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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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How to Make Quick Patriotic Luminaries

Light up the night with this patriotic lantern! This mason jar craft only takes a few minutes and looks lovely as a centerpiece for your picnic table during the warm summer months!

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

Things you’ll need:
American flag
Tealights
Sand
Scissors
Ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Remove the stick from the flag.
  2. Place the flag inside the glass jar, so it covers three sides of the mason jar.
  3. Pour sand in the jar.
  4. Place the tealight in the middle of the sand.
  5. Use hot glue to cover the rim of the jar with ribbon.
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DIY Embroidery Hoop Loom and Weaving Wall Hanging


This is a great project for scrap yarns. You can use a variety of weights and colors. The heavier your yarn, the faster you’ll complete this project.

>Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 3-4 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
6″ embroidery hoop
Tape
Yarn in a variety of colors
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Things to do:
1. Separate the two pieces of the embroidery hoop. Set aside the piece with the screw for now.

2. Tape a yarn tail to the outside edge of the hoop.

3. Begin crisscrossing the yarn across the hoop, making the space between the wraps as even as possible. As you wrap, pull tightly.

4. Continue wrapping until you have filled the entire hoop with wraps.

5. Cut the yarn near the edge of the embroidery hoop, then tape the tail in place.

6. Cut a long strand of yarn and thread it through the tapestry needle. Insert the needle from back to front through the wraps, leaving a long tail on the back for weaving in later.

7. Working only on the front wraps of the hoop, begin weaving the tapestry needle through the wraps, alternating over and under each wrap.

8. Pull the tapestry needle through the wraps, being careful not to pull the excess tail through.

9. Using the tapestry needle, push the woven yarn toward the middle of the wraps.

10. Continue weaving the yarn around the center. The weaving should alternate so that if the yarn went over a wrap in the previous round, it should now go under the wrap. This is a bit tricky at first since the center wraps are so close together, so just do the best you can.

11. Keep weaving until you have a few inches left in your strand of yarn. Thread the embroidery needle through the back, leaving a long tail that you’ll weave in later.

12. Cut a second strand of yarn, then thread it through the tapestry needle. Insert the tapestry needle from back to front through the weaving, leaving a long tail for weaving in later.

13. This time, instead of moving around in a circle, if you’d like you can work in small sections. We started this purple strand with just a couple of wraps, then slowly picked up wraps on each side as we progressed toward the edge of the hoop.

14. Continue weaving different colors, working either around the hoop or in small sections like we did here.

15. Weave until you have filled as much of the hoop as you’d like. We left some space around the outside edge of our weaving.

16. Flip the weaving over to the wrong side where all the yarn tails are. Using the tapestry needle, weave the tails into the wraps on the back of the hoop to secure them. Trim the tails, if necessary.

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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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