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DIY Projects

  • Hungarian Living Folk Art Classes

    Hungarian Folk Art — there are so many regions as well as folk art expressions — where do we start? We have some ideas, for sure. Would you like to learn about the different Hungarian folk art regions? Do you have any specific regions that have caught your attention? These would be informational classes. Would […]

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  • Stepping Stones with Hungarian Style

    My name is Ashley. I live in Northeast Ohio with my daughter, Emma Ann, my fur-son, Nerd, horses Missy and Rain, and my (non-Hungarian) boyfriend Dave. Emma Ann has been showing horses (local fair and shows) since the age of 5. This year, we both started competing in Mounted Shooting. When I am not at […]

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  • The Old Farmhouse Window

    A special thanks to Julie for sharing this sweet story! ~ Liz ***      ***     ***     *** My story starts with my mom.  You could say that she inspired me to always be your best, be strong, and that family is always first. She tells me of stories of when she was a […]

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  • Painting Hungarian Designs on Plates

      My Name is Larissa Paulik Bashura.  Both of my parents are Hungarian.  My father, and I have been working on our family tree for many years.   My Paternal Grandmother was born in Ungvar, Hungary in 1913 and came to the United States via Ellis Island when she was 5 years old, with her […]

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  • Chimney Cakes

    Chimney Cakes (Kürtőskalács) are delicious! There are many versions and I probably could love them all! Recently I noticed that Joanne Toth-Lysiak was creating and posting about her Chimney Cakes on Facebook and I was intrigued! So I contacted her and asked if she would explain how she went about it! Joanne lives in Welland, […]

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  • Hungarian Hearts and Watercolor

    Kata is from Budapest, Hungary but currently lives in North Wales and studies Welsh. She started painting folk inspired florals at the beginning of the lockdown. First she painted on concrete blocks in the garden because she was without watercolour paper or quality paint. Kata considers herself a total hobbyist. She studied literature, arts and […]

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  • Hungarian Themed Carved Pumpkins

    Carving pumpkins isn’t necessarily a Hungarian tradition, although, as we become a more global society, different traditions are often adopted outside of their original country. I can’t say where pumpkin carving originated, but it is a pretty strong tradition in the United States. I have loved seeing the new twists on pumpkin carving in recent […]

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  • Hungarian Folk Art Painted Jean Jacket

    I recently saw a wonderful project on Facebook and I reached out to the creator and asked if she would share some details. She graciously agreed! Thank you, Rita! I was born in California to Hungarian parents, my father was from Pest and my mother from Szeged. I grew up speaking Hungarian, eating Hungarian food […]

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  • Hungarian Folk art Birdhouse
  • Hungarian Folk Art Birdhouse

    This Hungarian folk art birdhouse craft is a sweet way to bring a little more Hungarian folk art into your home! As an avid flower-lover and gardener of Hungarian heritage, the motifs and colors of Matyó embroidery have always appealed to me. Like many people nowadays, turning to nature and various forms of crafty pursuit […]

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  • Matyó Dragonfly

    Look at this creative project! I contacted Kathy last year after seeing her work and she graciously agreed to visit with me about this sweet dragonfly. It was a fun afternoon! Kathy is a creative person and we didn’t get into the nuts and bolts of the project, which is ok. She felt like there […]

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  • Quilting with Kékfestő

    Clearly no one would even ponder that this red haired, fair skinned, brown eyed person had any Hungarian ancestry.    My husband, on the other hand, has people just automatically speak to him in Hungarian when we visit Hungary.   But a quilter I am!!!!  So when I randomly saw on the internet a pattern […]

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  • Making Homemade Paprika

    I love meeting with people who love connecting with their Hungarian heritage in a variety of ways! Jennifer is one such treasure. Enjoy her adventure with making paprika – I love that it is a farm-to-table experience!   ~ Liz Making Homemade Paprika Making homemade paprika is a surprisingly easy way to connect to your Hungarian […]

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  • Folk Art Embroidered Blue Jeans

    Recently, I became connected with Rita from Plano, Texas. I love her story and I hope it serves as inspiration for others who would like to work on a project like this!  ~ Liz I am from Tiszaluc, near Miskolc which is the NE part of Hungary. My Mom always “fixed” our buttons or rips, […]

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  • Hungarian Themed Valentine Printouts

    Do you have friends or family who would be sweetly surprised if you made an effort to learn something in Hungarian? Even though Hungarian is a tricky language, you can learn a few phrases and surprise your family or a special friend. You don’t even have to be Hungarian to have fun with these folk […]

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  • DIY ~ Easter Egg Coloring Pages

    Coloring is a great activity for all ages! The extra benefit of these coloring pages is the opportunity for you to use the Hungarian folk art for other projects like embroidery, woodcarving, woodburning and, if you are the creative sort, you can come up with a lot of opportunities for application! We have used colored […]

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  • A Kalocsai Torta

    A note from Liz: I am not a crafty person but I know some incredibly talented people who love to play with different mediums and create. I have seen some beautiful cakes decorated like Hungarian embroidery and I have even taken embroidery samples to a bakery and paid them to create one. But I must […]

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  • Christmas Cards with a Magyar Touch

    A few year ago, we had a card making party with some “crafty” friends. If you are not a person who is naturally craft-oriented, I recommend you surround yourself with those who are because it is fun to do with a person who knows what they are doing! What you should gather together: Find a […]

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  • Painted Toes ~ Matyó Style!

    I love Hungarian folk art! And, if you haven’t noticed yet, I love to see it expressed in a variety of ways! We love to encourage the connection to Hungarian folk art, even if you are a bit removed from your Hungarian heritage. So, here we are with some encouragement for some Hungarian folk art […]

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  • Decorated Cakes with Hungarian themes

    We love Hungarian everything and wanted to add a special touch to a recent event. It has been a long time since I helped make a dobos torta and I haven’t ever made any other tortes (though I think I ought to at least try it once!) so that was out of the question this […]

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  • Hand-carved Hungarian Folk Art Stamps

      A few years ago, several of my friends and family members got together for a couple of stamp carving sessions. I love the idea of Hungarian Folk Art Stamps but I haven’t ever really seen any stamps to buy with Hungarian folk art themes. I am not a crafty person but the idea of […]

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  • DIY ~ Hungarian Scrabble®

      We are always trying to find new ways of improving our language skills and this idea can be applied to a number of different languages. Playing this game helps me to make a connection with the letters and sounds and my vocabulary. We aren’t very competitive. It’s just fun to gain a little more […]

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  • Adding a Hungarian Touch to a Wedding

    Weddings are wonderful, life-changing events. The blending of two people who are connected to two families of different ethnic origins is a delicate endeavor. How is a balance achieved? When I became engaged to my husband, Don, who is 1/2 Dutch and 1/2 German, there might have been a twinge of disappointment that I was […]

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  • Szeged Tins Repurposed

    Add a nice touch to your refrigerator or filing cabinet with these Hungarian-themed pencil holders! Here is a very simple project we recently completed. If you have an old magnet on your refrigerator that you can use for this, that’s even better! There are many different Szeged brand products and their old style tins work […]

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  • Making Szaloncukor

    For the last couple of years I have been thinking about making the traditional Hungarian Christmas candy, szaloncukor. What was my motivation? I miss the traditional fringed paper. I just like how it looks. I guess it is nostalgic. But it also is (or at least it was) a traditional activity in Hungarian homes. People […]

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