How to Make a Doily Plant Hanger Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Two doilies
Sewing machine and coordinating thread
Sewing pins
Butcher’s craft twine
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Lay one doily on top of the other, aligning the edges as best you can.
  2. Using sewing pins, pin around the sides and bottom of the doily, leaving just enough room at the top for your planter to be inserted.
  3. Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to 1.5. Sew around the pinned section of the doily. We sewed around the part of the doily that has continuous stitches that are close together, avoiding sections that have larger holes. This keeps the seams more stable and secure.
  4. When you’ve finished sewing the seam, trim the thread ends. Notice that part of the doily may be folding down a bit, so don’t worry if that happens!
  5. Cut four 46″ long strands of twine.
  6. Turn the doily so that one of the side seams is facing you. Insert one end of a length of twine on one side of the seam near the top of the seam, through one of the doily holes. Insert the other end of that same twine strand through the other side of the seam, making the twine ends as parallel as possible.
  7. Tie a knot to secure the twine ends.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the other side of the doily.
  9. Repeat steps 6 and 7, this time knotting the twine in the top center of the doily, between the two seams.
  10. Repeat steps 6 and 7, again knotting the twine in the top center of the doily on the opposite side. You should now have a total of four tied lengths of twine: one on each seam and one in each doily center.
  11. Insert the plant into the doilies. If the plant seems loose inside the doilies, use a sewing pin to mark where the seam should end. Break out the sewing machine one more time and add a bit of length to tighten the fit. If the plant seems to tight, remove part of the seam to loosen the fit, then go back over the edge of the seam with the sewing machine to secure it.
  12. Once the fit is secure, gather all the strands of twine in your hand. Balance the plant to make sure all the strands are even and that the plant is balanced. If the plant is tipping to one side or the other, adjust the twine. You can place the plant on a table to do this if you find that easier.
  13. When you’re sure the twine is balanced correctly, tie an overhand knot to join all the strands together.
  14. Using scissors, trim the ends of the twine neat and evenly.
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How to Make a Pompom Flower Arrangement


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

Things you’ll need:
Yarn
Pompom makers in various sizes
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)
Scissors
Floral stems cut from any artificial flower
Vase or mason jar

Things to do:

  1. Connect a pompom maker, if it isn’t already connected, then open out both sides of the circle. Begin wrapping one color of yarn around half of the pompom maker.
  2. Wrap until the pompom maker is full but can still fit inside the pompom maker. Close the wrapped half circle inside.
  3. Wrap the yarn around the other 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 close to the top of the circle.
  4. Using scissors, cut the loops on both sides of the pompom maker.
  5. Cut a length of yarn that’s about 6-8″ long, then tightly tie the length in a double knot around the pompom.
  6. Pull the pompom maker apart and remove the pompom.
  7. Trim the tails evenly with the rest of the pompom, then trim any other uneven pompom edges.
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 to create as many pompoms as you’d like.
  9. Grab one of your floral stems. You can cut these from artificial flowers you already have. Insert the floral stem through the center of the pompom. If you tied your pompom tightly, the stem should fit snugly inside. However, if your pompom is moving around on the stem, you can hot glue it in place to make sure it’s secure.
  10. Repeat step 9 to add stems to each pompom, then add the pompoms to a vase or jar. If your pompoms are all standing at the same height, use scissors or wire cutters to trim them so that the pompoms stand at different heights.

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Wrapped Embroidery Floss Necklace Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Embroidery floss in various colors
Butcher’s craft twine
Scissors
Jewelry pliers
Wire cutters
Necklace chain
Jump rings

Things to do:

  1. Cut a length of twine that’s 21″ long. Overlap the ends by about 1″.
  2. Using a hot glue gun, glue the two ends of twine together so that the twine forms a circle.
  3. Fold the twine so that it forms one long line of doubled twine with loops on each end and the glued overlap in the center. Cut a length of embroidery floss that’s about 24″ long. Knot the floss around the doubled twine about 1 1/2 ” from the end of the twine.
  4. Begin wrapping the floss around the doubled twine, wrapping as evenly as possible and placing the wraps close together so that the twine is not visible. Wrap until 1-2″ of floss remains.
  5. Knot the floss around the doubled twine to secure it.
  6. Cut a second 24″ long length of floss in a new color. Knot the floss around the doubled twine right next to the first color.
  7. Holding the extra lengths of floss to the side, being wrapping the second color, wrapping over the extra lengths to hide the ends.
  8. When you reach the glued center of the twine, wrap over it, pulling tightly to try and hide the bulky center.
  9. Continue to wrap and add new colors as needed until about 1 1/2 ” of doubled twine remains. Knot the last color of floss and trim it near the knot.
  10. Using a hot glue gun, add a dot of glue on the knot to secure it.
  11. Lay the necklace chain on a flat surface, doubling the chain with the clasp on one end. Find the center chain link on the end opposite the clasp.
  12. Using wire cutters, cut the center chain link to open the necklace chain.
  13. Using flat-nose jewelry pliers, open a jump ring by bending one end of the jump ring out to the side. Note that you do not want to simply pull the ring apart from the center; this will weaken the ring.
  14. Insert one end of the doubled twine inside the jump ring, then attach the jump ring to one broken end of the necklace chain. Use the pliers to bend the jump ring back together and secure everything.
  15. Repeat steps 13 and 14 on the opposite side of the broken chain. This will form a circle and complete the necklace.
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Decorative Yarn-Wrapped Easter Eggs Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes, including drying time
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Lavender acrylic paint
Foam brush
Assorted wood eggs
Yarn
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Apply two coats of acrylic paint to the egg, allowing the paint to dry after each coat.

2. Add a dot of hot glue to the egg near the side of the egg.

3. Immediately place the yarn tail over the dot of hot glue and allow it to dry.

4. Begin wrapping the yarn around the egg, crisscrossing it back and forth.

5. When you’re ready to cross the yarn in the opposite direction, add a dot of hot glue to the tip of the egg.

6. Wrap the yarn over the dot of glue, allowing the glue to hold the yarn in place. Continue to wrap the yarn around the egg, adding a dot of glue anywhere that needs extra security.

7. When you’re finished wrapping, add a dot of glue and lay the yarn over the dot to secure it.

8. Snip the yarn right at the spot where you added the glue, cutting as close to the glue as possible. Tip: If you have any frayed edges, try to tuck them under a nearby yarn wrap.

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Glitter and Tissue Paper Easter Eggs Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour, including drying time
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wax paper or other covering for work surface
Assorted wood eggs
Various colors of tissue paper
Foam brush
Mod Podge
Chunky Glitter
Scissors
Spray adhesive

Things to do:
1. Cut the tissue paper into small squares. Don’t worry about getting the perfect shape.

2. Cover the work surface with wax paper or another covering. Using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the wooden egg.

3. Immediately add tissue paper squares one at a time to the egg.

4. Once most of the surface of the egg is covered, you can add Mod Podge in the empty spaces, then add more tissue paper on top to layer it. Continue until the entire egg is covered in tissue paper. Allow 20 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.

5. To smooth down any tissue paper edges, apply another layer of Mod Podge, gently pushing the edges down as you apply it. Allow another 20 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.

6. Once the egg is dry, add a small pile of chunky glitter to the work surface. Spray the wooden egg with spray adhesive.

7. Immediately roll the egg in the glitter, turning the egg to distribute the glitter evenly. Allow the egg to dry.

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Cactus Easter Egg Pot Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour, including drying time
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Small terra cotta pot
Wood eggs
Meadow green acrylic paint
Foam brush
Black paint pen
Scissors
River pebbles
Fuchsia tissue paper

Things to do:
1. Paint two coats of acrylic paint onto the wooden egg. Allow the paint to dry between coats.

2. Using the black paint pen, cover the entire egg with angled lines. These don’t have to be perfect, so don’t worry about placement.

3. Using tissue paper, cut 7 circles that are about 3/4″ in diameter. Again, these do not have to be perfect circles.

4. Add a dot of hot glue to the center of one circle.

5. Immediately layer another tissue paper circle on top of the glue dot.

6. Repeat steps 4-5 until you have layered all 7 circles.

7. Fold the circles into the center, creasing it in four angles.

8. Carefully unfold the layers, using your fingers to ruffle the sides so that they look like a flower.

9. Hot glue the flower to the top of the cactus.

10. Add river pebbles to the terra cotta pot, filling up about 3/4 of the pot.

11. Place the cactus inside the pot with the flat bottom facing the pebbles. Begin adding pebbles to the sides of the pot to fill it in.

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How to Make a Pompom Sheep Garland Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Medium 45mm pompom maker
Bulky white yarn
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Black pipe cleaners
1/4-inch black pompoms
Jute twine

Things to do:
1. Connect the pompom maker, if it’s not already connected. Begin wrapping the bulky yarn around one half of the pompom maker.

2. Continue wrapping until the half circle is full and bulky, then fold the half circle inside the pompom maker.

3. Begin wrapping the yarn around the second half of the circle, again wrapping until the circle is full and roughly the same size as the first half circle.

4. Close the half circle inside the pompom maker, then trim the yarn away.

5. Trim the pompom loops on both sides of the pompom maker.

6. Cut an 8″ length of black yarn. Wrap the black yarn around the pompom maker and knot it, pulling tightly.

7. Open the pompom maker and carefully remove the pompom.

8. Trim the pompom to make the ends as even as possible.

9. Hot glue a small black pompom to the side of the pompom. This will be the sheep’s face.

10. Cut four lengths of pipe cleaners that are each 2.5″ long.

11. Apply hot glue all the way around the top of one pipe cleaner.

12. Insert the pipe cleaner into the center of the pompom, toward the front. Push the pipe cleaner gently as far into the center of the pompom as possible without bending the pipe cleaner. You’ll insert four pipe cleaner legs, so leave plenty of room for the other legs.

13. Repeat steps 11-12 until you have inserted all four pipe cleaner legs: two in the front and two in the back.

14. Trim the pipe cleaners so that they are 1″ from the pompom edge.

15. Tie the black yarn into a knot at the top, creating a loop.

16. Repeat these steps to create as many pompom sheep as you’d like for your garland.

17. Cut a length of twine that’s long enough to hold all your pompom sheep, plus 5-8″ on each end.

18. String the sheep one at a time onto the twine, then hang the garland.

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How to Make Dimensional Paper Easter Eggs


>Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Oval template
Pencil or other tracing tool
Nine sheets of patterned cardstock paper
Scissors
Double-sided tape

Things to do:
1. Grab a sheet of patterned cardstock and flip it over to the wrong side. Using a tracing tool and oval template, trace two eggs onto a sheet of cardstock. You can use any oval template you’d like for tracing; we’re using an oil container.

2. Trace two eggs onto three more sheets of cardstock, then trace one egg on the last sheet of cardstock. You should have a total of nine traced eggs.

3. Cut out each egg.

4. Fold each egg in half vertically, lining up the edges as best you can.

5. Place a small piece of double-sided tape on the blank side of a paper egg.

6. Place a second different patterned egg over the taped side of the egg, again lining up the edges of the eggs as best you can.

7. Turn the eggs over so that the blank side faces you. Place another piece of double-sided tape on one side of the egg.

8. Place a third different patterned egg over the tape.

9. Continue adding tape and eggs until you have used eight eggs. As you add eggs, alternate the patterns so that the same pattern doesn’t repeat. When you finish, place a piece of double-sided tape on each side of the blank egg halves.

10. Insert the last egg onto the taped blank halves.

11. If you have uneven edges, trim them with scissors. You can make several paper eggs and display them in a bowl as a centerpiece, or you can punch a hole in the top of the egg, add a thread, and hang the paper eggs from a tree or as a garland.

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Quick Paper Gift Wrap Garland Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Bakers twine
Circle office stickers
Ruler
Scissors
Glue (optional)

Things to do:

  1. Roll out several inches of baker’s twine in the color of your choice.
  2. Place a circle sticker face down on the work surface. Lay the baker’s twine across the center of the sticker about 4″ from the edge of the twine.
  3. Fold the circle sticker over the twine, matching up the edges of the circle sticker as evenly as possible.
  4. Using a ruler, measure about 1″ from the edge of the previous sticker. Place a second sticker face up at the 1″ mark, then fold the sticker over the twine.
  5. Continue to add stickers to the twine, spacing them about 1″ apart, until your garland is the desired length.

Tip: If the stickers are popping open and not sticking together, add a dot of glue to the sticker, then fold it over to secure it.

  1. Cut the baker’s twine about 4″ from the last sticker. Fold the end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot to create a loop for hanging.
  2. Fold the opposite end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot in that end to create a second loop. To hang the garland, slip the loops onto pushpins or nails in the wall.
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DIY Mod Podge Paper Napkin Easter Eggs


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes, including drying time
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Assorted wood eggs
Paper napkins
Mod Podge
Scissors
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Using scissors, cut the parts of the paper napkin you want to use for the egg. We decided to use the polka dot border of this napkin, but you can use any part of the napkin you like. Cut the napkin into small pieces that will easily fit on the egg.

2. Using a paintbrush, cover the entire egg in Mod Podge.

3. Begin adding the paper napkin pieces to the egg, smoothing them down as much as you can. There will be some corners that won’t lay down smooth, but don’t worry about those for now. Tip: If you’re finding it difficult to cover the entire egg because the egg is rolling around, you can work in small sections, adding Mod Podge and napkin pieces in one section, then moving on to the next.

4. Keep adding paper napkin pieces until the entire egg is covered. Allow 15-20 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.

5. When the Mod Podge is dry, use your paintbrush to add one more layer of Mod Podge over the napkin pieces. As you add Mod Podge, try to smooth down the corners of each piece.

6. If there are still corners that won’t lay flat, you can also use your fingers to smooth down the corners. Once you’re finished, allow 15-20 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.

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