How to Make a Galaxy Pumpkin


Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes, plus 5 hours for drying paint
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Painter’s tape
White pumpkin
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black Spray Paint
Paint brush (stiff bristles work best)
Acrylic paints in blue, purple, pink, and white
Natural Sea Silk Sponge
Old toothbrush

Things to do:
1. Using the painter’s tape, tape the stem of the pumpkin until it is completely covered.

2. Using the black spray paint, paint the pumpkin, holding the spray paint about 6-8″ from the pumpkin. Allow the spray paint to dry for 1 hour.

3. When the paint is dry, spread a small amount of blue acrylic paint onto a palette. Dip the stiff paintbrush into the paint, then brush the paintbrush back and forth to remove some of the paint.

4. Using the paintbrush, paint large blue circles onto the pumpkin. For a galaxy-like look, try not to paint circles that are too solid in color; the stiff, dry brush will help with that.

5. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour.

6. Repeat step 4, this time with purple paint, adding the purple paint on top of the blue paint in a few places. Do not cover the blue paint completely. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

7. Using the sponge, apply pink paint, adding the pink paint on top of the purple paint. You can also add pink paint on solid black parts of the pumpkin. This should look random, so use your creative judgement. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

8. Using an old toothbrush, tap gently onto the white paint. Hold the toothbrush near the pumpkin, then rub your finger across the bristles, sending tiny dots of paint onto the pumpkin.

9. Apply the white paint all over the pumpkin for a real outer space look. Allow the white paint to dry for 1 hour.

10. Remove the painter’s tape from the pumpkin stem.

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DIY Yarn Pumpkin Tutorial


This is a great project for upcycling all those plastic bags you have around the house.

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic bags
Packing tape or masking tape
Scissors
Thick branches from the yard
Orange yarn
Glue (optional)

Things to do:
1. Lay a plastic bag flat on your work surface. Begin rolling the outside edges toward the center to create a round shape.

2. Tape the bag in the center of the fold to hold the circular shape of the pumpkin.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 two more times with two more bags.

4. Stack the three plastic bags together, then tape them together to secure them.

5. Scrunch and fluff the bags with your hands to create a round shape.

Tip: If you want to create a smaller pumpkin, use only one or two bags. To create a larger pumpkin, use as many bags as you’d like.
6. Using scissors, cut a slit into the top center of the stack of bags where you want the stem to go.

7. Insert the short branch into the cut. Remember that the yarn will cover part of the branch later, so don’t worry about choosing the perfect branch length just yet.

8. Tape around the branch to secure it.

9. Grab the end of the yarn and begin wrapping around the plastic bag, wrapping over the yarn end to hold it in place.

Tip: Try not to wrap too tightly, otherwise your plastic bags will collapse and make the pumpkin smaller.
10. Continue wrapping, changing the direction of the yarn after several dozen wraps and rotating the pumpkin. If your wraps appear loose, that’s ok. The more you wrap, the more the pumpkin will take shape.

11. As you wrap, try to fill in spaces where the plastic bag is showing. When the pumpkin has a nice shape and you have covered all the open gaps where the plastic is showing, you’re finished wrapping.

12. Then the entire bag is covered with yarn, cut the yarn.

13. Tuck the yarn end into the nearby wraps.

14. Optional: Secure the yarn end with a dab of glue.

Tip: If, after wrapping, your branch seems too long for a stem, you can break part of it off to shorten it.

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DIY Felt Owl Mask Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper Mache Domino Mask
Scissors
Sewing pin
White elastic jewelry cord
Tracing tool such as pen or marker
Glue gun and glue sticks
Charcoal Felt Sheets
Gray Felt Sheets
Yellow Felt Sheet

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of elastic that fits snugly from one edge of the mask to the other around the back of your head.

2. Using the sewing pin, poke a hole in the mask on the outside of the eye, close to the edge. You may need to wiggle the pin around just a bit to make the hole bigger.

3. Insert the elastic into the hole, then knot it.

4. Pull so that the knot rests against the mask.

5. Repeat steps 2-3 for the opposite side of the mask.

6. Using the tracing tool, draw a feather shape onto the light gray felt and cut it out. We drew two different feather sizes: Our feather shapes measured about 7/8″ wide and were 1 1/4 ” and 1 3/4 ” tall. The feathers do not have to be perfect!

7. Using the cut feather as a template, trace additional feathers onto the light gray and charcoal sheets.

8. Cut out all the traced feather shapes.

9. We drew around 13 feathers in each size and color, but if you need more feathers later you can always cut out more. Set these feathers to the side for now.

10. Place the mask flat on the gray felt. Using the tracing tool, trace around the top of the mask, tracing just above the eyes. You do not need to tilt the mask as the top part will not be covered.

11. Trace the eyes of the mask.

12. Trace around the sides and the bottom of the mask, this time tilting the mask to make sure you’re tracing the entire surface. It’s best to trace a larger outline, since you can fold over the excess felt later when you’re attaching it to the mask.

13. Cut around the outline of the mask.

14. To cut the eyes, fold the felt over and use the scissors to create a small snip in the fold.

15. Insert the scissors through the slit and cut the eyes. Set the felt outline aside for now.

16. Begin layering the felt feathers by hot gluing the first layer across the top of the mask. Glue feathers side by side without any space between them.

17. Add a second layer of feathers just below that, again gluing the feathers side by side.

18. Add two more rows of felt, this time overlapping the feathers as you glue.

19. When you are happy with the feather placement, glue the felt mask onto the paper mache starting with the top part of the mask.

20. Hot glue the felt mask around the eyes.

21. Hot glue the felt mask around the bottom.

22. If you have excess felt along the edge, hot glue the excess felt to the inside of the mask to hide it.

23. To create the owl’s nose, use scissors to clip across the corner of the gold felt.

24. Hot glue the nose to the mask.

25. Remove any excess hot glue from the mask.

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DIY Flowers and Leaves Halloween Mask

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper Mache Mask
Meadow Green acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Wire cutters
Purple Mum Bush
Mauve Mum Bush
Green artificial rose leaves
Glue gun and glue sticks
Sewing pin
White elastic jewelry cord

Things to do:
1. Using the green acrylic paint and a paintbrush, paint one coat of paint onto the mask.

2. While the mask is drying, begin cutting the flower petals. Cut petals close to the stem, cutting about 32 purple petals and 7 mauve petals. (You can always cut more later if you need them.)

3. Using wire cutters, trim the stems away from the rose leaves.

4. When the mask is dry, hot glue the rose leaves to the mask one at a time, making sure the right side of the leaf is facing out. Start by filling in the top of the mask, filling from the outside edges in toward the middle.

5. When you reach the inside edge of the eye, begin to glue rose leaves from the outside in on the other side of the mask.

6. When you reach the inside edge of the eye, hot glue two rose leaves in the top center of the mask.

7. Begin to hot glue leaves along the bottom of the mask, starting from the inside and working your way outside on one side.

8. When one side is full, repeat step 7 on the opposite side of the mask.

9. Glue purple petals around the one eye, again making sure the right side of the petals is facing out so that the petals lie flat.

10. Repeat step 9, gluing petals around the opposite eye.

11. Hot glue flower petals until you have covered the entire circumference of both eyes.

12. Hot glue three mauve petals to the center of the mask between the eyes.

13. Using the mauve petals again, hot glue two petals to the outside edge of each eye.

14. Use your fingers to remove the excess hot glue from the mask.

15. Cut a length of elastic that’s long enough to fit snugly around your head, measuring from one outside edge of your eye, around the back of your head, and to the other eye.

16. Flip the mask over and using the sewing pin, punch a hole through the mask just beside the top outside edge of the eye. You may need to wiggle the pin around just a bit to make the hole bigger.

17. Insert the elastic from back to front through the hole, then tie a knot in the end of the elastic to secure it, then pull the elastic so that the knot rests on the front of the mask.

18. Repeat steps 16-17 on the opposite side of the mask.

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How to Make a Boho Macrame Feather Wall Hanging

This DIY Boho Macrame Feather Wall Hanging is right on trend and will look perfect in your modern nursery or anywhere in your home. Check out our macrame feather charm tutorial for part one of this project.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Dowel rod
Macrame feathers
Macrame cord
Scissors
Yard stick
Wood beads

Things to do:
1. Follow our Macrame Feather Charms tutorial and make 3-5 feathers.
2. Loop the feathers around the center of your dowel.
3. Slide two beads onto a 20″ piece of macrame cord.
4. Tie the cord to the ends of the dowel.
5. Slide your wooden beads over the cord ends to cover them.

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How to Make Macrame Feather Charms

Decorate your purse or backpack with this feather charm and channel your inner bohemian babe! These macrame feathers are easy to make and the size is customizable, so you can make them to fit on any bag.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Macrame cord
Scissors
Beads
Comb
Seam ripper
Yard stick

Things to do:

  1. Cut a piece of cording that measures 26″ long. Fold the cord in half and lay it vertically.
  2. Cut two 8″ pieces of cording. Fold one of the pieces in half and lay it horizontally under the vertical cord. Pull your second piece through to make a square knot.
  3. Tie a knot below to prevent the square knots from sliding off.
  4. Continue stacking square knots until you reach your desired length.
  5. Starting with a seam ripper, start splitting the tails of your macrame cord.
  6. Use a comb to completely unravel the cord the rest of the way.
  7. Trim cording into a feather shape.
  8. To complete the look, slide a bead over the top macrame loop.
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DIY Fabric Hangers

Need a push to clean your closet? Updating your hangers is a great way to inspire organization and keep your clothes looking their best!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Fabric
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler

Things to do:

  1. Cut 1/2 ” wide fabric strips that measure two feet long.
  2. Use hot glue to secure the end of the fabric strips to the hanger. Cover the entire surface, leaving the hook of the hanger for last. Apply another drop of hot glue every 3″ to keep the fabric tight.
  3. Glue a 2″ square of fabric over the tip of the hook. Apply a strip of fabric and continue wrapping as before until the entire surface is covered.
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DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Take your Tic Tac Toe on the go! This game is great for long car rides or long restaurant waits. Pack up the pieces in your handy travel bag and bring the fun with you wherever you go.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap bag
Rocks
Acrylic paint (red, yellow, black, white)
Craft glue
Felt
Scissors
Clear coat finish
Paint brushes
Small google eyes

Things to do:

  1. Cut four strips of felt measuring
    64 1/2 ” x 1/4 “.
  2. Glue the felt strips on the front of your burlap bag, creating a Tic Tac Toe board.
  3. Paint your ladybugs. Start with red paint and cover the entire surface of the rock. When your red paint is dry, paint 1/4 of the rock black, add black dots and a black stripe down the back. When the black is dry, add a white mouth.
  4. Paint your bees. Start with yellow paint and cover the entire surface of the rock. When the yellow paint is dry, paint 1/4 of the rock black and add black stripes. When the black paint is dry, add white wings.
  5. Use craft glue to attach google eyes to your ladybugs and bees.
  6. Finally, spray your bees and ladybugs with a clear coat to protect their paint. Now you’re ready for a good game of bees vs. ladybugs!
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DIY Nautical-Inspired Monogram Tutorial

Ships ahoy! This nautical initial is the perfect project for sailors and sea-lovers alike! All you need is a few basic supplies to set sail!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Anchor
Acrylic paint (red and blue)
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
3mm rope
Clear coat spray
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Paint your paper mache letter blue. Be sure to cover the inside edges and back too!
  2. Paint your anchor red.
  3. Use hot glue to run a piece of jute around the edges of your paper mache letter.
  4. Glue anchor to your paper mache letter.
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DIY Nautical Napkin Rings

Set sail with these nautical napkin rings! In just a few minutes, you can update your summer table setting, adding a seasonal element.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wood napkin rings
3mm jute rope
Wood anchors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Wrap your napkin ring with jute rope. Use hot glue to secure the ends and wrap it tightly around until the entire surface is covered.
  2. Use hot glue to attach an anchor to the front at a slight angle. Put a dot of hot glue above the top and bottom strands of jute behind the anchor to prevent it from slipping off.
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