Category Archives: Summer

Toadstools

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So, mushrooms may be the food that I hate the most. Being a vegetarian, it can be a little difficult to hate mushrooms as much as I do, but I just can’t develop a taste for them. Mushrooms that you don’t eat, on the other hand? I love them, I think they’re adorable. That’s why I love a good toadstool project like these.

Pebble Fairy Mushrooms

Pebble Fairy Mushrooms

Both kids and adults can have fun making these toadstools to decorate the garden. Make them in classic toadstool colors or have fun coming up with your own color combinations.

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Paper Lanterns

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Make a pretty string of lanterns for a party, or just to decorate your home. Because they’re battery operated, you can hang them where you like–no need for an outlet.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, wrap a piece of your scrapbook paper snugly around the edge of your tea light to figure out how wide your pieces of paper need to be. Mark, and cut the paper width to size.

Then, figure out how tall you want the lanterns to be, and mark and cut your paper.

Fold your paper in half length-wise.

Cut slits evenly spaced along the folded edge, getting no closer than 1/4-inch to the top edge. Unfold the paper.

Wrap the edge of your paper around the base of the tea light (totally hiding the candle), so the candle flame is facing up into the lantern, and adhere the paper to the candle with your hot glue. The candle is going to be the TOP of your lantern, because if the candle is on the bottom of the lantern, it’s weight pulls the paper too much, and you lose the nice lantern shape. So, if you want the design on your paper to be right-side up, glue accordingly.

Carefully line up the side seam of your lantern, and use a bit of hot glue to adhere the edges together, being careful to evenly line up the top edge.

Cut a small length of twine, and glue into a “u” shape on the top of your lantern.

I varied the shape of my lanterns by gluing a solid sheet of paper into a cylinder around the candle first, and then gluing a cut lantern piece over the top. You can also cut your slits different widths to vary how they look.

Hang your lanterns on their own, or cut a long piece of twine, and string all the lanterns together.

The flickering of the battery operated candles really makes these little lanterns extra pretty.

Happy crafting!

DIY Wind Chimes

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To me, wind chimes just sound like summer. They make me think of sitting in my backyard with a cold drink, a good book, and a cool breeze. I’d love to replicate that at my current home, so I think I’m going to have to give one of these homemade ones a shot. But which to choose?

DIY Wind Chimes

If your home decor style leans more toward boho, you’ll love these chimes made from scrap fabric. Mix and match patterns for a laid back vibe.

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Summer Totes

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With summer in full swing, you may find yourself in need of a tote bag more often. Whether you’re headed to a farmer’s market, a pool, or the beach, totes are always handy to have around this time of the year. DIY totes are a great way to show off your style and make your bag easy to spot in a sea of lawn chairs. Here are some of my favorites.

Flamingo Tote Bag

Flamingo Tote Bag

When I was younger, I actually collected flamingos. I had lots of stuffed ones in my room and even a few lawn flamingos. This bag would have been a summer staple for me.

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