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Make a Felt Heart Wall Hanging Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Heart cookie cutter
Tracing tool
Assorted felt colors
Bakers twine
Sewing needle
Pinking shears (optional)
Toy stuffing
12″-long dowel

Things to do:
1. Place the cookie cutter on a sheet of felt. Using a marking tool, trace around the outside of the cookie cutter.

2. Using pinking shears, cut out the heart. (You can also just use scissors here for a straight-edged heart.)

3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you have a total of eight hearts.

4. Thread your sewing needle with a length of baker’s twine that’s about 23″ long. Tie a knot in the end, then thread the needle through one of the felt hearts.

5. Layer another heart on top, then begin sewing around the edge of the heart. Try to maintain the same distance from the stitches to the heart edge. Tip: If you are having problems getting the twine to go through the layers, you can split the twine in half to make it thinner.

6. Continue sewing around the heart until you reach about 2″ before the first stitch you made.

7. Using the toy stuffing, stuff the heart until it is full.

8. Press the edges of the heart together, then stitch the heart closed. Knot the twine on the inside of the heart to secure it, then trim the twine.

9. Cut another length of twine, then thread it through the center of the heart, knotting the end to secure it.

10. Repeat steps 4-9 for each heart. You should have a total of four hearts.
11. Tie each heart to the dowel, tying them at different lengths so that they don’t get tangled when you hang them.

12. Cut another 23″-long piece of twine, then tie the twine around each end of the dowel.

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How to Make a Heart String Wall Hanging

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

Things you’ll need:
Three 1/2 ” dowels, 12″ long
Gray braided macrame cord
Red braided macrame cord
Pencil or pen
Newspaper or other large scrap paper
Painter’s tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Cut macrame cord into the following lengths:
22 lengths of 54″-long gray
22 lengths of 54″ long red
22 lengths of 23″-long gray

2. Using the 54″-long gray cords and one dowel, fold the cord in half. Place the cord under the dowel, forming a loop at the top about 1/2 ” from the edge of the dowel.

3. Insert the yarn tails through the loop.

4. Tug the yarn tails to tighten the rope around the dowel.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining lengths of 54″-long gray cord. Set that dowel aside.

6. Using the 54″-long red cords, repeat steps 2-5 to complete a second dowel.

7. Using the 23″-long gray cords, repeat steps 2-5 to complete a third and final dowel.

8 Stack the three sets of dowels with the long gray strands on the bottom, the red strands in the middle, and the short gray strands on top. Tie a 23″-long strand of gray cord around all three dowels.

9. Tie the other end of the gray cord around the opposite end, again tying all three dowels together.

10. Create a heart template as follows: Use a ruler and marking tool to mark the center point of a piece of newspaper or other large scrap paper.

11. Draw a heart shape on the paper, keeping the center point in mind as you draw the top and bottom points of the heart. Try to draw a heart that’s as wide as your wall hanging.

12. Cut out the heart template. Place it over the cords, leaving a few inches of gray cord at the top and a few inches of red cord at the bottom. Be sure the template isn’t longer than the long red and gray cords. If it is, adjust it.

Tip: If you’d like you can use painter’s tape to attach the template securely to the cords. This might make it easier to cut the cords in the next step.

13. With the template on top of the cords, begin cutting the short gray cords in the shape of the top of the heart. Be sure you do not cut any of the long red or gray cords; you only want to cut the short gray cords.

14. Remove the heart template and trim the cords to make them neat and even. You may find it easier to hang the piece, then trim it so that the cords aren’t moving around as much.

15. Place the template on top of the cords again, matching the top with the cut gray cords. Using the template as a guide, cut the red cords to match the bottom of the heart.

16. Remove the template and trim the red cords so that they are at a straight angle on both sides.

17. Trim the bottom pieces of the long gray cords so that they are even. Hang your piece!

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Rolled Felt Heart Art Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Circle template such as a coaster
Unfinished wood pallet canvas
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Place the circle template onto the felt. (Note that the larger your round object is, the larger the flower will be.) Using a pen or other tracing tool, trace a circle onto the felt.

2. Cut out the circle using scissors.

3. Begin cutting the circle into a spiral by first clipping the edge of the circle.

4. Make your way around the entire circle, cutting as you turn the felt.

5. When you reach the center of the felt, stop cutting, leaving a small circle in the center. You should now have one spiral all the way around the circle of felt.

6. Starting on the outside edge of the spiral, begin tightly rolling the felt, keeping the bottom layers even as you roll.

7. After you’ve rolled an inch or two, pause to place a dot of hot glue on the flower.

8. Continue rolling until the entire flower is rolled up. Place a dot of hot glue on the outside of the flower, then glue the outermost layer of the flower to the glue, leaving the small center circle free.

9. Place a dot of glue onto the bottom of the flower where all the layers meet. Grab the center circle.

10. Press the center circle over onto the bottom of the flower.

11. Repeat steps 1-10 to make several flowers. We made a total of 18 flowers but only used 16. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough; you can always make more if you need them.

12. Place the wood pallet canvas on your work surface, then plan out your heart-shaped design. We outlined the heart in the same color, then filled the center with the other two colors.

13. Once you’re happy with your design, begin hot gluing the flowers one at a time to the pallet until each flower has been attached. Hang your pallet or just display it on a table.

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Tissue Paper Heart Votive Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes, plus time for drying
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Lavender tissue paper
Violet purple tissue paper
Mod Podge
Translucent pink mason jar
Foam brush
Heart cookie cutter

Things to do:
1. Fold the tissue paper so that you’ll be able to trace several layers at once.

2. Place the heart cookie cutter at the top of the layered tissue paper, then use a pencil to trace the heart.

3. Repeat step 2, tracing a total of three hearts onto the tissue.

4. Use scissors to cut out each heart, cutting through all the layers at the same time.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 with as many colors of tissue as you plan to use.

6. Peel apart the tissue hearts. Place one heart anywhere you’d like on the jar.

7. Hold the heart in place as you use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the heart.

8. Apply the Mod Podge until you have covered the entire surface of the heart.

9. Add a second heart anywhere you’d like on the jar. You can layer hearts on top of each other like we did, or you can place them in neat rows around the jar. It’s up to you! Tip: As you apply the hearts, be sure your foam brush is moist. If the brush is too dry, it may rip the heart as you brush it.

10. Continue to add hearts until you’ve covered the jar or until you’re happy with your design. Allow the hearts to dry for 24 hours, then add anything you’d like to the jar such as a candle or a bouquet of your favorite flowers.

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DIY Doily Heart Garland Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes (or more depending on the number of doilies used) plus 24 hours for drying
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Doily hearts
Straight pins
Foam mat
Plastic wrap
Foam brush
Jute twine
Fabric stiffener

Things to do:
1. Tear off a sheet of plastic wrap that’s slightly larger than the doily.

2. Place the doily on the plastic wrap sheet. Using the fabric stiffener and foam brush, apply stiffener all over the doily. Be sure the entire surface is covered, especially the edges.

3. If you do not feel like the foam brush sufficiently covered the doily, you can add fabric stiffener straight from the bottle, then fold the plastic wrap and doily in half, using your fingers to apply the stiffener. (If you are not afraid of getting messy, you can also do this with your hands.)

4. Place the plastic wrap on top of your foam mat.

5. Begin placing straight pins around the edges of the doily, stretching out the edges as you pin to make sure the doily is laying flat.

6. Continue to pin around the edges of the doily, especially around the curves. Repeat steps 1-6 for each doily you plan to use for your garland. Allow 24 hours for the doilies to dry.

7. When the doilies are dry, peel each one carefully from the plastic wrap. Discard the plastic wrap.

8. Cut a length of twine that’s the length you’d like your garland to be.

9. Insert the twine from front to back through any hole in the doily edge.

10. String the twine along the back of the doily, then bring it from back to front through the corresponding hole on the other side of the doily. Threading the twine through the same hole on the other side to ensures it hangs straight across the twine from side to side.

11. Repeat steps 9-10 for each doily on the garland. When you’re finished, hang the garland and feel the love!

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DIY Upcycled Rope and Tassel Pencil Holder Tutorial

Dress up your desk storage with this rope and tassel basket! It’s the perfect size for storing pencils or scissors and looks super cute in any workspace.

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

Things you’ll need:
Braided jute rope
Grey yarn
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach a piece of braided jute rope to the edge of the can. Wrap the entire surface, securing the rope occasionally with hot glue.
2. Next, cut 6″ pieces of yarn for your tassels. You’ll need 10 pieces for every tassel.
3. Wrap the yarn around the can two times and glue it in place. Slide the tassel bundle on the yarn and wrap around the center and fold it in half to secure it in place.
4. Tie a piece of yarn around the bundle 1″ from the fold and tuck the ends into the tassel.
5. Repeat steps 3-4 until all of your tassel are attached.

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DIY Merry & Bright Christmas Banner Tutorial

Brighten up your home this holiday season with this “Merry & Bright” banner. This felt decoration adds a fun, mid-century modern vibe to your Christmas decor. Display it over your fireplace or near your front door and spread holiday cheer.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 13 and up

Things you’ll need:
Red Felt
4-inch Letter Stencils
Two-Strand Silver Garland
Straight Pins
Sewing Machine
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Silver Ribbon
Fiber Fill

Things to do:
1. Fold your felt sheets in half and secure them with a straight pin. Trace your letters onto the felt, using your 4-inch stencils. Trace them backwards, so the ink outline does not show on the front.

2. Leave the felt folded in half and sew along the letter outline. Leave the end of the letter open, so you can stuff it with fiber fill.

3. Trim around the outline of the letter.

4. Use a dowel to stuff the letters with fiber fill.

5. Sew the opening closed.
6. Cut a 2 1/4 inch piece of silver rick rack and use hot glue to secure it to the top of your letter. This will be your hanger.

7. String the letters onto your two-strand silver garland, leaving even spacing between each letter.

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How to Make a Pompom Christmas Tree Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Foam Christmas tree
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Yarn in various shades of green
Pompom maker (medium)

Things to do:
1. Open the medium pompom maker, then wrap the yarn around one end, making sure you wrap over the yarn tail to secure it.

2. Continue wrapping until you have filled the entire half of the pompom maker. The more yarn you wrap, the thicker and puffier your pompom will be.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 on the other side of the pompom maker, trying to make the second side even with the first side.

4. When you are happy with the thickness, close the pompom maker, then trim the yarn.

5. Using sharp scissors, cut the pompom loops from one side of the pompom maker.

6. Repeat step 5 on the other side of the pompom maker. Cut an 8″ length of yarn, then tie it around the pompom tightly.

7. Remove the pompom from the pompom maker by pulling the maker apart.

8. Using the hot glue gun, add a dab of hot glue to the back of the pompom.

9. Press the pompom onto the foam tree. We suggest starting at the bottom and working your way up to the top of the tree.

10. Continue to make and add pompoms, filling the entire circumference of the foam tree. Pack the pompoms in as tightly as possible to make sure there’s no white foam visible.

11. If you’d like, you can change the shades of green to go from dark to light as you work your way up the tree.

12. When you reach the top of the tree, glue pompoms around the top, then add one to the tip of the tree to cover the top of the foam.

13. Use scissors to trim away any uneven pompoms around the tree.

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How to Make a Boho Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial

Looking for a unique way to show off your plant collection? This macrame plant hanger looks lovely in a windowsill or outdoors, adding a boho vibe to your home decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Macrame cord
Wood beads
Gold craft ring

Things to do:

  1. Cut four cords, all measuring two yards in length.
  2. Fold the cords in half and lay the ring one inch down from the fold and loop the cords through.
  3. Separate the cords into four sections of two.
  4. Slide three beads onto each of the four sections of cords.
  5. Tie a knot below the bead on each section 9″ down from the ring.
  6. Come down 9″ and tie one strand from each section to the strand closest to it in the neighboring section.
  7. Tie the two remaining strands together to form a circle that will hold the potted plant in place.
  8. Tie all of the strands together about 4″ down and slide your plant inside to hang.
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How to Use Fabric to Wrap Gifts

There are many ways to wrap gifts with fabric, but this particular technique works best with square boxes.

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

Things you’ll need:
Square gift box
Fabric (fat quarters work well for smaller boxes)

Things to do:
1. Cut your fabric so that it’s 4 times the width and height of your square box. If your box is 9″, for example, then you’d need a square of fabric that is 36″ square.

Tip: An easy way to measure this without a ruler is to place your box on the fabric edge, then flip it over three times on each edge. That will roughly give you an idea of where to cut the fabric.

2. Place the fabric right side down on a table, then place the square box in the center, aligning the box corners with each straight edge of the fabric.

3. Pull the upper right corner of the fabric over the box snugly.

4. Fold the lower left corner of the fabric over on itself, toward the corner of the box.

5. Grab the folded lower left corner of the fabric and pull it over the box, overlapping it with the opposite corner of fabric. You may need to use both hands here: one to hold the right corner taut as you use your other hand to fold the left corner over it.

6. Pull the lower right corner over the box.

7. Use your other hand to tuck in any excess fabric on the sides of the box.

8. Pull the upper left corner of fabric over the box, again using your other hand to tuck in excess fabric on the sides.

9. Tie the corners together in a double knot on the top of the box.

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