Category: General Crafts

How to Make Pipe Cleaner Flowers

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Create some flowers that will never fade! This are sturdy and whimsical pipe cleaner flowers that you can make in many different colors – create enough for a small bouquet.

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

Things you’ll need:
Assorted pipe cleaners, in petal colors and green for stems
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Take one pipe cleaner and create a loop, wrapping it around itself as shown.
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2. Form another loop of equal size next to the first one. Bring the tail down in front.
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3. Wrap the tail up and around the back.
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4. Create a third loop between the first two, bringing the tail around in the front.
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5. Set the first one aside and repeat steps 1-4 for a second set of petals.
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6. Place both sets of petals together, on top of each other as shown.
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7. Twist the tails together.
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8. Open up both sets of petals, revealing a 6-petal flower.
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9. Cut a third pipe cleaner in half. Roll it into a spiral, leaving about an inch unrolled.
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10. Turn the unrolled tail upward as shown.
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11. Insert the tail into the center of the flower.
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12. Wrap all the tail around the other two.
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13. Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the other three tails until it’s secure.
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How to Make a Pony-O Streamer Hair Bow

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Decorate your ponytail with this easy and fun Pony-O streamer! Ribbon hair ties are a great way to accessorize your outfit or show your support for your favorite school or professional sports team. Perfect for cheerleading troops as well.

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

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Scissors
Elastic ponytail holder
Seam sealant *optional

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Things to do:
1. Cut your ribbons to the length you desire for the child’s hair. Here I’ve cut them to about 18″ long. If desired, seal both ends with seam sealant to prevent fraying.
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2. Tie the ribbons around the ponytail elastic.
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3. Continue tying ribbons onto the elastic until the ponytail holder is as full as you’d like.
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Summertime Picnic Watermelon Mason Jar Tutorial

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Liven the table for your outdoor party with this fun and whimsical watermelon jar. Use it to store cutlery or as a vase for some wildflowers.

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

Thing you’ll need:
Mason jar
Red paint
Black paint
Light green paint
Darker green paint
White paint
Paint brushes
Jute twine

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Things to do:
1. Paint the bottom of the jar with the lighter green paint and allow to dry.
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2. Paint the top of the jar with red paint. You’ll need to allow this to dry and then paint a second coat of both the red and the lighter green paint.
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3. Make squiggly lines at the bottom with the darker green paint. This will make the bottom look more like a watermelon rind.
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4. Paint a line of white or cream paint around the middle.
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5. Paint black “seeds” onto the top half of the jar.
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6. After the jar is dry, tie the twine around the mouth for added decoration.
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DIY Sailor Nautical Knot Keychain

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Keep the keys to your beach house or boat organized in style with this summery DIY! This keychain takes only a few seconds to make and looks lovely on display.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Minute
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Macrame cord
Scissors
Key ring

Things to do:
1. Cut a two-foot piece of macrame cord.
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2. The next step is tying the knot. Fold the piece of macrame in half and cross the ends around the middle, creating a loop on the left side.
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3. Wrap the ends around the back of the cord and down through the loop.
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4. Tighten the knot and arrange the macrame until you have a shape you like.
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5. Slide the top of the knot through a key ring.
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6. Trim the ends.
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Kid Approved Popsicle Stick and Pipe Cleaner Alligator Tutorial

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This adorable craft stick alligator is as fun to play with as it is to make! Create several craft stick alligators to make your own version of the Florida Everglades.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 45 minutes (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Large popsicle stick
Assorted googly eyes
Green paint
White felt squares or white craft foam
Green pipe cleaners
Paintbrush
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint your craft stick and allow it to dry.
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2. Start wrapping the pipe cleaner around the stick about 2″ from one end.
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3. Once you’ve wrapped the first pipe cleaner, wrap one more.
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4. Cut one pipe cleaner in half. Wrap one around the stick as shown.
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5. Form this to make front legs.
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6. Create feet by bending the ends of the pipe cleaner.
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7. Repeat for the back legs. Warm up your glue gun.
8. Glue google eyes to the stick.
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9. Glue a square of the felt or craft foam below the alligator’s head.
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10. Trim this in a zigzag pattern to form teeth.
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How to Make a Fairy Garden Planter

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This is the perfect activity for a ladies tea or just an afternoon at home with your little ones. Collect a plethora of supplies and have fun creating a magical, mini fairy garden.

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

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood pot
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Fairy door
Miniature garden tools
Moss
Succulents

Things to do:
1. Trim a piece of sheet moss and pull it apart with your fingers, creating a loose, natural shape.
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2. Use hot glue to attach the moss to your planter. Make sure it wraps around at least three sides to give your planter dimension.
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3. When all of your moss is in place, it’s time to start adding embellishments! For my planter, I found a miniature door that is the same height as my planter. I used hot glue to attach it in place. To finish my planter, I used hot glue to add miniature tools by the front door and around the sides of my pot.
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4. When you’ve finished decorating your pot, plant a succulent inside and display your work of art.
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How to Make a Quick and Easy Sunflower Kissing Ball

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This faux floral pomander ball is so beautiful and yet so simple to make. Simply collect your favorite silk flowers in any color, adhere to the ball, and hang from your mantel, a shelf, or use as decor for a party.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
5-inch Styrofoam ball
Two packages of artificial flowers
Heavy thread
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Tie the heavy thread around the ball and leave enough to make a loop at the top for hanging. Warm up your hot glue gun. Dab some glue to the back of the flower, and press into the Styrofoam ball.
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2. Continue adding flowers to the ball.
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3. Press all of the flowers into the ball until it’s completely covered.
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DIY Seashell Monogram Letter

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Spruce up your entry way at the beach house or decorate a beach- or nautical-themed room with this elegant seashell letter. You can stand it on a desk or shelf or use a hanger and mount this to the wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted seashells
Wooden letter
Sawtooth hanger *optional
Paint
Paintbrush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint your wooden letter.
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2. Allow this to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Arrange your seashells on the letter first, before gluing. Once they’re arranged, start systematically gluing them in place.
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4. Continue gluing until each shell is placed on your wooden letter.
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DIY Animal Party Food Picks

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Looking for a fun and festive way to serve food at your next party? These gold animal party picks are the perfect skewers for fruit or veggies and will add a trendy touch to your decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic animals
Metallic gold spray paint
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Skewers

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your plastic animals. In a well-ventilated area, lay your animals on a piece of newspaper and spray one side with a thick, even coat.
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2. When the paint is dry, flip the animals and spray the other side.
3. Trim your skewers so they measure roughly 5-inches.
4. Apply a thick drop of hot glue to the belly of your animal and attach the end of the skewer.
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5. Hold the skewer in place until it has dried completely.
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6. Skewer fruit or veggies and display your new project!
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DIY Summertime Watermelon Tea Towel

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Watermelons are the quintessential summer fruit, and you can decorate a tea towel with a no-sew watermelon in no time at all! Bring a little of that summer sunshine indoors and liven up your kitchen or dining area.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Tea towel
Assorted felt sheets
Bit of ribbon
Scissors
Fabric glue

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Things to do:
1. Cut out two watermelon shapes from the felt, one in green and one red. The green one should be a little larger than the red felt shape.
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2. Cut a few “seeds” from the black felt.
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3. Glue the red felt to the green.
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4. Glue the black seeds to the red felt as shown.
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5. Cut a piece of ribbon and glue it to the tea towel, creating an embellishment near the bottom of the towel.
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6. Glue the watermelon to the tea towel.
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