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Window Art with Foam Shapes And Water.

Little children and preschoolers who like making and playing with water will cherish this enjoyment and simple outside craftsmanship movement. We’re making window workmanship with froth shapes and water. It’s easy to set up, it’s sans wreckage, and it’s an extraordinary method to engage the children at home on a sweltering summer day.

Water and windows and froth, goodness my! Making window craftsmanship with froth shapes is constantly a hit with the children in my childcare since it joins two of their preferred exercises: workmanship and water play!

I love this action too in light of the fact that it’s so easy to liberate up and it’s practically mess. The children can enliven the windows and make craftsmanship and point by point scenes and the main tidy up is to wipe the windows dry when they’re set.

Ability improvement

In spite of the fact that it would appear that an extremely simple action, there’s heaps of learning and expertise advancement going on here.

Net engine – extending, coming to, huge arm development

To make window craftsmanship with froth shapes you’ll require

Fine Motor – controlling froth pieces

Shading and Shape Recognition

Thinking, arranging and making their photos.

froth shapes (non-cement)

bowl of water

paintbrushes

window or sliding glass entryway

Alright! How about we make some window workmanship! Hand out the brushes, and let the children “paint” away!

They can brush their water straightforwardly onto the window or on to their art shapes. At that point they’ll press their shape against the glass window or sliding glass entryway, and presto!

The froth holds fast to the window. The entirety of our shapes remained on the window, and we were playing for about an hour on this day.

You can make your craft on a window or a mirror, or you could do what we’re doing, and utilize a sliding glass entryway. Our porch entryway makes the ideal canvas for gathering of minimal ones to assemble around.

The law breakers made some extraordinary memories brushing the window with water, and organizing and re-masterminding their froth shapes. The manufactured a zoo, and they matched infant creatures up with their moms.

Contingent upon your froth shapes, you could likewise mess with designing, or your youngster could assemble shapes, sizes and hues. You could utilize froth letters or numbers to chip away at early education and math aptitudes or… you could just play, which is actually what we were doing here.

One little law breaker found that the wet froth pieces remained together! Cool! That made for some enjoyment layering!

What an extraordinary open air workmanship action for a warm day!

Another approach to play with froth shapes and water is in the bath! They adhere to the tiles like enchantment! Your children will cherish beautifying the sides of the tub and the dividers as they’re playing in the shower!

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How To Create Your Own Homemade Bird Feeders.

If you’re looking for a fun craft project that will let your child explore science and nature while their creative muscles get a workout, try making your own bird feeder. There are plenty of simple bird feeder plans that are easy for kids to make, from a pine cone bird feeder to a toilet paper roll bird feeder. Most of these feeders use materials found in your home or after a quick trip to the grocery store.These bird feeders will continue to bring joy long after your little one has created it. Hang the bird feeder in a spot in your yard where you can enjoy it and watch the birds eat.

Before You Start

As with any craft that you do with your child, make sure you read through the instructions prior to starting the craft. Then, lay out all the supplies and cover all work surfaces first with an old newspaper or a tarp. These crafts can get messy, so if it’s an option, work outside.
Some of these bird feeders use peanut butter, so if you have a child with an allergy, you may want to use another ingredient like lard or leftover cooking fat (such as bacon fat).

Pine Cone Bird Feeder

One of the most common bird feeders for kids to make, the pine cone bird feeder is also one of the easiest.
Gather up a few pine cones from your yard and tie strings to the top of them. Tip: Do this step first, as the pine cones can get sticky and messy.
Using a butter knife, have your preschooler spread peanut butter or cooking lard all over the surface of the pine cone.
Roll the pine cone through a bowl of birdseed.
Hang the pine cone from a high surface, such as a tree or a porch.

Bagel Bird Feeder

This one uses a stale bagel, so it’s great if you have leftovers from a brunch party.
Cut the bagel in half lengthwise and secure it with a string or ribbon through the hole.
Have your child spread either peanut butter or cooking fat over the bagel.
Dredge it through the birdseed.
Hang the bagel in the yard.

Cereal Bird Feeder

This is a great craft for working fine motor skills. It also makes use of any stale round cereal you might have in the house.
Take a long length of string and tie a knot at the end that’s big enough so the cereal can’t drop through.
Ask your preschooler to put circle-shaped cereal, such as Cheerios, onto the string.
Once the string is full, tie the ends together and secure it to a tree or porch.

Orange Half Bird Feeder

Another fun project, this is a good use for those oranges that have been around a little too long. You will be using the orange peel to create a hanging boat for the birdseed.
Cut an orange in half and clean out all of the fruit and pulp. Take care not to rip or tear the rind.
Poke two tiny holes across the diameter of the orange, directly opposite from each other.
Thread a string through and secure at the top.
Fill the orange with a mixture of peanut butter and birdseed (or lard or leftover cooking fat) and hang.

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Use this project to create a temporary bird feeder that the kids can decorate however they like.
Clean and dry an empty milk carton.
Cut a hole big enough for a bird to fit.
Punch a hole in the top of the feeder and thread a string through. Tie at the top and secure.
Let your child decorate as she wishes. Construction paper is fine, but it will likely get ruined in inclement weather. Instead, try acrylic paint or crayons.
Once the bird feeder is dry, fill with birdseed and hang.

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DIY Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream and Liquid Watercolours.

Making marbled paper is one of my preferred simple workmanship procedures for kids. The procedure is so straightforward, and the outcomes are dazzling each and every time. Of all the marbling ventures we’ve done here, this one is the coolest without a doubt!

Paper makes are constantly fun, yet when I previously caught wind of marbling with shaving cream and nourishment shading, I was doubtful. The possibility that you could move a swirly example of hues onto a bit of paper just by squeezing the paper into a dish of shaving cream sort of confounded me. I needed to give it to locate a shot.

In addition to the fact that it worked, it was fantastic! I was really overwhelmed! The law breakers and I have done the procedure a few times since, transforming our completed marbled paper into father’s day cards, hand crafted blessing wrap and even these paper snowflakes.

The most effective method to Make Marbleized Paper with Shaving Cream and Watercolors

Supplies

white paper (card stock or watercolor paper or printer paper)

preparing sheet

shaving cream (froth, not gel) we generally utilize this brand

nourishment shading or fluid watercolor paint (or both)

blade or spreader (for spreading the shaving cream)

stick or chopstick (for twirling)

terminated charge card (or something comparative for scratching)

Alright! We should have a ton of fun!

Instruction

Start by letting your kid squirt shaving cream everywhere throughout the heating sheet. You’ll require the white frothy sort of shaving cream for this. Shaving gel won’t work.

Spread the shaving cream everywhere throughout the preparing sheet in a thick, smooth layer.

Next, dribble the nourishment shading as well as fluid watercolors everywhere throughout the shaving cream.

Presently, take your stick or chopstick, and twirl the shading through the shaving cream.

In the image over, our hues weren’t exactly swirly enough for my loving, so we continued whirling until we had this.

Doesn’t it look cool? The more shading twirls you have in your shaving cream, the more “marbled” your paper will turn out.

At the point when you’re content with how twirled your hues are, snatch your paper.

You can marbleize any sort of paper!

We utilized watercolor paper for our undertaking today, however we’ve additionally utilized white card stock and standard printer paper. We’ve even marbleized white material napkins but since fluid watercolors are launderable, the shading cleaned out when I flushed them under the tap. I have to try different things with nourishment hues to check whether those eventual a decent method to for all time marbleize a bit of texture.

Have your kid delicately press the paper into the outside of the shaving cream, and leave it for a half-minute or something like that.

At that point, lift your paper out of the shaving cream.

You’re going to require your charge card now. You can utilize any durable item with a straight edge to do this part. A ruler would work or even a bit of cardboard. I generally have a reserve of terminated charge cards in an art cabinet (we regularly paint with Mastercards), so’s what we use.

Simply see what you’re left with! A lovely bit of hand crafted marbleized paper!

What would you be able to utilize custom made marbleized paper for?

Simply think about all the manners in which you could utilize it:

spread or tie a hand crafted diary

use as a tangle in an image outline

cut out a bookmark, and spread it with contact paper

outskirt a bit of natively constructed workmanship

transform it into a high quality welcome card

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DIY Rainbow Crayon Holder And The Coolest Thank You Cards Ever.

All of you realize the amount I love shading. I can’t get enough pastels, shaded pencils, and markers. What’s more, my children love shading as well! Also, as much as they love making their own cards for individuals, it can now and then be a touch of overpowering for them to make total cards without any preparation… particularly when they are attempting to compose a great deal of cards to say thanks on the double.

At the point when I saw these shading notes to say thanks for kids from Tiny Prints, I promptly began to look all starry eyed at, and I realized my children would cherish them as well. There are such huge numbers of various enjoyment decisions and approaches to customize the cards, or you can leaves spaces clear. completely LOVES keeping in touch with her name on everything, so I chose to leave the “from” segment clear on her cards.it’s so cool to see his name in print, so I customized his robot cards to incorporate his name.

There are a variety of cards to look over. I finished out selecting these colorful cards, these robot cards for kids, and a lot of these rainbow cards for the two children to utilize. I think the rainbow ones are my top choice! I love that my children are amped up for composing notes to say thanks as opposed to considering it a task. Indeed they were in any event, composing notes to say thanks to one another for seemingly insignificant details like “investing energy with me.

What’s more, I likewise made a rainbow colored pencil holder out of air dry earth for every one of my children to keep at their work areas. They are extremely enjoyable to make and really simple. The hardest part is hanging tight for the air dry dirt to dry.

What you need

Air dry earth

Pastels

Water + Paper Towel

Earth instruments (discretionary)

Paint

Sealant (like Mod Podge)

What you do

For reasons unknown I discover air dry mud somewhat hard to work with. Including a smidgen of water appears to help, yet it likewise makes it untidy. Start by manipulating your earth and embellishment it into a half circle shape that is around one inch down. You can utilize a clammy paper towel to help smooth the edges.

Plan out what number of colored pencil openings you need and how far separated to make them.

Use colored pencils to make openings over the top piece of the rainbow. I utilized more established colored pencils since they closures will remain somewhat white and powdery after this. Keep the entirety of the colored pencils set up simultaneously.

Presently with the pastels still set up, alter the state of your rainbow. Some of the time embeddings the colored pencils makes your shape change a smidgen. Ensure the base is level and smooth.

Squirm the pastels around a smidgen to ensure the openings are greater than the colored pencils themselves, at that point expel the pastels.

Utilizing an earth blade (or even a kitchen blade is fine), delicately cut the top layer off of the dirt with the goal that it is even and smooth. Smooth your edges. Utilize a pastel by and by to ensure that the entirety of the gaps are more extensive than the colored pencils themselves.

Utilize a mud instrument or the rear of a paint brush to make little lines across the two sides of your rainbow.

Allow your rainbow to dry. This takes a few days and holding up isn’t a lot of fun!

The dirt will be a grayish shading, so I began by painting my rainbows all white. At that point when that dries, paint your rainbow various hues. You could mess with various hues like a pastel rainbow or you could even leave everything white. Coat your colored pencil holder with a sealant like Mod Podge or a splash sealant and appreciate!

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HOW TO MAKE A CUTE CLAY CRAB NECKLACE.

Have you seen little children playing with play mixture? They look so upbeat, squishing stuff around in their little hands, molding them into balls, crab nacklace and snakes. Best of all, they don’t have to exceed this happiness – not with mud creates!

There’s a wide range of mud accessible to create with, and they’ve improved than the ones we had when we were kids. The most widely recognized ones appear to be mud and polymer mud and these can be molded into anything your mind envisions and your heart wants.

So we should feel free to release our inventiveness with some excessively charming and simple mud creates for children to make, play with and obviously, blessing their companions!

My children are fixated on ocean of late and love crabs specifically. Possibly this is a direct result of their huge eyes, wonky hooks and brilliant red shading.

So we chose to make an adorable earth crab accessory. This is so natural utilizing stove prepare mud and trust me when I state I’m no master in chiseling creature shapes. On the off chance that I can do it, so can you.

Earth is an incredible material to create from in light of the fact that it’s entirely adaptable, can be utilized to make a great deal of things and even your children can make from it, it’s simple. Today I’d prefer to share some marvelous plans to acknowledge utilizing earth, these DIYs will flabbergast your children without a doubt!

You can make these DIY customized Necklace for grown-ups however it’s a particularly fun DIY to do with your children and afterward let them give the Necklace to their extraordinary companions – possibly as some blessing. Maybe they’ll even make one for their nonexistent companion. Why not? Customize the Necklace as children love things with their names or initials, emblazon the primary letter of the kid’s name on to the center globule. Peruse how to make these DIY customized Necklace.

Clay Crab Necklace Materials

A modest quantity of red and white broiler heat dirt

Twine, or string

Eye snare

Dark Sharpie or marker

Instruction

To shape the body, you’ll have to relax a bit of red dirt with your fingers. Take a piece and make a circle, at that point level with your thumb for the body. For the paws, take a minor piece, fold into a ball, and utilize your fingers to indent it. Rehash for the subsequent hook. For the legs, fold minor pieces into dainty rolls. We connected them to the body by simply squeezing immovably.

For the eyes, move two bits of white mud and press onto the body.

Essentially press your eye snare in the mud over the crab before preparing. Heat as indicated by your dirt bundle directions. We heated our crab for 20 minutes in a 300 degree broiler. Permit to cool totally.

At the point when the crab is cooled, utilize your Sharpie or dark marker to include eyes. String a bit of string or twine and you presently have an adorable crab jewelry!

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Cool Ocean Diy Craft For Kids Using Salt And Water Color Paint.

We consolidated a portion of our preferred water shading systems to make this cool sea workmanship venture for kids. The completed work of art looks so vivid and is ideal for a late spring workmanship venture or a craftsmanship movement to go with a sea topic!

Painting with Watercolor

Children consistently love painting with watercolors, and when you add oil pastels and salt to the blend, it makes the movement significantly all the more energizing!

Some fluid watercolors, oil pastels, and craftsmanship paper to attempt, I knew precisely what we were going to utilize them for-sea scenes! This late spring Lucy and Theo have been keen on sea creatures and finding out about the tides and waves in the sea. What better approach to broaden their learning than by making a workmanship venture roused by their inclinations!

In the past we’ve utilized oil pastels and watercolor paint to make blossoms and rainbow craftsmanship, and we’ve additionally utilized watercolor paint and salt to make a workmanship scene motivated by the story, How to Catch a Star. I chose to join every one of the three workmanship materials for this task!

Sea Diy Craft for Kids Using Oil Pastels, Water shading, and Salt

Materials for Ocean Art Project for Kids

Fluid watercolors (We utilized Colorations Liquid Watercolor–our supreme top choice!)

Paintbrush

Oil Pastels (We utilized Colorations Oil Pastels.)

Salt (Any sort of salt will work, however our preferred outcomes are the point at which we use Epsom salt.)

Workmanship paper (We utilized The Ultimate Art Paper.)

Scissors

Paste

Step by step instructions to Make Ocean Art for Kids

Draw loads of white, wavy lines over your specialty paper utilizing a white oil pastel. (The set from Supply really accompanied three white oil pastels, which I cherished since we utilize those regularly with the watercolors.

Set out some fluid watercolor paint in various shades of blue. We utilized blue, blue-green, and turquoise. (The Colorations brand of fluid watercolors from Supply has consistently remained our top pick considerably in the wake of attempting different brands.

Paint a blue watercolor wash over your sheet of workmanship paper utilizing any shades of blue you’d like.

Before your paint dries, sprinkle some salt over the paper. As the paint dries, truly cool plans will show up in your paint.

Put your sea water paper aside to dry and start making your sea creatures. Utilize another sheet of workmanship paper and oil pastels to draw any ocean animals you’d like.

Paint your drawings with fluid watercolor paint. The children consistently love perceiving how the oil pastel drawings oppose the watercolor paint!

When your ocean creatures are dry, removed them.

Paste them onto your salt sea work of art, and let it dry.

TIPS

When sprinkling the salt onto your sea painting, don’t do gigantic heaps of salt or put the salt on dry segments of your paper-structures will be less inclined to show up.

At the point when we’re utilizing loads of various shades of fluid watercolor paint without a moment’s delay, we put the various hues in an ice block plate. It makes for simple cleanup and can be utilized over and over!

The fluid watercolor paint is splendidly shaded directly from the jug. You can help the hues by adding water to the paints you’ll be utilizing.

Try not to keep more youthful youngsters separate from this action. Theo (age 4) cherished making his salty sea painting. Despite the fact that he isn’t exactly prepared to draw sea creatures, he drew his own structures which were sea creatures in his eyes!

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MAKE A FAUX LIVING COFFEE TABLE.

Subsequent to seeing Emma’s fake living divider, I knew I simply needed to reproduce the look in my own home. The issue was, I don’t generally have a decent central divider that could take that kind of treatment that wasn’t at that point decorated, secured with craftsmanship, or loaded with windows. In addition, I don’t know I have the devotion to finish a full divider! Be that as it may, I despite everything adored such greenery. At the point when I saw this foot stool at Ikea, I figured it would make the ideal artificial living end table. That additional rack under the glass top was flawless to house the greenery and the glass top implied I could see the plants from all edges! What’s more, since it just measures 2′ by 4′, it was significantly more spending benevolent than an entire divider.

If you’re anything like you either have a coffee table in the living room the kids have been beating up on for years OR you don’t have anything and want to do it yourself!

Supplies

two level end table, ideally one with a glass top (I utilized this one)

fake grass turf

fake greenery (I purchased the entirety of mine at the specialty store in the flower division when it was at a bargain; likewise look at this rundown)

E6000 or other mechanical glue like fluid nails

scissors

2 jars splash paint in your selection of hues. I utilized a light pink by Rustoleum.

Guidance

Gather your table and splash paint in your preferred shade (you can likewise leave it as may be, however I like the pink against the green).

When the splash paint has restored medium-term, slice the fake grass turf to fit the base rack of your table. Utilize the E6000 or fluid nails to add a touch of paste to the focal point of each blossom and press your grass tangle into place. At that point let the paste dry for a couple of hours.

Next, begin to organize your greenery onto the grass top to figure out the best format. When chosen a look, evacuate the bits of greenery and utilize a couple of forceps or wire cutters to cut the stems, leaving 1″ of stem toward the end. Utilize the scissors to cut a cut into the turf and press the stem of the greenery into the gap. On the underside of the grass turf, utilize the forceps to twist the stem upwards and level against the underside of the rack. Don’t hesitate to add a spot of paste to the gap where the stem jabs through to give it additional security.

The entire table (short drying time) was finished in around 2 hours, which is ideal for me! A dash of green plants and a fast turnaround time! I love the manner in which the greenery jumps out from the table and hangs over the edges as well. Presently allows simply trust my children are mature enough to keep it decent

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OUR FIRST FAMILY VACATION PHOTO BOOK.

In the event that there is one thing I have learned in my very nearly eight months of being a mother is that wow … i take a lot of photos of my kids. I think each mother feels along these lines! I attempt to remain to some degree sorted out and back them up, yet that doesn’t make a difference to me so much as really printing them out to keep for a considerable length of time to come! Regardless of how sorted out your drop box or hard drives are, it’s not as unique to glance through as a photograph book. So I am starting the propensity now of getting up to speed with my books once a season or somewhere in the vicinity.

I utilized their application hd Album EZ to make this whole collection in under 30 minutes. Insane, right?! It was so natural. What’s more, I am extremely content with the hard spread photograph book, Now’s the ideal time to make your own photograph book as well, as Canon is off their Black Friday in July occasion and have an extraordinary offer only for all of you.

To make my collection, I previously put all my get-away photographs into an organizer on my telephone. I find that is the most straightforward approach to get them all together before transferring. In the event that you select from your camera move, it is excessively simple to photograph rather than an altered one, so I prescribe making an organizer on your telephone ahead of time with all the photographs you need to utilize and twofold checking them.

Next, I just transferred them to the application and it naturally organized them into a pre-made format for me. I swapped a couple of pictures around and changed a full to full page. Everything I accomplished for content was add a title to the front of the book (which likewise appears on the spine). I didn’t add any content to the book whatsoever. To get directly to the point, this is my inclination 90% of the time. I don’t care for a ton of writings in my books since I have an inclination that it can detract from the photographs. All things considered, there are a few books, similar to Nova’s appropriation story, where some content is fundamental. On the off chance that you will compose a great deal of content, I suggest composing it out ahead of time and having it edited (mistakes are so annoying and no product gets every one of them!).

Here are a portion of within pages of our book! This was our first family get-away to California in March. We went to Disney with family for two or three days and afterward went to Palm Springs with simply the three of us for a long end of the week. It was a superb first get-away and I am so glad to have the recollections archived right now!

Much obliged such a great amount for perusing!!! This book is presently sitting on our rack with all our other family recollections. Right where it ought to be!

I certainly suggest Canon’s, hd Album EZ, in the event that you are hoping to spare time and make books directly from your telephone

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HALF MOON TASSEL EARRING DIY.

I’m so eager to see all the summery dresses and frill that have been in stores recently (ike those pink sunnies it’s certainly my preferred season to shop! That being stated, I’m unquestionably deficient with regards to a piece in the late spring adornments division, so I figured it is enjoyable to exploit the decoration pattern and make a couple of DIY hoops that are ideal for the sea shore or simply open air margaritas with the young ladies. They are very simple to make, and I’ll give you how!

Supplies

half moon pendant (x2)

metal penetrating device

needle nose pincers

4 shades of weaving string

hop rings

ball stud hoop posts

little bit of cardb

texture scissors

Instruction

First you’ll take your half moon pieces and utilize your metal penetrating apparatus to include two additional openings down the long side of your half moon piece so you have four gaps rather than two. I like to check the spots with a marker first so I can see where the openings ought to be set.

Next you’ll cut a 1/2″ portion of cardboard to make your decorations around. Beginning at the base edge of the cardboard, wrap your weaving string around the cardboard multiple times and cut your string somewhat longer than the cardboard at the base edge side. Cut a 4″ long bit of string and slip it between the cardboard and your string layers so you can hitch it at the top to keep your strands together and give you something to join your bounce ring excessively later.

Crease down the long parts of the bargains piece you used to tie the top so they join different strands, and cautiously slip your decoration off the cardboard strip. Cut another 4″ long strand and tie that around 1/3 of the route down from the highest point of your decoration. Overlap those long finishes down to join different strands.

Utilize your texture scissors to cut the circles on the base of your decoration and trim the base edge straight. Rehash process with all your different hues until you have two of each shading.

Utilize your forceps to open the circle on your stud post and append the circle to the highest point of your half moon shape. Utilize the pincers to close the circle once more.

Utilize a hop ring to connect the tuft tie at the highest point of the decoration to an opening at the base of the half moon shape.

Rehash process with every tuft until your studs are finished!

How fun!! These future flawless excursion hoops or so adorable with a mid year sundress as well. You can alter the decorations to be whatever hues work best with your closet and make your cardboard strip taller in the event that you need longer tufts for your pair. In any case, it’s hard not to feel the great vibes in these hoops

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DIY PUNCH NEEDLE EMBROIDERY PILLOW.

If you’ve been itching to try your hand at punch needling but need something less intimidating to start with than a WHOLE pillow, this is the project for you! creating this fun and festive pillow! Punch needle embroidery is the same concept but with much thinner thread, so you can work on more delicate lines, create embroidery-like images, or just get a lot of texture in a small space. It’s perfect for customizing a throw pillow or two for the holidays and can easily be scaled down to make your own ornaments!

In this round holiday pillow project, I used my embroidery punch needle to spell out the word “joy.” It took much less time than I imagined it would and since I punched it out on a red linen backing, I didn’t have to fill the whole front of the pillow and got to catch up on laundry instead.

Supplies

1/2″ yard scooter red linen fabric
14″ wooden quilting hoop
Boye 2.2 embroidery punch needle
three skeins of 6 ply red cotton embroidery floss
poly-fil stuffing
JOY Pillow Template
straight pins
scissors
sewing machine (optional but I’ve linked to the one I’ve had for years and love)
sharpie
iron/ironing board

Instruction

After pre-washing and ironing your linen fabric, use your embroidery hoop as a guide for cutting out two 16″ circles. The embroidery hoop is only 12″ wide but you can measure out 4″ from the edge and eyeball a wider diameter. Or you can follow these instructions.

Place one of the two circles in your hoop, center it within your hoop, and tighten the screw at the top. Pull your linen fabric taut in opposite directions to keep it centered within your hoop.

Print out the provided and carefully trim along the edges of each word to create a stencil. Center it within your hoop and carefully trace inside of your stencil with a black sharpie. You can pin your paper to the fabric as a precaution if you wish. The sharpie needs to be visible from the back of the fabric.

Cut a 4′ length of 6 strand embroidery floss and split it into two bundles of 3 strands each. Six strands is too many for this size needle and less than 3 won’t stay put. Thread your embroidery punch needle according to manufacturer’s instructions. DON’T lose your needle threader. You’ll need it. Hehe … For this type of project, you’ll want to adjust the length of your needle so that it’s only sticking out about 1/2″ from the handle. Not all needles are adjustable but this can help your loop height be more consistent.

Also, flip your hoop over. You’ll be punching from the back so that your loops stick out the front.

Deep breath! Start just outside the sharpie line on one of your letters and leave about a 2″ tail hanging out from the needle end. Stitch forward, with the tail side of the needle where the thread is trailing out, on the back side. If the tail side of the needle is facing forward, it can pull your loops out more easily.

When you’re punching through the fabric, you want your needle to punch through until your handle almost touches the fabric. When you pull it back out, keep the needle close to the fabric and move forward just a smidge. How much is a smidge? About the width of your needle. Since we’re using linen and not monk’s cloth or something with more obvious rows, just make sure you are keeping your stitches close to each other. You’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly and you can always fill in the gaps with more rows.

Punch until you run out of floss. Then reload your next length. Trim your tail ends down as you go so they don’t get in the way.

Work your way around the outside of the sharpie so that it is covered up with loops on the other side. You’ll be moving your hoop as you work your way around the curves of each letter. You always want the needle to be facing in the right direction, so it’s best to rotate your hoop instead of rotating your needle. This is what three full outlines of the first letter looks like. If you like the outlined look, I suggest three rows but not less. This gives a nice thickness to each letter. If you want to fill them in, continue on.

This is the back of three row completions. You want to make sure your rows are as close together as possible to give it a full look on the front. If you see blank spots, just start a new length of thread and fill them in using more rows to keep things uniform. With this type of design, using only one color, it’s OK if you are moving all over the place with your stitches to fill things in. But if you were using different colors or making shorter loops, your rows would be more obvious and you’d want to keep things more uniform.

Continue punching rows from the outside in until all of your letters are filled in and fluffy!