Inspiration Quote Wall

Difficulty: Easy
Materials: Construction Paper, Paper Cutter/Scissors, Double-Sided Tape (Puffy Optional), Sharpies, Quotes

  1. Measure paper to desired dimensions. (We recommend a 3 inch by 3 inch square)
  2. Cut the paper.
  3. Cut out as many squares as desired.
  4. Find your favorite quotes and write them on the paper squares. (You can check some out at https://www.pinterest.com/all/quotes/)
  5. Put four pieces of double sided tape on the back side of the paper squares and stick them onto any surface.

Now you have a beautiful looking quote wall that can help bring inspiration and motivation to you everyday!

Origami Crane Decorations

Difficulty: Medium
Materials: Paper

1. Fold along the diagonal.

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2. Fold along the perpendicular.

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3. Open the left side to form a pocket.

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4. Turn over and repeat the process.

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5. Fold the left and right sides into the middle. Also fold the top in.

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6. Turn over and repeat the process.

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7. Open up so it looks like the paper in 7.

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8. Pull up the bottom point.

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9. The paper now looks like this.

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10. Turn over and repeat the process.

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11. Fold the bottom left and right edges into the middle.

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12. Turn over and repeat the process.

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  13. Fold up the left side.

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14. Fold down the top to form a tail.

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15. Fold up the right side to form a tail.

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16. Pull apart and blow into the middle opening to finish the crane.

Now you have a beautiful, hand-made origami craft to use as decoration anywhere around the house!

- Jayne

Clothespin Toy Gun

Difficulty: Hard
Materials: Clothespin, Rubberband, Safety Goggles, Exacto Knife, Heavy-duty Scissors

  1. After putting on safety goggles, take apart the clothespin.
  2. Mark one of the halves of the clothespin with a pencil as indicated.
  3. Use the heavy-duty scissors to cut along the line drawn on the clothespin.
  4. This is how your clothespin should look if you place them together.
  5. Make an indentation on the first hole closest to the thin side of the clothespin in the direction towards the thick part of the long half of the clothespin.
  6. This is how the indentation should look. This is where your “trigger” will be.
  7. Place the two halves of the clothespin together.
  8. Wrap a rubberband around the thicker halves of the clothespin.
  9. Slide the metal spring back onto the long half of the clothespin so that the spring part is in the direction of the thick part of the clothespin.
  10. Move the short half of the clothespin on top of one metal prong so that it sits in the hole of the short half of the clothespin.
  11. Slide the short half back so that the holes of the two clothespin meet and the prong sits in between the large hole. The gun is now complete!
  12. To insert ammo, slightly lift up the short half of the clothespin.
  13. Insert ammo in between the short and long halves of the clothespin.
  14. You’re ready to shoot!

Now you have a cool, mini hand-made toy gun you can use to play and practice your aim with anytime!

- Mimi

Minion Roll Decorations

Difficulty: Easy
Materials: Toilet Rolls, Water, Blue Paint, Yellow Paint, Black Paint, Paint Brushes, Glue, Black Paper, White Paper, Hole Puncher, Pencil

  1. Draw the shape of the minion on the toilet roll, as shown above.
  2. Paint the eyes, clothes, and skin of the minion using black, blue, and yellow paint, respectively.
  3. Cut out small circular pieces of white paper and glue onto the middle of the black eye/goggles to form the eyes. (You may use a hole puncher for this, if you want.)
  4. Finish it off by painting a black dot onto the middle of the white paper to form the eye.

Now you have the perfect Despicable Me minion craft to place anywhere around the house!

- Karen

Mini Bear Pinata

Difficulty: Medium
Materials: Brown Crepe Paper, Scissors, Ribbon, Pencil, Tape, Glue, Cardstock/Cardboard, Black Paper, White Paper

  1. Cut out two copies of the teddy bear.
  2. You should have two sheets of the bear.
  3. Cut out strips to wrap around the teddy bear frame.
  4. Begin wrapping the strips around the teddy bear frame.
  5. Use tape to wrap and secure the strips.
  6. Cut the middle of a piece of tape to better secure the curves.
  7. This is how the piece should look like, after the strips are all wrapped and secured.
  8. This is another angle of the same thing.
  9. Tape the second copy of the teddy bear cutout.
  10. Before taping the second copy completely, stuff confetti or candy inside.
  11. Puncture two holes into the top of the pinata. 
  12. Tie a ribbon between the two holes.
  13. Fold pieces of crepe paper together, to get a layered look.
  14. Cut halfway, to form little strips.
  15. This is how it should look like.
  16. Put a long stream of glue on the pinata.
  17. Then, put a layer of crepe paper on it.
  18. Put a long stream of glue on the bottom of the pinata and then fold the fringes of the crepe paper inward.
  19. Do the same for the top.
  20. Then put glue on the front of the pinata for the facial features. Glue the facial features and you’re done!

Now you have a cute, mini pinata you can use as a decoration at any birthday party or celebration!

- Karen

Personalized Name Canvas

Difficulty: Easy
Materials: Paper/Newspaper, Cardboard, Glitter, Glue

  1. Using the glue, write out your name or your initial(s) on the cardboard.
  2. Take the glitter and generously sprinkle along the glue marks you made.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry.
  4. Place your canvas on top of a paper or newspaper. Slowly tilt the canvas upright and gently tap it to get the remaining glitter off.
  5. Continue gently tapping the cardboard.
  6. Once all the loose glitter is off, your name canvas will be finished!

Now you have the perfect name canvas to put on the door of your room or in your dorm!

- Christine

Rubber Band Jump Rope

Difficulty: Easy
Materials: Rubber Bands, Patience

  1. Start off by putting the yellow rubber band through the red rubber band. (The color of the rubber band does not matter; we only used different colors to make the instructions easier to follow)
  2. Pull up the two ends of the yellow rubber band.
  3. Put the red rubber band around your wrist to keep the rubber band rope in place.
  4. Continue looping the rubber bands through the two end loops of the previous rubber band. Pull the ends of the newly added rubber band together.
  5. When the rubber band rope has reached your desired length, put the red rubber band through the two loops of the last rubber band. (We used approximately 80 rubber bands for someone who is 5’4”.)
  6. Tie a knot with the red rubber band.

Now you have an awesome handmaid jump rope you can play with!

- Mimi

Doggy Chew Toy

Difficulty: Easy
Materials: Needle, Thread, Sock/Fabric, Scissors, Toy Stuffing, Squeaker (Optional)

  1. Using the sharpie, mark where you want to draw the eyes and the mouth on one side of the sock.
  2. Using the needle and the black thread, sew in the eyes and mouth.
  3. Put the squeaker into the sock.
  4. Fill the sock with the toy stuffing.
  5. Sew the opening of the sock together.
  6. Admire your finished product!

Now you have the perfect chew toy for your beloved dog to play with!

- Mimi

Cat Plushie Toy

Difficulty: Medium
Materials: Scissors, String, Needle, Cotton, White Pencil, Black Nylon Bag

  1. Take the nylon bag and turn it inside out. Draw a cat’s face and the outline of a cat’s head and ears on one side. Try to be accurate as this will serve as a general outline for you to sew.
  2. Cut along the outline of the head and ears.
  3. Using the needle and white string, make a knot. Then proceed to make the cat’s eyes with the white string by sewing back and forth. You will need to go back and forth with the needle several times. Do the same thing for the cat’s nose, and its whiskers.
  4. Start sewing along the outline of the head and ears to close up the opening of the bag. Leave a small opening big enough to stuff cotton inside.
  5. Turn the bag inside out once again, so that none of the sewing and template are shown. Stuff the cotton inside the bag before sewing it up all the way, closing the opening.
  6. Stretch out the black bag and move around the cotton to make the cat look even.
  7. Admire your beautiful creation!

Now you have the perfect hand-made gift for any young child!

- Karen

Personalized Photo Holder

Difficulty: Medium
Materials: Spray Paint, Rubbing Alcohol, Napkin, Cup, Glass Stones, Puffy Paint (Optional), Photo Holder, Newspapers

  1. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a napkin or paper towel. Use it to clean the cup (if you are using a glass one).
  2. Using the puffy paint, write a message on the side of the glass cup. (This step is optional, but it makes the photo holder seem cool!)
  3. We wrote live-laugh-love on our photo holder.
  4. Take the painted cup outside. Set it on top of a couple of old newspapers.
  5. Start spray painting the cup. Make sure to get every surface. (We used a silver metallic spray to give it clean and shiny feel.)
  6. Wait 2 to 4 hours for the paint to dry.
  7. Place a photo holder inside the cup. (We got ours at Pier 1.)
  8. Place the glass stones inside the cup to keep the photo holder in place. (You can use regular stones too if you don’t have glass ones.)

And you’re finished! We hope that this photo holder will make all your photo memories look even greater! 

- Christine