Category: Seasonal Crafts

How to Make Wire Frame Angels

This multi-purpose DIY project will have your Christmas decor looking lovely all season long! Use the wire form to create unique gift tags, or leave the wire angel on and display it as a work of art.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you need:
Wood plaque
Wooden spools
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating your wire form. Heat up your hot glue gun and use it to attach your spools to a wooden plaque. To create an angel shape, I attached one spool to the top center and two spools on either side, just below the top.
2. Next, it’s time to add a few nails to complete the form. Hammer two nails below the center spool, another two about 1-inch below those, and two more at both bottom corners for the plaque.
3. When your form is finished, it’s time to create your wire angels! Cut a 2-foot piece of wire and start at the center, wrapping it around the top spool. Continue making your way around the nails and spools to create the outline of an angel.
4. When you reach the end, trim any excess wire and wrap the ends together, securing the shape.

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How to Make a Spiral Felt Ball Ornament

Get an early start on your holiday crafting, or create this felt ball in multiple and add to bowls, shelves and other areas for a kitschy decor item. This is easy enough for kids to help you with. Add a string to the top for hanging if desired.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Felt sheets
Sequin pins


Things to do:
1. Cut 4 pieces of felt strips the short length of the felt rectangle by 2″ wide.
2. Wrap the first strip around the Styrofoam ball. Trim the end and pin into place as shown.
3. Repeat with a second strip.
4. Finish with two more strips.
5. Cut strips from another color and repeat the process in between the original strips. But this time, twist them as you place them on the ball. Pin into place.

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Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Craft for Kids

This quirky little scarecrow will put a smile on your face and is the perfect, simple decor for autumn. Experiment with different colors and different expressions.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood craft sticks
Orange paint
Raffia ribbon
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut your card stock slightly smaller than the size of 8 sticks lined next to each other. Glue the first two sticks the card stock, as shown.

2. Finish gluing all 8 sticks to the card stock. Here’s what it looks like from the back.

3. Cut a bit of the raffia and glue about 2″ down from the top of the group of sticks. Glue the final craft stick on top, at an angle – or not! You can decide. This represents the hat and hair.”

4. Glue the magnets to the back.

5. Draw a face on the scarecrow.

6. Paint the hat, and allow to dry.

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Kid Approved Summertime Beaded Bubble Wands Tutorial

Don’t settle for boring bubble wands! These are fun to make and easy for the kids to do themselves. They make perfect party gifts as well – try larger sizes to make even bigger bubbles!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaner
Small dowel rod


Things to do:
1. Start threading beads onto the pipe cleaner.
2. Check to see how many bead you need by wrapping the pipe cleaner into a loop.
3. Once you’ve decided on a size, wrap into a final shape and twist the end of the pipe cleaners around each other near the loop.
4. Add the pipe cleaner to the dowel rod. Fill up a shallow container with bubbles and have fun!

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DIY Mosquito Repellent Mason Jar Luminary Tutorial

It doesn’t matter who’s around – the mosquitoes find me and bite me first. It’s so frustrating to feel like I have to spray repellent on myself just to enjoy some time outdoors. But with this mosquito repellent jar, I have some protection from the mosquitoes, who prefer to stay away from this combination of smells (even though they smell good to us)!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Lavender oil
Kitchen knife and cutting board
Rosemary sprigs
Tea light candle


Things to do:
1. Fill up your jar with water, about 2″ from the top. Drizzle in some lavender oil.
2. Cut up a few pieces of lemon and lime, and tear off a few sprigs of rosemary.
3. Drop in your limes.
4. Drop in your lemons. Add your tea light candle to the top – it will float there – and light the candle.

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Boredom-Buster “Busy Sticks” Activity Jar Tutorial

You’ve heard it before “I’m bored!” As much as kids love being out of school for the summer, it isn’t long before they yearn for something to do.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Large popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Mason jar
Permanent marker


Things to do:
1. Decide groups of activities you’d like to arrange and select ribbons for each. I decided on indoor and outdoor activities. Cut each of your ribbons to 2″ long and glue one ribbon onto each popsicle stick as shown.
2. Continue until you have several sticks covered.
3. Tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar as decoration.
4. Write your activities on the sticks. Ask your kids for suggestions! Next time they say they’re bored, have them select a stick at random.

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Summertime Picnic Watermelon Mason Jar Tutorial

Liven the table for your outdoor party with this fun and whimsical watermelon jar. Use it to store cutlery or as a vase for some wildflowers.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Thing you’ll need:
Mason jar
Red paint
Black paint
Light green paint
Darker green paint
White paint
Paint brushes
Jute twine


Things to do:
1. Paint the bottom of the jar with the lighter green paint and allow to dry.
2. Paint the top of the jar with red paint. You’ll need to allow this to dry and then paint a second coat of both the red and the lighter green paint.
3. Make squiggly lines at the bottom with the darker green paint. This will make the bottom look more like a watermelon rind.
4. Paint a line of white or cream paint around the middle.
5. Paint black “seeds” onto the top half of the jar.
6. After the jar is dry, tie the twine around the mouth for added decoration.

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How to Make a Fairy Garden Planter

This is the perfect activity for a ladies tea or just an afternoon at home with your little ones. Collect a plethora of supplies and have fun creating a magical, mini fairy garden.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood pot
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Fairy door
Miniature garden tools

Things to do:
1. Trim a piece of sheet moss and pull it apart with your fingers, creating a loose, natural shape.
2. Use hot glue to attach the moss to your planter. Make sure it wraps around at least three sides to give your planter dimension.
3. When all of your moss is in place, it’s time to start adding embellishments! For my planter, I found a miniature door that is the same height as my planter. I used hot glue to attach it in place. To finish my planter, I used hot glue to add miniature tools by the front door and around the sides of my pot.
4. When you’ve finished decorating your pot, plant a succulent inside and display your work of art.

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DIY Seashell Monogram Letter

Spruce up your entry way at the beach house or decorate a beach- or nautical-themed room with this elegant seashell letter. You can stand it on a desk or shelf or use a hanger and mount this to the wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted seashells
Wooden letter
Sawtooth hanger *optional
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Paint your wooden letter.
2. Allow this to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
3. Arrange your seashells on the letter first, before gluing. Once they’re arranged, start systematically gluing them in place.
4. Continue gluing until each shell is placed on your wooden letter.

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DIY Summertime Watermelon Tea Towel

Watermelons are the quintessential summer fruit, and you can decorate a tea towel with a no-sew watermelon in no time at all! Bring a little of that summer sunshine indoors and liven up your kitchen or dining area.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Tea towel
Assorted felt sheets
Bit of ribbon
Fabric glue


Things to do:
1. Cut out two watermelon shapes from the felt, one in green and one red. The green one should be a little larger than the red felt shape.
2. Cut a few “seeds” from the black felt.
3. Glue the red felt to the green.
4. Glue the black seeds to the red felt as shown.
5. Cut a piece of ribbon and glue it to the tea towel, creating an embellishment near the bottom of the towel.
6. Glue the watermelon to the tea towel.

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