Category: General Crafts

How to Make a Felt Hawaiian Lei


Bring a little Hawaii into your life with this quick and easy felt tropical lei. This is fun for kids to use during dress up time!” Make these felt leis in three colors as shown, or go for a crazy, multi-colored look!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Flower template
Felt squares
Hemp twine
Scissors
A long ball-headed pin

Things to do:
1. Cut out the template and cut about 20 pieces of felt large enough to place the template upon. Stack about 4 pieces of felt and pin the template to the top.

2. Cut the pieces out, and repeat Step 1 with another stack of felt.

3. Once you’ve cut out all the pieces, snip the centers.

4. Cut the twine to the size you prefer – large enough to go around the neck. Slide the twine through all of the flowers.

5. This is what the lei looks like once you’ve added all the flowers.

6. Tie the ends of the twine into a knot and clip the ends.

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DIY Summer Time Cocktail Umbrella Wreath


This whimsical wreath will put a smile on anyone’s face! Assemble this umbrella wreath and hang over a bar area, or delight a child who would love to use it as room decor. However you display this, it will be a great conversation piece!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Umbrella drink picks
Styrofoam wreath
Twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Open your umbrellas by removing the band.

2. Slide the smaller ring up as you raise the umbrella.

3. Place the umbrellas into the wreath at angles.

4. This is what the umbrellas look like when placed properly in the styrofoam.

5. Continue poking the umbrellas into the styrofoam in a pleasing color arrangement.

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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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How to Make a Bumble Bee Ribbon Hair Clip

Bzz! Bzz! Spring time brings out the first bumble bees of the season, but you can make your own adorable (and safer!) bees yourself from ribbon. Add this to a barrette as shown, or glue to a pinback and wear on your lapel.

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

Things you’ll need:
Yellow grosgrain ribbon
Black grosgrain ribbon
French barrette
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wood burning tool
Piece of glass from a picture frame

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and wood burning tool. Cut a piece of ribbon to the size of the barrette and glue in place.

2. Cut a piece of black ribbon to 4-5 inches long and glue into a long teardrop shape as shown.

3. Cut a piece of yellow ribbon and a piece of black ribbon to 4″ long. Lay the ribbons on the glass and cut in half the long way using the wood burning tool.

4. Cut one black and one yellow piece to 3″ long and form into circles, gluing together as shown.

5. Glue these around the large part of the tear-drop shape you previously created.

6. Cut one black and one yellow pice to 2″ and glue into circles. Glue those around the thin part of the teardrop as shown.

7. Cut a piece of black ribbon to 3/4″ and glue to the top as shown.

8. Wrap the ends around the back, creating a head for your bee.

9. Cut two very thin pieces of black ribbon with your wood burning tool and glue to the top for antennae. Trim them to the size you desire.

10. Cut a piece of yellow ribbon to 5 inches long and form into a figure 8, gluing in place.

11. Glue the wings to the body of the bee, between the large and small circles.

12. Glue the bee to the barrette.

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DIY Glitter Rosette Bobby Pins


Glitter bobby pins with tiny roses are just as nice of an accessory for adults as a child. For the perfect gift, make three and package in a beautiful small box with a bow.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Elmer’s glue
3/8″ ribbon
Extra fine glitter
Bobby pins with pad
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Squeeze the glue onto the pin.

2. Sprinkle the extra-fine glitter onto the bobby pin and allow to dry.

3. Cut a piece of ribbon about 12″ long. Warm up your hot glue gun.

4. Roll the end as shown. This is the center of the rose.

5. Fold the tail of the ribbon at a 90-degree angle and wrap around the center, glueing in place.

6. Continue wrapping. See below – it’s starting to look like a rose!

7. Fold and wrap until you like the appearance of the flower.

8. Glue the end to the back and trim.

10. Glue the rose to the flat part of the bobby pin.

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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 a Ribbon Tassel Keychain


A ribbon tassel keychain is a great teacher’s gift when created in school colors. You can make this with as many or as few ribbons as you’d like, and with any length of ribbon. If you keep this for yourself, you’ll always smile when you look for your keys!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Key ring
6mm split ring
Various ribbons, with at least one that’s no wider than 3/8″
Pony beads
Scissors
Seam sealant
Needle and thread

Things to do:
1. Cut your ribbons to 15-18″ long. Slide the split ring to the middle of your narrowest ribbon.

2. Fold the ribbon in half, and slide your pony beads over both cut edges until they meet right over the split ring, as shown.

3. Stack your other ribbons on top of each other and fold in half to find the middle. Thread your needle and take a couple of small stitches in the middle so all the ribbons stay together. Don’t cut the thread yet.

4. Nest this group of ribbons under the narrow ribbon containing the beads. Tie the beaded ribbon around the group of ribbons.

5. After you’ve tied the ribbon, take a couple of stitches in the knot to secure it. Slide the key chain ring onto the split ring, and your keychain is complete!

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Kid Friendly Styrofoam Lighthouse Tutorial


Find your way home with this whimsical styrofoam lighthouse. Perfect for your lake house or just for a lighthouse lover, you’ll be able to make this craft in many different colors and designs.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam cone
Acrylic paint http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=acrylic+paint
Paint brushes
Scissors
Sequin pins
Battery operated candle
Rubber bands
Piece of white fabric or muslin large enough

Things to do:
1. Start to cover the styrofoam with the fabric, pinning in place.

2. Wrap the fabric around carefully, cutting where needed, and pin neatly as shown.

3. Place the rubber bands around the cone as shown. You’ll be painting inside the the bands, so choose your placement carefully.

4. Paint between the rubber bands, creating crisp stripes.

5. This is what the cone will look like. Wait for the paint to dry .

6. Paint around the base of the tea light.

7. Paint some windows – as many as you’d like!

8. Add a door, and when the cone is completely dry, remove the rubber bands and place the tea light on top.

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DIY Painted Feathers Tutorial


Feathers are perfect for creating cute hair accessories, whimsical decor, and subtle pops of color to a variety of projects. For more interest, paint your feathers in different colors and designs. This is a fun and relaxing project!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Ringneck feathers
Paint
Paint brushes
Small cup of water

Things to do:
1. For the base layer of painting, you’ll want to thin your paint. Do this by dipping your brush in a bit of water and wiping off the excess.

2. Paint a desired design with a wash of the damp brush dipped in your paint.

3. This is what the feather can look like with the washed” paint.

4. With a fine brush, add polka dots. This time, don’t dip the brush in the paint.

5. You can also add some stripes with a dry, narrow brush dipped in your paint. use your imagination and many different colors for the look you’re trying to achieve!

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