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Upcycled Cork Pencil Holder

cork pencil holder Upcycled Cork Pencil Holder
This adorable upcycle project will show you how to transform your recycling into useful storage. Have fun experimenting with different containers and painting patterns to create the perfect collection of pencil holders for your home.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Sheet of Cork
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Sharpie
Ruler
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Metal can
Painter’s tape

Things to do:
1. Place your metal can on a sheet of cork and roll it up. Use a sharpie to mark the edges, creating accurate measurements of your can.
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2. Once you’ve marked your sheet of cork, use a ruler to connect the lines.
3. Cut out the rectangle of cork, being careful to keep the lines straight.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the cork sheet to the can. Be sure to keep the can straight on the cork sheet, so it rolls up neatly.
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5. Once you’ve created your pencil holder, pick a pattern to decorate it with. For this project, I chose to decorate my pencil holder with stripes.
6. Wrap the bottom and top of your pencil holder with painters tape, creating two even stripes.
7. Use a sponge brush and acrylic paint to decorate your pencil holder. Apply the paint in thick, even strokes.
8. Pull off the tape and reveal your adorable decor!

DIY Rustic Wood Chalkboard Sign

May 26, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Rustic Wood Chalkboard Sign DIY Rustic Wood Chalkboard Sign
Add some rustic DIY touches to your home with by making this wood chalkboard sign. The large rustic natural wood tree trunk slice comes perfect ready to DIY- no prep work or Lumberjack required. Just paint with chalkboard paint and add your own special messages to your new earth-friendly sign!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes (plus drying time)
Age range: Any age with supervision of paint

Things you’ll need:
Large Rustic Natural Wood Tree Trunk Slice Base
Chalkboard Paint
Foam Brush
Chalk

Things to do:
1. Give your chalkboard paint a good shake before opening. This will help mix up the paint. Apply the first coat evenly on the wood slice. Follow the natural tree ring line around the inner edge (about a 1/2 inch from the outer edge) of the slice to create a more natural looking design.
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2. Allow first coat of paint to dry for 1 hour before reapplying.
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3. Apply the second coat of chalkboard paint to the wood slice. Allow the second coat of paint to cure overnight.
4. After 24 hours, lightly rub chalk over the surface of the wood. This will help season your chalkboard for use.
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5. Use chalk to personalize your sign. Use a damp cloth to erase your chalk writing as needed.

How to Make No-Sew Burlap Bows

No Sew Burlap Bows How to Make No Sew Burlap Bows
These no-sew bows take only minutes to make and have countless uses. Attach them to hair clips for a fun accessory, or use them to decorate your gifts. I made several and keep them on hand as decoration for future craft projects.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap fabric
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ruler
Sharpie
Scissors
Paper

Things to do:
1. Cut a 2 ½ x 3 inch rectangle. This will be your pattern.
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2. Trace the rectangle onto a piece of burlap fabric and cut it out.
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3. Cut a 4 x ½ inch strip of burlap.
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4. Fold the large rectangle in half and peel the edge back. Use hot glue to secure your folds. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the rectangle.
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5. Once you’ve created a bow shape, apply a drop of hot glue to the middle and wrap your burlap strip around the center of the bow. Hold it in place until the glue dries completely. Trim an excess fabric.
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DIY Nautical Sisal Rope Basket

rope basket DIY Nautical Sisal Rope Basket
This unique storage container looks especially beautiful with beach décor. In just a few simple steps, you can transform your favorite rope into an adorable basket! Make several in different sizes to find a look you love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Sisal rope
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Mason jar

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating the base of the basket. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of the rope and start wrapping it around. Continue applying hot glue to the outside of the rope and wrapping around until you’ve reached your desired size.
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2. Once the base is complete, start building up the height of the basket. Apply a line of hot glue around the top of the outside rope and start layering up. You can use a mason jar as a guide.
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3. Pull the mason jar out of the rope basket once you’ve reached your desired height.
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4. Cut the end of the rope and use hot glue to secure it to the basket.
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DIY Decorative Wood Cutting Board

Decorative Wood Cutting Board DIY Decorative Wood Cutting Board
These unfinished wood cutting boards are great for any project. With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to create a lobster themed decorative wood cutting board to give my mother. She grew up on Cape Cod and loves eating anything with lobster in it! You could personalize this DIY to your own needs by using any cookie cutter design that is special to you.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hrs (including dry times)
Age range: 5 and up (with assistance with the glue)

Things you’ll need:
Small unfinished wood cutting board
White acrylic paint
Lobster cookie cutter
Red spray paint
E600 glue
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Apply white acrylic paint to the front and edges of your cutting board with the foam brush. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
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2. Apply a second coat of white paint to the cutting board and let dry for another 20 minutes.
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3. In a well ventilated area, apply a thin, even coat of red spray paint to the metal cookie cutter. Let dry, 1 hr.
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4. When both your cutting board and cookie cutter are dry, use the E600 glue to attach the cookie cutter to the center of the cutting board. Press firmly and hold for 1 minute until the glue has bonded. Then place a heavy object (like a book) on top of the cookie cutter. This will apply pressure and help keep the cookie cutter in place. Allow to dry for 1 hour.
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5. Add ribbon through the top hole of the cutting board handle if you would like to hang the decorative cutting board on a wall.
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How to Make a Paper Plate Treat Basket

Paper Plate Treat Basket How to Make a Paper Plate Treat Basket
This simple project creates the perfect storage container or gift bag for cookies, pencils, or other small objects. Customize the ribbon color to create a themed gift box or organize your counter space with the chalkboard label. However you choose to use this craft, you’re sure to enjoy it!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper plate
Scissors
Sharpie
Cutting mat
Ribbon
Chalkboard sticker
Hole punch
Chalk Ink Pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Make two small marks, about 2 inches apart, at the bottom and top of the paper plate.
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2. Cut along the marks to the center of the plate.
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3. Use the cuts as guidelines to fold the paper plate. Make sure you create crisp creases.
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4. Fold the paper plate into a box shape, using hot glue to hold it all in place.
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5. Punch two holes in the center of the box, about 1 ½ inches apart.
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6. String jute through the holes and tie a bow.
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7. Attach a chalkboard sticker to the front and use a chalk ink pen to label the contents.
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DIY Nature Inspired Gift Box

May 11, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Spring Inspired Jewelry Gift Box DIY Nature Inspired Gift Box
Looking for the perfect place to store your earrings? This jewelry box is cute and practical, making it the perfect way to organize your accessories.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache box
Moss ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Sunflower heads

Things to do:
1. Measure the surface of your cardboard box.
2. Cut a piece of moss ribbon, according to the measurements, to cover the top of the box.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the moss ribbon to the lid.
4. Finish decorating the lid by using hot glue to attach plastic flower buds. Hold them in place until the glue dries.
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Rustic Spring Wreath Tutorial

Spring Wreath Tutorial Rustic Spring Wreath Tutorial
Spring is my favorite time for adding to my home decor. I love making a new wreath for my front door each year. There are so many wonderful flowers and greens that can be used for this project. The possibilities for your floral design are endless- from brightly colored spring flowers to more natural, earthy elements. This wreath is a little unique and special as we’ve added rustic touches with the use of the frog mouth rusty frog jar lids. The greens and flowers fit perfectly inside these lids, as if creating a floral arrangement within the wreath.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up (as the craft requires use of a hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
12″ Natural Straw Wreath
Artificial Forsythia Pick
Leaf Print Wired Burlap Ribbon
Green Artificial Leaf Spray
3 – Wide Mouth Rusty Tin Frog Jar Lids
Trigger-Fed Hot Melt Glue Gun
Dual Temp Glue Sticks
Over the Door Wreath Hanger
Scissors
Stapler

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Things to do:
1. Staple one end of the burlap ribbon to the back of the 12″ straw wreath.
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2. Then begin wrapping your ribbon around the wreath, holding tightly and overlapping each layer of ribbon slightly until the ribbon has covered the entire wreath.
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3. Your wreath should now look like this. Wrap your ribbon the back of your wreath one last time. Cut the ribbon from your spool and staple the remaining end of ribbon to the back of your wreath.
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4. Plug in the hot glue gun and let it warm up for 5 minutes. When your glue is hot enough, glue all three frog jar lids to the lower left corner of the wreath. Be sure to use ample glue to hold the lids securely.
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5. Now arrange your flowers and greens as desired into each section of the frog jar lids. Add ample hot glue to the ends of each flower. Press and hold each end until it has tightly bonded with the wreath. After the glue has hardened, test how secure the flowers are by holding the wreath up and making sure each flower is secure and not moving.
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6. When you are satisfied with your floral arrangement, cut an extra 18″ piece of burlap ribbon to make the bow. Tie bow as large as desired, then trim off the excess ribbon. Attach to the top of the wreath with hot glue.
7. Attach spring wreath to your door using the over the door wreath hanger.
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Spring Pom Pom Cake Plate Tutorial

Pom Pom Cake Plate Tutorial Spring Pom Pom Cake Plate Tutorial
Cake plates are an excellent way to dress up any party, dessert table, or even your home decor. Cake plates aren’t just for dessert anymore, you can display the on your mantel, as a centerpiece on your dining room table, or even by your sink to hold soaps or jewelry. This simple tutorial shows you an easy and fun way to decorate your cake plates with fuzzy and colorful pom poms for spring.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 7 and up (adult supervision suggested with the hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Trigger-Fed Hot Melt Glue Gun
Dual Temp Glue Sticks
5/8″ White Grosgrain Ribbon
White cake plate
Assorted Pastel Craft Pom Poms
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Tape

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Things to do:
1. Measure the diameter of your cake plate. Measure and cut a piece of ribbon to fit around the outside of your cake plate.
2. Attach the piece of ribbon to your work space with a small piece of tape on either end of your ribbon. This will keep your ribbon from moving while you work.
3. Using a rule or measuring tape, measure and mark (with a pencil) every 2 inches on your ribbon.
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4. Choose which pom poms you would like to use and line them up with your pencil markings. Next, attach each pom pom with hot glue. Press until secure. Remove any excess hot glue strings.
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5. Attach your pom pom ribbon to the cake plate by securing ribbon ends with tape.
6. Add cupcakes (or whatever you are displaying) and serve!

How to Make Clothespin Thumb Tacks

Clothespin Thumb Tacks How to Make Clothespin Thumb Tacks
Spruce up your bulletin board with some cute clothespin thumb tacks. These decorative pushpins give you more creativity to display things your way, showcasing your personal style. Experiment with different decorations and create a custom set that you love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Tacks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon
Ribbon roses
Craft glue
Pencil
Cardstock
Scissors

Things to do:

Cardstock Clothespin
1. The first step is cutting out the decorations for your clothespins. Start by placing your clothespin on a piece of cardstock and tracing around the outside edge. Cut out the shape.
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2. Use craft glue to secure the paper to the top of the clothespin.
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3. Apply a drop of hot glue to the back of the clothespin and attach the tack. Hold it in place until it dries completely.

Ribbon Clothespin
1. Cut a piece of ribbon to match the length of the clothespin.
2. Attach it to the clothespin using craft glue.
3. Use craft glue to add ribbon roses to the top corner.
4. Apply a drop of hot glue to the back of the clothespin and attach the tack. Hold it in place until it dries completely.
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