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Category: General Crafts

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
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:
Styrofoam balls
Floral stems
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Food coloring
Waxed paper

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
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)
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

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
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:
Ivory felt
Natural crushed seashells
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

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)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

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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Upcycle Paper Roll Art Tutorial

As we finish up those paper towels, toilet paper and wrapping paper, turn the left over rolls into art. Let your imagination run free.

I truly was not sure what I was going to make with the roll when I started, I just started going with the flow and ended up with a flower. But you can make other kinds of hanging art, etc.

Things you’ll need:
Paper roll
Marker or pen
Measuring device
Paint, markers, crayons *optional

Things to do:
1. Measure off the tube in 1 to 2 inch sections.
2. Cut pieces off the roll.
3. Once all pieces are cut, start just playing with placement, see what you can come up with.
4. When placement is decides, start gluing pieces to one and other.
5. Mine became a flower, so I even used a stick from our hike last week as the stem and then took 2 of the sectioned pieces to glue the centers and make leaves.
6. Color or paint or leave as is. I decided to leave my flower natural for a more rustic piece.

There are so many ways this project can take you. I started by thinking I was going to be making a diamond of sorts, so I just let it guide me.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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How to Make a No-Sew Sock Bunny Tutorial

Who doesn’t have old socks or a pile of mismatched socks laying around? Inspired by Feeling Nifty, you can easily turn these into a fun Easter craft and make bunnies out of them. It’s a simple and fun project for all ages!

Things you’ll need:
Old sock(s)
Permanent marker
Rubber band, hair ties, something to use on the sock
Rice, quinoa, popcorn kernels, to fill sock with
Ribbon *optional

Things to do:
1. Place the sock over the edge of a cup to help open it up for easy filling.
2. Fill with your grain of choice. For me, I filled it a bit more than half way. Depending on how ‘roly’ you want your bunny.
3. Take a rubber band to twist and seal off the filling.
4. Make your head and body shape by placing another rubber band mid body.

5. Use another rubber band to make a small tail.
6. Make the ears by first deciding how floppy you wish to have them be. To make them more floppy, do not cut much off the top, to stand up more, shorten the length. Once the leftover part of the sock at top is the desired length, cut the sock down the middle. Then shape the ears, possibly cutting them slightly at the top for an angle and the look you want.
7. Draw on your eyes, nose and even whiskers if you would like.
8. *Optional, using ribbon to tie a bow around your bunnies neck.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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