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Upcycle Old Wine Bottles into Candleholders Tutorial

This elegant upcycle project will transform your old wine bottles into beautiful pieces of decor for your table or shelves. Grab your spray paint and a few candles and let’s get started!

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

Things you’ll need:
Glass bottles
Gold spray paint
Taper candles

Things to do:
1. Shake your metallic gold spray paint and spray a thin, even layer over one side of the bottle. Let it dry completely.
2. Flip the bottle and spray the other side. If you missed any patches when you sprayed it the first time, cover them now. Let the paint dry completely.
3. The next step is adding wax to your wine bottle. This will create an elegant, vintage look. Light your candle and hold it horizontally over the top of the bottle. The wax will drip down the neck of the bottle, adding color and dimension. Be careful to keep the flame a safe distance away from the spray paint.
4. Place your candle in the top of your wine bottle and enjoy!

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DIY Vintage-Inspired Knob Jewelry Display

Keep your favorite accessories organized in style with this simple jewelry holder DIY. This adorable wall display only takes a few minutes to make and looks lovely hanging on your wall.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden plaques
Various glass knobs
Metal picture hangers

Things to do:
1. Use a ruler to find the center of your wooden plaque. Mark it with a pencil.
2. Using your pencil mark for guidance, drill a hole on the center of your wooden plaque.
3. Use a hammer to pound a metal picture hanger into the back of your wooden plaque.
4. Screw your glass knob into the hole you drilled. If your hole is too big, you can add a drop of glue to hold it securely in place.
5. Display your jewelry and enjoy!

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DIY Decorative Starburst Mirror

This starburst mirror looks lovely displayed on a gallery wall or on a tabletop as a centerpiece. Make several with different patterns and use them to tie your decor together flawlessly.

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks with adhesive
Gold spray paint

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your popsicle sticks. Place your popsicle sticks on a piece of newspaper and apply a thin, even layer. Let the paint dry completely.
2. Flip the popsicle sticks and paint the other side. Let the paint dry completely.
3. Remove the foam pieces from the back of your mirror.
4. Peel back the adhesive strip on the popsicle sticks and start attaching them to the back of your mirror. Use the adhesive as a guide to make sure they’re attached evenly.

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How to Make New Candles from Your Old Candles Tutorial

It’s time to repurpose those half-burned candles you have around the house! This upcycle project will teach you how to transform your leftover wax into beautiful, scented candles that make great gifts.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 13 and up *Always use caution when handling hot wax

Things you’ll need:
Enamel mug
Dowel rods
Candle wick
Old candles
Scented oils

Things to do:
1. Use a knife to cut your old candles into cubes. The smaller the cubes, the quicker your wax will melt down.
2. Place the cubes of wax into an old pan and set it on your stove over a low heat. Use a wooden spoon to stir the wax occasionally.
3. When the wax is melted, apply a few drops on the bottom of your wick and stick it to the center of your mug.
4. Pour several drops of scented oil into your melted wax and mix it in.
5. Pour the melted wax into your enamel mug. Leave 1/2 inch of the wick exposed.
6. Use dowel rods to hold your wick in place and let the wax harden. If the center sinks, add more wax until the surface of your candle is level.

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How to Make Floral Streamer Balloons

Who said helium balloons can’t be elegant?! This simple DIY will transform inexpensive white balloons into gorgeous pieces of decor for your next event.

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

Things you’ll need:
Helium balloons
Butcher’s twine
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Artificial flowers
Artificial garland

Things to do:
1. The first step is dressing up your artificial garland. Trim several flowers off of an artificial bouquet, leaving 1-inch of stem.
2. Wrap wire around the stem of the flower and the garland, firmly securing the bloom. Repeat this step until all of the flowers are attached.
3. Cut the store-given string off of your balloon.
4. Cut an 8-foot piece of twine and attach it to the balloon.
5. Cut a short piece of wire and use it to attach the garland to the twine. Be careful to hide the sharp ends of the wire to avoid popping your balloon.
6. Make several flower balloons to display and enjoy at your next event!

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DIY Retro ‘Flower Power’ Placemats

These bright and cheery placemats add a playful pop of color to your dining room table! You can also use the techniques you learn in this video to make a matching table runner to complete your stylish set.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap or burlap placemat
Wooden flower cutouts
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Spread out a sheet of burlap and trace a circle with a 15-inch diameter. If you have a large bowl, you can place it on top of the burlap and trace around the edge for a perfectly symmetrical circle.
2. Cut out the circle of burlap.
3. Protect your work surface by laying a piece of wax paper underneath your placemat.
4. Apply a drop of hot glue to the back of your wooden cutouts and start attaching them to the burlap circle. Start at the center and work your way out, varying colors as you go. You should end up with a perfect hexagon shape, each side made up of 4 wooden flowers.

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DIY Boho Macrame Wood Spoon Handles

This sweet and simple DIY is a great way to give your wooden utensils a quick, boho update! Talk about the perfect project to dress up your summer dinner party!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden utensils
White cotton twine

Things to do:
1. Cut a 6-foot piece of baker’s twine.
2. Lay the handle of your wooden utensil on the center of your piece of baker’s twine.
3. Tie a tight knot at the top of the handle.
4. Next, you’re going to knot your way down the handle. Cross the left string over the handle, creating a loop on the left side.
5. Cross the right string under the handle, creating a loop on the right side.
6. Pull each string through the loops you just created and pull them tight, creating two small knots.
7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you’ve covered the entire handle with baker’s twine.
8. When you reach the end of your handle, tie a tight double knot and trim the excess baker’s twine.

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How to Make Scandinavian Knot Coasters and Trivets

Showcase your love for 70s style with these DIY coaster and trivets! Once you learn the knot pattern, you’ll go crazy crafting matching sets for your friends and family.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Metal rings
Macrame cord
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. Cut two five-foot pieces of macrame cord.
2. Next, you’re going to start the knotting process. Lay your cords under the center of your hoop and make a loop shape at the top. Pull the end of your cords up through the center of the metal hoop and through your macrame loop.
3. Repeat this step, creating knots all around the circumference of the metal hoop.
4. When you’ve covered the entire metal hoop, tie a square knot to secure the ends and trim your cord, leaving roughly 3-4 inches.
5. Add wooden beads to your excess cord and knot the macrame to hold them in place.

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DIY Felt Gift Wrap Embellishment Ribbon

Step up your gift-giving game with a playful pop of personality and color! This felt gift-wrap replaces a traditional bow, setting your present apart. Have fun mixing and matching different colors and patterns to create something unique and beautiful.

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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Choose several coordinating colors of felt to use.

2. Cut a 1-inch strip off the side of the piece of felt.
3. Cut shapes out of your 1-inch strip. Triangles and squares are the easiest, and look really cute!

4. Measure a length of string to wrap around your gift and cut it.

5. Use a dot of hot glue to attach the felt shapes to your string.

6. Tie your felt gift wrap around your present and enjoy!

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DIY Felt Lollipops Tutorial

Looking for a fun rainy-day craft project to do with your kiddos? Get creative with different patterns and colors to create bright lollipops you can use as photo booth props, or just a fun toy!

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Dowel rods

Things to do:
1. Fold a piece of felt in half and cut a half circle shape. Unfold the felt and clean up the edges of your circle, leaving you with a symmetrical look.

2. Trace the circle onto two different colors of felt and cut out the shape.

3. Cut a swirl design out of a circle, creating a pretty pattern for your lollipop.

4. Use glue to secure the design onto one of your felt circles.

5. Cut your dowel in half.

6. Sandwich the dowel between your two circles, creating a lollipop. Secure it with glue.

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