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Kid Approved Spring Spool Chicks Tutorial

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Rainy spring days have your kiddos going a little stir crazy? These darling chicks are a great way to add some excitement to play time. They’ll love using paint and glue to create a cute little critter they get to keep.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger ages should use white craft glue

Things you’ll need:
Spools
Yellow acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Feathers
Google eyes
Orange foam sheets

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your spools. Use a paintbrush and acrylic paint to add a fun pattern like stripes or polka dots.
2. Use hot glue to attach two google eyes to the front, center of your spool.
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3. Next, we’re going to make the beak for our chick. Cut a small triangle out of orange foam. Fold the triangle in half, creating a crease down the middle.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the foam beak just below the google eyes.
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5. Trim a 2-1/2 inch piece of feather. Slide it down the center of your spool and use hot glue to hold it in place.
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DIY Rustic Moss Candle

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Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with this stunning moss candle. In just a few simple steps, you can transform an inexpensive candle into a piece of art.

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

Things you’ll need:
Candle
Paper
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Moss

Things to do:
1. Measure the circumference of your candle a cut a 2-inch strip of paper in the correct length.
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2. Next, cover the strip of paper in moss. Pull the moss apart until you reach your desired density. Use hot glue to secure it to the paper. Make sure none of the paper shows through. Leave 1/2 inch of the strip of paper without moss.
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3. Wrap the mossy paper around your candle and use hot glue to attach the ends. If any of the moss pulled away from the paper, use more hot glue to hold it in place. **Never leave a lit candle unattended. **Never leave a burning candle unattended. We recommend using a battery-operated candle for this specific project. Wax candles were used for demonstration purposes.
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Kid Approved Wooden Spoon Easter Critters Tutorial

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Turn ordinary wood craft spoons into one-of-a-kind friends! Then use your Wooden Spoon Bunnies as Easter decor, place them in Dirt Pudding as a festive touch OR have an afternoon of puppet play with them!

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

Things you’ll need:
Wooden spoon
Acrylic paint (Grey, Cream, Black)
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Pink and grey felt
Googly eyes
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. Start by painting your wooden spoon either cream or grey. Use a foam brush to apply a thick layer of paint and set it aside to dry.
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2. Next, we’re going to cut out the ears. Fold your grey felt in half and cut out half of an ear shape. Unfold the felt to reveal a perfectly symmetrical critter ear. Use this as a pattern for the second ear.
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3. Cut a smaller version of your grey ears out of pink felt.
4. Use hot glue to attach the pink shapes to the center of your grey ears.
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5. Secure the ears to the back of your wooden spoon with hot glue.
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6. Now we get to make the face of our little critters. Start by using hot glue to attach google eyes to the center of the wooden spoon.
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7. To complete your project, paint a nose, mouth, and whiskers onto the spoon – don’t forget the eyelashes!
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Rustic Twine Easter Carrots Tutorial

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These bright carrots add a fun pop of color to your Easter decor. Make several in different sizes to create a beautiful centerpiece or display them on your shelf to celebrate the season.

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

Things you’ll need:
Newspaper
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Orange jute
Greenery
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Roll your newspaper into a cone shape. Fold the top 2-3 inches down, adding volume to the upper section. Twist the cone to solidify the shape and add density.
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2. Use hot glue to attach the end of your jute to the bottom of the cone.
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3. Wrap the jute around the cone until the entire surface is covered. Wrap the cone tightly and make sure that none of the paper is visible.
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4. When you reach a half inch below the top of your cone, pull off a small bunch of greenery and slide it down between the jute and the cone.
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5. Finish wrapping the final half inch.
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6. Trim your jute and use hot glue to hold the end in place.
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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

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If you’re looking for a fun, educational craft to do with your children, look no further! This cute little bird feeder is easy for kids to make and it can lead to great conversations about nature.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *For younger kids, substitute hot glue with craft glue.

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Jute

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating the bottom of the bird feeder. Use glue to attach 12 popsicle sticks side by side.
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2. Next, we’re going to start building up. Use glue to attach a popsicle stick on either side of the base. These popsicle sticks should be parallel to one another. After they’re secured in place, add two more popsicle sticks parallel to each other, but on the opposite sides of the base.
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3. Before you continue adding height, glue a popsicle stick to the center of the base, creating a stand for the birds.
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4. Continue the pattern for building until you’ve reached your desired height. My bird feeder is nine popsicle sticks high.
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5. When the glue is dry, cut four pieces of jute, all equal in length
6. Tie the ends of the four corners of the bird feeder and pull them up towards the center, knotting them so they all hang evenly.
7. Hang the bird feeder from the knot and enjoy!
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Fuzzy Easter Bunny Wreath Tutorial

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The Easter Bunny is sure to stop at your house this year when you have this darling wreath displayed in the window! Grab your hot glue gun and let’s get festive!

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

Things you’ll need:
White boa
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Styrofoam wreath form
Pink felt sheet or foam sheet
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out your ear shapes. Fold your foam sheet in half and cut out half of the shape. When you open it up, you’ll have a perfectly symmetrical bunny ear! Trace this ear to create another identical one.
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2. Use hot glue to attach a boa to the outside edges of the ears.
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3. The next step is attaching the ears to the back of the wreath form. Apply a thick line of hot glue along the bottom of both ears and press the wreath form firmly down against them. Hold them in place until the glue has dried.
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4. The final step is covering the wreath form in fuzzy feather boa. Use hot glue to hold them in place and start wrapping. Continue adding boas until the entire surface is covered.
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DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Gold Gilded Deer Key Rack

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In just a few simple steps, you can get organized in style! This project combines bold metallic colors and cute woodland creatures to create the perfect hipster key holder.

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic deer
Gold spray paint
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wooden plaque
Foam brush
Grey acrylic paint

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your base. Use a foam brush to cover the plaque with a thin layer of paint. Allow it to dry completely. Apply a second coat if necessary.
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2. Next, you need to paint your deer. Use spray paint to cover the entire surface, including the bottom and top. Be careful to paint between the antlers and under the stomach. Let it dry completely before moving on.
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3. Use hot glue on the hooves of the deer to secure it to the center of your plaque. Let the glue dry completely before using.
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DIY Easter Treat Pouches Tutorial

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These Easter pouches add a darling handmade touch to your child’s Easter basket. They’re the perfect size to hold candy, stickers, or a note. Make several in different colors for a cute, unique Easter gift or make them with your kids for a fun springtime activity.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger ages may need help with the needle and thread.

Things you’ll need:
Foam eggs
Scissors
Needle
Embroidery thread
Foam stickers

Things to do:
1. First, choose two eggs you want to use in your project. Use whatever color you’d like.
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2. Fold one in half, creating a crease down the center.
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3. Cut along the fold, creating a playful pattern with the scissors.
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4. Use embroidery floss to sew the two eggs together.
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5. Decorate the front of the pouch with Easter stickers.
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How to Make a Wood Clothespin Trivet Tutorial

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You only need two supplies to create this beautiful trivet! Try making several in different shapes and sizes to have a complete collection of geometric trivets for your kitchen.

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

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Hot glue gun or E6000
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is pulling your clothespins apart. Grab either side and twist in opposite directions until the metal clip pops loose.
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2. Reassemble the clothespins using hot glue. Run a line of glue down the flat side of the wood and attach it to another flat side.
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3. When you’ve reassembled your pack of clothes pins, arrange them in the shape you want your trivet to be and use hot glue to hold them in place. For a round trivet, putting the thin ends of the clothespins in the center so they’re all touching.
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Mini Terrarium Magnets Tutorial

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Organize your refrigerator with these spring-inspired, mini terrariums. They’re pretty, practical and only take five minutes to make, so they’ll fit into your Spring cleaning schedule!

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

Things you’ll need:
Glass jars
Magnets
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Moss
Succulents

Things to do:
1. Take the cork top off of your glass jar and fill it with dried moss. Leave a bit “growing” out of the top to keep it looking natural.
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2. Pop the succulents off of your vine.
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3. Use hot glue to attach 2-3 succulents to the top of your moss.
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4. Use hot glue to secure a magnet to the back of your jar.
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5. Display your mini terrarium and enjoy!

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