How to Make a Felt Ruffled Flower Hair Clip

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

Things you’ll need:
Gray felt
Tracing tool
1 1/2 ” diameter circle template
Scissors
Alligator clip
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Place your circle template on the felt and use the tracing tool to trace 7 circles. We used the bottom of a measuring cup for our circle template, but you can use any household item you already have.

2. Using scissors, cut out all 7 circles.

3. Set one circle aside for later. Grab another circle and fold it in half. (It should look kind of like a taco!)

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

5. Fold the circle in half again, pressing the glue for a few seconds to allow it to dry. Repeat steps 3-5 with 5 more circles. You should have a total of 6 folded circles and one flat circle.

6. Place the flat circle that you set aside earlier flat on the table.

7. Grab one of the folded circles. Hot glue the circle to the upper corner of the flat circle with the open side of the fold facing out. The folded corner should be in the center of the flat circle.

8. Glue a second folded circle right next to the first circle, again with the folded part of the circle facing out.

9. Glue a third circle to the bottom corner of the flat circle with the folded part of the circle facing out.

10. Glue a fourth and final circle in the last open spot of the flat circle.

11. You should have 2 folded circles left. Using scissors, trim the pointed corner of each folded felt just a bit.

12. Add a line of hot glue where you just trimmed the pointed end.

13. Glue one trimmed folded piece of felt on top of the other folds with the trimmed end in the center. This folded piece of felt should be centered between the bottom two folded pieces of felt. Hold the felt in place for a few seconds to make sure it’s dry and secure.

14. Glue the second trimmed folded piece of felt just above, this time centered between the top two folded pieces of felt. Hold the felt in place for a few seconds to make sure it’s dry and secure.

15. Add hot glue to the alligator clip, then glue the felt circle to the clip.

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Sweetheart Doily Jar Tutorial

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Create a gorgeous heart themed jar, perfect for flowers from your sweetheart, storing sweets from your Valentine, or even as a decorative luminary that can be used year ’round!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Clear jar
Paper doily
Bakers twine
Felt or colored paper (for creating your heart)
Mod Podge **optional

Things to do:
1. Clean your jar.
2. Depending on whether or not you wish this to be a permanent piece, attach your doily. If you wish for it to be permanent, you will attach using your mod podge, by brushing on a thing coat on the back of the doily, and pressing down on to your jar. If you with for it to be temporary, follow the next steps and attach using your bakers twine.
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3. Cut out a heart from your felt or paper.
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4. Attach your heart using mod podge for a permanent piece.
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5. Cut out bakers twine, long enough to wrap around your jar several times, with enough extra to tie into a bow. If you chose not to make this a permanent piece, use your twine to hold your pieces in to place.

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Embroidered Heart Valentine’s Card Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Pink yarn
Cardstock
Scrap paper
Pencil
Ruler
Washi tape
Tapestry needle
Push pin
Tape

Things to do:
1. Fold a sheet of cardstock in half, bringing the short ends of the paper together.

2. Using a ruler and pencil, draw 1″ grid squares on a scrap sheet of paper. Don’t worry if you make a mistake; no one will see this part later!

3. Draw a heart shape on the grid by filling in darker outlines.

4. Roll up two small pieces of washi tape and press them onto the top and bottom of the card. These pieces are permanent, but they will help avoid any tears on the cardstock later.

5. Place the heart grid outline over the taped front of the card.

6. Using the push pin, poke a hole on each square’s corner where you marked the heart outline.

7. Continue until you have marked each square of the entire outline.

8. Remove the scrap paper and washi tape from the card.

9. Cut a long strand of yarn that’s around 161″ long. Thread the tapestry needle, then pull the yarn up through the bottom left hole of the heart.

10. Flip the card over and place a piece of tape on the yarn tail to secure it.

11. Now we’re going to backstitch to embroider the heart. Here’s how: Insert the tapestry needle from front to back into the hole that’s diagonally above and to the right of the first hole you threaded. Pull the yarn through.

12. Insert the tapestry needle from back to front into the hole that’s again diagonally above and to the right of the previous hole you threaded. Pull the yarn through.

13. Insert the tapestry needle from front to back into the second hole in the diagonal line (the hole that’s diagonally below and to the left of the previous hole you threaded). Note that you have previously threaded this hole, and that sometimes the yarn will be going through the same hole more than once. Pull the yarn through.

14. Insert the tapestry needle from back to front through the third hole in the diagonal line. Pull the yarn through.

15. Insert the needle from front to back into the last hole of the diagonal. Pull the yarn through. This completes one diagonal line of backstitching.

16. Continue backstitching diagonal lines in this direction until you have filled all the outlines. Notice that we did not stitch the upper left holes at the top of the heart or the lower right holes at the bottom of the heart.

17. Once you’ve stitched all the diagonals in one direction, change direction and stitch the other side. Tip: If you need to move from one side of the heart to the other, you can cut the yarn, tape it to the back to secure it, then start a new strand. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of yarn to work with.

18. Continue stitching until you have stitched each hole. If you’d like, you can also add Xs to your design if you’re not happy with it.

19. Cut the excess yarn, then tape it to the back to secure it. Write a message in your card and send it off to your valentine!

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DIY Decorative Conversation Heart Topiary Tutorial

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Start conversation, with a decorative conversation heart centerpiece! These centerpieces are gorgeous, and look delicious–just be sure to refrain from eating them!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20+ Mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Conversation hearts (our cone required 1 bag)
Styrofoam cone
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Clear sealant **optional

Things to do:
1. Prep your hearts. We laid ours on a towel and gave them a dusting, and made sure none were stuck together or had jagged edges.
2. Starting at the bottom of the cone, use a small dot of hot glue on your hearts, attaching them to your cone, working your way around. Try and stay as close together with your hearts as possible.
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3. Continue around your cone, until you reach the top. Top with a single heart. You will be able to see tiny bits of the styrofoam, but don’t worry, it looks lovely in the end.
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How to Make a Yarn-Wrapped Hearts Garland Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Heart cookie cutter
Pencil
Jute twine
Scrap cardboard
Yarn
Scissors
Craft knife (optional)
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Tapestry needle

Things to do:
1. Place the cookie cutter on your scrap cardboard, then use a pencil to trace the heart outline.

2. Using a craft knife or scissors, cut out the cardboard heart. Repeat steps 1-2 until you have the number of hearts you’d like for your garland.

3. Begin wrapping the yarn around the heart, wrapping over the yarn tail to secure it.

4. Continue wrapping in different directions to cover the entire piece of cardboard.

5. Once you have wrapped the entire heart, trim the yarn with scissors. Tuck the yarn end into the last few wraps.

6. Add a dot of hot glue to the yarn end to secure it.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 until you have created the number of hearts you’d like for your garland.

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

9. Thread the twine through a blunt tapestry needle.

10. Insert the tapestry needle through a few of the wraps on the back of one heart (where you glued the yarn tail in place).

11. Continue to thread the tapestry needle along the back of each heart until all the hearts are strung on the twine.

12. Shift the hearts around on the twine so that they are all spaced evenly. Hang your garland on the wall.

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How to Make a Fox Wood Slice Ornament

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes, plus time for paint to dry
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wood slice
Paintbrush and small foam brush
Silver Metal Screw Eyes
Pencil (preferably with a flat, relatively new eraser)
White Acrylic Paint
Harvest Orange Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint

Things to do:
1. Using the white acrylic paint and paintbrush, paint the entire surface of the ornament. We filled in the middle with a larger foam brush, then used a small paintbrush to outline the face. Allow the paint to dry.


2. Using a pencil, draw the fox face, bringing it to a point on the edge for the nose. You don’t need to be a professional artist to do this!

3. Using the orange acrylic paint, paint the area of the face that you just outlined. Again, we suggest using a small paintbrush to fill in the outline and using a larger brush to fill in the center. Allow the paint to dry.


4. Dip the top of a pencil eraser in the black paint, covering the entire surface of the eraser.

5. Dab the eraser onto the center point of the fox face to paint the nose.

6. Repeat steps 4-5 to make the eyes of the fox.

7. If you’d like, use a small paintbrush to neaten or reshape the eyes and nose.

8. Use your pencil eraser to lightly erase your pencil marks.

9. Screw the metal screw eye into the center top of the wood slice.

10. Cut an 8″ length of twine, then thread it through the screw eye to use it as an ornament hanger.

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5-Minute Holiday Food Treats Tutorial


These three delicious holiday treats make great gifts for kids or a fun snow day project! With a few simple craft supplies, you can transform your everyday snacks into something seasonal and fun!

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

Snow Man Donuts

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Googly Eyes
Tape
Three Mini Donuts
Black Felt
Green Pompoms
Red Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Fill your plastic treat bags with three powdered donuts and tie the top. Your donuts should look like three snow balls.

2. Cut a top hat out of black felt. Secure it to the top of the donut treat bag with glue.


3. Use glue to attach two googly eyes to the face of the snowman.
4. Cut a six-inch piece of ribbon and tie it around the snowman’s neck, like a scarf.

5. Finish your snowman by gluing two pompom “buttons” to the front.

Cheese Stick Snowman

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Cheese Sticks
Googly Eyes
Blue Ribbon
Plastic Top Hats
Plastic Treat Bags
Orange Paper

Things to do:
1. Fold the excess plastic down on the top and use a piece of tape to secure it.

2. Glue two google eyes to the front of the cheese stick.
3. Cut a 4-inch piece of blue ribbon and tie it around the neck of the snowman.

4. Cut a small triangle out of orange paper and use glue to attach it to the snowman’s face, making his nose.

5. Use glue to attach the plastic top hat to the top of the cheese stick.

Reindeer Chocolate Bar

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Chocolate Bar
Large Googly Eyes
1-inch Red Pompoms
Brown Felt
Two Candy Canes

Things to do:
1. Cut two ear shapes out of brown felt. Use glue to attach them to the top, back of the chocolate bar.


2. Use tape to secure the candy canes to the back of the chocolate bar. These will be your reindeer’s antlers.

3. Use glue to attach two large googly eyes and a red pompom nose to the front of the chocolate bar.

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DIY Etched Glass Bottles Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 18 and up

Things you’ll need:
Glass Jar with Lid
Glass cleaner
Paper towels
Painter’s tape
Armour Etch Glass Etching Starter Kit

Things to do:
1. Using glass cleaner and a paper towel, clean and dry the glass container.

2. Apply the etching stencils of your choice to the glass, smoothing them out and making sure there are no gaps or creases in the stencil. The stencil should lie smooth against the glass. You can use more than one stencil, if you’d like.

3. Use the paper towel to dab the glass once again and remove any fingerprints you may have left when applying the stencil.

4. Using painter’s tape, tape around the stencil edges and surface of the glass. This will ensure that no etching cream leaks onto the rest of the glass. Smooth the painter’s tape down, especially along the edges.

5. Using the soft bristle brush, apply a thick layer of etching cream to the stencils. The area should be completely covered so that you cannot see the stencil design at all. Leave the etching cream on the surface for 2-3 minutes.

6. Rinse the etching cream under running water until you’ve rinsed away all the cream.

7. Remove the tape and stencil from the glass.

8. Place the stencils on a paper towel to dry.

9. Replace the stencils on the sheet so that you can reuse them again for another project.

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How to Make a Quick Seasonal Floral Arrangement


This lovely holiday arrangement is the perfect decor piece for your mantel or front door. Try your hand at floral arranging and create a piece you’ll treasure for years to come.

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

Things you’ll need:
French Flower Bucket
Ribbon Bow (Learn to tie a bow via Bow Tutorial)
Seasonal Picks (berries, pinecones, ornaments)
Greenery
Wire
Wire Cutters

Things to do:
1. Fill your rustic vase with greenery.


2. Begin filling in the gaps with your seasonal picks. Begin with your largest picks, like berries or bulbs.


3. Cut 3-inch wire pieces and use them to secure your pinecones to the tips of your greenery. This will add depth and dimension to your arrangement.

4. Tie a ribbon around the center of the vase. Add a large bow to the front and trim the ends so they hand down evenly.

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Christmas Play-Doh Party Favors Tutorial


Looking for a cute favor to set out at your holiday party? These Christmas Play-Doh containers will keep your younger guests entertained and they look super cute on display! There are endless Christmas combinations, and all you’ll need is a few simple craft materials. Today, we’ll be showing you how to make the reindeer Play-Doh favor – Once you have the basics down, let your creativity run wild!

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

Things you’ll need:
Play-Doh
Construction Paper
Red and White Pompoms
Red and Blue Ribbon
Black and Brown Pipe Cleaners
Scissors
Craft Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Googly Eyes

Things to do:
1. Measure the sides of your Play-Doh container and cut a piece of red construction paper that will wrap around and fully cover the container. You’ll also need to cut a 1/8-inch white paper strip that will wrap around the rim of the lid and a black paper strip that will wrap around the center of the Play-Doh container.


2. Use craft glue to hold your paper strips in place.




3. Cut a small black square and use craft glue to secure it to the center of your black paper strip. This will be Santa’s belt.

4. Use craft glue to add two googly eyes to the center of the Play-Doh container.


5. Pull a cotton ball apart to create a small beard. Use glue to attach it under the eyes.

6. Roll a piece of red paper into a cone shape and measure it to fit on the top of the Play-Doh lid. Use hot glue to hold it in place.


7. Glue a white pompom to the top of Santa’s hat.

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