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Category: Summer Crafts

“Joy” Christmas Door Hanger Tutorial

This festive wreath-alternative looks lovely displayed on your front door or inside as a part of a gallery wall.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wood J and Y letters
8-inch pine wreath
Red berry sprays
White paint
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Crystal fine glitter
2 1/2 -inch Ribbon
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Sand the edges of your wood letters and paint them white.
  2. Use hot glue to attach the berries to your wreath and clip a bird in the center of the wreath.
  3. Add a wire hanger to the back of the wreath.
  4. Apply a thin layer of mod podge to the letters and sprinkle on the crystal fine glitter. Let it dry completely.
  5. Cut a 4 foot piece of ribbon.
  6. Lay the letters and wreath on the ribbon, spelling the word “Joy.”
  7. Poke a paper clip through the ribbon to make a hook for the wreath. Place a piece of tape over the back to reinforce it and hang the wreath.

  8. Hot glue the letters in place.

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Pompom Bumble Bee Garland Tutorial

This adorable garland is the perfect spring or summer birthday party decoration! The bright colors and playful bumble bees add a whimsical touch to your decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Black yarn
Yellow yarn
Pompom maker
3″ Black pipe cleaners
White felt
Daisy felt stickers
Googly eyes
Bakers twine

Things to do:
1. First, create a pattern for your bee wings. It should be an “8” shape that measures roughly 1 1/2 ” wide and 3 1/2 ” tall.
2. Use a 2 1/2 ” pompom maker to make a black pompom.
3. Make a yellow and black pompom, alternating the colors of yarn used to create stripes.
4. Trim the pompoms into even circles and make the black pompom slightly smaller than the striped pompom.
5. Use hot glue to attach the pompoms together.
6. Add google eyes to the black pompom.
7. Cut 3 inches of pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Bend the tips over to create antennas. Attach the antennas to the bees head using hot glue.
8. Trace your wing pattern onto a piece of white felt and cut out the shape. Use hot glue to secure them to the back of the bee.
9. Cut a long piece of twine for the length of your garland and attach the bee with hot glue.
10. Measure 8″ from the bee and attach a daisy felt sticker with a clothespin.
11. Alternate bees and daisies until the length of garland has been filled.

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