Category: General Crafts

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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Rustic Burlap Doily Banner Tutorial

Create a customized, rustic burlap banner, with a touch of chic, with the easy addition of doilies!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 60+ minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Burlap banner
Letter stencils
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Stiffening glue

Things to do:
1. After choosing what to stencil on to your banner, use your paint, paint brush and stencil to stencil your letters on to your banner. Allow to dry.
2. Use your stiffening glue and saturate your doily, and allow to dry.
3. Once your doily is dry, hold it up to the edges of your pennant pieces and create and draw out a pattern of how you wish to cut each piece.
4. Cut out your pieces for each pennant you wish to trim.
5. Attach your stiffened doily pieces with hot glue.

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DIY Flower Petal Paper Doily Cones

Perfect for weddings, these simple cones look rustic and chic, and are a breeze to create, not to mention, easy on the pocketbook!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper doily
Glue or tape
Jute twine
Flower petals

Things to do:
1. Roll your paper doily into a cone shape, leaving the top of your cone larger for easily retrieving petals.
2. Tape or glue your doily closed. Even using tape, these stay together quite well.
3. Tie a bow around your closed doily to add a rustic touch.
4. Place your petals inside of your cone.

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Halloween-Inspired Cinnamon Stick Broom Place Card Tutorial

Set these cute cinnamon stick brooms out on your holiday table and delight kids and adults alike. Use the small tags suggested, or if you’d like to add name tags, move up to a larger size to create adorable place cards.

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

Things you’ll need:
Dried cinnamon sticks
Dried raffia
Small ivory tags
Embroidery thread
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Cut off a small bunch of raffia to about 7-8″ long.
2. Wrap the raffia with a piece of embroidery floss, and knot securely.
3. Fold the raffia in half and tie this with another piece of floss.
4. Trim the edges of the raffia so they’re even. Warm up your hot glue gun.
5. Glue the raffia to the cinnamon stick.
6. Wrap another piece of raffia around the base.
7. The broom should look like the one shown here.
8. Write on the tag and wrap around the stick with the floss.

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