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How to Make a Puzzle Wreath

January 23, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

How to Make a Puzzle Wreath How to Make a Puzzle Wreath
If you have children, then you know these two things about kids and puzzles. Kids love puzzles. And kids loose puzzle pieces. It’s just a fact of life. But don’t despair, as much as kids love puzzles, they’ll love a puzzle wreath for their play space and you’ll love to have a way to use up all those sad puzzles that are no longer complete!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Puzzle pieces
Wire wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint

Things to do:
1. Heat up your glue gun, high temp glue works best here, allowing you to spread glue over a section of the wreath and work without the glue drying to fast.
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2. Run a bead of glue around the outer edge of the wreath and then press puzzle pieces into the glue, working in 2-3 inch sections.
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3. Once you’ve covered the outer ring, repeat the process with the inner ring.
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4. Once the inner and outer ring are covered, glue puzzle pieces to cover the center, using the edges of the puzzle pieces on the inner and outer rings and the center rings to get good coverage.
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5. When the entire wreath is covered, place the wreath on a covered work surface in a well ventilated space and spray with several coats of paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next. Add coats until the whole wreath is well covered.
6. Once the wreath is dry, add a bow to decorate or hang just as is!
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How to Make a Paper Bird Ornament

January 22, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Decorative Bird How to Make a Paper Bird Ornament
Spruce up your space with this spring-inspired decoration! Make several birds and create a garland, or display them on a branch for an adorable accent.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Craft knife and mat
Tissue paper
Jute twine
Rhinestones
Glue stick

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a bird pattern. Make the shape 3 inches tall and 5 inches long.
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2. Trace the bird pattern onto a piece of cardstock. Once you’ve traced the shape, flip it over and trace it the other way. You’re going to glue the shapes together, so it’s important they are opposites.
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3. Glue the shapes together.
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4. Use a knife to cut a line for the wings down the middle of the shape.
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5. Cut a 4×5 inch rectangle of tissue paper and accordion fold it.
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6. Slide the folded tissue paper through the line you cut for the wings.
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7. Cut a small hole in the top of the shape to attach your hemp cord.
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8. Cut a 10-inch piece of hemp cord and tie it through the shape, creating a hanger.
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9. Use a glue stick to attach a jewel eye on each side of the bird.
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DIY Simple Twig Hangers

January 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Simple Twig Hangers DIY Simple Twig Hangers
Having spent some years living deep in the woods, I love having the feeling of trees around me. And now that I’m a city mouse once again, I miss having the forest at my fingertips, so I take any opportunity I can to bring the feeling of the woods in to my house. These twig hangers are a fun way to have a little of the outdoors inside while displaying and organizing some of your things. While these can’t hold heavy items, they are perfect for light and pretty things, as much art themselves as they are a way to display it.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Birch twig sections
Foam mounting tape
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut sections of mounting tape to cover one end of each stick and press them in well.
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2. Remove the backing from the tape and then press them into the wall firmly. Allow the tape a few minutes to set up before using the hangers.
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DIY Paper Fortune Cookies

January 9, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Paper Fortune Cookies DIY Paper Fortune Cookies
Everybody loves fortune cookies. There’s something just a little magical about finding a wish or prediction hidden in it’s folds. But who says fortunes are just for cookies? These cute little paper fortune cookies are a snap to make, easy to mass produce for an event and customizable to the color scheme of your choice (and bonus! Zero calories!) To make your circles, trace a cup, bowl or plate that’s roughly half the size of the cookie cutter you are after or use a circle paper punch for even faster production.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Lightweight paper (origami paper works well)
Circle template or circle punch
Strips of paper
Scissors
Extra fine marker
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Trace and cut out or punch your circles.
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2. Write messages on strips of paper that are a bit shorter than the diameter of your circle. Trim the ends to reverse points for a decorative effect.
3. Fold the circle in half but only crease along the ends, not the middle.
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4. Holding the rounded edge together with one hand, gently press the center of the fold toward the rounded edge, drawing the creased edges of the fold together.
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5. Once you have your folds made, open the circle back up and place the “fortune” inside and refold.
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6. Add a dab of glue where the folded ends meet to hold them together.

Make Your Own Block Dollhouse Kitchen

Block Dollhouse Kitchen Make Your Own Block Dollhouse Kitchen
Sometimes, the simplest toys are the best ones, right? You almost can’t beat the fun of a basic cardboard box, after all. Blocks are another one of life’s simple toy pleasures, able to turn into so many things. These little kitchen blocks are a great addition to your toy collection. Perfect for building or house playing, they’ll be a hit, you can be sure!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Wood blocks
Paint in a background color, plus grey and black
Black permanent marker
Paint brushes

Things to do:
1. Paint each block on all sides in the background color. You’ll want to paint two coats, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
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2. Using your grey paint, add handles on each of two blocks for the refrigerator, a band of grey along the top of one for an oven and circles on another side of the oven block for the burners and a rectangle of another block for a sink with dots for the faucet and knobs.
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3. Once the grey paint is dry, use the black paint to add the window of the oven and dots for the oven dials.
4. Finally use your black pen to outline the sink and fridge handles, add grates to the burners an draw cabinets on the sink block. Allow the paint and ink to dry before playing.

Wood Burned Tree Twig Decor

January 6, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Burned Tree Twigs Wood Burned Tree Twig Decor
Wood burning, which is technically called pyrography, is, I’m going to warn you, pretty addictive. Once you get started, you’ll find all sorts of things to add little decorations to with a wood-burning tool. This project is the perfect example, turning simple chunks of birch branch into beautiful, mid-century inspired winter decor.

Time required: 20 minutes
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Birch branch logs
Wood burning tool and tips

Things to do:
1. Plug in your wood-burning tool with the chisel tip attached.
2. Set your branch sections on a counter to decide which side you want to decorate.
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3. Begin by burning a straight line down the center of the area you want your tree, this will be the trunk.
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4. Add an outline of the shape you want: A square, triangle or upward leaning branches are all good places to start.
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5. Add small details like additional branches or dots to finish.
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Upycle: Turn Old Wine Corks into a Custom Corkboard

Wine Corks Corkboard Upycle: Turn Old Wine Corks into a Custom Corkboard
In just a few easy steps, you can recycle corks to create a custom corkboard in any shape or size. This fun DIY will help you organize your refrigerator space and display your photos and notes in a fun fashion.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up *Younger ages may need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Corks
Super Tacky Glue
Magnets
Scissors
Knife
Ruler

Things to do:
1. The first step is securing four magnets to the back of a ruler. This will allow you to display your corkboard on your refrigerator. Use tacky glue and cover the ends and center of the ruler with magnets. Allow time to dry.
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2. Cut several corks in half using a sharp knife.
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3. Use tacky glue to secure the flat side of the cork to the ruler. Glue corks onto the ruler until the entire surface is covered.
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4. Put your corkboard on your refrigerator, and use tacks to display photos or notes.

Quick and Simple Mini Origami Stars

January 4, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Mini Origami Stars Quick and Simple Mini Origami Stars
Now don’t panic at the word origami, friends, I promise, these aren’t the complicated folds and exact angles that you’re used to. These origami stars as so quick, simple, and downright cute, that chances are, you’ll find yourself folding them out of any wee strip of paper you come across. These stars make excellent bowl fillers, garlands, table scatters or even confetti. Perfect for all sorts of celebrations!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
1/2 inch strips of paper
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Fold you strip at about the angle shown in the photo, about 1/3 the way down the strip.
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2. Fold the other end over so that the space between the folds is the same width as the strip and so the sides of the strip line up with the points of the first fold.
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3. Wrap this same leg behind the back and fold so that it comes up behind the original unfolded section. Trim and fold the end into the opening created by the first two folds.
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4. Trim the other end and tuck it into the fold closest to it. You now have a folded pentagon.
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5. To turn your pentagon into a star, gently push the end of your thumb up into the center of each side of the pentagon.
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How to Make a Dream Catcher Tutorial

December 31, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Dream Catcher Tutorial How to Make a Dream Catcher Tutorial
This alternative dream catcher is super easy to make and makes a big style statement in your home. Have fun using rustic materials to create a trendy wall hanging that you’re sure to love!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
3 inch metal gold ring
5 inch metal gold ring
8 inch metal gold ring
Butcher’s Twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Leather cord
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering the mid-sized metal ring in white string. Apply a small drop of hot glue to the ring and attach the string. Once the string is dried on and secure, start wrapping the ring until the entire surface is covered.
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2. Trim any excess string and use hot glue to hold the end tight to the metal ring.
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3. Next, we’re going to decorate the smallest ring. Cut 10-inch pieces of string and fold them in half. Slide the loop through the ring, and pull the string into a knot. Repeat this step until you’ve tied 7 knots onto the ring. Use scissors to trim the bottom of the string to make it even.
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4. Decorate the string from the middle knot with wooden beads. Slide them on and use a drop of hot glue at the bottom of the beads to hold them in place.
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5. The final step is putting the rings together! Cut a piece of leather cord and fold it in half, looping it around the three hoops and tying a knot.
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DIY Pantry Storage Mason Jar

Storage Mason Jar DIY Pantry Storage Mason Jar
Update your old mason jars into chic storage jars in just a few simple steps! This project is super easy, and will help you stay organized in style. Make several jars and use them for kitchen ingredients or fill the jar with coffee and give it as a gift. There are countless uses!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Rusted lid
Bakers’ Twine
Rusty tin heart
Chalkboard label
Scissors
Chalk pen

Things to do:
1. Replace the normal Mason jar lid with a rusted lid. This adds a vintage vibe to the jar.
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2. Stick a chalkboard label sticker on the front of the Mason jar.
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3. Cut a piece of striped bakers’ twine and slide the metal heart on the string.
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4. Tie the string in a bow around the neck of the jar and trim any excess string.
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5. Use your chalk pen to decorate the label and enjoy!
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