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DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Wand for Kids


There’s love and magic in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones by creating a magical Valentine’s Day wand! This project is great for children’s parties or craft time in the classroom!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger ages may need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Dowel
Wooden bead
Ric rac trim
Ribbon (pink and red)
Pom poms
Heart stickers
Foam Stickers
Floral embellishments
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut 2-foot pieces of your ribbons and ric rac trim.


2. Attach foam stickers, pompoms, floral embellishments and heart stickers along the center of the ribbons.

3. Grab the center of your decorated ribbons and use hot glue to attach them to the top of your dowel. Alternate ribbon placement to create a nice and full look.

4. Slide a wooden bead onto your dowel, over the top of the ribbons.

5. Complete your wand by gluing a heart embellishment to the front of the wooden bead.

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Quick and Easy ‘BE MINE’ Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial


No cutting. No gluing. No mess. This banner is quick and easy to make, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day decoration for your party or classroom!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Alphabet stickers
Ribbon
Banner pieces
Heart stickers

Things to do:
1. Decorate three banner pieces with heart stickers. These will be placed at the beginning, end, and center of your banner.


2. Gather the alphabet stickers you need to spell “BE MINE” and stick one letter on each piece of your banner.

3. String your banner pieces on a long piece of ribbon.

4. To finish, knot the ends. Voila!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Kiss Diamond Rings


These sweet treat candy rings only take a few minutes to make and are a great project to do with younger children, as they require no scissors or hot glue! Grab your pipe cleaners and favorite chocolate candies and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Candy kisses

Things to do:
1. Lay your pipe cleaners in an “x” shape.


2. Place the candy kiss in the center.

3. Pull the pipe cleaners up around the sides of the candy kiss.

4. Twist them tightly to hold the candy in place.

5. Separate the pipe cleaners so there are two on each side. Hold the candy on the top of your finger and twist the pipe cleaners around your finger before wrapping them beneath the candy to secure the shape.

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DIY Love Bug Valentine Pencil Critters


These adorable Valentine Pencil Critters make a great holiday favor or craft project for kids! All you need is a few simple materials for an afternoon of fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pliers
Pipe cleaners
Googly eyes
Pom poms
Permanent marker
Bakers twine
Paper heart tags
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach two google eyes and a small pompom to the front of your large pompom, creating a face.



2. Separate the bottom of the pompom and use hot glue to attach a pipe cleaner.

3. Cut two two-inch pieces of pipe cleaner and roll the ends to create a pair of antennas.


4. Attach the antennas to the top of the pompom with hot glue.

5. Wrap the bottom pipe cleaner around the top of your pencil.

6. Complete your pencil critter by writing a note on your heart tag and attaching it to the pencil with string.

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DIY Merry & Bright Christmas Banner Tutorial


Brighten up your home this holiday season with this “Merry & Bright” banner. This felt decoration adds a fun, mid-century modern vibe to your Christmas decor. Display it over your fireplace or near your front door and spread holiday cheer.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 13 and up

Things you’ll need:
Red Felt
4-inch Letter Stencils
Two-Strand Silver Garland
Scissors
Pen
Straight Pins
Sewing Machine
Dowel
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Silver Ribbon
Fiber Fill

Things to do:
1. Fold your felt sheets in half and secure them with a straight pin. Trace your letters onto the felt, using your 4-inch stencils. Trace them backwards, so the ink outline does not show on the front.


2. Leave the felt folded in half and sew along the letter outline. Leave the end of the letter open, so you can stuff it with fiber fill.

3. Trim around the outline of the letter.

4. Use a dowel to stuff the letters with fiber fill.

5. Sew the opening closed.
6. Cut a 2 1/4 inch piece of silver rick rack and use hot glue to secure it to the top of your letter. This will be your hanger.

7. String the letters onto your two-strand silver garland, leaving even spacing between each letter.

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How to Make a Boho Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial

Looking for a unique way to show off your plant collection? This macrame plant hanger looks lovely in a windowsill or outdoors, adding a boho vibe to your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Macrame cord
Wood beads
Gold craft ring
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Cut four cords, all measuring two yards in length.
  2. Fold the cords in half and lay the ring one inch down from the fold and loop the cords through.
  3. Separate the cords into four sections of two.
  4. Slide three beads onto each of the four sections of cords.
  5. Tie a knot below the bead on each section 9″ down from the ring.
  6. Come down 9″ and tie one strand from each section to the strand closest to it in the neighboring section.
  7. Tie the two remaining strands together to form a circle that will hold the potted plant in place.
  8. Tie all of the strands together about 4″ down and slide your plant inside to hang.
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DIY: How to Tie the Perfect Gift Bow Tutorial


Learn the basics of bow tying with this practical tutorial! These three beautiful bows have the same basic steps in common, so it’s easy to create beautiful decorations or gift toppers with the ribbon you have at home.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Scissors
Wire
Wire Cutters

Things to do:

Bow One:

1. Fold your ribbon over itself, making a triangle shape or “sail”.

2. Wrap the ribbon around the sail, creating a center loop and leaving a single tail hanging down.

3. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop and pull it around the side, creating a side loop.

4. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop again and make a loop on the other side.
5. Repeat this step until you have two loops on either side of the center loop.

6. When there are two loops on either side, twist the ribbon behind the center again and pull the end down, making a second tail.
7. Use wire to secure the bow.

8. Flatten out the loops.
9. Trim your ends so each side is even.

Bow Two:

1. Fold your ribbon over itself, making a triangle shape or “sail”.

2. Wrap the ribbon around the sail, creating a center loop and leaving a single tail hanging down.

3. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop and pull it around the side, creating a side loop.
4. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop again and make a loop on the other side.
5. Repeat this step until you have a thick, full bow. You can make your bow as large as you want. For our bow, we added six loops on either side.

6. Use wire to secure the bow.


7. Use your fingers to pull the loops out, adding volume and spreading them out as much as possible to create a thick, full bow.
8. Trim your ends so each side is even.

Bow Three:

1. Cut a piece of wide ribbon and tie it around your gift, leaving two long tails.

2. Layer two different ribbons, placing the thinner ribbon on top of the wider ribbon.
3. Use your layered ribbon to make a loop with no tail.


4. Continue twisting and adding loops on either side.

5. When your bow is full and thick, slide the center loop on your two tails and tie it tightly in place.

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Hershey’s Kisses Holiday Centerpiece Tree and Place Settings Tutorial


What’s better than a centerpiece you can eat?! These adorable table toppers are festive and a sweet treat, so they’re sure to bit a hit at your holiday soiree!

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

Things you’ll need:
7-inch Cardboard Cone
Chocolate Kisses
Star Garland
2-inch Star Ornament
Christmas Green Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Wire Cutters
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Candy
Toothpicks

Things to do:
1. Paint your cardboard cone with a thin layer of green acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.


2. While your paint is drying, you can make your candy table toppers! Use hot glue to attach your gold star to a toothpick. Wrap the toothpick with gold star garland and stick it down into the candy. Make enough so every place setting has one.



3. When the paint is dry, use hot glue to attach candy kisses. Cover the entire surface.


4. Loosely wrap the tree with gold star garland.


5. Use hot glue to attach a glitter star to the top of the tree.


6. Display your tree in the center of the table and the candy table toppers at each place setting for a festive, holiday table display!

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How to Make a Boho Macrame Wall Hanging

Dress up your home with the vintage-inspired macrame wall hanging! This version is simpler than traditional patterns and doesn’t require any special tools. All you need is your favorite yarn and a few common craft supplies!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Grey yarn
Wood beads
Natural stick
Scissors
Ruler
11-inch book

Things to do:
1. Begin wrapping yarn around an 11″ book 20 times. Cut along one end, creating 22″ pieces. Repeat this step seven times.
2. Fold a single strand of yarn in half and lay it under your stick. Pull the two ends over the stick and through the loop, securing it to the branch. Tie the bottom strands together, as low as possible.
3. Slide beads onto the yarn.
4. Pull 20 strands of yarn through the loop below the beads.
5. Tie yarn around the yarn bundle about 1″ below the beads and tuck in the ends so they blend into the tassel.
6. Trim ends evenly if needed.
7. Repeat steps 2-6 until all tassels are attached to your stick.
8. Use yarn to loop over both ends of the stick for hanging.

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DIY Apothecary Christmas Light Garland

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This festive garland is a wonderful way to light up the night and celebrate the holiday season in style.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mini glass bottles with corks
Miniature bottle brush trees
Artificial snow
Knife
Wire cutters
Funnel
LED string lights

Things to do:

  1. First, use an exacto knife to trim small notches out of the cork lids on the bottles. The holes should be large enough that the wires on the lights will fit through when the lids are on the bottles.
  2. Use the funnel to add snow to the bottles.
  3. Use wire cutters to remove the large base from the bottoms of the trees.
  4. Place a tree and a light from the strand inside each bottle and push the lid on tightly to hold them in place.
  5. Add a bottle to every other light on the strand.
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