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The Crafty Yankee

Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. An established artist and author, Bonnie works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine.

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Holiday Crafts | Make Victorian Scrap Ornaments

Holiday Crafts | Make Victorian Scrap Ornaments

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

Prelude festivities started this week in Kennebunkport, Maine and I was offered the opportunity to join other artists at... Read More »

Halloween Crafts | Make Vintage Halloween Baskets

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

I have a few amazing teachers to thank this week and these Vintage Halloween Baskets will be a... Read More »

Make a Bird Feeder from Vintage Dishes | Outdoor Craft Idea

Make a Bird Feeder from Vintage Dishes | Outdoor Craft Idea

12 votes, 3.92 avg. rating (78% score)

I was at a friends house recently and she had these adorable bird feeders made from tea cups... Read More »

Engraved Wooden Spoons

6 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Pyrography is the art of burning images and designs into wood. A pen with a metallic tip is... Read More »

Make a Woodland Dessert Stand

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Dessert stands are a whimsical way to present desserts or appetizers for a special event. Birthdays, weddings, tea... Read More »

Make Utensil Pockets

2 votes, 2.50 avg. rating (59% score)

Utensil pockets are the equivalent of the packages you get at the deli or salad bar that contain... Read More »

Salt and Pepper Vases

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

If you are looking for an inexpensive (and quick!) project for displaying or giving flowers, these repurposed salt... Read More »

Make Sea Glass Bottles

1 vote, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Sea glass bottles — a lovely beach picnic craft — can be added to any beach themed home... Read More »

Imprinted Concrete Candle Holders

1 vote, 2.00 avg. rating (59% score)

Imprinted concrete candle holders are not a quick and simple craft project like I usually post – in fact, this project... Read More »

Turn Vintage Doilies into Purses

2 votes, 3.00 avg. rating (66% score)

I have an entire tote filled with family linens and doilies, many of which I do not use.... Read More »

Stamped Cookies

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

May Day and Mother’s Day are perfect opportunities to try this “food as art” project called Stamped Cookies.... Read More »

Tattooed Easter Eggs | Easter Craft

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spring-related crafts. Easter provides a wonderful opportunity to... Read More »

Make Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Warmer weather is quickly approaching and although it’s not quite flip flop season, it is not too early... Read More »

DIY Wooden Signs

5 votes, 3.80 avg. rating (76% score)

When my husband and I built our house, over a decade ago, we suddenly had an abundance of... Read More »

Recycled Bottle Vases | Easy Paint Craft

8 votes, 3.62 avg. rating (73% score)

One of my favorite summer traditions is lining the kitchen windowsill with several small flower bouquets, each nestled... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Garland

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? If so, here’s an adorable Valentine’s Day Garland you can make to hang... Read More »

Plaster of Paris Hearts | Valentine’s Day Project

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Plaster of Paris is not a medium that I’ve worked with before, so I was curious to see... Read More »

Bohemian Chic Dreamcatchers

3 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (74% score)

Dreamcatchers are a current trend in DIY (Do It Yourself) and design – but instead of their more traditional... Read More »

Simple Paper Feathers

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

As someone who frequently finds feathers out of doors, it’s ironic that I still get excited to make... Read More »

Clothespin Gift Toppers

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

As the holidays draw near, it’s time to think about wrapping gifts. Clothespin gift toppers add visual appeal... Read More »

DIY Christmas Cones

DIY Christmas Cones

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

Christmas Cones have many holiday uses– they can be hung on your Christmas tree as ornaments; they can... Read More »

Button Bobby Pins

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Button Bobby Pins are a simple DIY project that can be worn or gifted for the holidays (and... Read More »

Holiday Crafts | Make Remembrance Candles

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

As Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations loom on the horizon, this is a great time to think about making... Read More »

DIY Magnetic Organizers

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

I do a lot of artwork and writing with the clients that I work with, and it’s easy... Read More »

Make Halloween Treat Bags

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

If you celebrate Halloween, then you probably have several opportunities to share Halloween treats with others.  Whether you’re... Read More »

Halloween Crafts | Houseplant Picks

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Houseplants are an unexpected and fun location to add Halloween decor.  Plant picks are relatively simple to make... Read More »

Make DIY Halloween Lanterns

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

The weather has become chilly, the leaves are starting to turn colors, and pumpkin flavored coffee is at... Read More »

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