Category: General Crafts

DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Take your Tic Tac Toe on the go! This game is great for long car rides or long restaurant waits. Pack up the pieces in your handy travel bag and bring the fun with you wherever you go.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap bag
Rocks
Acrylic paint (red, yellow, black, white)
Craft glue
Felt
Scissors
Clear coat finish
Paint brushes
Small google eyes

Things to do:

  1. Cut four strips of felt measuring
    64 1/2 ” x 1/4 “.
  2. Glue the felt strips on the front of your burlap bag, creating a Tic Tac Toe board.
  3. Paint your ladybugs. Start with red paint and cover the entire surface of the rock. When your red paint is dry, paint 1/4 of the rock black, add black dots and a black stripe down the back. When the black is dry, add a white mouth.
  4. Paint your bees. Start with yellow paint and cover the entire surface of the rock. When the yellow paint is dry, paint 1/4 of the rock black and add black stripes. When the black paint is dry, add white wings.
  5. Use craft glue to attach google eyes to your ladybugs and bees.
  6. Finally, spray your bees and ladybugs with a clear coat to protect their paint. Now you’re ready for a good game of bees vs. ladybugs!
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DIY Nautical-Inspired Monogram Tutorial

Ships ahoy! This nautical initial is the perfect project for sailors and sea-lovers alike! All you need is a few basic supplies to set sail!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Anchor
Acrylic paint (red and blue)
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
3mm rope
Clear coat spray
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Paint your paper mache letter blue. Be sure to cover the inside edges and back too!
  2. Paint your anchor red.
  3. Use hot glue to run a piece of jute around the edges of your paper mache letter.
  4. Glue anchor to your paper mache letter.
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How to Make Your Own Watermelon Coasters

Add a summery pop to your home decor with these watermelon coasters! All you need is a little paint to transform a set of cork coasters into something festive and fun.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cork coasters
Acrylic paint (red, green, and white)
Black marker
Spray finish
Paint brushes

Things to do:

  1. Paint your cork coasters red and let them dry completely.
  2. Add white paint around the boarder.
  3. Paint green around the outer circle, smoothing the line where the red and white paint meet.
  4. Use your black marker to add seeds.
  5. Spray the painted coaster with finishing spray to seal it.
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DIY Celebrate Banner Tutorial

Let’s celebrate! This lovely banner is a quick way to decorate for a birthday party, baby shower or wedding. You can customize it with different colors of flowers or write a special message of your own.

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

Things you’ll need:
Banner
Letters
Tacky glue
Ribbon
Artificial flowers (small)
Moss
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Use tacky glue to secure your “celebrate” letters to the banner.
  2. Trim the blooms from your artificial flower bunches.
  3. Decorate the banner, layering moss and flowers with hot glue.
  4. String your pendants on a piece of ribbon of your choice.
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How to Make a Pineapple Luminary

Light up your summer table with these adorable, pineapple luminaries! These lamps are the perfect seasonal centerpiece, taking your picnic or party to the next level.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Acrylic paint (yellow and green)
Black paint pen
Paint brush
Green felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Battery tea lights

Things to do:

  1. Paint your mason jar with yellow acrylic paint. Let the surface dry entirely before applying a second coat.
  2. Paint your mason jar lid green.
  3. Add black “v”s around the jar, using your paint pen.
  4. Cut 1 1/2 ” wide strips of felt.
  5. Trim the tops of the strips to look like leaves. All of your strips should be different lengths.
  6. Glue two strips together to make them stiffer so that they can stand on their own.
  7. Cut slits at the bottom ends of your felt strips to create little footings.
  8. Fold the felt strips in half and spread out the slits to glue it to the lid of your jar. Add all of the leaves in a round bunch.
  9. Add a tea light to the luminary.
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Reverse Star Nail Art Step-by-Step Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint in Bimini Blue
Foam paint brush
Hammer
Pencil
Ruler
Square wood plaque
Template (printed from any fair-use online site or punched using cardstock and a craft punch)
Yarn
Scissors
White distressed nails

Things to do:

  1. Apply two coats of acrylic paint to the wood plaque, allowing the paint to dry between coats.
  2. Decide on a template for the center. It can be any shape. We used cardstock and a craft punch to create a star template, but you can also find a fair-rights template online, print it, and cut it out.
  3. Place the template in the center of the plaque. If you’d like, you can add double-sided tape to hold the template in place.
  4. Begin marking nail marks at each point of the star.
  5. Using a ruler, make one pencil marking in the center of each segment.
  6. Mark 1/2 ” increments along all four edges of the plaque.
  7. Hammer a nail on each marking around the star.
  8. Continue around until you have nailed around the entire star.
  9. Hammer a nail on each marking around the outside edges of the plaque, then remove the template from inside the star.
  10. Tie the yarn around any outer corner of the plaque using a double knot.
  11. Begin stringing the yarn back and forth from the outside to the inside nails, wrapping the yarn around the nail to secure it.
  12. Continue to work your way around the star. For some nails, you may need to wrap around the nail more than once to keep the wraps even. Just be sure to wrap within one section at a time, always making sure the outside and inside nails line up as best as you can.
  13. When you’ve wrapped the entire star, knot the yarn around the final nail. Trim.
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Flower String Art Step-by-Step Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour, including time for paint to dry
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wood pallet canvas
Pewter gray acrylic paint
Foam brush
Pencil
Hammer
Ruler
Scrap green yarn or embroidery thread
White cotton yarn
White distressed nails
Scissors
Cardstock

Things to do:

  1. Paint two coats of acrylic paint onto the wood pallet. Allow the paint to dry.
  2. Trace a circle template onto cardstock using a template. Note that this is the size your flower will be, so choose a size based on that. (We used the top of a paper cup.) Cut out the template.
  3. Place the circle on the pallet where you want the flower. If you’d like, you can tape the cardstock to the wood so it won’t move around.
  4. Place a nail at the edge of the circle in any spot and hammer it in. Ideally the nail will go as far as possible into the wood without popping out on the other side.
  5. Using a pencil and ruler, mark 1/2 ” increments around the entire circle, working out from the first nail.
  6. Add nails around the circle one at a time, nailing them into the marks you made.
  7. Continue hammering until you have a nail on each pencil marking.
  8. Remove the template from inside the circle. If you can’t get the template to lift easily, you can use the pencil to pull it up.
  9. Add one final nail in the corner of the wood for the stem of the flower.
  10. Using a scrap piece of green embroidery floss or yarn, Tie a knot around the corner nail. Wrap the floss up and around the flower nail that’s diagonal to the corner nail.
  11. Wrap the green floss around the two nails a few more times, then knot and trim the floss close to the knot.
  12. Tie a knot of cotton yarn around one of the flower nails. It doesn’t matter where you start. Trim the yarn close to the knot and tuck it towards the middle of the flower to hide it.
  13. Wrap the yarn around the nail that’s directly across from the first nail.
  14. Wrap the yarn around the first nail again, then wrap the yarn up and around the nail just to the left of the top nail you wrapped in step 13.
  15. Wrap the yarn around the nail to the right of the knotted nail. Notice that you’re wrapping the nail that’s straight across from the nail you just wrapped.
  16. Continue wrapping the flower, moving to the right and left of the previously wrapped nails and always wrapping the nail straight across from the previously wrapped nail.
  17. Wrap until each nail has a piece of yarn wrapped around it.
  18. Knot the cotton yarn around the last nail you wrapped. Trim it close to the knot, then push the yarn toward the center of the flower.

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Rhinestone Star Brooch Necklace Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Rhinestone stars
Sandpaper
Wire
1/4″ Mint green ribbon
Jewelry pliers
Wire cutters
10mm jump rings
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Using the pliers, grasp the pin on the back of a rhinestone star. Pull it away gently to remove it from the star.
  2. Rub the back of the star with sandpaper to remove any sharp pieces.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you have a total of nine stars.
  4. Using wire cutters, cut a length of wire that’s about 18″ long. Insert the wire across the back of a rhinestone star, leaving a 3-4″ length of wire as you pull it through.
  5. Wrap a loop around the edge of the star to hold it in place on the wire.
  6. Add a second star, again inserting the wire behind the star and wrapping a loop around the edge to hold the star in place.
  7. Repeat steps 4-5 until you have five stars strung onto the wire.
  8. Now you’ll begin the second row of stars. Insert the wire through the bottom of the last star.
  9. Add the first star of the second row by inserting the wire behind the star.
  10. Insert the wire through the bottom of the second star of the first row, nesting the second-row star between two stars of the first row.
  11. Add a second star on the second row, again inserting the wire behind the star.
  12. Continue across the row until you have a total of four stars. As you you’re your way across, you can adjust the wire to arrange the stars any way you’d like.
  13. Wrap the loose wire around the last star. Cut the wire with wire cutters, then squeeze the wire against the star with the flat-nosed pliers so that there are no wires poking out.
  14. Repeat step 13 with the second wire tail on the first row.
  15. Using pliers, open a jump ring. Do not pull the ring apart at the center as this will weaken it.
  16. Slide the jump ring through the edge of the last star on the first row. Close the jump ring using the pliers.
  17. Cut two lengths of ribbon that are about 46″ long. Insert one length of ribbon through the jump ring, folding the ribbon in half.
  18. Repeat steps 15-17 with the second length of ribbon. Tie the necklace in a bow to secure it.
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How to Make a Finger Knit Bracelet

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Super bulky yarn
Scissors
Blunt tapestry needle

Things to do:

  1. Grasp the end of the yarn with your thumb. Wrap the yarn behind your forefinger and in front of your middle finger.
  2. Wrap the yarn behind your ring finger and in front of your pinky finger.
  3. Working in the opposite direction, wrap the yarn behind your pinky, in front of your ring finger, behind your middle finger, and in front of your forefinger.
  4. Push the yarn down on your fingers.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 to wrap a second row of yarn.
  6. Starting with the forefinger, pull the bottom loop over the top loop and off your finger.
  7. Repeat step 6 on your middle finger.
  8. Continue across your fingers, pulling the loops over until only one row of loops remain. Push the loops down onto your fingers.
  9. Repeat steps 3-8 again. Note that after you have worked a few rows, you can let go of the yarn tail.
  10. The bracelet will begin growing behind your fingers. As you work, pull the bracelet down to elongate the loops.
  11. Continue to repeat steps 3-8 until the bracelet is the desired length.
  12. To fasten off the bracelet, place the loop from your forefinger onto your middle finger.
  13. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop and off your finger.
  14. Continue across the row, moving the loop from one finger to the next, until you have one loop left on your pinky finger.
  15. Remove the loop from your finger. Trim the yarn, leaving a tail that’s about 6″ long. Slip the yarn tail through the loop and pull to secure it.
  16. Thread the yarn tail through a blunt needle. Sew the ends of the bracelet together to form a circle.
  17. Weave the ends of both yarn tails through the bracelet, then trim the ends. The bracelet will stretch slightly, so you can slide it over your hand and onto your wrist.

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Home State Applique Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Printer
Fabric
Tracing tool such as a pen
Red and blue felt
10-inch embroidery hoop
Embroidery needle and floss
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Find the outline of your home state online. Print it, then cut it out. Place the state face down on a piece of felt. Using a marking tool, trace the outline of the state onto the felt.
  2. Cut out the traced outline. Some states have jagged borders, but do your best to cut around those.
  3. Draw a small heart on red felt, then cut it out.
  4. Separate a 26″-long piece of embroidery floss that matches the red felt, pulling two strands away from the floss. Thread an embroidery needle with the two strands of floss, then knot the end.
  5. Place the heart over the location of your hometown, then sew a running stitch all the way around the heart.
  6. When the heart is secured, flip the state over, knot the floss, and trim it.
  7. Cut two pieces of fabric that are slightly larger than the embroidery hoop. One piece of fabric will be the background, and the other will just help stabilize the hoop; the second piece of fabric can be a scrap fabric since no one will see it.
  8. Iron the two pieces of fabric, then center them over the part of the hoop without hardware with the background fabric on top.
  9. Slide the part of the hoop with the hardware over the other part of the hoop, making sure the fabric is tight like a drum. Screw the top of the hoop to secure the fabric, then place the felt state on the fabric, centering it.
  10. Cut a 26″ long piece of embroidery floss. Separate two strands from the floss, then thread the two strands through an embroidery needle. Knot the ends.
  11. Pull the embroidery needle from the back up through the front, right next to the felt piece at any point.
  12. Insert the needle into the felt about 1/4 ” from the edge to create a straight line.
  13. Pull the needle through from front to back. This is your first whip stitch.
  14. Pull the needle up from back to front, about 1/4 ” from the first stitch.
  15. Continue whip stitching all the way around the state, making the stitches as even as possible.
  16. Once you’ve worked all the way around the state, turn the work over to the back. Slide the needle through a nearby stitch, then knot and trim the embroidery floss.
  17. Cut around the fabric to trim away any excess at the corners.
  18. Cut a piece of embroidery floss that’s slightly longer than the circumference of the embroidery hoop. Leave enough room to tie off the embroidery floss. Thread the floss through a needle, then sew a running stitch all the way around the hoop, leaving several inches of floss when you begin and gathering the fabric as you stitch.
  19. When you reach the starting point again, pull both ends of thread to gather the fabric tightly around the back of the hoop. Tie the two floss ends in a bow. Tip: If you ever need to remove the fabric from the hoop to clean it, simply untie the bow and loosen the fabric.

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