Popsicle Stick Unicorn Tutorial

Looking for a rainy day craft for kids? These popsicle stick unicorns will bring a little sparkle and magic to their day! Grab supplies in a plethora of colors and let their imaginations run wild!

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Glue or hot glue gun/glue sticks
Pipe cleaners
Black marker
White paint
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. First, paint your popsicle sticks white and set them aside to dry.

2. Next, use glue to attach the popsicle sticks to create the face of the unicorn. Run the glue along the side of the popsicle sticks and lay them side by side until you reach your desired size. (I recommend attaching 10 popsicle sticks)

3. Now we’re going to add the unicorn horn. Apply a drop of glue to the top of a popsicle stick and attach a second popsicle stick, tilting the end out at a slight angle. This will create a triangle. Use glue to attach it to the top of you face.

4. Cut several colors of pipe cleaner into 1 1/2 inch pieces.

5. Use glue to attach the pipe cleaner pieces to the top of your unicorn face, creating a mane.

6. Cut 1/2 inch pieces of pipe cleaner and add two to the face to create a nose and several to the horn.

7. Finish your unicorn by using a marker to draw on eyes.

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DIY Beaded Star Headband Tutorial

Give your headband a little twinkle with these shiny stars.

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

Things you’ll need:
Hunter Green Satin Wired Ribbon
Silver Flat Back Star Rhinestones
Black Plastic Headband
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using the glue gun, add a strip of hot glue to the headband on one end that’s about as long as the width of the ribbon.

2. Place the edge of the ribbon over the strip of glue, pressing it firmly to the headband.

3. Begin wrapping the ribbon around the headband diagonally as evenly as possible, smoothing out the ribbon as you work.

4. After you’ve wrapped a few inches of the headband, add a dab of glue to secure the ribbon. Continue wrapping, covering up the glue. Continue adding a dab of glue every couple of inches to secure the ribbon.

5. When you reach the opposite end of the headband and have only an inch or so left, add another long strip of glue to the headband about the same length as the ribbon’s width.

6. Wrap the ribbon around the long strip of glue, this time wrapping the ribbon straight over the headband rather than diagonally.

7. With the scissors, cut the ribbon, leaving a length about twice as long as the width of the headband.

8. Fold the cut edge of the ribbon over, doubling it. No need to glue here; the wire in the ribbon will help in stay in place.

9. Add another strip of glue to the headband that’s about the same width as the ribbon. Fold the ribbon over onto the strip of glue to secure it.

10. Grab a handful of flat-backed stars. One at a time, place a small dab of glue on the star. Try to use as little glue as possible.

11. Begin gluing stars one at a time to the headband. Place the stars in any arrangement you’d like. Tip: If you find you can’t easily add glue to the small star, you can add the glue to the headband first, then place the star into the glue.

12. Sometimes hot glue guns can leave a stringy mess afterwards, so if this is the case for you, remove the stringy pieces after the glue is set.

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DIY Teacher’s Gift: Thanks for Helping Me Grow!

Our son’s teacher has helped him grow immensely throughout kindergarten. We wanted to show our appreciation with a stunning, yet useful gift. This year, I decided to add some school ruler ribbon to a wooden crate with two translucent blue mason jars. Inside the mason jars are natural wooden pencils with flowers on top. For an extra touch, I added two chalkboards with the words “Thank you for helping me Grow!”

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+ (adult assistance may be needed with glue gun)

Things you’ll need:
Natural Wood Pencils
Yellow School Ruler Satin Ribbon
Light Blue Artificial Rose Heads
Mason Jars

1. Turn glue gun on, so it will have a little time to warm up.

2. Wrap the yellow school ruler satin ribbon around the wooden crate. I prefer to leave the ribbon attached to the spool until I reach the end. This is to make sure I do not cut the ribbon too short. Before gluing the ribbon to the wooden crate, line the ribbon up to the front of the crate. I wanted the front to start with the number one and the go across from there. I did check with my own measuring tape, the school ruler ribbon does have accurate measurements. Place a small on hot glue on the front of the wooden crate, then press down the ribbon. Smooth out the glue and hold for a few seconds. Repeat down the entire front of the wooden crate, before gluing the rest of the ribbon on the others sides of the crate.

3. Glue the rest of the ribbon, stopping before the very end. Now you may cut the ribbon from spool, however leave a little extra to fold over the ribbon. Fold over the extra ribbon and glue it together, smooth it out and let dry. Glue the end of the ribbon to the wooden crate, overlapping the ribbon.

4. Now it is time to grab the wooden pencils and blue flower heads. Place a small amount of hot glue onto the back of the rose head. Press the rose head to the top of the wooden pencil. Hold for a few seconds, while the glue dries. Repeat with each wooden pencil and rose head. I made 6 pencils, so 3 three pencils for each jar. I love giving teachers pencils or pens with lovely things attached to the top. They make the pencils harder to be lost or accidentally taken by someone else.

5. Place the gorgeous translucent blue mason jars in the wooden crate. Wrap a small chalkboard around each of the neck’s of the mason jars. Then, add the flower pencils into the jar.

6. Write your personal message on each of the chalkboards.

Viola! You are done! Enjoy giving your little one’s teacher a beautiful handmade gift!

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DIY Antique Storage Jars

This stylish storage option will spruce up your space in no time! Make several jars and organize your bathroom or kitchen shelves, so all of your essentials are neat and orderly.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Plaster of Paris
Mixing container
Measuring cup
Mason jar
Mason jar lid
E6000 glue
Artificial flowers

Things to do:
1. Follow the directions on your container of Plaster of Paris and mix up 1/2 cup of plaster.

2. Trim the flowers off of your stem and dip them in the plaster. Set them aside and let them dry.

3. When the plaster has hardened, use E6000 glue to secure flowers to the lid of your mason jar.

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DIY Teacher’s Gift: Thanks For Helping Me Soar

The end of the school year is nearing and it is time to show our appreciation for the wonderful teachers. My daughter loves pink and butterflies and she requested to share these with her lovely mini preschool teacher. I love adding special decorations to the top of pencils. Teachers go through a lot of supplies and it is harder for them to lose (or have accidentally taken) when a beautiful butterfly is attached to the top.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+ (adult assistance may be needed with glue gun)

Things you’ll Need:
Tea Light Candle Lantern
Battery Tea Light Candle
Jumbo Chalk Pencils and Sharpener
Pink Satin and Nylon Butterflies
Small Wood Chalkboard Sign
Butterfly Rhinestones
Mini Hot Glue Gun Set

1. Turn on glue gun, so it will be hot enough for step 3. Start with cleaning the surface of the the pink mason jar tea light lantern with alcohol or soap and water

2. Grab your gorgeous bag of pink flat back rhinestone butterflies and your glue gun. I attempted to use modge podge for this part, so my young toddler daughter could help me. However, the rhinestone butterflies just slid down the jar. The modge podge glue does not dry quickly enough.
3. Place a small dot of glue on the back of the pink flat back butterfly rhinestones. I find it more effective to place the glue on the rhinestones rather than the jar.

4. Stick the rhinestone onto the pink mason jar tea light lantern. Hold it there for a seconds while the glue dries. Repeat until you have placed desired amount of rhinestones. You can choose to place your rhinestones in a certain pattern or randomly as I did.

5. Open your packages of pink artificial butterflies and chalk pencils.

6. Place a strip of hot glue down the back of the pink artificial butterfly. I find this easier to place the butterfly in the correct place, rather than placing the glue on the chalk pencil. Press the chalk pencil down onto the back of the artificial butterfly. Hold down for a few seconds until the glue dries. Repeat glueing the butterflies to the chalk pencils until each one is completed. I made 6 butterfly pencils.

9. Place LED battery operated flickering tea light inside the mason jar tea light lantern. The lantern has a metal holder inside the mason jar for the tea light.

10. Place the butterfly pencils into the mason jar.

11. Write a personalized message on the small chalkboard and place it around the neck of the mason jar lantern. The chalkboard fits perfectly. I chose to write: “Thank you for helping me soar.”

Viola! You are done! Enjoy giving your little one’s teacher a beautiful gift!

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DIY Sunflower Kissing Ball Tutorial

If you’re crazy about this pomander, you just might want to create a trio. These make a great party decoration, too!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
5″ Styrofoam Ball
Artificial Sunflower Picks
Coated Natural Jute Twine
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun/glue sticks *optional

Things to do:
1. Wrap the twine around the Styrofoam ball twice, then estimate about how long you’d like your sphere to hang. If you’re not sure where you’re going to hang your sphere just yet, cut an extra-long length of twine. (You can always trim it later.)

2. Wrap the twine around the Styrofoam ball twice, then knot the end to secure it.

3. Using wire cutters, trim the leaves away from each sunflower.

4. Using wire cutters, trim each sunflower so that the stem is 2-3″ long.

5. Bend the sunflower stem with your fingers, straightening the stem as much as possible.

6. Pierce the Styrofoam ball with a sunflower. Try to place the sunflower straight through the ball, rather than having the stem go through at a diagonal.

7. Continue to add sunflowers, working in a circle. For even spacing, leave enough room for the petals to spread between sunflowers.

8. When you’ve completed one circle, add sunflowers in a second circle adjacent to the first circle. Place sunflowers in the spaces between the previous sunflowers so you can fill in any holes.

9. Continue working in circles until you have filled in the Styrofoam ball. If you see any holes, fill those in with your last few sunflowers. Tip: If the petals aren’t fully spreading, you can glue them to the Styrofoam ball to hide holes between flowers.

8. Create a hanging loop by folding over the top of the twine and knotting it.

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DIY Doily Canvas Wall Art

The great thing about this doily art is that you don’t have to worry about being perfect! This technique creates an abstract-looking doily print that you can hang individually or as a set of four.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes, plus time for paint to dry
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
4 mini canvases
Small poly foam brush
Ivory round crocheted doily
Bimini Blue Acrylic Paint or color of your choice
Krylon Silver Foil Metallic Spray Paint

Things to do:
1. Protect your work surface with a covering. Using the foam brush and acrylic paint, paint each mini canvas with two coats of paint. Don’t worry too much about covering the entire surface perfectly and evenly. This is the color that your doily will be once you’re finished, and most of the surface will be covered by spray paint later.

2. Once the second coat of paint has dried, place all four canvases together in the shape of a square with two on top and two on the bottom.

3. Place a doily over the square, centering the doily as best you can. Smooth it out to make sure there are no wrinkles.

4. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint all four canvases, covering the entire area around the doily as well as the holes in the doily.

5. Allow the paint to dry.

6. Remove the doily from the canvas.

7. Hang your set of doily art. You can hang the canvases individually, side by side, or as a set with spaces between them.

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How to Make a Vintage Lace Wrist Cuff

Vintage meets modern in this pretty yet unexpected combination of leather and lace.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes, plus time for glue to dry
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Leather remnant scraps
Craft knife
Self-healing mat
Awl or leather punch
Vintage-inspired lace ribbon
E6000 glue
Purple Double Sided Satin Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Using a craft knife and self-healing mat, cut the leather scrap to 2 1/2 ” wide and about 1/2 ” longer than the circumference of your wrist.

2. Cut the lace 1″ longer than the length of the leather cuff.

3. Wrap the lace over one short edge of the cuff, centering it and overlapping it by 1/2 “.
4. Glue the lace end in place on the wrong side of the cuff.

5. Place a small dab of glue every couple of inches along the right side of the cuff, then carefully glue the lace to the center of the cuff. Don’t apply the glue too thick, otherwise it will darken the lace.

6. When you reach the other end of the cuff, overlap the lace once again, just as you did in Step 3. Glue to secure the end of the lace. Allow the glue to dry.

7. Using an awl or leather punch, punch a hole on each end of one short end of the leather.
Tip: If you do not have an awl or a punch, you can use a screwdriver and hammer to punch the hole.

8. Repeat on the opposite end.

9. Cut a length of ribbon 24″ long. Insert the ribbon through one hole on each edge of the cuff.

10. Crisscross the ribbon like a shoe lace, inserting the ribbon through the other two holes on each edge of the cuff.

11. Tie the ribbon to close the cuff.

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DIY Coastal Turk Head Knot Coasters

Feeling inspired by nautical decor? These Turk Knot Coasters are the perfect project for you! Try your hand at weaving to create lovely coasters, using only rope and a little glue!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Macrame cord
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Lay a coaster on your piece of cardboard and trace along the outside edge.

2. Push 5 pushpins in along the perimeter of the outline. The pushpins should be in the shape of a star.

3. Cut a 6 1/2 foot piece of rope.

4. Now we’re ready to start knotting! First, we’re going to create the initial pattern. Lay the end of your rope 1 inch away from the bottom left pushpin and loop it around the top pushpin.
5. Next, pull the rope down around the bottom left pushpin and up around the top left pushpin.
6. Pull the rope across to the top right pushpin, laying it over all of your other pieces of rope. Swing down around the bottom right pushpin.
7. Pull the rope up to the top left pushpin and back down to the bottom right, pulling it under all other pieces of rope. The finished pattern should have five “points.”

8. When you have your initial pass or pattern complete, simply repeat the steps until you run out of rope.

9. Use hot glue to secure the end of the rope in place. If your rope doesn’t want to stay in place, reinforce your pattern with hot glue.

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DIY Succulent Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging Set

This set of succulents is a great way to bring some greenery to your home without worrying about watering. You can make the entire set of hoops, or if you don’t have room on your wall, just make one. You can substitute air plants, flowers, or any other pretty greenery you’d like.

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

Things you’ll need:
7″ wood embroidery hoop
5″ wood embroidery hoop
3″ wood embroidery hoop
Jute twine
Assorted artificial succulents
Wire cutters (optional)

Things to do:
1. Twist the screw on top of each embroidery hoop, separating the two parts of each hoop. Set aside the pieces with the screw top for now.

2. Starting with the largest hoop and leaving a long tail of twine, estimate how much twine you need by wrapping the twine around the hoop four times and adding a few more inches to the length. Trim the twine with scissors, then cut an additional matching length of twine so that you have two lengths.

3. Using one length of twine and once again leaving a long tail of twine, wrap the twine around the hoop four times as tightly as you can.

4. Trim the twine, leaving a long tail. Flip the hoop over, then knot the two twine ends together, ensuring the twine is taut on the hoop.

Tip: This part can be a little tricky to complete on your own, so you might want to have someone help you knot to make sure it’s taut.
5. Repeat steps 2-4, this time wrapping on the opposite side of the hoop with the second length of twine.

6. Place the screw-top piece onto the twine hoop and screw it in place to secure it, centering the screw with the crossed pieces of twine. (You may have to loosen it a little more to get it to fit over the twine.) This is a great time to make adjustments, evening out the twine.
7. Trim the ends of the twine as close to the knot as you can.

8. Repeat steps 2-7 with the 5″ hoop, this time wrapping the twine around the hoop only three times.

9. Repeat steps 2-7 with the 3″ hoop, this time wrapping the twine around the hoop only two times.

10. Decide which succulents you’d like to use. Larger stems can be difficult to weave through the twine, so if your succulent has a thick stem, you can remove it to reveal a thinner stem.

For succulents that are in a large bunch, you can use wire cutters to trim individual succulents away.

11. Place one or more succulents in each hoop, weaving the stem in and out of the twine to make sure it’s secure.

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