Category: Party and Special Occasion

Make Your Own Fourth of July Door Hanger Tutorial

Celebrate summer with this patriotic door hanger! This is great project to enlist your kids’ help on – They will have fun painting the cutouts and helping you glue the pieces together to create this fun decoration.

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

Things you’ll need:
“4” Wood cutout
Chipboard letters
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Craft glue
Acrylic paint (red, white and blue)
Foam brush

Things to do:

  1. Paint your “4” cutout red. Let the shape dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Next, you’ll need to paint your letters. Paint the “J” and “L” blue and the “U” and “Y” white.
  3. Use craft glue to secure the letters to the “4” cutout.
  4. Use hot glue to attach a long ribbon hanger to the back of the “4”.
  5. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie a large bow at the top of the hanger.
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DIY Yard Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Get outside and play with this larger-than-life Tic-Tac-Toe game! This is the perfect summer yard game – It’s easy to transport and kids will have hours of fun arranging the letters!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letters (X and O)
Acrylic paint (red, white, and blue)
Foam pouncer
White rope
Foam brush
Clear coat finish

Things to do:

  1. Paint your X’s and O’s white with a foam brush. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on.
  2. Paint a stripe pattern on your X’s. Use painter’s tape to create the pattern and fill in the gaps with paint on a foam brush.
  3. Use your foam pouncer to create polka dots on your O’s.
  4. Cut four pieces of white rope, all measuring 1 yard in length.
  5. Spray your X’s and O’s with clear coat finishing spray.
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DIY Patriotic Tutu Tutorial

Dress up your little darling this 4th of July with a patriotic tutu! With a few simple materials, you can create a festive skirt that will have her twirling all day long!

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

Things you’ll need:
Red, white and blue tulle
Foam star stickers

Things to do:

  1. Determine the length of skirt desired.
  2. Cut tulle strips double the desired length, plus two inches.
  3. Cut the ribbon for the waist of the tutu, adding additional length to tie a bow.
  4. Tie the tulle onto the ribbon. Start with blue tulle strips until 1/2 of the ribbon is full. Next, alternate two red and two white tulle strips until you cover the length of the ribbon.
  5. Add star stickers to the blue tulle in a random pattern.
  6. Tie the extra ribbon in a bow.
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How to Make Quick Patriotic Luminaries

Light up the night with this patriotic lantern! This mason jar craft only takes a few minutes and looks lovely as a centerpiece for your picnic table during the warm summer months!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
American flag
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Remove the stick from the flag.
  2. Place the flag inside the glass jar, so it covers three sides of the mason jar.
  3. Pour sand in the jar.
  4. Place the tealight in the middle of the sand.
  5. Use hot glue to cover the rim of the jar with ribbon.
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Quick Paper Gift Wrap Garland Tutorial

Difficulty level:
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Bakers twine
Circle office stickers
Glue (optional)

Things to do:

  1. Roll out several inches of baker’s twine in the color of your choice.
  2. Place a circle sticker face down on the work surface. Lay the baker’s twine across the center of the sticker about 4″ from the edge of the twine.
  3. Fold the circle sticker over the twine, matching up the edges of the circle sticker as evenly as possible.
  4. Using a ruler, measure about 1″ from the edge of the previous sticker. Place a second sticker face up at the 1″ mark, then fold the sticker over the twine.
  5. Continue to add stickers to the twine, spacing them about 1″ apart, until your garland is the desired length.

Tip: If the stickers are popping open and not sticking together, add a dot of glue to the sticker, then fold it over to secure it.

  1. Cut the baker’s twine about 4″ from the last sticker. Fold the end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot to create a loop for hanging.
  2. Fold the opposite end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot in that end to create a second loop. To hang the garland, slip the loops onto pushpins or nails in the wall.
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DIY Ice Cream Cone Decorations

Celebrate a birthday with these festive ice cream cone decorations! This sweet treat brightens up your space, adding a colorful, playful vibe to any party!

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

Things you’ll need:
2 1/2 inch styrofoam balls
Brown cardstock
Sewing machine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Tacky glue
Bakers twine
Pinking shears
Floral pins

Things to do:
1. First, make a pattern for your cones. Use a compass to draw a 1/4 circle that is 5 1/2 inches tall. Cut out the shape.

2. Cut a notch off the end and roll the cardstock into a cone shape, overlapping the paper roughly 2-inches at the widest part of the cone. Use glue to hold it in place.

3. Cut a 42-inch x 1 1/2 inch strip of fabric and trim the edges with pinking shears.

4. Sew long stitches down the center of the fabric and pull the thread to gather the fabric until the length measures 8-inches. Trim excess thread.

5. Cut a 9-inch fabric circle and wrap it around your Styrofoam ball, using hot glue to secure.

6. Run a line of hot glue around the inside of your cone and slide the Styrofoam ball onto the cone.

7. Use hot glue to attach your ruffle to the top of the cone.

8. Finish your cone by cutting a 24-inch piece of bakers twine, folding it in half and using a floral pin to attach it to the top of your cone.

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Sweetheart Doily Jar Tutorial

Create a gorgeous heart themed jar, perfect for flowers from your sweetheart, storing sweets from your Valentine, or even as a decorative luminary that can be used year ’round!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Clear jar
Paper doily
Bakers twine
Felt or colored paper (for creating your heart)
Mod Podge **optional

Things to do:
1. Clean your jar.
2. Depending on whether or not you wish this to be a permanent piece, attach your doily. If you wish for it to be permanent, you will attach using your mod podge, by brushing on a thing coat on the back of the doily, and pressing down on to your jar. If you with for it to be temporary, follow the next steps and attach using your bakers twine.
3. Cut out a heart from your felt or paper.
4. Attach your heart using mod podge for a permanent piece.
5. Cut out bakers twine, long enough to wrap around your jar several times, with enough extra to tie into a bow. If you chose not to make this a permanent piece, use your twine to hold your pieces in to place.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Treat Bags Tutorial

These cute little turkeys make great party favors. Try adding a few different colors of tulle for a rainbow of feathers.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaner
Googly eyes
Reeces pieces

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of tulle about 12 inches long and fold it in half.
2. Place a small handful of candy in the center of the tulle.
3. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner about an inch long.
4. Bunch the tulle with the candy in the middle and secure closed with the pipe cleaner. Fluff up the ends of the tulle and turn the bunch of candy slightly on its side so the ends of the tulle stick up in the back.
5. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner a couple inches long. Fold the pipe cleaner to create three toes and a leg. Repeat for the second leg.
6. Stick the legs into the bottom of the turkey.
7. Cut a light brown piece of pipe cleaner a few inches long and fold the end over to create a head.
8. Cut a small piece of orange pipe cleaner and wrap it around the base of the “head” to create a beak.
9. Cut a small piece of red pipe cleaner and wrap it around the base of the head/beak with an end hanging down.
10. Glue the eyes to the head, one eye on either side of the beak.
11. Stick the head into the top of the turkey.

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DIY “Thankful” Holiday Banner

Create a rustic banner to decorate for your Thanksgiving get together or just to celebrate fall! Customize with your favorite fall phrase using the customizable pennant banner.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint
Stencil brush
Paint tray
Felt autumn leaf stickers

Things to do:
1. Place a piece of paper (wax paper is good because it won’t stick) behind the pennant. Line up the stencil in the center of the pennant.
2. Using the stencil brush, dab paint on the pennant. Be careful to only use an up and down motion with the brush. Using a rubbing or brushing motion will cause paint to get under the edges of the stencil and smudge your letters.
3. Slowly remove the stencil and set the pennant aside to dry.
4. Repeat for the remaining letters.
5. After the paint dries, add a couple of the felt leaf stickers to each pennant.
6. Line up the letters and tie them together with a bow.

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DIY Turkey Thanksgiving Treat Bags

Surprise the guests of your next feast with festive treat bags. Choose a rainbow of felt colors or use some fun fabrics to create your own designs!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Treat bag
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Googly eyes

Things to do:
1. Place a piece of paper (wax paper is good because it won’t stick).
2. Cut the pieces from felt (one of each piece and 8 feathers).
3. Place the turkey body piece on the bag in the desired position.
4. Align four of the feathers, slightly overlapping, and glue together.
5. Using the position of the turkey body, glue the turkey feather group in place behind the body. Repeat with the second set of feathers.
6. Glue down the turkey body and add the beak.
7. Glue on the google eyes.

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