Category: General Crafts

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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DIY Nautical-Inspired Monogram Tutorial

Ships ahoy! This nautical initial is the perfect project for sailors and sea-lovers alike! All you need is a few basic supplies to set sail!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Anchor
Acrylic paint (red and blue)
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
3mm rope
Clear coat spray
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Paint your paper mache letter blue. Be sure to cover the inside edges and back too!
  2. Paint your anchor red.
  3. Use hot glue to run a piece of jute around the edges of your paper mache letter.
  4. Glue anchor to your paper mache letter.
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How to Make Your Own Watermelon Coasters

Add a summery pop to your home decor with these watermelon coasters! All you need is a little paint to transform a set of cork coasters into something festive and fun.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cork coasters
Acrylic paint (red, green, and white)
Black marker
Spray finish
Paint brushes

Things to do:

  1. Paint your cork coasters red and let them dry completely.
  2. Add white paint around the boarder.
  3. Paint green around the outer circle, smoothing the line where the red and white paint meet.
  4. Use your black marker to add seeds.
  5. Spray the painted coaster with finishing spray to seal it.
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DIY Celebrate Banner Tutorial

Let’s celebrate! This lovely banner is a quick way to decorate for a birthday party, baby shower or wedding. You can customize it with different colors of flowers or write a special message of your own.

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

Things you’ll need:
Banner
Letters
Tacky glue
Ribbon
Artificial flowers (small)
Moss
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Use tacky glue to secure your “celebrate” letters to the banner.
  2. Trim the blooms from your artificial flower bunches.
  3. Decorate the banner, layering moss and flowers with hot glue.
  4. String your pendants on a piece of ribbon of your choice.
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How to Make a Pineapple Luminary

Light up your summer table with these adorable, pineapple luminaries! These lamps are the perfect seasonal centerpiece, taking your picnic or party to the next level.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Acrylic paint (yellow and green)
Black paint pen
Paint brush
Green felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Battery tea lights

Things to do:

  1. Paint your mason jar with yellow acrylic paint. Let the surface dry entirely before applying a second coat.
  2. Paint your mason jar lid green.
  3. Add black “v”s around the jar, using your paint pen.
  4. Cut 1 1/2 ” wide strips of felt.
  5. Trim the tops of the strips to look like leaves. All of your strips should be different lengths.
  6. Glue two strips together to make them stiffer so that they can stand on their own.
  7. Cut slits at the bottom ends of your felt strips to create little footings.
  8. Fold the felt strips in half and spread out the slits to glue it to the lid of your jar. Add all of the leaves in a round bunch.
  9. Add a tea light to the luminary.
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Reverse Star Nail Art Step-by-Step Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint in Bimini Blue
Foam paint brush
Hammer
Pencil
Ruler
Square wood plaque
Template (printed from any fair-use online site or punched using cardstock and a craft punch)
Yarn
Scissors
White distressed nails

Things to do:

  1. Apply two coats of acrylic paint to the wood plaque, allowing the paint to dry between coats.
  2. Decide on a template for the center. It can be any shape. We used cardstock and a craft punch to create a star template, but you can also find a fair-rights template online, print it, and cut it out.
  3. Place the template in the center of the plaque. If you’d like, you can add double-sided tape to hold the template in place.
  4. Begin marking nail marks at each point of the star.
  5. Using a ruler, make one pencil marking in the center of each segment.
  6. Mark 1/2 ” increments along all four edges of the plaque.
  7. Hammer a nail on each marking around the star.
  8. Continue around until you have nailed around the entire star.
  9. Hammer a nail on each marking around the outside edges of the plaque, then remove the template from inside the star.
  10. Tie the yarn around any outer corner of the plaque using a double knot.
  11. Begin stringing the yarn back and forth from the outside to the inside nails, wrapping the yarn around the nail to secure it.
  12. Continue to work your way around the star. For some nails, you may need to wrap around the nail more than once to keep the wraps even. Just be sure to wrap within one section at a time, always making sure the outside and inside nails line up as best as you can.
  13. When you’ve wrapped the entire star, knot the yarn around the final nail. Trim.
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Flower String Art Step-by-Step Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour, including time for paint to dry
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wood pallet canvas
Pewter gray acrylic paint
Foam brush
Pencil
Hammer
Ruler
Scrap green yarn or embroidery thread
White cotton yarn
White distressed nails
Scissors
Cardstock

Things to do:

  1. Paint two coats of acrylic paint onto the wood pallet. Allow the paint to dry.
  2. Trace a circle template onto cardstock using a template. Note that this is the size your flower will be, so choose a size based on that. (We used the top of a paper cup.) Cut out the template.
  3. Place the circle on the pallet where you want the flower. If you’d like, you can tape the cardstock to the wood so it won’t move around.
  4. Place a nail at the edge of the circle in any spot and hammer it in. Ideally the nail will go as far as possible into the wood without popping out on the other side.
  5. Using a pencil and ruler, mark 1/2 ” increments around the entire circle, working out from the first nail.
  6. Add nails around the circle one at a time, nailing them into the marks you made.
  7. Continue hammering until you have a nail on each pencil marking.
  8. Remove the template from inside the circle. If you can’t get the template to lift easily, you can use the pencil to pull it up.
  9. Add one final nail in the corner of the wood for the stem of the flower.
  10. Using a scrap piece of green embroidery floss or yarn, Tie a knot around the corner nail. Wrap the floss up and around the flower nail that’s diagonal to the corner nail.
  11. Wrap the green floss around the two nails a few more times, then knot and trim the floss close to the knot.
  12. Tie a knot of cotton yarn around one of the flower nails. It doesn’t matter where you start. Trim the yarn close to the knot and tuck it towards the middle of the flower to hide it.
  13. Wrap the yarn around the nail that’s directly across from the first nail.
  14. Wrap the yarn around the first nail again, then wrap the yarn up and around the nail just to the left of the top nail you wrapped in step 13.
  15. Wrap the yarn around the nail to the right of the knotted nail. Notice that you’re wrapping the nail that’s straight across from the nail you just wrapped.
  16. Continue wrapping the flower, moving to the right and left of the previously wrapped nails and always wrapping the nail straight across from the previously wrapped nail.
  17. Wrap until each nail has a piece of yarn wrapped around it.
  18. Knot the cotton yarn around the last nail you wrapped. Trim it close to the knot, then push the yarn toward the center of the flower.

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