DIY: How to Make a Cheap and Easy Centerpiece

Centerpieces help personalize an area. They can be popped on a bedroom dresser, tucked in a bathroom, set prominently on a dining room table, or placed on an outdoor table to greet any visitor to come to the door. Centerpieces are a wonderful way to set a mood and help make a space your own. 

Dressing up a room does not have to be expensive. I make my centerpieces out of things I have laying around the house from other craft projects. Anything goes: ribbon, silk flowers, glitter, scrap paper, stamps, tissue paper, fabric scraps, if it is laying around the house it is fair game. 

I was torn between making a traditional winter centerpiece and something a bit more cheery with the hint of spring. So I decided to make both.

The silk flowers were from the dollar store. The vase was a quart-sized mason jar. I cut a scrap piece of brown paper (the inside of a dead wrapping paper tube from Christmas) and taped it around the jar. Next I added the flowers and fluffed them up a bit. Silk flowers always get kind of squashed in storage. Place in a choice spot, and boom! Instant d├ęcor. 

Step 1: Cut scrap piece of brown paper

Step 2: Wrap paper around a mason jar

These particular centerpieces took me about five minutes to make and most of the time was spent rearranging the flowers. Brand new, the flowers cost $5-10 in materials ($1 per bunch from the local dollar store). Centerpieces really can be that cheap and easy to make. How creative can you get? Give it a shot! Share your creations in the comments below or on our Facebook Page!

Cutoff Crafts 2020 Holiday Gift Guide With Brand New Items

With craft fair season in full swing, Cutoff Crafts has been crazy busy.  I suppose that is to be expected since we are crafters.  Our first two craft fairs of the year had a huge amount of shoppers and they were both before Halloween. Planning ahead, we are preparing for an amazing Holiday season.

Coming for the Holidays, we have three more craft fairs where we will be displaying our fun crochet items, amazing handmade earrings, and beautiful chainmail bracelets.  The three craft fairs where you can find us are:

For those who cannot make our craft fairs or live in a different state, Cutoff Crafts has an Esty Page and we also take special orders.  If you happen to see something you like on our facebook page, blog posts, or anywhere on social media, contact us. We take orders and ship items.

I thought it would be fun to take a small virtual tour of what we have to offer this year from Cutoff Crafts.  We have been very busy trying to bring fun new items as well as keep what many have loved in the past. Starting the virtual tour we will begin with our highly popular items from craft fairs past. Returning this year in all their glory are several fun items that make the season bright.

  • Peppermint Swirl Earrings on Sterling Silver Hooks

These earrings feature adorable peppermint swirl beads with red and white beads to match.  They sit on a sterling silver shepherd hook that is nickel free. 

  • Crochet Octopus
One of our most popular stuffed toys is the eight-legged octopus.  The legs are crocheted to form a fun spiral, the eyes are googly, and the colors are electrifying.  They come in so many colors and due to the way yarn is dyed, each octopus is a unique piece. 
  • Chainmail Bracelets
These bracelets are made out of small aluminum rings. Michelle, the amazing Cutoff Crafts' chainmail artist, must examine every ring for flaws, open every ring, layer and connect them into a pattern, and then close every ring as she goes.  It is a crazy process that yields a beautiful lightweight statement piece.
  • Crochet Pokeballs
These pokeballs are soft enough to throw and not cause too much damage.  I say "not too much damage" because kids can break things with a feather, it is an amazing talent I have watched ensue.  I brought 5 of them to my first ever craft fair, and have been making more and more each time due to massive requests. 

NEW Items

While our returning items are exciting and bring about the holiday gift ideas, what I am sure most are looking for are the new items coming to Cutoff Crafts this holiday season. From designing new patterns to full on new crafting styles, Cutoff Crafts' holiday gift guide is featuring some amazing gifts for kids and adults.  The tour below contains a few of our newbie items entering the 2020 holiday season. 

  • Hurricane Lamp Earrings
These handmade beaded earrings are on sterling silver hooks and feature a cool faceted teardrop crystal and a light blue bead. As always, the hooks are nickel free.

  •  Pumpkin Shaped Pin Cushions

 We are extremely excited to share these brand new pumpkin shaped pin cushions.  They are hand sewn with button embellishments, pin sharpening sand bag, and marble weighted so it won't roll away in the middle of a sewing project. Each panel of the pin cushion is carefully selected to make a beautiful pattern.  Due to the creative process, each pin cushion is unique and one of a kind.

  • 100% Nylon Scrubbies
You asked, we deliver.  After a ton of requests for us to make these amazing scrubbies, Cutoff Crafts is bringing them to the next craft fair.  In many different colors, each scrubby is ready to take on the pots and pans in the kitchen. They are made out of 100% nylon making them strong and reusable.  Just pop them in the wash machine to clean and use again. 

  • Baby Yoda Ornaments 

These baby yoda ornaments are handmade balls of fun.  Each one is crocheted and features cute pointy ears and adorable eyes. The bottom of the ornament is a cream tan color of yarn to portray his cozy coat he wears and the top is an olive green for his skin color..


  • Kept Safe in My Heart Earrings

These Kept Safe in my Heart earring are a great accent to any wardrobe.  The lovely heart locket charms are on sterling silver nickel-free hooks.

  • Baby Unicorn

This year we are bringing a cute baby unicorn made by me (Sandra).  This pattern is of my own design.  I had a special request to make a little unicorn that can fit in the palm of your hand.  It took me two weeks of crocheting, ripping it apart, crocheting some more, tearing yarn to shreds, and eventually coming up with an adorable, chibi-like unicorn. The hair of the unicorn comes in different colors, the one below is strutting a rainbow mane and tail.

I hope you enjoyed our tour.  We look forward to seeing everyone at future events. As always, if you want one of these wonderful items featured here, contact us.  We are here and ready to help make your Christmas amazing!

A Crocheter and a Jeweler Create Together

By Michelle D.

Sandra and I have teamed up to unleash soft and fuzzy earrings upon the unsuspecting world! It is always neat to see what our two rather diverse styles can create together. Today I present three new, fun, and playful creations.

All of these earrings were handmade by Sandra and mounted by myself on nickel-free sterling silver hooks specially imported from Israel. These particular sterling silver hooks are incredibly forgiving to people suffering from nickel allergies.

Just in time for Halloween parties, we have the delicious looking crocheted candy corn earrings. These beauties are packed to the gills with stuffing giving them a firm and rather springy bounce. The Halloween Candy Corns are the perfect accent for handing out candy to trick-or-treaters or simply to sweeten a crisp autumn evening.

Up next is the incredibly vibrant crocheted hearts. They are an extremely vivid pink that pack a serious punch. Not for the faint of heart, these earrings proudly proclaim a love of crochet, crafting, and the color pink. The yarn has a lovely silky texture.

Finally, let me welcome in the floofiest of poofballs, the Emerald Pomple Earrings! These are an absolute delight to squeeze, fluff, and pet. I never fail to laugh when Sandra makes pomples for craft fairs and I am thrilled that now people can even wear them. Embrace the pomple!

We have all these and many, many more earrings for sale on our Etsy page. New items are being listed every week so feel free to check back often!

If our items have sold and are no longer listed on etsy, do not fear.  Shoot us a message and request a special order.  We are more than happy to create more.

Affordable Back To School Craft Time Fun


It’s back to school time! Whether you are home schooling, long distance learning, public schooling, or simply love cheap and plentiful craft supplies now is a great time to stock up. Did you know that the local dollar store has an entire crafting section? It’s true! Check out all this cool stuff I got for a dollar a piece.


Need to entertain kids, want to just unwind after a long, hard day of mentally taxing nonsense, or maybe play a word game? Boom! Coloring books, word searches, and crossword puzzle books are all available for a dollar. Crayons, markers, and coloring pencils needed to fill them in are also only a dollar.  There is a theme here.  Everything is affordable. 


School items can also be personalized with stickers so binders and notebooks don't get lost in a sea of clones.  The dollar stores have all kinds of stickers including the ones I am partial to: sharks and dolphins. Stickers are also handy for popping on envelopes, faces, shirts, walls… really they are only limited by your imagination.


Where there is school there is artwork and the need to display such wonderful pieces of the heart. From thumbtacks to frames, we can choose how upscale we would like to be. Personally, I went with the thumbtacks. I have no idea where mine keep running off to but I am sure they are having a party wherever they are.


I saw puzzles for a buck, do it yourself wood crafts, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, silk flowers, glitter gel, glue, flash cards, and so much more. Why yes, I was bouncing around like a kid in a candy shop. Crafting supplies without breaking the bank? Don’t mind if I do!


One final tip. I have a hard time keeping my events straight. I tend to have at least three calendars in my house at any given time. This is the best time of year to buy a few. Our local Dollar Tree only has calendars in stock for Back to School shopping. Afterwards, they vanish, not to be seen again until next September. I picked up a beautiful one with gorgeous pictures of rich forests and frigid mountains for 2021. Buy one for your friends, family, or pet squirrel because after the New Year’s Eve, calendars will cost $14-17 in most office stores.

 Having a fun, creative, time does not need to be expensive. Beautiful art can be made with every day supplies. I know I am going to be set for at least a few weeks. Unless I get into a sticker fight with my sister again.

The Journey to an Epic DeviantArt Page Has Begun

After many hours of hard work, toiling over a hot computer screen, starring at several images, writing descriptions, and prepping the page to be viewer friendly, Cutoff Crafts now has a working DeviantArt Page

This new avenue will provide more ways to communicate, share, and discuss arts and crafts.  It will also provide another area for our readers/fans/shoppers to leave requests and/or recommendations. We welcome your ideas and can't wait to connect with everyone.  

Since the DeviantArt page is so new, be prepared for changes, many more submissions, and an ever growing gallery of items we have created.  Some of the submissions will even contain links to our etsy store where we are selling the item or pattern of the item shown.  That's right, there are opportunities to own little pieces of awesomeness! 

Be sure to come say hi and we will do our best to give all those that leave a comment a little Llama.

Pearls of the Deep and Galactic Empire Earrings

It feels like it has been far too long since we have communicated with our fellow crafters, followers, and fans.  I went through our list of blog posts and found that Cutoff Crafts has been very quiet. How crazy is that?!?! 

Well our craziness hasn't been in vain.  We have actually been extremely busy making new items and preparing them for the digital world!  What exactly does that mean?  It means we have listed items on our Etsy store!

At this moment there are several listings featuring some of our most creative and beautiful earrings made in the mountains of Northern Idaho by Michelle. Each earring is made of individually chosen beads carefully selected to balance and compliment each other. She then gently wraps each head pin to make sure everything stays secure for years to come.  Yes, she hand wraps each pin with a set of specialty pliers and amazing skill.

The Pearls of the Deep earring set showcases this amazing wrapping skill.  They feature black pearls and Miyuki glass beads. Miyuki glass beads are handmade on the Japanese island of Honshu. The pearls are freshwater pearls from the pearl mussel (Hyriopsis Cumingii). 
Going from underwater to outer space, our Etsy store also contains galactic earrings. These earring are my favorites featuring troopers inspired by Star Wars Stormtroopers.  These white enamel charms of armor clad soldiers make me hum the Imperial March every time I see them.  Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh!  (It sounds cooler in my head.) Like all our earrings, these are on shepherd hooks that are nickel free sterling silver (.925).  So this Empire can concentrate on controlling the galaxy and not destroying your ears.
Be sure to check out our store and see all our recent listings.  Michelle is working hard to get more earrings and other jewelry items listed and I will be adding crochet items as well.  So much awesomeness is happening!

6 Fun Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

With all the store shelves being wiped out of massive amounts of toilet paper, it's time we build ourselves some awesome toilet paper forts.
Just kidding.  What this actually means is that a lot of us must have a ton of empty toilet paper rolls. Instead of letting them pile up and go to waste, I thought it would be fun to share several if my favorite toilet paper roll crafts. Most of these I found on pinterest and other fun sites.   Don't worry, there is a link with instructions to each craft so that you and your family can make them as well.

1. Toilet roll ninjas - These ninjas are ready to defend bathrooms everywhere in toilet paper style.

2. Toilet Paper Roll Bee - This toilet paper roll is bee-utifully cute and easy to make. Perfect for spring time crafts.

3. Fox Toilet Paper Roll - This adorable fox toilet paper roll is a perfect craft for the family.  Makes a wonderful decoration for Easter as well.

4. Dino toilet paper rolls - These are a bit more difficult to make but oh so worth it.  Bringing back the dinosaurs one toilet paper roll at a time.

5. Easter Bunny Toilet Paper Rolls - Get ready for Easter with these adorable bunnies.  with just some glue and pipe cleaners they will multiply.

6. Toilet Paper Roll Flowers - beautiful and cute, these flowers make wonderful Spring decorations.  They even have a little sparkle to them.

Be sure to share your favorite Toilet Paper crafts in the comments below!  Let's see the TP!

A Scarf for a Wooden Cat

By SandraG

MichelleD and I had a blast at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Craft Fair last weekend! Coffee Cozys were keeping hands safe from hot coffee cups, people were dressing their ears in beautifully designed earnings, and many people walked away with the most unique Christmas gifts.  Even some of our readers came to say hi (it was great to see you by the way).

We also met several vendors who we shared a wonderfully geeky couple of days.  I think one of the strangest and yet entirely awesome moments is when Sandra from the Crazy Cat Chick Farm asked me to crochet a scarf for her wooden cat...yup, apparently wooden cats get cold...who knew. Of course, I couldn't let the poor thing freeze and I obliged. The cat is now happy and warm.

Picture from Crazy Cat Chick Farm
If you have any custom requests (like a scarf for a wooden cat), want to join the fun, or just wish to say hi, Cutoff Crafts will have a booth at the Bonner County Christmas Fair Dec. 16th and 17th.  You can find us to the left of the stage near the kitchen.  We will be the people laughing uncontrollably while we spin our awesome new displays (Thanks Sherry).

When is a Crafter like a Groundhog?

By SandraG

In a little less than a week, all of us artisans will be like groundhogs, popping our heads up through layers of yarn, beads, saw dust, fabric shreds, and other crafting leftovers to face the world and share what we have made with the community at our local craft fairs.  We don our nicest and sometimes craziest clothes, set up tables and booths with our goods, and greet each person we meet with a smile.

With every smile, we invite our peers to judge our hard work and creativity...and secretly hope they love something so much that they buy it. I think this may be the hardest part of craft fairs; it's not the digging ourselves out of months of crafting sediment, it's revealing our soul to the world...GULP.   However, we crafters enjoy and love the process and the people, so we become vendors every year and greet the world with fun, creative, and/or useful items.

This year Michelle and I will be vendors at several craft fairs (see our event page for details) with three of the fairs in three consecutive weekends.  We might go crazy by the end of this "Groundhog Season for Crafters."  Does anyone have a couple straitjackets? hahaha

Before we go hilariously insane, Michelle and I will be displaying our unique handmade items featuring high quality jewelry, beautifully crafted home decor, amazing calligraphy cards, fun toys and gifts, and several unique crochet items with patterns made by yours truly. There is even a hint of our geekiness with items featuring Skyrim, Mario, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and more. 

These craft fairs are so much fun and Michelle and I welcome everyone to check out the ones on our event page.  If those are too far away, be sure to check out the local fairs in your area.  We artisans love to see people come to these fairs, talk, and simply enjoy all if our amazing work. Hope to see everyone there.

When is a crafter like a groundhog?
When it is craft fair season!

Making Christmas Cards in October

By MichelleD

Let it Snow... in October? That’s right. Here in the mountains of northern Idaho we have had two snows so far. That means it is time to make up some Christmas cards!

October is a fantastic time to make Christmas cards. We can get them all done and be ready to send them out in November or early December. To make Christmas cards, I use black ink, a calligraphy pen, and watercolor paper. Charcoal, pastels, watercolors, paint, crayons, stamps, glitter glue, or anything else crafty are also fun to use as well!

Christmas cards are a wonderful way to remind the people we love and care about that we are thinking of them and wishing them the very best. A simple sentence can make someone’s day. There’s something magical about being so far away and still able to tell a good friend, “I miss you." "You are awesome." "Keep your chin up.” A card is a hug made of paper and love.

My favorite part about making my own cards is that I can make them for any occasion, not just holidays. I have yet to find a Hallmark card for, “I’m thrilled you made it onto the volleyball team.” However, I can certainly write it all fancy, stick it in an envelope, and put a stamp on it.

I find my card envelopes on Amazon run for $10-$15 per pack of 100. The A7 size is perfect for cards that are 5” x 7”. Be sure and cut the cards a little smaller so they will fit in their envelopes.

Speaking of mailing things, did you know we can also make our own postcards? A postcard qualifying for First-Class Mail simply has to be a flat rectangle ranging between 3.5” x 5” and 4.25” x 6”. No envelope needed!

For those looking for something unique, I’ll be selling these cards at the upcoming Craft Fairs. Check out our Events Page to see where Cutoff Crafts will be in November of this year.