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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

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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.
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3. Fold the other end inward, overlapping the first edge.
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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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DIY Felt Pen and Marker Holder

Felt Pen Marker Holder DIY Felt Pen and Marker Holder
Perfect for the budding artist in your life, this handy pen or pencil holder will keep your supplies organized in style! Customize the color of felt to create a thoughtful gift for the creative kids in your life.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Markers
Craft knife and cutting mat
Scissors
Suede cord

Things to do:
1. Place your sheet of felt on a cutting mat and mark every 1 ½ inches.
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2. Cut a ½ inch incision on each of the marks.
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3. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the felt, cutting ½ incisions that mirror the first set.
4. Find the center of the felt and make two small holes on the end.
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5. Slide a piece of leather cord through the holes and knot it, leaving a long tail to wrap around the pen holder.
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6. Slip your markers or pens through the incisions, roll up the sheet of felt, and tie the leather cord.
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How to Make Your Own Felt Bird Hair Clip

felt Bird hair clip main How to Make Your Own Felt Bird Hair Clip
Cute little birds in your little one’s hair? Yes! With the pre-made felt bird stickers, a bit of ribbon, and just a few minutes of time, you’ll be able to whip up a little barrette that’s sure to make her smile.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt bird stickers
French barrettes
Pink felt or other colors of your choice
3/8” Pink grosgrain ribbon
Fray Check seam sealer
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut a piece of the ribbon to the size of the top of the barrette, and seal both ends of the ribbon with the seam sealant.
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2. Use the hot glue to adhere the ribbon to the top of the barrette.
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3. Trace the bird sticker’s shape onto the piece of felt, and cut out the felt.
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4. Remove the paper backing on the sticker. Use hot glue to adhere the newly cut piece of felt to the back of the felt bird sticker. Trim any excess that might peek through to the front side.
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5. Glue the bird to the top of the barrette, on top of the ribbon. Now…watch her smile!
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Bouncy and Playful Pom Pom Spider on a Stick

July 22, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Pom Pom Spider on a Stick main Bouncy and Playful Pom Pom Spider on a Stick
Boing, boing, boing…..eek! Is it a spider? Well, kind of. But this adorable fuzzy spider with its big eyes and colorful body is guaranteed to make you laugh rather than run in fear. It’s a fun toy for kids ages 3+, and the elastic thread allows this “cartoon spider” to frolic and bounce.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large tinsel pom pom
25mm googly eyes
Pipe cleaners
Dowel rod
Elastic bead cord
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut a 40” length of the elastic bead cord and tie around the middle of the large tinsel pom pom. You can “bury” it in the pom pom so the white cord isn’t obvious on the pom pom (except for the long length hanging at the top!).
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2. Cut 8 pieces of pipe cleaner to 4” long each. Bend the tops about 1” from the top. Apply hot glue to this end of the pipe cleaner, and bury into the pompon, below the half-way point. These are the legs, so leave room for 4 pieces across on each side for the spider’s legs.
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3. Bend the bottom of each pipe cleaner to create “feet.”
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4. Glue the eyes onto pompom, and glue one small pompom under for the nose.
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5. Tie the end of the elastic cord to the end of the dowel rod. Secure with dab of hot glue.
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6. Glue a medium-sized pom pom to the dowel rod on the same side the elastic is attached to, covering the knot.
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Enjoy your spider!

DIY Glittered Clothespin Noteholders

Glitter clothespin clips main DIY Glittered Clothespin Noteholders
Dress up your workspace and move away from sticky notes – show off your creativity and decorate instead! These glitter clothespin note holders are great for tweens and teens with lockers (because these are magnetic), or for general office and kitchen use. Plus they’re super-easy to make, even for kids.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted wood clothespins
Glitter
Glue
Adhesive backed magnetic roll
Patterned scrapbook papers
Scissors
Small paper plates

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Things to do:
1. Fold the scrapbook paper and draw half of a butterfly on the fold. Cut it out, and make sure the fold is arranged so the wings point upward.
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2. Sprinkle some glitter on a paper plate in a line that’s a bit longer and wider than the size of the clothespin.
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3. Spread some glue on one long side of the clothespin. If you’d like, you can spread it further with your fingers or a cotton swab to make sure the glue covers the clothespin evenly.
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4. Dip the clothespin, glue-side down, into the glitter. Make sure you move it around a little to coat the clothespin evenly with the glitter.
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5. Glue the paper butterfly to the top or bottom of the clip, depending on your preference.
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6. Cut a small piece of magnetic strip and add to the back of the magnet (on the non-glitter side).
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7. Stick to your favorite surface and add notes as needed!

Popsicle Stick Photo Puzzles

July 16, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

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This is a perfect keepsake gift for grandmas and grandpas who love puzzles! A colored picture, some craft sticks, and Mod Podge will create a great game that can be as easy or difficult as the picture allows!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30-45 minutes (allows for drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo craft sticks
Gloss Luster Mod Podge
Foam brush
Finished coloring book picture no wider than the length of the popsicle sticks (Using a coloring book with thicker pages is helpful)
Painter’s tape
Scissors
Craft knife and mat

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Things to do:
1. Have the child color the picture with crayons. Cut it out and arrange the craft sticks over the top of it, so you know you’ll be using enough. Tape the sticks together on the back only, with the painter’s tape.
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2. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of the colored picture. In this photo, there was another uncolored picture on the back – the front had been colored in crayon as directed in Step 1.
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3. Stick it onto the front side of your arranged craft sticks (not on the side with the tape). Allow the project to dry.
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4. Apply a coat of the Mod Podge to the front, covering the colored picture and any uncovered parts of the stick, so that the puzzle will have the same luster all over.
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5. Once the Mod Podge has dried, use an X-acto knife to cut the sticks apart on the back side. It’s helpful to do this on a self-healing mat, but if you don’t have one, just cut on a surface that won’t be damaged by the knife (or plan to do it over an old magazine).
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Mix up the pieces and start solving your new puzzle!

DIY I Spy Jar Game

DIY I Spy Jar Game DIY I Spy Jar Game
“I spy, with my little eye…” How often did you play that game during long road trips with your family growing up? Do you play that game with your children today? It’s still a favorite of mine today! You don’t need a long road trip to play I Spy. Thanks to this DIY I Spy Jar Game, your children can go on the hunt for miniature toys no matter where they are.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 6 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Bean bag filler
Mason jar
Plastic animals
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Remove the lid from your mason jar.
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2. Cut a small hole in the corner of your bag of beanbag filler and pour the contents into the mason jar until it is ¾ full.
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3. Choose several plastic animals and place them in the mason jar.
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4. Screw the lid back on and enjoy!
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How to Make a Ribbon Headband

Ribbon headband main How to Make a Ribbon Headband
Even when girls outgrow hair bows, they’re not too old for hair ribbons. Headbands are the perfect choice! These ribbon-wrapped headbands can be made in every color to match all of her outfits, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can make several!

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic headband
Purple grosgrain ribbon or other colors of your choice
Fray Check Seam Sealant
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun so it’s ready to go when you need it. Next, cut two pieces of ribbon about 1 1/2” long each. Seal all cut ends with the Fray Check seam sealant.
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2. Glue the pieces of ribbon onto each end of the headband, as shown, to cover the plastic ends.
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3. While leaving the remaining ribbon on the spool – don’t cut it! – hot glue the end of the ribbon at an angle on the back side of the headband, just over the piece of ribbon you just applied there.
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4. Start wrapping the ribbon around the headband, maintaining the angle. There’s no need to glue anything down right now; just keep wrapping. The ribbon on the spool will get quite tightly spiraled as you work, but simply pull out more, and work slowly.
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5. When you get to the end, glue the ribbon to the inside of the headband, and trim.
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6. Apply the Fray Check seam sealant to the end you’ve just trimmed off. Then present this to a smiling girl, who will love wearing it!

DIY Polka Dot Table Runner Tutorial

Polka Dot Table Runner Tutorial DIY Polka Dot Table Runner Tutorial
Create your own table runners with this no sew, easy craft tutorial. The linen table runners are beautiful as is, but can transform easily into a gorgeous centerpiece for your table by following these simple steps. This would even make a wonderful gift, by getting the kids involved and painting their hand prints on the runner, so many possibilities!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: Any

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint (I used black, gold, and white)
Table runner
Wood flower pot (to create circle stamp)
Paint palette

Things to do:
1. I began this craft project by ironing the linen table cloth, it’s easier to do before the project rather than after.
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2. Place newspaper underneath your table runner to catch any paint that comes through to the backside of the table runner.
3. Squeeze a glob of paint into the paint palette. Press the wood flower pot bottom into the paint. Then press the flower pot paint side down on the table runner. Repeat on the same polka dot with more paint if needed.
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4. Add polka dots all over the table runner. Repeat with as many colors as desired.
5. Allow to dry for 30-45 minutes. Check the bottom of the runner at various times while drying to make sure the paint underneath is not sticking to the newspaper.
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6. Once dry, your table runner is ready to be displayed on the table, enjoy!
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Ribbon Button Bookmark Tutorial

Ribbon Button Bookmark Tutorial Ribbon Button Bookmark Tutorial
Learn to make your own button bookmarks with this easy tutorial. Button bookmarks would make a terrific teacher or librarian gift! I substitute glue dots for hot glue so that children of all ages can tackle this project on their own!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: Any

Things you’ll need:
Buttons
Scissors
Glue dots
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Measure and cut one piece of ribbon to 12″.
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2. Remove 1 glue dot and attach to the end of the ribbon. Press button on the glue dot until secure.
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3. Remove a 2nd glue dot and attach 1/2 and inch apart from the first button. Press button down on the glue dot until secure. Optional, use more glue dots to add more buttons on to the ribbon button bookmark or to stack more buttons on top of your existing buttons.
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4. Insert your new ribbon button bookmark into your favorite book!

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