Handpicked: 5 DIY kits to feel like a Martha Stewart maestro in no time

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If you’re not of the same skill standing as a Martha Stewart-level DIY maven but still have the desire to create beautiful and impressive works of art on your own, these DIY kits make it easy, and you’ll soon be fancying yourself among those who get asked “You made that?!” on the regular. (Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.) 1. Year of Holidays Carve a Stamp Kit Put a stamp on it! This kit includes templates, making it dead simple to carve your own stamps and create wow-worthy greeting cards, stationary, invitations, or anything you want to put your mark—er,...

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BRIKA DIY: Marbled crayon hearts

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With Valentine’s Day and Easter a little over a month apart, we’re surprised Cadbury hasn’t already jumped on the bandwagon and deemed February and March world chocolate months. If you already feel like you and your kids are drowning in the sweet stuff from gifting and receiving Hershey’s kisses and candy galore, try this simple and easy DIY. You can send them to grandma in the mail as a homemade memento, bring them to school as a fun giveaway, or even keep them stacked in a bowl around the house as a colorful home décor addition. What you need: Crayons,...

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BRIKA DIY: Heart-shaped elbow patches

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We love this simple DIY that adds a touch of playfulness to clothing, making it perfect for reworking an old sweater or refreshing a shirt that your little one has grown tired of. Requiring very basic supplies that you likely already have around the house, the end product will be well worth your effort and finished just in time for Valentine’s Day! Tutorial and photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy. What you need: Sweater, jacket, or cardigan Medium weight fabric for patches Cardstock Scissors Marker Thread or embroidery floss Fabric adhesive(optional) Directions: Cut a square of paper and lay it over...

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Q+A with P.S. I Made This Studio Director, Vivian Cheung

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We first met New York City-based Vivian through the ever-popular craft blog P.S. I Made This, where she’s been the Studio Director for four years and seen the company evolve into a bonafide crafting empire. A jack-of-all-trades, her responsibilities include everything from conceptualizing and testing new craft ideas to directing photo shoots, creating graphics for the website and social media platforms, and leading the creative team that works beneath her. Where do you find your inspiration? When it comes to finding unique new craft ideas, a lot of my inspiration comes from Pinterest and Instagram; my coworkers and I will...

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BRIKA’s best: 7 ways to upcycle old clothes

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If you’re like us, you have a bag of old clothing sitting somewhere at home waiting to be donated, and the likelihood of it collecting dust is more probable than it being dropped off at the Salvation Army anytime soon. They say inspiration can strike in the most unlikely of places, so let us present to you Exhibit A—this aforementioned bag of unworn clothes—as a testament to this fact. Read on for seven ideas on how to repurpose old clothing by turning them into an impressive array of objets d’art. 1) Turn your favorite old t-shirt into a novelty pillow....

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