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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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DIY Simple Modern Triangle Garland

Triangle Garland DIY Simple Modern Triangle Garland
This triangle garland serves as a great accent piece to any party or home decor. In just a few simple steps, you can create a trendy banner to adorn your space and dress it up for any event.

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Jute
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Paper cutter

Things to do:
1. Use your paper cutter to cut two-inch strips of card stock.
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2. Create a triangle pattern that measures 2″ high by 4″ wide.
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3. Trace the pattern onto the strips of cardstock and cut out as many triangles as you want on your banner.
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4. Attach the triangles to a piece of jute using a hot glue gun.
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5. Tie a knot at the end of the jute to create a hanger.

DIY Rustic Mason Jar Coasters

September 24, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Mason Jar Coasters DIY Rustic Mason Jar Coasters
These rustic Mason jar coasters make the perfect housewarming or Christmas gift. Customize the cork with different stamps and colors of ink to create a complementary look that is super adorable!

Things you’ll need:
Cork Sheet
Mason Jar Lid
Stamp
Inkpad
Pen
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting a circle from your cork sheet. Trace the outside of your lid onto the cork and cut out the shape. This will ensure you get the exact measurements.
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2. The next step is decorating the cork! Use your stamp to transfer a design onto the lid. Press the stamp firmly on the inkpad to ensure the entire stamp prints clearly.
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3. Secure the metal lid to the rim with hot glue.
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4. Apply a thin layer of hot glue to the Mason jar lid and place the cork circle inside.
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5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have a full set of rustic coasters!

DIY Decorative Arrows

September 22, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

DIY Decorative Arrows DIY Decorative Arrows
In just a few steps, you can transform old wooden dowels into chic room accessories that you’re sure to love! These arrows are super trendy and make adorable party decorations or a pretty room display.

Things you’ll need:
Dowel rods
Gold spray paint
Twine
Black paint
Paint brush
White feathers
Scissors
Black cardstock
Glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Spray the wooden dowel with gold spray paint, covering the entire surface. Allow time to dry, so you don’t smudge the paint.
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2. Spray paint the tips of your white feathers with gold spray paint and allow time to dry.
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3. Use black paint to draw stripes on the body of the arrow. This is a fun detail that really makes the arrows pop. Apply several coats of paint and allow time to dry.
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4. Cut a triangle that is 1.5″ high by 3″ long out of black card stock and crease it down the center.
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5. Use hot glue to attach the arrowhead to the end of the dowel.
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6. Use hot glue to attach a feather to the other end of the dowel.
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7. Wrap twine around the base of the feather and secure the end with hot glue.
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How to Make Your Own Cookie Gift Bags

Cookie Gift Bags How to Make Your Own Cookie Gift Bags
If you love to bake, this DIY was made for you! We’re going to show you how to package your homemade treats in an adorable gift bag, so you can give them away to your friends and family. Everyone is sure to appreciate your extra work and kind thoughts.

Things you’ll need:
Wax Paper
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Hole punch
Cardstock
Crafter’s Glue
Blue Baker’s Twine or other colors of your choice

Things to do:
1. Use your paper cutter to cut a 7 ½ inch piece of wax paper.
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2. Fold the cut piece of wax paper in half, overlapping the edges about 1 inch.
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3. Use crafter’s glue to secure the fold. I’ve found that tacky glue holds better than a glue stick.
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4. Fold the bottom edge up and secure the fold with crafter’s glue.
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5. Cut a 5 ½ by 1 ½ inch rectangle of cardstock.
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6. Glue the piece of cardstock over the seam on the wax paper bag.
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7. Turn down the top flap and punch two holes in the center.
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8. Cut a small square of cardstock and attach it through the punched holes with baker’s twine.
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9. Slip a delicious cookie inside and give it away to brighten someone’s day!

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