How to Make Your Own Rustic ‘Joy’ Plaque

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Spreading joy isn’t just for the holidays! If you have an older piece of wood, dress it up with this welcoming plaque that you can add to the side of your house, garage, or barn. Try some letters other than “Joy” if you’d like – your last name, another saying – anything!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood letter J
Wood letter O
Wood letter Y
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
E6000 glue
Sandpaper or a scraping tool to distress the painted letters

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Things to do:
1. Place the letters on your wood to decide on placement and size of the plaque.
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2. Paint your first letter.
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3. Continue painting the remaining letters. Allow them to dry, then distress them with sandpaper or a scraper.
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4. Glue into place with the E6000. Make sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
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DIY Felt Monogram Keychain

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Craft this felt keychain in your initial or that of a friend! To make the letter, print one on your computer or draw it yourself if it’s an easy letter. Your choice of embroidery thread color will really set off your project!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Split key ring
Scissors
Ribbon
Cotton embroidery threads
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Large-eye embroidery needle

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Things to do:
1. Cut out two initials from different colors of felt.
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2. Thread your needle and knot one end.
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3. Wrap your ribbon around the split key ring as shown. You can hot glue in place if desired.
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4. Glue the front and back together with the ribbon sandwiched between as shown. Only glue at the point where the ribbon meets the letter.
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5. Start by sewing with a running stitch around the outside of the letter.
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6. Continue stitching around the letter until you’ve finished. Tie a knot at the end and clip.
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DIY Chicken Wire Frame Display

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This shabby-chic display can be used in a variety of ways, from showcasing your jewelry to housing your favorite Christmas cards. This simple DIY project will show you how to create an artistic approach to organizing your odds and ends.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Metal ring
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Wire
Boxwood picks

Things to do:
1. Flatten out your roll of chicken wire and lay the metal ring on top of it.
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2. Cut a circle of chicken wire out, using your metal ring as a guide for size.
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3. Next, we’re going to attach the chicken wire to the metal ring. Cut a 2-inch piece of wire and slide it through the chicken wire, wrapping it around the metal ring to hold them together. Repeat this step several times at different points around the ring, until the chicken wire is secure.
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4. Use wire cutters to trim any chicken wire that pokes out beyond the metal ring.
5. Create mini bunches of boxwood and use wire to attach them to your metal ring.
6. Cut a 5-inch piece of wire and secure both ends to the top of your metal ring, creating a hanger.
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How to Make a Clothespin Spring Jewelry Charm

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Create these unique pieces of jewelry or keychain holders by using an unusual object – the spring of a clothespin! You can create these easily from any button that has a shank.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wood clothespin
Vintage buttons with shanks
Ball chain
E6000 glue

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Things to do:
1. Twist apart your clothespin as shown. Set aside the wooden parts for another project.
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2. Take apart the touch stone jewelry to use the ball chain, or use another chain you have on hand.
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3. Grab the spring of your clothespin.
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4. Insert the ends into the shank of your button. If needed, secure overnight with some E6000 glue.
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5. Thread the ball chain into the clothespin as shown.
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Dandelion Nail Wall Art Tutorial

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Who knew wood and nails could be so beautiful! This DIY takes minimum materials and maximum creativity-You’ll love the way your rustic piece of home decor turns out!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large log slice
Nails
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hammer
Pencil

Things to do:
1. The first step is planning how you want your art to turn out. Use a pencil to mark your wood in places you want the nails to be. For this project, I’m creating a dandelion!
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2. Hammer your nails in place, following the pencil markings you sketched. Be sure to hammer them in pretty far to make sure they are secure and can’t be pulled or bent.
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3. When the nails are in place, it’s time to start adding some color! Knot the end of your embroidery floss around a nail and begin wrapping it around your design. This is the time to get creative and have fun!
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4. When you’ve finished wrapping your design, knot the end of the embroidery floss securely and admire your handiwork!
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How to Make a Wooden Bead Panda Necklace

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Celebrate the birth of baby pandas in August and September with this adorable panda necklace. This is a perfect project for kids for parties!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Two sizes of wooden beads
Black acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Paint brush
Rattail cord
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Paint the largest bead in white and allow to dry.
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2. Paint the two smaller beads black. Allow to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Draw eyes onto the white bead as shown.
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4. Paint them black. Allow to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue the ears onto the head.
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6. Thread the cord through the bead and knot the end. Make sure the cord is long enough to get around the head, and clip and tie in a knot.
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How to Make a Sock Bird Tutorial

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Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt squares
Styrofoam ball, at least 2 1/2 ”
Google eyes
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sequin pins
Sock

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Things to do:
1. Start to cover your ball with the sock. You’ll need to cut the sock and sometimes create notches to keep the seams smooth. Add pins to keep it in place.
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2. Make the seams as neat as possible on both ends. They’ll be covered later but try to keep them fairly flat.
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3. This is what the ball should look like.
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4. Cut out teardrop shapes from two colors of felt for wings. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue in place.
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6. Glue the eyes and a beak to the front.
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7. Cut out a shape for the tail and create slits to make it look like feathers.
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8. Cut a smaller shape and glue on top of the tail
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9. Glue in place on the back of the bird.
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How to Make Wire Frame Angels

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This multi-purpose DIY project will have your Christmas decor looking lovely all season long! Use the wire form to create unique gift tags, or leave the wire angel on and display it as a work of art.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you need:
Wood plaque
Wooden spools
Nails
Hammer
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating your wire form. Heat up your hot glue gun and use it to attach your spools to a wooden plaque. To create an angel shape, I attached one spool to the top center and two spools on either side, just below the top.
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2. Next, it’s time to add a few nails to complete the form. Hammer two nails below the center spool, another two about 1-inch below those, and two more at both bottom corners for the plaque.
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3. When your form is finished, it’s time to create your wire angels! Cut a 2-foot piece of wire and start at the center, wrapping it around the top spool. Continue making your way around the nails and spools to create the outline of an angel.
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4. When you reach the end, trim any excess wire and wrap the ends together, securing the shape.

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DIY Road Monogram Wall Art

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Perfect for a little (or big!) boy’s room! Paint this in any color you’d like. You can also add other types of traffic lines, parking lots, small buildings… you’re only limited by your imagination!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Miniature cars
Wood letter
Acrylic paint
Nylon paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sawtooth hanger

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Things to do:
1. Paint your letter in any color you’d like.
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2. Allow it to dry.
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3. Paint traffic lines on your letter and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Hot glue the cars to the letter and add your sawtooth hanger to the back.
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DIY Simplistic Modern Weave Wall Hanging

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This bohemian DIY is great to do with kids on a rainy day. The steps are simple and easy to follow, giving your tiny tots an easy introductory to weaving.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large metal ring
Small metal ring
Cotton twine
Scissors
Wire cutters
Gold jewelry wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching your metal rings. Cut a 2-inch piece of gold jewelry wire and wrap it tightly around the top of both rings. Cut any excess.
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2. Cut 20 pieces of string that measure 20 inches long.
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3. Next, it’s time to start connecting the string to the metal rings. Fold a piece of string in half and slide the center under the bottom hoop. Pull the ends up through the loop of string and back down through the other side, creating a knot.
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4. Repeat step 3 until all 20 pieces are secured to the largest metal ring.
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5. Next, cut ten 5-inch pieces of string.
6. Knot them onto the top ring, just like you knotted the longer strings onto the bottom ring.
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7. Display your work of art on a nail or tack and enjoy!
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