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Autumn Embroidery Hoop Tutorial

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Add some rustic fall decor to your home with this template. Quick enough to complete while watching an episode of your favorite show.

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

Things you’ll need:
Linen napkin
Embroidery thread
6″ embroidery hoop
Leaf buttons
Embroidery needle
Scissors
Template
Fabri-solvy *optional

Things to do:
1. Transfer the pattern to the linen. (Note: the pattern is sized for a 6 inch embroidery hoop when printed at full size.)
2. Place the linen in the embroidery hoop and tighten the hoop to pull the fabric taught.
3. Embroider the design.
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4. Sew leaf buttons throughout the design.
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5. Trim the excess fabric from the back of the hoop.
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How to Make a Halloween Spider Hair Clip

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Make some creepy-cute spider clips to complete your little one’s Halloween attire. Add flowers in a rainbow of colors for even more fun!

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

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Felt
Hair clips
Spider buttons
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Gather your supplies and cut one flower shape from felt for each clip you would like to make.
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2. Cut a strip of ribbon a couple inches long (the length should be 3-4 times the length of your hairlip. This doesn’t have to be exact, you will have a chance to trim it at the end) and sandwich one end of the ribbon between the prongs of the clip.
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3. Apply a line of hot glue to the top of the clip and fold the ribbon over the glue, pressing it in place. Continue gluing and folding the ribbon the rest of the way around the clip.
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4. Apply a dab of glue to the back of the spider button and press the spider button firmly in the center of the felt flower.
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5. Apply a dab of glue to the end of the ribbon-covered clip.
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6. Press the flower/spider to the end of the clip and hold firmly in place until the glue hardens.
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Halloween Button Art Tutorial with Free Template

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Create some cute framed art work in a few simple steps. Use the templates to make a ghost or pumpkin or create your own designs with the idea!

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Burlap
Frame
Buttons
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Using the template, cut your desired shapes from felt.
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2. Take the frame apart and remove the glass.
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3. Using the paper insert from your frame, cut a piece of burlap to match the size of your frame.
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4. Glue your felt pieces to the center of your burlap.
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5. Choose a mixture of buttons of various sizes and begin placing and gluing them to cover your felt shape.
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6. Glue the decorated piece of burlap to the frame backing piece.
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7. Put the frame back together with the button design beautifully centered in side.
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Halloween Button Spider Magnets Tutorial

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Decorate your fridge for Halloween with these creepy yet cute google eyed spiders. Easy to make and adorable, little spider magnets are sure to be a hit!

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

Things you’ll need:
Buttons
Magnets
Craft wire
Mini google eyes
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Choose a few medium and a few large buttons and gather the remaining supplies. Play around with different button sizes and colors to create a variety of fun spiders!
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2. Glue a medium button on top of a large button, kind of aligning the buttons toward the bottom. The medium button will be the spider’s head and the large will be its body. Play around with different button positions for different spider looks.
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3. Place a dab of glue on the back of a magnet and glue the magnet to the back of the large magnet.
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4. Cut a length of wire a little over twice the width of your button. Bend the ends slightly to create the spider’s feet. Repeat 4 times, to create 8 legs for the spider.
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5. Center the wire on the button and glue it behind the large button. Work the wires around the magnet and adjust the legs as desired.
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6. Glue two mini eyes to the top of the medium button to create the spider’s face.

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DIY Princess Monogram Decor


My little girl is obsessed with pink and sparkles, so I made her this stunning initial decor for her room. Here is how to make your own:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour of crafting plus paint and glitter drying time.
Age range: 10+ with adult supervision with glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished Wood Fancy E
Unfinished Wood Princess Crown Cutout
Cameo Pink Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Pure Silver Metallic Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
All Purpose Spray Adhesive
Silver Glitter
Pearl Embellishments
Pearl Buttons
Pink Roses
Pink Butterfly Rhinestones

Things to do:
1. Grab your fancy wooden letter initial, your princess crown cutout, your paint colors and your paint brush(es).

2. Paint your wooden letter and princess crown cut with a light coat. Let dry and repeat coats until you have reached your desired color. I painted the wooden letter E with 3 coats of pink acrylic paint and the princess crown cut out with 2 coats of paint. Even though I will be covering the crown with sparkles, I like to paint the wooden coat out first, just in case any spots are missed with glitter. Let both dry.

3. Grab your dry, painted princess crown cutout, adhesive spray and silver craft glitter.

4. In a well ventilated area, spray princess crown cutout with the adhesive spray.
5. Pour the glitter on top of the princess crown, then shake off excess glitter. Repeat until desired level of sparkle has been reached. I only used one coat. Let dry.

6. Heat Up Glue Gun
7. Grab your pink artificial rose heads and vintage pearl buttons. Decide on amount of flowers and vintage pearl buttons to use. I used 6 flowers and 6 pearl buttons.

8. Once the heat gun is warmed up, place a dab of glue on the back of the button.

9. Insert the vintage pearl button inside the middle of the pink rose head. Hold the buttons in place for a few seconds until dry. Repeat until all roses are finished.

10. Set flowers aside to dry.

11. Once, the princess crown cutout glitter is dry, grab your flat back white adhesive pearls.

12. Stick the pearls to the princess crown. I chose the largest size pearls.

13. Place a line of glue along the bottom edge of the princess grown.

14. Place the crown along the top curve of the wooden letter, matching the side edges. Hold the princess crown for a few seconds to allow the glue to dry.

15. Before gluing, arrange flowers and butterflies on the wooden letter. I changed my mind several times where I wanted each item to be located. It is easy to change locations before gluing.

16. Once you have decided on arrangement of flowers, place a dab of glue on the back of each rose head. Then place the rose head in desired location and hold for a seconds to dry. Repeat until all rose heads have been placed on the wooden letter.

17. Grab your white flat back adhesive pearls and start sticking them along the edges of the wooden letter. I chose the smallest size pearl for the edging.

18. Place a dab of glue on the back of each pink flat back butterfly rhinestone and hold for a few seconds in place. Repeat with each butterfly rhinestone. Voila! You have made your own gorgeous initial decor!

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Easter Egg Button Wall Art Tutorial


Button art is a fun craft to create fun, personalized holiday decor. Create your own unique Easter egg art with some bright buttons.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock or other backing
Buttons
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Frame

Things to do:
1. Cut the cardstock to fit the frame and sketch an egg shape on the front.

2. Starting from the bottom, glue a layer of purple buttons on the egg shape, covering the sketch lines.
3. Next, glue a layer of green buttons on the egg, creating a middle stripe, and covering the side sketch lines.

4. Finish off the egg shape by gluing pink buttons on the top of the egg, covering the last of the sketch lines.

5. Finish of any gaps in the egg by gluing buttons in a second layer.

6. Place the cardstock in the frame.

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How to Make a Felt Heart Garland

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With a few simple materials, create a simple yet beautiful heart garland for Valentine’s Day. Substitute the twine for ribbon instead to create a softer look.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Bakers twine
Buttons
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut 12 large hearts and six small hearts from felt and cut a length of bakers twine about 16 inches long.
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2. Starting four to six inches from the end of the bakers twine, line up the twine on top of one of the large hearts and glue in place.
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3. Glue a second large heart over the first, sandwiching the twine between the two hearts.
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4. Repeat for the remaining ten hearts.
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5. Position one of the small hearts in the center of one of the large hearts and glue in place. Then, position a button in the center of the small heart and glue in place.
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6. Repeat for the remaining hearts.
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How to Make a Ribbon Headband Holder

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Little girls have the most adorable hair accessories but all those accessories can make a huge mess. Tame some of the mess with this headband organizer.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Ribbon
Lace ribbon
Buttons
Scissors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Glue the lace ribbon to the edge of a sheet of felt, with about an inch of the ribbon at the top.
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2. Cut the lace ribbon, leaving about an inch of ribbon at the bottom. Fold the end over the end of the felt and glue it to the back. Repeat with the other end of the ribbon.
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3. Cut the felt along the side of the lace ribbon.
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4. Cut two strips of ribbon, one strip about twice the width of the lace ribbon and the other strip 2-3 inches long.
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5. Create a loop from the 2-3 inch strip of ribbon.
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6. Glue the loop to the top of the lace ribbon.
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7. Taking the spool of ribbon, glue one end to the lace ribbon strip where the ribbon loop is glued in place.
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8. Glue the middle of the other strip of ribbon over the meeting of the other strips of ribbon.
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9. Turn the strip over, fold the ends of the small piece of ribbon to the back and glue in place.
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10. Create a loop with the ribbon still attached to the spool and glue it at the base. Glue the loop to the lace ribbon, about a half an inch from the base of the loop.
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11. Continue making loops and gluing until you have come all the way down the strip of lace ribbon, about six loops.
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12. After the last loop, cut the ribbon from the spool, leaving about an inch of ribbon past the end of the lace ribbon strip.
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13. Fold the end of the ribbon under the strip and glue in place.
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14. Glue the button to the top of the headband holder.
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Spool Snowman Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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A spool snowman is a great way to use leftover spools, but it’s also convenient to buy a pack of wooden spools so you can make several snowmen! Hang from your tree and keep the spool snowman around after the holidays for some winter cheer.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time.
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Spools
White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Orange acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Tiny acrylic top hat
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
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Things to do:
1. Paint 3 spools with the white paint.
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2. Allow the spools to dry.
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3. Paint on a face with the black paint
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4. Add a painted carrot nose. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue two spools together and add the buttons.
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6. Glue on the snowman’s head.
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7. Add the top hat for the extra touch of personality! Add a piece of twine for hanging, or allow the snowman to stand on his own.
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Simple Snowman Clothespin Ornament Tutorial

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Keep this cheerful snowman after the holidays – he’ll bring winter cheer to any decor. Experiment with different expressions or different colors for the scarf. These snowman clothespins make the perfect gifts for neighbors and teachers!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wood clothespins
White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Orange acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Tiny acrylic top hat
Mini check dish towel
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Twine

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Things to do:
1. Paint the clothespin and allow to dry.
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2. Paint eyes with a small paintbrush and black paint.
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3. Add some buttons for the snowman.
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4. Paint the nose with the orange paint.
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5. Cut the towel in a half-inch strip, the width of the towel. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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6. Tie the twine around the clothespin and create a loop for hanging.
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7. Glue on the top hat.
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8. Tie the strip of the towel around the neck as a scarf. Add a bit of hot glue to keep it in place.
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