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How to Make a Lost Glove Monster

Lost Glove Monster main How to Make a Lost Glove Monster
During the winter it’s pretty easy for your child to lose just one glove. Rather than throw the lone, surviving glove away, if it’s a knit glove, you can turn it into a “lost glove monster” for an older child. This is a fun monster for casual play or display, and not meant for very young children because of the buttons and chance the filler can come out with aggressive play.

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

Things you’ll need:
A knit-style glove
Buttons
Embroidery floss
Bit of felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Bean bag filler
Needle with large eye
Pen or pencil

Lost Glove Monster1 How to Make a Lost Glove Monster

Things to do:
1. Thread your needle and knot one end. Stitch buttons on the glove for eyes, as shown.
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2. Mark the location for a nose.
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3. Stitch a nose with a different color of thread. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Fill the glove with bean bag filler. Make sure the beads make it down to the fingers and thumb.
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5. Stitch up the glove carefully, using close, even stitches. You won’t want the beads to spill out.
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6. Cut out a mouth from the felt and hot glue it in place.
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Easy to Make Raffia Flower Embellishments

Raffia Flower Embellishments main Easy to Make Raffia Flower Embellishments
Use these raffia flowers as decorations for packages, cards, or scrapbook pages. They can also be used for cute party or wall decor for a child’s room.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Raffia ribbon
Button
Glue
Scissors http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2533_2473-41429-stainless_steel_scissors.html
Card stock, cut into a 3” circle
Pen or pencil
Ruler
Pliers, if needed to remove a button shank

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Things to do:
1. Fold the card stock circle in half both directions to find the center, and draw lines for the center in both directions.
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2. Cut several 3 1/2” pieces of raffia – enough to cover the circle. The number you need to cut depends on the width of the raffia.
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3. Fold each piece in half and cut lengthwise partially up the piece, but don’t cut all the way through the center.
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4. This is what your pieces will look like once they’re “fringed.”
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5. Add glue to each line on the circle of card stock.
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6. Place two pieces of raffia as shown.
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7. Continue gluing the pieces of raffia around the circle.
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8. Keep adding raffia until the entire circle is covered.
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9. If your button has a shank, remove it with your pliers and glue to the center of the raffia flower.
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DIY Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Decor

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Hang your hearts on the wall with this festive conversation heart decor for Valentine’s Day! We used family initials for this wall decoration, but you can also paint fun Valentine’s day phrases or even mix up the colors to use this other times of the year.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
4 wooden hearts
Red ribbon
Pink ribbon
Red paint
Pink paint
Black paint
E6000 or hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Paint brushes
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Needle with large eye
String

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Things to do:
1. Paint your hearts in pink and red.
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2. Allow the hearts to dry. Depending on the coverage, you might want to paint two coats.
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3. Draw your letters on with a pencil and then paint with black paint.
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4. Allow the hearts to dry again.
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5. Either use E6000 or hot glue to glue a strip of ribbon to the back of the hearts, leaving several inches free at the top. If using E6000, be sure to glue in a well-ventilated area.
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6. Fold an 18” or slightly smaller piece of ribbon in half to find the center.
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7. Fold both ends inward to find the center.
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8. Thread your needle and knot the end. Push the needle into the center of the bow as shown.
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9. Pull the thread all the way through and wrap around the center a few times before tying off and clipping in the back.
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10. Cut a piece of ribbon about 2” long. Fold in half the long way if needed. Wrap around the center and hot glue in place as the center knot.
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11. Fold the top ribbon over to form a loop.
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12. Hot glue the bow on top of the conversation heart chain.
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13. Slide string into the loop at the top and knot.
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DIY Foam Fortune Cookies Tutorial

DIY Foam Fortune Cookies Tutorial main DIY Foam Fortune Cookies Tutorial
Send a little bit of luck someone’s way for Valentine’s Day or another special day! Make these foam fortune cookies and fill them with motivational sayings, expressions of love, or jokes that will make your friends and family smile.

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

Things you’ll need:
Craft foam sheets
A small bowl to trace
Scissors
Paper
Stapler
Computer and printer (or just a pen!)
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Things to do:
1. Print out some encouraging statements and cut them into thin strips. Trace your bowl onto the foam and cut it out.
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2. Place the paper strip inside of the circle, fold it in half and then make sure the paper sticks out of one side just a little.
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3. Start folding the “cookie” in half again by facing the folded edge toward you and pulling both edges toward you as well. The felt will start to pucker.
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4. The fold should look like this.
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5. Staple the pointed ends together so they stay.
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6. The cookie should look like this!
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How to Make Valentine’s Day Cupid’s Arrows

Cupids Arrows How to Make Valentines Day Cupid’s Arrows
This fun and festive project is the perfect rainy day activity for your kids. Make the arrows in bulk and attach them in candy bags for the little ones to give away at school or use them as decoration around the house.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 7 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden dowels
Foam glitter sheets
Baker’s twine
Feathers
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Fold you sheet of glitter foam in half and cut a half heart shape.
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2. Trace the heart onto the foam and cut out another identical one.
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3. Glue the heart shapes on the end of the wooden dowel to create the point of the arrow.
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4. Use glue to attach three feathers together.
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5. Secure the feathers to the top of the dowel by wrapping baker’s twine around the ends.
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6. Continue wrapping the dowel with baker’s twine until several inches are covered. Secure the end of the string with glue.
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Kid Friendly Button and Pom Pom Bracelet

Button and Pom Pom Bracelet main Kid Friendly Button and Pom Pom Bracelet
These fun and funky bracelets are perfect for girls to make for their friends! Combining buttons, pom poms and beads gives an eclectic look and feel, and they’re so easy that she can make them in every color combination!

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

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood beads
Buttons
Pink pom poms
Stretchy elastic cord
Scissors
Needle

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Things to do:
1. Measure the recipient’s wrist, and cut a length of stretchy cord to this length plus another 6-8 inches. Make a knot about 3” from one end, the and thread your needle on the other end. Poke the needle through the pom pom and slide it all the way to the
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2. Next, thread a group of buttons onto your needle and slide onto the pom pom.
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3. Continue with a wooden bead.
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4. Repeat in a pattern, and end with a final pom pom.
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5. Tie the ends of the bracelet together with firm knots, and clip the ends.
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‘Bananas for You’ Valentine Treat Bag Tutorial

Bananas for You Valentine Treat Bag main Bananas for You Valentine Treat Bag Tutorial
When you don’t want to settle for store-bought Valentine cards, try this adorable monkey-themed treat bag. You’ll go bananas with all the fun you’ll have….and so will your kids!

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

Things you’ll need:
Brown craft foam
Yellow or beige craft foam
Clear poly bags
Card stock
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Banana-shaped candy
Stapler
Marker

Bananas for You Valentine Treat Bag1 Bananas for You Valentine Treat Bag Tutorial

Things to do:
1. Cut your brown craft foam into a 2 – 2 1/2” circle.
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2. Cut the beige foam into an oval mouth, as shown.
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3. Cut a set of eyes into the shape of half of a heart, about the same width as the circle.
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4. Cut two ears.
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5. Cut a rectangle of card stock to 3” x 3 1/2” and another strip of white to 1/2” x 4”.
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6. Write “Bananas for You!” on the white narrow strip.
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7. Glue the monkey face together as shown.
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8. Create eyes, nostrils, and a smile on your monkey.
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9. Fill your treat back about halfway full with the banana candy, fold the bag over, and staple.
Bananas for You Valentine Treat Bag10 Bananas for You Valentine Treat Bag Tutorial
10. Glue the monkey and the “bananas for you” strip to the card stock rectangle, and staple to the bag of bananas.
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How to Make a Felt Heart Chain Garland

Felt Heart Chain Garland main How to Make a Felt Heart Chain Garland
Take a creative and different approach to making hearts and decorating for Valentine’s Day – this method of making a heart decor chain can be used to dress up doors, mantels, or strung on a wall as a pretty banner full of love!

Difficulty level: Intermdiate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
2 red felt sheets
Pink pom poms
Embroidery thread
Sewing machine
Scissors
Needle with a larger eye

Felt Heart Chain Garland1 How to Make a Felt Heart Chain Garland

Things to do:
1. Cut two pieces of felt the length of the sheet, by 2-3” wide.
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2. Layer the two pieces on top of each other. Sew them together on one long edge, using a 1/4” seam allowance.
Felt Heart Chain Garland3 How to Make a Felt Heart Chain Garland
3. Open up the pieces and draw lines an inch apart.
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4. Fold the felt over so that the seam allowance is on the inside. Pin along the long side.
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5. This is what the side view looks like – you can see the heart forming!
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6. Sew along the side you’ve just pinned, using another 1/4” seam allowance.
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7. Cut the pieces out along the lines you drew.
Felt Heart Chain Garland8 How to Make a Felt Heart Chain Garland
8. Cut a length of embroidery thread and make a loop at one end for hanging. Thread your needle and insert it into the top of the heart and poke it out the bottom.
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9. Push the needle through the felt and then through a pink pom pom.
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10. Add another pink pom pom to the chain.
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11. Continue with the remaining felt hearts and pom poms. Use just a few hearts for a simple door hanger, or make more for
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How to Make a Woven Ribbon Heart Embellishment

Woven Ribbon Heart Embellishment main How to Make a Woven Ribbon Heart Embellishment
Use this woven ribbon heart as a barrette, a pin, or an embellishment on a Valentine’s Day card. It’s not a tricky project, but watch the placement of your ribbons to make sure you’re achieving the basket-weave effect.

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

Things you’ll need:
Two colors of 3/8” ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Woven Ribbon Heart Embellishment1 How to Make a Woven Ribbon Heart Embellishment

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. From one of the ribbons, cut three pieces: a 4 1/2” piece, a 4” piece and a 3 1/2” piece. Repeat for the second ribbon.
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2. Layer the same-color ribbons on top of each other from largest to smallest. Glue them together on one short end only.
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3. Repeat with the second group of ribbons.
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4. Glue both sets together at a right angle on one edge, as shown.
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5. Fold the smallest ribbon from the right side over to the left, and glue in place.
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6. Loop the smallest ribbon from the left side over to the right. Slip it under the fold from the previous step, and glue in place.
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7. Work from the right side again. Loop the second ribbon from the right to the left, weaving it under the loop from the previous step, and gluing in place.
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8. Repeat Step 7, making sure to weave the ribbon under the top loop and over the second loop, as shown.
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9. Working from the right side, weave the final ribbon under and over the previous ones on the left, and glue in place.
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10. Finish the heart by weaving the final ribbon under, over, and under the previous ones. Glue in place. Add a barrette or a pinback to the back, or keep it plain to embellish a card or gift!
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Cubist Faux Stained Glass

Cubist Faux Stained Glass Cubist Faux Stained Glass
This is a fun project for adding a little color and privacy to your space, and kids love to create the puzzle like shapes that fit together to form the finished project. Cover a whole space or just part for different effects! Leave some squares open or fill them all. Have fun and enjoy the color!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tissue paper
Scissors
Masking tape

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting out a square or rectangle from one color of tissue. Carefully tape all the way around it on the window, making sure the cut edges of the tape are all straight. Lightly press it to the window, you’ll be peeling it back up as you add other squares.
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2. Cut another square and fit it next to the first, peeling up the first squares tape as needed to add the next square and adding more tape lines as needed. Continue until you have filled the space with colored squares framed by tape.
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