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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DIY Tulip Wreath Tutorial

Spring is in full bloom! Adorn your door with this colorful and cheery tulip wreath! This is one of our favorite door decoration tutorials – All you need is a few simple materials and a little time to create something absolutely beautiful.

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

Things you’ll need:
Artificial tulips
Paper mache wreath form
Moss
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire
Wire cutters

Things to do:

  1. First, use wire cutters to trim your tulip stems so they’re roughly 5-inches long.
  2. Group three tulips together and lay them on your wreath form. Use wire to secure them in place. Repeat this step, layering the tulips, until the entire wreath form is covered.
  3. If there are any stems sticking out past the wreath, use wire cutters to trim them.
  4. Use hot glue to attach moss to the edge of the wreath form.

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How to Make a Spring Bird’s Nest Wreath Tutorial

Dress up your entryway with this fun, spring wreath! The cute chicks and colorful eggs are a great way to celebrate the season and brighten up rainy spring days.

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

Things you’ll need:
Grapevine wreath
Twigs
Eggs
Moss
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pruning shears
Scissors
Chicks

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to cover the grapevine wreath with eggs and chicks.
2. Use hot glue to fill the empty space with moss. Try to vary the moss you use to make the wreath look more realistic.
3. Cut twigs roughly 2 1/2 – 3″ long and add them throughout the wreath.

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