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Handmade Holiday: Distressed Frames

Always a fail safe, shots taken on vacations or road trips make for great gifts! Learn how to distress your wooden frames and give 'em a new life! I put my pics in wooden frames I distress with stain, paint, sandpaper and a little polyurethane seal or food grade wax. If you're not printing at home,… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Distressed Frames

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Handmade Holiday: Paintings

Time to paint something! You can plan a painting beforehand, or feel it out—either way, the result will be a beautiful extension of yourself! Follow along to prepare, paint and seal a surface yourself. Start with any object that needs a good coating or a cool design, like a porcelain sculpture, metal tile, gessoed canvas, plain masonite… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Paintings

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Handmade Holiday: Burlap Throwdown

Woah—there's a million things to do with burlap, and boy, is it hot this year! We've seen so many factory patterned burlaps— but you know we're gonna make our own! So here's our Awesome 2014 DIY Burlap list, jam-packed with easy projects you could do with a few simple materials like fabric paint, stencils, and sewing stuff! When… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Burlap Throwdown

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Handmade Holiday: Ball Jar Soap Dispensers

While you'll have to source your own Ball Jar, lid, soap pump and matching washer, from there, you just give it a little elbow grease, spray a rust protective coating, and piece it together! Follow along, we'll show you how! For the Antique Lovers If you want the authentic look, get those antique jars from flea… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Ball Jar Soap Dispensers

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Handmade Holidays: Bottle Cap Magnets

Have a Drink, Make a Magnet! These are great gifts any time of year, and could not be any easier to make! Call your friends up, drink some dranks and glue magnets to the backs of your caps. If you wanna get more creative, use the inside of the cap as the centerpiece, and put… Continue reading Handmade Holidays: Bottle Cap Magnets

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Handmade Holiday: Repurposed Comics

Those musty comics in your friends basement + whatever item around the house that would be more fun plastered in them = one helluva great handmade gift! At Catfight Craft, we're all about repurposing items to preserve their memory, craft a new story, and save the environment. There's so many ways to salvage unusable comics, we wanted to… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Repurposed Comics

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Handmade Holiday: Distressed Metal Tiles

Old metal things make great gifts! Dazzle your antique lovers with a refinished metal tile. Local flea markets and thrift stores are a great place to source wares ripe for refinishing. You could refinish a tile like these in about 5 days, most of which is dry time. These are from the Fremont flea market—and they… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Distressed Metal Tiles

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Handmade Holiday: Candied Spiced Nuts

Candied nuts don't require much effort or time in this simple recipe— a combination of Martha Stewart's bake times, Bri's nuts, and a little extra sugar n spice. The Quick Version The sugars melt as the nuts toast, saving time over the stove top method. Try candied nuts and their sugary crumbs in salads, banana bread, pancakes and… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Candied Spiced Nuts

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Handmade Holiday: Recipe Cards

Handwritten, homemade recipes are thoughtful, classic gifts! Use our template to get started. My mother frames our great grandma's handwritten dessert cards on her kitchen wall—they're a work of art, a constant reminder of grams, and a family tradition, after all! She put so much love into her cookies, it shows all over those used… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Recipe Cards

Happy Christmas Fireplace Block Print by Brianna, CFC
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Handmade Holiday: Linoleum Block Printing

Block printing is a great way to make your own original cards and works of art. Use prints as cards, frame them like posters, make book covers, or decoupage them on wood like it's the 70's, and self-expression couldn't be more natural than rejoining paper to its origin! The possibilities are endless, and all look professional!… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Linoleum Block Printing

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Handmade Holiday: Illustrated Map of Memories

Family and friends devour anything that reminds them of good times past, so turn your memories into art! Turn your Memories into Art I created a pretty literal black and white interpretation of my home state using Adobe Illustrator. I outlined Indiana and it's counties, and filled them with 2 different free fonts downloaded from DaFont.com.… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Illustrated Map of Memories

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Handmade Holiday: Acid Etched Glasses

My friend loves games, characters, cards, dice—whatever is cartoonish and fun. So I made these cutie petootie Acid Etched Glasses last year for his birthday! Follow our tutorial and you can etch mirrors, picture frame glass, windows, cups—anything your heart desires! There are a few ways to do it, but the easiest, most professional route… Continue reading Handmade Holiday: Acid Etched Glasses

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12 Happy Days of Handcrafted Gifts

Follow along for the next 12 days, and we'll show you what to make everyone on your list, from the antique lovers, foodies, artists— and even mom! Christmas sneaks up fast after Thanksgiving, and no matter how much prepping you've done, there's always more to do! It's like everyone's birthday all at once! So to… Continue reading 12 Happy Days of Handcrafted Gifts