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How to make a magic wand

How to make a magic wand

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fairy-wandsThe idea of magic is something that fascinates everyone, and nothing is more iconic in magic than the magic wand. It’s kind of fun to think that a wand has the magic power to make things happen, but maybe it’s just a way to direct a wish? Either way, the idea of a magic wand is an ancient one. Magic wands might have started with “royal scepters” as a symbol of power that demonstrated the authority of a king or queen. Whatever the reason, a magic wand has the power of your own wishes and intentions because of what it is. It’s just fun to have one, and wave it through the air and proclaim your wish. You can make a magic wand in a number of ways, from many types of wood and embellishments. They should always be as personal as possible, so that when you cast your “wish-making-spell” , it is significant to you.

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Magic Wand

How to make a creative nightlight

 

How to make a creative nightlight

 

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NightlightThis is one idea for a nightlight you can make out of colored glass and a string of Christmas lights. It would take you about 2 minutes to do this one. If you click on the instructions for “The Twinkle Nightlight”, it will show you how to use the same materials and a glass bottle. I like the twinkle nightlight project. With the twinkle nightlight, the wires won’t show, and you just see the color of the glass beads, and the twinkle of light through the glass. Your choice of course. The later is more involved, but if you want to do this project with the bottle without seeing wires~~~

 

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Twinkle Nightlight

 

 

 

 

 

How to do stained glass paintings

How to do stained glass paintings

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Stained-Glass-Painting-1683567I never realized that you could do stained glass with paint, how funny is that! I’m probably not the only one who doesn’t know about this little trick. Wouldn’t it be nice to make your own, and put it in a window? Or what about painting an existing window in your house? Wouldn’t it be awesome to paint a stained glass piece of artwork, and see the expression on the faces of your friends when you tell them that you did it yourself. They would surely want to know how to do it for themselves! Or maybe, you want to team up with your best friend, and do a project together? Either way, stained glass is always beautiful.

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 Stained Glass

How to Make Safety Pin Bracelets

How to Make Safety Pin Bracelets

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how to make a safety pin braceletSeveral years ago, a friend of mine came to my house with a big bundle of goodies and said “Let’s make safety pin bracelets”.  I’d never heard of it, but she had already made a few and knew just what to do.  We dove in and it was so easy and I was surprised at how cute it looked.  I still wear that bracelet and get a compliment every time!  Usually I’m asked what it is made of and when I say safety pins they are just as delightfully surprised as I was.   This is a very inexpensive jewelry craft and makes for a sweet personalized gift.  

Supplies List :
* glass beads of your color choice
* large safety pins
* elastic (the thin round type, white or black depending on your bead colors

Steps:
1) Fill the safety pins with the color combinations of beads you want
2) once you have them all filled with the beads, thread them through 2 lines of elastic  (as shown in picture 3)

TIP: make sure you put the safety pins one facing up and the next one facing down, and so on. this is so that the length and width of the bracelet is equal.

3)once you are happy with the length, tie a knot on one end, and another one to the one you already made.

That’s it in a nutshell!

For a gift, pop it into an organza bag and voila ~ a very sweet gift!

How to make a custom clock

How to make a custom clock

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hand-painted-clock-kc-03image source; hand painted clock

 Now this sounds like fun! There’s an infinite amount of clock designs that you can come up with. You can use about anything to make into a clock, even a tin can if you get creative with it ( haha )! So what kind of clock do you want to make? We see all the same kind of clocks in stores, but nothing that comes close to having a real magical, homey feeling to it. Face it, you’re going to be looking at the clock a lot, so might as well make something you want to look at, rather than just to know what time it is. Make it a part of your home, make it a part of you!

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make a clock

How to make “Monster Balloons” with your kids

How to make monster balloons with your kids

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Monster-Balloons-1Face it, kids love crafts! And they really enjoy making things with their parents. What a better way to show your kids that you care about them, than to make arts and crafts with them? And what child doesn’t like monsters, and balloons? Put the two together and you have “Monster Balloons”! Imagine how much fun they’ll have walking around with their imaginary monster on a string?

Here are the instructions and supplies list

“Monster Balloon”!

How To Make Cranberry Glass

How To Make Cranberry Glass

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cranberry glass

Cranberry Glass vases for the holidays…. ooh la la perfect!   How fun would it be to tint some cranberry glasses and use as vases for your holiday gatherings?   The cranberry color is symbolic of our holidays Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the color red is symbolic for making people hungry, and enjoying their meal.   This is sure to give you some very special memories, and you’ll have them in your pantry ready for next years celebrations.  You could also use these little beauties for Valentines Day.  Once again this project requires just a few products, and an afternoon of creative bliss.

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How to make cranberry glass

(Image credit: Dabney Frake)