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Scrapbook Paper Fortune Teller

6 May

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Here’s an easy way to give new life to an old old craft. We discovered that scrapbook paper is the perfect shape to use to make paper fortune tellers.

The good news is that the thinner, less expensive, sheets work better than the heavy card stock sheets!

The Boy ProblemWe got this idea because the main character of my mom’s new book, THE BOY PROBLEM, creates a special fortune teller to try to help her find a boy friend. So we were thinking about different ways to make them.

There are four main steps to creating a fortune teller.

Four main steps to creating a fortune teller.

Four main steps to creating a fortune teller.

You can see them here.  And you can find detailed instructions for folding a fortune teller out of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper HERE.

We even discovered that you could make a VERY LARGE fortune teller by taping four pieces of scrapbook paper together before you begin, like the big one pictured above. Here it is opened up. It is neat how each square is a different page. My friend A.M. made this one. fortune teller2

We used rubber stamps on some of them instead of words. Those turned out cute too. If you have scrapbook paper lying around, try making a fortune teller. It can be in the traditional style, OR you can do some different with it, like Tabbi does in THE BOY PROBLEM.

Spray-Paint Face Lift

14 May

Spray paint is a fun way to make old things look new! Here is a ceramic swan we bought for twenty five cents at a thrift shop.

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I added a coat of spray paint, a gemstone eye, and a touch of nail polish for the bill. Now it looks perfect in my bathroom. And it’s a great place to store cotton balls.

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Once we got started, we found other objects to transform with spray paint too. We’ll post some of those later!

Materials Needed:

0ld objects

spray paint

nail polish

gemstones

 

Directions:

1. Clean object before painting. Allow to dry.

2. Add coat of spray paint following directions on can.

3. When paint is dry, add details. I used nail polish to paint the bill, and I glued a plastic gemstone on for the eye.

This is a fast and easy craft. An adult should help with spray painting. We used the back of my old science project board to  protect other surfaces from paint. This worked great!

 

 

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/.

Bead Bugs

25 Aug

  

We created these to stick in our pot plants! 

Materials 

  1. chop stick or other smooth stick
  2. coated craft wire
  3. large glass beads

Directions: 

  1. Cut two-foot piece of wire.
  2. Bend wire in half to double.
  3. Hold bent end of wire against bottom of chopstick and wrap wire around stick a few times.
  4. Select two large glass beads.  Thread largest of beads on doubled wire first, followed by smaller bead.
  5. Bend wire back around smaller bead and wrap around wire that is between large and small beads.
  6. Separate doubled wire into two strands and shape each into a wing.
  7. Wrap around wire between beads to secure.
  8. Extra wire can be wrapped and cut to create feet if desired.

We added rhinestone eyes to some of the bugs.  Wiggly eyes would be cute too! 

  

The black and yellow bead is perfect for a bee!

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