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DIY Chicken Wire Frame Display

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This shabby-chic display can be used in a variety of ways, from showcasing your jewelry to housing your favorite Christmas cards. This simple DIY project will show you how to create an artistic approach to organizing your odds and ends.

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

Things you’ll need:
Metal ring
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Wire
Boxwood picks

Things to do:
1. Flatten out your roll of chicken wire and lay the metal ring on top of it.
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2. Cut a circle of chicken wire out, using your metal ring as a guide for size.
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3. Next, we’re going to attach the chicken wire to the metal ring. Cut a 2-inch piece of wire and slide it through the chicken wire, wrapping it around the metal ring to hold them together. Repeat this step several times at different points around the ring, until the chicken wire is secure.
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4. Use wire cutters to trim any chicken wire that pokes out beyond the metal ring.
5. Create mini bunches of boxwood and use wire to attach them to your metal ring.
6. Cut a 5-inch piece of wire and secure both ends to the top of your metal ring, creating a hanger.
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Dandelion Nail Wall Art Tutorial

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Who knew wood and nails could be so beautiful! This DIY takes minimum materials and maximum creativity-You’ll love the way your rustic piece of home decor turns out!

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

Things you’ll need:
Large log slice
Nails
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hammer
Pencil

Things to do:
1. The first step is planning how you want your art to turn out. Use a pencil to mark your wood in places you want the nails to be. For this project, I’m creating a dandelion!
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2. Hammer your nails in place, following the pencil markings you sketched. Be sure to hammer them in pretty far to make sure they are secure and can’t be pulled or bent.
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3. When the nails are in place, it’s time to start adding some color! Knot the end of your embroidery floss around a nail and begin wrapping it around your design. This is the time to get creative and have fun!
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4. When you’ve finished wrapping your design, knot the end of the embroidery floss securely and admire your handiwork!
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How to Make Wire Frame Angels

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This multi-purpose DIY project will have your Christmas decor looking lovely all season long! Use the wire form to create unique gift tags, or leave the wire angel on and display it as a work of art.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you need:
Wood plaque
Wooden spools
Nails
Hammer
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating your wire form. Heat up your hot glue gun and use it to attach your spools to a wooden plaque. To create an angel shape, I attached one spool to the top center and two spools on either side, just below the top.
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2. Next, it’s time to add a few nails to complete the form. Hammer two nails below the center spool, another two about 1-inch below those, and two more at both bottom corners for the plaque.
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3. When your form is finished, it’s time to create your wire angels! Cut a 2-foot piece of wire and start at the center, wrapping it around the top spool. Continue making your way around the nails and spools to create the outline of an angel.
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4. When you reach the end, trim any excess wire and wrap the ends together, securing the shape.

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DIY Simplistic Modern Weave Wall Hanging

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This bohemian DIY is great to do with kids on a rainy day. The steps are simple and easy to follow, giving your tiny tots an easy introductory to weaving.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large metal ring
Small metal ring
Cotton twine
Scissors
Wire cutters
Gold jewelry wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching your metal rings. Cut a 2-inch piece of gold jewelry wire and wrap it tightly around the top of both rings. Cut any excess.
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2. Cut 20 pieces of string that measure 20 inches long.
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3. Next, it’s time to start connecting the string to the metal rings. Fold a piece of string in half and slide the center under the bottom hoop. Pull the ends up through the loop of string and back down through the other side, creating a knot.
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4. Repeat step 3 until all 20 pieces are secured to the largest metal ring.
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5. Next, cut ten 5-inch pieces of string.
6. Knot them onto the top ring, just like you knotted the longer strings onto the bottom ring.
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7. Display your work of art on a nail or tack and enjoy!
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DIY Boxwood Monogram Letter

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This DIY combines two of our favorite things – Greenery and monograms! Grab some boxwood and your hot glue gun, and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 12 and up
Time to complete: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Craft knife
Wire cutters
Boxwood picks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is removing the top layer of your letter. Use your knife to cut along the edge of the cardboard.
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2. When the edges are cut off, remove the top layer and pull over the extra cardboard pieces inside.
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3. Cut a 1-inch bunch of boxwood.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the boxwood to the center of the letter. Continue this step until the entire letter is filled with greenery.
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5. Use the plastic hooks on the back to hang your letter and enjoy!

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Popsicle Stick Alligators Tutorial

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Keep your kiddos busy with this fun and simple craft project! All you need is a few materials to create your own exotic alligator. The little ones will love cutting and gluing the pieces together.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
White foam sheet
Google eyes
Hot glue gun *For kids, use white glue
Hot glue sticks
Pipe cleaners
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, lay a Popsicle stick on a piece of foam and trace around the edge.
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2. Cut around your tracing lines, leaving little triangle teeth around the outside rim.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the foam teeth to your popsicle stick.
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4. Use hot glue to attach another Popsicle stick to the other side of your teeth.
5. Add google eyes to the front of your alligator using hot glue.
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6. The final step is adding legs! Wrap a pipe cleaner securely around your Popsicle sticks, trimming it so the legs are about 1-inch long.
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7. Wrap another popsicle stick down the body of your alligator and add another pair of legs at the bottom.
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DIY Bohemian Paper Towel Holder

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This bohemian paper towel rack will clear up some counter space without compromising style! It’s super easy to make and will instantly update the way you stay organized.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper towels
Dowel
Leather cord
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a rack for your paper towels. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of your dowel and attach a 4-foot piece of leather cord. Wrap the cord around the dowel several times, using hot glue to secure it in place.
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2. Next, it’s time to decorate! Slide approximately one foot of beads onto your leather cord. For my project, I used wooden beads that come in different sizes and colors. I created a pattern, varying the styles as I went.
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3. Slide your paper towel roll onto the dowel.
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4. Tie the end of the leather cord to the other side of the dowel, securing the roll of paper towels in place.
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5. Slide half of your beads over to the other side.
6. Hang your holder and enjoy!
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Modern Cork Chain Garland Tutorial

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Spruce up your space for your next birthday bash or dinner party with a darling, cork chain garland! This simple DIY is easy to make and seriously stylish. Grab your hot glue gun and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Cork
Sharpie
Scissors
Ruler
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Unroll your sheet of cork and cut a 1-foot long piece.
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2. Use a ruler to mark 1-inch strips of cork and cut them out.
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3. Draw a different pattern on each strip with a permanent marker. Polka dots, stripes, and triangles all look good!
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4. Use hot glue to attach the ends of one cork strip, creating a loop.
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5. Attach all of the strips of cork together, using hot glue, until you’ve reached your desired length.
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DIY Succulent Hairpins

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Looking for an inexpensive hair accessory for your summer wedding? These mini succulent hairpins take only a few minutes to make and look lovely with a low chignon or boho braid.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mini succulent
Bobby pin
Wire cutters
Floral wire

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of wire.
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2. Trim the stem of your succulent, leaving 3/4 inch to secure to your Bobby pin.
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3. If the succulent is not firmly attached to its stem, use a drop of hot glue to hold it in place.
4. Lay the stem of the succulent alongside the bobby pin and attach it with wire. Start by threading the wire through the center of the Bobby pin and wrapping it tightly around one side.
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5. Trim any excess wire.
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DIY Bohemian Style Keychain

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Keep your keys organized in style with these playful, bohemian keychains! You can mix and match different colors of embroidery floss to create fun patterns or use your friend’s favorite hues to create a thoughtful gift.

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

Things you’ll need:
Coco fiber rope
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Key ring

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of macrame cord and fold it in half.
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2. The next step is covering your macrame base with colorful embroidery floss. Start with your darkest color and knot it around your macrame 1-inch from the top. Apply hot glue 1/2 inch down the macrame pieces and wrap the embroidery floss around until you can’t see the macrame cord. When you reach the end of your length, apply hot glue to secure the end and trim any excess.
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3. Repeat step 2 with a lighter shade of embroidery floss.
4. Repeat step 2 with the lightest shade of embroidery floss, covering another 1/2 inch.
5. Attach your key ring to the loop at the top of your keychain.
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