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DIY Giant Yard Dice

DIY Giant Yard Dice DIY Giant Yard Dice
Summer is here! Yay! And that means spending as much time as possible outside, am I right? We love to have people over for backyard BBQ’s and to play games into the evenings and these giant dice are perfect for all sorts of Summer games. Make as many as you need for your favorite games in bright colors to show up against the grass. Be sure to seal your dice with polyurethane if they will be stored outside!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Hollow Wooden Cubes
Acrylic paint in two colors
Paintbrush
Plate or lid for paint
Outdoor sealer
Circle stamp*

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the sides of each cube, allowing the sides to dry before flipping the cubes over to paint the bottom side. Repeat until you have a solid coat of paint on all sides.
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2. Once the cubes are painted, squirt a dollop of the contrasting color of paint onto your plate or lid.
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3. Lightly dip your stamp into the paint and apply dots to each side, following the pattern of a die. Allow the sides to dry before flipping over to add dots to the other side.
4. Once all the dots have been applied, coat each side in polyurethane if desired. Leave the dice to cure until the polyurethane has totally cured.
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* If you don’t have a circle stamp handy, you can cut a potato using an apple corer or small round cookie cutter to make an easy circular stamp.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden Rose Arbor

Fairy Garden Rose Arbor Make Your Own Fairy Garden Rose Arbor
Fairies love garden, especially flower gardens. And no flower garden is quite complete without a pretty little rose arbor. This rose covered arbor will be the crowning glory of your fairy garden, sure to lure the tiny folk to your enchanted world.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mini rose garland
Tiny Arbor
Wire cutters
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Cut the garland into four 12-inch sections, set the remaining piece of garland aside.
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2. Wrap one of the sections around one of the feet of the arbor, wrapping tightly at the base, and then more loosely as you work up, working up to the top and then wrap tightly around the crown. Repeat with the remaining sides.
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3. Cut the remaining section of garland into four equal sections.
4. Wrap each of the four pieces tightly around a pencil to create small rose bushes.
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5. Push each of the “bushes” onto the base of the arbor legs and then place in your garden.
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DIY Permanent Waving Flags

DIY Permanent Waving Flags DIY Permanent Waving Flags
Summer is here at last and that means all sorts of parades, barbeques and picnics. And since Fourth of July falls right in the middle of all that summer fun, you know you’ll be needing some flags! The problem is that flags, whether they are new or pulled out of that summer fun storage bin, tend to be a little droopy on a breezeless day. Give your flags some oomph and keep them waving all day long with this little trick.

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

Things you’ll need:
Fabric Flags
Flat surface and various curved things like pencils or rolling pins
Fabric Stiffener

Things to do:
1. Soak the fabric of your flag well with Fabric Stiffener. You don’t want it dripping but you want it nice and damp.
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2. Lay your flag out on the flat surface to dry. Here’s where you can get creative with the shape that your flag will wave in! For a straight out flag, simply lay the flag fabric flat. For a lightly waving flag, slip a rolling pin under the center to create a gentle swell. For some wild flapping use pencils or knitting needles to form multiple U shapes in the flag.
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3. Allow the flags to dry then remove your shaping tools and wave away!
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Painted Rock Fairy Garden Cottages

July 1, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Summer Crafts

Rock Cottages Painted Rock Fairy Garden Cottages
We are big fans of fairy gardens and miniatures around here and never miss an opportunity to add something small and cute to our garden. These cottages are our latest addition and we are absolutely in love! Look for flat, smooth rocks and pebbles with a slightly pointy side for the roof.

Time required: 1 hour
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
River rocks
Permanent marker
Craft paints
Paintbrushes

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry your pebbles before beginning.
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2. Using your paints, paint the room and main color of the house and a chimney if you want one. Allow the paint to dry.
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3. Pen in some details such as windows, doors and bricks on chimneys.
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4. Once the ink is dry, color in details with more paint.
5. Finish by adding bushes, trees and grass. Allow the paint to dry completely and, if desired, seal with a clear coat such as polyurethane before adding to your garden.
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Painted Rock Hobbit doors

Painted Rock Hobbit doors Painted Rock Hobbit doors
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the wee folk. Whether its fairies or elves or hobbits, I love them and adore the teeny tiny versions of things sized just for them. Of hobbits, I’m particularly fond. I think if I could choose, I’d be a hobbit. I love their sing-song life and, most especially, their cozy houses. Because of this, I’ve added a few hobbit doors to my garden. Painted on smooth, flat stones, these doors can be tucked in between plants, leaned up against a tree trunk or placed against a wall to give the impression that someone small and jolly lives just on the other side.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
River rocks
Acrylic Craft Paint
Paint brushes
Permanent marker
Outdoor sealer

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry your pebbles to remove any dirt or oil from the surface.
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2. On a covered surface, paint a basic door shape covering most of the pebble surface. Allow the paint to dry.
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3. Once the main body of the door is dry, use the marker to draw in wood grain lines.
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4. Add details such as a door knob and hinges with paint. Allow the paint to dry.
5. Outline the door, the knob and hinges with the marker. Add more detailing such a bolts in the door or stones around the edge.
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6. Once the ink and paint are dry, coat the whole things with an outdoor sealer to protect it from the elements.
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Fireworks in a Jar

Fireworks in a Jar Fireworks in a Jar
It’s a lot of work to plan and prepare a party for all of your friends. Hours are spent cooking and cleaning to ensure everything is perfect. The next time your invited to a BBQ or picnic, how about taking the host a little gift to let them know you appreciate all of their hard work. This summer themed decoration is the perfect gift for the one hosting the big summer bash! They’re sure to enjoy the beautiful decor and delicious fireball candies for weeks to come. Say thanks in a creative and festive way that is sure to communicate your appreciation in a personal fashion.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: All ages. *Children under 10 may need assistance.

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar with a lid
Fabric with a print of your choice
Glue
Marker
Scissors
Tape measure
Ribbon in complimentary color
Fireball candies or other hard candies

Things to do:
1: Measure the diameter of your jar and cut a strip of fabric, adding a half inch in length. For the jar I chose, my fabric measured 12 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches.
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2: Place fabric around the jar and glue the ends together to create a festive covering. Let the glue sit for several minutes, or until completely dry to ensure it stays in place.
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3: Trace the circumference of the lid onto a piece of fabric and cut it out. Glue the fabric onto the lid, making sure the edges are glued down securely.
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4: Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck of the jar.
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5: Fill with candies and admire your adorable and creative masterpiece!

Fourth of July Baskets

June 26, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Summer Crafts

Fourth of July Baskets Fourth of July Baskets
Fourth of July is right around the corner and beyond the traditional flags and buntings, it’s always nice to have some bins and baskets to add to your holiday decor. This little basket is a perfect easy craft. A little paint, a little time and a simple basket and you’ve got just the thing to hold flowers, treats or decorations for your Fourth of July bash!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: twenty minutes

Things you’ll need:
Baskets
Paintbrush
Acrylic paint in Red, White and Blue
Red ribbon

Things to do:
1. Count up the ribs on your basket and divide to decide the pattern of your colors. Red, white, blue or red and blue are great options.
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2. Carefully paint just the upright ribs of the basket in your color pattern. Allow the paint to dry.
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3. Tie a length of ribbon around one handle and loop into a bow.

Ribbon Wrapped Fourth of July Wreath

Fourth of July Wreath Ribbon Wrapped Fourth of July Wreath
When you’ve got guests coming over for a Fourth of July party, you want to greet them with something all red, white and blue, right? A wreath is the perfect thing to hang on your front door both on the day and for the weeks before and after. This ribbon wrapped wreath takes advantage of the lovely stripy ribbons available for the holiday to create a simple but patriotic wreath.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Patriotic Ribbon – at least two colors or patterns
Sewing pins
Craft Glue
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Begin wrapping one of the ribbons at a slight angle tightly around the wreath, continuing to wrap until the wreath is about ¾ covered.
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2. Tuck the second ribbon under the first a few wraps before you want to change colors then trim the first color on the back side and continue wrapping with the second.
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3. Finish off the wrapping on the back side, dabbing the end with a little glue and then securing with the sewing pins.
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4. Tie a bow with an additional length of ribbon and attach with a little glue and a few more pins.

Patriotic Ribbon Ornaments

June 24, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

Patriotic Ribbon Ornaments Patriotic Ribbon Ornaments
Celebrating our country’s independence brings with it all things red, white and blue. Red white and blue napkins. Red white and blue hats. Blueberry, strawberry and whipped cream desserts. Even if I wanted to (but of course, I don’t) I couldn’t avoid the red white and blue. This leads, inevitably to lots of red, white and blue scraps sitting around, the tail ends of other projects. Glitter, confetti and especially ribbon. This project turns those scraps into a fun and simple decoration that can be hung in a swag, added to wreaths or piled in a bowl to add just a little more hurrah! to your Fourth of July celebrations.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Clear acrylic fillable ornaments
Ribbon scraps and/or leftover confetti
Red Raffia Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Gather, roll or wad up enough ribbon to make a ball slightly larger than the ornament.
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2. Push the materials into one side of the ornament and then add the other, snapping to close.
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3. Thread the raffia through the hanger. Tie the ends together and fan out the tails of the raffia.
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Summertime Pebble Face Puzzles

Summertime Pebble Face Puzzles Summertime Pebble Face Puzzles
A great summertime craft for the kids, these puzzle faces offer hours of fun, both in the making and in the playing! Start with a small collection and keep adding or make tons of pieces right off the bat. Display them outside on a picnic table to keep the kiddos occupied in those hectic moments before dinner or bag them up and you’ll always have a fun activity on hand when someone needs a little distraction.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
River rocks
Acrylic Craft Paints
Paintbrushes

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry the pebbles thoroughly.
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2. Sort through the stones, dividing them into piles for different face elements, roundish stones are great for eyes, odd shaped stones make for fun noses, etc.
3. Using your paints, paint the basic shapes of eyes, nose, and mouth of different stones.
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4. Once the first coat of paint is dry, add details like nostrils, irises etc to the stones. If you like, make extra stones for eyebrows, ears, even hair. Let your imagination run wild.
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5. Allow the paint to cure for a few hours before playing.
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