Easy Kids Crafts: Sew a Gift Bag

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If you are looking for an out of the ordinary way of wrapping your gift this season, then this one is for you! This heart pouch can be used again right after serving its purpose. Sounds economical, right? This can be sewn by non-crafters and you don’t need to be a craft expert to do this. You also have the freedom to personalize this since you are the ones making it compared to the one being sold in the market. So if you are up for an adorable gift for mom, then let us begin sewing this heart pouch now!

Easy Kids Craft: Sew a Gift Bag

Gather all the materials needed:

  • 2 pcs. crafting felt (pink and red)
  • yarn of any color
  • crochet thread
  • a big sewing needle
  • a pair of scissors
  • wooden skewer or any thin stick (optional)






Step 1: Cut a piece of rectangle from the pink crafting felt. The dimensions should be at least 30-centimeter in length and 10-centimeter in width. The dimensions are flexible since you can cut this based on your needed size. This will be the body of the pouch.



Step 2: Cut a medium-sized heart from the red crafting felt.

Step 3: Place the heart in the middle part of the pink body. This should be placed on the one-third portion from the top of the body. Sew this heart using a running stitch near the side of it.

Step 4: Fold the top and the bottom ends of the pink body towards the back portion of it. The back portion is the portion where the red heart is not visible. The folds would be at least 1 to 1.5-centimeter in width. Sew this using a running stitch.

Step 5: Fold the pink body into two equal parts and sew the sides of it using running stitch. Leave the topmost part open. Do not stitch the folded parts on top.

Step 6:  Insert the yarn on the pipe opening on the topmost part of the pouch.

Step 8: Cut the end of the yarn once you decided how long you want your yarn is.


Step 9: Create a loop at the ends of both yarn on the left and right.

Step 10: You can now place your precious gift to this lovely heart pouch.


This adorable heart pouch can be made by simple non-crafters since this only involves the simple running stitch. You can also use this pouch for other purposes, such as watch, bracelet or earrings pouch whenever you travel. Practice your creativity and who knows? Maybe you have the eye and the artistic hand for it! Have fun and spread the love!

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Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids: Upcycled Tabletop Teddy Bear

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The teddy bear is one of the most common soft stuffed toys that are given during Valentine’s Day, usually accompanied by a box of chocolates and some flowers. It’s said that the name “Teddy” originated from the former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

This tutorial would teach us how to make a decorative Valentine teddy bear.  This is a tabletop décor that can be made by kids too, with minimal supervision.

Upcycled Valentine’s Day Craft: Tabletop Teddy Bear

Gather all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • a piece of toilet paper roll
  • brown, red and beige construction board
  • a pencil
  • a black pen
  • a pair of scissors
  • hot glue

Steps for this tutorial:

Step 1:

Wrap the toilet paper roll with brown construction board.

Step 2:

Draw a half-body bear on the remaining piece of brown construction board.  This should include the head, the torso, and the big circular ears. (if you aren’t artistic, you can download this template)

Step 3:

Cut the brown bear figure.

Step 4:

Cut a medium-sized oblong from the beige construction board.  Glue the oblong on a landscape orientation at the lower middle part of the bear’s face.  This is the bear’s snout.

Step 5:


Cut a small heart shape.  Glue this on the topmost area of the bear’s snout.  This is the bear’s nose.

Step 6:


Cut two small circles from the beige construction board and glue this on top of the bear’s snout.  This will serve as the bear’s eyes.

Step 7:

Add some details on the face of the bear.  Use a black pen to draw the mouth, the eyeballs, and other details.

Step 8: 

Cut two medium-sized hearts from the red construction board and glue it on the middle body of the ears.

Step 9:

Cut a medium-sized red bow and glue a small beige oblong in the middle of it.  Hot glue the red bow on the neck of the bear, just below the bear’s head.

Step 10:

Hot glue the bear on the toilet paper roll.  Make sure that the toilet paper roll is placed on the middle body of the bear.

Step 11:


Cut a big red heart from the board.

Step 12:

Hot glue the heart in the front face of the toilet paper roll.  This is opposite to the body of the bear.

Step 13:

Cut a pair of arms with hands on the brown construction board.

Step 14:

Glue the arms on the sides of the bear’s body hugging the toilet paper roll together with the red heart in front.

Step 15:

Write your lovely message to your loved one on the big red heart.

Step 16:

Finally done!  This cute tabletop Valentine bear is now ready for display!

If you want more fun Valentine’s ideas, be sure to check out this Pinterest board!

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Make Your Own Toe Socks

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Thumb socks or otherwise known as toe socks, finger socks or glove socks, originated in the late 1960’s at Pennsylvania, U.S.A. by Ethel Russell.  Thumb socks are originally knitted in which each toe is encased following the concept of classic hand gloves.  These are designed for both men and women, but it was originally targeted to women.  These are also made from different materials and can be in the form of an anklet, below the ankle socks or even knee socks.  These can be ideally used for buffalo sandals or even flip-flops during the early years.  These are also believed to have its prime function of keeping the feet warm especially in between the toes.

If you are in a hurry to have a pair of toe socks or would just want to make their own instead of buying a pair or two in the market, then this tutorial is for you!  We will be transforming a normal pair of socks into a pair of new thumb socks in less than 20-minutes.  This is easy and fun to make and it won’t hurt your wallet also.  So if you are fond of revamping things around you, then let us begin!

Materials needed:

Prepare all the materials needed for this tutorial:

a pair of socks

a sewing thread (same color as the sock)

a sewing needle

a pair of scissors

Step-by-step guide:

Step 1: 

Create a V-cut on the tip of the socks.  Make sure that you have made an approximate as to where your foot toe would land on the tip so that the cut will be precise when done.

Step 2: 

Thread the needle.  Make sure to loop the end of the thread twice.

Step 3: 

Begin sewing the V-cut on the tip of the socks.  Use a small running stitch for this and start at the bottom part of the V-cut all the way up to the tip of the sock.  Do this for both of it.  Make sure to sew the wrong side of the sock.

Step 4: 

Turn the sock inside out and try to flatten the sewn part out.

Step 5: 

Try the socks on your feet and make the necessary adjustments if needed.

Step 6: 

Done and ready for use!  You can now easily convert your pair of socks into a new pair of thumb socks!

These pair of thumb socks is perfect for sandals, clogs, flip-flops or any footwear that require your thumb toe to be isolated from the remaining toes.  This is can be done in minutes and can go at par with the ones that are being sold in the market.  You can also use a sewing machine for this if you are not that well-versed and confident with your hand sewing output.  Hope this works for you like we did!

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Mint-Infused Coconut Oil Body Butter

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Homemade gifts are just the best! They are really fun for the giver to make and the receiver knows that much time and love went into the gift. This recipe for Mint-Infused Coconut Oil Body Butter fits the bill quite nicely! It’s easy enough to make with the kids and delectable to use!

Ready in 50 minutes.

Makes ¾ cup of body butter.


        • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
        • 2 tablespoons of mint-infused coconut oil
        • Dried rose petals
        • 2 tsp of vitamin E
        • 7 drops of lime essential oil
        • 4 tablespoons of solid shea butter
        • 7 drops of lavender essential oil


Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. Add in the olive oil and the dried rose petals. Heat the mixture for ten minutes then remove from heat and let it cool.

Once cooled, add the vitamin E and essential oils and whip the butter until it becomes airy. Transfer the butter to an airtight jar.

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Easy Gift for Kids to Make: Sewing Kit

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If you know of someone that likes sewing as a hobby, or maybe even a “newly minted” adult, this is a great gift to give.

Whenever we sew, we want to have an organized way of keeping things.  Buttons, velcros, pins, needles and the like are often mixed in one sewing box, that most of the time; we tend to forget that we own several of those.  In order to organize everything, and make thing easier for us, we came up with a handy sewing bottle with a pincushion on top of it.  Sounds cool huh?!

Easy Gift for Kids to Make: Sewing Kit

First, gather all of the materials. Here’s what you’ll need:


Gather all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • a small covered bottle
  • a piece of craft felt
  • 1-centimeter thick red satin ribbon
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • pattern paper
  • fillings or stuffing (e.g. craft felt, cotton, synthetic fibers, etc. )
  • hot glue

Step 1:


Measure the bottle cap and line it using a pencil.  Cut the pattern but leave a small margin around the circle.

Step 2:


Using the pattern, cut a piece of craft felt.

Step 3:


Cut several vertical lines on the excess side of the felt.  Put the bottle cap in the middle to have a reference point when cutting the felt.

Step 4:


Hot glue each vertical strand of felt on the side or the edge of the bottle cap.  Leave a small opening on it.

Step 5:


Cut the stuffing or the filling into several bits of pieces.

Step 6:


Insert the fillings on the small opening on top of the cap.  Push the fillings using the tip of the scissors.

Step 7:


Seal the opening using hot glue.

Step 8:


Wrap the red satin ribbon around the edge of the bottle cap and glue it to permanently stick it.  Cut the excess ribbon afterwards.

Step 9:


Put the pins and the sewing materials, like buttons, on the sewing bottle.

Step 10:


Close the sewing bottle and you are now ready to go!

If you have a lot of sewing items to place, you can use a bigger bottle for that.  The size of the bottle would vary on the needs of the owner.  You can also place sewing threads or even a measuring tape inside the bottle.  Anything comes in handy now!  So what are you waiting for?  Make one for yourself or for a friend now!  Enjoy!


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3 Fun and Easy Duct Tape Projects {Giveaway!}

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Finding crafts that are fun to do, don’t take up a lot of time and don’t cost a lot of money isn’t an easy task. Duct tape to the rescue! (Actually, duct tape solves a lot of problems, doesn’t it!).

Here are 3 fun and easy crafts using duct tape from the book Tape It & Make It, Tape It & Make More, Tape It & Wear It – and a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself!

Duct Tape Notebook/Binder Decoration

Material: duct tape, notebook

Tools: parchment paper, pencil, scissors

Additional tool: bubble letter stencil (the one used in photo is a free printable from Woo! Jr.


Cover front of notebook with vertical strips of duct tape.


Fold the duct tape strips over the top, bottom, and right edges of the cover.


Trace letters onto the parchment paper.


Cover the traced letters with a strip of duct tape.


Flip over the parchment paper. You should be able to see the traced letters.


Using a pair of well-oiled scissors, cut out the letters.


Move around the cut letters on the notebook cover until you find an acceptable position.


One by one, remove the parchment paper on the back of each letter and adhere it onto the notebook cover.


Duct Tape Pencil Case

Materials: white, blue, yellow, light blue, gold, orange, green, red, and fuchsia duct tape; 2 round neodyne magnets, key chain ring

Tools: self-healing cutting matt, corked back metal ruler, craft knife, parchment paper, 1/8″ hole puncher


Place a parchment paper measuring 10″ wide x 15″ high on top of your worktable.


Starting from the bottom, place 9 strips of white duct tape across the parchment paper. Be sure the strips overlap along the long edges by at least 1/8″. Flip over and place the duct tape/parchment paper on your worktable in the landscape position. Peel off parchment paper.


Starting at the bottom of the half-made fabric, place 6 strips of blue duct tape across it. Be sure the strips overlap along the long edges by at least 1/8″. Trim down the fabric to 10″ x 15″. (See my instructional video.)


Place the fabric on your worktable in the portrait position, white side facing up.


Cut two strips of 6″ white duct tape. Measure and mark 6″ from the bottom left and right corners of the fabric. Starting at the two marks, vertically place each strip along the left and right edges. Be sure the strips are halfway on the fabric.


Fold back the vertical tape strips and pull up the bottom portion of the fabric. Push down along the outer edges to form the main pocket.


Trim the corners of the flap in a curved line.


Cut 12″ strips of various colored tape. Trim the width of each trip to 1/4″. Use these strips to decorate the front of the pencil case. Trim edges of strips that extend past the edges of the pencil case.


Flip bag over so the opening is face up. Place a magnet on the inside of the flap, centered and approximately 1/2″ from the top edge. Cover with a piece of white duct tape.


Place a magnet inside the pocket, centered and approximately 1/2″ from the bottom edge. Push it against the top fabric of the pocket and cover from the inside with a piece of white duct tape.


Using the hole puncher, make a hole on the upper left corner of the pencil case near the top of the pocket.


Loop the key ring through the hole.


Close the flap and flip the bag over.


Duct Tape Cell Phone Case

Materials: fuchsia and multi-colored chevron duct tape, bubble wrap, cell phone

Tools: self-healing cutting mat, ruler, scissors, ball point pen, pencil


Cut 2 rectangles from the bubble wrap that are 1/2 wider than your phone.



Fold strips of fuchsia duct tape over the top edges of the bubble wrap rectangles. Trim down the left and right edges.


Place one rectangle on top of the other and line up the edges.


Starting from the top edge, horizontally place 10″ strips of fuchsia duct tape on the bubble wrap rectangles, overlapping the strips along the long edges by approximately 1/8″.


Flip over the bubble wrap rectangles. Fold the left and right edges of the strips over the rectangles, creating a pocket.


Horizontally place a strip of fuchsia tape halfway along the bottom edge of the pocket. Fold the strip under the pocket to close up the bottom.


Draw 8 flower petals on the parchment paper.


Cover drawn petals with chevron duct tape.

Flip the parchment paper so the drawn petals are visible. Using a pair of well-oiled scissors, cut out the petals.


Move around the cut petals on the cell phone case until you find an acceptable position.


One by one, remove the parchment paper on the back of each petal and adhere it onto the cell phone case.


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3 Fun and Easy Duct Tape Projects {Giveaway!}

Richela Fabian Morgan began her duct tape odyssey 8 years ago with a simple bi-fold wallet, before writing the best-selling crafting books Tape It & Make It, Tape It & Make More, and Tape It & Wear It. She is an indie crafter specializing in paper, adhesives, and found materials. Her newest duct tape crafting book, Duct Tape Bags, is available nationwide. For more information, please visit, www.RichelaFabianMorgan.com and connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. For more fun duct tape projects, make sure to check out Fabian Morgan’s YouTube Channel.

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Group Fun Idea: Lil’ Lockitz Best Friend Party Pack

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Disclosure: I am an affiliate blogger and received compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Are you looking for a fun and easy group craft idea? Look no further than the Lil’ Lockitz Best Friend Party Pack! Lockitz are adorable charms that your child can personalize by filling it with charms, photos and gems to make it uniquely hers. Think of it as a “wearable collage.”


Create something truly personal, for yourself or a loved one. Lil’ Lockitz supplies you with gems, backgrounds and charms of your favorite things to float in a wearable collage that tells a story.

Recommended for children 5 years of age and older, it comes complete with everything you need to make 18 reusable Lockitz including:

  • Design Studio with Storage Compartments
  • Display Stand
  • 18 Locket Tops and Backs
  • 6 Necklaces
  • 6 Bracelets
  • 6 Keychains
  • 72 Charms
  • 54 Gems
  • 32 Backgrounds
  • 1 Pack of Sequin Letters
  • Photo Stencil
  • Locket Crimper
  • Photo Puncher
  • Storage Tray & Instructions


Great for rainy afternoons, scouts or sleepovers – get a group of friends together and let the fun begin.  Children can make one for themselves and one as a gift. What a fun way to tell your story!


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Easy Learn-to-Crochet Pattern for Kids: Coin Pouch

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Learning to crochet is a fairly easy craft project that kids as young as five years old can try. This easy crochet pattern for kids is a great way to help little hands practice fine motor skills and following directions. It’s cute enough to give as a gift too!

Easy Learn-To-Crochet Pattern for Kids: Coin Pouch

Materials Needed:


  • Size “G” Crochet Hook
  • Scraps of Cotton Yarn (such as Sugar & Cream brand)
  • Darning Needle
  • Button
  • Scissors

Crochet Skills Needed:


Make a chain of 4, join to create a ring


Work 8 single crochet and join


Using the darning needle, weave the end of the yarn into the work and trim


Grab a new color of yarn, attach using a single crochet and work into each stitch of the previous row using 2 single crochet (sc) stitches


Using the same color, continue working 2 single crochet stiches in the previous row all the way around. By the time you are done, you’ll have 2 rows of the same color


Grab a different color and chain 1 stitch, then 2 single crochet into the next stitch and then 1 single crochet. Repeat the 2 sc, 1 sc pattern all the way around

easy-crochet-pattern-for-kids-step-6Now, get a another color, attach it using a single crochet and follow this pattern: 2 single crochet in the first stitch, 1 single crochet in the next, 1 single crochet in the next, another single crochet in the next and then 2 single crochet. The pattern is:

2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, … repeat this until you get all the way around


Now, get a another color, attach it using a single crochet and follow this pattern: 2 single crochet in the first stitch, 1 single crochet in the next, 1 single crochet in the next, another single crochet in the next and then 2 single crochet. The pattern is:

2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, … repeat this until you get all the way around


Using the same color, this time, single crochet all the way around. Weave in all the loose ends and your first side is done!

Make the back side. You can use a single color like in the picture or use more scrap yarn


Now it’s time to sew the front and back together. You’ll use a simple whip stitch to do this. Just remember to keep an opening so your coins and fit!




Next, sew a button to the front and then chain a few stitches leaving a long tail at the front and back.


How many stitches you need to chain will depend on how big your button is.  Sew your chain to the inside of the coin purse.




If you want, you can glue a decoration on the front or leave it the way it is.


And there you have a fun coin purse to use for yourself or give as a gift.



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Easy Kids Craft: Upcycled Dog Toy

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My kids loved making toys and crafts for our dog. This project was a particular favorite because not only is it easy to make, but the materials are easy to find (you probably already have them!) and it can be done in less than an hour.

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft Materials:

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• a piece of soft crafting felt (any color would do)
• an empty plastic water bottle
• a small jingle bell (or anything that will make noise inside the bottle)
• crochet thread
• a pair of scissors

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft Instructions

Step 1:

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Measure the soft crafting felt to the empty piece of a plastic water bottle. There should be a significant allowance on the top and the bottom part of the bottle in reference to the felt because we will be creating vertical cuts on both sides.

Step 2:

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Place the small piece of jingle bell inside the plastic water bottle. Tightly close the cap afterwards.

Step 3:

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Tightly wrap the crafting felt on the body of the plastic water bottle. Place the bottle in the center of the felt and start wrapping it around.

Step 4:

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Tie one end of the wrapped plastic bottle with a crochet thread. This should create a candy-wrapped effect now. Make sure that you tie one end firmly because this is a dog toy and our pets tend to ruin their toys easily if it’s not sturdy enough.

Step 5:

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After creating several loops on one side, cross to the opposite side of the plastic bottle and do the same process on this side. The tassel on both sides of the plastic bottle should be prominent by now.

Step 6:

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Cross the opposite side of the bottle again and create several loops. Continue creating horizontal lines using the crochet thread until you finish the walls of the plastic bottle.

Step 7:

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Create vertical line wraps using the crochet thread. When you reach one end of the bottle, wrap the thread in a vertical manner around the walls of the plastic bottle. This will create more tension to the whole plastic bottle and will avoid the unnecessary tears on the crafting felt whenever the dog tries to munch or bite it.

Step 8:

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Secure the end of the thread firmly on one end of the toy. This will prevent the dog from ruining the toy that early if you get to tie this properly, without the spaces and gaps as seen in the photo.

Step 9:

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Finally done and ready to roll! You can now give this unique plastic bottle dog toy to your lovely pooch!

This unique dog toy will simply make your fur babies happy since the plastic bottle offers flexibility whenever they bite the body and at the same time, the dog toy will also produce a sound due to the presence of the small jingle bell inside when they try to munch and wiggle the toy extensively. They would definite love you for this because they would not have any dull moments anymore! Have fun with your fur baby!


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DIY White Tea and Coconut Oil Bath Bomb Recipe

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Do the over priced store bought bath bombs make you cringe? Did you know how easy it is to make them from home yourself? Mix things up with this refreshingly simple recipe and incorporate your own favorite scent. Pretty, fragrant, fizzy bath bombs made easily from scratch with nourishing coconut oil.


  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 teaspoons of strong white tea (water can be used as substitute)
  • Few drops of the essential oil of your choice, optional
  • All natural food coloring, optional
  • Mold
  • Airtight container


Mix cornstarch, baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt together in a large bowl. Use a whisk to work the coconut oil into the dry ingredients. Continue until the mixture becomes sandy with some chunks of oil.

Add the white tea to the dry ingredients 1 teaspoon at a time, making sure to immediately stir with a large wooden spoon after each teaspoon is added. Keep in mind that the mixture will foam up a bit after each teaspoon of liquid added. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about.

Continue stirring until the mixture has the same texture and appearance as sand that is slightly damp. You are ready to proceed to the next step when the mixture is primarily dust but can stick together when you squeeze some between your hands.

When you are ready to continue, simply press the bath bomb mixture into the mold. The mixture must be tightly and firmly packed into the mold. Set the mold in a safe location to dry for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. After the allotted time has passed, carefully remove the bath bombs from the mold and place in an airtight container until you are ready to use.

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