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What’s better than a gnome?

17 Aug

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We thought these gnomes would look better in bright colors and we were right! 

Supplies:

  • Garden Gnome (We got ours at Dollar General.)
  • Spray Paint

Instructions: 

  • Use spray paint with adult supervision.
  • Follow instructions on paint can. We put newspaper under the gnomes before we started. We applied several coats.

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 Here’s what they looked like before.

They were so cute that we couldn’t resist taking them downtown.

Traffic Gnome

Traffic Gnome

What a view.

What a view.

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We had so much fun with the photo shoot, that we took one of the gnomes with us to New Mexico.

We had so much fun with the photo shoot, that we took one of the gnomes with us to New Mexico.

Greeting the mountain lion.

Greeting the mountain lion.

Chillaxing on the airplane.

Chillaxing on the airplane.

So much FUN!!!

So much FUN!!!

This was an easy, fun craft. Coming up on crafty crafts: a craft that does not involve paint!

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Spray-Paint Face Lift

14 May

Spray paint is a fun way to make old things look new! Here is a ceramic swan we bought for twenty five cents at a thrift shop.

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I added a coat of spray paint, a gemstone eye, and a touch of nail polish for the bill. Now it looks perfect in my bathroom. And it’s a great place to store cotton balls.

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Once we got started, we found other objects to transform with spray paint too. We’ll post some of those later!

Materials Needed:

0ld objects

spray paint

nail polish

gemstones

 

Directions:

1. Clean object before painting. Allow to dry.

2. Add coat of spray paint following directions on can.

3. When paint is dry, add details. I used nail polish to paint the bill, and I glued a plastic gemstone on for the eye.

This is a fast and easy craft. An adult should help with spray painting. We used the back of my old science project board to  protect other surfaces from paint. This worked great!

 

 

Beaded Curtain

6 Jan

hillcrest 363Tis the season to buy Christmas decorations for 90% off! So there’s no better time to pick up some really cheap craft supplies and get busy! One thing you can do is to make a beaded curtain for your doorway with Christmas garland beads!  We picked up some yesterday and paid only 80 cents for four garlands. My cousin and her dad made the curtain above. Directions are below.

Supplies:

1. Beaded Garlands

2. Tension Rod for window

3. Duct Tape

4. Ruler

Directions:

1. Cut beaded garland to desired lengths.

2. Set tension rod to the correct length for your doorway.

3. Run a long piece of duct tape along the length of the tension rod, with sticky side extending down.  hillcrest 358

4.Lay beaded strands on the sticky side of the tape, using the ruler to space them evenly apart.

5. When Beads are positioned correctly,  add second piece of duct tape over them and wrap around the top of the tension rod.

6. Press tape down over beaded strands and all around them to secure.

There you have it! Now you can really make an entrance!

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Fun with Felt

19 Aug

Felt Bags

Locker Magnets

We found these cute bags in the dollar section at Target. Then at Michaels we picked up these creative shapes. It was easy to make the felt bags and magnets.

FELT BAGS

Materials:

1. Felt Bags

2. Fun Felt Shapes

3. Gemstones

4. Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Attach felt shapes and rhinestones to bag using hot glue. If shapes already have adhesive, peel off plastic back before gluing. I still used glue on the shapes with adhesive.

Now you’re done!

LOCKER MAGNETS

Materials:

1. Fun Felt Shapes

2. Gemstone Shapes

3. Magnets

4. Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Glue gemstone to felt the fun felt shapes. Let it dry.

2. Cut around adhesive backing if felt shapes have backing. Do not remove backing. Leave backing on if it helps support the felt.

3. Glue magnets to back of shapes. Let it dry before testing it out.


Cupcake Liner Wreath

12 Mar

We’ve seen other versions of the Cupcake liner wreath around but this is our version. I made these with my friend Anna.  They are easy to make and inexpensive. We used leftover cupcake liners and vine wreaths that we got at the Dollar Tree!

Supplies:

1. Vine Wreath

2. Cupcake Liners

3. Embellishments (We used tag board shapes, flowers, and sequins purchased from Big Lots and Tuesday Morning.)

4. Hot Glue

 Directions:

1. Fold and twist cupcake liners into desired shapes.

2. Thread liners through cracks between the vines in the vine wreaths.

4. Using hot glue (with adult help) glue on embellishments.

These can be cute for any occasion. We have other ideas in mind too!

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What to do with old stuffed toys…

20 Feb

When my dog messed up one of my stuffed animal’s heads, I came up with this idea to give it a new one. I think it turned out cute!

 Materials

1. Old stuffed animal.

2. Fuzzy fur fabric.

3. Wiggly eyes.

4. Rubber bands.

5. Hot glue.

I liked the way it turned out so much that I tried it with some other old stuffed animals too.

Directions

1. Cut the head off of an old stuffed animal.

2. Pull stuffing from the head.

3. Ball up stuffing and place in the middle of a piece of Fuzzy fur fabric.

4. Bunch fabric around stuffing and secure with rubber bands.

5. Stick rubber banded end of fabric into neck hole of stuffed animal.

6. Secure with hot glue.

7. Now you have a body with a fuzzy head. Glue on wiggly eyes and tongue if desired.

This one was definitely improved when I added a fuzzy heard.

Your stuffed animal is revitalized!

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Tinsel Pencils

8 Dec

You can’t get much more glamorous than a shimmering trail of gold following your pencil as it moves across the page!  This craft is super easy, and fun to play with (and write with) afterward.

Supplies

1. Tinsel (get the kind where the strands are attached across the top.

2. Pencil

3. Painters Tape

Directions

1. Cut a few inches of tinsel and lay on a flat surface.

2. Place pencil on tinsel and secure with small piece of tape.

3. Roll tinsel around pencil.  

  4. Put a small piece of tape over the edge of the tinsel, securing it to the pencil.

Now go write something amazing! 

*Tip: AFTER tinsel is on the pencil, you can cut it to different lengths for different effects.

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Pop Top Frames

12 Sep

We found these wooden frames for $1 at Michaels.  They are the perfect size and shape for two rows of bottle caps!

 

Materials 

  1. Acrylic Paint
  2. Wooden Frame
  3. 40 Bottle Caps
  4. Strong Glue (we used Eco Glue)                                                                         

Directions 

  1. Paint frame and allow it to dry.
  2. Arrange bottle caps on frame to decide on a design.
  3. Squirt glue around rim of bottle cap and stick to frame.   

This was easy and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun-Fur letters

7 Aug

 

Does anyone else have piles of fun-fur they intended to turn into scarves?  We dragged our our basket of yarn and made some cool and crazy initials!  Just wrap the yarn around pipecleaners and shape into letters.  Or add wiggly eyes and fork-tine teeth for monster letters.  This easy craft would be a great party activity.  Buttons, sequins, and gems could be added to them too!

 

Materials:

Assorted Fun Fur

Pipe Cleaners

Scissors

Directions:

Wrap fun-fur around pipe cleaners.

Cut off excess.

Shape into letters.

Ta-da!

Add wiggly eyes and plastic fork-tine teeth for a monster letter!

 

Chubby Minnows

24 Jul

Materials

1. Small glass Christmas ornaments

2. Aluminum Foil

3. Round sequins

4. Wiggly eyes

5. Hot glue

6. Fishing line

7. Scissors

Instructions

1. Have an adult gently pull the end from the ornament. (Keep these, they’ll be used in a craft later!)

2. Cut a small pieced of aluminum foil and shape it into a tail.

3. Shape an even smaller piece into a fin for the head.

4. Poke tail into end of ornament.

5. Have an adult help with the hot glue.

6. Secure tail with glue.

6. Glue wiggly eyes on either side of the ball.

7. Glue fin to top of ball.

8. Tie short piece of fishing line in a loop and glue behind head fin.

Hang your cute fish somewhere to enjoy.  If you create a lot of fish, make a minnow mobile like we did in our class.  We covered a cardboard soda flat with silver fabric and tacked the fish to it, then suspended it from the ceiling.

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