Category: General Crafts

How to Make Felt Succulents

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This trendy take on felt makes for the perfect Spring activity! Have fun playing with different colors and shapes to create a whole garden of succulents that don’t need to be watered!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating the center of your succulent. Cut a 1/2 inch strip of felt and run a line of hot glue down the center. Roll it tightly, angling the felt slightly to add depth.
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2. Next, cut out the leaves of your succulents. The number you use is up to you! I cut two different sizes to add a more realistic look to my succulent.
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3. Glue them onto the center you rolled, starting with the smaller leaves and working out to the larger ones.
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4. Fold the leaves back gently, opening up the succulent.
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How to Make a Spring Bunny Hair Clip Tutorial

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She’ll love this adorable bunny clip. Perfect all spring long, the clip looks more difficult to make than it is! Loops of ribbon, a couple of google eyes and craft poms, and you’ve got it made!

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

Things you’ll need:
Two sizes (5/8-inch, 1/4-inch) of white ribbon:
White pom poms
Pink pom pom
Pink grosgrain ribbon
Assorted googly eyes
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Metal barrette
Needle
Thread

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Things to do:
1. Thread your needle and knot one end. Leaving the ribbon on the spool, create a double-looped bow a little larger than your barrette. Slip the needle into the center, but don’t pull it all the way through.
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2. Continue looping ribbon, about the same size as the first loops, pushing the center of the loops on top of the needle.
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3. Continue with at least 4 loops on each side, as shown.
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4. Sew through the middle now, securing all the loops. Clip the thread and the ribbon.
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5. Cut two pieces of the larger white ribbon to 5 inches long.
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6. Fold them into “ears” as shown, gluing them together at the bottom.
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7. Glue the ears to the back of the bow you finished in step 4.
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8.Glue on the eyes and nose pieces.
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9. Create a little bow or another embellishment for the top.
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10. Glue the embellishment in place.
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DIY Paint Stir Stick Bushel Basket Tutorial

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Looking for the perfect centerpiece for your next dinner party? This shabby chic basket will look lovely on your table, filled with decorative apples or a vase set in the center with flowers. How you style it is up to you!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paint sticks
6 inch Embroidery hoop
8 inch Embroidery hoop
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach your paint sticks to the 6-inch embroidery hoop. Hold them in place at a slight angle until the glue dries completely.
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2. When all of your paint sticks are in place, flip the basket upside down and slide the 8-inch hoop over the bottom. When it slides up as far as it can, apply hot glue to the inside rim to attach it to the paint sticks.
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3. To finish your basket, you can either cut a bottom out of foam board and attach it with hot glue, or fill the basket with a dish towel/burlap fabric to serve as the holder of your decor.

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DIY Rustic Woodland Fox Ornaments

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These sly little foxes are so cute that no one would suspect they would be interested in devouring a farmer’s chickens. Use these as magnets or drill a hole in the top, thread some twine through, and hang.

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

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Orange paint
Brown paint
Black paint
Bristle paint brushes
Magnets
E6000
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Draw a rounded “Y” shape on the wood slices.
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2. Paint the brown paint, mixed with a little orange, as shown. You might want to allow this to try and do a second coat.
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3. Paint three dots for eyes and a nose. If you’d like to use these as magnets, glue the magnets to the back. Alternatively, you can drill a hole in the top and thread twine through it for a hanging-style ornament.
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How to Make a Frog Ribbon Hair Clip

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When is a bow a frog? When you think about it a little differently! Add some google eyes to a basic zig-zag bow and suddenly you’ll have a cute ribbon frog to pin to your lapel. This one is created on a pin back, but you can also add it to a barrette if desired.

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

Things you’ll need:
Green grosgrain ribbon
Pink grosgrain ribbon
Assorted google eyes
Pinback
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Needle with large eye, and perle cotton thread

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut a piece of the green ribbon to about 30″ long. Fold the right side over as shown, as the start of your zigzag bow.
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2. Loop the long end back toward the right side.
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3. Fold the long edge toward the back.
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4. For the final time, loop it around to the right again.
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5. Adjust the loops so the top to are pointing upwards as much as possible. Insert your needle and thread from the back, and start sewing a running stitch down the middle.
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6. Your bow will look like this, once the running stitches are sewn.
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7. Cinch the center and wrap the thread around a couple of times. Tie off in the back.
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8. Cut a piece of the pink ribbon and glue in the middle, as shown. Next, glue the google eyes to the two top loops.
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9. Glue the bow to the pin back or barrette.
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Easy to Make Felt Envelope Tutorial

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Tuck some treats into this easy-to-make felt envelope, or use for special notes that you can tuck into a lunchbox or backpack.

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

Things you’ll need:
Two colors of felt
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Needle with large eye
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Two buttons
Pins
Paper
Pencil
Felt envelope template

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Things to do:
1. Trace the felt envelope template onto your felt, and cut out.
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2. Pin together as shown. Thread your needle and knot one end.
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3. Using a running stitch, stitch down the overlapped section as shown.
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4. Fold one end up and stitch in place, being careful not to stitch through the front of the envelope.
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5. Stitch a button in the center top, as shown. To check placement, fold the top down to see where you’ll want this button to go.
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6. Stitch the other button to the top as shown. Leave the embroidery floss long, so that it can be wrapped around the lower button to close it shut. If desired, warm up your hot glue gun and glue hearts and other decorations in place to embellish your felt envelope.
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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Picnic Table

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This miniature popsicle stick table is the perfect seasonal addition to your fairy garden display. It also makes a great rainy day project for children! Just substitute the hot glue for craft glue and let your older kids have fun assembling the pieces!

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, you need to create the base of the table. Form two “X” shapes and secure them with hot glue. Then glue a popsicle stick horizontally just below the intersection.
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2. Next, create the top of the table by gluing six popsicle sticks together.
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3. Create the benches by gluing two popsicle sticks together.
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4. Now you get to assemble your pieces! Start by attaching the benches to the bases. When the glue is dried, your table should stand up on its own. Complete the projects by attaching the table top.
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Fabric Quilted Coasters Tutorial

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Sew a set of these quilted spring trivets before your next party! You’ll use a method called “strip piecing” as you sew these up.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Sea breeze plaid dish towel
Peacock dish towel
Scissors
A circle to trace
Sewing machine and regular sewing notions, thread
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Cut 1 square from each of the dish towels so that the squares are about 2″ taller and wider than your circle.
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2. Cut these into 1 1/2 ” wide strips.
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3. Pin a strip of each color right sides together along one edge.
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4. Sew down the side, using a 1/4 ” seam allowance.
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5. Add strips together as shown, then sew these two squares together along one side to make one piece of fabric with alternating strips.
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6. Trace a circle on one piece of fabric and cut it out.
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7. Trace a circle out of the fabric you made with alternating strips.
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8. Place the circles right sides together and sew with a 1/4 ” seam allowance, leaving a 1-2″ opening so you can turn it right-side out.
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9. Turn the opening to the inside and stitch all the way around the circle to close it while topstitching.
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How to Make a Feather Quill Pen Tutorial

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This DIY feather pen is inexpensive to make and easy to use. Play around with different strings and colored feathers to create a set that you love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Pen
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Jute
Scissors
Feather

Things to do:
1. First, line your feather and pen up. The quill should be the only part touching the pen.
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2. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of your string and attach it to the feather. Let it dry completely.
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3. Begin wrapping the string around the quill and pen. Continue wrapping until you reach the end of the pen. Your string should be tight, not allowing the pen or quill to show through.
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4. When you get to the end of the pen, apply another dot of hot glue to the string and use scissors to cut the end.
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DIY Magnetic Memo Clipboard Tutorial

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Keep your refrigerator organized in style with this cute magnetic clipboard! It only takes a few minutes to make and will completely transform the way you display photos and to-do lists.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Clipboard
Foam brush
Acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Magnets

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your clipboard with acrylic paint. Use a foam brush and apply a thin coat to the front and sides. Be sure to paint under the clip at the top. Let the paint dry completely.
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2. Use hot glue to attach magnets to the back. The clipboard I used has metal screws that poke out on the back, so I stacked two magnets on top of each other so they were the same height.
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3. Display your grocery list or photo and pop it on your refrigerator.
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