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DIY Paper Doily Parasol Picks

Doily Parasol Picks DIY Paper Doily Parasol Picks
This cute little parasol is perfect as a favor or cupcake topper for a bridal or baby shower.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Round Paper Lace Doilies
1/8″ Unfinished Wood Dowel Rod
Embellishment for top
6 inches of 1/8” Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Fold the doily in half, then open it back up.
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2. Fold in half the opposite way, and open back up.
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3. Repeat two more times between the other folds, bringing the wrong side (or under side) of the doily together for each fold. You should now have 8 pie shapes.
4. Turn doily over and repeat, with each fold between these made on the other side. These folds will be right side (or the top side) together.
5. You will now have 16 pie shapes with peak and valley folds alternating.
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6. Working your way around the outer edge of the doily, deepen each fold until the parasol is formed to desired shape.
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7. Trim the dowel rod with scissors to desired length. A longer length is recommended for cupcakes-I used 3 ½”. If using for a favor, then a shorter length will work.
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8. Hot glue the dowel rod on the underside of the doily, holding the dowel until the glue sets.
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9. Hot glue the embellishment on the top point.
10. Cut a 6” piece of 1/8” ribbon. Tie in a bow around the dowel, trimming the ends to the desired length. You can secure the bow with a small dot of glue, if needed.

DIY Potluck Tags

DIY Potluck Tags DIY Potluck Tags
I love a good potluck! All though interesting dishes, new things to try that are somebody’s family favorite. But it’s easy to get confused with a big table of food on what is what. These little tags are easy to make and pass out at a potluck so that food can be labeled by who made what, what the dish is or notices about allergies! After the potluck, wash off the writing, recycle the craft stick and you are ready for another round of amazing dishes next time around!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Chalkboard clips
Popsicle sticks
Chalkboard Ink Pen

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Things to do:
1. Write the name of your dish, who made it or allergy information on the chalkboard with the Chalkboard Ink Pen. Using the pen instead of standard chalk ensures that the label will not get wiped off while people are serving themselves.
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2. Push a craft stick into the food and attach the clip to the top so that it is clear to see.
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DIY Chalkboard Clip Magnets

August 30, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Chalkboard Clip Magnets DIY Chalkboard Clip Magnets
We’re big users of magnetic spaces for family messaging in our house. The fridge, in particular, is where we keep all sorts of important information, schedules and, of course, artwork! These little magnetized chalkboard clips make it easy to keep the grocery list separate from the class schedules, separate to that great drawing that came home from school.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Chalkboard disk with clothespins
Magnets
Superglue
Chalkboard pen

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Things to do:
1. Flip the clips over so that the clothespin side is facing up.
2. Add a drop of superglue to the clothespin, close to the top.
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3. Press a magnet onto the glue and allow it to dry thoroughly.
4. Once the glue is dry, use the chalkboard pen to write what you’ll clip onto the chalkboard side of the magnet.
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How to Make a Princess Poly Mesh Wreath

August 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Princess Poly Mesh Wreath How to Make a Princess Poly Mesh Wreath
This adorable wreath is perfect for any little princess to have in her room! Adorned with ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, feathers and butterflies- what else could a girl want? You could easily change the colors to match any existing decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time to complete: 2+ hours, depending on amount of detail added

Things you’ll need:
Wire Wreath Form
Pretty in Pink Polymesh Ribbon
5/8” Pink with White Polka Dot Satin Ribbon
1/8” Acrylic Rhinestone Silver Trim
Unfinished Wood Princess Crown
Pink Nylon Artificial Butterflies
Silver Glitter Curly Picks
White Pearl Loop Sprays
Pink and White Mixed Flat Turkey Feathers
White Pipe Cleaners
Light Pink Acrylic Paint
Paint brushes
Glue gun
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut pipe cleaners into thirds with wire cutters or scissors. Bend each pipe cleaner in half, making a “V”.
2.Using the pipe cleaners, attach end of polymesh ribbon to wire frame. The placement doesn’t really matter, as you will work your way around. Twist the pipe cleaners tight, leaving the ends- you will use them again.
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3. For each loop, pull approximately 6” of the mesh and secure to the wire frame. Continue making loops and attaching to the frame, moving back and forth and around to fill in the wreath. I did approximately 20 loops in each section of the wreath.
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4. With polka dot ribbon, go back into the loose ends of the pipe cleaners and attach. Making loops in random directions, I went around the wreath 3 times. A princess can never have too much bling! Tuck in the ends of the pipe cleaners so they are not visible from the front of the wreath.
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5. And now-the fun! Hot glue feathers, pearls, glitter curly picks, and butterflies into the wreath. You may want to determine the top and bottom of the wreath before adding the butterflies if you want them “flying” toward the top of the wreath.
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6. Paint one side of the wooden crown and let dry. Then paint the other side and the edges, and let that dry as well. I glued a strand of rhinestones across the lower edge, and individual rhinestones on the points of the crown. Personalize the crown, if desired, with paint or a Sharpie. When embellishments are dry, hot glue the crown to the wreath.
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Easy to Make “Heartfelt” Bookmark

August 28, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Heartfelt Bookmark Easy to Make Heartfelt Bookmark
A great gift to give with a book, and can be easily personalized.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30+ minutes, depending on detail

Things you’ll need:
Purple felt or other colors of your choice
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Needle
Paper
Pencil
Pins

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting your pattern out of paper. I started with a 3” square-make sure you have 90° angles! Fold the square corner to corner and draw a heart pattern, making sure to leave 2” at the lower point untouched. With paper still folded, cut out the heart shape.
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2. Place the paper pattern on the felt, either tracing the outline on to it or pinning the pattern on to cut it out. Cut two separate hearts.
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3. If you want to decorate, do it now! I made a flower on mine, but any design could be easily done-initials, flowers, patterns, etc.
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4. Pin together the two hearts and mark 2” on each side from the bottom point. This is where you will sew. Do not sew around the top of the heart- you would not be able to slip your page into the bookmark.
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5. Using embroidery floss, sew the hearts together between the pins. Hide the knot between the hearts, so it cannot be seen. You can use a simple back and forth stitch, or a blanket stitch if you have more sewing experience.

DIY Pearl and Crystal Drop Earrings

August 27, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Pearl Crystal Drop Earrings DIY Pearl and Crystal Drop Earrings
These elegant, lightweight earrings are just right for dressing up any outfit or mixing with your best jewelry. No one will know that they are acrylic crystals. The hardware can be found in the Nickel-Free Jewelry Finding Starter Kit.

Time to complete: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: Beginner

Things you’ll need:
2 – Clear Acrylic Crystal Teardrops
2 – 4-6mm White Simulated Pearl Beads
2 – Fish Hook Earrings from Starter Kit
2 – Jump Rings from Starter Kit
Headpins from Starter Kit
Needle nose pliers

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Things to do:
1. Cut two pieces of silver wire (or cut head ends off of headpins in kit) to a length of approximately 1”.
2. ¼” down one end of the wire, make a bend to the side. Using the pliers, form a loop at one end of the wire. Before closing, slip through the loop at one end of the fishhook. Close tightly!
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3. Place pearl on wire.
4. To make lower loop, start with pliers close to bead and bend to the side (as done at the top of the wire). Bend the wire around round nose pliers and close the loop tightly.
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5. Using pliers, open the jump rings and put them through the hole in the top of the crystal and the bottom loop under the pearl.
6. Close jump ring tightly.
7. Repeat above steps for second earring.
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How to Make Your Own Wood Letter Marquee Sign

August 25, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Wood Letter Marquee Sign How to Make Your Own Wood Letter Marquee Sign
Sometimes, a sign is just not enough. Sometimes you need things to be big and flashy and “Hey! Look over here!”. And for those times, really, only a lighted marquee will do. While somewhat involved to create, the end result packs a whole lot of WOW factor, making it the perfect finishing touch for big events, parties or special spaces in your home.

Difficulty level: Advanced
Time required: 1 hour, plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
12 inch or higher wooden letters spelling out your word (here are have used ‘M‘ ‘O‘ ‘V‘ ‘I‘ ‘E‘)
Drill with a bit about the same size as the bulbs on your lights
String of mini lights
Acrylic paint
Sawtooth hangers and nails
Ruler

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Things to do:
1. Drill holes along the center of each letter, spacing them about 2 inches apart, but dividing them evenly across the letter. The space between each hole needs to be less than the distance between each bulb on the light string.
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2. Once all the holes are drilled, paint the letter with several coats of paint until you have a nice, solid layer of color. Allow the paint to dry.
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3. When the paint is dry, insert the lights into the holes. When you have filled one letter, allow for a few bulbs to run between and start filling the holes on the next letter. The lights in between will add to the fun look but if you don’t want lights in between letters, you’ll need to use a separate string of lights for each letter, balling up the remaining lights on the back side to hide them. This is best done with very short strings of lights.
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4. Using hangers or hooks, hang the letters in order on your wall or surface. Plug in the lights and enjoy your marquee!
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DIY Rustic Paper Heart Garland

Paper Heart Garland DIY Rustic Paper Heart Garland
Use this darling DIY to add an element of homemade charm to your home this summer. This rustic garland looks beautiful draped over a windowsill or displayed along a countertop.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 10 and Up
Time to complete: 45 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Sheet Music
Paper Clips
Heart Pattern
Glue Stick
Scissors
Baker’s Twine

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the hearts to decorate the banner. You’re going to need a lot of hearts, and I’ve found that the easiest way to do this is to paper clip five pieces of sheet music together and trace several heart shapes on the front. When you cut out the pattern you’ve traced, there will be five shapes. This is much quicker than cutting out each heart individually.
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2. Fold the heart shapes in half, creating a sharp crease down the middle. It takes five heart shapes to create one heart on the garland.
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3. Glue five of the halved hearts together, using a glue stick. Before you secure the final half in place, slip the piece of baker’s twine in the center.
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4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the entire piece of baker’s twine is covered in heart shapes.

Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden

August 23, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden
We love fairy gardens around here, and we’re always adding to them to please our little magical friends, making their spaces extra special and oh so fun! This rose garden is our newest addition to the fairy world. Built in a pot saucer, it’s easily movable and lightweight, meaning it can be brought inside or out as the fairies (or the dollies who sometimes use our fairy gardens for playing) take a fancy to a new location. So lovely. And so fun!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Terra Cotta Saucer
Moss sheet
Potting soil
Scissors
Rose Arbor
Flower Fence
Plant picks
Flower garland
Craft knife
Pebbles

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting your moss sheet to fit snugly into your saucer. You can flip your saucer over onto the moss to use it as a guide.
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2. Fill the saucer with about 1 inch of soil and press it down to flatten.
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3. Cover the soil with the moss, tucking the edges in.
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4. Center your Flower covered fence in the saucer and place your rose arbor in the center of the fenced area.
5. Using your craft knife, cut the moss away in strips or arcs where you want more “garden”.
6. Insert plant picks to add foliage.
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7. Cut lengths of the garland to fit into the small garden sections and gently bend the ends down, pushing them into the soil to secure them.
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How to Make Paper Daisies

How to Make Paper Daisies How to Make Paper Daisies
This paper daisy serves as an adorable page holder or looks great on top of presents in place of a traditional bow. Use different papers and card stocks to create a unique look that will match any occasion perfectly.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Old Book Pages
Buttons
Scissors
Paper Cutter
Glue stick
Hot glue gun
Heavy Card Stock

Things to do:
1. First you will want to trim your book pages, removing any excess white space. It looks better if the daisy is made of just words. You’ll need three 2 ½ x 8 inch book pages.
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2. Glue the tops of the three pages together with a glue stick.
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3. Cut slits into the pages, leaving a ¼ inch of space at the top of the pages.
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4. Roll the pages up and use hot glue to secure the end of the roll.
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5. Hot glue the base of the roll onto a small square of heavy card stock.
6. Find the center of the strips and press down firmly with your thumb. Once you’ve found the center, hot glue a button to the center.
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