Make This Birds of Paradise Tropical Soap for Valentine’s Day

Birds of Paradise Tropical Soap

Here’s a functional and whimsical gift idea for your loved ones – Birds of Paradise tropical scented pure coconut oil soap!  The fragrances in this soap combine sweet and tangy fruity scents with island hibiscus, making for a true tropical getaway.

This is another one of my favorite superfatted pure coconut oil soaps – I explain why I like these so much in my instructional for making pure coconut oil soap.  This one also has coconut milk, which makes the soap extra moisturizing.  I turns out a bit softer than the pure coconut oil soap, but I actually prefer this blend.

Here’s how to make it.

Remember, before handling the lye, that lye is very caustic and dangerous.  Ensure that it does not touch your skin directly while you’re making the soap – it will burn if it does! Always wear safety gloves and goggles when using lye, and do not breathe in the fumes.


  • 30 ounces pure coconut oil (the kind with a 76 degree F melting point works best – the packaging will usually tell this)
  • 4 ounces lye
  • 12 ounces water
  • 1 ounce of CandleScience’s Island Hibiscus fragrance oil
  • 1 ounce of CandleScience’s Passionfruit and Guava fragrance oil
  • 3 ounces of coconut milk
  • 10 drops red food coloring

Swirled top of the soap before cutting.


  1. Wearing plastic gloves and goggles, measure the lye in a Pyrex bowl and set aside
  2. Measure the water in another Pyrex bowl and set aside.
  3. Still wearing protective gear, slowly add the lye to the water while stirring.  Never pour the water into the lye! It will cause a caustic lye volcano.
  4. Let the water/lye mixture cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. Melt the coconut oil and pour in a mixing bowl.  I like to use a KitchenAid for my soap mixing.
  6. Start mixing the coconut oil and slowly pour the lye in the oil while mixing.
  7. Add the coconut milk while mixing.
  8. Add the fragrance oil and keep mixing.
  9. Mix until it forms a nice trace.  A good soap “trace” means that the oil and lye have successfully mixed and the mixture will look like pudding with no evidence of separation.  In the KitchenAid, this takes about 45 minutes for me.
  10. Pour 2/3 of the mixture into a soap mold.  I love using a silicone soap mold because the soap comes out easily after it has hardened.
  11. Now add about 10 drops of red food coloring to the remaining 1/3 of the soap mixture and mix until the color is well blended.
  12. Pour the remaining pink mixture down the center of the mold in one long line.
  13. Now take a toothpick to make swirls, then take the toothpick in a line down the center for effect.
  14. At various intervals between 12 and 24 hours later, check the soap to see if it is cool enough and hard enough to cut. You don’t want to wait too long or it will be too hard to cut, yet you don’t want to cut it too early while it is still soft. This part is tricky as cutting times can vary based on how the soap turned out and on the humidity and temperature of your house.
  15. If it appears to be ready, go ahead and cut your soap. My favorite tool for cutting is the Multi-Bar Cutter from Bramble Berry. It is a bit expensive, though, so if you don’t make soaps all the time like I do, then a smaller cutter works just fine.
  16. Let your soap sit for about a week to let it fully harden.

Your Birds of Paradise soap is now ready!  Wrap it in pink and white tissue paper for gifts or treat yourself to a tropical spa!


5 Knitting Accessories You Need to Have

With knitting being a very popular hobby in many countries around the world, there is a huge number of retailers all offering various thicknesses of knitting yarn, along with a variety of knitting accessories that are claimed to be more or less essential for various projects.

Knitting Bag

One of the first accessories that will become invaluable for you as a knitter is the knitting bag. This type of accessory does not only provide the perfect place to store your unfinished projects, your yarn and your knitting needles, but it will also allow you to transport your materials with you without worrying that they are going to become damaged.

Many specialist knitting bags are also designed to specifically cater to knitters, with inner linings that are tough enough to resist damage from knitting needles or scissors being kept inside. Popular brands of knitting bags include methane, Namaste and Bergere de France, but there is a huge range of stylish and practical designs on the market from many different manufacturers.

Chart Keeper

Another very practical item to invest is a chart keeper, which is tool that can be used to keep and display patterns and charts, all whilst working on a particular project. The chart keeper can be opened out and stood up to place patterns in for easy reference when working on a project, and then folded up and stored away when not in use.

One top brand that manufactures this accessory is Knit Pro, and this particular manufacturer supplies it chart keeper to retailers around the world, making it easy to get hold of. Knit Pro also has a number of other accessories that knitters might find useful, ranging from sock blockers to needle sizer.

Blocking Mat

The blocking mat is another accessory that can be extremely helpful for the knitter or crocheter, or even for those who enjoy sewing and quilting. This mat serves for pinning the project to its surface, making it very easy to line up the project, keeping straight edges, hems and seams.

Many of these mats on the market are coated with heat and water resistant material, allowing for steam, wet blocking and pressing. Many mats on the market can simple be rolled up when the user has finished working on their project for the time being and then be stored away safely and securely.

Stitch Markers

Other smaller accessories that can be particularly useful when working on a knitting project are stitch markers, which can be used to mark particular points in a pattern that you are working on. These often come in the form of small rings which can simply be slipped onto your knitting needles as you knit.

Other types of stitch markers on the market today can be clipped onto you project when needed, and then clipped as required. These allow the individual who is working on the pattern to come back to a certain place in the design later in the project, leading to a great deal of precision in the creation of the project.

Knitting Needle Caps

Finally, one essential accessory to keep your equipment safe is a set of knitting needle caps, which are designed to be placed over the end of your needles when they are not in use. As mentioned above, needles can cause damage to bags that they are kept in, and can even prove a safety hazard, especially if they fall into the hands of children.

Keeping caps on the ends of your needles can therefore prevent accidents and injuries, as well as avoid causing damage to other material sand objects. From a KnitPro chart keeper to a blocking mat, there are a number of great tools to assist you in your knitting projects; ask a trusted retailer for their own suggestions of tools that can make your hobby easier and even more enjoyable for you.


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Simple Winter Craft: Winter Table Centerpiece

Winter Table Centerpiece

This is a simple way to bring the natural outdoors inside; celebrate winter with this easy to make centerpiece.

What you need:

  • small branches
  • pine cones
  • a nice vase or jug
  • a winter-themed ornament


  1. Attach the pine cones to one of the branches by tying them onto the branch discreetly.
  2. Arrange the branches nicely in the jug
  3. Adorn one of the branches with a winter ornament.

Now you have a naturally simple winter table centerpiece!

How to Make Your Own Soap Molds

Soap MoldWhen it comes to soap mold making the possibilities are endless provided the container you choose is able to hold hot water. Many soap makers prefer to buy pre made soap molds but personally I prefer to make my own, depending on what type of soap I am making and what sort of design I think will showcase the soap to good effect.

Some people would say that your soap is only as good as the mold it is in and to some extent I would agree with that. If you are making soaps to sell at a market or Craft Show, then appearance is everything because potential customers will be drawn in if your soaps look visually appealing as opposed to the soaps looking as if they have been carelessly cut into random sized blocks and thrown onto your table!

If you want to try soap mold making at home, then the materials you use for your mold will be dependent to a great extent on what type of soap you are making. With a hot process soap you will need to source heat resistant glass, or if using plastic then look for something that is microwave friendly. If using a cold process then you are not so restricted and you can choose a variety of materials such as wood, plastic, PVC piping and silicone.

Silicone makes a great medium for soap mold making because it is heat resistant, flexible and non-stick, so the soap will pop right out of the mold when it is set, without any problems. Another benefit of making your own silicone mold is that you can choose more or less any object to replicate in soap. For example, if you wanted to make “dog” soaps you could use a china model of a dog from which to make your mold. I will just point out here that your object needs to have a hard surface in order to make a decent mold.

This is how you can make your own silicone molds:

1. Thoroughly clean your chosen object by brushing all over with a firm paintbrush, paying particular attention to any crevices or indentations

2. Mix a two part modelling compound, such as Silicone Plastique, which is available in most craft shops. Simply knead the two parts together until the colour is uniform and the “dough” feels pliable. You will have to be fairly speedy with this next part because the dough will begin to cure within 10 to 15 minutes, making it impossible to mold.

3. Apply a thin layer of the modelling material to your chosen object, completely filling any crevices and working it really well into the shape.

4. Then before this layer has a chance to start to harden, work another layer over the top of the first thin layer. This layer needs to be at least one quarter of an inch thick and smooth on the outside. The two layers will only stick to each other if the first layer has not begun to cure – so time is of the essence!

5. Let the mold stand for at least an hour at room temperature.

6. When the modelling material is completely dry to the touch, you can carefully remove your primary object and, hey presto, your silicone soap mold is ready to use!

As with any soap mold making, you must put aside the molds and keep them solely for soap making to avoid risk of contamination.

Well, now you know how to make your own unique soap molds, you need some soap recipes and I have just the thing for you.


Whether you are looking for fresh soap recipe ideas for your hobby or looking to generate a much needed second income, then I have just the product for you. I have written an informative e-book which contains all the information you need to be successful at selling your products, plus it contains over 80 different and original recipe ideas. So if you want to learn more about soap mold making and how to make spa quality products then visit my website at There is also a wealth of information if you are looking to set up a small home business.

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How to Make Glycerin Soap

Learn How to Make Beautiful Glycerin Soap Bars for Holiday Gifts Using a Simple Glycerin Soap Base

Glycerin Soap

Glycerin Soap

I simply adore making soap and I think you will get hooked once you learn how to make glycerin soap. This is, in my opinion, the easiest soap of all for beginners and I tend to use this soap for making seasonal gifts for family and friends.

I know it’s a little early to be thinking of Christmas, but this type of soap is so easy to prepare and make ahead of Christmas, as it will last anywhere between 1 to 2 years if left unopened and you can have great fun adding Christmas smells and sparkle to your soaps well before the Christmas rush starts.

Before I teach you how to make glycerin soap, let me just run through some of the ingredients you are going to need. A lot of the ingredients can be found at local craft stores or, if you prefer, you can get just about everything online at any of the many soap supplies sites. When choosing your soap base you have several options to choose from. There is clear glycerin base, opaque (white) glycerin base, goats soap base and aloe vera, to name just a few. Clear soap is perfect for adding sparkles to and bright colors, whilst the goats soap base is ideal for moisturizing skin. You will also need some soap molds (again there is a huge choice) and some colorants that are liquid soap approved plus some essential oils.

When making Christmas soaps I think cinnamon,clove, and ginger essential oils all smell wonderful and Christmas-sy but really it is all down to personal taste. You may also want to purchase some additives such as body glitter, cocoa butter, oatmeal, and dried botanicals. Finally, rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle is handy, although not essential, for removing any bubbles in your poured soap base.

As I said earlier, learning how to make glycerin soap is simple. You need to start off with a clutter free table, covered with a protective cloth, and also have your choice of clean soap molds ready and close to hand.

If you are making all one type of soap, with the same color and smell then you can make one large batch but if you are making several variations, then you will have to make several different batches.

Glycerin Soap


  • Glycerin soap base
  • Soap coloring
  • Fragrance oils
  • Soap molds
  • Additives as desired


Break off the amount of glycerin soap base that your recipe calls for and break it into small pieces that will make melting easier. Place the diced soap into a glass dish and put into the microwave. Proper melting of the soap is very important, so to begin with start melting in 30 second increments, stirring with a spoon after every 30 seconds.

Once your soap is completely melted and there are no chunks remaining, it is ready for its additives. Add the color first, starting with one or two drops and stirring well until you reach the desired color. Now is the time to add some lovely Christmas-sy smells! Start with a small amount of fragrance, adding a little at a time. You want a nice aroma but at the same time you don’t want to overpower the recipient.

Once you have finished added the fragrance, you can add any other additives such as glitter, botanicals or oatmeal, if you are making an exfoliating soap.

Give your soap a final stir making sure you stir slowly so as not to create any excess bubbles which will show up on the base of the soap.

The last step is to pour your soap mix into your molds, taking care not to overfill as this will mar the appearance of your soaps and make it difficult to get them out of the molds. Now is the time that you can spritz any bubbles with the use of a very small amount of rubbing alcohol.

Now leave the soaps to cool and do not move them for at least a couple of hours whilst they are in this liquid state.

Leave the soaps for 24 hours and then they should be ready to unmold.

Glycerin soaps need to be protected from prolonged exposure to the air so you need to wrap them. You can either place them in plastic bags bought at your craft shop or wrap them yourself with plastic food wrap. Make sure you keep the wrap tight and seal it with a piece of tape.

Then all that’s left to do is label them with a pretty label or tie a piece of Christmas ribbon around the bag with a gift tag.

Congratulations! You have just learned how to make glycerin soap and now you need some more recipes.

Whether you are looking for fresh recipe ideas for your hobby or looking to generate a much needed second income, then I have just the product for you. I have written an informative e-book which contains all the information you need to be successful at selling your products, plus it contains over 80 different and original recipe ideas. So if you want to learn more about how to make glycerin soap and other spa quality products then visit my website at You will also find a wealth of information to get you started on a small home business.

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How to Make Bath Bombs with the Wow Factor

Bath BombsI just love making skin and body products which I sell at a local Farmers Market and one of my most popular selling items is the bath bomb. I am assuming you know how to make bath bombs, but I will give you the basic recipe that I enjoy using with great success plus I will give you some ideas on how to make bath bombs with the wow factor.

For my basic bath bomb recipe I use the following ingredients:

  • 500 grams of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • 250 grams of citric acid (granular or fine powder)
  • 100 mls of oil blend

This recipe gives a good bomb that fizzes well in the bath. You can add more citric acid if you want it even fizzier, but I think this amount works just fine. The tricky bit with making any type of bath bomb is during the stage of mixing the oils in as there is a fine balance to getting just the right amount of liquid absorbed, without setting off the chemical reaction that gives the bomb its “fizz.” I find it is best to put the oils into a plastic bottle with a trigger and then carefully spray, ONE spray at a time, stirring all the time. Spray evenly around the combined ingredients repeating the spray/stir action, stirring consistently and taking care not to over wet the ingredients. Once the mixture begins to hold together and will form a ball shape when pressed by hand, STOP SPRAYING. Think wet sand castles because this is the consistency you are aiming for. You then need to pile the mixture into your molds by packing it in as tightly as possible so you overfill each half. Then press the two halves together just the once. Do not twist or you will end up with 2 halves of a bath bomb. It doesn’t matter whether or not the two halves are lined up nicely or even if they are closed, at this stage you are simply encouraging the mixture into a nicely rounded shape. Remember, the more mix you pack into your molds, the fizzier they will be.

So, how to make bath bombs with the wow factor? To achieve this you need to be able to create good combinations of essential oils with different carrier oils, such as almond oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, to name but a few. Experiment with adding colours and glitter for a very pretty, girlie type bomb. One of my favourite bath bombs has to be a decadent chocolate bomb where I use 50g grated cocoa butter, which is combined with the other dry ingredients, and then I add a blend of almond oil and chocolate fragrance. I also colour it a chocolate colour and grate a small amount from a chocolate bar into the mold before I put in the mix. The result is a luxurious, moisturising bomb which has small flecks of cocoa butter showing in it and smells good enough to eat!

The heart shaped bath bomb molds that you can buy also produce a bath bomb with the wow effect since you can place a combination of rose petals or dried rosehips in the mold or alternatively dried lavender flowers look gorgeous if put in the bottom of the mold. Just be careful not to overdose on the extras like dried botanicals and glitter because obviously all of these things will end up in the bath water and not everyone likes to sit in a tub of soggy petals!

How to make bath bombs with the wow factor is all about experimentation and letting your creative juices flow. At the end of the day, the only limit is your imagination! Have fun!


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Soap Made With Milks, Creams, and Noggs

soap, cream and bath saltI have been making soap for many years and get pretty creative on occasions. I love milk and honey soap of any kind and have tried several different types of dairy products to make my soap. I find milk soaps hold strong scents well, but light scents can be washed out completely as the milk soap mixture really heats up during the saponification process. Adding herbs, flowers and colorants can add a lot to your finished product also.

Milk soaps are wonderful for people with skin problems as the soap is extremely moisturizing and does not irritate. It is also great for acne and to wash your hair with.

Of course we know about cow milk. Cow milk makes a nice soap, very light in color if unscented. There is no undercurrent of scent except for the honey you use in the recipe. The lather is not as thick as goat’s milk, but creates nice soft bubbles. Goat’s milk is my favorite. The goat’s milk creates a very thick lather that is rich and creamy, leaving your skin moisturized and soft. Goat’s milk can leave a slight scent, but it is not overwhelming. The under scent does not last and again may not occur at all.

Half and Half or real cream creates a soap with a very thick lather and a creamy texture as would be expected from cream. Same with evaporated milk because it is condensed. There is no under scent to these two soaps either.

Coconut milk is another great one. The coconut milk creates a soap that has a very thick lather with the delicate scent of coconut. Although coconut oils used in large amounts can create a soap that dries out the skin, the milk is the opposite. Very moisturizing and wonderful for your skin.

Eggnog. You’ve got to be kidding right? No, it is the truth. Eggnog makes a wonderful soap that has great bubbles and texture. You don’t smell the sweet “Eggnog” scent after the soap cures.

You can also add melted butter to your soap recipe. Add after you have combined the lye/liquid and oils to create a super fated soap.

My favorite way to make a milk soap is to dissolve the lye in a small amount of distilled water. Say 1/4 lb of the total weight of liquid in my recipe, then put the remaining measured milk or dairy product into the freezer until it is slushy. Immediately after you have stirred the distilled water/lye into the melted and cooled oils add the slushy milk and stir real well. I use a stand mixer for my soap making and add the honey while the soap is mixing. I add my fragrance a little at a time while mixing until the desired strength of the scent is reached.

Every soap maker has his or her way to make soap, but I have learned that I don’t want my milk soap to get to a hard trace before I pour it into my mold. When there is a slight but noticeable trace I stop mixing and pour into my mold. Since the milk and honey heats up the soap mixture you do not need to cover or insulate for those first 24 hours. The soap is easier to slice and does not chip or break and best of all I have not have any more honeycombs.


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2 Pampering Gifts to Crochet

Crochet Shower Puff

Crochet Shower Puff

I love to give my friends and family pampering gifts that I have crocheted.  Crochet the cotton bath puff and cotton face scrubbies found below, put them in a decorative basket with some great smelling soaps and gels and you have the perfect gift!



* H crochet hook
* Worsted weight cotton yarn (such as Sugar n Cream)
* Yarn needle
* Scissors


Round 1:  Ch 2, work 12 dc in 2nd ch from hook.  Sl st to first dc to join.  (12 dc)

Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st as ch-3.  Work 2 dc in next dc and each dc  around.  Sl st to the top of ch-3 to join.  (24 dc)

Round 3:  Ch 3, work 2 dc in same st as ch-3.  *Sc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc (shell made)*, repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to the bottom of ch-3 to join.  (12 shells)

To Finish:  Cut yarn and pull through loop on hook.  Weave in all tails.

Final Notes and Care Instructions:

* Finished size is approx. 4 inches across scrubbie.

* Wash scrubbies with like items (cotton shirts) in washing machine on gentle cycle in cold water.

* Tumble dry low with like items (cotton shirts).

* I do not recommend washing the scrubbies with towels because the lint from the towels will cling to the scrubbies!



* I crochet hook
* Worsted weight cotton yarn (such as Sugar n Cream)
* Yarn needle
* Scissors


Round 1:  Ch 6, join with a sl st to first ch to form ring.

Round 2:  *Ch 5, sc in ring*, repeat 27 times from * to *.  (You will find that the stitches get very tight in this round.  Gently push the stitches to the right to move them out of your way.)

Round 3:  (beginning of hanging loop) Ch 35, sc in ring.  Sl st in the first ch-5 loop to the left of the hanging loop.

Round 4:  *(ch 6, sc) 10 times in same ch-5 loop, sl st to next ch-5 loop*, repeat from * to * for each ch-5 loop.

Round 5:  (completes hanging loop)  You have now worked your way around the bath puff and are positioned to the right of the hanging loop.  Sl st in the first ch at the bottom of the hanging loop that is closest to your hook.  Sl st in each ch of the hanging loop.

Round 6:  Sc in the first ch-6 loop to the left of the hanging loop.  Sc in each ch-6 loop around the entire bath puff.

To Finish Bath Puff:

1.  After you complete Round 6, you are now back to the right side of the hanging loop.  Sl st in the bottom ch (on the right side) of the hanging loop.

2.  Leaving a length of tail for sewing, fasten off.

3.  Thread the tail through your yarn needle.  Run a few sts in the center of bath puff and pull tight.  This will help the bath puff to keep the shape.

4.  After satisfied with the look of your bath puff, knot tail several times and weave in to hide.

Final Notes and Care Instructions:

1.  Wash bath puff with like items (cotton shirts) in washing machine on gentle cycle in cold water.

2.  Tumble dry low with like items (cotton shirts).

3.  I do not recommend washing the bath puff with towels because the lint from towels clings to the bath puff!

4.  The bath puff takes a little extra time to dry while hanging in the shower.  Be sure to squeeze all of the water out before hanging it up.

These projects are very quick to work up and they use very little supplies.  Girls of all ages love to receive these pampering crocheted gifts!  Cotton yarn comes in many beautiful colors, so pick their favorite color or match their bathroom decor.  All the girls in my family cannot wait to get their new bath puff and set of face scrubbies at Christmas time!


Lesley Dietschy is a crochet pattern designer and the founder of Visit the Home Decor Exchange website for all of your home decorating needs.

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10 Gift Ideas For Crochet Lovers

Crochet with KittenBeing a crochet lover for both a hobby and a business, I have tried many crochet gadgets, books, patterns, and anything else associated with crochet.

My friends and family occasionally ask me what I want for Christmas or my birthday and I try to think of a new crochet gadget or a new crochet book that I would love to have. For the people that do not crochet, they have no idea what type of gift to buy for the person who loves to crochet. So, I put together a brief list of some of my favorite things related to crochet.

1. Storage Containers: If the person you are purchasing a gift for is anything like me, they have yarn overflowing all the containers in their house. Many of us crocheters can’t walk into any type of craft store without browsing the yarn section. This means extra yarn which means we need extra storage. Good storage containers are wicker baskets lined with fabric, large plastic tubs, roomy totes, and floor caddies. There are floor caddies designed especially for yarn and accessories that can be found at craft stores and online at

2. Yarn: What crochet lover is not obsessed with yarn? There isn’t a yarn made that I wouldn’t love to have. Yarn comes in any color and texture imaginable. Yarn type examples are worsted weight, cotton, sport weight, baby yarn, sock yarn, afghan yarn, bulky or thick yarn, variegated yarn, etc. Find out what type of yarn is their favorite and head off to your local craft store.

3. Light Up Crochet Hooks: These hooks are really good to use for the crochet enthusiast that needs help seeing their stitches and when working with dark colored yarns. Light Up Crochet Hooks can be found in the bigger craft stores and online for about $7.95 each or $60.00 for a complete set.

4. Crochet Cushions: These are little cushions that slip on crochet hooks to help eliminate finger pain associated with using crochet hooks.

5. New Crochet Hook Case: Notice I added the word “new” to this one. My crochet hook case looks like my neighbor’s dog, my cat and my 2 kids all played tug-of-war with it! For some reason, it is the one thing that I never purchase for myself. So, if your favorite crocheter’s hook case has seen better days, buy them a new one!

6. Thera Glove: This glove is made of spandex and nylon and supports the hand and wrist helping to control soreness and fatigue associated with repetitious crocheting. They come in fun designs and cost about $20.00 a pair.

7. Crochet Stitch Books: I love looking at crochet stitch books. My favorite stitch book is titled “The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs”. This book contains 500 stitch patterns that include colored diagrams and pictures. This is a wonderful reference book for the beginner and the expert crocheter! There are more crochet stitch books available in craft stores, book stores, and online at

8. Crochet Stitch Calendar: My favorite crochet calendar is called “365 Crochet Stitches a Year”. It is a perpetual calendar that has beautiful stitch patterns and colored pictures. This calendar can be purchased at places like Barnes & Noble or online at

9. Crochet Patterns: This one, I highly recommend, because I am a crochet pattern designer! There are many talented crochet pattern designers in the world today. In your local craft store, you can purchase crochet pattern booklets and books. You can purchase crochet patterns online at eBay, Etsy, LuLu and designers’ websites. Simply search on the internet for “crochet patterns” and you will have many to choose from.

10. Gift Card to Favorite Yarn or Craft Store: This might be obvious to many of you, but any crafter loves a gift card to their favorite craft store!

I hope I have helped you come up with an idea or two on what to buy the crochet lover in your life. If you are wondering where to purchase any of the items above, try shopping at your local craft store, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, and


Lesley Dietschy is a crochet pattern designer and the founder of – Visit the Home Decor Exchange website for all of your home decorating needs.

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Bible Story Crafts

Are you looking for bible crafts to do at home with the kids or at Sunday school? These projects are a great way to bring those stories to life!

Story time with a mother and her daughter

Moses Parts The Sea Bible Craft

Our Bible Story Crafts for Kids is an ideal way to introduce the kids to all the truths in the Bible. These Bible story crafts for kids are also great fun for the kids and they love learning all the well know Bible stories in the Bible this way. This craft “Moses Parts the Sea” is a little unusual and it may take a little more prep on the teacher’s side but it is well worth the trouble.

Moses parts the see egg shell mosaic craft.

What you need for this Bible story craft for kids:

  • Egg shells
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • A piece of corrugated cardboard to make your mosaic on
  • Thick white glue
  • As many bowls as colors you intend using
  • Pencils (one for each kid)
  • Vinegar
  • A newspaper
  • Miniature figurines to serve as Moses and the Israelites (You can also draw them on cardboard, color them and make them stand with little pieces of clay. This can even be a craft the previous week, say when you are doing the ten plagues.)

Prep for the teacher:

  1. A little ahead of the time you will have to ask all your friends to save all the egg shells from eggs they use. Rinse them clean and keep them in the fridge until you need them.
  2. Mix water and food coloring in your bowls (remember you will need a lot of blue for the sea)
  3. Add a teaspoon or two of vinegar to each bowl of color, depending on the amount of coloring.
  4. Put the egg shells in the water and leave them overnight.
  5. Take the shells out of the water and let them dry on a newspaper. You are now ready to do the craft with the kids.

How to do the craft:

  1. Divide the kids in the class; let some draw the path in the middle of your piece of cardboard that will become the dry land the Israelites are going to walk on. Another group can draw some fish etc. that will be in the sea on the one side and the others on the other side.
  2. Keep quite a bit of large, blue shells to make the “wall” of water on both sides.
  3. With the others you fill in your mosaic as follows: apply some glue onto the pictures on the cardboard and stick the egg shells on, using the desired colors. Use the blue for the sea and the other colors to make the fish etc. in the sea. Break the egg shells into smaller pieces if necessary to fill in smaller pictures.
  4. In the middle place a second layer of the large, blue egg shells to form the “wall” of water.
  5. Place the figurines on the “dry path” and your craft is completed.
  6. Plan ahead of time to have a small table or other area where it can be put on display, the kids will want to look at it for quite a while.

This Bible Story Craft for Kids is great fun and a little unusual. It is one of our Bible Story Crafts for Kids that even the smallest pre-school kids can do very easily, while the older kids can attempt a more elaborate mosaic according to their age and abilities.

Moses Parts The Sea Bible Story Card Craft

This craft is one of our bible story crafts where each kid makes their own individual card. Previously we have had an egg shell mosaic where the kids did one craft in a group. Now we are going to make cards that the kids can take home. It can be done to supplement the previous craft or it can be used on its own. Making crafts that they can take home is always a big thrill for the kids. This one is very easy yet very effective.

Bible Reading: Ex. 14:21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and GOD, with a terrific east wind all night long, made the sea go back. He made the sea dry ground. The seawaters split.

What you need for this craft:

  • White paper cut into 4″ X 8″ strips
  • Pencil
  • Coloring pencils
  • Felt tipped pen

What you have to do:

  1. Make folds into the strips of paper, dividing it into three equal parts.
  2. On the middle part draw the sand and perhaps a few fish gaping on the dry land to make it clear that the dry path was sea seconds ago.
  3. On the two outside part, draw the sea and sea life.
  4. Color in your picture, the dry sand brown and the sea, blue with the colored fish.
  5. Write the verse on the bottom in the middle of the strip of paper.
  6. Now you fold the left side to the middle, covering the dry land. The second fold you have to make is to take this outside piece and fold it from the middle out again, now it only covers half of the dry land and the water scene you drew on it can be seen.
  7. Do the same with the right hand side.
  8. Your drawing of the dry land should now be covered from both sides.
  9. To symbolize the parting of the sea, pull on both sides to open your picture, now you can see the dry land in the middle and the sea on both sides.

Individual Creation Cards

This is one of our bible story crafts where each kid makes their own individual bible story craft. It is a simple craft and the idea is to supplement another creation craft. The craft is supposed to act as a reminder for the kids to look at everyday. If the craft is for older kids that can write, they write the bible verse on it themselves. For the smaller ones the teacher will have to write the bible verse on the cards. In that case, if you have a large class, get help!

Bible Verse: Gen 1:31 “God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening; it was morning– Day Six.”

This is what you need for this craft:

  • Paper plates
  • Paper doilies, the same size as the paper plates
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • String
  • Color pencils
  • Felt tipped pens
  • Scissors

Teacher’s Prep:

  1. From the white paper, cut out circles that will fit into the inside of the paper plates.
  2. If your class consists of small kids, write the bible verse in a circle on the outside of this circle of paper.
  3. Draw pictures on the inside of this circle depicting the six days of creation, i.e. draw the sun and the birds flying in one part, on another part you draw the garden, in another the see and in another the moon and stars etc. The best way of doing this is to do one and to make photo copies. If the children are older, they can do the drawings themselves.

How to do this craft:

  1. The first thing the bigger children can do is to write the verse on the white papers.
  2. Now they can do the picture on the white papers.
  3. Let the kids color in the pictures on the white papers.
  4. Glue the paper doily on the inside of the paper plate.
  5. Glue the drawings onto the inside of the paper plates on top of the doily.
  6. Make a hole in the paper plate and tie a piece of string through the hole for the kids to hang up the plate with.

Now every kid has his or her card to memorize this very important Bible verse with. I think this is a very important point to remember about Bible Story Crafts For Kids, it must serve a purpose. The craft must enhance the story and make the kids remember the lesson. We must make very sure that the craft does not become a goal in itself but, the craft must always support the lesson.

An Invitation To A Wedding Bible School Craft

This is one of our bible school crafts that the kids love doing and it is great fun. The kids make a “Wedding Invitation” card with the invitation on the one side of the card and the Bible verse on the other side. Our “Invitation To A Wedding” craft is for the kids that are a little older and who knows what a wedding invitation looks like, and that are able to write the invitations as well as the bible verse at the back.

The Bible Verse: Joh. 2:11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

What you need for this bible school craft:

  • Good quality paper to cut the cards from
  • Thick glue
  • Paint brush to brush the glue on with
  • Different colors confetti
  • Black felt tipped pens
  • A ruler
  • A pencil

What you will need for variation one:

  • Small pictures of flowers
  • Small pictures of wedding bells

What you will need for variation two:

  • Good quality glossy paint
  • Paint brushes

How to do this craft:

  1. Cut cards from the poster paper to the size of a large wedding invitation card.
  2. Draw a broad border with the pencil and ruler around the one side of the card.
  3. Write an invitation to a wedding in the middle of the card on the side that you drew the border on.
  4. Write the bible verse on the other side of the card.
  5. Paint the border that you drew with the tick glue and sprinkle the confetti on to completely caver the border.
  6. Leave the card to dry for at least an hour.


  1. In stead of the confetti the border can also be made “collage” style with small pictures of flowers and wedding bells cut from magazines.
  2. Another variation, if the kids are older and a little more artistic, is for the kids to decorate the border by painting a decorative design on it.

This bible school craft is one of the bible school crafts that give the kids something really beautiful to take home as a keepsake. It might be a good idea to make a decorated box at the beginning of the school, for the kids to keep all the crafts in that they want to keep for taking home.

Garden Of Eden Bible Crafts

This bible story crafts for kids to make can also be called “The Creation Craft.” The main purpose of Bible crafts for kids are to reinforce the Bible lesson. This is a crafts suitable for kids of all ages. The little kids will need help though, so be sure to have a few helpers on hand. In this bible story craft for kids we are going to plant a garden in a bottle to represent God’s creation. The craft can be preceded by a reading of Genesis 1: 1 – 2: 3 and then the kids can be encouraged to partake in the making of a garden in a bottle. If the group is large it will be best to let the kids make more than one garden.

Afterwards they can take turns to give the garden a good spray every week. This will reinforce the lesson and we can also include a short lesson on the importance of caring for God’s creation as He instructed us in Gen 2:15: “God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.”

What you need for this bible craft:

  • First you need to get hold of a large jar with it’s lid, the kind that you’ll probably be able to get from a restaurant, make sure the opening is big enough to fit your hand in
  • Some pebbles
  • Potting soil from your garden center
  • Small plants such as moss and ferns, you’ll also be able to get these from your garden center
  • Loose pieces of bark if you can find them (please do not tear them from a tree as this damages the tree!)
  • A large spoon
  • A spray bottle with water

Teacher’s Prep:

  • Wash the bottle and make sure it is completely clean.
  • Prepare a suitable work area for the kids so as to prevent them from making too much of a mess.
  • Make preparations for them to be able to wash their hands after the lesson.

How to do this Bible Story Craft:

  1. Cover the bottom of the bottle with the pebbles.
  2. Now spoon in the potting soil.
  3. Decide on the arrangement of your plants and bark and carefully plant them in the bottle. Remember that plants need space to grow, so do not plant them too close to each other. Take your time with this, work carefully and make sure not to damage your precious plants.
  4. Now you give the garden a good spray and cover the bottle with the lid. The lid will keep the moisture in but, it will still be necessary to give the garden a spray at least once a week.

This easy Bible Story Craft is one of many easy Bible Story Crafts For Kids To Make that help you teach children all the well know and well loved bible stories. Kids learn best by doing and if the craft is fun, the lesson will stick. I hope the kids will enjoy doing this easy Bible Story Craft.

Light of the World Kids Craft

Children will enjoy the connection made in this craft between the loving glow of candlelight and the Light that it symbolizes. This is one of the really popular Bible Story Crafts for Kids because it is about God’s light and it is reminding the children that they too have this light and to let it shine. Candles aren’t always among the easy kids crafts, but this one is an easy to make candle holder. And children will be so proud of making their own lights to shine.

The memory verse from the Sermon on the Mount can be added to the candle as well: “Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The “salt of the Earth” from the scripture lesson may also be tied into this craft with the glitter symbolizing the salt. Scripture: Matthew 5

Supplies for each Candle

  • Small to medium, wide mouthed jar such as a baby food or salsa jar
  • White glitter
  • Gift-wrap, tissue paper (assorted colors)
  • White craft glue
  • Small piece of sponge (around 1/2 to 1 inch square)
  • Clothespin
  • Tea candle or votive candle (depending on size of jar)
  • Ribbon


Cut ribbons for each of the children’s candles. Write the memory verse, or the beginning of it “Ye are the Light of the World,” on the ribbon where it can be read after tied around the neck of the jar. Set aside, so children can add them after their candles are completed.


  1. Tear or cut small pieces of the tissue paper.
  2. Since the glue will be used with a decoupage sort of technique, thin it first by mixing in a plastic cup (such as a yogurt container) with a little water.
  3. Clip the piece of sponge with a clothespin.
  4. Using the “sponge brush,” cover the outside of the jar with the thinned glue.
  5. Before glue dries, cover this with bits of colored tissue paper. Keep the tissue paper layering thin so that the light shines through well.
  6. While the tissue paper is still wet with the glue, roll the jar in a plate of glitter. Salt could be used instead, but in areas of high humidity it may eventually dissolve.
  7. Add the candle, light and enjoy. Or send the children home to light the candles with their families.

Caterpillar & Butterfly Activities – Kids Bible Story Crafts

The metamorphosis of the caterpillar to butterfly has symbolized rebirth for ages,
everlasting life and being born again through Christ, which makes these Easy Kids Bible Story Crafts ideal for Sunday School, homeschoolers or other groups looking for kids Bible crafts or other Bible lessons. This craft could accompany a story such as the wonderful picture book classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (this book also has beautiful collage pictures that can inspire other projects).

In this fanciful book the caterpillar eats all kinds of foods, including a cherry pie, so you may also want to read a short non-fiction picture book to the kids. After all, in real life caterpillars are very selective about what they eat.

Then you can make a comparison to the how the leaves of the right sort of plant nourishes the caterpillar so that it may become a butterfly, just as Jesus’ teachings nourish our spirit so that we may be reborn in the heavenly kingdom. There are many wonderful analogies you can find between the lowly caterpillar’s metamorphoses into a beautiful creature of flight.

Below you will find a butterfly craft and tips on growing butterfly gardens.


o Wooden spring type clothespin

o Green pom-poms (4 medium sized)

o White school glue

o Pipe cleaner

o White paper

o Outline of butterfly wings

o Markers, crayons or paint

Teacher Prep

Most young children will need a template for their butterfly wings. You can create one by drawing a pair of wings on a piece of paper and photocopying one for each child.


1. Glue pom-poms onto one side of clothespin.

2. Form antennas with a piece of pipe cleaner

3. Twist antennas onto the end of the clothespin that doesn’t close

4. Set aside to dry.

5. Color or paint the butterfly wings.

6. Cut out the wings.

7. Transform the caterpillar into a butterfly by clipping on the wings with the clothespin!

Butterfly Gardens

Children love to watch butterflies, and if you create a butterfly garden, they may also have the opportunity to observe the caterpillars and cocoons.

To grow a butterfly garden, you will need to grow plants that provide nectar, places for the butterflies to lay eggs, food plants for the caterpillars (the larva) and places for them to form the chrysalises (cocoons).

Here are some tips for designing your butterfly garden:

1. Grow nectar-producing plants in sunny areas because adult butterflies rarely feed in the shade.

2. Butterflies and many caterpillars are finicky eaters. Consult a regional field guide to find out which species of butterflies prefer which plants.

3. Plant dense clusters of small flowers such as zinnias, milkweeds, verbenas, and many mint family plants are favored by many butterfly species.

4. Do not use insecticides or pesticides.

5. Design your garden so that blossoms are clustered together by type of plant and also in monochromatic, big splashes of color. This makes it easier for the butterflies to see and catch the scent of the blossoms.

6. Choose plants with tubular flowers or flat-topped blossoms, which make better landing strips and feeding stations. Choose easier to sip from single flowers rather than doubles (the ones with extra petals).

7. Since butterflies are active from early spring until late fall, plant accordingly, and include annuals and perennials.

8. Include plants in the butterfly garden that provide food for caterpillars and that are attractive to female butterflies looking for places to lay eggs.

9. Maintain favorite “watering holes”: damp areas and/or shallow puddles.

10. Include plenty places in your butterfly garden for basking. Since butterflies can’t fly when their bodies temperatures are below 70 F, they often bask in the sun on stones, bare soil or vegetation.

11. Last but not least, create your butterfly garden in a way that makes it easy for you and the children to enjoy, perhaps by including a swing bench in the garden, or bringing the garden to you by planting near a deck or pond.

The Good Shepherd Craft & Game

This adorable sheep is one of our Easy Bible Story Crafts for Kids for kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Creating and displaying this cute, fluffy sheep reinforces the Scripture that tells us Jesus watches over us and calls us, like a good shepherd calls his sheep.

This is one of our Kids Bible Crafts that is complimented by a game. The craft and game help children to remember the verses: “I am the good shepherd. I know each of My sheep by name, and My sheep know Me.” “Those who come through Me will be saved. They will have everything they need.” Scripture: John 10:1-21


  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Cotton balls (30 to 40)
  • 4 Q-Tips
  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • White tissue paper
  • Brown pipe cleaner (only if a ram)
  • Clear tape
  • Disposable container (such as a margarine container)
  • Black construction paper
  • Paper punch or scissors


  1. For support, stuff paper (any kind) inside the toilet paper roll, leaving about an inch empty from the end.
  2. Create the sheep’s legs by taping the Q-tips to toilet paper roll.
  3. Create the sheep’s head by scrunching up some tissue paper and stuffing part of it into the end of the roll.
  4. Pour a little glue into the container.
  5. To add the sheep’s wool, dip cotton balls into the glue and press onto the cardboard roll. Once it is covered, add another layer or more until the sheep is nice and wooly.
  6. Create the eyes with a paper puncher and the construction paper. Use glue to adhere to the front of the sheep’s tissue paper face.
  7. For a ram, do Steps 1-6 and then add horns, which are made by twisting pipe cleaner into two curly cues and attaching with glue.
  8. Allow to dry.

Displaying the Sheep

Before children bring their sheep home, you may want to create a classroom display:

  1. Begin with a tray of wheat grass you’ve grown and trimmed short or Easter basket grass spread out evenly.
  2. Add shepherd or Jesus figurine or paper doll.
  3. Invite children to add their sheep to assemble the flock around the shepherd!

Stray Sheep Game

This tag game is sort of a classroom version of the backyard pool game, Marco Polo. The child playing the stranger is blindfolded and stands in the center of the circle. The others are the sheep and wander around the inside of the circle.

The blindfolded stranger tries to tag the sheep. When calling “Sheep!” the others must reply with “Baa-baa.” The first sheep tagged takes the place of the stranger. This game reinforces the lesson that just like the sheep we should only answer to our Good Shepherd.

Noah’s Ark Classroom Mural

Many of our Free Bible Story Crafts For Kids encourage cooperation or sharing, but the Noah’s Ark mural requires real teamwork. One of our favorites, the mural illustrates the Ark and features the animals God sent to Noah to protect. A rainbow over Noah’s Ark and all the colorful animals reminds children of God’s promise.

This is a rewarding and fun art project for a kindergarten, first or second grade Sunday School class or a homeschooling family or group to create together. If your group is large, consider making murals in small groups. You may end up with 2, 3 or 4 murals, but it will be easier for the kids to collaborate this way.

Noah’s Ark crafts are usually sure hits with little ones because for one, it’s a great story with a happy ending, and for another – the animals!

Since Noah’s floating zoo mural is a group project, “teacher’s prep” takes on a new meaning. If you’ve taught young children for long, you know how good planning can make the difference between fun and pandemonium!

On a similar note, allow more than one class period to complete the Noah’s Ark mural. If possible, divide up this Bible lesson of obedience, faith and God’s promise so that the craft steps coincide with the parts covered that day.

Bible Story Crafts For Kids Supplies

  • Roll of butcher paper (newsprint could also be used but butcher paper is stronger and white instead of brown)
  • Markers and/or paints
  • Painting smocks/old shirt
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pictures of animals (nature and kids magazines as well as coloring pages printed from the computer are good resources)
  • Tape

Round up the Animals!

Children can color in animals on coloring pages and search through magazines, cutting out pictures. Some of the kids may want to draw their own on the mural, which will add a nice touch of originality.

To create pairs of animals when only one animal picture was found: Photocopy singles and then color.

To add Noah and his family, color pages from a Noah’s Ark coloring book and cut out.

Teacher Prep

Spread out the butcher paper and tape to the floor. Or tape to the wall at a comfortable height for the children.

Draw the ark, which will take up most of the mural. Leave room for the rainbow above and water below. Prepare for the animals by drawing several, good-size windows and plenty of deck space and/or large plank.

Completing the Mural – All Hands on Deck!

  1. To begin, assign individuals or small groups various parts of the Ark to paint or color.
  2. Have children arrange their animal pairs on the Ark (no glue yet), experimenting with various locations.
  3. Once it’s decided where the animals will go, leave them in place so it’s not forgotten, picking up just to apply glue.
  4. Add Noah and his family.
  5. Talk the kids about rainbows and the colors a rainbow has. Then have them add the rainbow. If using paints, they’ll probably need to let one color dry before adding another one so they don’t run together.
  6. Add the water by painting blue waves.
  7. Discuss any details that may be added, such as a sun or a memory verse.
  8. The only thing left to do is for the artists to sign the mural and invite their others to take a look!

Crafty Variation

If you have lots of time set aside to spend on Noah’s Ark, the kids could glue large, craft sticks onto the Ark. The craft sticks will resemble the planks that we see in many of the pictures of the Ark. Memory verses that relate to this story of can be written on some of the craft sticks.

Creation Story Paper Mache

One of our Bible Story Crafts, this paper maché globe illustrates the Creation story. Fun, Kids Bible Crafts such as this easy to make paper maché activity, help make Scripture and Bible lesson more memorable because children often learn best with hands on or visual experiences. Also, as educators know, when there is a pleasant association with a lesson, it is more likely to be remembered. This Bible Story Craft illustrates the seven days of Creation and is suitable for the K-2 group, while older children may enjoy helping the little ones and even making their own.

Supplies for Creation Bible Story Craft

  • Paper maché Globe*. Children can have fun making these ahead of time. They will be decorated in this Bible Craft. When doing the maché, remember to have one side of the globe light (sky blue or white) and one side night (midnight blue or black).
  • Magazine Pictures
  • Photo of child (around wallet size)
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Cotton Balls
  • Craft glue

Creation Story Paper Maché Directions

  1. These steps correspond to the sequential 7 Days of Creation. You may want to read each verse and write them on the blackboard or handouts before the children move from step to step.
  2. God created day and night: Bring paper maché globes and decorative items to the table.
  3. God created the sky: Add white puffy clouds, using white paint and cotton balls or any of the other decorative items. If the daylight side of the globe is white, paint a blue sky first.
  4. God separated the land from the waters and planted it with trees, grasses and flowers: Create these elements with magazines pictures, paint, markers and/or stickers.
  5. God made the sun, moon and stars: Add these items using decorative items of choice. Glow in the dark stars would be fun. Some kids really like having fun with this and getting creative, such as adding sunglasses to the sun or a smile to the moon; others will be more into a pretty or a realistic look.
  6. God created the birds and the fish: Stickers and magazine pictures make this step super easy for younger ones who don’t have the fine motor skills yet for drawing birds and fish. But do encourage them to know that perfection is not the goal here. Some will want to use fat markers to make a few birds and fish, while others will want to make schools and fish and flocks of birds with nests and everything. Encourage individuality but remind them to save room for the rest of the animals and their photos.
  7. God created the rest of the animals and made the first people (just like God made you!): Magazine pictures and stickers will really come in handy now for kids not into drawing. And, then add their photos.
  8. God rested, looked at everything he made, and said it was good: Now the kids can admire their creations. Hang the globes up to dry, and allow the children to stroll around to enjoy what their classmates have created..
  9. This is one of those Bible Story Crafts that you’ll want to leave on display for parents and other visitors to enjoy as well before sending home with the kids to display in their own homes.

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