Kid Approved Plastic Bottle Penguin Tutorial

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It might be sweltering outside, but this cool cucumber of a penguin bottle will make you smile and feel cooler at the same time! After all…it’s winter in the Southern hemisphere!

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic bottle
White pom poms
Black felt
Orange craft foam
Black feathers
Google eyes
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Fill your bottle with the pom poms.
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2. Cut out wings. For the head, cut out a rectangle that can fit around the neck of the bottle. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Hot glue the rectangle in place as shown.
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4. Glue the wings to the sides of the bottle.
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5. Cut out a beak from the orange foam. Glue on the head along with the eyes.
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6. Cut out feet from the orange foam. Glue to the bottom of the bottle.
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7. Glue feathers to the back of the head.
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How to Make Anthropologie Inspired Jute-Wrapped Handles

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Add some touches to your decor with these easy-to-make jute-wrapped handles. We’ve chosen black paint here, but you can try other colors to match your room. You can finish the handles with optional polyurethane for sheen.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wood handles
Black paint
Paint brush
Jute twine
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Paint your handles and allow to dry.
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2. Warm up your hot glue gun. Start wrapping the jute around the middle of the handle, starting in the back. Glue the end in place.
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3. You can wrap as much or as little of the handle as you desire.
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Kid Approved Stitching Foam Cards Tutorial

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Keep your little ones busy on a rainy day with this foam busy craft. The pre-punched holes will help them keep their stitching even, and they’ll enjoy how easy it is to “sew!”

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Foam sheets
Bakers twine
Embroidery needles
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Create your shape using your pencil and a ruler, or finding objects to trace around.
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2. Cut out all your shapes.
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3. Punch holes between 1/4 ” and 1/2 ” apart.
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4. This is what your shapes will look like when complete.
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How to Make a Butterfly Ribbon Hair Clip

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Craft this small ribbon clip that can be interpreted as a butterfly or as a flower. It’s dainty enough for smaller girls, but older girls will enjoy wearing this embellishment as well. The center bead makes this ribbon clip extra special.

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

Things you’ll need:
3/8″-wide ribbon
Barrette
Bead
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Thread your needle and knot one end. Trim the ribbon to fit the barrette and glue in place.
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2. With the ribbon on the spool – don’t cut it yet – loop it into two loops as shown.
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3. Make progressively larger loops on both side. You can make as many as you’d like – I’ve chosen a total of 4 per side.
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4. Take a stitch up the center of the butterfly and clip the end when you’ve finished, to hold the embellishment in place.
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5. Glue a bead to the center and then glue this onto the barrette.
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Kid Approved Summertime Beaded Bubble Wands Tutorial

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Don’t settle for boring bubble wands! These are fun to make and easy for the kids to do themselves. They make perfect party gifts as well – try larger sizes to make even bigger bubbles!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaner
Beads
Small dowel rod
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Start threading beads onto the pipe cleaner.
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2. Check to see how many bead you need by wrapping the pipe cleaner into a loop.
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3. Once you’ve decided on a size, wrap into a final shape and twist the end of the pipe cleaners around each other near the loop.
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4. Add the pipe cleaner to the dowel rod. Fill up a shallow container with bubbles and have fun!
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DIY Mosquito Repellent Mason Jar Luminary Tutorial

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It doesn’t matter who’s around – the mosquitoes find me and bite me first. It’s so frustrating to feel like I have to spray repellent on myself just to enjoy some time outdoors. But with this mosquito repellent jar, I have some protection from the mosquitoes, who prefer to stay away from this combination of smells (even though they smell good to us)!

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

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Lavender oil
Scissors
Lemons
Limes
Kitchen knife and cutting board
Rosemary sprigs
Tea light candle

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Things to do:
1. Fill up your jar with water, about 2″ from the top. Drizzle in some lavender oil.
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2. Cut up a few pieces of lemon and lime, and tear off a few sprigs of rosemary.
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3. Drop in your limes.
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4. Drop in your lemons. Add your tea light candle to the top – it will float there – and light the candle.
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How to Make Cornstarch Clay Charms Tutorial

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Make clay charms and ornaments with your child or grandchild, and keep them busy for hours! They’ll get to use their fine motor skills and create a project they’ll be proud to show off. These can be used for ornaments or even chunky necklaces for kids.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 12 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need
Cookie cutters
Corn starch
Multi-purpose glue
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Spoon and bowl

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Things to do:
1. Combine two parts corn starch with one part multi-purpose glue. You can make 2 charms from 1/2 C of starch and 1/4 C of glue. Stir together.
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2. After stirring, form into a ball.
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3. The clay should look like this.
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4. Flatten the ball on a smooth surface.
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5. Use your cookie cutter to create a shape.
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6. Peel away the excess and use to form more balls and shapes.
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7. Punch a hole at the top of the charm.
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8. Allow to dry overnight.
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9. Decorate your charms as desired.
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DIY Big Simple Ribbon Flower Headband

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Whether you have an older girl who loves hair bling, need a large hair accessory for a special occasion, or just love the look of “big bows,” you’ll love this big flower headband.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
White plastic headband
Wide ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue
Button
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. First, make a ribbon headband based on this tutorial: http://factorydirectcraft.com/factorydirectcraft_blog/how-to-make-a-ribbon-headband/
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2. Cut a 15″ piece of wide satin or grosgrain ribbon. If the ribbon is wired, remove the wires. Thread your needle and knot one end.
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3. Take large running stitches with your needle and thread along one long side of the ribbon, as shown.
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4. Pull the thread at one end to gather.
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5. Form the ribbon into a circle in the shape of a flower. Sew up the short sides of the ribbon, where they meet. Stitch them up to the top. Clip your thread and warm up your hot glue gun and glue.
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6. Glue the flower to the top of the headband, off to one side but not too far down. You’ll want to check the placement on your child’s head. Glue the button into the center of the flower.
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How to Make a Cellphone and Tablet Stand out of Cardboard

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Sometimes you need a phone stand when you’re watching a video, chatting on the phone, or simply storing it for awhile. Use a cardboard tube and decorate with ribbon for this simple, yet effective, eco-friendly phone stand.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Cutting mat and knife set
Cardboard tube
Push-pin style thumb tacks
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut your tube to the length desired (I used a cardboard tube from wrapping paper). Draw a long rectangle large enough to fit your phone into, with a bit of room to spare.
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2. Carefully cut the rectangle out with the craft knife.
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3. Place your push pins into the tube so that it will stand up. You’ll have to play with this a bit to get them just right.
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4.Try out the holder with your phone inside to make sure the pins are in the right place and the tube stands properly. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue one piece of ribbon along an edge. You won’t need to glue the entire length of the ribbon – just glue at each end after wrapping. For the next ribbon, glue at the top of the ribbon, then carefully remove the push pin and re-pin through the ribbon in the same place. Continue wrapping around the tube and glue in place.
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6. Glue the ribbons at each edge along the cut rectangle as shown.
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7. When you get to the next end with the push pins, carefully glue the ends, then place the push pins into the ribbon in their original holes.
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8. Complete the tube with a final piece of ribbon.
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DIY Succulent Hairpins

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Looking for an inexpensive hair accessory for your summer wedding? These mini succulent hairpins take only a few minutes to make and look lovely with a low chignon or boho braid.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mini succulent
Bobby pin
Wire cutters
Floral wire

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of wire.
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2. Trim the stem of your succulent, leaving 3/4 inch to secure to your Bobby pin.
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3. If the succulent is not firmly attached to its stem, use a drop of hot glue to hold it in place.
4. Lay the stem of the succulent alongside the bobby pin and attach it with wire. Start by threading the wire through the center of the Bobby pin and wrapping it tightly around one side.
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5. Trim any excess wire.
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