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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

Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster

Egg Carton Candy Monster Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
It’s that time of year again, Halloween! And when all those cute little costumed ghosts and ghouls come do your door, why not give them just a little fright when they reach for their candy with this fun little Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster. Fill the “mouth” with candy and (gently, of course) snap the jaws closed as they reach in!

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

Things you’ll need:
Craft Paint
Egg Carton
White construction paper
Googly Eyes
Glue stick
Scissors

Things to do:
1 . Paint the inside and outside of the egg carton in the colors of your choice. You may need two or more coats. Allow the paint to dry completely.
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2. Remove the flap on the bottom half of the egg carton using the scissors.
3. Using glue stick, place the eyes to cover the holes on the top half of the carton.
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4. Cut the paper into two jagged strips for teeth, just slightly shorter than the length of the egg carton.
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5. Using the glue stick, attach the teeth flat against the bottom edge of the carton and inside the top edge.
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6. Allow the glue to dry then add candy and get ready for the trick or treaters!
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Burned Heart Spoon Ends

October 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Burned Heart Spoon Ends Burned Heart Spoon Ends
A wooden spoon is a wooden spoon, right? Plain and ordinary and always useful. But they can be beautiful too. And this little trick will spread a little love in the kitchen, at a potluck or just while doing the dishes with this sweet project. And while you’re at it, it will help identify your spoons should they be out and about with (or without) you so they don’t get mixed up with someone else’s.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood burning tool
Wooden spoons

Things to do:
1. Insert the fine detail tip into your wood burner and allow the tool to heat up.
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2. With the end of the spoon toward you, Lay the tip down against the end of the spoon and roll it slightly, moving the fatter part of the tip while leaving the narrow point in place to create half of a heart.
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3. Repeat to complete the heart.
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Creepy Eyeball Thumbtacks

October 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Creepy Eyeball Thumbtacks Creepy Eyeball Thumbtacks
Nothing says “I’m watching you!” this Halloween like eyeball thumbtacks. Give someone in your office a little bit of a fright or help your kids have fun staying organized with this quick to make creepy thumb tacks! While most googly eyes come with a sticky back, it’s worth it to go the extra step and use craft or super glue for a more permanent hold on the thumbtacks. After all, they’ll be sure to get plenty of use!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than a minute per tack

Things you’ll need:
Flat topped thumb tacks
Googly eyes of various sizes
Craft glue or super glue

Things to do:
1. Peel off the backing from your googly eyes.
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2. Using a small drop of glue, attach the eyes to the tops of the tacks.
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3. Allow the tacks to dry before use. For best results, push the tacks into a corkboard laying flat so they stay flat while drying.

DIY Wood Burned Hanger

October 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Wood Burned Hanger DIY Wood Burned Hanger
Hangers are just about as plain and simple as things get, even the pretty old wood ones, which is fine since they are, at their core, utilitarian objects. But occasionally you might want something a little fancier when it comes to your hanger needs. Perhaps for a special person or a special outfit! Turn that boring hanger into a beautiful keepsake!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Trace paper
Wooden hanger
Woodburning tool
Pencil
Clip art

Things to do:
1. Lay the hanger out on the trace paper and trace around the outside to give yourself an idea of where to place the clip art.
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2. Lay the trace paper over the clip art, arranging it so that it’s centered on the hanger shape. Trace the art onto the paper in thick pencil lines.
3. Flip the trace paper over onto the hanger and use the side of the pencil tip to rub the image onto the flat of the hanger.
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4. Heat up your woodburning tool using the fine tip and trace around your images. Using the shading tool, fill in the shapes evenly to finish.
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