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Make Your Own Candy Medals

Make Your Own Candy Medals Make Your Own Candy Medals
Summer isn’t summer without a wide array of games and competitions between friends, coworkers and family members. Whether it’s a company retreat, a family reunion or just a gathering at the park, the warm evenings of summer are perfect for a good old fashion competition! And what’s a competition without medals? This project creates sweet treat medals that anyone would be happy to win!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon or other ribbon of your choice
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wrapped Candies in roughly square shapes
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut the ribbon in to 3 foot sections, one for each award. You can coordinate the ribbon to the party theme or just play with what colors you have.
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2. Flip the candy over so the back side is facing up.
3. Loop the ribbon around so that the two ends meet flatly and the loop is smooth and set to hang around someone’s neck.
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4. Hot glue the cut ends to the back of the candy. Allow the glue to dry before passing out the prizes!
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DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers

Flag Cupcake Cake Toppers DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers
We are a summer birthday family, everyone has their birthday between Memorial and Labor Day, which means that I’m about to hit party season and I’m starting to plan now. Birthdays aren’t birthdays in our house without a cake and my kids love fun cake toppers. This summer at least one of them is going to get these cute mini flags decorating their cake but these would be adorable as table decorations, scaled up a little for parades or for some medieval make believe! And they are so easy, why not make a whole slew of them?

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

Things you’ll need:
Fabric – light cottons work best
Skewers or dowels rods
Craft glue
Fabric stiffener
Iron
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well and spray thoroughly with fabric stiffener. You want is nice and damp but not dripping wet.
2. Hang the fabric to dry so that it dries nice and flat. Once dry the fabric will be very stiff.
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3. Cut the stiffened fabric into strips as wide as you want your finished flags. Here we’ve made them about one inch wide.
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4. Cut your strip into flags, adding a little extra to the straight end to wrap around the skewer.
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5. Spread a thin layer of glue onto the flat end of the flag and roll the fabric around the dowel until it wraps once around. Pinch in place for a few moments until it’s holding and then allow the glue to dry before using.
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Upcycle: Paper Tube Crown

Paper Tube Crown Upcycle: Paper Tube Crown
Every little princess loves a crown and this paper tube crown is as fun to make as it is to wear. Here we’ve covered the tube with colorful paper to add a little fun to the finished product but you can also leave the tube as is or let your little ones paint and glitter the tube before cutting!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Paper towel tube
Scissors
Glue
Foam brush
Colorful paper

Things to do:
1. Roll the paper up onto the tub to measure how much paper you’ll need and trim away the excess.
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2. Paint a thin coat of glue onto the back side of the paper and roll back onto the tube, right side out.
3. Smooth away any bubbles and allow the glue to dry. You may want to use paperclips or clothespins to hold the paper in place while the glue dries.
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4. Beginning at one end, cut the tube into a spiral with a width of about ½ an inch.
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5. Pull the spiral out slightly and wrap into a springy circle. Glue the ends together and pinch till dry. Once dry, pull slightly and crown your little prince or princess.
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DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Banner Tutorial

DIY Tissue Paper Banner Tutorial10 DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Banner Tutorial
This banner makes a lovely and inexpensive decoration for any party or event. Customize the colors and play with different lengths to create a look that you love!

Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Paper Clips
Denim Blue Bakers twine or other colors of your choice

Things to do:
1. Take a piece of tissue paper and fold it into fourths. Start by folding it in half, then fold it in half again. Be sure that the folds are crisp. Use a paperclip to mark the top. The top of the tissue paper square will have two edges.
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2. Start cutting 1/2 inch strips from the bottom of the square to the top.
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3. Remove the paper clips and unfold the tissue paper. The paper rips easily, so be careful when you’re separating the strips.
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4. Once you’ve unfolded the tissue paper, roll it up tightly. The finished roll should look like a baton, with fringe on either side.
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5. Fold the roll in half and twist it to create a small loop in the center.
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6. Run the twine through the loop.
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7. Repeat steps 1-6 until you’ve reached your desired length.
DIY Tissue Paper Banner Tutorial DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Banner Tutorial

DIY Big Deco Mesh Bow

Big Deco Mesh Bow DIY Big Deco Mesh Bow
Sometimes what you need is a big bow. A really big bow! Deco Mesh is a fabulous material to create big, lightweight bows, perfect for wreaths, gifts or just on their own! You’ll need deco mesh that’s at least 24 inches wide for this project, the bigger, the better!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
21 inch or wider Royal Blue deco mesh or other colors of you choice
10 inch red and royal blue deco mesh in a coordinating color
Scissors
Pipe Cleaner

Things to do:
1. Cut a 3 foot section of the wider deco mesh.
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2. Starting at the center of one cut edge, start scrunching the material up until you reach the other edge.
3. Wrap the pipe cleaner tightly around the section you scrunched up.
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4. Cut a 5 foot length of the narrower mesh.
5. Find the center point of this piece and wrap it around the center point of the bow.
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6. Tie the mesh tightly on the back side of the bow.
7. Pull the tails of the bow down firmly and trim to a point.
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DIY Deco Mesh Bottle Wrap

Deco Mesh Bottle Wrap DIY Deco Mesh Bottle Wrap
Festive and fun, using deco mesh to wrap that special bottle of wine, beer or champagne will wow your giftee and make your gift that much more special. You’ll need mesh that, folded in half, is about ¾ the height of the bottle. Smaller bottles can use 12 inch mesh, larger bottles will need 24 inch mesh.

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Bottle
Turquoise deco mesh or other colors of your choice
Scissors
Ribbon or 1 inch natural sinamay ribbon

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of mesh that is about 3 times as long as your bottle is high.
2. Lay the mesh out, curly side down, with the bottle at the center point.
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3. Pull the ends up, wrapping the edges around under themselves as you go, and grasp at the neck of the bottle.
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4. Cut a 2 foot section of the narrow deco mesh.
5. Tie around the neck and into a bow. Fluff up the curls at the top of the bottle.
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DIY Fabric Gift Tags

Fabric Gift Tags DIY Fabric Gift Tags
These customizable gift tags are the perfect addition to any present! Everyone is sure to love this sweet, personal touch, recognizing your extra effort to make them feel loved and appreciated.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up. *Younger ages may need help with the iron.

Things you’ll need:
Iron
Ironing Board
Patterned Fabric
Heat and Bond Adhesive
Hole Punch
Scissors
Ribbon
Cardstock
Pencil or Pen

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the shape of your gift tag. When you’re choosing a shape, you have several options. The first is cutting an identifiable shape, such as a square, circle or heart. This works well if your fabric has a small print or is solid. If your fabric has a large print, such as large flowers or butterflies on it, simply cut out one picture from the print.
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2. Place your fabric shape onto the back of the adhesive paper and trace around the edges. Once you’ve traced the shape, cut it out.
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3. Set your iron on the silk setting, and be sure to remove all the water. It is important to have a dry iron to ensure the adhesive is transferred correctly.
4. Place the fabric shape upside down on your ironing board and the adhesive sheet on top of it, with the paper side facing up. Run the iron on top of the fabric and adhesive paper for 2-3 seconds.
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5. Carefully peel off paper layer from the back of your shape.
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6. Take the cardstock you’ve chosen and trace the fabric shape onto it. Once you’ve traced your shape, cut out the shape.
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7. Lay your fabric shape onto the paper shape and run the iron over the fabric for 2-3 seconds.
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8. Trim any excess paper off of your fabric shape. Pay close attention to the details of your shape.
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9. Punch a hole at the top and tie a piece of ribbon through it to finish your adorable gift tag!
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Teacher Appreciation: “Pearls of Wisdom” Paper Oysters

Paper Oysters Teacher Appreciation: Pearls of Wisdom Paper Oysters
Paper Oysters are adorable decorations and teacher appreciation gifts. Pair a little oyster with a note that says “Thank you for your pearls of wisdom!” or “Thank you for helping me come out of my shell!” to show someone you appreciate them. I have also used these oysters as table decorations for beach parties because it is so easy to make a lot of them. Using a strand of pearls rather than loose beads also makes the creative process a lot less hectic. Enjoy making your own paper oysters!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 6+
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Silver tissue paper
Peach tissue paper
Faux pearls
Craft wire
Scissors
Glue
Cup (for tracing)

Things to do:
1. Use your cup to trace a circle on your silver tissue paper.
2. Cut out your circle.
3. Pinch the center of your circle and secure with craft wire.
4. Fluff the edges of your silver tissue paper to make it look like an oyster shell.
5. Bunch up a small square of peach tissue paper and glue on one side of the inside of your oyster shell.
6. Cut a pearl off of your strand of pearls and glue it onto the peach tissue paper.
7. Once it is all dry, give your oyster as a gift or use it as a decoration!

DIY Confetti Birthday Cake Toppers

DIY Confetti Birthday Cake Toppers DIY Confetti Birthday Cake Toppers
These custom cake toppers are a wonderful way to add a festive touch to any birthday cake. Make any combination of letters and numbers and use them to dress up the dessert bar at your next birthday party.

Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up *Must be old enough to use a hot glue gun
Difficulty level: Beginner

Things you’ll need:
Ruler
Wax Paper
Dowel rods
Hot Glue Gun
Tacky Glue
Confetti
Scissors
Pencil

Things to do:
1. The first step is drawing a pattern for your cake topper. Simply draw a shape, letter, or number onto a piece of wax paper. You can use a stencil, or free hand it. I’ve chosen to draw a number.
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2. Once you’ve created a pattern, simply fill it in with hot glue from your glue gun. Be sure to move quickly, so it doesn’t have time to dry.
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3. Once you’ve covered the shape in glue, apply confetti to the pattern. You can use paper or plastic confetti. I like the plastic confetti, because it sparkles and looks great on top of a birthday cake with candles. Cover all of the glued area evenly.
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4. Allow the glue and confetti to dry before flipping over the shape and repeating steps 2 and 3.
5. Once the shape is completely dry, cut it out using scissors or rip along the glue line until all of the wax paper is gone.
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6. The final step is applying the skewer to the number. Use hot glue and attach the wooden skewer to the shape. Once it has dried, use tacky glue and cover the base of the skewer with confetti.
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DIY Confetti Birthday Cake Toppers9 DIY Confetti Birthday Cake Toppers

DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag

Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag
Are you looking for the perfect Easter basket to give your kids this year? This bunny bag is irresistibly cute and just the right size for hiding sweet treats. Your kids are sure to love the bunny bag as much as they love what’s inside.

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

Things you’ll need:
Glue gun
Yarn Needle
Ruler
Newspaper
6 inch Circle Pattern
Hemp Cord
White and Pink Felt
Pom Pom
Google Eyes
Pen
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Awl
Ribbon
Blush

Things to do:
1. Trace a 6 inch circle pattern onto a piece of newspaper to create a pattern. I’ve found that it’s best to create a pattern on newspaper for the ears as well. Freehand ear shapes until you find a look that you’re happy with. Attach the ears to the circle to create a full bunny pattern.
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2. Trace the bunny pattern onto two pieces of white felt and cut out the patterns.
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3. Cut out two pink ears that are ¼ inch smaller than the white ears. I’ve found that it is helpful to make a pattern for these as well.
4. Hot glue the smaller, pink ears onto the large, white bunny pattern. Hot glue the google eyes onto the face of the bunny pattern. Allow the pieces to dry completely.
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5. Cut pieces of hemp cord to make the whiskers of the bunny. Once you’ve secured them to the face of the bunny with hot glue, hot glue a pom pom over the center of the whiskers to create a nose.
6. The last piece of the bunny face is the mouth. Use tacky glue and secure hemp cord in the shape of a smile.
7. The next step is securing the back of the bunny face. Use hot glue and apply a thin line of glue around the bunny face up to about ½ inch from the ears. It is important to remember to leave a small hole at the top, so you can put candy and treats inside the bunny bag.
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8. Use the awl and poke a hole in each ear. Attach a piece of ribbon to create a handle and tie it in a bow to finish the project.
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