God’s Eye Baby Turtles Tutorial

Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial_main
This variations of the “God’s Eye” popsicle stick craft is sure to entertain turtle lovers of all ages!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery thread
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Black marker
Mini colored popsicle sticks

Things to do:
1. Choose thread colors for your turtle and pull out 3 green popsicle sticks.
Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial1
2. Glue two of the popsicle sticks together to form an “x”.
Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial2
3. Glue the third popsicle stick to the x to create the head and tail.
Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial3
4. Begin wrapping thread around the popsicle sticks with your center color. (It’s helpful to secure the thread in the back with some hot glue when you begin).
Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial4
5. Switch to the next shell color and continue wrapping.
Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial5
6. Continue changing colors and wrapping until you are satisfied with the size of your turtle’s shell. Secure the thread in the back with a little glue.
Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial6a
Gods_Eye_Baby_Turtles_Tutorial6b
7. Optional: draw a face and toes on your turtle.

Continue Reading

DIY Seaglass Monogram Wall Art

DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art_main
Create a beautiful, personalized piece of art for your home. This is a great project to add to any coastal decor!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1.5 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White frame
Burlap
Seaglass (2 bags recommended)
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Take apart the picture frame and set the glass aside.
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art1
2. Using the paper insert as a guide, cut a piece of burlap.
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art2
3. Apply a line of glue to the top side of the backing piece of the frame and place secure the piece of burlap before placing the backing piece back in the frame.
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art3a
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art3b
4. Print the desired letter approximately 3.25 inches tall (I used bold, size 324 font) and cut out the letter.
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art4
5. Lightly trace the letter onto the burlap.
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art5
6. Choose small pieces of seaglass and begin filling in the letter by applying a dab of glue to the back of the glass and placing it inside the letter. (Hint: it’s helpful to layout the pieces of glass before gluing.)
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art6a
DIY_Seaglass_Monogram_Wall_Art6b
7. Continue gluing glass pieces until the entire letter is filled in.

Continue Reading

DIY Popsicle Cozy Tutorial

Keep little hands warm and popsicles cold with this easy to make, felt popsicle cozy.

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

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Velcro
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut two 5.5″x4″ rectangles of felt and two 3.5″ strips of velcro.
DIY_Popsicle_Cozy_Tutorial1
2. Glue the pieces of velcro on opposite ends of the felt rectangles, as shown in the photo.
DIY_Popsicle_Cozy_Tutorial2
3. Glue the two rectangles of felt together (wrong sides touching), making sure the velcro strips remain on opposite sides of the rectangle. (Hint: Apply glue all the way around the edges and add glue to the center of the rectangle to keep the cozy from bubbling or puckering when in use.)
DIY_Popsicle_Cozy_Tutorial3
DIY_Popsicle_Cozy_Tutorial4a
DIY_Popsicle_Cozy_Tutorial4b
DIY_Popsicle_Cozy_Tutorial_final

Continue Reading

How to Make a Boho Wood Bead Bracelet

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

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

Things you’ll need:
Rattail cord
Wooden beads
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of cord 4-6 times the circumference of your wrist. Fold the cord in half and create a knot in the end, leaving a loop.
Pony_Bead_Bracelet1
2. Thread a bead on one end of the string.
Pony_Bead_Bracelet2
3. Bring the other end of the string through the opening in the bead that the first string is coming out of.
Pony_Bead_Bracelet3
4. Pull the string taught, centering the bead below the knot.
Pony_Bead_Bracelet4
5. Repeat steps 2-3 until the bracelet is the desired length.
6. Create another knot in the end.
Pony_Bead_Bracelet6
7. Optional: add another bead and another knot to create a no-tie solution for the end of the bracelet.
Pony_Bead_Bracelet7
Pony_Bead_Bracelet_final1
Pony_Bead_Bracelet_final2

Continue Reading

Peg Doll Family Wall Art

Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art_main
Create a family portrait using peg dolls for this unique piece of wall art!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 3-4 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wood plaque
Unfinished peg doll (female)
Unfinished peg doll (child)
Unfinished peg doll (male)
White acrylic paint
Purple acrylic paint
Silver acrylic paint
Turquoise acrylic paint
Paint brush
Small google eyes
Super small google eyes
Assorted felt colors
Embroidery thread
Marker
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Paint the plaque and the peg doll bodies white and allow to dry.
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art1
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art1b
2. Paint the peg doll bodies with 1-2 coats of color.
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art2a
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art2b
3. Glue eyes and draw a mouth to create a face for each doll.
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art3
4. Create multiple loops of thread until you are satisfied with the amount of hair and glue the center of the loops to the top of the peg doll’s head.
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art5
5. Trim the hair as desired.
6. Cut a 5″x1″ strip of felt and fold the ends under to create a banner.
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art6
7. Optional: Paint, embroider, or write the family’s name on the felt banner.
8. Secure the folded under ends of the banner with glue.
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art8
9. Glue the banner and the peg dolls to the plaque.
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art9
Peg_Doll_Family_Wall_Art_last

Continue Reading

DIY Keychain Chapstick Holder

DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder_main
This little chapstick holder is perfect for adding to your set of keys or attaching to the zipper pull of a backpack or purse. Never have to search for your chapstick again!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Yellow cloth napkins
Striped cloth napkins
Keyring
Scissors
Ruler
Thread
Sewing machine

Things to do:
1. Cut the hem off of one of the napkins. Cut close to the seam but DO NOT cut through the seam. Cut the hem piece to 5 inches long.
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder1
2. Loop the keyring on to the hem piece and sew a few stitches to secure the hem piece in a loop. Set aside.
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder2
3. Cut two 2.25″x10″ rectangles (one striped cloth and the other yellow).
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder3
4. With the right sides together, sew the two rectangles together around 3 edges (leave one of the short edges open).
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder4
5. Clip the corners (careful not to cut through the sewn line).
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder5
6. Flip the rectangle right side out.
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder6
7. Fold the sewn edge of the rectangle up, about 3″, toward the top and sew down both sides to secure.
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder7
8. Fold the raw edges at the top inside about a quarter inch and then fold that top flap down. Catch the loop created in step 3 in the fold and sew the flap in place along three sides of the flap.
DIY_Keychain_Chapstick_Holder8

Continue Reading

DIY Felt Heart Mobile Tutorial

DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial_main
Create a trendy, cute heart mobile for your nursery or just to decorate your own space!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2-3 hours
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Black acrylic paint
Paint brush
Wooden dowel
Black baker’s twine
Pink baker’s twine
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Template
Drill *optional

Things to do:
1. Drill a hole a half inch from either end of the dowel and 5 evenly space holes in the middle.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial1
2. Cut ten heart shapes using the template (five matching sets of two), 5 lengths of pink twine in various lengths, and one length of black twine measuring 20 inches.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial2
3. Apply a line of glue to the edges of the heart, leaving the top open for stuffing.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial3
4. Align the matching heart piece on top of the glue and hold to secure until the glue dries.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial4
5. Stuff the heart.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial5
6. Knot one end of one piece of pink twine, insert the knot into the top of the heart, and glue the top of the heart closed.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial6
7. Optional: Add a black bow to the top of the heart.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial7
8. Repeat steps 3-7 for the remaining hearts.
9. Thread the ends of the black string through the outside holes and knot the string on the bottom of the rod.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial9a
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial9b
10. Thread the pink strings through the remaining holes, knotting each at the top of the dowel.
DIY_Felt_Heart_Mobile_Tutorial_final

Continue Reading

Fur Pet Tutorial

Fur_Pet_Tutorial_main
These adorable fur pets make great last minute gifts or a sweet companion for your desk. Sew one up in a few minutes but, be warned … you won’t want to stop at just one!

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

Things you’ll need:
Faux fur
Safety eyes
Scissors
Sewing machine
Thread

Things to do:
1. Trace a simple shape on the back side of the fur and cut two, mirrored pieces of fur. I used the bottom of a bowl for the circle. The shapes do not need to be perfect. Just a rough outline works great.
Fur_Pet_Tutorial_1
2. Mark two spots for eyes and cut a small “x” in the spot you marked (for sticking the safety eye through). Keep the eyes at least a inch from any edges so the eyes don’t get in the way when sewing.
Fur_Pet_Tutorial_2
3. Insert the safety eyes into the holes.
Fur_Pet_Tutorial_3
4. Place the pieces of fur right sides together and sew all the way around the shape, leaving a 2 inch gap for stuffing.
Fur_Pet_Tutorial_4
5. Stuff the critter and sew the gap closed using a ladder stitch.
Fur_Pet_Tutorial_5
Fur_Pet_Tutorial_final
Fur_Pet_Tutorial_final2

Continue Reading

DIY Waldorf Inspired Ladybug Peg Doll

Waldorf_Ladybug_Peg_Doll_main
Consider us completely charmed by this little ladybug. Let literacy opportunities take flight. Where does ladybug live? How about we build her a home? Is it really a ladybug or someone dressed in a ladybug costume? Whether a child writes a story, acts it out or builds the world they see, this sweet doll invites endless imaginary tales and creative activities. Plus, it’s perfect for sneaking into a child’s school backpack or lunchbox as a fun way to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished peg doll
Black acrylic paint
Paint brush
Red felt
Black felt
Acrylic sealer *optional
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Wing template
Pencil *optional

Things to do:
1. Paint the body of the peg doll black. Apply 2-3 coats of paint for a deeper color. Allow to dry completely.
Waldorf_Ladybug_Peg_Doll1
2. Optional: spray the peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.
3. Using the template, cut one wing piece from red felt and two circles from black felt.
Waldorf_Ladybug_Peg_Doll2
4. Glue the black circles on to one wing piece.
Waldorf_Ladybug_Peg_Doll3
5. Apply a dab of hot glue on the front flap of the wings and wrap the wing piece around the dolls neck, before pressing the two front flaps together.
Waldorf_Ladybug_Peg_Doll4a
Waldorf_Ladybug_Peg_Doll4b
Waldorf_Ladybug_Peg_Doll5

Continue Reading

Felt Jewelry Pouches Tutorial

Felt_Jewelry_Pouches_Tutorial_main
Make some cute jewelry pouches for storing and protecting jewelry while traveling.

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

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

Things to do:
1. Cut one 3″x7.5″ rectangle of felt (for the ring size pouch – size up as desired for other types of jewelry).
Felt_Jewelry_Pouches_Tutorial_1
2. Fold one end of the felt up about 2.75″ and hold in place.
Felt_Jewelry_Pouches_Tutorial_2
3. Fold the other end of the felt down about an inch, slightly overlapping the bottom piece and sew a line up both sides of the pouch.
Felt_Jewelry_Pouches_Tutorial_3
4. Optional: Paint (or embroider) the jewelry type on the flap.
Felt_Jewelry_Pouches_Tutorial_4

Continue Reading