Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece Arrangement Tutorial

Creating a large, beautiful centerpiece arrangement in a paper mache pumpkin, is a lasting way to decorate for the upcoming fall season, that will last for years to come!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Large sized paper mache pumpkin
Faux fall flowers
Floral foam
Scissors or wire cutters

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
2. Attach your floral foam to the inside bottom of your pumpkin. If your foam does not come with an adhesive strip, simply hot glue the foam to the bottom of the pumpkin.
3. Cut your flower stems to the appropriate length, and fill your pumpkin with beautiful fall flowers and sprays. Arrange to cover the empty spaces, and create balance with your flowers, so that one side doesn’t feel heavier than the other.

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Creepy Tree Halloween Centerpiece Tutorial

Create a creepy, yet chic, Halloween centerpiece in a few simple steps! This piece is stylish, but spooky, and will liven up any table or Halloween party decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Medium sized paper mache pumpkin
Paint (antique-white)
Large sturdy branch
Faux crows
Scissors or crafting knife
Hot glue gun/glue sticks or crafting wire

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
2. Paint your pumpkin. Using an off white, or ivory shade of paint creates a more chic, elegant, yet spooky feel.
3. Prepare your branch. We have chosen a branch that comes ready to use, but if your branch is not, use a white shade of spray paint or acrylic paint to finish it up.
4. Cut a slit in the top of your pumpkin, large enough for your branch to fit through, but small enough to keep your branch secure and standing in place.
5. Insert your branch into the prepared slot. The branch we have used, stands perfectly inside of the medium sized paper mache pumpkin, however, if it does not, secure your branch on the underneath side of your pumpkin.
6. Attach your crows using crafting wire or hot glue. The crows used in this project, have wire already attached to their feet, making it easier to simply attach.

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DIY Vintage Inspired Jack-o-Lantern Candy Dish

Save yourself a trip to the antique store, by creating your own paper mache vintage inspired jack-o-lantern treat bowl. This simple craft will give your Halloween decor a vintage flair without breaking the bank!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache pumpkin
Paint (orange, black, white)

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
2. Paint your pumpkin. Pumpkins come in a variety of colors, but we went with a burnt orange color to create a more vintage feel.
3. Paint your face. Vintage paper mache typically had large open mouths with big, spaced out teeth, as well as thin, long triangle shaped noses and dramatic eyebrows. These pumpkins were also hand painted and far from perfect, meaning don’t worry if your pumpkin isn’t perfect! Using a slightly darker shade of orange to create smile lines, and shadow give the pumpkin a more realistic look.
4. This step is optional, but we brushed a VERY light amount of watered down ivory colored paint over the surface of the pumpkin, then used a paper towel to blot the top, to give the appearance of age.

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Heart Ribbon Hair Clip Tutorial

Make some simple, personalized hair clips to match every outfit!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Hair Clips
1/4″ Grosgain ribbon
7mm Rhinestones

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of ribbon 5 times the length of your hair clip.
2. Glue the ribbon to the flat edge of the hair clip and wrap the ribbon around the clip, gluing as you go, until the ribbon comes back to the starting point.
3. Cut two pieces of ribbon about an inch long.
4. Glue the two ends together with the ribbon pieces lying perpendicular.
5. Fold the back piece of ribbon over and glue the top end down on top of the bottom end.
6. Take the remaining loose end, weave it through the loop created by the first ribbon and glue it in place, just above the original point to create a heart shape.
7. Glue the heart shape to the end of your clip.
8. Embellish with rhinestones as desired.

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Popsicle Stick and Washi Tape Bookmarks Tutorial

Create some super simple and elegant bookmarks with just a few supplies you probably already have at home! This would be a perfect activity for a kid’s group summer crafternoon!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 min – 1 hour
Age range: 5+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Green stripe washi tape
Pink dot washi tape
Gold sparkle washi tape
Mod podge (hardcoat)
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Choose some fun wash tape colors.
2. Apply washi tape to the popsicle stick in various patterns. Don’t worry about the ends lining up with the edges of the popsicle stick.
3. Trim the edges of the wash tape to line up with the popsicle stick. Or, fold the washi tape around the popsicle stick to create a wrapped look (as in the green/gold version.)
4. Optional – Apply Mod Podge according to the directions on the bottle.

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DIY Felt Phone Case Tutorial with FREE Template

Keep your cell phone safe with this adorable phone shaped felt pouch.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2-3 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt
Embroidery thread
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut two one inch squares of velcro and cut the pieces from felt, using the template. (You should have 5 pieces of felt)
2. Sew the small keypad piece to the front phone piece.
3. Sew nine buttons in place in the middle of the keypad piece to create the buttons on the “phone”.
4. Glue two of the velcro squares to the lining of the back phone piece.
5. Glue the corresponding velcro squares to the top of the front phone piece with buttons.
6. Match up the lining and the outer back phone pieces and sew together, around the top edges, using a blanket stitch.
7. Line up the lining and outer front phone pieces with the back phone piece (from step 5) and sew together, using a blanket stitch.

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DIY Felt Envelopes Tutorial

Create some simple felt envelopes for wrapping gift cards of for a pretend play adventure!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt
Embroidery thread
Small buttons
Hand sewing needle

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of felt using the envelope template and a heart in a contrasting color.
2. Fold the flat edge of the envelope up to match the corners and sew up one side (through both the front and back layers), across the top (through only the front layer – you want to leave the top open), and down the other side (through both layers again).
3. Sew one button to the flap and one button to the envelope, aligning their position. Leave the string long for tying the buttons together.
4. Sew or glue the heart to the front of the envelope.

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DIY Ribbon Wand

Make your own ribbon wand, perfect for Summer evenings at the park or for small town parades!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wooden dowel
White satin ribbon
Silver swirl ribbon
Blue with white dot ribbon
Blue organza ribbon
Red organza ribbon
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut lengths of ribbon a couple feet long. I used 7 total lengths of ribbon.
2. Tie all of the strands of ribbon together with a knot in the center.
3. Position the knot over the end of the dowel and glue in place.
4. Cut a 2-3 inch long piece of thicker ribbon, fold it over the end of the dowel (covering the ribbon knot), and glue it in place.
5. Starting over the folded piece of ribbon, wrap another piece of ribbon, gluing in place as you wrap, all the way down the dowel.

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Simple Felt Hair Bow Clip Tutorial

This adorable yet simple method for creating small felt bows, is an easy and frugal way to create an adorable bow to match any outfit!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Hair clip/barrette
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Ruler *optional

Things to do:
1.Cut a bandage shape piece of felt. This will be your bow base, and will dictate how small or large you choose to make your bow. Optional: Cut a smaller bandage shape in another color, to make a contrasting piece like the example photo. If you choose to do so, apply a small dot of glue to very middle of your larger piece and center your smaller pie on top, and apply light pressure.
2. Next, Apply a dot of glue to your very center and pinch your bow together in the middle, applying enough pressure to hold it in place, but not burn your fingers.
3. Cut a strip to wrap around the middle of your bow. We cut the length 1/2 longer than the width of the bow to be sure that it would snuggly and securely wrap around. The width is optional, but looks best if it doesn’t cover much more than the area you pinched in the middle with your hot glue.
4. Apply a dot of glue to the back of your bow, and wrap your strip around the middle. Be sure to pull it together tightly, so that it will stay in place.
5. Lastly, apply hot glue and attach your bow to your hair clip. Be careful that you do not burn your fingers, as the metal on the clip tends to get hot.

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Embroidery Hoop Holiday Wreath Tutorial

This embroidery hoop holiday wreath is a festive alternative to the traditional fir wreath. Make several with different miniatures to create a village and display them as a gallery wall.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wooden embroidery hoops (small and large)
Artificial greenery
Burlap ribbon
Miniature holiday houses
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Use wire to secure your small and large embroidery hoops together. Wrap the wire tightly, so they stay in place.
2. Cut a few pieces of greenery off of your sprig and use wire to attach them to your embroidery hoop.
3. Use hot glue to add your miniature holiday houses to the large embroidery hoop.
4. Cut a 24-inch piece of ribbon and slide it through the center of your hoop. Secure the ends with hot glue to create a hanger for your wreath.

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