Category: For the Home

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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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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DIY Coastal Wall Art

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Create some simple yet beautiful wall art for your home. These elegant pieces also make great gifts!

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

Things you’ll need:
White frame
Burlap
Starfish
Seashells
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Cardboard

Things to do:
1. Take apart the picture frame and set the glass aside.
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2. Using the paper insert as a guide, cut a piece of burlap.
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3. Apply a line of glue to the top side of the backing piece of the frame and place secure the piece of burlap before placing the backing piece back in the frame.
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4. Apply a large dot of glue in the center of the frame and secure the shell until the glue is dry. (Repeat as desired for your chosen number of shells.)
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String Art House Number Sign Tutorial

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With some nails and string you can make a unique, rustic sign to display your house numbers on your porch or front of your home. You could also use this technique to make a plaque for showcasing other important numbers such as an anniversary or birth date.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Rustic wood trunk slice
Rusty nails
Jute twine

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Things to do:
1. Print off your house number from your computer. Use a font in a style that you like but also try to use one that makes your numbers nice and clear. A thicker font works well with this project.
2. Tape the number to the rustic wood trunk slice.
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3. Hammer a few nails into each number. Try not to put too many in, as you don’t want it to be too crowded but also make sure you have enough to help the string to make the shapes nice and clear.
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4. Rip off the paper.
5. Tie one end of some of the jute twine onto a nail on the first number. Slide your knotted string about half way up on the nail. As you add more layers you’ll need the room above it.
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6. Wind the jute twine around one of the nails across from it. Then take it across from that one to another. Continue crossing up, down, and around in all directions. Make your pattern random, but be sure to outline each one.
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7. When you like the way that you number is looking then knot it to one of the nails.
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8. Trim off the excess jute twine from where you started and ended, but be careful not to cut it too close to the knot.
Repeat this process for each number, starting with a new piece of jute twine for each one. Then display your new sign!

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DIY Succulent Wreath Tutorial

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Succulents are super trendy in home decor right now. The beautiful combination of the rustic burlap and the fresh green of the succulents make this wreath the perfect addition to your front door.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 +

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Succulent picks
Burlap ribbon
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things you’ll do:
1. Use the hot glue gun to attach the end of the burlap ribbon to the back of the wreath form. You will want to have your hot glue gun on the low setting for this, as you should not use the high setting on styrofoam.
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2. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath form. Each time you wrap it around the wreath form try to overlap about half of the width of the ribbon. The burlap ribbon is somewhat see-through and this helps ensure full coverage of the styrofoam wreath form.
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3. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the wreath form until you are done. Try to keep it nice and tight as you go.
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4. When you get back to the beginning of the circle pull out enough of the ribbon to wrap all the way around to the back. Then trim your ribbon. Fold the end under and glue it down on the back of your wreath form. This area will look a little different than the rest of the wreath form but it won’t matter because you are going to cover this area with the succulents.
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5. Trim the stems off of the succulents. You want them to lay as flat as they possibly can so that you can glue them on securely. You may need wire cutters or very sharp scissors to do this.
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6. Do a trial run of arranging your succulents on the wreath before gluing them on so you know just how you want to place them. Once you find an arrangement that you like glue them onto the wreath. Press down firmly on each succulent when you glue it into place, making it as secure as possible.
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DIY Dress Form Display Tutorial

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Everyone needs a miniature dress form to go next to their sewing machine, right? This interesting project has a lot of parts that come together in a fun way to make a great gift for someone who sews or an item to keep in your craft area to let everyone know your favorite craft.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache dress form
Dowel rod
Wood head bead
Wood circle plaque
Blue paint
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Foam brush
FolkArt Antiquing Medium
Old sewing pattern
Craft knife or sharp scissors
Wood glue
Small piece of air-dry clay or Sugru

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Things to do:
1. Paint the dowel rod, head bead and wood plaque blue or color of your choice. Allow to dry.
2. Meanwhile, apply Mod Podge to dress form and place torn pieces of sewing pattern on top, pressing into the shape of the dress form.
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3. Allow to dry, then spread Mod Podge on top, sealing the paper and smoothing out any edges that might not have been stuck down. Allow to dry.
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4. Find the center of the bottom of the dress form and use a craft knife or a sharp pair of scissors to poke a small hole.
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5. Insert the dowel in the hole.
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6. Glue the head bead to the center of the plaque, with the hole facing up. Allow to dry.
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7. Fill the hole with clay or Sugru and stick the dowel inside. Remove any excess and allow to dry.
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8. Paint over the clay once dry, if desired.
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9. Use a foam brush to apply a thin coat of antiquing medium to the dress form. It doesn’t (probably shouldn’t) have to completely cover the surface, and if you’d like a less-aged look you can skip this step, or give it a swipe with a paper towel after you apply. Let dry.
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DIY Animal Storage Jars Tutorial

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Spring cleaning has never been so cute! These seasonal storage jars are a great way to tidy your space while adding to your seasonal decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic animals
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Mason jar

Things to do:
1. Paint the lid of your mason jar with acrylic paint. Use a foam brush and apply a thick coat and let it dry completely. If you need to apply a second coat, make sure you have a lot of paint on your brush. Your base layer may peel up, so it’s best to apply only one coat.
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2. Paint your plastic animal, being careful to cover all of the surface space.
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3. Use hot glue to attach your animal to the center of your mason jar lid. Hold it in place until the glue dries completely.
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Beach-Inspired Picture Frame Tutorial

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The best way to remember a great vacation is to print out photos and keep them where you can see them every day. It’s even better if the photo can be in a frame that also has something to do with where you traveled.

Keep your favorite picture from your beach vacation in a frame that will remind you of your travels. Use items you’ve picked up on the beach if you have them for an even more authentic look.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Distressed photo frame
White resin starfish
Authentic fish net
Shells
E6000 or hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Stapler or staple gun **optional

Things to do:
1. Warm up glue gun if you are using one. Decide on the layout of your items before you begin.
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2. Attach the fish net to the back of the frame using staples or glue. Trim excess using scissors.
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3. Use glue to attach the starfish and shells to the frame. Remember that if you want your frame to sit on a surface rather than being hung on the wall, you need to make sure nothing hangs over the edge that will be the bottom. If you use hot glue, you can easily pull items off, pull the dried glue off the back and reposition if necessary. E6000 is really permanent, so make sure you have things placed just where you want them the first time.
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4. Allow glue to dry. Insert your photo. Hang on the wall or place on your desk or shelf where you will enjoy seeing it every day.
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No-Sew Faux Fur Pillow Tutorial

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You can make this funky pillow even if you don’t know how to sew. If you can sew, you can make a custom-fit pillow form and still finish this project in just a few minutes (and of course you can sew the outside pillow if you like, too).

This is a great project for a kid’s room, but please remember that faux fur should not be used around babies and toddlers who may put things in their mouths. This is also a somewhat messy project. You will want to try to keep the glue off your hands as you go, or you will get a little furry yourself.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10-30 minutes, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
2 pieces of faux fur
Fabric glue or Tacky Glue
Scissors
Pillow form, or fabric and stuffing to make your own, or just stuffing if you don’t want to make your own
Binder clips

Things to do:
1. Measure your faux fur on the shortest side. This will affect where you cut the pieces, because we’re going for a square pillow.
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2. Trim the faux fur pieces so they are square. Mine came out about 8-1/2 inches.
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3. Optional: make a pillow form. Mine is made from a piece of fabric 8 inches wide and 16 inches long. I pinked the edges, folded it in half, sewed around two sides, filled it lightly with stuffing and sewed the other side closed. If you don’t want to make your own pillow form, you may be able to buy one, or just stuff the pillow directly.
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4. Place one piece of the faux fur face down on your work surface. If you have a pillow form, center it on top.
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5. Apply glue to one edge of the faux fur and press the second layer on top. Continue around each edge. If you need to stuff the pillow, do that when you have glued down three sides.
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6. Use binder clips to hold the edges together while the pillow dries.
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7. Remove clips and add the pillow to your favorite chair or reading spot.
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DIY Beaded Napkin Rings

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Just a few simple supplies are all it takes to make these pretty beaded napkin rings. Make a bunch that match, or make each one unique. Coordinate the beads or make wild combinations; it’s completely up to you.

Kids can help with this project, too, but an adult should cut the wire because wire cutters (and the ends of the wire) can be quite sharp. But even little ones can string on the beads, because these are large beads and sturdy wire that are easy to handle.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes per napkin ring
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Small grapevine wreaths
Gold aluminum craft wire
Wood beads
Wire cutter
Round-nosed pliers **optional

Things to do:
1. Choose the beads you want to use on your napkin ring. I like the look of two small beads, one on each side of a larger bead, but it’s up to you to design it the way you want. Thread the beads onto the wire.
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2. Use the wire cutters to cut the wire, leaving a few inches on each side of the beads.
3. Place the beads where you would like them to sit on the grapevine wreath and poke the ends of the wire through the wreath and to the back.
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4. Twist the wire around the wreath and tuck the ends into the wreath on the back side or inside of the ring. Use round-nosed pliers if desired to tuck under the edge of the wire.
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5. Make as many different variations as you like. You can even stack a bunch on one napkin.
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