Category: For the Home

DIY Silhouette Mason Jar Luminary


Every Christmas can be a white Christmas with this snow scene luminary. Elegant and festive, this luminary can grace your mantel or end table for the holidays – both before and after!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear mason jar
Rusty tin barn cutout
Rusty tin pine tree cutout
Artificial snow spray
Flickering tea light
Scrapbook paper
Pencil
Scissors

Clear tape

Things to do:
1. Cut the scrapbook paper to the height you desire for the jar. Make sure it’s at least as tall as your tallest tin cutout.

2. Determine how long to make the paper so that it reaches all the way around the jar with some overlap. Mark the overlap points.

3. Trace your rusty tin shapes onto the paper.

4. Cut out around the shapes – you’ll be cutting out the paper around the tracings, and not cutting out the parts you traced. Make sure to keep the areas completely connected, or you won’t be able to wrap the jar later. For instance, in this example the trees are connected to the barn on both sides.

5. This is what your work should look like.

6. Tape the strip into a tube that will fit around the jar later.

7. Spray the jar with the snow spray. Use more spray on the top of the jar, but be sure to have some on the bottom to represent snow on the ground.

8. This is what the jar should look like after spraying and allowing to dry.

9. Turn on your tea light.

10. Wrap the paper around the jar and enjoy your winter-long white Christmas!

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DIY Cinnamon Stick Candle Holder


Fill your home with the sweet smell of cinnamon! This rustic candle holder is as beautiful as it is fragrant, and oh-so-easy to make. Grab your supplies and get started on this fun upcycle project.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Cinnamon sticks
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors
Jute
Candle

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering your mason jar with cinnamon sticks. Apply a thin line of hot glue along the flat side of a cinnamon stick and attach it directly to the glass. Repeat this step until the entire surface is covered.




2. Cut a 24-inch piece of jute and wrap it around the jar. Tie a beautiful bow on the front.

3. Unscrew the lid of your mason jar and place a small candle inside. Vanilla or cinnamon scented candles tend to smell the best with the cinnamon sticks.

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DIY Pinecone Kissing Ball Tutorial

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This beautiful piece of decor adds an inviting, woodsy feel to your home. Hang one in a doorway or make several in different sizes for a festive window display.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Wire
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Pinecones
Greenery

Things to do:
1. Cut a 1-foot piece of wire and form it into a circle, leaving 2 inches of wire ends. Twist the ends together, creating an anchor.
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2. Run hot glue down the twisted ends and press it into the Styrofoam ball.
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3. Next, you’re going to start attaching pinecones. Apply a thick layer of hot glue to the base of your pinecone and stick it on the surface of the Styrofoam ball. Repeat this step, placing the pinecones as close together as possible, until the entire surface is covered.
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4. When all of your pinecones are in place, trim pieces of greenery from a branch and use hot glue to attach them to the Styrofoam ball wherever Styrofoam shows through.
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DIY Rustic Burlap and Pinecone Hanger Tutorial

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Hang this understated pinecone bow next to your door, and welcome your guests with a bit of primitive appeal. Make the bow wider or longer as desired.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Pinecone
Wide jute ribbon
Pipe cleaner
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Cut the ribbon to 7 feet long and tie in a bow in the middle. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Add the pinecones to one of the tails. Be sure to glue the pinecones onto the ribbon and onto each other for added security.
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3. Tie the pipe cleaner to the back and use as a way to hang your pinecone spray bow.
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Simple DIY Fabric Coasters

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Use a cloth napkin to create coasters for every person at your holiday table! Feature the fabric’s design and no one will know the coaster was once a napkin.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Cloth napkin
Scissors
Ruler
Thread
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies

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Things to do:
1. Cut two pieces each measuring 5 1/2 ” square from the cloth napkin.
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2. With right sides together, sew around the edges of the squares along 3 sides using a 1/4 ” seam allowance. On the fourth side, leave about 2 inches unsewn.
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3. Turn the coaster right side out. Fold the unsewn segments inside, and pin in place. Sew closed.
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4. Press the coaster so it’s flat.
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How to Make Your Own Rustic ‘Joy’ Plaque

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Spreading joy isn’t just for the holidays! If you have an older piece of wood, dress it up with this welcoming plaque that you can add to the side of your house, garage, or barn. Try some letters other than “Joy” if you’d like – your last name, another saying – anything!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood letter J
Wood letter O
Wood letter Y
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
E6000 glue
Sandpaper or a scraping tool to distress the painted letters

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Things to do:
1. Place the letters on your wood to decide on placement and size of the plaque.
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2. Paint your first letter.
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3. Continue painting the remaining letters. Allow them to dry, then distress them with sandpaper or a scraper.
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4. Glue into place with the E6000. Make sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
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DIY Chicken Wire Frame Display

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This shabby-chic display can be used in a variety of ways, from showcasing your jewelry to housing your favorite Christmas cards. This simple DIY project will show you how to create an artistic approach to organizing your odds and ends.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Metal ring
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Wire
Boxwood picks

Things to do:
1. Flatten out your roll of chicken wire and lay the metal ring on top of it.
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2. Cut a circle of chicken wire out, using your metal ring as a guide for size.
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3. Next, we’re going to attach the chicken wire to the metal ring. Cut a 2-inch piece of wire and slide it through the chicken wire, wrapping it around the metal ring to hold them together. Repeat this step several times at different points around the ring, until the chicken wire is secure.
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4. Use wire cutters to trim any chicken wire that pokes out beyond the metal ring.
5. Create mini bunches of boxwood and use wire to attach them to your metal ring.
6. Cut a 5-inch piece of wire and secure both ends to the top of your metal ring, creating a hanger.
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Dandelion Nail Wall Art Tutorial

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Who knew wood and nails could be so beautiful! This DIY takes minimum materials and maximum creativity-You’ll love the way your rustic piece of home decor turns out!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large log slice
Nails
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hammer
Pencil

Things to do:
1. The first step is planning how you want your art to turn out. Use a pencil to mark your wood in places you want the nails to be. For this project, I’m creating a dandelion!
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2. Hammer your nails in place, following the pencil markings you sketched. Be sure to hammer them in pretty far to make sure they are secure and can’t be pulled or bent.
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3. When the nails are in place, it’s time to start adding some color! Knot the end of your embroidery floss around a nail and begin wrapping it around your design. This is the time to get creative and have fun!
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4. When you’ve finished wrapping your design, knot the end of the embroidery floss securely and admire your handiwork!
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DIY Road Monogram Wall Art

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Perfect for a little (or big!) boy’s room! Paint this in any color you’d like. You can also add other types of traffic lines, parking lots, small buildings… you’re only limited by your imagination!

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

Things you’ll need:
Miniature cars
Wood letter
Acrylic paint
Nylon paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sawtooth hanger

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Things to do:
1. Paint your letter in any color you’d like.
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2. Allow it to dry.
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3. Paint traffic lines on your letter and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Hot glue the cars to the letter and add your sawtooth hanger to the back.
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DIY Simplistic Modern Weave Wall Hanging

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This bohemian DIY is great to do with kids on a rainy day. The steps are simple and easy to follow, giving your tiny tots an easy introductory to weaving.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large metal ring
Small metal ring
Cotton twine
Scissors
Wire cutters
Gold jewelry wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching your metal rings. Cut a 2-inch piece of gold jewelry wire and wrap it tightly around the top of both rings. Cut any excess.
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2. Cut 20 pieces of string that measure 20 inches long.
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3. Next, it’s time to start connecting the string to the metal rings. Fold a piece of string in half and slide the center under the bottom hoop. Pull the ends up through the loop of string and back down through the other side, creating a knot.
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4. Repeat step 3 until all 20 pieces are secured to the largest metal ring.
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5. Next, cut ten 5-inch pieces of string.
6. Knot them onto the top ring, just like you knotted the longer strings onto the bottom ring.
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7. Display your work of art on a nail or tack and enjoy!
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