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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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Popsicle Stick Shelves Tutorial

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Whether you prefer shabby chic decor or more modern, Scandinavian design, you can create a beautiful shelf using only popsicle sticks! Grab your hot glue gun, and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Popsicle sticks
Wood stain
Foam brush

Things to do:

Triangle Shelf
1. The first step is staining your popsicle sticks. Use a foam brush to apply a thin layer of stain. Let them dry completely.
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2. Lay your popsicle sticks in a triangle pattern. Make sure all of your angles are sharp.
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3. Use hot glue to secure the popsicle sticks, making a frame.
4. Continue building out from the frame by adding popsicle sticks with hot glue. For my shelf, I added 10 layers, which gave me about 2 1/2 inches of depth.
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Hexagon Shelf
1. First, create the frame for your shelf. It’s important the angles are straight, so take the time to make sure your hexagon shape is perfect before you start gluing.
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2. Build out your self by adding layers of popsicle sticks. For my hexagon shelf, I added 10 layers of popsicle sticks, which gave me about 2 1/2 inches of depth.
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Dreamcatcher Keepsake Organizer Tutorial

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Dreamcatchers are fun to make, but they don’t have to just be pretty to look at. The cord on this version makes it easy to attach photos to make a keepsake organizer. Or use it as a message center where you tack tickets, schedules, grocery lists and other important information.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10-15 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Gold metal craft ring
Round crocheted doily
Brown macrame cord
Natural feather picks
Miniature clothespins

Things to do:
1. Center the doily in the middle of the craft ring.
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2. Cut a length of macrame cord. I used about five feet for this part. Tie a knot to the side of the craft ring. Bring the cord through one of the holes in the doily, from back to front. Wrap the cord over the top of the craft ring. Make sure you don’t pull the doily tight to the ring; it will hang in the center of the ring, not be pulled to the edge.
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3. Continue to go up through a hole on each point of the doily and wrap the macrame cord back around the craft ring in the same manner around the ring. If your cord starts to fray, put some tape on the end.
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4. Repeat all the way around.
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5. Unite the original knot. Tie the two ends of the cord together, then tie them to the craft ring. Trim the ends.
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6. Add the feathers by cutting a piece of cord about 2 feet long. String the cord through the loop on the end of the feather pick and tie a knot. Repeat on the other side. Tie to the craft ring if desired.
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7. Use the miniature clothespins to attach whatever you want to the dreamcatcher. I went with a couple of family photos and a knit heart. Hang on the wall where it will make you smile every day.
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Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial

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Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to bring some fresh greens into your home! This embroidery hoop wreath is easy to make and pairs perfectly with many different decor styles. Make several and display them on a window or wall for an instant update.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery hoop
Boxwood
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Gold wire
Scissors
Jute
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering your hoop with boxwood. To detach sprigs from your artificial bunch, simply grab near the base and pull. Use hot glue to secure them to the embroidery hoop, covering as much of the surface as you’d like.
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2. Next, create a hanger for your wreath. Cut a 3 inch piece of gold wire and wrap the ends around the hoop screw.
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3. Cut a piece of jute, slide it through the gold hanger and knot the ends.
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4. Display your wreath alone, or in a set to decorate your space.
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Fabric Quilted Coasters Tutorial

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Sew a set of these quilted spring trivets before your next party! You’ll use a method called “strip piecing” as you sew these up.

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

Things you’ll need:
Sea breeze plaid dish towel
Peacock dish towel
Scissors
A circle to trace
Sewing machine and regular sewing notions, thread
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Cut 1 square from each of the dish towels so that the squares are about 2″ taller and wider than your circle.
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2. Cut these into 1 1/2 ” wide strips.
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3. Pin a strip of each color right sides together along one edge.
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4. Sew down the side, using a 1/4 ” seam allowance.
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5. Add strips together as shown, then sew these two squares together along one side to make one piece of fabric with alternating strips.
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6. Trace a circle on one piece of fabric and cut it out.
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7. Trace a circle out of the fabric you made with alternating strips.
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8. Place the circles right sides together and sew with a 1/4 ” seam allowance, leaving a 1-2″ opening so you can turn it right-side out.
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9. Turn the opening to the inside and stitch all the way around the circle to close it while topstitching.
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DIY Magnolia Wreath

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This magnolia wreath complements so many styles of home decor. Make several in different sizes to add to your gallery wall, or make a large one for your front door. The technique is super simple, and the finished result is absolutely stunning!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Magnolia leaves
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is pulling the leaves off of your artificial magnolia branch. They should pop right off, but if they don’t, you can use scissors.
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2. Next, use hot glue to attach them to the wreath form. Run a thick line down the center of the leaf and hold it on the Styrofoam form until it has dried completely. Play with different shades of green and brown to create a realistic look. Be sure to cover the front and all sides of the wreath form.
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3. Finish the wreath by using hot glue to secure any edges that are poking out in weird ways. Be sure the underside of the leaves are hidden.
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4. Display the wreath on your front door using a wreath hanger.

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