Category: General Crafts

DIY Rustic Doily Pennant

Create a beautifully rustic doily banner, that looks gorgeous not only as home decor, but is perfect for weddings and rustic themed celebrations.

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

Things you’ll need:
Fabric stiffener
Wood heart
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Saturate your doily with fabric stiffening glue and allow to dry. (This isn’t absolutely necessary, but allows you to glue your doily in place as opposed to sewing it, and keep it in place.)
2. After your doily is dry, center it in the middle of your pennant and hot glue it to the pennant.
3. Take your wood slice, and center it in the middle of the doily and hot glue it in place.
4. If you would like a banner, repeat steps on additional pennants and attach together.

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Wood Slice Chalkboard Banner Tutorial

Create a rustic chalkboard banner, that is customizable and perfect for every holiday and season with this super simple tutorial!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 Mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices
Chalkboard paint/paint brush
Jute twine
Chalk/chalk pen
Drill *optional

Things to do:
This wood slice banner can be created using wood slice pieces that are not predrilled, and strung with twine, but is a snap using those that are.
1. If you wood slices are not pre drilled, drill a hole in each slice, near the top of the wood slice.
2. Paint each slice with chalkboard paint., and allow to dry.
3. String each slice with a piece of twine. Measure each piece of twine, so that they are the same length.
4. String your wood slices on a large piece of twine, length will be determined by the amount of slices you are using, and your desired length. (You may tie each slice to the twine to keep them in place, or allow them to move freely by simply stringing the twine through the loops.)
5. Decorate your wood slices using your chalk or chalk pen.

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DIY Autumn Marigold Wreath

Adorn your door with a beautiful autumn boutique! This floral wreath adds festive fall colors to your home and will last all season long.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Artificial marigolds
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Remove the blooms from your fall bouquet by pulling on the stem.
2. Arrange your flowers on the Styrofoam wreath, being careful to vary the colors and sizes of the blooms.
3. When you’ve found an arrangement you like, apply a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the flowers and press them firmly into the Styrofoam.
4. Display your wreath and enjoy!

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Sweet Swan Straws Tutorial

Add charm to any party or shower, by creating these super sweet swan paper straws!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes+
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Paper straws
Bumpy pipe cleaner
Small styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using a paper straw that will not be used, stick it through the very middle of your foam ball, and all the way through, hollowing out the middle. Then slide your ball on to the straw that will be used.
2. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and shape it into a swan’s head shape, then insert it into the front of your foam ball.
3. Cut your feathers (2) to the appropriate size to fit your swan.
4. Glue a feather to each side of the swans body to create its wings.

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DIY Donut Bar Donut Pedestals

Create a deliciously gorgeous donut bar at your next party, shower or wedding! These simple pedestal stands are a functional, creative way to display and store your donuts.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood plaques
Unfinished wood spools and egg holders
Dowel rods
Food safe paint
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks or wood glue

Things to do:
1. Using food safe paint, paint your plaques, base pieces and dowel rods.
2. Next, attach your pieces together using hot glue or wood glue. The base pieces are made from the spools and egg holders. You can stack them to create varying heights, for each pedestal, then glue your plaque piece to the top center of your base.
3. Attach your dowel rod to the very center on the top of your plaque piece.
4. After your pedestals dry, display your donuts and enjoy!

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Creepy Tree Halloween Centerpiece Tutorial

Create a creepy, yet chic, Halloween centerpiece in a few simple steps! This piece is stylish, but spooky, and will liven up any table or Halloween party decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Medium sized paper mache pumpkin
Paint (antique-white)
Large sturdy branch
Faux crows
Scissors or crafting knife
Hot glue gun/glue sticks or crafting wire

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
2. Paint your pumpkin. Using an off white, or ivory shade of paint creates a more chic, elegant, yet spooky feel.
3. Prepare your branch. We have chosen a branch that comes ready to use, but if your branch is not, use a white shade of spray paint or acrylic paint to finish it up.
4. Cut a slit in the top of your pumpkin, large enough for your branch to fit through, but small enough to keep your branch secure and standing in place.
5. Insert your branch into the prepared slot. The branch we have used, stands perfectly inside of the medium sized paper mache pumpkin, however, if it does not, secure your branch on the underneath side of your pumpkin.
6. Attach your crows using crafting wire or hot glue. The crows used in this project, have wire already attached to their feet, making it easier to simply attach.

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Heart Ribbon Hair Clip Tutorial

Make some simple, personalized hair clips to match every outfit!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Hair Clips
1/4″ Grosgain ribbon
7mm Rhinestones

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of ribbon 5 times the length of your hair clip.
2. Glue the ribbon to the flat edge of the hair clip and wrap the ribbon around the clip, gluing as you go, until the ribbon comes back to the starting point.
3. Cut two pieces of ribbon about an inch long.
4. Glue the two ends together with the ribbon pieces lying perpendicular.
5. Fold the back piece of ribbon over and glue the top end down on top of the bottom end.
6. Take the remaining loose end, weave it through the loop created by the first ribbon and glue it in place, just above the original point to create a heart shape.
7. Glue the heart shape to the end of your clip.
8. Embellish with rhinestones as desired.

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Popsicle Stick and Washi Tape Bookmarks Tutorial

Create some super simple and elegant bookmarks with just a few supplies you probably already have at home! This would be a perfect activity for a kid’s group summer crafternoon!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 min – 1 hour
Age range: 5+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Green stripe washi tape
Pink dot washi tape
Gold sparkle washi tape
Mod podge (hardcoat)
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Choose some fun wash tape colors.
2. Apply washi tape to the popsicle stick in various patterns. Don’t worry about the ends lining up with the edges of the popsicle stick.
3. Trim the edges of the wash tape to line up with the popsicle stick. Or, fold the washi tape around the popsicle stick to create a wrapped look (as in the green/gold version.)
4. Optional – Apply Mod Podge according to the directions on the bottle.

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DIY Felt Phone Case Tutorial with FREE Template

Keep your cell phone safe with this adorable phone shaped felt pouch.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2-3 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt
Embroidery thread
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut two one inch squares of velcro and cut the pieces from felt, using the template. (You should have 5 pieces of felt)
2. Sew the small keypad piece to the front phone piece.
3. Sew nine buttons in place in the middle of the keypad piece to create the buttons on the “phone”.
4. Glue two of the velcro squares to the lining of the back phone piece.
5. Glue the corresponding velcro squares to the top of the front phone piece with buttons.
6. Match up the lining and the outer back phone pieces and sew together, around the top edges, using a blanket stitch.
7. Line up the lining and outer front phone pieces with the back phone piece (from step 5) and sew together, using a blanket stitch.

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DIY Felt Envelopes Tutorial

Create some simple felt envelopes for wrapping gift cards of for a pretend play adventure!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt
Embroidery thread
Small buttons
Hand sewing needle

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of felt using the envelope template and a heart in a contrasting color.
2. Fold the flat edge of the envelope up to match the corners and sew up one side (through both the front and back layers), across the top (through only the front layer – you want to leave the top open), and down the other side (through both layers again).
3. Sew one button to the flap and one button to the envelope, aligning their position. Leave the string long for tying the buttons together.
4. Sew or glue the heart to the front of the envelope.

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