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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!

How to Make Paper Daisy Flowers

September 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Paper Daisy Flowers How to Make Paper Daisy Flowers
These darling flowers are the perfect accent to a bulletin board, adding a pretty touch that any little girl is sure to love. Get creative with the types of paper or use fabric to create a unique look. Experimenting with different materials makes it easy to make the perfect paper daisy for any display.

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Button
Crafter’s Glue
Baker’s Twine
Ruler
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a pattern for the flower petals. We’ve included our version in the photographs. Follow the dimensions provided, and draw your own to create symmetric flower petals.
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2. Cut out your pattern. Trace and cut out five petals onto different colors of cardstock. Trace and cut out a 1″ circle.
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3. Use crafter’s glue to secure the petals into the shape of a flower. Glue the circle onto the center, where the petals meet, to complete the flower. You could get creative and use fabric for the center circle for an extra detail.
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4. Add a button to the center of the flower with crafter’s pick glue.
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5. Punch a hole in the top of the flower and use baker’s twine to create a hanger.

How to Restore an Old Dresser

September 7, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

How to Restore an Old Dresser How to Restore an Old Dresser
Everyone has an old piece of furniture sitting around the house, just begging to be updated. This video will teach you how to prep and paint your piece of furniture, restoring its beauty and charm. Experiment with different colors of paint, or recreate the original look. You’re sure to love the finished results!

Things you’ll need:
Old Furniture
Sand Paper
Paint
Paint Brushes
Old Clothes
Dish Soap
Toothbrush
Sponge
Sandpaper

Things to do:
1. The first step is cleaning the surface of your furniture. If you’re like me and store unneeded pieces in your garage, it’s likely that there’s a lot of dust to wash away. Mix a few squirts of dish soap and warm water in a large container and use a sponge or toothbrush to scrub every surface clean.
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2. Once you’ve cleaned the desk, the next step is sanding. Use a piece of sandpaper and sand in the direction of the grain. Avoid sanding it circles to keep the surface smooth. Use a damp rag to clean the dust particles from the surface.
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3. Once you’ve completed your prep work, the next step is painting the piece of furniture. I chose to redo the black paint on my desk, but feel free to get creative and use different colors or chalk paint for a vintage-inspired look. Start painting at the edge of the piece, covering the edges evenly. Painting in the direction of the grain will create an even and professional finish.
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4. Allow time for the paint to dry and apply two-three coats if necessary. Once you’ve finished painting, you’re left with a fresh piece of furniture to display in your home!

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Pom Decorations

September 6, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Tissue Paper Pom Pom DIY Tissue Paper Pom Pom Decorations
This tissue paper pom pom is absolutely adorable and inexpensive, making it the perfect party decoration! Mix and match different colors of tissue paper and experiment with different cuts to create a collection of festive pom poms to adorn your party space.

Things you’ll need:
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Ruler
Pipe Cleaner
Baker’s Twine

Things to do:
1. Stack 10 sheets of tissue paper and align the corners. The neater the pile, the better the pom pom will look.
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2. Accordion fold the stack of tissue paper sheets. Use a ruler to create crisp folds. The sharper your creases, the better.
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3. Secure a pipe cleaner around the center of the folded tissue paper.
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4. Cut a deep V shape into both ends of the folded tissue paper. You can experiment with different cuts to create different looks. Try jagged edges or small curves.
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5. Once you’ve cut your ends, you’re ready to start unfolding the pom pom. Start at the center and gently pull the pieces apart. The tissue paper will stand straight up, creating a full and fluffy look. Continue separating the sheets of tissue paper until you’ve created a complete pom pom.
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6. Add baker’s twine to the center pipe cleaner to create a hanger.
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How to Make Tissue Paper Gift Bows

Tissue Paper Gift Bows How to Make Tissue Paper Gift Bows
These tissue paper flowers are a fun alternative to traditional, store-bought bows. Make several colors and match the bows to your wrapping paper for a unique look.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tissue Paper
Baker’s Twine
Hole Punch
Pencil
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is folding the tissue paper. Start by folding it in half four times. It should end up looking like a square after four folds. Next, fold it into a triangle shape twice. Finally, take the top layer of the triangle and fold it back onto itself and bring the single layer underneath the shape. Checkout the pictures and video for help. Once you learn the pattern, it’s really simple!
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2. Draw a half circle around the tip of the triangle and cut out the shape.
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3. Open up the tissue paper shape to reveal a flower pattern.
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4. Stack the tissue shapes on top of one another, staggering the petals as you go.
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5. Fold the stack in half and punch a hole in the center. This will create two holes.
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6. Run a piece of baker’s twine through the holes, tying it tightly to create a full flower.
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7. Crumple the petals up towards the center, until it looks like a beautiful flower.
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DIY Rustic Paper Heart Garland

Paper Heart Garland DIY Rustic Paper Heart Garland
Use this darling DIY to add an element of homemade charm to your home this summer. This rustic garland looks beautiful draped over a windowsill or displayed along a countertop.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 10 and Up
Time to complete: 45 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Sheet Music
Paper Clips
Heart Pattern
Glue Stick
Scissors
Baker’s Twine

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the hearts to decorate the banner. You’re going to need a lot of hearts, and I’ve found that the easiest way to do this is to paper clip five pieces of sheet music together and trace several heart shapes on the front. When you cut out the pattern you’ve traced, there will be five shapes. This is much quicker than cutting out each heart individually.
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2. Fold the heart shapes in half, creating a sharp crease down the middle. It takes five heart shapes to create one heart on the garland.
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3. Glue five of the halved hearts together, using a glue stick. Before you secure the final half in place, slip the piece of baker’s twine in the center.
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4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the entire piece of baker’s twine is covered in heart shapes.

How to Make Paper Daisies

How to Make Paper Daisies How to Make Paper Daisies
This paper daisy serves as an adorable page holder or looks great on top of presents in place of a traditional bow. Use different papers and card stocks to create a unique look that will match any occasion perfectly.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Old Book Pages
Buttons
Scissors
Paper Cutter
Glue stick
Hot glue gun
Heavy Card Stock

Things to do:
1. First you will want to trim your book pages, removing any excess white space. It looks better if the daisy is made of just words. You’ll need three 2 ½ x 8 inch book pages.
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2. Glue the tops of the three pages together with a glue stick.
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3. Cut slits into the pages, leaving a ¼ inch of space at the top of the pages.
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4. Roll the pages up and use hot glue to secure the end of the roll.
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5. Hot glue the base of the roll onto a small square of heavy card stock.
6. Find the center of the strips and press down firmly with your thumb. Once you’ve found the center, hot glue a button to the center.
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How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial

diy Pom Poms How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial
These adorable pom poms are a great addition to a wide variety of crafts. Whether you hot glue them to a picture frame or use them to decorate gift cards, these colorful pom poms are sure to look festive and fun.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up
Time to complete: 5 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s Twine
Plastic Fork
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Begin by wrapping baker’s twine around the end of a plastic fork. Wrap the twine around the fork about 50 times. The more times you wrap the twine around, the fuller the pom pom will be.
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2. Cut a 5 inch piece of baker’s twine and slip it through the 3rd prong of the fork, tying it around the loops of fabric. Be sure to tie it tightly to secure the pom pom.diy Pom Poms3 How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial
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3. Pull the loops of fabric off of the fork and cut the ends of the baker’s twine, creating a pom pom look.
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4. Fluff the ends of the pom pom and trim any excess pieces of twine.
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‘Back to School’ Custom Pencil Bouquet

Custom Pencil Bouquet Back to School Custom Pencil Bouquet
The leaves are starting to fade into golden hues, meaning school is just around the corner! What better way to welcome the change of season than with an adorable bouquet of back to school pencils! Your son or daughter are sure to love these customizable pencil sets that allow their unique personalities to show through. Put a bouquet in their backpack the night before class for a fun surprise, or give to their teachers as a thoughtful gift. Everyone is sure to adore these darling pencils!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 13 and up.

Things you’ll need:
Pencils
Paintbrush
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Ruler
Paper of Your Choice
Paper Cutter

Things to do:
1. Measure your pencil in length and width. The easiest way to measure width is to roll the pencil in the paper and make a small mark with a pen. Measure the pencil in length with a ruler.
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2. Trim a strip of paper that corresponds to the length and width of your pencil.
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3. Cover the strip of paper with a thin layer of glue. Make a zig-zag pattern with your glue and spread over the surface evenly with your paint brush. Make sure you cover the edges well, otherwise the paper will curl up.
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4. Place your pencil alongside of the paper and make sure your measurements were correct before wrapping the pencil in the paper.
5. Begin to roll your pencil with the glue side touching the pencil. Once you’ve completely rolled your pencil, press down firmly to ensure the paper sticks to the pencil. If excess glue squeezes out when you apply pleasure to the pencil and paper, simply wipe it off with a rag.
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6. Allow pencil to dry before sharpening. Complete these steps with several more pencils and tie a decorative ribbon around the bunch to make an adorable gift!

Upcycle: DIY Tin Can Luminaries

DIY Tin Can Luminaries Upcycle: DIY Tin Can Luminaries
Light up the night with this adorable DIY craft. This tin can luminary mimics candles for sale in luxury home goods stores, making it a must have for your home this summer time. Have fun experimenting with a variety of shapes and patterns until you find a sparkling look that you love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tin Can
Hammer
Nail
Battery operated tealight candle

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing your tin can. If you are using a can from the grocery store, empty it out and take the label the off of outside.
2. Fill the tin can with water and put it in the freezer over night. This will give you a hard surface to nail against.
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3. Once you’ve frozen water in your can, use a hammer and nail to create a unique design. Pound the nail into the can’s surface, creating a small hole.
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4. Once you’ve finished creating a design, let the ice melt and clean out the can. Place a tea light candle inside the tin can and enjoy your sparkling creation.
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