Create & Decorate strives to present quality craft projects in a straightforward, easily understood manner. As a how-to magazine, our aim is to teach our readers principles and techniques for crafts, lay foundations that encourage readers to develop their own ideas, offer columns that are informative and of interest to our readers, inform readers of new ideas, products, and trends within the industry, and present as wide a variety of projects as space, editorial focus, and audience interest allows.

We’d like your projects to be featured in our magazine. We ask that you submit only original material that has not been published elsewhere, shared on the Internet, or is currently under consideration by another publisher.

We request that you first submit several good quality photographs of the project for our consideration. Keep backgrounds simple in order to highlight the project, and include a recognizable object in the picture as a gauge to size and scale of the project. Upon acceptance, we would require the finished item for our photography. Any hand-drawn illustrations or color worksheets should be as detailed as possible.

All original manuscripts for projects should be typed in a Microsoft Word document, double-spaced, and include your name, complete street address, and telephone number on the front page. All manuscripts should consist of:

  • A title.
  • List materials and tools in order of importance. Brand names may be included where necessary, but take care to ensure that the product name appears exactly as shown on the product’s packaging.
  • Complete step-by-step instructions written clearly and concisely. List the instructions in the order in which they are carried out.
  • Full-size patterns inked in black on white paper. Do not make any notations or labeling on the original pattern; rather, make a copy of the original pattern and label accordingly.
  • Include a complete source of supply for products named in the materials list. List company name, telephone number, and website.

Consideration of your project for publication in Create & Decorate is as much a matter of editorial and seasonal circumstance as of the quality of your design. We look forward to receiving your creative ideas and projects, and wish you much success.

E-mail a digital image of your proposal to Please send your accepted designs to: Create & Decorate, Attn: Editor, 7 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, NJ 07874. Word documents should be e-mailed to the Associate Editor at

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For more information, contact the Editor at (973) 347-6900 x 137, e-mail, or by fax (973) 347-6909.