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Hanging Vases

2 Sep

IMG_20130902_142521Usually, we make up our own crafts, but we got this idea from Pretty Handy Girl.

It is a fun craft and these will make great presents. You can get the directions HERE.

We decided to make these because we had a lot of bottles like this:

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The bottles were cute so we wanted to use them. One thing we did differently was that we used colored wire, and glass beads.

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*The worst thing about this craft was removing the labels from the bottles. We finally used cooking oil to loosen the glue, then washed with hot water and cleaned with Windex.

Milk Carton Duct Tape Wallet

18 Jun

It is very unusual for us to do this, but this week we are featuring a craft that can be found on the Family Fun website. It is the Milk Carton Wallet, and it’s usable and functional! We wanted to feature it because our friend Brooklyn made a bunch of them and we loved the way they turned out. Brooklyn is in the fourth grade.  You can visit the Family Fun website HERE to download a template.  We’ve mapped out a few of the steps below so you will know what you are getting into!

First you’ll want to save some juice or milk cartons and wash them thoroughly!

 

Then you need to download the template, lay it on the carton and cut.

You’ll need to score the sides to create accordion folds, and carefully cut out a hole to fit over the spout.

Now for the fun part! Cover the whole thing with duct tape! Use different patterns for the inside and outside and edges. The inside of your wallet will end up looking something like this:

Look at how cool that is!

The wallet you see here is super sturdy. It is currently being used at summer camp!  Thanks Brooklyn for sharing this cool craft with us!

4″ paintings and fork easels

7 May

This is one of our favorite crafts, even though we have to admit that we didn’t exactly make this one up.  We love painting on these tiny canvasses from Dick Blick, that can be purchased in bulk for less than 30 cents each. We were looking for a way to display some of them and remembered seeing a fork easel. We found lots of different varieties online. We chose to make our easels like this:

Using needle nose and flat nose pliers, bend the middle two tines backward, spreading them apart to stabilize. Bend outside tines forward slightly and curve tips with needle nose pliers. An adult will need to do this craft.

We’ve painted a ton of those tiny canvasses, so we’ll share a few more with you. Here are some where wiggly eyes (and a felt ear) were added:

Below is KMK’s first tiny painting, and it still makes her smile.

We’ve been traveling, so we haven’t been crafting as much as usual, but we hope to post more crafts soon!

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Mini Tins

23 Jan

I was getting ready to buy a pill box the other day when I realized it was crazy to pay for something we could make at home.  So here is a new craft with the Altoid box, only this time we used Altoids Smalls tins.

Materials: 

Altoids Smalls boxes Beaded chain Pieces of fabric Metal Scrapbook Letters Gems Strong Glue (We used Crafter’s Pick: The Ultimate)

Directions:

Start with an empty Altoids Smalls tin Cut out a small lid-sized rectangle of fabric Coat top of box with glue Apply fabric Run beaded chain around box and secure with glue Add letters and gems as desired Done in a jiffy! Now it’s ready for trinkets, pills, paperclips, or pins.

 

 

 

Host a “Dress a Turkey” Party

14 Nov

Our family had a great time last Thanksgiving with this dress a turkey contest started by our cousin Alice C. Alice baked enough turkey shaped cookies (20+) for everyone in the family to have one. The rules: Decorate your cookie any way you want. The decorations do not need to be edible. Alice supplied the cookies and the icing. We had to bring our other decorations to the party. When we were finished dressing our turkeys and giving them titles, the girls next door came over and judged. The winner was Mr. Fancy Pants, pictured above in the top hat. We wish we had room here to show you all of the creative turkeys!  But here are a few of our favorites:

The Real Thing

Bone Appetit

Cooked

Nerdy Turkey

Bottle Bottom Pendants

31 Oct

When we were on vacation we picked one of our favorite posts from last year to re-post.We have a lot more visitors now than we used to, so many of you might not have seen this cool craft.

From: 29AUG 2010

I made these with my friends.

My mom found a cool blog (http://knit1slip1.com/jewelry/) that showed  how to make beads out of plastic bottles.  We were going to recycle the bottoms of the bottles, but I liked the designs and decided to try making pendants out of them.  They turned out cool. But you need an adult to help with this craft!

Materials

  1. Plastic Recyclable Drink Bottles
  2. Sharpie Markers
  3. Candle
  4. Jump Ring
  5. Scissors
  6. Needle Nose pliers

*We used a Dremel drill to put a tiny hole in the plastic for the jump ring.

 Directions

  1. Cut bottom off of a plastic drink bottle.
  2. Use Sharpies to color inside of bottle bottom.
  3. Grip edge of bottle bottom with pliers.
  4. Carefully hold it over flame until cut edges curl under.
  5. Set on a heatproof surface (like a trivet or a ceramic plate) to cool.
  6. Use drill to put hole in pendant for jump ring.
  7. Thread jump ring through hole.

Note: Work in a well ventilated area.  The plastic will give off some fumes when melting and we can’t know for sure, but you probably shouldn’t inhale them!

Easy Pumpkin Earrings and Pendant

21 Oct

 

This Jewelry is super easy to make and fun to wear.  C made the witch’s finger out of a stick, green marker, and red nail polish.

 

Materials:

1. Beads

2. Headpins

3. Hooks for Earrings

4. Coated Wire for Pendant

5. Needle Nose pliars. (If you do not have these, you can make loops around the end of a small paintbrush.)

Earring Directions

1. Put round bead on headpin. (We used 2 orange fire polished beads we purchased from Shipwreck Beads.)

2. Add small green bead. (These came from Fire Mountain Beads.)

3. Add a small loop in wire. See the link for directions. 

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

4. Add Earring hoops.

Pendant Directions

1. Add large orange bead to headpin. (Fire Mountain)

2. Twist a piece of green coated wire around a toothpick, leaving a closed loop on one end.

3. Put wire on headpin.

4. Add green bead. (Fire Mountain)

5. Add loop to headpin. See link for directions.

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

Placemat Candles

20 Aug

We recycled old translucent placemats to create pillar candle-like covers for battery operated votives! 

Materials

  1. Translucent Placemats

  2. Good Hole Punch

  3. Colored Brads                                                                          

  4. Battery Operated Votive Candles

  5. Scissors

Parents may need to help with cutting and hole punching.

Directions

  1. Cut straight pieces of placemats

  2. Punch two to three holes in one side

  3. Roll placemat into a tube, making sure the side with holes is on top of the other side.

  4. Using a marker, make dots where holes are so that holes from both sides will line up

  5. Punch holes where marker-dots are with a good hole punch. (A cheap one  may not make it all the way through the placemats.)

  6. Line up holes from both sides and insert brads.

  7. Open brads to secure.

  8. Place placemat tube over votive.  (Remember, use the battery opperated kind only!)

    See how the brads hold the tubes together!If you plan carefully, you can make the tubes different sizes so they will stack for storage.

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Fabulous Found-Object Collage Fish

31 May

 Create a Fab Fish with junk from around your house!  This craft requires help from an adult, but we like the way the skewers add dimension to the fish and that it is a good way to recycle your favorite junk!

Materials:

1. Wood board

2. Bamboo skewers

3. Glue (We used Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate.)

4. Drill (Adult use only!)

5. Assorted found objects

6. Jigsaw (Adult use only!)

7. Garden Clippers (Adult use only!)

Directions:

1. Have an adult cut a fish from a 2×6 board.

2. Select drill bit with same diameter as bamboo skewers.

3. Have an adult drill holes where you want to insert skewers for fins.

4. Have an adult cut skewers to desired length with garden clippers.

5. Insert skewers into holes.

6. Paint fish and skewers and allow to dry.

7. Glue found objects onto skewers.

We created fish in several shapes. Here are some more.  My friend AM made the blue one!

Fish Photo Gallery: Below are some the fish the students in my mom’s Something Fishy class designed this July. They turned out great, so we thought we’d share them here.

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Scrabble Rings

9 Mar

These rings are super easy to make with a few simple supplies!

Supplies Needed:

Ring Blanks (We ordered ours from e-bay.)

Scrabble Tiles (We picked up a game at a yard sale for a dollar.)

Ecoglue (Readily available online or at Wal-mart.)

Sharpies

Clear Fingernail Polish                        

Directions:

1. Make a design on a scrabble tile with a sharpie.

2. After a few minutes, coat the design with clear nail polish. (Clear with glitter also works!)

3. Allow polish to dry. Add a second coat if needed or if you’d like the surface shinier.

4. Lay tile on flat surface with decorated side down. 

5. Add a dab of ecoglue and apply ring blank. 

(We use ecoglue because it is strong and water-based.  Because these rings are made from wood products with water-based glue, you should take them off before washing your hands!)

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