Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends is an adorable book full of amigurumi patterns for your favorite Sanrio characters.
The patterns are easy to follow if you know how to crochet. If you’re a little rusty like me or a beginner, spend a few minutes on the Lion Brand Yarn site watching their tutorials and you’ll be up to speed. You really only need to know how to do two things–magic circle and single chain stitch.
We usually give a little personalized gift to my daughter’s favorite teachers from the previous years. This year, we decided on hand-drawn glasses.
Using Pebeo Vitrea markers, my daughter drew some fun designs and plain pint glasses. We then made them into summer drink kits by filling them with straws, rock candy stir sticks and cold brew iced tea bags.
I needed a quick and easy centerpiece for a graduation lunch and stumbled upon a paper fan one on It’s a Horvath’a Life.
The fans were simple enough to make using plain paper, skewers and glue. I then used a big lollipop to fill out the “bouquet.” Floral foam kept everything in place.
Craftbits has an easy last minute Valentine’s gift idea. Make a speech bubble love sign.
Here’s a quick valentine to whip up. I have a lot of googly eyes for some reason, but you could just as easily print on eye.
After seeing this comic on Hana’s World and then finding a pattern for the Giving Bunny, I decided to combine them and make fencing giving bunnies since my kids have started fencing.
The weapons are made from Sculpey. The masks are from window mesh I bought at the hardware store for another project. I just cut ovals out of felt and mesh and sandwiched the mesh between the felt.
For a fun project that would also make great little gifts, check out Ms. Toi’s tutorialon making lipstick using crayons, castor oil and shea butter. You might even try adding a little essential oils to your blend. Just make sure the oils are safe to use on lips.
Images: Ms. Toi