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 a Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet

in this video is shown 9 samples of Diagonal Striped Bracelet and I show another way how to do it. This is the basic friendship bracelet - very quick to make. You need to know how to do Forward Knots and REMEMBER: TIE DOUBLE KNOTS! Forward knot is super easy! You can make this bracelet in your national flag colors. Good luck (:

How To: Use buttonhole scissors

Couture designer Kenneth D. King is an expert in what you would need to fill up your sewing box. Here, he discusses buttonhole scissors. Buttonhole scissors are made for making buttonholes without stretching or damaging the fabric. By watching this video you can learn how to adjust your buttonhole scissors so that you can make different size holes. Make sure to never to use these scissors to cut through paper as it will make the scissors dull and make it a lot harder to cut through fabric.

How To: Tie dragonfly knots easily

Tying knots can be fun and a great way to help pass the time. They can be used to decorate a variety of different things. For this video tutorial, you'll be finding out how to tie a dragonfly knot easily. It's a decorative Chinese knot and is one of the more popular ones searched for online. So check out the video above, pay attention, and enjoy!

How To: Create a life sized cardboard cut out of a photo

Select the image whatever you want from anywhere. For example, choose Google search and type high res yoda and select IMAGES choose the picture and save in your computer. Enter into rasterbator software. From the dialog box select the language what you know. Select the image using 'BROWSE..' button and we have to select '3D-Yoda.jpg' and click open button, and then click the CONTINUE button. We have to choose the standard paper size. Next press the CONTINUE button. In this dialog box we have ...

How To: Tie a single-strand Ringbolt hitch knot

In this video, JD, from Tying It All Together, demonstrates how to tie a knot known as a "Ringbolt Hitch". This is also known as "coxcombing". This type of knot was once a common tie used by sailors to dress-up items and parts of their ships. When tying a wheel, a "Turk's Head" knot was used to cover the part of the wheel where the two ends of the ring bolt met, which would firm up the hitch, and help to keep the tied ends from unraveling. It is a nautical tradition to use this type of knot t...

How To: Cast on using a circular loom

Learn how to cast on to knit using a circular loom. Start at the beginning with an empty loom and wrap your yarn around the beginning peg. Working to the right, wrap the yarn behind each peg, and around in a clockwise fashion. Do the same on the next peg, until you have returned to the beginning again. Repeat this process for the second row. Take your tool, which will come with the loom, and lift the bottom stitch over the top stitch and off the peg. Work all the way around the loom to the be...

How To: Fold a "Prison Break"-style paper swan

Want to make a tough-guy paper swan in the manner of Prison Break protag Michael Scofield? This video tutorial presents a complete, step-by-step overview of how to make a paper crane using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. For more information, and to get started making your own paper birds, watch this arts-and-crafts guide.

How To: Cast on when using a serenity loom

In this video, the author teaches us how to cast on with serenity: wrap your material around twice, grab the back and then up (around your fingers) forming a slipknot. To start off, we will focus on the inside of the loom, pulling the material towards the outside (using a grochet hook). Take needle between two pegs, pulling material through and put the needle down and pull up (rotating towards you) and repeat. This forms a tier duct and if this is done properly, you should be able to do this ...

How To: Create the farthest flying paper airplane

In this video, we learn how to make the farthest flying paper airplane. First, you will lay the paper flat and fold in two sides on the top. Then, fold it in half and keep folding the plane in. After this, you will see the wings become smaller and smaller. Once you fold this up until you cannot fold it in anymore, you will be able to throw this and make it fly! This will be really thin so it will go further and further. This will fly across the room easily and make everyone jealous they don't...

How To: Make a folded-paper Tyrannosaurus rex with origami

Looking to add specimens to your paper menagerie? Make a T. rex with origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions for making your own Tyrannosaurus rex from a sheet of folded paper. For more information, and to get started making your own paper dinosaurs, take a look!

How To: Make a shoe lace key ring

Always losing your keys? A big bulky key chain might feel annoying in your pocket, but it's not likely to get lost in your purse or in all that trash you carry around. This video tutorial shows a real simple key chain ring you can make and keep those keys easy to find. All you need is the key ring, two shoelaces, a pair of scissors, and a lighter.

How To: Origami a dollar bill box

Dollar bill origami is fun, simple & cute. All you need is a dollar bill and some origami folding skills. Spend your spare dollar on some creativity... and you will end up with a cute origami figurine. Watch this origami money tutorial to learn how to fold a box with a dollar bill.

How To: Fold a Magic Rose Cube—A Flower in a Box Origami Puzzle

To play off Gertrude Stein's famous quote, a rose is a rose is a magic paper cube. And with this paper folder's guide, you'll learn how to make your very own magic rose cube from paper using the Japanese art of origami. This design by Valerie Vann, and folded by YouTuber German Fernandez, is great for Valentine's Day or any other day where a paper puzzle rose is needed. Just be prepared... it's a not just a puzzle origami rose, it's a puzzle folding it.

How To: Tie four basic knots in jewelry design

To tie the overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop and tighten by pulling both ends. To tie a double overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop twice before pulling both ends to tighten the knot. To tie a surgeon's knot, take the left string and bring it over and around the right string twice. Then take the right string over and around the left string and pull both ends to tighten, leaving a complete loop of string below the k...

How To: Make a folded-paper cat with origami

Looking to add specimens to your paper menagerie? Make a folded-paper feline (neko) with origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions for making your own cats from a sheet of folded paper. For more information, and to get started making your own paper kittens, take a look!

How To: Knit a Spiral Ruffle Scarf

These lovely scarves have different names. I call it the Spiral Ruffle Scarf. It's easy to make and looks great in either a fine or a medium weight yarn. I made mine with softball cotton yarn and size 8 needles. Here are the videos and written directions:

How To: Attach a pendant to an earring hook easily

What is the absolute, most basic thing you need to know in order to asemble an earring? Attaching the earring to its earring hook, of course. By learning how to do this, you'll be able to create a neverending host of funky earrings, from cool guitar pick earrings to drop pendant earrings.

How To: Wrap a Stone - Easy Tutorial

This tutorial shows how to wrap a Stone easily (Make Cabochon using Macrame knots). With this style you can make your own amulets, pendants or necklaces, also you can wrap a coins or anything else. It's easy to make and suitable for kids and beginners. I hope you will find this helpful!