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Crafts

Think of any craft and it is probably used somewhere in the world. Crafts have been developed for all ages, races and cultures and use almost every material imaginable. They range from the very simple to the extremely complex. They are adopted, and modified, by other groups and cultures. They provide great pleasure and satisfaction to many people.

This page looks at a range of crafts, all usable in education settings. Australian sites are provided where possible, as is information on specific craft forms such as candle making, card making, jewellery, knitting, mosaics, origami and scrapbooking. A number of needlecrafts are included such as cross-stitch, embroidery and quilting.

A small collection of resources for this area can also be found on The Arts Resources page and further needlecraft information on the Textiles Technology page.

Crafts

Candle & Soap Making

Two craft processes well within the scope of younger people. Safety is a factor, as with all procedures using hot materials.

  • Updated ! Candle Making and Free Candle Crafts
    ‘You’ll find easy candle crafts here, including how to make candles from recycled materials, how to personalise purchased candles, inexpensive ways to use candles in any room decor’. Multiple sections.
  • Candle Making Instructions and Techniques
    ‘Explore[s] with you the different types of candles you can make in your home as well as exposing you to the variety of products available for making candles’.
  • Candle & Soap Making
    General information, specific sections on each topic. Skills, safety, more. Provides projects from simple to more complex.
  • Candle & Soap Making Techniques
    Basic instructions, techniques, general information, soap making, odds & ends. Several, practical videos included.
  • How to Make Homemade Candles
    ‘Follow these steps to make beautiful homemade candles’. Wikihow.

Card Making

Making your own can give great satisfaction and is easy enough for all ages.

  • New ! 40 Homemade Cards for Kids to Make
    ‘We pulled this collection of homemade cards together for everyone who would like some inspiration for cards that kids can actually make themselves’.
  • New ! Canva - Design Your Own Custom Greeting Cards
    ‘Our online design tool allows you to create personalised greetings cards for every occasion. Choose from our library of hundreds of beautifully designed layouts and customise them to your liking’.
  • New ! Card Making Crafts for Children, Teens, and Preschoolers
    ‘We have listed some ideas for DIY greeting cards that your friends & family will love’.
  • Cardmaking for Children
    ‘Simple Ideas for Cards on Pinterest’. 150+ pins full of ideas.
  • Cards to Make
    Other ‘cards don’t stand a chance when kids creative hands and minds express themselves with these homemade card crafts’.
  • Start Making Greeting Cards at Home
    ‘Start making greeting cards at home by following instructions on this card making website’. Multiple sections [including suggested verses] included to assist you.

Crochet

  • AllFreeCrochet
    ‘Dedicated to the best free crochet patterns, tutorials, tips and articles on crochet. Find all varieties and skill levels, from easy to crochet Afghan patterns to complex Tunisian crochet patterns’.
  • CGOA Crochet Lessons
    Lessons for children, right and left handers are accessed through videos, lessons, more.
  • Crochet Australia
    Tutorials [left and right handed], stitch descriptor, resources. Use the “Crochet Australia Learning Centre” link in the main menu.
  • Crochet Pattern Central
    ‘Online directory featuring thousands of links to free crochet patterns. Choose from 90+ categories, including clothing, afghans, doilies, baby items, bags and totes, potholders, toys, stuffed animals [including amigurumi], more’. Tutorials, stitch instructions.
  • Updated ! Learn How to Crochet
    15 sections of essential basics, basic stitches to Filet Crochet. Link to Knitting information.

Cross Stitch Patterns

Decoupage

‘Decoupage is actually quite simple ! If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Basically, you cut out pictures, you glue the pictures onto an object, then cover the object and pictures with a few coats of glue/decoupage medium to protect it’.

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Embroidery

  • EmbroideryDK -
    ‘The world’s greatest subscription-based collection of embroidery designs’. Costs a small fee per month, but there are also free designs in the indicated directories.
  • Embroidery Stitches
    ‘Stitches are grouped into four types, each offering different effects and uses for embroidery’.
  • Free Embroidery Stuff
    USA. There are free designs to access and software to check out.
  • Updated ! Embroidery Tips
    Well presented tips in 9 sections from Frames to Finishing.
  • Tips, Tricks and Great Resources
    For Hand Embroidery. Videos, tips & tricks, books, patterns, links, more.

Individual Crafts, Other

Jewellery

Includes the use of soldering as well as jewellery making which does not require this.

  • Jewellery Craft Projects for Teens
    ‘Free jewellery craft projects for teenagers, older kids’.
  • Jewellery Making
    Advice, the basics, projects, more. Access information through tabs at the top, topics on the left.
  • Jewellery Making [About]
    ‘Free projects and patterns for making your own jewellery. Use creative techniques to make jewellery items. You can also make your own jewellery boxes’.
  • Learn
    WigJig. ‘Make handmade jewellery with wire, beads & gemstones quickly, easily, inexpensively, with no soldering’. Videos, techniques, more.

Knitting

  • Knitting
    Information, free patterns, tips, tutorials, stitch library, more.
  • Knitting Help
    Instructional videos, patterns, glossary, forum, more.
  • Knitting Pattern Central
    ‘Online directory featuring thousands of links to free knitting patterns. 50+ categories including clothing, hats, afghans, stuffed animals, toys, dishcloths, more’. Tutorials, stitches, instructions.
  • Knitting Stitch Patterns
    ‘A wonderful way to expand your knitting skills’. Part of a larger knitting site.
  • Updated ! Learn How to Knit
    15 sections of essential basics from How To Hold The Needles & Yarn to Joining Yarns. Link to Crochet information.
  • Learn to Knit [and Crochet]
    Instructions for both are included in a series of topics.

Mosaics

  • Free Mosaic Projects
    ‘Jumping right into making a project is a great way to learn how to make mosaics. Try your hand at one or more of these mosaic projects’.
  • Kid Art ! Collage and Mosaic
    130+ pins with a wide range of tasks for children.
  • Mosaics for Kids
    ‘Mosaics crafts projects for kids to create with various objects such as paper, seeds, eggshells, scrabble tiles and other objects’.

Origami

  • All Oriland Origami Galore !
    Extensive site which has origami patterns, activities, supplies available.
  • Origami
    Joseph Wu’s page will give you lots of help.
  • Updated ! Origami Club
    Check for patterns, instructions, animations, more.
  • Origami for Kids
    ‘Folding Instructions. How to Make Origami for Kids’. Large range.
  • Robert J Lang Origami
    Semi-commercial site with some of the most amazing origami figures you can imagine, some with folding descriptions.
  • The Toymaker
    ‘Welcome to my odd, little world of paper toys, holiday cards, valentines, sun boxes, baskets and bags, origami and ephemera … all for you to make’. Click on the main picture to access the listings. All supplied in PDF format.

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Puppetry

  • Easy To Make Puppets
    ‘Click on the puppet you want to make and find easy instructions and free templates to use’.
  • Kids - Puppets on Pinterest
    140+ pins. ‘Puppets of all kinds for school-age kids to make ’.
  • Paper Bag Puppets
    Quite a range with full instructions and a printable template for each. May need some adjustment depending on the bags available [see comment at bottom re Australia].
  • Puppet Craft Projects
    ‘Try these free puppet craft patterns and projects. Use many creative techniques and supplies to make a variety of puppets to play with’.
  • Updated ! Puppets
    ‘You’ll find links to puppets, puppet patterns, paper bag puppets, sock puppets, hand puppets and scripts on this page’.
  • The Puppetry Home Page
    ‘The Puppetry Home Page is a free resource for the puppetry community and is dedicated to helping people connect with the world of puppetry’.

Quilting

Scrapbooking

  • About.com Scrapbooking
    Ranges from Getting Started to Finding Page Ideas, techniques, getting organised, digital scrapbooking and more.
  • Digital Scrapbooking on Pinterest
    Ieas, resources, related scrapbooking information, more.
  • Scrapbook Album Instructions and Templates
    ‘Instructions to show you how to make a mini album with templates that you may print and use’.
  • Scrapbooking.com
    ‘Free Printable Ideas, Projects, Layouts, Articles with Supplies and Directions ready to print’.
  • Scrapbooking Ideas and Layouts
    ‘Takes you through the basics of scrapbooking from tools and supplies you will need, to techniques such as cropping and computer scrapbooking’.
  • Scrapbooking Memories
    Australian scrapbooking magazine. Products, techniques, interviews, free gifts, more’.
  • ScrapJazz
    A-Z of topics, layout gallery, web site directory, contests, Learning section, link to free classes, more.

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Other Information

Australian Sites

  • Aussie Crafts
    ‘Directory for everything to do with arts and crafts in Australia including suppliers, galleries, markets, shows, classes, crafts people’. Craft Search, videos, articles, more.
  • New ! Australian Ceramics
    Journal, Clay Stuff, Shop, more.
  • Australian Craft Network
    Among all the crafts there are sections on needlework and cross stitch. Primarily for businesses rather than individuals.
  • Updated ! Biante Diecast
    Model cars of all kinds covering F1, Australia, overseas.
  • Complete Craft
    ‘Complete Craft is a comprehensive website sharing all the latest and greatest in craft. Our ultimate range of titles cover everything from patchwork, quilting, stitcheries, cross stitch, bags and dolls to beading, scrapbooking, country home decorating and antique collecting. Explore online craft blogs, forums, products, projects and more !’
  • Craft Search [Australian]
    Everything from craft specialists, displays, etc., to resources. For an international search use their site at Craft Search.
  • Frontline Hobbies
    Shopping access, news, enquiries, links, many hobbies and toys covered.
  • Hobbyco
    Every hobby area is covered. What’s new, weekly specials, links. Australia’s oldest hobby store.
  • Kids.net.au Crafts
    Annotated links to sites that provide craft activities, some of which are unusual. Worth seeing.
  • Needlecraft
    Craft activities that involve needle and thread, including embroidery, patchwork.
  • Quickcraft
    CDs with printable craft activities. Many based around themes such as Our Solar System, Weather, Ocean, etc.. Free downloadables, links, more. Pricing is reasonable.
  • Reverse Garbage
    Sydney. The centre of re-usable materials for all sorts of crafts.
  • The Knitting : Wool Shack
    Knitting from the wool right to patterns, accessories, special techniques you might wish to try.

Free Resources

  • AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com
    ‘AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com offers 1 000s of free craft projects, home decor ideas and DIY tips. We add new projects and tips every day. Some of our reader’s favourites include Ornament Crafts, Christmas Crafts for Kids, DIY Christmas Gifts and DIY Christmas Decoration’.
  • All Free Crafts
    ‘Over 650 original crafts, free craft projects, easy homemade gift ideas. All include photos, how-to instructions so you learn new crafting skills and enjoy great results’.
  • Craftown
    ‘Crafter’s resource centre. Free craft patterns, projects and lessons. All types of crafts to make, Country to Victorian. Patterns to crochet, knit, sew, quilt, 1 000’s of unique craft projects. Endless resource pages, free, on-line crafting instruction for many crafting interests’.
  • Updated ! FotoJet
    ‘Free online collage maker, photo card editor and poster creator’. Includes multiple design templates, much more. China.
  • Free Art & Crafts Instruction School
    Craft projects & lessons, drawing, art, photography, more.
  • Updated ! Free Patterns
    While not restricted to sewing there are patterns here. Also knitting patterns.
  • Make Stuff - Crafts/Projects
    Things to make from Apple Head Dolls to Wooden Figure Key Hanger. Link to Sewing activities.

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General Sites

  • AllFreeHolidayCrafts
    Creations and Celebrations for Every Occasion. This covers a range of holidays. While some are more peculiar to the U.S., there is still a wide range that would apply in Australia. Crafts are wide ranging in nature. Many ideas could be modified if required.
  • Antique Sewing Machines
    They weren’t always the sleek, multi-function machines of today.
  • Arts and Crafts for Kids
    ‘Our selection of art projects for kids, DIY activities, and decoration ideas also provide excellent inspiration for craft ideas for kids’.
  • Arts and Crafts for Kids [Pinterest]
    3 400+ pins provide a wealth of craft ideas for children. Links to related boards.
  • Children’s Craft Ideas
    1 800+ pins provide a wealth of craft ideas for children. Links to related boards.
  • Craftideas.info
    ‘Find free craft templates for projects and already over one hundred step-by-step picture tutorials for private use or school-room use only’.
  • Crafts
    ‘Fun and simple crafts ideas, sewing and knitting patterns, scrapbooking projects, and creative crafts for any budget and skill level’.
  • Crafts for Kids
    PBS, USA. Extensive listing, including a range of videos for specific activities.
  • Craft Site Directory
    ‘Select a category from the list provided and access annotated links for it.
  • Craft Text & Videos
    Sections from Art to Origami, Paper to Pottery, more.
  • Creative Park
    ‘Bring out the creative side in you and your family with these amazing Paper Arts. Build ancient Egyptian temples or supersonic planes, learn about the designs and history also !’ Canon Europe.
  • Disney-Inspired Crafts and Activities for Kids
    ‘Find hundreds of Disney-inspired art and craft ideas for kids of all ages’.
  • DIY and Crafts
    Use the menu on the left to select a specific craft. About.com.
  • Updated ! DIY Network
    Activities for creative people. Check links at the bottom of each page before you leave. Suitable for all ages.
  • Do IT 101 [Crafts]
    Directories from Basket making to Woodworking.
  • Enchanted Learning
    Part of a larger educational portal. This section provides craft activities for a wide age range.
  • FabricLink
    ‘The Educational Resource for Fabrics, Apparel, Home Furnishings, and Care’. News, fabric hints, glossary, more.
  • Fun Arts and Crafts for Kids
    ‘Lots of craft suggestions sorted by age, material, craft type, season’, more.
  • General Craft
    A range of craft activities from Better Homes and Gardens Australia.
  • Updated ! Plaid
    Everything from Needle Crafts [Bucilla] to decoupage, glass painting to stencilling.
  • Sewing With Confidence
    Essential Sewing Skills. ‘Learning to sew has never been easier. Watch your DVD as you sew your perfect garment’. 5 DVD package. Fee-based.
  • The Home Sewing Association
    US site. Educator materials can be accessed on the site. The Enthusiast section has resources, information.
  • Welcome to Craftbits !
    Many Ideas and Instructions are Free. Crafts in topics such as Paper Crafts, Miscellaneous Crafts, etc.. Australian.

Tools & Techniques

  • Craft Recipes
    Find recipes for “mixes” used in craft activities.
  • This to That
    Find out what glue to use to stick any two things together.

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