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Perler Bead Birds

Want to make a great thing better?  Put a bird on it!

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These cute little perler bead birds are a fun way to dress up windows, gifts, or even Christmas trees!  Use the included bird pattern to make birds in every color of the rainbow.

Perler Bead Birds

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Materials:

  • Perler Bead Bird Pattern (I included birds of all colors here, so pic your fave!)
  • Perler Beads
  • Perler Bead Grid
  • Parchment Paper
  • Iron

Instructions:

  1. Using the bird pattern, plot out your bird on the grid.
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  2. Cover beads with parchment paper.
  3. Run hot iron over parchment paper.  Once beads have melted, place under heavy book so piece can cool flat.
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  4. Once cooled, hang in your window and enjoy!

 

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DIY Handmade Felt Flowers

Whether they’re in a bouquet or just a vase on my desk, I love the look of felt flowers.  They’re so sweet and charming and you can make them in such a wide variety of colors!  Not to mention, there’s no need to water them, which bodes well for me.

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These flowers use a simple hand-drawn template and three colors of felt.  You’ll need one color for the petals, one darker color for the center, and a green scrap piece of felt for the base of the flower.  You’ll also need a pencil and paper for drawing your pattern, a good pair of scissors, and some flower wire (I used 18 gauge).

I have these sitting in a vase on my desk and I love them.  I might make them in a variety of colors and liven up every room in my house!

DIY Handmade Felt Flowers

Materials:

  • Felt in your choice of color
  • Black felt for center
  • Green felt for base
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Flower wire
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Felt ball or bead for center of flower

Instructions:

Put small dab of hot glue on tip of flower stem.  Attach center of flower.  If using a felt ball, you can press the stem in to secure it, or use clay or a bead.

Cut rectangle (about 3 in. long and ½ in. wide) from black felt.  Cut several slits in felt, but don’t cut all the way through.  Make “grass” like you would in middle school!

Place strip of glue on base of rectangle.  Wrap around center of flower.

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Draw leaf pattern on paper.  Using pattern, cut out 9 felt petals.

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Hot glue four petals around center.

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Fill in flower with remaining petals.

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Cut small circle of green felt.  Cut hole in center.  Insert stem through hole and hot glue green circle to base of flower.

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Arrange in vase and enjoy!

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And the Bitches Whatevered Cross Stitch Pattern

This is my new favorite thing:

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I don’t know what it is about unicorns, but they’re freaking everywhere nowadays.  I mean, don’t get me wrong…I’m all about this trend, but holy guacamole you’d be hard-pressed to find something WITHOUT a unicorn on it.

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So when I was thinking of a fun way to dress up my next cross stitch pattern, I pretty much had to put a unicorn on it…and I just love how this pattern turned out!

Wanna make your own unicorn mantra cross stitch pattern?  You can download my pattern for free right here!

And the Bitches Whatevered Cross Stitch Pattern

 

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9 Super Cute and Adorable Things You Can Make with Perler Beads

If you were the product of creative parents, you may remember playing with Perler Beads. Wheather you arranged them on a grid to make coasters for grandma or strung them on a necklace to play Pretty, Pretty Princess, Perler Beads have a way of transporting you back to those golden years of childhood.

Even in today’s trend-centered creative world, Perler Beads still own a space in the craft store. With large beads with big grids for younger crafters and smaller beads and intricate patterns for more advanced bead workers, this simple and humble plastic bead has stood the test of time…holding its own as other crafty trends came and went and disappeared forever.
If you loved playing with Perler Beads as a kid, chances are you’re going to love them even more as an adult…especially with these 9 Cute and Adorable Things You Can Make with Perler Beads!

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Want some more Perler Bead fun? Check out these Toy Story Coasters I made last year!

9 Super Cute and Adorable Things You Can Make with Perler Beads

Chevron Necklace
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Wedding Cake Topper
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Monogram Pins
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Trinket Basket
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Earphone Cord Holder
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Camper Keychain
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Odds n’ Ends Plate
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Coasters
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Garden Planters
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How to Make an Origami Paper Star

Whether you need a last-minute Christmas decoration, a garland for New Year’s Eve, or you’re just looking for a cute way to decorate your bedroom or nursery, these adorable paper stars are a wonderful way to add style to your home.

You could gather them in a bowl, string them on a garland, hang them from a mobile, or just turn them into cute ornaments!  The possibilities are endless and you’ll love how super easy these little stars are to make.

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Though I made white stars here, you could easily use colored paper to create a whole rainbow of designs.  And the width of your paper will also vary the size of your star…so if you want bigger stars, make your paper strips wider.  For smaller stars, make your strips thinner (you may also have to make them a bit shorter, too so they’re not too thick when you try to form the points).

One of these stars took about a minute to make, if that.  So as you learn the motion, you can power through a whole galaxy in no time!

 

How to Make Origami Paper Stars

Materials:

  • Piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut out two strips of paper, each measuring about 1 in. wide.  Tape them together for a strip measuring 1 in. wide and 22 in. long.
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  2. On one end of the strip, make a ribbon, with the short end behind the long end.
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  3. Insert the small tab through the hole and pull gently to form a knot.
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    Oops, my paper ripped!  No worries, you won’t see it!
  4. Fold down the short end behind the piece.
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  5. Then start folding the long strip up and around the piece, following the angles.
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  6. Keep folding until you get to the end.
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  7. Once you’re at the end, you’ll stick the end piece underneath these two folds.
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  8. So you’ll have something like this.
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  9. Then just push the side of the hexagon with your finger nail.
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  10. Repeat on all sides for a star.
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10 Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

We’re all trying to save money around the holidays…and just because you’re trying to save a little green doesn’t mean you can’t bring the magic of the season into your home!

I mean, let’s face it…if my bank account were a person, it would have a serious nutrient deficiency.  IT NEEDS MORE GREENS, AM I RIGHT?!  But with these clever and creative dollar store Christmas decorations, you can create a magical Christmas wonderland in your home without spending a cent (or at least spending very few of them!).

So keep the greens in the bank.  This year, make your own magical Christmas decorations with materials you most likely have in your craft storage bin already!

Pinterest Top 10:  Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

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 Fa La La La La Embroidery Hoop Mantel Decor
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Rudolph the Glitter Reindeer
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JOY Sign
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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
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Christmas Sweater Pillows
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DIY Sparkle Branches
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Merry and Bright Wall Art
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Paper Christmas Lights
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Cookie Cutter Wreath
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Spoon Trees
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Want to see more of my favorite Christmas ideas?  Check out my Pinterest board, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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How to Make a Decoupaged Quote Sign on Canvas

Do you have a favorite mantra or quote that you live by?  Want to hang your words of wisdom on display for all to see?  Well, with this easy Decoupaged Quote Sign, you can make a piece of canvas art that says anything you’d like…and you don’t have to worry about painting on letters…which is a nightmare, I know.

I love making these wordy canvases and I’ve used a variety of papers to create the designs.  While I love the idea of using wrapping paper for this, be careful…wrapping paper is VERY thin and it’s crazy hard to get out all the air bubbles from wrapping paper without ripping it.  I suggest using a thicker craft paper, like scrapbooking paper or even card stock, to get a nice flat surface for this project.  Granted, you can still use wrapping paper (I have a couple times!), but just be extra careful when lying down your paper to make sure your project is bubble free.  For this project, I actually used three layers of tissue paper.

Alright, let’s get started!

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Materials:

  • 16 in. x 20 in. Canvas
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Patterned Paper (the thicker the better…thinner paper might result in more bubbles and wrinkles)
  • Large Alphabet Stickers
  • Stencil Foam Brush
  • Paint (in whatever color you’d like)
  • Tweezers

Instructions:

  1. Using your dry foam brush or a dry painting brush, lightly brush the canvas to rid it of any dust or dirt, as you don’t want any of that poking through the paper once it’s glued down.
  2. Before starting, I suggest cutting your paper to fit your canvas. You can cut it afterwards, using an EXACTO knife to go around the edges, but I just find it easier to cut it first and glue the edges down as I go.  I leave at least a good 1 in. to 1½ overhang of paper so I can wrap the paper around the sides and behind the canvas.
  3. Once your paper is cut, use the foam brush to add a light coat of Mod Podge to your canvas. Place the paper on the canvas.  Once it’s aligned, turn the canvas over and press on the back of it to help the canvas really adhere to the paper.  Let this glue dry slightly, about 5 minutes.  Continue adding paper if you’re layering like I am here.
  4. Using the foam brush, glue down the edges of the canvas to the back of the canvas.
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  5. Finally, add a top coat of Mod Podge on your canvas, making sure your brush strokes all go the same way and no extra glue pockets are exposed.
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  6. Once your canvas is COMPLETELY dry, you can add your stickers! Since there’s a nice coating of Mod Podge on your paper, the stickers won’t adhere strongly to the surface, so don’t worry about not being able to remove them.  Just place your stickers however you want them on your canvas.
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  7. For the paint, I suggest using a scrap piece of your paper to make sure the paint actually looks good with the pattern. Some paints will let the pattern bleed through, while others look a lot different on paper than they do in the bottle…so just check before you commit!
  8. Once you’re ready to paint, place a small amount of paint on a palette or piece of aluminum foil and, using a flat stencil foam brush, start adding paint to your canvas. This is EXTREMELY important when it comes to painting like this…you want to move the brush up and down, NOT side to side.  Lightly dab around the letters and use as little paint as you can…no need to load up the brush—a little will go a long way here.  Just continue dabbing on paint until your canvas is covered.  Then let it dry.
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  9. Once the paint has dried, you can start removing the letters. I use a tweezers to help me with this.
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  10. And there ya go! To seal in the paint, I usually add one more coat of Mod Podge, just to be safe.

And there you have it…your own lovely and festive canvas!

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