‘Spring has Sprung’ Terrarium Tutorial

Welcome the season with a ‘Spring has Sprung’ terrarium! The yellow chicks perch on a pussy willow branch, add a fun pop of color to your seasonal decor.

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Floral foam
Artificial eggs
Chenille chicks
Ric rac

Things to do:
1. Use a knife to trim a piece of foam to fit on the mason jar lid. Use glue to secure it in place.

2. Stick several branches down into the foam.

3. Use hot glue to cover the foam with moss.

4. Use hot glue to attach two little chicks to your branches so they’re perching in your terrarium.

5. Add several eggs to the base of the branches.

6. Slide the mason jar down over the branches and screw it back on the lid.
7. Use hot glue to attach a piece of ric-rac trim around the edge of the lid.

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Quick and Easy Spring Bunny Garland Tutorial

Hoppy Easter! This colorful bunny garland is a cute addition to your Spring decor! Let your kids help trace and cut the shapes and string them together for a fun rainy day activity.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pastel patterned cardstock
White yarn
Pom pom maker
Bakers twine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Hole punch

Things to do:
1. First, create a bunny pattern for your garland using the measurements provided on our example.

2. Trace the bunny pattern onto cardstock paper and cutout the shape.

3. Use a pom pom maker and make pom pom tails for all of the bunnies on your garland and attach them with glue.

4. Punch two holes at the top of your bunnies and slide them onto a piece of bakers twine.

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How to Make Easter Bunny Sucker Treats

Make Easter candy cuter this year with this fun, seasonal project! These bunny suckers are a great addition to your little one’s Easter basket and they look adorable on display!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pipe cleaner
Google eyes
1/2-inch pom poms
1-inch pom poms
Hole punch

Things to do:
1. Trace your pattern onto a piece of white paper and cut out the shape.

2. Punch a hole in the center and at the top of the paper.

3. Use a sharpie to draw a bunny mouth and nose.
4. Stick on a pair of google eyes.

5. Slide the sucker stick up through the holes and use a drop of hot glue to hold it in place. The paper should curve out, away from the sucker.

6. Twist a pair of ears out of pipe cleaner and wrap them around the top of the sucker. Use a drop of hot glue to secure them.

7. Use a drop of hot glue to attach two pompoms to the front of the bunny and one on the back, making a little tail.

8. Finish your bunny project by gluing a small bow to the front, just above the pompoms.

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Embroidery Floss Necklace Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-1/2 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery floss

Things to do:
1. Cut 45 strands of floss that are each about 2 1/4 yards long, using whatever colors you’d like.

2. Holding all strands together, tie a knot about 22″ from one end.

3. Divide the floss into 4 groups.

4. Tie knots that are about 1″ apart in one group of floss. Tip: If your necklace is moving around too much, place a heavy object such as a book over the strands above the knot to keep the floss in place.

5. Repeat for the other 3 groups of strands, trying to stagger the knots so that they are not perfectly aligned.

6. Tie all 4 groups together with a knot, leaving a tail that’s about 4″ long.

7. Moving back to the first knot you made, begin knotting all the strands together, placing the knots close together.

8. Continue to tie knots until the knotted section measures about 12″ long.

9. Divide the remaining floss into 3 groups.

10. Begin braiding one group together until the braid is the same length as the first knotted section of your necklace.

11. Tie a knot to secure the first braid.

12. Repeat for the other two groups, braiding them and knotting the ends to secure them.

13. Tie one final knot to secure all the braids together.

14. Separate 4 long strands from one end of the necklace, then trim the remaining strands down to about 1/2 “-1”.

15. Repeat step 14 on the other end of the necklace.

16. Tie the long strands from each necklace end together to close the necklace, then trim the long strands so they are even with the shorter strands.

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Spring Chicks Wreath Tutorial

Welcome spring with a seasonal wreath! This adorable door hanging is quick and easy to make and oh-so-cute! The little chicks are perfect for Easter and the months beyond!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Heart wreath form
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Trim your twig so it slides into the center of your heart-shaped wreath form.

2. Tie a piece of ribbon to the top corners of your heart, creating a hanger.

3. Use hot glue to attach chicks to the twig in the center of your heart-shaped wreath. They should cover the length of the twig.

4. Display your wreath and welcome spring!

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Quick and Easy Shamrock Wreath Tutorial

Get lucky this spring with a shamrock wreath! This festive DIY is a fun addition to a classroom or your front door and it only takes a few minutes to make!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Paper mache wreath form

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach foam shamrocks to your wreath form. Vary the shamrocks so there is movement in color and texture.

2. Tie a large bow with your ribbon.
3. Use wire to attach the bow to your wreath form. We’ve found it looks best when the bow is slightly off-centered.

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Mod Podge Doily Art Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes active time, plus 90 minutes total drying time
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Plum Kiss acrylic paint
Mod Podge
Patterned Cardstock Paper
Mini canvas
2″ doily
Large paintbrush
Grid ruler
Scissors or craft knife
Self-healing mat (optional)

Things to do:
1. Apply two coats of Plum Kiss paint to the edges of the canvas, allowing the paint to dry for about 15 minutes after each coat.

2. Using scissors or a self-healing mat and craft knife, cut patterned cardstock to the same size as the canvas.

3. With a large paintbrush and Mod Podge, cover the entire surface of the canvas with a coat of Mod Podge. Be sure to cover the corners and edges, too. This will help the cardstock stick to the canvas.

4. Place your cut cardstock over the Mod Podge layer immediately. Smooth down the corners and edges to avoid any wrinkles.

5. Use a paper towel to wipe away any excess Mod Podge from the edges of the canvas.

6. Apply two more coats of Mod Podge over the cardstock, allowing 20 minutes of drying time after each coat.

7. Apply a layer of Mod Podge in the center of the cardstock.

8. Place the doily over the Mod Podge layer, then use your fingers to smooth out the doily. Allow another 20 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.

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DIY Butterfly Hair Comb Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hair comb
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Grab one butterfly and slide the wire through the first two teeth of the hair comb.

2. Holding the end of the wire, wrap the wire between the first two teeth 2 or 3 times.

3. Bring the wire to the front then to the left, crossing it over to stabilize the butterfly.

4. Wrap the wire around the back then to the front again. Wrap it 2 or 3 more times between the hair comb teeth. Tip: If your wire keeps sliding off the edge of the comb, you can wrap the wire between the 2nd and 3rd teeth of the comb the last couple of wraps to secure it.

5. Flip the comb to the back, then use wire cutters to trim the wire as close to the comb as possible.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 across the hair comb, adding as few or as many butterflies as you’d like. We used two pink butterflies and two blue butterflies, placing them between the 5th and 6th teeth, the 9th and 10th teeth, and the last two teeth. Tip: Stagger the butterflies so that some are taller than others. This way, more of the butterflies will be visible.

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DIY Polymer Clay Bangle Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour, including baking time
Age range: 8 and up with some adult supervision required

Things you’ll need:
Upcycled tin can (15-oz. can for adults and older children; 8-oz. cans for small children)
Sculpey Clay Set
Clay roller
Clay tool set

Things to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the clay colors you’d like to use from the packaging. (We used four colors, but you can use as many or as few colors as you’d like.) Knead each block of clay with your hands to soften it. For an adult-sized bracelet, we used about half a block of each color.

2. Use your hand to roll each color into a long tube. Try to roll each tube to the same evenness if possible.

3. Push all the colors together to create one long strip, lining up the ends of each tube.

4. Using the clay roller, roll the strip out to an even thickness of about 1/8″.

5. Begin wrapping the flattened clay around the can, using the rings of the can as a guide to wrap the clay evenly around.

6. Using a clay tool, cut the bracelet to make sure the edge is even.

7. Continue wrapping the bracelet around the can until you reach the edge. Using the clay tool, slice through the clay evenly at the point where the two ends meet.

8. Press your fingers into the joining seam to stick the two ends together securely.

9. If your join has fingerprints or bumps, roll the can over your work surface to even out the join.

10. Place the can in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Allow the can to cool once you remove it from the oven.

11. Once the can is cool, wedge a clay tool between the bracelet and the can to remove it. Do not force the clay tool forward, otherwise the bracelet might crack.

12. If your bracelet still won’t budge from the can, press the sides of the can in gently in different sections to separate the can from the clay. With some patience, you will be able to remove the bracelet from the can. Then you’re ready to wear it!

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DIY Handprinted Natural Orange Print Tote Bag Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes, plus time for paint to dry
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
White canvas tote
Kitchen knife
Cutting board
Scrap cardboard for paint palette
Scrap cardboard to fit inside tote bag
Orchid fabric paint
Blue fabric paint
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Place the orange on a cutting board. Using the kitchen knife, cut the orange in half, separating the top and bottom.

2. Place a scrap of cardboard inside the tote to avoid paint seeping through to the other side.

3. Squirt a bit of fabric paint onto scrap cardboard.

4. Dip the foam paintbrush into the paint.

5. Grab one half of the orange, then evenly paint a layer of fabric paint onto the flat side of the orange.

6. Press the orange firmly onto the canvas tote, then remove it. When you remove it, be sure you’re lifting up on the orange without moving it around, otherwise the paint will smear.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 to add as many oranges as you’d like to your tote.

8. If you’d like to use a new color, paint the other orange half with a different color. If you use more than two colors, just be sure you wipe each orange clean before applying a new color to avoid mixing paint colors.

9. Continue to apply orange stamps to the tote until you are happy with the design. You can stamp them in neat rows, or layer them on top of each other like we did here, stamping as few or as many as you’d like. Allow 4 hours for the paint to dry, then stamp the other side of the tote if desired. The tote can be washed after 72 hours.

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