The Best of the Best of 2017 Crafts

It is a lot of fun to see my top posts at the end of each year. This year I thought it would be even more fun for you to see what my top post is, as well as the top posts from other awesome craft bloggers. Get ready to be inspired for crafting throughout 2018 with over 30 of the The Best of the Best of 2017 crafts from some of your favorite bloggers!

  30+ Best of the Best of 2017 Crafts

Artsy-Fartsy Mama: Printable Coloring Weekly PlannerPrintable Coloring Weekly Planner 

Sugar Bee Crafts: Create Painted Canvas Create Painted Canvas  

A Girl and a Glue Gun: Transfer Photos to Wood Transfer Photos to Wood 

 The Friendly Red Fox: Crochet Mermaid
Crochet Mermaid 

 The Craft Patch: Giant Paper Flowers Giant Paper Flowers

See Lindsay: Maui Costume DIY Maui Costume  

Keeping it Simple: Farmhouse Signs Farmhouse Signs

Practical and Pretty: DIY Yoga Bolster DIY Yoga Bolster 

Happiness is Homemade: DIY Gemstone Soap DIY Gemstone Soap 

Printable Crush: Hand Lettered Wood Sign Hand Lettered Wood Sign

Everyday Jenny: 3D Paper Flower Magnets 3D Paper Flower Magnets 

The Ruffled Daisy: Holiday Slime
Holiday Slime 

 5 Little Monsters: Crocheted Unicorn Hat Crocheted Unicorn Hat

Creative Green Living: Unicorn Horn Headband Unicorn headband tutorial - perfect for valentine's day or party favors 

 Dukes and Duchesses: Upcycled Embroidery Hoop Upcycled Embroidery Hoop

Cutesy Crafts: Bloom Hand Embroidery Bloom Hand Embroidery 

Liz on Call: Custom T-shirt How-To Custom Disney Tshirt 

 Twin Dragonfly Designs: Chewbacca Ornaments Apple Cinnamon Chewbacca Ornaments 

Persia Lou: Paint Scrape Notecards Paint Scrape Notecards 

 Sweet Red Poppy: Skinny Bows Skinny Bows 

Sengerson: Cold Frame Garden Box Cold Frame Garden Box 

Sunshine and Munchins: Rainbow String Art Rainbow String Art  

Swoodson Says: Felt Pocket Kitty Felt Pocket Kitty 

Unoriginal Mom: Fabric Covered Pumpkins Fabric Covered Pumpkins 

 Ginger Snaps: 2x4 Tic Tac Toe 2x4 Tic Tac Toe 

 Sew Alicia: Quick Rag Quilt Hack Quick Rag Quilt Hack 

A Little Craft in Your Day: Crate Ottoman DIY Crate Ottoman 
 Housewife Eclectic: Harry Potter Party Harry Potter Party  

Sisters What: Faux Leather Bow Tie easy fake bowtie for boys using colorful faux leather 

 Doodlecraft: Lego Fidget Spinner lego fidget spinner easy to make diy how to make build assemble kids craft summer projects (2) 

 It Happens in a Blink: Rope Coasters DIY Rope Coasters  

Simply Designing: Industrial Printer Cart DIY Industrial Printer Cart  

Leap of Faith Crafting: Painted Yeti Mug Painted Yeti Mug

 Blue i Style: Cord and Charger Organization Cord and Charger Organization 

 Try It Like It Create It: Printable Cow Mask Printable Cow Mask  


Happy Go Lucky: DIY Slime Kit DIY Slime Kit

Which Top Craft Post of 2017 is your favorite?
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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #168

Welcome to the very LAST Artsy-Fartsy Link Party of 2017!! Thank you all for sharing your projects here at these link parties. I'm always so inspired by what you have to share. There were a ton of amazing posts shared last week! To celebrate the new year, I've chosen a few of the creative cocktail and mocktail recipes shared at last week's party:

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Caribbean Rum Punch by Cooking with Curls
Peppermint Chocolate Martini by Growing Up Gabel
Raspberry Passion Fruit Kiss by Simply Darrling
Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe by Mommy Evolution
Peanut Butter Cup Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate by Kleinworth & Co.
Pomegranate Citrus Champagne Cocktail by Delightful E Made
Peppermint Mochatini Cocktail by From Playdates to Parties
Grandma's Christmas Punch by The Kitchen is My Playground

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #167

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I hope you've all had a great week and are ready for Christmas! Thank you all for sharing your projects at these link parties. I'm always so inspired by what you have to share. Here are just a few of the creative recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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DIY Harry Potter Christmas Ornament by Momma DJane
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate by Somewhat Simple
Stamped Christmas Gift Tags by Burlap + Blue
Hot Cocoa Pancakes by Our Table for Seven
Shortbread Cookies by Livin' Well
Kids Thumbprint Ornament by Penney Lane
Oreo Ornament Cookies by Embellishmints
DIY Hot Cocoa Ornaments by Simply Darrling

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Vintage Gumball Machine Makeover

This post is sponsored by Goodwill Industries. As always, all opinions are my own.
#GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor!

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor! #GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

Hunting for treasures at Goodwill® has become a favorite pastime for me and my husband. We're always looking for vintage items, books to fill the classroom library, and finding average items to transform into custom treasures that will be loved for years! I could spend hours perusing through the store, adding items in my cart that I can upcycle into something fabulous.

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor! #GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

Around the holidays, I will often hit my local Goodwill to find unique items to customize for those on my shopping list. There are so many treasures that can be crafted from your Goodwill finds! Luckily, affordable and meaningful options are out there. When you create holiday crafts and gifts from items purchased at Goodwill, you create job opportunities and training in local communities. Did you know that every 23 seconds on business days, someone gets a job through the help of Goodwill? It's pretty awesome to help create jobs in your local community when you shop and/or donate stuff to Goodwill.

Just this past week as we were scouring the store, the light shone down and we heard the angels singing when we found this shiny, red 1985 gumball machine! I've wanted a vintage* gumball machine for years, so I might just keep this spectacular find as a gift to myself this Christmas...

*I am older than this machine, so I feel weird calling this "vintage".

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor! #GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

The hardest part of the makeover is to decide on the color. Lots of people are adamant to keep the gumball machine in it's iconic red color. I don't have much red decor in my home, and especially in the craft room where the gumball machine is going to reside. I love gold and am slightly obsessive about glitter, so I decided to combine the two! I found some gold metallic and gold glitter spray paints to give the gumball machine a whole new look.

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor! #GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

Carefully take the gumball machine apart. There are a lot of small pieces, so work in one area and take pictures as you disassemble if needed. Tape over any areas you don't want covered. To save on glitter spray paint and to get a nice color base, paint the machine lid and base with a metallic gold spray paint first. I highly recommend finding one that is both a paint AND primer for best coverage. Let each layer dry before adding another coat. To prevent drips, be sure to spray in even strokes and not hold the paint in one spot for too long.

Once the base coat dries, add a couple layers of glitter spray paint. This gives your project the glittery look without the mess of loose glitter!! If you're worried about any glitter coming off, you can add a coat of clear sealant over top. Let the gumball machine dry completely for a few hours, or overnight.

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor! #GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

Once the gumball machine is dry and no longer tacky, you can reassemble the machine. Work slowly so that you don't forget any pieces. Clean the glass bowl well before putting in on the base. When you put the lid on top, don't put it on too tight or it could cause the glass bowl to shatter.

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor! #GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

Technically a gumball machine should be filled to the top with gumballs, but you can fill it with anything you want! Since this is going in my craft room, I decided to put my washi tape collection inside instead! I've got tons of textures, colors, and patterns of washi tape that I think will look great on display.

Transform a thrifted Vintage Gumball Machine into a a custom piece of decor! #GoodwillDIY #ShopGoodwill

I love, love, love how this makeover turned out!! My craft room is going to look so fun with this glittery gold gumball machine. To find your own treasures to transform, find a Goodwill location near you. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more ideas and inspiration.

What has been your favorite Goodwill find?

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Qwirkle Family Game Night with Qwirkle Chocolates

Thanks to Mindware for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Family game night is one of my family's favorite ways to spend time together. Over the years, we have collected all kinds of board and card games. Qwirkle is one game that not a lot of people have heard of, but is one that the whole family will love playing together time and time again. Since it is one of our favorites, we decided to have a Qwirkle-themed family game night complete with some easy-to-make Qwirkle Chocolates for us to eat (and play with)!

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Qwirkle is simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick-thinking and a well-planned strategy for 2-4 players. It combines the game play of Dominoes and Scrabble that teaches colors, shapes, math and the importance of strategizing. It is the perfect combination of skill and chance for both children and adults.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Players score points by building rows and columns of brightly-colored tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape without creating duplicates. Score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. Create a line of all six in a row, and you score a "Qwirkle"! The player with the most points when the tiles run out wins!

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Making chocolates is a simple and quick treat you can make for a family game night. Start with a silicone mold with 2" squares. You can get these online (Amazon, Etsy, etc) or at stores that carry silicone molds. Mine is an ice cube tray!

Melt a package of chocolate wafers down in the microwave for 1 minute, and in 30 second increments until the wafers are completely melted. Stir well and add a small amount of chocolate into each of the molds. Tilt the mold a little in each direction so that the chocolate coats all four sides. Tap the mold on the counter a few times to distribute the chocolate evenly and release air bubbles.

Add any kind of filling you want into the molds - I have added crushed peanuts, mini M&Ms, caramel, and crushed Oreos. Scoop the remaining melted chocolate into the molds over the filling and tap on the counter again to settle the chocolate. Place in the freezer or refrigerator until the chocolates have set.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

To turn these average chocolates into "Qwirkle Chocolates", we've got to add the colorful shapes to the top to resemble the Qwirkle tiles! Melt down a few red, green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange wafers (one at a time). Spoon the melted wafer into a plastic bag and cut a tiny bit of the corner off. Set aside tiles with the six shapes on it next to your work space for reference. Carefully pipe the shapes onto the top of the chocolates. Repeat with all six colors.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Keep the chocolates refrigerated until you are ready for game night. Set up Qwirkle, and play the night away with your family as you enjoy a sweet, chocolatey Qwirkle-inspired treat!

Qwirkle, made by Mindware, can be found at pretty much any retailer! Follow Mindware on social media to find more games to play for family game nights: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest

What is your favorite board or card game to play with your family?

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