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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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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any day!) with these neat notebooks! Turn a few simple supplies into an adorable notebook for jotting down homework, writing secrets or playing tic-tac-toe. This is an advanced beginner project and would be a fun activity for a rainy day or birthday party.

 

Things you will need (per notebook):

  • Two foam sheets in the color of your choice
  • 10 index cards (you can use any color or type of paper you like, though I recommend something heavier)
  • One pipe cleaner
  • Peel-and-stick letters (and shapes)
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch

 

Step 1: Trace an index card onto each piece of craft foam and cut the pieces out.

 

Step 2: Punch four holes down the short side of an index card and use this as a template for marking holes on all of the other pieces. Punch all of the holes out. If you cannot use the hole punch on the foam I suggest carefully trying scissors.

 

Step 3: Sandwich all of the notecards between the foam sheets and use the pipe cleaner to bind the book as shown. After the book is bound you need to trim the ends. Make sure to leave tails that are about one inch long.

 

Step 4: Take the tail at the top of the notebook and bend it to the back. Next, tuck it under the part of pipe cleaner that was originally pushed through the top hole to the front of the notebook. Wind the pipe cleaner tail like this several times, trim any excess, and tuck the end in so it doesn’t poke you.

 

Step 5: Take the tail at the bottom of the notebook and push it through the front of the bottom hole to the back. Repeat step four.

 

Step 6: Decorate the cover of your new notebook with stickers, peel-and-stick letters or shapes and other decorations.

 

Congratulations! You have made a neat notebook! My notebook is ready for St. Patrick’s Day thanks to the clover cutouts I added. You can customize this project for other holidays or birthdays too. How did your project turn out? Did you do things differently? Please share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!


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