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DIY Party Mini Bunting Tutorial

DIY Party Mini Bunting Tutorial DIY Party Mini Bunting Tutorial
This adorable banner is perfect for decorating homemade cakes or adorning blank gift cards. Write messages on the flags, or leave them blank for a rustic feel. Make several and keep them on hand so you can customize them when something comes up.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Jute
Washi tape
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Straws

Things to do:
1. First, you’re going to cut a piece of jute. It can be as long or short as you want.
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2. Fold a 2-inch piece of Washi tape in half over the jute, creating a rectangle shape. Repeat this step until you’ve covered the entire length of your banner with flags.
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3. Trim any excess Washi tape off of the ends of the flags and cut a triangle out of the bottom.
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4. Once you’ve finished decorating your banner, tie a bow at the end of the jute.
5. Cut a decorative straw in half and use hot glue to attach the bows to the top of the straw halves. Now you’ve got a finished mini banner!
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Upycle: DIY Rustic Jute Vase

Upycle DIY Rustic Jute Vase Upycle: DIY Rustic Jute Vase
This rustic jute vase turns an old bottle into a beautiful piece of decor! Have fun experimenting with different types of string and fabric to create a custom vase to match your home.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Old glass bottle
Jute
Scissors
Burlap fabric
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering the bottle in jute. Start by securing the end of a piece of jute to the bottom of the bottle with hot glue.
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2. Once the jute is secured, wrap the jute around the bottle, applying hot glue when necessary. Continue wrapping until the bottom portion of the bottle is covered.
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3. When the bottom is covered, cut the jute and use hot glue to secure the end.
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4. Now you’ll want to cover the neck of the bottle in jute. Leave about 1 inch of space and start gluing and applying the jute until the neck of the bottle is covered.
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5. Cut three heart shapes out of a piece of burlap fabric.
6. Fold the heart shapes in half and run the hot glue down the crease. Attach the hearts to the bottle, letting the sides poke out for a cool, 3D effect.
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DIY Leprechaun Hair Clips

DIY Leprechaun Hair Clips DIY Leprechaun Hair Clips
Top of the Morning to You! That’s right, it’s about that time of year when the leprechauns leave their gold out and everyone is wearing green! These cute little hair clips will get you in the St Patrick’s Day mood and a bit of the Emerald Isle to your outfit. Be sure to attach the bobby pins flat side to the hat so that the both adhere to the hat well and hold better in your hair.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tiny top hats
Green and/or gold spray paint
Glitter spray
Bobby pins
Narrow yellow ribbon
Scissors
Super glue

Things to do:
1. In a well ventilated and covered work area, spray paint your hats with two or three coats of paint and then one of glitter, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next.
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2. Wrap ribbon around each hat and trim so that the ends just overlap, secure the ribbons in place with a drop of super glue.
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3. Flip the hats bottom side up and glue the bobby pin flat sides down to the hats. Allow them to dry completely before wearing.
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DIY Vintage-Inspired Lavender Wedding Cone

DIY Lavender Wedding Cone DIY Vintage Inspired Lavender Wedding Cone
This wedding DIY is the perfect replacement for rice! Give your guests a cute cone and they’ll fill the air with the sweet smell of lavender as you and your love embark on a journey that will last the rest of your lives.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Old Book Pages
Scissors
Jute
Tissue Paper
Dried lavender
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first thing you’ll need to do is create the cone. Rip a page out of your old book and roll it up. Start at the bottom right corner and curl the page until you find a shape that you like.
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2. Secure the shape by applying a line of hot glue around the edge of the page.
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3. Now you’re going to fill the cone. Cut a 12×12 square of tissue paper and put it in the cone.
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4. Decorate the cone with a jute bow. Tie a small bow and use hot glue to attach it to the front.
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5. Fill it with dried lavender and enjoy the sweet smell!
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DIY Paper Cone Gift Packaging

Paper Cone Gift Packaging DIY Paper Cone Gift Packaging
Perfect for holding all sorts of goodies, treats and small gifts, these paper cone packages are simple and quick to make, easy to fill and ideal for that last minute gift. These can be scaled up or down easily by changing the size of the square you start with and your closure can be a simple fold or as fancy as you like.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Scrapbook paper
Double sided tape
Scissors
Embellishments

Things to do:
1. Trim paper into squares, here our largest cone is created from a 12×12 square while our smallest was made from an 8×8 inch square.
2. Flip the paper over, pattern side down, and runs length of double sided tape along one side.
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3. Roll the paper into a cone starting from the edge that angles away from the tape edge. Press the tape edge against the cone to close. Fill the cone with treats.
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4. Fold the flap down over to close the cone. Use a short piece of tape to hold the flap closed. Add embellishments to decorate.
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DIY Gold Strings Lights

DIY Gold Strings Lights DIY Gold Strings Lights
Christmas might be over, but that’s no reason to put away all the twinkle lights! Turn them into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! While any color can be used here, gold makes an excellent pairing with the glow of the lights and is perfect indoors or out.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Strings lights, either traditional or LED bulb style
Gold plate spray paint
Masking tape and/ or paper towels

Things to do:
1. Before you begin to paint, you’ll need to mask off or remove the bulbs from your lights. If you are using non-removable LED bulbs, wrap the glass of each bulb in a small piece of masking tape. If you are using traditional lights or LED lights with removable bulbs, pull out each bulb, set it aside, and stuff a small piece of paper towel into the cavity where the bulb was. Repeat for all the lights on the strand.
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2. Mask off the prongs of your plug or, if you are using solar lights, the end of the wire and the solar panel using tape and paper towels to cover the unit.
3. In a well ventilated area, spray the lights with thin coats of paint on a covered work surface, turning the strand over as each coat dries to make sure the whole things is well covered.
4. Once the cords and bulb bases are painted and dry, remove the masking or paper towels and replace the bulbs on the removable style strands. Plug in and enjoy!

How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob

Celtic Knot Keyfob How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob
Have you ever had a single key that needed an instant key chain? Maybe you have a guest visiting and they need a key or you want to have a spare hanging somewhere handy. Whatever the reason, this Celtic knot fob is simple, quick and perfect for a single key or even a small set.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
White paracord or other colors
Scissors
Matches or lighter
Key

Things to do:
1. Cut about 14 inches of paracord. You’ll need less but for your first knot, extra rope makes tying easier. Singe the ends to prevent fraying.
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2. Thread your key onto the paracord and pull it to the halfway point. Fold the rope here and line up the ends.
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3. Bring the ends around in a loop and over the rope near the key as pictured, be sure to keep the rope parallel and flat.
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4. Wrap the ends under the beginning of the rope between where you crossed it in step 3 and the key and then loop them up toward the first loop you created.
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5. Tuck the ends through this loop and carefully pull to tighten, still keeping the rope parallel and flat.
6. If desired, trim the ends shorter and resinge.

DIY Tangle-Free Power Cords

DIY Tangle Free Power Cords DIY Tangle Free Power Cords
With multiple mobile devices in our house, we have an ongoing problem of “where’s my charging cord?” that seems to go round and round. Keeping these identical cords apart is a nightmare so I’m on a mission to fix this with a little trick I learned back in elementary school. Friendship bracelets! You’ll need about 3 feet of embroidery thread per inch of cord for this project and you can double or triple the colors for added interest (and identification!)

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: About an hour

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery thread
Phone Charger
Scissors
Super Glue
Small c-clamp

Things to do:
1. Clamp the USB port to a secure surface using the clamp, be sure not to dent the USB while attaching it to the surface.
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2. Wind out enough embroidery thread for your project. Begin with a simple knot that leaves a tail about an inch longer than your cord. Wind the other end up into a loop for better control while knotting.
3. Pull the tail down the length of the cord, you’ll be knotting around the cord and the tail to weave the tail in.
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4. Bring the longer end over, around and through the loop to tie a knot around the cord. You’ll want to repeat this process exactly, don’t change the direction of your knotting as you go. The knots will naturally spiral around the cord as you work.
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5. Continue to knot along the length of the cord. When you are almost at the end, trim the short tail so that it disappears under the last few knots.
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6. Knot the final knot and dab a little superglue into the knot to hold. Allow it to dry before trimming the excess.

Easy DIY Wine Tags

February 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Easy DIY Wine Tags Easy DIY Wine Tags
While a full scale party calls for some forethought on the which wine glass belongs to who front, an informal or smaller gathering might need some last minute prep to keep the wine glasses separate. These tags are quick to make and fun to customize, just keep a stack of tags handy and you are set to go!

Time required: less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Tags
Pinking shears
Paper punches
Scissors
Twine

Things to do:
1. Trim tags to a roughly square dimension.
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2. Use scissors, and punches to decorate each tag differently to differentiate them.
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3. Tie them to wine glass stems with twine, trim the ends and party away!
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Binder Clip Photo Holders

February 18, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Binder Clip Photo Holders Binder Clip Photo Holders
I love having photos of my kids and family on my desk but I don’t always have frames handy, so having easy, quick ways to display my photos is a plus in my book. This trick is so simple and fun! And bonus, you can customize these easily with paint or washi tape. Here we’ve use gold spray paint to brighten this set but you could pick your own colors and run with it!

Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: easy

Things you’ll need:
Binder clips
Spray paint
Cardboard
Washi tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Clip your binder clips to some cardboard and, in a ventilated space, spray the body of the clip in thin layers until it’s well covered.
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2. Once the clips are dry, carefully insert the pictures by pulling back on the arms of the clips.
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3. Adjust the photos so they are centered and so the bottom edge of the print rests on the bottom of the clip. Squeeze the arms together and slip them out of the edges of the clip. Stand the picture on the flat end.
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