DIY Bunny Tail Planters Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Tracing tool such as a pen
Oval and circle templates (we used household items like lotion and glue bottles)
4-inch jumbo pom pom
1-inch pink pom pom
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
White felt
Pink felt

Things to do:
1. Using the tracing tool, trace two oval shapes onto the white felt. We used the bottom of a lotion bottle as our templates. You can also draw the feet freehand.

2. Cut the two oval shapes from the felt.

3. Using the tracing tool, trace eight small circles onto the pink felt. We used a glue bottle as our circle template. You can also draw the paws freehand.

4. Cut out the circles.

5. Flip the white felt ovals over so that the tracing marks are not visible. Begin hot gluing the tiny pink circles around the bottom of the foot. Be sure the pink felt is flipped over so that the tracing marks are not visible. You will need four pink circles on each white oval.

6. Continue to hot glue the pink circles until you have four circles on each white felt piece.

7. Hot glue a small pink pompom to the center of the large white pompom.

8. Hot glue each white felt foot to the large white pompom, slightly below the pink pompom.

9. Push the white pompom into the side of the planter.

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DIY Polymer Clay Donut Necklace Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes for baking
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Sculpey III Tan Clay
Sculpey III Dusty Rose
Sculpey III Pearl
Clay roller
Clay tool set
Pencil
Silver metal screw eyes
Oven
Silver plated jewelry necklace chain

Things to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. In the meantime, pinch off a small amount of tan clay, about 1/8 of a block. Knead the clay to soften it.

2. Using the palm of your hand, roll the tan clay around to form a ball.

3. Press your thumb onto the ball to flatten it just a bit to resemble a donut.

4. Pinch off a small amount of dusty rose-colored clay. Knead the clay to soften it.

5. Using a roller, roll out the dusty rose clay until it is thin and flat.

6. Remove the dusty rose clay from the roller, then place it on your work surface. Place the tan donut on the dusty rose clay, then cut the excess clay using a plastic knife or clay tool.

7. Lay the dusty rose clay layer over the donut, centering it as best you can.

8. Use your fingers to pull the dusty rose clay down in some spots around the donut so that it resembles dripping icing.

9. Using a pencil or another thin pointed object and with the dusty rose icing facing you, poke a hole in the center of the donut.

10. Pinch off a small amount of pearl clay. Knead the clay to soften it.

11. Using the heel of your hand, roll the pearl clay out into a long, thin strip.

12. Continue to roll the pearl clay out as evenly as possible.

13. Place the pearl strip across the donut. When the pearl clay reaches the edge of the dusty rose clay, rotate the pearl strip to lay it in the other direction.

14. Continue swirling the pearl clay back and forth across the donut until you reach the other side of the donut. When you reach the end, use a clay tool to cut the remaining pearl clay away from the donut.

15. Insert a metal screw eye into the donut, centering it.

16. Bake the donut in the oven for 30 minutes at 275 degrees.

17. When the donut has cooled, slip a necklace chain through the screw eye.

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DIY Tasseled Dreamcatcher Tutorial


Things you’ll need:
Tape
10″ embroidery hoop
Yarn in colors of your choice
Scissors
Scrap piece of cardboard cut to 4″ wide

Things to do:
1. Separate the two sections of the hoop. Tape one end of yarn to the inside section.

2. Begin wrapping the yarn tightly around the hoop, wrapping back and forth.

3. Wrap until you have several criss-crosses across the hoop.

4. Holding the yarn tail in place with your hand, slide the other section of the hoop over the wrapped section. Tighten the screw at the top of the hoop.

5. Trim the yarn tail close to the hoop.

6. Cut two 6″-long pieces of yarn and set them aside. Begin making tassels by wrapping yarn around the 4″ piece of cardboard. Wrap the yarn until the tassel is quite thick. Using one of the 6″-long pieces of yarn, slide the yarn under the tassel strands and secure at the top.

7. Remove the tassel from the cardboard and trim the end. Wrap the second 6″-long strand around the tassel about 1″ from the top tie.

8. Using scissors, cut the loops at the bottom of the tie.

9. Trim the tie so that the ends are even, including the ends of the tie.

10. Repeat steps 6-9 to create a total of six tassels.

11. Using the top ties of the tassels, begin attaching the tassels to the dreamcatcher by tying a knot. If you’d like, you can attach tassels to the hoop edges. Once the tassels are attached securely, trim the knots.

12. Add tassels to the criss-crossed yarn strands. There’s no right or wrong way to arrange them.

13. Continue until you have attached and trimmed all six tassels.

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DIY Pompom Hair Comb Tutorial

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

Things you’ll need:
Hair combs
Yarn
35 mm pompom maker
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Place the two pieces of the pompom maker together, if they are not already connected.

2. Begin wrapping the yarn around one end of the pompom maker.

3. Wrap until the yarn is thick and covers the entire half circle. If you’re not sure if the yarn is thick enough, test it by folding the half circle into the center of the pompom maker. If it fits easily with some room between the pompom maker and the yarn, you may need to wrap more yarn.

4. When the half circle is full, fold it into the pompom maker. Begin wrapping the opposite half circle until it is full and even with the other half circle.

5. Fold the circle into the center of the pompom maker. Cut the yarn.

6. Cut the loops of the pompom on one side, holding the pompom maker in place if necessary.

7. Repeat on the other side, cutting the opposite side’s loops.

8. When all loops are cut, cut a 5-6″ strand of yarn. Tie the strand around the pompom maker and tightly tie a double knot to secure the pompom.

9. Open the half circles back up.

10. Pull the pompom maker apart to release the pompom.

11. Give the pompom a haircut to evenly trim the edges.

12. Using the long yarn tails from the tie, slide one of the ties between the second and third teeth of the comb.

13. Tie the two long tails together, knotting them on the back of the comb. Trim the knots so that the tails are even with the pompom.

14. Repeat steps 1-11 to create two more pompoms.

15. Tie the second pompom between the two center teeth of the hair comb.

16. Tie the last pompom between the second and third teeth on the other end of the comb. Trim all the knotted ends.

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DIY Boho Yarn Wall Hanging

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
7″ gold craft ring
Scissors
Yarn in colors of your choice
Ruler or yardstick

Things to do:
1. Begin cutting strands of yarn to 46″ long. The number of strands you cut depends on the weight of each yarn strand, so you can cut several strands to start and cut more later as you need them.

2. Grab one strand and fold it in half. Place it under the ring with the loop inside.

3. Pull the ends of the yarn through the loop.

4. Pull to tighten the strand around the hoop.

5. Continue to add more strands around the hoop.

6. When you’re ready for a new yarn, add more strands right next to the first group of strands.

7. Work your way around the bottom of the ring.

8. As you add more strands, continue working your way around the ring until the entire ring is covered with yarn.

9. To hang the ring, pick up the ring from the top and allow the strands on the top of the ring to hang behind the ring and behind the other yarn strands.

10. Cut another strand of yarn that’s about 8-10″ long. Tie one end of the strand to the top left of the ring.

11. Tie the other end to the top right of the ring, trying to balance the tie as best you can on the top of the ring. Push the yarn strands around the ties to hide the knots. Trim the yarn ends, if you’d like, or just leave them as they are.

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DIY Yarn Pom Pom Pencils


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

Things you’ll need:
Pencil (preferably one without an eraser)
Yarn
Small pompom maker
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Grab the pompom maker and connect the two pieces, if they are not already connected. Begin wrapping your yarn around one half of the pompom maker.

2. Continue wrapping until the pompom is nice and thick, then fold the half circle into the pompom maker center.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 on the other side of the pompom maker, then trim the yarn.

4. Cut the loops of the pompom on both sides of the pompom maker.

5. Cut a strand of yarn that’s about 5″ long. Pull the long strand around the center of the pompom maker, then tie a double knot to secure it.

6. Remove the pompom from the pompom maker.

7. Give your pompom a trim, cutting any longer strands including the yarn tails you used to tie the pompom together.

8. Add a dot of hot glue near the end of the pencil, then place the yarn tail on the glue dot. We left a bit of room at the end for sharpening the pencil.

9. Begin wrapping the yarn around the pencil. Pause every few centimeters to push the yarn down the pencil. This will help you avoid any gaps and get a tighter wrap.

10. When you reach the edge of the pencil, add a dot of hot glue to secure the end.

11. Trim away the yarn, cutting as close to the pencil as possible.

12. Trim the yarn tail on the opposite end of the pencil, if necessary.

13. Add a dot of hot glue to the flat end of the pencil.

14. Place the pompom on the hot glue to secure it.

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DIY Decorative Carrots for Easter and Spring


Get ready for Easter with these adorable, jute carrots! In just a few minutes, you can create a lovely addition to your spring decor or table centerpiece.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cardboard cone
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Orange twine
Artificial grass
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to anchor the end of your orange jute to the bottom of your cone. Wrap the jute around the cone until it is completely covered, using hot glue when needed to keep the jute in place.



2. Trim several pieces of artificial grass off and stick them through the top of your cardboard cone.

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DIY Floral Dream Catcher Wall Hanging


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

Things you’ll need:
Wire cutters
Blue flowering pip berry spray
Pink plum blossom spray
Cloth covered floral wire
6″ embroidery hoop
Scissors
Gray macrame cord

Things to do:
1. Using wire cutters, cut away small branches from the floral sprays.

2. Decide how you want to arrange your flowers on the side of the hoop. Bend the flowers so that they are the same shape as the hoop’s side.

3. Using floral wire, wrap the floral pieces around the hoop. Wrap only the main branches, making sure the smaller branches are free to open out to the side. Trim the floral wire with wire cutters.

4. Cut nine strands of macrame rope that are each 26″ long.

5. Turn the embroidery hoop so that the flowers face down. Fold the rope in half, then slide the loop under the hoop.

6. Pull the ends of the rope through the loop.

7. Pull the rope taut to secure it around the hoop.

8. Continue to wrap the rope around the hoop until you have attached all nine strands.

9. If you’d like, move the rope over to cover the edge of the floral. Arrange the rope so that it evenly covers the bottom half of the hoop.

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Spring Chick Wooden Spoon Tutorial


Looking for a fun project to do with your kids? These Spring chick wooden spoons are simple to make and oh-so-cute!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up *Younger ages will need assistance with hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Wooden spoon
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Google eyes
Yellow paint
Paint brush
Orange foam sheet

Things to do:
1. Paint your wooden spoon with yellow acrylic paint and set it aside to dry.



2. Cut a triangle out of an orange foam sheet and fold it in half. Apply hot glue to the end and attach it to the front, center of your spoon. This will be your chick’s beak.



3. Use hot glue to add two google eyes just above the beak.

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DIY Fabric Covered Bead Necklace Tutorial


Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Cotton balls
Fat quarter
Fabric scissors and/or rotary cutter
Ruler
Sewing pins
Safety pin
Sewing machine and coordinating thread
Dowel or other wooden stick

Things to do:
1. Cut the fat quarter into two strips that are each 3 1/2 ” wide.

2. Place the right sides of the long strips together, then pin the short end of the strip.

3. Sew the short end of the strip together using a 1/4 ” seam allowance. You should now have one long strip of fabric.

4. Using scissors or a rotary cutter, trim the seam allowance close to the seam, being careful not to cut into the seam. This will reduce the bulk of the strip.

5. Fold the strip in half with the right sides together. Pin the long edge of the strip using sewing pins.

6. Sew the long edge of the strip together using a 1/4 ” seam allowance.

7. Pin a safety pin through the edge of one end of the fabric.

8. Turn the strip right side out by inserting the safety pin into the tube. Continue to push the safety pin through the fabric to the other side of the tube.

9. Pull the safety pin out the other end of the strip.

10. Pull the safety pin until the entire strip is right side out.

11. Tie a knot in the fabric about 8″ from one end. Note that if you want a necklace that’s a bit longer, you can tie the knot farther away from the end to create more length.

12. Grab a cotton ball and place it through the end of the tube that is not tied in a knot.

13. Using a dowel or other type of wooden stick, push the cotton ball through the tube until it rests next to the knot.

14. Tie another knot on the other side of the cotton ball, tying it so that the cotton ball is snug between the two knots.

15. Continue adding cotton balls and tying knots until the length from the last knot matches the opposite side of the necklace.

16. Tuck the ends of the fabric inside, then sew across the edge to prevent fraying. Repeat for the other side of the necklace.

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