Category: General Crafts

‘Spring has Sprung’ Floral Ball Garland Tutorial

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This floral garland adds the perfect bright and airy touch to your home. Choose blooms that complement your color scheme and leave it up all season long.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial flowers
Scissors
Jute
Embroidery needle

Things to do:
1. First, pull the blooms off of your artificial bouquet.
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2. Use hot glue to secure them to the surface of your Styrofoam ball. Overlap the blooms so all of the blank space is covered – the fuller, the better!
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3. Thread your embroidery needle with string and run it through the top portion of your Styrofoam ball.

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DIY Sea Creatures Banner Tutorial

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They just keep on swimming! No matter where you hang this sea creatures banner, you’ll be transported to feelings of the ocean and, maybe, the beach.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 – 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished whale cutouts
Unfinished dolphin cutouts
Unfinished octopus cutouts
Blue acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2533_2473-41429-stainless_steel_scissors.html
Cotton twine
Drill and bit

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Things to do:
1. Decide on the size of the banner. Drill holes in the top of the cutouts.
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2. Paint each sea creature with your favorite color of paint. You’ll need to paint a coat, allow to dry, and paint a second coat. You may also choose to paint the back of the cutouts if desired.
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3. String the cutouts on the twine, and hang!
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Teeny Fairy Garden Terrarium Tutorial

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These miniature fairy garden terrariums will bring your spring decor to life. Have fun playing with different base materials to create a bright, whimsical land.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Teeny terrarium cloches
Moss
Colored pebbles
Micro mini fairy garden decor

Things to do:
1. Apply a thin layer of moss to the bottom of your terrarium. Stretch and pull it apart to create a thin, circle shape.
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2. Add colored pebbles on top of the moss to hold it in place. I used my pebbles to create a small path.
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3. Add any fair garden decor that you have. I used a mini cottage and yard sign to create my set of miniature terrariums.
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DIY Rustic Valentine’s Day Candles

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching – Decorate your space with this quick and simple project! If you love rustic, vintage decor, you’ll love this DIY!

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

Things you’ll need:
Pillar candle
Jute
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Tin hearts
Grapevine hearts

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping your candle in jute. Start about 1-inch from the top and secure the end with a small drop of hot glue. Wrap the jute around the candle, being careful to overlap the jute so the end stays in place. Continue wrapping until several inches have been covered.
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2. Next, start decorating your candle. I started with tin hearts and use hot glue to attach them to the jute. You can bend the tin so the heart shape perfectly wraps the curve of your candle.
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3. Finish with grapevine wire hearts to add another dimension of decor.
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How to Make a Felt Flower Headband Tutorial

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Give her this beautiful headband for Valentine’s Day or for a special occasion. It’s easier to make than it looks!

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

Things you’ll need:
Red felt sheets
Plastic headband
Narrow ribbon
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Needle and thread *optional

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Things to do:
1. Wrap your headband following the instructions here.
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2. Trace 6 circles onto the felt. I’ve used the lid of a mason jar.
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3. Warm up your hot glue gun. You’ll be folding 5 of the circles into quarters. Fold the first one in half as shown.
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4. Fold in half again.
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5. Glue in place, or stitch if desired, for extra security.
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6. Begin gluing the folded circles to the remaining circular piece of felt.
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7. Repeat with all the folded circles.
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8. Open up the folds to reveal the flower.
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9. Glue this to the headband.
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DIY Valentine-Inspired Luminary Jar

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Spray paint this beautiful gold Valentine jar with a big heart, and fill with ribbon, candy, or buttons to display during February.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 90 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Gold spray paint
Glitter spray paint
Red ribbon
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Paper
Pencil
Tape

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Things to do:
1. Draw and cut out a heart that will fit on the front of your jar.
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2. Tape the heart securely in place.
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3. In a well-ventilated area or outside, and while protecting your work space with newspaper, spray the jar and lid with gold paint. You’ll need to spray all sides and allow to dry between, being careful not to get any spray under the heart cut out.
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4. Once the gold paint is dry, spray the glitter paint on top for a beautiful sheen.
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5. Cut a piece of ribbon and glue around the jar, tying into a bow. Add to the top of the jar and display!
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DIY Fabric Flower Hair Barrette

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This fabric flower barrette is easy to make, and requires only basic sewing skills. It can be made with either 5 or 6 petals, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. We’ve attached it to a barrette, but you can also attach it to headband or a pinback.

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

Things you’ll need:
Towels
Ruler
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Buttons
Barrette
Needle
Thread

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Things to do:
1. Cut 5 or 6 pieces of the towel into 1 1/2 ” wide by 3 1/2 ” long strips.
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2. Fold the strips in half. Thread your needle and knot one end of the thread.
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3. Using a medium-sized running stitch, stitch the raw edges of one of the folded strips as shown. Don’t clip your thread.
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4. Repeat for another piece of folded fabric, adding it to the same piece of thread. Continue to chain the remaining pieces on in the same manner.
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5. Pull the thread so that the pieces gather together.
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6. Sew the last strip on the chain with the first one, in a circle, tie off the thread and clip. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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7. Glue a large button to the middle.
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8. Add a smaller button on top of the larger one.
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9. Glue the barrette to the back of the fabric flower.
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DIY Deco Mesh Valentine’s Day Topiary

Deco_Mesh_Valentines_Topiary_mainAdd this stunning Valentine topiary to your table for a party or dinner, and be prepared for the oohs and ahhs! This is a stunning centerpiece sure to wow your guests.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 – 1 1/2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Silver mesh ribbon
Burgundy mesh ribbon
2 1/2 ” Styrofoam ball
3″ Styrofoam ball
Floral picks
Wire
Wood dowel rod
Resin hearts
Green felt
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Heart buttons
A small terra cotta pot
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of mesh ribbon to 6 inches.
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2. Repeat for 30 pieces of ribbon, in two colors. Cut 30 pieces of wire to 6 inches as well.
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3. Roll a piece of ribbon and wrap with the wire. Clip the wire so it’s about 2 inches long.
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4. Start piercing the ribbons into the 3″ ball.
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5. Continue adding the rolled ribbons into the Styrofoam ball.
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6. Poke the dowel into the 2 1/2 ” ball.
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7. Add the ribbon-filled ball to the other end of the dowel.
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8. Put the smaller ball inside the pot. Fill with pieces of felt or another material.
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9. Add buttons to the floral picks and add them to the top of the topiary. Add the resin hearts to the pot for more decor.
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DIY Valentine’s Day Pom Pom Heart Wreath Tutorial

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Love is in the air! This fluffy wreath is an adorable way to decorate for Valentine’s Day. If pink isn’t your color, feel free to use red pom poms instead.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam heart wreath
Small pink craft pomp poms
Larger craft pom poms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Red ribbon

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Glue the larger pom poms around the foam heart.
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2. Continue gluing the larger poms around the heart, leaving spaces between.
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3. Fill in with the tiny poms and add a ribbon for hanging.
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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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