Inspired by Disney Season 18 Week 5

One of the most popular challenge topics in the So You Think You’re Crafty catalog is Inspired by Disney. This week our four remaining crafters have come up with amazing projects designed to celebrate the happiest place on Earth. Enjoy!
Disney Inspired

Project #1 Jasmine’s Cave of Wonders

With a daughter that thinks she is next in line for the thrown, we live in a part time princess world.

Disney inspired Jasmine's Cave of Wonders

To celebrate her love of Aladdin we created a Jasmine themed party with a fancy Cave of Wonders (unlike the semi-scary one in the movie). Filled with jewels, pillows, and gold all around to set the tone for her royal party. 

Disney inspired Jasmine's Cave of Wonders

Disney inspired Jasmine's Cave of Wonders

Project #2 Rotten to the Core Sign

If you have kids in the house that watch The Disney Channel, you’ve most likely heard the theme song to the Disney Descendants Movie, Rotten to the Core. 

Disney Decedents Rotten to the Core sign

Hearing the lyrics play in my head like a broken record was the inspiration behind this week’s challenge theme.

Disney Decedents Rotten to the Core sign

Disney Decedents Rotten to the Core sign

The sign is made from scrap pallet wood, paint and paper letters. 

Project #3 Fairy Castle Nightlight

Disney is something that we think about and talk about a lot at our house, however I am not a big fan of the commercial licensed designs.  So thinking about how to add that special Disney magic in a unique way was a big of a challenge!

Fairy Castle Nightlight

 I have been holding on to this shadowbox frame for longer than I should probably admit, but once I decided to make this fairytale castle nightlight, I knew it had finally found its perfect use!  I simply cut the castle with my Silhouette, attached it to a piece of white tissue paper and added some battery operated string lights behind.

Fairy Castle Nightlight

Fairy Castle Nightlight

It’s just enough light at night to keep the monsters at bay, and the sweet happily ever after endings coming!

Project #4 Mickey and Minnie Pillows

For my Disney Inspired project I made a set of Mickey and Minnie Pillows. 

Minnie and Mickey Pillows

I used strips of black, red and yellow to represent their bodies, clothes and shoes.

A couple of little details like Mickey’s buttons and Minnie’s bow and I thought for square pillows they really looked like Mickey and Minnie. 

Mickey Pillow

Minnie Pillow

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Meet Jessica From Designer’s Sweet Spot

Jessica Cramer has two degrees in Apparel Design. She is a homeschooling Mom of 4 boys who loves to cook, sew, garden, knit, DIY-anything, and paint furniture.

Designers Sweet Spot Quote

When she’s not creating she is teaching her kids, spending time outside or listening to classical music.

Interview with Designer’s Sweet Spot

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started my blog in 2009. I needed a new creative outlet. For years we had been renovating our home and we were trying to sell it right when the real-estate market crashed. I thought that if people could see how beautiful our house was on the inside, and learn the story behind it, it would sell. It didn’t sell, but I discovered that I really enjoyed blogging and sharing my creations, and have been doing it ever since.

When did you start crafting?

I was always a creative kid. Other girls would spend hours playing with their dolls, I would spend hours making clothes for my dolls or building houses and furniture for them to live in.

By the time I was 12, I had moved on to refinishing furniture, cooking and sewing my own clothes. I was fortunate to have other creative people around me for inspiration when I was growing up.

What is one craft or DIY skill you’d love to master?

I am working on learning to knit. I really enjoy it, but find that I lose concentration after a while and drop stitches. I mix up patterns all the time. Women who knit amaze me, I would love to master it someday.

How do you stay organized?

I am not organized at all. I seem have “pockets” of organization. For example, I keep all  my blog supplies in a big china cabinet on our back porch, but that’s as far as it goes.  I tend to organize things by color or project, which makes complete sense to me but confuses everyone else.

What’s your number one favorite guilty pleasure?

My biggest guilty pleasure is soaking in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and some beautiful classical music. It relaxes me and helps me focus mentally.

Who do you admire?

There are so many talented bloggers out there, my favorites have to be:

Karianne from Thistlewood Farms, because she’s so funny and clever.

Donna from Funky Junk, because she can make anything old into something beautiful.

Rhee from Pioneer Woman, because my family loves all her recipes.

What’s your favorite quote?

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Celebrate the Holidays with Projects from Designer’s Sweet Spot

Rustic holiday decor

Timepiece Christmas Ornament | Rustic Wood Wreath | Gold Snowflakes

Paint Season 18, Week 3

I’m continually amazed at how fast time seems to pass by when I am counting the weeks as a part of our competition. As we race toward the finals, the girls continue to up their game – amazing.

This week you’ll be blown away by the the crafters projects for this week’s paint challenge.

So You Think You're Crafty Paint Challenge

Check out all of the projects below and be sure to vote for your favorite!

Paint Challenge Projects

Project #1 Paper Mache Pig

Turquoise and gold really make this pig pop! This project is great for a less fragile take on coin collecting!

Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Project #2 Wood Photo Stand

I love inspirational quotes and have wanted to display some quotes one my desk.

Wood Photo Stand

The great thing is that the quotes can easily be changed out as often as I like.

Wood Photo Stand

Wood Photo Stand

Project #3 Cameo Box

It was fun to dress up this little cameo box with a little paint.

jewelry box front

The gold decorative pieces add a fun touch to the traditional piece.

cameo box

inside jewelry box

Project #4 Blessed Sign

I love creating unique gifts for people and the Paint Theme challenge this week was the perfect time for me to share this Blessed Wood Sign. 

Blessed Sign 2

I made this sign for a special person who has lived  in three different states and while living in each state, she was blessed with the birth of a Son.

Blessed Sign 4

The color blue represents her boys and the wood veneer hearts represents where they lived at the time.

Blessed Sign 3

Project #5 Painted Feathers

I’m a big fan of incorporating natural elements into functional designs and always adding some fun pops of color.  

painted feathers

These painted feathers were not only a blast to make, but also really dress up the dinner table for all those fall dinners we’re always hosting!

painted feather place setting

feather setting close up

Project #6 Upcycled Jewelry Box

When I stumbled upon this old jewelry box at a thrift shop (for $3.99!) I knew it was a diamond in the rough.


A splash of my favourite color in a chalk paint and some new hardware gave it a fresh new life.



Paint Challenge Vote

It’s time for you to let us know what you think about this week’s amazing paint projects. Please vote for your five favorite projects. You can vote once a day through Wednesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. MT. On Thursday, one crafter will be declared the winner and one crafter will “go home.”


Be sure to enter our reader giveaway! This week’s prize is a $25 gift card to Home Depot. Enter to win through Wednesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. MT. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Peg Doll Family Tutorial

Virginia captured your hearts this last week, with her awesome peg doll family. I have to admit, this is one of my all time favorite Kids Can Do projects.

I think what I love most about the peg doll family is that it’s a craft simple enough for little hands to complete, but sophisticated enough to be considered home decor.

I love this peg doll family. Simple enough for little hands, sophisticated enough to serve as home decor.

You can preview the full tutorial today at Fynes Designs.

Kids Can Do Results Season 18 | Week 2

Congratulations to our Kids Can Do week giveaway winner Jillene Petersen, who’s won an Amazon gift card.

It’s time to share the winner of our Kids Can Do challenge!

Kids Can Do Challenge at So You Think You're Crafty

We had some GREAT entries in this week’s challenge. There are a few I definitely have my eye (or Pinterest account) tuned into for creating with the kids this winter.

Kids Can Do Challenge Results

So You Think You're Crafty Season 18 Week 2 Kids Can Do Results

Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Grab Box – Shonee, Hawthorne and Main

Project #2 Kids Halloween Pillows – Erica, 5 Little Monsters

Project #3 Peg Doll Family – Virginia, Fynes Designs

Project #4 Decorative Cork Boards – Katie, The Crafty Blog Stalker

Project #5 Zentangle Coloring Pages – Ashley, My Craftily Ever After

Project #6 Halloween Necklace – Holly, Ribbons and Glue

Project #7 Argyle Sock Snake – Jessica, Designer’s Sweet Spot

Kids Can Do Winner

This week’s winner is Virginia, with her adorable peg doll family.

Our Family Peg Doll Craft. I love this! This family of peg dolls is simple enough for little hands and cute enough to be on display in any home.

Virginia will be sharing the full tutorial for this cute craft tomorrow!

Saying Goodbye…

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Shonee, who’s grab box didn’t quite make the cut.

Kids grab box. A great craft project for busy little hands.

We’ll be sharing an interview with Shonee next week!

Next Week’s Challenge

Come back next week and check out our crafter’s projects around the theme “paint.” You’re going to love what you see!

10 Kid Crafts for Fall

It’s a fun week around these parts – we’re celebrating kids crafting. What better way to celebrate than with 10 kid friendly crafts for fall?

10 kids crafts for fall. There are some really great crafts shared in this post.

Each one of these crafts has been selected for it’s simple assembly and sophisticated look. Perfect for display in your home this fall!

10 Kids Crafts for Fall

Simple fall leaf garland. Have kids cut leaves out of cardstock and thread them with yarn. Easy Fall Garland via A Beautiful Mess

This tree button art is great for kids and would look good on display in the house. There are lots of great ideas in this post. Tree Button Artwork via Simply Designing

These monster apple bites are the perfect crafty kids treat for fall. Apple Bites via Forks and Beans

Simple paper pumpkin craft. These are so easy to make!Simple Paper Pumpkin via Snap

Pine cone owl. These would be so cute to make with the kids!Pinecone Owl via Broogly

Fall glitter leaves. Easy enough for kids to make + perfect for fall decorating. Glitter Leaf Garland via House of Jade Interiors

Cinnamon salt dough leaves. Such a fun kids craft and it smells great too!
Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaves via The Imagination Tree

Popsicle stick and yard spider webs. Popsicle Stick Yarn Spider Webs via Buggy and Buddy

Twig Heart. Such a cute outdoor decoration. Painted Twig Heart via Daily Heart

Lego stamped Indian corn. Now this is a craft that kids could get into. Lego Stamped Indian Corn via Crafty Morning

Kids Can Do Season Challenge + Giveaway

It’s the second week of our Season 18 competition, and these creatives are BRINGING IT!

This week’s theme is Kids Can Do. It’s a SYTYC favorite and we’ve had some awesome projects kids shared over the years.

Kids Can Do Challenge at So You Think You're Crafty

Today we’ve got six awesome projects to share…each one totally kid friendly. This week our challenge winner and one lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card. So…Sit back, scroll through, vote for your favorite and then enter to win!

Kids Can Do Projects

Project #1 Grab Box

Our grab box is made from on old oatmeal container.  I used some chalk board spray paint to paint it black.  The kids them helped me decorate it with scrapbook paper, jewel stickers and metallic dots.  

Kids Grab Box. Filled with stickers and activities to keep kids occupied while mom is busy. This grab box will be the place to hold treats, small toys and a few other goodies that the kids can get whenever I catch them being nice, or doing something extra to help out around the house.  I cut a hole in the lid so that they can reach in and grab a prize, without knowing what it is.  I think this will be a fun way to help motivate the kids to help out more!

Project #2 Kids Halloween Pillows

I was excited when I saw the theme this week. As a crafter and a mom, I feel like it is so important to encourage creativity in kids. I have a daughter who has been learning to sew and she also loves to draw.

Handmade Halloween pillows designed and made by kids. Great fall activity. I wanted to do something that the kids could do from start to finish. I thought it would be fun for them to really be able to take ownership of a project. They started by drawing a picture and we used that as a pattern. They sewed, stuffed and made faces for their pillows. The best part was seeing them with their finished pillows and how excited they were about their creations. They both carried them around the rest of the day and slept with them at night. I love the excitement kids feel in creating something of their own.

Project #3 Peg Doll Family

Supply the kids with some wooden dolls and a plaque from the craft store, with a bit of paint and craft supplies and imagination they can make a family portrait too cute to resist.

This adorable peg family is the perfect craft for kids 6+ It's simple to make and stylish enough to hang in your home. This craft is perfect for ages 6+, even big kids will have a great time working on this project!

Project #4 Decorative Cork Boards

This time of year, capturing kids paperwork and notes can be difficult. Tame the paper and create a fun craft with your kids by making these fun decorative cork boards.

Engage your kids in a fun craft and tame the paper by making these great decorative cork boards. A great project for kids of all ages, but a bit difficult to photograph!

Project #5 Zentangle Coloring Pages

One my least favorite things to hear a kid say is that they can’t draw. I am a huge believer in attitude being more than half the battle, and that’s way zentangles are one of my favorite ways to break that “I can’t draw” attitude!  

Learn to draw with ZentanglesThe idea is simple. Start off with a simple design full of wide open spaces.  Then using one color, fill in each of those areas with a simple design. From lines, to dots, to swirls or zig zags you just keep drawing simple patterns in each of the spaces.  Before you know it you have a work of art!  I did three different versions of this mermaid to showcase the versatility of this concept. I have a full on zentangle where the whole body is filled with simple patterns (perfect for 10 and up), a version where I put simple patterns in the outline and colored the spaces (for kids 6-10), and a simple version where I just put different colors in each of the empty spaces (perfect for the under 6 crowd).  Really though, there is no wrong way to do this project!

Project #6 Halloween Necklace

Kids love to play with clay so why not have them make their own DIY Halloween Necklace made with Sculpty Clay. 

Kids love few craft projects as much as wearable art. Create this fun sculpty clay necklace for Halloween!Just give the  kids a block of clay, some sculpting tools and let their imagination run wild.

Project #7 Adorable Snake Sock

Looking for something cute to curl up with? Check out this adorable sock snake.

Kids Can Do Sock snake

With a bit of felt, some eyes and a little stuffing, this snake is a quick project for little hands. Even better? It will keep kids playing for hours and then give them a warm hug at night.

Kids Can Do Vote

Please vote for your FIVE favorite projects this week. Once you’re done voting, be sure to enter the giveaway for a $50 gift card below.


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