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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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Fairy Garden Robins Nest3 DIY Robin’s Nest for a Fairy Garden
2. Using small dabs of glue, nestle three beads, rounded sides up, into the moss to create the eggs.
Fairy Garden Robins Nest4 DIY Robin’s Nest for a Fairy Garden
3. Glue the nest into a tree or birdhouse in your fairy garden.
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DIY Flower Bower Fairy Garden Fence

July 28, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

DIY Flower Bower Fence DIY Flower Bower Fairy Garden Fence
What better way to surround your fairy garden than with a flower covered fence! These tiny flower garland covered fences add a touch of whimsy and beauty to even the smallest and plainest of fairy gardens. You’ll want one flower garland for each four-panel section of fencing for this project.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Miniature daisy flower garland
Miniature iron fence sections

Things to do:
1. Starting at one end of the fence, wrap one end of the garland tightly around the foot.
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2. Using the open sections of the fence and the bobbles on the top as securing places, weave the garland up and around the fence, trying to make it looks as natural as possible.
3. When you reach a join in the fence, bend the fence at whatever angle you’ll position it and wind the garland around the join and onto the next section of fence.
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4. Continue to wrap the garland around the fence until you reach the end of the fence. Wind the back through the fence and tuck it in to finish.
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Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden

May 27, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Spring Crafts

plants fairy garden Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
It is that time of year! Pleasing perennials are flourishing, splendid seas of green are permeating fields and meadows, and bountiful bush and briar are calling chromatic hues into the spotlight. As fairies are our mystic earth dwellers, they are happiest in the richest of mother nature’s genesis. Garnish your enchanted gardens and villages, and beckon wandering, nature-loving creatures, with these aesthetic ground covers and vivid floras.

wooly thyme Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Wooly thyme: This is a beautiful, hardy ground cover that spreads quickly. It is a very heat and drought resistant plant, ideal for outdoor gardens. Not only will you attract the attention of magical beings alike, but you will also entice all sorts of other critters. It is great to sit back on a warm summer evening and watch all of your furry friends visit your magical fairy garden.

primrose Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
English Primrose: Their varieties of bright color blooms are completely irresistible to most fairies. At an average height of 6 inches, they’re the perfect choice for miniature gardens or container gardens. They bloom throughout the Spring season and their fragrance attracts birds and bees – more friends of the fairies!

strawberry cover Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Ornamental strawberry: This is a perfect miniature ground cover that is heat tolerant and looks great all year long! It blooms petite white flowers in Spring and tiny delicate strawberries in the Summer. The tiny fruit also appeals to colorful feathered friends.

irish moss Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Irish moss: If you have any small hills, mounds or miniature mountains in your fairy garden this will be the perfect ground cover. You can enjoy teeny white blossoms during the Spring and Summer seasons. While beautiful, be sure to keep in mind that this miniature ground cover does not flourish in extreme heat. Consider substituting Australian astro turf if you live in a very dry hot climate.

blue star creeper Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Blue Star Creeper: Fairies love all things delicate and colorful, this miniature ground cover is no exception! It grows a little taller (up to 6 inches) than other ground covers, but it showcases stunning blue flowers perfect for fairies.

baby tears Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Baby tears: If you prefer to attract the attention of woodland fairies, this miniature ground cover looks decadently lush and green, giving your fairy garden a dense forest appeal. Remember to water this ground cover often and keep it in the shade during the warmer Summer months.

lily of the valley Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Lily of the Valley: Featuring white and (much rarer) pink blooms this showy, fragrant flower is sure to catch the attention of fairies. Once you are able to catch your fairies unaware of your presence you will notice that they use the bell-shaped flowers for teeny tiny afternoon teacups

cranesbill Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Cranesbill “Dark Eyes”: A hardy little plant with delicate, heavenly pink and purple petals. Absolutely beautiful! Pink blooms are especially important to fairies because it represents friendship, kindness, and love.

platts black Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
Brass Buttons “Platts Black”: Resembling miniature ferns, this garden ground cover would make a great forest floor for your woodland fairies and wee folk alike. Complete with tiny yellow button flowers when blooming.

english rose Ideal Plants for a Fairy Garden
English Roses: Their blooms range in colors from yellow to pink to apricot and they attract fairies for numerous reasons. Yellow roses signify sunshine and fun to the magical creatures. Pink brings out their gentleness and the spirit of love, and apricot puts your pixies in a playful mood.

Make Your Own Easter Baskets

Make Your Own Easter Baskets Make Your Own Easter Baskets
These two variations make wonderful Easter baskets. Not only will your children love what’s inside, but also the container that the treats came in! In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to turn a sand bucket and a popcorn container into adorable Easter baskets that any kid is sure to love!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Container (Popcorn box, Sand Bucket, Etc)
Yellow and Orange Felt
Yellow Paper
Foam Stickers
Ruler
Tape
Craft Glue
Googly Eyes
Glue Gun

Things to do:
Sand Bucket Easter Basket
1. For a sand bucket Easter basket, simply decorate the bucket with foam stickers. You can use carrots, rabbits, eggs, etc. This idea is great, because your kids will love to play with the sand bucket at the beach all summer long.

Popcorn Container Easter Basket
1. To make the popcorn container into a chick, start by covering the sides of the container with yellow paper. I’ve found that tracing the sides to get a perfect fit is the best method. Simple trace the sides, cut them out, and secure them with tape.
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2. Cut out a pattern for the feet by cutting a 2″ by 2″ triangle and trace it onto a piece of gold felt. Cut out the shape.
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3. Cut out a pattern for the beak by creating a 3” by 1 ½” diamond. Trace the pattern onto a piece of orange felt and cut it out. Glue the beak in half, using craft glue.
4. Cut a square that is 1 ½” out of gold felt. Cut ½” slits around the edge of the square.
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5. Glue the square along the top of chick’s head. Finish the face by adding wiggly eyes, the beak, and the feet. I’ve found that hot glue works best.
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6. Fill the basket with candies and treats and enjoy!
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DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner

Twine Easter Egg Banner DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner
This banner is perfect for Easter, or any time of the year. I’ve hung this garland above my hutch during Easter, and also for birthday parties. The simple steps are fun for kids of any age, making this a wonderful family craft.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Water Balloons
Butcher’s twine
Vaseline
½ tsp. Craft Glue
Acrylic paints
Scissors
¼ cup flour
Water

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the ingredients. Mix the flower, water, and glue together to create a paste. Once you reach a slightly runny consistency, mix in a color of paint.
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2. Blow up a water balloon and apply Vaseline to the outside of it. The Vaseline will keep the string and paste from sticking to the balloon.
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3. Cut 3 yards of string and submerge it in the paste mixture until it is completely covered.
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4. Find the end of the string and wrap it around the water balloon. Continue wrapping the string until you’ve covered a large portion of the balloon.
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5. Allow the balloon and string to dry completely. I’ve found that hanging the balloon from a clothespin works best.
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6. Once the paste is dry, pop the balloon and remove any excess waste.
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7. After you’ve made several balloons, you can string and hang them up.

Easy Foam Easter Wreath

Foam Easter Wreath Easy Foam Easter Wreath
This Easter wreath is made out of foam eggs and is the perfect decoration for any spring party. Let your kids help customize the colors and stickers to create a look that everyone is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Foam Easter Eggs
Foam Stickers
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Arrange the foam eggs in a circular shape, creating a wreath. I’ve found that it is best to complete the entire wreath before gluing the eggs together. You want to be sure that you like the shape and that they fit together perfectly.
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2. Use a hot glue gun to attach the foam eggs. Continue around the circle until the entire wreath is glued.
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3. Decorate the wreath with foam stickers.
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4. Create a hanger by hot gluing a piece of ribbon to the top of the wreath.
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DIY Egg Candles

April 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

DIY Egg Candles DIY Egg Candles
Perfect for an Easter or Spring Dinner party, these egg shaped candles are a snap to make using empty eggshells as the mold. Be sure to clean out the eggshells well with hot water before using them to make the candles.

Things you’ll need:
Empty eggshells with the open part at the top of the egg
Candle Wax
Wicks
Double boiler
Spoon

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, place the eggs in a bottle cap or egg cup to hold it steadily upright.
2. Melt the wax gently in the double boiler. Once melted. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of the egg and drop the wick in, holding it in the center of the egg until it hardens to hold the wick in place.
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3. Fill the egg the rest of the way with wax.
4. Allow the wax to harden completely before peeling the shell away. Display in egg cups on your table.

DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag

Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag
Are you looking for the perfect Easter basket to give your kids this year? This bunny bag is irresistibly cute and just the right size for hiding sweet treats. Your kids are sure to love the bunny bag as much as they love what’s inside.

Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up
Difficulty level: Beginner

Things you’ll need:
Glue gun
Yarn Needle
Ruler
Newspaper
6 inch Circle Pattern
Hemp Cord
White and Pink Felt
Pom Pom
Google Eyes
Pen
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Awl
Ribbon
Blush

Things to do:
1. Trace a 6 inch circle pattern onto a piece of newspaper to create a pattern. I’ve found that it’s best to create a pattern on newspaper for the ears as well. Freehand ear shapes until you find a look that you’re happy with. Attach the ears to the circle to create a full bunny pattern.
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2. Trace the bunny pattern onto two pieces of white felt and cut out the patterns.
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3. Cut out two pink ears that are ¼ inch smaller than the white ears. I’ve found that it is helpful to make a pattern for these as well.
4. Hot glue the smaller, pink ears onto the large, white bunny pattern. Hot glue the google eyes onto the face of the bunny pattern. Allow the pieces to dry completely.
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5. Cut pieces of hemp cord to make the whiskers of the bunny. Once you’ve secured them to the face of the bunny with hot glue, hot glue a pom pom over the center of the whiskers to create a nose.
6. The last piece of the bunny face is the mouth. Use tacky glue and secure hemp cord in the shape of a smile.
7. The next step is securing the back of the bunny face. Use hot glue and apply a thin line of glue around the bunny face up to about ½ inch from the ears. It is important to remember to leave a small hole at the top, so you can put candy and treats inside the bunny bag.
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8. Use the awl and poke a hole in each ear. Attach a piece of ribbon to create a handle and tie it in a bow to finish the project.
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Simple Easter Silverware Display

Easter Silverware Display Simple Easter Silverware Display
This cute carrot patch is functional and decorative on your Easter buffet table! In a few simple steps, you can transform ugly, plastic silverware into an irresistibly cute and festive display.

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

Things you’ll need:
Basket
Basket filler
Carrot Seeds
Green Silverware
Orange Napkins
Green Pipe Cleaners

Things to do:
1. Fold down the top corner of your orange napkin and place a collection of silverware, including a spoon, knife, and fork, diagonally on the napkin. We’re folding down the top corner so that the top of the silverware can poke out.
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2. Wrap the napkin around the handles of the silverware until they are complete covered. Be sure to leave the point at the end of the silverware bunch, so it looks like a carrot!
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3. Take two pipe cleaners and wrap them around the silverware packet. Leave about two inches of pipe cleaner loose and twist them around to secure the pipe cleaner.
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4. Pull the ends of the pipe cleaner out, creating the look of leaves. This is the final step to creating your carrot. Repeat steps 1-4 with all of the silverware that you have.
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5. Once you’ve wrapped all of your silverware, stuff a basket full of brown, crinkle confetti and place your “carrots” around in it.
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6. Tape a carrot seed package to a small stick and place it alongside your carrots, creating an adorable carrot patch for your Easter buffet table!

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