Category: General Crafts

Fur Pet Tutorial

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These adorable fur pets make great last minute gifts or a sweet companion for your desk. Sew one up in a few minutes but, be warned … you won’t want to stop at just one!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Faux fur
Safety eyes
Scissors
Sewing machine
Thread

Things to do:
1. Trace a simple shape on the back side of the fur and cut two, mirrored pieces of fur. I used the bottom of a bowl for the circle. The shapes do not need to be perfect. Just a rough outline works great.
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2. Mark two spots for eyes and cut a small “x” in the spot you marked (for sticking the safety eye through). Keep the eyes at least a inch from any edges so the eyes don’t get in the way when sewing.
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3. Insert the safety eyes into the holes.
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4. Place the pieces of fur right sides together and sew all the way around the shape, leaving a 2 inch gap for stuffing.
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5. Stuff the critter and sew the gap closed using a ladder stitch.
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Felt Jewelry Pouches Tutorial

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Make some cute jewelry pouches for storing and protecting jewelry while traveling.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Puff Paint
Scissors
Thread
Sewing machine
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut one 3″x7.5″ rectangle of felt (for the ring size pouch – size up as desired for other types of jewelry).
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2. Fold one end of the felt up about 2.75″ and hold in place.
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3. Fold the other end of the felt down about an inch, slightly overlapping the bottom piece and sew a line up both sides of the pouch.
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4. Optional: Paint (or embroider) the jewelry type on the flap.
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DIY Glitter Fireworks Greeting Card

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Cut a square out of black card stock and decorate with this beautiful glitter fireworks display. You can decorate a card, scrapbook page, or other item for any celebration. This is a project that turns out beautifully every time!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Extra fine silver glitter
Red glitter
Elmer’s all-purpose glue
Scissors
Black card stock
Pencil
Newspaper

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Things to do:
1. Cut your black card stock into the shape you desire. With your glue, create a fireworks shape as shown here. Note that the top sparks are shorter than the lower ones, adding to a realistic effect. If needed, draw with a pencil first.
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2. Spread out a piece of newspaper. Shake both colors of glitter on different parts of the card, making sure to cover the glue.
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3. Allow to dry for about an hour. Shake off the excess glitter.
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DIY No-Sew Rainbow Bean Bags Tutorial

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Beanbags are a versatile toy and learning toy. Make your own set with this no-sew tutorial!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Red felt
Orange felt
Yellow felt
Green felt
Blue felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler
Beans

Things to do:
1. Cut two 3″x3″ squares from felt from blue felt.
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2. Repeat for red, orange, yellow, and green.
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3. Apply a line of glue close to the edge on three of the four sides of one square. Place the matching square over the glue, aligning the sides, and press firmly to secure the glue.
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4. Fill the bean bag with beans through the open side.
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5. Apply a line of glue on the fourth side and press the two sides together to seal the beanbag shut.
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6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the remaining colors.
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Washi Tape and Popsicle Stick Coasters Tutorial

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Popsicles aren’t just for kids crafts! Use up some of those rolls of washi tape you’ve been collecting by making these cute coasters!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Green stripe washi tape
Pink dot washi tape
Gold sparkle washi tape
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Modge Podge (hardcoat)
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Glue three popsicles together in a “stack”. Repeat until you have three stacks of three. Set aside.
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2. Take a single popsicle stick and press a strip of washi tape to the top of the stick.
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3. Trim the tape around the edges of the popsicle stick and repeat until you have a total of 7-9 tape-covered sticks.
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4. Using two of the “stacks” created in steps 1-2, and two of the tape-covered stick from step 3, create a square. Make sure your “stacks” are on the bottom, on opposite sides of the square. Glue the sticks together in the corners.
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5. On the underside of the square, Add the third “stack” going across the middle of the square as shown.
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6. On the top side of the coaster, add the remaining tape-covered popsicle sticks, gluing in place as you go.
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7. Apply a two coats of modge podge hard coat to the entire coaster and allow to dry thoroughly before using.
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No-Sew Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

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This cute tooth fairy pillow has a dedicated pocket for the little tooth. Make it yourself, even if you don’t know how to sew!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White felt
Light blue felt
Pink felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Stuffing
Tooth template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt. You will need 1 pocket, 1 tooth, and 2-6″ squares.
2. Apply glue to the round edge of the pocket piece.
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3. Press the pocket to the front of the tooth piece.
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4. Apply glue to the back of the tooth piece, leaving the top open, as shown in the photo.
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5. Press the tooth to one of the squares.
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6. Apply glue to three sides of one of the squares and press the matching square over the top, securing until the glue is dry.
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7. Stuff the pillow with stuffing.
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8. Apply glue to the fourth side and press the sides shut to close the pillow.
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DIY Coastal Wall Art

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Create some simple yet beautiful wall art for your home. These elegant pieces also make great gifts!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White frame
Burlap
Starfish
Seashells
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Cardboard

Things to do:
1. Take apart the picture frame and set the glass aside.
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2. Using the paper insert as a guide, cut a piece of burlap.
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3. Apply a line of glue to the top side of the backing piece of the frame and place secure the piece of burlap before placing the backing piece back in the frame.
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4. Apply a large dot of glue in the center of the frame and secure the shell until the glue is dry. (Repeat as desired for your chosen number of shells.)
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Personalized Paper Mache Frame Tutorial

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Pictures are a wonderful gift, especially for grandparents and other family members who live far away. A personalized frame makes the gift even more special. This is an easy craft that even younger children can do.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 4+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache frame
Acrylic paint
Mod podge matte

Things you’ll do:
1. Paint the frame. This is something that even really young children can do. Choose a color that perfectly coordinates with the photo that’s going inside the frame or with the home decor of the recipient. You may need to do 2 or 3 coats to get good coverage.
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2. While the paint is drying print out a word or phrase from your computer. Choose a font that will be a little bit thicker as it will make it easier to work with when cutting it out. It could be something sweet like “Family”, “Love”, the year the photo was taken, or the name of the vacation spot where the photo was taken. The options are endless. Cut out the letters. Be sure to trim off any excess white from the letters. Younger children may need some assistance with this part.
3. Once the paint has dried then apply a thin layer or mod podge to the frame in the area where you are going to attach the letters. Place the letters on top.
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4. Apply another layer of mod podge over the entire front of the frame. Allow that to dry. Then apply a second coat over all of the frame. Once this dries then you are good to go. Slip a great picture into the frame and give it as a special gift or display it in your own home.
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How to Make a Dish Towel Apron Tutorial

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There are always really cute dish towels in the stores. Take 2 dish towels and some ribbon and use them to make an easy apron.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Peacock Ogee dish towel
Peacock Splendor dish towel
Grosgrain ribbon
Matching thread

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Things to do:
1. Wash, dry, and iron the two dish towels.
2. Take the Ogee dishtowel and lay it down flat horizontally with the right side down. Make a small mark with chalk 7.5 inches in at the top on each side.
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3. Use a quilting ruler or yardstick to mark a line diagonally from this mark to the bottom corner of the dish towel. Fold on this line and press flat with your iron.
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4. Open up the fold. Mark a line 1 inch out from the crease you just pressed. Cut along that new line.
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5. Fold the cut edge toward the crease that you just pressed. Press the outside edge flat.
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6. Now fold in to the original crease and iron everything nice and flat.
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7. Pin and sew along this edge, sewing a little less than 1/2 inch from the edge. Do this for both sides.
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8. Cut a 24 inch piece from the grosgrain ribbon. Take each end and fold it under 1/2 inch. Fold it under 1/2 inch again. Pin each end to the top of the apron and sew them onto the apron. Sew a box with an X across it for each one.
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9. Take the Splendor dishtowel and lay it down horizontally with the right side down. Fold the left side over 2 inches and press nice and flat.
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10. Open it back up and trace a line 1 inch to the left of the crease. Cut along this line. Fold the cut edge to the crease and iron nice and flat. Then fold over.
11. Pin and sew, sewing a little less than 1/2 inch from the edge.
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12. Lay the Ogee dish towel down upside down and with the right side down. Then lay the Splendor dish towel down with the right side up. Line them up where the Ogee is as wide as the Splendor.
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13. Pin them together and trim off the excess from the Ogee towel. Sew them together, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge.
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14. Cut a 68 piece inch of the grosgrain ribbon. Fold each end over about 1/2 inch two times. Then sew it along the edge to finish it off.
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15. Lay the ribbon on top of the seam where you joined the two dish towels. Center it, then pin and sew it down to cover the seam. Sew very close to the edge across the top and bottom of the ribbon. Now your apron is complete!
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String Art House Number Sign Tutorial

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With some nails and string you can make a unique, rustic sign to display your house numbers on your porch or front of your home. You could also use this technique to make a plaque for showcasing other important numbers such as an anniversary or birth date.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Rustic wood trunk slice
Rusty nails
Jute twine

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Things to do:
1. Print off your house number from your computer. Use a font in a style that you like but also try to use one that makes your numbers nice and clear. A thicker font works well with this project.
2. Tape the number to the rustic wood trunk slice.
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3. Hammer a few nails into each number. Try not to put too many in, as you don’t want it to be too crowded but also make sure you have enough to help the string to make the shapes nice and clear.
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4. Rip off the paper.
5. Tie one end of some of the jute twine onto a nail on the first number. Slide your knotted string about half way up on the nail. As you add more layers you’ll need the room above it.
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6. Wind the jute twine around one of the nails across from it. Then take it across from that one to another. Continue crossing up, down, and around in all directions. Make your pattern random, but be sure to outline each one.
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7. When you like the way that you number is looking then knot it to one of the nails.
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8. Trim off the excess jute twine from where you started and ended, but be careful not to cut it too close to the knot.
Repeat this process for each number, starting with a new piece of jute twine for each one. Then display your new sign!

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