Category: Seasonal Crafts

How to Make a Winter Snow Globe

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes, plus 48 hours for glue to dry
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Soft Iridescent Fake Snow
Artificial Snow
Bottle brush tree
E6000 glue
Sandpaper
Clear acrylic snow globe jar
Water

Things to do:
1. Using sandpaper, sand the bottom of the bottle brush tree and the base sealer surface you’re going to attach it to. (The sealer is the plastic piece that fits just inside the jar opening.)

2. Place E6000 glue on the bottom of the bottle brush tree.

3. Attach the tree to the base, centering it as best you can. Allow it to dry for 24 hours.

4. Add a few pinches of iridescent snow to the globe jar.

5. Add a few pinches of artificial snow to the globe jar. (Be careful, as the snow can get quite messy!)

6. Add water to the globe jar, filling it to the top. Note that if you’re using a bottle brush tree, the green of the tree may turn the water a bit green.

7. Add a layer of E6000 glue around the sealer.

8. Place the sealer inside the water-filled globe jar. Tip: We rested the globe jar on the lid while we completed this step so that the globe jar did not tip over. Allow the lid to dry for 24 hours.

9. Once the glue is dry, screw the jar lid onto the jar. Place the jar upright, resting on the lid. Tip: You may need to remove excess glue from the outside of the sealer in order to screw on the lid.

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Wintry Unicorn Terrarium Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Micro mini unicorn pick
Glass terrarium
Reindeer moss
Green bottle brush tree
Mulberry wine bottle brush tree
Artificial snow

Things to do:
1. Break up a few clumps of reindeer moss, then place it along the bottom of the glass. Spread the moss evenly.

2. Add bottle brush trees of your choice, pushing the trees into the moss to secure them. We added three green bottle brush trees and two mulberry wine bottle brush trees, placing the tallest trees in the back of the terrarium.

3. Grab the unicorn pick. Bend the wire to the side.

4. Push the unicorn’s wire into the moss to secure the unicorn.

5. Grab a pinch of artificial snow with your fingers. Be careful, as the snow can get a little messy and fly everywhere. Sprinkle the snow inside the terrarium, covering everything with snow as evenly as possible.

6. If you’re having problems reaching the back of the terrarium, sprinkle the snow through the holes in the top of the terrarium.

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DIY Gold and Pink Ombre ‘Love’ Letters Decor


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus drying time.
Age range: 10+

Things you will need:
Love Letters DIY Kit
Bubblegum Pink Extra Fine Glitter
Blush Pink Extra Fine Glitter
Champagne Extra Fine Glitter
Champagne Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Metallic Craft Paints
Fuchsia Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Cameo Pink Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Mod Podge
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray

Things to do:
1. Paint the bottom third of the unfinished wooden letter L with the Champagne Martha Stewart Paint.

2. Approximately a third of the way up, also paint the unfinished letters V and E with the Champagne paint. Set aside to dry.

3. Once the champagne paint is dry, paint the middle third of each letter with the fuchsia Apple Barrel acrylic paint. Set letters aside to dry.

4. Once the fuschia paint is dry, paint the top third of the unfinished wooden letters with the cameo pink Apple Barrel acrylic paint. Set letter aside to dry.

5. Once letters are dry, cover the cameo pink paint portion of the letter L with Mod Podge.

6. Over a paper lined container, generously pour the Blush Pink Extra Fine Glitter of the Mod Podge. Shake off excess glitter. Set aside to dry.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with other two letters.

8. Once the blush pink glitter is dry, brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the fuschia pink portion of the letter L. I added little smudges above the straight line to mix the glitter colors slightly.

9. Over a paper lined container, generously pour the Bubble Gum Pink Extra Fine Glitter of the Mod Podge. Shake off excess glitter. Set aside to dry.
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 with other two letters.

11. Once the bubble pink pink glitter is dry, brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the champagne paint portion of the letter L. I added little smudges above the straight line to mix the glitter colors slightly again.

12. Over a paper lined container, generously pour the Champagne Extra Fine Glitter of the Mod Podge. Shake off excess glitter. Set aside to dry.

13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 with other two letters.
14. Once all letters are dry, in a well ventilated area, spray the letters with the Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray. This will help the glitter from falling off.

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DIY Ombre Wine Cork Heart


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus drying time.
Age range: 10+ with adult supervision

Things you need:
Wine Corks
Red Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Fuchsia Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Cameo Pink Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Blush Pink Extra Fine Glitter
Bubblegum Pink Extra Fine Glitter
Garnet Extra Fine Glitter

Things to do:
1. Heat up the glue gun
2. Align the wine corks in a heart shape on a drawn or printed off heart shape. If you would like to make your heart in a more perfect shape, then trace heart onto a piece of cardboard, then glue the corks directly to the cardboard. I wanted more imperfect heart shape.

3. With hot glue, glue together the front two pieces of the heart.

4. Continue glueing the rounded top heart pieces to each side of the two front pieces.

5. Then glueing along the edges of the heart, loosely following the drawn or printed off heart. Start adding pieces to the inside of the heart.

6. Continue filling in heart with wine corks, then end when the heart corks in a point.

7. Paint the bottom third of the wine corks with red paint.

8. Paint the middle corks with the fuschia paint.

9. Paint the top corks with the cameo pink paint

10. Brush Mod Podge onto a few of the painted red wine corks.

11. Over a paper lined container, generously pour the garnet glitter over the Mod Podge. Shake off excess glitter.
12. Fold the piece of paper in half and pour the excess glitter back into the container.

13. Randomly choose a few of the fuschia painted corks and brush on Mod Podge. Then pour on the bubblegum glitter. Shake off excess glitter, then pour excess glitter back into the container.

14. Randomly choose a few of the cameo pink painted corks and brush on Mod Podge. Then pour on the blush pink glitter. Shake off excess glitter, then pour excess glitter back into the container.

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Vintage-Inspired Valentine Paper Pipe Cleaner Dolls + Free Printable

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Using vintage Valentine’s, create retro inspired pipe cleaner dolls, that are perfect for a vintage flair in your seasonal decor, great for gifts, ornaments or attaching to your Valentine gift packages!

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

Things you’ll need:
Vintage valentines or printable artwork
Bumpy pipe cleaners
Cupcake liners
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Rick rack and various embellishments **optional

Things to do:
1. Create a stick body using your pipe cleaners. We prefer a thicker body, which is made doubling up on pipe cleaners for each piece, and twisting ends to keep them together. (see photos)
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2. Once your body is created and shaped to your liking, fold your cupcake liner into a triangular shape (see photo), and cut a small slit at the top point–just large enough to slip your pipe cleaner body through.
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3. Slip your cupcake liner over the body, and to the waist of your pipe cleaner doll.
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4. Lay your cupcake liner flat, creating the look of a pleated skirt. Use your hot glue, to glue it into place.
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5. Add your body parts–head, signs, or any embellishments you like, and do your best to place them in a way to make it look as natural as possible. A great way to hide your pipe cleaner, and create a nicer looking doll, is to use extra embellishments to areas that don’t look as nice polished. Tip: We used pipe cleaner to create a halo type hanger to our dolls, to fashion hangable ornaments.
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DIY XOXO Vase Decor


Looking for an easy and chic Valentine’s Day decor craft? Well, you are in the right place! Here is how to make your own XOXO Vase Decor:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus drying time
Age range: 10+ with adult supervision

Things you will need:
Decorative Glass Vase
Bubblegum Pink Extra Fine Glitter
2 Unfinished Wooden Letter “X”
2 Unfinished Wooden Letter “O”
Unfinished Wooden Hearts
Fuchsia Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Ebony Extra Fine Glitter
Black Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Mod Podge
Sticks

Things to do:
1. Start by painting an unfinished wooden X with the fuschia paint, focusing on the outside edges.

2. Repeat step 1 with the second X and the unfinished wooden hearts. One coat of paint should be sufficient, as they will be covered with glitter. If using a lighter color, the edges may need additional coats of paint. Set aside to dry.

3. Paint an unfinished wooden O with the black paint, focusing again on the edges.

4. Paint the second letter O with the black, then set them both aside to dry.

5. My daughter had fun collecting sticks from the yard for the XOXO Vase project. Decide, which sticks to use by arranging them in the vase. Clean sticks with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.

6. Brush on an even coat of Mod Podge over the entire branch, except the very bottom.

7. Hold the bottom of the stick, without Mod Podge. Over a paper lined container, generously pour the Ebony Extra Fine Glitter over the Mod Podge. Shake up excess glitter. Touch up any empty spots by adding more Mod Podge and glitter. Shake off glitter again and set aside to dry.

8. Brush Mod Podge on the top of each unfinished wooden letter “O”.

9. Over a paper lined container, generously pour the Ebony Extra Fine Glitter over the Mod Podge on each letter O. Shake off excess glitter.
10. Fold paper in half and pour glitter back into the container.

11. Brush Mod Podge on the top of each unfinished wooden letter “X”.

12. Over a paper lined container, generously pour the Fuschia Extra Fine Glitter over the Mod Podge on each letter X. Shake off excess glitter.

13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 with the unfinished wooden hearts. Set all items aside to dry.
14. Fold paper in half and pour glitter back into the container.

15. Add a small amount of hot glue to the tip of a branch.

16. Then, place a glittered heart onto the glue. Hold for a few seconds until the glue starts to step. Repeat step 15 and 16 with each branch.

17. Add hot glue to each inside edge of the glittered X.

18. Press and hold the letter O to the letter X. Repeat with second letter X and O.

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DIY Glittered Luminary Jars


Create gorgeous luminary jars, perfect for Valentine’s Day, or for year ’round display! These jars also make super cute, candy jars, perfect for gift giving!

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

Things you’ll need:
Clear jar
Mod Podge
Glitter
Painters tape or wide masking tape
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Clean your jar.
2. Trace a heart shape on to your tape.
3. Cut out your heart and place in the center of the jar.


4. Lightly apply your mod podge to your jar, creating even and clump free strokes.

5. Sprinkle glitter over your entire jar, making sure you cover all bare spots entirely.


6. Allow to dry.
7. Slowly remove your tape.

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Kid Friendly Paper Plate Yarn Snowflake Art Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30-45 minutes
Age range: 5 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper plate
Pencil
Ruler
Yarn (medium-weight yarn works best for this project)
Blunt yarn needle
Scissors
Tape
Push pin

Things to do:
1. Using a pencil and a ruler, draw a snowflake design inside the plate where you’d normally put your food. Kids can freehand this design, if they’d like. Don’t worry about messing up; the pencil marks won’t be visible.

2. When your design is finished, use a push pin to push holes in the intersection where each line meets.

3. Repeat this until you’ve poked holes in each intersection.

4. Using the blunt yarn needle, poke each hole that you made in step 3 to make it larger. This will make it easier later when you’re threading the yarn through.

5. Repeat this until you’ve re-poked each hole.

6. Cut a long strand of medium-weight yarn. We cut ours to about 151″ long, but the length will depend on how complex your design is.

7. Thread the yarn through the blunt needle, then tie several knots near the yarn tail. Since the yarn length is so long, it may also be helpful to slide the blunt needle down the length of yarn a bit farther so that you don’t have as much yarn to pull through each hole.

8. Begin by inserting the blunt needle through the center of the snowflake with the pencil side of the plate facing you. Be sure your knot doesn’t slide through the hole.

9. Insert the blunt needle through a nearby hole, pulling the yarn through.

10. Continue threading the yarn, tracing along the lines you’ve created. You may need to insert the yarn through the same hole more than once.

11. Continue until you have filled the entire design. Check the side opposite the pencil side of the plate to ensure the entire snowflake is outlined with yarn.

12. Flip the plate over to the pencil side. Cut the yarn tail close to the plate, then secure both the yarn end and the beginning knot with a piece of tape.

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Sweetheart Doily Jar Tutorial

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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.
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3. Cut out a heart from your felt or paper.
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4. Attach your heart using mod podge for a permanent piece.
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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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Embroidered Heart Valentine’s Card Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pink yarn
Cardstock
Scrap paper
Pencil
Ruler
Washi tape
Tapestry needle
Push pin
Tape

Things to do:
1. Fold a sheet of cardstock in half, bringing the short ends of the paper together.

2. Using a ruler and pencil, draw 1″ grid squares on a scrap sheet of paper. Don’t worry if you make a mistake; no one will see this part later!

3. Draw a heart shape on the grid by filling in darker outlines.

4. Roll up two small pieces of washi tape and press them onto the top and bottom of the card. These pieces are permanent, but they will help avoid any tears on the cardstock later.

5. Place the heart grid outline over the taped front of the card.

6. Using the push pin, poke a hole on each square’s corner where you marked the heart outline.

7. Continue until you have marked each square of the entire outline.

8. Remove the scrap paper and washi tape from the card.

9. Cut a long strand of yarn that’s around 161″ long. Thread the tapestry needle, then pull the yarn up through the bottom left hole of the heart.

10. Flip the card over and place a piece of tape on the yarn tail to secure it.

11. Now we’re going to backstitch to embroider the heart. Here’s how: Insert the tapestry needle from front to back into the hole that’s diagonally above and to the right of the first hole you threaded. Pull the yarn through.

12. Insert the tapestry needle from back to front into the hole that’s again diagonally above and to the right of the previous hole you threaded. Pull the yarn through.

13. Insert the tapestry needle from front to back into the second hole in the diagonal line (the hole that’s diagonally below and to the left of the previous hole you threaded). Note that you have previously threaded this hole, and that sometimes the yarn will be going through the same hole more than once. Pull the yarn through.

14. Insert the tapestry needle from back to front through the third hole in the diagonal line. Pull the yarn through.

15. Insert the needle from front to back into the last hole of the diagonal. Pull the yarn through. This completes one diagonal line of backstitching.

16. Continue backstitching diagonal lines in this direction until you have filled all the outlines. Notice that we did not stitch the upper left holes at the top of the heart or the lower right holes at the bottom of the heart.

17. Once you’ve stitched all the diagonals in one direction, change direction and stitch the other side. Tip: If you need to move from one side of the heart to the other, you can cut the yarn, tape it to the back to secure it, then start a new strand. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of yarn to work with.

18. Continue stitching until you have stitched each hole. If you’d like, you can also add Xs to your design if you’re not happy with it.

19. Cut the excess yarn, then tape it to the back to secure it. Write a message in your card and send it off to your valentine!

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