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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!

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.

 

 

 

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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Stamped and Painted Treat Jars

17 Oct

 

 

For Painted Jars

 Materials:

 1. Empty glass jars

2. Acrylic paint

3. Paint brushes

 

 Directions:

 1. Paint the jars and lids any way you want!

 

For Stamped Jars

Materials

 1. StazOn ink pad

2. Foam stamps

3. Empty Glass Jars

 

Directions

 1. Apply ink to stamp pad and stamp on jar!

(Note: think of this as “wrapping paper” for your jar. The ink will wipe off of jars, so use as a quick and cute decoration, but don’t expect it to last a long time. Painted images will last longer. Handwash the interiors gently if you want to reuse.)

 

Add candy and a battery operated candle for a cute Halloween light!

 

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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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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Bottle Bottom Pendants

29 Aug

I made these today 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!

 

 

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Recycled Bags Bag

6 Apr

C designed this bag using old chip bags and duct tape for a school assignment.

Materials:

1. Two large chip bags.

2. Several individual sized chip bags.

3. Duct tape.

4. Two grocery bags.

5. Scissors

Directions:

1. Cut down one side of each of the large chip bags.

2. Place bags on flat surface, tucking one into the open side of the other.

3. Make sure edges of open sides of the bag are overlapping, then secure by putting duct tape over the overlap all the way down the bag.

4. Flip bag over and secure back side of bag with tape too.

5. Trim tops of individual bags and secure to outside of large bags by putting tape around the edges.  Leave top to bags open to create pockets.

6. Cut side and bottom of grocery bag to create a long flat sheet. 

7. Twist sheet and knot to create a handles.

8. Secure handles in bag with duct tape.

9. Add an inside pocket by taping a small chip bag into the interior of the large bag.

Back side of bag

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