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Fun Fur Spiders!

18 Oct

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With all of the beautiful pipe cleaners and fun fur available today, it’s easy to make cute spiders for your pumpkin patch (or anywhere)!

 

Materials for each spider:

4 pipe cleaners

1 pom pom

2 wiggly eyes

Fun Fur

Hot Glue

 

Directions:

1. Cross the four pipe cleaners over each other like the spokes of a wheel and twist at the center to keep them together.

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2. Allow one end of  Fun Fur to drop down below the middle, then start weaving the yarn in and out of the pipe cleaner “legs.”

3. When you think the body is the right size, cut yarn, and tie end to loose end at bottom of spider. Trim extra yarn.

4. Have an adult help you hot glue a pompom to the front of the spider for a head.

5. Add (at least) two wiggly eyes.

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Hints:

*If you would like a spider to be more puffy in the middle, glue an extra pompom to center of pipe cleaners before wrapping with yarn. Wrap yarn around it a few times before weaving through the legs. We did this for the orange spider.

*Add a piece of fishing line and let your spider dangle!

Inspiration:

This craft was inspired by a craft my mom made in girl scouts. This spider used to have a paper head. It doesn’t look so good anymore!

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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.

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.

 

 

 

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

Sequin Flowers

22 Nov

Create a tiny flower arrangement to decorate a dollhouse or to brighten someone’s day!

Materials:

1. assorted sequins

2. large bead

3. covered wire

4. scissors

5. seed beads

Bags of assorted sequins can be found at Walmart and craft supply stores.

Directions

1. Decide how far you want “stems” to stick out of vase and cut wire.

2. Cut one piece of wire twice as long as the others.

3. Double long piece of wire and insert into bead so that the bent end sticks out of bottom of bead.  Twist to form loop in wire.

4. Cut another piece of wire for vase base. Run it through the looped end.

5. Twist this wire around bead to create base.

6. Add sequin flowers, bending the wire behind the back of each sequin so it won’t slip.

7. Add a small seed bead to wire and bend wire around it to secure.

8. Insert other “stems” and repeat steps for adding sequin flowers!

Tip: If using a large bead with a flat end, you could omit steps 4 and 5 and add a dot of glue in bead when you have finished arranging to keep flowers in place.

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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!

 

Classy Glassy Halloween Pendants

9 Oct

Materials:

Large Glass Beads

Smaller clear and black beads

StazOn Black Ink Pad

Headpin

Glaze (We used Glassy Accents.)

Foam Stamps (We purchased ours at Dollar General.)

 Directions:

1. Select a foam stamp and place it in StazOn ink.

2. Gently but firmly apply stamp to bead and allow to dry.

3. Use Glaze to cover inked area and allow to dry.

4. Thread small bead onto head pin, add stamped bead, and another small bead.

5. Create a loop in headpin.

The glaze gives the ink a raised look.

Tips:

StazOn ink pads have permanent ink, so they will dry beautifully on glass.  But the stamps will wipe off! So you must coat the ink with something. Glassy Accents or similar products have a glass-like sheen. If you coat just the inked areas it will look like raised glass. Very Cool.

We were surprised by how well the foam stamps worked. We tried our rubber ones, but they didn’t conform to curves in the glass as well as the foam stamps did.

If you do not know how to create a loop in a headpin, this site gives excellent advice and photos!

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Halloween Table Tree

1 Oct

We were inspired to create this tabletop decoration after seeing similar ones in stores.  For the first ones we created, we transformed leftover yellow and white store bought “Easter Trees”. Then we created one from scratch, using an oak branch and an old flower pot.

Materials

 1. Dried tree branch

2. Flower pot

3. Cardboard

4. Scissors

5. Glue

6. Black Acrylic Paint

last year's spider rings, bracelets, and whistles

7. Paint brushes

8. Rocks

9. Glitter

10. Assorted Small Halloween items (We used leftover favors and jewelry from other years.)          

 

 Directions

 1. Find a dead tree branch (we cut ours off of the deadened part of a tree)

2. Paint the branch black

3. Brush a small amount of glitter onto wet paint

4. Turn flower pot over onto cardboard and trace a circle

5. Cut out circle slightly smaller than the one you traced onto the cardboard. (Eventually, it will need to fit into the pot slightly below the top.)

6. Punch hole in middle of cardboard circle (to insert branch into later)

7. Spread glue onto circle and cover with glitter

8. Paint flower pot black

9. Sprinkle glitter onto wet pot if desired

10.When glue and glitter and glue is dry, assemble tree by adding rocks to the flower pot to keep it stable, then putting bottom of branch into cardboard circle and inserting into the flower pot. Use hot glue if to keep branch and circle in place if needed.

11. Now tie or glue items onto the tree.  Add glitter to desired items, like we did with the spiders!

RIP beneath the eyeball tree

ghosts and pumpkins with spangled spider

 

 

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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