Tutorail : Felted Ball Mirror

I love my new felted ball mirror. The blues have such a wonderful beachy,  nautical feeling which is perfect for summer. It was super easy to make too…

 

Felted Ball Mirror Tutorial : www.TheMagicOnions.com

 

Materials Needed :

*   Felted wool balls in shades of blue ( from The Magic Onions Shop )

*  E6000 Glue ( a great glue for working with glass, found at craft and hardware stores)

*  A round mirror (found at craft stores)

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Method :

Work in a well ventilated area.

Add a blob of glue to a felt ball and stick it along the perimeter of the mirror, alternating the colors as you go.

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Voila… it’s that easy!

 

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It makes my mantle look like Summer.

Here’s a link to my Pinterest board that has lots of other felted ball craft ideas.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

 

Tutorial : Make Mini Toadstools for your Fairy Garden

We made the most adorable clay toadstools for our fairy garden.

 

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You won’t believe how easy they are to make.

All you need is :

*  Sculpey clay (from a craft store)

*  toothpicks

*  paint and a paintbrush

 

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Break off a small amount of clay (about the size of your fingernail) and mold it into a small half-circle.

 

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Insert a toothpick into the flat side of the clay half-circle.

 

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Bake your toadstools in the oven at 250 °F for 10 minutes until hard.

When they have cooled, set them standing upright in a little clay. This makes them easy to paint.

 

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Paint them in pretty toadstool colors.

 

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When the paint has dried completely, use the back end of a paintbrush to stamp small white paint dots onto your toadstools.

 

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We love them! They look magical in our Fairy Garden.

 

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Here is an easy-to-follow graphic for pinning if you want to save this tutorial for later.

 

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If this Fairy Garden tutorial has enchanted you, please share it with your friends.

And be sure to make a Fairy Garden with your little ones and enter it into our Fairy Garden Contest. Not only is it incredibly fun to make a miniature garden like this, but there are such AWESOME prizes this year… worth $435!

Need more inspiration… be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas, tutorials and instructions.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and Entry Form

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

AWESOME Prizes for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest

 

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

Let’s Make Crocheted Bowls

I love lace… it’s so delicate and pretty.

It reminds me of my grandmother.

When I found white crochet lace doilies at our local craft shop recently, I knew exactly the craft they were waiting for … pretty lace bowls.

 

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This is an easy craft that your kids will enjoy. There’s something children REALLY love about getting their hands all slimy and squishy with glue.

Materials needed :

  • Craft glue
  • a balloon
  • a crochet doily

1.  Blow up the balloon and set it on a bowl to hold it in place.

2.   Pour a generous amount of glue into a bowl.

3.   Soak the doily in the glue. Massage glue into the doily.

4.   Spread the wet doily over the balloon, making sure the center of the doily is over the center of the balloon.

5.   Flatten the doily out so that there are no creases and the ends of the doily are straight and symmetrical .

6.    Set aside to dry completely (+- 24 hours)

7.  When the glue is completely dry, the doily will feel hard to the touch. Pop the balloon with a pin and remove it from your lace bowl.

Voila! What a stunning lace bowl you have made.
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We used a similar technique to make a No-Knit-Yarn-Nest a few years ago.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Making Magic Potions

Kitty and Teddy had such a great day yesterday. They made magic potions. All day long!

Colorful, bubbling brews. Glittering infusions in silver goblets. Magic potion spells in tiny corked bottles.

They spent hours enchanted. Magic is so much fun!

 

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We collected all of my silver… my silver goblets, teapots and milk jugs. And some crystal decanters too. The children raided my shop for tiny glass bottles and glitter.

We assembled the magic-making ingredients :

The two main things we needed were baking soda and vinegar. When we mix these two together, a great bubbling magic brew is made. It froths and bubbles over!

We made our magic outside as we didn’t want to inhale too much of the carbon dioxide byproduct.

We made our potions EXTRA special with these other ingredients :

Glitter (for magic), Kool Aid (for color), turmeric (for texture), salt (for fun), cinnamon (for fragrance) and a little water.

 

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And the fun began…

 

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“Anyone for a magic spell?”

Summer is so much fun!

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Let’s Make a Terrarium : DIY Gardening Tutorial for Kids

Oh my gosh… terrariums are SO cute!!

We had so much fun making this sweet mini wonderland today. It’s crazy how much I adore this!

And, I love any activity that gets the kids into gardening. Making a mossy terrarium is a super summer activity.

How to make a Terrarium : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Terrariums are very easy to make. You need just a few materials and a collection of treasures to make it enchanting.

Materials we used :

  • Glass jar
  • Activated carbon (craft, pet or hardware store)
  • Small pebbles (craft or hardware store)
  • Moss (garden shop)
  • Cutesy accessories to make it magical (toadstool, blue marbles, tiny pine cone and a feather butterfly)

 

How to make a Terrarium : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

1.   Assemble your materials

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2.   Add a layer of activated carbon to your glass jar. The carbon keeps the bacterial levels in your terrarium to a minimum. If you are going to be sealing your terrarium with a lid, add the carbon layer on top of the stones… it’ll help to keep the roots of the moss healthy.

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3.   Add a layer of stones. The stones ensure good drainage.

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4.   Add the moss. Usually, store-bought moss has a thick layer of soil under it. I usually thin this layer out as moss doesn’t need much soil. Water your garden sparingly.

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5.    Add your little treasures and VOILA! The cutest little terrarium ever.

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It’s now the centerpiece on my coffee table. It looks SO sweet there… but… Kitty usually claims all the cutest things we make for her own room and I’m sure it won’t last on my coffee table for long.

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Who can blame her… I want it in my room too!

If you love this terrarium, you’ll love the cute gardens on my Fairy Garden Page.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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DIY Wire Wrapped Stone Necklaces : Tutorial

My children are so happy… their summer vacations have begun at last!

What did they do on their first day of vacation?

The read, played outside and… CRAFTED, of course.

They made gorgeous stone necklaces. A bunch of them, in all sorts of beautiful shapes and colors.

We now have a large stash of pretty birthday gifts just waiting for lucky birthday girls to have their birthdays. Kitty is delighted to have made one for each of her friends.

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Tutorial : DIY Wire Wrapped Stone Necklace

 

Here are the materials we used :

  • a chain necklace
  • thin silver wire
  • pretty stones
  • pliers

 

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Kitty chose this chandelier crystal for herself.

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She used the pliers to cut a length of silver wire.

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She twisted the wire to make a hanging loop.

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She entwined the ends of the silver wire all around the stone until the stone was safely secured by wire.

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Attach the chain and Viola! Such a pretty handmade birthday gift.

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Her chandelier pendant is beautiful too.

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We have made sea glass pendants like this in the past too and they are just as lovely.

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Happy summer crafting.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Summer Magic Craft Boxes Available NOW!

My kids are counting the days until the end of the school year and the beginning of a new wonderful summer vacation.

I’m also looking forward to slow morning starts, unscheduled days and lots of happy times together … but, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little apprehensive too – 3 months is SO long and what on earth are we going to do for ALL that time?

Crafting, of course!! With the Magic Craft Box!!

 

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Magical, nature-inspired crafts, designed specifically for summer crafting.

Hours of fun for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

 

Feedback from a happy customer – “The Magic Craft Box was beautifully done, both in quality and the enclosed instructions. Both of my children have each completed all of the crafts and enjoyed the process so much. I would recommend these craft boxes to anyone! There are so many possibilities within the crafts. The shipping was wonderful and there was SO much attention to detail. Thanks so much!” – Vanessa

 

 

What’s in the 2014 Summer Magic Craft Box?

A delightful collection of natural crafts with a wonderfully fresh summer theme. Enjoy easy happy summer crafting.

I have concentrated on textures for this year’s Summer crafting. Tactile materials to keep your kids enthralled for many hours.

The 4 crafts include :

1. TWO magic bubble wands – made with sticks and sparkly, bendy wire and LOTS of beads and baubles and shiny sequins.

2. TWO flower fairies – made with pretty silk petals, yarn hair and magical thread.

3. A magnificent nature mobile – made with lots of nature bits and bobs.

4. Bright and colorful God’s Eyes – made with sticks, beeswax modeling wax and gorgeous yarn.

 

 

Magic Bubble Wands

 

Your kit will include enough materials to make TWO or more magical bubble wands, complete with lots of wood beads, shiny baubles, a jingling bell and sparkling sequins. PLUS, I will give you the recipe to make THE BEST and HUGEST bubbles around… all with ingredients I bet you have in your home!

Look at the fun my 7 year-old had with his bubble wand…

 

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Flower Fairies

 

If you are making a Fairy Garden (to enter into our contest) you will definitely be wanting to make Flower Fairies too. My kids play with their Flower Fairies for hours in their Fairy Garden.

I LOVE to see my children playing with toys they have made themselves!

They are such fun to make, with their pretty flower skirts and pretty hair. And, don’t think that boys won’t like making Flower Fairies… my little boy LOVED this craft and has played with his fairies for hours!

 

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Nature Mobile

 

Your kit includes all kinds of fun goodies to include in your nature mobile AND, your kids can collect their own nature treasures to add too… it’s sure to be a favorite summer craft AND decoration in your home.

 

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God’s Eyes

 

Making God’s Eyes is a wonderful craft for a long summer’s afternoon. And, the brightly colored yarns will delight your kids. Your kit includes materials to make TWO gorgeous God’s Eyes.

 

Ready to buy your Magic Craft Box?

 

4 Seasons :

 

Many families have subscribed to the Magic Craft Box ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION and I urge you to do the same – no stress crafting!

At the beginning of each season, a magic craft box is delivered to your doorstep for hours of fun seasonal crafting.

What a GREAT gift for grandparents to give their far-away grand kids.

Click here to see the crafts from the previous years :

Winter

Winter

Spring

Spring

Autumn

Summer

 

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Feedback from Happy Customers:

 

“The Magic Craft Box is pure delight! Straight from the fairies! My daughter is loving them and the magic packed in. I love them too, having everything ready in one easy package. Thank you so much!” – Lindsey

“My goodness, this is such a brilliant concept. I can’t tell which craft my children enjoyed the most! Opening their Magic Craft Boxes was such an experience for them… it made even my 11 year old start to believe in fairies again! My 3 year old loved being part of making the crafts too. All around, this was a wonderful experience for my whole family. I have already purchased our One Year Subscription – keep the magic coming!” – Denise

“The Magic Craft Box was beautifully done, both in quality and the enclosed instructions. Both of my children have each completed all of the crafts and enjoyed the process so much. I would recommend these craft boxes to anyone! There are so many possibilities within the crafts. The shipping was wonderful and there was SO much attention to detail. Thanks so much!” – Vanessa

This is how magically each craft kit is packaged

 

If you would prefer not to use Etsy, please CONTACT ME and I will gladly set up another payment method for you.

If you have any questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Enjoy making MAGIC!

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Succulents planted in Antique Wooden Thread Spools

Oh My Gosh… I am in love with these sweet little succulents Kitty and I planted in antique wooden thread spools. They sit on my windowsill and look so utterly adorable.

 

 

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We found the antique wooden spools at a garage sale a few weeks ago – $2 for a bag of about 50!

We collected the succulents from our friends and neighbors (we live in Southern California where succulents are abundant). Succulents are amazingly easy to grow from snippings – snip off a tiny stem and plant. A root will grow.

We chose the littlest stems.

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We used a chopstick to fill the wooden spools with soil and a toothpick to make a hole in the soil for the succulent stem to fit in.

Voila… the sweetest little succulent flowerpots on earth!

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I have to smile. I started off with 8 on my windowsill.

One by one, they have disappeared into Kitty’s room.

While tidying up this morning, I found the last one in Teddy’s room.

Proof… succulents in antique wooden thread spools are a hit with all ages.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Seasonal Crafting

Have you visited my ‘Seasonal Crafts’ tab in the navigation bar above? It’s a super resource for crafting by the season. Click on the heading to be taken to the year-by-season page. You can also visit a particular season by clicking on it in the drop down menu. Easy to find what you are looking for.

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Blessings and magic,

Donni