Category: General Crafts

DIY Glitter Table Numbers

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Creating your own glitter table number for weddings or other important celebrations is simple and doesn’t take much time! Make sure you have some newspapers on hand for easy clean up when you’re finished decorating all of your numbers.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Standing wooden number
Extra fine glitter
Glue
Unfinished wood circle plaque
Cotton swab

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Things to do:
1. Lay your number and stand on the newspaper – you’ll need an easy way to clean up all that glitter!
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2. Glue the top of your number. Keep the glue evenly distributed by spreading with the cotton swab.
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3. Sprinkle the glitter on the number.
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4. Repeat with the stand.
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5. Allow both to dry, and then glue on other sides of the number and the stand. Sprinkle on more glitter. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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6. Hot glue the number to the stand.
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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 Marble Suncatchers

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A glass bead sun catcher is a fun way to bring the glory of the spring sunshine inside! Collect plastic lids for all different sizes of of glass bead sun catchers.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes (but can take days to dry, so be patient!)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear glass beads
Blue glass beads
Green glass beads
All-purpose glue
Twine
Plastic lid

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Things to do:
1. Squeeze a healthy layer of glue into the plastic lid.
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2. Start pressing the glass gems into the glue.
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3. Make sure to pack the lid full with beads, but be sure they’re all laying flat.
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4. Pour some glue over the top.
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5. Set the project aside to dry. It will take 2-5 days to finish drying, and then you can peel the plastic off easily. Punch a hole in the top and thread the twine through the hole to hang.
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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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How to Make Scandinavian Knot Coasters and Trivets

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Showcase your love for 70s style with these DIY coaster and trivets! Once you learn the knot pattern, you’ll go crazy crafting matching sets for your friends and family.

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

Things you’ll need:
Metal rings
Macrame cord
Scissors
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. Cut two five-foot pieces of macrame cord.
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2. Next, you’re going to start the knotting process. Lay your cords under the center of your hoop and make a loop shape at the top. Pull the end of your cords up through the center of the metal hoop and through your macrame loop.
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3. Repeat this step, creating knots all around the circumference of the metal hoop.
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4. When you’ve covered the entire metal hoop, tie a square knot to secure the ends and trim your cord, leaving roughly 3-4 inches.
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5. Add wooden beads to your excess cord and knot the macrame to hold them in place.
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DIY Felt Gift Wrap Embellishment Ribbon


Step up your gift-giving game with a playful pop of personality and color! This felt gift-wrap replaces a traditional bow, setting your present apart. Have fun mixing and matching different colors and patterns to create something unique and beautiful.

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

Things you’ll need:
Twine
Felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Choose several coordinating colors of felt to use.


2. Cut a 1-inch strip off the side of the piece of felt.
3. Cut shapes out of your 1-inch strip. Triangles and squares are the easiest, and look really cute!


4. Measure a length of string to wrap around your gift and cut it.

5. Use a dot of hot glue to attach the felt shapes to your string.


6. Tie your felt gift wrap around your present and enjoy!

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How to Make Modern Mountain Range Cork Coasters Tutorial


Show off your love for the great outdoors with a custom coaster set. This simple DIY takes only a few minutes, and leaves you with a modern, functional piece of home decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cork coasters
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
White acrylic paint
Foam brush
Painter’s tape

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out three cork triangles. Use a ruler and pencil to make sure the shapes are even and symmetrical.





2. Next, we’re going to add white accents to the triangles. Use tape to mark patterns onto the shapes and paint them with white acrylic paint and a foam brush. Have fun mixing and matching different patterns.

3. Use hot glue to secure the shapes together, creating a mountain range look.




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How to Make a Ribbon Pinwheel Tutorial


Ribbon pinwheels are festive decorations for the change of season to spring – light and airy and beautiful on a picnic table! The kids will get a kid out of spinning them. Make them in different colors. They can be made with one color or two-tone, as shown here.

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

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″wide ribbon
Dowel rods
Sequin pins
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Piece of felt cut into a 1″ circle
Card stock
Ruler

Things to do:
1. First you’ll make a triangle template. Measure 1 1/2″ down from the corner of the card stock and make a mark.

2. Draw a line to form the triangle, and cut out.

3. Place the template on the ribbon as shown and cut the ribbon into a triangle.

4. Cut three more ribbon triangles. Warm up your hot glue gun.

5. Fold the felt circle in half, then in half again. Trim just a tiny corner off to make a hole.

6. Glue one triangle to the felt as shown, close to the middle, but don’t allow it to overlap the center.

7. Glue the remaining triangles to the felt.

8. Fold one corner of one triangle down toward the center and glue in place.

9. Fold the same corner down on another of the triangles.

10. This is what the pinwheel looks like when all ribbons are glued down.

11. Create a hole in the dowel by tapping the sequin pin into it. You might need to give it a light tap with a hammer.

12. Remove the pin from the dowel and place through the ribbon part of the pinwheel, then tap back into the dowel. The pinwheel should spin freely!

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How to Make Popsicle Stick Bracelets


I’ve made this version of a popsicle stick bracelet for children, with the bright pink and yellow, but you can create your own more sophisticated versions. Bending the popsicle sticks is a bit of a tricky process, but you’ll avoid breaking them if you work carefully and with some patience!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 24 hours (includes drying/curing time)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Jumbo wood popsicle stick
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Coffee mug
Cup with a smaller diameter than the coffee mug
Bowl large enough to fit the popsicle sticks

Things to do:
1. Fill up your bowl water and add 3 popsicle sticks. Because the popsicle sticks can break easily, plan to soak 3 the first time in order to make sure you have one to work with. As you make more of these, you’ll learn how far to bend the sticks without breaking them.

2. Allow the sticks to soak in the water for 3-4 hours. To start bending them, work them around the outside of a coffee mug carefully, bending the sides and center evenly. If you bend too much at the center, the stick will snap.

3. Once you’ve got a smooth bend, bend it a little more to fit the stick inside the mug. Allow this to cure” for about 2-3 hours. While it’s still damp but molded in place, put the stick into a smaller cup to decrease its size even more. You’re less likely to break the stick if you complete this two-step process for making the bracelet for smaller wrists. Allow the stick to dry completely in the smaller cup, 8 or more hours.

4. This is what the bracelet looks like once you’ve removed it from the smaller cup.

5. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue one piece of ribbon to the inside part of the bracelet. Wrap it around 2-3 times, glueing at the back and then trimming the excess.

6. Repeat with another color, and continue adding ribbon until you reach the other end of the bracelet.

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DIY Rustic Burlap Nautical Wreath


Bring the ocean or lake feel” inside with this understated yet adorable nautical wreath. The burlap give this wreath a relaxed feel, and feel free to paint the anchor in any color to match your decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath
Red burlap ribbon
Light natural burlap ribbon
Wood anchor cutout
Paintbrush
Black paint
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Hemp twine
Pencil and straight edge

Things to do:
1. Paint the wood anchor cutout as shown.

2. Set the cutout aside and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.

3. With a pencil and ruler, make marks on the wreath at the halfway point. Repeat this two more times until you have 8 marks. You’ll be placing the burlap between each of these marks.

4. Wrap the white burlap around four times, filling the space between two of the marks. Hot glue in place.

5. Repeat with the red burlap. Continue alternating colors all the way around the wreath.

6. Glue the anchor cutout in place.

7. Tie a piece of jute around the top for hanging.

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