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Share the Joy this Holiday Season

The holidays are about giving. At Ann Williams Group, not only do we craft presents for our loved ones, but we also donate our craft kits.

We're very proud to be a national corporate sponsor of Toys for Tots.

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November 28, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Gifts for Teens, Adults, Friends & Family

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts for teens, adults, family, and friends covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Gifts for ages 5-8 and 9-12

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts for kids aged 5-8 and kids aged 9-12 covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers & Popular Gifts

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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Loopdeloom in Do It Yourself Magazine

The Loopdeloom was recently featured in DIY magazine by Better Homes & Gardens. Here are basic instructions for making the featured pillow & throw blanket/rug. If you're new to the Loopdeloom, we have videos on our YouTube channel to get you started.

THROW BLANKET/RUG:
The blanket/rug is 28” wide, so you will need to connect 4 looms. Cut your warp threads twice the length you want your throw to be, plus an extra 12" as called for in the instructions. Then start weaving! Check out our rug video for more tips.

We used a variety of white and cream colored yarns to weave stripes. Try fun fur yarns, thick wool yarns, textured yarns, thin yarns, etc. to add interest. You can weave with more than 1 strand of yarn at a time to weave faster! When you’re done weaving, knot the ends of the warp threads as specified in the instructions. We added tassels made from a thicker wool yarn.

PILLOW:
The pillow is made from two 16” squares. We used a mustard colored yarn for the warp. Weave the base stripes first: 1.5" of dark gray fun fur, 2" of soft gray yarn, 9" of cream yarn, 2" of soft gray yarn, and 1.5" of dark gray fun fur.

Next embroider over the base. We kept it simple, but you can embroider whatever you want! Finally, attach the two squares to make a pillow. We tied the warp threads together at the top and bottom, then trimmed the fringe to length. Stick a 16” pillow insert inside, sew up the sides, and enjoy your new pillow!

What have you made with the Loopdeloom? Show us! Share your project on social media with the hashtag #wherefunrules.

October 24, 2017

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Tips & Tricks: Our Most Popular Craft Kits

Based on feedback from crafty customers like you, we’re sharing a few tips and tricks on how to make some of our most popular craft kits. We are always here to help you start your new craft projects -  if you have questions, please feel free to shoot us an email at info@annwilliamsgroup.comHappy Crafting!

Craft-tastic Yarn Giraffes Kit

When beginning this craft, it's important to make sure that your cardboard pieces are lined up and assembled firmly together. Having extra double-sided tape around can be handy, especially to help any loose yarn stick to the cardboard when wrapping. Don't forget to pull the yarn tightly when wrapping around the cardboard, and also to keep the yarn as flat and smooth as possible. Tip: don't twist the yarn!

Craft-tastic Paper Bowls Kit

This is one of our favorite crafts, but it does take some patience. Start by generously applying glue to both sides of the paper circle, then placing it onto the bowl form provided. We find that it's best if you begin placing them around the rim, then work towards the center. Know that it's okay to have gaps between the circles - this is normal!

Also, if you are having trouble getting your paper circles to curve with the bowl, wait a few minutes for the glue to become tacky, then press down the paper edges and they will stay in place. While you are waiting for the glue to try between coats, don't forget to wrap your foam applicator in plastic wrap so the glue doesn't dry onto the applicator brush.

Craft Crush Felt Succulents Kit

One of the coolest things about our Felt Succulents Kit is that you don't necessarily need to display them in the tray included, but you can actually use them individually or separate them into groups for decor around your home or office.

When you start this craft, it's important to make sure that you are rolling the felt tightly, and to secure the rolled felt petals tightly with the rubber bands provided, even if it means wrapping them around a few times.

Once you've created a tight roll of felt and secured it, arrange the petals by pulling on them gently to separate and create dimension. This may take some practice and finessing, to get the desired look you want. Be patient!

Once you've finished your succulent, customize it with colored chalk to make it look realistic and for added texture. Tip: use a little bit of hairspray to set the chalk and voilà! You've just created beautiful, felt succulents. 

June 01, 2017

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4 Ways to Cultivate Your Child's Creativity

We're so excited to announce the launch of our newest collection - meet our Craft-tastic Creative Challenge Boxes! Designed for children ages 6+ our open-ended Creative Challenge Kits will help cultivate your child's creativity and imagination. 

These 4 themed boxes of FUN encourage kids to approach craft projects in a totally new way. They can help improve STEM/STEAM skill sets by keeping kids so engaged they don't even know they're learning!

By taking advantage of a kid's natural interest in building toys, this kit allows them to use their imagination and inspires them to think for themselves. Each kit includes 7 challenges that will get them thinking outside of the box - no pun intended 😉

Oh, and in case you didn't know, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - skills that kids must readily adopt in order to stay relevant in today's tech-centic world. 

1. Inventor's Box: This kit is ideal for every young inventor who wants to push the boundaries to see what they can create with a variety of materials. By taking advantage of a child's natural curiosity in inventing things, we inspire them to use their imagination, think for themselves, and solve problems creatively. Inventors, start your creations!

2. Artist's Box: How do you challenge children to listen to their inner artist? Without specific instructions, kids are free to explore their artistic side and experiment with a variety of colorful materials. What kind of masterpiece will your child create? The possibilities are endless.

3. Tinker Box:  Lots of great thinkers started out as great tinkerers! Engineers, scientists, architects, and mathematicians - they all had a curiosity about how things worked. This kit challenges kids to tinker and come up with something unique, encouraging them to push the boundaries. Will your child tinker together some greatness? 

4. Idea Box: You never know where the next big idea will come from! This idea box puts an array of materials and creative prompts in kids' hands and asks them to make something totally unpredictable, out-of-the-box and maybe something no one has ever seen before. Kick start their ideas with this fun box.

March 29, 2017

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