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DIY Golden Holiday Pear Placecards

Pear Placecards DIY Golden Holiday Pear Placecards
Holiday Season is fast approaching, which means, of course, the big family dinners are coming up soon as well! Make a little bit of a splash this year by adding elegant place cards to your table decor. These beautiful golden pears are simple to make, reusable year after year and add that touch of glam to your place settings.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus try time

Things you’ll need:
Artificial pears
Gold Spray Paint
Silver ribbon
Small tags
Scissors
Pen
Masking tape

Things to do:
1. Using your tape, mask off the stems on each pear.
2. On a covered work surface in a well ventilated space, Lightly spray one side of the pears with paint. Allow them to dry and then turn and repeat the process. Continue until the pears have two coats of paint all the way around
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3. Once the paint is dry, remove the masking tape.
4. Write the name of each guest on a tag.
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5. Cut 8-inch lengths of ribbon and tie around the stem of each pear.
6. Thread the tags onto the ribbon and tie off into a bow, trim the ribbon as needed.
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DIY Wood Slice Reindeer Gift Tags

October 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Wood Slice Reindeer Tags DIY Wood Slice Reindeer Gift Tags
With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gifts and with gifts come, of course, gift wrapping! These pretty little tags will be much admired, and are another small gift to go along with the main one! You’ll want to use the chisel tip for your wood burning tool to make nice, straight, stick like lines to create the reindeer.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices of about 2 inches in diameter
Wood burning tool
Drill with small bit
Baker’s Twine
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Sketch a stick reindeer onto the flat of a wood slice.
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2. Fit your wood burner with the chisel point and allow it to heat up.
3. Following your lines, burn the pattern of the reindeer onto the wood slice.
4. Allow the wood burning tool to cool and replace the chisel tip with the calligraphy tip.
5. Write the words “To “ and “From” on the back side of the wood slice and, using your tool, go over the letters to create the label side of the tags.
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6. Drill a hole
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DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments

October 28, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments
In just a few easy steps, you will have a sweet addition to your holiday decor. Simply choose any cookie cutter, large or small, and transform it into a festive decoration. This adorable craft makes a wonderful ornament or decoration for any time or year.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 40 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up * Younger ages may need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Jute
Metal cookie cutter
Suede cord
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Apply a thin layer of hot glue to the bottom of the metal cookie cutter and attach the jute. Allow time to dry before continuing to the next step.
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2. Start wrapping the cookie cutter with jute, applying hot glue to outside of the cookie cutter. Wrap the cookie cutter tightly and try to keep your lines as straight as possible.
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3. Once the cookie cutter has been completely covered with jute, tie a piece of suede cord to the top of the shape to create a hanger.
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DIY Wood Burned Rustic Snowflake Ornaments

October 27, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Wood Burned Snowflake Ornaments DIY Wood Burned Rustic Snowflake Ornaments
Even if you don’t live in a place where it snows in winter, snowflakes are one of those winter musts that are perfect for decorating! These little wood slice snowflake ornaments are so simple and pretty it will be hard to make just one! These are also great gifts from kids as well, allow them to draw the snowflakes and take over for the burning and drilling part of the project.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood burning tool
Wood slices
Drill and small bit
Baker’s Twine
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Let your child draw simple (or elaborate) snowflakes onto the wood slices lightly with the pencil.
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2. Using the chisel tip on your wood burning tool, trace the lines of the snowflakes.
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3. Drill a hole near the top of the wood slice.
4. Thread a loop of baker’s twine through the hole and tie the tops to finish.
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Paper Lantern Cluster Decorations

October 26, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Paper Lantern Cluster Paper Lantern Cluster Decorations
Paper lanterns are a great way to add color and festivity to a space. Bright, big and bold, they have great impact, especially when clustered together. I’m always looking for ways to add color to my home so a few clusters of colorful lanterns are right up my alley! Look for lanterns in at least two sizes to create the best texture and interest.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Screw in hooks
Paper lanterns
String or thread
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Assemble your lanterns as directed on the package.
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2. Attach the string to the top wire, leaving a longer string than you think you will need.
3. Beginning with the largest or most colorful lantern, hold the lantern by the string and add additional lanterns, arranging them as you want them to lie.
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4. Adjust the string so that the lanterns are where you want them and tie them off with a loop at the top.
5. Attach the loop to the hook, checking for the length and adjusting as needed.
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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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