Pretend Play Felt Popsicles Tutorial

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Summer is coming! Make these cute popsicles to play with or decorate a garland.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Popsicle sticks
Scissors
Stuffing
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Embellish one of the popsicle pieces.
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3. Glue the popsicle stick in the center of the other popsicle piece.
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4. Apply a layer of glue to the outside edge of the popsicle, leaving the bottom open.
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5. Place the front popsicle piece over the glue and press in place.
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6. Stuff the popsicle and glue the bottom shut.
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DIY Tetris Magnets

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Create your own non-digital version of the favorite retro video game with a few simple supplies. The magnet set would make the perfect DIY gift for any video gamer lover.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Colored wooden blocks
Craft magnets
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Chose a color and layout for your magnet (I googled tetris images to choose colors and shapes from the original game).
2. Start by gluing two of the wood cubes together on one side.
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3. In the same fashion, glue the remaining cubes to the first two to create the desired tetris shape.
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4. Glue 3-4 magnets to the back of your shape.
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5. Repeat for the desired number of tetris shapes.
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DIY Summertime Watermelon Coin Pouch Tutorial

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Sew a cute, summery watermelon coin pouch for storing your loose change.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: one hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Scissors
Thread
Sewing machine
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Sew the pink inner watermelon piece to one of the green watermelon pieces.
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3. Sew a rectangle in the pink part of the watermelon, about a half inch from the top.
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4. Cut the center of the rectangle from the watermelon.
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5. Place the two watermelon pieces together and sew all the way around the edge.
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DIY Wooden Bead and Tassel Garland Tutorial

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Embrace Scandinavian design on a budget! This adorable wooden bead garland will instantly update your windowsills or shelves, adding a chic new flair to your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Beads
Jute
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue

Things to do:
1. First, make a set of tassels for the ends of your garland. Wrap jute around your hands until you reach your desired thickness. Slide your finger through the loop and wrap a 12-inch piece of jute just below, securing the ends with hot glue. Trim the other side, creating an even tassel. Repeat this step so you have two, identical tassels. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland1
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2. Now you get to string your garland! Slide beads onto a piece of jute until you reach your desired length. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland7
3. When you’ve finished stringing beads, trim the ends of the jute, leaving 6-inches extra on both sides. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland8
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4. Slide the tassels onto the jute and tie them in place. Trim any excess jute. Wooden_Bead_Tassel_Garland10

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DIY Block Puzzle Tutorial

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Your little ones will love making a puzzle for daddy! Let them choose the photo and help them with the rest. It’s a super thoughtful present that he’s sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden blocks
Printed photo
Scissors
Pen
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Sandpaper

Things to do:
1. Choose a photo to print. In my experience, scenery photos transfer best. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial1
2. Lay your blocks over the section of the photo you want on your puzzle. Trace around the outside edge of the shape and cut it out. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial2
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3. Flip the image over, trace around your individual blocks and cut out the pieces.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial4
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4. Cover the top of your blocks with a thin layer of Mod Podge and place the pieces of the images on top. Let it dry.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial6
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5. Use sand paper to sand the edges of the blocks. This will remove any excess paper and give your photos a nice vintage look.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial9
6. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the blocks and let it dry completely.
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Simple No-Sew Felt Food

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Whip up a delicious felt treat for your little chef in a matter of minutes, with this simple, no sew felt food recipe!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour (depending on dry time)
Age range: 5+

Things you’ll need:
Various Colors of Felt
Scissors
Fabric glue
Pencil/Pen
Felt food patterns (many free options are available on-line), push pins for holding your pattern in place **optional

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Things to do:
1. Draw out or use a pattern to create the shapes of the food you wish to create. Many free patterns are available online, however, with a little creativity, these are not necessary.
2. Carefully cut out your shapes using your scissors. Felt can be a little tricky to cut and keep neat, taking your time and being as precise as possible, creates neater more uniform food pieces.
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3. Choose which embellishments you wish to be permanent, such as the yolk on a fried egg. Felt clings well, and it is not necessary to glue and of the components together, and it can be extra fun for your little one to be able to add a pat of butter to their felt toast.
4. Add glue to the backs of the pieces you wish to secure. Place pieces together and smooth out the pieces as well as apply a bit of pressure. Let dry. Tip: adding glue to the side that has any left -over pen marks makes your project look tidier.
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Pretend Play Band Aids Tutorial

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Pretend play doctor kits aren’t complete without some band aids! Make some to tend to your furry friends.

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

Things you’ll need:
Light brown felt
White felt
Scissors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Glue the white pad of the band aid to the middle of the tan band aid piece.
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3. Repeat to create a whole collection of band aids for you little friends.

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Rattail Cord Braided Bracelet Tutorial

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Simple and beautiful! Make these bracelets in a variety of colors for endless possibilities.

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

Things you’ll need:
Rattail cord
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut three lengths of cord 4-6 times the circumference of your wrist. Fold the cords in half and create a knot in the end, leaving a loop.
2. Separate the strands into three sections, two strands per section.
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3. Braid the strands to the desired length.
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4. Knot the end and trim the cords.
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DIY Faux Succulent Monogram

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If you love the look of the increasingly popular succulent monogram, but don’t have a green thumb, give this simple faux succulent monogram a try!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Cardboard letter
Floral foam
Faux succulents and flowers
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks *optional

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Things to do:
1. Remove the cardboard from the face of your letter. This can be done by simply sticking your scissors into the cardboard near the edge of the letter, where it meets the sides. Once you have a small opening, the cardboard should easily peel away.
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2. Determine what size pieces of floral foam will best fit your letter, and cut the foam into pieces ( for this, you can use your scissors, or a knife if you prefer ). This does not have to be precise, and is incredibly simple. DIY_Faux_Succulent_Monogram6
3. Wedge your pieces inside of the letter. The foam will mold to fit for the most part, and small empty spaces are fine. You can choose to wedge your pieces tightly, or hot glue your pieces to the inside of the cardboard as you go.
4. Once your foam is secured, begin placing your succulents, or flowers in the positions that you would like and best fit your letter. Depending on your preference, and how well your succulents stay inside of the floral foam, decides whether or not you choose to secure your faux plants with hot glue.DIY_Faux_Succulent_Monogram7
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5. Optional** You can also choose to decorate the sides of your cardboard letter with any type of embellishment you wish.
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DIY Felt Superhero Mask

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Make a no-sew superhero mask for your caped crusader! These are quick and simple and make great DIY party favors!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Black baker’s twine
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut two outer mask pieces and one inner mask piece from felt and two 10 inch pieces of baker’s twine.
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2. Glue the inner mask piece to one of the outer mask pieces.
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3. Tie a knot in both ends of both pieces of twine and secure one end of each knot in opposite sides of the other mask piece, using a dab of glue.
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4. Glue the mask piece from step 2 on top of the piece from step 3 (wrong sides together), securing the ends of the twine between the two pieces of felt.
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