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DIY Nautical Sisal Rope Basket

rope basket DIY Nautical Sisal Rope Basket
This unique storage container looks especially beautiful with beach décor. In just a few simple steps, you can transform your favorite rope into an adorable basket! Make several in different sizes to find a look you love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Sisal rope
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Mason jar

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating the base of the basket. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of the rope and start wrapping it around. Continue applying hot glue to the outside of the rope and wrapping around until you’ve reached your desired size.
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2. Once the base is complete, start building up the height of the basket. Apply a line of hot glue around the top of the outside rope and start layering up. You can use a mason jar as a guide.
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3. Pull the mason jar out of the rope basket once you’ve reached your desired height.
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4. Cut the end of the rope and use hot glue to secure it to the basket.
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Upcycled: DIY Burlap Bulletin Board

DIY Burlap Bulletin Board Upcycled: DIY Burlap Bulletin Board
Make your own bulletin board using your favorite burlap fabric. This DIY recycles ordinary household materials to create something useful and decorative.

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

Things you’ll need:
Shoebox lid
Burlap fabric
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Sheet of Cork
Scissors
Sharpie

Things to do:
1. The first step is measuring your shoebox lid. Place it on top of a sheet of cork and trace around the edges. Once you’ve traced your lid, cut out the piece of cork.
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2. Next, you’re going to attach the cork to the top of your lid. Use hot glue, starting at the outer corner, to secure the cork sheet.
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3. Once the hot glue has dried completely, it’s time to cover the bulletin board in fabric. Lay your lid face down on a piece of fabric and cut the material 2 ½ inches from the edge of the lid, creating a rectangle that is slightly larger than your lid.
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4. Fold the edges of the fabric around the lid, like you’re wrapping a present. Use hot glue to hold the fabric in place. Make sure the fabric is pulled tight so your folds look clean and neat.
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5. Once you’ve folded all the edges in, use hot glue to secure any loose ends.
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DIY Decorative Wood Cutting Board

Decorative Wood Cutting Board DIY Decorative Wood Cutting Board
These unfinished wood cutting boards are great for any project. With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to create a lobster themed decorative wood cutting board to give my mother. She grew up on Cape Cod and loves eating anything with lobster in it! You could personalize this DIY to your own needs by using any cookie cutter design that is special to you.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hrs (including dry times)
Age range: 5 and up (with assistance with the glue)

Things you’ll need:
Small unfinished wood cutting board
White acrylic paint
Lobster cookie cutter
Red spray paint
E600 glue
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Apply white acrylic paint to the front and edges of your cutting board with the foam brush. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
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2. Apply a second coat of white paint to the cutting board and let dry for another 20 minutes.
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3. In a well ventilated area, apply a thin, even coat of red spray paint to the metal cookie cutter. Let dry, 1 hr.
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4. When both your cutting board and cookie cutter are dry, use the E600 glue to attach the cookie cutter to the center of the cutting board. Press firmly and hold for 1 minute until the glue has bonded. Then place a heavy object (like a book) on top of the cookie cutter. This will apply pressure and help keep the cookie cutter in place. Allow to dry for 1 hour.
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5. Add ribbon through the top hole of the cutting board handle if you would like to hang the decorative cutting board on a wall.
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Rustic Spring Wreath Tutorial

Spring Wreath Tutorial Rustic Spring Wreath Tutorial
Spring is my favorite time for adding to my home decor. I love making a new wreath for my front door each year. There are so many wonderful flowers and greens that can be used for this project. The possibilities for your floral design are endless- from brightly colored spring flowers to more natural, earthy elements. This wreath is a little unique and special as we’ve added rustic touches with the use of the frog mouth rusty frog jar lids. The greens and flowers fit perfectly inside these lids, as if creating a floral arrangement within the wreath.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up (as the craft requires use of a hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
12″ Natural Straw Wreath
Artificial Forsythia Pick
Leaf Print Wired Burlap Ribbon
Green Artificial Leaf Spray
3 – Wide Mouth Rusty Tin Frog Jar Lids
Trigger-Fed Hot Melt Glue Gun
Dual Temp Glue Sticks
Over the Door Wreath Hanger
Scissors
Stapler

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Things to do:
1. Staple one end of the burlap ribbon to the back of the 12″ straw wreath.
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2. Then begin wrapping your ribbon around the wreath, holding tightly and overlapping each layer of ribbon slightly until the ribbon has covered the entire wreath.
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3. Your wreath should now look like this. Wrap your ribbon the back of your wreath one last time. Cut the ribbon from your spool and staple the remaining end of ribbon to the back of your wreath.
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4. Plug in the hot glue gun and let it warm up for 5 minutes. When your glue is hot enough, glue all three frog jar lids to the lower left corner of the wreath. Be sure to use ample glue to hold the lids securely.
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5. Now arrange your flowers and greens as desired into each section of the frog jar lids. Add ample hot glue to the ends of each flower. Press and hold each end until it has tightly bonded with the wreath. After the glue has hardened, test how secure the flowers are by holding the wreath up and making sure each flower is secure and not moving.
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6. When you are satisfied with your floral arrangement, cut an extra 18″ piece of burlap ribbon to make the bow. Tie bow as large as desired, then trim off the excess ribbon. Attach to the top of the wreath with hot glue.
7. Attach spring wreath to your door using the over the door wreath hanger.
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Spring Mason Jar Soap Dispensers Tutorial

May 4, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Spring Mason Jar Soap Dispensers Spring Mason Jar Soap Dispensers Tutorial
Today I am sharing another very easy, yet beautiful way to add spring inspiration to your home. This craft tutorial will take less than 5 minutes to create. We all love mason jar soap dispensers, so let’s get them ready for spring!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes (plus drying time)
Age range: 7 and up (adult supervision suggested with the glue)

Things you’ll need:
Apple Green and Cream Pip Berry Candle Ring
Lemon Yellow Pip Berry Candle Ring
Vintage-Inspired Green Mason Jar Dispenser or Vintage-Inspired Green Mason Jar Dispenser
E6000 Glue

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Things to do:
1. Set up your materials in a well ventilated work area.
2. Carefully open the E6000 glue and form a ring of glue around inside edge of the mason jar lid. Press and hold the candle ring in place until secure.
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3. Let dry thoroughly overnight before using the mason jar soap dispenser.
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Rustic ‘Days Until…’ Count Down Calendar

April 28, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Count Down Calendar Rustic Days Until... Count Down Calendar
If you like rustic decor, you will love this DIY. You can make your own rustic “Days Until” count down calendar in minutes. By painting your frame a neutral color like white, you can re-use this countdown all year – days till Christmas, vacation, school, birthdays, and more!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: Any age

Things you’ll need:
Chicken wire display frame
White Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Foam brush
Mini clothespins
Round wooden number ornaments or numbers printed on paper

Things to do:
1. Cover your work area with newspaper and gather materials.
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2. Use a foam brush to paint the outside and outer edges of the chicken wire frame with white paint. Allow 15- 20 minutes for the paint to completely dry.
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3. Print oversize numbers on white paper or use round wooden number ornaments. Attach to your chicken wire frame with mini clothespins to create your own special “days until” count down. Change numbers daily as you count down the days!
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Preppy Stripe ‘To Do’ Clip Board

April 27, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

To Do Clip Board Preppy Stripe To Do Clip Board
A little paint can brighten up anything. This tutorial is showing you how to personalized a blank clip board to fit your own personality. Use your newly personalized clipboard to hang pictures or write your to-do lists.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: Any age

Things you’ll need:
Foam brush
Small unfinished clipboard
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint (I used Caribbean and Mango)
Painters Tape
Acrylic Sealer

Things to do:
1. To create a stripe pattern on your clipboard, place 4 pieces of painters tape on your clipboard.
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2. Pull off every other piece of tape. This is an easy way to maintain the correct angle you are trying to create without having to find a ruler. Press edges of tape down with your fingernail so the tape is firmly in place. This will help you create a nice straight edge when you paint.
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3. Paint stripes between the pieces of tape, alternating colors. Make sure to paint all the way to the edge of your tape.
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4. Once the paint is dry (about 10 minutes), remove the tape carefully and slowly. You will now have a fun stripe pattern on your clipboard! You can also seal your paint with an acrylic sealer if desired.
5. Use clipboard anyway you like– consider hanging on a wall as a picture frame.The clipboard comes with a wall hanger attached to the back. Or adding a magnet and hanging it on your refrigerator. Or just clip blank paper to it and use for your daily to-do lists!

DIY Gold and Silver Dusted Candles

March 24, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Gold Silver Dusted Candles DIY Gold and Silver Dusted Candles
Candlelight is key to my happiness in the depths of winter. It’s flickering glow helps chase the doldrums away when the sky is grey and cheerless. And adding a little sparkle and shine to those candles makes them even more happy inducing! These gold and silver dusted candles make a beautiful addition to your winter decor and also make a lovely (and oh so simple to whip up) hostess gift.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Taper candles
Gold and/or silver spray paint
Box or well covered work surface

Things to do:
1. In a well ventilated work area, set your candle, bottom end down, on the box bottom at about a 45 degree angle.
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2. Lightly spray the candle in short bursts, running from the bottom of the candle up toward the middle, but only spraying about 1/3 of the way up. You want the spray to be lighter toward the top of the painted area and heavier at the base.
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3. Turn and repeat until you have painted all the way around.
4. Stand the candles on end, paint end down, and allow them to dry before using.
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DIY Blooming Tree Branches

DIY Blooming Tree Branches DIY Blooming Tree Branches
The sun is starting to peek through the clouds and the birds are singing. Yes, it’s almost springtime! In preparation for this sweet season, we’re experimenting with blooming branches. This DIY will bring nature indoors, making your house a spring haven.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Branches
Assorted paper
Jute
Scissors
Pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is making a heart pattern. The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of paper in half and cut half of a heart shape. Unfold it, and you’ll be left with a perfect pattern!
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2. Once you’ve cut out your pattern, you’ll want to trace it onto several different kinds of paper. Cut the same number of hearts out of each different piece of paper.
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3. Fold the heart shapes in half, using the handle of your scissors to make a sharp crease.
4. Run a line of hot glue down the crease.
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5. Attach the heart to the branch.
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6. Repeat these steps until the entire branch is covered in blooming hearts.
7. Use jute to tie a decorative bow on the branch.
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Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial

Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial
If you’re looking for a beautiful way to adorn your door this Easter season, then this DIY Easter wreath tutorial was made for you! In just a few simple steps, you can create a customized wreath that you’re sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 10 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue gun
Time to complete: 30 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Grapevine Wreath Form
Hot Glue Gun
Decorative Eggs
Ribbon Bows
Moss
Pip berry pick

Things to do:
1. The first step is gluing Easter eggs onto the wreath form. I’ve found that hot glue works best, because it holds the eggs securely in place. Add as many eggs as you want, until you find a look that you like.
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2. The next step is adding moss. Use hot glue and attach moss to the wreath form in-between the eggs. Fill the entire wreath with moss.
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3. Add dried flowers and bows sporadically around the wreath. These add a little more decoration and complete the look of the wreath.
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4. Have fun using a variety of colors and experiment with different decorations to create a wreath that you love!
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