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DIY Fairy Garden Tree Swing

DIY Fairy Garden Tree Swing DIY Fairy Garden Tree Swing
Fairies, of course, love nothing more than having fun. And they also love the outdoors, naturally, so swinging the day away on a beautiful outdoor swing would make any fairy’s day, don’t you think? This flower bedecked outdoor swing is the perfect addition to your fairy garden, sure to lure all the neighborhood fairies to your garden for their magical fun!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mini wood signs
Drill and small bit (the bit should be just larger than your wire)
12 gauge wire
Flower garland
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Using your drill, bore two holes close to the ends of one of the signs.
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2. Measure out a length of wire that is 3 inches longer than double the length of the drop you need for the swing. So, for example, if your swing needs to hang 12 inches, cut 27 inches of wire (12+12+3).
3. Feed the wire into one hole and then back up through the other. Once it’s centered, flatten the section that runs under the swing.
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4. Roll the tops of the wire into hooks for hanging.
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5. Cut the garland into two lengths, each 1 ½ times as long as your swing drop. So, for a 12 inch drop, cut 18 inches of garland for each side of the swing.
6. Wrap the end of one piece of garland tightly around the wire where it meets the swing.
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7. Wrap the garland around the wire, working up toward the hook. When you reach the hook, cut off any excess garland. Repeat with the other side of the swing to finish.
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DIY Giant Yard Dice

DIY Giant Yard Dice DIY Giant Yard Dice
Summer is here! Yay! And that means spending as much time as possible outside, am I right? We love to have people over for backyard BBQ’s and to play games into the evenings and these giant dice are perfect for all sorts of Summer games. Make as many as you need for your favorite games in bright colors to show up against the grass. Be sure to seal your dice with polyurethane if they will be stored outside!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Hollow Wooden Cubes
Acrylic paint in two colors
Paintbrush
Plate or lid for paint
Outdoor sealer
Circle stamp*

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the sides of each cube, allowing the sides to dry before flipping the cubes over to paint the bottom side. Repeat until you have a solid coat of paint on all sides.
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2. Once the cubes are painted, squirt a dollop of the contrasting color of paint onto your plate or lid.
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3. Lightly dip your stamp into the paint and apply dots to each side, following the pattern of a die. Allow the sides to dry before flipping over to add dots to the other side.
4. Once all the dots have been applied, coat each side in polyurethane if desired. Leave the dice to cure until the polyurethane has totally cured.
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* If you don’t have a circle stamp handy, you can cut a potato using an apple corer or small round cookie cutter to make an easy circular stamp.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden Rose Arbor

Fairy Garden Rose Arbor Make Your Own Fairy Garden Rose Arbor
Fairies love garden, especially flower gardens. And no flower garden is quite complete without a pretty little rose arbor. This rose covered arbor will be the crowning glory of your fairy garden, sure to lure the tiny folk to your enchanted world.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mini rose garland
Tiny Arbor
Wire cutters
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Cut the garland into four 12-inch sections, set the remaining piece of garland aside.
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2. Wrap one of the sections around one of the feet of the arbor, wrapping tightly at the base, and then more loosely as you work up, working up to the top and then wrap tightly around the crown. Repeat with the remaining sides.
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3. Cut the remaining section of garland into four equal sections.
4. Wrap each of the four pieces tightly around a pencil to create small rose bushes.
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5. Push each of the “bushes” onto the base of the arbor legs and then place in your garden.
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DIY Personalized Ear Buds

July 21, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Personalized Ear Buds DIY Personalized Ear Buds
We’re pretty digital device friendly in our house. Between the grown ups, the tween and the little one we’ve got two computers, three phone, two e-readers and who knows how many Mp3 players. And it’s just fallen in that all our devices are the same. Three of the same phones, two matching ebooks… and so on. Which is great because we can share back and forth. It’s also not great because, well, there are some things we don’t want to share. Like earbuds. All four of us love to listen to music but we’re not super keen on passing the earphones back and forth. The problem is, of course, that, since they came with our devices and our devices are all the same, they all look exactly the same. So here’s my trick for keeping my earphones just for me and theirs just for them.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Earbuds – one for each person
Washi tape – one for each person
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Let each person pick “their” washi tape so that they can easily identify (and like) their particular print or color.
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2. Cut one inch strips, 3 for each par of buds.
3. Roll the tape smoothly around the base of each earbud and around the plug jack. If your earphones have a case, you can also put a strip of tape on the front and back of your case to help you remember which earbuds go in which case.
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Homemade Lavender Soap Video Tutorial

Homemade Lavender Soap Homemade Lavender Soap Video Tutorial
This lovely lavender soap smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. Unlike other soap tutorials, this video does not require you to make the soap yourself. This easy project gives you the luxury of custom, goat’s milk soap without the hassle of mixing the ingredients together. You’ll love to use the finished project, and give it as gifts to all of your friends!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up
Time to complete: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Goat’s Milk Soap
Lavender
Soap Mold
Glass Container

Things to do:
1. Cut a block of soap off of the goat’s milk soap bar. Place it in a glass container and heat it in the microwave. I’ve found that 30 seconds is a good starting time. Continue adding time until the soap reaches a smooth texture, without lumps.
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2. Pour lavender into the bottom of the soap mold.
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3. Pour the heated soap over the lavender in the soap mold. Fill the mold completely. The lavender will suspend throughout the soap, giving you a nice and even look.
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4. Once you’ve filled the molds, allow 40 minutes – 1 hour to harden before use.
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Upcycle: Make Your Own Teacup Candles

upcycle Teacup Candles Upcycle: Make Your Own Teacup Candles
This DIY looks exactly like a candle you would find at a luxury home goods store. In just a few easy steps, you can create a unique candle for your home without spending a lot of money. Choose from a variety of beautiful teacups or other glass containers to create a dreamy candle that you’re sure to love!

Things you’ll need:
Teacups
Wicks
Candle Scent
Eyedropper
Concentrated Candle Dye
Grater
Scissors
Funnel
Wax
Pot for Melting Wax

Things to do:
1. The first step is melting the candle wax. Melt the wax over a lower heat on your stovetop. I like to set my stovetop at “4.” Once the wax becomes a smooth liquid, grate some concentrated candle dye into the pot and stir it around. The candle dye will subtly change the shade of the wax, making it unique and fun!
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2. Place the wick into the bottom of the teacup or glass container. Pour a small amount of wax into the cup and let it harden slightly so that it will hold the wick in place. You want the wick to be at the center of the cup so the wax candle will burn evenly.
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3. Fill the teacup with wax until it is almost full.
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4. Once you’ve filled the teacup with wax, add a few drops of candle scent and allow the wax to harden. If the surface of the candle is uneven, you can pour a second layer of wax across the top until it creates a flat surface.
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DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays

Mini Fabric Organization Trays DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays
We live in a very old house with lots of built in cabinets and drawers, which is fabulous, I admit. But those old drawers and large and deep and things are easily lost in them if they aren’t corralled into smaller trays and boxes. This project makes tidy little trays perfect for holding change, jewelry, or other small items that you don’t want getting lost in the mire of your drawers.

Difficulty level: Moderate to advanced
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Lightweight cotton fabric
Fabric stiffener
Scissors
Ruler
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
Iron
Ironing board

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well before beginning. Cut squares or rectangles that are 1″ larger all the way around than the finished tray size you are after.
2. Spray the fabric down well with fabric stiffener. You want to get it nice and west but not dripping. Hang to dry flat.
3. Once the fabric is dry, fold in and press a 1 inch flap on each side of the square. Fold and press the corners at an angle.
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4. Pull the angled corners together and fold over onto one side of the flap.
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5. Thread your embroidery needle and sew two French knots to hold the angled flap tightly onto one of the sides.
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6. Repeat with the other corners, pulling the sides of the tray up as you work.
7. Trim away excess thread and put those babies to good use!
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No Needle Beading

July 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

No Needle Beading No Needle Beading
I’ve got a little girl who LOVES making necklaces. LOVES it! Which means two things. I am the proud owner of many, many crazy beaded necklaces and there’s always a bowl/plate/cup of beads hanging around for a necklace in progress. It also means that we are forever looking for the right sized needle to fit both the thread and the hold in the bead. Or we were, until this trick arrived at our house! The only downside to this technique is that you do have to wait for the stiffener to dry. But by premeasuring out thread and yarn and making several at once, you’ll avoid thos “is it ready yet!” moments.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than a minute (plus dry time)

Things you’ll need:
Wax or parchment paper
Fabric Stiffener
Thread, yarn or embroidery floss
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut several pieces of your choice of thread or yarn to a good length for necklaces plus an inch of two for tying.
2. Lay out your parchment or wax paper.
3. Line up all the ends, slightly spaced apart from one another.
4. Spray the ends (about 1 inch) generously with the fabric stiffener.
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DIY Yarn Script

July 16, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Yarn Script DIY Yarn Script
This is a great summer project for the kids and also a fun way to practice that cursive handwriting but it can also be a great way to make place cards or gift tags for big parties and events. Whether you’re planning on hanging them on the wall or having them grace that perfectly set table, these string names are a whole lot of fun to make.

Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Wax or parchment paper
String or yarn
Scissors
Fabric stiffener

Things to do:
1. Cover your work surface with wax or parchment paper.
2. Cut a length of yarn more than long enough to write out your word or name.
3. Dampen the yarn a little with the fabric stiffener, once damp it should be easier to form the letters
4. On the wax or parchment paper, form the letters in cursive with the damp string, pressing down with your fingertip to help mold the letters into shape.
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5. Once you have it spelled our, spray generously with fabric stiffener, making sure the string is well soaked.
6. Allow the letters to dry overnight then peel off and use the stiffened words!

DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers

Flag Cupcake Cake Toppers DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers
We are a summer birthday family, everyone has their birthday between Memorial and Labor Day, which means that I’m about to hit party season and I’m starting to plan now. Birthdays aren’t birthdays in our house without a cake and my kids love fun cake toppers. This summer at least one of them is going to get these cute mini flags decorating their cake but these would be adorable as table decorations, scaled up a little for parades or for some medieval make believe! And they are so easy, why not make a whole slew of them?

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Fabric – light cottons work best
Skewers or dowels rods
Craft glue
Fabric stiffener
Iron
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well and spray thoroughly with fabric stiffener. You want is nice and damp but not dripping wet.
2. Hang the fabric to dry so that it dries nice and flat. Once dry the fabric will be very stiff.
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3. Cut the stiffened fabric into strips as wide as you want your finished flags. Here we’ve made them about one inch wide.
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4. Cut your strip into flags, adding a little extra to the straight end to wrap around the skewer.
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5. Spread a thin layer of glue onto the flat end of the flag and roll the fabric around the dowel until it wraps once around. Pinch in place for a few moments until it’s holding and then allow the glue to dry before using.
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