How to Make a Patriotic Clothespin Wreath Tutorial

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You’ll spend a bit of time painting all of the clothespins for this festive and eye-catching wreath, but the results are so worth it! Your friends will ooh and ahh every time they step through your door. This is a perfect home decor item for all of our summer patriotic holidays.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wire wreath
3 packages of clothespins
Blue paint
Red paint
White paint
Paint brush
Wood star cutouts

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Things to do:
1. Figure out how many red, white and blue clothespins you’ll need, based on the size of your wreath. Look at the photo of the finished wreath for guidance. Paint the first batch blue.
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2. Once the blue clothespins are dry, you can place them on the wreath. I avoided the top wire. When I placed the clothespins on the wreath, I used the bottom two and staggered those with the middle two, as shown. This gives the wreath a neat, rounded appearance.
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3. Paint your red clothespins.
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4. Decide how many stars you want to use, and paint those white.
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5. While those are drying, paint the final batch of clothespins white.
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6. Start placing the red and white clothespins on the wreath as you did the blue ones, alternating colors. I used 5 reds and then alternated with 5 whites.
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7. Glue the white stars to the blue side of the wreath.
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DIY Rustic Woodland Floral Hair Combs

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This sophisticated flower crown alternative looks lovely in a low updo! Make several with different blooms so you’ll always have a naturally beautiful way to accessorize.

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic comb
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Artificial greenery
Artificial berries
Artificial flowers

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating an arrangement for your comb. Start by trimming a collection of greenery from a bunch. Try to get at least three different varieties in different lengths.
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2. Cut a piece of floral wire and wrap it around the end of your greenery bunch, holding the pieces together.
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3. Cut a short length of berries and attach it to your greenery bunch with wire.
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4. Trim a flower from your bouquet and slip it into the center of your wired bunch.
5. Now, it’s time to attach your arrangement to the comb. Wrap a piece of floral wire around the top of the comb several times. When one end is secure, wrap the other side around the arrangement and secure it to the comb.Woodland_Floral_Hair_Combs6

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Kid Friendly Seashell Fish Tutorial

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Create this adorable fish made of shells (a shell fish of a different variety!). A little paint and glue goes a long way, and the google eye tops off the cuteness factor!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+ (younger children will need assistance with hot glue)

Things you’ll need:
Assorted seashells
Googly eyes
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Select a fan-shaped shell as shown for the fish body.
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2. Paint the shell and allow to dry.
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3. Select a small fan-shaped shell and a spiral shell. Paint and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the small fan-shaped shell to the larger shell.
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5. Glue the spiral shell to the back of the fish body.
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6. Glue an eye to the front of the shell, creating a cute fish face.
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How to Make a Fourth of July Firecracker Hair Barrette

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With summer patriotic holidays on their way soon, dress up your little one with this adorable firecracker barrette. You can embellish it with different buttons or use a variety of patriotic ribbons for added appeal!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″ wide satin or grosgrain ribbon
1/4 or 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
Barrettes
Wood burning tool
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Piece of glass from a photo frame
Buttons **optional

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Things to do:
1. Warm up the wood burning tool. Cut the red ribbon to 2 1/2″ long. You can use scissors or the tool, which will cut and seal the ends at the same time.
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2. Cut two pieces of the yellow ribbon to 2″ long.
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3. Carefully use the wood burning tool to cut each yellow piece in half width-wise. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Roll the red ribbon the long way and glue in place, forming a tube.
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5. Hot glue one of the yellow ribbons inside the tube as shown.
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6. Repeat with the other pieces of yellow ribbon.
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7. Hot glue another piece of yellow ribbon, cut to the length of the barrette, to the top of the barrette.
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8. Glue the firecracker to the barrette.
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9. If desired, hot glue a button to the center of the firecracker.
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DIY Patriotic Wind Sock

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“Fly” this festive patriotic wind sock inside or outside. Try using many different red, white and blue ribbons for various textures. This is an easy project that your kids can help with, and it’s a great way to decorate the yard for Flag Day or Fourth of July.

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

Things you’ll need:
Gold ring
Red ribbon
Blue ribbon
White ribbon
White twine
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut all of your ribbons out to 10-15 inches long.
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2. Wrap the first ribbon around the gold metal craft ring and glue the wrapped part to the back of the ribbon.
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3. Repeat with other ribbons.
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4. Continue adding ribbons as desired. You can add as many or as few as you’d like.
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5. Tie four pieces of twine on four sides of the circle. The twine should be about 12-12 inches long.
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6. Gather the ends and tie these all together for hanging your patriotic ribbon wind sock.
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How to Make a Simple Boutique Ribbon Hair Bow

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There’s nothing quite like a large boutique-style hair bow on any young girl. During wedding season, folding these bows in satin ribbon to match the wedding party will be the perfect accessory for that special occasion!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2 “-wide ribbon (grosgrain or satin), as well as narrow, matching ribbon
Barrette
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Needle with large eye
Perle cotton thread
Bobby pin or pinch clip to help hold the ribbon while making loops
Lighter or wood burning tool *optional

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Things to do:
1. Before starting, thread your needle and knot one end. Set aside. Cut a piece of ribbon to 30-32″ long. Seal the ends with a lighter or wood burning tool, to prevent fraying. Fold each end about an inch, and make a crease.
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2. Fold the ribbon in half and then in half again, making more creases. Open up the ribbon.
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3. Loop the left side of the ribbon up to the first crease. Hold in place with the pin or clip.
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4. Repeat with the right side. Be careful to make sure you don’t twist the ribbon in either loop – the front should always be showing.
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5. This loop is the most challenging! Loop the ribbon as shown, taking care not to twist it.
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6. Place it the tail of this loop behind the first two loops that made up the bottom of the bow.
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7. This is what the third loop looks like from the back. Keep the tail horizontal to the first two loops, as shown.
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8. Fold the final loop downward, as shown. Again, take care not to twist the ribbon.
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9. Pick up your needle and thread and insert it from the back of the bow.
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10. Bring the thread around the top of the bow, then fold the middle like an accordion. This will be difficult the first time you try it, but after some practice your muscle memory will kick in for future bows!
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11. Wrap the thread around a couple of times and tie off in the back. Clip.
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12. Cut your narrow ribbon to about 2″. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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13. Wrap the narrow ribbon around the center and glue in place. Glue the bow to the top of a barrette.
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Upcycle Old Wine Bottles into Candleholders Tutorial

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This elegant upcycle project will transform your old wine bottles into beautiful pieces of decor for your table or shelves. Grab your spray paint and a few candles and let’s get started!

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

Things you’ll need:
Glass bottles
Gold spray paint
Taper candles
Lighter

Things to do:
1. Shake your metallic gold spray paint and spray a thin, even layer over one side of the bottle. Let it dry completely.
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2. Flip the bottle and spray the other side. If you missed any patches when you sprayed it the first time, cover them now. Let the paint dry completely.
3. The next step is adding wax to your wine bottle. This will create an elegant, vintage look. Light your candle and hold it horizontally over the top of the bottle. The wax will drip down the neck of the bottle, adding color and dimension. Be careful to keep the flame a safe distance away from the spray paint.
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4. Place your candle in the top of your wine bottle and enjoy!
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DIY Vintage-Inspired Knob Jewelry Display

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Keep your favorite accessories organized in style with this simple jewelry holder DIY. This adorable wall display only takes a few minutes to make and looks lovely hanging on your wall.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden plaques
Various glass knobs
Drill
Metal picture hangers
Hammer
Ruler
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Use a ruler to find the center of your wooden plaque. Mark it with a pencil.
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2. Using your pencil mark for guidance, drill a hole on the center of your wooden plaque.
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3. Use a hammer to pound a metal picture hanger into the back of your wooden plaque.
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4. Screw your glass knob into the hole you drilled. If your hole is too big, you can add a drop of glue to hold it securely in place.
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5. Display your jewelry and enjoy!
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DIY Felt Wine Glass Charm Covers

DIY_Felt_Wine_Glass_Charm_Covers_mainIt’s so easy to mix up wine and champagne glasses during a party or special event. Try these quirky wine glass charms in foam and felt – they’re sure to be conversation pieces!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Black felt sheet
Narrow ribbon
White craft foam
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Trace onto and cut your craft foam the same size as the bottom of the glass.
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2. Fold in half twice to find the middle. Cut a slit to the middle, and cut a small circle or diamond to accommodate the stem of the wine glass.
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3. Cut two pieces of black felt into the shapes shown – make sure the curve is the same curve as that of the foam. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the two pieces of felt onto the foam as shown.
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5. Cut the ribbon to about 3″ long. Thread your needle and knot one end.
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6. Fold the ends toward the center and insert the needle into the back of the bow, then wrap it around the center a few times.
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7. Tie the thread off in the back and clip.
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8. Glue the bow above the center hole on the foam.
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DIY Decorative Starburst Mirror

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This starburst mirror looks lovely displayed on a gallery wall or on a tabletop as a centerpiece. Make several with different patterns and use them to tie your decor together flawlessly.

Things you’ll need:
Mirror
Popsicle sticks with adhesive
Gold spray paint

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your popsicle sticks. Place your popsicle sticks on a piece of newspaper and apply a thin, even layer. Let the paint dry completely.
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2. Flip the popsicle sticks and paint the other side. Let the paint dry completely.
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3. Remove the foam pieces from the back of your mirror.
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4. Peel back the adhesive strip on the popsicle sticks and start attaching them to the back of your mirror. Use the adhesive as a guide to make sure they’re attached evenly.
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