Creative Craft Projects & 10 Local Shops to Get Supplies!

Got the bad weather blues? Here's some great craft ideas & 10 local shops to get supplies!

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Have you ever had the feeling like you just didn’t know what to do with your hands? Idle hands are the devils playground, as they say. If you simply have too much time on your hands crafting is never the wrong way to go. The Devil wouldn’t dare mess with a lady with a glue gun in her hand. Give a go and the follow projects, let your imagination soar and see what else you can create using other items inside your home. All projects are inexpensive, suitable for most ages and take less than 30 minutes to complete.


Seashell Votive Candle Holder


What You’ll Need:

1 Glass 4” Candle Holder
1 Medium Sized Seashell
Thin Rope
Quick Gel Super Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

What To Do: The first step will be gluing the rope tightly onto the glass candle holder so you’ll want to begin at the bottom of the holder and tie the rope around the glass. Squeeze just a small amount of super glue onto the spots where you will be placing the rope. Continue this step until you have reached the top of the candle holder. After the glue dries hot glue a seashell to the rope and tie some raffia ribbon just above the rope. And voila! A beautiful seaside-themed candle holder that is perfect touch to your home or to give out as a gift.


Vintage Shirt Button Ring – Vintage is certainly in and what better way to have a unique vintage piece than to make it yourself. Vintage buttons can be ordered online or found in thrift stores. You can also use the spare buttons that come with modern clothing to make a unique ring all your own.


What You’ll Need:

               Adjustable Ring Back
              Silicone Craft Glue
              1” (approx.) cloth button and a smaller matching button

What To Do: Adhere 1” cloth button to ring back and finish by gluing the smaller button to the 1” button. Allow time to dry before wearing and avoid water.


Photo Beads


What You’ll Need:

               Clear Flat-Sided Marbles
               Photo Index Cards
               Clear Silicone, PVA (white) Craft Glue, or Modge Podge

What To Do: First, cut a piece of cardboard to the size of your marble. Glue the image of your choosing from a photo index card – the kind you receive with your processed photos – to the cardboard. Next, glue the marble to the top side of the photo and let dry. When the glue has dried you will be able to see your picture through the marble. You can use these beads as magnets or jewelry pieces.


The following Long Island businesses are sure to stock most if not everything you need to get you started and keep those hands of your busy.


  1. Not Just Scrap – (631) 580-1118 / website
    2359 Middle Country Road, Centereach
  1. H & Art – (516) 433-7377
    358 South Broadway, Hicksville
  1. Tovana Crafts – (516) 801-1840 / website
    400 Glen Cove Avenue, Sea Cliff
  1. Utrecht Art Supplies – (516) 741-1805 / website
    211 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place
  1. Beads N’ Stitches – (516) 783-1124 / website
    539 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore
  1. Ace Handicraft – (516) 292-1478 / website
    314 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead
  1. Lazy Daisy Stitchery – (516) 764-7500 / website
    218 Merrick Road, Rockville Center


There are also various Michaels Arts & Crafts, AC Moore, and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores scattered around Long Island. Visit their websites to find the location nearest to you.