DIY Waldorf Inspired Ladybug Peg Doll

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Consider us completely charmed by this little ladybug. Let literacy opportunities take flight. Where does ladybug live? How about we build her a home? Is it really a ladybug or someone dressed in a ladybug costume? Whether a child writes a story, acts it out or builds the world they see, this sweet doll invites endless imaginary tales and creative activities. Plus, it’s perfect for sneaking into a child’s school backpack or lunchbox as a fun way to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished peg doll
Black acrylic paint
Paint brush
Red felt
Black felt
Acrylic sealer *optional
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Wing template
Pencil *optional

Things to do:
1. Paint the body of the peg doll black. Apply 2-3 coats of paint for a deeper color. Allow to dry completely.
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2. Optional: spray the peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.
3. Using the template, cut one wing piece from red felt and two circles from black felt.
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4. Glue the black circles on to one wing piece.
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5. Apply a dab of hot glue on the front flap of the wings and wrap the wing piece around the dolls neck, before pressing the two front flaps together.
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Felt Jewelry Pouches Tutorial

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Make some cute jewelry pouches for storing and protecting jewelry while traveling.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Puff Paint
Scissors
Thread
Sewing machine
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut one 3″x7.5″ rectangle of felt (for the ring size pouch – size up as desired for other types of jewelry).
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2. Fold one end of the felt up about 2.75″ and hold in place.
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3. Fold the other end of the felt down about an inch, slightly overlapping the bottom piece and sew a line up both sides of the pouch.
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4. Optional: Paint (or embroider) the jewelry type on the flap.
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How to Make Q-Tip Firework Flowers

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Bring the fireworks indoors – or onto your outdoor patio – with this Anthropologie-inspired centerpiece of fireworks flowers. It’s fun to bring your kids into this project by having them poke the swabs into the Styrofoam.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 3 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Cotton-tipped swabs
Gold spray paint
Scissors
Dowel rods
Green pipe cleaners
Bottle

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Things to do:
1. Cut the swabs off one end of the cotton swabs.
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2. You’ll need about 180 for two Styrofoam balls.
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3. Begin poking them into the Styrofoam.
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4. Continue all over the ball.
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5. This is what your balls will look like when you’re done with step 4.
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6. Spray the balls in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside). Allow to dry.
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7. Wrap two pipe cleaners around each other.
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8. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the dowel rod and insert into the balls for stems.
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DIY Glitter Fireworks Greeting Card

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Cut a square out of black card stock and decorate with this beautiful glitter fireworks display. You can decorate a card, scrapbook page, or other item for any celebration. This is a project that turns out beautifully every time!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Extra fine silver glitter
Red glitter
Elmer’s all-purpose glue
Scissors
Black card stock
Pencil
Newspaper

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Things to do:
1. Cut your black card stock into the shape you desire. With your glue, create a fireworks shape as shown here. Note that the top sparks are shorter than the lower ones, adding to a realistic effect. If needed, draw with a pencil first.
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2. Spread out a piece of newspaper. Shake both colors of glitter on different parts of the card, making sure to cover the glue.
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3. Allow to dry for about an hour. Shake off the excess glitter.
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DIY No-Sew Rainbow Bean Bags Tutorial

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Beanbags are a versatile toy and learning toy. Make your own set with this no-sew tutorial!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Red felt
Orange felt
Yellow felt
Green felt
Blue felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler
Beans

Things to do:
1. Cut two 3″x3″ squares from felt from blue felt.
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2. Repeat for red, orange, yellow, and green.
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3. Apply a line of glue close to the edge on three of the four sides of one square. Place the matching square over the glue, aligning the sides, and press firmly to secure the glue.
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4. Fill the bean bag with beans through the open side.
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5. Apply a line of glue on the fourth side and press the two sides together to seal the beanbag shut.
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6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the remaining colors.
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Washi Tape and Popsicle Stick Coasters Tutorial

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Popsicles aren’t just for kids crafts! Use up some of those rolls of washi tape you’ve been collecting by making these cute coasters!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Green stripe washi tape
Pink dot washi tape
Gold sparkle washi tape
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Modge Podge (hardcoat)
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Glue three popsicles together in a “stack”. Repeat until you have three stacks of three. Set aside.
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2. Take a single popsicle stick and press a strip of washi tape to the top of the stick.
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3. Trim the tape around the edges of the popsicle stick and repeat until you have a total of 7-9 tape-covered sticks.
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4. Using two of the “stacks” created in steps 1-2, and two of the tape-covered stick from step 3, create a square. Make sure your “stacks” are on the bottom, on opposite sides of the square. Glue the sticks together in the corners.
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5. On the underside of the square, Add the third “stack” going across the middle of the square as shown.
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6. On the top side of the coaster, add the remaining tape-covered popsicle sticks, gluing in place as you go.
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7. Apply a two coats of modge podge hard coat to the entire coaster and allow to dry thoroughly before using.
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No-Sew Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

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This cute tooth fairy pillow has a dedicated pocket for the little tooth. Make it yourself, even if you don’t know how to sew!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White felt
Light blue felt
Pink felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Stuffing
Tooth template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt. You will need 1 pocket, 1 tooth, and 2-6″ squares.
2. Apply glue to the round edge of the pocket piece.
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3. Press the pocket to the front of the tooth piece.
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4. Apply glue to the back of the tooth piece, leaving the top open, as shown in the photo.
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5. Press the tooth to one of the squares.
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6. Apply glue to three sides of one of the squares and press the matching square over the top, securing until the glue is dry.
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7. Stuff the pillow with stuffing.
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8. Apply glue to the fourth side and press the sides shut to close the pillow.
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How to Make Antiqued Paper Doily Flowers

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Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate for your next dinner party? These antiqued paper flowers add a lovely touch to your usual decor and look great spread on a table as a centerpiece or stung up and hung as a garland.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper doilies
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Brewed Coffee

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to make our flowers. Place your finger in the center of the paper doily and press down firmly. Twist the solid paper at the bottom and secure the twist with hot glue.
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2. Style your flower by wrinkling the paper and playing with the location of the “petals.”
3. Antique your flower by dipping the outer edges in black coffee. Let it dry completely before displaying your work.
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Monster Face Corner Bookmarks Tutorial

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Everyone will love making some little monster reading buddies. The finished felt monsters slide over the edge of your page to hold your spot!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Google eyes
Ribbon
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut two, 2″ square pieces of felt per bookmark.
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2. Cut circles of various sizes in a contrasting color *optional
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3. Create a bow from ribbon *optional
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4. Apply a line of glue along two touching edges, as shown in the photo, and place the matching square over the glue.
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5. Embellish the bookmark as desired. The possibilities are endless!
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DIY Mason Jar Cork Coasters

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Embrace a shabby-chic decor motif with this simple DIY. In just a few minutes, you can create a custom set of coasters that will protect your furniture and look good doing it!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar lids
Cork sheets or coasters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, measure the size of the bottom of your lid. Lay it with the smallest side down on your cork and trace along the outside edge.
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2. Cut out the cork shape and test the size by placing it in the bottom of your lid. If it’s too big, trim the edges until you have a perfect fit.
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3. Use hot glue to secure the cork in place.
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4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have a complete set.
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