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Turn Old Magazines into a Useful Basket

Recycled Magazine Bowl Turn Old Magazines into a Useful Basket
This DIY is a wonderful way to recycle any old magazines you may have laying around. It is so fun to pick bright colored pages to assemble into a neat bowl. Use the finished product to hold craft supplies or fruit on your kitchen counter.

Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up *This craft requires the use of a hot glue gun
Difficulty level: Intermediate

Things you’ll need:
Glue Sticks
Glue Gun
Tacky Glue
Magazines
Clothespins

Things to do:
1. The first step is ripping out magazine pages. I’ve found that choosing brightly colored pages is a great way to add interesting details to your bowl.
2. The next step is folding the magazine pages the long way. Make your folds about half inch wide and fold all the way to the end of the page. Repeat this step with all of your magazine pages.
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3. Once you’ve folded all of the magazine pages, it is time to assemble the bowl. Apply hot glue to the folded magazine and start rolling it up. When you’re rolling the magazine strip, try to make the roll as tight as possible.
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4. Continue building on the bowl by rolling more magazine strips along the outside edge. I’ve found that hot glue works the best for attaching the strips.
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5. Roll the magazine strips until you’ve made the bottom of your bowl as large as you want it to be.
6. Once the bottom of the bowl is finished, it is time to start building the edges. All you have to do is attach magazine strips with hot glue to the edges, raising the strips a little more each time to create height. Continue this step until you have reached the height that you like. As the bowl gets taller, it will also get wider.
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7. Once you’ve reached a size that you like, it’s time to finish the bowl. Use tacky glue to secure any loose ends and apply a clothespin to the wet glue until it dries. This step will not only make your bowl look neater, but it will also strengthen the magazine strips.

Loom Band Bracelet Technique with Spool Knitting

spool knitting loom bracelet Loom Band Bracelet Technique with Spool Knitting
This is a great alternative to the larger rubber band looms and is a great project to take on the go. The finished product is a thick, round rope that makes a substantial bracelet which looks far more complicated than it really is. Great for beginners, this portable project is super addictive and oh so fun!

Time required: 10 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Spool knitter and hook
Rubber bands
S-clip

Things to do:
1. With your first rubber band, loop around each peg of the spool so that the cross over is toward the center. This is the only band you’ll do this for.
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2. Push the first rubber band down to the bottom and loop your second all the way around the pegs.
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3. Pull the bottom loop up and over the top using the hook.
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4. Push the loops on the pegs down and loop another band around all the pegs and repeat until you have the length of bracelet you want.
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5. To finish, thread one rubber band through a loop and hook both ends of that rubber band around the peg. Draw the bottom loop up and over the double. Shift the double to the next peg and repeat until all loops are off and you are left with only the double.
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6. Secure a S-clip through the double and also through the loops on the opposite end to finish.
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Paracord Technique: Celtic Button

April 20, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Celtic Button Paracord Technique: Celtic Button
The Celtic button is an ideal way to finish off a piece with an attractive, secure tail. It can also be used to make a small fob or zipper pull and makes a nice decorative finish to any paracord project.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you need:
Purple parachute cord or other colors of your choice

Things to do:
1. Fold the cord at the center point into two consecutive and matching loops with the left hand leg of the loop passing behind the right in both cases.
Celtic Button2 Paracord Technique: Celtic Button
Celtic Button3 Paracord Technique: Celtic Button
2. Draw the right hand tail up and weave through the loops, over, under, over, under.
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3. Bring the left hand leg around and follow the right over and then under the first two legs of the loops but then pull it up and out of the next.
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4. Gently pull to tighten into a firm ball of a knot.

DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms

April 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms
I must admit that I’m something of a pompom addict. I love them! In all sizes and in all sorts of applications. While these aren’t strictly your traditional pompoms they are a fun play on the idea and so very pretty! These use wooden beads for easy stringing, but you can also use simple wooden balls or, for a lighter finished pompom, small Styrofoam balls. Scale these up by increasing the size of the bead and of the felt circles.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 45 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Glass or cup
Pencil
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
1-inch wooden beads

Things to do:
1. Using your glass as a template, trace circles onto the felt. You’ll need about 25 per pompom.
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2. Cut the circles out of the felt.
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3. Fold a circle in half, and then in thirds.
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4. Using the glue gun, add a dollop of glue to the point of the wedge. Press the point onto the bead. Repeat until the whole bead is covered, making sure to leave the holes uncovered. You’ll want to place them as close together as possible to create a dense look.
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DIY Origami Lantern String Lights

April 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Origami Lantern Lights DIY Origami Lantern String Lights
Turn simple twinkle lights into an extraordinary string of lanterns with this cool box light project! While the boxes are a little time consuming to create in bulk, they can be placed here and there on a string of lights or you can have them cover all the bulbs. While we used ordinary printer paper for this project, origami paper would offer the opportunity to create colorful lanterns.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes per box

Things you’ll need:
Paper
Scissors (if trimming regular paper)
LED string lights

Things to do:
1. Fold the paper to create a perfect square if you are using regular paper.
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2. Once you have a square, fold the paper diagonally both ways. Open up and fold the square in half.
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3. Fold the rectangle in half again and turn so you have a diamond with the folded edges down.
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4. Fold the wings of the diamond in toward the center on one side then repeat on the other.

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5. Tuck the single layer flaps into the folded wings on each side.
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6. Blow into the open end to inflate the balloon.
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7. Slip the light into the hole on the balloon and push it all the way up to the wire.
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Rick Rack Trimmed Ribbon

April 11, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Rick Rack Trimmed Ribbon Rick Rack Trimmed Ribbon
Rick rack is, of course, traditionally something used to trim fabrics, but it’s also cute trimming other materials, such as this ribbon. Turn plain grosgrain ribbon into something with depth and pop with this technique and spice your next ribbon project up!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Grosgrain ribbon
Rick Rack
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut two lengths of rick rack slightly longer than the length of ribbon that you need.
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2. Layer one piece of rick rack under the edge of the ribbon so that the bumps peek out of the edge.
3. Stitch along the edge of the ribbon, just inside the ridge of the ribbon.
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4. Lining up the bumps, lay down a matching piece of rick rack on the other side and stitch along the other edge of the ribbon.
5. Trim away the excess rick rack at the ends and cut all threads before using.

DIY Fairy/Doll Clothes Hangers

April 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY FairyDoll Clothes Hangers DIY Fairy/Doll Clothes Hangers
Even fairies need to keep their closets tidy, so why not help them out a little bit by providing some specially made tiny hangers? These adorable hangers also fit small doll clothes as well so you may find that you want to make them by the dozen to keep those dolls outfits tidy as well!

Difficulty level: moderate
Time required: 5 minutes per hanger

Things you’ll need:
Large Paperclips
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Open the paper clip up a little so that the leg with the u-bend and the short, clipped end are angled up toward one another.
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2. Bend the neck of the longer leg (with the bend) sharply up where the two legs cross.
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3. Clip the bend to look like the curve of the hanger.
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4. Using your pliers, wrap the shorter leg around the neck of the curved top to finish the hanger.
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DIY Felt Flower Pomander

April 9, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Felt Flower Pomander DIY Felt Flower Pomander
This pretty little bobble would be perfect for a flower girl’s bouquet, a decoration for the end of a staircase or just as something pretty to hang around the house. Customize it by choosing your color of felt, the material and color of than loop or changing the size up or down or make oversize flower balls and hang them in a group from the ceiling for a festive look!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
4 inch Styrofoam ball
Red felt – or other colors of your choice
Scissors
Cup or bowl
Pencil
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Using your cup as a template, trace circles onto the felt. You’ll need about 35 for a 4-inch diameter ball.
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2. Glue the ribbon in a loop coming off of the ball.
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3. Cut out the circles.
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4. Fold a circle in half and then in half again. Dab glue onto the tip of the fold and press into the ball.
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5. Repeat this process until the whole ball is covered.
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Rock Plant Markers

Rock Plant Markers Rock Plant Markers
I’m a big gardener, or at least I want to be a big gardener. I’ve always loved working with plants and while I’ve had several smaller gardens over the years, someday I dream of having a big huge garden with a greenhouse and plants galore. In the meantime, though I’m practicing on a smaller scale. Learning different varieties, planting from seed, and making my garden my own. These little plant markers help with that. No plastic steak from the nursery six0pack for me! These are fun, homey, reusable and they fit right in with the natural surroundings of the garden.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Polished, smooth stones in dark colors
White paint pen
Outdoor Mod Podge or Polyurethane
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Wipe the stones free of any oils, dust or dirt.
2. With a steady hand, write the name of your plant onto the stone, adding dots, stars, flowers or other decorations as desired. Allow the paint to dry.
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3. Coat the entire rock in a thin coat of Mod Podge or Polyurethane to protect it from the elements. Allow it to dry before placing in the garden.

Dimensional Magic Washi Magnets

April 8, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Washi Magnets Dimensional Magic Washi Magnets
I love those glass bubble magnets, but I always wish I could choose what was behind the glass. These Diamond Glaze Magnets mimic the look of those glass magnets while allowing you to customize the paper or washi behind the shine. While we used washi tape here, you could use scrapbook paper, stickers or pictures to create your magnets.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Magnets
Washi Tape
Craft knife and cutting mat
Diamond Glaze
Toothpick

Things to do:
1. Cover the top of the magnet with washi tape, overlapping layers as needed to cover the whole top. You can also cut stripes or create plaid patterns with the tape as desired.
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2. Flip the magnet over onto the cutting mat, and using the craft knife, trim away the excess from around the edges.
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3. Smooth the tape down well and apply a bead of Diamond Glaze to the center of the magnet. Use the toothpick to draw it out to the very edges.
4. Set the magnet on a flat, covered work surface and allow it to harden overnight or until hard and clear throughout.
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