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DIY Cork Board Letters

February 12, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

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Show off your favorite hobby by advertising it in your work space! This “Craft” cork board is a fun way to decorate your office space and you’ll enjoy pinning and sticking all of your to-do notes to it. Or, if you desire, just leave it as is!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Sheet of cork
White or yellow acrylic paint
Large stencil brush
Scissors
Glue dots
Printer and paper
Pen

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Things to do:
1. Print out large letters to form the word CRAFT. In this example the letters are 450 points high, or about 5 inches high.
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2. Trace them in reverse on your cork. This assures that any pen marks won’t be visible on the right side.
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3. You could use a small blade to cut out the inside of the letters, or leave them closed as shown here.
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4. Using your stencil brush, dab the paint to form polka dots on the letters.
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5. Add the glue dots to the back, and stick the word CRAFT on your work space wall. If you want to remove these later, be sure to test the dots in an inconspicuous area first to prevent wall damage.
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DIY Modern Boxwood Wreath

February 11, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Modern Boxwood Wreath DIY Modern Boxwood Wreath
This modern wreath alternative offers the charm of boxwood in a chic, updated way. Make several in different sizes or display a modern boxwood wreath in a gallery wall for the perfect accent piece.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Metal hoop
Boxwood picks
Green wire
Wire cutters
Scissors
Jute

Things to do:
1. Separate your branches of artificial boxwood to create a thinner, daintier look.
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2. Once you’ve decided how thick you want your boxwood branches to be, start attaching them to the metal hoop. Use a 4-inch piece of wire and wrap it tightly around the stem of your greenery.
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3. Continue adding boxwood until you’ve covered a good portion of your metal hoop.
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4. Trim any excess wire.
5. Cut a 4-foot piece of jute and tie the ends together.
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6. Slip the loop of jute around the hoop to attach it, creating a hanger.
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How to Make a Lost Glove Monster

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During the winter it’s pretty easy for your child to lose just one glove. Rather than throw the lone, surviving glove away, if it’s a knit glove, you can turn it into a “lost glove monster” for an older child. This is a fun monster for casual play or display, and not meant for very young children because of the buttons and chance the filler can come out with aggressive play.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
A knit-style glove
Buttons
Embroidery floss
Bit of felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Bean bag filler
Needle with large eye
Pen or pencil

Lost Glove Monster1 How to Make a Lost Glove Monster

Things to do:
1. Thread your needle and knot one end. Stitch buttons on the glove for eyes, as shown.
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2. Mark the location for a nose.
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3. Stitch a nose with a different color of thread. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Fill the glove with bean bag filler. Make sure the beads make it down to the fingers and thumb.
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5. Stitch up the glove carefully, using close, even stitches. You won’t want the beads to spill out.
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6. Cut out a mouth from the felt and hot glue it in place.
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Easy to Make Raffia Flower Embellishments

Raffia Flower Embellishments main Easy to Make Raffia Flower Embellishments
Use these raffia flowers as decorations for packages, cards, or scrapbook pages. They can also be used for cute party or wall decor for a child’s room.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Raffia ribbon
Button
Glue
Scissors http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2533_2473-41429-stainless_steel_scissors.html
Card stock, cut into a 3” circle
Pen or pencil
Ruler
Pliers, if needed to remove a button shank

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Things to do:
1. Fold the card stock circle in half both directions to find the center, and draw lines for the center in both directions.
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2. Cut several 3 1/2” pieces of raffia – enough to cover the circle. The number you need to cut depends on the width of the raffia.
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3. Fold each piece in half and cut lengthwise partially up the piece, but don’t cut all the way through the center.
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4. This is what your pieces will look like once they’re “fringed.”
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5. Add glue to each line on the circle of card stock.
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6. Place two pieces of raffia as shown.
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7. Continue gluing the pieces of raffia around the circle.
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8. Keep adding raffia until the entire circle is covered.
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9. If your button has a shank, remove it with your pliers and glue to the center of the raffia flower.
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How to Make Twine Cupcakes Tutorial

Twine Cupcakes Tutorial main How to Make Twine Cupcakes Tutorial
This luscious cupcake won’t ruin your diet! The twine cupcake is quirky and adorable, and would make perfect decor for a birthday party or any other celebration. Make it in many different colors for a variety of “flavors.”

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s twine
Styrofoam ball
Cupcake liner
Plastic knife
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Button or other small embellishment

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Things to do:
1. Cut the styrofoam ball in half with your knife.
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2. Keep one side for this cupcake, but set the other aside to make a second one! Warm up your hot glue gun and hot glue.
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3. Open up your twine and glue the end to the bottom, flat side of your half-ball of styrofoam to hold it in place.
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4. Start wrapping the twine around the bottom of the ball. While wrapping, glue once for every wrap, to keep the twine in place.
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5. Continue wrapping the twine neatly.
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6. Wrap all the way up the top and allow the twine to trail down what will become the back of your cupcake.
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7. Glue the end to the bottom of the styrofoam, as you did in Step 3.
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8. Hot glue the cupcake top to the inside of the cupcake liner. To finish, add a bead, button, or other type of embellishment to the top as desired.
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DIY Glass Marble Magnets

February 1, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

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Create these gorgeous glass bead magnets using a variety of different types of papers for a wide range of different looks! You’ll love adding your own sense of style to your office or refrigerator.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear glass gems
Round magnets
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Scrapbook paper
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Trace each gem onto your paper. All beads are slightly different shapes, so be sure to keep them in order. Cut out the paper inside the lines, so the paper is slightly smaller than the bottom of the glass gem.
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2 Spread Mod Podge on the back of the gem.
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3. Press the paper onto the Mod Podge, right side up.
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4. This is what the gem looks like with the paper on the bottom of the bead.
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5. Apply a final coat of Mod Podge to the bottom of the gem. Warm up your hot glue gun as the Mod Podge begins to dry.
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6. Use the hot glue to apply the magnet to the bottom of the gem.
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DIY Mardi Gras Style Necklace

January 29, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Mardi Gras Style Necklace main DIY Mardi Gras Style Necklace
Spruce up your Mardi Gras celebration with a fancier display of your beads. This twisted variation is beautiful, while still being in the spirit of the gaudiness of the celebration!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Purple metallic beads
Gold metallic beads
Ribbon
Perle cotton or embroidery floss
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Ruler

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Things to do:
1. Cut the gold beads into three, 12-15” strands. Tie them with the embroidery floss at both ends, as shown.
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2. Cut two strands of the purple beads the same length as the gold beads. Tie them to the gold beads at one end only.
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3. Start wrapping the beads around each other, as shown.
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4. Continue wrapping until you reach the end.
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5. Tie the other end of beads together.
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6. Cut two pieces of ribbon to 12” each. Tie them onto the beads using the floss, and use some hot glue to make sure the ribbon is completely secure.
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7. To wear, simply tie the ribbon around your neck.
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Kid Friendly Button and Pom Pom Bracelet

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These fun and funky bracelets are perfect for girls to make for their friends! Combining buttons, pom poms and beads gives an eclectic look and feel, and they’re so easy that she can make them in every color combination!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood beads
Buttons
Pink pom poms
Stretchy elastic cord
Scissors
Needle

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Things to do:
1. Measure the recipient’s wrist, and cut a length of stretchy cord to this length plus another 6-8 inches. Make a knot about 3” from one end, the and thread your needle on the other end. Poke the needle through the pom pom and slide it all the way to the
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2. Next, thread a group of buttons onto your needle and slide onto the pom pom.
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3. Continue with a wooden bead.
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4. Repeat in a pattern, and end with a final pom pom.
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5. Tie the ends of the bracelet together with firm knots, and clip the ends.
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DIY Rustic Chalkboard Wood Slice Photo Frame

January 27, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Chalkboard Wood Slice Photo Frame main DIY Rustic Chalkboard Wood Slice Photo Frame
This inviting and chic wood slice chalkboard is a great way to display photos and change them throughout the year! You can lean it against the shelf of a bookcase or mantel, or mount hardware on the back to hang on the wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 60 minutes (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood tree slice
Chalkboard paint
3/8” grosgrain ribbon
Clothespins
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Chalkboard Wood Slice Photo Frame1 DIY Rustic Chalkboard Wood Slice Photo Frame

Things to do:
1. Paint the front of the wood slice and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Paint another coat of chalkboard paint. This is what the wood slice looks like once both coats are dry.
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3. Wrap the front with a piece of ribbon. Hot glue the ribbon to the back.
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4. Use your chalk to make some decorations before adding the photos with your clothespins. Change the message for every season or special occasion!
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How to Make a Flower Crown Headband

January 25, 2016 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Make a Flower Crown Headband How to Make a Flower Crown Headband
In a few simple steps, you can create a feminine accessory that lasts all year long. This artificial flower crown is a fun project that will help you improve your flower arranging skills, leaving you with an innovative masterpiece.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Green wire
Artificial greenery
Artificial flowers in various sizes
Wire cutters
Scissors
Floral tape

Things to do:
1. The first step is measuring the size of your head. Wrap a piece of wire around your head and trim it accordingly.
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2. Wrap the ends of the wire together, creating a loop.
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3. Wrap floral tape around the wire ends to protect your head.
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4. Next, we’re going to add greenery to the crown. Pull individual branches off and use floral tape to attach them to the wire loop. Cover the entire loop in greenery.
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5. Finally, it’s time to add flowers! (This is where your flower arranging skills come in.) Start by adding three large blooms, and then fill in the empty space with smaller flowers, such as baby’s breath.
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