Kid Approved Ice Cream Cones Tutorial

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Whether or not it’s summer, ice cream is always a treat! Craft adorable ice cream cone treats that will never melt. These can be used as package toppers, kitschy lapel pins, or string a bunch together to create a mouth watering bunting for your next party.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Burlap sheet
Large craft pom poms
Small craft pomp poms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler
A plate
Pencil
Needle with a large eye, and thread *optional
Rotary cutter *optional

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Things to do:
1. Cut 4-inch square pieces of burlap for cones.
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2. Either trace the curve of a plate onto the corner of the burlap and cut with scissors, or use a rotary cutter on a protected surface. Warm up your hot glue gun, unless you plan to sew your cones.
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3. Fold the cone as shown, and either glue or sew into place.
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4. Fill the cone with burlap scraps, and glue a large pom pom to the top.
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5. Add a small pom pom for a cherry on top!
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Popsicle Stick Fairy Garden Doors Tutorial

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Create several of these whimsical using different colors and notions. Go for fun and quirky! You may add magnets to these, or attach them to a canvas for a fun piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Acrylic paint
Buttons
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Card stock

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Things to do:
1. Decide on the shape of the doors you’d like to make.
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2. Paint the craft sticks as desired.
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3. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut out a piece of card stock slightly smaller than the shape of the door you’re creating, so that the card stock is hidden behind the sticks as much as possible.
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4. Glue the sticks onto the card stock.
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5. Trim and paint some other craft sticks and attach to the doors.
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6. Glue on buttons for door knobs.
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7. Add other embellishments, such as glitter, beads, or sequins.
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How to Make a Frozen-Themed Snowflake Hair Clip

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Let her accessorize with this adorable snowflake hair clip as eek out the last bit of winter fun.

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

Things you’ll need:
Two colors (light and dark) of narrow blue ribbon
Snowflake ornament
Barrette
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut 9 pieces of one color of ribbon to 3 1/2 inches, and cut 9 pieces of the other color to 3 inches each. Thread your needle. Put the needle through both pieces, with the smaller on top, but don’t pull the needle all the way through yet.
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2. Loop the shorter ribbon onto the needle as shown.
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3. Loop the larger ribbon onto the needle as well.
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4. Continue looping the other pieces onto the needle, pulling the finished ones down as you work.
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5. After you’ve completed all nine loops, your flower will look like this. Don’t trim the thread yet.
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6. Sew the last petal to the first petal. Tie off the thread and clip. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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7. Glue a piece of ribbon to the top of the barrette.
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8. Glue the flower to the barrette.
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9. Glue the snowflake to the middle of the barrette.
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DIY Burlap Easter Bunny Treat Bag

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It’s not too soon to think about spring! Fill this quirky, burlap bunny bag with jelly beans for gift giving, or with beans, rice, or other fillers if you’d like to keep this a spring decoration year after year.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Sheet of burlap
Stencil brush
Paint
Scissors
Narrow ribbon
Ruler
Sewing machine and basic sewing notions

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Things to do:
1. Cut the burlap into two rectangles, about 10 inches by 6 inches. Lay the rectangles on top of each other and cut a deep V along one short edge, for ears.
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2. Using your stencil brush, paint polka dots onto each shape.
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3. After the paint has dried, pin both pieces right sides together. You won’t be sewing into the “ear area,” just along the bottom and sides of the rectangle, so there’s no need to pin that area yet.
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4. Start and stop sewing just below the ears.
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5. Turn the bunny right side out. Now you may sew along the outside part of the ears, but leave the middle open. Fill as desired.
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6. Add a ribbon to tie the bunny bag loosely.
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‘Spring has Sprung’ Floral Ball Garland Tutorial

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This floral garland adds the perfect bright and airy touch to your home. Choose blooms that complement your color scheme and leave it up all season long.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial flowers
Scissors
Jute
Embroidery needle

Things to do:
1. First, pull the blooms off of your artificial bouquet.
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2. Use hot glue to secure them to the surface of your Styrofoam ball. Overlap the blooms so all of the blank space is covered – the fuller, the better!
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3. Thread your embroidery needle with string and run it through the top portion of your Styrofoam ball.

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DIY Sea Creatures Banner Tutorial

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They just keep on swimming! No matter where you hang this sea creatures banner, you’ll be transported to feelings of the ocean and, maybe, the beach.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 – 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished whale cutouts
Unfinished dolphin cutouts
Unfinished octopus cutouts
Blue acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2533_2473-41429-stainless_steel_scissors.html
Cotton twine
Drill and bit

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Things to do:
1. Decide on the size of the banner. Drill holes in the top of the cutouts.
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2. Paint each sea creature with your favorite color of paint. You’ll need to paint a coat, allow to dry, and paint a second coat. You may also choose to paint the back of the cutouts if desired.
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3. String the cutouts on the twine, and hang!
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Teeny Fairy Garden Terrarium Tutorial

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These miniature fairy garden terrariums will bring your spring decor to life. Have fun playing with different base materials to create a bright, whimsical land.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Teeny terrarium cloches
Moss
Colored pebbles
Micro mini fairy garden decor

Things to do:
1. Apply a thin layer of moss to the bottom of your terrarium. Stretch and pull it apart to create a thin, circle shape.
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2. Add colored pebbles on top of the moss to hold it in place. I used my pebbles to create a small path.
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3. Add any fair garden decor that you have. I used a mini cottage and yard sign to create my set of miniature terrariums.
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How to Make a Decorative Felt Valentine Envelope

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This faux envelope is a great way to organize your valentines or keep them on display. Your kids will love taking them to class on Valentines Day and passing out notes to all of their friends.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Embroidery needle
Embroidery floss
Foam heart stickers
Buttons

Things to do:
1. The first step in making your envelope is folding the top two corners down, so they meet in the center. Secure this fold with hot glue.
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2. Next, it’s time to add the button and closure. Start by using your needle and embroidery floss to create a small loop at the bottom center of your envelope.
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3. Use embroidery floss to attach a button to the top center of the “V” on the side that will be facing out.
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4. Now you get to decorate your envelope! Start by cutting a felt square to use as a stamp. Use hot glue to attach it to the front corner and add a foam heart sticker to the center.
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5. To create an “address label,” cut a rectangle out of felt and use embroidery floss to add initials. Use hot glue to attach it.
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6. Add embroidery details around the edges of your envelope.
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DIY Rustic Valentine’s Day Candles

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching – Decorate your space with this quick and simple project! If you love rustic, vintage decor, you’ll love this DIY!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pillar candle
Jute
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Tin hearts
Grapevine hearts

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping your candle in jute. Start about 1-inch from the top and secure the end with a small drop of hot glue. Wrap the jute around the candle, being careful to overlap the jute so the end stays in place. Continue wrapping until several inches have been covered.
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2. Next, start decorating your candle. I started with tin hearts and use hot glue to attach them to the jute. You can bend the tin so the heart shape perfectly wraps the curve of your candle.
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3. Finish with grapevine wire hearts to add another dimension of decor.
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How to Make a Felt Flower Headband Tutorial

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Give her this beautiful headband for Valentine’s Day or for a special occasion. It’s easier to make than it looks!

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

Things you’ll need:
Red felt sheets
Plastic headband
Narrow ribbon
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Needle and thread *optional

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Things to do:
1. Wrap your headband following the instructions here.
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2. Trace 6 circles onto the felt. I’ve used the lid of a mason jar.
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3. Warm up your hot glue gun. You’ll be folding 5 of the circles into quarters. Fold the first one in half as shown.
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4. Fold in half again.
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5. Glue in place, or stitch if desired, for extra security.
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6. Begin gluing the folded circles to the remaining circular piece of felt.
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7. Repeat with all the folded circles.
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8. Open up the folds to reveal the flower.
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9. Glue this to the headband.
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