pieces to sell at craft fairs or online. Once you have bought these tools, the costs of making beads is reasonably low because you can use throwaway magazines, brochures, booklets, even books to make your paper beads.

Have a look at these previous posts to see what sort of jewelery you can make.

How to add cores to European style paper beads.

How to make a paper bead charm bracelet.

paper bead templates

If you go over to my YouTube channel, don\'t forget to subscribe and hit the bell icon to get regular updates when new videos are posted.

And remember to visit my craft supplies page on Amazon to get many of the products I use in my projects plus lots of other crafting supplies.

Have fun making beads - the Easy Beady tools and paper bead templates really do make your crafting life much easier - I know, that\'s why I designed them - happy crafting!


Craft printables are a brilliant way to make beautiful, colourful, handmade boho style jewelry.

Those of you that have seen my latest craft ideas on Youtube may be here because you would like to make the exact same necklace using my craft printables.

So to get the craft printables you need to make the boho necklace I designed for the video, click here to go straight to my Etsy shop.

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Craft with toilet paper rolls seems to be one of the most popular craft activity searches online.

And a quick look at what is already online throws up a ton of cute characters, from dogs to cats to spiders, all made with toilet roll tubes.

But that isn\'t what I wanted to do - I wanted something different.


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I know because I am a craft supplies junkie! But in recent years, I have leaned more and more towards finding my craft supplies in the recycling bin.

I like to find the base material in the waste recycling and then use bought in craft supplies to turn junk into gems

Do you ever look at a jar, box or bottle and think - this is way too pretty to throw away - what can I make with it?

That\'s what happened when I was washing this empty plastic honey bottle ready to put in the blue bin.

No, I cried - this will become something else!

To see the full tutorial video click here to go to my YouTube channel.

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Metal recycling is so exciting because if you think about it, what it actually means is free craft materials! Yipee! We all love free stuff! Yes?

Well I do if I can make recycled materials the centre of my project.

I suppose technically they aren't free because we pay for the food packaging but, I class anything that would normally get thrown out as being free.

Metal recycling in my crafts is one of my favourite things at the moment and so I produced this project for YouTube to show you what I'm doing.

Click here to see the tutorial on YouTube.

(There may be a delay between publishing the video and this blog post - please try again in 15 minutes if the video link isn't working yet.)
metal recycling
metal recycling
You can use the holder with the reflector...
...or without.

Metal recycling or upcycling?

First of all, I\'m not sure if what I do with food cans is strictly metal recycling.

Metal recycling, according to all the research I have done, is about taking your cans and tins to a recycling point to be collected and turned back into other steel or aluminium products.

Apparently there is no limit on the number of times steel or aluminium can be recycled and it can take as little as six weeks for a can you take to a metal recycling point, to be back on the supermarket shelf.

Metal recycling saves the earths resources and cuts down on Co2 emmissions. If you are very eco minded, you can read some interesting facts about metal recycling here.

So I\'m kind of thinking what I am doing is upcycling. I\'m turning a tuna can into a candle holder without any melting down processes being involved - that has to be good... right?

Metal recycling



Is your metal recycling (or upcycling!) project steel or aluminium?

If you want to know what material you are using, try the magnet test. The tuna can I used in this project stuck to the magnet so I\'m guessing it\'s steel.

But the tin can I used was not drawn to the magnet which probably means it\'s aluminium.

Either way, I saved two tins from the recycling process and made myself a beautiful candle holder that I am already using.

What made this project fun for me was adding the bead and brad detail and to do that, I used my very useful I.8mm punch pliers (see below).

metal recycling

People are always asking me where they can get this brilliant little tool and readers of this blog will know I do try to help readers source materials and tools.

For readers living in any country serviced by, I have an Amazon storefront where you will find some of the key items I use, such as this tool.

You can find the tool and many other craft products and books by visiting

The punch tool I used in the video is on there if you want to get one.

I have also put a direct link to the tool on this page.

You can read my Amazon Affiliate Statement here.

If you like this project - please do watch the video and have a go!

You can experiment with different ideas once you have seen what I have done. The tutorials I do are designed to get your creative juices flowing so that you can come up with your own ideas.

Metal recycling (or upcycling if you\'d rather) is great fun - so have a go and see what functional, gorgeous  little crafty things you can make with empty food tins.

Art and craft ideas using upcycled materials can produce very impressive results, such as this beautiful pendant made partly from cereal  box cardboard.

As cool crafts go, this unusual artsy looking pendant is a great example of just how cool you can get by upcycling what would otherwise become junk to be thrown away.

And once you see how to treat cereal box cardboard to make it into a solid pendant base, you realise how valuable scrap cardboard is when coming up with new art and craft ideas.

Click here to go to the video I made showing exactly how to make this upcycled pendant.

Art and Craft Ideas

If you are new to crafting and are looking for good art and craft ideas to begin with, this is a great project because the results are quick and stunning.

By the time you have finished working your magic on an empty cereal box, you will see just what a strong and solid object you can create with a flimsy piece of junk and you will find art and craft ideas flowing from your crafty mind.

You will never throw away another cereal box again and you will start looking at other junk differently as you wonder how you can turn more trash to flash.

art and craft ideas

From trash... flash!

The pictures above show how my mind works since I focused on getting art and craft ideas from the smallest scraps of trash (or rubbish if you are English).

I saw this bland and insignificant piece of scrap wallpaper in a rubbish bin at The Range a while back while I was wandering around looking at craft supplies.

My immediate thought was the challenge of how I could use it to make something pretty and wearable and so I asked if I could have it.

I think it stunned the young guy who was cleaning scraps up off the floor in the wallpaper area when I asked if I could have it. I couldn\'t even steal rubbish from a bin!

If you want to see the post I wrote on what I did with that scrap of paper, click here.

Children love art and craft ideas that use junk too and this cardboard pendant project is a lovely one to do together to perhaps make a beautiful upcycled gift for someone.

For any teachers reading this in these times of limited resources in many schools in the UK, you\'ve probably already figured out the value of scrap cardboard boxes.

These kinds of projects are great for getting children thinking about recycling while being creative with the earth\'s resources.

It does fire the imagination when you can turn something so mundane into a piece of pretty jewelry that no-one would even guess is made from cardboard junk.

art and craft ideas
art and craft ideas

On the right you see the sanitised version of my trash stash taken last year - but on the right is the honest version of my trash stash in my workshop. Yes - I am a garbologist!

Of course you will need other items to make the pendant in my video.

You will need some good PVA glue because it\'s the PVA that ultimately gives the cardboard it\'s strength and makes it completely ridgid, like a light wood.

You will also need a design for the front of your pendant and although I used a mandala design from a coloring book (click here to see the post and video on using your coloring book work in crafts), you could easily find a stunning design to punch out of a magazine; unwanted magazines are another great source of inspiration for art and craft ideas.

For help in sourcing craft supplies, visit my Amazon storefront where you will find products similar or the same as those used in my videos, visit my storefront at

I update my Amazon storefront with new links each time I make a new video, to help people find the resources they need to try out the projects.

Watch the video through to the end to see the unexpected blip I had a couple of days after I finished the pendant.

See how I fixed it and then tell me, in the comments section under the video on YouTube, what you think I could have done to avoid the blip in the first place - I love hearing other people\'s ideas because there is always more than one way to climb a mountain!

Thanks for reading and let me know in YouTube comments if this helped you with your art and craft ideas - see you next time on Rainbow Lane - the YouTube channel to get you creating.