Category: General Crafts

DIY Lanyard Face Mask Holder


As families start thinking more about going back to school and other activities, what is the easiest way to deal with when it comes time to take mask off during those activities? While working with our boys on wearing their mask, we tried the hold it on one ear while you eat method and that is hard for anyone, not alone a kid, so I decided to make some super simple mask holders. They love them and say it’s so much easier and now they do not have to worry about what to do when they can pull their mask down.

I opted to personalize theirs with their names in case they leave them laying around anywhere, but it really is up to you. Let the kids help and decide how they wish to make it their own. These are also great for adults as well!

Things you’ll need:
Jewelry cord
Beads
Lobster claw clasps
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Use your child or whomever you are making it for to get a measurement of how long the cord should be. You simply want to lay mid chest.

2. Cut to desired length.

3. Tie one of the lobster claws to an end.


4. Once you sort your beads and get them how you want, simply bead them onto the cord.
5. Tie lobster claw to other end of cord.

6. Depending on the mask the clips may fit around the cord by simply clipping the cord, or you can loop around the ear piece. A simple, easy solution!


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Rock and Pebble Flower Nature Art Tutorial


Use natural elements around you to make art. We are camping in Vermont this week and I wanted a memento to remember the trip by. So I gathered up some goodies from around our camp site and got crafty. Now, I won’t lie, I got so into this one, I ended up not taking as many pictures as I normally would, so I do apologize for that, but I will walk you through it!

Things you’ll need:
Rocks and pebbles
Stick
Piece of wood/driftwood for backdrop
Glue
Scissors (optional)

Things to do:
1. Acquire all found materials: rocks, sticks, pieces of flatter wood; get creative, have fun.
2. Work on placement of how you want to place all your found objects. I went with a flower theme, but work with the rocks you have. Maybe robots for the kiddos or butterflies, play with the shapes you have.

3. Once your placement is figured out, start gluing. I used Gorilla glue, which worked just fine, but you can use other kinds as well.



4. After making the 2 smaller flowers, I decided to keep going. You could leave them as is, or, like me, make a bigger piece of art.

5. I was able to find an old piece of board that had been outside and weathered. I then attached my small pieces with the flowers and added more rock art.

6. Voila! We have a souvenir from our camping trip and I never had to worry about social distancing at a store or anything.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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Upcyle an Old Container into a Reusable Snack Pack

Take an old container and turn it into a re-useable snack pack.

Things you’ll need:
Milk container
Scissors/knife
Pen
Velcro
Measuring utensil

Things to do:
1. Measure 3 sides of your milk container at 4″
2. Measure the final side at 7″
3. Cut around the container at the marked measurements.
4. Take the two smaller sides and pinch them together.
5. Fold over the longer side and get a good crease.
6. Add velcro to lid area to hold in place.
7. Leave as is or decorate with paint, stickers, or washi tape.

Wah-la, an easy, ready to use, reusable snack container.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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How to Make Q-Tip Flowers

Keep the kiddos busy on a rainy spring afternoon with this bright and cheery craft project! You only need a few simple materials to create these whimsical flowers. They’re the perfect addition to a shelf in your kid’s room or a fun party decoration for a Dr. Seuss Themed soiree!

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

Things you’ll need:
Q-Tips
Styrofoam balls
Floral stems
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Food coloring
Waxed paper
Scissors
Gloves

Things to do:
1. Cut all of your Q-Tips in half.
2. Put hot glue on a small area of the Styrofoam ball and attach the Q-Tips, cotton side out. Continue attaching Q-Tips until the entire surface is covered.
3. Fill a bowl with water about 1/2 ” deep. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix it around.
4. Wearing gloves, dip the Styrofoam ball around in the water until all of the Q-Tips are dyed. Place it aside on a piece of waxed paper to dry.
5. Remove any flowers from the flower stems. Apply a small drop of hot glue to the end and stick it inside the Styrofoam ball.

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How to Make a Pompom Fairy Peg Doll

This adorable pompom fairy is cute as an ornament or present topper. Use it in place of a bow for a pretty and unique gift that your little ballerina is sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Pink tulle
3/16″ Pink and white ribbon
Wood peg doll body
Black fine line sharpie
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pompom maker
Scissors
String
White pearl acrylic paint
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. Paint the fairy body white and let it dry. Don’t paint the head.
2. Make a pompom out of pink tulle.

3. Use a sharpie to draw eyes on the fairy head.
4. Use hot glue to attach the body to the tulle pompom. It should slide down in the center, so the pompom looks like a skirt.
5. Use hot glue to attach a pink ribbon bow to the head.
6. Make a loop with white ribbon for hanging and use hot glue to attach it behind the pink bow on the head.

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DIY Upcycled Twine Vase Tutorial

Take an old container and turn it into a beautiful vase, sure to bring joy to any table setting or just everyday around the house.

Things you’ll need:
Jug/Container/Bottle (I went with the milk container I liked the shape of)
Scissors
Twine, jute, yarn, or string of your choosing
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Flowers (faux or real)

Things to do:
1. I decided to use twine as my vase covering. I used different sizes of twine and even braided some of it towards the top so I could really play with texture on my vase.
2. I started at the base of my milk jug and glued the start or the twine. I found that gluing every couple of inches worked best to make sure my rows stayed in place and even.
3. Once I finished my first roll of twine, I switched to a smaller size and continued up until about the beginning of the neck of the bottle. You can use all once size twine, you can mix medias, whatever you would like.
4. Once to the neck, I braided the smaller twine for a different look.
5. I then wanted to make a decorative accent piece, which became a swirl. I simply started to spin the twine, gluing on the back side to help keep the shape.
6. I finished my vase off with some faux flowers from our site, as we do not have any real flowers blooming here in Ohio yet I could use. Simple, easy and makes a great statement piece.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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Pompom Bumble Bee Garland Tutorial

This adorable garland is the perfect spring or summer birthday party decoration! The bright colors and playful bumble bees add a whimsical touch to your decor.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Black yarn
Yellow yarn
Pompom maker
3″ Black pipe cleaners
White felt
Daisy felt stickers
Googly eyes
Bakers twine
Clothespins
Scissors
Pencil
Paper

Things to do:
1. First, create a pattern for your bee wings. It should be an “8” shape that measures roughly 1 1/2 ” wide and 3 1/2 ” tall.
2. Use a 2 1/2 ” pompom maker to make a black pompom.
3. Make a yellow and black pompom, alternating the colors of yarn used to create stripes.
4. Trim the pompoms into even circles and make the black pompom slightly smaller than the striped pompom.
5. Use hot glue to attach the pompoms together.
6. Add google eyes to the black pompom.
7. Cut 3 inches of pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Bend the tips over to create antennas. Attach the antennas to the bees head using hot glue.
8. Trace your wing pattern onto a piece of white felt and cut out the shape. Use hot glue to secure them to the back of the bee.
9. Cut a long piece of twine for the length of your garland and attach the bee with hot glue.
10. Measure 8″ from the bee and attach a daisy felt sticker with a clothespin.
11. Alternate bees and daisies until the length of garland has been filled.

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How to Make a Tissue Box Toy Car Wash Tutorial


Turn old tissue boxes into some entertainment for the kids. Who does not love a good car wash? Simple and fun, this is a fun addition when playing with little cars

Things you’ll need:
Tissue box
Scissors
Construction paper
Glue and/or tape
Pipe cleaners (straws could work as well)
Crepe paper *optional
Paint, markers, crayons *optional


Things to do:
1. Remove the plastic lining from inside the box.
2. Cut the top of the tissue box, leaving a bit of edge around 3 sides and making sure one side is cut as flush as possible so the cars can easily drive through.
3. Do the same on the bottom of the box as well.
4. Measure your crepe paper to the size of the opening. (I found an old roll laying around from a birthday, but construction paper, ribbon, tissue, etc would work as well. )
5. Once the piece is cut to size, glue or tape on the inside of the box and continue until one opening is covered with paper.
6. If you used a wider covering, cut it into thinner strips.
7. Take your crepe paper and cut into squares. Mine were about 2″. I cut 20 squares total.
8. Take 10 squares and poke them in the middle onto the pipe cleaner.
9. Once they are all placed on and spaced like you would like, simple make slits throughout the squares so they will lay down a bit.
10. Place each of the pipe cleaners inside the other side of the box. I found bending the pipe cleaner and taping to the top of the box was easiest.
11. You can then leave your car wash as is, or decorate it. My son asked for a ‘car wash’ and ‘exit’ sign. We measured these out to the size of the box and placed them, along with covering the box so it did not look so much like a tissue box. Decorate how your want to make the car wash truly yours!
Mine was nothing fancy, but my youngest was absolutely thrilled with it!

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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DIY Mosaic Seashell Pencil Holder Tutorial

Bring the beach home with you! You don’t have to be away on vacation to enjoy the beauty of the ocean. This shell pencil holder will remind you of the beach, even when you’re working at your desk.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Can
Ivory felt
Natural crushed seashells
Ruler
Pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a 5″ strip of felt and glue it around the can, leaving a bit extra at the can opening. Glue the excess felt down into the center of the can, covering any sharp edges.
2. Use hot glue to attach shells to the surface of the can. Cover all of the felt, piecing the shells together in a mosaic pattern.

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How to DIY Yarn Dandelion Bouquet

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These Dandelion flowers may be a bother in your yard, but they look super cute on your shelves or table!

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

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Yarn (yellow and green)
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Fork

Things to do:
1. Tie a piece of yellow yarn two inches below the end of the pipe cleaner.
2. Place a fork next to the pipe cleaner and wrap the yarn around the fork until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the yarn.
3. Fold both sides of the pipe cleaner around the yellow yarn bundle and twist it to secure.
4. Knot a piece of green yarn 1/4 inch up the yellow yarn bundle and start wrapping until the bottom portion of yellow yarn is covered with green yarn. Cut the yarn and use hot glue to secure.
5. Use scissors to get open the yellow yarn bundle, revealing your flower.

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