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DIY Upcycled Rope and Tassel Pencil Holder Tutorial

Dress up your desk storage with this rope and tassel basket! It’s the perfect size for storing pencils or scissors and looks super cute in any workspace.

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

Things you’ll need:
Braided jute rope
Grey yarn
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Can
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach a piece of braided jute rope to the edge of the can. Wrap the entire surface, securing the rope occasionally with hot glue.
2. Next, cut 6″ pieces of yarn for your tassels. You’ll need 10 pieces for every tassel.
3. Wrap the yarn around the can two times and glue it in place. Slide the tassel bundle on the yarn and wrap around the center and fold it in half to secure it in place.
4. Tie a piece of yarn around the bundle 1″ from the fold and tuck the ends into the tassel.
5. Repeat steps 3-4 until all of your tassel are attached.

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DIY: How to Tie the Perfect Gift Bow Tutorial


Learn the basics of bow tying with this practical tutorial! These three beautiful bows have the same basic steps in common, so it’s easy to create beautiful decorations or gift toppers with the ribbon you have at home.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Scissors
Wire
Wire Cutters

Things to do:

Bow One:

1. Fold your ribbon over itself, making a triangle shape or “sail”.

2. Wrap the ribbon around the sail, creating a center loop and leaving a single tail hanging down.

3. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop and pull it around the side, creating a side loop.

4. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop again and make a loop on the other side.
5. Repeat this step until you have two loops on either side of the center loop.

6. When there are two loops on either side, twist the ribbon behind the center again and pull the end down, making a second tail.
7. Use wire to secure the bow.

8. Flatten out the loops.
9. Trim your ends so each side is even.

Bow Two:

1. Fold your ribbon over itself, making a triangle shape or “sail”.

2. Wrap the ribbon around the sail, creating a center loop and leaving a single tail hanging down.

3. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop and pull it around the side, creating a side loop.
4. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop again and make a loop on the other side.
5. Repeat this step until you have a thick, full bow. You can make your bow as large as you want. For our bow, we added six loops on either side.

6. Use wire to secure the bow.


7. Use your fingers to pull the loops out, adding volume and spreading them out as much as possible to create a thick, full bow.
8. Trim your ends so each side is even.

Bow Three:

1. Cut a piece of wide ribbon and tie it around your gift, leaving two long tails.

2. Layer two different ribbons, placing the thinner ribbon on top of the wider ribbon.
3. Use your layered ribbon to make a loop with no tail.


4. Continue twisting and adding loops on either side.

5. When your bow is full and thick, slide the center loop on your two tails and tie it tightly in place.

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How to Make a Boho Macrame Wall Hanging

Dress up your home with the vintage-inspired macrame wall hanging! This version is simpler than traditional patterns and doesn’t require any special tools. All you need is your favorite yarn and a few common craft supplies!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Grey yarn
Wood beads
Natural stick
Scissors
Ruler
11-inch book

Things to do:
1. Begin wrapping yarn around an 11″ book 20 times. Cut along one end, creating 22″ pieces. Repeat this step seven times.
2. Fold a single strand of yarn in half and lay it under your stick. Pull the two ends over the stick and through the loop, securing it to the branch. Tie the bottom strands together, as low as possible.
3. Slide beads onto the yarn.
4. Pull 20 strands of yarn through the loop below the beads.
5. Tie yarn around the yarn bundle about 1″ below the beads and tuck in the ends so they blend into the tassel.
6. Trim ends evenly if needed.
7. Repeat steps 2-6 until all tassels are attached to your stick.
8. Use yarn to loop over both ends of the stick for hanging.

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DIY Mini Pumpkin Turkey Thanksgiving Favors

Celebrate the season with these festive, pumpkin turkeys! Make them on a rainy day with your kids and display them at each place setting on Thanksgiving for a fun, unique tablescape!

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

Things you’ll need:
Faux pumpkin
Googly eyes
Felt
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Feathers
Pen

Things to do:

  1. Make a pattern for your turkey head that complements the size of your pumpkin. The pattern is a figure 8 shape.
  2. Trace the pattern onto a piece of felt and cut it out.
  3. Cut a red snood and gold beak out of felt.
  4. Fold the beak at the tip and use glue to attach it to the face of the turkey.
  5. Add the snood and googly eyes to the turkey face with glue.
  6. Use hot glue to attach feathers to the pumpkin. Place the larger feathers in the back and layer shorter ones in front to create dimension.
  7. Use hot glue to attach the turkey face to the pumpkin.
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5-Minute Homemade Holiday Stamps Tutorial

Do you want to add a personal touch to your gift wrapping this holiday season? Today, we’re going to show you how to make homemade stamps that you can use to create custom gift tags! This is a super fun way to add a handmade touch to the holidays.

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

Things you’ll need:
Ink Pad
Thick Foam Sheets
Gold Stars
Gift Tags
Knife and mat set
Wood bases
Craft Glue

Things to do:

  1. Cut a 1″ x 2 1/4 ” strip of foam.
  2. Use your knife to cut a tree out of the foam rectangle. You can add a trunk and different markings by carving out the foam.

  3. Use craft glue to secure the foam tree to a piece of wood.
  4. When the glue is dry, you can use your stamp! One of our favorite ways to use homemade stamps is to make gift tags. Press the stamp firmly onto the ink pad stamp it onto the center of a gift tag.
  5. Finish the gift tag by gluing a star to the top of the tree for a 3D effect.
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DIY Marbled Clay Ring Dish Tutorial

Stay organized in style with this marbled clay ring dish! This piece looks lovely in an entryway, serving as a catchall or on your nightstand to store rings and jewelry.

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

Things you’ll need:
Oven Bake Clay (wasabi, igloo, gold, and grey)
Gold Paint
Small Paint Brush
Knife
Rolling Pin
Small Bowl
Can
Triple Thick Glaze Spray

Things to do:

  1. Roll several different colors of clay into long pieces.
  2. Roll two thicker pieces of white clay.
  3. Place all of the rolls together and twist them like a candy cane. Fold them in half and twist again. Repeat several times, until the clay colors are marbled.
  4. Squeeze the clay into a ball and work it with your fingers until you’re happy with the amount of color showing.
  5. Use a rolling pin to flatten the ball of clay. Roll it into a circle that’s about 1/4 ” thick.
  6. Press your bowl onto the clay circle, creating a perfect pattern.
  7. Cut the clay around the edge of the bowl with a knife.
  8. Gently place the clay circle into an oven-safe bowl. The edges of the clay should lift up, creating the dish shape.
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 275 degrees. Put an aluminum pan cover over it to keep the element in your oven from scorching it.
  10. Remove the dish from the oven and let it completely cool and harden before tipping the bowl upside down, revealing your ring dish.
  11. Use a small brush to paint a gold rim around the edge of the dish.
  12. Seal the dish by spraying it with a triple thick glaze spray.
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DIY Memory Game Tutorial

Keep the little ones busy with a craft and a game! This project is perfect for all ages and provides hours of fun, even after the paints have been put away.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
24 Wood disks
Acrylic paint (12 colors)
Paint brush
1/2″ Alphabet stencils
Muslin bag
Stencil brush

Things to do:

  1. Paint your wood disks with 12 different colors of paint. There should be two disks painted with every color.
  2. Use the end of a paintbrush to add polka dots on the blank side of your wood disk.
  3. Spray the painted disks with clear coat spray.
  4. Stencil “memory” on the muslin bag and let the paint dry before adding disks to the inside.
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DIY Yarn Pumpkin Tutorial


This is a great project for upcycling all those plastic bags you have around the house.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic bags
Packing tape or masking tape
Scissors
Thick branches from the yard
Orange yarn
Glue (optional)

Things to do:
1. Lay a plastic bag flat on your work surface. Begin rolling the outside edges toward the center to create a round shape.

2. Tape the bag in the center of the fold to hold the circular shape of the pumpkin.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 two more times with two more bags.

4. Stack the three plastic bags together, then tape them together to secure them.

5. Scrunch and fluff the bags with your hands to create a round shape.

Tip: If you want to create a smaller pumpkin, use only one or two bags. To create a larger pumpkin, use as many bags as you’d like.
6. Using scissors, cut a slit into the top center of the stack of bags where you want the stem to go.

7. Insert the short branch into the cut. Remember that the yarn will cover part of the branch later, so don’t worry about choosing the perfect branch length just yet.

8. Tape around the branch to secure it.

9. Grab the end of the yarn and begin wrapping around the plastic bag, wrapping over the yarn end to hold it in place.

Tip: Try not to wrap too tightly, otherwise your plastic bags will collapse and make the pumpkin smaller.
10. Continue wrapping, changing the direction of the yarn after several dozen wraps and rotating the pumpkin. If your wraps appear loose, that’s ok. The more you wrap, the more the pumpkin will take shape.

11. As you wrap, try to fill in spaces where the plastic bag is showing. When the pumpkin has a nice shape and you have covered all the open gaps where the plastic is showing, you’re finished wrapping.

12. Then the entire bag is covered with yarn, cut the yarn.

13. Tuck the yarn end into the nearby wraps.

14. Optional: Secure the yarn end with a dab of glue.

Tip: If, after wrapping, your branch seems too long for a stem, you can break part of it off to shorten it.

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How to Make Macrame Feather Charms

Decorate your purse or backpack with this feather charm and channel your inner bohemian babe! These macrame feathers are easy to make and the size is customizable, so you can make them to fit on any bag.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Macrame cord
Scissors
Beads
Comb
Seam ripper
Yard stick

Things to do:

  1. Cut a piece of cording that measures 26″ long. Fold the cord in half and lay it vertically.
  2. Cut two 8″ pieces of cording. Fold one of the pieces in half and lay it horizontally under the vertical cord. Pull your second piece through to make a square knot.
  3. Tie a knot below to prevent the square knots from sliding off.
  4. Continue stacking square knots until you reach your desired length.
  5. Starting with a seam ripper, start splitting the tails of your macrame cord.
  6. Use a comb to completely unravel the cord the rest of the way.
  7. Trim cording into a feather shape.
  8. To complete the look, slide a bead over the top macrame loop.
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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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