DIY Flower Gift Tote Bag Tutorial

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DIY Flower Gift Craft Tote Bag

Whether you are planning a garden party or just want a sweet way to carry around your swag, this easy spring tote bag is the perfect spring time craft. It makes great Mother’s Day gifts, thoughtful gifts stuffed with homemade goodies, crafty tote organization, little party favor bags, and pretty much anything else you can come up with. This easy flower tote bag can be whipped up in minutes and is even a great craft for little hands. Take a look below and see just how easy it is!

DIY Flower Gift Craft Tote Bag

Supplies needed:

Green mini tote bag (buy cheap ones here!)

Assorted silk flowers (the brighter the better!)

Assorted spring ribbon

scissors

craft glue

009

Directions:

1. Begin by preparing the flower embellishment that is going on the bag. Begin by removing the flower blooms from their stems. Cut as much stem off as possible.

2. You can now start cutting some lengths of spring ribbon and looping them over. You can cut as many lengths as you wish and embellish with as much ribbon as you wish. Once you have cut the ribbon, apply some glue and press it to the back of the flower.

3. Turn the flower over and see if you like the look. You should have a single bloom with bright ribbon poking out from underneath. If you like it how it is, add some additional glue and press it to the top corner or center of the bag. Hold in place until secure. If you don’t like the look, add or remove ribbon as needed until the look you wish is achieved.

Your spring tote bag is now complete. It is the perfect favor for garden parties and even makes an excellent kid’s craft. Plus, the ways you can use this bag are endless. Gather your supplies and give this easy spring time DIY a try!

If you’re looking for spring crafts you’ll love these!

DIY Spring Clothespins
Spring Flower Cupcake Paper Bouquet
String Art
Butterfly Wreath
Egg Carton Bugs for Kids
Sunshine Craft for Preschoolers

10 DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

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Teacher Appreciation Gifts for School

 I appreciate my kids teachers so much and always try to offer my help by volunteering for field trips, cutting out laminated projects, etc. But throughout the year sometimes the teachers just need an extra “pick me up” to get them through the year! Here are 10 cute DIY gifts that you can make for your children’s teachers!

 A Flower for a Favorite Teacher….
Teacher Supply Holder Gift Set
Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas in a Mason Jar
Teacher Appreciation: Treat Bowls
Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas with Printables
Personalized Vinyl Tumblers Tutorial
Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea
Crayon Vase
Gift for the Coffee Lover
Teacher Gift: Summer Goodies Cup + FREE Printable!

OK why stop at 10? Seriously – here are some more ideas!

Homemade Personalized Pencil Holder
Redbox Movie Night Basket
DIY Air Freshener
DIY Chalkboard Frame Plaque
NO SEW Coffee Mug Sleeve

PLUS 25 MORE DIY Teacher Appreciation ideas HERE!

Miniature Map Magnets Craft Tutorial

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Miniature Map Magnets Tutorial

If you love all things map related or are simply travel obsessed like I am you NEED to make these miniature map magnets – you can make them in just minutes and totally customize them to your heart’s desire! Making your own miniature map magnets is easy, and all it takes is about $3 worth of supplies. Showcase a favorite location, where you live, or places that you want to go! You can even adjust this to feature your favorite phrases from classic books!

Map Magnets Craft Tutorial

Supplies needed:

Mini picture frames (sold at Michael’s in the dollar section, 2 for $1.50 or sometimes at the Dollar Tree)

Old map or map scrapbook paper

Scissors

hot glue, glue gun

Magnet strip

Pencil

For our magnet strip we just used an old advertising magnet we had on hand. We simply cut it into a shape that would fit the frame, but you can also purchase a roll of magnet tape.

Map Magnets Craft Tutorial

Directions:

1. Begin by placing the frame on top of the map paper. Use your pencil to trace around it.

2. Cut out the map using the pencil lining as your stencil.

3. Apply some glue to the back of the frames and press the paper to it. Hold in place until secure and dry.

4. Once the paper is in place, add a generous amount of glue to the magnet strip. Press it to the back of the paper. Hold in place again until secure.

Map Magnets Craft Tutorial

Your miniature map magnet is now ready to be enjoyed. It looks great on the fridge, in your office, or even in your homeschooling space. Gather your supplies and give it a try!

 

 

Pretty Spring DIY Clothespins Home Decor Craft

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DIY Home Decor Spring Clothespins

 

I LOVE these beautiful (and easy to make!) spring clothespins which are not only decorative to use at home but can easily be adjusted to use in your classroom at school as well! There are SO many projects that can be used with clothespins from hanging up chores or bills on your fridge, creating a number line, color coordinating groups, baby showers, hanging photos, or actually using them to hang laundry! Take a look below at a simple tutorial for how to make your own pretty spring clothespins, perfect for keeping your space looking great. You only need a few supplies, so here is how you can get started!

Spring Clothespin Decor Craft

Supplies needed:

Wooden clothespins (Dollar Tree, Home Depot, craft store, etc.)
Spray paint in your choice of color/finish
Flower embellishments (Michael’s Craft Store, dollar section)
Hot glue, glue gun

Spring Clothespin Decor Craft

Directions:

1. Begin by placing the clothespins on some scrap or newspaper.
2. Apply two coats of spray paint to the clothespins allowing the coats to dry in between. You can use any color combination you wish. There is no need to prime, as most spray paints now have a built in primer.

Spring Clothespin Decor Craft

3. Once the paint is dry, peel the flower embellishments and apply some glue to the back. Press the flowers on the clothespins until secure.
4. You can add additional flowers if you wish, or leave singular. The choice is yours!

If you’re creating these to hang something in the classroom or on your fridge you can simply add a magnet onto the back!

Your pretty spring clothespins are now ready to be enjoyed. Use them to hang clothing, display artwork, or for your organizing needs. They are sure to come in handy, and provide you all sorts of uses. Gather your supplies and get busy crafting your own!

Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

I am ALL about super fun, creative (but simple!) and inexpensive kid’s birthday parties. In the past we’ve done bugs, fossils and dinosaurs, robots, and popsicles. After our cross-country RV trip last year my son wanted a camping birthday party this year! This is SUCH a fun theme and I didn’t even do half of the awesome ideas I found!

Campfire Camping Birthday Cake for Kids

 This awesome Campfire Camping Cake was SO easy to make and was a huge “WOW” effect at the party.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

The birthday boy wore his ranger had we had previously purchased while visiting Mount Rushmore. And luckily our thrift store has Ty Beanie Babies with tags for just $.50 each so I stocked up on the bears and printed out a sign that said “Adopt a Bear”.

Camping Party Kids Scavenger Hunt

I created a scavenger hunt for the kids (Print the scavenger hunt here: Camping Scavenger Hunt PDF) to do and once they had completed it they were allowed to adopt their bear which was also their party favor. Just print a sheet for each child attending, cut out all the images, and hide them around the house!

Once each child had “adopted” their bear we grabbed these Camo Binoculars I made for the party and headed outside on a bear hunt!

bear hunt

While the kids were in the front yard “searching for a bear” an adult ran into the back with each of their new teddy bears and hid them all over the yard. Each child then had to find his/her teddy bear on their hunt! It was a HUGE hit and had the kids running back and forth for quite a while!

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Instead of buying party plates I bought pie tins at the thrift store and splurged on these totally adorable camping napkins from Oriental Trading (for under $2 you can’t go wrong!).

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

On the table for snacks I had little containers of Teddy Grahams with a “Don’t feed the grizzly bears!” sign as well as this RV Camper toy that I had purchased. (seriously – BEST toy ever – it opens up and you can move furniture around – super cool!)

Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Also on the birthday table were “dirt cups” the cheating way. I bought pre-made pudding cups, crushed some chocolate cookies and sprinkled them on top, and placed a gummy worm on the top of each pudding cup.

Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

We also had some “fish bait” goldfish crackers for the younger kiddos at the party.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

These caramel tents turned out super cute although they were a little time consuming to make. The “A” frame part is just two graham crackers “glued” together with melted chocolate chips. Then I used Caramel “sheets” that you would normally use for caramel apples and folded them onto the tent cutting out flaps for the front and back.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

 I was SUPER lucky enough to snag this teepee for ONLY $2 at my thrift store!! It was a huge hit so any kind of tent you can make or buy will be perfect for your party. Even if you just build a big fort that the kids can go “camping” in will be great!

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

 Another fun part to our party was the drink! I mixed two packets of Blue Raspberry Lemonade Kool-aid with 2 bottles of Sprite to make “pond water” and added a package of bobbers on top. Make sure you wash the brand new bobbers well with soap and water and don’t add any bobbers that are so small that a child could accidentally drink or swallow them! I also froze ice cubes with Swedish fish in it to add to the punch bowl.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

 And to finish off the camping party decor I ordered these AWESOME 6 pack camping cardboard signs from Oriental Trading for just $6.25!! They are HUGE and was super awesome for the party!

Because I was on a super super tight budget I didn’t spend much on the party (under $20!) but here are the other awesome items I found that I wanted to purchase for the party:

Twig Pencils 
Mini Flashlights
Binoculars
Compasses

Astronaut Toilet Paper Tube Space Craft for Kids

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Astronaut Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

My kids just love all things space related so I thought it would be fun to surprise them and turn them into astronauts while they were at school the other day! This is such a fun way to launch your child’s imagination into learning and can easily be paired with trips to NASA, the USS Intrepid, or reading children’s books like Mousetronaut, There’s No Place Like Space, Roarin’ Rockets, or Space Walk for the younger kids. Plus it’s easy enough for kids to make on their own!

Astronaut Toilet Paper Tube Space Craft

 

 Materials Needed:

Toilet Paper Tube
Clear Ball Ornament
Paintbrush
Mod Podge (optional, see in the details)
Acrylic Paint – White, Red, Blue
Silver glittery pipe cleaner (optional)
Photo of Child’s Head

Directions:

1. The very first step is to paint your toilet paper tube completely white and let dry.

Astronaut Toilet Paper Tube Space Craft

2. Now you can decorate your space suit! There is no right or wrong on how you want your astronaut to look but I wanted my little astronauts to have NASA jumpsuits on. I paint a thin red line around the top of the suit. Then I painted a blue circle with a red line diagonally through it and the letters “NASA” in white.

Astronaut Toilet Paper Tube Space Craft

 

Here’s an up close photo if you want to do a similar design.

Astronaut Toilet Paper Tube Space Craft for Kids

3. Cut out the photo with your child’s head and mod podge it right onto the front of your clear ornament. (Don’t worry – it dries clear!) Make sure to have the open end down since that will be sitting inside the toilet paper tube! You CAN roll of your child’s head and stuff it inside the ornament if you wish which is a lot of fun too but the head can “bounce” around in the ornament as it is moved so be forewarned. If you want you can also hot glue the ornament “head” onto the toilet paper roll.

4. Wrap a single silver glittery pipe cleaner around the astronaut and twist to look like it’s attached to the space shuttle! If you want you can even try to create a little jet pack as well!

Having a space themed party? Check out these space coloring books!

Campfire Camping Party Birthday Cake Tutorial

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DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Cake Tutorial

 I’ve seen several versions of this Campfire Camping Party Cake floating around and I have to tell you it SO easy to make! I’m not cake guru and me and fondant don’t mix well – but this seriously awesome cake can be made by anyone. In fact my 8 year old son actually did most of the decorating himself!

Materials Needed:

Cake Mix (1 box)
Chocolate Frosting (1 tub)
Marshmallows (1 bag)
Hard Candies (yellow, red and/or orange) (Jolly Ranchers, Cinnamon, and Butterscotch all work well)

Start by making a round cake or two. I made two 9 inch circle cakes and put them on top of each other. I used a box cake mix but you can easily make it from scratch. Use one container of chocolate frosting and completely cover the cake.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Cake Tutorial

 Next comes the fun part – charring the marshmallows! We “burned” an entire bag. We used a creme brûlée torch to do it but if you needed to you could actually roast them.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Cake Tutorial

Make sure to char the tops and sides of the marshmallows.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Cake Tutorial

 You’ll want one layer of charred marshmallows per layer of cake. I have two layers of cake so I made two layers of marshmallows.

Once your marshmallow “rocks” are in place lay Pirouette cookies on top of the cake and shape them like a pile of logs in a campfire.

For the campfire “flames” – these are incredibly easy to make and have such a dramatic effect on the cake. The colors, however, were the most difficult thing to find! I used Easter lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, and butterscotch hard candies to get the colors I needed.

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Cake Tutorial

Crush all of the candies you need and crumble them onto a sheet of aluminum foil. Melt in the oven (this isn’t exact, but about 250* for a few minutes till they are liquid) then pull out and let harden. Once they are dry just peel it off of the foil and break it up!

DIY Campfire Camping Birthday Cake Tutorial

Stick the melted candy “flames” down into the top of the cake in between the “logs” and voila! You’ve got yourself one pretty awesome campfire cake!

5 Ways to Decorate with Pretty Papers

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5 Ways to Decorate with Pretty Papers

By Kelly Rae Smith

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

Serious DIYers know that nearly any kind of paper can be used for getting crafty. From book pages and maps to sheet music, pretty papers are always great for wrapping presents and making cards, but you can also put them to use as cute and quirky home decor. Here are five easy and affordable ways to use paper to create decorative art inside your home. Let’s start with one of my favorite DIYs: everlasting origami flowers.

DIY: Everlasting Origami Flowers

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

Decorating your home with a paper flower here and there can add a wonderfully whimsical touch to your decor. Pretty paper flowers are great for placing inside a vase or two, but I also like to glue them to the corner of a thrifted frame to give it a new look. Here’s what you’ll need: Paper, scissors, and a glue gun. That’s it! For this project, I used eight petals on the flower, so I cut out eight squares of paper. I used the pages of a beautifully illustrated poetry book I found at a thrift store, but you can use any paper you like. Be sure each square has equal sides. For best results, use 4.5 x 4.5-inch squares. Use these images below to take you through each step. Once you get the hang of your first petal, the rest are super easy.

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

When your flower is complete, use the glue gun to attach it to the corner of a frame. Or, should you decide to place it in a vase, simply use a skewer as the stem. For my stem, I glued vintage fabric scraps to the flat end, dotted the tip’s sides with glue and then eased the skewer through the flower from the top.

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

Framed Papers

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

Not only is pretty scrapbook paper a great makeshift photo backdrop, you can also simply frame a particularly lovely passage or image in a book. With this frame, I chose an illustration from a book. Using the frame’s glass, I focused in on the exact angle desired before I began cutting out the page.

Paper Garland

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

You don’t have to wait ’til Christmas to decorate with garland! I decided to use the scraps from my paper flower to create a unique piece of wall decor. Alternating between the colorful illustrated papers and the squares of sheet music from previous projects, I arranged the paper bits onto a strand of twine. Although you can place it just about anywhere — above a bed, a window or a desk — I decided to place it above our back door.

Book Covers

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

Get rid of all of your unsightly book covers and replace them with pretty papers! Whether it’s sheet music, stationery paper or actual book pages, an adorably covered book or two will help give your space a more uniform yet unique look.

Shelf Decor

Decorate with Pretty Papers DIY Home Decor

You’ve already covered your books, so why not your shelf as well? I decided to cover the sides of a white shelf I thrifted, but you could also Modge Podge pretty papers along the back walls of a bookcase.

Have you ever used paper to decorate your home? Please share your ideas in the comments!

Kelly Rae Smith is based in Charleston, S.C. and writes for Shutterfly.com. She loves sharing ideas on crafts projects including creative ways to use personal photos and papers in home decor.

 

 

Spring Cupcake Cup Paper Bouquet Craft

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Flower Cupcake Paper Craft

While you’re waiting for spring flowers to pop out of the ground you can still bring the look of spring indoors by creating your own flower bouquets out of cupcake cups. Making your own spring cupcake cup bouquet is easy for kids and adults and the end result is perfect for using as party decor, a festive centerpiece, or to make your own greeting cards! Here is how you can make your own.

Cupcake Flower Bouquet Craft

Supplies needed:

Pipe cleaners or silk flower stems

Assorted paper cupcake cups

pencil

Scissors

Craft glue

TIP: Choose a variety of colors and styles to make your bouquets really pop! 

Cupcake Flower Bouquet Craft

Directions:

1. If using silk flower stems, remove the blooms so you just have the stems. If using pipe cleaners, you can just use them as is.

2. Turn your cupcake cups inside out. This way the pattern and color is visible.

3. Trim the cupcake cups down into various sizes. The idea is to layer them inside of each other and create various colors and shapes. Begin by trimming the edges of the cup into waves and try placing them inside of each other for various designs.

Cupcake Flower Bouquet Craft

4. You can now start layering your cups to create the flowers. Add a dab of glue to the back of each cup or segment and paste it inside one main cup. You can layer as many cups as you wish to get the look you want.

5. Once the cups are in place and glued, poke a hole in the center with a pencil. You can now thread the flower on the stems or through the pipe cleaners.

6. Gather all of the stems together and place them in a colorful cup or vase.

Your spring cupcake bouquet is now ready to be enjoyed! As you can see it is colorful, cute, and ready to welcome spring. Give one a try! It’s even a super cute idea for kids to make for Mother’s Day!

DIY Easter Egg String Art Home Decor Craft

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Easter Egg Spring Craft Decor

Whether you’re decorating for Easter or just the warmer spring weather this DIY Easter Egg String Art makes a beautiful home decor for your place or as a gift! If you’ve got crafty kids this makes an absolutely fantastic fine motor skills activity for them to not only create but to proudly hang in the house. Below is our tutorial on how to create your own with a printable template to make it even easier for you!

Materials Needed:

Printed Pattern (Print Here: Egg String Printable Template)

Note- you may need to print larger than 100% if you have a larger board.

Wood Board

-Mine measures around 8″x8″. I had some plywood on hand and I stained it a Fruitwood Stain Color I also had. I did not seal it.

Embroidery Floss (8.7 yard pkgs) in colors you desire.

-For this egg, you’ll need: 3 different purple colors to create an ombre look, and 3 white.
Wire Nails: 7/8″ long or something similar
-I purchase a 2 oz package at Lowes
Tack Hammer (Purchased at Lowes for about $7)
Instructions:
Center your pattern on your board and tape it in place. Begin to pound the nails into the wood with the tack hammer. I pounded mine about 3/8″ into the wood. Space the nails about 1/2″ apart, or the size of your finger. I’m right handed, so I begin placing nails on the left, and follow the pattern to the right. I work from top to bottom.When finished, Lift your paper up to the heads of the nails, and then off of the board. You’ll probably have to rip it apart.

Easter Egg String Art Craft Decor

 

Beginning at the top of the egg, tie your white floss around one nail and double knot it. Leave a little excess string to tie it off when finished. Begin with a zig zag pattern, skipping every other nail and then weaving back and forth.  When you are happy with your look, return your floss to the starting area.
–Keep your string tight, make sure your starting knot is very tight. Your floss will probably loosen and unravel at one point so to prevent this, completely wrap the string around a nail head every so often.
To outline the shapes, wrap the floss completely around the nail, and then follow it to the next nail, wrapping and moving to the next nail, and so on. When you meet back where you started, reverse your direction to outline the opposite side of the nails.
–I outlined the “tops” of the colors only, until I got to the bottom section where I outlined the entire section with dark purple.
When finished, you should meet at the beginning. Tie your floss in a double knot with the starting piece.

easter egg string art home decor craft

You can hang it up on the wall or prop it against a mantel or shelf. Add a few decorative bunnies nearby (I personally love these elegant bunnies!) or some colorful spring flowers. It’s fun to see what kids come up with and the different patterns you can create. Try a tie dye egg, or color coordinate with your room!