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DIY Vintage Inspired Lace Dreamcatcher

Sweet Dream Catcher DIY Vintage Inspired Lace Dreamcatcher
It’s that time of year where everyone loves to sleep just a little longer… Make sure you catch every sweet dream to remember later with this lacy version of a dreamcatcher. Make it as shown or customize to match decor. This is also a great project to use up scraps of ribbon and lace.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour + depending on detail and materials used
Age range: 10 years old to adult

Things you need:
8″ gold metal craft ring
Ecru round crocheted doily
Natural flat lace
Ivory sheer chiffon and satin ribbon
Vintage Inspired wooden spool of natural lace
Cream color thread
Needle
Scissors
Scotch tape
Scraps of ribbon, string, fabric, pearls, etc.

Things to do:
1. Using small piece of scotch tape, tape over opening in metal ring. Using needle and thread, sew doily to metal ring. Be sure to leave loops in doily open so that you can put trims through them in the next step. Stitch around, knot thread, and trim end.
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2. Cut flat lace 48″ long. Starting at the 6:00 position on the doily, fold lace in half, loop through one of the scallops on the doily (around metal ring) from front to back. Pull tails through loop, tighten gently.
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3. Cut several 4′ pieces of lace, ribbon, and trims. Attach to the ring in the same manner as the first piece of lace. I went from the 4:00 to the 8:00 positions as a guide. To add dimension, I strung pearls on heavy cotton thread and knotted under each pearl to secure. Add these strands the same way as the lace and ribbon.
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4. Cut a 12″ piece of sheer/satin ribbon for a hanger. Pull through two spaces at top center of ring and knot in front.
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5. To cover the knot from the hanger, make a lace flower: cut a 14″ piece of flat lace. Using needle and thread, runs long gathering stitch along the straight edge of the lace. Gather tight and spiral lace in a circle to form a flower. Sew a few stitches through the center to secure. Sew or glue to top of dream catcher. Finish by sewing or gluing 3 pearls to flower center.
6. Trim tails at bottom, as desired.
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DIY Paper Cone Gift Packaging

Paper Cone Gift Packaging DIY Paper Cone Gift Packaging
Perfect for holding all sorts of goodies, treats and small gifts, these paper cone packages are simple and quick to make, easy to fill and ideal for that last minute gift. These can be scaled up or down easily by changing the size of the square you start with and your closure can be a simple fold or as fancy as you like.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Scrapbook paper
Double sided tape
Scissors
Embellishments

Things to do:
1. Trim paper into squares, here our largest cone is created from a 12×12 square while our smallest was made from an 8×8 inch square.
2. Flip the paper over, pattern side down, and runs length of double sided tape along one side.
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3. Roll the paper into a cone starting from the edge that angles away from the tape edge. Press the tape edge against the cone to close. Fill the cone with treats.
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4. Fold the flap down over to close the cone. Use a short piece of tape to hold the flap closed. Add embellishments to decorate.
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DIY Gold Strings Lights

DIY Gold Strings Lights DIY Gold Strings Lights
Christmas might be over, but that’s no reason to put away all the twinkle lights! Turn them into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! While any color can be used here, gold makes an excellent pairing with the glow of the lights and is perfect indoors or out.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Strings lights, either traditional or LED bulb style
Gold plate spray paint
Masking tape and/ or paper towels

Things to do:
1. Before you begin to paint, you’ll need to mask off or remove the bulbs from your lights. If you are using non-removable LED bulbs, wrap the glass of each bulb in a small piece of masking tape. If you are using traditional lights or LED lights with removable bulbs, pull out each bulb, set it aside, and stuff a small piece of paper towel into the cavity where the bulb was. Repeat for all the lights on the strand.
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2. Mask off the prongs of your plug or, if you are using solar lights, the end of the wire and the solar panel using tape and paper towels to cover the unit.
3. In a well ventilated area, spray the lights with thin coats of paint on a covered work surface, turning the strand over as each coat dries to make sure the whole things is well covered.
4. Once the cords and bulb bases are painted and dry, remove the masking or paper towels and replace the bulbs on the removable style strands. Plug in and enjoy!

How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob

Celtic Knot Keyfob How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob
Have you ever had a single key that needed an instant key chain? Maybe you have a guest visiting and they need a key or you want to have a spare hanging somewhere handy. Whatever the reason, this Celtic knot fob is simple, quick and perfect for a single key or even a small set.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
White paracord or other colors
Scissors
Matches or lighter
Key

Things to do:
1. Cut about 14 inches of paracord. You’ll need less but for your first knot, extra rope makes tying easier. Singe the ends to prevent fraying.
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2. Thread your key onto the paracord and pull it to the halfway point. Fold the rope here and line up the ends.
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3. Bring the ends around in a loop and over the rope near the key as pictured, be sure to keep the rope parallel and flat.
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4. Wrap the ends under the beginning of the rope between where you crossed it in step 3 and the key and then loop them up toward the first loop you created.
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5. Tuck the ends through this loop and carefully pull to tighten, still keeping the rope parallel and flat.
6. If desired, trim the ends shorter and resinge.

DIY Tangle-Free Power Cords

DIY Tangle Free Power Cords DIY Tangle Free Power Cords
With multiple mobile devices in our house, we have an ongoing problem of “where’s my charging cord?” that seems to go round and round. Keeping these identical cords apart is a nightmare so I’m on a mission to fix this with a little trick I learned back in elementary school. Friendship bracelets! You’ll need about 3 feet of embroidery thread per inch of cord for this project and you can double or triple the colors for added interest (and identification!)

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: About an hour

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery thread
Phone Charger
Scissors
Super Glue
Small c-clamp

Things to do:
1. Clamp the USB port to a secure surface using the clamp, be sure not to dent the USB while attaching it to the surface.
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2. Wind out enough embroidery thread for your project. Begin with a simple knot that leaves a tail about an inch longer than your cord. Wind the other end up into a loop for better control while knotting.
3. Pull the tail down the length of the cord, you’ll be knotting around the cord and the tail to weave the tail in.
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4. Bring the longer end over, around and through the loop to tie a knot around the cord. You’ll want to repeat this process exactly, don’t change the direction of your knotting as you go. The knots will naturally spiral around the cord as you work.
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5. Continue to knot along the length of the cord. When you are almost at the end, trim the short tail so that it disappears under the last few knots.
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6. Knot the final knot and dab a little superglue into the knot to hold. Allow it to dry before trimming the excess.

Easy DIY Wine Tags

February 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Easy DIY Wine Tags Easy DIY Wine Tags
While a full scale party calls for some forethought on the which wine glass belongs to who front, an informal or smaller gathering might need some last minute prep to keep the wine glasses separate. These tags are quick to make and fun to customize, just keep a stack of tags handy and you are set to go!

Time required: less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Tags
Pinking shears
Paper punches
Scissors
Twine

Things to do:
1. Trim tags to a roughly square dimension.
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2. Use scissors, and punches to decorate each tag differently to differentiate them.
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3. Tie them to wine glass stems with twine, trim the ends and party away!
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Binder Clip Photo Holders

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

Binder Clip Photo Holders Binder Clip Photo Holders
I love having photos of my kids and family on my desk but I don’t always have frames handy, so having easy, quick ways to display my photos is a plus in my book. This trick is so simple and fun! And bonus, you can customize these easily with paint or washi tape. Here we’ve use gold spray paint to brighten this set but you could pick your own colors and run with it!

Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: easy

Things you’ll need:
Binder clips
Spray paint
Cardboard
Washi tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Clip your binder clips to some cardboard and, in a ventilated space, spray the body of the clip in thin layers until it’s well covered.
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2. Once the clips are dry, carefully insert the pictures by pulling back on the arms of the clips.
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3. Adjust the photos so they are centered and so the bottom edge of the print rests on the bottom of the clip. Squeeze the arms together and slip them out of the edges of the clip. Stand the picture on the flat end.
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DIY Soap on a Rope

February 17, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Soap on a Rope DIY Soap on a Rope
One of my pet peeves is finding that little sliver of soap stuck to the wall of the bathtub after the kids get out of their bath. Besides being a pain, the floating soap in the water habit means we go through soap much faster than we should. So my solution? Soap on a rope. Not only does it save the soap and my sanity, I can customize it with ingredients and scents that I like! Win-win!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 45 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Parachute cord
Scissors
Glycerin soap block or other meltable soap base
Yogurt containers
Double boiler or microwave
Essential oils (optional)
Pencil, spoon or ruler

Things to do:
1. Start by melting your soap, either in a microwave container or over a double boiler.
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2. While the soap is melting, cut an 18-20 inch piece of paracord for each soap you plan to make. Fold in half and tie a knot near the ends. Singe the ends to avoid fraying.
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3. Set the paracord loop into the yogurt container, knot side down, and fold the top over a pencil or ruler suspended over the edges of the carton to keep the rope centered in the container.
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4. When the soap base in melted, add essential oils as desired before pouring it into the yogurt container, filling it about 3/4 of the way full. Allow the soap to set up fully before removing it from the container with a sharp, inverted tap on the counter and hang the rope loop on you faucet handle for easy access.

How to Make a Dress Up Tutu

Dress Up Tutu How to Make a Dress Up Tutu
This pretty tutu will have your little girl looking like a princess! In a few minutes you can create an adorable consume that she’ll love for years to come.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tulle
Ruler
Scissors
Elastic
Needle
Thread

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting your piece of elastic. Measure the waist of the child you’re making it for, allowing an extra inch.
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2. Sew the ends of the elastic together, creating a waistband.
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3. Cut a 20-inch piece of tulle, giving you a rectangle shape that is 18×20inches.
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4. Fold the piece of tulle in half and loop it over the elastic waistband. The knot will hold it securely in place.
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5. Repeat steps 3-4 until the entire elastic band is covered.

How to Dye Coffee Filters

How to Dye Coffee Filters How to Dye Coffee Filters
Coffee filters are one of those every day, ubiquitous household materials that, although simple, can be turned into a wide variety of fantastical projects. The one downside is, of course, they only come in white and natural paper color! But have no fear, here’s a quick way to color your filters before your projects, opening up their usefulness to even more possibilities!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Coffee filters
Craft paint
Water
Small plastic tub
Drying line

Things to do:
1. Squirt a small amount of brightly colored acrylic paint into the plastic tub. Fill with about an inch of water and stir to combine. Using brighter paints will give you brighter finished product but remember that you’ll always get a lighter color than the paint.
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2. Pull five of six coffee filters from your stack and fully immerse them into the colored water.
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3. Hang the filters individually onto a line to dry and then repeat the process until you have as many filters as you need. You can also lay them out flat to dry on craft paper, although this will take longer to dry.

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