‘Sweet as Pie’ Bottle Cap Magnet Tutorial

Use felt scraps and bottle caps to create this deliciously adorable, sweet as pie magnet.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10 mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Bottle caps
Craft or hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut felt scrap in to tiny piece, using whatever color you would like your berries to be.
2. Roll the felt scraps into tiny balls. If it doesn’t roll easily, pull on your felt until the fabric loosens, and then roll.
3. Once you have a sufficient amount of berries (this will depend on how large you make them, and how full you wish your pie tin to be) apply glue to the inside of your cap, and press the berries into place.
4. After your berries are in place, measure the inner length of your bottle cap. The size can vary a bit depending on the condition of the cap or if it has been flattened or not.
5. Once you have your inner cap measurement, cut your crust strips.
6. Roll your strips between your fingers to create a more “homemade” pie crust effect. This is not necessary, but does help give the pie a more realistic look.
7. Glue your pieces in place.
8. Lastly, using your glue, attach your magnet to the back of your bottlecap. Tip: You can also trim your pie, using the same method.

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How to Make a Felt Fringe Flower Headband

This adorable yet simple method for creating felt fringe flowers is an easy and frugal way to create an adorable headband to match any outfit!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Start by measuring out and cutting out a long rectangle in each color.
The example here is 2 1/2″ x 5″
2. Fold your felt piece in half (think half a sandwich style).
3. Using hot glue, attach the two sides together (glue your sandwich shut, creating a “tube”).
4. Cut slits on the opposite side of the hot glue. It works best to cut as close to your line of hot glue as possible. This makes your flower petals longer and more prominent. The distance between your slits is up to you, the more slits, the more “petals” your flower will have.
5. Roll your strip together, gluing it as you go, once your slits have been finished (think a pinwheel).
6. This step is optional, but for comfort purposes, Cut two rectangular or circular pieces of felt (small enough to be hidden by your flowers, but big enough to allow the base of your flowers to fit on to it) and create a barrier between the flowers and the headband, gluing one piece of felt on the underneath, and on the top of the headband in the location you wish to place your flowers, (Think sandwiching your headband between the two pieces).
7. Attach your flowers to your headband-or on top of the felt pieces used to make your protective “sandwich”

Tip: To create a customized colored headband like the one pictured, simple cut strips of felt, and wrap the headband and use hot glue to keep it secure along the way.

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Simple No Sew Felt Pennant Banner Tutorial

Create a colorful felt pennant banner, perfect for decor, as well as parties and showers!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Create your pennant. Using a ruler and pen, create a triangle template according to your desired pennant size. We used a 6 inch height, with a 4 inch base.
2. Cut out your pennant shapes.
3. Use your ruler to measure out the amount of string or twine you desire to use, which should be based on the amount of space you wish for it to cover, as well as how large the base of your pennant is.
4. Lay your felt pennants out, underneath your twine according to how far you wish to space them out from one another. (You can mark the spot on your felt, and glue and then thread your string through, or use the method pictured.)
5. Use hot glue to create a line underneath, but not touching your string. We put ours around 1/2 inch from the top. (The idea is to NOT glue your string to the felt, so that your pennant can move freely on your string) Fold the top of your pennant over your spring, and press down, so that your felt dries to your hot glue. Be sure you are not gluing your string to the felt, or you will not be able to move your pennants freely on the string. Do this with all of your pennants to create your banner.

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DIY Kitschy Earrings

Make a statement by creating a pair of kitschy earrings using miniature dollhouse objects!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 5 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Miniature Dollhouse ItemsFood, Records, etc. (you will need two of each for earrings)
Earring Posts/Backs

Things to do:
1. Select your dollhouse miniatures. You will need a pair.
2. Put a dot of craft glue on the back side of your miniatures.
3. Firmly press your earring post to the dot of glue and then allow to dry once secure.

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How to Make No Sew Felt Pillows

Make these felt pillow in any size or shape for endless options. They are perfect for a doll’s bed!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours (depending on size)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt
Poly-fil stuffing

Things to do:
1. Cut two pieces of felt the same size (I used two whole sheets of felt).
2. Cut one inch squares out of each corner (these squares will be smaller or larger depending on the size of your piece of felt).
3. Cut one inch strips of felt into each edge of the remaining sections. You will be left with two pieces of felt that look like they have fringe. (It is easier to make sure your fringe pieces match if you line up your pieces and cut through both layers at once).
4. Line up the two pieces of felt, matching the corners, and tie two matching fringe pieces together.
5. Continue tying matching fringe pieces together all the way around three of the sides.
6. Stop on the fourth side and stuff the pillow.
7. Continue tying the fringe pieces until your pillow is completely tied shut.

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Patriotic Bean Bag Toss Game Tutorial

Make your own beanbag toss game for those warm summer evenings spent enjoying family time outside!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Red felt
Light blue felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Number stencils
Acrylic paint
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Paint the trays white. Allow to dry completely.
2. Cut two 3″x3″ squares from blue felt.
3. Apply a line of glue close to the edge on three of the four sides of one square. Place the matching square over the glue, aligning the sides, and press firmly to secure the glue.
4. Fill the bean bag with beans through the open side.
5. Apply a line of glue on the fourth side and press the two sides together to seal the beanbag shut.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 until you have the desired number of bean bags (I made 2 red and 2 blue).
7. After the trays are dry, use a stencil to paint the desired “point value” inside each of the trays and allow to dry.

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DIY Easy Peasy Upcycled Globe

Create a beautiful, upcycled globe without the use of stencils. These can add a beautiful flair to home decor, or serve as a unique alternative to a guest book at weddings and celebrations.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2 hrs+
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
A Globe
Paint brush
Paint pen, paper cutouts, Mod Podge *optional

Things to do:
1. Prepare your globe. Removing the glossy top layer is optional, but creates a matte finish if removed. If you choose to leave the glossy layer, make sure it is clean and dust free.
2. Paint your globe and allow it to fully dry.
3. Decorate your globe. Using a stencil is optional, and using a paint pen to do freehand lettering on your globe, creates a unique and personalized piece. Cutting out art from scrapbook paper, vintage books, etc. also adds an extra touch and eliminates the need to freehand complicated images.

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DIY Felt Dress Up Headdress

Create an adorable felt headdress, perfect for dramatic play as well as a fun addition to a costume chest!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30+ Mins
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaner
Ribbon, string or elastic
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Create the base of your headdress using felt. It is not necessary to measure, though helpful in creating a customized fit for the wearer. We used a 6 inch strip of felt for a toddler sized head.
2. On each end of your base, attach either string, ribbon or elastic to the backside of your headdress using your hot glue. Using elastic works well for creating a one size fits one headdress, and is especially helpful if creating these for party favors. We used 11 inches of string on each side for our toddler sized headdress.
3. Draw out feathers on your felt. Perfection is not necessary, as feathers aren’t perfect!
4. Cut notches into each side of your feathers. It is helpful to fold your feather in half and cut your notches into both sides at once.
5. Hot glue a piece of pipe cleaner in the middle of each feather. Each pipe cleaner piece should be the length of your feather. Note: You can choose to keep your pipe cleaner forward facing when attaching to your base, depending on your preference.
6. Hot glue your feathers to the backside of our headdress. Press down firmly to assure the feathers hold sturdy to the base.
7. Embellish! Decorate the base of your headdress to your preference, cutting out and gluing different shapes of felt to give your headdress a little flair!

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Scandinavian-inspired Decorative Baby Rattle Tutorial

This Scandinavian-inspired battle rattle looks lovely displayed on a shelf in a nursery. Have fun playing with different colors and patterns to complement your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden beads
Black acrylic paint (non-toxic)
Stretchy cord
Wooden rings
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. First, paint your wooden beads with different patterns. I painted polka dots, stripes and brush strokes.
2. Cut a piece of stretchy cord and string the beads on.
3. When all of your beads are in place, slide two or three wooden rings over them.
4. Tie the ends of the stretchy cord together, securing them with a double knot.

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DIY Funky Felt Coasters


Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30+ Mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
PVA glue or hot glue and glue sticks
Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat
Jute twine *optional

Things to do:
1. Cut the felt into strips. The width will determine the height of your coasters. Using a rotary cutter and cutting mat makes the task much easier, but is not necessary.
2. Once your strips are cut, begin to coil your felt. For a tighter coaster, use PVA clue and run it along your thread as you coil. You can also choose to hot glue each piece of felt only at the beginning and end, though you must keep your coil pulled tightly.
3. Continue to coil using different colors and lengths of felt to your preference, until you have reached our desired size of coaster.
4. Optional: Wrap jute twine on the outer layer of your coaster, using a tiny dot of hot glue on the beginning and end to keep it securely attached.

Tip: To create a more “felted” style coaster, use a balled up piece of tin foil and gently “scrub” it on the top of your coaster. This gives your felt a woolier, more felted look, without going through the process of felting.

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