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Turn Old Magazines into a Useful Basket

Recycled Magazine Bowl Turn Old Magazines into a Useful Basket
This DIY is a wonderful way to recycle any old magazines you may have laying around. It is so fun to pick bright colored pages to assemble into a neat bowl. Use the finished product to hold craft supplies or fruit on your kitchen counter.

Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up *This craft requires the use of a hot glue gun
Difficulty level: Intermediate

Things you’ll need:
Glue Sticks
Glue Gun
Tacky Glue
Magazines
Clothespins

Things to do:
1. The first step is ripping out magazine pages. I’ve found that choosing brightly colored pages is a great way to add interesting details to your bowl.
2. The next step is folding the magazine pages the long way. Make your folds about half inch wide and fold all the way to the end of the page. Repeat this step with all of your magazine pages.
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3. Once you’ve folded all of the magazine pages, it is time to assemble the bowl. Apply hot glue to the folded magazine and start rolling it up. When you’re rolling the magazine strip, try to make the roll as tight as possible.
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4. Continue building on the bowl by rolling more magazine strips along the outside edge. I’ve found that hot glue works the best for attaching the strips.
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5. Roll the magazine strips until you’ve made the bottom of your bowl as large as you want it to be.
6. Once the bottom of the bowl is finished, it is time to start building the edges. All you have to do is attach magazine strips with hot glue to the edges, raising the strips a little more each time to create height. Continue this step until you have reached the height that you like. As the bowl gets taller, it will also get wider.
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7. Once you’ve reached a size that you like, it’s time to finish the bowl. Use tacky glue to secure any loose ends and apply a clothespin to the wet glue until it dries. This step will not only make your bowl look neater, but it will also strengthen the magazine strips.

DIY Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand

Star Fairy Wand DIY Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand
What little girl wouldn’t love a magical fairy wand? This craft makes the perfect present for the little princess in your life. She is sure to enjoy this fairy wand, using her imagination to create hours of fun!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Dowel rod
Ruler
Various Ribbons
Sparkle Thread
Felt squares
Acrylic paint
Spray Finish
Stuffing
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Trace two star shapes onto a piece of felt. Cut out the shapes.
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2. Use sparkle thread to sew the star shapes together, leaving a 1 inch opening to add the stuffing, dowel, and ribbon.
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3. Paint your dowel with a color of your choice and apply a matte finish. Let dowel dry completely.
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4. Fill the star shape with stuffing. Using the end of a paintbrush to ensure stuffing fills every point of the star.
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5. Cut 2 feet of ribbon. Use a tack to secure them to the end of the dowel.
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6. Cover the top 2 inches of the dowel and ribbons with hot glue and insert them into the stuffed star. Allow glue adequate time to dry.
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Make Your Own Easter Baskets

Make Your Own Easter Baskets Make Your Own Easter Baskets
These two variations make wonderful Easter baskets. Not only will your children love what’s inside, but also the container that the treats came in! In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to turn a sand bucket and a popcorn container into adorable Easter baskets that any kid is sure to love!

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

Things you’ll need:
Container (Popcorn box, Sand Bucket, Etc)
Yellow and Orange Felt
Yellow Paper
Foam Stickers
Ruler
Tape
Craft Glue
Googly Eyes
Glue Gun

Things to do:
Sand Bucket Easter Basket
1. For a sand bucket Easter basket, simply decorate the bucket with foam stickers. You can use carrots, rabbits, eggs, etc. This idea is great, because your kids will love to play with the sand bucket at the beach all summer long.

Popcorn Container Easter Basket
1. To make the popcorn container into a chick, start by covering the sides of the container with yellow paper. I’ve found that tracing the sides to get a perfect fit is the best method. Simple trace the sides, cut them out, and secure them with tape.
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2. Cut out a pattern for the feet by cutting a 2″ by 2″ triangle and trace it onto a piece of gold felt. Cut out the shape.
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3. Cut out a pattern for the beak by creating a 3” by 1 ½” diamond. Trace the pattern onto a piece of orange felt and cut it out. Glue the beak in half, using craft glue.
4. Cut a square that is 1 ½” out of gold felt. Cut ½” slits around the edge of the square.
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5. Glue the square along the top of chick’s head. Finish the face by adding wiggly eyes, the beak, and the feet. I’ve found that hot glue works best.
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6. Fill the basket with candies and treats and enjoy!
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DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner

Twine Easter Egg Banner DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner
This banner is perfect for Easter, or any time of the year. I’ve hung this garland above my hutch during Easter, and also for birthday parties. The simple steps are fun for kids of any age, making this a wonderful family craft.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Water Balloons
Butcher’s twine
Vaseline
½ tsp. Craft Glue
Acrylic paints
Scissors
¼ cup flour
Water

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the ingredients. Mix the flower, water, and glue together to create a paste. Once you reach a slightly runny consistency, mix in a color of paint.
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2. Blow up a water balloon and apply Vaseline to the outside of it. The Vaseline will keep the string and paste from sticking to the balloon.
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3. Cut 3 yards of string and submerge it in the paste mixture until it is completely covered.
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4. Find the end of the string and wrap it around the water balloon. Continue wrapping the string until you’ve covered a large portion of the balloon.
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5. Allow the balloon and string to dry completely. I’ve found that hanging the balloon from a clothespin works best.
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6. Once the paste is dry, pop the balloon and remove any excess waste.
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7. After you’ve made several balloons, you can string and hang them up.

Easy Foam Easter Wreath

Foam Easter Wreath Easy Foam Easter Wreath
This Easter wreath is made out of foam eggs and is the perfect decoration for any spring party. Let your kids help customize the colors and stickers to create a look that everyone is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Foam Easter Eggs
Foam Stickers
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Arrange the foam eggs in a circular shape, creating a wreath. I’ve found that it is best to complete the entire wreath before gluing the eggs together. You want to be sure that you like the shape and that they fit together perfectly.
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2. Use a hot glue gun to attach the foam eggs. Continue around the circle until the entire wreath is glued.
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3. Decorate the wreath with foam stickers.
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4. Create a hanger by hot gluing a piece of ribbon to the top of the wreath.
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Simple Easter Silverware Display

Easter Silverware Display Simple Easter Silverware Display
This cute carrot patch is functional and decorative on your Easter buffet table! In a few simple steps, you can transform ugly, plastic silverware into an irresistibly cute and festive display.

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

Things you’ll need:
Basket
Basket filler
Carrot Seeds
Green Silverware
Orange Napkins
Green Pipe Cleaners

Things to do:
1. Fold down the top corner of your orange napkin and place a collection of silverware, including a spoon, knife, and fork, diagonally on the napkin. We’re folding down the top corner so that the top of the silverware can poke out.
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2. Wrap the napkin around the handles of the silverware until they are complete covered. Be sure to leave the point at the end of the silverware bunch, so it looks like a carrot!
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3. Take two pipe cleaners and wrap them around the silverware packet. Leave about two inches of pipe cleaner loose and twist them around to secure the pipe cleaner.
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4. Pull the ends of the pipe cleaner out, creating the look of leaves. This is the final step to creating your carrot. Repeat steps 1-4 with all of the silverware that you have.
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5. Once you’ve wrapped all of your silverware, stuff a basket full of brown, crinkle confetti and place your “carrots” around in it.
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6. Tape a carrot seed package to a small stick and place it alongside your carrots, creating an adorable carrot patch for your Easter buffet table!

Twine Nest Wreath

Twine Nest Wreath Twine Nest Wreath
Create this Nest Wreath to add a touch of spring to your home. This basket-like nest and robin-egg-blue eggs will brighten up any wall. Bring a bit of nature into your home with this crafty wall piece.

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Things you’ll need:
Twine
Paper mache eggs
Light blue tissue paper
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Craft wire (to make a hanging hook)

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting your blue tissue paper into small, thin strips.
2. Start applying Mod Podge to a small area on one of your cardboard eggs.
3. Begin layering strips of blue tissue paper and Mod Podge on your egg.
4. Apply tissue paper and Mod Podge to your other eggs and set them aside to dry.
5. To begin making your nest, band one end of your rope and fold it over about 1-2 inches and secure with hot glue.
6. Continue wrapping the rope around itself in a winding, circular pattern while securing the shape with hot glue.
7. Use your eggs to measure how wide you would like the base of your nest to be.
8. When you reach the appropriate size base of your nest, begin building up the sides by winding the rope at an angle on top of the layer of rope below it. Continue securing each layer of rope with hot glue.
9. When the height of your nest is appealing and you wish to finish building up your nest, use the scissors to cut off the remaining rope. Glue down the end of your nest with hot glue.
10. When your eggs are dry, arrange them in your rope nest and use hot glue to secure their position.
11. To add a wall hook to your nest, loop and twist craft wire to make a small wall hook. Flip your nest over and hot glue your wire hook onto the back.
12. Hang your nest on a door or wall to welcome spring into your home.

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Upcycle: DIY Jute Light Bulb Pear Bowl Fillers

Light Bulb Pears Upcycle: DIY Jute Light Bulb Pear Bowl Fillers
These eclectic pears are the perfect accent to the fruit bowl on your counter. The jute looks amazing when paired with this season’s freshest produce. Recycle your old light bulbs with the hip, DIY that you’re sure to get endless compliments on. **Please remember to keep out of reach of young children.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Old light bulbs
Jute twine
Hot Glue Gun
Small twig from a tree branch
Crafter’s Pick Glue
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1: Hot glue the end of your jute to the top of the light bulb. Allow the glue to sit until it has dried completely.
2. Make a puddle of Crafter’s Pick glue and cover the surface of the light bulb with glue. Use your paintbrush to spread the glue, creating an even covering.
3. Begin wrapping your jute around the light bulb, covering the entire surface. Continue adjusting your jute, pressing it tightly into the row above, as to cover the entire surface of the light bulb.
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4. Attach the twig to the bottom of the light bulb, to create the top of the pear. Allow glue to dry completely.
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5. Cover the bottom of the light bulb with glue and finish covering the surface with jute.
6. Allow the pear to dry complete before using it. Make several jute pears to create a coherent look for your countertop accessories.

DIY Decorative Accent Beaded Spoon

February 24, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Decorative Accent Spoon DIY Decorative Accent Beaded Spoon
This spoon is a gorgeous accent piece to your current set of dishes. Use it in your sugar bowl, to add an element of beauty and elegance. This DIY also makes a great gift, as it is something that anyone would enjoy using.

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

Things you’ll need:
Spoon with Flat Handle
Silver wire
Beads
Wire Cutters/Pliers

Things to do:
1. Create a swirl by twisting your 20 gauge wire around the nose of your pliers.
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2. Place the swirl at the top of the spoon, leaving a ¾ inch space from the edge.
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3. Wrap the piece of wire tightly around the handle of the spoon several times. Add beads on the wire, and then wrap several more times. Repeat this step until the entire handle of the spoon is covered.
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4. Once you’ve covered the handle with wire and beads, cut the excess wire, leaving 1 ½ inch of wire. Twist the remaining wire around the nose of your pliers, creating a swirl similar to the one at the top of the spoon. Press the swirl down onto the handle, to secure its place.
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DIY Candy Pushpop Monster Favors

Candy Pushpop Monster Favors DIY Candy Pushpop Monster Favors
These candy monsters make the perfect party favor at any child’s birthday. If you’re looking for a cute way to serve candy, this DIY is just for you! Experiment with bright colors and decorations to make a custom collection of candy monsters that are sure to be a big hit!

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic Pushpops
Wiggly eyes
Foam heart
Scissors
Double sided tape
Tape
Craft Paper
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Begin by trimming the plastic pushpop with craft paper that measures 6-1/4 inches long. Use regular tape to secure.
2. Create hair out of paper for the candy pushpop monster. Use double sided tape to secure the hair in place on the lid.
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3. Attach wiggly eyes to the front of the monster.
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4. Attach a foam heart upside-down underneath the eyes to make a nose.
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5. Tie a bow out of ribbon on the stick of the pushpop.
6. Take off the lid and fill with candy.
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