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Easy School Presentation Board

5 Nov

I had to do a school presentation about myself earlier this year. Part of my grade was on how attractive my display was. We didn’t have any poster board that would work, so we got the idea to cover a piece of cardboard with an old t-shirt. We just cut the cardboard to the right size, slipped the t-shirt over it, and pinned back the sleeves with duct tape. Then I glued the items I needed to display right on the t-shirt with hot glue.

It worked so well, I will probably use the idea again!

Another idea we had was to use short Popsicle sticks to label the items. I wrote on them with a thin Sharpie.  This also worked great!

Materials:

Piece of Cardboard

Old T-Shirt

Duct Tape

Directions are above!

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Tea Box Totes

1 Sep

My mom drinks primula tea and it comes in these cute little cardboard boxes, so we decided to decorate them to turn them into cute little totes. These are the perfect size to carry a cell phone or ipod along with chap stick, pens, and more.

Materials Needed:

1. Primula tea canister

2. Duct Tape

3. Scissors

Directions: 

1. Carefully remove string from canister. Pay attention to how it goes in and out of the holes.

2. Wrap tape around canister and cut. Repeat until canister is covered.

3. Using scissors, poke holes in tape to match holes in canister.

4. Restring canister.

Other ways to decorate the primula boxes:

The box on the on the left was decorated with sharpies and a felt shape. The box on the right was painted with acrylic paint, then decorated with felt shapes and buttons. Notice that a different type of string can be used when you are ready to restring the box, you can replace the string that comes with the box with ribbons, like my friend A. M. did with the box on the right.

Directions for replacing string with ribbons:

Tie a large knot in one end of the string. Starting inside the canister at one of the bottom holes, begin putting string in, the way you took it out. You should end up with a loose end back on the inside of the box. Tie another knot that is too big to leave the hole. Secure with glue if needed.

These also make great boxes for sharpies and other markers! To see a photo of what the boxes looked like before, or to order primula tea, click HERE!

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.


Valentine’s Eraser Jewelry

4 Feb

When we saw these cute Valentine’s Day erasers at Target, we knew just what to do with them! They are perfect for fun and functional jewelry! And the craft is super easy too, and super inexpensive.  Basically, here’s all you need:

Supplies:

1. Cute erasers.

2.  Crafter’s Pick Glue, The Ultimate (or other strong child-safe glue)

3. Findings (Ring blanks, pin backs, eye pins, jump ring)

4. Wire clippers for cutting eye pins (scissors often work well too.)

5. Ribbon for necklace.

Directions for rings and pins:

1. Lay erasers on a flat surface.

2. Add a large dot of glue to the back of each one.

3. Pin back or ring blank on dot of glue.

4. Allow several hours to dry.

Directions for necklaces: 

1. Cut an eyepin so that about 1/4 inch of wire extends from loop.

2. Poke into top of eraser.

3. Add a tiny dot of glue at the top if desired.

4. Add a jump ring through the eye pin.

5. String ribbon through jump ring.

See the finished products below! We feel sure you could do this same project with hot glue, but it tends to pull off of surfaces, so we don’t know how durable they would be.

Tip Junkie handmade projects

 

 

 

 

This post is also linked to Toys in the Dryer, but their icon kept popping up on top of my photos every time I tried to upload it!  So to see more Valentine’s crafts, visit them at http://www.toysinthedryer.com/.

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.

Fun Stuff Fridays

Mummy Pencil

6 Oct

We’ve been thinking up some quick, easy and adorable Halloween crafts!  We’re going to share the quickest and easiest one today.  To make the mummy pencil you need:

Materials:

1. Pencil

2. Self sticking gauze

3. Black Sharpie

4. Glue

5. Wiggly eyes, if desired.

Directions:

1. Cut gauze into thin strips.

2. Wrap gauze around pencil.  If you start at the bottom and wind gauze around a few times before continuing upward, you should be able to unwrap later in order to sharpen pencil. Make sure to wrap gauze around pencil a few extra times where arms and head of mummy would be so that your pencil ends up being shaped like a mummy!

3. Using Sharpie, draw a mouth on the pencil.

4. Using glue, add wiggly eyes. (You can draw them on instead, if you want.)

5. If needed, dot glue on loose ends of gauze to secure.

Coming soon, a craft featuring 8 of theses.

 

Boo!

Funky Notebooks

23 Jun

It’s summertime!  So naturally back-to-school sales are already starting!  Be on the lookout for really cheap notebooks and you can have a blast decorating them. We purchased these last year for about 10 cents each.  (These pictures aren’t the greatest, but you get the idea. We’ll post more photos soon.)

Supplies Needed:

1. notebooks

2. Sharpies

3. ribbon

4. stickers

Directions:

1. Use Sharpies to create design on notebook.

2. Embellish with stickers.

3. Add a ribbon bookmark (like yellow notebook below)  or ribbon fringe (like notebook above.)

To Create Ribbon Fringe:

You can do this any number of ways, but to create the fringe on the blue notebook above we used 21 pieces of ribbon measuring 9 inches each.  First we looped the ribbon through two rings of the spiral binder.  Then we double knotted the ribbon. We went down to the next two rings and repeated the process.  Repeat with same ribbon, or varied colors and widths of ribbon until all fringe runs down the entire spiral.

Cool Pens and Pencils

12 Nov

pen hands

We purchased these pens for about a penny each at the Back-to-School sales and had a great time decorating them!  We came up with a lot of fun designs and you can too!  Here are some hints:

1. Wrap pens in green and blue painter’s tape.  This worked great because the tape sticks well to the pen, but is not sticky in your hand.  It is easy to cut with scissors too. 

2. Use fabric glue to keep feathers and small plastic animals stuck to your pen.  Heavier animals will need a “platform” to keep them balanced.  The owl above is glued to a small foam square. 

3.  Wrapping pipe cleaners around a pen is an easy way to give it a fun new texture.  We used flat, feather-shaped pipe cleaners for these pens.

4. The holes in foam beads easily expand to slide over pens.  We used these on the red pen above and then topped with a pom pom.

See more of our cool pens below:

cool pens and pencils

Fan Booklets!

1 Oct

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You can use any kind of paper and or cardstock (recycled greeting cards or thank you notes work great) to make these cute little books.

 

Materials:

  1. 3×2.5 index cards (This helps avoid too much paper cutting. Plus, we like having lines on one side and blank space for drawing on the other!)
  2. cardstock or old cards
  3. brass brad
  4. hole punch
  5. scissors or paper cutter 

Directions: 

  1. Take a small stack of index cards and use hole punch to make a hole in the upper left hand corner.  We first punched a hole in one stack of three or four cards, then traced the hole onto the top card in the next stack before punching so the holes would line up. 
  2. Cut two pieces of cardstock that are slightly larger than the index cards. (Ours measured 2.75” x 3.25”.)
  3. Put the two pieces of cardstock together with both decorative sides facing outward.
  4. Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner of the cardstock.
  5. Line up the holes of the index cards with the holes on the cardstock. Thread brad through hole and secure.fan books

Give Your Pencil a Pedicure!

1 Oct

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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