DIY Faux Air Plant Display Tutorial


Looking for a decor alternative to pictures and paintings? This artificial air plant display will dress up your walls in a unique way! It only takes a few minutes to transform a few supplies into a beautiful wall hanging, so grab your glue gun and let’s get crafting!

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

Things you’ll need:
Dowels
Air plants
Leather cord
Scissors
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut a 24-inch piece of leather cord.


2. Use hot glue to secure the cord to the end of your dowel. Wrap it around the dowel several times and use more glue to hold it in place.


3. Repeat step two on the other side of your dowel, creating a hanger.
4. Use hot glue to attach your artificial air plant to the corner of the hanging dowel.


5. Make several hangers in different sizes and display them together.

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DIY Faux Succulent Planter Magnets


Add some greenery to your kitchen with these adorable succulent terrariums! You can customize the paint color to complement your home decor scheme or make several in neutral hues and give them as gifts!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache hexagon boxes
Moss
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Scissors
Artificial succulents
Magnets
Acrylic paint
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. First, paint your paper mache box with acrylic paint. Apply a thin layer with your foam brush and let it dry before moving on.


2. Next, line the bottom of the hexagon with hot glue and cover it with moss.


3. Pull the ends of your succulents off of the plant base and use glue to secure them in the moss.


4. Complete your mini succulent planter by using hot glue to attach a magnet to the back.

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How to Make Your Own Paper Bag Journal


You will love this quick and easy paper bag journal tutorial. It’s the perfect place for writing down all your secrets and stashing away notes.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 40 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Kraft Paper Bags
Acrylic Paint
Embroidery Thread
Stencil
Needle
Scissors
Threader (optional)

Things to do:
1. Squeeze your paint and set aside. If you don’t have a palette a piece of deli or freezer paper will do!

2. You can mix the paints to create even more colors. Just remember to mix warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows) and cool colors (blues, greens, aquas) separately so you don’t get mud.

3. Fold your paper bags in half.

4. Alternate the bag openings so you’ll have pockets on different sides.

5. You can glue the flaps or use double-sided tape. (This step is optional.)

6. Use an awl or your craft needle to piece three holes in the center of the bags.

7. Thread your craft needle with two pieces of embroidery floss. The variation makes it more interesting!

8. Gather the ends of the embroidery thread and knot together.
9. Bind the paper bags together with the embroidery thread.


10. Use your needle to make a knot on the spine of your journal. Depending on how you threaded it, this may be on the inside. That’s perfectly ok!
11. You can make a little bow with the embroidery thread.

12. Press your adhesive stencil on the cover of your journal. Make sure it’s secure.

13. Use a makeup sponge and dab the paint over the stencil. Don’t worry if it’s a little messy. It’s handmade 🙂


14. The bag openings create the perfect little pockets to hold paper or ephemera.
15. Time to create more art in your new journal!

Variations: You can different colored thread to bind your journal. Use stickers, markers, pencils, crayons, and washi tape to decorate the pages!

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DIY Felted Bead Necklace


Felted bead necklaces are a fun way to spruce up your wardrobe.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felt Ball Garland Kit

Things to do:
1. Gather your supplies and thread your craft needle with a piece of cord. The length depends on how long you want it to hang.

2. Find the center of a felted ball and use pierce all the way through. The craft needle in this kit is great for kids because it’s duller than a regular needle. No pricks but still be careful!

3. Piece through the center of the remaining felt balls.

4. Gather both ends of the cord and tie a double knot. Snip off any excess cord.
5. Your necklace is ready to wear!

Variations: You can use this same technique to create a necklace with more beads.Try different colored embroidery thread or cord for your necklace.

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Popsicle Stick Phone Stand Tutorial


Have your tech easily accessible with this hands-free phone stand! This is an inexpensive way to display your phone in the kitchen or craft room, so you can follow recipes or tutorials without having to hold your phone.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, lay the pattern for your stand. Place two popsicle sticks parallel vertically to each other and connect them with three popsicle sticks running horizontally. Use glue to hold the popsicle sticks in place.



2. On the lowest horizontal popsicle stick, use glue to stack 3-4 more popsicle sticks on it.

3. Next, we’re going to create the base for our stand. Place two popsicle sticks parallel vertically to each other and connect them with one popsicle stick running horizontally 1/2 -inch from the end.

4. Use glue to attach the stand to the base, using the horizontal popsicle stick as an anchor. Let the glue dry thoroughly before using.

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How to Make Embroidered Napkins Tutorial


Embroidered napkins make great personalized gifts.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 35 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Napkin
Embroidery thread
Needle
Pencil
Scissors
Threader (optional)

Things to do:
1. Gather your embroidery thread and needle. If you have a needle threader, great! That makes it a little easier.
2. Thread your needle with a piece approximately the length of your arm. Anything longer makes it easier to
tangle.

3. Use your pencil to trace an image or freehand write a letter. Freehand is great because it gives your napkin an extra special personal touch.


4. Pierce the fabric from behind to start your embroidering.

5. The back stitch is a simple stitch that’s great for beginners. If you haven’t tried it yet, just search “back stitch” on YouTube for a quick lesson.
6. With the back stitch remember to make the stitches that go around corners smaller so that your pattern looks nice and even.

7. Use your needle to knot your thread on the back of the napkin.

8. Snip any leftover embroidery thread.

9. Admire your handiwork!

Variations: You can also use the back stitch to create a decorative border with different colored thread.

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DIY Rustic Chicken Wire Wreath


Adorn your front door with a blooming wreath this season! Artificial flowers won’t wilt, so you can leave it on display all summer long.

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

Things you’ll need:
Grapevine wreath
Artificial flowers
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Wire
Chicken wire

Things to do:
1. Stretch your chicken wire over your wreath form and trim the edges with wire cutters.


2. Use wire to attach the piece of chicken wire at several places around the wreath form. Stretch it tightly so it stays in place and looks clean.

3. Pull the artificial flowers off of their stems and use hot glue to attach them around the edge of your wreath form.

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Faux Pearl Beaded Hair Comb Tutorial


This flexible hair comb can highlight any hair style, whether it’s a bun, a twist, or a braid. Go even bolder by mixing in different pearl sizes. If you’d like to make a simpler hair comb, line the beads up straight across the top of the comb instead of staggering them.

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

Things you’ll need:
Silver Wire Flexible Hair Comb
Mermaid Mix Faux Pearl Beads
Silver Beading Wire
Wire cutters
Jewelry pliers (optional)

Things to do:
1. Wrap the edge of the wire around the hair comb’s end several times between the first two teeth of the comb.

2. Using the wire cutters, cut a 12″ length of wire. (Don’t worry about running out of wire. Shorter lengths of wire are easier to work with, and you can always start a new length.)

3. Slip the first pearl onto the wire.

4. Slide the pearl over to the hair comb just above the wrapped wire.

5. Tightly wrap the wire around the comb twice, this time between the second and third comb teeth.

Tips: You may find that it helps to hold the bead in place with one hand and wrap with the other.
The comb’s teeth are flexible, so if you can’t seem to wiggle the wire between the teeth, you can adjust the teeth to make it easier.
6. Thread the wire with a second pearl. Slide the pearl over to the comb, placing the pearl diagonally and just below the first pearl to create some layers. Wrap the wire around the comb twice to secure the bead.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 to continue adding pearls across the entire comb, layering the pearls as you add them if you’d like.

8. When you run out of wire, simply wrap the last of the wire around the comb near the last pearl you secured. Trim it with wire cutters.

9. Repeat Steps 1-2 to add a new length of wire. Continue adding pearls across the comb.

10. When you reach the end of the comb, wrap the wire between the last two comb teeth several times. Using the wire cutters, cut the wire.

14. Optional: Use jewelry pliers to press the wire edge down. This will stop the wire from poking you.

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DIY Crystal Hoop Earrings


These sparkly earrings can be dressed up or down. If crystals aren’t your thing, you can substitute seed beads or any other type of bead you love.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Ruler
Wire cutters
34 gauge silver beading wire
Assorted Clear Acrylic Crystal Beads
Fish hook earring wires
Jewelry pliers (optional)

Things to do:
1. Using the wire cutters, cut a length of wire that’s about 36″ long.

2. Thread the wire with crystal beads in whatever order you’d like. We used a total of nine beads for each earring: five small round beads and four tear-drop beads.

3. Leaving a 2-3″ tail, push the last six beads away from the first three beads and form a circle that’s about 2″ in diameter. Pinch the top of the circle with your fingers to hold it in place.

4. Push three more beads closer to your fingers, then form a second circle that’s the same diameter as the first circle. Pinch the edge of the circle to hold it in place.

5. Push the final three beads closer to your fingers, then form a third circle that’s the same diameter as the first two circles. Pinch the three circles to hold them in place.

6. Slide the fish hook earring onto the wire near the top of the circle.

7. Grab one end of the wire and wrap it around all three circles just beside the fish hook earring, securing the circles. Don’t worry about making your wraps super neat. The wrap doesn’t have to be perfect!

8. Grab the other end of the wire and wrap it around all three circles on the other side of the fish hook earring.

9. Using the wire cutters, trim the wire of each wrap, being careful not to cut through the circles.

Tip: If you’d like, you can use jewelry pliers to squeeze the end of the wire closer to the earring circle to secure it.
10. Make a second identical earring.

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5-Minute Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial


This modern take on a traditional wreath will add a fresh and fun element to your home decor. Choose artificial flowers that complement your home’s color scheme and make several wreaths in different sizes for a full display.

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

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery hoop
Scissors
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Artificial eucalyptus and other flowers

Things to do:
1. First, start building the base to your wreath. Trim off several pieces of greenery and use hot glue to attach them to the lower half of your embroidery hoop.



2. When you have a full base, pull off several blooms from your bouquet and use hot glue to attach them to the wreath. This will add a pop of color and complete your wreath!

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