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 Rug – 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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3 Great Kid-Friendly Crafts!

If you are planning a birthday party, or just looking for some creative crafts to do with your kids (or on your own), you have come to the right place. Today we’ve got three great ideas from around the web that are fun, simple, and affordable! They would be great for a kids party, girls night, or a rainy/cold weekend at home!

Painting with Watercolors, Glue and Salt – if you or your kids have been wanting to give painting a try why not check out this tutorial from Sweet Happy Life? The results are awesome, and you can find canvases and watercolor paints for pretty cheap!

Watercolor Tutorial & Image from Sweet Happy Life.

Egg Carton Jewelry Box – A great way to teach kids the importance of recycling and repurposing while making adorable jewelry boxes. You could adapt this for boys by using boy colors/papers and storing army men, race cars, yo-yo’s or action figures inside! This great tutorial comes from B-Inspired Mama!

Egg Carton Jewelry Box Image & Tutorial from B-Inspired Mama.

DIY Button Clips – This idea from Better Homes & Gardens is super simple and can be varied a lot. You could use other beads or findings in place of buttons or even pick up headbands for decorating. Great for crafty adults too!

DIY Button Clips Image from Better Homes & Gardens

What types of crafts do you (or your little ones) like to do? Let us know and we can find some more great ideas to share with you!

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3 DIY Tutorials for Chain Bracelets

2013 is here and we have 3 great tutorials for making adorable chunky chain bracelets. These bracelets are a great trend for this year and would make great gifts (but be sure to make an extra for yourself)! The first tutorial that is our favorite combination of trendy and sweet comes from the blog Honestly WTF.

DIY Woven Chain Bracelet – we love the color combination and the final result from this tutorial by Honestly WTF.

Image & Tutorial by Honestly WTF.

DIY Rope-Wrapped Chain Bracelet – this great tutorial comes from I Spy DIY. We’d love to do one in nautical colors!

Image & Tutorial from I Spy DIY.

DIY Chain Link Bracelet Part 1 – great tutorial for an adorable chain bracelet from SWELLMAYDE!

Image & Tutorial from SWELLMAYDE.

Which is your favorite chain bracelet?

5 Gift Ideas For Your Bestie… Or Any Special Girl In Your Life!

Have a friend with an upcoming birthday (I do!), or just trying to plan ahead? These 5 tutorials we have to share would make great gifts for a best friend, or any special girl in your life (daughter, sister, etc.)!

  • DIY Camera Purse/Bag – This tutorial comes from Vanilla and Lace (also the source of the picture) and is just amazing. This is an affordable and eco-friendly way to make a stylish camera bag for the photographer in your life!

  • DIY Glitter Vases – These pretty vases from The Sweetest Occasion would make a great gift. But to ensure durability we recommend sealing the glitter with another layer of mod podge or sealant spray like this stuff from Martha Stewart!

Which of these sweet tutorials is your favorite?

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DIY Crafts: Button Bracelets

We came across this simple and fun craft while perusing DIY ideas on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl last night. We love the results and think you will too! It took only a few materials and 10 minutes time for us to recreate these adorable button bracelets! They are great as little gifts or favors, and make a great summertime accessory!

Materials:

  • 1 large button
  • 1 small button
  • 4 1.5-ft pieces of twine or string of choice

Directions:

Follow this step by step tutorial from I Spy DIY that has helpful pictures. But we have summarized below!

  1. Basically thread each string halfway through the large button holes.
  2. Tie each pair of strings into a knot. Braid the strings (doubling up one string).
  3. On one side knot the braid, thread the four strings through the smaller button. Tie another knot after the small button. Trim your extra string.
  4. On the other side braid completely and create a loop by knotting the braid with itself!
  5. Wear your bracelet with pride!

Here’s how our bracelet turned out!

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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!)

Materials:

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

Directions:

  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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