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Easy DIY Cement gnomes - adorable Christmas decor
We LOVE working with cement for several reasons: it’s inexpensive, it’s fun playing with mud, and the results are always unique. And there is only one thing we love much more than playing with cement : gnomes ! Whether you call them nisse, tomte or gnomes, these sweet little guys are simply adorable. This time will show you how to make this super adorable cement gnome in no time, out of old, unused clothes ( a pantyhose and a sock ) and cement. Isn't it wonderful? This cement gnome is so cute and surprisingly simple to create! Follow these instructions and make your own DIY Christmas gnome :
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DIY Mason jar luminaries ( thrifty Halloween decoration )
Ready for a fantastic crafting session with your kids or students ? Try this fun kids craft by at Instructables! This mason jar luminary is such great Halloween activity for kids of all ages, plus it can be made in under 30 minutes using items that you probably already have around the house! No special tools or skills are required! Get the step-by-step tutorial at Instructables and let's get crafting:
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DIY Pressed flower rocks - spring flower craft
Drying or pressing those gorgeous spring flowers ensures you can enjoy their beauty all year long and incorporate them into some fun DIY crafts. In this step-by-step craft tutorial, KathleenC70 will teach you how to apply pressed flowers to rocks ! It's not as difficult as it sounds and is more forgiving than you might expect! Few things look as delicate and gorgeous as pressed flowers and combined with rocks you can cherish them forever as beautiful spring decors ( or paperweights ). Pressed flowers also make perfect embellishments for many other types of projects.
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DIY CD Scratching art - easy recycling craft for kids
We bet that you have a stack of old CDs lying around. Convert your old unused CDs into gorgeous artwork that can be put up on the walls.We love this idea because it's super easy to do, just few simple steps.What a brilliant way to up-cycle / recycle your old unwanted CDs and DVDs ! Of course you can decorate anything with these beautiful scratched artworks. This CD recycling craft is suitable for kids ( with a little help ) . For pattern ideas click >> here <<
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Easy DIY dimensional paper bird - spring decoration (free printable)
We hope you will enjoy these simple-to-make paper birds which will to brighten up any house or work desk. The paper bird printable is available at instructables.com for free ! Print out the parts, score the dotted and dashed lines and cut along the solid lines before carefully cutting out the parts. To make the bird extra colorful, print it out and use it as a folding and cutting template in a colorful patterned paper. Cut out both sets of parts then use the legs, feet and beak from one color and the remaining parts from the other color. Once you are done you can make a matching, complementary bird with the remaining set of parts.
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Cute DIY hedgehog costume with felt - costume for kids
Baby hedgehogs . Could they be cuter? This DIY hedgehog costume may look complicated but it's really not! She made her own hoodie and sweatpants but you can buy any cream/tan colored hoodie from the store and save yourself a lot of work. This costume making tutorial will show you how to embellish an existing hoodie. If you don't sew you can always use a hot glue gun! For this project you will need at least 1/2 yard of each of these colors of fleece : cream, tan, and brown.
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Halloween garage door decor from cardboard with led lights
We love cheap but still gorgeous outdoor Halloween decors! This eerie Halloween scene covering your garage door will have a lot of impact! Rather than cutting it out of wood board you can use simple cheap cardboard as a substitute! Add some extra spook factor by lighting it from behind.This outdoor halloween decor took some work, but the result is well worth it. It will be a traffic stopper on your street! You could use this gorgeous cardboard or wooden board Halloween decor mounted on a large wall, or staked into your yard with lights behind it - it will be a great hit in any form!
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DIY Game of thrones iron throne mobile holder
Whether you’re an honourable Northerner, an impish bookworm, a scheming bordello owner, or an inbred monster that everyone hates, chances are you’ve at least thought about what it would be like to have the Iron Throne all to yourself. Or at the very least, maybe you’ve always wanted one for your smart phone! So here it is! A DIY Game of thrones iron throne mobile holder!  Cool isn't it? The best in this DIY  Game of thrones iron throne mobile holder is: it's super frugal! You will be able to find almost all the materials you will need at your local Dollar Store! As a big GOT fan we guarantee that you will love it! Or you can create an iron throne mobile holder for your GOT fanatic friends/family members for a special occasion!
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DIY Simple sliding knot bracelet
Ready for something quick and easy? In this nice detailed craft tutorial, we will make a simple sliding knot bracelet with an antique african coin. (But of course you can use other coin shaped materials with holes: such as washers and buttons!) This super easy DIY macrame bracelet is totally adjustable and can fit just about every wrist, depending on how much cord or string you use. If you finished your very own sliding knot macrame bracelet it's time to give it to someone you have a crush on cause it's totally gender neutral and anyone who is anyone would want to wear something you made !
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DIY braided basket out of plastic bags - creative recycling
No knitting or crochet required, just some sewing and braiding to create this useful basket completely out of plastic trash! Well, this braided plastic bag basket is not the quickest recycling craft project - it'll probably take you a couple days to make one, but the results are well worth it! This useful braided basket is a perfect way to recycle some plastic bags and create an useful & gorgeous home decor at the same time! This basket can be a perfect addition to your bathroom as a laundry basket or as an organizer! Save the Earth and turn some plastic trash into a woven basket with this nice recycling craft project ! Don't have extra plastic bags laying around? You can use
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Wooden toy hauler - woodworking  project with free plan
The best toys aren't always the most difficult ones! For example this clever puzzle-ish DIY wooden car hauler truck is made from a single 2x4! Thanks to it's clever cutting design the wasted wood pieces from this project is absolutely minimal. This wooden toy hauler is not just a super fun toy it's also a fun and easy build, perfect for beginner woodworkers! Your  boys will have a lot of fun sanding, painting and assembling it! Also you can use a  wood burner to add extra details to this car set or you could drill holes for windows. Check out the authors other woodworking & toy projects, absolutely worth it!
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DIY winter apple feeder for birds (woodworking)
Make an easy, stylish and useful DIY apple feeder for your garden's little feathered friends! This woodworking project is super easy, easily customisable,  using recycled materials and a fairly basic selection of tools, so you can make one in minutes even if you're  a beginner in woodworking! You can use apple, other fruits and bird suet as well with this simple but brilliant bird feeder! You can cut out any shape from the wood that fits into your style, not just only circles but other fun shapes such as: heart,rectangle,star,bird silhouette will work well with this type of birdfeeders if they have a fairly large empty space at the center.
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DIY Optimus Prime costume from cardboard (Transformers)
Are you looking for  the most AWESOME Halloween (or dress up party) kids' costume that ever created? Try this Optimus Prime costume!  Probably you won't believe me but it's completely made from cardboard! It's truly amazing, isn't it?  Of course you can create a simplier version, just use this nice step-by step tutorial on how to make an amazing Optimus prime (Transformers) costume from cardboard with a few clever trick! Cardboard is perfect for sharp geometrical shapes like Optimus's body and head (and also for other Transformers or car characters). I bet this gorgeous Optimus Prime costume is every (little and big) boy's dream costume!
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DIY cat tent from old T-shirt and wire hangers
We love cats and upcycling! This upcycled t-shirt and wire coat hanger cat tent is super easy to make - you really just need a t-shirt, some wire hangers and a piece of cardboard. As a bonus, it really only takes five minutes, so if your cat ignores it you didn't put too much effort in. Our cats love to sleep in small cozy hideouts and this tent is absolutely their favourite! You can make this t-shirt cat tent in any color that fits into your home or to your cat's taste, you can even experiment with other clothes (wide neck sweaters for example)or sew a washable tent cover from any fabrics that you have at hand.
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Summer party watermelon shark fruit bowl
A watermelon shark is a tasty and healthy dessert that's sure to delight (and possibly terrify) everyone at your next (birthdayparty. Carving your own is easy and fun, and there's no end to how you can customize this flavourful fruity creation. Delicious and refreshing, this fruit salad dessert is a great way to enjoy the long hot days of summer and is sure to make a big splash. You can create the watermelon fruit shark bowl with any fresh fruits of your choice, and if you haven't got jello at hand you can create the "sea" with delicious blue fruits as well!
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Cookie monster rug with chocholate chip cookie pillows
Bring everyone's favourite cookie eating monster home with your own cookie monster rug. This iconic blue abomination was just begging to be remade into a bear skin rug. Using blue faux-fur fabric and some other textile supplies, he was able to make this rug in under an hour. This furry and soft cookie monster rug is great for kids, and the cookie pillows really make it complete. Better hide your cookies, as this furry blue monster is ready to steal all your goodies (and then your heart) !
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DIY transformable leather sculpted earrings
These gorgeous transformable leather sculpted earrings are easy to make and can be repeatedly sculpted in various ways to suit your taste each time you wear them! The only thing you will need to create this unique homemade jewelry is a little piece of ( thick and genuine ) leather ! But of course, you can experiment with other thicker materials as well! ( Imageine one from plastic sheets or with stiffened fabrics or denim! ) This beautiful leather earring can be a perfect gift for any ocassion!
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DIY no-sew braided leggings
"Turn a plain pair of boring leggings into exciting statement legwear with this unbelievably easy slash and weave technique!  You will be shocked at how easy this craft project is and how good it will looks. All you really need to create this unique outfit is leggings and scissors! ( There are a lot of design options to play with!)  You can use this cool no-sew "braiding" technique on other stretchy type cothes (t-shirts, thick pantyhoses etc) as well.
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DIY silly bird marionette -  fun kids toy
Make this  super fun and simple silly bird marionette toy out of some pompoms ,thread and popsicle sticks! This is fun toy will grant hours of fun to the kids! It walks and pecks with simple controls, small enough for little hands, and also very great for dexterity practice! If you haven't got fancy craft materials at hand you can create the marionette toy from household items:just create pompoms from scrap yarns (of fabric stripes) and use plastic bottle caps as feets! (If you make a horse marionette instead of a bird it's more fun with cap legs because it gives the perfect galloping sound!)
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DIY action figure lamp - upcycling plastic toys
This action figure lamp is a fairly quick and cheap craft project, and we love that the results are so dramatic with so little effort! Plus, it will be nice to have some geeky things around presented in a nicer fashion.  You can use any cheap (and damaged) plastic toys to create this cool and decorative lamp, and you can make it in different themes: just as  cars, plastic animals, dinosaurs, wooden blocks... This superhero action figure lamp is not just only a nice plastic upcycling project but it's a perfect kids room or mancave decor. It's also low budget and easy to make!
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