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Pom Pom Caterpillar Clothespin Kids Craft

August 28, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

pompom caterpillar main Pom Pom Caterpillar Clothespin Kids Craft
So cute…and guaranteed to make you smile! Why use plain ol’ clothespins when you can decorate them with the cutest little helper you’ve ever seen? These pom pom caterpillars can help you in the laundry room or in the playroom – they’ll certainly entertain the kids!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minute
Age range: 8+ (younger kids will need help with hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Small pom poms
Googly eyes
Colorful clothespins
Hot glue gun and hot glue
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Things to do:
1. Select 4 small pom poms for each 3” clothespin. Warm up your hot glue gun, and glue one pom pom to the top front of the clothespin.
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2. Repeat with the remaining pom poms.
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3. Select two googly eyes.
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4. Glue them on the front pom pom. Now….smile! Isn’t he cute?
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How to Make a Sequin Ball Ornament

Sequin Ball Ornament main How to Make a Sequin Ball Ornament
Sparkling ornaments don’t have to be reserved for the holidays! Yes, you can display them then, but this styrofoam sequin ball ornament is perfect in school or team colors, or to match your decor. Display it year ‘round!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+ (younger kids will need help with hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Sequins
Sequin pins
Rocaille beads
12” of narrow grosgrain ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue

Sequin Ball Ornament1 How to Make a Sequin Ball Ornament

Things to do:
1. Place a rocaille bead on one of the sequin pins.
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2. Next, place a cup sequin on the pin, with the cupped side facing the bead.
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3. Stick the “loaded” pin into the styrofoam ball.
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4. Continue completing steps 1-3 for the next several sequins. When pinning, make sure they slightly overlap the adjacent sequins so the styrofoam won’t peek through too much – it’s hard to completely avoid seeing the styrofoam, but it won’t be too noticeable if the sequins are overlapping somewhat.
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5. Continue around the entire ball.
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6. Warm up your hot glue gun. Create a loop from the 12” of ribbon, and glue the short ends together.
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7. Pull out one of the sequins and hot glue the ribbon loop to the top of the ball. Pin the sequin back in place over the ribbon. Hang your ornament and watch it sparkle!
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DIY Foam Sticker Stamp

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There’s no need to buy expensive stamps when you can make your own for the fraction of the cost with a wooden cube and some foam stickers. It’s so quick and easy – and all but the youngest of kids can do this project on their own, with their favorite foam stickers.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15-20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (younger kids will need help with hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood cube
Foam stickersat least enough different ones for all 6 sides of the cube
Hot glue gun and hot glue

diy foam stamp1 DIY Foam Sticker Stamp

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Many of the foam stickers have other foam parts (and in this case, a plastic crystal) mounted to them. Take all of these off, because they’ll interrupt the stamped design.
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2. Find two identical stickers.
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3. Pull the backing off one sticker, add some hot glue, and stick it on top of the other. This is required so your raised stamp has enough depth.
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4. Remove the paper backing off the other sticker, and hot glue it to one side of the cube. Repeat this process with different stickers for the remaining 5 sides of the cube. Now you’ve got a cute and chunky stamp that your little one (or you!) can have fun with again and again!
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Throw Back Beaded Shoe Charms

Beaded Shoe Charms main Throw Back Beaded Shoe Charms
Bring back a simple craft that was popular in the 1980s! These beaded shoe charms are fun and simple for kids to make – and they’re fun to share and trade with others when complete! Make them in school colors, your favorite color, or many different combinations.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Seed beads
3/4” – 7/8” safety pins

Beaded Shoe Charms1 Throw Back Beaded Shoe Charms

Things to do:
1. Carefully open the safety pin and make sure the beads you have available will fit on the pin. Most beads will fit on the smaller safety pins suggested for this craft. Start mounting beads onto the pin.
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2. Continue loading beads onto the pin. About 7-9 beads will fit per safety pin.
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3. When adding the charm to the top lace of your shoes, open up the pin and hold the end with the bead securely. Slip the head of the pin under the shoelace and close the pin. That’s all there is to it! How many beaded shoe pins will your child add to her shoes?
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DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer

Ribbon Headband Holder main DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer
Tidy up her assortment of headbands with this over-the-door headband holder! Simple ribbon loops and a door hanger mean that you won’t have to arrange that pile of headbands on her dresser – they’ll all hang on the back of her door!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2” wide ribbon
5/8” wide ribbon
Buttons
Door wreath hanger
Scissors
Ruler/yard stick
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Fray check seam sealant

Ribbon Headband Holder1 DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer

Things to do:
1. Cut your wider ribbon to 30” long or longer, if desired. Coat with a bead of seam sealant on each short end.
Ribbon Headband Holder2 DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer
2. Cut your narrower ribbon to 4” long.
Ribbon Headband Holder3 DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer
3. Loop the narrower ribbon around the top of the wider ribbon, and overlap the edges of the narrower ribbon slightly. Glue onto the front of the wide ribbon, but leave the back loop free.
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4. Glue a button to cover the overlapped seam.
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5. Cut 8 pieces of the narrower ribbon to 9” long each. Loop the ends of each together, wrong sides together, and hot glue at the short ends only.
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6. Repeat for the remaining 7 pieces of ribbon.
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7. Place the first loop under the button, and hot glue in place just at the short end of the loop.
Ribbon Headband Holder8 DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer
8. Hot glue the second loop about 1” from the bottom on the first loop. Make sure to glue onto the wide ribbon and not onto the previous loop.
Ribbon Headband Holder9 DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer
9. Repeat with remaining loops.
Ribbon Headband Holder10 DIY Ribbon Headband Holder and Organizer
10. Once you’re finished, slide in some headbands and hang the top from the door hanger. Enjoy how neat and tidy her room will be now!
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DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark

Ribbon and Button Bookmark DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark
Bookmarks are so handy, but if you’re the type who loses them, this is a pretty and practical solution. You’ll want to make this in some different sizes – what will work for larger, thicker books won’t necessarily work for smaller books, but having just a few different options stashed in a drawer should cover you for any book.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Buttons
Hair elastic
Thread
Needle
Fray Check seam sealant
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue *optional

Ribbon and Button Bookmark1 DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark

Things to do:
1. Wrap the ribbon around the book – in between the middle pages of the book – to determine the size you’ll need. You’ll want to cut the ribbon short enough so there’s tension on the band at the beginning of the book, but not too much tension once the bookmark is moved further into the book. Cut the ribbon.
Ribbon and Button Bookmark2 DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark
2. Apply seam sealant to both short edges.
Ribbon and Button Bookmark3 DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark
3. Fold one edge up about 1/2-1” and loop it around the hair elastic.
Ribbon and Button Bookmark4 DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark
4. Stitch the edge of the ribbon to the back, or, if desired, use hot glue instead.
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5. This is what it looks like when you’re finished stitching.
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6. Test the elastic to make sure it has some tension – but not too much – at different points in the book.
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7. Fold the other side of the ribbon back, and stitch the button onto the front. Make sure you stitch in and out…and back and forth…many times to assure the button won’t break off later!
Ribbon and Button Bookmark8 DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark
8. Here’s the bookmark when completed. Now pick up your favorite book and enjoy the pretty “eye candy” of your new bookmark!
Ribbon and Button Bookmark9 DIY Non Slip Ribbon and Button Bookmark

DIY Feather Pen

DIY Feather Pen main DIY Feather Pen
Pretend you live in the day of the feather pen…without having to deal with the ink well. This feather pen is fun to use, fun to make – and fun to display! Super quick to make, you can whip one up in many different colors. Makes a great party favor, too…and perfect for offices when you don’t want someone to walk away with your pen!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Faux feathers
3/8” – 5/8” ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Scissors
Pen

DIY Feather Pen1 DIY Feather Pen

Things to do:
1. Select 3 feathers and warm up your hot glue gun. Glue one feather to the bottom edge of you pen, about 1-2” down.
DIY Feather Pen2 DIY Feather Pen
2. Repeat with the other two feathers.
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3. Trim the bottom edge of the feathers where they’re glued onto the pen. This will make it easier to apply the ribbon onto the pen in the next steps.
DIY Feather Pen4 DIY Feather Pen
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4. Hot glue one end of the ribbon to the bottom of the pen, on top of the feathers. Keep the ribbon on the spool. Hold the ribbon with one hand and twist the pen to easily wrap the ribbon neatly.
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5. Continue wrapping the pen with ribbon all the way down to the point, gluing every so often. Hot glue the end in place. Enjoy your fun new pen!
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Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament

Perler Bead Ornament main Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament
Use a cookie cutter in a new way – for something you can keep forever! Make this perler bead cookie cutter ornament to hang or use as a toy. Your children will enjoy helping with this project – just make sure you help them when using the oven!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (provide supervision with the oven, however)

Things you’ll need:
Fish cookie cutter or other cookie cutter of your choice
Perler beads
Vegetable oil
Brush
Cookie sheet
Aluminum foil or cooking parchment paper
Small plate
Oven

Perler Bead Ornament1 Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament

Things to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat the inside of the cookie cutter with the vegetable oil. Make sure the oil gets into in all the nooks and crannies and up to the top of the inside. This step is crucial – otherwise your beads will become stuck inside the cookie cutter.
Perler Bead Ornament2 Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament
2. Lay the aluminum foil or parchment on the cookie sheet and coat with oil as well.
Perler Bead Ornament3 Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament
3. Decide which beads you’ll use. You can place them inside the cutter as a pattern, but it’s easiest for kids to simply mix them up on a small plate for easy grabbing.
Perler Bead Ornament4 Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament
4. Place the beads in a single or double layer inside the cookie cutter, making sure you get the beads in all the crevices so the shape turns out looking the way you expect!
Perler Bead Ornament5 Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament
5. This is what the cutter looks like once it’s filled. There’s no need to fill it up the top – a single or double layer will do.
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6. Place the cookie sheet with the filled cutter into the pre-heated oven. It takes only 5-8 minutes to melt the beads together. The top will have open holes, but the bottom will be mostly melted. Now string a piece of thread or wire through the top or give to your child as a stand-alone decoration or toy!
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How to Make a Button Art Wall Plaque

August 5, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

wall button plaque How to Make a Button Art Wall Plaque
Brighten up a little girl’s room or your crafting room with an adorable, colorful plaque! This is a quick project to make and one that your friends will appreciate receiving. The more colors of buttons you have, the merrier! This project is shown as a flower, but use your imagination to come up with other designs you can also add to these cute unfinished plaques.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (may need help with hot glue gun, however)

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood oval sign
Buttons
3/8″ Grosgrain ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pencil

Button Wall Plaque1 How to Make a Button Art Wall Plaque

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Sort out your buttons and find a special one for the center, a few to go around it as petals, and some smaller green buttons to make up the stem. You can create a multi-colored flower or keep the colors similar – whatever your heart desires! Use a pencil to mark the location of your buttons.
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2. Hot glue your buttons onto the marks you’ve made.
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3. Cut the grosgrain ribbon to 12″ long. If your plaque has a wire circle on the front, thread one end of the ribbon through the hole.
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4. Tie it off so it’s secure.
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5. Thread it through the other side, and clip the tails of the ribbon if they’re a bit long.
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DIY Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips

Minnie hair clips DIY Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips
These adorable pom pom hair clips with bows are reminiscent of that famous girl mouse. They’re quick to make and are sure to bring a smile to the girl who wears them…and you’ll love all the compliments she’ll receive!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
2 black pompoms
Red ribbon
Embroidery thread
2 barrettes
Sewing needle with a large eye
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips1 DIY Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue the top of a barrette to one of the pom poms. Make sure to glue the entire top of the clip to the pom pom, otherwise the pom pom will flop around on the clip. Repeat with the second pom pom.
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2. Cut two pieces of ribbon to 4” long each. For wider ribbons, cut the length longer, and cut smaller for narrower ribbons. Fold one end in, overlapping the center.
Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips3 DIY Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips
3. Fold the other end inward, overlapping the first edge.
Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips4 DIY Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips
4. Thread your needle with the floss and knot at one end. Pull the needle through the center of the bow and wrap the thread around a couple of times. Tie off in the back and clip the thread.
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5. This is what the bow will look like when you’re done! Repeat for the the second ribbon.
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6. Glue the bow onto the pom pom, making sure it will face forward when worn. Repeat with the second pom pom, and the present these to a delighted little girl!
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Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips8 DIY Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips

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