Category: General Crafts

DIY Rustic Moss Candle

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Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with this stunning moss candle. In just a few simple steps, you can transform an inexpensive candle into a piece of art.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Candle
Paper
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Moss

Things to do:
1. Measure the circumference of your candle a cut a 2-inch strip of paper in the correct length.
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2. Next, cover the strip of paper in moss. Pull the moss apart until you reach your desired density. Use hot glue to secure it to the paper. Make sure none of the paper shows through. Leave 1/2 inch of the strip of paper without moss.
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3. Wrap the mossy paper around your candle and use hot glue to attach the ends. If any of the moss pulled away from the paper, use more hot glue to hold it in place. **Never leave a lit candle unattended. **Never leave a burning candle unattended. We recommend using a battery-operated candle for this specific project. Wax candles were used for demonstration purposes.
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How to Make a Ribbon Pencil Hair Clip Tutorial

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Do you have the write stuff? Enjoy creating this ribbon pencil clip, which you can add to a pinback or barrette, or mount this on top of a package for a grin-worthy personal touch.

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

Things you’ll need:
Yellow wide ribbon, pink medium-width ribbon and green narrow ribbon
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Barrette or pin back (if desired)
Black permanent marker

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. If using a barrette or pin back, glue a piece of ribbon to the top.
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2. Cut a piece of wide ribbon to 2 inches wide.
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3. Roll it as shown, gluing in place.
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4. Roll the pink ribbon in the same manner, and glue to the base of the yellow tube. Cover the top with the green ribbon, gluing in place.
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5. Roll another piece of pink ribbon into a cone shape, for the tip of the pencil.
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6. Color the top with the permanent marker, and glue the cone inside the yellow tube, finishing off the pencil.
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DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Gold Gilded Deer Key Rack

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In just a few simple steps, you can get organized in style! This project combines bold metallic colors and cute woodland creatures to create the perfect hipster key holder.

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic deer
Gold spray paint
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wooden plaque
Foam brush
Grey acrylic paint

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your base. Use a foam brush to cover the plaque with a thin layer of paint. Allow it to dry completely. Apply a second coat if necessary.
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2. Next, you need to paint your deer. Use spray paint to cover the entire surface, including the bottom and top. Be careful to paint between the antlers and under the stomach. Let it dry completely before moving on.
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3. Use hot glue on the hooves of the deer to secure it to the center of your plaque. Let the glue dry completely before using.
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DIY Rustic Twine Flower Embellishments

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Craft these twine flowers from thicker twine for a statement piece, or use thinner twine if you’d like to make more delicate flowers. These can be as large, or as full, as you’d like.

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

Things you’ll need:
Jute twine, or a thinner twine if desired
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Cardboard, cut into a small circle
Toothpicks
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue the toothpicks onto the cardboard as shown.
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2. Glue more toothpicks around the circle. If you’re using thicker twine, no more than eight toothpicks; if using thinner twine, feel free to add mor.
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3. Start wrapping your twine around one toothpick, then around the toothpick directly across from it. Loop it again to a toothpick across the circle, and adjacent to the first one you wrapped. Continue like this until you’ve looped the twine around all the toothpicks at least twice.
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4. Twist the twine in the center, creating the center of the circle. Glue in place.
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5. Thread your needle and knot the end. Stitch around the flower, in and out of the twine loops, until the flower is stitched together.
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6. Pull the flower off the toothpicks. You might have to sacrifice a toothpick or two at first, but you can re-glue these to make more flowers.
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How to Make a Wood Clothespin Trivet Tutorial

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You only need two supplies to create this beautiful trivet! Try making several in different shapes and sizes to have a complete collection of geometric trivets for your kitchen.

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

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Hot glue gun or E6000
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is pulling your clothespins apart. Grab either side and twist in opposite directions until the metal clip pops loose.
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2. Reassemble the clothespins using hot glue. Run a line of glue down the flat side of the wood and attach it to another flat side.
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3. When you’ve reassembled your pack of clothes pins, arrange them in the shape you want your trivet to be and use hot glue to hold them in place. For a round trivet, putting the thin ends of the clothespins in the center so they’re all touching.
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DIY Spring Flower Mason Jar

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Bring the spring flowers indoors after painting this pretty spring flower mason jar to display them in! Or, fill this to jar with special spring treats like jelly beans.

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

Things you’ll need:
Flower jar
Yellow paint
Hot pink paint
Green paint
Paint brush
Pink ribbon
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Paint the jar yellow. You’ll need to use two coats, along the first coat to dry before painting the second.
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2. Once the jar is dry, paint flowers on it in a cross pattern.
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3. Add the green leaves, making sure to paint them lightly, so they don’t overtake the flowers. Add a ribbon around the top of the lid if using as a candy jar.
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DIY Felt Succulents Tutorial

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You won’t fool your guests with these cute pots filled with felt succulents, but you will win them over with whimsy and imagination! Choose different colors of rocks or gravel for different looks to match your decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Small terra cotta flower pot and tray set
Green felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Green felt sheet
Rocks or gravel

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Things to do:
1. Out of the felt, trace and cut two circles the size of the base of your pots. Cut two more circles to just a bit smaller than the top of the pots.
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2. Cut 8-10 rounded rectangle shapes for leaves, or pick another shape you think would look great as a succulent leaf! Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Glue about half the shapes onto one of the circles.
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4. Fold the rest of the leaves in half along the flat side, and glue into shape as shown.
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5. Glue these to the top of the other shapes. Repeat steps 2-5 for the second succulent pot.
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6. Fill the pots with felt scraps and top with the remaining two circles of felt.
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7. Add your rocks or gravel, and place the succulents on top!
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Bright and Cheery Kid’s Art Pom Pom Monogram Tutorial

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Decorate her or his room with a bright-colored monogram, covered in pom poms! The background paint can match the child’s room, and covered with these bright-colored poms, this monogram can be the centerpiece!

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

Things you’ll need:
Wooden letter
Assorted bright pom poms
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Sawtooth hanger

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Things to do:
1. Paint your letter and allow to dry.
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2. Once it’s dry, warm up your hot glue gun. Start gluing the large poms in place.
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3. Don’t add just the large poms; keep areas open as shown.
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4. Add the smaller poms around the larger ones.
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Mini Terrarium Magnets Tutorial

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Organize your refrigerator with these spring-inspired, mini terrariums. They’re pretty, practical and only take five minutes to make, so they’ll fit into your Spring cleaning schedule!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Glass jars
Magnets
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Moss
Succulents

Things to do:
1. Take the cork top off of your glass jar and fill it with dried moss. Leave a bit “growing” out of the top to keep it looking natural.
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2. Pop the succulents off of your vine.
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3. Use hot glue to attach 2-3 succulents to the top of your moss.
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4. Use hot glue to secure a magnet to the back of your jar.
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5. Display your mini terrarium and enjoy!

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Easter Egg Succulent Planters Tutorial

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These festive planters add the perfect touch to your holiday table. Make several in different colors to add a pop of color.

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

Things you’ll need:
Easter eggs
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Moss
Mini succulents

Things to do:
1. Pull the top off of your Easter egg and use scissors to trim the plastic.
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2. Put a small drop of hot glue in the bottom of your egg and fill it with moss.
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3. Pull several succulents off of your mini succulent vine and use hot glue to attach them to the moss. Use 2-3 succulents per egg.
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