I love making jewelry. So, I gathered 30 great DIY bracelets that are not only pretty easy to make, but great fashion statements for your wardrobe.

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1.) DIY Hardware Store Bracelets by Thanks, I Made It.

IMG_1016 2.) DIY: Mixed Metal Friendship Bracelets by Life By Appointment.

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3.) DIY Rope Bracelet by Inspiration and Realisation.

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4.) DIY Thread Tassel Bracelet by Studs and Pearls.

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5.) Leather Friendship Bracelet by Trinkets in Bloom.

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6.) DIY Painted Tribal Bracelets by A Dismount Creative DIY.

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7.) DIY Summer Bracelets by Shelterness.

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8.) DIY Braided T-Shirt Bracelets by Henry Happened.

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9.) DIY Gold Tube Bracelets by Honestly WTF.

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10.) DIY Leather Bow Bracelet by Oh The Lovely Things.

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11.) DIY Shower Curtain Ring Bracelets by 36th Ave.

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12.) DIY Custom Bracelets by Nubby Twiglet.

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13.) DIY Anthropologie Cuff by Artzy Creations.

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14.) DIY Fishtail Bracelet by Typical House Cat.

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15.) DIY Pom Pom Bracelet by Thanks, I Made It.

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16.) DIY Dipe Dye Rope Bracelets by Love Maegan.

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17.) DIY Rope Bracelets by Made In A Day.

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18.) DIY Bracelets by Tabula Rosi.

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19.) DIY Aluminum Can Bracelets by Saved By Love Creations.

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20.) DIY Charm Bracelet by What I Wore.

Macrame-Charm-Bracelet-B21.) DIY Charm Macrame Bracelets by Pretty Quirky Pants.

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22.) DIY Leather Wrap Bracelet by Ice Cream When The Sky Is Gray.

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23.) The Jersey Knit Bracelet by V and Co.

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24.) DIY: Vinyl Bead Bracelets by Swellmayde.

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25.) DIY: Leather + Climbing Rope Macrame Bracelets by Stripes and Sequins.

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26.) Chandelier Charm Bracelet by Honestly WTF.

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27.) Leather Box Braid Bangles by Sketch42.

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28.) DIY Neon Rope Bracelets by Glitter n Glue.

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29.) Criss Cross Bead Bracelet by I Spy DIY.

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30.) DIY Crochet Bracelet by Trinkets in Bloom.

There you have it! 30 must make DIY bracelets. I can’t wait to make some of these. Hope you try some of these great DIY bracelets yourself.

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Use colorful fabric scraps and plastic or wood bangles to create fun bracelets for any age. Add vintage buttons to your bracelet for a finishing touch of embellishment on this scrap fabric craft. Fabric Scrap Bracelets Materials: Bangle Bracelets (Plastic or Wood) Glue Gun Glue Sticks Fabric Buttons (optional) Fabric Scrap Bracelets Instructions: First cut long strips approximately 1/2 ” x 12″ or longer! Fabric Scrap Bracelets Starting on the inside of our bracelet we are going to glue on an end of our fabric strip! Wrap Fabric Around Bracelets Wrap your fabric around the bracelet pulling it tight! Wrap fabric around bracelet Completely cover the bracelet and finish it by gluing the end of your fabric strip on the inside! Fabric Scrap Bracelets Make a set to wear together! Lightweight, interchangeable and so comfortable! Scrap Fabric bracelets Scrap Fabric bracelets I added some vintage buttons to this one for a little more detail! Vintage Buttons Scrap Fabric Bracelet

Lava Lamp

“Home Made Lava Lamp”

Here’s a recipe to keep your kids entertained on a rainy afternoon:
You will need:

A clear plastic bottle, (we used 1 liter, but you could use any clear drink bottle.)
Water
Oil
Food coloring
Alkaseltzer Tablets

Fill the bottle just over 1/2 full with vegetable oil, then fill the rest of the way with water, leaving an inch of room at the top. Add 10 drops food coloring. Place the bottle on a plate or pie tin to catch any drips. Now, add 1/4 an alkaseltzer tablet and watch the bubbles of water rise up through the oil. Add another piece of alkaseltzer after the bubbles have stopped.

This kept both kids quite entertained for the afternoon. Harriet wanted to make more of them but I didn’t want to use up all my cooking oil. She went through about half a box of the tablets, then we put the lid on when we were done and she used the other half the next day. You could also add some glitter to the water to sparkle it up a bit!

75 Kids Activities

75 Kid {approved} Activities
It’s not hard to sit down with your kids and make a list of things to do before the summer ends. (granted, some of these are still INDOOR activities).
And THANK HEAVEN’S for Pinterest, so that my searching for activities was made easy!

UPDATE: Our favorite activities we’ve done multiple times. And we’re still making summer lists EVERY SUMMER. But here’s some ideas to get you started.

(I made the pics mini, because there’s SEVENTY FIVE + of them, but if you click on them, it should show up full size!)

1: Glow sticks in the bathtub. (I had to cover the window with a blanket some days because they wanted to do it when it was still light out!).
2: Writing your ABC’s with licorice strings! Learning and eating a treat could NEVER go wrong! (A fav)3: Photo shoot. Any mom can have a photo shoot with their children, and you can find tips and tricks on Pinterest on HOW to photograph your children.4: Cloud watching. I had to make two. And it teaches your kids the correct name of the cloud.5: Fossil Digger. They have dino bones at the Dollar Tree. Burry them, and get your paint brushes ready to dust away dirt.6: Sponge Finger painting. Cut and soak up ANY sponge. I used makeup sponges I already had.7: Mini rainbow volcanoes. Because science is AWESOME!8: Make a book + illustrations. I folded it and got it ready. They started writing/drawing.
9:Balloon tennis. We got free paint stick stirrers at Walmart and used our ‘personality balloons’ found below.

10: Ding Dong Ditch w/a gift. Any neighbor you choose or think needs a pick me up!
11: Teach diversity with eggs. We’re all the same on the inside remember?
12: Teach about the moon phases with Oreos. Then get you each a mug-a-milk 😉
13: Hand shadows and other objects. This also helps my kids be less scared of the shadows in their room at night.14: Plastic sheet cover your homework sheets=dry erase. I use to scan them and print for my children, (which I don’t think was stealing since I bought the book and let my children keep practicing the same page. It was for personal use only, I didn’t sell them or give to other children. Just to clear things up for those concerned in the comments below.
But I’ve found that making it dry erase is a better way to practicing the same page over and save paper and ink!
15: Puppet show. UPDATE: I have now made my own PVC PIPE PUPPET THEATER.16: Shave with daddy. With popsicle sticks of course. (my kids used my pink leg shaving cream:)

17: Play angry birds on the nook. (This was a mandatory pick, obviously by my kids)18: Pick any animal day. Pick ANY animal and teach them everything you can find about it. We’ve done Cheetah and ostrich and even crickets. 19: Play hotel. You can play ANY ‘pretend’ game, but my kids love to put mints or chocolates on their pillows with flowers, and vacuum the room. (I’m soaking up every moment while they’re young enough to think that cleaning is fun).
20: (wow this picture is small). Make Japanese chain cut outs. The kids will be amazed that they’re all connected. (I tried to make the people holding hands, and FAILED. The hearts were easier).21: Create a silly holiday. I got this particular idea from my S.I.L. We made August 20th our annual donut day. You can customize it yourself to anything! Dutch Oven Day, Smore’s etc!
22: Floating raisins. We’ve all done this, but I have to be honest the kids weren’t THAT into it.
23: Blow up a balloon with vinegar and Baking Soda! YES, the kids LOVED this one.
24: Grab your nets and go Creature Catching! We caught a frog, a praying mantis and a dragon fly all in one day.
25: Helping cook. Doing grown up things is funner than kid things right? Of course be cautious in age and working around hot stoves and knives.
26: Make pony bead necklaces! My son loved this just as much as my daughter. (or pasta necklaces, tho ours always break.) And twice we’ve made fruit loop necklaces to bring and eat during church.27: Water paints are cheap and fun (for adults too).28: Lava floor. Dont touch the floor to survive.
29: Dry erase marker mirror faces! She’s doing kissy lips…30: Melted crayon hot rocks. My sister showed me this technique. You bake rocks and then start drawing! Be careful to not touch the rocks though.
31: Teach and learn smallest to biggest. Have them organize objects like toys, blocks and talk about sizes. Most kids dont even learn this before school.32: Go camping :)33: Messless Makeup. I took empty makeup containers and pored in fingernail polish. My daughter still thinks it’s real, and I dont have to clean up any messes.34: Balloon Characters. Draw a face and then name them. (WARNING: your kids will be crushed if these ones pop, tears MAY BE SHED).35: INDOOR Picnic. Make sure to use a NON favorite blanket ;)36: Play School. Learn while playing? okay.37: Make a band. My kids LOVE to make noise. Not recommended while husband is sleeping from working a night shift ;)38: Write and make letters to family members. use LOTS of stickers. 39: Teach you kids about the world.40: Teach your kids about outer space.
41: Exercise. You can be their instructor and try giving COSMIC KIDS YOGA a chance! They’ll love going on a Yoga Adventure!
42: Make an obstacle coarse with crape paper streamers. I used our hallway. They crawl and step over all of it while trying not to touch the streamers.43: Act out a story. You dont need great costumes for this. Our bedtime stories come to life with T-shirts and sweaters. (wolf and lil Red below).
44: Make Dino fossils out of play dough and toy dinosaurs. Imprint and then let it dry.
45: Go to a fish hatchery and feed the fish bread :)46: Fly a kite. We did this a 100 times this summer. We went through quite a few plastic kites. Next year I’ll be making fabric kites (with the left over kite sticks from the broken ones).
47: Make a Japanese Hanging Fish 🙂 A big catch.48: Have a Tea Party. Mini foods and mini cups are a hit with BOYS AND GIRLS.49: Play dress up. See what your kids come up with. WINK~
50: Go geocaching. My kids love ‘treasure hunting’ and BEG to do this EVERY single day. One of our favorite family activities.
51: Blow Wish Flowers. (AKA: dead dandelions). Or go Dandelion picking with baskets.52: Make popsicle stick puzzles. Storing a puzzle in a rubber band is brilliant enough I think. (using a photo is fun too)53: Make GIANT bubbles. Poke a hole in the bottom of a paper cup, or cut off the bottom of a water bottle. Dip. Blow. 54: Go swimming. My kids both did GREAT this year. We over came some MAJOR water fears.55: Color-Trace Leaves. If you haven’t done this before…get to work.
56: Hand Print Art. Elephants, flowers, lions, reindeer, turkeys etc… it’s endless.
57: Ice cube paint. Freeze water and food color in ice trays. Freeze with a toothpick or popsicle stick. Go outside if it’s warm and enjoy some cold painting.
58: Play Mail Man. (with the mail you wrote and decorated earlier)
59: Go on a hike. Or run on a hike in my son’s case… Nature hikes, scavenger hunts etc.
60: Make homemade lava lamps. Thanks to my friend Jess who taught me.61: Mini Marshmallow construction. Give them toothpicks and you’ve got a good hour of down time.62: Make mini bun pizzas. This way your kids can decorate their own.63: Paint and Roll Marbles. (Or in our case, hungry hippo balls)64: Make cookies. Let them do everything but work with the oven. Make matching aprons if your ambitious! (I got the kids aprons at the dollar store;)65: Potato stamps. (A fav)
66: Make a pinecone bird feeder. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer while bird watching.
67: Make and Play Play Dough.

68: Go through a car wash. (And if your in our family, tell scary stories:) This is a new major high-tech car wash in our area…
69: Have a water sprayer fight! recommended outdoors;) (also good to fill up with 1/4 vinegar and give your kids toothbrushes to clean the base boards…Yes I’m aware of child labor laws, but for now…it’s a game to them)70: Scavenger Hunt. (A fav)71: A picnic. A regular one. Nothing’s better than a spot of shaded grass on a hot day.
72: Build a fort! I wanted to post this one for inspiration because my blanket forts weren’t picture worthy. My kids LOVE watching movies in a fort tho.
73: Write and send snail mail to loved ones. (That blue flying eagle is considered snail speed now thanks to the internet).74: Tear drop volcanoes. Put baking soda on a tray. Fill paper cups with vinegar and food color. Use a dropper to create fizzy foam!75: (no pic) Go Dollar Store shopping. Give them each 1-5 bucks and they’re in heaven.

Diy DORM :-Smartphone Projector

DIY Dorm: Smartphone Projector

Nowadays, we can do almost anything on a smart phone: send emails, play games, and even watch movies. Sometimes, however, squinting at the small screen can leave our eyes feeling tired. Rather than watch a movie or show on the tiny screen, why not magnify it via your very own projector? Check out this fun and simple addition to our DIY Dorm series:

What You’ll Need:

Shoe box
Duct tape
X-acto knife (works better than scissors)
Magnifying glass (try a larger lens – aim for 3-4 inch diameter)
Ruler
Pencil
Phone stand (or something to act as a stand for your phone)

What You’ll Do:

Duct tape any openings.

1.Cover all holes and gaps in the box using the duct tape. You don’t want to allow any light to enter or leave the box except for where you will place the magnifying glass.

Mark around the lens.

2.Go to the front and center of the box (on the shorter side). Place the magnifying glass there and mark around it so you will know where to cut. I suggest cutting a slightly smaller hole that you can push the magnifying glass lens into.

3.Using your X-Acto knife, slowly cut out the hole you just marked. Patch up any rough edges with duct tape.

Push the lens into the opening.

4.From the inside of the box, push the lens into the opening. Tape the handle to the inside of the box (to keep the lens in place).

5.Line up your smartphone or iPod with the magnifying glass and mark this space. This is so you will know where to place the phone whenever you use it. Place your “phone stand” on the spot you just marked and glue it down (if you’d like it to be permanent).

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6.You’re ready to use your new projector! Turn the screen brightness up to the highest setting on our phone and open the video you wish to view. You will have to place the phone upside down in order to have the picture appear right-side up.

** Most phones will continue to flip the image so it is right-side-up. Locking the orientation usually fixes this problem. Find out how to do this on the iPhone here.

7.Just turn off the lights and – voila! – you’re all set to go. A darker room will show a clearer image.

Fancy technology? Maybe not…but plenty of fun just the same! You may have to play around with the project and figure out what works best for you and the specific materials you have.

Try out this project for yourself and let us know how it goes! Do you have any tips to share? Post a comment below!

~BoOkMaRk~

Ribbon Bookmark
Here’s a great quickie project that you can do with craft scrap that you probably already have in your house!

All you will need is:
ribbon (length depends on your book size)
1) button
1) hair elastic

You can do this by hand, but if you have amateur sewing skills like me and a machine, this project can make you feel that much fancier.

Take your hair elastic and fold your ribbon end over it.
Stitch (I used a zig zag stitch for extra strength)

This is a great time to use a zipper foot.

7/20/13 Addendum: I now know (thanks to my lovely readers) that its not a zipper foot. Sorry kids! {Have I mentioned what an amateur seamstress I am!?} I was just trying to make my point apparently. But kudos to you girls for reading the whole post and not just looking at the photos like I usually do! You’re such grown ups!

Cause Lord knows I’ll probably never be using it for its intended purpose.

Easy, right?

Measure the ribbon by closing the book with the ribbon inside. Bring both ends to the front cover and cut, with a inch or so of space (for the elastic to reach over to the button.)

Take the cut end of ribbon and melt it near (not IN) a lighter. This will melt the end just enough to keep it from fraying.

Sew your button onto the nekkid end and viola….

Cute bookmark!

Unfortunately, this is how I’ll be using mine

As you get further into your book, the elastic will stretch to accommodate for the pages building up between the ribbon and cover.

Craft Always

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My parents are both science teachers: which means they always ruined the secrets to magic tricks, they forced me to identify every tree by leaf and bark type, and we always created our own versions of ‘science-y’ toys. We used to cook our Easy-Bake Oven meals with foil and a light bulb, and created our own slime with cornstarch and food coloring.
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And, when we wanted our own shrinkable art, did we get the sweet pre-printed HeMan or Strawberry Shortcake sheets? Nope. We freehanded it on blank sheets of plastic, and copied the designs from coloring books. (Luckily, neither of my parents could draw, or else we might have had hand drawn versions of those, too.)

The process is simple. I don’t know what kind of Shrinky Dinks are available, if any, but I’ll always be able to make some on my own… I guess my parents actually taught me something. Nuts.

Ingredients:
– Clean #6 Plastic
– Permanent Markers
– Scissors
– Aluminum Foil
– Oven and Tongs or Oven Mitt

1. Obtain a piece of #6 plastic (polystyrene). Most clear containers at salad bars, delis, and grocery stores will work. Just flip it over and look for a “6” inside the recycling arrows. If you ask nicely, they’ll usually give you a fresh one.

2. Cut any excess plastic away to make a flat sheet (use both the top and the bottom), and recycle the excess.

3. Draw or write your desired image or text on your plastic canvas using permanent markers. The total image will shrink to about a third of its original size, and five or six times its original thickness. (My parents, of course, would make us measure before and after, and figure how much it had changed.)

4. Pre-heat your oven to 350°, and place a rack in the lowest position. Create a “tray” out of the aluminum foil by bending up the sides. Technically, you could cover a baking sheet with foil, but the thinner surface allows for more direct heat and quicker shrinking.

5. Place your art in the tray, then use the tongs or an oven mitt to place the foil on the bottom rack.

6. For the first minute your art will curl up all crazy-like, but soon, it will flatten itself out. If you have an oven door through which you can see, then just keep an eye on it. If your door is solid, open it just slightly (as you would do when broiling) after 90 seconds. Total time for a large piece (5-6” starting size) will be about 3 1/2 minutes.

7. Using the tongs or oven mitt, remove the tray. At this point, it’s still plyable, so if you want to flatten it more, or add waves or bend the corners, do so CAREFULLY within the first ten seconds.

8. Now, you can do as you please. It’s still cut-able, sand-able, drill-able, glue-able, and plenty more. Attach it to jewelry, make a luggage label, or even a guitar pick!

11 cute and creative DIY Notebook

Today we look into an area of paper crafts that I truly love: DIY notebooks and journals. This list of DIY notebooks is somewhat a continuation of our back-to-school crafts, but it’s not exactly season-specific. You can make these DIY notebooks or journals any time of the year, really. Have fun with these!

1. Wallpaper

 


You might think that binding a DIY notebook is very complicated, but it really isn’t. Using white glue, craft paper, and unused wallpaper, you can make a pretty notebook in less than an hour. The best part, of course, is that you have infinite options when it comes to the cover design.

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2. Pencil Keeper


How cute! For this particular notebook tutorial, you will no longer need to make or cut the pages. A store-bought composition notebook will take care of the interior. The cover, however, is where you will let your creativity shine.

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3. Fabric Cover


I have made fabric notebook covers like this several times. They are easy and cute projects, especially if you add patchwork details as shown above. And yes, this is a fun way to use fabric scraps. You can also use this tutorial for making a cover for your organizer.

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4. Leather


How gorgeous! This DIY notebook looks like it came from a factory, doesn’t it? To make something similar, you will need a hardbound notebook, thin leather, book glue, and pretty paper. Basically, what you will do is cover the notebook with the leather and add strips to fasten.

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5. Card Stock


The bookbinding method featured here is a teeny bit more complicated compared to the first tutorial but it’s a must-know for those interested in paper crafts. These DIY notebooks have card stock pages and chipboard covers and spines. They look professionally-done and gorgeous.

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6. Magazine


Pretty magazine editorials and ads make for great DIY journal covers. To make your own, simply cut, fold, and sew your inside pages. Cover with a magazine page you like and hide the stitch line using washi tape. Easy!

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7. Letterpress


There are many lovely letterpress cards sold online. Get some and use one for making a handmade notebook or journal. Pro tip: use these notebooks as event giveaways or party favors.

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8. Stab Bound


From simple glue and straight stitch binding, we move to something more advanced. With this particular tutorial, you will learn to make this awesome stab style stitch binding. Check out the link for the comprehensive guide.

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9. Tabbed


Here is a DIY notebook that will require composition notebooks as well. This is different from the second tutorial on this list, though, because you’ll be adding pretty tabs in the pages.

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10. Photo Cover


Love to take photos? You can use some of your favorite moments captured on film for making DIY notebooks or notepads. Armed with white glue, clips, and paper, these photos can be given a new life.

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11. The Antique Book Journal


Antique books are such beautiful items, and they make gorgeous journals. I like this simple method, which takes any old library book, thrift store book, or a favorite antique book you have, and helps you create a beautiful journal out of it. Feel inspired every time you pick it up to write!

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I hope you enjoyed this list of DIY notebooks! Make some for the students in your family or for yourself. Your friends and family are sure to love any of these super cute DIY notebooks that were made by you with lots of love! You never know when a DIY notebook can come in handy in your day to day life.

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~Creations by Kara

Girls Camp Craft: No-Sew Flower Pen Tutorial
Supplies:
Pen
Fabric Scraps- One about 1 ” x12″, one about 4″ x 14″. They don’t need to be exact
Hot Glue (the hot melt works better than the cool melt kind)
Fabric Scissors
Iron

Instructions:
You can cut the fabric, but  I like to tear my pieces of fabric because I think it leaves a prettier edge. Just snip the edge of the fabric, then rip it the rest of the way. Fold the larger piece in half and iron it.
girls-camp-craftNow you need to wrap your pen. I thought it worked the best to start at the bottom. Use a small dab of hot glue to attach the 1″ strip to the pen. Then start wrapping it around the pen diagonally, attaching with hot glue every inch or so. When you get to the top, attach the end with hot glue and snip off any extra fabric.
craft-tutorialTo make the flower for the top, cut slits about 1/4-1/2″ apart down the raw edge of the folded piece of fabric. Make sure you don’t cut all the way through to the fold! I cut a little too close for the one in this photo. I find it works best to stay 1/4 inch away from the fold.
flower-pen-craft-tutorialTo make the fabric flower top, hot glue the bottom edge of your fabric onto the top of the pen, about 1/4-1/2″ down.
no-sew-flower-pen-tutorialNow just continue wrapping your cut fabric around the top, securing it with tiny dabs of hot glue as you go. When you get to the end, glue the edge down securely.
Kids-craft-flower-penNow it’s time to fluff it up. It will look pretty good after you just roll it between your hands and shake it, but for maximum fluffiness, pull the pieces of fabric apart two at a time. I think they look best really fluffed!
easy-craft-tutorialWriting notes is much more fun when you use a cute flower pen, right?

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