Category: Seasonal Crafts

How to Make a Butterfly Bouquet

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Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Artificial butterflies
Bouquet holder
Flowers *optional
Wire cutters

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Things to do:
1. Start with artificial butterflies, choose which colors or sizes will work best on your bouquet. Tip: If you are not using butterflies with wire already attached, you can use hot glue and craft wire to attach wire to the underneath of the butterfly.
2. Cut your wire on the back of your butterflies and flowers to your desired length. Between 3-6 inches works best.
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3. Use varying lengths, positions and sizes of your butterflies to create a natural looking arrangement, simply sticking your crafting wire on to the underside of your butterflies, into the foam on your bouquet holder.
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4. Arrange your butterflies to hide your foam, as well as shaping them as you go to create a uniform, yet natural appearance.
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5. Add embellishment or ribbon as you see fit.
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DIY Americana Flag Mason Jar Luminary

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Wave your flag proudly – or in this case, display it and allow it to glow with American pride! You can line your walkway with these patriotic flag luminaries or display them on your table or book shelf during our biggest summer holiday!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Small American flag
Pint mason jar
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Flickering tea light
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut the flag off the stick.
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2. Check the width of the flag and trim it slightly if necessary, so that it fits nicely on the jar. I know that it feels weird to trim the flag, but you’ll probably just need to trim it 1/8″ to 1/16″, if at all.
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3. Spread Mod Podge on the jar and glue the flag down. Once dry, add Mod Podge to the top of the flag.
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4. Turn on your luminary and add it to the jar!
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DIY Glitter Fireworks Greeting Card

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Cut a square out of black card stock and decorate with this beautiful glitter fireworks display. You can decorate a card, scrapbook page, or other item for any celebration. This is a project that turns out beautifully every time!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Extra fine silver glitter
Red glitter
Elmer’s all-purpose glue
Scissors
Black card stock
Pencil
Newspaper

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Things to do:
1. Cut your black card stock into the shape you desire. With your glue, create a fireworks shape as shown here. Note that the top sparks are shorter than the lower ones, adding to a realistic effect. If needed, draw with a pencil first.
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2. Spread out a piece of newspaper. Shake both colors of glitter on different parts of the card, making sure to cover the glue.
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3. Allow to dry for about an hour. Shake off the excess glitter.
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Pottery Barn Inspired Rustic Felt Christmas Trees

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Spruce up your shelves or winter table with a forest of festive felt trees. Try playing with different colors, textures, and shapes to create a natural, unique look that you and your holiday guests are sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Sticks
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wood slices
Paper
Pen

Things to do:
1. Fold a piece of paper in half and draw a tree shape. Cut it out and open it up to reveal a perfectly symmetrical tree.
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2. Trace your pattern onto a piece of felt and cut it out. You’ll need a minimum of five felt trees per one project.
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3. Next, attach to your felt trees to the stick. Fold them in half and run a line of hot glue down the middle. Place them roughly 1/2 inch above the top of the stick.
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4. When all of your felt pieces are attached and the tree is full, use hot glue to bring the tops of the trees together, giving it a finished and polished look.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the stick to a log slice base. If you’ll be moving your trees around a lot and need it to be extra secure, I recommend drilling a hole into the base first.
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5-Minute Grapevine Wreath Place Cards Tutorial

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These rustic place cards add the perfect finishing touch to your dinner party! They only take a few minutes to make and will instantly update your table with bright boxwood green.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mini grapevine wreaths
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial boxwood
Paper
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, cut out a banner. I started with a 1/2 inch strip of paper and added waves with my scissors to create the illusion of movement. Cut a “V” shape out of both ends.
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2. Write the names of your guests.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the banner to your grapevine wreath.
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4. Finish the wreath by adding boxwood pieces to the bottom. Trim small, 1/2 inch pieces and use hot glue to secure them to the wreath and and enjoy!
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Beach-Inspired Picture Frame Tutorial

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The best way to remember a great vacation is to print out photos and keep them where you can see them every day. It’s even better if the photo can be in a frame that also has something to do with where you traveled.

Keep your favorite picture from your beach vacation in a frame that will remind you of your travels. Use items you’ve picked up on the beach if you have them for an even more authentic look.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Distressed photo frame
White resin starfish
Authentic fish net
Shells
E6000 or hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Stapler or staple gun **optional

Things to do:
1. Warm up glue gun if you are using one. Decide on the layout of your items before you begin.
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2. Attach the fish net to the back of the frame using staples or glue. Trim excess using scissors.
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3. Use glue to attach the starfish and shells to the frame. Remember that if you want your frame to sit on a surface rather than being hung on the wall, you need to make sure nothing hangs over the edge that will be the bottom. If you use hot glue, you can easily pull items off, pull the dried glue off the back and reposition if necessary. E6000 is really permanent, so make sure you have things placed just where you want them the first time.
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4. Allow glue to dry. Insert your photo. Hang on the wall or place on your desk or shelf where you will enjoy seeing it every day.
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Color-Block Popsicle Picture Frame Tutorial

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I love how inexpensive, simple, sweet, and versatile a popsicle stick photo frame is. And it’s the type of gift a mom will treasure forever! Of course, this isn’t just a great gift for Mother’s Day … it’s perfect for Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, a special person’s birthday, Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Day … any time you need a heartfelt, handmade gift.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Embroidery thread or yarn
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Magnets *optional
Photo

Things to do:
1. Place a drop of hot glue at each end of two popsicle sticks
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2. Create a square by placing two more popsicle sticks across the dots of glue.
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3. Tie the embroidery thread around the top popsicle stick and then continue
wrapping loops of yarn around the stick, keeping the thread taut and each
loop touching.
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4. Every inch or so, turn the frame over and secure the loops of thread with a
dot of hot glue. Secure the end the same way.
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5. Wrap the opposite side with pink thread and the remaining two sides with
yellow thread.
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6. Place your chosen photo behind the frame and draw lines to correspond with
the edges of the frame. Cut inside the lines.
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7. Place the photo behind the frame and hot glue in place.
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Popsicle Stick Flowers Tutorial

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Flowers are sure to make mum smile this Mother’s Day but if kids are unable to pick or buy them, here’s another way to give her flowers. These popsicle stick flowers won’t wilt and don’t need water, plus they’re made lovingly by hand.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes per flower
Age range: 6+ *Younger kids should use white glue

Things you’ll need:
Green popsicle sticks
Yellow, green, fuchsia, white, red, purple foam
Pink and green glitter foam
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Buttons

Things to do:
1. Cut leaf shapes from green craft foam flower shapes from other various
colors of craft foam. Select buttons to correspond with your chosen colors.
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2. Apply a line of glue to the top portion of a green popsicle stick and attach the
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3. Using hot glue, attach a leaf to the middle of the popsicle stick.
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4. Apply a drop of hot glue to the center of the flower and add a button.
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Mother’s Day Flower Letters Tutorial

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with a beautiful, blooming sign that will show her how much you care. This decor looks lovely on a shelf, or as a centerpiece on a table.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 13 and up

Things you’ll need:
M and O paper mache letters
Artificial flowers
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Paint
Paintbrush
Knife

Things to do:
1. First, you need to hollow out your letters. Use a knife to cut along the edge of the letter and peel it back. Remove the extra cardboard inside.
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2. Paint the edges of your letter with acrylic paint. If your letters will be displayed on a table where you’ll be able to see the back, be sure to paint it as well.
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3. When the paint is dry, it’s time to start adding the flowers! Pull the blooms off of the stem and use hot glue to attach them to the inside of your letter. As you fill up the letter, be sure to vary the colors you use to create a more natural look.
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Lollipop Bunnies Tutorial

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It doesn’t need to be Easter to appreciate the cute spring bunny! Delight young party guests with these quaint party favors – lollipop bunnies. Once they’re done admiring them… they can eat them.

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

Things you’ll need:
Pink pom poms
Felt
Assorted pipe cleaners
Pink grosgrain ribbon or other embellishments for the neck
Two 1 1/2 ” Styrofoam balls
Assorted googly eyes
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Large lollipops
Clear tape

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Things to do:
1. Tape the top of the wrapper to the back of the lollipop.
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2. Slip the Styrofoam balls onto the sticks. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. If making two bunnies, cut out four feet shapes from your felt. You can create these in any shape you desire.
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4. Glue two of the feet together so that they’re a double thickness. This helps with stability, so the bunny stands up.
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5. Glue the feet to the bottom of the lollipop wrapper.
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6. Glue on the eyes and nose.
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7. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and bend to create two ears.
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8. Push the ears into the Styrofoam.
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9. Glue on any embellishments you create or have handy, for the bunny’s neck.
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