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Halloween Decorations – Skeleton Hand Candle Holder

More spooky Halloween decorations? Yes please! Like I said last week, I love Halloween – the creepier, the better. When looking for craft ideas, I came across this on YouTube and had to share it with you. It looks so cool! And the best part is that everything comes from Dollar Tree. The paint they use is from Walmart, but there are Dollar Tree equivalents that you can use just as easily. I will be putting mine right near my front door so that any trick or treaters we have will get to see it too!

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Crafts – DIY Sunhat

Do you love straw sunhats in the summer, but can’t find one that is the right colour and size combination? Accessories can make or break an outfit and on hot, sunny summer days, a hat is a practical accessory. but you can’t have just any hat. A baseball cap at a summer wedding just won’t do. Nor will a hat that clashes with your carefully chosen outfit. But what do you do when the stores only carry black, white, or tan hats and you love a punch of colour? Make your own! No really. Make your own. It is very easy and inexpensive to find woven straw placemats in a variety of colours. A little patience and a sewing machine and you can have a custom sunhat that you can brag to all your friends about. If you can wield a seam ripper and sew a straight stitch on a machine, you can do this! Follow the tutorial below to see how!

Video via Lu-Ann Skaggs

If you try your hand at making your own straw sunhat, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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Bob Ross – Dock Scene

Today’s craft post is another Bob Ross painting video. Unlike most of his videos, which tend to focus on nature and rarely feature buildings or other man-made structures, today’s video features a delightful dock scene. The scene captures an abandoned shipping boat against a pier, complete with some charming old dockside storage sheds. Hopefully you find it as charming as I do.

Video via Bob Ross

If you try your hand at making your own version of this painting, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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Dip, Dry, Draw, Sip Wine Glasses

It’s summer and now that we are in Step 2 and are allowed to have larger gatherings outdoors, people are starting to gather for barbeques and pool parties. But it’s always an annoyance when you set your drink on the table and when you come back, there are 3 other identical glasses. What to do? What to do?

I have the perfect solution for that problem – chalkboard paint!

That’s right! This craft is so useful and easy that anyone can do it! And your guests will thank you for making it easy to keep track of which drink is theirs!

Supplies

To complete this craft, you need a couple of basic supplies:

  • Wineglasses (however many you need, depending on your party size)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • A container for the paint. This container must be able to fit the bottom of the glass inside it.
  • Painter’s tape for a clean upper line (optional)
  • Waxed paper

Directions

  1. Pour the paint into the container. Fill it to roughly the depth you want the paint to come up the sides of the glass.
  2. Optional: Wrap the stem of the glass with painters tape at the point you want the chalk paint to stop.
  1. Dip each glass in the paint, being careful to only get the outside of the glass. Do not get any paint on the interior of the glass or on the top few inches of the exterior (where your lips will go when taking a drink) as most chalk paint is not food/drink safe.
  1. Remove from the paint and allow all the excess to drip off.
  2. Place on waxed paper to dry. Alternately, you can stand them upside down or use a couple of flat bamboo skewers to elevate the glasses off the table slightly.
  3. If needed, remove the painters tape after about 15 minutes and allow to dry completely.
  1. When party time comes, write each person’s name on the chalk paint and voila! No more mixed up drinks!

You can experiment with this technique too! You aren’t limited to wine glasses. Tumblers, highballs, etc. would all look great. Don’t stick with just a standard straight line either. The glasses below were dipped at an angle, giving the glasses a high end look. Lastly, chalk paint is available in many colours – you don’t have to stick with just black (unless you want to!). The possibilities are endless!

Cheers!

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DIY Beach Towel Pillow Bag

Summer is nearly here, and with outdoor activities allowed again (hopefully for good!), people will be heading for the beach to cool down on those hot summer days. If you’re like me, you want to be able to relax and soak in the sun. But how do you do that while supporting your head? You can’t bring your actual pillow with you. That would look silly. And think of all the sand you would bring back with you! The solution? Add a built-in pillow to your beach blanket! Even better, add straps so you can easily roll the whole thing up and carry it back to the car with no hassles. Think of what a great gift these would make too! Happy tanning!

Video via Hallmark Channel

If you try your hand at making a Beach Towel Pillow Bag, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation! We would love to see it!

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Bob Ross – Secluded Bridge

We post a painting video once a month here on our webpage. But it’s been a while since we’ve featured a video from the iconic Bob Ross. I grew up watching him paint and always marveled at the way he could make a plain canvas come to life in half an hour. He never made mistakes, just happy accidents that became part of the painting. Today’s video walks us through painting a pretty little bridge over a beautiful forest stream, complete with lots of happy trees. Follow Bob as he really does show us the Joy of Painting.

Video via Bob Ross
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DIY Outdoor Solar Chandelier

I love a beautiful outdoor space, don’t you? My only problem is being able to enjoy it at night without spending a fortune to make sure I can see it while still having it look good. That’s when Do-It-Yourself videos come in handy! A few things from the dollar store, a can of spray paint and a couple of hours of work, and you can have a pretty chandelier so you can enjoy your backyard after the sun goes down!

Video via Rachel’s Unique Crafts
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Get Crafty – Flip Flop Wreath

Summer is just around the corner and everyone is getting their backyards in order, from cleaning up the garden to decorating the patio. And what better way to cheer up your backyard than with this fun, colourful wreath made with just some Dollar Store flip flops, a pool noodle and some hot glue? This tutorial from Princess Pinky Girl will have you making this cute summer decoration in less than an hour!

Materials

  • Pool noodle (you can use a wreath frame instead if you like)
  • Duct tape
  • Glue gun
  • Flip flops – I used about 12 pairs (you can add more if you want a “fuller” look)
    • 5 printed pairs in the largest size available
    • 5 plain pairs in a smaller size
    • 2 toddler-sized pairs

Instructions

  • Duck tape the pool noodle in a circle and cut it in half or if you have an already circular base, even better! You can skip this step!
  • Arrange and lay out the flip flops on top of the pool noodle
  • Glue gun the flip flops to the noodle
    • Start by gluing the largest sizes as the bottom/outer layer
    • Glue the smaller size on top of the bottom/outer layer. For the best/fullest look, arrange the flip flops to cover the gaps between the largest flip flops
    • Glue the toddler-sized pairs in the centre.
  • Let dry completely
  • Create a hook for hanging by twisting a metal wire around the circular frame (pool noodle or whatever you are using) or find a brightly coloured ribbon to loop around the top of the wreath.
  • Hang up, stand back, and admire your craftiness.
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Get Crafty – Cuddly Pillow Quilt

Quilts are always so beautiful and make a wonderful heirloom gift. But they always take so long to make, and if you aren’t 100% accurate with your cuts and sewing your seams, the whole thing can go wrong quickly. The beauty of this quilt – besides the way it looks! – is that it is fast and if you make a mistake, it just adds to the charm! This video features a quilt made in a minky fabric, but you can also use flannel (or flannelette) or any fray-resistant fabric you have.

Video via Missouri Star Quilt Company
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Coffee Filter Flowers

Flowers are always so beautiful to have on display around the house. But real ones wilt and die. Fake ones are expensive – plus we cannot get them right now under the Stay-at-Home order. So what can you do that looks pretty, can get easily, and won’t break the bank? Make your own! Using coffee filters and food colouring, you can easily make these pretty roses and hydrangeas for just pennies using items you can still buy at the store. Just follow Suzy’s great directions and you will have a beautiful bouquet in no time!

Video via suzy rebelo
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2 Homemade Bath Soaks

Mother’s Day is coming up, so it’s the perfect time to make these amazing bath soaks for the moms in your life (or yourself)! Claire shows you how to make a soothing Oatmeal Lavender soak and a moisturizing Coconut Rose bath salt. Add these to your bath to help you relax and moisturize your skin while you decompress after a long day.

Video via TheKitchyKitchen

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DIY Jewelry Trays – Imprinting Air Dry Clay

Today’s craft tutorial shows us how to make our own jewelry trays out of air-dry clay and imprint them with leaves you can find out and about now that spring is here. I love this craft, as it is not only easy to make, but you can also customize it. Pick colours that match your home. Don’t care for the leaf designs? You can use flowers or anything with an interesting texture to truly make this project your own!

Video via Jana Kunnert

If you try your hand at making your own jewelry tray like this, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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DIY Faux Stone or Ceramic Vases

Have you liked the look of stone vases but not the weight (or the price) of them? Then we have the perfect solution – create your own! Follow Caro’s tutorial to take any old vase or jar from the back of your cupboard and give it new life by painting it to look like the stone vases that are so popular now, and at a fraction of the cost!

Video via Caro Rostran

If you try your hand at making your own DIY stone or ceramic vase, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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How to Make a Two Seam Tote Bag

I love sewing and I always fall in love with fabrics and usually buy more than I should (which is something I picked up after not having bought enough for a project before!). This Tote Bag Tutorial is a great way to use you that extra fabric up. If you like the look of this Tote Bag, but not the size, you can also adjust it to suit your needs. This bag is so easy to make and is cute too! I love the little pop of interest the contrast top gives the bag!

If you try your hand at making a Two Seam Tote Bag, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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Easy DIY Spring Wreath

Follow Jennifer of Jennifer Decorates as she shows you how to make this beautiful spring wreath. Hang it on your front door to help welcome spring to your neighbourhood or hang it on a wall inside your home where you can see it more!

Video via Jennifer Decorates

If you try your hand at this project or any other crafts we have posted, share a picture with us! We would love to see what you have created!

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DIY Mason Jar Vases

Almost everyone has mason jars hanging around in their house somewhere. If you are like me, there is a collection in the back of your kitchen cupboard. Maybe it’s time to pull them out and give them a new purpose. Follow this great tutorial to learn how to paint and distress them to turn them into beautiful, inexpensive vases.

Video via The Creative Glow

If you try your hand at making these mason jar vases, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation. We would love to see them!

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Couple on a Snowy Night – Painting with Aluminum

There is just something special about a soft snow falling at night. This painting has a calm, peaceful, romantic feel to it. And because it uses basic techniques and easy to find tools (including aluminum foil balls!), this is something you can accomplish at home too!

Video via Jay Lee Painting

If you try your hand at this painting, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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Adorable & Easy Dollar Tree Valentine Girl Gnome DIY!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Why not make an adorable gnome to decorate your home? These super-cute gnomes are quick and easy to make and because everything is from the dollar store, they are budget friendly too! If you try your hand at making a Valentine’s gnome – or even a whole gnome family – send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

Video via Crafty Sher Cupcake