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DIY Caning Projects to Make Furniture at Home

Cane furniture is a design that ancient Egypt had. Though this sounds ancient, there is no doubt that caning is still a trend even today. Caning projects are made using thin rattin strips that are interwoven to give a natural pattern. If you are looking to create cane headboard for your home, here are some ideas.

You will need three panels to make a headboard for your bed. So, to create you cane headboard, follow the steps below:

  1. Create three frames from poplar wood that fits the width of your bed.
  2. Staple the long side of the board to the short one at the back.
  3. Wrap your cane around the built frame and keep the strands secure together.
  4. After the first strand, attach it to your frame and begin with the next one.
  5. Continue the procedure until you’ve wrapped and attached about 100 strands to the frame’s back.
  6. Turn the whole thing 90 degrees, and in a corner, attach one strand on the back of the frame’s long side.
  7. Staple about nine more until you’ve secured 10 strands to the frame.
  8. Weave the 10 strands under and over the perpendicular strands. Do this until you reach the frame’s end, and staple.
  9. Apply 10 strands to the opposite side. Weave them until you’ve covered the whole frame.
  10. Secure the frames by reinforcing two poplar boards at the back.

Though the steps sound a bit complicated, it will be worth your time.

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Do-It-Yourself Dried Lavender Candles

If you love the smell and color of lavender, then you’ll want to know how to use its stems to create lavender candles. Here are the easy steps on how to utilize dried lavender and make them into scented candles.

Materials:

  • Candle wax- 1 cup
  • Dried lavender stalks
  • Double boiler
  • Mason jar- 8oz
  • Medium candle wick
  • Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Spice and flower essential oil- 5 drops
  • Twine- 10 inches

Instructions

  1. Use a boiler to melt a candle wax.
  2. Place 5 stems of lavender in your mason jar. Lay them on the sides.
  3. Pour your melted was on the lavender stems.
  4. Wait for the wax to dry up completely before you repeat the same step on the mason jar.
  5. Once the lavender stems are in place, make your mason jar stand upright.
  6. Apply melted wax on the center of the jar and place your candle wick as well.
  7. Wrap your wick around the skewer and let this rest on top of the mixture.
  8. Add 5 drops of spice and flower essential oil to the jar and mix well.
  9. Slowly add the remaining materials to the jar
  10. Wrap a twine around the jar to make it beautiful.

Lit your candles at night and relax while enjoying their scent.

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ADULT CRAFT IDEAS

De-stressing With a Forsythia Wreath

Beat stress by creating a forsythia wreath to improve the aesthetics of your home. Though this may take some time, it is a great de-stressor which is extremely easy to do. So, make your home more welcoming for your visitors with a forsythia wreath!

Materials needed:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Floral wire- 22-gauge
  • Forsythia stems- 15 pieces
  • Hot glue
  • Wire snips

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting some sprigs of forsythia plant using wire snips.
  2. Pick up the fallen flowers from the branches for later use.
  3. For your convenience, separate your sprigs into two groups according to their sizes. You’re going to use the large ones first.
  4. Prepare a 4-inch floral wire and wrap it around your forsythia sprig. Make sure that it is secured.
  5. Add longer sprigs into the flora wire and wrap the ends around your grapevine twigs.
  6. Continue circling around your grapevine wreath and attach the forsythia sprigs with the outer twigs.
  7. Fill the empty spaces with small forsythia sprigs. Make sure you work completely around your wreath.
  8. Now, you can use the flowers you’ve picked up earlier to fill in some spots of the wreath. You can keep your sprigs secure with the use of a glue gun.

Now you have a beautiful door decoration! You can make more for your family and friends!

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Camp Craft Ideas for Your Kids

Looking for fun and innovative ways to spend summer with your kids? How about making craft projects that will keep them happy and entertained? Below are some camp craft ideas you can do or share with your kids.

  • CD spinner– Your kids can recycle their old CDs and come up with a cute outdoor ornament.
  • Bubble Print Butterflies– Help your kid create a butterfly out of any material and add bubble print to make it colorful.
  • DIY fruit fans– Create useful fruitful fans that you can use during hot summer days while having fun at the same time!
  • Friendship Bracelets– Everybody knows this! Help your kid make beautiful bracelets and allow them to trade the bracelets with friends!
  • Paper Plate Watermelon Fan– Another fun idea but more convenient to do since you will only need a paper plate and a popsicle stick. You can design it as a watermelon, lemon, or whatever fruit you like.
  • Pine Cone Flowers– Create beautiful flowers with your child out of pinecones and other outdoor materials!
  • Pine Cute Firefly– Make a cute firefly out of a pinecone and make sure you have googly eyes.
  • Pom Pom Caterpillar– This craft allows you to create a caterpillar, a bug, or a spider by simply using pom poms.
  • Popsicle Stick Mosaic Sun– Instead of drawing a boring sun paper, let your child add some popsicle sticks to give it some life!
  • Sponge Sailboat– Make a sailboat out of a sponge and race your sailboats with your kids!
  • Rock Ladybug– Paint the rocks in your backyard into ladybugs!
  • Paper Plate Garden– Let your kids enjoy making their own garden craft with this fun craft project.
  • Twig Boat Craft– Create a boat craft made from twigs!
  • Thread spool fruit craft- You can paint your collection of thread spools and color them as fruits!

That’s it for now! We hope you find these ideas fun and mind refreshing!

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How to Make Seashell Fish

Are you fond of collecting seashells but don’t know what to do with them?  Well, you can use them as decoration for your picture frames, school projects, fridge, etc. If you don’t have a collection, you can purchase them at craft shops, thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Most often, you will see a bag of shells sold in stores.

Materials needed:

  • Seashells
  • Grab glue
  • Googly eyes

Step-by-step instructions for making seashell fish

  1. To create seashell fish, prepare the seashells in different sizes. Lay out the shells depending on how you want your fish to look like. You can use the big pieces as bodies and make fins from the small ones.
  2. Prepare some glue and googly eyes to give them a real look. If you’re doing it yourself, you can use hot glue. However, if you’re with kids, the typical glue will do. However, it can be a bit difficult since it can take time to dry up and the seashells may be more movable.
  3. Glue on one big shell with a small one and make it look like a fish.
  4. Then glue the googly eyes to your fish.
  5. You can take the creativity further by gluing the fish to a foam core board with blue cellophane that looks like a faux sea.
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Tips for Making Oobleck

Do you want your kids to be more active and creative? If yes, then teach them how to make their own Oobleck! An Oobleck has the same properties as slime and comes in both liquid and solid form.

It can also be likened to a quicksand which is a great way to keep your kids active and creative.

Materials needed:

  • Corn starch
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Plastic spoon
  • Water

Here are the instructions on how to create this intriguing art:

  1. Fill the plastic bowl with one cup of water.
  2. Add about one and a half cup of cornstarch in the water.
  3. Use a plastic spoon to mix the water and cornstarch together. When it starts to get difficult to stir with the plastic spoon, use your hands to mix it well.
  4. Please take note that you need to add some drops of food coloring to give it some life. Do this before mixing the ingredients with your hands.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. If you think your product is too watery, add some cornstarch. However, if it’s dry, add some water.

Oobleck is easy to make. You just need to make sure you get the correct consistency. An Oobleck can be slimy in a minute and hard as a dough the next minute, making it fun to play with. If you want to use it for an extended time, place the Oobleck in a tightly sealed plastic container.