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5 Crafts You Can Do with Things You (probably) Have Already

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Creativebug has many craft tutorials available for every level of crafter from beginner to master. However, many crafts require a person to go buy a new material or supply in order to start. We’ve compiled a list of 5 crafts you can do today with things you most likely can find in the craft stash you’ve been keeping hidden in that one closet.

How to Tie a Bow

Level: Beginner | Time: 5 mins | Supplies: Ribbon

This short and sweet video will help you master the age-old difficulty: how to correctly tie a bow. After practicing this a few times, you’ll feel empowered to tackle the next birthday party you have to attend.

How to Fold a Paper Box

Level: Beginner | Time: 13 mins | Supplies: High quality giftwrap, a ruler, a rotary cutter or scissors, a glue stick or washi tape (optional)

Create custom-sized boxes using decorative paper with Liana from Creativebug. These pretty paper boxes have their roots in origami, coming together with a series of simple folds. You’ll learn how to make box tops with matching bottoms, which make cute gift containers for any occasion.

DIY Yarn Banners

Level: Beginner | Time: 11 mins | Supplies: Any length wooden dowel, variety of yarn, scissors, tacky glue (optional)

Add color and texture to any space with these simple, decorative yarn banners. Courtney will show you two ways to make these vibrant banners: with knots for a textured look or with glue for a seamless look. This class is a perfect way for anyone to get crafty with yarn, both knitters and non-knitters alike.

Make Tissue Paper Pompoms

Level: Beginner | Time: 14 mins | Supplies: 15 sheets of tissue paper per pompom, pipe cleaners (or use floral wire or string), scissors, green construction paper for leaves (optional)

Paper pompoms bring a colorful and textured floral touch to any celebration, especially weddings and parties. Courtney demonstrates how to create a gorgeous, oversized pompom from tissue paper, and also gives ideas for customizing color, shape and size.

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Make a Monkey’s Fist Knotted Necklace

Level: Beginner | Time: 6 mins | Supplies: 6 ½ to 7ft of medium-weight twine, cording or decorative rope, 1 yard of colored cord or thin twine, tacky glue, scissors, wooden bead or marble

Learn how to make a nautically inspired necklace using twine or decorative rope. Courtney will teach you how to create a small Monkey’s Fist Knot pendant, and then add a vibrant accent with colored cord.

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