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DIY Nautical Napkin Rings

Set sail with these nautical napkin rings! In just a few minutes, you can update your summer table setting, adding a seasonal element.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wood napkin rings
3mm jute rope
Wood anchors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Wrap your napkin ring with jute rope. Use hot glue to secure the ends and wrap it tightly around until the entire surface is covered.
  2. Use hot glue to attach an anchor to the front at a slight angle. Put a dot of hot glue above the top and bottom strands of jute behind the anchor to prevent it from slipping off.
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DIY Anchor Wreath Tutorial

Ships ahoy! This nautical wreath adds a whimsical touch to your summer decor. It’s a quick and easy way to dress up your door and celebrate summer.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
White yarn
Blue yarn
Jute rope (3mm or 7mm)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
12″ styrofoam wreath
Red paint
Anchor
Measuring tape
Pencil
Paint brush
Scissors
Clear coat spray

Things to do:

  1. Measure 3 1/8″ and mark all around the outside edge.
  2. Cut yarn into manageable lengths and wrap wreath form, alternating the blue and white yarn. Use hot glue to secure the ends to the back of your wreath.
  3. Wrap 3″ rope on both sides of the wreath. Use hot glue to secure the ends.
  4. Paint the anchor red.
  5. Hot glue anchor to the wreath.
  6. Tie and small jute loop on the top to hang your wreath from.
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DIY Succulent Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
7″ embroidery hoop
Wire cutters
Wood slices
Reindeer moss
Scissors
Assorted artificial succulents
Hot glue and hot glue gun

Things to do:

  1. Prep the succulents for the wreath. If the succulent has a thick stem that is heavy or inflexible, you can pull the stem from the bottom of the succulent.
  2. Using wire cutters, snip small stems of succulents.
  3. Add a thick line of hot glue to the lower left corner of the embroidery hoop. The line should be the same width as about two wood slices.
  4. Place the two wood slices side by side on the embroidery hoop, pressing them into the hot glue to secure them.
  5. Begin hot gluing succulents around the wood slices. You can place the succulents on the sides and between the wood slices. Don’t worry about stems sticking out; you can hide those later.
  6. Hot glue succulents on the wood slices, again not worrying about visible stems.
  7. Pull small clumps of reindeer moss from the bag. Hot glue the moss onto and around the wood slices, using the moss to hide the stem ends. You can also pull lightly on the reindeer moss to spread it out a little.

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How to Make a Moon Dreamcatcher Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
8″ gold metal craft ring
Cotton yarn
Ruler
Ribbon
Scissor

Things to do:

  1. Fold the cotton yarn into a loop that’s about 3″ long. Place the loop around the metal ring, tying a knot to secure it.
  2. Begin wrapping the yarn around the craft ring.
  3. Wrap until the yarn extends just over halfway around the ring, using the loop as a guide for the midpoint. Tie the yarn in a double knot around the ring, then trim it.
  4. Tie a new length of yarn to the ring near the loop. Place the working yarn behind the ring…
  5. …then bring the yarn up and around the ring and through the center of the loop. Pull gently to tighten.
  6. Repeat across the length of the tied yarn, spacing the loops evenly and ending at the edge of the yarn wraps.
  7. Flip the ring over to the other side, then repeat the loops across, this time looping the yarn through the loops of the previous row. When you reach the edge, just loop the yarn around the metal ring, then flip the ring to the other side to tie loops in the opposite direction.
  8. Continue working back and forth until you have about 6 tied rows, or until you have the desired moon shape.
  9. Cut 7 lengths of 20″-long ribbon.
  10. Fold a piece of ribbon, then lay the folded loop under the craft ring along the bottom.
  11. Pull the ends of the ribbon through the loop, then tighten to secure. Repeat steps 10-11 along the bottom of the ring until you have used each length of ribbon.
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DIY Dip-Dye Ombre Napkins


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

Things you’ll need:
Linen or cotton napkin
Plastic container or stainless steel sink
1 cup salt
Dish detergent
Rubber gloves
Dowel
Clothespins
RIT purple powder dye

Things to do:

  1. Wash and rinse the napkin in warm soapy water to remove any residue. Do not dry the napkin, as it will be placed in the dye bath while wet.
  2. Fill a plastic container or stainless steel sink with 3 gallons of hot water, about 140 degrees. If your water is not hot enough, RIT Dye recommends heating water on the stove and adding it to the container.
  3. While wearing gloves, add the following to the water: 1 cup salt, 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, and 1 pack of RIT dye.
  4. Divide the napkin into three equal sections. Mark each section with a clothespin.
  5. Wrap the napkin around the dowel, leaving the first section of the napkin exposed. If the napkin is too wide for your sink or container, fold it in half before you wrap it.
  6. Dip the first section of the napkin into the dye bath. Remove the clothespin and allow the napkin to soak for 10 minutes. Move the napkin back and forth, as well as up and down, as it is being dyed.
  7. Unwrap the napkin so that the middle section is dipped in the bath. Remove the clothespin. Allow the napkin to soak for 5 minutes, again moving it back and forth periodically. If you need to, clip the top of the napkin with clothespins to hold it in place on the dowel.
  8. Dip the entire napkin into the dye bath for about half a minute, or just until it’s a very light shade.
  9. Remove the napkin from the dye bath. Rinse the napkin in cool water until the water runs clear. Wash and rinse the napkin in warm water, then dry it.

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DIY Succulent Birdhouse Decor Tutorial

This shabby-chic birdhouse is the perfect addition to your indoor decor! Match your paint colors to your interior and update your summer style.

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

Things you’ll need:
Birdhouse
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire cutters
Paint
Paint brushes
Faux succulents
Dried moss

Things to do:

  1. Paint your birdhouse with acrylic paint. I used white paint for the base and trimmed the edges with a light grey paint to add dimension.
  2. Use hot glue to cover the ledges of your birdhouse with moss. Pull the moss into a thin sheet before applying, so you don’t add too much bulk.
  3. Trim the stems off of your succulents and use hot glue to attach them to the moss.
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Patriotic USA Door Hanger Tutorial

Adorn your front door with this patriotic door hanger! In just a few minutes, you can create this cute, wreath alternative and celebrate freedom in style.

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

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint (red, white and blue)
Foam brush
Wooden stars
Wooden letters
Ribbon
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Craft glue

Things to do:

  1. Paint your wooden stars red, white and blue.
  2. Paint your “USA” letter red, white and blue.
  3. Use craft glue to attach the letters to the stars.
  4. Space your stars out evenly and cut a length of jute to run up and down the back of the stars, leaving a 7″ loop at the top.
  5. Use hot glue to secure the jute to the backs of the stars.
  6. Tie a bow with your ribbon and use hot glue to attach it to the jute loop 2″ from the top.
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DIY Liberty Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

This red, white and blue wreath is perfect for summer! Hang it on your front door or inside to celebrate freedom!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age Range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Ribbon (1,2,3,4,5)
Scissors
Chalk markers
Ruler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Cardstock
Straight pins
Bakers twine

Things to do:

  1. Tie ribbon around the Styrofoam wreath, varying colors and patterns until the entire surface is covered. There should be approximately 4 inches of ribbon beyond the wreath form.
  2. Trim ribbon ends in a “V” shape.
  3. Adjust the ribbon pieces until the wreath lays flat and even.
  4. Tie a ribbon loop on the wreath to use as a hanger.
  5. Cut small triangles out of red, white and blue cardstock. The triangles should measure approximately 1.5″ long x 1″ wide.
  6. Use chalk markers to write on the paper flags.
  7. Use hot glue to attach the paper flags to a piece of baker’s twine.
  8. Insert straight pins on both sides of the wreath, leaving 1/2 ” of the pin sticking out.
  9. Wrap the twine around the pins until the banner hangs evenly. Push in the pins to secure.
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Make Your Own Fourth of July Door Hanger Tutorial

Celebrate summer with this patriotic door hanger! This is great project to enlist your kids’ help on – They will have fun painting the cutouts and helping you glue the pieces together to create this fun decoration.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
“4” Wood cutout
Chipboard letters
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Craft glue
Acrylic paint (red, white and blue)
Foam brush

Things to do:

  1. Paint your “4” cutout red. Let the shape dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Next, you’ll need to paint your letters. Paint the “J” and “L” blue and the “U” and “Y” white.
  3. Use craft glue to secure the letters to the “4” cutout.
  4. Use hot glue to attach a long ribbon hanger to the back of the “4”.
  5. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie a large bow at the top of the hanger.
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DIY Yard Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Get outside and play with this larger-than-life Tic-Tac-Toe game! This is the perfect summer yard game – It’s easy to transport and kids will have hours of fun arranging the letters!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letters (X and O)
Acrylic paint (red, white, and blue)
Foam pouncer
White rope
Scissors
Foam brush
Clear coat finish

Things to do:

  1. Paint your X’s and O’s white with a foam brush. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on.
  2. Paint a stripe pattern on your X’s. Use painter’s tape to create the pattern and fill in the gaps with paint on a foam brush.
  3. Use your foam pouncer to create polka dots on your O’s.
  4. Cut four pieces of white rope, all measuring 1 yard in length.
  5. Spray your X’s and O’s with clear coat finishing spray.
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