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DIY Rustic Wooden Rose Wreath

Wooden Rose Wreath DIY Rustic Wooden Rose Wreath
This beautiful wreath combines rustic elegance and country charm to create a darling piece of décor that is sure to complement your home. It’s super easy to make and doesn’t involve any wire, so it’s a great project if you’re short on time but want to create something to spruce up your space.

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

Things you’ll need:
Grapevine wreath
Wooden roses
Jute
Scissors
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Use wire cutters to trim the stems of your roses to 1-inch long.
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2. Slide the stems through the wreath form and trim any excess.
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3. Repeat step two until the entire wreath form is covered. Try to make the heart shape even and full.
4. When you’ve completed your wreath, slide a piece of jute through the back and knot it, creating a loop to display your wreath with.
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Easy to Make Raffia Flower Embellishments

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Use these raffia flowers as decorations for packages, cards, or scrapbook pages. They can also be used for cute party or wall decor for a child’s room.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Raffia ribbon
Button
Glue
Scissors http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2533_2473-41429-stainless_steel_scissors.html
Card stock, cut into a 3” circle
Pen or pencil
Ruler
Pliers, if needed to remove a button shank

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Things to do:
1. Fold the card stock circle in half both directions to find the center, and draw lines for the center in both directions.
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2. Cut several 3 1/2” pieces of raffia – enough to cover the circle. The number you need to cut depends on the width of the raffia.
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3. Fold each piece in half and cut lengthwise partially up the piece, but don’t cut all the way through the center.
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4. This is what your pieces will look like once they’re “fringed.”
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5. Add glue to each line on the circle of card stock.
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6. Place two pieces of raffia as shown.
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7. Continue gluing the pieces of raffia around the circle.
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8. Keep adding raffia until the entire circle is covered.
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9. If your button has a shank, remove it with your pliers and glue to the center of the raffia flower.
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DIY Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Decor

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Hang your hearts on the wall with this festive conversation heart decor for Valentine’s Day! We used family initials for this wall decoration, but you can also paint fun Valentine’s day phrases or even mix up the colors to use this other times of the year.

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

Things you’ll need:
4 wooden hearts
Red ribbon
Pink ribbon
Red paint
Pink paint
Black paint
E6000 or hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Paint brushes
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Needle with large eye
String

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Things to do:
1. Paint your hearts in pink and red.
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2. Allow the hearts to dry. Depending on the coverage, you might want to paint two coats.
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3. Draw your letters on with a pencil and then paint with black paint.
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4. Allow the hearts to dry again.
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5. Either use E6000 or hot glue to glue a strip of ribbon to the back of the hearts, leaving several inches free at the top. If using E6000, be sure to glue in a well-ventilated area.
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6. Fold an 18” or slightly smaller piece of ribbon in half to find the center.
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7. Fold both ends inward to find the center.
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8. Thread your needle and knot the end. Push the needle into the center of the bow as shown.
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9. Pull the thread all the way through and wrap around the center a few times before tying off and clipping in the back.
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10. Cut a piece of ribbon about 2” long. Fold in half the long way if needed. Wrap around the center and hot glue in place as the center knot.
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11. Fold the top ribbon over to form a loop.
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12. Hot glue the bow on top of the conversation heart chain.
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13. Slide string into the loop at the top and knot.
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DIY Foam Fortune Cookies Tutorial

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Send a little bit of luck someone’s way for Valentine’s Day or another special day! Make these foam fortune cookies and fill them with motivational sayings, expressions of love, or jokes that will make your friends and family smile.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Craft foam sheets
A small bowl to trace
Scissors
Paper
Stapler
Computer and printer (or just a pen!)
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Things to do:
1. Print out some encouraging statements and cut them into thin strips. Trace your bowl onto the foam and cut it out.
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2. Place the paper strip inside of the circle, fold it in half and then make sure the paper sticks out of one side just a little.
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3. Start folding the “cookie” in half again by facing the folded edge toward you and pulling both edges toward you as well. The felt will start to pucker.
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4. The fold should look like this.
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5. Staple the pointed ends together so they stay.
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6. The cookie should look like this!
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Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

Valentines Day Wreath Tutorial Cupids Arrow Valentines Day Wreath Tutorial
Embrace the romance this Valentines Day with a festive wreath. This DIY is a simple and quick way to dress up your space for the holiday, adding a warm, homemade touch to your home décor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Heart wreath form
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Cupid’s arrow

Things to do:
1. Start by wrapping your wreath form with jute. Apply a drop of hot glue to secure the end and wrap it around the Styrofoam heart until the entire surface is covered. Secure the end with hot glue, so the rope doesn’t unravel.
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2. Create a wreath hanger by tying a loop of baker’s twine around the top of the wreath.
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3. Use hot glue to attach a cupid’s arrow to the front of the heart.
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DIY Romantic Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Luminary

February 4, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

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Decorating for Valentine’s day is made easy with this pretty and romantic Valentine luminary. It’s a simple project that’s useful for those romantic candlelight dinners, or just as general holiday decor!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear mason jar
Tea light candle
Red acrylic paint
Ribbon
Paintbrush
Piece of paper
Pencil
Tape

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Things to do:
1. Cut a heart shape out of your paper to the desired size for your jar.
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2. Tape the heart to the jar.
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3. Paint the jar, leaving the area of the heart unpainted. Allow the first coat to dry.
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4. Paint a second coat, and finish with painting the lip of the jar as well. Allow to dry.
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5. Wrap the top of the jar with any type of festive ribbon. Add the battery-operated tea light, and enjoy!
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How to Make Twine Cupcakes Tutorial

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This luscious cupcake won’t ruin your diet! The twine cupcake is quirky and adorable, and would make perfect decor for a birthday party or any other celebration. Make it in many different colors for a variety of “flavors.”

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s twine
Styrofoam ball
Cupcake liner
Plastic knife
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Button or other small embellishment

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Things to do:
1. Cut the styrofoam ball in half with your knife.
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2. Keep one side for this cupcake, but set the other aside to make a second one! Warm up your hot glue gun and hot glue.
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3. Open up your twine and glue the end to the bottom, flat side of your half-ball of styrofoam to hold it in place.
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4. Start wrapping the twine around the bottom of the ball. While wrapping, glue once for every wrap, to keep the twine in place.
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5. Continue wrapping the twine neatly.
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6. Wrap all the way up the top and allow the twine to trail down what will become the back of your cupcake.
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7. Glue the end to the bottom of the styrofoam, as you did in Step 3.
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8. Hot glue the cupcake top to the inside of the cupcake liner. To finish, add a bead, button, or other type of embellishment to the top as desired.
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How to Make Valentine’s Day Cupid’s Arrows

Cupids Arrows How to Make Valentines Day Cupid’s Arrows
This fun and festive project is the perfect rainy day activity for your kids. Make the arrows in bulk and attach them in candy bags for the little ones to give away at school or use them as decoration around the house.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 7 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden dowels
Foam glitter sheets
Baker’s twine
Feathers
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Fold you sheet of glitter foam in half and cut a half heart shape.
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2. Trace the heart onto the foam and cut out another identical one.
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3. Glue the heart shapes on the end of the wooden dowel to create the point of the arrow.
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4. Use glue to attach three feathers together.
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5. Secure the feathers to the top of the dowel by wrapping baker’s twine around the ends.
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6. Continue wrapping the dowel with baker’s twine until several inches are covered. Secure the end of the string with glue.
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DIY Glass Marble Magnets

February 1, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

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Create these gorgeous glass bead magnets using a variety of different types of papers for a wide range of different looks! You’ll love adding your own sense of style to your office or refrigerator.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear glass gems
Round magnets
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Scrapbook paper
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Trace each gem onto your paper. All beads are slightly different shapes, so be sure to keep them in order. Cut out the paper inside the lines, so the paper is slightly smaller than the bottom of the glass gem.
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2 Spread Mod Podge on the back of the gem.
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3. Press the paper onto the Mod Podge, right side up.
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4. This is what the gem looks like with the paper on the bottom of the bead.
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5. Apply a final coat of Mod Podge to the bottom of the gem. Warm up your hot glue gun as the Mod Podge begins to dry.
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6. Use the hot glue to apply the magnet to the bottom of the gem.
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DIY Mardi Gras Style Necklace

January 29, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

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Spruce up your Mardi Gras celebration with a fancier display of your beads. This twisted variation is beautiful, while still being in the spirit of the gaudiness of the celebration!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Purple metallic beads
Gold metallic beads
Ribbon
Perle cotton or embroidery floss
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Ruler

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Things to do:
1. Cut the gold beads into three, 12-15” strands. Tie them with the embroidery floss at both ends, as shown.
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2. Cut two strands of the purple beads the same length as the gold beads. Tie them to the gold beads at one end only.
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3. Start wrapping the beads around each other, as shown.
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4. Continue wrapping until you reach the end.
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5. Tie the other end of beads together.
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6. Cut two pieces of ribbon to 12” each. Tie them onto the beads using the floss, and use some hot glue to make sure the ribbon is completely secure.
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7. To wear, simply tie the ribbon around your neck.
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