Category: General Crafts

Recycled Soda Bottle Kitty Planter Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes, plus time for paint to dry
Age range: 12 and up, with optional supervision for craft knife

Things you’ll need:
Recycled soda bottle
Sharpie marker
Scissors
Craft knife
Spray paint
Black paint pen
Purple paint pen

Things to do:

  1. Remove the labels from the recycled soda bottle. You may not be able to get then entire sticky part off, but that’s ok.
  2. Using a Sharpie, draw two ears and a tail on the bottle, then connect them with a line around the circumference of the bottle. Don’t worry about being too perfect with your drawing. You can always clean up uneven lines later.
  3. When you finish drawing, insert a craft knife into one of the straight lines to puncture the bottle. Make a cut long enough that you can fit your scissors inside.
  4. Insert scissors through the opening created by the craft knife, then cut along the lines you drew.
  5. When you’re finished, use the scissors to clean up any uneven lines. Tip: If you’d like, you can also cut out small holes in the bottom of the planter for drainage.
  6. Spray paint the soda bottle. We recommend two coats of spray paint, allowing the paint to dry between coats. Spray paint the inside and outside to help hide the lines from the marker.
  7. Using a black paint pen, draw eyes, whiskers, and a mouth on the bottle.
  8. Using a purple paint pen, draw a heart-shaped nose. Fill in the ears with purple triangles.
  9. Place a plant inside the planter.

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DIY Vintage Inspired Doily Hoop Earrings

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

Things you’ll need:
Earring hoops
2 small doilies
Sewing needle and coordinating thread
Sewing pins
Scissors
Clear glue

Things to do:

  1. Fold one edge of a doily over the hoop earring to decide how large you want to cut your doily. You can use as much of the doily as you’d like for the earring, but we just used one scalloped edge.
  2. Cut around the piece you plan to use, accounting for the back of the doily that will fold over the earring.
  3. Place the cut piece over another similar scallop of the doily, then cut an identical piece.
  4. You should now have two small piece of doily. You can set the rest of the doily aside for another project.
  5. Place the earring hoops over the two doily pieces where the fold will be.
  6. Fold the doilies over, then pin the edges down with sewing pins.
  7. Thread a needle with coordinating thread, then knot the end. Begin sewing across the folded doily, making sure to catch pieces of the doily that are not unraveled.
  8. When you’re finished sewing, knot the thread twice and cut it.
  9. Repeat steps 7-8 to sew the second earring.
  10. Trim any loose doily pieces away, trying to make the two doilies as identical as possible.
  11. Add dots of clear glue to the unraveled edges of the doily to prevent fraying or unraveling. Allow the glue to dry.
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DIY Clay Knot Earrings

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes, including baking time
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
E6000 glue
Polymer clay
Earring post and clutch set
Clay tools or scissors
Oven
Baking sheet

Things to do:
1. Break off a small piece of clay. Knead the clay to soften it.

2. Using the palm of your hand, roll the clay out into a slim tube. The thinner the tube, the smaller the earrings will be, so keep that in mind as you roll.

3. Roll until the tube is thin and even.

4. Tie a knot in the tube, carefully pulling the knot as tight as you can without stretching it or breaking it.

5. Using scissors or clay tools, cut the clay right at the end of the knot on both sides.

6. Repeat, tying a second knot and trimming it on the sides.

7. Bake the clay in the oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Allow the earrings to cool once you remove them from the oven.

8. Add a dab of E6000 glue to the back of the clay knots.

9. Immediately press the posts into the glue. Allow 24 hours for the glue to dry.

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Embroidery Thread Wrapped Hoop Earrings Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
36mm sterling silver hoop earrings
Scissors
Bright Embroidery Floss
Tacky glue

Things to do:
1. Open the hoop earring.

2. Cut a strand of embroidery floss that’s about 25″ long. Tie the end of the floss in a knot around the hoop, about 1/2 ” from the edge of the hoop’s opening.

3. Begin wrapping the floss around the hoop, pulling tightly and pushing the floss wraps close together every few wraps.

4. Wrap until you are ready to change floss colors.

5. Tie a knot to secure the old floss color.

6. Trim the knot with scissors, leaving a 1-2″ tail that you’ll trim later.

7. Cut a second color of floss that’s again about 25″ long. Tie the second color of floss around the hoop right beside the old color’s knot.

8. Wrap the second color of floss until you’re ready to either change colors or until you reach about 1-2″ from the edge of the hoop. Tie a knot to secure the second color. If you haven’t reached the end of the hoop yet, continue adding colors until you do reach the end.

9. Add a dab of tacky glue to each knot to secure it.

10. Repeat steps 1-9 for the second earring, wrapping them identically if you’d like. Allow the glue to dry on both earrings.

11. Trim the knots with scissors, cutting as close as possible to the knot without cutting into the knot.

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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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DIY Tassel Necklace Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery floss
Scrap cardboard that measures 2 1/4 ” high
Jewelry pliers
Necklace chain
4mm jump rings
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Begin wrapping embroidery floss around the scrap cardboard.

2. Continue wrapping until you’ve wrapped the floss around about 40 times. Cut the floss at the edge of the cardboard.

3. Cut a strand of floss that’s 6-8″ long. Wrap the floss around the wraps, slipping it behind the wraps. Tie a double knot in the top of the tassel.

4. Slide the tassel off the cardboard.

5. Fold the top tie down so that it blends in with the rest of the tassel. Cut a second 6-8″ strand of floss, then tie it around the tassel about 1/2 ” from the top knot of the tassel.

6. Cut the bottom loops of the tassel, then trim the ends so that they are even.

7. Repeat steps 1-6 to create five more tassels. You can use the same floss color or different colors.

8. Grab a jump ring with your jewelry pliers.

9. Carefully bend the jump ring, using your fingers to stabilize the ring on the other side if you need to. Note that you’re opening the jump ring out to the side.

10. Insert the jump ring in the top of a tassel around the top knot strand that you tied in step 3. Do not close the jump ring just yet.

11. Fold the necklace chain in half to find the center point of the chain.

12. Insert the open jump ring into the center chain, then use the jewelry pliers to close it.

13. Repeat steps 8-12 to add two more tassels, spacing the tassels evenly.

14. Add two more tassels on the other side of the chain, again spacing them evenly and trying to align them with the tassels on the opposite side of the chain.

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How to Make a Pompom Flower Arrangement


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

Things you’ll need:
Yarn
Pompom makers in various sizes
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)
Scissors
Floral stems cut from any artificial flower
Vase or mason jar

Things to do:

  1. Connect a pompom maker, if it isn’t already connected, then open out both sides of the circle. Begin wrapping one color of yarn around half of the pompom maker.
  2. Wrap until the pompom maker is full but can still fit inside the pompom maker. Close the wrapped half circle inside.
  3. Wrap the yarn around the other side of the pompom maker, making the thickness on both sides of the pompom maker as even as possible. Close the second half of the pompom maker, then trim the yarn close to the top of the circle.
  4. Using scissors, cut the loops on both sides of the pompom maker.
  5. Cut a length of yarn that’s about 6-8″ long, then tightly tie the length in a double knot around the pompom.
  6. Pull the pompom maker apart and remove the pompom.
  7. Trim the tails evenly with the rest of the pompom, then trim any other uneven pompom edges.
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 to create as many pompoms as you’d like.
  9. Grab one of your floral stems. You can cut these from artificial flowers you already have. Insert the floral stem through the center of the pompom. If you tied your pompom tightly, the stem should fit snugly inside. However, if your pompom is moving around on the stem, you can hot glue it in place to make sure it’s secure.
  10. Repeat step 9 to add stems to each pompom, then add the pompoms to a vase or jar. If your pompoms are all standing at the same height, use scissors or wire cutters to trim them so that the pompoms stand at different heights.

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Wrapped Embroidery Floss Necklace Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Embroidery floss in various colors
Butcher’s craft twine
Scissors
Jewelry pliers
Wire cutters
Necklace chain
Jump rings

Things to do:

  1. Cut a length of twine that’s 21″ long. Overlap the ends by about 1″.
  2. Using a hot glue gun, glue the two ends of twine together so that the twine forms a circle.
  3. Fold the twine so that it forms one long line of doubled twine with loops on each end and the glued overlap in the center. Cut a length of embroidery floss that’s about 24″ long. Knot the floss around the doubled twine about 1 1/2 ” from the end of the twine.
  4. Begin wrapping the floss around the doubled twine, wrapping as evenly as possible and placing the wraps close together so that the twine is not visible. Wrap until 1-2″ of floss remains.
  5. Knot the floss around the doubled twine to secure it.
  6. Cut a second 24″ long length of floss in a new color. Knot the floss around the doubled twine right next to the first color.
  7. Holding the extra lengths of floss to the side, being wrapping the second color, wrapping over the extra lengths to hide the ends.
  8. When you reach the glued center of the twine, wrap over it, pulling tightly to try and hide the bulky center.
  9. Continue to wrap and add new colors as needed until about 1 1/2 ” of doubled twine remains. Knot the last color of floss and trim it near the knot.
  10. Using a hot glue gun, add a dot of glue on the knot to secure it.
  11. Lay the necklace chain on a flat surface, doubling the chain with the clasp on one end. Find the center chain link on the end opposite the clasp.
  12. Using wire cutters, cut the center chain link to open the necklace chain.
  13. Using flat-nose jewelry pliers, open a jump ring by bending one end of the jump ring out to the side. Note that you do not want to simply pull the ring apart from the center; this will weaken the ring.
  14. Insert one end of the doubled twine inside the jump ring, then attach the jump ring to one broken end of the necklace chain. Use the pliers to bend the jump ring back together and secure everything.
  15. Repeat steps 13 and 14 on the opposite side of the broken chain. This will form a circle and complete the necklace.
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How to Make a Pompom Sheep Garland Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Medium 45mm pompom maker
Bulky white yarn
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Black pipe cleaners
1/4-inch black pompoms
Jute twine

Things to do:
1. Connect the pompom maker, if it’s not already connected. Begin wrapping the bulky yarn around one half of the pompom maker.

2. Continue wrapping until the half circle is full and bulky, then fold the half circle inside the pompom maker.

3. Begin wrapping the yarn around the second half of the circle, again wrapping until the circle is full and roughly the same size as the first half circle.

4. Close the half circle inside the pompom maker, then trim the yarn away.

5. Trim the pompom loops on both sides of the pompom maker.

6. Cut an 8″ length of black yarn. Wrap the black yarn around the pompom maker and knot it, pulling tightly.

7. Open the pompom maker and carefully remove the pompom.

8. Trim the pompom to make the ends as even as possible.

9. Hot glue a small black pompom to the side of the pompom. This will be the sheep’s face.

10. Cut four lengths of pipe cleaners that are each 2.5″ long.

11. Apply hot glue all the way around the top of one pipe cleaner.

12. Insert the pipe cleaner into the center of the pompom, toward the front. Push the pipe cleaner gently as far into the center of the pompom as possible without bending the pipe cleaner. You’ll insert four pipe cleaner legs, so leave plenty of room for the other legs.

13. Repeat steps 11-12 until you have inserted all four pipe cleaner legs: two in the front and two in the back.

14. Trim the pipe cleaners so that they are 1″ from the pompom edge.

15. Tie the black yarn into a knot at the top, creating a loop.

16. Repeat these steps to create as many pompom sheep as you’d like for your garland.

17. Cut a length of twine that’s long enough to hold all your pompom sheep, plus 5-8″ on each end.

18. String the sheep one at a time onto the twine, then hang the garland.

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Quick Paper Gift Wrap Garland Tutorial


Difficulty level:
Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Bakers twine
Circle office stickers
Ruler
Scissors
Glue (optional)

Things to do:

  1. Roll out several inches of baker’s twine in the color of your choice.
  2. Place a circle sticker face down on the work surface. Lay the baker’s twine across the center of the sticker about 4″ from the edge of the twine.
  3. Fold the circle sticker over the twine, matching up the edges of the circle sticker as evenly as possible.
  4. Using a ruler, measure about 1″ from the edge of the previous sticker. Place a second sticker face up at the 1″ mark, then fold the sticker over the twine.
  5. Continue to add stickers to the twine, spacing them about 1″ apart, until your garland is the desired length.

Tip: If the stickers are popping open and not sticking together, add a dot of glue to the sticker, then fold it over to secure it.

  1. Cut the baker’s twine about 4″ from the last sticker. Fold the end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot to create a loop for hanging.
  2. Fold the opposite end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot in that end to create a second loop. To hang the garland, slip the loops onto pushpins or nails in the wall.
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