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DIY Rustic Jute Star Wall Hanging

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

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to assemble your wooden paddle star.
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.
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.
4. Wrap the rest of your star corners with jute.
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

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:
Fabric Stiffener
Foam brush

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.
2. Once they have dried completely, pull them off of the wax paper, being careful not to bend them.
3. Cut a length of jute and tie a knot at the end, leaving a small loop.
4. String your doilies on to your jute.
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

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:
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is disassembling the clothespins. Twist both sides in opposite directions and remove the metal clips.
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.
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.
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!
5. Cut a 10-inch piece of jute and knot the end, creating a loop.
6. Use hot glue to attach the knot to the back of the star.
7. Hang your ornament and enjoy!

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Clothespin Christmas Angel Ornaments Tutorial

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:
Paint in black, red, and gold
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Feather boa
Pipe cleaners
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.
2. Next, paint two black slippers on the bottom of your clothespin. The straighter your lines are, the better they will look.
3. Cut a piece of boa and use hot glue to secure it to the middle of your clothespin.
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.
5. Attach the angel’s head to the clothespin body with hot glue.
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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How to Make a Wood Rocking Chair with Clothespins Tutorial

This rocking chair is the perfect addition to your little girl’s dollhouse. The best part? All you need is a few clothespins and a hot glue gun to create this vintage-inspired project!

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

Things you’ll need:
14 Clothespins
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is prepping your materials. Twist your clothespins until the metal piece pops off.
2. Assemble the anchors of your rocking chair by gluing four sets of clothespins together.
3. Next, make the rockers by gluing two clothespins together, end to end, with the flat sides facing up. You’ll need two rockers.
4. Create the back of your seat by placing two clothespins parallel and securing them with three clothespins. This should look like a ladder.
5. Now we get to start putting the pieces together! Glue four clothespins to the four anchors of your rocking chair, creating a cube.
6. Make a seat for your chair by gluing three clothespins across the center of your cube.
7. Next, make a set of arm rests by cluing two clothespins together. Secure them to the top of your cube.
8. Finish your rocking chair by adding your seat back and rockers with hot glue.

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Macrame Hanging Mason Jar Planter Tutorial

There’s something soothing about the repetitive motion in weaving. This is the perfect project for a rainy day when you want to relax and create something beautiful. All you need is jute and a pair of scissors to get started!

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar

Things to do:
1. The first step is measuring your mason jar to determine the length of string you’ll need to work with. Simply turn your mason jar upside down and run your jute from one side to the other. Times this length by 10 and cut seven more pieces of jute in the same length.
2. Next, we’re going to get ready to weave! Divide your pieces of jute into two sets of four. Place one set running vertically on your table and one set running horizontally. Tie the sets together in the middle where they meet.
3. Once you get going, weaving your jute isn’t difficult – all you have to do is tie knots! Start by double knotting your strands 1 inch from the center knot. When you have your first set of knots tied, the jute should create a shape that looks like a flower.
4. Repeat your double knotting pattern, tying two new pieces of jute together 1 inch from your last set of knots. Continue knotting your jute until you’ve created a web large enough to hold your mason jar.
5. Place your mason jar on the center of the web, pull the strings of jute up, and knot them above the mason jar.
6. Fill your jar with flowers or a candle, display and enjoy!

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Nautical-Inspired Fishnet Mason Jar Tutorial

This nautical net jar is the perfect way to display any sand or shells you brought back from your last beach getaway. Grab your jute and mason jar and let’s get knotting!

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Jute wire rope
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating an anchor for your macrame. Measure the neck of your jar and cut a piece of jute that’s 3-4 inches longer than your measurement.
2. Cut ten 32-inch pieces of jute.
3. Next we’re going to start our macrame. Fold your longer pieces of jute in half and knot them on the shorter, anchor piece.
4. When all of your knots are secured, tie the anchor piece around the neck of your mason jar.
5. Now we get to start knotting! Grab two strings that are near each other and tie them in a knot 1/2-inch from the top of the jar. Repeat this step around the jar until all of the strings have been tied.
6. Move another 1/2-inch down the jar and start another row of knots, creating a diamond shape. Repeat this step around the jar until all of the strings have been tied.
7. Repeat the knotting pattern until you reach the bottom of your mason jar.
8. When you’ve completed your macrame, we’re going to bind off and finish the project. Cut a short length of jute, roughly 5 inches, and tie it in a circle. The circle should be slightly smaller than the bottom of the mason jar.
9. Tie the ends of your jute around the circle and trim any excess length.
10. To finish your fishnet jar, wrap a thick piece of jute around the neck of the jar and secure with hot glue.

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How to Make a Doily Cake Cover {Video} Tutorial

These charming cake covers add a homemade touch to your dessert table. Try using different shapes and sizes of doilies to create a fun collection of custom coverings.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large metal bowl or balloon
Fabric stiffener
Foam brush
Large doily

Things you need to do:
Metal Bowl
1. Start by placing your metal bowl upside down. Drape the doily over the top, keeping the centers aligned.
2. Apply a generous coat of fabric stiffener with a foam brush, being careful to cover the edges.
3. Gently pull all of the edges down tightly against the bowl and set it aside to dry.
4. When it is completely dry, stick your finger under the edge and gently work it around to loosen the doily. When the fabric stiffener detached from the bowl, pull your doily cover up slowly.
5. Display on a cake stand with your favorite desserts.

1. Blow up an extra-large balloon.
2. Place a large doily over the top, sliding the top of the balloon through the center.
3. Use a sponge brush to apply a generous layer of fabric stiffener, The doily should feel damp and heavy.
4. Let it dry overnight.
5. Stick your finger under the edge and slowly peel your doily cake cover up and off of the balloon. If this doesn’t work, use a needle to pop the balloon.

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DIY Scandinavian-Inspired Santa Gnome Ornament

Santa Claus is coming to town! Prep your house with these spirited ornaments and you’re sure to make the nice list! This is a great project for kids – they’ll love cutting and gluing to create a darling Christmas ornament.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
White yarn
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Red felt
White embroidery floss
Yarn needle
Wooden bead

Things to do:
1. The first step is making a hat for your Santa Claus. Roll your Styrofoam ball in felt and cut a rectangle that’s large enough to wrap around it.
2. Run a line of hot glue down the edge of your rectangle and fold it over, creating a tube.
3. Trim the top of the rectangle so it’s even.
4. Cut a 12-inch piece of embroidery floss and wrap it tightly 1/2 inch from the top of the felt tube, creating the top of your hat. Knot the ends tightly and trim with scissors.
5. Add stitching details to the brim of your hat with embroidery floss.
6. Next, we’re going to make Santa’s beard. Wrap the yarn around your hand several times, until you reach a thickness that you’re happy with. Tie a piece around the center of the loop and knot it, holding the pieces in place.
7. Slide scissors through the loop and cut the yarn.
8. Tie the beard around the Styrofoam ball. Secure with hot glue if needed.
9. Use hot glue to add a little wooden bead just above the beard to make Santa’s nose.
10. Draw a line of hot glue around the top of the beard and slide the hat down in place, finishing your Santa ornament.
11. Finally, cut a piece of embroidery floss, knot it at the end, and use hot glue to secure it to the top of the hat.

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How to Make You Own Christmas Ornament Garland

Spruce up your space with this gorgeous, holiday garland. This project is a great way to recycle your old bulbs and turn them into something fresh and festive!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 6 and Up

Things you’ll need:

Things to do:
1. First, you have to decide the length of your garland. Measure the length of the area you’d like to decorate and cut a piece of jute accordingly, adding an extra foot to account for knots.
2. Knot the end of the jute, leaving a loop at the end to hang your garland from.
3. String your ornaments on the jute, varying color to add depth.
4. As you add more ornaments, be sure to slide them to the very end of your jute. A good way to get them to slide is to pull the jute taunt.
5. When you’ve reached your desired length, knot the end, leaving a loop.
6. Display your garland on a flat surface or tack up two nails and hang it by the end loops.

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