Hot Arts & Crafts How-Tos

How To: Wrap embroidery thread around a bobbin

In this how-to video, you will learn how to wrap embroidery thread around a bobbin. In this example, the embroidery thread is both purple and light purple, but you can choose whatever you want. First, take the end of the embroidery thread and place it through one of the slots. Hold it back, and then wrap the embroidery thread around the bobbin until you get near the end of the thread. The end should be placed in a different slot on the bobbin. By viewing this video, you will learn how to quic...

How To: Make your own origami magic ball

Tutorial of how to quickly make and Origami Magic Ball! Get a piece of 20x40cm paper. Fold along side in 32 equal parts, by repeatedly folding the paper in half - using genderless folds. Fold the short side in 8 equal parts- using valley folds. Turn the sheet over and start diagonal folds - using valley folds into 32 parts. Roll paper out flat, and fold it zigzag following previously made genderless folds. At corner of paper, create a "water bomb" by pressing together previously made folds fo...

How To: Make a paper football with a 20$ bill

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper football with a $20 bill. First, take the bill and fold it in half length wise. Next, take the bill and fold one of the ends into a triangular shape. After this, fold the triangle over and keep doing this until you get to the end. When you reach the end, and tuck the flap on the end into the pocket you created. After this, you can hold the bill up with your fingers, and flick it with your other fingers. You can use any type of bill to make this, ...

How To: Make DIY guitar pick earrings

In this video you learn to make earrings out of guitar picks. You will need round nose and regular pliers, wire cutters, 2 regular picks, bead reamer, earring hooks, jump rings, and long silver strands. Use the bead reamer to make a nice clean hole on the top edge of the guitar pick. Use the jump ring through the hole you just made to attach the silver strand. This makes the earrings dangle. On the other end of the silver strand connect the earring hook with another jump ring. This completes ...

How To: Make an origami birthday pop-up card

Enchant that special birthday boy or girl with a unique origami birthday pop-up card by following this well produced instructional video. 1. All you need is a two sided square piece of colorful wrapping paper to create your origami birthday pop-up card. As long as your paper is square, the finished card can be any size you wish. 2. Make a series of simple sharp folds on both sides, carefully following the video instructions. Pay particular attention to the final intricate folds which create t...

How To: Store rope to avoid tangles

This is how to store a rope so it will not tangle. If you have long lengths of rope to carry along on a boating trip or camping adventure, it helps to wrap the rope into an accessible yet compact series of loops. This rope will unwind easily for all your rope tying needs.

How To: Make Switch Knot

So this is a great beginner's knot. This Square Knot pattern is made by switching the fillers and working cords. I recommend you use two colors to get the best results. It's important to leave enough space between the knots so you can see the crisscrossed cords clearly. This knot can be used to make a simple belt or other items can also be made with this knot.

How To: Make an origami body for a person for beginners

Are you an origami fan who's just starting out in this paper folding and molding line of work? Are you tired of folding nothing but paper lucky stars and tired cranes? Well, look no further than this origami video, which immediately throws you off the deep end (just kidding) and teaches you how to make the body of a person.

How To: Fold an origami cherry blossom

Looking to add a rare and exotic specimen to your paper garden? Make a paper cherry blossom (or sakura) using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions on how to make your own cherry blossoms from folded paper. For more information, and to get started making paper flowers yourself, take a look!

How To: Tie the Djinn Bottle decorative knot

In this tutorial, we learn how to tie the Djinn bottle decorative knot. First, make a loop on the left side of the string, then bring the other side around it and pull the top up. After this, twist the two strings underneath the bottom of the knot and push the right string through the side of it. Then, push the left string into the left side of the knot through the back. Pull on the top, then twist it into a loop and push the left string through the back, making a loop, then pushing the right...

How To: Fold an origami catamaran boat

Not only is origami useful for making things that appear like they should be able to float (like paper swans), it's actually good for producing things that do — like paper boats. With this guide, you'll learn how to make a paper catamaran with origami, the traditional art of Japanese paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own floating paper boats, watch this free origami lesson.

How To: Crochet a baby dress with Solomon's knot

This is a tutorial on how to crochet a baby dress using Solomon's knot. You may want to look at the written instructions in addition to watching this instructional video. You'll want to use a smaller hook for this crochet project. You can find the baby dress Written instructions at http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/200.

How To: Crochet a Tunisian return pass decrease

This video crocheting tutorial from thecrochetside.com shows how to decrease on the return pass in Tunisian crochet. The Tunisian crocheting method uses an elongated hook and is considered a mixture of knitting and crochet with no need to turn the work over. Learn how to crochet a Tunisian return pass decrease by watching this instructional video.

How To: Make a Revealing Flower

This video tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful Revealing Flower. The awesome thing about the Revealing Flower is that you will be able to open and close the petals. It will take 90 pieces of paper. Do not use printer paper. (you might as well use Post-Its) You will also need glue. Here's the video tutorial:

How To: Use a small wonder weave loom

Learn how to make a four inch square with a Wonder Weave Loom. This is a specific small vintage loom. However, the warp winding and weaving techniques demonstrated can lend themselves to larger scale looms. Hopefully this weaving tutorial is helpful for beginning weavers looking to understand the warp and weft.