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Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

Valentines Day Wreath Tutorial Cupids Arrow Valentines Day Wreath Tutorial
Embrace the romance this Valentines Day with a festive wreath. This DIY is a simple and quick way to dress up your space for the holiday, adding a warm, homemade touch to your home décor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Heart wreath form
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Cupid’s arrow

Things to do:
1. Start by wrapping your wreath form with jute. Apply a drop of hot glue to secure the end and wrap it around the Styrofoam heart until the entire surface is covered. Secure the end with hot glue, so the rope doesn’t unravel.
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2. Create a wreath hanger by tying a loop of baker’s twine around the top of the wreath.
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3. Use hot glue to attach a cupid’s arrow to the front of the heart.
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DIY Rustic Chalkboard Wood Slice Photo Frame

January 27, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

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This inviting and chic wood slice chalkboard is a great way to display photos and change them throughout the year! You can lean it against the shelf of a bookcase or mantel, or mount hardware on the back to hang on the wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 60 minutes (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood tree slice
Chalkboard paint
3/8” grosgrain ribbon
Clothespins
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint the front of the wood slice and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Paint another coat of chalkboard paint. This is what the wood slice looks like once both coats are dry.
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3. Wrap the front with a piece of ribbon. Hot glue the ribbon to the back.
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4. Use your chalk to make some decorations before adding the photos with your clothespins. Change the message for every season or special occasion!
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Anthropolgie-Inspired Gallery Wall Mirror

January 13, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Gallery Wall Mirror Anthropolgie Inspired Gallery Wall Mirror
Inspired by Anthropolgie’s shabby-chic vibe, this rustic mirror is the perfect addition to your gallery wall. Make several and display them together to add the perfect handmade touch to your décor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mirror
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Rope
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a hanger for your mirror. Measure the length of the top of your mirror and make a mark ½ inch from each side.
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2. Cut a piece of jute and tie the ends at the ½ inch marks.
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3. Use hot glue to secure the rope to the edge of the mirror. Continue wrapping the rope until all four edges are covered.
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4. Cut the rope and secure the end with hot glue.
5. Let the glue dry completely before displaying.
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My Sweet Valentine Jute Wreath

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Invite the love into your home with this adorable and easy-to-make jute heart wreath. The bumpy pipe cleaners are the perfect ways to make lovely hearts!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath
Jute twine
Pink bumpy pipe cleaners
Red bumpy pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. The jute will remain on the spool throughout the project. Tie it on the wreath as shown.
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2. Start wrapping the jute around the wreath. Continue wrapping, keeping the jute on the spool until the end.
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3. This is what the wreath looks like when it’s completely wrapped.
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4. Warm up your hot glue gun. Bend your first pipe cleaner as shown.
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5. After bending the pipe cleaner into a heart, finish it by clipping the end and wrapping.
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6. Finish bending 5 pipe cleaner hearts.
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7. Glue the hearts to the wreath.
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DIY Mason Jar Lid Wreath

December 12, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, Winter Crafts

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There are lots of projects you can do with mason jars and lids, but often the insert of the lid is left behind! Use up those spare lids with this easy-to-make mason jar lid wreath.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 2 hours (includes dry time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Inserts for canning jar lids
Green acrylic paint
Paint brush
Red ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks or Gorilla Glue

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Things to do:
1. Paint all of the lids inserts. You can use any number of lids – depending on how large you want the wreath to be and how many lids you have.
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2. Allow to dry.
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3. Paint a second coat and allow to dry.
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4. Arrange the lid inserts the way you want, and then glue the first few together with hot glue or the Gorilla glue. The Gorilla glue will create a more permanent hold.
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5. Glue all of the lid inserts to form your wreath circle.
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6. Tie a bow with the ribbon and glue to the top or bottom of your wreath.
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DIY Burlap Christmas Door Hanger Banner

Christmas Door Hanger Banner DIY Burlap Christmas Door Hanger Banner
Decorate your space with a custom burlap banner. This project can be adapted to read a Christmas quote or word with sentimental value, adding a personal touch to your holiday decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Burlap ribbon
Scissors
Needle
Thread
Jingle bells
Artificial greenery spray
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Metal ring
Acrylic paint
Alphabet stamps
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Slide the end of your burlap ribbon under the metal hoop and secure the end over the hoop with hot glue. Be sure to allow time for the glue to dry.
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2. Determine how long you want your banner to be and trim the burlap ribbon accordingly. If you want the bottom to have a “V” shaped detail, allow an extra 4+ inches.
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3. Use a sponge brush to paint the alphabet stamps and transfer your word of choice onto the burlap ribbon.
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4. Cut a “V” shape out of the bottom of the ribbon.
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5. Use a needle and thread to sew three jingle bells on each side of the ribbon banner.
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6. The final step is adding a decorative element to the gold hoop. Start by pulling pieces of greenery off of a spray.
7. Use hot glue to create a mini bouquet of greenery.
8. Wire a pinecone onto the greenery bouquet to complete the look.
9. Apply a drop of hot glue to the top of the burlap ribbon and attach the greenery decoration.
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How to Make a Deco Mesh Snowman Wreath

November 23, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, Winter Crafts

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If you’ve got kids, this wreath – dressed up as a snowman – is the perfect friendly face for your door. If you’d like a more “serious” wreath, you can finish this without the hat and face, perhaps choosing to add ornaments or other traditional holiday embellishments as desired.

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

Things you’ll need:
White metallic poly mesh
White pipe cleaners
Wire wreath form
Brown felt sheets
Red felt sheets
Pom poms
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Wrap 1-2 pieces of pipe cleaner around each segment of the interior wire and the exterior wire. You can add or take away as needed when you start wrapping the mesh around the wreath.
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2. This is what it will look like when you’re finished.
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3. Unroll some of the mesh. About 3”-4” from the end, gather a section and use a pipe cleaner on the interior wire to wrap it onto the interior wire.
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4. Keep the mesh on the roll. Pull away about 12” of mesh and gather it in your hand at the 12” mark.
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5. Make a loop or bend in the mesh, and wrap a pipe cleaner around the area that you gathered at the 12” mark.
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6. Continue around the wreath, pulling and looping 12” segments and using the pipe cleaners to keep them in place.
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7. This is what the inner wire looks like when you’ve completed looping the mesh and securing with pipe cleaners. Cut the mesh, leaving a tail of about 5”-6”.
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8. Repeat the steps for the outer wire of the wreath.
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9. Once you’ve completely wrapped the both the outer and inner wires of the wreath, tie the cut edges to the back of the wreath and keep in place with pipe cleaners, floral wire or zip ties. Trim the ends of the other pipe cleaners to keep your wreath looking neat.
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10. Warm up your hot glue gun. Glue two pom poms for eyes, and a stack of 3 pom poms for a carrot nose.
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11. The face is forming!
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12. Cut a piece of brown felt in half lengthwise. Then form one of the pieces into a loop to make a hat shape, gluing in the back.
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13. Cut a strip of red felt and glue to the hat. Fold the “brim” upward.
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14. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman.
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15. Cut a smile from the remaining brown felt and glue to the snowman. To finish, create a loop of pipe cleaner at the top so you can hang this from your door!
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DIY Wood Bead Trivet

November 18, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

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This wooden bead trivet has two tiers – perfect for smaller and larger drink glasses, tea pots, or small pans. Put both together for a larger glass, or use the 6-bead ring for smaller ones. These are easy to make and easy to store on a hook when not in use, too!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour (includes dry time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood beads
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Embroidery thread
Large-eyed needle
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Take out 18 beads – 12 for the outer ring and 6 for the inner ring. You’ll be painting 9 of them. You can paint the entire bead, or just a portion of a bead.
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2. Here I’ve painted circles.
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3. Carefully set the first six beads – for the outside ring – aside to dry.
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4. Paint three more beads for the inner ring of the trivet.
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5. Thread your needle with enough thread for 12 beads, plus extra to tie it off. Alternately thread 6 painted beads and 6 plain beads onto the thread.
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6. Tie the ends together to form a circle. Knot it well.
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7. Repeat with the remaining 6 beads – alternating 3 painted beads and 3 plain beads. When it’s time to use the trivet, just put one ring inside the other or use the small circle alone!
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DIY Primitive Inspired Mason Jar Vase

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A bit pretty, a bit primitive. This skeleton key/primitive mason jar is simple to make and will add a lot of sophistication to any decor.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Skeleton key
Jute twine
Natural jute ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Unroll the jute burlap ribbon and wrap around the mason jar, cutting it to fit.
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2. Fold the ribbon in half width-wise and cut along the fold, making the piece narrower.
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3. Use one of the pieces from Step 2 and wrap around the jar, hot-gluing in place. Next, pull some twine off the ball and glue one end to the burlap, about an inch from the top.
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4. Continue wrapping the twine around the jar as shown. Cut the end and hot glue it in place.
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5. This is what it looks like when you’re done wrapping the twine.
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6. Cut two pieces of twine long enough to wrap around the jar mouth and tie into a bow. Slip the key onto the two pieces of twine.
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7. Tie the twine with the key around the mouth of the jar.
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DIY Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Luminary

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Bring the outside in during autumn and make a beautiful leaf luminary centerpiece. This will look gorgeous all season long…and last a long time, so you can show it off on your Thanksgiving table.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours *includes dry time
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Tea light
Spray adhesive
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Raffia ribbon
Artificial fall leaves
Scissors
Gloves *recommended

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Things to do:
1. Snip off any stems on the leaves you’ve gathered.
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2. It’s best to do steps 2-5 outside, with the wind away from you! If desired, first put on latex gloves (the spray is very sticky). Spray your jar in the place you’d like to place a leaf, and quickly spray the back of a leaf.
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3. Wait a few seconds so the spray is tacky and not wet. Carefully stick the leaf onto the jar.
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4. Repeat with more leaves.
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5. When you’re done layering your leaves on the jar, this is what it will look like.
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6. Wait for the leaves to dry. Paint on some Mod Podge and allow to dry.
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7. Wrap the top with raffia ribbon.
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8. Insert your tea light into the jar.
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9. Watch your beautiful leaf luminary jar glow!
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