Category: General Crafts

Fixer Upper-Inspired Mossy Succulent Wreath Tutorial

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This mossy wreath adds a lovely touch of green to your front door. Enjoy the beauty of potted succulents without worrying about watering them!

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

Things you’ll need:
Dried moss
Terracotta pots
Faux succulents
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Styrofoam wreath form

Things to do:
1. This first step is covering your wreath form with moss. Apple a thin layer of hot glue to the flat back and stretch moss over the surface. Continue adding moss until the Styrofoam is no longer visible. Mossy_Succulent_Wreath_Tutorial2
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2. Next, decorate your terra cotta pots. Run hot glue along the inside and add a layer of moss. Mossy_Succulent_Wreath_Tutorial3
3. Apple a thick coat of hot glue to the stem of your succulent and stick it down in the pot.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the pots to your wreath form.
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Simple No-Sew Felt Coasters Tutorial

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If you can cut a square and operate a hot glue glue then you can master these fun geometric felt coasters!

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

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler or other measuring device

Things to do:
1. Cut a 3.5 inch square from felt.
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2. Cut some smaller squares and triangles from various colors of felt to use in embellishing the coaster squares.
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3. Glue the chosen embellishments to the 3.5 inch square.
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4. Repeat to make the desired number of coasters.
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DIY Tetris Magnets

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Create your own non-digital version of the favorite retro video game with a few simple supplies. The magnet set would make the perfect DIY gift for any video gamer lover.

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

Things you’ll need:
Colored wooden blocks
Craft magnets
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Chose a color and layout for your magnet (I googled tetris images to choose colors and shapes from the original game).
2. Start by gluing two of the wood cubes together on one side.
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3. In the same fashion, glue the remaining cubes to the first two to create the desired tetris shape.
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4. Glue 3-4 magnets to the back of your shape.
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5. Repeat for the desired number of tetris shapes.
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DIY Summertime Watermelon Coin Pouch Tutorial

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Sew a cute, summery watermelon coin pouch for storing your loose change.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: one hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Scissors
Thread
Sewing machine
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Sew the pink inner watermelon piece to one of the green watermelon pieces.
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3. Sew a rectangle in the pink part of the watermelon, about a half inch from the top.
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4. Cut the center of the rectangle from the watermelon.
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5. Place the two watermelon pieces together and sew all the way around the edge.
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DIY Wooden Bead and Tassel Garland Tutorial

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Embrace Scandinavian design on a budget! This adorable wooden bead garland will instantly update your windowsills or shelves, adding a chic new flair to your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Beads
Jute
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue

Things to do:
1. First, make a set of tassels for the ends of your garland. Wrap jute around your hands until you reach your desired thickness. Slide your finger through the loop and wrap a 12-inch piece of jute just below, securing the ends with hot glue. Trim the other side, creating an even tassel. Repeat this step so you have two, identical tassels. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland1
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2. Now you get to string your garland! Slide beads onto a piece of jute until you reach your desired length. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland7
3. When you’ve finished stringing beads, trim the ends of the jute, leaving 6-inches extra on both sides. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland8
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4. Slide the tassels onto the jute and tie them in place. Trim any excess jute. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland10

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DIY Block Puzzle Tutorial

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Your little ones will love making a puzzle for daddy! Let them choose the photo and help them with the rest. It’s a super thoughtful present that he’s sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden blocks
Printed photo
Scissors
Pen
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Sandpaper

Things to do:
1. Choose a photo to print. In my experience, scenery photos transfer best. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial1
2. Lay your blocks over the section of the photo you want on your puzzle. Trace around the outside edge of the shape and cut it out. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial2
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3. Flip the image over, trace around your individual blocks and cut out the pieces.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial4
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4. Cover the top of your blocks with a thin layer of Mod Podge and place the pieces of the images on top. Let it dry.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial6
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5. Use sand paper to sand the edges of the blocks. This will remove any excess paper and give your photos a nice vintage look.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial9
6. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the blocks and let it dry completely.
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Rattail Cord Braided Bracelet Tutorial

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Simple and beautiful! Make these bracelets in a variety of colors for endless possibilities.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Rattail cord
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut three lengths of cord 4-6 times the circumference of your wrist. Fold the cords in half and create a knot in the end, leaving a loop.
2. Separate the strands into three sections, two strands per section.
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3. Braid the strands to the desired length.
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4. Knot the end and trim the cords.
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DIY Faux Succulent Monogram

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If you love the look of the increasingly popular succulent monogram, but don’t have a green thumb, give this simple faux succulent monogram a try!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Cardboard letter
Floral foam
Faux succulents and flowers
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks *optional

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Things to do:
1. Remove the cardboard from the face of your letter. This can be done by simply sticking your scissors into the cardboard near the edge of the letter, where it meets the sides. Once you have a small opening, the cardboard should easily peel away.
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2. Determine what size pieces of floral foam will best fit your letter, and cut the foam into pieces ( for this, you can use your scissors, or a knife if you prefer ). This does not have to be precise, and is incredibly simple. DIY_Faux_Succulent_Monogram6
3. Wedge your pieces inside of the letter. The foam will mold to fit for the most part, and small empty spaces are fine. You can choose to wedge your pieces tightly, or hot glue your pieces to the inside of the cardboard as you go.
4. Once your foam is secured, begin placing your succulents, or flowers in the positions that you would like and best fit your letter. Depending on your preference, and how well your succulents stay inside of the floral foam, decides whether or not you choose to secure your faux plants with hot glue.DIY_Faux_Succulent_Monogram7
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5. Optional** You can also choose to decorate the sides of your cardboard letter with any type of embellishment you wish.
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DIY Seaglass Monogram Wall Art

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Create a beautiful, personalized piece of art for your home. This is a great project to add to any coastal decor!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1.5 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White frame
Burlap
Seaglass (2 bags recommended)
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Take apart the picture frame and set the glass aside.
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2. Using the paper insert as a guide, cut a piece of burlap.
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3. Apply a line of glue to the top side of the backing piece of the frame and place secure the piece of burlap before placing the backing piece back in the frame.
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4. Print the desired letter approximately 3.25 inches tall (I used bold, size 324 font) and cut out the letter.
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5. Lightly trace the letter onto the burlap.
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6. Choose small pieces of seaglass and begin filling in the letter by applying a dab of glue to the back of the glass and placing it inside the letter. (Hint: it’s helpful to layout the pieces of glass before gluing.)
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7. Continue gluing glass pieces until the entire letter is filled in.

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DIY Popsicle Cozy Tutorial

Keep little hands warm and popsicles cold with this easy to make, felt popsicle cozy.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Velcro
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut two 5.5″x4″ rectangles of felt and two 3.5″ strips of velcro.
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2. Glue the pieces of velcro on opposite ends of the felt rectangles, as shown in the photo.
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3. Glue the two rectangles of felt together (wrong sides touching), making sure the velcro strips remain on opposite sides of the rectangle. (Hint: Apply glue all the way around the edges and add glue to the center of the rectangle to keep the cozy from bubbling or puckering when in use.)
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