Rustic Felt Roses Tutorial

These beauties are in bloom all year long! Make a whole boutique and use them as a centerpiece when the fresh flowers aren’t an option.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out your felt pieces. You’ll need one 1/2 inch strip and two strips that start at 1 inch and expand to about 1 1/2 – 2 inches.
2. Wrap the 1/2 inch strip around the top of your stick. Use hot glue to secure the ends in place.
3. Next, wrap the large strip of felt around the stick. Try to keep the roll loose and play with different heights. When you’ve finished rolling, apply a tick line of hot glue at the bottom of the roll and push it tightly against the stick. Repeat this step with your last strip of felt.
4. Now we’re going to add leaves. Cut out one or two leaves and use hot glue to attach them to the bottom of the rose. I wrapped the entire bottom of my flower in green leaves, which gave my flower a clean and finished look.

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Rainbow Peg Dolls Tutorial

These DIY Rainbow peg dolls are simple to make. They are perfect for pretend play and color matching games.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2-3 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
6 unfinished male peg dolls
6 unfinished female peg dolls
Paint brush
Acrylic paint (white, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
Acrylic sealer *optional

Things to do:
1. Mix each color of paint (separately) with 3-4 drops of white paint to create the
pastel shade.
2. Apply a coat of white paint to each doll and wait for it to dry completely.
3. Apply 2-3 coats of one color of paint, completely covering the white paint.
Repeat for each of the 12 colors.
4. Optionally, spray each peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.

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DIY Felt Bookmarks

Make these simple felt bookmarks with your children as a great way to encourage more reading! Mix and match colors for endless designs. Or, you could use initials for a personal, monogram effect.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes per bookmark
Age range: 4+

Things you’ll need:
Stiffened felt bookmarks
Felt letter stickers


Things to do:
1. Decide on a color scheme and choose your embellishments.
2. Peel off the felt sticker back and press firmly on to the bookmark.
3. Fold your ribbon in half and insert the loop end through the hole in the top of the bookmark.
4. Wrap the ribbons ends around the top of the bookmark and insert through the loop before pulling taut.

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DIY ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ Sign

This sweet little sign is easy to make and would be the perfect decoration for a first birthday party or a graduation party (for kindergarten, high school, or even college, for that matter).

It would be a fun gift for a teacher who uses a Dr. Seuss theme in their classroom. You could also make a similar sign with any five-word sentiment you like.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood sign post cutout
Brown paint
Red paint
Orange paint
Yellow paint
Green paint
Blue paint
Black paint
Paint brushes

Things to do:
1. Begin by painting the post part of the sign brown or black.
2. Paint each of the signs a different color. I went with the colors of the rainbow in order from top to bottom – red, orange, green, yellow, blue – but you can do something more random if you’d rather. Allow to dry.
3. Use a pencil to write out the words, one on each sign, oh, the places you’ll go. I tried to make my font similar to the Dr. Seuss font, but you can make the letters any way you want. I also added punctuation that corresponds to the book title: a comma after oh, and an exclamation point at the end.
4. Use a small brush to paint the words in black on each sign. Allow to dry.

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Bumblebee Peg Doll Tutorial

Springtime is here and with the blooming flowers come bumblebees! Create a sweet little peg doll to celebrate.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished peg doll
Black acrylic paint
Yellow acrylic paint
Masking or painter’s tape
Paint brush
White felt
Yellow embroidery thread
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Embroidery needle
Wing template
Acrylic sealer *optional
Pencil *optional


Things to do:
1. Paint the body of the peg doll yellow. Apply 2-3 coats of paint for a deeper color. Allow to dry completely.
2. Apply two strips of tape to the body to create a solid line (about 1/4 inch thick) all the way around the body and paint in between the tape lines. Allow to dry completely and remove the tape
3. Paint the head of the peg doll black, leaving the face exposed (the shape will be similar to the peg doll wearing a hood.) Tip: it is helpful to trace the face shape out lightly with a pencil before starting to paint. You can paint over or erase any stray pencil marks.
4. Create 2-3 more black lines on the body of the peg doll, using the method in step two.
5. Optionally, spray the peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.
6. Using the template, cut two wing pieces from white felt
7. Sew the two wing pieces together using a blanket stitch and yellow thread.
8. Apply a line of hot glue down the center of the wings, as indicated in the photo, and hold firmly to the back of the peg doll until the glue is dry.

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DIY Pom Pom Garland Tutorial

Need a bright and cheery decoration for a party? This pom pom garland is great because you can customize the colors to match the theme of your party or the colors of your decor. Garlands are a versatile decoration- they can be laid across a mantle, wrapped around a tree, strung across a doorway, hung from a chandelier, and more.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10 +

Things you’ll need:
Pom poms
Clear elastic cord
Sewing needle with a larger eye (make sure it’s large enough to fit your cord through)

Things you’ll do:
1. Pick out the pom poms you want to use. Then figure out a pattern that you like by lining a few pom poms up in a line.
2. Thread the elastic cord through a needle. You will need a needle with a larger eye in order to be able to do this, so be sure to get one that has an eye large enough for the diameter of your cord.
3. Push the needle through the middle of a pom and pull it along to the end of your cord. The very center of the poms can be a little stiff and difficult to push the needle through. If it is too difficult then push the needle through the pom pom just slightly off of center.
4. Continue stringing the pom poms until you have the length of garland that you would like. Lining up the pom poms in your chosen pattern ahead of time makes the stringing go much faster.
5. To finish the pom pom garland off make a loop on each end with the elastic cord and tie a knot. This way you can use the loop at each end to hang the garland if you want.

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DIY Dress Form Display Tutorial

Everyone needs a miniature dress form to go next to their sewing machine, right? This interesting project has a lot of parts that come together in a fun way to make a great gift for someone who sews or an item to keep in your craft area to let everyone know your favorite craft.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache dress form
Dowel rod
Wood head bead
Wood circle plaque
Blue paint
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Foam brush
FolkArt Antiquing Medium
Old sewing pattern
Craft knife or sharp scissors
Wood glue
Small piece of air-dry clay or Sugru


Things to do:
1. Paint the dowel rod, head bead and wood plaque blue or color of your choice. Allow to dry.
2. Meanwhile, apply Mod Podge to dress form and place torn pieces of sewing pattern on top, pressing into the shape of the dress form.
3. Allow to dry, then spread Mod Podge on top, sealing the paper and smoothing out any edges that might not have been stuck down. Allow to dry.
4. Find the center of the bottom of the dress form and use a craft knife or a sharp pair of scissors to poke a small hole.
5. Insert the dowel in the hole.
6. Glue the head bead to the center of the plaque, with the hole facing up. Allow to dry.
7. Fill the hole with clay or Sugru and stick the dowel inside. Remove any excess and allow to dry.
8. Paint over the clay once dry, if desired.
9. Use a foam brush to apply a thin coat of antiquing medium to the dress form. It doesn’t (probably shouldn’t) have to completely cover the surface, and if you’d like a less-aged look you can skip this step, or give it a swipe with a paper towel after you apply. Let dry.

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How to Make a Dish Towel Apron Tutorial

A dish towel apron is a great sewing project for a beginner because you only have to stitch a couple of places – you could even sew it by hand!

The bias tape used as the ties on this version provides a fun contrast in pattern, but you can use solid-colored bias tape, coordinating ribbon, webbing or cord of your choice. Once you’ve made one you’re sure to want to turn lots of towels into aprons. They are great housewarming and hostess gifts, too.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10-15 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Dish towel; I used the Peacock Ogee Dish Towel
Gingham bias ribbon or ribbon/cord of your choice
Sewing machine and matching thread, or needle and thread

Things to do:
1. Decide how long you want your neck loop to be and cut a piece of bias ribbon to that length. Mine is about 18 inches.
2. The apron is made with the towel situated long ways down the body. Fold the top corners of the towel in slightly and tuck the ribbon into that folded section to form the top of the apron. I folded mine in 2.5 inches on each side. Make sure the ribbon isn’t twisted.
3. Sew these folds down. I just sewed all the way across the top of my apron, but you can do two separate seams if you prefer.
4. Decide how long you want your waist ties to be. I like wrapping mine all the way around my body and tying in the front, so I used the whole rest of the package of bias ribbon for my ties. Whatever length you prefer, cut two ties the same length. Determine where on your body you want the ties to be and pin in place. (This is easiest if you try the apron on, place one tie where you want it, take the apron off, fold the apron in half and align the tie on the other side with the first one.)
5. Sew the ties in place.
6. Try it on and make sure it fits the way you like.

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Heart String Art Tutorial

String art is a fun project you and your kids can do together, and it’s a perfect gift for a parent, grandparent or teacher, or to keep and hang on your wall.

Once you have the basics down you can use all sorts of shapes in the center, from the outline of your state to your child’s initial letter or the first letter of your last name. Keep the string winding in a regular pattern or go wild with multiple colors wrapped haphazardly.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 to 2 hours
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Round wood slice
White distressed nails
Cotton embroidery thread
Tack hammer

Things to do:
1. Decide which side of the birch slice is the front and which part you want to be the top. Use something heart-shaped as a guide or freehand draw a heart shape at the center of the wood slice.
2. Beginning at the bottom of the heart, hammer in nails around the heart shape. There are 48 nails in a pack, so I used 24 on the heart and 24 around the outside edge, but you can space them however you like.
These nails have a portion toward the tip that looks like a screw; that’s a good guide to how deep your nails should be. You can mark out in advance where you want each nail to go or just eyeball it like I did. Banging on the nails will cause some of the paint to chip off, which gives them an even more weathered look. The nails don’t have to be perfectly straight.
3. Hammer the remaining nails around the outside of the birch slice. I started by putting them in the positions of a clock face, then filled in between them until I was out of nails.
4. Choose the thread you want to use and tie it to one of the nails.
5. Begin wrapping the thread as you like, first around a nail on the outside, then a corresponding nail on the inside. Because I had the same number of nails in each section, I could wrap around each nail once all the way around. You may need to do something different if you have a different number of nails or if you want a different look.
6. When you’ve made it all the way around, cut the thread, leaving a couple inches of tail. Tie the thread to the nail, then tie the thread ends together and trim.
7. Just for fun I added a second color, starting at a different place and from the inside instead of the outside. You can continue to add colors, work in different directions, wrap double instead of single, whatever you like. It’s hard to decide when to stop!

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DIY Animal Storage Jars Tutorial

Spring cleaning has never been so cute! These seasonal storage jars are a great way to tidy your space while adding to your seasonal decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic animals
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Mason jar

Things to do:
1. Paint the lid of your mason jar with acrylic paint. Use a foam brush and apply a thick coat and let it dry completely. If you need to apply a second coat, make sure you have a lot of paint on your brush. Your base layer may peel up, so it’s best to apply only one coat.
2. Paint your plastic animal, being careful to cover all of the surface space.
3. Use hot glue to attach your animal to the center of your mason jar lid. Hold it in place until the glue dries completely.

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