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How to Make a Puzzle Wreath

January 23, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

How to Make a Puzzle Wreath How to Make a Puzzle Wreath
If you have children, then you know these two things about kids and puzzles. Kids love puzzles. And kids loose puzzle pieces. It’s just a fact of life. But don’t despair, as much as kids love puzzles, they’ll love a puzzle wreath for their play space and you’ll love to have a way to use up all those sad puzzles that are no longer complete!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Puzzle pieces
Wire wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint

Things to do:
1. Heat up your glue gun, high temp glue works best here, allowing you to spread glue over a section of the wreath and work without the glue drying to fast.
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2. Run a bead of glue around the outer edge of the wreath and then press puzzle pieces into the glue, working in 2-3 inch sections.
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3. Once you’ve covered the outer ring, repeat the process with the inner ring.
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4. Once the inner and outer ring are covered, glue puzzle pieces to cover the center, using the edges of the puzzle pieces on the inner and outer rings and the center rings to get good coverage.
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5. When the entire wreath is covered, place the wreath on a covered work surface in a well ventilated space and spray with several coats of paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next. Add coats until the whole wreath is well covered.
6. Once the wreath is dry, add a bow to decorate or hang just as is!
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How to Make a Paper Bird Ornament

January 22, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Decorative Bird How to Make a Paper Bird Ornament
Spruce up your space with this spring-inspired decoration! Make several birds and create a garland, or display them on a branch for an adorable accent.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Craft knife and mat
Tissue paper
Jute twine
Rhinestones
Glue stick

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a bird pattern. Make the shape 3 inches tall and 5 inches long.
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2. Trace the bird pattern onto a piece of cardstock. Once you’ve traced the shape, flip it over and trace it the other way. You’re going to glue the shapes together, so it’s important they are opposites.
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3. Glue the shapes together.
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4. Use a knife to cut a line for the wings down the middle of the shape.
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5. Cut a 4×5 inch rectangle of tissue paper and accordion fold it.
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6. Slide the folded tissue paper through the line you cut for the wings.
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7. Cut a small hole in the top of the shape to attach your hemp cord.
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8. Cut a 10-inch piece of hemp cord and tie it through the shape, creating a hanger.
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9. Use a glue stick to attach a jewel eye on each side of the bird.
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DIY Gift Card Envelope

DIY Gift Card Envelope DIY Gift Card Envelope
This envelope makes giving gift cards much more personal! Customize the envelope with pretty paper or fun stickers for the perfect present.

Things you’ll need:
Graph paper
Cardstock
Felt stickers
Scissors
Glue stick
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Start by making your pattern. The shape should be 7 ½ inches wide and 6 ½ inches tall. After you cut the rectangle, cut down ¾ of an inch 2 inches from the side. *See photo
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2. Trace the pattern onto a piece of cardstock and cut it out.
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3. Fold the flaps into the center, creating an envelope. Secure the folds with glue, leaving one edge open so you can slip your card inside.
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4. Decorate the front of the envelope with a felt sticker.
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How to Make a Crepe Paper Flower Garland

Crepe Paper Flower Garland How to Make a Crepe Paper Flower Garland
Crepe paper is such a classic party decoration. I remember having streamers at my childhood birthday parties and getting to pick out my favorite colors to use as decorations. This DIY is bringing streamers back in a super trendy way, leaving you with a beautiful garland for decorating your space. Use different colors and kinds of string to create the perfect look for your party.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Jute
Scissors
Embroidery Floss
Yarn Needle
Crepe Paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Start by cutting at 6-foot piece of crepe paper and folding it in half.
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2. Thread a needle with embroidery floss and stitch along the bottom of your crepe paper. The stitches should be roughly ½ inch.
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3. Once you’ve stitched the entire length of crepe paper, pull it onto the embroidery floss.
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4. Trim the embroidery floss and tie a tight knot, creating a circular, flower shape.
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5. Use a drop of hot glue to attach both ends of the crepe paper.
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6. Open up the flower by press down the outer edges of the crepe paper.
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7. Make several crepe paper flowers and use a yarn needle to thread them onto a length of jute.
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DIY Simple Twig Hangers

January 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Simple Twig Hangers DIY Simple Twig Hangers
Having spent some years living deep in the woods, I love having the feeling of trees around me. And now that I’m a city mouse once again, I miss having the forest at my fingertips, so I take any opportunity I can to bring the feeling of the woods in to my house. These twig hangers are a fun way to have a little of the outdoors inside while displaying and organizing some of your things. While these can’t hold heavy items, they are perfect for light and pretty things, as much art themselves as they are a way to display it.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Birch twig sections
Foam mounting tape
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut sections of mounting tape to cover one end of each stick and press them in well.
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2. Remove the backing from the tape and then press them into the wall firmly. Allow the tape a few minutes to set up before using the hangers.
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Puzzle Monster Magnets

January 16, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Puzzle Monster Magnets Puzzle Monster Magnets
We have a secret and abiding love in our house for monsters! From Leonardo the Terrible Monster to some homemade creations so ugly they are cute, monsters are always a big hit with my kids so you can bet this project brought a smile to their faces and I’m sure they will for your kids as well! And bonus! Here’s a way to use up some of those random puzzle pieces that don’t seem to go with anything, always a fact of life when you have young kids around!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15-20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Puzzle pieces
Acrylic paint in various colors
Googly eyes, beads, sharpies and other craft supplies
Magnets
Paintbrush
Super glue

Things to do:
1. Most kids love to start with a blank canvas so it’s best to begin by pre-painting all the puzzle pieces one color, here we chose white, and allow that to dry before setting the kids loose.
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2. Once the base coat is dry, let the kids add eyes, teeth, hair and other details using their craft supplies. Encourage them to use the shape of the puzzle piece to inspire their monster.
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3. When their creations are finished and dry, attach a magnet to the back with super glue and allow it to dry before hanging.
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DIY Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder DIY Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder
So here’s a craft truth, mason jars are the most useful thing on the planet. They really are. If you were to peek inside my home you’d find them being used a vases and kitchen storage and paint jars and drinking vessels. They hold buttons and knitting needles on my desk, potpourri on my mantle and candles in my bedroom. So why not in the bathroom? And if a mason jar alone is a useful thing, it is even better with a flower frog lid attached to the top!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Flower frog lid
Toothbrushes
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry your mason jar and then screw the flower frog lid onto it.
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2. Test your toothbrushes to make sure they will fit into the holes. Some modern toothbrush handles may be too bulky for the squares of the lid. If this is the case, simply clip the wires between two or four adjoining holes to create a larger space. Using the flog lid keeps the heads of your toothbrushes from touching and germs in their place!
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Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard

January 14, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Wood Slice Clipboard Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard
This log slice clipboard is the culmination of rustic glamor. I made several and covered the wall behind my desk. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of the forest by the lake.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wood slice
Clothespin
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Moss
Gold spray paint
Glitter
Craft Glue
Picture hanger

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your clothespin gold. The gold adds a glamorous accent that complements the rustic wood perfectly.
2. Once the clothespin is dry, add gold glitter to the bottom inch using craft glue.
3. The next step is prepping the log slice. Mine looked a little plain, so I added fake moss to the outer edge using hot glue.
4. Attach the clothespin to the front of the log slice using hot glue.
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5. Add the picture hanger to the back. I used push-in picture hangers, but because the wood was so dense, I found that it worked best to use hot glue to attach it.
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Upycle: DIY Gold Accent Candleholder

January 13, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Gold Accent Candleholder Upycle: DIY Gold Accent Candleholder
This fun upcycle project is a great way to bring the glamor of gold accents to your home! Try making different shapes with the tape to create a unique set of candle holders to light up your space in an elegant fashion.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mini Glass Candleholder
Painters Tape
Metallic gold spray paint

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering the surface of the glass candleholder with painters tape. Create a unique design, such as stripes or triangles, and use the tape to mark them out. If you’re making a striped pattern, be sure the lines are straight.
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2. Go outside and spray the entire surface of the candleholder with gold spray paint.
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3. Allow the paint to dry and then remove the painters tape to reveal your gold accent candleholder!
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Quick and Easy Onsie Gift Tags/Cards

January 12, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Party and Special Occasion

Onsie Gift Tags Cards Quick and Easy Onsie Gift Tags/Cards
Is it just me or are there new babies everywhere these days? New babies, baby showers, baby christenings, they seem to come in waves in our lives and when they do, of course, a card or gift is the thing to do (on top of a whole bunch of cooing and smiling!). These little cards can be made in a variety of sizes depending on your punch and can work as a tag, card or even a bunting. As a general rule of thumb, your paper square should be about three times as big as the diameter of your punch for the best proportions.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock squares
Circle punch
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Along one edge of the square, punch a half circle out at the very center. This will now be the top and the “neck” of your card.
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2. Using your scissors, cut out “sleeves” about 1 punch lengths the way down each side and about ¾ a punch length in toward the center as shown in the photo. Trim down to the bottom at this width to form the body of the card.
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3. At the bottom edge, punch along the corners to create the “leg openings” of the onsie.
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4. Finally trim the “sleeve” lengths to your desired length, add a message and you are set!
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