DIY Nautical Ombre Clock

My son is starting to learn to tell time. His bedroom is a nautical theme, so I knew he just needed a nautical ombre themed clock. Here is how you may easily make your own!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour of crafting plus paint drying
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clock Maker Medium Stem Kit
Unfinished Wood Clock Face
Coastline Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set
Ocean Dreams Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set
Krylon Clear Sealer Spray

Things to do:
1. Choose the darker color of tan from your Coastline Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint set. Then, paint a small section at the bottom of the clock.

2. Choose the lighter color of tan from your Coastline Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint set. Before using this color, I like to mix a little of the darker color and the lighter color together. I then paint a small portion above the dark color. Then I paint with only the lighter color. I do not rinse my brush during this process, nor do I allow the colors to dry before starting the next color. I find this helps blends the colors.

3. You may add small brush strokes of each color throughout the other colors. Then allow the tan to completely dry.

4. Choose your blue colors. I used colors from both the Coastline and Ocean Dreams Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint sets. I like to squirt some of each of color on your paint tray from lightest to darkest to ensure I like the colors flow.

5. Once the tan paint has completely dried, paint on the lightest blue color in a small section lining up with the tan.

6. Repeat the same process as the tan. Mix a little of your next color with your previous color and paint a small section with your mixed colors. Then, paint on you darker color.

The ombre design will look as if you are using more colors than you will actually use.

7. Repeat process with all the blue colors until you have reached your darkest color.

8. Allow all the paint to dry completely.

9. Install the Clock Maker Medium Stem Kit by following the simple and thorough instructions. Voila you have made a charming Nautical Ombre Clock in no time at all!

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DIY Modern Eucalyptus Wall Hanging

This simple decoration looks great in practically any room in the house.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up, with optional supervision for hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Light Green Artificial Eucalyptus Spray
7/8″ dowel
Gray Braided Macrame Cord
Wire cutters
Cloth-Covered Floral Wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut 25 lengths of macrame cord that are 30″ long.

2. Using wire cutters, cut 3 pieces of eucalyptus, one each of the following lengths: 6″, 11″, and 12″.

3. Hold the 12″-long eucalyptus over the dowel, then wrap floral wire around both the dowel and eucalyptus to secure it. To be sure the eucalyptus stays in place, try crossing the floral wire in an X shape several times.

4. Using wire cutters, cut the floral wire and tuck it into the wraps.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 with the 11″-long eucalyptus.

6. Repeat steps 3-4 with the 6″-long eucalyptus.

7. Place a dot of hot glue on each eucalyptus branch to secure it.

8. Grab two lengths of cut cord from step 1 and fold them in half. Place the cord under the dowel, forming a loop at the top about 1/2 ” from the edge of the dowel.

9. Pull the yarn tails through the loop to form a fringe.

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

11. Repeat steps 8-10 with the remaining lengths of rope. When you reach a eucalyptus branch, place the loop as close as possible to the branch, covering it if possible.

12. Continue across the dowel until the entire dowel is covered, again leaving a 1/2 ” space at the dowel’s edge. You should have one single strand of macrame cord left.

13. Optional: Braid three strands of cord together in one or two places, then knot the end. This just gives the hanging a bit of texture.

14. To create a hanger for the decoration, grab the last strand of cord you cut in Step 1. Tie one end of rope around one edge of the dowel, then knot it securely.

15. Tie the other end of the rope around the opposite edge of the dowel, then knot it securely.

16. Add a dot of hot glue to each hanger knot to secure it.

17. Flip the hanging over to the other side, then cover any visible floral wire or branches with macrame cord. Arrange the eucalyptus so that it’s visible.

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DIY Seashell Picture Frame Tutorial

Remember your summer in style with this seashell photo frame. This is a fun craft to do with kids and is a special keepsake.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up *use craft glue for younger ages

Things you’ll need:
Crushed seashells
Anchor embellishment
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:

*Optional Prep: Leave the frame natural, looking like sand, or paint it before adding shells for a fuller finish.

1. Cover your frame in glue and sprinkle on a thin layer of shells. Let the glue dry completely.

2. Use glue to attach the anchor to the bottom corner of the frame.

3. Add an image to the frame and display your summer memories.

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DIY Beach-Themed Fairy Garden on a Wood Plank

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours of crafting plus paint/glitter drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you will need:
All-Purpose Spray Adhesive
Miniature Flamingo
Miniature Playful Fairy Girl
Miniature Mermaid’s Treasure Chest
Miniature Fairy Garden Pelican Pier
Miniature Fairy Garden Rowboat
Miniature Sea Turtle Hatchling
Miniature Fairy Garden Bridge
Ocean Blue Extra Fine Glitter
Champagne Extra Fine Glitter
Wood Tree Trunk Slice Base
Small Birch Wood Slices
Miniature Beach Ball
Miniature Sand Castle
Mod Podge
Coastline Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set *Optional

Things to do:
1. First, I like to set up all the fairy garden items on the wood plank to see how big I would like my blue and gold areas.

2. The next few steps are optional. I used the Coastline Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set to paint the blue portion on the large wood plank. I like to paint underneath my glitter, just incase some glitter falls off or if you choose not to add glitter.

3. Start painting on the edges and work you way in towards the middle.

4. Paint the entire area you have chosen in blue. Repeat until desired color is achieved.

5. If not choosing to add glitter, you may add brush strokes of other blue colors to resemble waves.
6. Paint the rest of the area tan and allow both colors to dry.

7. Grab your Mod Podge and extra fine gold glitter.

8. Add a layer of modge podge on top of the tan paint.

9. Place a piece of paper under wood plank. Then, generously pour glitter on top of the mod podge.

10. Gently shake extra glitter off onto the piece of paper.

11. Fold paper in half and pour extra glitter back into the container.

12. Add more mod podge and glitter to any open gaps. Then allow to dry completely before starting with blue glitter.

13. Repeat mod podge and glitter process with the blue glitter.

14. For more a textured look to resemble waves, you may add thicker brush strokes of mod podge before adding glitter.

15. Repeat mod podge and glitter process until all the gaps are filled in.

16. Allow all the glitter to dry.

17. Choose your favorite sealant to seal the glitter onto the wood plank. I started with a spray adhesive to prevent glitter from flaking off. This should be sufficient if you plan to have kids play with it, you may add another layer of mod podge on top to seal the glitter. Voila! You now have your own beachy fun Fairy Garden!

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Kid Friendly Seashell Crab Tutorial

Looking for a craft project to do with your little ones? These colorful seashell crabs are quick and easy to make and kids love mixing and matching different colors.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 6 and Up *Use craft glue for younger ages.

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Google eyes
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut four 3-inch pieces of pipe cleaner. Use glue to secure them to the inside of your seashell. Spread them apart when the glue dries, so your crab can stand evenly on them.

2. Cut two 1-inch pieces of pipe cleaner. Twist them around your two front legs, creating little claws.

3. Use glue to attach two google eyes to the top of your shell.

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DIY Scallop Hoop Earrings Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Small circle to use as a template (we used a thread spool)
Pen or other tool for tracing
Hoop earrings
E6000 glue
Leather remnants
Toothpick (optional)

Things to do:
1. Place your circle template onto the leather, then trace a circle using a pen. We used a thread spool with a 3/4 ” diameter, but you can also use things like bottle caps or anything else around the house.

2. Repeat step 1, cutting out a total of six circles.

Tip: If you’re using larger hoops, you can add more circles.
3. If your circles have jagged or uneven edges, use the scissors to trim them.

4. Place a small dot of glue onto one of the circles. Since you only want a small amount of glue, you can use a toothpick to apply the glue onto the leather circle rather than applying it straight from the glue tube.

5. Place the circle wrong side up under the hoop earring.

6. Fold the circle over, matching it as close as you can to the opposite side.

7. Press to close and secure, creating a half circle around the hoop. You may want to press the circles between your fingers for several seconds to make sure the glue sets.

Tip: If the glue seeps out from the circle after you press it closed, just use a paper towel to wipe it away.

8. Repeat steps 4-7 to add a second circle on one side of the first circle.

9. Repeat steps 4-7 to add a third circle on the other side of the first circle.

10. Repeat steps 4-7 to create a second identical earring. Allow the glue to dry completely on both earrings.

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Wooden Spool Wreath Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2.5 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Painter’s tape
Utility Assortment Paintbrush Set
Coated Natural Jute Twine
Acrylic paint in Lavender, Bimini Blue, Meadow Green, Blue Bonnet, Lemon Chiffon
8 – 2-1/8″ x 1-1/2″ spools
40 – 3/4″ x 5/8″ spools
26 – 1-3/16″ x 7/8″ spools
Green Box Wire Wreath Frame
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
White satin wired ribbon

Things to do:
1. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, overlapping it, until the entire wreath is covered. Don’t worry about being too neat; this part will not be visible once you add the spools.

2. Cut the ribbon in the back of the wreath.

3. Add a dot of hot glue to secure the ribbon edge.

4. To create a hanger for the wreath, cut a 12″ length of jute twine.

5. Knot the twine around the wreath.

6. Prep a wooden spool by wrapping a length of painter’s tape around each edge, getting as close to the edge as possible.

7. Using a paintbrush and acrylic paint color of your choice, paint the center of the wooden spool.

Tip: The paintbrush set is great for this job. Use a larger paintbrush on the large spools, then use the smaller paintbrush for small and medium spools, plus touch ups.
8. Repeat steps 5-7, painting each wooden spool.
Tip: It’s fastest to tape all the spools, then do all the painting. However, if you do not have a lot of painter’s tape, you can re-use the same tape over and over again. You can also cut the painter’s tape in half up the middle to create two lengths. Once the spools have dried, remove the painter’s tape.

9. Begin adding spools to the wreath starting with the largest and adding a thin line of glue on both edges of one spool. Attach it to the wreath.

10. Continue adding large spools, spacing them out around the wreath and turning them in different directions.

11. When you have used all the large spools, add the medium spools.
Tip: You may want to save some of the medium spools for later so you can use them to fill in any large empty spaces.

12. When you have used all the medium spools, add the small spools.

13. Fill in the spaces as best you can with the remaining spools. Your wreath may be full before you use all the spools, so don’t worry about trying to use all of them. (You can save those for future DIY projects!)

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Beach-Inspired Wreath Tutorial

Celebrate summer with this ocean-inspired wreath. Perfect for your beach house or simply updating your home decor, this wreath is sure to standout on your walls!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 25 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Wreath form

Things to do:
1. First, wrap your wreath form in rope. Use hot glue to secure the end of the rope to the wreath form and pass the rope through the center until the entire surface is covered. When you’ve covered the wreath form, trip the rope and use hot glue to secure the end.

2. Wrap excess rope around 2-3 inches of the wreath form, creating a raised section.
3. Use hot glue to attach seashell details.

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Mystery Braid Leather Cuff Tutorial

Forget your usual friendship bracelets and instead braid a couple of these simple, pretty bracelets for all your friends this summer.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up, with adult supervision using the craft knife

Things you’ll need:
Suede Leather Remnant Scraps
Craft knife
Self-healing cutting mat
Purple Satin Rattail Cord

Things to do:
1. Using the craft knife, cut a leather scrap to 1.5″ wide and 1/2 ” longer than the desired length of your bracelet.

2. Using a marking tool, mark a horizontal line across each end of the bracelet 1″ from the edge.

3. Mark a vertical line 1/2 ” from one edge of the long edge.

4. Mark a second vertical line 1/2 ” from the first vertical line.

5. Using the craft knife, cut two slits in the bracelet using the vertical lines as guides.

6. Slide the bottom of the leather through the right slit. Pull it through the slit. (Don’t worry about straightening anything or trying to neaten the strands right now. You can do that later.)

7. Braid the left strand over the center strand.

8. Braid the right strand over the center strand.

9. Braid the left strand over the center strand.

10. Slide the bottom through the left slit. Pull it through the slit.

11. Braid the right strand over the center strand.

12. Braid the left strand over the center strand.

13. Braid the right strand over the center strand.

14. Slide the bottom of the leather through the right slit. Pull it through the slit.

15. Repeat steps 7-10.

16. Straighten the braid, making sure the wrong side of the leather is all facing the same direction. You may find it easiest to just twist individual strands, then rearrange them to make the braid even.

17. Using an awl, punch one hole in the center of each end.

18. Cut an 20″ length of cord. Thread cord through each hole, then tie to join the bracelet.

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Plaster of Paris Flower-Topped Jar Tutorial

Store anything in these jars from toiletries like q-tips to craft supplies like pom poms. No matter what you fill the jar with, the plastered flowers give your storage just a little something extra special.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes, plus 24 hours for drying
Age range: 12 and up with optional adult supervision using plaster

Things you’ll need:
Pink Artificial Plum Blossom Spray
Wire cutters
Plaster of Paris
Small bowl for mixing plaster
Measuring cups
Dowel or paint stick for stirring
Wax paper
Glass Jar with Lid
E6000 Glue

Things to do:
1. Using wire cutters, cut the flowers you want to use, leaving a few inches of the stem attached.

2. Prepare the Plaster of Paris by combining 1 cup of plaster with 1/2 cup of cold water in a small bowl.

3. Use a stick or dowel to mix the plaster and water until it is smooth.

4. Holding onto the stem, dip each flower one at a time into the plaster.

5. Tap the stem of the flower and shake it to prevent dripping.

6. Place plastered flower on wax paper. Some excess plaster may fall onto the wax paper, but that’s ok.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have dipped all the flowers. We used two full flowers and three small buds for our jar, but you can dip as few or as many as you’d like. Allow the flowers to dry for 24 hours.

Optional: If you don’t want any of the pink color to be visible on your flowers, you can repeat steps 2-6 to dip the flowers once more. (We liked the hint of pink, so we did not choose to do this.)
8. When the flowers are dry, use wire cutters to cut the flower stem away. Cut as close to the flower as you can.

9. Glue the flowers to the jar lid.

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