Category: General Crafts

How to Make a Rustic Wood Owl Ornament

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Whether you’re decorating for fall or Winter, you’ll enjoy making these owl ornaments. Give each one its own personality with different color buttons. Make them even more special by using a wood-burning tool for the feathers instead of a marker.

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

Things you’ll need:
Oval wood slices
Felt sheets
Small buttons
Wood buttons
Black pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Twine
Drill with a bit to make a hole for the twine

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Things to do:
1. Drill holes in the top of your wood slices. Cut two black pieces of felt in circles and a yellow or orange piece of felt in a triangle. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Glue the felt to the wood slices as shown.
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3. Draw wings and feathers on the wood slice.
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4. Glue wooden buttons to the felt for eyes.
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5. Add small buttons on for pupils.
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6. Cut four pieces of pipe cleaner as shown.
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7. Form these into feet.
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8. Glue the feet to the back of the wood slice.
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9. Loop the twine through the hold you drilled and tie.
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Felt Bow Bookmarks Tutorial

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Ever though so many of us read on our electronic devices, there’s still nothing like holding a good, paper book in your hands. These paper clips are cute and quirky, and you’ll love using these felt bookmarks as you read.

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

Things you’ll need:
Bits of felt
Paper clips
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Cut a strip about 1/4 ” wide from your felt. I’ve cut two, to make two bookmarks. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Cut the felt strip to about 5″ long and fold and glue as shown.
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3. Wrap a small piece around the center to simulate a knot.
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4. Cut a final piece of felt to a bit longer than the bow, to simulate the tails of the bow.
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5. Glue this to the top of the paper clip. Then glue the bow to the top, and you have a finished felt bow bookmark!
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How to Make Your Own Rustic ‘Joy’ Plaque

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Spreading joy isn’t just for the holidays! If you have an older piece of wood, dress it up with this welcoming plaque that you can add to the side of your house, garage, or barn. Try some letters other than “Joy” if you’d like – your last name, another saying – anything!

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

Things you’ll need:
Wood letter J
Wood letter O
Wood letter Y
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
E6000 glue
Sandpaper or a scraping tool to distress the painted letters

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Things to do:
1. Place the letters on your wood to decide on placement and size of the plaque.
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2. Paint your first letter.
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3. Continue painting the remaining letters. Allow them to dry, then distress them with sandpaper or a scraper.
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4. Glue into place with the E6000. Make sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
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DIY Felt Monogram Keychain

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Craft this felt keychain in your initial or that of a friend! To make the letter, print one on your computer or draw it yourself if it’s an easy letter. Your choice of embroidery thread color will really set off your project!

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Split key ring
Scissors
Ribbon
Cotton embroidery threads
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Large-eye embroidery needle

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Things to do:
1. Cut out two initials from different colors of felt.
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2. Thread your needle and knot one end.
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3. Wrap your ribbon around the split key ring as shown. You can hot glue in place if desired.
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4. Glue the front and back together with the ribbon sandwiched between as shown. Only glue at the point where the ribbon meets the letter.
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5. Start by sewing with a running stitch around the outside of the letter.
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6. Continue stitching around the letter until you’ve finished. Tie a knot at the end and clip.
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DIY Chicken Wire Frame Display

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This shabby-chic display can be used in a variety of ways, from showcasing your jewelry to housing your favorite Christmas cards. This simple DIY project will show you how to create an artistic approach to organizing your odds and ends.

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

Things you’ll need:
Metal ring
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Wire
Boxwood picks

Things to do:
1. Flatten out your roll of chicken wire and lay the metal ring on top of it.
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2. Cut a circle of chicken wire out, using your metal ring as a guide for size.
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3. Next, we’re going to attach the chicken wire to the metal ring. Cut a 2-inch piece of wire and slide it through the chicken wire, wrapping it around the metal ring to hold them together. Repeat this step several times at different points around the ring, until the chicken wire is secure.
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4. Use wire cutters to trim any chicken wire that pokes out beyond the metal ring.
5. Create mini bunches of boxwood and use wire to attach them to your metal ring.
6. Cut a 5-inch piece of wire and secure both ends to the top of your metal ring, creating a hanger.
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How to Make a Clothespin Spring Jewelry Charm

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Create these unique pieces of jewelry or keychain holders by using an unusual object – the spring of a clothespin! You can create these easily from any button that has a shank.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wood clothespin
Vintage buttons with shanks
Ball chain
E6000 glue

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Things to do:
1. Twist apart your clothespin as shown. Set aside the wooden parts for another project.
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2. Take apart the touch stone jewelry to use the ball chain, or use another chain you have on hand.
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3. Grab the spring of your clothespin.
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4. Insert the ends into the shank of your button. If needed, secure overnight with some E6000 glue.
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5. Thread the ball chain into the clothespin as shown.
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How to Make a Wooden Bead Panda Necklace

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Celebrate the birth of baby pandas in August and September with this adorable panda necklace. This is a perfect project for kids for parties!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Two sizes of wooden beads
Black acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Paint brush
Rattail cord
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Paint the largest bead in white and allow to dry.
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2. Paint the two smaller beads black. Allow to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Draw eyes onto the white bead as shown.
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4. Paint them black. Allow to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue the ears onto the head.
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6. Thread the cord through the bead and knot the end. Make sure the cord is long enough to get around the head, and clip and tie in a knot.
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How to Make Wire Frame Angels

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This multi-purpose DIY project will have your Christmas decor looking lovely all season long! Use the wire form to create unique gift tags, or leave the wire angel on and display it as a work of art.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you need:
Wood plaque
Wooden spools
Nails
Hammer
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating your wire form. Heat up your hot glue gun and use it to attach your spools to a wooden plaque. To create an angel shape, I attached one spool to the top center and two spools on either side, just below the top.
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2. Next, it’s time to add a few nails to complete the form. Hammer two nails below the center spool, another two about 1-inch below those, and two more at both bottom corners for the plaque.
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3. When your form is finished, it’s time to create your wire angels! Cut a 2-foot piece of wire and start at the center, wrapping it around the top spool. Continue making your way around the nails and spools to create the outline of an angel.
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4. When you reach the end, trim any excess wire and wrap the ends together, securing the shape.

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DIY Road Monogram Wall Art

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Perfect for a little (or big!) boy’s room! Paint this in any color you’d like. You can also add other types of traffic lines, parking lots, small buildings… you’re only limited by your imagination!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Miniature cars
Wood letter
Acrylic paint
Nylon paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sawtooth hanger

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Things to do:
1. Paint your letter in any color you’d like.
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2. Allow it to dry.
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3. Paint traffic lines on your letter and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Hot glue the cars to the letter and add your sawtooth hanger to the back.
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How to Make Custom Crayons with Cookie Cutters

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It’s so fun to create cookie cutter crayons – you’ll be surprised about how beautifully they marble. The most important part of this project is to watch the wax after you take it from the oven – it needs to be hard enough to hold its shape when cut, but not so hard that it’s brittle and will crack.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Cookie Cutter
Old crayons, any type
Shallow pan for the oven
Parchment paper
Oven

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Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of parchment paper to the size of your pan. Warm your oven to 350 degrees.
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2. Place your crayons in a single layer in the pan. Place the pan in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Watch the wax – take it out when it’s just finished melting.
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3. This is what the wax looks like once melted.
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4. Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes, then put in the refrigerator. Keep checking on it. When it’s solid but still presses under your finger, you can cut it with the cookie cutter. Be gentle!
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5. Press the cutter into the wax and remove the cutter. Make a few more shapes with the cutter. Wait to remove the pieces until the wax is completely dry. Then simply pull it out of the pan and snap the pieces off. Your pieces should come out whole, and ready to color with!
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