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Friday, March 15, 2013

Homemade Wedding Crafts: Pine Cone Centerpieces

Homemade wedding centerpieces are a great way to personalize your wedding décor, and pine cones are inexpensive and natural mediums for your wedding centerpieces. This article will provide you with detailed instructions on creating several pine cone centerpiece crafts for your homemade wedding décor.
Pine Cone Flowers
For this homemade wedding centerpiece craft you will need several pine cones, wire cutters, floral tape, green paper, scissors, wire, a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, and glitter. Start by breaking pine coned in half to remove the pointed sides.
Next roll the ends of a 6 inch piece of wire into a spiral about half an inch in diameter and glue the bottom of the pine cone to the wire. Next cut leaves from the green paper and tape them to the wire in varying spots. Wrap the entire stem with floral wire and add some glitter to the center to finish the flower look of this homemade pine cone wedding craft. Now place the pine cone flowers in a vase and your wedding centerpiece is complete.
Pine Cones and Candles
Another homemade wedding centerpiece craft idea that utilizes pine cones is a candle centerpiece. For this wedding craft you will need pine cones, a hot glue gun, several pillar candles, ribbon, hot glue sticks, and scissors.
Start this homemade centerpiece by tying a piece of ribbon around the center of each candle. Tie the end of the ribbon into a bow, and add a little glue to secure it from coming undone. Next glue the pine cones around the ribbon vertically until the entire ribbon is covered. Complete several candles for your centerpiece and arrange them on your wedding table to finish this homemade wedding craft.
Gilded Pine Cones
For an elegant pine cone centerpiece that will look lovely amongst your other homemade wedding decorations try a gilded pine cone centerpiece. For this wedding craft you will need pine cones, gold spray paint, newspaper, hot glue sticks, a hot glue gun, and a foam ball.
Start this centerpiece craft by placing all of the pine cones on newspaper in a well ventilated area and spraying the gold with the spray paint. Allow the pine cones to dry, roll them over, and spray the other side of the pine cone.
Then plug your glue gun in to get hot and add a little bead of glue to the bottom of a pine cone. Press the pine cone into the foam ball; next glue another pine cone on the direct opposite of the ball, and continue covering the entire ball with the pine cones. After the entire ball is full of golden pine cones it can be placed on your wedding table as a lovely homemade centerpiece. You can personalize this craft by alternating flowers with pine cones as well.These homemade wedding centerpieces are easy to make using pine cones, and they will add a natural style to your homemade wedding décor.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Pompom and Pipe Cleaner Crafts with Kids

You can easily create spring pompom and pipe cleaner crafts with your kids. Pompoms and pipe cleaners are fun crafting mediums for kids in spring because of their versatile nature and bright colors. Here you can find pompom and pipe cleaner crafts perfect for your spring crafts with kids.
With spring, come caterpillars, everyone favorite many legged friend, and this craft is cute and cuddly to make. For this craft you will need green pompoms, wiggly eyes, a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, scissors, and pipe cleaners. Start by assisting kids as they glue several pompoms together in a row.
Then help kids cut the pipe cleaner into 12 even pieces. Bend the ends of each piece at a 90 degree angle. Then glue two pieces to the top of the head of the caterpillar like antennae. Then glue the other pieces along the bottom of the caterpillar for feet. The finished product is a cute little caterpillar for spring, and it can be placed anywhere in your home to added decoration.
Flower Bouquets
Spring flowers are always festive, and kids will like making this craft because it is pretty and is a good gift. For this project you will need large pompoms, straws, green paint, a paintbrush, a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, scissors, and green pipe cleaners.
Start by helping kids paint the straws green; it is a good idea to place newspaper on the work area to avoid messes. Then help kids cut the green pipe cleaner into three pieces. Kids can then fold each piece in half and twist the two ends together. Then help kids pull the centers slightly apart to create leaves. Assist as kids glue the pompoms to the top of the straws, and help the kids glue the pipe cleaner leaves to the side of the straws. These pretty flowers are great for spring crafts. They can be placed in a vase or a glass jar. Add some sparkles or buttons to the pompoms for a varied look.
These spring themed crafts are easy and inexpensive to make with kids. Pompoms and pipe cleaners allow for many different projects, and these crafts will welcome spring into your home and promise good times with your kids.