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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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DIY Boho Yarn Wall Hanging

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
7″ gold craft ring
Scissors
Yarn in colors of your choice
Ruler or yardstick

Things to do:
1. Begin cutting strands of yarn to 46″ long. The number of strands you cut depends on the weight of each yarn strand, so you can cut several strands to start and cut more later as you need them.

2. Grab one strand and fold it in half. Place it under the ring with the loop inside.

3. Pull the ends of the yarn through the loop.

4. Pull to tighten the strand around the hoop.

5. Continue to add more strands around the hoop.

6. When you’re ready for a new yarn, add more strands right next to the first group of strands.

7. Work your way around the bottom of the ring.

8. As you add more strands, continue working your way around the ring until the entire ring is covered with yarn.

9. To hang the ring, pick up the ring from the top and allow the strands on the top of the ring to hang behind the ring and behind the other yarn strands.

10. Cut another strand of yarn that’s about 8-10″ long. Tie one end of the strand to the top left of the ring.

11. Tie the other end to the top right of the ring, trying to balance the tie as best you can on the top of the ring. Push the yarn strands around the ties to hide the knots. Trim the yarn ends, if you’d like, or just leave them as they are.

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DIY Floral Dream Catcher Wall Hanging


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

Things you’ll need:
Wire cutters
Blue flowering pip berry spray
Pink plum blossom spray
Cloth covered floral wire
6″ embroidery hoop
Scissors
Gray macrame cord

Things to do:
1. Using wire cutters, cut away small branches from the floral sprays.

2. Decide how you want to arrange your flowers on the side of the hoop. Bend the flowers so that they are the same shape as the hoop’s side.

3. Using floral wire, wrap the floral pieces around the hoop. Wrap only the main branches, making sure the smaller branches are free to open out to the side. Trim the floral wire with wire cutters.

4. Cut nine strands of macrame rope that are each 26″ long.

5. Turn the embroidery hoop so that the flowers face down. Fold the rope in half, then slide the loop under the hoop.

6. Pull the ends of the rope through the loop.

7. Pull the rope taut to secure it around the hoop.

8. Continue to wrap the rope around the hoop until you have attached all nine strands.

9. If you’d like, move the rope over to cover the edge of the floral. Arrange the rope so that it evenly covers the bottom half of the hoop.

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DIY Spring Farmhouse Wall Pocket Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Wooden pendants
Chicken wire
E6000 glue
Scissors
Artificial flowers
Clothespins
Natural vine wire rope
Craft glue
Wire cutters
Sheet moss

Things to do:
1. Lay your pendant on a sheet of chicken wire and cut a piece large enough to wrap around the edges of your wooden pedant, with roughly 1-inch extra on all sides.


2. Wrap the chicken wire around the pendant, bending the edges around the wood to hold it in place. There should be a gap between the wire and the wood on the front, where you can slide your flowers and moss in.

3. Sandwich the wire between a second pendant, using E6000 Glue. Pin the edges with clothespins to hold the pieces in place while the glue dries.


4. Cut a piece of sheet moss just larger than your pendant and slide it down in the chicken wire.

5. Fill the planter with artificial flowers.

6. Finish the planter by adding a natural vine wire rope hanger. Wrap the wire around the edges of the planter and display.

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DIY Easter Egg Topiary Tutorial


Welcome spring with a fresh piece of home decor! This Easter egg topiary looks lovely on your table for Easter or shelves all season long.

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

Things you’ll need:
Halved wooden eggs
Acrylic paint
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Styrofoam cone
Moss

Things to do:
1. Paint your wooden eggs. Start with a base coat and when it’s dry, add bright pattern details. Try polka dots or small “x” shapes.



2. Next, we’re going to attach the eggs to our Styrofoam tree. Apply a thin layer of hot glue on the back of the egg and attach it directly to the Styrofoam form.
3. When all of your eggs are attached, fill in the gaps with artificial moss. Be careful to apply it nice and thick, so the Styrofoam doesn’t show through.

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DIY Burlap Easter Bunny Door Hanger


Welcome spring with this adorable door decoration! This burlap bunny perfectly complements shabby-chic home decor, extending your personal style to your front door!

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

Things you’ll need:
10-inch embroidery hoop
8-inch embroidery hoop
Print fabric
Burlap fabric
Green felt
Large pom pom
Fabric rosettes
Packing Tape
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, loosen the screws on your embroidery hoop and tape them together in the center.


2. Next, fill your embroidery hoops with burlap fabric. Lay a piece over both hoops and slide the centers in, holding the fabric in place.


3. Trim the excess fabric, leaving a bit extra around the edges. When you’ve finished trimming, use hot glue to tuck the excess fabric under the back of the hoops.

4. Next, we’re going to add the ears. Cut a 12-inch x 4-inch piece of burlap and fold it in half length wise. Round the edges, so they look like ears. Use a piece of jute to secure the ears to the top of the bunny rabbit.


5. Stick your rosettes on a piece of green felt. Cut out leaf-shaped pieces around the rosettes. Use glue to attach the felt to the top of the bunny.


6. Use your patterned fabric to tie a bow and attach it to the front of your bunny, where the embroidery hoops are attached.


7. Finish your bunny by using hot glue to attach a large pompom tail.

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Vintage Doily Arrangement Wall Hanging Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30-45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Ecru oblong crochet doily
Sewing pins
Sewing machine or sewing needle and thread
Jute twine
Scissors
Wire cutters
Dark Green Artificial Eucalyptus Spray
2 floral foam blocks
Mauve mum
White rose bush

Things to do:
1. Fold the doily in half, bringing the shorter ends together. Using sewing pins, pin the edges together.

2. Using either a sewing machine or a sewing needle and thread, sew the two edges together about 1″ in from the edge. If you’re using a sewing machine, set your stitch length to a shorter length (we used 2.0). Be mindful as you’re sewing and be sure that the delicate doily doesn’t get caught in the sewing machine foot.

3. Using the wire cutters, cut stems from each floral piece that you plan to use. Don’t worry about not cutting enough; you can always cut more later if you want to add additional flowers or greenery.

4. Insert the two foam blocks inside the doily.

5. Begin adding floral stems to the foam blocks, pushing them firmly into the blocks. Try to vary the height of each stem.

6. Continue to add floral and greenery to the foam block until you’re happy with the arrangement.

7. Cut a 50″ length of twine. Thread the twine through the doily near the front corner, then knot one end securely.

8. Thread the other end of the twine through the doily on the opposite side, this time on the back. Knot the end securely.

9. If you’d like, fold the doily down in the front to reveal more of your floral stems. Hang the arrangement on a door knob or on the wall.

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DIY Fancy Pink Glitter Clock


The DIY Pink Glitter Clock is ready to add a little glam to any room. Here is how to make your own fancy clock.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 days
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Fancy Chalkboard Clock Face
All-Purpose Spray Adhesive
Blush Pink Extra Fine Glitter
Cameo Pink Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Walnut Hollow Clock Movement with Quartz Hands
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray
Assorted White Flat Back Adhesive Pearl Embellishments
Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre *optional

Things to do:
1. Paint the edges of the clock with the Cameo Pink Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint. Allow paint to fully dry. One coat of paint is sufficient.

2. Paint the front of the Fancy Clock Face. Since, we will be adding glitter on top, there is no need for full coverage paint. Allow the pink paint to fully dry.

3. You may either use Spray Adhesive or Mod Podge to add the glitter. For this project, I prefer spray adhesive. Spray Adhesive is best used in a well ventilated area, so if that is not possible, Mod Podge may be the better option.

4. Grab a container and lay a single piece of paper inside.

5. Spray one small side edge of the fancy clock with the spray adhesive (or brush on Mod Podge.) Then, pour on the glitter onto same side of clock over the piece of paper lined container. Wait a few seconds then shake off excess glitter. Be sure to do the above step in small sections or glitter will fall off too early as you turn the clock.

6. Repeat step 5 until one side of the clock is finished. Allow the glitter to dry then repeat on opposite side of the clock. Once glitter is dry, touch up any spots with more spray adhesive and more glitter.

7. Once the sides of the clock are dry, fold the piece of paper in half and pour the excess glitter back into the container.

8. Spray the front of the fancy clock with the spray adhesive in well ventilated area. Then over the container lined with the piece of paper pour on glitter to the front of the clock.
9. Repeat step 8 until you have reached your desired coverage of glitter. Then allow the clock to dry completely.

10. Once the glitter on the front of the clock is completely dry, spray the clock with Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray. Then spray the edges of the clock as well. Allow sealer to dry. Do not fret. When the clock is still wet, the glitter may look a little clumpy, however once dry it will have a smooth glittery finish.


11. Determine the size of Assorted White Flat Back Adhesive Pearl Embellishments you wish to use.

12. Stick one pearl in the all four edges of the clock, representing 12, 3, 6, and 9.

13. Assemble and insert clock maker kit per labeled instructions.

Viola, you now have your own DIY Fancy Pink Glitter Clock.

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DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus drying time.
Age range: 15+

Things you will need:
Mason Jar
Gloss White Spray Paint with Primer
Galvanized Make-Your-Own Dispenser Kit
Mod Podge
Key West Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Mint Canvas Fabric Roses
Ivory Artificial Rose Heads
Iridescent Double Row Bling Sticker Roll

Things to do:
1. In well ventilated area, spray the mason jar with primer. Set aside to dry. I dry mine on a wooden dowel rod placed inside a floral foam block.

2. Paint the primed mason jar with the Key West Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint. Let mason jar dry completely between coats. I used 3 coats of paint.
3. Once dry, cover the entire mason jar with a coat of Mod Podge, as a sealant.

4. Heat up glue gun. Then, glue on three flowers onto the front of the mason jar. The Mint Canvas already has a self adhesive on the back, however, I also used hot glue, so the flower would adhere longer to the mason jar.

5. Attach the Galvanized Make-Your-Own Dispenser Kit. Since, I used a smaller jar, I trimmed the dip tube with scissors to better fit the mason jar.

6. Peel away the backing of the Iridescent Double Row Bling Sticker Roll. Then, position the bling roll onto the lid of the mason jar dispenser kit. Wrap the bling roll around the entire lid, then trim the end, overlapping the rhinestones just a little.

7. Peel away the backing of the Iridescent Double Row Bling Sticker Roll. Then, position the bling roll onto the front of the mason jar. Wrap the bling roll around the entire mason jar, then trim the end, overlapping the rhinestones just a little.

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DIY JOY Holiday Letter Decor


Bring Joy to the world with your own faux snow covered Joy sign. Here is how to make your own:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you will need:
JOY Holiday Letter DIY Kit
Krylon Glitter Blast Cherry Bomb Glitter Spray Paint
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray
Aleene’s True Glittered Snow
White Extra Fine Glitter
Red and White Baker’s Twine

Things to do:
1. Spray the wooden letters J and Y with the Krylon Glitter Blast Cherry Bomb Glitter Spray Paint. Set aside to dry, repeat coats if desired. I only used one coat of paint.

2. When the letters have dried, with a small paint brush, brush on a layer of Aleene’s True Glitter Snow on the top of the letter J. Then dab on more leaving little spikes of snow.
3. Before the Aleene’s glitter snow dries, over a paper lined container, pour on some white extra fine glitter on top of the snow. Shake off excess glitter.

4. Repeat with the lower part of the J, only going up about a quarter of the way.
5. With a clean paint brush, gently brush off any excess white glitter on the red part of the J.

6. Repeat with the top of the letter Y. Set both letters aside to dry.

7. When finished with glitter, fold paper in half and pour the glitter back into the container.

8. Tightly tie on the Letters J and Y onto the O wreath with the red and white bakers twine. Add an additional strand at the top if hanging.

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