Category: Summer Crafts

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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DIY Summertime Watermelon Tea Towel

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Watermelons are the quintessential summer fruit, and you can decorate a tea towel with a no-sew watermelon in no time at all! Bring a little of that summer sunshine indoors and liven up your kitchen or dining area.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tea towel
Assorted felt sheets
Bit of ribbon
Scissors
Fabric glue

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Things to do:
1. Cut out two watermelon shapes from the felt, one in green and one red. The green one should be a little larger than the red felt shape.
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2. Cut a few “seeds” from the black felt.
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3. Glue the red felt to the green.
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4. Glue the black seeds to the red felt as shown.
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5. Cut a piece of ribbon and glue it to the tea towel, creating an embellishment near the bottom of the towel.
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6. Glue the watermelon to the tea towel.
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How to Make Tablecloth Weight Raffia Tassels

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Decorate your summer table with a little extra pizzazz – raffia tassels can weigh down the corners to help keep your tablecloth in place, and they’ll add a bit of interest as well!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper raffia ribbon
Scissors
Butcher’s twine

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Things to do:
1. Cut several pieces of raffia to 10″ long.
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2. Tie these in the middle with the craft twine.
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3. Smooth the raffia down as you fold it in the middle.
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4. Cut a few pieces of raffia ribbon to 8″ long.
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5. This this about 1″ from the fold on the top.
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6. Trim the ends so they’re even.
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7. Cut a snip in the tablecloth and feed the twine through. Enjoy your new table decor!
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How to Make a Patriotic Clothespin Wreath Tutorial

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You’ll spend a bit of time painting all of the clothespins for this festive and eye-catching wreath, but the results are so worth it! Your friends will ooh and ahh every time they step through your door. This is a perfect home decor item for all of our summer patriotic holidays.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wire wreath
3 packages of clothespins
Blue paint
Red paint
White paint
Paint brush
Wood star cutouts

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Things to do:
1. Figure out how many red, white and blue clothespins you’ll need, based on the size of your wreath. Look at the photo of the finished wreath for guidance. Paint the first batch blue.
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2. Once the blue clothespins are dry, you can place them on the wreath. I avoided the top wire. When I placed the clothespins on the wreath, I used the bottom two and staggered those with the middle two, as shown. This gives the wreath a neat, rounded appearance.
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3. Paint your red clothespins.
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4. Decide how many stars you want to use, and paint those white.
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5. While those are drying, paint the final batch of clothespins white.
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6. Start placing the red and white clothespins on the wreath as you did the blue ones, alternating colors. I used 5 reds and then alternated with 5 whites.
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7. Glue the white stars to the blue side of the wreath.
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Kid Friendly Seashell Fish Tutorial

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Create this adorable fish made of shells (a shell fish of a different variety!). A little paint and glue goes a long way, and the google eye tops off the cuteness factor!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+ (younger children will need assistance with hot glue)

Things you’ll need:
Assorted seashells
Googly eyes
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Select a fan-shaped shell as shown for the fish body.
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2. Paint the shell and allow to dry.
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3. Select a small fan-shaped shell and a spiral shell. Paint and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the small fan-shaped shell to the larger shell.
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5. Glue the spiral shell to the back of the fish body.
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6. Glue an eye to the front of the shell, creating a cute fish face.
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How to Make a Fourth of July Firecracker Hair Barrette

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With summer patriotic holidays on their way soon, dress up your little one with this adorable firecracker barrette. You can embellish it with different buttons or use a variety of patriotic ribbons for added appeal!

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

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″ wide satin or grosgrain ribbon
1/4 or 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
Barrettes
Wood burning tool
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Piece of glass from a photo frame
Buttons **optional

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Things to do:
1. Warm up the wood burning tool. Cut the red ribbon to 2 1/2″ long. You can use scissors or the tool, which will cut and seal the ends at the same time.
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2. Cut two pieces of the yellow ribbon to 2″ long.
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3. Carefully use the wood burning tool to cut each yellow piece in half width-wise. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Roll the red ribbon the long way and glue in place, forming a tube.
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5. Hot glue one of the yellow ribbons inside the tube as shown.
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6. Repeat with the other pieces of yellow ribbon.
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7. Hot glue another piece of yellow ribbon, cut to the length of the barrette, to the top of the barrette.
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8. Glue the firecracker to the barrette.
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9. If desired, hot glue a button to the center of the firecracker.
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DIY Patriotic Wind Sock

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“Fly” this festive patriotic wind sock inside or outside. Try using many different red, white and blue ribbons for various textures. This is an easy project that your kids can help with, and it’s a great way to decorate the yard for Flag Day or Fourth of July.

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

Things you’ll need:
Gold ring
Red ribbon
Blue ribbon
White ribbon
White twine
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut all of your ribbons out to 10-15 inches long.
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2. Wrap the first ribbon around the gold metal craft ring and glue the wrapped part to the back of the ribbon.
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3. Repeat with other ribbons.
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4. Continue adding ribbons as desired. You can add as many or as few as you’d like.
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5. Tie four pieces of twine on four sides of the circle. The twine should be about 12-12 inches long.
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6. Gather the ends and tie these all together for hanging your patriotic ribbon wind sock.
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