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Homemade Lavender Soap Video Tutorial

Homemade Lavender Soap Homemade Lavender Soap Video Tutorial
This lovely lavender soap smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. Unlike other soap tutorials, this video does not require you to make the soap yourself. This easy project gives you the luxury of custom, goat’s milk soap without the hassle of mixing the ingredients together. You’ll love to use the finished project, and give it as gifts to all of your friends!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up
Time to complete: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Goat’s Milk Soap
Lavender
Soap Mold
Glass Container

Things to do:
1. Cut a block of soap off of the goat’s milk soap bar. Place it in a glass container and heat it in the microwave. I’ve found that 30 seconds is a good starting time. Continue adding time until the soap reaches a smooth texture, without lumps.
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2. Pour lavender into the bottom of the soap mold.
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3. Pour the heated soap over the lavender in the soap mold. Fill the mold completely. The lavender will suspend throughout the soap, giving you a nice and even look.
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4. Once you’ve filled the molds, allow 40 minutes – 1 hour to harden before use.
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Upcycle: Make Your Own Teacup Candles

upcycle Teacup Candles Upcycle: Make Your Own Teacup Candles
This DIY looks exactly like a candle you would find at a luxury home goods store. In just a few easy steps, you can create a unique candle for your home without spending a lot of money. Choose from a variety of beautiful teacups or other glass containers to create a dreamy candle that you’re sure to love!

Things you’ll need:
Teacups
Wicks
Candle Scent
Eyedropper
Concentrated Candle Dye
Grater
Scissors
Funnel
Wax
Pot for Melting Wax

Things to do:
1. The first step is melting the candle wax. Melt the wax over a lower heat on your stovetop. I like to set my stovetop at “4.” Once the wax becomes a smooth liquid, grate some concentrated candle dye into the pot and stir it around. The candle dye will subtly change the shade of the wax, making it unique and fun!
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2. Place the wick into the bottom of the teacup or glass container. Pour a small amount of wax into the cup and let it harden slightly so that it will hold the wick in place. You want the wick to be at the center of the cup so the wax candle will burn evenly.
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3. Fill the teacup with wax until it is almost full.
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4. Once you’ve filled the teacup with wax, add a few drops of candle scent and allow the wax to harden. If the surface of the candle is uneven, you can pour a second layer of wax across the top until it creates a flat surface.
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Fireworks in a Jar

Fireworks in a Jar Fireworks in a Jar
It’s a lot of work to plan and prepare a party for all of your friends. Hours are spent cooking and cleaning to ensure everything is perfect. The next time your invited to a BBQ or picnic, how about taking the host a little gift to let them know you appreciate all of their hard work. This summer themed decoration is the perfect gift for the one hosting the big summer bash! They’re sure to enjoy the beautiful decor and delicious fireball candies for weeks to come. Say thanks in a creative and festive way that is sure to communicate your appreciation in a personal fashion.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: All ages. *Children under 10 may need assistance.

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar with a lid
Fabric with a print of your choice
Glue
Marker
Scissors
Tape measure
Ribbon in complimentary color
Fireball candies or other hard candies

Things to do:
1: Measure the diameter of your jar and cut a strip of fabric, adding a half inch in length. For the jar I chose, my fabric measured 12 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches.
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2: Place fabric around the jar and glue the ends together to create a festive covering. Let the glue sit for several minutes, or until completely dry to ensure it stays in place.
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3: Trace the circumference of the lid onto a piece of fabric and cut it out. Glue the fabric onto the lid, making sure the edges are glued down securely.
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4: Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck of the jar.
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5: Fill with candies and admire your adorable and creative masterpiece!

Festive Paper Pinwheel Decorations

Pinwheel Decorations Festive Paper Pinwheel Decorations
Summer is upon us and with the beautiful weather comes outdoor parties and BBQ’s. With all of these backyard occasions, it’s a good idea to find some go to decorations that transform your porch into an adorable party space. These whimsical pinwheels are perfect for a backyard party this summer or make a great addition to any classroom or dorm. They add an element of fun and unique charm that is sure to spruce up your space! The best part? They’re inexpensive, so you can play with a variety of colors and patterns to find a look that is perfect for any occasion!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes each
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Scissors or paper cutter
12 inch paper- Two sheets of each color. * Cardstock with patterns on both sides works the best.
Stapler
Bone folder
Ruler
Tape
String, ribbon, or jute

Things to do:
1: Cut two 12 inch squares and two 8 inch squares out of complimentary paper or cardstock.
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2: Mark your paper at two inches and accordion fold the page, allowing 1 inch for each fold. Try to keep folds even for a neat and clean look.
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3: Fold the accordion paper in half and staple the ends, adding 2nd piece of matching paper to complete the circle.
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4: Repeat steps 1-3 with the smaller sized paper
5: Tape 8 inch circle to the center of the 12 inch circle.
6: Use a hole punch and add string, ribbon or jute to hang your beautiful creation!

DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Banner Tutorial

DIY Tissue Paper Banner Tutorial10 DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Banner Tutorial
This banner makes a lovely and inexpensive decoration for any party or event. Customize the colors and play with different lengths to create a look that you love!

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

Things you’ll need:
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Paper Clips
Denim Blue Bakers twine or other colors of your choice

Things to do:
1. Take a piece of tissue paper and fold it into fourths. Start by folding it in half, then fold it in half again. Be sure that the folds are crisp. Use a paperclip to mark the top. The top of the tissue paper square will have two edges.
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2. Start cutting 1/2 inch strips from the bottom of the square to the top.
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3. Remove the paper clips and unfold the tissue paper. The paper rips easily, so be careful when you’re separating the strips.
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4. Once you’ve unfolded the tissue paper, roll it up tightly. The finished roll should look like a baton, with fringe on either side.
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5. Fold the roll in half and twist it to create a small loop in the center.
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6. Run the twine through the loop.
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7. Repeat steps 1-6 until you’ve reached your desired length.
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Felt Flower Pin Tutorial

Felt Flower Pin Felt Flower Pin Tutorial
Every girl loves to get dressed up with pretty accessories. Lapel pins are a great addition to your accessory collection, because they can be worn in so many different ways. Pin them onto a headband, purse or a jacket for added charm and style. These felt flowers also make the perfect gift, because they are cute, fun and show off your crafting abilities. Make them for your daughter or granddaughter to use for dress up and everyday wear. Everyone is sure to love these felt flower pins!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 13 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felt squares
Scissors
Craft Glue
Black Embroidery Floss
Thread
Bar Pins
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Mark the felt 1 ½” wide by 12” long and cut out the strip.
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2. Fold the strip in half the long way and sew up the open edge.
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3. Cut into your felt strip to make the petals.
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4. Cut out a circle that is 1 ½” to make the center of your flower.
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5. Sew the strip of flower petals around the center circle.
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6. Use all six strands of the embroidery floss to create an outline on the center of your flower. Stitch around the outside edge.
7. Cut two leaves out of green fabric that measure roughly 1”.
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8. Attach leaves to the back of your flower with thread.
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9. Cut out a circle that is 1 ½” to sew onto the back of your flower to cover the stitching. Attach with thread.
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10. Glue a bar pin to the back of your flower. For a stronger hold, sew the bar pin on to the back of your flower with thread.
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Simple Sweet Felt Kittens

Felt Kittens Simple Sweet Felt Kittens
Sometimes finding the perfect gift is impossible. The best choice is a gift card or money, so they can pick out something they’d like for themselves. If you find yourself in a situation like this, there are still ways to make a gift card personal. These adorable little kittens are so fun to make and perfect for any cat lover! Stick them inside a card with a gift card to give to your feline loving friends. They’re sure to appreciate your crafting abilities and extra effort that shows just how much you care.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: Under one hour to complete three felt kittens
Age range: 10 and up. *Younger ages may need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Disappearing fabric marker or pen
Scissors
Felt squares, color of your choice
Yarn
Thread and needle
Craft paint
Stylist or toothpick

Things to do:
1. Create a pattern for your kittens by drawing a figure 8 that is 1” tall. This pattern should look like two circles sitting on top of one another. On top of the figure 8, draw two triangles for the kitten’s ears.
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2. Cut out pattern and trace onto felt. Trace two shapes in the same color felt.
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3. Place one shape on top of the other with the pen marks facing in and whip stitch around the outside edges, leaving the bottom portion open.
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4. Use yarn to stuff your kitten. Place the yarn on the end of a pen and fill the body of the animal.
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5. Once the kitten has been stuffed, cut a 2” piece of yarn and knot the end. This will become the tail.
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6. Tuck the knotted end inside the cat and finish stitching around the bottom of the kitten until it is complete.
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7. Using a stylist or toothpick, add three dots for your eyes and nose. Add whiskers with embroidery floss, using glue to hold them in place.
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DIY Burlap Wreath Tutorial

DIY Burlap Wreath Tutorial DIY Burlap Wreath Tutorial
This tutorial will teach you how to make a gorgeous and trendy burlap wreath in just a few easy steps! You’ll love the finished product, which will look beautiful displayed on your front door or in your home.

Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wire Frame
Pipe Cleaners
2” Lavender Poly Mesh Ribbon
Fake Flowers
Wire
Wire Cutters
Scissors
Burlap fabric

Things to do:
1. Attach pipe cleaners to the metal frame. At every wire connection, wrap a pipe cleaner. Be sure that they’re wrapped tightly and are evenly spaced.
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2. The next step is adding the burlap. For my 12 inch wire frame, I used 14 inch burlap. Start on the outside of the frame and use the pipe cleaners to attach the fabric. Twist the burlap on tightly, so it won’t slip around. Repeat this step until the entire frame is covered in burlap, including both the inside and outside pipe cleaners.
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3. Cut the burlap, leaving a few inches extra to tuck into the wreath. Hide the end and secure it with a pipe cleaner.
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4. Now, we’re going to decorate the wreath using poly mesh. Attach the end of poly mesh with a pipe cleaner, and continue to work the ribbon around the wreath, attaching it with pipe cleaners as you go. When you’ve covered the wreath, cut the poly mesh and hide the end in the fabric.
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5. Create a poly mesh bow and attach it to the top of the wreath. If you don’t know how to make a bow out of ribbon, see our bow tutorial for a few ideas!
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6. Add flowers to the wreath, using wire to attach them.
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DIY Fabric Gift Tags

Fabric Gift Tags DIY Fabric Gift Tags
These customizable gift tags are the perfect addition to any present! Everyone is sure to love this sweet, personal touch, recognizing your extra effort to make them feel loved and appreciated.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up. *Younger ages may need help with the iron.

Things you’ll need:
Iron
Ironing Board
Patterned Fabric
Heat and Bond Adhesive
Hole Punch
Scissors
Ribbon
Cardstock
Pencil or Pen

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the shape of your gift tag. When you’re choosing a shape, you have several options. The first is cutting an identifiable shape, such as a square, circle or heart. This works well if your fabric has a small print or is solid. If your fabric has a large print, such as large flowers or butterflies on it, simply cut out one picture from the print.
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2. Place your fabric shape onto the back of the adhesive paper and trace around the edges. Once you’ve traced the shape, cut it out.
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3. Set your iron on the silk setting, and be sure to remove all the water. It is important to have a dry iron to ensure the adhesive is transferred correctly.
4. Place the fabric shape upside down on your ironing board and the adhesive sheet on top of it, with the paper side facing up. Run the iron on top of the fabric and adhesive paper for 2-3 seconds.
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5. Carefully peel off paper layer from the back of your shape.
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6. Take the cardstock you’ve chosen and trace the fabric shape onto it. Once you’ve traced your shape, cut out the shape.
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7. Lay your fabric shape onto the paper shape and run the iron over the fabric for 2-3 seconds.
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8. Trim any excess paper off of your fabric shape. Pay close attention to the details of your shape.
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9. Punch a hole at the top and tie a piece of ribbon through it to finish your adorable gift tag!
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DIY Poly Mesh Wreath

DIY Poly Mesh Wreath DIY Poly Mesh Wreath
This Poly Mesh Wreath makes a beautiful decoration for any holiday season! Simply mix and match different colors of poly mesh and fun decorations to create a lovely piece of home decor. This project is simple and fun, making it the perfect DIY.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wire Wreath Form
Poly Mesh
Dried raffia ribbon
Artificial Flowers
Artificial Grasses, Berries, Beads
Pipe Cleaners
2” Natural Ribbon
Styrofoam Easter Eggs

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching pipe cleaners to the wire wreath form. This step is so important for the rest of the craft, because it will hold the mesh and ribbon and decor in place. Place a piece of pipe cleaner on the inside ring of the wire form and twist it in place. Twist the pipe cleaner tightly, so they will hold the ribbon firmly. Repeat this step until the form is covered with pipe cleaners.
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2. Start to apply the mesh to your wreath form by using the pipe cleaners to secure the mesh in place. Start at the outside of the wreath form and work your way around. I’ve found that the wreath looks best if you attach the mesh loosely, so you can bunch it up.
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3. Once you’ve completed the outside ring of the wreath, move towards the inside of the form and complete the wreath. Allow 3-4 inches of excess material and cut the mesh.
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4. Tuck the excess material into the starting pipe cleaner and secure it.
5. The next step is decorating the wreath with ribbon. Use the pipe cleaners to secure the 2″ natural ribbon to the wreath. Weave the ribbon from the outside to the inside of the wreath and loosely secure it.
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6. Create a bow out of the natural ribbon and secure it to the top of the wreath using the pipe cleaners. If you don’t know how to make a bow out of ribbon, you can check out our other “bow” tutorial!
7. Weave the raffia grass around the wreath as decoration.
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8. Cut the stems on the fake flowers and attach them to the wreath. Use the pipe cleaners to secure the flowers by their stems. I’ve chosen to use three bunches of flowers. This step is crucial to the wreath, because it fills it in nicely.
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9. The final step is decorating with the beaded grass and Styrofoam eggs. Simply stab the bottom of the egg with a new pipe cleaner and wrap it around the wreath. The eggs are a great way to hide any excess pipe cleaners.
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