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‘Spring has Sprung’ Floral Ball Garland Tutorial

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This floral garland adds the perfect bright and airy touch to your home. Choose blooms that complement your color scheme and leave it up all season long.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial flowers
Scissors
Jute
Embroidery needle

Things to do:
1. First, pull the blooms off of your artificial bouquet.
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2. Use hot glue to secure them to the surface of your Styrofoam ball. Overlap the blooms so all of the blank space is covered – the fuller, the better!
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3. Thread your embroidery needle with string and run it through the top portion of your Styrofoam ball.

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Teeny Fairy Garden Terrarium Tutorial

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These miniature fairy garden terrariums will bring your spring decor to life. Have fun playing with different base materials to create a bright, whimsical land.

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

Things you’ll need:
Teeny terrarium cloches
Moss
Colored pebbles
Micro mini fairy garden decor

Things to do:
1. Apply a thin layer of moss to the bottom of your terrarium. Stretch and pull it apart to create a thin, circle shape.
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2. Add colored pebbles on top of the moss to hold it in place. I used my pebbles to create a small path.
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3. Add any fair garden decor that you have. I used a mini cottage and yard sign to create my set of miniature terrariums.
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How to Make a Decorative Felt Valentine Envelope

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This faux envelope is a great way to organize your valentines or keep them on display. Your kids will love taking them to class on Valentines Day and passing out notes to all of their friends.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Embroidery needle
Embroidery floss
Foam heart stickers
Buttons

Things to do:
1. The first step in making your envelope is folding the top two corners down, so they meet in the center. Secure this fold with hot glue.
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2. Next, it’s time to add the button and closure. Start by using your needle and embroidery floss to create a small loop at the bottom center of your envelope.
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3. Use embroidery floss to attach a button to the top center of the “V” on the side that will be facing out.
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4. Now you get to decorate your envelope! Start by cutting a felt square to use as a stamp. Use hot glue to attach it to the front corner and add a foam heart sticker to the center.
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5. To create an “address label,” cut a rectangle out of felt and use embroidery floss to add initials. Use hot glue to attach it.
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6. Add embroidery details around the edges of your envelope.
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DIY Rustic Valentine’s Day Candles

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching – Decorate your space with this quick and simple project! If you love rustic, vintage decor, you’ll love this DIY!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pillar candle
Jute
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Tin hearts
Grapevine hearts

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping your candle in jute. Start about 1-inch from the top and secure the end with a small drop of hot glue. Wrap the jute around the candle, being careful to overlap the jute so the end stays in place. Continue wrapping until several inches have been covered.
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2. Next, start decorating your candle. I started with tin hearts and use hot glue to attach them to the jute. You can bend the tin so the heart shape perfectly wraps the curve of your candle.
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3. Finish with grapevine wire hearts to add another dimension of decor.
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DIY Valentine Heart Ornaments Tutorial

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These 3D hearts look lovely hanging on a seasonal tree or scattered on a table to celebrate love. If you’re looking for a unique, inexpensive way to decorate this Valentines Day, this is the project for you!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Red, white and pink felt
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Needle
Flaxseeds or cotton

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out your heart shapes. You can either make a paper pattern and use it for all of your heart ornaments, or you can cut each heart by hand so they vary in size and shape. You need two identical hearts for every ornament you make.
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2. Next, use hot glue to attach two hearts. Run the glue around the very edge of the hearts, leaving a 1-inch gap so you can fill your heart.
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3. Fill the heart with flaxseeds or cotton.
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4. Seal the gap with hot glue.
5. Use embroidery floss to add a decorative stitch to the outside edge of your ornament.
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6. Run a piece of embroidery floss through the top center of the heart and knot it to create a hanger.
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Kid Friendly Fox Valentines Tutorial

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This fun, festive project is perfect for rainy, winter afternoons. Your little ones will love assembling their own little fox and giving them away to friends on Valentines Day.

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Red paint
Felt
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Buttons
Heart stickers

Things to do:
1. Start by painting your popsicle sticks. For a festive valentine fox, use red. For every fox, you’ll need 3 painted popsicle sticks.
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2. Next, glue the popsicle sticks together, forming a triangle.
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3. Lay your triangle on top of a piece of felt and trace around the edges. Cut out the shape.
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4. Glue your felt to the back of the popsicle stick form.
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5. Cut two small, felt triangles and glue them to the top of your form. These will be the ears of your fox!
6. Cut two small white circles of felt and glue them halfway down the sides of your triangle. These will be your eyes! Add foam heart stickers to the center to complete the look.
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7. The final step is using hot glue to attach a button to the bottom point of your triangle, creating the nose.
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DIY Rustic Jute Star Wall Hanging

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Decorate your space with shabby-chic stars to add a homey, country feel. This project requires a little patience, but the finished project is worth it!

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

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

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to assemble your wooden paddle star.
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2. Next, start wrapping your star in jute. Pick a corner to start with and use hot glue to attach the end of your jute. Begin wrapping, using hot glue as an anchor when needed.
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3. When the first triangle is covered, continue wrapping the center of the star. You’ll need to use hot glue to hold the jute in place.
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4. Wrap the rest of your star corners with jute.
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5. Use hot glue to cover the center with measured and trimmed pieces of jute.
6. Display your work of art and enjoy!

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Vintage-Inspired Doily Banner Tutorial

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This beautiful banner adds the perfect festive touch to your party decor. String a length of jute with doilies and watch them transform your space.

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

Things you’ll need:
Doilies
Fabric Stiffener
Foam brush
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is stiffening your doilies. Lay them out flat on a sheet of wax paper and use a foam brush to thoroughly cover them with fabric stiffener. Be sure to cover all of the edges evenly.
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2. Once they have dried completely, pull them off of the wax paper, being careful not to bend them.
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3. Cut a length of jute and tie a knot at the end, leaving a small loop.
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4. String your doilies on to your jute.
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5. Knot the other end, leaving a loop.
6. Hang your doily banner from the loops and enjoy!
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How to Make Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments

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Transform your tree into a shabby-chic masterpiece with these rustic star ornaments. All you need is a few materials to create unique decor that will set your holiday style apart.

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

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Stain
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Jute

Things to do:
1. The first step is disassembling the clothespins. Twist both sides in opposite directions and remove the metal clips.
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2. Next, use a foam brush to stain your clothespins. If you’re making multiple ornaments, try using different shades of stain to add depth.
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3. When your stain is dry, run a line of hot glue down the flat side and attach it to another clothespin. Do this until you have six pairs of clothespins.
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4. Use hot glue to attach 6 clothespins by their ends in a circle. When all six are in place, your snowflake shape will appear!
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5. Cut a 10-inch piece of jute and knot the end, creating a loop.
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6. Use hot glue to attach the knot to the back of the star.
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7. Hang your ornament and enjoy!

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Clothespin Christmas Angel Ornaments Tutorial

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Looking for a fun, rainy day project for older kids? These clothespin angels combine painting, cutting, and gluing to create a cute little doll your kids will enjoy.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger kids may need help with the glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Paint in black, red, and gold
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Feather boa
Pipe cleaners
Felt
Scissors
Wood head bead

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting the face of your angel. Use a small paintbrush to add hair, eyes, and a smile. Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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2. Next, paint two black slippers on the bottom of your clothespin. The straighter your lines are, the better they will look.
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3. Cut a piece of boa and use hot glue to secure it to the middle of your clothespin.
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4. To make the halo, wrap a pipe cleaner around the lid of your acrylic paint and wrap the end of the wire to keep the circle shape. Cut the straight wire about 1-inch from the halo and use hot glue to attach it to the back of your angel’s head.
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5. Attach the angel’s head to the clothespin body with hot glue.
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6. Fold your piece of felt in half and cut out a half heart shape. Unfold the felt to reveal a perfectly symmetrical heart. Run a line of hot glue down the middle and attach the wings to the back of your angel.Clothespin_Christmas_Angel_Ornaments10
7. Complete your angel with pipe cleaner arms. Cut a 5-inch piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the angel body, twisting it in the back to hold them in place.

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