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How to Make Tissue Paper Gift Bows

Tissue Paper Gift Bows How to Make Tissue Paper Gift Bows
These tissue paper flowers are a fun alternative to traditional, store-bought bows. Make several colors and match the bows to your wrapping paper for a unique look.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 12 and Up
Time to complete: 15 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tissue Paper
Baker’s Twine
Hole Punch
Pencil
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is folding the tissue paper. Start by folding it in half four times. It should end up looking like a square after four folds. Next, fold it into a triangle shape twice. Finally, take the top layer of the triangle and fold it back onto itself and bring the single layer underneath the shape. Checkout the pictures and video for help. Once you learn the pattern, it’s really simple!
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2. Draw a half circle around the tip of the triangle and cut out the shape.
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3. Open up the tissue paper shape to reveal a flower pattern.
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4. Stack the tissue shapes on top of one another, staggering the petals as you go.
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5. Fold the stack in half and punch a hole in the center. This will create two holes.
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6. Run a piece of baker’s twine through the holes, tying it tightly to create a full flower.
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7. Crumple the petals up towards the center, until it looks like a beautiful flower.
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DIY Rustic Paper Heart Garland

Paper Heart Garland DIY Rustic Paper Heart Garland
Use this darling DIY to add an element of homemade charm to your home this summer. This rustic garland looks beautiful draped over a windowsill or displayed along a countertop.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 10 and Up
Time to complete: 45 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Sheet Music
Paper Clips
Heart Pattern
Glue Stick
Scissors
Baker’s Twine

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the hearts to decorate the banner. You’re going to need a lot of hearts, and I’ve found that the easiest way to do this is to paper clip five pieces of sheet music together and trace several heart shapes on the front. When you cut out the pattern you’ve traced, there will be five shapes. This is much quicker than cutting out each heart individually.
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2. Fold the heart shapes in half, creating a sharp crease down the middle. It takes five heart shapes to create one heart on the garland.
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3. Glue five of the halved hearts together, using a glue stick. Before you secure the final half in place, slip the piece of baker’s twine in the center.
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4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the entire piece of baker’s twine is covered in heart shapes.

How to Make Paper Daisies

How to Make Paper Daisies How to Make Paper Daisies
This paper daisy serves as an adorable page holder or looks great on top of presents in place of a traditional bow. Use different papers and card stocks to create a unique look that will match any occasion perfectly.

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

Things you’ll need:
Old Book Pages
Buttons
Scissors
Paper Cutter
Glue stick
Hot glue gun
Heavy Card Stock

Things to do:
1. First you will want to trim your book pages, removing any excess white space. It looks better if the daisy is made of just words. You’ll need three 2 ½ x 8 inch book pages.
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2. Glue the tops of the three pages together with a glue stick.
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3. Cut slits into the pages, leaving a ¼ inch of space at the top of the pages.
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4. Roll the pages up and use hot glue to secure the end of the roll.
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5. Hot glue the base of the roll onto a small square of heavy card stock.
6. Find the center of the strips and press down firmly with your thumb. Once you’ve found the center, hot glue a button to the center.
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How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial

diy Pom Poms How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial
These adorable pom poms are a great addition to a wide variety of crafts. Whether you hot glue them to a picture frame or use them to decorate gift cards, these colorful pom poms are sure to look festive and fun.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up
Time to complete: 5 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s Twine
Plastic Fork
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Begin by wrapping baker’s twine around the end of a plastic fork. Wrap the twine around the fork about 50 times. The more times you wrap the twine around, the fuller the pom pom will be.
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2. Cut a 5 inch piece of baker’s twine and slip it through the 3rd prong of the fork, tying it around the loops of fabric. Be sure to tie it tightly to secure the pom pom.diy Pom Poms3 How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial
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3. Pull the loops of fabric off of the fork and cut the ends of the baker’s twine, creating a pom pom look.
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4. Fluff the ends of the pom pom and trim any excess pieces of twine.
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‘Back to School’ Custom Pencil Bouquet

Custom Pencil Bouquet Back to School Custom Pencil Bouquet
The leaves are starting to fade into golden hues, meaning school is just around the corner! What better way to welcome the change of season than with an adorable bouquet of back to school pencils! Your son or daughter are sure to love these customizable pencil sets that allow their unique personalities to show through. Put a bouquet in their backpack the night before class for a fun surprise, or give to their teachers as a thoughtful gift. Everyone is sure to adore these darling pencils!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 13 and up.

Things you’ll need:
Pencils
Paintbrush
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Ruler
Paper of Your Choice
Paper Cutter

Things to do:
1. Measure your pencil in length and width. The easiest way to measure width is to roll the pencil in the paper and make a small mark with a pen. Measure the pencil in length with a ruler.
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2. Trim a strip of paper that corresponds to the length and width of your pencil.
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3. Cover the strip of paper with a thin layer of glue. Make a zig-zag pattern with your glue and spread over the surface evenly with your paint brush. Make sure you cover the edges well, otherwise the paper will curl up.
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4. Place your pencil alongside of the paper and make sure your measurements were correct before wrapping the pencil in the paper.
5. Begin to roll your pencil with the glue side touching the pencil. Once you’ve completely rolled your pencil, press down firmly to ensure the paper sticks to the pencil. If excess glue squeezes out when you apply pleasure to the pencil and paper, simply wipe it off with a rag.
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6. Allow pencil to dry before sharpening. Complete these steps with several more pencils and tie a decorative ribbon around the bunch to make an adorable gift!

Upcycle: DIY Tin Can Luminaries

DIY Tin Can Luminaries Upcycle: DIY Tin Can Luminaries
Light up the night with this adorable DIY craft. This tin can luminary mimics candles for sale in luxury home goods stores, making it a must have for your home this summer time. Have fun experimenting with a variety of shapes and patterns until you find a sparkling look that you love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tin Can
Hammer
Nail
Battery operated tealight candle

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing your tin can. If you are using a can from the grocery store, empty it out and take the label the off of outside.
2. Fill the tin can with water and put it in the freezer over night. This will give you a hard surface to nail against.
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3. Once you’ve frozen water in your can, use a hammer and nail to create a unique design. Pound the nail into the can’s surface, creating a small hole.
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4. Once you’ve finished creating a design, let the ice melt and clean out the can. Place a tea light candle inside the tin can and enjoy your sparkling creation.
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DIY Tissue Paper Flower Pot

Tissue Paper Flower Pot DIY Tissue Paper Flower Pot
This craft is a wonderful activity for a child’s birthday party. The steps are easy and fun, and the result is a really cute pot that anyone would enjoy having in their home. When you’re finished, plant a seed inside, and watch it bloom into something beautiful.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 5 and Up
Time to complete: 30 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mod Podge
Ceramic Pot
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Cut several 2″ wide strips of tissue paper. The amount of paper you cut will depend on how large of a pot you are using.
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2. Paint a smooth layer of Mod Podge onto the ceramic pot.
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3. Place the strip of tissue paper onto the layer of Mod Podge. Try to get the top of the tissue paper even with the top of the pot.
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4. Cut any excess tissue paper from the bottom of the pot, leaving a half inch extra.
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5. Secure the excess tissue paper inside the bottom rim with Mod Podge.
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6. Apply a topcoat to the tissue paper.
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7. Continue this process until the entire pot is covered, slightly overlapping the pieces of tissue paper as you go.
8. Apply a second layer of tissue paper until you reach your desired look.
9. Let the pot dry completely before use.

Washi Tape Straw Flags

Washi Tape Straw Flags Washi Tape Straw Flags
Summer is the season for patio parties and grill outs, and Straw Flags are a great way to help guests keep their drinks straight. I love these little flags because they are so quick and easy to make, and they add a cute little decoration to every guest’s straw. I usually try to match the colors of my straws and washi tape with the theme of my party. Feel free to mix and match different colors of washi tape with different colors of straws as well! It’s always a good idea to have more straws than guests, so make sure to make a few extras. Party guests always appreciate thoughtful details, and this is a great way to add a bit of sensible craftiness to your party table.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes (for about 20 straws)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Straws
Permanent marker
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a strip of washi tape.
2. Place the center of the strip at the top of your straw, just under the bendy portion.
3. Wrap the strip of tape around your straw so that both sticky sides line up with each other.
4. Cut two diagonal lines inward at the end of your flag.
5. Write numbers on each flag with the permanent marker.
6. Place your straws in a mason jar, cup, or basket and set next to the party drinks so that guests may take one as needed.

DIY Pinwheel Cake Toppers

Pinwheel Cake Toppers DIY Pinwheel Cake Toppers
These fun cake toppers are a great addition to your next birthday party. They bring a festive look to your homemade treats. Make a few in a variety of colors or patterns.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger ages may need assistance when using a hot glue gun.
Time to complete: 10 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Various Colors of Felt
Buttons
Dowel rods
Ruler
3″ x 3″ Square Pattern
Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Create a 3″ square pattern out of paper and use it to cut a matching felt square.
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2. Cut into the corners of the felt square, leaving space in the middle.
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3. Fold the corner of the felt square over and secure with hot glue. Continue doing this to the four corners until they are all secured.
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4. Choose a bright button and use hot glue to attach it to the center of the pinwheel.
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5. Cut a dowel rod down to 5 ½ inches and hot glue it to the back of the pinwheel.
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How to Make Paper Roses

How to Make Paper Roses How to Make Paper Roses
Give a beautiful rose that will last forever with this DIY. These roses are made of sheet music, and make a beautiful bouquet that is perfect for decorating.

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

Things you’ll need:
Sheet Music or Card Stock
8″ Circle Pattern
Wire
Pencil
Wire Cutters
Floral Tape
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors
Green Paper

Things to do:
1. Trace an 8″ circle onto your piece of sheet music. Cut around the pencil line, weaving your scissors in and out to create a jagged edge.
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2. Cut a spiral into the circle, leaving a jagged edge.
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3. Roll up the spiral that you cut, starting at the outside and working in. This coil will become the petals of your rose.
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4. Loosen the coil slightly, until it reaches a size that you like.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the rose-shaped coil.
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6. Cut a piece of wire to create the stem of the rose. Use hot glue to attach the wire to the bottom of the flower and let it dry for a few minutes.
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7. Cut a leaf shape out of green card stock. I found that mine looked best when they were about 2 inches long.
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8. Fold the leaf in half and secure it to the bottom of the rose bud with hot glue.
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9. Wrap the wire stem in floral tape tightly, adding strength to the stem of the rose.
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