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Paracord Technique: Celtic Button

April 20, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Celtic Button Paracord Technique: Celtic Button
The Celtic button is an ideal way to finish off a piece with an attractive, secure tail. It can also be used to make a small fob or zipper pull and makes a nice decorative finish to any paracord project.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you need:
Purple parachute cord or other colors of your choice

Things to do:
1. Fold the cord at the center point into two consecutive and matching loops with the left hand leg of the loop passing behind the right in both cases.
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Celtic Button3 Paracord Technique: Celtic Button
2. Draw the right hand tail up and weave through the loops, over, under, over, under.
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3. Bring the left hand leg around and follow the right over and then under the first two legs of the loops but then pull it up and out of the next.
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4. Gently pull to tighten into a firm ball of a knot.

DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms

April 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms
I must admit that I’m something of a pompom addict. I love them! In all sizes and in all sorts of applications. While these aren’t strictly your traditional pompoms they are a fun play on the idea and so very pretty! These use wooden beads for easy stringing, but you can also use simple wooden balls or, for a lighter finished pompom, small Styrofoam balls. Scale these up by increasing the size of the bead and of the felt circles.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 45 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Glass or cup
Pencil
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
1-inch wooden beads

Things to do:
1. Using your glass as a template, trace circles onto the felt. You’ll need about 25 per pompom.
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2. Cut the circles out of the felt.
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3. Fold a circle in half, and then in thirds.
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4. Using the glue gun, add a dollop of glue to the point of the wedge. Press the point onto the bead. Repeat until the whole bead is covered, making sure to leave the holes uncovered. You’ll want to place them as close together as possible to create a dense look.
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DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms8 DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms

Vintage Mason Jar Lid Coasters

April 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Mason Jar Lid Coasters Vintage Mason Jar Lid Coasters
While I’m not a strict “Use a coaster or else!” kind of girl, with summer on the way and tall glasses of iced tea on the horizon, it’s time to get out the coasters and protect the tables from the worst of the dreaded rings. These coasters bring the fun, casual look of vintage mason jar rings and turn them into practical, pretty coasters.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cork sheet
Sharp scissors or craft knife
Galvanized large mouth jar lids
Pen

Things to do:
1. Trace the bottom of the jar lid onto the cork sheet.
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Mason Jar Lid Coasters3 Vintage Mason Jar Lid Coasters
2. Using the scissors, cut around the circle cleanly.
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3. Press the cork circles into the jar lid, fitting them in under the lowest thread. The thread will keep the cork in place while you use them but alternately, you can add a little glue between the lid and the cork to secure it in place.

DIY Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand

Star Fairy Wand DIY Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand
What little girl wouldn’t love a magical fairy wand? This craft makes the perfect present for the little princess in your life. She is sure to enjoy this fairy wand, using her imagination to create hours of fun!

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

Things you’ll need:
Dowel rod
Ruler
Various Ribbons
Sparkle Thread
Felt squares
Acrylic paint
Spray Finish
Stuffing
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Trace two star shapes onto a piece of felt. Cut out the shapes.
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2. Use sparkle thread to sew the star shapes together, leaving a 1 inch opening to add the stuffing, dowel, and ribbon.
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3. Paint your dowel with a color of your choice and apply a matte finish. Let dowel dry completely.
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Star Fairy Wand3 DIY Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand
4. Fill the star shape with stuffing. Using the end of a paintbrush to ensure stuffing fills every point of the star.
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5. Cut 2 feet of ribbon. Use a tack to secure them to the end of the dowel.
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6. Cover the top 2 inches of the dowel and ribbons with hot glue and insert them into the stuffed star. Allow glue adequate time to dry.
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Make Your Own Easter Baskets

Make Your Own Easter Baskets Make Your Own Easter Baskets
These two variations make wonderful Easter baskets. Not only will your children love what’s inside, but also the container that the treats came in! In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to turn a sand bucket and a popcorn container into adorable Easter baskets that any kid is sure to love!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Container (Popcorn box, Sand Bucket, Etc)
Yellow and Orange Felt
Yellow Paper
Foam Stickers
Ruler
Tape
Craft Glue
Googly Eyes
Glue Gun

Things to do:
Sand Bucket Easter Basket
1. For a sand bucket Easter basket, simply decorate the bucket with foam stickers. You can use carrots, rabbits, eggs, etc. This idea is great, because your kids will love to play with the sand bucket at the beach all summer long.

Popcorn Container Easter Basket
1. To make the popcorn container into a chick, start by covering the sides of the container with yellow paper. I’ve found that tracing the sides to get a perfect fit is the best method. Simple trace the sides, cut them out, and secure them with tape.
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2. Cut out a pattern for the feet by cutting a 2″ by 2″ triangle and trace it onto a piece of gold felt. Cut out the shape.
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3. Cut out a pattern for the beak by creating a 3” by 1 ½” diamond. Trace the pattern onto a piece of orange felt and cut it out. Glue the beak in half, using craft glue.
4. Cut a square that is 1 ½” out of gold felt. Cut ½” slits around the edge of the square.
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5. Glue the square along the top of chick’s head. Finish the face by adding wiggly eyes, the beak, and the feet. I’ve found that hot glue works best.
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6. Fill the basket with candies and treats and enjoy!
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DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner

Twine Easter Egg Banner DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner
This banner is perfect for Easter, or any time of the year. I’ve hung this garland above my hutch during Easter, and also for birthday parties. The simple steps are fun for kids of any age, making this a wonderful family craft.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Water Balloons
Butcher’s twine
Vaseline
½ tsp. Craft Glue
Acrylic paints
Scissors
¼ cup flour
Water

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the ingredients. Mix the flower, water, and glue together to create a paste. Once you reach a slightly runny consistency, mix in a color of paint.
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2. Blow up a water balloon and apply Vaseline to the outside of it. The Vaseline will keep the string and paste from sticking to the balloon.
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3. Cut 3 yards of string and submerge it in the paste mixture until it is completely covered.
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4. Find the end of the string and wrap it around the water balloon. Continue wrapping the string until you’ve covered a large portion of the balloon.
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5. Allow the balloon and string to dry completely. I’ve found that hanging the balloon from a clothespin works best.
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6. Once the paste is dry, pop the balloon and remove any excess waste.
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7. After you’ve made several balloons, you can string and hang them up.

Easy Foam Easter Wreath

Foam Easter Wreath Easy Foam Easter Wreath
This Easter wreath is made out of foam eggs and is the perfect decoration for any spring party. Let your kids help customize the colors and stickers to create a look that everyone is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Foam Easter Eggs
Foam Stickers
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Arrange the foam eggs in a circular shape, creating a wreath. I’ve found that it is best to complete the entire wreath before gluing the eggs together. You want to be sure that you like the shape and that they fit together perfectly.
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2. Use a hot glue gun to attach the foam eggs. Continue around the circle until the entire wreath is glued.
Foam Easter Wreath3 Easy Foam Easter Wreath
3. Decorate the wreath with foam stickers.
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4. Create a hanger by hot gluing a piece of ribbon to the top of the wreath.
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DIY Egg Candles

April 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

DIY Egg Candles DIY Egg Candles
Perfect for an Easter or Spring Dinner party, these egg shaped candles are a snap to make using empty eggshells as the mold. Be sure to clean out the eggshells well with hot water before using them to make the candles.

Things you’ll need:
Empty eggshells with the open part at the top of the egg
Candle Wax
Wicks
Double boiler
Spoon

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, place the eggs in a bottle cap or egg cup to hold it steadily upright.
2. Melt the wax gently in the double boiler. Once melted. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of the egg and drop the wick in, holding it in the center of the egg until it hardens to hold the wick in place.
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3. Fill the egg the rest of the way with wax.
4. Allow the wax to harden completely before peeling the shell away. Display in egg cups on your table.

DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag

Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag
Are you looking for the perfect Easter basket to give your kids this year? This bunny bag is irresistibly cute and just the right size for hiding sweet treats. Your kids are sure to love the bunny bag as much as they love what’s inside.

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

Things you’ll need:
Glue gun
Yarn Needle
Ruler
Newspaper
6 inch Circle Pattern
Hemp Cord
White and Pink Felt
Pom Pom
Google Eyes
Pen
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Awl
Ribbon
Blush

Things to do:
1. Trace a 6 inch circle pattern onto a piece of newspaper to create a pattern. I’ve found that it’s best to create a pattern on newspaper for the ears as well. Freehand ear shapes until you find a look that you’re happy with. Attach the ears to the circle to create a full bunny pattern.
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2. Trace the bunny pattern onto two pieces of white felt and cut out the patterns.
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3. Cut out two pink ears that are ¼ inch smaller than the white ears. I’ve found that it is helpful to make a pattern for these as well.
4. Hot glue the smaller, pink ears onto the large, white bunny pattern. Hot glue the google eyes onto the face of the bunny pattern. Allow the pieces to dry completely.
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5. Cut pieces of hemp cord to make the whiskers of the bunny. Once you’ve secured them to the face of the bunny with hot glue, hot glue a pom pom over the center of the whiskers to create a nose.
6. The last piece of the bunny face is the mouth. Use tacky glue and secure hemp cord in the shape of a smile.
7. The next step is securing the back of the bunny face. Use hot glue and apply a thin line of glue around the bunny face up to about ½ inch from the ears. It is important to remember to leave a small hole at the top, so you can put candy and treats inside the bunny bag.
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8. Use the awl and poke a hole in each ear. Attach a piece of ribbon to create a handle and tie it in a bow to finish the project.
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Simple Easter Silverware Display

Easter Silverware Display Simple Easter Silverware Display
This cute carrot patch is functional and decorative on your Easter buffet table! In a few simple steps, you can transform ugly, plastic silverware into an irresistibly cute and festive display.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Basket
Basket filler
Carrot Seeds
Green Silverware
Orange Napkins
Green Pipe Cleaners

Things to do:
1. Fold down the top corner of your orange napkin and place a collection of silverware, including a spoon, knife, and fork, diagonally on the napkin. We’re folding down the top corner so that the top of the silverware can poke out.
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2. Wrap the napkin around the handles of the silverware until they are complete covered. Be sure to leave the point at the end of the silverware bunch, so it looks like a carrot!
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3. Take two pipe cleaners and wrap them around the silverware packet. Leave about two inches of pipe cleaner loose and twist them around to secure the pipe cleaner.
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4. Pull the ends of the pipe cleaner out, creating the look of leaves. This is the final step to creating your carrot. Repeat steps 1-4 with all of the silverware that you have.
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5. Once you’ve wrapped all of your silverware, stuff a basket full of brown, crinkle confetti and place your “carrots” around in it.
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6. Tape a carrot seed package to a small stick and place it alongside your carrots, creating an adorable carrot patch for your Easter buffet table!

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