Category: General Crafts

DIY Seaside-Inspired Christmas Ornament

Celebrating the season by the seashore? These beautiful, themed ornaments will fit perfectly on your tree.

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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, create a rope wreath. Wrap your rope around itself in a circle four times, using hot glue to secure the ends. Trim any excess rope.
2. Next, decorate your rope wreath with seashells. Use hot glue to secure them in place.
3. The final step is creating a hanger. Cut a 12-inch pieces of rope, fold it in half and lay the wreath on top of it. Slide the ends of the rope through the loop, securing the wreath in place. Use hot glue to attach the ends of rope, creating a hanger.

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DIY Rustic Cinnamon Stick Candle

Fill your home with the sweet smell of cinnamon! This beautiful DIY is a simple way to decorate your space for winter. It only takes a few minutes to dress up a plain candle and create a cozy atmosphere.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
White paint
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Loosely tie a piece of jute around the center of your candle.
2. Slide cinnamon sticks into the loop until the entire body of the candle is covered and the jute is taunt.
3. Start lightly dry brushing your cinnamon sticks with white paint until desired coverage.
4. Use hot glue to attach a piece of ribbon around the center of your candle.
5. Cut a piece of jute and tie it in a bow around the ribbon.
6. Light your candle and enjoy the sweet smell of cinnamon!

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DIY Rustic Diorama Christmas Ornament

Add a dash of rustic charm to your holiday decor, with these super simple DIY diorama ornaments!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache ornament
Mod Podge
Bottle brush tree
Jute twine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using a smaller sized doily, put your doily inside of your diorama ornament and determine the amount of doily the will need to trimmed to allow the doily to lay flat and cover the majority of the inside of the ornament.
2. After trimming your doily to size, saturate your doily in mod podge, and place it inside of your diorama ball. ( try to keep it stuck to the inside as well as possible, so that it can dry in to the correct shape ) Allow to dry.
3. After the doily has dried, hot glue any of the areas that the doily isn’t stuck to the ornament.
4. Decorate the inside. We used a cream colored bottle brush, but any rustic themed miniature would work! Attach using hot glue.
5. Use jute twine to trim the opening of the ornament attaching with hot glue.
6. Optional: Remove the previously attached hanger, and use your jute twine to create a more rustic hook. Attach using hot glue.

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DIY Scandinavian Christmas Gnomes

Add an eclectic touch to your Christmas decor with this Scandinavian-inspired holiday project. These adorable gnomes will look lovely displayed on a shelf or as ornaments on your Christmas tree.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wooden beads
Paper mache cones
Faux fur

Things to do:
1. Cut a triangle out of felt and roll it into a hat shape. Use hot glue to secure the edges.
2. Apply a drop of hot glue to a jingle bell and place it on the top of the hat.
3. Run a line of hot glue down your paper mache cone and slide the hat on top.
4. Measure the distance from the bottom of your hat to the bottom of the cone and cut a piece of artificial fur in the same length.
5. Trim the fur into a beard shape and secure it to the cone with hot glue.
6. Glue a wooden bead between the hat and the beard. This will look like his nose!
7. Display your gnome and enjoy!

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DIY Felt Unicorn Banner with Free Template

Make a whimsical felt banner to decorate your craft room or add to your child’s fantasy-themed bedroom. Experiment with a rainbow of colors for even more fun options!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Bakers twine
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Quilters ruler *optional
Rotary cutter *optional

Things to do:
1. Using a quilter’s ruler and a rotary cutter, cut the bottom of a sheet of white felt into a 90 degree point. Repeat for a second sheet of felt. (I used a full sheet of felt but you can modify this to any size banner. The unicorn will fit many sizes of banners.)
2. Glue the unicorn head and the words in place on the banner. The unicorn head is designed to line up perfectly in the corner created when using the quilter’s ruler. If you cut a different shape/angle, add the unicorn head and just trim the edges to match your banner shape.
3. Glue on the mane and horn.
4. Apply a line of glue across one side of a dowel, only the width of the banner. Press the dowel down onto the plain banner piece, about an inch from the top (not the piece decorated with the unicorn.)
5. Apply a line of glue to the top of the piece of felt, just above the dowel. Line up the unicorn banner piece with the plain piece, along the top edge, and press firmly until the glue hardens. The dowel should be between the two banner pieces.
6. Apply glue along the remaining three sides of the plain banner piece, line up the remaining sides of the unicorn piece, and press firmly in place.
7. Cut a piece of bakers twine for hanging and tie each end of the bakers twine around either end of the dowel.

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DIY Bleach and Dye Bottle Brush Trees Tutorial

Create vintage inspired bottle brush tree looks by bleaching and dying your bottle brush trees with these few simple steps!

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

Things you’ll need:
Bottle brush tree
Glass or container
Paper Towel
Dye, such as RIT or food coloring *optional

Things to do:
1. Create a bleach and water mixture in your glass or container. The amount of bleach you use will depend on how much you wish to bleach your trees. We used a 50/50 mixture of bleach and water to create the effect shown here.
2. Allow your trees to be fully submerged in your bleach combination (use larger containers to submerge more trees at once). Keep an eye on your tree and remove when you have reached your desired color. If you are wishing to dye your trees, fully bleach your trees to reach an off white/yellowish tone.
3. Once you remove your tree, rinse off in water and pat dry with your towel. Allow to dry.
4. If you are dying your trees, follow directions on your dye of choice (we used food coloring and used a water food coloring combination), and submerge your tree into your dye. Allow it to soak until your desire color is reached, then pat dry.

Tip: You can rinse your tree off after dying to lighten up a bit.

Fun suggestion: To create an ombre effect, partially submerge your tree as pictured, and move your tree up as desired once you reach your desired tones.


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DIY Retro Inspired Diorama Ornament

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30+ minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache diorama ornament
Mode Podge
Hot glue gun/hot glue
Various Christmas miniatures
Acrylic paint *optional
Aleene’s True Glittered Snow or Fluffy Fake Snow *optional

Things to do:
1. Using a paint brush, cover the outside of your ornament (and inside, if you so choose to do so) with mod podge.
2. Sprinkle your mod podge covered ornament with glitter (or roll in glitter). Do the same with the inside, and move your ornament around to cover the bear spots with glitter. Optional: You may wish to paint your ornament first and then cover with glitter.
3. Once your ornament is dry, if you didn’t glitter the inside of your ornament, you may wish to paint the inside and allow to dry.
4. Using your miniature items, such as deer, mini bottle brush trees, santas, decorate the inside of your ornament. We used various fake snow and then attached each miniature item using hot glue.

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Woodland Woodslice Ornament Tutorial

Create an adorable woodland creature wood slice, that can be used as an ornament (simply drill a hole in the top and string a piece of twine through), or a fall perfect coaster (used Mod Podge as directed to make your coaster water safe) with these easy peasy steps!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:

Things to do:
1. Take a wood slice, and rough up the edges a bit. This creates as bit more of a fur like appearance.
2. Using your pencil draw out the outline of the face. See example.
3. Paint the inside of your drawing. We used orange for a fall feel.
4. Using your black paint (or whatever color you wish) dot on your nose and eyes!
5. Optional – Drill a hole at the top and attach jute to create an ornament or attach a magnet to the backside.

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No-Sew Felt ‘Branch’ from the Movie Trolls Leaf Vest Tutorial

Easily create a felt leaf vest from an old t-shirt and felt. Perfect for dressing up as Branch from the movie Trolls. Great for your child’s costume trunk or Halloween!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 60+ Mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
An old t-shirt in your child’s size
Green felt (for a size 4t, we used around 8 sheets total, so this will depend)
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. If you are starting from a typical t-shirt style t-shirt, and not a tank, carefully remove the sleeves at the seam.
2. Next, to create the look of a vest, cut a straight line up the very center of your t-shirt (only on the front portion) to the very top.
3. Create your leaves. For easy and fast creation, cut more cylinder shaped leaves. Use one to create a pattern and cut out the rest from this pattern. The amount of leaves you will use, will depend on the size of your shirt. We used around 18 for this size 4t t-shirt (only covering the front portion in leaves).
4. Attach your leaves using hot glue. We overlapped and ruffled the tops of the leaves to give them a more realistic look. Simply cover the front side of your vest in your leaves, arranging them how you see fit, making sure to cover all of the t-shirt bits visible.
5. Whether you cover the back portion of your vest is up to you, however, it is extremely simple, and can be accomplished by taking sheets of your green felt and gluing them to your fabric using your hot glue, and overlapping onto the inside of your vest-see photos for examples.

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How to Make a Felt Pumpkin Pie Slice

Create an adorable felt pumpkin pie slice, that can be used to create a banner (using multiple slices), decor, an addition to an existing pennant, or even as an seasonal felt food toy for your little one.

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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using a ruler, create a triangle shape on your orange colored felt and carefully cut it out.
2. Cut out a rectangular piece of tan colored felt that is longer than the width of your triangle shaped piece.
3. Using your hot glue, attach your tan rectangular strip to the top of your triangle. Ruffle the felt along the way to create a crimped crust appearance.
4. Using a white bit of felt or a white pom pom, create a dollop of whipped cream on top of the pie. Using the felt, we scrunched a small piece up and attached it with hot glue.
5. We attached our pie piece to a pennant flag, by first hot gluing a stiffened doily on top (to stiffen a doily, saturate it with stiffening glue, and allow to dry), and then hot gluing our pie piece on top.

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