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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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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

DIY Custom Gift Bags

DIY Custom Gift Bags DIY Custom Gift Bags
Jazz up a plain gift bag with this fun DIY. You’re sure to love giving presents in this pretty wrapping, adding an extra handmade touch to your gift.

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

Things you’ll need:
Two same-size gift bags in different colors
Washi tape
Hole punch
Scalloped scissor
Glue stick
Jute twine
Stickers

Things to do:
1. Cut a 1 1/2 inch band out of one of the bags using scalloped scissors.
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2. Run a piece of washi tape along the middle of the band.
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3. Slip the decorated band over the top of the other bag and secure with glue.
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4. Repeat steps 1-3, creating another decorative band.
5. Punch two holes in the top and middle of the bag.
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6. Lace a piece of string through the holes.
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7. Attach two stickers on the ends of the strings, creating festive ties.
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DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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

DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments
In just a few easy steps, you will have a sweet addition to your holiday decor. Simply choose any cookie cutter, large or small, and transform it into a festive decoration. This adorable craft makes a wonderful ornament or decoration for any time or year.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 40 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up * Younger ages may need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Jute
Metal cookie cutter
Suede cord
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Apply a thin layer of hot glue to the bottom of the metal cookie cutter and attach the jute. Allow time to dry before continuing to the next step.
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2. Start wrapping the cookie cutter with jute, applying hot glue to outside of the cookie cutter. Wrap the cookie cutter tightly and try to keep your lines as straight as possible.
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3. Once the cookie cutter has been completely covered with jute, tie a piece of suede cord to the top of the shape to create a hanger.
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DIY Family Vacation Keepsake Ornament

October 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Vacation Keepsake Ornament DIY Family Vacation Keepsake Ornament
This sweet ornament will serve as a special reminder of your favorite family vacation. All you need is a map and few crafting supplies to create a keepsake that you will treasure for years to come.

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

Things you’ll need:
Map
Wood heart ornament
Wire cutters
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Cutting mat and craft knife
Scissors
Sand Paper

Things to do:
1. Use your wire cutters to remove the wire hanger from the heart shape. Use sand paper to smooth the edges where the wire was attached.
2. Find a location that you love on a world map and trace the heart shape onto the map. Cut out the shape.
3. Use Mod Podge to secure the map to the wooden heart. Apply a thin layer to the wood and place the map on top. Allow time to dry before adding additional layers.
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4. Use a cutting knife to remove any excess paper.
5. Re-attach the wire hanger to the wooden heart.
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How to Make Mason Jar Flower Vase

Mason Jar Flower Vase How to Make Mason Jar Flower Vase
This DIY will teach you how to transform a plain mason jar into a trendy vase in just a few simple steps. Make a few and give them away with bouquets to friends, or use them to decorate your house. However you choose to display them, they are sure to be a fun way to make a rustic style statement.

Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up * Younger ages may need assistance.
Difficulty level: Beginner

Thing you’ll need:
Suede cord
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Chalkboard tags
Chalk Ink marker
Mini clothespins

DIY No-Sew Tulle Garland

No Sew Tulle Garland DIY No Sew Tulle Garland
This tulle garland is the perfect piece of decoration for a baby shower or engagement party. It’s a quick and easy way to transform your space. You can choose from a wide variety of colors and ribbon to create a look that you love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Tulle
Scissors
Cutting Mat
Hemp Cord

Things to do:
1. The first step is determining how long you want your tulle garland to be. For my project, I’ve made a 6-foot garland. Once you’ve determined the length you want, cut your hemp cord accordingly.
2. Once you’ve cut your hemp cord, it’s time to start adding the tulle details! Cut 6-inch squares of tulle, using the cutting board for measurements.
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3. Stack three squares of tulle on top of one another and gather them from the center, creating a bow shape.
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4. Slide the gathered tulle squares onto the piece of hemp cord and secure the tulle in place with a 2-inch piece of hemp cord tied in a double knot. Trim any excess tulle and hemp cord.
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5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve filled the entire length of your garland.

DIY Chalkboard Birthday Banner

DIY Chalkboard Birthday Banner DIY Chalkboard Birthday Banner
This fun and festive banner is a sweet way to celebrate a birthday, or any other special occasion. The chalk circles make it easy to change the message, so you can reuse this banner time and time again.

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

Things you’ll need:
Chalkboard tags
Jute twine
Pinecones
Scissors
Chalk Ink marker

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of jute that measures 4 ½ feet.
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2. Write “H-A-P-P-Y-B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y” on the chalk circles using a chalk pen.
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3. Thread the letters that spell “ Happy” onto the 4 ½ feet of jute.
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4. Attach a pinecone to each end of the jute. Place the pinecone on top of the jute and wrap the string around tightly.
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5. Tie a knot at each end, so you can hang your banner easily.
6. Repeat steps 1-5, creating a “Birthday” banner. String the banners up to celebrate!

DIY Sunflower Kissing Ball

DIY Sunflower Kissing Ball DIY Sunflower Kissing Ball
This sunflower kissing ball is a great way to add a bright pop of color to your fall flower garden. In just a few easy steps, you can transform a fake bouquet into a modern decoration. Play around with different flowers until you find a look that complements your outdoor living space perfectly.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Foamtastic Glue
Artificial sunflower heads
Natural Hemp Cord
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is popping the sunflower blooms off of the bunch. A slight pull will remove the flower, leaving you with a short stem that is perfect for attaching the flowers to the Styrofoam base.
2. Once you’ve loosened the flowers, apply a small drop of glue to the stem and poke them into the Styrofoam ball. A random placement looks best.
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3. Cut small pieces of greenery and use Foamtastic glue to secure them to the Styrofoam ball.
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4. Continue repeating steps 2 and 3 until the entire surface is covered in sunflower blooms.
5. Cut a piece of hemp cord to create a hanger. Use a pair of scissors to punch a hole in the top of the Styrofoam ball and fill the hole with glue. Place both ends of the hemp cord into the glue and let it dry until it is secured.
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