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Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks

Playing Card Bookmarks Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks
We play a lot of cards in our family and, inevitably, we have ended up, over the years, with several incomplete decks from toting cards with us on trips or days out. I hate to toss those cards so I’ve kept them all for various projects and here’s an excellent one! Bookmarks! Perfect for keep your spot, easy to make in bulk for gifts or as Valentines using only the hearts cards, these are easy and fun!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Playing cards
Hole punch
Scissors
Yarn matching the cards

Things to do:
1. Punch a hole at the center top of each card.
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2. Cut yarn into 8 inch strips.
3. Fold two pieces of yarn in half and tuck though the hole, back to front.
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4. Slip the tails into the holes and pull through to create a tassel. Trim ends evenly.
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‘Back to School’ Custom Pencil Bouquet

Custom Pencil Bouquet Back to School Custom Pencil Bouquet
The leaves are starting to fade into golden hues, meaning school is just around the corner! What better way to welcome the change of season than with an adorable bouquet of back to school pencils! Your son or daughter are sure to love these customizable pencil sets that allow their unique personalities to show through. Put a bouquet in their backpack the night before class for a fun surprise, or give to their teachers as a thoughtful gift. Everyone is sure to adore these darling pencils!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 13 and up.

Things you’ll need:
Pencils
Paintbrush
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Ruler
Paper of Your Choice
Paper Cutter

Things to do:
1. Measure your pencil in length and width. The easiest way to measure width is to roll the pencil in the paper and make a small mark with a pen. Measure the pencil in length with a ruler.
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2. Trim a strip of paper that corresponds to the length and width of your pencil.
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3. Cover the strip of paper with a thin layer of glue. Make a zig-zag pattern with your glue and spread over the surface evenly with your paint brush. Make sure you cover the edges well, otherwise the paper will curl up.
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4. Place your pencil alongside of the paper and make sure your measurements were correct before wrapping the pencil in the paper.
5. Begin to roll your pencil with the glue side touching the pencil. Once you’ve completely rolled your pencil, press down firmly to ensure the paper sticks to the pencil. If excess glue squeezes out when you apply pleasure to the pencil and paper, simply wipe it off with a rag.
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6. Allow pencil to dry before sharpening. Complete these steps with several more pencils and tie a decorative ribbon around the bunch to make an adorable gift!

DIY Bikini Baby Onesie

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Bikini Baby Onesie DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
A cute and practical alternative to the baby bikinis that don’t stay put! Your little one will be the envy of the pool in this polka-dot bikini.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes + drying time

Things you’ll need:
Onesie-one piece baby tee
Scrap paper (to cut the pattern)
Purple acrylic paint orother colors of your choice
Folk Art Textile Medium
Masking tape
Paint brush
Pencil with new eraser or dowel rod (for making polka dots)
¼” satin ribbon
Scissors
Needle
Thread (to match ribbon)
Cardboard or heavy paper- I recommend covering with foil or wax paper

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry the garment before painting-don’t use fabric softener!
2. Cover cardboard or heavy paper with foil or wax paper. Place inside the onesie so that the paint doesn’t transfer to the back.
3. Using scrap paper, make the pattern for the bikini top. I eyeballed where I wanted the bottom edge of the bikini top and placed a piece of tape across the garment. Measure the distance across at this point (The 3-6 months size was 8”.) I cut a triangle pattern where each side was 4” to form the top.
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4. Use masking tape to mark off each side of the pattern; trim the tape for center “V”.
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5. Decide how high or low you want the bikini bottoms and tape straight across.
6. Using the center snap as the guide, mask of the sides of the leg holes.DIY Bikini Baby Onesie5 DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
7. Mix textile medium with paint, using a 2:1 ratio. Paint inside the masked area to form bikini. Let dry 1-2 hours. You may or may not need a second coat!
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8. Use the same ratio to mix the polka dot color with the textile medium. Only when the base color is completely dry, dip the pencil eraser or dowel rod in the paint, and place gently on the fabric. Continue until you are happy with the dot pattern.
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9. Let dry completely, about 1-2 hours, then peel off the masking tape and remove the cardboard.
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10. Cut five 8” pieces of ribbon, and tie into bows. Trim the ends so they are even.
11. Using a needle and thread, tack 3 bows onto the bikini top, and 2 bows onto the sides of bikini bottom.
12. The garment may seem stiff from the paint, but will soften after laundered. I let mine set for a couple days before washing and drying to be sure the paint was permanent.

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs
Fairy gardens are mostly filled with flowers, of course, since fairies do love their flowers, but what about those fairies who would rather grow vegetables? After all, even fairies need to eat! These little signs are perfect for keeping an orderly veg garden!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Miniature wooden signs
Permanent marker
Copper wire
Super glue
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Clear nail polish or clear coat

Things to do:
1. Using your marker, write the names of your vegetables onto the signs and allow the ink to dry.
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2. Coat the sign with clear nail polish to seal and allow it to dry before proceeding.
3. Cut a 4-inch piece of wire and curl one end using the needle nose pliers.
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4. Attach the wire to the back of the sign with glue and allow it to dry before putting it in the garden.
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Upcycle: DIY Tin Can Luminaries

DIY Tin Can Luminaries Upcycle: DIY Tin Can Luminaries
Light up the night with this adorable DIY craft. This tin can luminary mimics candles for sale in luxury home goods stores, making it a must have for your home this summer time. Have fun experimenting with a variety of shapes and patterns until you find a sparkling look that you love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 12 and Up
Time to complete: 20 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tin Can
Hammer
Nail
Battery operated tealight candle

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing your tin can. If you are using a can from the grocery store, empty it out and take the label the off of outside.
2. Fill the tin can with water and put it in the freezer over night. This will give you a hard surface to nail against.
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3. Once you’ve frozen water in your can, use a hammer and nail to create a unique design. Pound the nail into the can’s surface, creating a small hole.
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4. Once you’ve finished creating a design, let the ice melt and clean out the can. Place a tea light candle inside the tin can and enjoy your sparkling creation.
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DIY Tissue Paper Flower Pot

Tissue Paper Flower Pot DIY Tissue Paper Flower Pot
This craft is a wonderful activity for a child’s birthday party. The steps are easy and fun, and the result is a really cute pot that anyone would enjoy having in their home. When you’re finished, plant a seed inside, and watch it bloom into something beautiful.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 5 and Up
Time to complete: 30 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mod Podge
Ceramic Pot
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Cut several 2″ wide strips of tissue paper. The amount of paper you cut will depend on how large of a pot you are using.
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2. Paint a smooth layer of Mod Podge onto the ceramic pot.
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3. Place the strip of tissue paper onto the layer of Mod Podge. Try to get the top of the tissue paper even with the top of the pot.
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4. Cut any excess tissue paper from the bottom of the pot, leaving a half inch extra.
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5. Secure the excess tissue paper inside the bottom rim with Mod Podge.
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6. Apply a topcoat to the tissue paper.
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7. Continue this process until the entire pot is covered, slightly overlapping the pieces of tissue paper as you go.
8. Apply a second layer of tissue paper until you reach your desired look.
9. Let the pot dry completely before use.

Washi Tape Straw Flags

Washi Tape Straw Flags Washi Tape Straw Flags
Summer is the season for patio parties and grill outs, and Straw Flags are a great way to help guests keep their drinks straight. I love these little flags because they are so quick and easy to make, and they add a cute little decoration to every guest’s straw. I usually try to match the colors of my straws and washi tape with the theme of my party. Feel free to mix and match different colors of washi tape with different colors of straws as well! It’s always a good idea to have more straws than guests, so make sure to make a few extras. Party guests always appreciate thoughtful details, and this is a great way to add a bit of sensible craftiness to your party table.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes (for about 20 straws)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Straws
Permanent marker
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a strip of washi tape.
2. Place the center of the strip at the top of your straw, just under the bendy portion.
3. Wrap the strip of tape around your straw so that both sticky sides line up with each other.
4. Cut two diagonal lines inward at the end of your flag.
5. Write numbers on each flag with the permanent marker.
6. Place your straws in a mason jar, cup, or basket and set next to the party drinks so that guests may take one as needed.

DIY Pinwheel Cake Toppers

Pinwheel Cake Toppers DIY Pinwheel Cake Toppers
These fun cake toppers are a great addition to your next birthday party. They bring a festive look to your homemade treats. Make a few in a variety of colors or patterns.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger ages may need assistance when using a hot glue gun.
Time to complete: 10 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Various Colors of Felt
Buttons
Dowel rods
Ruler
3″ x 3″ Square Pattern
Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Create a 3″ square pattern out of paper and use it to cut a matching felt square.
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2. Cut into the corners of the felt square, leaving space in the middle.
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3. Fold the corner of the felt square over and secure with hot glue. Continue doing this to the four corners until they are all secured.
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4. Choose a bright button and use hot glue to attach it to the center of the pinwheel.
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5. Cut a dowel rod down to 5 ½ inches and hot glue it to the back of the pinwheel.
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Fun and Easy Felt Tie Key Fob

August 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

tie key fob Fun and Easy Felt Tie Key Fob
Here’s a fun gift for the guys in your life that they can take with them wherever they go! Great for Dads or Grads or first jobs, you can show off their school colors of favorite hues with the project and show them how much you love them! Be sure to use a 1-inch split ring or larger, if you use a smaller ring you will need to scale down the tie template to fit.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Felt in green and yellow or other colors of your choice
1-inch diameter split ring
Sewing machine and thread or needle and thread
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the tie shapes out of your felt using the template.
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2. Thread the doubled tie through the key ring and fold over so the edges meet.
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3. Slip the single tie in between the two layers so that it is sandwiched between them and the edges are neatly lined up. The inner layer should just be peeking out evenly all the way around.
4. Stitch along the outer edge of the smaller tie, starting at the fold, all the way around, finishing by sewing across the top of the tie to lock in in place.
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5. Trim away any thread.

How to Make Paper Roses

How to Make Paper Roses How to Make Paper Roses
Give a beautiful rose that will last forever with this DIY. These roses are made of sheet music, and make a beautiful bouquet that is perfect for decorating.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 12 and Up
Time to complete: 20 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Sheet Music or Card Stock
8″ Circle Pattern
Wire
Pencil
Wire Cutters
Floral Tape
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors
Green Paper

Things to do:
1. Trace an 8″ circle onto your piece of sheet music. Cut around the pencil line, weaving your scissors in and out to create a jagged edge.
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2. Cut a spiral into the circle, leaving a jagged edge.
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3. Roll up the spiral that you cut, starting at the outside and working in. This coil will become the petals of your rose.
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4. Loosen the coil slightly, until it reaches a size that you like.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the rose-shaped coil.
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6. Cut a piece of wire to create the stem of the rose. Use hot glue to attach the wire to the bottom of the flower and let it dry for a few minutes.
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7. Cut a leaf shape out of green card stock. I found that mine looked best when they were about 2 inches long.
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8. Fold the leaf in half and secure it to the bottom of the rose bud with hot glue.
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9. Wrap the wire stem in floral tape tightly, adding strength to the stem of the rose.
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