Category: Summer Crafts

Kid Approved Ice Cream Cones Tutorial

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Whether or not it’s summer, ice cream is always a treat! Craft adorable ice cream cone treats that will never melt. These can be used as package toppers, kitschy lapel pins, or string a bunch together to create a mouth watering bunting for your next party.

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

Things you’ll need:
Burlap sheet
Large craft pom poms
Small craft pomp poms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler
A plate
Pencil
Needle with a large eye, and thread *optional
Rotary cutter *optional

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Things to do:
1. Cut 4-inch square pieces of burlap for cones.
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2. Either trace the curve of a plate onto the corner of the burlap and cut with scissors, or use a rotary cutter on a protected surface. Warm up your hot glue gun, unless you plan to sew your cones.
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3. Fold the cone as shown, and either glue or sew into place.
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4. Fill the cone with burlap scraps, and glue a large pom pom to the top.
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5. Add a small pom pom for a cherry on top!
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Popsicle Stick Fairy Garden Doors Tutorial

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Create several of these whimsical using different colors and notions. Go for fun and quirky! You may add magnets to these, or attach them to a canvas for a fun piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Acrylic paint
Buttons
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Card stock

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Things to do:
1. Decide on the shape of the doors you’d like to make.
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2. Paint the craft sticks as desired.
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3. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut out a piece of card stock slightly smaller than the shape of the door you’re creating, so that the card stock is hidden behind the sticks as much as possible.
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4. Glue the sticks onto the card stock.
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5. Trim and paint some other craft sticks and attach to the doors.
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6. Glue on buttons for door knobs.
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7. Add other embellishments, such as glitter, beads, or sequins.
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DIY Burlap Easter Bunny Treat Bag

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It’s not too soon to think about spring! Fill this quirky, burlap bunny bag with jelly beans for gift giving, or with beans, rice, or other fillers if you’d like to keep this a spring decoration year after year.

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

Things you’ll need:
Sheet of burlap
Stencil brush
Paint
Scissors
Narrow ribbon
Ruler
Sewing machine and basic sewing notions

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Things to do:
1. Cut the burlap into two rectangles, about 10 inches by 6 inches. Lay the rectangles on top of each other and cut a deep V along one short edge, for ears.
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2. Using your stencil brush, paint polka dots onto each shape.
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3. After the paint has dried, pin both pieces right sides together. You won’t be sewing into the “ear area,” just along the bottom and sides of the rectangle, so there’s no need to pin that area yet.
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4. Start and stop sewing just below the ears.
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5. Turn the bunny right side out. Now you may sew along the outside part of the ears, but leave the middle open. Fill as desired.
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6. Add a ribbon to tie the bunny bag loosely.
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DIY Sea Creatures Banner Tutorial

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They just keep on swimming! No matter where you hang this sea creatures banner, you’ll be transported to feelings of the ocean and, maybe, the beach.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 – 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished whale cutouts
Unfinished dolphin cutouts
Unfinished octopus cutouts
Blue acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2533_2473-41429-stainless_steel_scissors.html
Cotton twine
Drill and bit

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Things to do:
1. Decide on the size of the banner. Drill holes in the top of the cutouts.
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2. Paint each sea creature with your favorite color of paint. You’ll need to paint a coat, allow to dry, and paint a second coat. You may also choose to paint the back of the cutouts if desired.
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3. String the cutouts on the twine, and hang!
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Kid Approved Summertime Beaded Bubble Wands Tutorial

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Don’t settle for boring bubble wands! These are fun to make and easy for the kids to do themselves. They make perfect party gifts as well – try larger sizes to make even bigger bubbles!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaner
Beads
Small dowel rod
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Start threading beads onto the pipe cleaner.
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2. Check to see how many bead you need by wrapping the pipe cleaner into a loop.
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3. Once you’ve decided on a size, wrap into a final shape and twist the end of the pipe cleaners around each other near the loop.
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4. Add the pipe cleaner to the dowel rod. Fill up a shallow container with bubbles and have fun!
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DIY Mosquito Repellent Mason Jar Luminary Tutorial

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It doesn’t matter who’s around – the mosquitoes find me and bite me first. It’s so frustrating to feel like I have to spray repellent on myself just to enjoy some time outdoors. But with this mosquito repellent jar, I have some protection from the mosquitoes, who prefer to stay away from this combination of smells (even though they smell good to us)!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Lavender oil
Scissors
Lemons
Limes
Kitchen knife and cutting board
Rosemary sprigs
Tea light candle

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Things to do:
1. Fill up your jar with water, about 2″ from the top. Drizzle in some lavender oil.
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2. Cut up a few pieces of lemon and lime, and tear off a few sprigs of rosemary.
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3. Drop in your limes.
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4. Drop in your lemons. Add your tea light candle to the top – it will float there – and light the candle.
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Boredom-Buster “Busy Sticks” Activity Jar Tutorial

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You’ve heard it before “I’m bored!” As much as kids love being out of school for the summer, it isn’t long before they yearn for something to do.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large popsicle sticks
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Mason jar
Permanent marker

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Things to do:
1. Decide groups of activities you’d like to arrange and select ribbons for each. I decided on indoor and outdoor activities. Cut each of your ribbons to 2″ long and glue one ribbon onto each popsicle stick as shown.
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2. Continue until you have several sticks covered.
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3. Tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar as decoration.
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4. Write your activities on the sticks. Ask your kids for suggestions! Next time they say they’re bored, have them select a stick at random.
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Summertime Picnic Watermelon Mason Jar Tutorial

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Liven the table for your outdoor party with this fun and whimsical watermelon jar. Use it to store cutlery or as a vase for some wildflowers.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Thing you’ll need:
Mason jar
Red paint
Black paint
Light green paint
Darker green paint
White paint
Paint brushes
Jute twine

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Things to do:
1. Paint the bottom of the jar with the lighter green paint and allow to dry.
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2. Paint the top of the jar with red paint. You’ll need to allow this to dry and then paint a second coat of both the red and the lighter green paint.
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3. Make squiggly lines at the bottom with the darker green paint. This will make the bottom look more like a watermelon rind.
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4. Paint a line of white or cream paint around the middle.
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5. Paint black “seeds” onto the top half of the jar.
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6. After the jar is dry, tie the twine around the mouth for added decoration.
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How to Make a Fairy Garden Planter

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This is the perfect activity for a ladies tea or just an afternoon at home with your little ones. Collect a plethora of supplies and have fun creating a magical, mini fairy garden.

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

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood pot
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Fairy door
Miniature garden tools
Moss
Succulents

Things to do:
1. Trim a piece of sheet moss and pull it apart with your fingers, creating a loose, natural shape.
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2. Use hot glue to attach the moss to your planter. Make sure it wraps around at least three sides to give your planter dimension.
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3. When all of your moss is in place, it’s time to start adding embellishments! For my planter, I found a miniature door that is the same height as my planter. I used hot glue to attach it in place. To finish my planter, I used hot glue to add miniature tools by the front door and around the sides of my pot.
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4. When you’ve finished decorating your pot, plant a succulent inside and display your work of art.
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DIY Seashell Monogram Letter

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Spruce up your entry way at the beach house or decorate a beach- or nautical-themed room with this elegant seashell letter. You can stand it on a desk or shelf or use a hanger and mount this to the wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted seashells
Wooden letter
Sawtooth hanger *optional
Paint
Paintbrush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint your wooden letter.
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2. Allow this to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Arrange your seashells on the letter first, before gluing. Once they’re arranged, start systematically gluing them in place.
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4. Continue gluing until each shell is placed on your wooden letter.
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