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DIY Leprechaun Hair Clips

DIY Leprechaun Hair Clips DIY Leprechaun Hair Clips
Top of the Morning to You! That’s right, it’s about that time of year when the leprechauns leave their gold out and everyone is wearing green! These cute little hair clips will get you in the St Patrick’s Day mood and a bit of the Emerald Isle to your outfit. Be sure to attach the bobby pins flat side to the hat so that the both adhere to the hat well and hold better in your hair.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tiny top hats
Green and/or gold spray paint
Glitter spray
Bobby pins
Narrow yellow ribbon
Scissors
Super glue

Things to do:
1. In a well ventilated and covered work area, spray paint your hats with two or three coats of paint and then one of glitter, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next.
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2. Wrap ribbon around each hat and trim so that the ends just overlap, secure the ribbons in place with a drop of super glue.
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3. Flip the hats bottom side up and glue the bobby pin flat sides down to the hats. Allow them to dry completely before wearing.
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DIY Gold Strings Lights

DIY Gold Strings Lights DIY Gold Strings Lights
Christmas might be over, but that’s no reason to put away all the twinkle lights! Turn them into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! While any color can be used here, gold makes an excellent pairing with the glow of the lights and is perfect indoors or out.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Strings lights, either traditional or LED bulb style
Gold plate spray paint
Masking tape and/ or paper towels

Things to do:
1. Before you begin to paint, you’ll need to mask off or remove the bulbs from your lights. If you are using non-removable LED bulbs, wrap the glass of each bulb in a small piece of masking tape. If you are using traditional lights or LED lights with removable bulbs, pull out each bulb, set it aside, and stuff a small piece of paper towel into the cavity where the bulb was. Repeat for all the lights on the strand.
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2. Mask off the prongs of your plug or, if you are using solar lights, the end of the wire and the solar panel using tape and paper towels to cover the unit.
3. In a well ventilated area, spray the lights with thin coats of paint on a covered work surface, turning the strand over as each coat dries to make sure the whole things is well covered.
4. Once the cords and bulb bases are painted and dry, remove the masking or paper towels and replace the bulbs on the removable style strands. Plug in and enjoy!

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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3D Paper Heart Garland Tutorial

February 10, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Spring Crafts

3D Paper Heart Garland Tutorial 3D Paper Heart Garland Tutorial
This festive garland puts the perfect finishing touch on your Valentine’s Day decor! Create a long length and string it up for a rustic, romantic touch.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Book pages
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Jute
Pencil

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the heart shapes. To begin, cut out a heart shape that you like and use it as a pattern. Trace the shape onto the book pages until you have enough to fill your length of garland. For every shape on the garland, you’ll need two hearts.
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2. Once you’ve cut out your hearts, it’s time to glue them onto your garland! Fold the heart shapes in half and run a line of hot glue down the middle. Sandwich the jute between the two hearts.
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3. Fold the edges of the heart back, creating a sharp crease. This will give your hearts a 3D effect.
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4. Repeat these steps until the entire length of jute is cover.

How to Make a Valentines XOXO Bunting

XOXO Bunting How to Make a Valentines XOXO Bunting
Love is all around now that Valentine’s Day is almost here! Spread the love with this fun XOXO bunting! Just the thing to add to a door, decorate a wall or drape across a mantle! You can size this up or down by changing the size of the letters or adding more pairs of x’s and o’s. Use mid weight scrapbook paper or light cardstock for a sturdy bunting that can be used year after year.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Ruler
Pencil
Craft knife
Hole punch
Narrow ribbon
Scissors
Glue stick

Things to do:
1. Draw your letters on the back side of you paper either using your ruler to mock it up free hand or by tracing letters printed to the size you want.
2. Cut out the letters using your scissors or craft knife.
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3. Cut out a heart for each “o” in a contrasting paper and glue it to the center of the “o” with glue stick.
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4. Punch holes at the top of each letter, two per letter.
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5. Trim a length of ribbon slightly longer than you want for your bunting and weave it in and out of the holes to suspend the letters. The weight of the letters will keep them in place on the ribbon.
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6. Tie the ends of the ribbons into loops for easy hanging. Once hung, adjust the letters as needed to have them centered and well spaced.
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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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DIY Heart Shaped Paper Clips

February 7, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

DIY Heart Paper Clips DIY Heart Shaped Paper Clips
Valentines is all about sharing the love, right? Even in little ways, everybody appreciates the spreading of the feeling! These little heart shaped paperclips are a fun way to spread the love on the day, even when it’s just getting paperwork turned in on time!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time.

Things you’ll need:
Paper clips
Nail polish

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the paperclips with a thin coat of nail polish.
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2. Allow the polish to dry and then flip over and repeat on the other side.
3. Once dry, hold the paperclip so tat the end is up and fold the larger loop at the halfway point so that the end goes behind the clip and points at an angle down.
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4. Slide the bend over the top of the paper to reveal the heart shaped clip!

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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