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Pedicured Pencils: Crafts from The Boy Project

9 Jan

We are featuring another craft from THE BOY PROJECT (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister), a humorous middle grade novel from Scholastic, that was released January 1! In honor of the book’s release, we are featuring some of the crafts Kara mentions in the book on this blog.  Kami Kinard, the book’s author, is the mother of CLM, this blog’s creator.  Pedicured Pencils was one of our earlier posts. Kami liked the idea so much that she included it in her book! Click on the book in the sidebar to learn more about it!

Give Your Pencil a Pedicure!

1OCT

polish a pencil

We purchased these pencils for less than a penny each at the Staples back to school sale!

Materials:

  1. Wooden Pencil
  2. Nail Polish
  3. Nail gems

Directions:

  1. Coat a pencil with nail polish.
  2. Let it dry and recoat.
  3. Place small nail gems around the top of pencil.
  4. Paint metal banding with a complimentary color.

*TIP:  We stood the pencil in a Styrofoam block so that we could paint all sides at once.  Clay or play dough could also be used  to hold the pencil upright.

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Altoid Box Suitcase: Crafts from THE BOY PROJECT

1 Jan

Hooray! THE BOY PROJECT (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister) , a humorous middle grade novel from Scholastic, was released TODAY! In honor of the book’s release, we are featuring some of the crafts Kara mentions in the book on the blog.  Kami Kinard, the book’s author, is the mother of CLM, this blog’s creator.  The Altoid Box Suitcase was one of our first posts. Kami liked the idea so much that she included it in her book! Click on the book in the sidebar to learn more about it!

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Make a realistic looking suitcase for your doll.

This craft is a little more difficult, but we loved the result!

Materials:

Altoids tin
Sheet of blank paper
Masking tape
Brown shoe polish
coated wire
long bead or several small beads
Small picture-hanging nail
Hammer

Directions:

Fold sheet of paper until it is slightly smaller than top of Altoids tin. This will cover the embossed letters, if present. It will also provide dimension.
Center the folded sheet on top of Altoids tin and secure with masking tape.
Continue to place pieces of masking tape on box until the entire surface is covered.
Using a soft rag apply brown shoe polish to the masking tape. Wipe off excess with clean rag. Repeat process for darker color.
Have an adult puncture two holes in side of Altoids tins that is opposite from the hinge. Use picture hanging nail and hammer for this. (Each of our holes was approximately two centimeters from the edge.)
Thread one end of coated wire through hole.
Add bead or beads.
Bring Wire through other hole and twist to secure.
Decorate your suitcase with small stickers, postage stamps, or home made stickers (directions below.)

To Make Travel Stickers:

Materials:

Tiny printouts of travel pictures (we used Microsoft Word clip art)
Transparent tape
Markers
Scissors
Directions:

Print out small travel pictures. Pictures should be narrow enough to be covered by a single piece of transparent tape.
Color pictures with markers.
Cut out pictures.
Place sticky side of tape over colored side of pictures, leaving edges of the tape exposed.
Carefully cut around pictures leaving a small area of sticky side of tape around the edges.
Apply these picture-stickers to surface of suitcase.

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