Rock and Pebble Flower Nature Art Tutorial

Use natural elements around you to make art. We are camping in Vermont this week and I wanted a memento to remember the trip by. So I gathered up some goodies from around our camp site and got crafty. Now, I won’t lie, I got so into this one, I ended up not taking as many pictures as I normally would, so I do apologize for that, but I will walk you through it!

Things you’ll need:
Rocks and pebbles
Piece of wood/driftwood for backdrop
Scissors (optional)

Things to do:
1. Acquire all found materials: rocks, sticks, pieces of flatter wood; get creative, have fun.
2. Work on placement of how you want to place all your found objects. I went with a flower theme, but work with the rocks you have. Maybe robots for the kiddos or butterflies, play with the shapes you have.

3. Once your placement is figured out, start gluing. I used Gorilla glue, which worked just fine, but you can use other kinds as well.

4. After making the 2 smaller flowers, I decided to keep going. You could leave them as is, or, like me, make a bigger piece of art.

5. I was able to find an old piece of board that had been outside and weathered. I then attached my small pieces with the flowers and added more rock art.

6. Voila! We have a souvenir from our camping trip and I never had to worry about social distancing at a store or anything.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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How to Make a Boho Macrame Feather Wall Hanging

This DIY Boho Macrame Feather Wall Hanging is right on trend and will look perfect in your modern nursery or anywhere in your home. Check out our macrame feather charm tutorial for part one of this project.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Dowel rod
Macrame feathers
Macrame cord
Yard stick
Wood beads

Things to do:
1. Follow our Macrame Feather Charms tutorial and make 3-5 feathers.
2. Loop the feathers around the center of your dowel.
3. Slide two beads onto a 20″ piece of macrame cord.
4. Tie the cord to the ends of the dowel.
5. Slide your wooden beads over the cord ends to cover them.

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Upcyle an Old Container into a Reusable Snack Pack

Take an old container and turn it into a re-useable snack pack.

Things you’ll need:
Milk container
Measuring utensil

Things to do:
1. Measure 3 sides of your milk container at 4″
2. Measure the final side at 7″
3. Cut around the container at the marked measurements.
4. Take the two smaller sides and pinch them together.
5. Fold over the longer side and get a good crease.
6. Add velcro to lid area to hold in place.
7. Leave as is or decorate with paint, stickers, or washi tape.

Wah-la, an easy, ready to use, reusable snack container.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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How to Make Q-Tip Flowers

Keep the kiddos busy on a rainy spring afternoon with this bright and cheery craft project! You only need a few simple materials to create these whimsical flowers. They’re the perfect addition to a shelf in your kid’s room or a fun party decoration for a Dr. Seuss Themed soiree!

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam balls
Floral stems
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Food coloring
Waxed paper

Things to do:
1. Cut all of your Q-Tips in half.
2. Put hot glue on a small area of the Styrofoam ball and attach the Q-Tips, cotton side out. Continue attaching Q-Tips until the entire surface is covered.
3. Fill a bowl with water about 1/2 ” deep. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix it around.
4. Wearing gloves, dip the Styrofoam ball around in the water until all of the Q-Tips are dyed. Place it aside on a piece of waxed paper to dry.
5. Remove any flowers from the flower stems. Apply a small drop of hot glue to the end and stick it inside the Styrofoam ball.

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How to Make a Pompom Fairy Peg Doll

This adorable pompom fairy is cute as an ornament or present topper. Use it in place of a bow for a pretty and unique gift that your little ballerina is sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Pink tulle
3/16″ Pink and white ribbon
Wood peg doll body
Black fine line sharpie
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pompom maker
White pearl acrylic paint
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. Paint the fairy body white and let it dry. Don’t paint the head.
2. Make a pompom out of pink tulle.

3. Use a sharpie to draw eyes on the fairy head.
4. Use hot glue to attach the body to the tulle pompom. It should slide down in the center, so the pompom looks like a skirt.
5. Use hot glue to attach a pink ribbon bow to the head.
6. Make a loop with white ribbon for hanging and use hot glue to attach it behind the pink bow on the head.

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DIY Upcycled Twine Vase Tutorial

Take an old container and turn it into a beautiful vase, sure to bring joy to any table setting or just everyday around the house.

Things you’ll need:
Jug/Container/Bottle (I went with the milk container I liked the shape of)
Twine, jute, yarn, or string of your choosing
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Flowers (faux or real)

Things to do:
1. I decided to use twine as my vase covering. I used different sizes of twine and even braided some of it towards the top so I could really play with texture on my vase.
2. I started at the base of my milk jug and glued the start or the twine. I found that gluing every couple of inches worked best to make sure my rows stayed in place and even.
3. Once I finished my first roll of twine, I switched to a smaller size and continued up until about the beginning of the neck of the bottle. You can use all once size twine, you can mix medias, whatever you would like.
4. Once to the neck, I braided the smaller twine for a different look.
5. I then wanted to make a decorative accent piece, which became a swirl. I simply started to spin the twine, gluing on the back side to help keep the shape.
6. I finished my vase off with some faux flowers from our site, as we do not have any real flowers blooming here in Ohio yet I could use. Simple, easy and makes a great statement piece.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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Pompom Bumble Bee Garland Tutorial

This adorable garland is the perfect spring or summer birthday party decoration! The bright colors and playful bumble bees add a whimsical touch to your decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Black yarn
Yellow yarn
Pompom maker
3″ Black pipe cleaners
White felt
Daisy felt stickers
Googly eyes
Bakers twine

Things to do:
1. First, create a pattern for your bee wings. It should be an “8” shape that measures roughly 1 1/2 ” wide and 3 1/2 ” tall.
2. Use a 2 1/2 ” pompom maker to make a black pompom.
3. Make a yellow and black pompom, alternating the colors of yarn used to create stripes.
4. Trim the pompoms into even circles and make the black pompom slightly smaller than the striped pompom.
5. Use hot glue to attach the pompoms together.
6. Add google eyes to the black pompom.
7. Cut 3 inches of pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Bend the tips over to create antennas. Attach the antennas to the bees head using hot glue.
8. Trace your wing pattern onto a piece of white felt and cut out the shape. Use hot glue to secure them to the back of the bee.
9. Cut a long piece of twine for the length of your garland and attach the bee with hot glue.
10. Measure 8″ from the bee and attach a daisy felt sticker with a clothespin.
11. Alternate bees and daisies until the length of garland has been filled.

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How to Make a Spring-Inspired Tree Centerpiece

Spring has sprung! This whimsical decoration is a great way to brighten up your space and welcome the season.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pruning sheers
Tree branch
Bird’s nest
Bakers twine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Birch bark planter
Florist foam
Bird stickers

Things to do:
1. Trim florist blocks to fit tightly into the planter.
2. Trim your tree branch to a sharp point and insert it in the foam bocks.
3. Cover the foam with rocks for stability and use moss to cover the rocks for decoration.
4. Cut pieces of bakers twine into 5″ lengths. Tie a knot close to the end to make a loop for hanging. Glue the bakers twine to the top of an egg to create an ornament for the tree.
5. Peel the paper off the back of the birds and place a knotted bakers twine loop between two stickers. Press the stickers together to create an ornament.
6. Use hot glue to add pompoms to the branch. Try to vary the colors and placement for a cheery, whimsical look.
7. Hang your bird and egg ornaments around on the tree.

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How to Make a Butterfly Mobile

Dress up your nursery or playroom for spring with this butterfly mobile. Customize the butterfly and ribbon colors to match your interior – Kids will love the way the butterfly wings flutter in the breeze!

As always, please use common sense and caution. Never hang this mobile low enough for the baby to grasp, and be cautious of smaller pieces that can be choking items. Adjust in height as baby grows! It’s always good to be cautious.

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

Things you’ll need:
Butterfly garland
10-inch embroidery hoop
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Make a mark on the embroidery hoop every 2 3/4 ” around the entire circumference. These marks will show you were to tie on the butterfly garland pieces.
2. Tie ribbon around the hoop, alternating colors. We’ve found it works best to cut the ribbon into 8″ pieces with a slanted cut.
3. Cut two pieces of ribbon measuring 24″ long. Be sure they’re exactly the same length, or your mobile will hang crooked.
4. Cut pieces of butterfly garland in various lengths and tie a piece at every mark on your hoop.

5. Use hot glue to secure the pieces in an “x” pattern across the hoop for hanging.

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How to Make a Tissue Box Toy Car Wash Tutorial

Turn old tissue boxes into some entertainment for the kids. Who does not love a good car wash? Simple and fun, this is a fun addition when playing with little cars

Things you’ll need:
Tissue box
Construction paper
Glue and/or tape
Pipe cleaners (straws could work as well)
Crepe paper *optional
Paint, markers, crayons *optional

Things to do:
1. Remove the plastic lining from inside the box.
2. Cut the top of the tissue box, leaving a bit of edge around 3 sides and making sure one side is cut as flush as possible so the cars can easily drive through.
3. Do the same on the bottom of the box as well.
4. Measure your crepe paper to the size of the opening. (I found an old roll laying around from a birthday, but construction paper, ribbon, tissue, etc would work as well. )
5. Once the piece is cut to size, glue or tape on the inside of the box and continue until one opening is covered with paper.
6. If you used a wider covering, cut it into thinner strips.
7. Take your crepe paper and cut into squares. Mine were about 2″. I cut 20 squares total.
8. Take 10 squares and poke them in the middle onto the pipe cleaner.
9. Once they are all placed on and spaced like you would like, simple make slits throughout the squares so they will lay down a bit.
10. Place each of the pipe cleaners inside the other side of the box. I found bending the pipe cleaner and taping to the top of the box was easiest.
11. You can then leave your car wash as is, or decorate it. My son asked for a ‘car wash’ and ‘exit’ sign. We measured these out to the size of the box and placed them, along with covering the box so it did not look so much like a tissue box. Decorate how your want to make the car wash truly yours!
Mine was nothing fancy, but my youngest was absolutely thrilled with it!

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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