20 Oct CRAFTING CPR: 5 Handy Tips for Crafting Emergencies
We’ve all been there – you’re knee-deep in a crafting project when suddenly, disaster strikes! Whether it’s a broken bead, a jammed glue gun, or dried-out markers, crafting emergencies can throw a wrench into your creative flow. But fear not! In this quick and handy guide, we’ll share five essential tips to rescue your crafting endeavours from the brink of disaster.
1. Broken Bead? Try the Toothpick Trick!
Beads can be delicate, and accidents happen. If you find yourself with a broken bead, grab a toothpick. Apply a tiny dab of glue to the toothpick’s tip and gently insert it into the hole in the bead. Hold it in place for a few moments to let the glue set. Voilà! Your bead is as good as new.
2. Unstick Stubborn Glue with a Hair Dryer
Sometimes, glue can become stubborn and resistant to drying. To speed up the process, use a hair dryer on its lowest heat setting. Hold the hair dryer about 6 inches away from the glued area and move it back and forth. The warm air will help the glue dry more quickly, so you can get back to crafting.
3. Marker Dried Out?
Revive It with Rubbing Alcohol Don’t toss those dried-out markers just yet! You can often bring them back to life with a little help from rubbing alcohol. Remove the marker’s cap and place a few drops of alcohol on the tip. Re-cap the marker and give it a good shake. The alcohol will help rehydrate the ink, and your marker should work like new.
4. Rescue Wrinkled Paper with an Iron
Accidentally crumpled your crafting paper? No problem! Place the wrinkled paper between two sheets of plain paper and run a warm iron (on the lowest setting) over the top sheet. The heat and pressure will smooth out the wrinkles, leaving you with pristine paper for your project.
5. Fix a Crooked Sticker with Dental Floss
If you’ve applied a sticker slightly crooked and need to reposition it, dental floss can be your saviour. Gently slide a piece of dental floss under the sticker and use it to lift the sticker off the surface. Reposition it as needed, then press it down firmly. The dental floss trick allows for a clean and precise adjustment.
With these five handy crafting emergency fixes up your sleeve, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle unexpected challenges and keep your creative projects on track. Remember, crafting is all about ingenuity and problem-solving, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your solutions and let us know any extra tips you have to add to the list in the comments below!