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DIY Cornhole Burlap Bean Bags

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Love to play Cornhole? It’s such a fun summer activity, and these burlap bean bags are a bit smaller than regulation size, but will allow the younger kids in the group to compete with the adults! “Trim” each set with a different color of embroidery floss to know which bags your child has thrown and which ones are their competitors’ bags. Of course, your child will win, right?

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: About an hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Large darning needle with a large eye
2 squares of regular fabric, cut to 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”
Embroidery thread
Burlap ribbon
Bean bag filler
Regular sewing thread and needle
Fray Check Seam Sealer
Sewing pins
Sewing machine **optional

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Things to do:
1. Sew your two fabric squares together, right sides together, using a 1/4” seam allowance. A 1/4” seam allowance means that you’ll sew 1/4” from the edges. Leave an opening along one edge that’s about 3” wide so that you can fill it with the bean bag filler. You don’t need to use a sewing machine! You can do a simple running stitch by hand (in/out, in/out) while knotting at both ends – just make sure the stitches are close enough together so that you won’t spill the beans out of the bag when it’s complete.
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2. Turn the sewn squares right sides out and fill with the filler. Don’t pack it too full, or you won’t be able to stitch it shut in the next steps. Also, it’s a good idea to pour the filler over a bowl or trash can so you don’t drop the beans…especially if you have pets or small children.
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3. Fold the raw edges to the inside of the bag, then pin and stitch the opening closed.
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4. Set your cotton bean bag aside, and start stitching your burlap squares together. Place one on top of the other. Cut 4-5 18” lengths of embroidery thread. Knot at one end and thread your needle. Stitch with a whip stitch around three sides of the burlap.
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5. Once three sides are sewn, insert your cotton bag into the burlap one, and stitch the final side closed. If desired, apply the Fray Check seam sealer around all the edges to prevent excessive fraying.
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DIY Fireflies in a Jar

September 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

fireflies jars DIY Fireflies in a Jar
Long summer evenings call for all sorts of fun, don’t they? And in our house we try our best to stay outside for as long as possible now that we don’t have to do silly things like wake up early for school! Once upon a time we lived where the fireflies were plentiful on hot summer nights, but now a days we live too far north for lightening bugs. Not a problem, however, now that we have these fun firefly jars! More humane than catching the real thing if you’ve got them and a great substitute if you don’t, these also make pretty centerpieces for evening picnic or subtle lighting along a path or up patio steps. Be sure to place them somewhere in the sun during the day so they can fully “charge”.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time and charging time

Things you’ll need:
Glass jars
Glow in the dark paint

Dowel rod or fine paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry your jar before you begin.
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2. Dip the tip of your skewer or paintbrush lightly into the paint.
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3. Starting at the inside bottom of the jar, apply, with a light touch, small dots to the glass.
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4. Work your way up, scattering dots of varying sizes around the inside of the jar till you reach the top.
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5. Allow the paint to dry and then set in the sun to charge up. Come nightfall, you’ll magically have fireflies in your jar!

Giant Clothespin Flag

September 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, Summer Crafts

Giant Clothespin Flag Giant Clothespin Flag
Perfect for a patriotic display or rustic Americana decor, this simple flag themed giant clothespin will look lovely in your home, setting up on a mantle, near a door or as a place to display photos or cards. Use thin paint to create a rustic, worn look or multiple coats for a brighter, modern style.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Giant clothespin
Craft paint in red, white and blue

Things to do:
1. Paint the area on front of the clothespin below the spring with white paint as a base.
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2. Paint the top section of the clothespin blue. Allow both to dry.
3. Using your red paint, paint a long strip covering half of the lower half of the clothespin.
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4. Using the end of the paintbrush, dot white paint “stars” in a circle at the center of the blue area.
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5. Allow all paint to dry before displaying.
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Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden

August 23, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden Potted Faux Rose Fairy Garden
We love fairy gardens around here, and we’re always adding to them to please our little magical friends, making their spaces extra special and oh so fun! This rose garden is our newest addition to the fairy world. Built in a pot saucer, it’s easily movable and lightweight, meaning it can be brought inside or out as the fairies (or the dollies who sometimes use our fairy gardens for playing) take a fancy to a new location. So lovely. And so fun!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Terra Cotta Saucer
Moss sheet
Potting soil
Rose Arbor
Flower Fence
Plant picks
Flower garland
Craft knife

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting your moss sheet to fit snugly into your saucer. You can flip your saucer over onto the moss to use it as a guide.
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2. Fill the saucer with about 1 inch of soil and press it down to flatten.
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3. Cover the soil with the moss, tucking the edges in.
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4. Center your Flower covered fence in the saucer and place your rose arbor in the center of the fenced area.
5. Using your craft knife, cut the moss away in strips or arcs where you want more “garden”.
6. Insert plant picks to add foliage.
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7. Cut lengths of the garland to fit into the small garden sections and gently bend the ends down, pushing them into the soil to secure them.
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DIY Bikini Baby Onesie

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Bikini Baby Onesie DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
A cute and practical alternative to the baby bikinis that don’t stay put! Your little one will be the envy of the pool in this polka-dot bikini.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes + drying time

Things you’ll need:
Onesie-one piece baby tee
Scrap paper (to cut the pattern)
Purple acrylic paint orother colors of your choice
Folk Art Textile Medium
Masking tape
Paint brush
Pencil with new eraser or dowel rod (for making polka dots)
¼” satin ribbon
Thread (to match ribbon)
Cardboard or heavy paper- I recommend covering with foil or wax paper

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry the garment before painting-don’t use fabric softener!
2. Cover cardboard or heavy paper with foil or wax paper. Place inside the onesie so that the paint doesn’t transfer to the back.
3. Using scrap paper, make the pattern for the bikini top. I eyeballed where I wanted the bottom edge of the bikini top and placed a piece of tape across the garment. Measure the distance across at this point (The 3-6 months size was 8”.) I cut a triangle pattern where each side was 4” to form the top.
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4. Use masking tape to mark off each side of the pattern; trim the tape for center “V”.
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5. Decide how high or low you want the bikini bottoms and tape straight across.
6. Using the center snap as the guide, mask of the sides of the leg holes.DIY Bikini Baby Onesie5 DIY Bikini Baby Onesie
7. Mix textile medium with paint, using a 2:1 ratio. Paint inside the masked area to form bikini. Let dry 1-2 hours. You may or may not need a second coat!
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8. Use the same ratio to mix the polka dot color with the textile medium. Only when the base color is completely dry, dip the pencil eraser or dowel rod in the paint, and place gently on the fabric. Continue until you are happy with the dot pattern.
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9. Let dry completely, about 1-2 hours, then peel off the masking tape and remove the cardboard.
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10. Cut five 8” pieces of ribbon, and tie into bows. Trim the ends so they are even.
11. Using a needle and thread, tack 3 bows onto the bikini top, and 2 bows onto the sides of bikini bottom.
12. The garment may seem stiff from the paint, but will soften after laundered. I let mine set for a couple days before washing and drying to be sure the paint was permanent.

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs

August 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs DIY Fairy Vegetable Garden Signs
Fairy gardens are mostly filled with flowers, of course, since fairies do love their flowers, but what about those fairies who would rather grow vegetables? After all, even fairies need to eat! These little signs are perfect for keeping an orderly veg garden!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Miniature wooden signs
Permanent marker
Copper wire
Super glue
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Clear nail polish or clear coat

Things to do:
1. Using your marker, write the names of your vegetables onto the signs and allow the ink to dry.
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2. Coat the sign with clear nail polish to seal and allow it to dry before proceeding.
3. Cut a 4-inch piece of wire and curl one end using the needle nose pliers.
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4. Attach the wire to the back of the sign with glue and allow it to dry before putting it in the garden.
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Make Your Own Paper Plate Frisbees

Paper Plate Frisbees Make Your Own Paper Plate Frisbees
Frisbee is probably the more quintessentially summer game, am I right? The word summer conjures up images of people hanging around a sunny park tossing the Frisbee back and forth and for good reason, it’s a ton of fun! This craft creates a simple Frisbee out of some very simple household supplies. Easily personalized, this is a great craft for picnics, BBQ’s and parties and is especially fun if you use colorful and bright washi tape for the construction!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes or less

Things you’ll need:
Paper plates
Washi tape

Things to do:
1. Using the scissors, cut a large circle out of each of the paper plates, leaving only the curved rims intact.
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2. Lay two paper plates together, right sides together
3. Run a strip of washi tape around where the two edges meet and fold down on either side to secure the two plates together.
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4. Additionally, you can decorate the plates with markers or stickers!
5. Give it a toss and watch it fly!

How to Make God’s Eyes

Gods Eyes How to Make Gods Eyes
An old camp favorite, these little string and stick works of art are so satisfying to make. Perfect for a hot lazy afternoon, you can make these with whatever materials you have on hand. While here we used small sticks, you can scale them up with larger sticks or use craft sticks or dowels. This is a great stash busting project as well as you can use any weight and amount of yarn to create them. I bet you’ve forgotten how fun these little babies are to make!

Time required: 30 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy – great project for the kids!

Things you’ll need:
Yarn, rattail cord or embroidery thread
Sticks or dowels

Things to do:
1. Hold the two sticks to form an X , pinching with your thumb and forefinger to hold them in place.
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2. Wrap the yarn around at the join, over-under0over-under for several rounds until the X is secure.
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3. Begin your wrapping pattern, going over and around the back of one stick and then, as you come back to the top, bringing it across at an angle to the next, repeating the process as you go around the X.
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4. Repeat this until you are ready to switch yarn. Tie the new yarn to the old yarn so the knot falls on the back side of one of the sticks and continue the wrapping pattern.
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5. Continue until you have filled up as much of the stick as you want. Cut the yarn and tie off, using the tail as a hanger if desired.
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DIY Marshmallow Shooter

DIY Marshmallow Shooter DIY Marshmallow Shooter
I’m going to let you in on a little secret before you start this project. You can not make just one of these. You might think one is enough, but trust me, you’ll need at least two and preferably one for every single person you know. Over the top fun to play with, these marshmallow shooters are easy to personalize thanks to washi tape so it’s easy to keep track of which one belongs to who. And they look pretty darn awesome too!

Time required: 25 minutes
Difficulty level: moderate to difficult (but worth it!)

Things you’ll need:
About two feet of ½ inch PVC pipe
½” T joint
½” end cap
(2) ½ “ L joints
Hack saw
Measuring tape
Washi tape, 1 color or pattern per shooter
Mini marshmallows

Things to do:
1. Mark your pipe. Lengths don’t have to be exact, but you’ll want 3 pieces to be approximately 6 inches long and two pieces at 3 inches.
2. Using your hack saw, cut the pipe carefully at each mark, trying to make the cut as smooth and straight as possible.
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3. Wrap washi tape in several places around the straight pieces of pipe.
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4. Push two of the long pieces into perpendicular holes on the T joint.
5. Attach the cap onto the long piece that points down on the T joint.
6. Push one short piece into the other end of the T joint and attach an L joint on it’s other end.
7. Attach the other short piece to the L joint and add the other L joint to the open end.
8. Finish by attaching the final long piece of tube to the open end of the L joint.
9. Insert a mini marshmallow into the long high end and blow a short puff into the other end to send the marshmallow flying!
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DIY Bubble Snake Maker

DIY Bubble Snake Maker DIY Bubble Snake Maker
Now that the summer heat is really setting in in my neck of the woods, I’m constantly on the prowl for fun activities that keep the kids outdoors without overheating them. This bubble snake maker is a huge hit on that front. So much so that we keep a set in the yard all the time. It entertains for ages and all ages. You need surprisingly little bubble solution to make gobs of bubbles so making a small amount is really the best way. One dip will last for a good ten minutes of solid bubble making!

Time required: less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy, but requires use of a sharp knife or saw

Things you’ll need:
Small, empty plastic water bottles
Craft knife
Old washcloth
Duct tape
Dishwashing soap

Things to do:
1. Using your craft knife, cut off the bottom of each bottle and discard.
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2. Cut a circle of washcloth just slightly bigger than the bottom of the bottle. You want to be able to tape it against the sides so it’s stretched tightly across the bottom without too much excess.
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3. Using your duct tape. Tightly tape the washcloth across the bottom of the bottle. Make sure to tape it securely all the way around.
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4. Mix 1 tsp dish soap in 1 c of water in the bowl. Dip the washcloth end of the blower into the solution briefly and then blow into the top to create thick ropes of bubbles.
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