How to Make Cupcake Liner Butterflies

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 3 and up, with adult supervision for hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Wood clothespin
Cupcake liners
Scissors
Washi tape
Pom poms
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pipe cleaners

Things to do:

  1. Fold a cupcake liner in half.
  2. Fold the liner in half again.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create a second folded cupcake liner.
  4. Open the clothespin, then add a dot of hot glue at the edge where the two pieces meet.
  5. Place the cupcake liners inside the clothespin, one on each side, lining them up as evenly as possible. Close the clothespin.
  6. Add a length of washi tape to the clothespin, trimming the washi tape about 1/4 ” from the edge of the clothespin.
  7. Fold the tape under the clothespin edge to secure it.
  8. Hot glue small pompoms to the cupcake liners on each side.
  9. Cut two 4″ lengths of pipecleaners. Open the clothespin slightly, then add a dot of glue just inside.
  10. Place the pipe cleaners inside the clothespin, making a V shape. Close the clothespin to glue the pipe cleaners inside.
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Pounded Flowers Tote Bag Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes, plus 2 hours for preparing fabric
Age range: 5 and up

Things you’ll need:
Tote
Fresh flowers from the yard
Floral snips or scissors
Iron
Cutting board
Towel
Alum powder
Scrap cardboard (to fit inside bag)
Painter’s tape
Wax paper
Hammer or rubber mallet

Things to do:

  1. Soak the tote in hot water mixed with alum (about 3 tbsp per liter of water) for about 2 hours. Air dry the tote.
  2. While the bag soaks, gather your flowers. Flat flowers work best, as full blooms can just look like a blob of color when they are pounded.
  3. Using floral snips or scissors, remove stems from the flowers. Some flowers will pop right off the stems, so you may not need to cut all of them. Remove any parts of the flower that will not lay flat.
  4. Iron the tote to remove any wrinkles.
  5. Set up your workspace by first placing a towel on the table. Place a cutting board on top of the towel, then place the tote on the very top. Place a piece of scrap cardboard inside the tote so that the flowers do not soak through to the other side.
  6. Begin placing flowers on the tote. We placed the larger flowers first.
  7. Fill in around the larger flowers with small flowers until you are happy with your design.
  8. Place painter’s tape over each flower to secure it.
  9. Place a piece of wax paper over the flowers, then tape the wax paper on four sides to secure it.
  10. Using a hammer or mallet, hammer the flowers. The more you hammer, the brighter the color will be. You may want to go over some flowers more than once.
  11. Peel away the wax paper, then peel away each flower. You may have some flower residue on the tote, but that’s ok.
  12. Set the design by ironing over it.
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DIY Pompom Ice Cream Cone Decorations

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

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Small pompom maker
Two colors of yarn (we used pink and white)
Burlap ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Place the two pieces of the pompom maker together, if they are not already connected. Wrap the yarn around one end of the pompom maker until the yarn is thick and covers the entire half circle. Tip: If you’re not sure if the yarn is thick enough, test it by folding the half circle into the center of the pompom maker. If it fits easily with some room between the pompom maker and the yarn, wrap more yarn.
  2. When the half circle is full, fold it into the pompom maker. Begin wrapping the opposite half circle until it is full and even with the other half circle.
  3. Fold the circle into the center of the pompom maker. Cut the yarn.
  4. Cut the loops of the pompom on both sides.
  5. Cut a 5-6″ strand of yarn. Tie the strand around the pompom maker and tightly tie a double knot to secure the pompom.
  6. Open the half circles back up, then pull apart the pompom maker.
  7. Give the pompom a haircut to evenly trim the edges.
  8. Create a second pompom in a different color of yarn.
  9. Cut two pieces of burlap that are 4″ wide and 3″ high. If you’re using the burlap ribbon, you can cut a 4″ wide piece, then cut the piece in half widthwise.
  10. Place the two pieces of burlap together, one on top of the other.
  11. Begin rolling the burlap into a tube, trying to roll from one corner to the other. Roll as tightly as possible to get that tight cone shape at the bottom.
  12. Use your fingers to pull apart one end of the cone and make room for the pompoms. The opening should be just slightly smaller than the pompoms you made.
  13. Using a hot glue gun, glue the end of the cone to keep it in place.
  14. Trim the top off the cone, cutting straight across.
  15. Add hot glue along the long edge of the cone. This will not only stabilize the cone, but it will also help avoid unraveling of the burlap.
  16. Trim any excess or stray pieces of burlap.
  17. Add a dot of hot glue inside the bottom of the cone, then press the ends together to seal it.
  18. Hot glue the two pompoms together.
  19. Add hot glue to the bottom of the white pompom, then place it into the cone. If your pompoms are wobbly, just add more hot glue around the edges of the cone and pompom.
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DIY Marbled Clay Earrings Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes, including baking time
Age range: 8 and up with supervision for oven

Things you’ll need:
Two colors of clay (main color and contrasting color)
Clay tools or scissors
Oven and baking sheet
Earring post and clutch set
E6000 glue

Things to do:

  1. Pinch off a small amount of the contrasting color of clay. This will be the color that marbles. Here, we used pink. Roll the clay around in your hands to soften it.
  2. Roll the contrasting clay out into a long skinny tube using the palms of your hands.
  3. Using scissors or a clay tool, break the contrasting clay off into small pieces. Set those aside for now.
  4. Pinch off a small amount of the main background color of clay. Here, we used pearl. Roll the clay around to soften it.
  5. Roll the main color of clay out into a tube, making this tube a bit thicker than the tube in step 2 with the contrasting color.
  6. Place the bits of contrasting clay on the main color’s tube, making sure you place the contrasting pieces around the entire tube.
  7. Roll the tube gently using the palms of your hands to flatten out the contrasting pieces of clay.
  8. Form a ball with the clay, working it until you’re happy with the marbled effect. Try not to overwork the clay; this can blend the colors together to create a new color rather than the contrasting two-color marbling.
  9. Divide the ball of clay into two equal parts. Roll each equal part into a ball, trying to make the two balls an even size. If one ball looks larger than the other, remove some of the clay and roll it again.
  10. When you are happy with the size, gently press your thumb down on each ball of clay to flatten it into a disc.
  11. Place the discs on a baking sheet. Bake them at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
  12. Place a small amount of E6000 glue on each earring post, then center the discs over the posts. Allow the earrings to dry for at least 24 hours before wearing them.

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Yarn Woven Wreath Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 – 1.5 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
10″ wire wreath frame
Super bulky yarns
Scissors
Needlepoint needle (optional)

Things to do:

  1. Cut a 2-yard length of yarn.
  2. If you’re using a needle for your weaving, thread the yarn through. Alternatively, you can also just use your fingers to weave.
  3. Weave the yarn over the outside wire, under the next wire, and over the third wire. Pull the length of yarn through until you have a 6-8″ tail.
  4. Making sure the tail is still in place, weave the yarn under the final innermost wire.
  5. Now you will weave in the opposite direction. Weave the yarn over the first wire, under the next wire, over the next-to-last wire, and under the final wire.
  6. Pull the yarn through so that’s snug against the innermost wire.
  7. Continue to weave back and forth, alternating over-under each time you change directions.
  8. When you reach the end of the 2-yard length, leave 4-6″ of yarn to weave in.
  9. Flip the wreath over to the wrong side, then weave in the yarn tails on the back of the wreath for an inch or so. You can use your fingers, or use the needle to weave the tails through the center of the yarn strands.
  10. Trim the tails.
  11. Repeat steps 1-10 with the second color of yarn. As you weave, push the weaving close together so that there are no gaps.
  12. Continue weaving, alternating colors as you weave, until the entire wreath form is covered.
  13. Cut an 8-10″ length of yarn, then knot it around the wreath form to use as a wreath hanger.
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DIY Retro Record Hair Comb Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up, with adult supervision with hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Miniature record albums
Miniature dollhouse phono records
Clear acrylic hair comb
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Add a dot of hot glue to the center back of one record.
  2. Place the record on the end of the hair comb, making sure the hot glued center is aligned with the top of the comb.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 to add three more records across the comb, lining them up as evenly as possible.
  4. Hot glue a record between the first two records, placing it just above the first row of records. Make sure the glued part of the record sticks to the other records under it.
  5. Hot glue a second record between the second and third records of the first row, again placing it just above the first row of records and making sure the glue sticks to the records. If you feel like the records on the second row are not quite secure, you can add more glue to the back.
  6. Add hot glue to the back of a record album, then place the album between the last two records of the first row. Be sure the glue covers not just the bottom of the record sleeve but also the more stable part of the album where the record is tucked in. This will prevent the album from falling forward.
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Pompom and Tassel Door Hanging Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Yarn in different colors
Pompom makers in various sizes
4-inch wide piece of cardboard
Cotton twine
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Things to do:

  1. Connect the large pompom maker, then open both sides of the circle. Begin wrapping one color of yarn around half of the pompom maker, wrapping until the pompom maker is full but can still fit inside the pompom maker. Close the wrapped half circle inside.
  2. Wrap the yarn around the opposite side of the pompom maker, making the thickness on both sides of the pompom maker as even as possible. Close the second half of the pompom maker, then trim the yarn.
  3. Using scissors, cut the loops on both sides of the pompom maker.
  4. Cut a length of yarn that’s about 6-8″ long, then tightly tie the length in a double knot around the pompom.
  5. Pull the pompom maker apart and remove the pompom.
  6. Trim the tails evenly with the rest of the pompom, then trim any other uneven pompom edges.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 to create two more pompoms: a medium size and a small size.
  8. Cut two 6″-long pieces of yarn and set them aside. Begin making tassels by wrapping yarn around the 4″ piece of cardboard. Wrap the yarn until the tassel is quite thick. Using one of the 6″-long pieces of yarn, slide the yarn under the tassel strands and secure at the top.
  9. Remove the tassel from the cardboard and trim the end. Wrap the second 6″-long strand around the tassel about 1″ from the top tie.
  10. Using scissors, cut the loops at the bottom of the tie, then trim the top tie about 1/2 ” from the knot, hiding the tails inside the tassel.
  11. Trim the tassel so that the ends are even.
  12. Cut a length of cotton twine 26″ long. Using the tapestry needle, slide the twine through the top tie of the tassel, then knot the twine.
  13. Pull the loose end of the knot inside the tassel to hide it. You can use the tapestry needle for this step, if you’d like.
  14. Tie a knot 4″ from the top of the tassel.
  15. Thread the cotton twine through the tapestry needle, then slide the needle through the center of the small-size pompom. Slide the pompom down next to the knot.
  16. Repeat steps 14-15 two more times to add the medium and large pompom.
  17. Knot the end of the twine close to the top of the largest pompom to create a loop. This loop should be large enough to fit around the door knob. Thread the loose tail through the tapestry needle, then slide it through the center of the pompom to hide it.
  18. Trim the excess twine to hide the end.
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How to Make Your Own Watercolor Napkins

Things you’ll need:
Cotton or linen napkins
Scrap cardboard or other work surface covering
Watercolor paints in various colors
Iron
Soft paintbrush
Spray bottle filled with water (optional)

Things to do:

  1. Iron the napkin to remove any wrinkles.
  2. Place the ironed napkin on top of the work surface covering to protect the surface from paint.
  3. Add a small amount of the first color of watercolor paint to a cup, then add water to dilute it. Stir the paint so that it dissolves in the water.
  4. Using the soft paintbrush, begin adding strokes of paint to the napkin. You can draw a design or just swirl the paintbrush around.
  5. Continue to add paint until you’re happy with your design.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 with a second color of paint.
  7. If your paint isn’t blending well with the other colors, you can add a squire of water to the napkin to moisten it.
  8. Repeat steps 3-5 with a third color of paint. If you’d like, you can go back and add more of the other two colors of paint. Continue blending until you are happy with the design.
  9. To complete the design, we dipped the paintbrush in the darker paint color again, then flicked the paintbrush to create small dabs of color on the napkin.
  10. Continue painting and blending until you are happy with the final design, then allow the napkin to dry completely.
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DIY Charm Dangle Earrings Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Fish hook earring wires
4mm jump rings
Plastic heart charms
Flat-nose jewelry pliers

Things to do:

  1. Using flat-nose jewelry pliers, open a jump ring by pulling one side of the ring away from you. Note that you do not want to simply open the ring out to the sides at the join; this will weaken the jump ring and maybe even break it.
  2. Place the jump ring through one of the charms, then through the loop at the end of the earring wire.
  3. Using flat-nose pliers, squeeze the jump ring closed around both the charm and the earring wire.
  4. Open a second jump ring, insert it through the first jump ring with the charm on it, then close the second jump ring.
  5. Open a third jump ring. Add a charm to the jump ring. Tip: If you’re having problems inserting the jump ring with your fingers, you can grasp the jump ring with the needle-nose pliers then slip the charm around it. If the charm keeps falling off when you do this, close the jump ring up a little after attaching the charm, leaving just enough space to slip the jump ring around the previous ring.
  6. Slide the charm jump ring into the previous jump ring. Note that you are connecting the charm to the jump ring in step 4, not the jump ring that has a charm on it. You should now have two charms connected by jump rings.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6, adding jump rings and jump rings with charms, until the earring is the desired length. You can add as many or as few charms as you’d like.
  8. Create a second earring. This earring can be identical to the first, if you’d like, or you can use different colors of charms.
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DIY Twisted Leather Earrings Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Fish hook earring wires
Leather or suede remnants
Grid ruler
Pencil or other marking tool
Leather punch
Craft knife
Self-healing mat
Scissors
Two 10mm jump rings
Flat-nosed jewelry pliers

Things to do:

  1. Cut a piece of leather to 4″ long by 1″ wide.
  2. Using a leather punch, punch a hole in the center of each short end, about 1/2 ” from the edge.
  3. Using a pencil or marking tool, mark a straight line across the width of the leather 1″ down from each edge.
  4. Using a craft knife, cut a line 1/4 ” from the edge of the leather, cutting only between the two marked lines from step 3.
  5. Cut two more lines: one 1/4 ” from the first line and another one 1/4 ” from the second line.
  6. You should have three cut lines in the middle of the leather piece.
  7. Using jewelry pliers, open a jump ring. Push one side of the ring away from you, rather than pulling the ends apart in the center, as this will weaken the ring.
  8. Fold the leather piece in half, bringing the short ends together.
  9. Lay one short end of the leather piece over the other with the wrong side of the leather on top.
  10. Insert the jump ring through the two short ends of the leather.
  11. Insert the jump ring through the earring wire.
  12. Using the pliers, close the jump ring securely.
  13. Repeat steps 1-12 to create a second earring.
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