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Earth Day Ideas – Crafts and DIYs

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Earth Day Up Cycles

Hand Knit Rag Rug – by Nemcsok Farms

This upcycle was truly one of the most interesting projects I have taken on so far.  You can create your own also – just find an old bedsheet, and follow along with the tutorial.  

Globe Upcycle – by My Sister’s Suitcase

I have to say, I prefer a globe that looks like a globe.  Now that that is out of the way – this is a great way to decorate a thrift store or garage sale find of a damaged globe.  Plus – the way this one is done, is very earth day appealing.

Bottle Cap Flower – by Crafts by Amanda

How many of us fidget relentlessly with the bottle caps that come off the tops of our beverages?  Doesn’t this piece of garden art just give you total piece of mind?

Owl Craft Project – by Empress of Dirt

A stunning way to upcycle cardboard!  Anything owl-y automatically ranks as a fave around here – add an up cycle to the mix, and I’m totally sold!

Earth Day DIYs

DIY Tooth Brush Holder – by Shaken Together Life

Eliminate the toothbrush pileup that can result from a busy household!  Also, the theme of the toothbrush holder adds a gentle reminder to be mindful of the water waste at the sink!

 

Recycle Bin Labels – by Lia Griffith

Lovely, practical and printable.  A wonderful way to add a little character and a lot of style to your rubbish and recycling bins!

Cottage Chic Herb Garden – by the Gardening Cook

You really can’t go wrong with a DIY herb garden – and this one is cottage chic done in mason jars.  Keep your favourite fresh herbs at the ready, and make Mother Nature proud.

 

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Earth Day Crafts

Globe Garland – by Poppy Talk

Origami projects are always a fun way to craft the day away, and when you can put this super fun earth day spin on it – well I am all for it!

Glass Globe Terrarium – by Stephanie Lynn

Not only perfect for Earth Day – these would also make pretty awesome DIY gifts for pretty much any person, and for any occasion.

Book Page Wreath – by the Gunny Sack

Stop. The. Press. I can not with any level of sincerity and good conscience suggest or support doing this to a book – but I can and wholly suggest doing it with other paper you can recycle – such as newspaper or old magazines.  

 

 

 

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

 

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DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

A fun and easy way to spruce up your front door this Halloween – try this DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath.  

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DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

I like to keep the Halloween decor a little more fun and friendly, and a little shy of creepy.  Maybe that will change as I mature, grow up and get older – but until then, it’s happy Jack O’Lanterns and cookie monsters for me.

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

Materials:

Directions:

Before we get started, I wanted to share photos of the steps along the way.  The photos I am sharing are from a ribbon wreath I made for a baby shower door prize – so the ribbon is not the same, but the method is.  Also, the photos are old, were taken in not so great light, but get the point across.  

  1. Cut a piece of elastic cord, 5 – 8 inches long
  2. Secure that cord around the wreath formDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Attaching the Elastic Cord
  3. Wrap the wreath with the tulle or wide ribbon, overlapping as you go, so that you cover all of the white spaceDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Wrapping the Wreath in Tulle or Wide Ribbon
  4. Be sure to secure your elastic cord while wrapping, but leave the top of the elastic cord loop free ( this is how you will hang your wreathDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Wrapping the Wreath in Tulle or Wide Ribbon
  5. Cut your ribbon to 3 inch lengthsDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Cut the Ribbon into lengths for making loops
  6. Fold ribbon into loops, and secure the loops to the wreath form with pinsDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Loops of Ribbon being secured with straight pins
  7. Pin the loops to the wreath in a random order, or a pattern, depending on your preference.  Fill in all the gaps with ribbon loops. Be sure to cover the front, inside of the circle and outside of the circle, but not the back of the circle.  Leaving the back free of loops will allow your wreath to site nice and flat against your door

Happy Halloween

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

 

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Hand Knit Cotton Napkins

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

Cotton Napkins, that you can totally make yourself! Seriously, this project is just loaded with instant gratification. Easy to make, quick to finish, good for our planet, and 100% tailor-able to your colour preference… why not just give yourself that pat on the back right now.

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

 

Now That I’ve Convinced You

Reusable soft cloth napkins are washable, re-usable and ideal for cleaning sticky little faces and fingers.  They are way better than any paper product, but they are also expensive.  Have no fear, you can totally make your own with scrap fabric, and I highly recommend it,  and there are a couple of ways you can make them without having to worry about tidy mitered corners and so on, and that is a DIY for another day.  Today though, I’m going to show you how to knit  your own cloth napkins.  For real.  

Hand Knit Cotton Napkins

So, yeah, you’re going to need to know how to knit.  But don’t sweat it, I’ve got you covered.  Head over to our How to Knit Series, and grab the tutorial for Casting On, Making a Knit Stitch, and Binding Off as those are the only knitting skills you’ll need for this pattern.  

Notes

This napkin is used with three strands of yarn held together.  This means your project will work up quick, and will be nice and thick – a good quality, sturdy handmade napkin is what you’re after.  You do not need to purchase three balls of yarn.  340gm ball of Key Lime Pie by Bernat  will be enough yarn to complete several napkins.  Just pull out three different strands ( approx 100′ each should do) and use them held together as seen in the photo below.DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living made with three strands held together on big needles for a quick and satisfying project

100′ of yarn isn’t actually all that much, and this napkin took me about 20 minutes of knitting time.  I had to take a one hour road trip between rows, but that’s another story for another day.  An easy way to pull out 100 feet of yarn is to find the end of the ball from the centre, and pull out your arm span worth of yarn until you get to approximately the right length.  I am just over 5′ tall so I pulled out my arm span worth 20 times to get 100 feet, cut the yarn and repeated that two more times, giving me three strands, all to the right length.  You can wind these strands together to make a ball, or you can just get knitting!  It won’t take you long.
 

Materials

  • 3 balls or strands of 100% Cotton Yarn in your favourite colours.  I used three strands of key lime pie and see the notes above on how to get three strands from one ball
  • size 10mm Knitting Needles
  • scissors
  • darning needle
     

Direction

  1. Prepare your strands of yarn as described above.  Or just use three balls.  Totally up to you.
  2. Cast On 18 sts
  3. Knit 31 rows
  4. Bind off the stitches, cut yarn, secure the last stitch, and weave in ends.
  5. Make an entire set!

DIY Cotton Napkins free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

 

Multi Purpose DIY Cotton Napkins

So we already know why we should use these DIY Cotton Napkins instead of the paper ones – and we know how to make them too.  That’s awesome.  Did you also know that you can totally use these for wash clothes, dish clothes, and they make great rags when they start to wear out?  These possibilities are endless.

Join our Knitting Club and be sure to try all the other easy knitting patterns we have here like this I-Cord, this Infinity Scarf and this super awesome Rag Rug and of course, don’t forget to build your Knit Kit . 

 

Let me know how you make out

 

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Egg Carton Daffodils

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

Project: Recycle & Create.  Take a predetermined recyclable item, and create something fabulous with it.  The recyclable: egg cartons.  The something fabulous:   Feel free to ooh and aah all you wish.

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

These are even more fun than the Gift Paper Frogs – although not nearly as cute.  And these are just as sweet as the Scrap Fabric Fairy House – but way way easier to make.  Our bouquet here was made by a collective group from age 3 to 39.  It’s hard work keeping the 39 year old in check, let me tell ya.

Egg Carton Daffodils

Materials

  • egg cartons
  • yellow paint – we used tempra
  • paint brushes
  • scissors
  • green pipe cleaners
  • the usual smock and table protection

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

Directions

Just like our Egg Carton Owls and Our Egg Carton Ladybugs – oooh and the Egg Carton Super Bees – I’ve got a thing, don’t I – start by using those scissors, and cutting the egg carton into individual cups.  You will need two cups per daffodil.

  1. Take one cup, and cut it into four panels, and these will be the outer petals
  2. Paint both cups completely yellow.  You’ll get messy, and you’ll love it!
  3. Take your pipe cleaner, and make a small loop in one end.
  4. Poke a whole through the center of each cup, place the cup that you cut into four petals under the other cup and thread the pipe cleaner through the egg cups, so that the small loops is secured inside the cups.
  5. Repeat over and over until you run out of cups, bundle them, and place them in a vase.  

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

 

SEE THE OTHER EGG CARTON PROJECTS FROM THE CHALLENGE

egg cartons
Egg Carton Mache Molds by Teach me Mommy
Intrinsic Hand Strengthening Activity by Sugar Aunts
Flowers by The Gingerbread House
Space Station by Peakle Pie

 

 

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Paper Plate Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

You’re going to want to try this.  Remember how pleased I was with myself over the wooden spoon trick?  Well, just wait till you see how we made this super cute easter bunny paper plate craft.  You’re really going to want to try this.

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

A long time ago, but not too long ago, I worked in a coffee shop as a baker and coffee slinger.  Before I carry on with how to make these adorable, and brilliant – let’s not forget brilliant – Easter Bunnies, let me just say, that if you have never worked in a restaurant serving people, or if you’ve never pumped gas to earn your keep – you should seriously consider doing so.  I have learned some of the best things ever during my tenures in the service sector.  

During my time as a baker in the previously mentioned restaurant, I was taught how to make an 8″ round cake look like the Easter Bunny. Enter the epiphany like experience…. if you can make a flat, round cake look like a bunny, you can make a flat round plate, look like a bunny as well.

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft

I had to test my theory to be sure, and sure enough, it worked!  And oh the fun we had painting up these cute creatures! And in case you were wondering, my brilliant ideas didn’t run out at the cutting of the paper plates, check out how we attached our Bunny’s whiskers. 

Materials

  • paper plates
  • marker
  • scissors
  • paint and brushes
  • pipe cleaners
  • brad fasteners
  • googly eyes
  • whole punch
  • the usual smocks / table covering 

Directions

  1. Use one paper plate to trace two arcs onto the other paper plate, leaving an hour glass shape in the center.  Like in the photo here:Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter
  2. Cut along the arcs, and you are left with two almond shapes, and one hour glass.  Or, two bunny ears, and one bow tie.  See? I told you it was brilliant.
  3. Paint the ears and facial features as you like.  I suggested to the Little Helpers that they paint the bow ties as bright and as colourful as they could.
  4. Use a brad fastener to hold the pipe cleaners together at the center ( pictured in the bottom left frame below) and carefully poke that through the paper plate where you want the whiskers to be.  Open up the brad fastener to keep in place.
  5. Glue googly eyes, or paint your own if you don’t happen to have any googly eyes.  We have been known to use felt circles to make googly eyes in a pinch
  6. Use the whole punch to make holes where you want to fasten the ears and bow tie, on the plate that is the face, and then make corresponding holes  on the ear and bow tie pieces, and again, use the brad fasteners to attach those.  I highly recommend witing until the paint is dry before trying to punch holes.  

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

 

Love this Craft?

This Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft really was a lot of fun to make.  If you liked it, you should see all the other crafts we get into using recyclables, like these Gift Paper Frogs, and Scrap Fabric Fairy House, and this Easy Paper Plate Craft is too cute and too simple to pass up.  And that is not all I can do, that is not all…

 

 

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Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

 

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Rainbow Twist Neck Warmer

Free Knitting Pattern for a Hand Knit Neck Warmer or Cowl in a rainbow pattern, with a faux or mock cable. A super quick knit, good for spring fall and winter

One hour.  That’s all you’re going to need to whip up this breath of fresh air.  

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Free Knitting Pattern for a Hand Knit Neck Warmer or Cowl in a rainbow pattern, with a faux or mock cable.  A super quick knit, good for spring fall and winter

As Luxurious As It Is Simple

You probably know by now that I am completely and totally all about instant gratification, especially when it comes to knitting projects.  You will recall from the BIG Hat that there are a couple of ways to achieve a quick knit.  You can either choose a nice small project like these knitted hearts, or use humongous needles like I did with the infinity scarf, or you can totally do both, like we did here.  Well, the needles aren’t exactly ginormous, but they are big, that’s for sure.

One Size Fits All

I have created a pattern that has enough stretch that this neck warmer will fit everyone from a small child to an adult.  I have also fancied up the pattern a wee bit, so that you achieve an eye pleasing twist in the yarn that resembles a faux cable, but it is way way easier.  No cable needles to get tangled up in, and no real big daunting fear of leaning how to cable looming over your head.

The Rainbow Twist Stitch

So it goes like this.  The rainbow twist stitch is worked over three stitches, and it is really really easy.  You slip the first stitch as if to knit, as indicated in the second square of the image below, then knit the next two stitches.  Now you bring your left needle back to the stitch you slipped, I am pointing to it in the third frame below, and insert your left needle into that stitch, and pass it over the two stitches you knitted after slipping it.  You’ll have a strand of yarn drawing a slightly twisted arch over those two knitted stitches.  Now, you knit that stitch that you just passed over, yes, that one just on the tip of that left needle. Voila, rainbow twist stitch completed.  Yay you! Told you it was easy.

 

One Hour Rainbow Twist Neck warmer Knitting pattern

The Rainbow Twist Neck Warmer

Materials

  • 13mm Knitting Needles, Size 17
  • Super Bulky Yarn in Rainbow Colours (get one ball for every colour you want to use in your project – but this project will only use a portion of each ball – feel free to raid your stash for this, but the weight of the yarn must be a number 6, super bulky or super chunky)
  • scissors
  • darning needle

Pattern

With Red, Cast on 4o sts

Row 1 : *p2, k3, repeat from *

Row 2: *p3, K2, repeat from *

Row 3: *p2, Slip 1, Knit 2, pass slipped stitch over, and knit it, repeat from *

Row 4: *p3, K2, repeat from *

Change to Yellow and repeat rows 1 – 4

Change to Green and repeat rows 1 – 4

Change to Blue and repeat rows 1 – 4

Change to Purple and repeat rows 1 – 4

Bind off in pattern.

Cut yarn leaving about 24 inches to secure the last stitch and to sew the seam.

And Repeat Repeat Repeat!  

If you purchase balls of yarn for this, you will have enough to make several neck warmers – Enjoy!

 

Free Knitting Pattern for a Hand Knit Neck Warmer or Cowl in a rainbow pattern, with a faux or mock cable.  A super quick knit, good for spring fall and winter

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Quick Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love

Hand Knit these delightful hearts for Valentine’s Day.  They make great napkins for little ones, coasters, decorations and even play things.

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love

Hand Knit Hearts

This is a great stash buster project.  These are fast to make if you have experience knitting, and even if you are just learning, these really will not take you long to make.

Notes:  M1 R : Use this as a right side increase that slants to the right:

Insert the right needle from the front into the side of the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle, lift it onto the left needle and knit it.  See photo below

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love
M1 R : Use this to make a right side increase, that slants to the right.

M1 L : Use this as a left side increase that slants to the left:

Insert the left needle from the back into the side of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch on the right needle, pull it up and knit into the back of the stitch. See photo below:

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love
M1 L: Use this as a left side increase that slants to the left

Materials

  • worsted weight yarn ( #4 weight)
  • 4 mm knitting needles
  • scissors
  • crochet hook for weaving in ends

Directions

Cast on 3 sts

1st row: purl

2nd row: k1, M1 R, knit across ( 4 sts)

3rd row: purl

4th row: k1, M1 R, knit to last st, M1 L, k1 (6 sts)

rows 5-24 repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 26 sts.

row 25: Purl 13 sts.  Turn.  ( you will work one half of the top of the heart at a time) Leave 13 sts on the left needle, and come back to them later.  

row 26 (Top Left side of Heart): Knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (12 sts)

row 27: purl

row 28: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO ( pass slipped stitch over), knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (10 sts)

row 29: purl

row 30: Knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (9 sts)

row 31: purl

row 32: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)

row 33: purl

row 34: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)

Bind off.

Join yard to 13 sts on wrong side and purl across

row 26(Top Ride side of Heart): K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit across, (12 sts)

row 27: purl

row 28: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (10 sts)

row 29: purl

row 30: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit across (9 sts)

row 31: purl

row 32: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)

row 33: purl

row 34: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

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Bubble Wrap Heart Decorations by Crafty Kids at Home

Valentine Pet Project for Kids by Sunny Day Family

Fun and Romantic Easy-to-Make Valentine Card by Our Good Life

My Little Pony Free Printable Valentines by Our Whimsical Days

Homemade Lip Gloss by Study at Home Mama

Heart Love Bugs Craft by Rhythms of play

Valentine’s Day Smoothie by HEN Family

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love

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Gift Wrap Valentine Flowers

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Valentine crafts are way better than Christmas crafts.  I know I know, that sounds like something you would say right before getting struck by a hailstorm of glitter by the goddess of crafting. Don’t worry Mouse, I can explain.

 

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Valentine Crafts are the Bomb

Valentine Crafts are just as adorable as Christmas crafts.  You can still use all the cute wintry characters, only you embellish them with hearts instead of candy canes and stockings.  The biggest selling point for Valentines’ crafts, is that there seems to be way more time to actually do them.  We don’t do big Valentine celebrations here, and we don’t gift to one another at Valentine’s Day – but we do craft.  There is none of the “holy cow I need to clean my attic, light up my house to the nines, and bake 800 cookies” kind of pressure that seems to swallow up our sane selves at Christmas. And why not make them Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts?

Gift Paper Valentine Flowers

Who doesn’t love gift paper? It’s pretty, it’s colourful, and you can get a whole lot of craft out of a very small amount of paper!  And doesn’t EVERYBODY try to save it?  Use the ends of rolls, the stuff you so painstakingly peeled off of your gifts, or if you don’t have any – use any other pretty paper you have.

If you will recall cutting out a gazillion hearts from the Valentine Craft we did a while ago, I hope you kept them!  Use them now, or cut some new ones, gather a couple of more supplies, and craft on Crafters. Craft on.

Materials:

  • Again, we used any wrapping paper we had on hand (end of rolls, and re-cycled from previous gifts, that  had any red or pink on them. 
  • A heart shaped stencil.
  • A sheet of background paper (be in construction paper or regular white paper) whatever you have on hand will work wonderfully!
  • Paper for the stems.
  • Glue sticks.

Directions:

  1. Start by gluing on the stem.
  2. Add leaves to the base. (Cut one heart in half for two leaves )
  3. Fill up the tops of the flowers with lots and lots of petals!  Repeat until you are out of paper!

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Rainbow Crayons Mosswood Connections

Cardboard Building Hearts Little Bins for Little Hands

Heart Suncatchers Family Food and Travel

Stick Heart Art Danya Banya

Valentine Seed Planting Buggy and Buddy

Milk Bottle Stained Glass Kids Craft Room

Valentine Bird Feeders Messy Little Monster

Twig Hearts RedTedArt

Fabric Scrap Valentines Happy Hooligans

Heart Streamers Nemcsok Farms

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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Dinner Dates with Kids from Our Good Life

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids from Sunny Day Family

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Printables for Preschool from Living Life and Learning

Top 10 Eco Friendly Valentine’s Day Crafts from Nemcsok Farms

Top 10 Valentine Keepsake Gifts from Rhythms of Play

Top 10 Valentines Learning Activities for Preschoolers from Crafty Kids at Home

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Top 10 Photo Frame Valentine’s Day Gifts from Teach me Mommy

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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Treats from The Resourceful Mama

Top 10 Heart Crafts for Preschoolers from Powerful Mothering

Top 10 Valentine Party Games for Preschoolers by Playground Parkbench

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DIY Autumn Burlap Wreath

DIY Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Unleash Your Inner DIY Decor Diva. Seriously – in the way that growing your own food is satisfying, gratifying and entirely achievable, so is DIY decor.  Go ahead, give this one a try.  Ashley from Fehrly Crafty Creations has joined us again for this awesome tutorial she put together for you. This ruffly burlap wreath is just the craft you’re looking for.
 

 

 DIY Burlap and Yarn Ruffle Wreath for fall decor

Burlap Wreath

The ruffly ring ( or rings ) in the center is what makes this wreath unique, and 100% personalized.  Use your favourite colours of yarn, or any other strips of fabric that are lacy, or fine.  Enjoy!

Materials

-Burlap (I used 1 large bag, but a roll is handier)
-Sashay yarn (I used 1 roll, but if you want a fuller middle wreath, use 2)
-2 wire coat hangers
-Scissors and Wire Cutters
-4 small zip ties 
-Embellishments
Directions
  1. Unwind your coat hangers and bend into a circle. Make one slightly smaller than the other.
    I did this by hand, but to make the rounding of the wire easier you can use a large pot to bend the wire around.
  2. This step depends on which kind of burlap you have, if you have a roll – you can skip this step.We used a burlap bag from my local hardware store. Cut the burlap into strips approx. 4″ wide.
  3. On the larger circle thread burlap onto coat hanger alternating each side of the burlap which It makes it bunch nicely. I used all 9 strips of burlap cut from my bag.3108523_orig.jpg
  4. Trim extra pieces of burlap that may be sticking out if necessary.
  5. Twist hanger back together leaving the hook.7052705_orig.jpg
  6. Using the smaller circle, thread the Sashay yarn onto the hanger. I used every few holes.3907726_orig.jpg
  7. Twist wire together to form a circle. Trim the long wire meds with wire cutters. Then pull the material to cover the entire circle. Tip: if you’d like a fuller circle, use another ball of wool. I used 1. You now have both portions done. I made the larger wreath burlap, you can do the opposite and it would look great too.6749871_orig.jpg
  8. Place the smaller circle inside the larger one. Expose the coat hangers and zip tie them together. I attached in 4 spots evenly around the wreath. Cut the long piece of zip tie and bunch materials up to hide it. Tip: don’t pull the zip ties too tight. You can deform your wreath. You just need enough to keep the circles together.3981118_orig.jpg
  9. Fluff and rearrange your materials to look even

Done! Now add any embellishments you’d like to personalize it with. 

Looking for more great DIY projects?  

DIY is so rewarding! After finishing your ruffly burlap wreath, try your hand at making this fun Mother’s Day Bath Pouf or make a little something for yourself with a new set of wavy washcloths! Your kids might like a new pom pom hat or a cuffed neck warmer. Don’t limit yourself! There are plenty of step by step pictures and tutorials in these posts.   
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Celebrate Family Day with A Family Rainbow

Family Day Art Project Handprint Rainbows
 Grab your watercolours and get all hands on deck for this collaborative Family Day Art Project.
Family Day Art Project Handprint Rainbows

Rainbows occur when you have rain and sunshine at the same time – and they have the power to instantly brighten the sky, and an attitude! 

Family Day Art

Rainbows are indicative of spring, summer, and the warmer weather that comes with it.  We use rainbow crafts to celebrate St. Patrick’s day also, and in our case, it was a really nice Family Day Craft.  

We love to paint, and we love to paint with watercolours.  And I mean, really, who doesn’t love a rainbow?

Smart tip:

Use an old twin / single fitted sheet to cover your table with when crafting.  Most materials are washable, but an extra layer of protection is always a good thing.  

Materials:

hands to trace

pencils (for tracing)

paper

water colour paints

water

paint brushes

the usual table/clothing protection

Family Day Art Project Handprint Rainbows

Directions:

Get a sheet of paper for every artist, we used 11 x 17

Trace hand prints, from smallest to largest, in an arch, or rainbow shape, on everyone’s paper

Paint as desired

We tried to follow the colours of the rainbow while painting our hand prints – but you may recall from our crafting rules, that we pretty much don’t have any rules.

Family Day Art Project Handprint Rainbows

If you loved this post, you will also enjoy our selection of Kid Friendly Crafts using recyclable items, like these really cute, Gift Paper Frogs, Juice Jug Snowmen, Ice Lanterns and Super Bees.

 
And since I know you’re loving those posts, you should totally get a copy of our E-Book Green Crafty & Creative
 
 Do you have a ‘Family Day’ celebration?  Check out our Pinterest Board for some great ideas and inspiration

Follow Evelyne @ Nemcsok Farms’s board Celebrate Family Day on Pinterest.