Scrap Afghan Square With Color Blocks - Photo © Michael Solovay
Do you have bunches of scraps and bits of leftover yarn cluttering up your space? If so, this scrap afghan square pattern is a great way to use it all up.
If you only have a little bit of scrap yarn, that's OK, you can still put this pattern to good use. You could use the squares to create a pillow or smaller project. Or, you could combine scrap yarn with purchased yarn to make your afghan.
Or, you could make just a square or two, and donate the squares to charity. Here are some suggestions for that:
Snowman Craft Project - Photo © Amy Solovay
This fun snowman project is Christmas-appropriate, but you won't have to put it away when December is over with. I made my sample project with dollar store craft supplies; it's a cute decorating idea that doesn't cost much to put together.
More Snowman Patterns and Craft Ideas
Check out more free snowman patterns and craft ideas. You'll find a wide variety of different crochet patterns and craft instructions for making your own snowmen -- without getting cold!
A Mixed Media Craft Technique: Crocheting With Beads and Wire - Photos © Michael Solovay
You can do all different kinds of things with beads and wire, so I'm sure nobody will be surprised to see me posting about how you can crochet with these items. However, this technique might not be quite what you'd expect; it's a little different than others I've seen.
I developed this technique because I thought it would be an interesting way to make rigid beaded shapes that don't need starching or ironing. I've been using it to make appliques and motifs; there are many other possibilities. It would also be a fantastic technique to use for making ornaments and things like that. I had originally envisioned using it to make jewelry too, although I keep getting sidetracked and have yet to actually finish a jewelry project using the technique.
So far I've made a beaded apple, beaded heart, and beaded snowflake. Free crochet patterns and / or tutorials for all of those projects are available on our website, if you'd like to give them a try.
I've listed a few more ideas for using this technique, along with the free tutorial. Hope it'll inspire you!
See Also: Free wire crochet jewelry patterns