Red Baron Toy Plane Tutorial

I picked up an old wooden toy plane at a thrift store. It was $2. I walked around the store carrying it the entire time, debating on whether to buy it or not. I decided not to, and put it back. A day or two later, I went back for it. Not surprisingly it was still there. I mean, it was missing the wheels and it’s rudder. The propeller was lose and had some permanent marker on it. And the whole thing was [Read more…]

A Castle Fit for Little Kings {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Christy @ Inklings & Yarns for her win of the For the Boys challenge of season 14*

First, I want to thank everyone who voted for my “Castle Fit for
Little Kings” in round two. I had such a good time making this, and
hope the following tutorial brings you (and your little ones) lots of
fun! Be sure to visit my blog,
for more great projects! Now let’s build sew ourselves a

Step 1: Measure your [Read more…]

Yard Dominoes Tutorial by ChiWei @ One Dog Woof

*Tutorial by ChiWei @ One Dog Woof for her win of the Out & About Challenge of season 12*
This was a project I’ve been meaning to make for a while now, and loved getting a chance to do it for the Out and About week at SYTYC.  Now I just need to have a party so I can play!


I started off by sending Drew to Home Depot to buy lumber.  Actually, he had to go himself since the wood boards wouldn’t fit in the car without removing the carseat.  He asked me to make a note in my write-up that the wood had no knots, but then afterwards, told me I wrote it up wrong.  He bought pine boards with no knots not just to make it pretty, but so that when you actually play Dominoes, you can’t use the knots on the back to figure out which pieces your opponents have.  So thoughtful!  There you go honey, I hope I explained it correctly!


Anyways, I think he bought 2 10 foot 1x4s and 1 8 foot 1×4 board.  A 1×4 board is actually about 3.5 inches wide, so I was aiming to create dominoes that were 3.5″x7″.  There are 28 dominoes in a set, so 7″ times 28 = 196″, which is a little over 16 feet.  With 18 feet of board, we gave ourselves a little extra in case we screwed up on the table saw. [Read more…]

Betty Matching Blocks Tutorial

*Tutorial made by Amanda @ Simply Handmade for her win of the Kids Can Do challenge of season 11*

This was one of the most fun projects ever! Time consuming, but super fun. When I was a little girl, my friends and I would waste spend tons of time drawing and designing clothes for itty bitty paper dolls. I was a bit nostalgic all while I snipped little dresses for these Bettys! Hopefully these instructions aren’t too horrible….it’s midnight where I’m at so I’m not going to promise anything.
To make some Betty matching blocks you’ll need:
*Thin wood blocks ( I found mine at Joann’s in the model airplane aisle) roughly 6″ x 12″ x 1/4″
* An assortment of scrap paper and fabric
* A permanent pen or marker for the face. I worried about the face smearing with the application of modpodge so I ended up using liquid eyeliner. No smears.
* A miter saw or a friend with a miter saw.
* Modpodge









Now, because I’m a scatter brain, I didn’t take any more photos. But never fear, I can explain the rest in a non dizzying fashion…..I think.

  1. Using bits of paper, add some little details like belts, sashes, and trim. No need for it to be perfect. You don’t need a pattern….just experiment and see what works.
  2. After you’ve glued down your cute dolly and added some details, cut her in half {gasp!}. You’ll need to cut her to make her a matching Betty! But she’d look equally as nice in a frame if you can’t bring yourself to do it. Use a paper cutter so that you get a nice even clean cut. I cut mine right at the waistline.
  3. Line the paper up with your board and mark straight across where the cut will be.
  4. Using a miter saw, saw each board at the line previously marked.
  5. Mod podge your little Bettys onto each board. Give each side a good coat of the stuff!
  6. Then spray each side with a clear sealer….like this:


Mod Podge Clr SEALR Matte 12oz

**You can create your own doll template or you can go here to snag mine. Right click on the image and then copy and paste into your paint program (very basic I know.) increase the size according to your taste. I super sized mine by 200%. 

Tea Table & Stools Tutorial

*Tutorial made by Kimberly @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr & Me for the Upcycled challenge of Season 11*

I was so excited for the upcycle challenge!  I’ll admit it.  I am a… hoarder collector.  Hoarder is such an ugly word… So.  I’m a collector.  I can’t throw away my elastic scraps, for instance, for fear I will then need them a day later which would, of course, be a travesty.  So, yes.  I save things.  And then I have to find stuff to do with said things.  And thus began a love affair with the “taking junk and making it into… NOT junk” philosophy.

When my husband began complaining about the empty kitty litter boxes piling up in our basement, I knew we needed to find a use for them.  Sure, we could throw them away, but what a waste of some perfectly nice sturdy plastic buckets!  With lids!
It just so happened that I was also searching for the perfect little chairs at the same time.  During a maddeningly unsuccessful trip to the thrift store one day, the light bulb magically went on.

Now, I don’t presume that you will find a table exactly like mine.  You might.  But you might not.  My point in showing you the beginning of this table tutorial is to illustrate that even though you may not find the PERFECT piece, you can [Read more…]

Pocket Peggy House Tutorial

*Tutorial made by Kim @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. & Me for her win of the Scraps challenge of Season 11*
Well, at first I really was stumped when it came to scraps.  There are so many things you CAN do – the options were overwhelming.  I love watching my daughter play with her cousin’s doll house, though, and I thought a version just for her would be perfect.  She’s a little young for the tiny, intricate pieces.  PLUS, we have an airplane trip coming up.  With all things considered, I finally put it all together into one project – 

I had so much fun with the details – and could honestly make a ton more because it was so much fun to put together.

Before you start assembling anything, you’ll need to cut out squares for your walls and triangles for the roof.  You can make these any size you’d like, it’s totally up to you and where you want this to fit.  When cutting your squares and triangles consider the following:
which pieces of scrap compliment each other the best?  What color do I want the outside of my house to be? (this will be your largest scrap) What kinds of patterns do I want to include or avoid on the walls?  Do I want to make an “attic” or just leave the inside of the triangles the same color as the outside?
After perusing your scraps and planning the walls and roof, you can start cutting the base pieces.  You will need four squares for the outer walls, four squares for the inner walls, four triangles for the outer roofs and four triangles for the inner roofs.  In addition, you will need two squares of the same color for the floor.  Once all of that is done, you can move on to [Read more…]

Apple Trouble HedgeHog tutorial

*Tutorial by Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff for her win during the Children’s Literature challenge of season 10.*
Once again! A great big thanks to all who voted for my hedgehog from Apple Trouble! All the contestants have come up with some amazing crafts!!! It’s so hard every week! And keeps getting harder and harder!
And a quick side note. My laptop had to be reset this week. That means, I lost my adobe programs temporarily! I’ve got to find them from their boxes so I can recall and get authorization numbers so I can reinstall them. (They are still packed away) so I have the tutorial ready to share with you here, but I’ll have to upload the actual pdf patterns later this week and will have them to share with you too! (Don’t worry, they will be free of charge and I’m trying to get them done asap!) Until then, if you are good at free handing, here is the how to tutorial! If not only a few more days and I’ll have them ready to print for you!
For the colorful piece of paper in the story: [Read more…]

Scratchbook Tutorial {guest post}

*Hey everybody! Season 10 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be the most fantastic one yet. It’s the All Star round so many of you have asked about. We’re having some past favorites and winners going at it again! However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let them have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

This guest post is from Kiruthinka Curic from My Magical Menagerie


I began blogging when my first daughter was five months old. What started off as an online diary and a communication site to grandparents also became a craft site when I began to make books for her when she was an year old. Soon, I realized that the best toys are the frugal ones that are made at home and not the ones that cost tens of dollars. So I took kid craft making in my stride and try to have a couple of projects going on at a time. What delights me now is that the children are also increasingly enthusiastic about my reuse junk and make a kit policy. Though it is more challenging, I try to work on my projects such that when the children want to join in, there is always something for them to do.

I have been thinking a lot about what I should post as a project for the STTYC guest post. I wanted to make something useful and quick and kid friendly. I saw in a shop some scratch books – books where you could draw/ write on one side and scratch on the other. And they cost twenty dollars. So I decided to take it upon myself to make a couple for the girls. Here’s what you need:

1. Paper
2. Crayons
3. Bar soap
4. Paint (black or any color)
5. Thread
6. Cardstock

I folded the paper in half and used crayons to color one half of the paper, using a variety of colors.

Then I got the girls to help me to rub soap all over the crayon area to help the paint stick

For the scratch pad, I put a thick layer of black paint over the soap and let it dry.

Once dry, the book was ready to be assembled.

I used an old cereal box to make the noteb ook cover, held it together with maeking tape and sewed the book to it. I had intended to make some more artistic cover, but the girls were very impatient to get started with the scratching.

Tools to scratch with

1. Toothpicks
2. Spoons
3. Sophia’s fingernails
4. Old combs

Have fun creating!