Category: For the Home

DIY Retro ‘Flower Power’ Placemats

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These bright and cheery placemats add a playful pop of color to your dining room table! You can also use the techniques you learn in this video to make a matching table runner to complete your stylish set.

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

Things you’ll need:
Burlap or burlap placemat
Scissors
Pencil
Wooden flower cutouts
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Spread out a sheet of burlap and trace a circle with a 15-inch diameter. If you have a large bowl, you can place it on top of the burlap and trace around the edge for a perfectly symmetrical circle.
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2. Cut out the circle of burlap.
3. Protect your work surface by laying a piece of wax paper underneath your placemat.
4. Apply a drop of hot glue to the back of your wooden cutouts and start attaching them to the burlap circle. Start at the center and work your way out, varying colors as you go. You should end up with a perfect hexagon shape, each side made up of 4 wooden flowers.
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DIY Boho Macrame Wood Spoon Handles

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This sweet and simple DIY is a great way to give your wooden utensils a quick, boho update! Talk about the perfect project to dress up your summer dinner party!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden utensils
White cotton twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a 6-foot piece of baker’s twine.
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2. Lay the handle of your wooden utensil on the center of your piece of baker’s twine.
3. Tie a tight knot at the top of the handle.
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4. Next, you’re going to knot your way down the handle. Cross the left string over the handle, creating a loop on the left side.
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5. Cross the right string under the handle, creating a loop on the right side.
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6. Pull each string through the loops you just created and pull them tight, creating two small knots.
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7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you’ve covered the entire handle with baker’s twine.
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8. When you reach the end of your handle, tie a tight double knot and trim the excess baker’s twine.
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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Wall Art Shelf Tutorial

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I love how a simple craft supply can create such a stunning piece of shelf or wall art! Easily make this popsicle stick shelf in any depth, and choose to place it on a shelf to frame a small vase, or hang on the wall with hooks.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+
Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Grid mat *optional

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Things to do:
1. Start visually arranging 6 sticks to make sure you’ll create an evenly-distributed shape. It helps to use a gridded mat for this purpose. Warm up your hot glue gun, but don’t glue anything yet.
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2. Once you’ve decided how to arrange the sticks, glue them together.
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3. Start gluing a second layer of sticks as shown.
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4. Continue going around the shelf and gluing sticks in place to make it as deep as it needs to be.
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5. This is what the project will look like when complete!
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DIY Boho Macrame Pendant Light

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This pendant light adds the perfect bohemian vibe to your space. In a few simple steps, you can totally transform a standard lamp kit into something unique and fresh.

Things you’ll need:
Lamp kit
Edison bulb
Macrame cord
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of macrame that measures 4 times longer than the total length of your cord.
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2. Find the center of your piece of macrame and place the cord in the middle.
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3. Next, you’re going to start knotting down the cord. Place the left piece over the cord and the right piece under the cord. Pull the left piece up through the loop and the right side down through the loop. As you knot your way down the cord, you’ll start to see a twisting pattern.
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4. When you reach the end of your macrame, tie a double knot and trim the ends.
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5. Screw in your Edison bulb and display your macrame pendant light!
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DIY Rustic Twig Monogram


Create this rustic, wooden twig letter for your foyer or recreation room. Now that wood-burning season is almost over, you can use that leftover kindling you’ve stored by the wood pile, or search the woods for some twigs you can snap into manageable sizes to use for this primitive-style project.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wooden letter
Sawtooth hangers
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Twigs

Things to do:
1. Decide how you’d like to place your twigs. Different letters will need horizontal placements, while this M” is best suited for vertical twigs. Warm up your hot glue gun and start glueing your twigs onto the letter.

2. Continue to add glue and twigs.

3. When you’re finished, add a sawtooth hanger to the back so you can display your work!

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DIY Scroll Inspired Wall Art


This darling display is a quick, inexpensive way to showcase your favorite works of art. Add a pop of color to your home with a fun printable, or put your personal piece on display for all to see. Whatever you choose to frame, it’s sure to make a serious style statement.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Art to display
Wooden dowels
Black macrame cord
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Create a piece of art to display. For my project, I printed a design on a piece of dictionary paper.

2. Use hot glue to attach a dowel to the top of the piece of paper.


3. Draw a line of hot glue along the seam where the dowel and paper connect and roll the dowel down until it meets the paper again, creating the look of a scroll.

4. Repeat steps 2-3 to add a dowel to the bottom of the paper.
5. Cut 2 1/2 feet of black macrame cord.

6. Use hot glue to attach the cord to both sides of the dowel, leaving about 2-inches hanging below the dowel.

7. Wrap the excess cord around the dowel and use hot glue to secure it in place.

8. Display your work of art and enjoy!

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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Jute Placemats


Creating a vintage or primitive-style dining table is easy with a package of jute and some twine. Jute placements are the perfect accent to your table, and are easy to make!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Sisal rope
Hemp twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Squeeze some glue on one end to prevent fraying.

2. Start rolling your rope as shown. Use the hot glue at different points as you roll each layer.

3. Every so often, tie the hemp twine around 3-4 sections to help keep everything in place. Keep using the glue as well.

4. Make sure to keep all ties on the bottom of the jute placemat so that it looks finished from the top.

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How to Make Your Own Decorative Floral Napkin Rings


Dress up your dining room table with these seasonal napkin rings. This project puts your floral arranging skills to good use, leaving you with a practical piece of decor that will set your table apart.

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

Things you’ll need:
Gold metal rings
Artificial greenery
Artificial flowers
Scissors
Wire cutters
Floral tape

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a base of greenery. Use your wire cutters to cut 3-inch sections. Secure them to the metal ring using floral arranging tape. You may need to add several pieces of tape for every piece of greenery to keep it close to the metal ring.



2. Continue adding branches of greenery, being careful to hide the tape under the leaves.


3. Next, add accent flowers to the arrangement. Trim a bloom with a 2-inch stem and use floral arranging tape to attach it to the metal ring.


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DIY Rustic Moss House Numbers


Dress up your door with these quaint house numbers. In a few minutes, you can transform a set of plain wooden numbers into unique, nature-inspired decor that will provide the perfect accent your entryway.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wooden numbers
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Light and dark dried moss
Picture hangers
Hammer

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching a picture hanger to the back of your numbers. Flip your wooden number over and place the picture hanger at the top center. Use a hammer to gently pound it in place.


2. Next, you want to create a base layer of dark moss. Use your hot glue gun and tackle 1-inch sections at a time. Be careful to maintain the shape of your number.


3. Add sections of lighter colored moss for depth and dimension.


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DIY Rustic Bird Silhouette Art Frame


Create your own burlap art with a simple burlap bag, a frame, and some paint. I made this one with a clip-art bird, but any small clip art will do. Choose your favorite colors that will complement your decor!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Picture frame
Burlap bag
Acrylic paint
Stencil brush
Paint brush
Scissors
Ruler or straight edge
Marking tool
Paper or card stock

Things to do:
1. Cut apart your burlap bag. Take the glass out of the frame and trace around it on the burlap.

2. Cut the burlap out just inside the lines and make sure it fits in the frame.

3. Cut out a piece of paper the same size as the burlap.

4. Print a simple clip art silhouette and trace it on the paper.

5. Cut out the inside of the the design and place it on the burlap.

6. Paint inside the design.

7. Remove the paper to show your painted design.

8. Add other painted designs as desired.

9. Once dry, place the burlap in the frame behind the glass.

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