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You can make a wide variety of different great looking lasso crafts right at home with the appropriate tools. Find out how to make lasso crafts with help from a crafts expert with over fifteen years of experience in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Holly Silva and I've been a craft expert for about 15 years now. Today, I'm going to show you how to do a lasso craft. Now, today, we're going to make as an homage to the Western lifestyle and all of that wonderful, cool stuff that happened back in the wild West. We're going to make picture frames. You can make anything you want today, I'm going to show you how to make picture frames. Most pictures are what, like four by six, you know, basic size. So, we're just going to do that, we're going to model after that. What I have here, this is a bamboo skewer, you can use Popsicle sticks. I like these, because I found them at the 99 cents store, I think, they were only 79 cents. Great place, if you want to craft, if like to craft, you don't have to go and buy a whole bunch of expensive things. Just buy a lot of little basic things. So, what I did was, because we're going to do something really cool with it. If it's a four by six, I'm going to add an extra inch to each stick. So, instead of four inches, I'm going to make the sides five and the top, instead of six, I'm going to make it seven. So, what I did was, I just snapped them in half, it's really simple to snap them. It's actually easier to snap them than to, than to actually cut them, like so. And if you have that raw, it doesn't matter, because that's not the one you're using. It just, smooth it over, just like that. If you're, if it's a craft for kids, you're probably going to want to have the adult do it, if you're not already the adult yourself. Alright, so, just measure out on your construction paper, just, I don't know, like an inch or something, nothing to crazy. Actually, I like, I like an inch, an inch is good, so we'll do that. And you can make it you know, you can do, you can do zig-zags, if you want, you can do, this is a four and a half by eleven sheet of paper. So, you can just cut strips and then, measure them down, cut four strips. O.k., so, cut it about four inches there, four inches about there, o.k., six inches, we're going to do. Now, you're going to stick, with the, with the four and six inches, that's fine. You'll see why it works, when it does. O.k., we're doing to very basically, today, well, I'm doing it very basically, today, just for the sake of time. Again, you can take as long as you want, because crafting is soothing, it shouldn't be speedy, unless you're teaching a craft, a craft story. O.k., now, what you do is, stick this, either edge, I like to use double stick tape, to your stick there. And make sure it's straight, because if it's not straight, you're going to have a crooked, you're going to have a crooked album. And there, at the end, o.k., alright. And then, the other side, here, keep your stick steady, just like with any other sport, you know, keep it steady, alright, just like my grandpa would have said it. So, we're going to stick our double stick to the back of our side piece, not the top or the bottom, but the side. Depending on whichever angle you work from, and stick her there, alright, and the other side. You don't have to use big pieces, you can just use little pieces, just enough to tack it on. Because double stick tape is one of the most remarkable crafting materials, I've ever used. And it's very inexpensive and you don't have to wait for it to dry, like you do, glue. Alright, now, what we're going to do is, make a lasso. So, you grab your craft wire, just a little piece, I don't know, maybe about six inches long. Depending on you know, how you want it to look, but I'll show you how it looks first. And just make a little loop and wrap your loop around the other, like so. Because this is a lasso, so you want to make it look like a lasso. Chances are, if you know, if you're making this, like I am, you know what a lasso looks like. So, I don't have to tell you that. But what we're going to do is, this is, it's not all that fancy. So, we're going to make it a little pretty. Now, you can wrap yarn around it, you can wrap tissue paper around it, which is what I'm going to do. Just grab a little strip, and wrap it around, that way it's, that way, it looks like a lasso. Because lassos are not made out of wire, for those of you that haven't seen a lasso, and want to make a lasso. Now, you just flip it around here, like so, and just wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap. Alright, I'm going to do this a little quick for you, a little bit quicker. Oh, see, look, my lasso opened up, that's how you know it's really working. Alright, and flip it through, flip it through, flip it around. Alright, now, I'm just wrap, wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap, o.k., there we go. Now, because I'm using tissue paper, and wire, I like to just stab the end of the tissue paper, that way, it's safe. Because this is, this is kind of, I mean, it doesn't have to be a child's craft, you know, you can make it a lot nicer. But if kids are doing it, you want it to be safe, you don't want anybody to get stuck with it. So, here's your lasso, and what we're going to do, is grab our double stick tape, a nice size piece here. Stick it to the under side of the lasso, and pop it up there on the corner. And there it is, your lasso craft. I had a great time making it, I hope you do it too, using the colors you like, use any materials you like. That's just the principle of it, use your imagination. If you have any questions on this or anything else, please let us know, and we would love to help you out. See you next time.

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