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DIY Scandinavian Inspired Leather Coasters

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These intricate leather coasters will protect your wooden surfaces in style. Inspired by minimal, Scandinavian design, they complement modern home decor perfectly.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large and small metal hoops
Leather cord
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of leather cord (about 2-yards) and use hot glue to attach the end to your large metal hoop.
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2. Wrap it around the large hoop five times.
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3. Place your smaller hoop in the center and wrap the cord around it once.
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4. Wrap the cord around the large hoop five more times and then slide the cord through the smaller hoop again.
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5. Continue wrapping until you’ve gone all the way around your outside hoop.
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6. Use hot glue to attach the end of the leather cord to the hoop.
7. Slide a bead on the remaining cord and knot the end. Trim any excess.
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5-Minute Felt Monogram Banner Tutorial

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Trying to decorate your child’s bedroom on a budget? This adorable felt banner dresses up an empty wall and will make the space feel like their very own. Play with different colors to complement their decor theme or let them pick the palette!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felts sheets
Scissors
Pen
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wooden dowel
Leather cord

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the letter you want on your banner. Trace it onto a piece of felt and cut out the shape.
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2. Next, we’re going to cut a “v” shape out of the bottom of our banner. Fold it in half and draw a line from the corner to the edge, about 2-inches up. Cut along the line.DIY_Felt_Monogram_Banner3
3. Use hot glue to attach your felt letter to the middle of your banner piece.
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4. Draw a line of hot glue along the top of your banner piece and attach it to your wooden dowel.
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5. Cut a piece of leather cord and tie both ends to the sides of your dowel.
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6. Display your banner and enjoy!
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Fixer Upper-Inspired Mossy Succulent Wreath Tutorial

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This mossy wreath adds a lovely touch of green to your front door. Enjoy the beauty of potted succulents without worrying about watering them!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Dried moss
Terracotta pots
Faux succulents
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Styrofoam wreath form

Things to do:
1. This first step is covering your wreath form with moss. Apple a thin layer of hot glue to the flat back and stretch moss over the surface. Continue adding moss until the Styrofoam is no longer visible. Mossy_Succulent_Wreath_Tutorial2
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2. Next, decorate your terra cotta pots. Run hot glue along the inside and add a layer of moss. Mossy_Succulent_Wreath_Tutorial3
3. Apple a thick coat of hot glue to the stem of your succulent and stick it down in the pot.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the pots to your wreath form.
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DIY Wooden Bead and Tassel Garland Tutorial

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Embrace Scandinavian design on a budget! This adorable wooden bead garland will instantly update your windowsills or shelves, adding a chic new flair to your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Beads
Jute
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue

Things to do:
1. First, make a set of tassels for the ends of your garland. Wrap jute around your hands until you reach your desired thickness. Slide your finger through the loop and wrap a 12-inch piece of jute just below, securing the ends with hot glue. Trim the other side, creating an even tassel. Repeat this step so you have two, identical tassels. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland1
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2. Now you get to string your garland! Slide beads onto a piece of jute until you reach your desired length. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland7
3. When you’ve finished stringing beads, trim the ends of the jute, leaving 6-inches extra on both sides. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland8
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4. Slide the tassels onto the jute and tie them in place. Trim any excess jute. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland10

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DIY Block Puzzle Tutorial

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Your little ones will love making a puzzle for daddy! Let them choose the photo and help them with the rest. It’s a super thoughtful present that he’s sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wooden blocks
Printed photo
Scissors
Pen
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Sandpaper

Things to do:
1. Choose a photo to print. In my experience, scenery photos transfer best. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial1
2. Lay your blocks over the section of the photo you want on your puzzle. Trace around the outside edge of the shape and cut it out. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial2
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3. Flip the image over, trace around your individual blocks and cut out the pieces.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial4
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4. Cover the top of your blocks with a thin layer of Mod Podge and place the pieces of the images on top. Let it dry.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial6
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5. Use sand paper to sand the edges of the blocks. This will remove any excess paper and give your photos a nice vintage look.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial9
6. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the blocks and let it dry completely.
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How to Make Antiqued Paper Doily Flowers

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Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate for your next dinner party? These antiqued paper flowers add a lovely touch to your usual decor and look great spread on a table as a centerpiece or stung up and hung as a garland.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper doilies
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Brewed Coffee

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to make our flowers. Place your finger in the center of the paper doily and press down firmly. Twist the solid paper at the bottom and secure the twist with hot glue.
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2. Style your flower by wrinkling the paper and playing with the location of the “petals.”
3. Antique your flower by dipping the outer edges in black coffee. Let it dry completely before displaying your work.
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DIY Mason Jar Cork Coasters

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Embrace a shabby-chic decor motif with this simple DIY. In just a few minutes, you can create a custom set of coasters that will protect your furniture and look good doing it!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar lids
Cork sheets or coasters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, measure the size of the bottom of your lid. Lay it with the smallest side down on your cork and trace along the outside edge.
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2. Cut out the cork shape and test the size by placing it in the bottom of your lid. If it’s too big, trim the edges until you have a perfect fit.
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3. Use hot glue to secure the cork in place.
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4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have a complete set.
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Pottery Barn Inspired Rustic Felt Christmas Trees

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Spruce up your shelves or winter table with a forest of festive felt trees. Try playing with different colors, textures, and shapes to create a natural, unique look that you and your holiday guests are sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Sticks
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wood slices
Paper
Pen

Things to do:
1. Fold a piece of paper in half and draw a tree shape. Cut it out and open it up to reveal a perfectly symmetrical tree.
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2. Trace your pattern onto a piece of felt and cut it out. You’ll need a minimum of five felt trees per one project.
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3. Next, attach to your felt trees to the stick. Fold them in half and run a line of hot glue down the middle. Place them roughly 1/2 inch above the top of the stick.
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4. When all of your felt pieces are attached and the tree is full, use hot glue to bring the tops of the trees together, giving it a finished and polished look.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the stick to a log slice base. If you’ll be moving your trees around a lot and need it to be extra secure, I recommend drilling a hole into the base first.
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5-Minute Grapevine Wreath Place Cards Tutorial

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These rustic place cards add the perfect finishing touch to your dinner party! They only take a few minutes to make and will instantly update your table with bright boxwood green.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mini grapevine wreaths
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial boxwood
Paper
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, cut out a banner. I started with a 1/2 inch strip of paper and added waves with my scissors to create the illusion of movement. Cut a “V” shape out of both ends.
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2. Write the names of your guests.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the banner to your grapevine wreath.
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4. Finish the wreath by adding boxwood pieces to the bottom. Trim small, 1/2 inch pieces and use hot glue to secure them to the wreath and and enjoy!
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Popsicle Stick Barn Tutorial

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It’s pretty amazing what you can make with some popsicles sticks and a hot glue gun! This popsicle stick barn is a great addition to a miniature fairy garden. Style it with pops and add it to your new display!

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Moss
Wood stain
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. The first step is staining your popsicle sticks. Use a foam brush to apply an even coat and let them dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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2. When your popsicle sticks are dry, it’s time to build, starting with the back wall. Lay two popsicle sticks perpendicular to each other and glue six popsicle sticks in between them. To finish the wall, glue two popsicle sticks in an “X” shape over the back.
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3. Next comes the two side walls. Lay two popsicle sticks perpendicular and glue four popsicle sticks in-between them. Repeat this step, so you have two walls.
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4. Now you need to make two roof pieces. Glue popsicle sticks side by side until you reach your desired size. Make another roof piece that is the same length.
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5. Use hot glue to attach moss to the roof pieces.
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6. The final step is assembling your barn. Use hot glue to attach the sides and the back. When the glue is dry, the three pieces should be able to stand on their own.
7. Complete the project by attaching the roof. Run a thick line of hot glue down a popsicle stick and attach it to the two roof pieces. When they’re secure, use hot glue to attach the roof to the barn.
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