Category: For the Home

DIY Rustic Christmas Star Wall Hanging

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This beautiful star looks lovely displayed on your front door as an alternative Christmas wreath! Try adding different varieties of greenery and seasoned ribbons to match your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paint stir sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Stain
Foam brush
Jute
Artificial greenery
Pip berries
Bells
Dish towel
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Start by staining your wooden paddles. Use a foam brush to thoroughly cover 5 paddles and let them dry completely.
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2. Next, assemble your star using hot glue.
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3. Trim two pieces of greenery and a length of berries. Secure them together by wrapping jute around the top inch of your stems.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the greenery bunch to your star.
5. String jute through the top of your bells and tie them to the star, just above the greenery.
6. Use scissors to cut a length of dishtowel that is 1/2 -inch wide. Tie the ends to create a loop and use hot glue to attach it to the top of your star and use it to display your rustic star.
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DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath

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Celebrate fall with a colorful, leaf wreath! This artificial leaf wreath looks lovely displayed on your front door or on a shelf, adding a seasonal touch to your home decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Artificial leaves

Things to do:
1. Start filling in your wreath form with your largest artificial leaves. Run a line of hot glue down the center of the leaf and hold it in place until the glue dries. Be sure to vary the colors of leaves to add depth to your wreath.
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2. When you’ve covered a majority of the surface, move on to a different color or side of leaves and start filling in the white space.
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3. If there is any white space remaining, go in with a few more large leaves and patch the empty space. (Don’t forget the sides – they’ll be visible when your wreath is on display!)
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DIY Rustic Wood Slice Chalkboard Sign

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Create a versatile chalkboard sign, using a large piece of wood slice. These signs can be customized any way you see fit, and makes a great adornment to any home, during any season!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30+ minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Large wood slice
Chalkboard paint
Jute twine
Foam brush
Faux succulents (or any other addition you wish)
Drill
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using chalkboard paint, paint the front of your food slice (the smoothest side works best).
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2. Allow to dry.
3. Drill two holes at the top of your sign on each end of the sign.
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4. Use jute twine, and string through the back of your sign one each side. Once through, tie knots large enough to keep your twine from sliding back through the hole.
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5. Using your hot glue, and embellishments, decorate the sides of your sign.
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DIY Rustic Doily Crate

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Adding the simple addition of a paper doily is a surprising way to spruce up and give some rustic flair to your home decor! Follow these simple instructions to create a lovely rustic piece that makes a great addition to any home!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Wooden crate
Paper doily
Mod Podge
Paintbrush
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Position your doily on to your crate where you desire to place a specific location of the doily. Fold it over the edges creating a pattern for easy cutting.
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2. Cut out your doily piece.
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3. Using a paint brush, coat one side of your doily with Mod Podge. Make sure the doily is completely covered.
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4. Attach your paper doily to your crate. Smooth it in to place, and remove any air bubbles.
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5. Using your paintbrush, paint the top layer of your paper doily and the surrounding edges. Be sure to saturate the doily, and cover the entire piece. Allow to dry.
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DIY Autumn Marigold Wreath

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Adorn your door with a beautiful autumn boutique! This floral wreath adds festive fall colors to your home and will last all season long.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Artificial marigolds
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Remove the blooms from your fall bouquet by pulling on the stem.
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2. Arrange your flowers on the Styrofoam wreath, being careful to vary the colors and sizes of the blooms.
3. When you’ve found an arrangement you like, apply a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the flowers and press them firmly into the Styrofoam.
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4. Display your wreath and enjoy!
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DIY Patriotic Candle Holder

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These mason jar candle holders make the perfect, easy, DIY centerpieces for any summer get together!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars
Flameless tea lights
Glass gems
Small American flags

Things to do:
1. Remove the mason jar lid.
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2. Remove the stick and the binding from the flag.
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3. Place the flag inside the mason jar so it rests against the “back” of the jar.
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4. Fill the jar about a third of the way with clear and white gems.
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5. Place the flameless tea light on top of the gems.
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How to Make a Bandana Pillow Tutorial

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Bandana crafts are super popular every summer. Decorate your porch with these easy bandana pillows!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1.5 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
1 or 2 bandanas
Fleece (I used one bandana and backed my pillow with fleece)
Scissors
Sewing machine
Poly-fil stuffing
Hand-sewing needle

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of fleece the same size as your bandana. *optional
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2. With right sides together and using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew all the way around the the pillow. Leave a 1-2 inch gap before reaching the starting point.
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3. Flip the pillow right side through the hole.
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4. Stuff the pillow to desired stiffness.
5. Sew the hole shut using a ladder stitch.

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DIY Felt Letter Board

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Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1hr+
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Frame
Felt– amount will vary depending on the size of your frame.
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Dowel rods (We used the 12″ L x 1/8″ Dia. 22 pack – and used around a pack and a half) Amount will vary on the size of your frame.
Scissors
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Remove the backing from your fame as well as the glass. You will not need the glass.
2. Measure the width of the inside of the frame. (you can glue your dowels to the edges of the frame or on the frame backing, so measure accordingly.)
3. Cut your dowels to the fit the length of your backing, or edges of the frame, according to your measurement.
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4. Cut your felt into strips to cover your dowels. Use your measurement from the frame to create your length. Width should be somewhere between 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 inches, this will depend on the size of the dowel you choose to use. You can lay your dowel onto your felt and determine how much felt you will need to completely cover your dowel to get your best measurement if needed.
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5. Fold the felt around the dowel to give the felt and indention hold the dowel in place. Then add your line of glue.
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6. Fold the felt over and push the glue towards the dowel to get the best hold/seal possible.
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7. Once your hot glue had dried, trim the excess felt, leaving your line about 1/2 inch.
8. Glue your lines on to your frame backing or one the edges of the width of the frame. Tip: Gluing the pieces to the frame seems to create a more uniform look and uses less glue, however on the backing of the frame, is a bit more sturdy and your letters still stay in place.
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9. Once everything is dry, place your backing back on your frame.
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DIY Scandinavian Inspired Leather Coasters

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These intricate leather coasters will protect your wooden surfaces in style. Inspired by minimal, Scandinavian design, they complement modern home decor perfectly.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large and small metal hoops
Leather cord
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of leather cord (about 2-yards) and use hot glue to attach the end to your large metal hoop.
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2. Wrap it around the large hoop five times.
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3. Place your smaller hoop in the center and wrap the cord around it once.
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4. Wrap the cord around the large hoop five more times and then slide the cord through the smaller hoop again.
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5. Continue wrapping until you’ve gone all the way around your outside hoop.
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6. Use hot glue to attach the end of the leather cord to the hoop.
7. Slide a bead on the remaining cord and knot the end. Trim any excess.
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5-Minute Felt Monogram Banner Tutorial

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Trying to decorate your child’s bedroom on a budget? This adorable felt banner dresses up an empty wall and will make the space feel like their very own. Play with different colors to complement their decor theme or let them pick the palette!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felts sheets
Scissors
Pen
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wooden dowel
Leather cord

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the letter you want on your banner. Trace it onto a piece of felt and cut out the shape.
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2. Next, we’re going to cut a “v” shape out of the bottom of our banner. Fold it in half and draw a line from the corner to the edge, about 2-inches up. Cut along the line.DIY_Felt_Monogram_Banner3
3. Use hot glue to attach your felt letter to the middle of your banner piece.
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4. Draw a line of hot glue along the top of your banner piece and attach it to your wooden dowel.
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5. Cut a piece of leather cord and tie both ends to the sides of your dowel.
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6. Display your banner and enjoy!
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