Category: For the Home

‘Spring has Sprung’ Floral Ball Garland Tutorial

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This floral garland adds the perfect bright and airy touch to your home. Choose blooms that complement your color scheme and leave it up all season long.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial flowers
Scissors
Jute
Embroidery needle

Things to do:
1. First, pull the blooms off of your artificial bouquet.
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2. Use hot glue to secure them to the surface of your Styrofoam ball. Overlap the blooms so all of the blank space is covered – the fuller, the better!
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3. Thread your embroidery needle with string and run it through the top portion of your Styrofoam ball.

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DIY Rustic Valentine’s Day Candles

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching – Decorate your space with this quick and simple project! If you love rustic, vintage decor, you’ll love this DIY!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pillar candle
Jute
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Tin hearts
Grapevine hearts

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping your candle in jute. Start about 1-inch from the top and secure the end with a small drop of hot glue. Wrap the jute around the candle, being careful to overlap the jute so the end stays in place. Continue wrapping until several inches have been covered.
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2. Next, start decorating your candle. I started with tin hearts and use hot glue to attach them to the jute. You can bend the tin so the heart shape perfectly wraps the curve of your candle.
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3. Finish with grapevine wire hearts to add another dimension of decor.
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DIY Mason Jar Tissue Holder

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Ditch that boring rectangle of tissues for a rustic mason jar tissue holder! Mix up the color by using different scraps of dish towels or fabric napkins.

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

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Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Check dish towel
White acrylic paint
Foam brush
Scissors
Fray check liquid

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Things to do:
1. Paint the mason jar. Allow to dry, then paint a second coat.
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2. Cut a square of the dish towel so it’s about 1/2 ” wider on all sides than the lid.
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3. Cut a slit in the square of fabric as shown.
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4. Use Fray Check around the slit so that it doesn’t unravel with use.
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5. Add tissues to the jar and slip through the top, then close the lid.
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DIY Boho Feather Wall Hanging

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Hang this boho-inspired feather mobile on a wall and bring some relaxed nature indoors. Create this with different colored beads for different looks.

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

Things you’ll need:
Black guinea feathers
Natural ringneck feathers
Small wooden beads
Embroidery floss
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Twig

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Things to do:
1. Decide how long you’d like the mobile to be. Tie a piece of embroidery floss to the feather shaft. Use a dab of hot glue to secure the knot in place if desired.
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2. Tie on a bead. It can be tied or you can create a knot on which the bead can rest.
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2. Tie the floss onto the twig.
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3. Repeat with another feather and bead. Continue, adding different numbers of beads. Make the mobile as full or as sparse as you’d like, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
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4. Tie a piece of floss to either side of the twig.
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5. Use the floss to hang the mobile.
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DIY Rustic Jute Star Wall Hanging

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Decorate your space with shabby-chic stars to add a homey, country feel. This project requires a little patience, but the finished project is worth it!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paint stir sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to assemble your wooden paddle star.
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2. Next, start wrapping your star in jute. Pick a corner to start with and use hot glue to attach the end of your jute. Begin wrapping, using hot glue as an anchor when needed.
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3. When the first triangle is covered, continue wrapping the center of the star. You’ll need to use hot glue to hold the jute in place.
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4. Wrap the rest of your star corners with jute.
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5. Use hot glue to cover the center with measured and trimmed pieces of jute.
6. Display your work of art and enjoy!

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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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