DIY Dog and Cat-Themed Photo Booth Props

Whether you’re planning a birthday party for kids, a fun wedding or just a silly afternoon in the backyard, these easy to make animal photo booth props are a perfect thing to make and use.

Kids can help with the painting and advise on colors, but don’t let younger kids use hot glue without close supervision.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes to an hour, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood dog mask
Unfinished wood cat mask
Paint in colors of your choice; we used purple, brown and black
Assorted felt
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. I let my daughter paint the cat mask, and she chose solid purple. Paint and allow to dry.
2. For the dog mask, I went with classic brown. Paint and allow to dry.
3. If you want to add more details, do so now. I opted for painting my dog’s ears black and adding a few dots to the face. You could also add whiskers or other embellishments as you like.
4. For the cat ears, cut two pieces of felt the color you want for the outside of the ear (I went with light brown) in a triangle shape with an inch or so tab at the bottom for gluing.
5. Cut two smaller pink (or color of your choice) triangles to make the inside of the ear. Use hot glue to attach the inner ear to the outer ear.
6. Use hot glue to attach the ear to the headband. Fold the felt at the bottom of the ear around the headband and glue securely.
7. Repeat with the second ear.
8. For the dog ears, I cut elongated ovals, again with a flat tab at the top, out of dark brown felt.
9. Use hot glue to attach the ears to the headband, this time rolling the top of the ear around the headband sideways so the ears hand down.
10. Allow glue to dry.
11. Photo shoot time!

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Pompom Monogram Letter Tutorial

Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate for a birthday party or baby shower? These monogram letters are super cute and only take a few minutes to make! They also make great party crafts. Give every child a letter and let them decorate it however they’d like!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up *For younger ages, use white glue

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your cardboard letter. I recommend using a foam brush, because you can get a nice thick coat. Don’t forget to cover all of the edges. Let it dry completely before moving on.
2. Next, decorate your letter with pompoms! You can place them in any pattern you’d like and use hot glue to hold them in place. I started at the corners and worked my way in, spreading the pompoms out the closer to the center I got. Don’t forget to vary the colors and cover the back of your letter if it will be sitting on a table, because you’ll be able to see both sides.

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No-Sew Faux Fur Pillow Tutorial

You can make this funky pillow even if you don’t know how to sew. If you can sew, you can make a custom-fit pillow form and still finish this project in just a few minutes (and of course you can sew the outside pillow if you like, too).

This is a great project for a kid’s room, but please remember that faux fur should not be used around babies and toddlers who may put things in their mouths. This is also a somewhat messy project. You will want to try to keep the glue off your hands as you go, or you will get a little furry yourself.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10-30 minutes, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
2 pieces of faux fur
Fabric glue or Tacky Glue
Pillow form, or fabric and stuffing to make your own, or just stuffing if you don’t want to make your own
Binder clips

Things to do:
1. Measure your faux fur on the shortest side. This will affect where you cut the pieces, because we’re going for a square pillow.
2. Trim the faux fur pieces so they are square. Mine came out about 8-1/2 inches.
3. Optional: make a pillow form. Mine is made from a piece of fabric 8 inches wide and 16 inches long. I pinked the edges, folded it in half, sewed around two sides, filled it lightly with stuffing and sewed the other side closed. If you don’t want to make your own pillow form, you may be able to buy one, or just stuff the pillow directly.
4. Place one piece of the faux fur face down on your work surface. If you have a pillow form, center it on top.
5. Apply glue to one edge of the faux fur and press the second layer on top. Continue around each edge. If you need to stuff the pillow, do that when you have glued down three sides.
6. Use binder clips to hold the edges together while the pillow dries.
7. Remove clips and add the pillow to your favorite chair or reading spot.

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DIY Cone Party Hat

Looking for an activity that will keep the little ones busy at the next birthday party you host? These DIY party hats are the perfect project! Bring out the paint, glue, and glitter and get ready for some fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger children will need help with the hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Plastic headband
Cardboard cone
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your cardboard cone. Use a foam brush to apply a thick layer of acrylic paint and let it dry completely.
2. Next comes the glitter! Use your hot glue to draw a pattern and sprinkle a thin layer of glitter over it. If you want to reuse the excess glitter, sprinkle over a sheet of paper so you can pour it back in your container after.
3. To add some color, use glue to attach pompoms around your cone. Don’t forget to put a pompom on top for a more polished, finished look!
4. The final step is attaching your cone to a headband. Apply a thick line of hot glue on either side of the cone and slide the headband up in place. Hold it securely until it dries.

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DIY Beaded Napkin Rings

Just a few simple supplies are all it takes to make these pretty beaded napkin rings. Make a bunch that match, or make each one unique. Coordinate the beads or make wild combinations; it’s completely up to you.

Kids can help with this project, too, but an adult should cut the wire because wire cutters (and the ends of the wire) can be quite sharp. But even little ones can string on the beads, because these are large beads and sturdy wire that are easy to handle.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes per napkin ring
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Small grapevine wreaths
Gold aluminum craft wire
Wood beads
Wire cutter
Round-nosed pliers **optional

Things to do:
1. Choose the beads you want to use on your napkin ring. I like the look of two small beads, one on each side of a larger bead, but it’s up to you to design it the way you want. Thread the beads onto the wire.
2. Use the wire cutters to cut the wire, leaving a few inches on each side of the beads.
3. Place the beads where you would like them to sit on the grapevine wreath and poke the ends of the wire through the wreath and to the back.
4. Twist the wire around the wreath and tuck the ends into the wreath on the back side or inside of the ring. Use round-nosed pliers if desired to tuck under the edge of the wire.
5. Make as many different variations as you like. You can even stack a bunch on one napkin.

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Popsicle Stick Shelves Tutorial

Whether you prefer shabby chic decor or more modern, Scandinavian design, you can create a beautiful shelf using only popsicle sticks! Grab your hot glue gun, and let’s get started!

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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Popsicle sticks
Wood stain
Foam brush

Things to do:

Triangle Shelf
1. The first step is staining your popsicle sticks. Use a foam brush to apply a thin layer of stain. Let them dry completely.
2. Lay your popsicle sticks in a triangle pattern. Make sure all of your angles are sharp.
3. Use hot glue to secure the popsicle sticks, making a frame.
4. Continue building out from the frame by adding popsicle sticks with hot glue. For my shelf, I added 10 layers, which gave me about 2 1/2 inches of depth.

Hexagon Shelf
1. First, create the frame for your shelf. It’s important the angles are straight, so take the time to make sure your hexagon shape is perfect before you start gluing.
2. Build out your self by adding layers of popsicle sticks. For my hexagon shelf, I added 10 layers of popsicle sticks, which gave me about 2 1/2 inches of depth.

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DIY Stuffed Animal Fairy Wings

Dress up your beloved stuffed animals with fun and sparkly felt fairy wings! This fun craft encourages creativity and imaginative play. Make them as a gift for your favorite child or make them with your child!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
2 sheets of felt
2- 12″ length of cord
Tacky glue
Glitter glue or glitter paint
Paint brush
Hot glue *optional
Hot glue gun *optional

Things to do:
1. Fold your sheet of felt in half (with the short ends touching) and align the flat edge of your template on the fold.
2. Cut out two wings with your template and unfold to reveal the full wing.
3. Decorate your wings and allow any paint or glitter glue to fully dry before proceeding.
4. Place the two lengths of cord together and knot both ends together. Center the cord BEHIND one of the wings, with one knot at the top and one at the bottom.
5. Apply a short line of hot glue at the top and bottom of the wings (kind of where they make a “v” shape) and fold the knot over the top/bottom of the felt to secure it in the glue. You may also use tacky glue here but I like hot glue because I know it’s not going to come loose.
6. Apply tacky glue to the entire top of the wing and place the other over the top, sandwiching the knots in the center. Apply pressure to ensure the glue holds and allow the glue to dry completely.

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Dreamcatcher Keepsake Organizer Tutorial

Dreamcatchers are fun to make, but they don’t have to just be pretty to look at. The cord on this version makes it easy to attach photos to make a keepsake organizer. Or use it as a message center where you tack tickets, schedules, grocery lists and other important information.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10-15 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Gold metal craft ring
Round crocheted doily
Brown macrame cord
Natural feather picks
Miniature clothespins

Things to do:
1. Center the doily in the middle of the craft ring.
2. Cut a length of macrame cord. I used about five feet for this part. Tie a knot to the side of the craft ring. Bring the cord through one of the holes in the doily, from back to front. Wrap the cord over the top of the craft ring. Make sure you don’t pull the doily tight to the ring; it will hang in the center of the ring, not be pulled to the edge.
3. Continue to go up through a hole on each point of the doily and wrap the macrame cord back around the craft ring in the same manner around the ring. If your cord starts to fray, put some tape on the end.
4. Repeat all the way around.
5. Unite the original knot. Tie the two ends of the cord together, then tie them to the craft ring. Trim the ends.
6. Add the feathers by cutting a piece of cord about 2 feet long. String the cord through the loop on the end of the feather pick and tie a knot. Repeat on the other side. Tie to the craft ring if desired.
7. Use the miniature clothespins to attach whatever you want to the dreamcatcher. I went with a couple of family photos and a knit heart. Hang on the wall where it will make you smile every day.

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Color-Block Popsicle Picture Frame Tutorial

I love how inexpensive, simple, sweet, and versatile a popsicle stick photo frame is. And it’s the type of gift a mom will treasure forever! Of course, this isn’t just a great gift for Mother’s Day … it’s perfect for Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, a special person’s birthday, Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Day … any time you need a heartfelt, handmade gift.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Embroidery thread or yarn
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Magnets *optional

Things to do:
1. Place a drop of hot glue at each end of two popsicle sticks
2. Create a square by placing two more popsicle sticks across the dots of glue.
3. Tie the embroidery thread around the top popsicle stick and then continue
wrapping loops of yarn around the stick, keeping the thread taut and each
loop touching.
4. Every inch or so, turn the frame over and secure the loops of thread with a
dot of hot glue. Secure the end the same way.
5. Wrap the opposite side with pink thread and the remaining two sides with
yellow thread.
6. Place your chosen photo behind the frame and draw lines to correspond with
the edges of the frame. Cut inside the lines.
7. Place the photo behind the frame and hot glue in place.

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Popsicle Stick Flowers Tutorial

Flowers are sure to make mum smile this Mother’s Day but if kids are unable to pick or buy them, here’s another way to give her flowers. These popsicle stick flowers won’t wilt and don’t need water, plus they’re made lovingly by hand.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes per flower
Age range: 6+ *Younger kids should use white glue

Things you’ll need:
Green popsicle sticks
Yellow, green, fuchsia, white, red, purple foam
Pink and green glitter foam
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut leaf shapes from green craft foam flower shapes from other various
colors of craft foam. Select buttons to correspond with your chosen colors.
2. Apply a line of glue to the top portion of a green popsicle stick and attach the
3. Using hot glue, attach a leaf to the middle of the popsicle stick.
4. Apply a drop of hot glue to the center of the flower and add a button.

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