Category: Spring Crafts

“Spring Showers” Watering Can Wind Chimes Tutorial

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Show off your love for gardening by hanging a wind chime made of mini watering cans on your deck or from the eaves of your gardening shed. Add as many strands of buttons as you’d like, or even add more miniature cans for a bigger wind chime sound.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
3-5 miniature watering cans
Buttons
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Heavy thread
Needle with a large eye

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Things to do:
1. Thread a button onto one end of the thread and knot the thread, then glue in place.
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2. Add other buttons to the thread and tie off. If desired, keep them in place with hot glue along the length of the thread. Create at least two threads of buttons, but you can also have more. Leave enough thread at the top to tie onto the watering cans.
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3. Add the strings of buttons to the can handles.
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4. String the cans together at varying lengths so they’ll clank together with themselves and the button strings, to create the wind chime sounds.
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How to Make a Ribbon Pinwheel Tutorial


Ribbon pinwheels are festive decorations for the change of season to spring – light and airy and beautiful on a picnic table! The kids will get a kid out of spinning them. Make them in different colors. They can be made with one color or two-tone, as shown here.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″wide ribbon
Dowel rods
Sequin pins
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Piece of felt cut into a 1″ circle
Card stock
Ruler

Things to do:
1. First you’ll make a triangle template. Measure 1 1/2″ down from the corner of the card stock and make a mark.

2. Draw a line to form the triangle, and cut out.

3. Place the template on the ribbon as shown and cut the ribbon into a triangle.

4. Cut three more ribbon triangles. Warm up your hot glue gun.

5. Fold the felt circle in half, then in half again. Trim just a tiny corner off to make a hole.

6. Glue one triangle to the felt as shown, close to the middle, but don’t allow it to overlap the center.

7. Glue the remaining triangles to the felt.

8. Fold one corner of one triangle down toward the center and glue in place.

9. Fold the same corner down on another of the triangles.

10. This is what the pinwheel looks like when all ribbons are glued down.

11. Create a hole in the dowel by tapping the sequin pin into it. You might need to give it a light tap with a hammer.

12. Remove the pin from the dowel and place through the ribbon part of the pinwheel, then tap back into the dowel. The pinwheel should spin freely!

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Glittered Flat Marble Critter Bugs Tutorial


These adorable glitter bead bugs can be cute decor on their own, pieces for a homemade game of checkers, or magnets if you’d like to add magnets to the back. Nice for gifts, and will make everyone smile!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear glass gems
Google eyes
Mod podge
Paintbrush
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scrapbook paper

Things to do:
1. Cut out different papers to the size of the bottom of each of your glass beads.

2. Apply Mod Podge to the bottom of each bead.

3. Adhere the paper to the bottom of the bead, colorful side facing up. Warm up your hot glue gun.

4. Hot glue google eyes to the front of the bead.

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick and Twine Spring Butterfly Tutorial


Create this cheerful little string butterfly in many different colors. If desired, you can draw a cute face on the wooden bead, or leave it blank as we’ve done.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s twine
Small Popsicle sticks
Wooden bead
Pony beads
Pipe cleaner
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Place your popsicle sticks into a shallow X and glue together in the center. Don’t cut the twine. Glue one end of the twine to the center of the X and wrap it around a few times, as shown.

2. Start wrapping the twine in a figure-8 configuration, making sure you go around all four sides.

3. Continue wrapping, as shown.

4. As your approach the ends, you can begin wrapping straight around the sticks, as shown. Wrap as far out to the ends as you’d like. Shown here I’ve wrapped to the middle and later decided to add on to the wings – you can do whatever you’d like for the look you’re trying to achieve.

5. Add two pony beads to the center of the pipe cleaner.

6. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the butterfly, as shown.

7. Thread both top ends of the pipe cleaner through the bead.

8. Pull the bead down to the top of the sticks as shown.

9. Twist the tops of the pipe cleaners to look like antennae.

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DIY ‘Spring’ Burlap Bunting Banner


Think S-P-R-I-N-G! Put the boots back into storage and hide your heavy coats deep into your closets until next winter. This reminder of the new season will brighten your mantel or desk. Bring some fresh cut daffodils inside as an added bonus!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
‘Spring’ template
Burlap fabric ribbon
Butcher’s craft twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Printer and paper

Things to do:
1. Cut out the triangles from the printable file. Cut out six pieces of the burlap fabric ribbon to about 4″ long each. They should be larger than the triangles, as shown. Warm your hot glue gun.

2. Carefully glue the triangles to the burlap. When secure, cut 1/4″ away from the triangle on two sides, but leave about 3/4″ to an inch at the top, as shown.

3. Fold down the top and crease.

4. Trim off the ears” visible from turning down the tops of the triangles.

5. Cut a piece of twine to the length desired and slide on the letters. Glue the tops in place so the twine won’t slip out.

6. Once you’ve added all the letters, get ready to hang your spring banner

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Pipe Cleaner and Pom Pom Spring Blossom Tree Tutorial


Spring is in the air, and one of my favorite parts of spring is seeing flowering trees bloom. Bring this indoors with a flowering blossom tree made of pipe cleaners and pom poms. Your tree will certainly be a conversation piece!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
9 to 12 – brown pipe cleaners
Small pink pom poms
Sheet moss
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Card stock

Things to do:
1. Fold a pipe cleaner almost in half, keeping it intentional uneven so that you’ll have branch variety later.

2. Twist the bottom at the fold, leaving about 1″ after the twist.

3. Bend this 90 degrees as shown.

4. Repeat for all the pipe cleaners.

5. Put all the pipe cleaners together, making sure the feet (roots”) are even at the bottom.

6. Twist these together, creating a trunk.

7. Divide the pipe cleaners slightly as shown.

8. Twist two or three pipe cleaners together, making a branch.

9. Leave some room at the top of each branch, then bend the pipe cleaners to look more like smaller branches.

10. Continue creating branches as shown.

11. This is what the tree will look like once complete. Warm up your hot glue gun.

12. Glue a small pink pom pom to one of the branches.

13. Complete the tree with several pom poms.

14. Cut a piece of card stock and glue the roots to it.

15. Cover with the sheet moss and trim the card stock. You can glue the moss in place if desired.

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Felt and Foam Spring Flower Garland Tutorial


Drape your home in flowers – fun, funky ones you make yourself, added to a cheerful garland mixed with some pre-made appliques! Invite spring into your home, and maybe keep it around for the summer!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Small flower appliques
Puffy flowers
Baker’s twine
Felt sheets
Foam sheets
Scissors
Needle with large eye
Card stock
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Draw some flowers on your card stock, and cut them out. These don’t need to be perfect; the point is for a funky and cheerful garland.

2. Trace these shapes onto your felt and foam sheets. You can make as few or as many as you’d like, to match the length of the area you’re draping these onto.

3. Select the flower appliques you’d like to use. Some of these can become flower centers for your felt or foam flowers.

4. Thread your needle with the twine. Don’t cut the twine until you’re done. Feed a flower onto the twine with the needle.

5. Continue adding flowers until you’ve used them all. You can place the appliques between the main flowers as desired, to fill out the look.

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Upcycled Rustic Burlap and Lace Planter


Spring means time to plant flowers! If it’s a bit early where you live, you can create this with faux flowers to brighten up your home in anticipation of the day when you can bring cut flowers inside. But if it’s time to plant, this is a perfectly adorable container for a small plant or bouquet.

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

Things you’ll need:
Burlap and lace ribbon
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Artificial tulip
Sheet moss
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
28-ounce aluminum can
Sheet of newspaper or other filler for the can

Things to do:
1. Clean your can and peel off the paper. After it’s clean and dry, paint with one coat of paint. It’s okay to allow some of the aluminum to show through – this gives it a rustic appeal.

2. Allow the can to dry.

3. Hot glue the burlap ribbon around the center.

4. Fill the can with dirt if you’re doing an actual planting, or fill with newspaper or another filling if you’re adding faux flowers. If you’re adding faux flowers, top it off with the dried sheet moss.

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How to Fold an Easter Bunny Napkin


Dress up your Easter brunch get-together or style your dining room table for Spring. This origami style bunny takes minutes to make and will be sure to impress your guests! Thinner cotton or linen napkins are recommended to make your folds crisper.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Square cotton or linen napkin
Starch *optional

Things to do:
1. If you prefer crisper lines and folds, starch your napkin. Starching is not required. Completely unfold your napkin so that it is laying like a flat square.

2. Fold your square in half, then half again to create a wide rectangle.


3. In your mind, cut the rectangle in half down the middle and fold the left side down to meet that invisible line.

4. Fold down the right side of the rectangle to meet in the center, as shown.

5. Fold your bottom corners up towards the center again to create a diamond shape.


6. Fold your corners upward once more on both sides to create a kite shape.


7. Flip the entire ‘kite’ over and fold the top point down so that it is flush with its left and right corners to create a large triangle, as shown.


8. Flip back to the other side.

9. Fold left and right corners back; tuck one corner into the pocket of the other to fasten together. If you are having issues with the fabric staying inside the pockets, try using pins or ribbon to secure.

10. Flip your napkin over once more. Start pulling its ‘ears’ out and open its tail to your liking. Voila your bunny is finished!

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How to Make Easter Egg Button Artwork


Frame a whimsical Easter egg with this button egg decor. Finding the right buttons is fun – enlist the help of your kids. They may even steal this little decoration for their own rooms!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Picture frame
Buttons
More buttons
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Card stock
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Remove the paper and glass from your frame. Trace around the glass onto your card stock. Set the glass aside and cut out the rectangle.

2. Double check to make sure the card stock will fit into the opening of your frame.

3. Draw an egg shape on the card stock. Fill much of the card stock, but make sure it doesn’t go all the way to the edges or the button egg won’t fit in the frame.

4. Organize your buttons. For the project I’ve used three different colors, but you can arrange them into any pattern you’d like.

5. Glue the top group of buttons onto the egg.

6. Keep gluing buttons until you’ve filled out the entire egg. Put the card stock into the frame, and display!

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