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DIY New Year’s Eve Celebration Bottle Decor

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Ring in the new year with this simple but elegant bottle decor that – in golden glory – exclaims the hope to come! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
4 glass bottles
Gold glitter craft foam
Wooden dowel rods
Metallic gold spray paint
Computer and printer
Face mask (recommended)

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Things to do:
1. Don your face mask (highly recommended) and head outside on a low-wind day that’s preferably at least 45 degrees. Spray your bottles, making sure to spray with the wind direction away from your body. It’s best to spray light coats and allow each to dry for 10-15 minutes. Spraying thick coats will cause the paint to drip down the bottles.
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2. Print out numbers that are about 3 1/2 to 4 inches tall.
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3. Cut the numbers out and trace them, upside down, on the back side of the craft foam.
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4. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut out the letters and admire their sparkle.
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5. Check the length of the dowel rod to make sure it’s long enough to go inside the bottle and still allow room to glue a number to the top. If it’s not long enough, add some filler to the bottle first. Glue the numbers to the dowel rod, and then insert one dowel into each bottle.
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How to Make Pine Wreath Napkin Rings

December 18, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Pine Wreath Napkin Rings How to Make Pine Wreath Napkin Rings
‘Tis the season for handmade decorations and attention to every detail! These mini wreath napkin holders will dress up your dinner party, adding a festive feel to your holiday soiree!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Minute
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pine roping
Wire cutters
Scissors
Ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut a 7-inch piece of garland.
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2. Coil the garland into a circle, wrapping the end around the loop to hold the shape in place.
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3. Make a ribbon bow and trim the tails evenly.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the bow to the top of the wreath.
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5. Slip a napkin through the wreath and display it for your guests to enjoy.
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DIY Beaded Snowflake Ornament

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Make these pretty, sparkly bead snowflakes and hang from your tree or in your windows to catch the light. Beaded snowflakes are relaxing to make if you’re an adult, and they’re simple enough for children to make. Adults will just have to help with the final step to secure the ends.

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

Things you’ll need:
Tinsel pipe cleaners
Tri-beads
Crystal round beads
Small pliers
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Fold three pipe cleaners in half to find the center.
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2. Clip them in half. Set three of the pieces aside; you’ll only use 3 for each snowflake.
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3. Fold the three pieces in half again to find the center.
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4. Wrap one piece around another, in the middle.
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5. Wrap the third piece around the center as well.
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6. Slide a round bead onto one of the spokes of the snowflake.
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7. Repeat by sliding a round bead on the other 5 points.
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8. Slide the tri-beads onto the snowflake points.
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9. You can make the snowflake in one color, or create a beautiful pattern. Leave some room at the top of each point.
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10. Using pliers, roll each end down into a loop and twist. To hang, thread a piece of thread through one of the loops.
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DIY Christmas Presents Ribbon Hair Clips

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Spread some cheer this season with this simple-to-make ribbon sculpture of gift packages on a barrette. This Christmas present barrette can be personalized many different ways, depending on what the girl who wears it will prefer!

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

Things you’ll need:
Metal barrette
Red and green grosgrain ribbon or other colors of your choice
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Button or other embellishment

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut a piece of narrow ribbon and cover the barrette.
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2. Cut a piece of medium-width ribbon to 3 inches long.
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3. Fold the ribbon to find the center.
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4. Fold the ends toward the center and glue.
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5. Fold in half again and glue together.
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6. Cut a piece of narrow ribbon in half lengthwise.
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7. Glue onto the ribbon square as shown.
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8. Make a second package out of a 4” piece of ribbon, folding and gluing as before.
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9. Cut another piece of narrow ribbon in half lengthwise and glue onto the larger package piece. Glue both packages onto the barrette. Add a button or other embellishment for added cuteness!
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DIY Rustic Ruffled Burlap Garland

DIY Rustic Ruffled Burlap Garland DIY Rustic Ruffled Burlap Garland
I love hanging fresh greenery at Christmas time. I find a nice thick garland to decorate my staircase and the fragrant accent instantly warms up the space. The only thing better than fresh garland is fresh garland with some character. This burlap garland will add the perfect finishing touch to your greenery this season, creating a rustic look that’s fit for a country Christmas.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap ribbon
Needle
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Thread a yarn needle with jute. For Christmas time, use red or green for an added detail.
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2. Push the needle and thread up through the burlap ribbon 1-inch from the end.
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3. Push the needle and thread down through the burlap ribbon, creating 1-inch stitches.
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4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you have reached your desired length.
5. Once the sewing is complete, tie a knot at the end and arrange the fabric until you achieve a look you love. Display your burlap garland with fresh greenery for a classic Christmas look.
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DIY Snowglobe Video Tutorial

December 14, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

DIY Snowglobe Video Tutorial DIY Snowglobe Video Tutorial
This project will have you dreaming of a white Christmas all year long! Use the snow globe as a decoration for your winter table or give it as hostess gift. You’re sure to love this winter craft!

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason Jar
Epsom Salts
Bottle brush tree
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Gold Ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching the tree to the lid of the jar. Use a small drop of hot glue on the base of the tree and secure it to the center of the inside of the lid.
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2. Fill your mason jar with Epsom salts. Pour them in until about ½ inch of the bottom of the jar is filled.
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3. Screw the lid on with the tree and flip the winter wonderland right side up, letting the Epsom salts fall like snow.
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4. Tie a bow using gold ribbon around the base of the jar.
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DIY “Baby’s First Christmas” Ornament

December 13, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Babys First Christmas Ornament DIY Baby’s First Christmas Ornament
A child’s first Christmas is a sweet time that should be commemorated. This handmade ornament is the perfect keepsake, allowing you to celebrate a special occasion in a style that’s all your own.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes (plus drying time)
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
“1″ cookie cutter
Spray adhesive
Artificial snow
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Cover the outside edges of your cookie cutter with spray adhesive.
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2. Pour a thin layer of artificial snow on the wet glue and set the cookie cutter aside to dry for 30 minutes.
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3. Once the snow is dry to the touch, cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon and tie a knot at the ends, creating a loop.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the loop to the top of the cookie cutter.
5. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie a bow. Trim the tails evenly.
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6. Use hot glue to attach the bow to the top of the cookie cutter, covering the knot.
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DIY Santa Christmas Favor Bags

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Making a list and checking it twice….how about delivering the gift in a bag with The Man himself? Sure to create a smile even before they look at the gift inside!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White paper kraft bag
White fake fur
Large google eyes
Red felt sheets
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks, or regular glue

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Things to do:
1. Cut a triangle of felt to the width of the bag, and glue to the top of one side.
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2. Cut a strip of the faux fur to the width of the bag and about 1 1/2” long. Glue
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3. Create a beard for the bottom of the bag. The fur can overhang a bit, but the fabric behind the fur should be flush with the bottom of the bag so it can still stand on its own.
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4. Glue the google eyes to the bag… and smile!
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Kid Friendly: Quick and Easy Pom Pom Ornaments

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Pom pom ornaments are perfect and inexpensive ways to decorate your family tree. Here are three different ornaments to try – a wreath, a candy cane, and a snowman. Sewing up through the center of each pom pom will help it keeps its shape.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30-60 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Craft pom poms
Pipe cleaner
Bumpy pipe cleaner
Bitty google eyes
Glitter bow
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Set aside 7 green, medium pom poms. Thread your needle and knot the end. Slide it up into one of the pom poms.
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2. Continue until all pom poms are on the thread.
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3. Arrange the pom poms into a circle and tie and clip your thread. Use hot glue between each pom pom to keep it together.
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4. Glue a glitter bow to the wreath.
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5. Use 4 white and 4 medium red pompoms and thread them together with your needle and thread.
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6. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and form it into a cane. Glue this to the back of your candy cane so it will hold its shape.
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7. Glue each pom pom together to finish the ornament.
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8. For the snowman, use a medium and a large pom pom. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and fold it around the smaller pom pom to determine the correct size, and twist as shown.
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9. Glue this to the top of the small pom pom.
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10. Thread the needle and thread up through the large pom pom and the small one.
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11. Tie off the thread, glue the two pom poms together and wrap and glue the bumpy pipe cleaner around the snowman’s “neck” as shown.
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12. Glue the small google eyes to the top pom pom. To hang these ornaments from the tree, simply thread your needle through the top of each, make loops, and tie and clip the ends!
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DIY Mason Jar Lid Wreath

December 12, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, Winter Crafts

DIY Mason Jar Lid Wreath main DIY Mason Jar Lid Wreath
There are lots of projects you can do with mason jars and lids, but often the insert of the lid is left behind! Use up those spare lids with this easy-to-make mason jar lid wreath.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 2 hours (includes dry time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Inserts for canning jar lids
Green acrylic paint
Paint brush
Red ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks or Gorilla Glue

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Things to do:
1. Paint all of the lids inserts. You can use any number of lids – depending on how large you want the wreath to be and how many lids you have.
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2. Allow to dry.
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3. Paint a second coat and allow to dry.
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4. Arrange the lid inserts the way you want, and then glue the first few together with hot glue or the Gorilla glue. The Gorilla glue will create a more permanent hold.
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5. Glue all of the lid inserts to form your wreath circle.
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6. Tie a bow with the ribbon and glue to the top or bottom of your wreath.
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