Felt Starburst Flower Headband Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up, with optional adult supervision for hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Marking tool
Hot glue sticks and hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut one piece of felt that measures 3″ x 4″.

2. Add a thin strip of hot glue on the long edge of felt, then fold the felt piece in half lengthwise. Press to secure.

3. Using a marking tool, mark 1/2 ” increments into the long edge of felt.

4. Using scissors, cut 1 1/4 ” into the folded edge of the felt at each marking. Do not clip all the way across the felt.

5. After clipping the last marking, cut between each cut you made in step 4. Tip: If you do not feel comfortable clipping between the existing cuts, you can add 1/4 ” markings instead; I made 1/2 ” markings to make my pen marks less visible.

6. Cut a second piece of felt that measures 2″ x 5″.

7. Repeat steps 2-5 to create a second flower, this time cutting 3/4 ” into each marking. You should now have two fringed pieces of felt in different sizes.

8. To create the flower shape, add a line of hot glue across the bottom of the shortest felt fringe, on the uncut edge. Being rolling the flower across, adding glue as you roll.

9. Secure the last bit of felt with hot glue. You should have a rolled flower shape.

10. Add a thin line of hot glue to the tallest felt fringe piece, then begin rolling it around the first flower.

11. Continue adding glue and wrapping until you have wrapped the entire second flower.

12. To create a backing for the flower, place the bottom of the flower on a scrap piece of felt. Trace a circle around the bottom and cut it out.

13. Hot glue the flower onto the outside of the headband, on the side.

14. Place hot glue on the bottom of the flower and on the headband. Press the felt circle backing to the bottom of the flower, with the headband sandwiched in the middle.

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DIY Polka Dot Pumpkin Tutorial

Because of paint fumes and the messy nature of this project, we recommend taking your crafting outdoors.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes, plus 4 hours drying time
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
2 white pumpkins
Painter’s tape
Covering for work surface such as cardboard
Circle office supply stickers
Krylon Silver Foil Metallic Spray Paint
Krylon Banner Red Spray Paint

Things to do:
1. Cover the stem of each pumpkin in painter’s tape to protect it from the paint. Be sure to tape off the top of the stem, too.

2. Place the pumpkins on a workspace covering. Using the silver spray paint, spray paint each pumpkin, holding the spray paint 6-8″ away from the pumpkins. Spray in a sweeping motion, moving back and forth from pumpkin to pumpkin to paint an even layer. (This will be the color of the polka dots once you’re finished.) You may need to apply a coat, allow it to dry, then flip the pumpkins over to ensure you’re covering the entire surface with paint. Allow the pumpkins to dry completely, around 2 hours. The paint will appear dry within 15 minutes, but it may smudge if you handle it.

3. Once the pumpkins are dry, apply office supply stickers where you’d like the polka dots to go.

4. When you’re happy with the dot placement, spray a coat of red spray paint onto the pumpkins, again spraying about 6-8″ away from the pumpkins with a sweeping motion. Allow the paint to dry for another 2 hours.

5. Remove the stickers from the pumpkins to reveal the polka dots.

6. Remove the painter’s tape from the top of each pumpkin.
Tip: If you have silver acrylic paint or a silver paint marker, you can either of them to touch up the edges of the polka dots, making them neat and even.

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How to Make a Fabric Hair Comb Tutorial

This project is perfect for all those random fabric strips you don’t know what to do with.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic hair comb
Fabric strips

Things to do:
1. Cut your fabric strip into a 1″-wide strip that’s about 36″ long. If you’re using scrap fabric, you can skip this step.
Tip: If your fabric scrap is not exactly 1″ wide, that’s fine. Your wraps will just be thicker or thinner than our wraps.

2. Slide the fabric strip between the first two teeth of the comb, leaving about 2″ of fabric on one side of the comb. You may have to pull down a bit to force the fabric between the teeth. Just take care that you don’t pull so hard that you break the comb’s teeth.

3. Tie the fabric strip into a knot to secure it. Make sure the knot is on top of the fabric comb, rather than at the side.

4. Lay the short end of the fabric across the comb and hold it in place with the fingers of your non-dominant hand.

5. With your other hand, begin wrapping the fabric around the teeth of the comb, wrapping over the short end of the fabric to hide it.

6. Wrap across the comb until you have wrapped the last two teeth.

7. Now begin wrapping in the opposite direction, back toward your knot, wrapping over the wraps you already created.

8. When you reach the end of the comb where the knot is, wrap the fabric through the last two teeth then tie it in a knot to secure it.

9. If you still have a lot of fabric left, trim the knot, leaving about 1″ of fabric. Tuck the short end of the fabric into the wraps on the back of the comb to hide the end.
Tip: If you still have some extra fabric hanging out after you tuck it into the wraps, you can either tuck it into the next wrap or trim it with scissors.

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Melted Crayon Halloween Pumpkin Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 6 and up with optional adult supervision

Things you’ll need:
Set of crayons
Glue (or hot glue and glue gun)
Wax paper
Hair dryer

Things to do:
1. Peel the wrappings from each crayon.

2. Break each crayon in half. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

3. Place the pumpkin on a sheet of wax paper. Add a thin line of glue to one of the crayons, then place the crayon on top of the pumpkin, making sure the crayon extends out from the stem. We placed the crayons in the indented ridges of the pumpkin so that they are more stable. You may also need to hold the crayon in place for a few minutes so that the glue begins to dry.
Tip: If you do not want to wait for the glue to dry or if you are working with an older child, you can alternately use a hot glue gun to attach the crayons.

4. Repeat step 3, placing crayons around the pumpkin and leaving about 1/2 ” of space between each crayon, until you have filled the pumpkin with crayons. You may not use all your broken crayons, so put those aside for a second pumpkin or another project.

5. Grab a hair dryer and turn it on high. Aim it directly on top of the pumpkin to begin melting the crayons. This process can take a while, so be patient.

6. The crayons will begin to slowly drip down the pumpkin. Continue aiming the hair dryer toward the stem.

7. Some crayons may be completely melted, while others are not. As you spot the crayons that are not melted, aim the hair dryer toward those while still keeping the heat straight above the pumpkin.
Tip: If you want the colors to mix for a creepier, spookier look, aim the hair dryer toward the side of the pumpkin so that the colors will start to mix.

8. When all the crayons have melted, allow the crayons time to set before displaying your new work of art.

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DIY Modern Succulent Wall Hangers

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up with adult supervision for saw and drill

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished Basswood Square Lumber Rods
Miter box and saw (or tool of your choice to cut dowels)
Power drill and 1/8 drill bit (optional)
Suede Cord
Cloth Covered Floral Wire
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Using a pencil, mark the dowel to divide it into the following lengths: 8″, 6″, 4″.

2. Using a miter box and saw or the tool of your choice, cut the dowel into three sections using your marks as a cutting guide.

3. Optional: Using your drill, drill a hole into the center edge of each dowel.
Tip: If you don’t have a drill, skip to step 6.

4. Cut three lengths of suede: 18″, 16″, and 15″ long.

5. Insert a length of suede into the dowel, matching the shortest length of suede with the shortest dowel and so on. For example, the 15″ suede will be inserted through the 4″ dowel.

6. Tie a knot in the suede, then pull it so that the knot rests against the dowel.
Option 2: If you didn’t drill holes in the dowel, wrap the suede around the edge of the dowel, then knot it.

7. Repeat for each dowel. You should have three sets of hangers.

8. Choose succulents for each hanger, keeping in mind that the succulent should be light. (Using heavy succulents can cause the dowel to rotate on its side, so keep that in mind as you choose.) Place a succulent flat against the dowel, then use floral wire to wrap the succulent’s stem into place. Using wire cutters, cut the wire close to the dowel.

9. Repeat for each hanger, adding two succulents to the larger hanger if you’d like.

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How to Make a Succulent Terrarium Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wax paper or other work surface covering
Glass ornament
Artificial Succulents
Reindeer Moss
Natural Polished Pebbles and Rocks
Acrylic paint in bimini blue or color of your choice
Coated Natural Jute Twine (optional)

Things to do:
1. Place wax paper or other covering to protect your work surface. Choose the pebbles you’ll line the bottom of the glass ornament with, choosing pebbles that are flat and smooth for the best results.
Tip: We used 15 pebbles for our terrarium, but the number of pebbles used depends on the size of each. You may want to line your glass ornament with pebbles first to see how many you’ll need.

2. Using a paintbrush and acrylic paint, paint the top of each pebble. Allow the pebbles to dry.

3. When the pebbles are dry, place them along the bottom of the glass ornament, painted side up. Some pebbles can go vertically on the side of the glass ornament, too.

4. Pinch off a small amount of reindeer moss.

5. Place the moss inside the ornament on top of the rocks.

6. Continue adding little bundles of moss, filling in the back of the ornament. Be sure to leave some painted pebbles visible in the front for that pop of color.

7. Gently pull the succulents you want to use from the stems one at a time. We used two types of succulents for this terrarium, but you can use as many or as few as you’d like.

8. Place the succulents inside the terrarium, again ensuring some of your pebbles are still visible. The succulents can rest on the moss, or they can sit in front of the moss. Play around with your design until you love it.

9. Optional: If you’d like, you can thread a length of twine or other string through the top of the glass ornament to hang it. The ornament has a flat bottom, so it can also rest on a flat surface.

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DIY Sparkly Glitter Hair Clips

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes, plus Mod Podge drying time
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need: [sparkly-glitter-hair-clip-supplies]
Wax paper or other work surface covering
Curved Alligator Clips
Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre

Things to do:
1. Place wax paper or other covering on your work surface, if you’d like. Using sandpaper, sand the alligator clip. You will see scratches on the surface of the clip; that’s exactly what we want. This gives the metal a rough surface that the Mod Podge and glitter can cling to more easily.

2. With the paintbrush, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the clip.

3. Immediately sprinkle the clip with glitter, covering the entire surface of the clip. (Don’t worry about using too much glitter. You can sweep it up and reuse it again later.)

4. Tap the clip gently against the work surface to remove excess glitter. Allow the glittered clip to dry for 15-20 minutes.
Tip: You may want to rinse your paintbrush during drying time, especially if you use it for other projects.

5. Once the first layer is dry to the touch, use the paintbrush to add a second layer of Mod Podge.

6. Sprinkle the clip with glitter, once again covering the entire surface. If you’d like, you can scoop up and use some of the discarded glitter from the first layer.

7. Tap the clip gently against the work surface to remove excess glitter. Allow the glittered clip to dry for 15-20 minutes.

8. Add one final layer of Mod Podge to seal the last layer of glitter, then allow the final layer to dry

9. If you’re happy with the amount of glitter on your clip, you’re finished! If not, add layers of Mod Podge and glitter until you are happy with it.

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DIY Wired Fabric Headband

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up, with optional supervision for sewing machine use

Things you’ll need:
Blue Whales Fat quarter
Fabric scissors
Sewing pins
Tailor’s chalk or marker
Sewing machine
Thread to match fabric (we used white)
20-gauge wire
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut two strips of fabric from the fat quarter:
One piece 3″ wide and 21″ long
One piece 3″ wide and 12″ long
Tip: If you’re not using a fat quarter, simply cut your fabric into one piece that is 3″ wide and 32″ long.

2. Place the ends of the two strips of fabric with right sides together. Pin the short ends together with a sewing pin.

3. Sew across the short end of the fabric with a 5/8″ seam allowance to create one long strip of fabric.

4. Turn the fabric to the wrong side. Open the seam allowance and press with an iron.

5. Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise, placing the right sides together.

6. Press the folded strip with an iron, making sure the folded edge lays flat and doesn’t pop open.

7. Using sewing pins, pin the open edges of the strip in place.

8. Fold the fabric strip in half so that the short ends meet. Using the tailor’s chalk or marker, draw a curved edge on one end of the strip. The curved edge should go from the open edge of the fabric down to the opposite corner.

9. Using scissors, cut along the line you drew, cutting through all thicknesses of the fabric. This will ensure the edges match.

10. Starting at one curved end, sew the pinned open edge of the strip together using a 1/4 ” seam allowance.

11. On one end, sew across the angled end of the fabric strip, leaving the other end of the strip open.

12. Turn the strip of fabric right side out. If you’re having issues, you can use a dowel or pencil to push it through.

13. Press the fabric with the iron.

14. Using wire cutters, cut a length of wire that’s twice the length of your fabric strip, plus about 2″ extra.

15. Fold the wire in half, then twist the wire around to secure the loop.

16. Insert the wire into the headband, folded end first.

17. Fold the opposite end of the wire over, creating a loop. The length of wire should fit inside the headband without sticking out. Wrap the wire ends around the wire, ensuring no ends are poking out.

18. Tuck the end of the strip inside, then press the angled edge inside.

19. Sew the end closed, being careful not to sew over the wire.

20. To style the headband, wrap it around your head, then twist the ends around each other a couple of times to secure it.

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Thanksgiving ‘Tom the Turkey’ Finger Puppet Tutorial

Finger puppets make the best quiet toys. Entertain the little ones with a goofy turkey finger puppet.

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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Googly eyes

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt (cut one of each of the feather pieces, two body pieces, and one of each of the facial pieces).
2. Line up the smaller feather piece over the large feather piece, along the bottom straight edge and glue them together.
3. Glue on the google eyes, the beak, and the “snood” to the turkey’s face.
4. Line up the two body pieces and glue together, leaving the bottom open.
5. Position the turkey body over the feathers, lining up the bottom of the body with the bottom of the turkey feathers and glue in place.

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DIY “Thankful” Holiday Banner

Create a rustic banner to decorate for your Thanksgiving get together or just to celebrate fall! Customize with your favorite fall phrase using the customizable pennant banner.

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

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint
Stencil brush
Paint tray
Felt autumn leaf stickers

Things to do:
1. Place a piece of paper (wax paper is good because it won’t stick) behind the pennant. Line up the stencil in the center of the pennant.
2. Using the stencil brush, dab paint on the pennant. Be careful to only use an up and down motion with the brush. Using a rubbing or brushing motion will cause paint to get under the edges of the stencil and smudge your letters.
3. Slowly remove the stencil and set the pennant aside to dry.
4. Repeat for the remaining letters.
5. After the paint dries, add a couple of the felt leaf stickers to each pennant.
6. Line up the letters and tie them together with a bow.

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