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Category: Seasonal Crafts

DIY Farmhouse Valentine’s Wood Bead Garland Tutorial

This home accessory is the perfect accent piece for your shelves or table centerpiece. Wrap it around a vase or display it next to a photo frame to celebrate love this season.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Beads (unfinished wood, white, red, and striped)
Paint (red and white)
Wood tag
Stencil tape
Stencil brush

Things to do:
1. Paint your wood tag red and let it dry.
2. Sand the edges to smooth any roughness.
3. Position your stencil and tape it in place. Apply paint to transfer the design.
4. Cut 24″ of jute and tie the tag on the end.
5. String the beads in a repeating pattern until you have about 3″ of cord left.
6. Make a tassel by cutting 25 10″ lengths of jute. Add some ribbons in with the jute to give a little color.
7. Tie the tassel on by folding the string in half and tying them with the end of the bead cording. Slide the end of the knot up into the beads and trim the tassel to your desired length.
8. Tie matching ribbon above the tag.

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DIY XO Valentine’s Door Hanger Tutorial

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a festive door hanger! This wreath alternative is a lovely way to decorate and it’s a lot of fun to make!

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

Things you’ll need:
Pip berry garland (pink and red)
Grapevine garland
White ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire cutters
Pruning sheers
Paint sticks
Brown paint
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. Drill holes in the bottom of both of your paint sticks about 1/2 ” up from the bottom.
2. Paint your paint sticks and let them dry completely.
3. Hot glue the sticks together to form an “X” shape.
4. Use pruning sheers to cut two pieces of grapevine garland the same length as your “X”.
5. Use wire to attach the grapevine garland to the “X”, doubling it so it’s nice and thick.
6. Wrap grapevine garland into an “O” shape and secure with wire.
7. Use wire to attaching pink pip berry garland to the “X” and red pip berry garland to the “O”.
8. Hot glue a piece of ribbon to the back of the “X,” creating a hanger.
9. Wire the “X” and the “O” together, sliding the wire through the drilled holes.

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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:
Wooden bead
Ric rac trim
Ribbon (pink and red)
Pom poms
Heart stickers
Foam Stickers
Floral embellishments
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

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:
Alphabet stickers
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
Pipe cleaners
Googly eyes
Pom poms
Permanent marker
Bakers twine
Paper heart tags

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 Doily Heart Tote Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Iron and ironing board
Grid ruler
White canvas tote
Red heart crochet doily
Embroidery needle
Red embroidery thread
Scrap fabric
Marking tool such as disappearing ink marker
Sewing pins

Things to do:
1. Using the iron, iron the tote and the scrap fabric to remove any wrinkles.

2. Next we’ll center the doily on the scrap fabric, marking a seam allowance as follows: Using the marking tool, mark 1″ from the edge of the scrap fabric. Place the doily on the scrap fabric, lining up the edge of the doily with the mark on the fabric. Mark where the widest edges of the doily are, then mark where the topmost edges and bottom of the doily are. Mark 1″ from these marks.

3. Cut a long length of embroidery floss, then split in in half so that you have two separate strands. Thread one of the strands through the embroidery needle.

4. Tie a knot at the end of the embroidery floss, then tack the edges of the heart in several spots to secure it to the fabric. We suggest tacking the heart in 5-7 places.

5. Mark a square on the tote that’s 1/2 ” smaller than the scrap of fabric.

6. Cut out the marked square from the center. Be sure you’re only cutting one side of the tote. To start the cut, fold the fabric in the center and snip it with your scissors.

7. Slide the doily fabric square inside the tote.

8. Using sewing pins, pin the square in place, making sure the square is centered. If you’re not sure, you can use a ruler to measure the seam allowance all the way around the edge; it should be 1/2 “.

9. Thread another length of embroidery thread, then knot the tail. Begin stitching around the square, making your stitches as even and as evenly spaced as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

10. Continue stitching until you have stitched around the entire square. Cut the floss and knot it on the inside of the tote.

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Make a Felt Heart Wall Hanging Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Heart cookie cutter
Tracing tool
Assorted felt colors
Bakers twine
Sewing needle
Pinking shears (optional)
Toy stuffing
12″-long dowel

Things to do:
1. Place the cookie cutter on a sheet of felt. Using a marking tool, trace around the outside of the cookie cutter.

2. Using pinking shears, cut out the heart. (You can also just use scissors here for a straight-edged heart.)

3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you have a total of eight hearts.

4. Thread your sewing needle with a length of baker’s twine that’s about 23″ long. Tie a knot in the end, then thread the needle through one of the felt hearts.

5. Layer another heart on top, then begin sewing around the edge of the heart. Try to maintain the same distance from the stitches to the heart edge. Tip: If you are having problems getting the twine to go through the layers, you can split the twine in half to make it thinner.

6. Continue sewing around the heart until you reach about 2″ before the first stitch you made.

7. Using the toy stuffing, stuff the heart until it is full.

8. Press the edges of the heart together, then stitch the heart closed. Knot the twine on the inside of the heart to secure it, then trim the twine.

9. Cut another length of twine, then thread it through the center of the heart, knotting the end to secure it.

10. Repeat steps 4-9 for each heart. You should have a total of four hearts.
11. Tie each heart to the dowel, tying them at different lengths so that they don’t get tangled when you hang them.

12. Cut another 23″-long piece of twine, then tie the twine around each end of the dowel.

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How to Make a Heart String Wall Hanging

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Three 1/2 ” dowels, 12″ long
Gray braided macrame cord
Red braided macrame cord
Pencil or pen
Newspaper or other large scrap paper
Painter’s tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Cut macrame cord into the following lengths:
22 lengths of 54″-long gray
22 lengths of 54″ long red
22 lengths of 23″-long gray

2. Using the 54″-long gray cords and one dowel, fold the cord in half. Place the cord under the dowel, forming a loop at the top about 1/2 ” from the edge of the dowel.

3. Insert the yarn tails through the loop.

4. Tug the yarn tails to tighten the rope around the dowel.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining lengths of 54″-long gray cord. Set that dowel aside.

6. Using the 54″-long red cords, repeat steps 2-5 to complete a second dowel.

7. Using the 23″-long gray cords, repeat steps 2-5 to complete a third and final dowel.

8 Stack the three sets of dowels with the long gray strands on the bottom, the red strands in the middle, and the short gray strands on top. Tie a 23″-long strand of gray cord around all three dowels.

9. Tie the other end of the gray cord around the opposite end, again tying all three dowels together.

10. Create a heart template as follows: Use a ruler and marking tool to mark the center point of a piece of newspaper or other large scrap paper.

11. Draw a heart shape on the paper, keeping the center point in mind as you draw the top and bottom points of the heart. Try to draw a heart that’s as wide as your wall hanging.

12. Cut out the heart template. Place it over the cords, leaving a few inches of gray cord at the top and a few inches of red cord at the bottom. Be sure the template isn’t longer than the long red and gray cords. If it is, adjust it.

Tip: If you’d like you can use painter’s tape to attach the template securely to the cords. This might make it easier to cut the cords in the next step.

13. With the template on top of the cords, begin cutting the short gray cords in the shape of the top of the heart. Be sure you do not cut any of the long red or gray cords; you only want to cut the short gray cords.

14. Remove the heart template and trim the cords to make them neat and even. You may find it easier to hang the piece, then trim it so that the cords aren’t moving around as much.

15. Place the template on top of the cords again, matching the top with the cut gray cords. Using the template as a guide, cut the red cords to match the bottom of the heart.

16. Remove the template and trim the red cords so that they are at a straight angle on both sides.

17. Trim the bottom pieces of the long gray cords so that they are even. Hang your piece!

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Rolled Felt Heart Art Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Circle template such as a coaster
Unfinished wood pallet canvas
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Place the circle template onto the felt. (Note that the larger your round object is, the larger the flower will be.) Using a pen or other tracing tool, trace a circle onto the felt.

2. Cut out the circle using scissors.

3. Begin cutting the circle into a spiral by first clipping the edge of the circle.

4. Make your way around the entire circle, cutting as you turn the felt.

5. When you reach the center of the felt, stop cutting, leaving a small circle in the center. You should now have one spiral all the way around the circle of felt.

6. Starting on the outside edge of the spiral, begin tightly rolling the felt, keeping the bottom layers even as you roll.

7. After you’ve rolled an inch or two, pause to place a dot of hot glue on the flower.

8. Continue rolling until the entire flower is rolled up. Place a dot of hot glue on the outside of the flower, then glue the outermost layer of the flower to the glue, leaving the small center circle free.

9. Place a dot of glue onto the bottom of the flower where all the layers meet. Grab the center circle.

10. Press the center circle over onto the bottom of the flower.

11. Repeat steps 1-10 to make several flowers. We made a total of 18 flowers but only used 16. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough; you can always make more if you need them.

12. Place the wood pallet canvas on your work surface, then plan out your heart-shaped design. We outlined the heart in the same color, then filled the center with the other two colors.

13. Once you’re happy with your design, begin hot gluing the flowers one at a time to the pallet until each flower has been attached. Hang your pallet or just display it on a table.

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