Our Favorite Summer Crafts: Part II

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish Readers! Last week we shared a few of our favorite summertime crafts. This week we have a few more, including some that would make great Father’s Day gifts! So read on, then get your craft on!

DIY Wool Felt iPhone Sleeves – These little sleeves are super adorable, and the tutorial from Poppytalk will have you crafting a carrier for your phone in no time. And these would make a great gift for dad!

Wool Felt iPhone Sleeves – Image & Tutorial from Poppytalk.

Perler Bead Bracelets – These adorable little bracelets come from the Swedish Blogger Helena, of Craft & Creativity. Check out this tutorial and her blog, and don’t worry there are English translations throughout!

DIY Perler Bead Bracelets – Image & tutorial from Craft & Creativity.

DIY Hula-Hoop RugĀ – How fun is this rug made from spare t-shirts from Spoonful? This step-by-step tutorial complete with pictures will have you weaving and re-purposing in no time! This could also make a great gift!

Hula Hoop Rug – Image & Tutorial from Spoonful.

Which is your favorite craft?

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DIY Craft: Recycled Newspaper Beads!

It’s been a little while since we posted some fun crafting ideas, so here is one that we’ve done before! All the materials are super cheap, and all it takes is a little time. If you wanted to make this a party craft, make the beads ahead of time, then give the kids some paint and string to create their own unique jewelry!

This tutorial comes from a wonderful blog called A Storybook Life, and is very easy to follow. We will summarize, but it is worth checking out her step by step instructions (that include pictures!)


  • Old newspaper
  • Water
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Craft paint
  • Sealant such as Mod Podge or varnish
  • String or ribbon for creating a necklace


  1. Gather old newspaper, shred into small pieces and place in a large stock pot and pour enough boiling water in the pot to cover the newspaper.
  2. Let sit for one hour stirring the paper to help break it down.
  3. Drain the water as much as possible.
  4. Add enough glue to the paper to keep the beads together while drying (Elmer’s glue works great).
  5. Roll the paper into round balls (any size your heart desires) and squeeze out the excess water.
  6. Let them dry for a few days (rolling them every few hours) until they are dry. It took my beads about 2 or 3 days to be totally dry.
  7. Sand each dry bead to smooth some of the edges and drill a small hole through the center of the bead. This is a good stopping point if you want to use the craft as a party activity.
  8. Paint the beads with craft paint, then seal with Mod Podge or another sealant.
  9. When dry, string the beads onto ribbon or pretty string to create an awesome necklace!

We love this affordable and eco-friendly craft idea! What do you think?

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DIY Decorations: Paper Stars

These awesome paper stars are an easy DIY party decoration, or great for everyday home decor! The materials are cheap and easy to find, and the tutorial we found makes the whole process easy as pie!


  • Origami paper or other square paper, such as 12′ scrap-booking paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String or ribbon to hang the stars


  • Follow this great picture tutorial for detailed visual step by step instructions!

Some fun variations include:

  • Using old newspapers or magazines to make the stars.
  • Mixing and matching sizes to create a pretty cluster.
  • Adding embellishments such as gems, glitter, buttons, anything your heart desires!

This craft is simple enough it could even be a fun birthday activity for the kids! Do you have any great DIY decorating ideas to share?

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