Memorial Day Craft, DIY

little boy holding a boquet of flowers made from watercolors and coffee filters
red white and blue paper flowers on table

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED

supplies for coffee filter flowers

CRAFTING TIPS

  • Watercolor paint makes these super easy, but you could substitute food coloring if that’s what you have on hand.
  • You can use any color pipe cleaners you have on hand. We suggest patriotic colors like red, white, blue, silver, or gold.
  • have younger kids wear smocks or an oversized t-shirt, just in case!
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HOW TO MAKE COFFEE FILTER FLOWERS

  1. Place one of the coffee filters onto the paper plate and flatten out.
  2. Paint the coffee filter with water color paint. Paint some solid red, some solid blue and others a combination of blue and red, leaving some areas unpainted.
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  1. Move the coffee filter to the towel and lay flat to dry. Repeat with the second coffee filter.
three painted coffee filters on paper towels
  1. Leaving the center of the filter in tact, cut the coffee filter in strips, working you way around the circle.
coffee filter that has been cut with scissors

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  1. Cut a 1.5β€³ piece off of one end of a pipe cleaner and set aside.
  2. Take the longer piece of the pipe cleaner and poke it through the center of the coffee filter. There should be about 2β€³ of pipe cleaner poked through.
painted coffee filters and pipe cleaners on a table
  1. Turn the entire thing upside down and grasp the filter with your fingers.
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  1. Gather it around the pipe cleaner and secure it by wrapping the extra piece of stem that you cut off in an earlier step. Twist it around the part you are holding and turn the flower back upright.
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  1. Manipulate with your finger until strips are spread out and it looks the way you want it to.

This fun 4th of July craft is great for kids of all age levels. Make some today!

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Make Something For Your Mother, Daughter, or for Females In Your life, Who are Mothers!

Super cute and easy Recipe Holder tutorial { lilluna.com } This is a great gift idea!!

SUPPLIES:

– Main wood piece {I used a cabinet door front}
– Finial {top wood piece}
– Spool
– Oval Wood Piece for base
– Drill
– Wood Glue
– Spray Paint
– Sand Paper {to distress}
– Clothes pin

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DIRECTIONS:

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1. Mark the center of your main wood piece on the top and the bottom based off of the width of the board and the thickness of the board.

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2. Drill a hole slightly larger than the screw on the finial. *If you want to make the holder sturdier and with smoother transitions, you can flatten the connecting parts on the frame using a forstner bit.

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3. Drill a 3/8 in. hole in the bottom of the main wood piece/frame.

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Super cute and easy Recipe Holder tutorial { lilluna.com } This is a great gift idea!!

4. Drill a 3/8 in. hole through the center of the base and cut a 3/8 in. dowel to the needed length.

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5. Apply glue to the spool and base and in the hole of the spool and base. Push the dowel through and let dry.

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6. Apply glue to the hole in the bottom of the frame and push the remainder of the dowel through. Also screw in the finial on top.

7. Spray paint and let dry. Polyurethane for a nice finish.

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8. Paint clothes pin and let dry. Mod Podge scrapbook paper on if desire. Hot glue to board.

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Now you can use this baby to hang recipes, pictures or anything else you want.

For more simple and great gift ideas, be sure to check out:

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Fabric Covered Magnet Frames on { lilluna.com } Such a cute idea and would make a great gift!

Β Fabric Covered Magnetic Frame

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End Of The Rainbow Paper Twirlers~

End of the Rainbow Paper Plate Twirler (Kids Craft)

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Materials Needed:

  • Paper plate
  • Paint
  • Black and yellow paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
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Start by having the kids paint rainbow stripes on the front of a paper plate.

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Let dry and flip it over to paint the back as well. Blow dryers are great if you’re impatient!

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Grab a scissors and start at the outside of the plate to cut spirals. Cut out a black pot of gold and glue it to the end of the plate (we trimmed the spots that were pointy).

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Glue on some yellow circles to make the gold…you can add some sparkles too! Poke a hole in the middle of the plate and add a string to hang it up!

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DIY~Candles

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Candles/

You will need:

Small Glass Jars
You should get around a dozen small glass jars. I found my leftover (5 oz) glass yogurt jars worked well. You can also buy new jars in a variety of fun shapes and sizes off Amazon.

5lb Soy Wax
Soy wax is a cheap and easy to work with natural wax. I find a 5lb bag yields roughly 20 – 24 candles.

Wicks
Getting pre-made wicks will make your life much easier in the long run.

Box of Non-Toxic Crayons
Non-toxic crayons make a great coloring agent because they come in a multitude of colors that can be mixed and matched. They are also already wax-based, so you can melt it directly into the wax without having to worry about diluting it.

Assorted Scents
You can optionally add essential oil to your candle to give it a nice scent. I ordered a sample-sized scent pack from Nurielights. This is a cool little company that sources traditionally made oils from all over the world. Each sample only makes a few candles, so if you want to scent all of them the same, you should consider a larger size.

Wooden Clothespins
These are for holding the wicks while the wax sets.

Glass Measuring Cup
You will want to get a new glass measuring cup specifically for candle making. Wax is hard to clean off.

3 Quart Sauce Pan
While you can use the one you have, I highly recommend buying one specifically for candle making. Once the wax gets in there (and it will), you will have a heckuva time washing it out. Life will simply be easier to get a new pan.

Candy Thermometer
The last thing you will need is a candy thermometer that goes up to at least 200 degrees.

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Step 1 – Supplies
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Step 2- Set up wick

First things first, you will want to prepare all of the jars for later. You will not want to be fussing with this when dealing with the wax.

Center the wicks upright in the center of the jars using clothespins and then set them aside.

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Step 3- Coloring

Pick out the color crayons you like and cut small bits off of them to be used as coloring.

A little bit goes a long way. That said, reds, oranges, and purples tend to require a little bit less coloring than blues, greens and yellows.

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Step 4- Melt wax

Melting the wax directly in the pot will make the wax too hot, ruin it, and make a giant mess.

You will want to improvise a double boiler by filling the pot 2/3 of the way with water, and then hooking the handle of the measuring cup on the side of the pan. The cup should float and the water should be about an inch lower than the side of the pan.

If at any point it looks like the water is going to boil over the edge of the pan, or get into the cup of of wax, remove some water.

Insert the thermometer into the empty cup, and when it gets near 170 degrees, pour in some wax until the cup is half full.

Stir the wax to aid in melting.

Continue adding wax little by little until there is about 2 cups worth of melted wax inside.


Let the wax sit until the thermometer reaches 170 degrees

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Step 5- Add Color

When your wax is at temperature, drop in the crayon coloring bricks and stir until they are firmly melted.

Keep in mind the color will change change as it cools. Make the color more vibrant than you think it should be as it will be less vibrant once settled. Also, don’t get to worried if it seems to change color a little. It will sort itself out as the wax cools.

The coloring process takes some trial and error to get a hang of.

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Step 6 -Scented Candles

If you want to make scented candles, you can try adding about 10 drops of essential oil to the mix.

Again, this is going to take some trial and error to get right. Some oils are stronger or weaker than others and may require more or less oil.

However, keep in mind that if you add too much oil, the wax will not set properly. Don’t go overboard.

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Step 7- Pour

Pour the wax into the jars.

If the wicks have moved off-center after you have filled the jar, gently re-position them.

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WAIT!

Trim the wicks to be about 1/2″ long.

Wipe away any wax that got splashed around the outside of the glass jar.

Enjoy your new candles.


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