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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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Paper Heart Garland3 DIY Rustic Paper Heart Garland
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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How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial

diy Pom Poms How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial
These adorable pom poms are a great addition to a wide variety of crafts. Whether you hot glue them to a picture frame or use them to decorate gift cards, these colorful pom poms are sure to look festive and fun.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up
Time to complete: 5 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s Twine
Plastic Fork
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Begin by wrapping baker’s twine around the end of a plastic fork. Wrap the twine around the fork about 50 times. The more times you wrap the twine around, the fuller the pom pom will be.
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2. Cut a 5 inch piece of baker’s twine and slip it through the 3rd prong of the fork, tying it around the loops of fabric. Be sure to tie it tightly to secure the pom pom.diy Pom Poms3 How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial
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3. Pull the loops of fabric off of the fork and cut the ends of the baker’s twine, creating a pom pom look.
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4. Fluff the ends of the pom pom and trim any excess pieces of twine.
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Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks

Playing Card Bookmarks Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks
We play a lot of cards in our family and, inevitably, we have ended up, over the years, with several incomplete decks from toting cards with us on trips or days out. I hate to toss those cards so I’ve kept them all for various projects and here’s an excellent one! Bookmarks! Perfect for keep your spot, easy to make in bulk for gifts or as Valentines using only the hearts cards, these are easy and fun!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Playing cards
Hole punch
Scissors
Yarn matching the cards

Things to do:
1. Punch a hole at the center top of each card.
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Playing Card Bookmarks3 Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks
2. Cut yarn into 8 inch strips.
3. Fold two pieces of yarn in half and tuck though the hole, back to front.
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4. Slip the tails into the holes and pull through to create a tassel. Trim ends evenly.
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DIY Bikini Baby Onesie

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Bikini Baby Onesie DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
A cute and practical alternative to the baby bikinis that don’t stay put! Your little one will be the envy of the pool in this polka-dot bikini.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes + drying time

Things you’ll need:
Onesie-one piece baby tee
Scrap paper (to cut the pattern)
Purple acrylic paint orother colors of your choice
Folk Art Textile Medium
Masking tape
Paint brush
Pencil with new eraser or dowel rod (for making polka dots)
¼” satin ribbon
Scissors
Needle
Thread (to match ribbon)
Cardboard or heavy paper- I recommend covering with foil or wax paper

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry the garment before painting-don’t use fabric softener!
2. Cover cardboard or heavy paper with foil or wax paper. Place inside the onesie so that the paint doesn’t transfer to the back.
3. Using scrap paper, make the pattern for the bikini top. I eyeballed where I wanted the bottom edge of the bikini top and placed a piece of tape across the garment. Measure the distance across at this point (The 3-6 months size was 8”.) I cut a triangle pattern where each side was 4” to form the top.
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4. Use masking tape to mark off each side of the pattern; trim the tape for center “V”.
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5. Decide how high or low you want the bikini bottoms and tape straight across.
6. Using the center snap as the guide, mask of the sides of the leg holes.DIY Bikini Baby Onesie5 DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
7. Mix textile medium with paint, using a 2:1 ratio. Paint inside the masked area to form bikini. Let dry 1-2 hours. You may or may not need a second coat!
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8. Use the same ratio to mix the polka dot color with the textile medium. Only when the base color is completely dry, dip the pencil eraser or dowel rod in the paint, and place gently on the fabric. Continue until you are happy with the dot pattern.
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9. Let dry completely, about 1-2 hours, then peel off the masking tape and remove the cardboard.
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10. Cut five 8” pieces of ribbon, and tie into bows. Trim the ends so they are even.
11. Using a needle and thread, tack 3 bows onto the bikini top, and 2 bows onto the sides of bikini bottom.
12. The garment may seem stiff from the paint, but will soften after laundered. I let mine set for a couple days before washing and drying to be sure the paint was permanent.

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs
Fairy gardens are mostly filled with flowers, of course, since fairies do love their flowers, but what about those fairies who would rather grow vegetables? After all, even fairies need to eat! These little signs are perfect for keeping an orderly veg garden!

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

Things you’ll need:
Miniature wooden signs
Permanent marker
Copper wire
Super glue
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Clear nail polish or clear coat

Things to do:
1. Using your marker, write the names of your vegetables onto the signs and allow the ink to dry.
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2. Coat the sign with clear nail polish to seal and allow it to dry before proceeding.
3. Cut a 4-inch piece of wire and curl one end using the needle nose pliers.
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4. Attach the wire to the back of the sign with glue and allow it to dry before putting it in the garden.
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