DIY: Fabric Locker Magnets

Decorating your locker is one of the most fun parts about kicking off a new school year. This year, turn your favorite patterned fabrics into cute magnets to display photos, notes from friends, or your school schedule.

Supplies:
Button making kit
Magnets
Fabric
Strong glue

Steps:

1. Use the stencil that comes with your button-making kit to choose what you want on the front of your magnet. Trace the outside of the stencil and cut out the circle.

2. Place the button mold on your work surface (the clear plastic piece included in the kit), open end up; center the fabric over the mold with the printed side face down. Take the button shell (the rounded metal piece included in the kit) and center it on the circle-shaped piece of fabric; it should be directly above the mold. Using your fingers, gently push the button back down into the mold; the fabric should gather up around the button shell like a little pouch.

3. Tuck the fabric into the button shell and cover it with the flat-sided button back (also included in the kit). Place the pusher (the blue piece in the kit) on top of the button back; firmly push the button back into place (the entire unit needs to be pushed down into the mold). Listen for a small snap when the button back is firmly in place.

4. Remove the button by pressing up on the bottom of the mold; glue a magnet to the back. Let it dry completely and you’re ready to decorate!

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DIY: Ruler Clip Frame

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

With school back in session, we’re starting to think about ways to showcase our kiddos’ latest artwork. These DIY ruler clip frames are an easy way to show off their mini masterpieces—they’d look great on your desk at work or on your mantel, don’t you think? This project is super-simple to make; all you need are wooden rulers and binder clips and you’re all set.

Make this cute and simple DIY ruler frame.

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DIY: Pressed Flower Serving Dish

Pressed flowers are a wonderful way to savor the beauty of summer and this simple DIY project is the perfect way to display your favorite blooms. And if you’re tying the knot this summer, save a few favorite flowers from your bouquet to incorporate into this project.

Supplies:
• Dried/pressed flowers and greenery
• Dishes (select ones with enough depth; I used candle dishes from IKEA’s IDEAL collection)
Clear epoxy
• Craft glue
• Small paintbrush

Steps:

1. Wipe the dishes clean; next, position your pressed flowers and greenery on the various dishes.

2. Once you’re happy with your composition, using a tiny dab of glue on a small paintbrush, adhere the flowers and greenery to the dish. Allow glue to dry before continuing. I found it helpful to place something flat and heavy like a book on top to weigh the pieces down.

3. Mix the epoxy according to the instructions. Carefully pour the epoxy evenly into the dish, submerging the florals. You may see some little bubbles floating around; get rid of them by lightly blowing on them. Larger bubbles can be popped using a toothpick or a pin.

4. Let the epoxy dry according to the instructions. Once it’s completely dry, enjoy your pressed flower display!

 

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DIY: Watercolor Cloth Napkins

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Looking for a simple way to add a handmade touch to your next party? These hand-painted watercolor cloth napkins are an easy DIY project and will add a pretty splash of color to your next brunch or bridal shower. Bonus: The napkins can also double as take-home favors. All you need are a few supplies and you’re all set; I tied on sweet little “love” cards to use as napkin rings.


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DIY: Fabric Play Tent

Every kid loves a small space to call their own, which is why we created this easy-to-follow DIY play-tent tutorial. Let your child pick out a favorite fabric pattern and then stitch up this special little hideaway. Bonus: It’s collapsible, making it super easy to fold and store.

DIY: Fabric Play Tent
Measures approximately 33″ x 33″ inside (at the base) and 55″ tall (inside)

Supplies:
• Scissors
• Four 6′ x 1″ wooden dowels
• Four 1″ rubber feet (optional)
Ribbon
• Drill + drill bit wide enough for your chosen ribbon
• At least 4 yards of fabric
• Sewing machine and thread

Steps:

1. Drill a hole through each of the dowels about 10″ from the top of the pole.

2. Cut out four triangles of fabric according to the dimensions in the provided pattern (above). It’s easiest to measure one triangle out and then use that as a template to trace the next three, as they end up being quite large. Be sure to choose a fabric pattern that’s the same right-side up and upside-down; otherwise, you will need to use more yardage of fabric.

3. After cutting out the four triangles, cut off the tops about 5 inches down from the tip.

4. Sew together the edges of the triangles to form a pyramid.

5. Choose which side you’d like to be the front. To create the tent opening, vertically cut up the middle about three-quarters of the way to the top. Next, snip a 1/2″ notch horizontally from both sides of the incision. Fold the fabric under about 1/2″ and hem (below).

6. Use a two-inch length of ribbon and either sew or glue the 1″ raw cut at the top of the tent opening (above).

7. Hem the bottom and top edges of the fabric panel about 1/2″.

8. Gather the dowels together and stand them up (it’s helpful to have another set of hands for this part) and thread the ribbon through the holes; tie a loose knot. Pull the fabric over the top and spread out the dowel legs as much as possible. Once the tent structure is standing, untie your knot and tightly wrap the ribbon around the dowels and tie it off.



More Fun Kids’ Ideas:
• DIY Felt Initial Banners
• DIY Summertime Lemonade Stand (with printables!)
• DIY Ribbon-Spool Spin Drums

 

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DIY: Easy Alphabet Cake Toppers

If you haven’t wandered the scrapbooking aisle at your local craft store, you’re missing out. The scrapbooking supplies I love the most are chipboard letters and stickers—they can be used to customize anything from favors and treat bags to party hats. I found these colorful mini alphabet stickers the other day and, in just a few simple steps, transformed them into cake toppers that can spell out anything you’d like.

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Black-and-White Ice Cream Cone Wrappers (Free Printable!)

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Summertime means lots (and lots!) of ice cream, which is why we designed these modern black-and-white ice cream cone wrappers. They’re such a fun, easy way to dress up a plain ol’ sugar cone. Download and print them out to use at your next summer gathering—set up a toppings bar for the kids stocked with sprinkles, mini candies, granola, sliced fruit, and whipped cream and just start scooping!

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“Let’s Summer!” Checklist (Free Printable!)

We’re officially a week into summer, so how’s your popsicle consumption coming along? And how many water balloons have you thrown? If you’re answers are on the low side, then it might be a good idea to fill out this official summer to-do list so you don’t slack off for the rest of the season.

summer list

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Recipe: Red, White, and Blueberry Pavlovas

Summer celebrations call for simple treats with minimal assembly. To make the most of berry season, I’m whipping up these red, white, and blueberry pavlovas—they’re miniature, light, and bite-sized. Bonus: They’re the perfect color scheme for celebrating the Fourth.

summer berry pavlova by kelli hall
summer berry pavlova by kelli hall

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DIY: Brass Pinwheel Cake Toppers

By Jenny Batt of  Hank and Hunt

I have a fondness for pinwheels (doesn’t everybody?)—they’re fun and whimsical, and remind me of my childhood. But instead of plastic or paper pinwheels, I wanted to decorate with something a little more grown up. These brass pinwheels are fun and easy to make, and are the perfect way to dress up a frosted cake.

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