Category: For the Home

How to Make a Bandana Pillow Tutorial

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Bandana crafts are super popular every summer. Decorate your porch with these easy bandana pillows!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1.5 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
1 or 2 bandanas
Fleece (I used one bandana and backed my pillow with fleece)
Scissors
Sewing machine
Poly-fil stuffing
Hand-sewing needle

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of fleece the same size as your bandana. *optional
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2. With right sides together and using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew all the way around the the pillow. Leave a 1-2 inch gap before reaching the starting point.
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3. Flip the pillow right side through the hole.
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4. Stuff the pillow to desired stiffness.
5. Sew the hole shut using a ladder stitch.

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DIY Felt Letter Board

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Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1hr+
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Frame
Felt– amount will vary depending on the size of your frame.
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Dowel rods (We used the 12″ L x 1/8″ Dia. 22 pack – and used around a pack and a half) Amount will vary on the size of your frame.
Scissors
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Remove the backing from your fame as well as the glass. You will not need the glass.
2. Measure the width of the inside of the frame. (you can glue your dowels to the edges of the frame or on the frame backing, so measure accordingly.)
3. Cut your dowels to the fit the length of your backing, or edges of the frame, according to your measurement.
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4. Cut your felt into strips to cover your dowels. Use your measurement from the frame to create your length. Width should be somewhere between 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 inches, this will depend on the size of the dowel you choose to use. You can lay your dowel onto your felt and determine how much felt you will need to completely cover your dowel to get your best measurement if needed.
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5. Fold the felt around the dowel to give the felt and indention hold the dowel in place. Then add your line of glue.
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6. Fold the felt over and push the glue towards the dowel to get the best hold/seal possible.
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7. Once your hot glue had dried, trim the excess felt, leaving your line about 1/2 inch.
8. Glue your lines on to your frame backing or one the edges of the width of the frame. Tip: Gluing the pieces to the frame seems to create a more uniform look and uses less glue, however on the backing of the frame, is a bit more sturdy and your letters still stay in place.
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9. Once everything is dry, place your backing back on your frame.
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DIY Scandinavian Inspired Leather Coasters

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These intricate leather coasters will protect your wooden surfaces in style. Inspired by minimal, Scandinavian design, they complement modern home decor perfectly.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large and small metal hoops
Leather cord
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of leather cord (about 2-yards) and use hot glue to attach the end to your large metal hoop.
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2. Wrap it around the large hoop five times.
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3. Place your smaller hoop in the center and wrap the cord around it once.
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4. Wrap the cord around the large hoop five more times and then slide the cord through the smaller hoop again.
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5. Continue wrapping until you’ve gone all the way around your outside hoop.
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6. Use hot glue to attach the end of the leather cord to the hoop.
7. Slide a bead on the remaining cord and knot the end. Trim any excess.
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5-Minute Felt Monogram Banner Tutorial

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Trying to decorate your child’s bedroom on a budget? This adorable felt banner dresses up an empty wall and will make the space feel like their very own. Play with different colors to complement their decor theme or let them pick the palette!

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

Things you’ll need:
Felts sheets
Scissors
Pen
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wooden dowel
Leather cord

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the letter you want on your banner. Trace it onto a piece of felt and cut out the shape.
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2. Next, we’re going to cut a “v” shape out of the bottom of our banner. Fold it in half and draw a line from the corner to the edge, about 2-inches up. Cut along the line.DIY_Felt_Monogram_Banner3
3. Use hot glue to attach your felt letter to the middle of your banner piece.
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4. Draw a line of hot glue along the top of your banner piece and attach it to your wooden dowel.
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5. Cut a piece of leather cord and tie both ends to the sides of your dowel.
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6. Display your banner and enjoy!
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Fixer Upper-Inspired Mossy Succulent Wreath Tutorial

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This mossy wreath adds a lovely touch of green to your front door. Enjoy the beauty of potted succulents without worrying about watering them!

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

Things you’ll need:
Dried moss
Terracotta pots
Faux succulents
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Styrofoam wreath form

Things to do:
1. This first step is covering your wreath form with moss. Apple a thin layer of hot glue to the flat back and stretch moss over the surface. Continue adding moss until the Styrofoam is no longer visible. Mossy_Succulent_Wreath_Tutorial2
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2. Next, decorate your terra cotta pots. Run hot glue along the inside and add a layer of moss. Mossy_Succulent_Wreath_Tutorial3
3. Apple a thick coat of hot glue to the stem of your succulent and stick it down in the pot.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the pots to your wreath form.
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DIY Wooden Bead and Tassel Garland Tutorial

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Embrace Scandinavian design on a budget! This adorable wooden bead garland will instantly update your windowsills or shelves, adding a chic new flair to your home decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Beads
Jute
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue

Things to do:
1. First, make a set of tassels for the ends of your garland. Wrap jute around your hands until you reach your desired thickness. Slide your finger through the loop and wrap a 12-inch piece of jute just below, securing the ends with hot glue. Trim the other side, creating an even tassel. Repeat this step so you have two, identical tassels. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland1
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2. Now you get to string your garland! Slide beads onto a piece of jute until you reach your desired length. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland7
3. When you’ve finished stringing beads, trim the ends of the jute, leaving 6-inches extra on both sides. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland8
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4. Slide the tassels onto the jute and tie them in place. Trim any excess jute. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland10

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DIY Seaglass Monogram Wall Art

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Create a beautiful, personalized piece of art for your home. This is a great project to add to any coastal decor!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1.5 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White frame
Burlap
Seaglass (2 bags recommended)
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Take apart the picture frame and set the glass aside.
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2. Using the paper insert as a guide, cut a piece of burlap.
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3. Apply a line of glue to the top side of the backing piece of the frame and place secure the piece of burlap before placing the backing piece back in the frame.
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4. Print the desired letter approximately 3.25 inches tall (I used bold, size 324 font) and cut out the letter.
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5. Lightly trace the letter onto the burlap.
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6. Choose small pieces of seaglass and begin filling in the letter by applying a dab of glue to the back of the glass and placing it inside the letter. (Hint: it’s helpful to layout the pieces of glass before gluing.)
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7. Continue gluing glass pieces until the entire letter is filled in.

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Washi Tape and Popsicle Stick Coasters Tutorial

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Popsicles aren’t just for kids crafts! Use up some of those rolls of washi tape you’ve been collecting by making these cute coasters!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Green stripe washi tape
Pink dot washi tape
Gold sparkle washi tape
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Modge Podge (hardcoat)
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Glue three popsicles together in a “stack”. Repeat until you have three stacks of three. Set aside.
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2. Take a single popsicle stick and press a strip of washi tape to the top of the stick.
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3. Trim the tape around the edges of the popsicle stick and repeat until you have a total of 7-9 tape-covered sticks.
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4. Using two of the “stacks” created in steps 1-2, and two of the tape-covered stick from step 3, create a square. Make sure your “stacks” are on the bottom, on opposite sides of the square. Glue the sticks together in the corners.
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5. On the underside of the square, Add the third “stack” going across the middle of the square as shown.
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6. On the top side of the coaster, add the remaining tape-covered popsicle sticks, gluing in place as you go.
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7. Apply a two coats of modge podge hard coat to the entire coaster and allow to dry thoroughly before using.
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DIY Mason Jar Cork Coasters

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Embrace a shabby-chic decor motif with this simple DIY. In just a few minutes, you can create a custom set of coasters that will protect your furniture and look good doing it!

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar lids
Cork sheets or coasters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, measure the size of the bottom of your lid. Lay it with the smallest side down on your cork and trace along the outside edge.
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2. Cut out the cork shape and test the size by placing it in the bottom of your lid. If it’s too big, trim the edges until you have a perfect fit.
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3. Use hot glue to secure the cork in place.
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4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have a complete set.
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DIY Coastal Wall Art

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Create some simple yet beautiful wall art for your home. These elegant pieces also make great gifts!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White frame
Burlap
Starfish
Seashells
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Cardboard

Things to do:
1. Take apart the picture frame and set the glass aside.
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2. Using the paper insert as a guide, cut a piece of burlap.
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3. Apply a line of glue to the top side of the backing piece of the frame and place secure the piece of burlap before placing the backing piece back in the frame.
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4. Apply a large dot of glue in the center of the frame and secure the shell until the glue is dry. (Repeat as desired for your chosen number of shells.)
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