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DIY Miniature To-Go Drink Gift Set

December 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

To Go Drinks DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
These to go drinks are wonderful party favors for any holiday event. Their small size makes them super convenient, so you can enjoy hot drinks on the go!

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

Things you’ll need:
Small glass jars
Jute
Gift tags
Metal safety pins
Scissors
Mini liberty bells
Gold wire
Drink mix
Wax paper

Things to do:
Hot Chocolate
1. The first step is filling the glass jar with drink mix. I’m starting with hot chocolate. Use wax paper to pour the mix into the jar and seal with the cork top.
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To Go Drinks2 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
2. Use gold jewelry wire to attach two mini metal bells to the neck of the jar. Wrap the ends of the wire several times to ensure they stay in place.
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Loose-Leaf Tea
1. Fill the jar with loose-leaf tea and seal the container with the cork top.
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2. Tie a piece of jute around the neck of the container.
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3. Attach a gift tag with steeping instructions to the jar using a metal clothespin.
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To Go Drinks8 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set

Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial

December 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Book Page Christmas Tree Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
This festive craft is perfect for the holiday season! Make several trees in different sizes and use them as a centerpiece, or make small trees and incorporate them into your ceramic Christmas village. However you choose to use these trees, they’re sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Books pages
Styrofoam cone
Craft glue
Gold glitter
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Small birch slice

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the leaves or branches for the tree. Start by tearing out a page from an old book and folding it in half. Cut half oval shapes on the fold. The leaves should be roughly the same size, but don’t have to be exactly the same.
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2. The next step is gluing the leaves to the Styrofoam cone. Put hot glue on the top ½ inch of the leaf down the fold and attach it to the top of the cone. Continue gluing leaves until you’ve covered the top of the cone.
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Book Page Christmas Tree5 Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
3. Once you’ve created a top layer, use a drop of hot glue to bring the leaves together, creating a point, or top of your tree.
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4. Continue gluing leaves onto the Styrofoam cone until the entire surface is covered.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the birch wood slice to the bottom of the Styrofoam cone, creating a trunk.
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6. Once you’ve finished your tree, add glitter accents to the edges of the branches with tack glue.
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Creative Rustic Christmas Gift Wrap Tutorial

December 9, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Creative Christmas Gift Wrap Creative Rustic Christmas Gift Wrap Tutorial
Christmas is coming and what better way to get in the Holiday spirit than to wrap some presents! This tutorial will give you some inspiration for rustic wrapping that will take your gifts to the next level. Experiment with jute and rusted decor to create a look that you love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Brown wrapping paper
Brown and green jute
Ornament
Metal heart
Mini metal bells
Branch of greenery
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
White gift tags
Clear cord

Things to do:
Idea One
1. Wrap your present with brown wrapping paper.
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2. Take a piece of jute and wrap it around the package.
3. Attach your mini rusted bells to the gift tag using clear string.
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4. Place the greenery on the top of the present.
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5. Slide the gift tag onto the jute and tie it in a bow, securing the greenery in the process.
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Idea Two
1. Wrap your present with brown wrapping paper.
2. Tie a piece of jute onto the package using a cross pattern on the back.
3. Use clear string to attach a rusted heart to the gift tag.
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4. Slide an ornament and the gift tag onto the jute and tie a bow.
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Creative Christmas Gift Wrap5 Creative Rustic Christmas Gift Wrap Tutorial

How-to Make a Paper Chalkboard Flower

Paper Chalkboard Flower How to Make a Paper Chalkboard Flower
This versatile project has so many fun uses! Write a sweet note and use the paper flower in place of a bow on a birthday present, or hang it from your Christmas tree. However you choose to display this project, you’re sure to love the finished result!

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

Things you’ll need:
Old Book Pages
Scissors
Jute
Chalk Ink Pen
Chalk circles
Ruler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Bone folder (optional)

Things to do:
1. Tear out two pages from an old book and accordion fold them with ¾ inch folds. Try to keep the folds crisp and straight.
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Paper Chalkboard Flower3 How to Make a Paper Chalkboard Flower
2. Once you’ve folded both of your pages, the next step is cutting an inverse “v” shape on both sides. Sketch the shape with a pen and use scissors to make the cuts.
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Paper Chalkboard Flower5 How to Make a Paper Chalkboard Flower
3. Now, we want to connect the pages. Fold each page in half and use a piece of jute to tie them together in the middle. Use a double knot to ensure they stay together.
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4. Draw a line of hot glue down the center of each fold and attach the pages at all loose seams, creating a circle. Let the hot glue dry before moving on to the next seam.
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Paper Chalkboard Flower8 How to Make a Paper Chalkboard Flower
5. When you’ve finished creating your flower shape, add a decorative element by gluing a chalk circle to the front. Apply a drop of hot glue to the back of the circle and secure it to the middle of the flower. Write a sweet note on the chalk circle and enjoy!
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Paper Chalkboard Flower10 How to Make a Paper Chalkboard Flower
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DIY Rustic Log Slice Memory Game

December 1, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Log Slice Memory Game DIY Rustic Log Slice Memory Game
This project makes the perfect gift for a young child. Make a custom memory game with log slices and a wood-burning tool. They’ll love to play this timeless game with a set handmade with love just for them!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Small birch wood slices
Wood burning tool
Pencil
Jute

Things to do:
1. The first step is picking a theme for your memory game. For this set, I’m going to do a “woods” theme. Once you’ve picked a theme, draw your shapes onto the surface of the wood slices using a pencil. Draw each shape twice, so you have a pair of matches.
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2. Choose a mid-sized tip for the wood-burning tool. This tip is small enough to create a precise line, but large enough to make it really stand out against the wood surface.
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3. Once the wood-burning tool is heated, use it to trace over your pencil designs.
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4. Once you’ve finished burning all 10 matches, you’re ready to package your memory game. Use a small wood box or mason jars for easy storage.

DIY Christmas Card Holder

November 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

DIY Christmas Card Holder DIY Christmas Card Holder
Every Christmas, beautiful cards come in the mail from your dearest friends. If you’re looking for a way to display them in a pretty and organized fashion, this Christmas card holder is perfect for you! Turn your Christmas cards into a wall hanging that will bring Christmas cheer to your home during the holiday season.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wire ribbon (2 ½ – 4in wide)
3/8″ Ribbon
Wire
Wire Cutters
Scissors
Christmas Cards
Tape Measure
Glue Gun
Damage Free Hangers
Needle
Thread

Things to do:
1. Measure a 50 inch piece of wide ribbon. Cut the end of the ribbon in a “V” shape to create a decorative look.
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2. Fold the top edge of the ribbon towards you to create a triangle. Lay a piece of wire beneath the triangle and fold the triangle over the wire. Sew the wire in place to secure the hanger.
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DIY Christmas Card Holder5 DIY Christmas Card Holder
3. Twist wire to create a loop and trim the excess.
4. Make a bow to place at the top of the Christmas card hanger and secure it to the hanger with a piece of wire.
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5. Cut two 50 inch pieces of 3/8 inch ribbon and lay them on the pieces of wide ribbon.
6. Place Christmas cards between the pieces of ribbon and secure them in place with hot glue.
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7. Secure wall hanger to the back of the bow and hang your Christmas card holder so you can enjoy your cards all season.

Ric Rac Candy Cane Ornament

November 28, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Ric Rac Candy Cane Ric Rac Candy Cane Ornament
These darling ornaments are quick and easy to make and they add a festive touch to any tree. Combine Christmas colors to create these candy decorations and enjoy your beautiful tree this holiday season.

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

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo red and white ric rac
3/8 inch ribbon
Push pins
Fabric stiffener
Paintbrush
Red and gold thread
Needle
Bead
Glue gun
Cardboard

Things to do:
1. Take a piece of red ric rac and a piece of white ric rac and weave them together until you reach your desired candy cane shape.
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2. Cut your ric rac candy cane and pin it down onto the piece of cardboard. When you pin it, be sure that it falls in the shape you desire.
3. Create seven points out of red ric rac, creating a flower shape. Run thread through the center of the flower shape to keep the ric rac in place. Sew a bead onto the center of the flower.
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4. Cut 3 ½ inches of green ribbon and hot glue them to the flower to create leaves. Pin the ric rac flower down onto the cardboard.
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5. Use your paintbrush to cover the ric rac flower and candy cane with fabric stiffener.
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6. Let the candy cane dry over night before glue the flower to the candy cane.
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7. Sew a ribbon hanger to the top of the candy cane, creating an ornament that is ready to be enjoyed.

Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp

Turn Any Bottle into a Lamp Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp
This rustic piece of home decor adds a vintage touch to your home. The bottle lamp kit makes it easy to create a one of a kind lamp for your family room. Find a bottle you love and have fun creating something beautiful!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 25 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Bottle lamp kit
Glass bottle
Lamp shade
Lampshade adapter - optional
Lamp finial - optional

Things to do:
1. Determine which cork fits in your glass bottle.
2. Screw the long screw into the base of the light bulb socket. Turn the screw until it is attached tightly.
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3. Slide the plate and a nut onto the long screw attach to the socket.
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4. Slide the cork onto the long screw. Twist it clockwise, until it meets the washer.
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5. Twist a nut onto the bottom of the screw to secure the pieces in place.
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6. Insert the cork into the bottle.
7. Pop the metal piece onto the light bulb and screw it into place on the lamp.
8. Place the lampshade on top and secure it with the finial.

Handmade Natural Seed Holiday Ornaments

November 6, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Natural Seed Ornaments Handmade Natural Seed Holiday Ornaments
These rustic ornaments are country chic, making them the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. Experiment with different materials, including sunflower seeds, flax, and feather, to create a unique set of ornaments that will bring a creative element to your decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache ball ornaments
Sunflower seeds
Crafters Pick Glue
Paint brush
Gold glitter spray

Things to do:
1. Paint the paper ornament with glue, covering the first inch of the ball in a circle shape.
Rustic Ornaments Handmade Natural Seed Holiday Ornaments
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2. Cover the glued area with sunflower seeds, creating a pattern that points up and in with the narrow part of the shape facing the top of the ornament.
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Natural Seed Ornaments2 Handmade Natural Seed Holiday Ornaments
3. Repeat steps one and two until the first half of the surface of the ornament is covered with seeds.
4. Allow the first half of the ornament to dry.
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5. When you reach the bottom half of the ornament, face the sunflower seeds in the opposite direction, allowing them to narrow into a perfect circle that will fit on the ornament.
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6. Allow ornament to dry and then spray the surface with gold glitter to taste.
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DIY Chocolate Stir Sticks for Wintery Days

November 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Chocolate Stir Sticks DIY Chocolate Stir Sticks for Wintery Days
This chocolate stir stick is the perfect party favor or gift during those cold, wintery months. Melt chocolate and use your favorite candies to create a custom stir stick that pairs great with morning coffee or hot chocolate.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic spoons
Chocolate
Peppermint sticks
Mallet
M&M’s
Knife
Scissors
Treat Bags

Things to do:
1. Melt the chocolate of your choice in the microwave.
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2. Use the mallet to break the peppermint stick into little pieces.
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3. Set plastic spoons onto a plate that will hold them level.
4. Pour chocolate into the spoons, being careful not to fill them too full.
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5. Place crushed peppermint and M&M’s on the melted chocolate.
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6. Allow time to harden in the refrigerator.
7. Cut off the end of a treat bag, place spoon inside and secure the bottom with a piece of ribbon.
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Chocolate Stir Sticks7 DIY Chocolate Stir Sticks for Wintery Days

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