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How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob

Celtic Knot Keyfob How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob
Have you ever had a single key that needed an instant key chain? Maybe you have a guest visiting and they need a key or you want to have a spare hanging somewhere handy. Whatever the reason, this Celtic knot fob is simple, quick and perfect for a single key or even a small set.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
White paracord or other colors
Scissors
Matches or lighter
Key

Things to do:
1. Cut about 14 inches of paracord. You’ll need less but for your first knot, extra rope makes tying easier. Singe the ends to prevent fraying.
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2. Thread your key onto the paracord and pull it to the halfway point. Fold the rope here and line up the ends.
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3. Bring the ends around in a loop and over the rope near the key as pictured, be sure to keep the rope parallel and flat.
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4. Wrap the ends under the beginning of the rope between where you crossed it in step 3 and the key and then loop them up toward the first loop you created.
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5. Tuck the ends through this loop and carefully pull to tighten, still keeping the rope parallel and flat.
6. If desired, trim the ends shorter and resinge.

DIY Tangle-Free Power Cords

DIY Tangle Free Power Cords DIY Tangle Free Power Cords
With multiple mobile devices in our house, we have an ongoing problem of “where’s my charging cord?” that seems to go round and round. Keeping these identical cords apart is a nightmare so I’m on a mission to fix this with a little trick I learned back in elementary school. Friendship bracelets! You’ll need about 3 feet of embroidery thread per inch of cord for this project and you can double or triple the colors for added interest (and identification!)

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: About an hour

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery thread
Phone Charger
Scissors
Super Glue
Small c-clamp

Things to do:
1. Clamp the USB port to a secure surface using the clamp, be sure not to dent the USB while attaching it to the surface.
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2. Wind out enough embroidery thread for your project. Begin with a simple knot that leaves a tail about an inch longer than your cord. Wind the other end up into a loop for better control while knotting.
3. Pull the tail down the length of the cord, you’ll be knotting around the cord and the tail to weave the tail in.
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4. Bring the longer end over, around and through the loop to tie a knot around the cord. You’ll want to repeat this process exactly, don’t change the direction of your knotting as you go. The knots will naturally spiral around the cord as you work.
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5. Continue to knot along the length of the cord. When you are almost at the end, trim the short tail so that it disappears under the last few knots.
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6. Knot the final knot and dab a little superglue into the knot to hold. Allow it to dry before trimming the excess.

How to Make a Dress Up Tutu

Dress Up Tutu How to Make a Dress Up Tutu
This pretty tutu will have your little girl looking like a princess! In a few minutes you can create an adorable consume that she’ll love for years to come.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Tulle
Ruler
Scissors
Elastic
Needle
Thread

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting your piece of elastic. Measure the waist of the child you’re making it for, allowing an extra inch.
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2. Sew the ends of the elastic together, creating a waistband.
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3. Cut a 20-inch piece of tulle, giving you a rectangle shape that is 18×20inches.
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4. Fold the piece of tulle in half and loop it over the elastic waistband. The knot will hold it securely in place.
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5. Repeat steps 3-4 until the entire elastic band is covered.

Hands and Feet Love Print

Hands and Feet Love Print Hands and Feet Love Print
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I always like to think up something fun and meaningful to send off to the grandparents and other family members from the kids. This year we are spreading the love with some fun hand and footprint art that I know the grands will treasure forever!

Time required: 20 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Canvas or heavy cardstock
Red craft paint
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Paint the bottom of each foot and press onto the lower left hand side of the canvas so that the heels over lap to create a V.
2. Paint one hand and press it onto the upper right corner of the canvas. This will serve as the O.
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3. Using your paintbrush, paint, or allow your child to paint, an L in the upper left corner and an E in the lower right corner to finish. Allow the paint to dry.
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Scribble Relief Valentine

Scribble Relief Valentine Scribble Relief Valentine
When your little ones are at the height of scribble art, this valentine is the perfect way for them to share their love with their very own work! Scribble relief can be used for all sorts of projects but this Valentine will be much loved by grandparents, family and friends alike.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Washi Tape
Scissors
Crayons or markers

Things to do:
1. Cut out your letters from washi tape. For wider letters or shapes, such as the heart. Layer three or for short strips of tape one way and then the other to create a solid piece of tape to cut out.
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2. Smooth your letters and shapes onto the cardstock, pressing the edges down firmly.
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3. Allow your child to scribble away on the cardstock.
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4. Trim the paper to card size and peel up the tape to reveal the relief letters!
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How to Make Origami Heart Corner Bookmarks

Folded Heart Bookmarks How to Make Origami Heart Corner Bookmarks
As kids get older, sappy valentines become, well, embarrassing! So it’s always a challenge to come up with embarrassment free valentines for older kids to give to their friends. These bookmarks are perfect! Fun to make, any book lover will adore them! Light weight scrapbook or origami paper works best here so that you can get nice, crisp folds.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Origami paper
Scissors
Bone folder (optional)

Things to do:
1. Cut a square of origami paper in half. Set aside one half.
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2. Fold your rectangle in half, longways with a nice, crisp crease.
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3. Fold this in half shortways, again, crisp crease.
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4. Open up this last fold and fold the two ends up to form the point of the heart at the halfway point.
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5. Flip the paper over and fold down the ends crisply.
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6. Crease and fold in the corners of each end to form the curves of the heart.
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7. Flip back over and slip the pocket formed in the back onto the corner of a book.
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Candy Kiss Mouse Valentines

Candy Kiss Mouse Valentines Candy Kiss Mouse Valentines
This sweet treat is the perfect valentine for young kids. They’re sure to love the cute creature and the candy inside. Have fun making these with your younger kids and give them to their classmates on Valentines Day, or anytime they want to share something special with their friends.

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

Things you’ll need:
Candy Kisses
Card Stock
Jute
Scissors
Hole punch
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first thing you’ll want to do is cut out the ear shapes. Draw two identical circles with small rectangles on the bottom half. Cut out the ears.
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2. Use hot glue to attach the rectangle portion of the ears to the bottom of a candy kiss.
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3. Next, you’re going to attach the rest of the body. Use a drop of hot glue to attach the kisses together.
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4. Use scissors to cut off the paper labels.
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5. Now, you’re going to make the eyes. Use a hole punch to create two identical circles of cardstock. Use hot glue to attach them to the face.
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6. Cut a 2-inch piece of jute and use hot glue to attach it like a tail.
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Coffee Filter Tie-Die Hearts

Coffee Filter Tie Die Hearts Coffee Filter Tie Die Hearts
Coffee filters are made from a special kind of paper that has the unique ability to dissipate liquid, and color, through the paper in a tie-die kind of way! This makes them perfect for some fun tie die hearts this Valentine’s Day! This project is perfect for keeping little fingers happy and they’ll love to watch the colors move and change as the combination of markers, paper and water do their trick!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Water soluble markers
Coffee filters
Scissors
Spray bottle and water

Things to do:
1. Flatten out several coffee filters and fold them in half. Using your scissors, cut out large hearts from the filter.
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2. Open the hearts up and allow your children to color with makers all over the paper.
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3. Once they are done, let them lightly spray the paper with water. Set the hearts on a flat surface and watch the colors move and blend then leave them out to dry before displaying.
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How to Make Paper Heart Flowers

Heart Flowers How to Make Paper Heart Flowers
It’s getting to be that time of year when our minds turn to pink and read and hearts and love. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year, why not present your loved one with some cute flowers made out of, what else? Hearts! Perfect for adding to cards and notes, these are also fun for scrapbooks, posters or kids crafts!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock in two colors
Heart punch
Bone folder
Glue stick

Things to do:
1. Cut eight hearts out of your cardstock for each flower, 4 of each color for an alternating pattern.
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2. Using your bone folder, fold each heart exactly in half with a nice, crisp crease
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3. On your card or poster, glue one half of a heart down with the glue stick.
4. Add a second head, with the same half down with the cur edge butted right up against the folded edge of the first heart. Repeat this process until you have worked your way around to complete the flower. If desired, you can leave the hearts half folded or flatten them to overlap for two different flower looks.
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How to Dye Coffee Filters

How to Dye Coffee Filters How to Dye Coffee Filters
Coffee filters are one of those every day, ubiquitous household materials that, although simple, can be turned into a wide variety of fantastical projects. The one downside is, of course, they only come in white and natural paper color! But have no fear, here’s a quick way to color your filters before your projects, opening up their usefulness to even more possibilities!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Coffee filters
Craft paint
Water
Small plastic tub
Drying line

Things to do:
1. Squirt a small amount of brightly colored acrylic paint into the plastic tub. Fill with about an inch of water and stir to combine. Using brighter paints will give you brighter finished product but remember that you’ll always get a lighter color than the paint.
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2. Pull five of six coffee filters from your stack and fully immerse them into the colored water.
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3. Hang the filters individually onto a line to dry and then repeat the process until you have as many filters as you need. You can also lay them out flat to dry on craft paper, although this will take longer to dry.

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