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Go back to school in style with one-of-a-kind hair things! These decorative hair pins are as fun to make as they are to wear and if you whip up a bunch in an afternoon you’ll have one for every outfit. This is an advanced project suitable for girls ages 8+ to make on their own but younger kids can easily get involved too with a grownup’s help.

Things you will need:

  • Bobby pins
  •  Embroidery floss in the colors of your choice
  • Small beads
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I’ve used fabric glue but you can use anything you have on hand)

Step 1: Choose some beads and embroidery floss for decorating your bobby pin. You need about 19in. of embroidery floss and a couple of beads for one bobby pin.

Step 2: Take the embroidery floss and tie a knot around the end of the bobby pin to secure it. Be sure to tuck the knot “under” (between the two pieces of metal) the pin to hide it.

Step 3: Begin wrapping the embroidery floss around the flat side of the bobby pin.

Step 4: After you’ve wrapped the floss for a bit, slip a bead on and continue wrapping.

Step 5: Repeat steps three and four until you reach the end of the bobby pin.

Step 6: When you reach the end of the bobby pin things get tricky. If you have an adult handy you can stop here and have them dab a bit of super glue on the end to “seal” the floss before cutting it off. Or, as you’ll see in the next few steps, begin wrapping the floss back the way you came, stopping at the first bead.

Step 7: As shown in the first picture, take the end of your floss and poke it through the space between the bead and the floss, creating a loop. Next, poke your floss into this newly created loop and pull tight.

Step 8: Trim the excess floss and dab a bit of glue to secure the floss and keep it from unraveling.

Step 9: Use some glue to secure the knot on the other end of the bobby pin as well, making sure to tuck the knot into the underside of the pin and out of sight.

Congratulations! You have made a fun decorative bobby pin to wear to school! Try making a bunch to mix-and-match and share with friends! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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Are you celebrating a birthday? Throwing a themed birthday bash? Just want to show someone how much they are loved on their special day? Then look no further than this fabulous birthday banner! This is an advanced project because it takes time to cut out all of the shapes and piece everything together. If an adult does the cutting or if the shapes are purchased pre-cut, little ones can easily glue the pieces together and stick on the the peel and stick letters, making this a fun parent and me project.

Things you will need:

  • Cardstock or heavy paper in the colors of your choice
  • Embroidery floss (or string) in the colors of your choice
  • Peel and stick letters (or markers/crayons for writing instead)
  • Circle templates (I found mine for free here)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • A hole punch

Step 1: Begin by cutting out the templates, making sure the scalloped circle is slightly larger than the other circle. Use your hole punch to make two holes, one on either side of the large scalloped circle. To line up the holes it is helpful to lightly fold and unfold the circle to see where you should punch. Next, trace each circle (don’t forget to mark the holes!) and cut them out. You will need one of each circle for each letter in your banner. That’s a total of 26 circles if you spell out ‘happy birthday.’ If this is too much cutting, you can purchase pre-cut shapes and use those instead. I just chose this route because I had all of the supplies on-hand in my craft studio.

Step 2: Using the marks as a guide, punch  two holes in each of the scalloped circles.

Step 3: Center the smaller circles inside the larger scalloped circles and glue into place. If you are using multiple paper colors this is a good time to play around with color combinations.

Step 4: Begin spelling out ‘happy birthday’ by sticking a letter into each circle. Again, this is a great time to play with color combinations. If you don’t have peel and stick letters you can use markers, crayons or paint to write the letters by hand.

Step 5: Using your embroidery floss (string/yarn/ribbon/etc.), begin to tie each circle together. I chose to use multiple pieces of embroidery floss bunched together as my method for joining the circles. After you tie two circles together, snip any loose threads and join the circle on the right with the next circle. Repeat until all of the circles have been joined together. Be sure to tie a length of floss through the empty holes on the end circles. This is how you will hang the finished banner.

Congratulations! You have made a fabulous birthday banner! This project is easily customized to match any party theme by simply mixing up the colors you use. Having a safari party? Use animal print paper! Having a princess party? Use lots of pinks, purples and sparkle! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section. Happy crafting!


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