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How to Make a Simple Felt Strawberry

September 4, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Felt strawberry How to Make a Simple Felt Strawberry
This little felt strawberry is so cute that you’ll want to make a whole crop of them! This is a hand-sewing project, but it’s quite easy and even beginning “sewists” can try this. Felt is very forgiving!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Red felt
Green felt
Rocaille beads
Thread
Beading needle
Regular sewing needle
Scissors
Fiberfill or bean bag filler
Round object to trace

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Things to do:
1. Trace your round object onto your felt. I used the bottom of a paper cup, so my strawberry was quite small. You can use any size you’d like.
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2. Fold the circle in half. Now crease and cut the circle in half along that line. Set one half aside for another strawberry.
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3. Fold your half-circle in half again, but this time you won’t be cutting it.
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4. Stitch the ends together as shown. You’ll use a “whip stitch,” where you’ll stitch around the edges. Start at the fold, at the point, and stitch all the way to the top.
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5. Tie the thread off at the top and clip the thread.
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6. Now turn the strawberry inside out. The stitches you just made are on the inside.
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7. Thread your needle again and take large running stitches (in and out, in and out) around the top edge.
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8. Don’t clip the thread yet. Fill the inside with the Fiber-fill or the bean bag filler, then pull the thread tight so the top closes up. Tie off the thread and clip.
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9. Cut out a little two-leaf shape from your green felt, as shown.
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10. Stitch it to the top of the strawberry.
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11. Thread your beading needle and knot the end. Slide on a rocaille bead and stitch it into the strawberry.
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12. To add more beads, use the needle to “travel” inside the strawberry, emerge in another spot, then load another bead onto the needle. Pull it through, then stitch over the top of the bead and “travel” again with the needle to the next location. Once you’ve finished adding the beads, your strawberry is finished! Enjoy!
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DIY Rustic Wood Slice Wall Art

September 3, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Wood Slice Wall Art DIY Rustic Wood Slice Wall Art
Grab your hot glue gun and try your hand at arranging wood slices into a rustic-chic work of art. In just a few simple steps, you can bring a piece of the great outdoors inside with this fun project.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large log slice
Small wood slices
Dark moss
Light moss
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Hammer
Picture hanger

Things to do:
1. Start by attaching a picture hanger to the back of the log slice. Find the center and measure two inches from the top. Use a hammer to secure the picture hanger.
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2. Flip the log slice to the front and use hot glue to attach small log slices. Continue adding log slices until the entire surface is covered.
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3. Add artificial moss to the spaces between the log slices. Use hot glue to secure the moss. Alternate between light and dark green moss for a natural look.
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How to Make a Button Hair Comb

September 2, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Button Hair Comb main How to Make a Button Hair Comb
Adding buttons to a wide hair comb creates a striking hair accessory. If you or your little ones enjoys wearing combs, this is a great way to personalize them for any outfit. Plus, a button hair comb is a super-quick craft project!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 10+ (younger kids will need help with hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Clear acrylic hair combs
Buttons
Hot glue gun and hot glue

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Glue one large button in the center.
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2. Glue some large-to-medium sized buttons along each side of the first button, and all the way down the flat edge of the comb.
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3. Glue small buttons on top of the large and medium ones, to create a layered effect. You can wear this on the top of your head like a headband, or on each side of your head, alongside a ponytail. However you wear this button hair comb, you’ll get tons of compliments!
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DIY Artificial Succulent Planter

September 1, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

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You know you love ‘em…but your thumb is, well, less than green. Succulents are beautiful, and with this artificial succulent planter, you’ll get all of the beauty without all of the maintenance!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age Range: 12+ (cutting the stems might still require adult help)

Things you’ll need:
Small terra cotta pot drainage tray
Blue acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Three types of faux succulents
Artificial moss sheet
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Pliers and wire cutters
Eye protection

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Things to do:
1. Paint the inside of your pot drainage tray. I’ve used an older one here rather than buying something new, so will paint a couple of coats, especially around the rim.
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2. Allow the inside to dry, and then paint the outside.
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3. Paint just until you reach the base of the tray – there’s no need to paint the bottom! Allow this to dry and add a second coat, if desired.
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4. Warm up your hot glue gun. Break apart the moss sheet so it will fit nicely in the tray.
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5. Glue the moss into the tray. You’ll need to glue sections at a time, so be careful with your fingers!
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6. Wear eye protection and use pliers and wire cutters to snip the stems off your succulents. Some of these can be pretty tough, so use caution and assist children with this task.
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7. Audition placement for your succulents. Once you’ve decided where you’d like them to go, hot glue them into the planter, making sure the moss covers the base of each. Enjoy your new
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DIY Party Paper Straw Place Markers

Paper Straw Place Markers DIY Party Paper Straw Place Markers
Adorn your party table with darling paper straw place markers. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to transfer print onto washi tape to create custom patterns. These nametags look great displayed in mason jar glasses, adding a country-chic vibe to your gathering.

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper straws
Washi tape
Printer
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Print a word or name onto a piece of regular printer paper in black ink. Experiment with different fonts and sizes until you find a look that you love.
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2. Stick a 4-inch piece of washi masking tape on top of the printed word and peel it back up. This will transfer the writing on to your tape.
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3. Measure 1-inch from the top of a paper straw and fold the washi masking tape in half around it.
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4. Cut a “v” shape out of the end of the tape.
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DIY Rustic Wood Slice Wall Mounted Vase

DIY Rustic Wood Slice Vase DIY Rustic Wood Slice Wall Mounted Vase
Bring those beautiful blooming buds into your home with this rustic wall mounted vase. This home DIY is the perfect project for beginners looking to spruce up their space with a piece of shabby chic decor. Get your feet wet in the world of crafting with our step-by-step tutorial.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large log slice
Alphabet stamps
Foam brush
Gold metallic acrylic paint or other colors of your choice
Small mason jar
Star lid
Nail
Push photo hanger
Hammer
Pencil
Cutting mat or ruler

Things to do:
1. The first step is adding the wall hanger to your log slice. Flip the log slice over to the back and use a hammer to secure the hanger 2 inches from the top center.
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2. On the front of the log slice, use a pencil to trace a straight line about 3 inches from the top.
3. Use a foam brush to apply a thin coat of paint to your alphabet stamps and stamp the word “bloom” along the pencil line.
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4. Next, find the center of the log slice and hammer a nail in place. This will serve as the hanger for your vase.
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5. The final step is screwing the star lid onto your mason jar, filling it with flowers, and displaying it!
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DIY Foam Sticker Stamp

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There’s no need to buy expensive stamps when you can make your own for the fraction of the cost with a wooden cube and some foam stickers. It’s so quick and easy – and all but the youngest of kids can do this project on their own, with their favorite foam stickers.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15-20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (younger kids will need help with hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood cube
Foam stickersat least enough different ones for all 6 sides of the cube
Hot glue gun and hot glue

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Many of the foam stickers have other foam parts (and in this case, a plastic crystal) mounted to them. Take all of these off, because they’ll interrupt the stamped design.
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2. Find two identical stickers.
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3. Pull the backing off one sticker, add some hot glue, and stick it on top of the other. This is required so your raised stamp has enough depth.
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4. Remove the paper backing off the other sticker, and hot glue it to one side of the cube. Repeat this process with different stickers for the remaining 5 sides of the cube. Now you’ve got a cute and chunky stamp that your little one (or you!) can have fun with again and again!
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Easy DIY Mini Terrarium Magnets

Mini Terrarium Magnets Easy DIY Mini Terrarium Magnets
Here’s a project you can proudly display on your refrigerator! We love this simple tutorial that encourages you to get creative assembling artificial greenery to create the perfect terrarium.

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

Things you’ll need:
Favor tins
Tiny wood slices
Artificial moss
Artificial succulents
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Magnets

Things to do:
1. Remove the lid from your tin.
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2. Use hot glue to attach wood slices to the bottom of the tin, covering the entire surface.
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3. Add moss to accent the wood slices. Use hot glue to hold the greenery in place.
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4. Trim pieces of succulent, leaving a ½ inch stem, and use hot glue to secure them in the moss.
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5. Replace the lid, pressing it firmly in place.
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6. Use hot glue to attach a magnet to the back of the tin.
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DIY Vintage Inspired Embellished Spool Bobbins

August 21, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

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Have a seamstress or tailor in your life? Or maybe you love to sew yourself. Use some fabric scraps to cover cute little wooden spools and decorate with beads. You can use these as ornaments to hang, or simply keep in a decorative bowl in your sewing room.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 15-30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Small wooden spools
Acrylic beads
Seed beads
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Needle and thread *optional

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Take your scrap of fabric and place a straight edge along one lip of the wooden spool. Make a mark for the bottom edge, and cut a strip of fabric about 6” long and to the width that you just marked.
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2. Hot glue one short side of the fabric to the spool, and wrap the rest around. Trim the strip and hot glue the second side to the spool, overlapping the fabric you glued previously.
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3. This is what the wooden spool will look like when you’re finished glueing.
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4. At this point you may glue a bead to the top of the spool. However, if you’d like to use it as an ornament, you can also hang the spool! First, thread a needle. Knot one end with a large knot, and slip a seed bead over the needle next, sliding it down so it rests on the knot.
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5. Next, slip a larger bead on top of the seed bead, slide it down, and insert the needle through the hole in the spool.
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6. Once the needle is through the spool, slide a large bead and then a seed bead onto the needle and push both down to rest on the other side of the spool.
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7. To keep the seed bead in place and finish the ornament, go over the seed bead with the thread and place the needle back into the hole of the larger bead. Feed the needle and thread all the way through the larger bead, and back up through the spool to the other side.
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8. Tie a loop off on the other side to use as a hanger. Enjoy your pretty new spools!
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DIY Felt and Button Bows

August 20, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

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A felt bow can be every bit as pretty and perfect as one made from ribbon or fabric! Plus it’s a nice bold choice for a headband, a clip, or even a bow tie.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Two colors of felt sheets
Buttons
Embroidery thread
Needle with large eye
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut a strip of felt 2” wide by 9” long (the 9” is the width of the felt sheet).
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2. Fold it in half and crease, to find the center.
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3. Fold one side, and then the other, across the center so they overlap by about 1/2”.
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4. Thread your needle and knot one end. Create a large running stitch down the center of the felt.
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5. Your stitches will look like this when you’re done. Don’t clip your thread yet!
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6. Face the front of the bow toward you. Crimp down the top edge, as shown.
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7. Repeat with the lower edge of the bow. Crimping this way creates a nice folded look to the center of your bow.
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8. Wrap the embroidery floss around the center a few times, and tie off and clip in the back.
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9. The bow will look like this.
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10. Cut a small strip of your second felt color into a piece about 1/2” wide by 5” long. Hot glue one short side to the back of the bow, then wrap it around and glue the second side to the back after trimming to size.
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11. The bow will look like this. Now hot glue a button to the center, and you’re finished! Add to a headband, clip, or anywhere else that calls for a felt bow embellishment!
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