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How to Make a Sequin Ball Ornament

Sequin Ball Ornament main How to Make a Sequin Ball Ornament
Sparkling ornaments don’t have to be reserved for the holidays! Yes, you can display them then, but this styrofoam sequin ball ornament is perfect in school or team colors, or to match your decor. Display it year ‘round!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+ (younger kids will need help with hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Sequins
Sequin pins
Rocaille beads
12” of narrow grosgrain ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue

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Things to do:
1. Place a rocaille bead on one of the sequin pins.
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2. Next, place a cup sequin on the pin, with the cupped side facing the bead.
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3. Stick the “loaded” pin into the styrofoam ball.
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4. Continue completing steps 1-3 for the next several sequins. When pinning, make sure they slightly overlap the adjacent sequins so the styrofoam won’t peek through too much – it’s hard to completely avoid seeing the styrofoam, but it won’t be too noticeable if the sequins are overlapping somewhat.
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5. Continue around the entire ball.
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6. Warm up your hot glue gun. Create a loop from the 12” of ribbon, and glue the short ends together.
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7. Pull out one of the sequins and hot glue the ribbon loop to the top of the ball. Pin the sequin back in place over the ribbon. Hang your ornament and watch it sparkle!
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Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament

Perler Bead Ornament main Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament
Use a cookie cutter in a new way – for something you can keep forever! Make this perler bead cookie cutter ornament to hang or use as a toy. Your children will enjoy helping with this project – just make sure you help them when using the oven!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (provide supervision with the oven, however)

Things you’ll need:
Fish cookie cutter or other cookie cutter of your choice
Perler beads
Vegetable oil
Brush
Cookie sheet
Aluminum foil or cooking parchment paper
Small plate
Oven

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Things to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat the inside of the cookie cutter with the vegetable oil. Make sure the oil gets into in all the nooks and crannies and up to the top of the inside. This step is crucial – otherwise your beads will become stuck inside the cookie cutter.
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2. Lay the aluminum foil or parchment on the cookie sheet and coat with oil as well.
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3. Decide which beads you’ll use. You can place them inside the cutter as a pattern, but it’s easiest for kids to simply mix them up on a small plate for easy grabbing.
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4. Place the beads in a single or double layer inside the cookie cutter, making sure you get the beads in all the crevices so the shape turns out looking the way you expect!
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5. This is what the cutter looks like once it’s filled. There’s no need to fill it up the top – a single or double layer will do.
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6. Place the cookie sheet with the filled cutter into the pre-heated oven. It takes only 5-8 minutes to melt the beads together. The top will have open holes, but the bottom will be mostly melted. Now string a piece of thread or wire through the top or give to your child as a stand-alone decoration or toy!
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DIY Cornhole Burlap Bean Bags

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Love to play Cornhole? It’s such a fun summer activity, and these burlap bean bags are a bit smaller than regulation size, but will allow the younger kids in the group to compete with the adults! “Trim” each set with a different color of embroidery floss to know which bags your child has thrown and which ones are their competitors’ bags. Of course, your child will win, right?

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: About an hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Large darning needle with a large eye
2 squares of regular fabric, cut to 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”
Embroidery thread
Burlap ribbon
Bean bag filler
Regular sewing thread and needle
Fray Check Seam Sealer
Sewing pins
Sewing machine **optional

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Things to do:
1. Sew your two fabric squares together, right sides together, using a 1/4” seam allowance. A 1/4” seam allowance means that you’ll sew 1/4” from the edges. Leave an opening along one edge that’s about 3” wide so that you can fill it with the bean bag filler. You don’t need to use a sewing machine! You can do a simple running stitch by hand (in/out, in/out) while knotting at both ends – just make sure the stitches are close enough together so that you won’t spill the beans out of the bag when it’s complete.
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2. Turn the sewn squares right sides out and fill with the filler. Don’t pack it too full, or you won’t be able to stitch it shut in the next steps. Also, it’s a good idea to pour the filler over a bowl or trash can so you don’t drop the beans…especially if you have pets or small children.
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3. Fold the raw edges to the inside of the bag, then pin and stitch the opening closed.
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4. Set your cotton bean bag aside, and start stitching your burlap squares together. Place one on top of the other. Cut 4-5 18” lengths of embroidery thread. Knot at one end and thread your needle. Stitch with a whip stitch around three sides of the burlap.
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5. Once three sides are sewn, insert your cotton bag into the burlap one, and stitch the final side closed. If desired, apply the Fray Check seam sealer around all the edges to prevent excessive fraying.
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DIY Birdseed Ornaments

DIY Birdseed Ornaments DIY Birdseed Ornaments
Park cooking, part crafting—This DIY is totally fun! Grab your ingredients and get ready to create the perfect outside décor that your feathered friends are sure to love.

Difficultly level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Birdseed
Water
Flour
Corn syrup
Gelatin mix
Wax paper
Cookie cutters
Scissors
Drinking straws
Jute
Mixing bowls

Things to do:
1. The first step is mixing the birdseed in with the flour. I used ¾ cup flour and added birdseed until the ratio of flour to birdseed looked about equal.
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2. Pour 1 cup boiling water into a glass bowl and stir in one pack of gelatin and a little corn syrup. Add a second pack of gelatin and stir until it is completely dissolved.
3. Pour the gelatin mix over the flour and birdseed and stir it in. The paste should be fairly thick. Let the mixture harden for a few minutes.
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4. Place your cookie cutters on a piece of wax paper and pour the mixture into the cookie cutter. Fill the shape almost to the top.
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5. Cut a piece of drinking straw and push it through the mixture, creating a hole.
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6. Leave it dry overnight.
7. Once your ornaments have dried, pull them off of the wax paper and remove any excess mixture from around the edges. Pull the straw out.
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8. Push the ornament out of the cookie cutter, starting around the edges and moving towards the center to prevent it from breaking.
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9. Once it comes out, tie a piece of jute through the hole in the center of the ornament. Tie the jute in a bow, and display your ornament!
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Father’s Day Yarn Scrap Tie Art

Yarn Scrap Tie Art Fathers Day Yarn Scrap Tie Art
Father’s Day is coming up and I bet you’re trying to figure out what to get that special dad in your life! Look no further! This fun yarn scrap art will be a hit with the kids while they make it and the dads when they receive it!

Time required: 20 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Craft knife and mat
Yarn
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of cardstock as wide as you want the finished piece and twice as long as you want the finished piece. Fold in half and crease well.
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2. Using your craft knife, cut out a tie shape on the top half of the cardstock so that the top of the tie is closest to the fold in the paper.
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3. Wrap the yarn around the card, starting at the top and working down so that the cut out is completely covered.
4. Slip the yarn off the card and cut the sides so you have lots of short pieces of yarn.
5. Lay them out on the bottom half of the card so that, when folded, the yarn completely fills the window made by the tie cut out.
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6. Trim any yarn that hangs over the edge of the card and run a bead of glue down each side near the ends of the yarn. Fold the paper and press firmly to trap the yarn pieces in between the two halves of the paper.

DIY Mini Rustic Spring-Inspired Wreaths

twig spring wreath DIY Mini Rustic Spring Inspired Wreaths
This project allows you to bring the beauty of Spring indoors. This tutorial will give you step-by-step instructions, so you can create a custom wreath almost entirely out of nature. Try your hand at home decor with this fun DIY.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Sticks
Fresh greenery
Flowers
Scissors
Ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Jute

Things to do:
1. The first step is making the wreath frame. You’ll need to find eight branches of a similar length to start.
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2. Once you’ve sorted out eight branches, arrange them in a square shape. Place two branches on each side of the square.
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3. Use a 4-inch piece of jute to secure the corners of the square wreath frame. Trim any excess.
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4. Once you’ve created a wreath frame, it’s time to adorn it with fresh greenery. Use hot glue to attach the leaves to the frame. Layer the greenery until you reach your desired look.
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5. Create a mini bouquet using hot glue and adorn it with a ribbon bow. Use hot glue to secure this beautiful bloom to your wreath.
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6. The final step is creating a hanger to display your creation. Simple cut a 1 ½ foot piece of jute and tie the ends in a knot. Hot glue the loop onto the back of your wreath and enjoy!
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DIY Decorative Spring Bloom Mobile

bloom mobile DIY Decorative Spring Bloom Mobile
Adorn your space with beautiful spring blooms! This fun tutorial is a great group project or party craft. Get the supplies together and gather your friends for a night of crafting.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Two metal hoops
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Fishing line
Greenery ribbon
Artificial flowers

Things to do:
1. The first step is decorating your metal ring with greenery. Anchor the end of the greenery ribbon with hot glue and wrap it around the ring until the entire surface is covered. Once you’ve covered the whole ring, trim any excess and secure the end with hot glue.
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2. Next, you’re going to attach the smaller and larger metal rings. Tie fishing line in four different places on the hoop, hanging it evenly from all sides. Trim any excess fishing line.
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3. It’s time to decorate the mobile! Cut three even pieces of jute, roughly 8-inches in length, and braid them together. Use hot glue to add flowers to the braid.
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4. Make several jute decoration pieces and secure them to the metal hoop with hot glue.
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5. The final step is attaching a hanger to the top of the mobile. Cut three even pieces of jute and braid them together. Secure both ends to the small metal hoop and display your art for all to enjoy!
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DIY Plantable Spring Seed Gift Tags

Seed Gift Tags DIY Plantable Spring Seed Gift Tags
Spring is filled with many opportunities to give thoughtful gifts- Easter, Memorial Day, and Mother’s Day to name a few. This simple DIY tutorial shows you how to tuck seed packets into your gift tags to make your gifts extra special. Who wouldn’t love a gift that brings lots of flowers and garden treasures?

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes
Age range: All ages

Things you’ll need:
2 – Blank Mosaic Paper Tags
1 Seed Packet
Glue Dots
Markers
White Grosgrain Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Fold one side of the seed packet over and tape so that it will fit inside the 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ mosaic tag.
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2. Then tape the top and bottom of the seed packet to the backside of a blank mosaic paper tag.
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3. Add glue dots to the top and bottom of the tag. Align the two white tags so that they are even and press the glue dots securely into place. You will now have white tags on the outside with a seed packet in the middle.
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4. Add ribbon through the pre-punched hole of the tag.
5. Decorate the outside of the tags with markers.
6. Add your new spring seed gift tag to any gift!
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DIY Fairy Thimble Teapot

April 14, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Spring Crafts

Thimble Teapot DIY Fairy Thimble Teapot
Fairies love tea parties, you know, and you can’t have a tea party without tea! Your fairies will love to host parties in their fairy garden with the addition of this sweet little teapot. Look for a button that matches the color of your thimble for the bottom to create the perfect pot and match the felt handle and spout to your teacups for the perfect tea set.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Thimble
Button
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Gray felt or other color of your choice
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a thin strip felt about ¾ of an inch long for a handle and a small square to roll into a spout.
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2. Roll the square into a tight tube and run a thin bead of glue along the edge to secure it.
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3. Once the glue is dry, cut one end at an angle.
4. Attach the spout to the side of the thimble with a dot of glue.
5. Fold the strip in half and add a tiny dot of glue along each of the cut ends. Press them into the side of the thimble to create a handle.
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6. Attach the button to the bottom of the thimble to finish with a bead of glue around the edge of the thimble and pressing the button onto the bottom.
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DIY Fairyland Street Signs

DIY Fairyland Street Signs DIY Fairyland Street Signs
There are, of course, many magical places to visit in Fairyland. And even fairies can get lost if they don’t know the way, so be sure to make a few signs for your fairy gardens to let your winged friends find their way. Gather the names of your favorite magical, mystical and fantastical places and point the way!

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

Things you’ll need:
Miniature signs
Dowels rods
Acrylic paint
Fine permanent marker
Hot glue gun and glue stick

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the fronts of each sign with two coats of paint, allowing the first coat to dry before adding the second.
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2. When the paint is thoroughly dry, write the names of your destinations on each of the signs, not forgetting to add arrows.
3. Flip the signs over and, applying a large dollop of glue to the back side and press them into the dowel to create the sign post.
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