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DIY Map Love Tags

October 25, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Map Love Tags DIY Map Love Tags
I love love maps. Maps of all kinds. And I keep and pile off them handy for all sorts of crafts, wrapping and card making. Everyone loves to dream of far away places, after all! These sweet little tags are perfect for someone who loves to travel, is setting off on a new adventure or just feels a sense of wanderlust! Look for colorful maps to punch your hearts from and coordinate the ribbon to match the colors of the maps!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Heart tags
Glue stick
Maps
Ribbon
Heart punch

Things to do:
1. Using your punch, cut out as many hearts as you need from your map.
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2. Add a thin layer of glue to the back of the hearts, making sure to cover them edge to edge.
3. Place the hearts at the center of the tags and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.
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4. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly and then tie short lengths of ribbon through the holes to finish!

How to Make a Tea Towel Pillow Wrap

October 24, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Tea Towel Pillow Wrap How to Make a Tea Towel Pillow Wrap
Here’s a little trick to turn a plain, ordinary pillow into something a little more fun! Make an easy to wash, easy to change slip to spice up your normal pillow covers using old fashioned tea towels and a little twine or ribbon. Be sure that the pillow underneath has a cover that opens at the top, rather than the sides, or one that has a fold over pocket on the end for the best finished look.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 25 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Pillow with a pillowcase
Tea towels
Sewing machine and notions
Darning needle
Ribbon or twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Measure out the tea towels so that they will wrap, just a little loosely, around the pillow and mark where the ends meet. Trim and hem if needed.
2. Sew along the line you marked to join the ends to create a tube of fabric.
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3. Slip the tube over the pillow.
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4. Using your ribbon or twine and the darning needle, Thread a 6 inch length through the edges of the slip 1/3 of the way from either end of the open sides and tie the ribbon into bows.
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DIY Wood Slice Rustic Alphabet Magnets

October 23, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Slice Alphabet Magnets DIY Wood Slice Rustic Alphabet Magnets
Alphabet magnets are a part of life when you have little kids, but there’s no reason that the magnets on your fridge can’t be neat ones! These awesome, rustic, wood slice alphabet magnets are so fun and totally personalizeable! Make a standard set of letters or create enough for whole sentences, family names or favorite words!

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices
Pencil
Wood burning tool
Magnets
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Using a template or freehand, draw the letters onto the wood slices using your pencil.
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2. With the chisel or find tip screwed into it, heat up your wood burning tool and trace the outsides of the letters.
3. Fill in the letters with the shading tool or using patterns or crosshatching.
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4. Once the letters are done, flip the wood slices over and attach a magnet with a generous dollop of glue. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before attaching to your fridge.
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Children’s Art Cutting Board

Childrens Art Cutting Board Children’s Art Cutting Board
If your kids are anything like mine, they are pretty prodigious when it comes to the creation of art. And while it might seem like this profusion of art will last forever, it really wont, some day they’ll be too busy and too grown up for those sweet doodles. So here’s a way to save some of your favorite drawings forever and make something useful in the process! These make excellent gifts for grandparents, aunties and uncles or even teachers as well so gather those drawings and get to work!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 45 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cutting board
Kids art
Trace paper
Pencil
Wood burning tool

Things to do:
1. Lay a piece of trace paper over the drawing and trace it with your pencil, pressing heavier than you normally would to deposit more graphite onto the paper. If your drawing has words, you’ll need to flip the trace over and retrace the image on the back side of the trace, otherwise you’ll have a mirror image of the art.
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2. Flip the trace paper onto the cutting board and color over the drawing, this will transfer the drawing onto the board.
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3. Plug in your wood burner with a tip that will work well for your particular piece of art.
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4. Trace the image using your wood burner. If desired, add a date and name and oil the cutting board with cutting board oil.
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DIY Fall Mum Wall Pocket

October 21, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, General Crafts

DIY Fall Mum Wall Pocket DIY Fall Mum Wall Pocket
Wall Pockets are a great way to liven up a plain space on your wall, indoors or out. This fall, why not add a little cheer to your front door, hall or a bedroom that needs a little extra beauty with a sweet fall mum display? Flowers can be changed out as the seasons change as well, making this a great year =-round addition to your decor.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Artificial mums
Wall pocket
1-inch wide sheer ribbon
Scissors
Small rubber band or floral wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Trim the ends of the mums so that just the blooms will poke out of the wall pocket.
2. Using a rubber band, secure the stems to one another to form a tight bunch.
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3. Cut a 12-inch length of ribbon and thread through the hole, tying in a secure know. Rotate the ribbon though the hole until the knot sits at the back of the wall pocket, hidden from view.
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4. Cut another length of ribbon and tie into a decorative bow. Using a drop of glue, attach it to the top of the hanging loop.
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DIY Nature Wood Play Block City

Nature Wood Play Block City DIY Nature Wood Play Block City
We’re big block builders in our family. Even as my kids start reaching out of the toy years, they still like to dig through that big old bin of blocks and build away. This project has taken that age old game to a new level, expanding on the creativity that makes their city-scaping so fun. And to add to the fun, let the kids sketch out the city blocks themselves and take over for the burning portion of the project.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Wood blocks
Pencil
Wood burning tool

Things to do:
1. Sketch, or let your kids sketch, the basic elements of a building on the blocks. Mix it up, making some blocks have doors, some have windows, some work as roofs and some have whole houses or buildings on them.
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2. Screw in the fine or chisel tip into the wood burner and plug it in.
3. Trace the lines that you sketched with the wood burning tool.
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4. Once the basics are done, start embellishing. Add buntings, hash marks, dots and shutters to give texture and interest to the blocks.
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Embroidery Hoop Map Frame

October 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Embroidery Hoop Map Frame Embroidery Hoop Map Frame
Once upon a time, I was quite the traveler. I loved visiting somewhere new and finding exciting adventures. And while I’m a little more stay at home these days, My travel lust still lingers, and as a result, I have a long and abiding love for maps! Maps, maps everywhere! These are the newest addition to my map collection, maps of my favorite places framed in simple, pretty embroidery hoops.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Maps
Embroidery hoops
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Smooth the map out flat on a solid surface.
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2. Slip the inside hoop under the map, centering it on the place you want framed on the map.
3. Place the outer hoop on top of the map over where the inner hoop is and gently press down to slip the two hoops together. Pull slightly on the edges of the map as you go to keep the paper taut.
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4. Flip the map over and trim away all the excess paper at the edge of the hoops.
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DIY Family Vacation Keepsake Ornament

October 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Vacation Keepsake Ornament DIY Family Vacation Keepsake Ornament
This sweet ornament will serve as a special reminder of your favorite family vacation. All you need is a map and few crafting supplies to create a keepsake that you will treasure for years to come.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Map
Wood heart ornament
Wire cutters
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Cutting mat and craft knife
Scissors
Sand Paper

Things to do:
1. Use your wire cutters to remove the wire hanger from the heart shape. Use sand paper to smooth the edges where the wire was attached.
2. Find a location that you love on a world map and trace the heart shape onto the map. Cut out the shape.
3. Use Mod Podge to secure the map to the wooden heart. Apply a thin layer to the wood and place the map on top. Allow time to dry before adding additional layers.
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4. Use a cutting knife to remove any excess paper.
5. Re-attach the wire hanger to the wooden heart.
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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

October 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

DIY Hydrangea Wreath DIY Hydrangea Wreath
Hydrangeas are probably my favorite flower. I love how they start out green in the spring, turn blue and purple as the summer unfolds and then shift into rusty bronzy colors as fall arrives. They are always the perfect colors for the season at hand and they are arguably at their best in the fall, their blowsy, bold colors so beautiful. Perfect for a fall wreath. This wreath uses the beauty of hydrangeas and the lasting power of artificial flowers to add a gorgeous finishing touch to your fall front door decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
12-15 bunches of hydrangea blossoms in red, orange and purple
Wire wreath form
Green flora ribbon
Yellow ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Fold the end of the green ribbon around one of the outside wires of the wreath. Add a drop of glue and press to secure the end to the wreath.
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2. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, overlapping a little each time you wrap.
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3. Attach a loop of yellow ribbon to the wreath with hot glue, this will later be used for hanging the wreath.
4. Pull the flower punches off their stems, you’ll be glue these to the wreath by tucking them into the overlapping sections of ribbon. Dab glue on the end of the flower stems and tuck it into the overlap in the ribbon. Repeat with another bunch of the same color parallel to the other bunch. You’ll want to use two or three bunches of each color together in each section.
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5. Once you’ve place the first set of bunches, switch colors and repeat the process. Repeat again with the third color.
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6. Repeat these three colors around the wreath until the wreath is full.
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How to Make Mason Jar Flower Vase

Mason Jar Flower Vase How to Make Mason Jar Flower Vase
This DIY will teach you how to transform a plain mason jar into a trendy vase in just a few simple steps. Make a few and give them away with bouquets to friends, or use them to decorate your house. However you choose to display them, they are sure to be a fun way to make a rustic style statement.

Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up * Younger ages may need assistance.
Difficulty level: Beginner

Thing you’ll need:
Suede cord
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Chalkboard tags
Chalk Ink marker
Mini clothespins

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