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Making those DIY crafts and recipes work…no matter how many tries it takes.

| Apr 2019

CraftBusters: Dying Eggs with Silk Ties?

People have been really been upping their egg dying game over the years. The standard egg dying kit has been tossed aside for shaving cream and whipped cream methods. The latest trend…silk ties to dye eggs? Well, we had to give it a try. Original instructions from Better Homes and Garden here. The Tie-Dye Easter […]
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tie egg dying
| Apr 2019
Before You Try

CraftBusters: Dying Eggs with Silk Ties?

People have been really been upping their egg dying game over the years. The standard egg dying kit has been tossed aside for shaving cream and whipped cream methods. The latest trend…silk ties to dye eggs? Well, we had to give it a try. Original instructions from Better Homes and Garden here. The Tie-Dye Easter […]
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pencil diamond
| Mar 2019
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Diamonds from a Pencil

Welcome to CraftBusters. We take popular DIY videos with semi-helpful instructions to see if they actually work. We will admit that we were very hesitant about this one. You may recall that we tackled a similar project with coal, which went horribly wrong. So, this idea of turning pencil lead into diamonds seemed just as unlikely. Don’t try this […]
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bob ross holderness
| Mar 2019
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Bob Ross Painting with a Delicious Twist

Bob Ross and his lovely tutorials have lived on thanks to YouTube. Many folks have posted their happy, little trees paintings. We wanted to give it a try, but complicate it in true Holderness fashion. So, we made paint out of food from around our kitchen and gave it a go!
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| Feb 2019
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DIY Melted Crayon Art

Now that our fingers have healed from our last melted crayon attempt, we decided to give this one a try. We kept putting this top requested craft off, because it looked too easy. Were we wrong?
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Holderness Valentine's Day
| Feb 2019
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Gifts in a Pinch: 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Love is in the air…and a touch of anxiety. Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to show your love and appreciation for those special folks in your life, but finding the right gift can be tricky. Especially if you waited until the last minute…not that I do that. Penn and I sat down early this […]
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DIY silhouette
| Jan 2019
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DIY Silhouette Art: What NOT To Do

When the internet says a DIY project is easy, we get skeptical. Is this “simple” painting project as straight-forward as promised? Find out…
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mac and cheese cake
| Jan 2019
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Mac ‘N Cheese Cake with Bacon Sprinkles

I made this cake creation for Penn Charles on his birthday and thought I would share it with you. You can use your favorite mac and cheese recipe, just as long as the roux is very thick. By the way, roux is the base of a cheese sauce or gravy. SO basically, Roux= Heaven Sauce. […]
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melted crayon ornament
| Dec 2018
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DIY Melted Crayon Ornaments

We received a ton of requests to try this DIY craft. As usual, the internet lies…or grossly underestimates the amount of instructions needed to do this project without 3rd degree burns. Our takeaways: use pliers, shave the bits of crayon (they melt faster), use oven mitts, and don’t kiss hot glass.
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