How to Make a Tissue Box Toy Car Wash Tutorial


Turn old tissue boxes into some entertainment for the kids. Who does not love a good car wash? Simple and fun, this is a fun addition when playing with little cars

Things you’ll need:
Tissue box
Scissors
Construction paper
Glue and/or tape
Pipe cleaners (straws could work as well)
Crepe paper *optional
Paint, markers, crayons *optional


Things to do:
1. Remove the plastic lining from inside the box.
2. Cut the top of the tissue box, leaving a bit of edge around 3 sides and making sure one side is cut as flush as possible so the cars can easily drive through.
3. Do the same on the bottom of the box as well.
4. Measure your crepe paper to the size of the opening. (I found an old roll laying around from a birthday, but construction paper, ribbon, tissue, etc would work as well. )
5. Once the piece is cut to size, glue or tape on the inside of the box and continue until one opening is covered with paper.
6. If you used a wider covering, cut it into thinner strips.
7. Take your crepe paper and cut into squares. Mine were about 2″. I cut 20 squares total.
8. Take 10 squares and poke them in the middle onto the pipe cleaner.
9. Once they are all placed on and spaced like you would like, simple make slits throughout the squares so they will lay down a bit.
10. Place each of the pipe cleaners inside the other side of the box. I found bending the pipe cleaner and taping to the top of the box was easiest.
11. You can then leave your car wash as is, or decorate it. My son asked for a ‘car wash’ and ‘exit’ sign. We measured these out to the size of the box and placed them, along with covering the box so it did not look so much like a tissue box. Decorate how your want to make the car wash truly yours!
Mine was nothing fancy, but my youngest was absolutely thrilled with it!

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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DIY Mosaic Seashell Pencil Holder Tutorial

Bring the beach home with you! You don’t have to be away on vacation to enjoy the beauty of the ocean. This shell pencil holder will remind you of the beach, even when you’re working at your desk.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Can
Ivory felt
Natural crushed seashells
Ruler
Pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a 5″ strip of felt and glue it around the can, leaving a bit extra at the can opening. Glue the excess felt down into the center of the can, covering any sharp edges.
2. Use hot glue to attach shells to the surface of the can. Cover all of the felt, piecing the shells together in a mosaic pattern.

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How to DIY Yarn Dandelion Bouquet

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These Dandelion flowers may be a bother in your yard, but they look super cute on your shelves or table!

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

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Yarn (yellow and green)
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Fork

Things to do:
1. Tie a piece of yellow yarn two inches below the end of the pipe cleaner.
2. Place a fork next to the pipe cleaner and wrap the yarn around the fork until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the yarn.
3. Fold both sides of the pipe cleaner around the yellow yarn bundle and twist it to secure.
4. Knot a piece of green yarn 1/4 inch up the yellow yarn bundle and start wrapping until the bottom portion of yellow yarn is covered with green yarn. Cut the yarn and use hot glue to secure.
5. Use scissors to get open the yellow yarn bundle, revealing your flower.

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How to Make a ‘Spring has Sprung’ Grass Wreath

Spring has sprung! Make sure your front door is ready for the sunshine with this green grass wreath.

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

Things you’ll need:
Grass mat
Artificial gypsophila pick
Wood cutout flowers
Bumble bees
Ladybugs
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wreath form
Paint (lavender, light pink, diva pink, and white)
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your wood flower cutouts. Use different colors of acrylic paint to make them pop.
2. Cut the grass into strips and use hot glue to secure it around the paper mache wreath form. If there are any blank spots when you finish, use your scraps to fill them in.
3. Arrange flowers, lady bugs, bees and small flowers around the wreath, leaving an empty space for a bow at the top. Use hot glue to secure them in place.
4. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie a large bow. Use hot glue to secure it to the wreath.

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Upcycle Paper Roll Art Tutorial

As we finish up those paper towels, toilet paper and wrapping paper, turn the left over rolls into art. Let your imagination run free.

I truly was not sure what I was going to make with the roll when I started, I just started going with the flow and ended up with a flower. But you can make other kinds of hanging art, etc.

Things you’ll need:
Paper roll
Scissors
Marker or pen
Glue
Measuring device
Paint, markers, crayons *optional



Things to do:
1. Measure off the tube in 1 to 2 inch sections.
2. Cut pieces off the roll.
3. Once all pieces are cut, start just playing with placement, see what you can come up with.
4. When placement is decides, start gluing pieces to one and other.
5. Mine became a flower, so I even used a stick from our hike last week as the stem and then took 2 of the sectioned pieces to glue the centers and make leaves.
6. Color or paint or leave as is. I decided to leave my flower natural for a more rustic piece.

There are so many ways this project can take you. I started by thinking I was going to be making a diamond of sorts, so I just let it guide me.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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How to Make a No-Sew Sock Bunny Tutorial

Who doesn’t have old socks or a pile of mismatched socks laying around? Inspired by Feeling Nifty, you can easily turn these into a fun Easter craft and make bunnies out of them. It’s a simple and fun project for all ages!

Things you’ll need:
Old sock(s)
Scissors
Permanent marker
Rubber band, hair ties, something to use on the sock
Rice, quinoa, popcorn kernels, to fill sock with
Ribbon *optional


Things to do:
1. Place the sock over the edge of a cup to help open it up for easy filling.
2. Fill with your grain of choice. For me, I filled it a bit more than half way. Depending on how ‘roly’ you want your bunny.
3. Take a rubber band to twist and seal off the filling.
4. Make your head and body shape by placing another rubber band mid body.

5. Use another rubber band to make a small tail.
6. Make the ears by first deciding how floppy you wish to have them be. To make them more floppy, do not cut much off the top, to stand up more, shorten the length. Once the leftover part of the sock at top is the desired length, cut the sock down the middle. Then shape the ears, possibly cutting them slightly at the top for an angle and the look you want.
7. Draw on your eyes, nose and even whiskers if you would like.
8. *Optional, using ribbon to tie a bow around your bunnies neck.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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Upcycled Milk Carton Birdhouse Feeder Tutorial

As everyone is working on social distancing and some of you, even quarantined, this birdhouse from a milk carton is a great project to do with the kiddos as you finish your milk. You can make this all from items found around the house, let your imagination run wild!

Things you’ll need:
Milk carton (2 liter would work too!)
Xacto knife or scissors
Paint
Paint brush
String (shoe laces, rope, ribbon, etc.)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks *optional
Sticks *optional
Stickers *optional

Things to do:
1. Start by collecting sticks found in your backyard. These can be used to decorate the outside of the birdhouse or as a natural perch for your feathered friends.
2. Figure out the design for the cutouts in your carton. Be creative!
3. Decide if you wish to have a perch. If so, measure the perch in order to make a hole for placement and cut.
4. Insert stick perch. Depending on the length of your stick, it may need to be cut to size with adult supervision. Secure with glue, as needed.
5. Paint the carton, then let dry.
6. Decorate however you wish, stickers, buttons, etc. Have fun with it!
7. Cut a hole at the top of the carton and insert hanging string.
8. Fill with feed and hang for birds to enjoy.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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Upcycled Egg Carton Flower Mobile Tutorial

As we eat more during our time at home, you are sure to have an egg carton ready to go into the trash. Instead of pitching it, turn it into a beautiful mobile that is sure to brighten your home.

Things you’ll need:
Egg carton
Scissors
Paint – I used watercolor, but anything will work
Paint brush
String – shoe laces, rope, ribbon, etc.
Stick, dowel rod, hanger… something to use for your hanging base

Things to do:
1. Start by cutting the lid and closure piece off the carton.
2. Cut out the individual egg holders. Trim any uneven pieces as needed.
3. Make a small slit on each holder, to give the flower effect, creating each petal.
4. Once all cut out and in their flower shape, paint. I used watercolors, but any paint you have will be fine. Just have fun with it.
5. Once dry poke a hole in the center of each flower.
6. Use your string, in my case, old shoe laces and knot the end. Put a flower on and then make another knot, so each flower has a placement on the string.
7. Once the string is full, tie to your base stick… in my case, an actual stick from a hike we took the other day.
8. Once all flowers are strung and on your stick, add another string to use as a hanger. Voila… a bright, cheerful piece!

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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DIY Succulent Wreath Tutorial

No green thumb? No problem! This succulent wreath adds a lovely pop of green to your home decor and requires ZERO upkeep!

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

Things you’ll need:
Peel and stick moss
Succulents
Chalkboard sign
Scissors
Wire cutters
Wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Chalk pen

Things to do:

  1. Cut your moss into 2-inch strips. Unpeel the back and stick the moss around the wreath.
  2. Trim the stems off of your succulents and use hot glue to secure them in place.
  3. Write a message on your chalkboard sign and use hot glue to secure it to the back of your wreath form.

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How to Make an Upcycled Mossy Planter

Dress up your spring flower pots with this quick and easy tutorial! In just a few minutes, you can transform a plastic container into an adorable spring decor piece. Place it on your table as a centerpiece or outside your front door to welcome guests.

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

Things you’ll need:
Peel and stick moss
Plastic container
Flowers
Potting soil
Scissors
Chalkboard sign
Chalk pen
Eggs
Spring chicks

Things to do:

  1. Peel the sticky back off of your moss sheet and wrap it tightly around your plastic container. If there is any excess moss hanging over, fold it down into the container.
  2. Fill the pot with potting soil and plant your flowers.
  3. Write a message on your chalkboard sign and stick it down in the soil.
  4. Arrange your spring chicks and any other decorations in the soil.

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