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How to Make a Sequin Ball Ornament

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Sparkling ornaments don’t have to be reserved for the holidays! Yes, you can display them then, but this styrofoam sequin ball ornament is perfect in school or team colors, or to match your decor. Display it year ‘round!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+ (younger kids will need help with hot glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Sequins
Sequin pins
Rocaille beads
12” of narrow grosgrain ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue

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Things to do:
1. Place a rocaille bead on one of the sequin pins.
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2. Next, place a cup sequin on the pin, with the cupped side facing the bead.
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3. Stick the “loaded” pin into the styrofoam ball.
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4. Continue completing steps 1-3 for the next several sequins. When pinning, make sure they slightly overlap the adjacent sequins so the styrofoam won’t peek through too much – it’s hard to completely avoid seeing the styrofoam, but it won’t be too noticeable if the sequins are overlapping somewhat.
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5. Continue around the entire ball.
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6. Warm up your hot glue gun. Create a loop from the 12” of ribbon, and glue the short ends together.
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7. Pull out one of the sequins and hot glue the ribbon loop to the top of the ball. Pin the sequin back in place over the ribbon. Hang your ornament and watch it sparkle!
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Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament

Perler Bead Ornament main Cookie Cutter Melted Perler Bead Ornament
Use a cookie cutter in a new way – for something you can keep forever! Make this perler bead cookie cutter ornament to hang or use as a toy. Your children will enjoy helping with this project – just make sure you help them when using the oven!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (provide supervision with the oven, however)

Things you’ll need:
Fish cookie cutter or other cookie cutter of your choice
Perler beads
Vegetable oil
Brush
Cookie sheet
Aluminum foil or cooking parchment paper
Small plate
Oven

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Things to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat the inside of the cookie cutter with the vegetable oil. Make sure the oil gets into in all the nooks and crannies and up to the top of the inside. This step is crucial – otherwise your beads will become stuck inside the cookie cutter.
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2. Lay the aluminum foil or parchment on the cookie sheet and coat with oil as well.
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3. Decide which beads you’ll use. You can place them inside the cutter as a pattern, but it’s easiest for kids to simply mix them up on a small plate for easy grabbing.
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4. Place the beads in a single or double layer inside the cookie cutter, making sure you get the beads in all the crevices so the shape turns out looking the way you expect!
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5. This is what the cutter looks like once it’s filled. There’s no need to fill it up the top – a single or double layer will do.
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6. Place the cookie sheet with the filled cutter into the pre-heated oven. It takes only 5-8 minutes to melt the beads together. The top will have open holes, but the bottom will be mostly melted. Now string a piece of thread or wire through the top or give to your child as a stand-alone decoration or toy!
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DIY Gold Strings Lights

DIY Gold Strings Lights DIY Gold Strings Lights
Christmas might be over, but that’s no reason to put away all the twinkle lights! Turn them into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! While any color can be used here, gold makes an excellent pairing with the glow of the lights and is perfect indoors or out.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Strings lights, either traditional or LED bulb style
Gold plate spray paint
Masking tape and/ or paper towels

Things to do:
1. Before you begin to paint, you’ll need to mask off or remove the bulbs from your lights. If you are using non-removable LED bulbs, wrap the glass of each bulb in a small piece of masking tape. If you are using traditional lights or LED lights with removable bulbs, pull out each bulb, set it aside, and stuff a small piece of paper towel into the cavity where the bulb was. Repeat for all the lights on the strand.
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2. Mask off the prongs of your plug or, if you are using solar lights, the end of the wire and the solar panel using tape and paper towels to cover the unit.
3. In a well ventilated area, spray the lights with thin coats of paint on a covered work surface, turning the strand over as each coat dries to make sure the whole things is well covered.
4. Once the cords and bulb bases are painted and dry, remove the masking or paper towels and replace the bulbs on the removable style strands. Plug in and enjoy!

Wood Slice Snowman Ornament

Wood Slice Snowman Ornament Wood Slice Snowman Ornament
When the winter winds blow and the temperatures drop, it’s time to snuggle down indoors and get crafting! This wood slice snowman ornament is a sweet little project, perfect for those snowy days when it’s too frigid to build a snowman outside. If you are working with little ones, you can use black paint in place of the wood burner for the snowman’s eyes and mouth.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Little top hats
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Orange paint
Wood burning tool
Paintbrush
Narrow ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Stack the wood slices end to end with the largest at the bottom and the smallest at the top and glue them where they meet with a generous amount of glue.
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2. Plug the wood burner in with the dot tip attached and burn eyes and spots for a coal mouth.
3. Using the paintbrush, paint a nose with the orange paint.
4. Cut a 5-inch piece of ribbon and fold in half to form a loop.
5. Add a dollop of glue to the top of the snowman and press the hat in place to finish.
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DIY Clothespin Nativity Ornaments

DIY Clothespin Nativity Ornaments DIY Clothespin Nativity Ornaments
Christmas is coming and it’s time to get thinking about ornaments! Every year my kids love to dig out our nativity set and set them up and most kids I know are the same! So give them a chance to build their own nativity set to hang on the tree! This simple project is fantastic for group craft projects, Sunday school activities or just something to keep the little ones busy on a snowy day.

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

Things you’ll need:
Old fashioned clothespins
Hack saw
Hot glue gun and glue sticks OR wood glue
Narrow ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. For each ornament, you’ll need 3 clothespins. Take one clothespin from each group of 3 and cut off the “legs” to create a baby-sized doll.
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2. Lay the two large clothespins side by with one a bit higher than the other and run a bead of glue where the two meet. Set them aside and let them dry.
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3. Once the pair of clothespins are dry, glue the small doll at an angle on top of the two dolls. Allow the glue to dry.
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4. Cut a four-inch length of ribbon and fold in half to form a loop.
5. Flip the doll over and glue the ends of the ribbon to the center back of the dolls. Allow the glue to dry completely before hanging.
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How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament

Snowman Face Ornament How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament
Snowmen are one of those quintessentially winter things that, unfortunately those of us who don’t live in snow country, don’t always get to play with. But never mind! We’ll make snowmen indoors! This cute little guy is just perfect for your tree and a fun project for a cold day indoors by the fire.

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

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Little top hats
Narrow ribbon
Scissors
Wood burning tool
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Orange paint
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Plug in your wood burning tool with the dot tip attached.
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2. Burn dots for eyes and mouth onto the snowman face.
3. Paint on a carrot nose and allow the paint to dry.
4. Cut a 5-inch piece of ribbon and fold in half to create a loop.
5. Flip the wood slice over and glue the ends of the ribbon to the back for hanging.
6. Add a drop of glue to the top of the snowman’s head and press the hat in place to finish.

DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters

December 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters
Surprise surprise! Did you know cork can be decorated with wood burners, just like wood? It can! Which makes these cute snowflake coasters a snap to make and a perfect and easy gift to create for friends and family. You’ll need to keep a light touch when burning cork, they require just the faintest touch with the tip to burn.

Time required: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Square or round cork coasters
Wood burning tool
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Plug your wood burning tool in with the chisel tip inserted and allow it to heat up.
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2. If desired, sketch the basic shape of your snowflake onto the coasters.
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3. Trace the lines of the snowflake with the chisel tip, then add details coming off of the main branches of the snowflake.

5-Minute Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament

December 16, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Cinnamon Stick Tree 5 Minute Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament
It’s that time of year, my friends! Holiday decorating time!! And nothing says Christmas to me like the scent of cinnamon! These cinnamon trees are so fun to make and can be sized up or down depending on how long your cinnamon sticks are. Perfect for ornaments, wreath decorations or gift toppers, they add just the right bit of whimsical fun and yummy scent.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Fabric strips or ribbon
Iron
Spray starch or Stiffy Fabric Stiffener (optional)
Bakers twine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut three strips of fabric or ribbon of varying lengths, each one slightly shorter than the next.
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2. Iron with starch or soak in Stiffy Fabric Stiffener to flatten or stiffin the ribbon/fabric.
3. Tie the longest one near one end of the cinnamon stick and knot firmly. Evenly space the next two with the second longest in the middle and the shortest one at the top. The stiffener will help the branches stick straight out.
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4. Flip the tree over and glue a loop of bakers twine at the top end for hanging.
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Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial

December 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Book Page Christmas Tree Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
This festive craft is perfect for the holiday season! Make several trees in different sizes and use them as a centerpiece, or make small trees and incorporate them into your ceramic Christmas village. However you choose to use these trees, they’re sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Books pages
Styrofoam cone
Craft glue
Gold glitter
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Small birch slice

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the leaves or branches for the tree. Start by tearing out a page from an old book and folding it in half. Cut half oval shapes on the fold. The leaves should be roughly the same size, but don’t have to be exactly the same.
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2. The next step is gluing the leaves to the Styrofoam cone. Put hot glue on the top ½ inch of the leaf down the fold and attach it to the top of the cone. Continue gluing leaves until you’ve covered the top of the cone.
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3. Once you’ve created a top layer, use a drop of hot glue to bring the leaves together, creating a point, or top of your tree.
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4. Continue gluing leaves onto the Styrofoam cone until the entire surface is covered.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the birch wood slice to the bottom of the Styrofoam cone, creating a trunk.
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6. Once you’ve finished your tree, add glitter accents to the edges of the branches with tack glue.
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DIY Wood Burned Light Ornaments

December 13, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Wood Burned Light Ornaments DIY Wood Burned Light Ornaments
It’s almost that time of year! Holiday decorating time! I love making all sorts of handmade ornaments for my tree, especially those with a rustic feel. These pretty little wooden light ornaments are fun to make and perfect for gifts to give to friends, family and neighbors as well as for your own tree!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood light bulbs
Wood burning tool and tips
Narrow silver ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Plug in the wood burning tool with the rounded end tip inserted and allow it to warm up.
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2. Holding the wood light by the “screw” end, press the tip directly into the wood to create dots. You can either press lightly and quickly to make small dots or you can press more deeply and longer to create a more polka dot appearance.
3. Once you’ve dotted the ornament, cut a 5 inch length of ribbon for each ornament.
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4. With the glue gun, dab a dot of glue to the top of the ornament and press the center point of the ribbon into it.
5. Once the glue dries, tie a knot about halfway up the ribbon and then tie the tails into a bow. Trim the ends as needed to finish.

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