DIY Candy Corn Decor Tutorial

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Ah, candy corn. People either love it or hate it! But it’s a staple candy around the fall holidays. Why not decorate with this ombre-effect embroidery floss candy corn? Make a few of these and they’ll look great in a group.

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

Things you’ll need:
Small Styrofoam cone
Embroidery thread
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Wrap the top of the cone with white embroidery floss as shown. Wrap carefully to avoid seeing the Styrofoam through the floss. You’ll only need to glue the beginning and ending of each layer if you wrap carefully.
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2. Divide your yellows and oranges into progressively darker groups. Wrap with the lightest yellow first.
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3. Wrap with a darker yellow.
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4. Now switch to the lightest orange.
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5. Wrap with a darker orange.
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6. Finally, wrap with your darkest orange.
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7. Follow steps 1-6 to make a few more for displaying around the house!
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How to Make a Rustic Wood Owl Ornament

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Whether you’re decorating for fall or Winter, you’ll enjoy making these owl ornaments. Give each one its own personality with different color buttons. Make them even more special by using a wood-burning tool for the feathers instead of a marker.

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

Things you’ll need:
Oval wood slices
Felt sheets
Small buttons
Wood buttons
Black pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Twine
Drill with a bit to make a hole for the twine

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Things to do:
1. Drill holes in the top of your wood slices. Cut two black pieces of felt in circles and a yellow or orange piece of felt in a triangle. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Glue the felt to the wood slices as shown.
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3. Draw wings and feathers on the wood slice.
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4. Glue wooden buttons to the felt for eyes.
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5. Add small buttons on for pupils.
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6. Cut four pieces of pipe cleaner as shown.
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7. Form these into feet.
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8. Glue the feet to the back of the wood slice.
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9. Loop the twine through the hold you drilled and tie.
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Felt Bow Bookmarks Tutorial

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Ever though so many of us read on our electronic devices, there’s still nothing like holding a good, paper book in your hands. These paper clips are cute and quirky, and you’ll love using these felt bookmarks as you read.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Bits of felt
Paper clips
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Cut a strip about 1/4 ” wide from your felt. I’ve cut two, to make two bookmarks. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Cut the felt strip to about 5″ long and fold and glue as shown.
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3. Wrap a small piece around the center to simulate a knot.
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4. Cut a final piece of felt to a bit longer than the bow, to simulate the tails of the bow.
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5. Glue this to the top of the paper clip. Then glue the bow to the top, and you have a finished felt bow bookmark!
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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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