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How to Make Antiqued Paper Doily Flowers

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Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate for your next dinner party? These antiqued paper flowers add a lovely touch to your usual decor and look great spread on a table as a centerpiece or stung up and hung as a garland.

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper doilies
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Brewed Coffee

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to make our flowers. Place your finger in the center of the paper doily and press down firmly. Twist the solid paper at the bottom and secure the twist with hot glue.
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2. Style your flower by wrinkling the paper and playing with the location of the “petals.”
3. Antique your flower by dipping the outer edges in black coffee. Let it dry completely before displaying your work.
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DIY Mason Jar Cork Coasters

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Embrace a shabby-chic decor motif with this simple DIY. In just a few minutes, you can create a custom set of coasters that will protect your furniture and look good doing it!

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar lids
Cork sheets or coasters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, measure the size of the bottom of your lid. Lay it with the smallest side down on your cork and trace along the outside edge.
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2. Cut out the cork shape and test the size by placing it in the bottom of your lid. If it’s too big, trim the edges until you have a perfect fit.
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3. Use hot glue to secure the cork in place.
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4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have a complete set.
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Pottery Barn Inspired Rustic Felt Christmas Trees

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Spruce up your shelves or winter table with a forest of festive felt trees. Try playing with different colors, textures, and shapes to create a natural, unique look that you and your holiday guests are sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Sticks
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wood slices
Paper
Pen

Things to do:
1. Fold a piece of paper in half and draw a tree shape. Cut it out and open it up to reveal a perfectly symmetrical tree.
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2. Trace your pattern onto a piece of felt and cut it out. You’ll need a minimum of five felt trees per one project.
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3. Next, attach to your felt trees to the stick. Fold them in half and run a line of hot glue down the middle. Place them roughly 1/2 inch above the top of the stick.
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4. When all of your felt pieces are attached and the tree is full, use hot glue to bring the tops of the trees together, giving it a finished and polished look.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the stick to a log slice base. If you’ll be moving your trees around a lot and need it to be extra secure, I recommend drilling a hole into the base first.
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5-Minute Grapevine Wreath Place Cards Tutorial

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These rustic place cards add the perfect finishing touch to your dinner party! They only take a few minutes to make and will instantly update your table with bright boxwood green.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mini grapevine wreaths
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial boxwood
Paper
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, cut out a banner. I started with a 1/2 inch strip of paper and added waves with my scissors to create the illusion of movement. Cut a “V” shape out of both ends.
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2. Write the names of your guests.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the banner to your grapevine wreath.
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4. Finish the wreath by adding boxwood pieces to the bottom. Trim small, 1/2 inch pieces and use hot glue to secure them to the wreath and and enjoy!
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Popsicle Stick Barn Tutorial

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It’s pretty amazing what you can make with some popsicles sticks and a hot glue gun! This popsicle stick barn is a great addition to a miniature fairy garden. Style it with pops and add it to your new display!

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Moss
Wood stain
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. The first step is staining your popsicle sticks. Use a foam brush to apply an even coat and let them dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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2. When your popsicle sticks are dry, it’s time to build, starting with the back wall. Lay two popsicle sticks perpendicular to each other and glue six popsicle sticks in between them. To finish the wall, glue two popsicle sticks in an “X” shape over the back.
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3. Next comes the two side walls. Lay two popsicle sticks perpendicular and glue four popsicle sticks in-between them. Repeat this step, so you have two walls.
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4. Now you need to make two roof pieces. Glue popsicle sticks side by side until you reach your desired size. Make another roof piece that is the same length.
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5. Use hot glue to attach moss to the roof pieces.
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6. The final step is assembling your barn. Use hot glue to attach the sides and the back. When the glue is dry, the three pieces should be able to stand on their own.
7. Complete the project by attaching the roof. Run a thick line of hot glue down a popsicle stick and attach it to the two roof pieces. When they’re secure, use hot glue to attach the roof to the barn.
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Rustic Felt Roses Tutorial

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These beauties are in bloom all year long! Make a whole boutique and use them as a centerpiece when the fresh flowers aren’t an option.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out your felt pieces. You’ll need one 1/2 inch strip and two strips that start at 1 inch and expand to about 1 1/2 – 2 inches.
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2. Wrap the 1/2 inch strip around the top of your stick. Use hot glue to secure the ends in place.
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3. Next, wrap the large strip of felt around the stick. Try to keep the roll loose and play with different heights. When you’ve finished rolling, apply a tick line of hot glue at the bottom of the roll and push it tightly against the stick. Repeat this step with your last strip of felt.
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4. Now we’re going to add leaves. Cut out one or two leaves and use hot glue to attach them to the bottom of the rose. I wrapped the entire bottom of my flower in green leaves, which gave my flower a clean and finished look.
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DIY Animal Storage Jars Tutorial

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Spring cleaning has never been so cute! These seasonal storage jars are a great way to tidy your space while adding to your seasonal decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic animals
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Mason jar

Things to do:
1. Paint the lid of your mason jar with acrylic paint. Use a foam brush and apply a thick coat and let it dry completely. If you need to apply a second coat, make sure you have a lot of paint on your brush. Your base layer may peel up, so it’s best to apply only one coat.
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2. Paint your plastic animal, being careful to cover all of the surface space.
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3. Use hot glue to attach your animal to the center of your mason jar lid. Hold it in place until the glue dries completely.
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Pompom Monogram Letter Tutorial

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Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate for a birthday party or baby shower? These monogram letters are super cute and only take a few minutes to make! They also make great party crafts. Give every child a letter and let them decorate it however they’d like!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up *For younger ages, use white glue

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Paint
Foam brush
Pompoms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your cardboard letter. I recommend using a foam brush, because you can get a nice thick coat. Don’t forget to cover all of the edges. Let it dry completely before moving on.
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2. Next, decorate your letter with pompoms! You can place them in any pattern you’d like and use hot glue to hold them in place. I started at the corners and worked my way in, spreading the pompoms out the closer to the center I got. Don’t forget to vary the colors and cover the back of your letter if it will be sitting on a table, because you’ll be able to see both sides.

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DIY Cone Party Hat

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Looking for an activity that will keep the little ones busy at the next birthday party you host? These DIY party hats are the perfect project! Bring out the paint, glue, and glitter and get ready for some fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger children will need help with the hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Plastic headband
Cardboard cone
Pompoms
Paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Glitter

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your cardboard cone. Use a foam brush to apply a thick layer of acrylic paint and let it dry completely.
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2. Next comes the glitter! Use your hot glue to draw a pattern and sprinkle a thin layer of glitter over it. If you want to reuse the excess glitter, sprinkle over a sheet of paper so you can pour it back in your container after.
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3. To add some color, use glue to attach pompoms around your cone. Don’t forget to put a pompom on top for a more polished, finished look!
4. The final step is attaching your cone to a headband. Apply a thick line of hot glue on either side of the cone and slide the headband up in place. Hold it securely until it dries.
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Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial

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Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to bring some fresh greens into your home! This embroidery hoop wreath is easy to make and pairs perfectly with many different decor styles. Make several and display them on a window or wall for an instant update.

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

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery hoop
Boxwood
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Gold wire
Scissors
Jute
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering your hoop with boxwood. To detach sprigs from your artificial bunch, simply grab near the base and pull. Use hot glue to secure them to the embroidery hoop, covering as much of the surface as you’d like.
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2. Next, create a hanger for your wreath. Cut a 3 inch piece of gold wire and wrap the ends around the hoop screw.
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3. Cut a piece of jute, slide it through the gold hanger and knot the ends.
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4. Display your wreath alone, or in a set to decorate your space.
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