Category: General Crafts

DIY Felt Heart Pocket Tutorial

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Keep all of your secret Valentine notes, change, or other important baubles in this cute felt heart pocket. These would be fun to give out as Valentines for kids, with notes inside!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Red and pink felt sheets
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Needle with large eye
Paper
Pencil
Pins

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Things to do:
1. Draw a heart about 3 1/2 ” to 4″ high and wide onto your paper, and trace onto three pieces of felt. Two should be the same color.
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2. Cut the two same-color hearts as shown. The bottom of one should be cut longer, and the top of the other should be cut longer. You’ll use both larger sides for this project.
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3. Decorate the straight edge of one piece with a running stitch, as shown.
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4. Pin both pieces to the full heart, so that they overlap. Begin stitching around the outer edge with a running stitch.
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5. Complete so that the heart is stitched all the way around the perimeter.
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Felt Loop Fringe Flower Tutorial

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This showy felt flower looks deceptively complex, but it’s really easy to make. You’ll enjoy stitching, snipping and gluing these felt loop fringe flowers into shape.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Sheet of felt
Ruler
Embroidery floss
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Needle with large eye
Ruler

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Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of felt to 7 inches wide, along the long side of the sheet, so that it’s longer than it is wide. Fold this in half and take a run stitch along the open edge, as shown.
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2. Make 1/2 ” inch slits in the felt, going to within 1/4 ” of the stitching.
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3. The piece should look like this.
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4. Warm up your hot glue gun. Start rolling the stitched edge as shown, gluing in place.
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5. Continue rolling and gluing.
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6. The bottom should look like this. “Fluff” the top of the felt so that the loops are separated and the flower looks full.
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How to Make a Felt Sunflower Tutorial

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Add this showy felt sunflower to a special package or secure to a stiff backing and add a barrette for a large hair clip for photo shoot. This fabulous flower takes time to craft, but it’s worth it!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
2 yellow felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Large black button
Pencil
A cup or bowl approximately 4″ round

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Things to do:
1. Trace and cut the circle and cut squares as follows: Cut 16 two-inch squares, 12 one-and-one-half inch squares, and 8 one-inch squares. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Fold two corners of your large square and glue in place as shown. Glue the corners and glue the flap to the square, so it’s flat.
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3. Repeat for all the large squares.
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4. Repeat for the smaller squares.
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5. Cut off the bottom of each piece so one side is pointed and the other is flat, as shown.
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6. Glue the large petals around the circle.
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7. Repeat with the smaller petals.
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8. Finally, add the smallest petals.
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9. Glue the black button into the middle.
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DIY Mason Jar Tissue Holder

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Ditch that boring rectangle of tissues for a rustic mason jar tissue holder! Mix up the color by using different scraps of dish towels or fabric napkins.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

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Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Check dish towel
White acrylic paint
Foam brush
Scissors
Fray check liquid

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Things to do:
1. Paint the mason jar. Allow to dry, then paint a second coat.
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2. Cut a square of the dish towel so it’s about 1/2 ” wider on all sides than the lid.
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3. Cut a slit in the square of fabric as shown.
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4. Use Fray Check around the slit so that it doesn’t unravel with use.
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5. Add tissues to the jar and slip through the top, then close the lid.
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DIY Button Cluster Key Ring

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Don’t settle for a boring keychain! Find your keys easily in your purse after you’ve created this button cluster keychain. Perfect for your own use or to give as a gift!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Buttons
Split key ring
Mini split rings
Wire
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Wire cutter

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Things to do:
1. Slide the small split key ring onto the larger one, as shown.
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2. Start attaching the wire to the buttons by carefully sliding it through the holes. Be sure to twist the wire on the back and cut close to the button so you won’t be scratched by the wire later.
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3. The keychain should look like this. Continue by adding more wire and buttons. If your buttons are small enough, you can also add buttons with the mini split rings, or use hot glue to add them to the larger buttons.
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DIY Rustic Felt Trees

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Make an entire forest of these rustic felt trees, or create just one for a tree for a dollhouse or train set for an older child. Perfect for either decor or imaginative play!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Tree template
Green felt
Cinnamon stick
Round birch wood slices
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Drill and drill bits
Sewing pins

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Things to do:
1. Drill a hole in one of the wood slices, making sure it’s largest to insert a cinnamon stick. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Add some hot glue to the base of the cinnamon stick and glue inside the hole.
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3. Fold a piece of felt and pin the template along the fold as shown.
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4. Cut out the tree shape and unfold.
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5. Repeat for at least 5 more trees, but more if you want a fuller effect.
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6. Refold the tree shape and carefully add hot glue along the fold.
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7. Attach to the cinnamon stick as shown.
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8. Repeat for another tree shape, placing it opposite of the first one.
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9. Continue for the remaining tree shapes. The top of the final tree should look as shown.
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DIY Boho Feather Wall Hanging

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Hang this boho-inspired feather mobile on a wall and bring some relaxed nature indoors. Create this with different colored beads for different looks.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Black guinea feathers
Natural ringneck feathers
Small wooden beads
Embroidery floss
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Twig

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Things to do:
1. Decide how long you’d like the mobile to be. Tie a piece of embroidery floss to the feather shaft. Use a dab of hot glue to secure the knot in place if desired.
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2. Tie on a bead. It can be tied or you can create a knot on which the bead can rest.
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2. Tie the floss onto the twig.
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3. Repeat with another feather and bead. Continue, adding different numbers of beads. Make the mobile as full or as sparse as you’d like, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
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4. Tie a piece of floss to either side of the twig.
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5. Use the floss to hang the mobile.
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How to Make a Peacock Ribbon Hair Clip Tutorial

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Bring some color into her life with this whimsical peacock hair clip. With just some scraps of ribbon and glue, you’ll create a ribbon sculpture you’re sure to get compliments about!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Narrow blue, purple, and green ribbon
Scrap of orange ribbon
Ruler
Barrettes
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Cut five pieces of ribbon to 3″. Cut another five to 3 1/4 “. Finally, cut a another five to 3 1/2 “. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. The green shown here is our smallest ribbon. Fold the smallest ribbon as shown and glue in place.
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3. Repeat for the other 3″ ribbons.
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4. Now, switch to 3 1/4 ” ribbons. Glue one in place as shown, over the smaller ribbon.
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5. Repeat for the remaining four medium-length ribbons.
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6. Finally, repeat the process for the longest ribbons.
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7. Glue two of the tear-drop shapes as shown.
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8. Add two more.
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9. Finally, add the last set in the middle.
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10. Cut a piece of ribbon to 18 inches. Fold another tear drop shape as shown. Glue in place, but don’t clip the end of the ribbon.
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11. Turn this upside down and fold the long piece downward as shown. Glue in place.
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12. Loop another tear drop shape around the bottom, and glue in place. Create the neck as shown. Clip, and glue onto the barrette.
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13. Glue a triangle of orange ribbon on as a beak.
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DIY Rustic Jute Star Wall Hanging

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Decorate your space with shabby-chic stars to add a homey, country feel. This project requires a little patience, but the finished project is worth it!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paint stir sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to assemble your wooden paddle star.
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2. Next, start wrapping your star in jute. Pick a corner to start with and use hot glue to attach the end of your jute. Begin wrapping, using hot glue as an anchor when needed.
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3. When the first triangle is covered, continue wrapping the center of the star. You’ll need to use hot glue to hold the jute in place.
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4. Wrap the rest of your star corners with jute.
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5. Use hot glue to cover the center with measured and trimmed pieces of jute.
6. Display your work of art and enjoy!

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Vintage-Inspired Doily Banner Tutorial

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This beautiful banner adds the perfect festive touch to your party decor. String a length of jute with doilies and watch them transform your space.

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

Things you’ll need:
Doilies
Fabric Stiffener
Foam brush
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is stiffening your doilies. Lay them out flat on a sheet of wax paper and use a foam brush to thoroughly cover them with fabric stiffener. Be sure to cover all of the edges evenly.
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2. Once they have dried completely, pull them off of the wax paper, being careful not to bend them.
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3. Cut a length of jute and tie a knot at the end, leaving a small loop.
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4. String your doilies on to your jute.
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5. Knot the other end, leaving a loop.
6. Hang your doily banner from the loops and enjoy!
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