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DIY Trolls Headband

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This is a fun and inexpensive way to update your kids’ dress-up bin! Make several in different colors and have the little ones help you decorate the headbands for an added touch of fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Headband
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Tulle
Scissors
Flower embellishments

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering your headband in ribbon. Use a drop of hot glue to attach the end of your ribbon directly to the headband. Wrap the ribbon around the headband until the entire surface is covered. Cut the ribbon and use hot glue to secure it.
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2. Next, cut seven pieces of tulle, all measuring roughly 2 ft.
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3. Now we’re going to attach the tulle to the headband. Fold a single strip of tulle in half and lay the headband on the center. Bring the ends of the tulle down through the center fold and pull up until the knot tightens. Repeat this step with all 7 strips of tulle.
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4. Create a ponytail look by tying a piece of ribbon around the center of the tulle.
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5. The final step is embellishing your costume. Use hot glue to secure little flowers along the headband and in the tulle.
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DIY Paint Stir Stick Bushel Basket Tutorial

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Looking for the perfect centerpiece for your next dinner party? This shabby chic basket will look lovely on your table, filled with decorative apples or a vase set in the center with flowers. How you style it is up to you!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paint sticks
6 inch Embroidery hoop
8 inch Embroidery hoop
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach your paint sticks to the 6-inch embroidery hoop. Hold them in place at a slight angle until the glue dries completely.
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2. When all of your paint sticks are in place, flip the basket upside down and slide the 8-inch hoop over the bottom. When it slides up as far as it can, apply hot glue to the inside rim to attach it to the paint sticks.
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3. To finish your basket, you can either cut a bottom out of foam board and attach it with hot glue, or fill the basket with a dish towel/burlap fabric to serve as the holder of your decor.

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DIY Cork Owls Tutorial

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These cute critters make the perfect rainy day craft to do with kids. Give them felt sheets in different colors and a bottle of glue and watch their imaginations run wild.

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

Things you’ll need:
Corks
Felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the felt pieces for your owl. Start with the mask – I cut out a rectangle, rounded the edges, and cut a “v” shape out of the center.
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2. Next comes the eyes. Cut two circles out of felt. They should be a shade darker than your mask.
3. To cut the perfect beak, snip a triangle off of the corner of your felt sheet.
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4. The final felt shape is the wings. Cut two identical tear drop shapes. They should be as long as the cork you choose to use.
5. Complete your owl by using glue to attach all of the felt pieces to your cork.
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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Picnic Table

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This miniature popsicle stick table is the perfect seasonal addition to your fairy garden display. It also makes a great rainy day project for children! Just substitute the hot glue for craft glue and let your older kids have fun assembling the pieces!

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, you need to create the base of the table. Form two “X” shapes and secure them with hot glue. Then glue a popsicle stick horizontally just below the intersection.
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2. Next, create the top of the table by gluing six popsicle sticks together.
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3. Create the benches by gluing two popsicle sticks together.
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4. Now you get to assemble your pieces! Start by attaching the benches to the bases. When the glue is dried, your table should stand up on its own. Complete the projects by attaching the table top.
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How to Make a Feather Quill Pen Tutorial

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This DIY feather pen is inexpensive to make and easy to use. Play around with different strings and colored feathers to create a set that you love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Pen
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Jute
Scissors
Feather

Things to do:
1. First, line your feather and pen up. The quill should be the only part touching the pen.
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2. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of your string and attach it to the feather. Let it dry completely.
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3. Begin wrapping the string around the quill and pen. Continue wrapping until you reach the end of the pen. Your string should be tight, not allowing the pen or quill to show through.
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4. When you get to the end of the pen, apply another dot of hot glue to the string and use scissors to cut the end.
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DIY Magnolia Wreath

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This magnolia wreath complements so many styles of home decor. Make several in different sizes to add to your gallery wall, or make a large one for your front door. The technique is super simple, and the finished result is absolutely stunning!

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Magnolia leaves
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is pulling the leaves off of your artificial magnolia branch. They should pop right off, but if they don’t, you can use scissors.
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2. Next, use hot glue to attach them to the wreath form. Run a thick line down the center of the leaf and hold it on the Styrofoam form until it has dried completely. Play with different shades of green and brown to create a realistic look. Be sure to cover the front and all sides of the wreath form.
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3. Finish the wreath by using hot glue to secure any edges that are poking out in weird ways. Be sure the underside of the leaves are hidden.
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4. Display the wreath on your front door using a wreath hanger.

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DIY Magnetic Memo Clipboard Tutorial

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Keep your refrigerator organized in style with this cute magnetic clipboard! It only takes a few minutes to make and will completely transform the way you display photos and to-do lists.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Clipboard
Foam brush
Acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Magnets

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your clipboard with acrylic paint. Use a foam brush and apply a thin coat to the front and sides. Be sure to paint under the clip at the top. Let the paint dry completely.
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2. Use hot glue to attach magnets to the back. The clipboard I used has metal screws that poke out on the back, so I stacked two magnets on top of each other so they were the same height.
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3. Display your grocery list or photo and pop it on your refrigerator.
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DIY Modern Air Plant Display

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No green thumb? No problem! This artificial air plant display adds a touch of green to your home without the worries of watering and other plant care.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
6-8 metal hoops
Air plant
Wire
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Lay your metal hoops on top of each other. They should sit flat against each other.
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2. Cut a 5-inch piece of wire and wrap it tightly around the metal hoops. The tighter you wrap, the better your hoops will hold their shape.
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3. Cut a 6-inch piece of wire and fold it in half. Wrap both ends around the metal hoops, creating a hanger.
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4. Pull the metal hoops apart and slide the air plant down in the center.
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5. Display your air plant and enjoy!
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DIY Jute Color Block Coasters

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These jute coasters add a bright and playful touch to your home decor. Show off your artistic bent by pairing colors and incorporating intricate stitching patterns.

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

Things you’ll need:
Sisal rope
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Embroidery needle
Embroidery floss

Things to do:
1. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of your jute. Fold it back onto itself to create the center of your coaster. Hold it in place until the jute has dried completely.
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2. Continue applying hot glue to the edge of your jute and wrapping it around itself. It will create a flat, circular shape. Wrap until you’re happy with the size of your coaster.
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3. When you reach your desired size, use scissors to cute the jute and use hot glue to secure the end of the edge of the coaster.
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4. Next, you get to decorate your coaster! Thread your needle with embroidery floss and sew a fun pattern into your coaster. Make a whole set using different colors or patterns.
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Kid Approved Spring Spool Chicks Tutorial

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Rainy spring days have your kiddos going a little stir crazy? These darling chicks are a great way to add some excitement to play time. They’ll love using paint and glue to create a cute little critter they get to keep.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger ages should use white craft glue

Things you’ll need:
Spools
Yellow acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Feathers
Google eyes
Orange foam sheets

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your spools. Use a paintbrush and acrylic paint to add a fun pattern like stripes or polka dots.
2. Use hot glue to attach two google eyes to the front, center of your spool.
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3. Next, we’re going to make the beak for our chick. Cut a small triangle out of orange foam. Fold the triangle in half, creating a crease down the middle.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the foam beak just below the google eyes.
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5. Trim a 2-1/2 inch piece of feather. Slide it down the center of your spool and use hot glue to hold it in place.
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