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DIY Fairy Garden Pumpkins

September 30, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, General Crafts

DIY Fairy Garden Pumpkins DIY Fairy Garden Pumpkins
Fairies love fall! Well of course they do! All those colors, turning leaves, dropping acorns, and, of course, Halloween! Bring a little fall into your fairy garden with these cute yarn pumpkins! Alter the size of these pumpkins by starting with different sized foam balls. These pumpkins are only suitable for indoor fairy gardens but they also make great accessories for wreaths, dollhouses or even mantlescapes!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam Balls
Orange yarn
Glue gun and glue sticks
Short pieces of sticks for stems
Tiny wood slices

Things to do:
1. Wrap yarn around and around the foam balls, you’ll want at least a double layer of yarn and the shape of the pumpkin can be changed by adding more or less yarn to areas to create oblong or lumpy pumpkins if you wish.
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2. Cut or break the yarn and then add a drop of hot glue. Press a mini wood slice over the glue to seal the yarn end and to create a flat surface for setting the pumpkin down.
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3. Using a little glue, add the stick to the top to create the stem of the pumpkin.
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How to Make Acorn Cap Teacups

September 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Spring Crafts

Acorn Cap Teacups How to Make Acorn Cap Teacups
Perfect for a fairy tea party, these little acorn cap tea cups would delight any magical creature and are sure to attract fairies to your garden in droves! While here we’ve painted the insides of the teacups gold to mimic fancy, antique tea sets, you could paint them whatever color your fairies would like!

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt or other colors of your choice
Acorn Caps
Scissors
Paint and paintbrush
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using your scissors, cut circles of felt out for saucers and strips of felt to create handles for the cups.
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2. Paint the insides of the acorn caps and allow the paint to dry.
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3. Dab a small amount of glue onto the ends of the felt strips and fold the strip in half, pressing the two ends into the sides of the caps to create handles.
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4. Once the handles are attached, glue the bottoms of the caps onto the felt saucers to hold them upright. Once the glue is dry, set them out for your fairies to enjoy!
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DIY Robin’s Nest for a Fairy Garden

September 28, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Spring Crafts

Fairy Garden Robins Nest DIY Robin’s Nest for a Fairy Garden
Fairies are, of course, great lovers of nature. And there’s nothing more they would love in their magical little fairy gardens than birdsong while they dance and play! SO they would love to see little birds nests in the trees of their gardens! This sweet little birds nest will be perfect for your fairy garden and you can alter the color of the birds eggs by changing the color of the beads you use!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Acorn caps
Moss
Scissors
Pony beads
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut moss to fit snugly into the acorn cap.
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2. Using small dabs of glue, nestle three beads, rounded sides up, into the moss to create the eggs.
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3. Glue the nest into a tree or birdhouse in your fairy garden.
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Felted Acorns

September 24, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Felted Acorns Felted Acorns
Fall, in our house, has always meant acorns. My kids love to collect them by the bowlful and, I have to admit, I’m pretty partial to them too, always snagging a few pretty caps when I head out for a walk. Keep the beauty of the acorn all year long by replacing the nut with a felted marble and add a little fall color to your home decor. Don’t forget to check out our felted bead tutorial to find the how to’s of easy wet felting!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Felted marbles
Acorn caps
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Choose felted marbles that are slightly bigger than the opening of the cap.
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2. Dab a small amount of craft glue into the cavity of the cap.
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3. Easy the felted marble into the hole, pressing it up against the glue. Allow the glue to dry before displaying.

Glitter Leaf Ornaments

September 23, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Glitter Leaf Ornaments Glitter Leaf Ornaments
Add a little glitz and glitter to your holiday display with some sparkly leaves! These glittered leaf ornaments turn ordinary silk leaves into something special. Hang them along a mantel, from your tree or adorn a holiday wreath with them to take your decor up a notch.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Glitter
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Disposable lid or plate
Silk leaveswe used ivy
Scissors
Hole punch
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Pluck a few leaves off of the garland.
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2. Trim away the stems.
3. Mix equal parts glitter and Mod Podge in the lid.
4. Paint a generous coat of the glitter glue over the entire surface of the leaf. Allow it to dry.
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5. Continue to add coats of the glitter glue until the leaf is well coated.
6. Once the leaves are dry, punch a whole at the top and string through with ribbon to display.
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DIY Fireflies in a Jar

September 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

fireflies jars DIY Fireflies in a Jar
Long summer evenings call for all sorts of fun, don’t they? And in our house we try our best to stay outside for as long as possible now that we don’t have to do silly things like wake up early for school! Once upon a time we lived where the fireflies were plentiful on hot summer nights, but now a days we live too far north for lightening bugs. Not a problem, however, now that we have these fun firefly jars! More humane than catching the real thing if you’ve got them and a great substitute if you don’t, these also make pretty centerpieces for evening picnic or subtle lighting along a path or up patio steps. Be sure to place them somewhere in the sun during the day so they can fully “charge”.

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

Things you’ll need:
Glass jars
Glow in the dark paint

Dowel rod or fine paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry your jar before you begin.
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2. Dip the tip of your skewer or paintbrush lightly into the paint.
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3. Starting at the inside bottom of the jar, apply, with a light touch, small dots to the glass.
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4. Work your way up, scattering dots of varying sizes around the inside of the jar till you reach the top.
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5. Allow the paint to dry and then set in the sun to charge up. Come nightfall, you’ll magically have fireflies in your jar!

Giant Clothespin Flag

September 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, Summer Crafts

Giant Clothespin Flag Giant Clothespin Flag
Perfect for a patriotic display or rustic Americana decor, this simple flag themed giant clothespin will look lovely in your home, setting up on a mantle, near a door or as a place to display photos or cards. Use thin paint to create a rustic, worn look or multiple coats for a brighter, modern style.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Giant clothespin
Craft paint in red, white and blue
Paintbrushes

Things to do:
1. Paint the area on front of the clothespin below the spring with white paint as a base.
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2. Paint the top section of the clothespin blue. Allow both to dry.
3. Using your red paint, paint a long strip covering half of the lower half of the clothespin.
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4. Using the end of the paintbrush, dot white paint “stars” in a circle at the center of the blue area.
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5. Allow all paint to dry before displaying.
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Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden

August 23, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden
We love fairy gardens around here, and we’re always adding to them to please our little magical friends, making their spaces extra special and oh so fun! This rose garden is our newest addition to the fairy world. Built in a pot saucer, it’s easily movable and lightweight, meaning it can be brought inside or out as the fairies (or the dollies who sometimes use our fairy gardens for playing) take a fancy to a new location. So lovely. And so fun!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Terra Cotta Saucer
Moss sheet
Potting soil
Scissors
Rose Arbor
Flower Fence
Plant picks
Flower garland
Craft knife
Pebbles

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting your moss sheet to fit snugly into your saucer. You can flip your saucer over onto the moss to use it as a guide.
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2. Fill the saucer with about 1 inch of soil and press it down to flatten.
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3. Cover the soil with the moss, tucking the edges in.
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4. Center your Flower covered fence in the saucer and place your rose arbor in the center of the fenced area.
5. Using your craft knife, cut the moss away in strips or arcs where you want more “garden”.
6. Insert plant picks to add foliage.
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7. Cut lengths of the garland to fit into the small garden sections and gently bend the ends down, pushing them into the soil to secure them.
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DIY Bikini Baby Onesie

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Bikini Baby Onesie DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
A cute and practical alternative to the baby bikinis that don’t stay put! Your little one will be the envy of the pool in this polka-dot bikini.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes + drying time

Things you’ll need:
Onesie-one piece baby tee
Scrap paper (to cut the pattern)
Purple acrylic paint orother colors of your choice
Folk Art Textile Medium
Masking tape
Paint brush
Pencil with new eraser or dowel rod (for making polka dots)
¼” satin ribbon
Scissors
Needle
Thread (to match ribbon)
Cardboard or heavy paper- I recommend covering with foil or wax paper

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry the garment before painting-don’t use fabric softener!
2. Cover cardboard or heavy paper with foil or wax paper. Place inside the onesie so that the paint doesn’t transfer to the back.
3. Using scrap paper, make the pattern for the bikini top. I eyeballed where I wanted the bottom edge of the bikini top and placed a piece of tape across the garment. Measure the distance across at this point (The 3-6 months size was 8”.) I cut a triangle pattern where each side was 4” to form the top.
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4. Use masking tape to mark off each side of the pattern; trim the tape for center “V”.
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5. Decide how high or low you want the bikini bottoms and tape straight across.
6. Using the center snap as the guide, mask of the sides of the leg holes.DIY Bikini Baby Onesie5 DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
7. Mix textile medium with paint, using a 2:1 ratio. Paint inside the masked area to form bikini. Let dry 1-2 hours. You may or may not need a second coat!
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8. Use the same ratio to mix the polka dot color with the textile medium. Only when the base color is completely dry, dip the pencil eraser or dowel rod in the paint, and place gently on the fabric. Continue until you are happy with the dot pattern.
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9. Let dry completely, about 1-2 hours, then peel off the masking tape and remove the cardboard.
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10. Cut five 8” pieces of ribbon, and tie into bows. Trim the ends so they are even.
11. Using a needle and thread, tack 3 bows onto the bikini top, and 2 bows onto the sides of bikini bottom.
12. The garment may seem stiff from the paint, but will soften after laundered. I let mine set for a couple days before washing and drying to be sure the paint was permanent.

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs
Fairy gardens are mostly filled with flowers, of course, since fairies do love their flowers, but what about those fairies who would rather grow vegetables? After all, even fairies need to eat! These little signs are perfect for keeping an orderly veg garden!

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

Things you’ll need:
Miniature wooden signs
Permanent marker
Copper wire
Super glue
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Clear nail polish or clear coat

Things to do:
1. Using your marker, write the names of your vegetables onto the signs and allow the ink to dry.
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2. Coat the sign with clear nail polish to seal and allow it to dry before proceeding.
3. Cut a 4-inch piece of wire and curl one end using the needle nose pliers.
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4. Attach the wire to the back of the sign with glue and allow it to dry before putting it in the garden.
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