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DIY Hanging Heart Decoration

DIY Hanging Heart Decoration DIY Hanging Heart Decoration
This Valentine’s Day DIY makes the perfect decoration for any party or event. Show off your crafting skills and add an element of homemade charm that is sure to please the guests of any Valentine’s Day party or wedding shower with these hanging paper hearts.

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

Things you’ll need:
Bright paper
Glue
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Fine thread
Bead
1/2 inch ribbon
Fine glitter
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Use your heart cookie cutter or pattern and trace and cut out six hearts.
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2. Fold the heart shapes in half, starting at the point at the bottom.
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3. Apply glue to the outer ears of the heart, connecting each heart shape with one another.
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4. Before attaching the final heart shape to complete the circle, add a loop of thread with a bead attached in the center fold.
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5. Attach the final heart to hold the thread hanger in place.
6. Allow time to dry and trim the excess paper.
7. Use glue to add glitter to the edges of the heart shapes.
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How to Make Mini Paper Flag Pick

January 29, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Mini Paper Flag How to Make Mini Paper Flag Pick
Looking for a fun detail to add to your place settings or gifts? This customized mini flag is the perfect project for you! Make one and stick it in a potted plant for a friend, or make several and use them to mark your guests place at the dinner table. There are countless ways you can use this fun and easy DIY.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wire
Old Book Pages
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Stencil

Things to do:
1. Start by tearing out a page from an old book and folding it in half. Crease the fold with a paper folder to create a crisp line.
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2. Cut a skinny triangle out of the folded page. The cuts should be straight, but the shape doesn’t have to be perfect.
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3. Cut a 6-inch piece of wire and attach the triangle to the top using hot glue.
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4. Use your stencil and paint to write a letter on the flag. Press the stencil down firmly and use minimal paint to achieve a clean line.
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5. Cut a short piece of jute and tie a bow.
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6. Use hot glue to attach the bow underneath the paper flag.

DIY Rustic Log Slice Chalk Clipboard

January 28, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Log Slice Chalk Clipboard DIY Rustic Log Slice Chalk Clipboard
This adorable DIY makes the perfect display for a fun print or sweet message. Find cool clips and create custom clipboards for your loved ones. This is a great gift or fun project for your own home. You’re sure to love the finished results!

Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10 and Up
Difficulty level: Beginner

Things you’ll need:
Large Clip
Chalkboard Paint
Foam brush
Paint brush
Medium log slice
Picture hanger
Hammer

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting the front of the log slice. Use a foam brush to cover the surface in a thick, but even, coat of chalk paint. Leave ½ inch empty space around the edges of the slice.
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2. Use a small paintbrush to paint a smooth line around the edge of the log slice. Let the first layer of paint dry completely.
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3. Apply a second layer of chalk paint using a foam brush and allow it to dry completely.
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4. Once the paint has dried completely, rub a piece of chalk across the surface of the log slice. Use a damp cloth to clean the surface.
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5. Attach a push-in photo hanger to the back of the log slice.
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6. Use a nail to secure the large clip to the front of the log slice.
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DIY Magnet Fishing Game

DIY Magnet Fishing Game DIY Magnet Fishing Game
Give the gift of hours and hours of fun! This is adorable toy is the perfect thing to take along on road trips or airplane rides. The little one in your life is sure to love this fishing game.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: One Hour
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Dowel
Buttons
Needle
Thread
Mint metal tin
Magnets
Twine
Scissors
Paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is making your pattern. Cut a rectangle that is 2 ¼ tall and 1 ¼ inch wide. Draw a fish shape that fits inside this rectangle.
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2. Lay the pattern on your felt and trace the shape. Cut out two fish shapes in each color of felt.
3. Use a needle and thread to attach button eyes to the fish.
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4. Place a magnet in the center of the two fish shapes and sew them together. You can sew them on a machine, or by hand.
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5. Attach a button to a piece of twine, tying it in place at the end.
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6. Hot glue a magnet to the button.
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7. Apply a thin line of hot glue to the end of the dowel and wrap the end of the twine around it until the top ½ inch is covered.
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8. Put your fish and pole in a metal tin and you’re ready to play!

Upcycling: Transform an Old Clay Pot into a Rustic Twine Beauty

January 26, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

clay pot upcycle Upcycling: Transform an Old Clay Pot into a Rustic Twine Beauty
This upcycle project makes it easy to transform your old clay pots into something cute and modern. It’s amazing what a little paint and jute can do for an old gardening tool!

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

Things you’ll need:
Clay Pot
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
White acrylic paint
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping the entire base of the pot in jute. Start by applying a small drop of hot glue to the base and attaching the end of the piece of jute.
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2. Apply a line of hot glue around the base of the pot and start wrapping. Use hot glue throughout the surface of the pot as necessary.
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3. When you’ve finished wrapping, trim the jute and use hot glue to secure the end to the pot.
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4. The next step is painting the top rim of the pot. Use a paintbrush and white acrylic paint to cover the surface.
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5. Add a second coat of paint to surface and make sure that your brushstrokes are all going in the same direction.

How to Make a Paper Bird Ornament

January 22, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Decorative Bird How to Make a Paper Bird Ornament
Spruce up your space with this spring-inspired decoration! Make several birds and create a garland, or display them on a branch for an adorable accent.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Craft knife and mat
Tissue paper
Jute twine
Rhinestones
Glue stick

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a bird pattern. Make the shape 3 inches tall and 5 inches long.
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2. Trace the bird pattern onto a piece of cardstock. Once you’ve traced the shape, flip it over and trace it the other way. You’re going to glue the shapes together, so it’s important they are opposites.
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3. Glue the shapes together.
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4. Use a knife to cut a line for the wings down the middle of the shape.
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5. Cut a 4×5 inch rectangle of tissue paper and accordion fold it.
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6. Slide the folded tissue paper through the line you cut for the wings.
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7. Cut a small hole in the top of the shape to attach your hemp cord.
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8. Cut a 10-inch piece of hemp cord and tie it through the shape, creating a hanger.
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9. Use a glue stick to attach a jewel eye on each side of the bird.
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DIY Gift Card Envelope

DIY Gift Card Envelope DIY Gift Card Envelope
This envelope makes giving gift cards much more personal! Customize the envelope with pretty paper or fun stickers for the perfect present.

Things you’ll need:
Graph paper
Cardstock
Felt stickers
Scissors
Glue stick
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Start by making your pattern. The shape should be 7 ½ inches wide and 6 ½ inches tall. After you cut the rectangle, cut down ¾ of an inch 2 inches from the side. *See photo
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2. Trace the pattern onto a piece of cardstock and cut it out.
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3. Fold the flaps into the center, creating an envelope. Secure the folds with glue, leaving one edge open so you can slip your card inside.
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4. Decorate the front of the envelope with a felt sticker.
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How to Make a Crepe Paper Flower Garland

Crepe Paper Flower Garland How to Make a Crepe Paper Flower Garland
Crepe paper is such a classic party decoration. I remember having streamers at my childhood birthday parties and getting to pick out my favorite colors to use as decorations. This DIY is bringing streamers back in a super trendy way, leaving you with a beautiful garland for decorating your space. Use different colors and kinds of string to create the perfect look for your party.

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

Things you’ll need:
Jute
Scissors
Embroidery Floss
Yarn Needle
Crepe Paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Start by cutting at 6-foot piece of crepe paper and folding it in half.
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2. Thread a needle with embroidery floss and stitch along the bottom of your crepe paper. The stitches should be roughly ½ inch.
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3. Once you’ve stitched the entire length of crepe paper, pull it onto the embroidery floss.
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4. Trim the embroidery floss and tie a tight knot, creating a circular, flower shape.
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5. Use a drop of hot glue to attach both ends of the crepe paper.
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6. Open up the flower by press down the outer edges of the crepe paper.
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7. Make several crepe paper flowers and use a yarn needle to thread them onto a length of jute.
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Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard

January 14, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Wood Slice Clipboard Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard
This log slice clipboard is the culmination of rustic glamor. I made several and covered the wall behind my desk. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of the forest by the lake.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wood slice
Clothespin
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Moss
Gold spray paint
Glitter
Craft Glue
Picture hanger

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your clothespin gold. The gold adds a glamorous accent that complements the rustic wood perfectly.
2. Once the clothespin is dry, add gold glitter to the bottom inch using craft glue.
3. The next step is prepping the log slice. Mine looked a little plain, so I added fake moss to the outer edge using hot glue.
4. Attach the clothespin to the front of the log slice using hot glue.
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5. Add the picture hanger to the back. I used push-in picture hangers, but because the wood was so dense, I found that it worked best to use hot glue to attach it.
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Upycle: DIY Gold Accent Candleholder

January 13, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Gold Accent Candleholder Upycle: DIY Gold Accent Candleholder
This fun upcycle project is a great way to bring the glamor of gold accents to your home! Try making different shapes with the tape to create a unique set of candle holders to light up your space in an elegant fashion.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mini Glass Candleholder
Painters Tape
Metallic gold spray paint

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering the surface of the glass candleholder with painters tape. Create a unique design, such as stripes or triangles, and use the tape to mark them out. If you’re making a striped pattern, be sure the lines are straight.
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2. Go outside and spray the entire surface of the candleholder with gold spray paint.
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3. Allow the paint to dry and then remove the painters tape to reveal your gold accent candleholder!
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