DIY Macaroon Christmas Ornaments

Add some sparkle and shine to your holiday tree with these glittering, macaroon ornaments! Make a set in coordinating colors or paint your own bottle caps to completely customize your decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Colored bottle caps
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Gold cord
Chunky glitter

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of gold thread, fold it in half and knot the end.

2. Use hot glue to secure the knotted end of the thread to the inside of your bottle cap.

3. Use hot glue to attach the bottle caps, sandwiching the gold thread in the center.

4. Run a line of glue along the seam and sprinkle chunky glitter along the line.

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Painted Rock Photo Holder Tutorial

Printing photographs is a great way to preserve memories and this painted rock photo holder is a great way to display them! Grab your paint and let’s get creative!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you need:
Craft Wire

Things to do:
1. Paint your rock for the base of your photo holder. I painted mine with perfect polka dots by dipping an eraser in paint and stamping it over the surface of my rock.

2. When the paint dries, wrap copper wire around the rock several times and pull the end straight up, about 2-3 inches tall and trim it.

3. Wrap the end of the wire around your pencil to create a few nice circles.

4. Slide your photograph in the wire circles and display it proudly!

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Rainforest in a Jar Tutorial

This project is a fun activity and great teaching tool! Take time to tell your kids about different climates as they carefully craft their own terrarium.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger ages will need help with hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Hot glue/glue sticks
Plastic animals

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to cover the lid of your mason jar with moss.

2. Trim the stems of your succulents and use glue to secure them to the mossy mason jar lid.

3. Arrange your animals in the terrarium.

4. Flip the jar upside down and screw it onto your lid.

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How to Make a Seashell Planter

Looking for a way to display your summer memories? This seashell planter makes a great keepsake from a seaside holiday and can be on display all year long.

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

Things you’ll need:
Flower pot
Faux succulents
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach seashells to the front of your paper mache pot. Cover the entire surface, so minimal paper mache shows through.

2. Fill the pot with moss.

3. Arrange several succulents in the moss. For additional stability, use a drop of hot glue to secure them in place.

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Homemade Feather Quill Pen Tutorial

Looking for a way to make homework time more exciting? These feather pens are fun to make and even more fun to write with! Your kids will love filling in worksheets when they get to use their very own quill pen.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you need:
Black feather quills
Black jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, use hot glue to secure a feather to the top of your pen. The end of the feather should rest 1-2 inches below the top of the pen.

2. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of your jute and wrap it tightly around the pen until the entire surface is covered.

3. Use a drop of hot glue to secure the end of the jute in place and trim any excess.

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DIY Pink and Silver Heart Shaped Storage Box

My daughter needed a little extra storage in her room, so I decided to make a pink and silver glitter heart shaped storage box. While decorating the box, she kept asking me if I was making the box for her, she was so excited. When I put the finished heart shaped storage box in her room she gave me a huge hug. Here is how you may make your own.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours of crafting plus paint drying
Age range: 10+ Adult Supervision with glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Paper Mache Heart Box
Silver Glitter
Cameo Pink Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Pure Silver Metallic Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Assorted White Flat Back Adhesive Pearl Embellishments
Pink Artificial Rose Heads
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray
Pink Flat Back Butterfly Rhinestones
Mod Podge

Things to do:
1. Paint the bottom of the heart shaped storage box with your pink paint. Let the paint dry, between coats. Two or three coats of paint should be enough. Use light coats, so the paper mache does not bubble. I used two coats of pink paint. Set aside to dry.

2. Paint the lid of the heart shaped box with gray or silver paint. Even though we will placing glitter on the top box, I like to paint it, in case any glitter falls off in the future.

3. Start with the top of the lid. Let the paint dry, then paint the sides. I waited for each side to dry, before painting the other side of the lid. One coat of paint should be sufficient. Let the paint dry completely.

4. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge on the top of the lid. You can choose to do the top of the lid all at one time or in smaller sections.

5. Place a piece of paper in a tray. Then pour the silver glitter generously on the lid. Make sure to coat it well. Let the glitter rest on the lid for about 10 seconds or so.

6. Shake the the excessive glitter off the lid and onto the piece of paper. Set lid aside to dry. While the lid is drying, fold the piece of paper in half and pour the extra glitter back into the container.

7. Dot on more mod podge in places where the glitter did not stick well. Pour more glitter onto those spots and repeat step 6 again. Repeat until desired amount of glitter has been achieved.

8. Repeat the same process with the sides of the lid. I recommend choosing smaller sections, so glitter does not fly everywhere when turning the sides. Then set the lid aside to dry.

9. Once the glitter is completely dried, in well ventilated area, use a spray sealant. I find using a spray sealant with glitter reduces the chances of more glitter falling off. Once dry, you may add a layer of mod podge for extra sealant, if desired.

10. Stick pearls to the pink artificial rose head. Once the pearls are placed on the rose head, they will be difficult to move, so decide on placement before sticking them to the rose head.

11. Squeeze a little hot glue on the back of the artificial rose head.

12. Hold the pink artificial rose head down in the center of the bow for a few seconds until glue is dry.

13. Place a small amount of hot glue on the back of the bow.

14. Hold bow down onto of the lid of the heart shaped box until glue is dry.

15. Place a small amount of glue on the back of the pink rhinestone butterfly embellishment.

16. Then hold down the butterfly to the bow until the glue dries. Repeat with second butterfly.

17. Your bow should look similar to the picture above.

Voila! You have now made your own sparkly glitter heart shaped storage box!

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DIY Pink Chalkboard Wood Plank

My little girl started school this year. I quickly realized I only had one chalkboard for two kids. This sounded to me as the perfect excuse to make her a new pink chalkboard on a wood plank.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 Days
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Natural Wood Tree Trunk Slice Base
Raspberry Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard Paint
Small Poly Foam Brush

Things to do:
1. Start painting the edges of the inner circle of the wood plank with the Raspberry Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint. Gently dab the paint along the edges, then pull the paint towards the center of the wood plank.

2. Continuing painting along the edges until you have painted all of the edges of the inner circle of the wood plank. Try to smooth in any globs of paint, as much a possible for a more even drying.

3. Fill in the the rest of the inner circle of the wood plank with the Martha Stewart Raspberry Chalkboard paint. Allow the chalkboard paint to dry for at least one hour.

4. After waiting a least one hour between coats, repeat steps 2 and 3 until final color desired has been reached. The instructions on the Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint says to use at least two coats of paint. I used 3 coats of paint.
5. Allow the chalkboard paint to dry for at least 24 hours after final coat.
6. Condition the chalkboard by rubbing chalk back and forth across the chalkboard over the entire chalkboard.

7. With a slightly damp cloth, wipe off excess chalk from the wood plank chalkboard.

Voila you now have your own Pink Chalkboard Wood Plank!

My daughter was so excited to draw on her new pink chalkboard, I could barely get her to pose for this photo. The Pink Chalkboard Wood Plank would be great for first day of school, weddings, baby showers, every day fun and more!

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Apple Block Print T-Shirt Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes, plus 5 hours drying time for paint
Age range: 6 and up, with adult supervision using knife

Things you’ll need:
Kitchen knife
Foam brush
Paper plate, wax paper, or another surface for paint palette
Cardboard to fit inside t-shirt
Crystal Gel Pacific Blue Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
Iridescent Aloha Orchid Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
Iridescent Shamrock Green Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
White t-shirt
Leaves Stencil

Things to do:
1. Using a kitchen knife, cut the apple in half at the stem. (Resist eating one of the halves! You will need both for the project.)

2. Slip cardboard inside the t-shirt so that the paint won’t bleed through to the other side.

3. Add a dollop of Pacific Blue paint to your palette. Dip the foam brush into the paint, making sure it’s not too thick.

4. Paint the flat side of one of the apple halves with the paintbrush, covering the surface completely.

5. Press the apple onto the t-shirt firmly. Do not move the apple from side to side.

6. Lift the apple from the t-shirt.

7. Repeat steps 4-7 until you have added as many blue apples as you’d like.

8. Using the small paintbrush, go back and add a thin line at the top middle of each apple to create stems.

9. Repeat steps 3-7, this time adding Aloha Orchid to your palette and printing purple apples.

10. Using the small paintbrush, add a stem to the top middle of each apple.

11. Allow about an hour for the paint to dry – just enough that the paint won’t stick to your leaf stencil.
12. Choose a leaf from the leaf stencil. Place the leaf beside the stem of one of the apples.

13. Add Shamrock Green paint to your palette, then use the paintbrush to stencil a leaf. Don’t put too much paint on the brush, otherwise it might smudge.

14. Repeat step 14 for all the apples. We alternated the side of the apple that we stenciled the leaf for each row, but you can arrange it however you’d like.

15. Allow 4 hours for all the paint to dry, and allow 72 hours before washing the shirt as directed on the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Wood Slice Apple Chalkboard Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minute, plus 25 hours of drying time for paint
Age range: 12 and up with adult supervision for drill and saw

Things you’ll need:
Wood Tree Trunk Slice
Painters tape
Habanero Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint
Green felt
Tracing tool such as a pen or marker
Glue gun and glue sticks
Foam paintbrush
1/2″ Dowel Rods
Drill and 1/4 drill bit

Things to do:
1. Apply painter’s tape to the edge of the wood slice, applying it in sections so that the tape is smooth around the curves of the wood.

2. Using the foam brush and chalkboard paint, paint one layer onto the slice. It’s easiest to paint in the direction of the grain, and you’ll find that painting in one direction is easier and smoother than painting in the other direction. You may need to wiggle the foam brush just a little to get into some of the rough parts of the wood. Allow the paint to dry for about an hour.

3. Repeat step 2, applying a second coat of paint. Allow the paint to cure for 24 hours.
4. While the paint dries, use a saw to cut a dowel to 4″ long.

5. Draw a leaf shape onto the felt. We drew a leaf that’s 3″ tall and 1 1/2 ” at its widest point.

6. Cut out the leaf.

7. Using a 1/4 drill bit, drill two indentations into the middle of one long side of the wood slice. The holes do not have to be very deep; they should just be enough to wedge the dowel into.

8. Hot glue the leaf to the side of the dowel stem.

9. Add hot glue inside the indentations you drilled, then push the dowel into the hole.

10. Once the paint has dried completely, remove the painter’s tape from the edge.

11. Using chalk, write a message on the chalkboard paint. You can write anything from “Welcome” to “Happy fall!” – it’s your choice! When you want to write a new message, just wipe away the old one and use chalk to write a new message.

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DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Tutorial

Wreaths are such a fun way to add a little bit of holiday cheer. Make a cute turkey wreath to hang on your front door or to decorate a room inside your home.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large google eyes
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Wrap the wreath with brown tulle several times, until you are satisfied with the shade of brown. Keep the tulle smooth when wrapping it to avoid an uneven texture of the finished wreath.
2. Cut a tear drop shape for the turkey’s “snood” and glue it to the side of the wreath.
3. Cut a triangular shape for the turkey’s beak and glue it on the wreath, slightly overlapping the red felt.
4. Glue the google eyes in place, just above and slightly overlapping the beak.
5. Cut several strips of tulle about 6 inches long. Line the red, yellow, and orange tulle up and cut the three at the same time.
6. Using three strips (one of each color) at the same time, begin tying the strips of tulle around the wreath, opposite the face.
7. Continue tying strips of tulle on the side of the wreath for a couple inches, to create a full turkey tail.

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