Category: General Crafts

No-Sew Felt ‘Branch’ from the Movie Trolls Leaf Vest Tutorial

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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)
Scissors
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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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

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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:
Felt
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Using a ruler, create a triangle shape on your orange colored felt and carefully cut it out.
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2. Cut out a rectangular piece of tan colored felt that is longer than the width of your triangle shaped piece.
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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.
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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

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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
Paint
Letter stencils
Paintbrush
Doily
Scissors
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.
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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.
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4. Cut out your pieces for each pennant you wish to trim.
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5. Attach your stiffened doily pieces with hot glue.
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DIY Flower Petal Paper Doily Cones

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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.
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2. Tape or glue your doily closed. Even using tape, these stay together quite well.
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3. Tie a bow around your closed doily to add a rustic touch.
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4. Place your petals inside of your cone.
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Halloween-Inspired Cinnamon Stick Broom Place Card Tutorial

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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
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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

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Create a versatile chalkboard sign, using a large piece of wood slice. These signs can be customized any way you see fit, and makes a great adornment to any home, during any season!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30+ minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Large wood slice
Chalkboard paint
Jute twine
Foam brush
Faux succulents (or any other addition you wish)
Drill
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using chalkboard paint, paint the front of your food slice (the smoothest side works best).
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2. Allow to dry.
3. Drill two holes at the top of your sign on each end of the sign.
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4. Use jute twine, and string through the back of your sign one each side. Once through, tie knots large enough to keep your twine from sliding back through the hole.
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5. Using your hot glue, and embellishments, decorate the sides of your sign.
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DIY Felt Mountain Scene Banner Tutorial

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Decorate your child’s bedroom with this modern, mountain banner. Play with different colors to complement your current decor and customize the look.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt in two colors
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Pompom garland
Wooden dowel
String

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to prep our banner. Fold a piece of felt in half and cut a diagonal line from the outside corner to the center, about three inches up from the bottom of the sheet.
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2. Measure the “v” shape and cut a piece of pompom garland to fit.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the pompom garland to the bottom of the banner.
4. Cut three felt triangles. These are going to be your mountains.
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5. Lay your mountains on a piece of white felt and cut out three snow shapes. Use hot glue to attach them to your mountains.
6. Use hot glue to attach the mountains to the front of your banner.
7. Run a line of hot glue along the top of your banner and roll it around a wooden dowel.
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8. Tie a piece of string on either side of the dowel to create a hanger.
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5-Minute Paper Doily Banner Garland Tutorial

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Create a chic, and simple banner, perfect for any celebration using only paper doilies and twine!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper doilies
Jute twine
Glue
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut your length of jute twine to the length of your desired banner.
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2. Fold your paper doilies in half over your jute twine. (however many you wish!)
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3. Once folded over, either glue or tape your doily together in the center.
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DIY Rustic Doily Crate

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Adding the simple addition of a paper doily is a surprising way to spruce up and give some rustic flair to your home decor! Follow these simple instructions to create a lovely rustic piece that makes a great addition to any home!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Wooden crate
Paper doily
Mod Podge
Paintbrush
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Position your doily on to your crate where you desire to place a specific location of the doily. Fold it over the edges creating a pattern for easy cutting.
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2. Cut out your doily piece.
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3. Using a paint brush, coat one side of your doily with Mod Podge. Make sure the doily is completely covered.
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4. Attach your paper doily to your crate. Smooth it in to place, and remove any air bubbles.
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5. Using your paintbrush, paint the top layer of your paper doily and the surrounding edges. Be sure to saturate the doily, and cover the entire piece. Allow to dry.
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DIY Doily Jar Luminary Tutorial

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These simple luminaries, are perfect for a dash of ambiance or make a gorgeous centerpiece for weddings and celebrations!

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

Things you’ll need:
Jar
Doily
Mod Podge
Jute twine
Battery operated tea light/tea light
Paint brush
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Start by saturating your doily in your Mod Podge or craft glue.
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2. Next, gently press and stretch your saturated doily on to a clean jar.
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3. Allow to fully dry. Usually takes 24 hours to dry completely.
4. Using your twine, trim the top of your jar and tie a bow on the center of the front of the jar.
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5. Insert your tea light, and enjoy!
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