Winter Snowman Box – December 2018
- Cracker Jack box
- White copy paper
- Googly eyes
- 2-3 flat buttons black in color
- Scrap of orange paper or felt
- 12” or longer length of yarn
- Scotch tape
- Glue stick
- Cut 2 ½” off the short end of the piece of copy paper.
- Wrap the box of Cracker Jack with the paper.
- Dry fit all the snowmen pieces on the box to see where they fit best.
- Glue the googly eyes on.
- Cut a small triangle from the orange paper or felt & attach below the eyes.
- Optional-add some short lines to the piece of orange paper so it resembles the lines of a carrot.
- Depending on the size of your black buttons, glue 2 or 3 to the front of the box.
- Tie the piece of yarn around the box placing it between the carrot nose and the buttons.
Make multiple snowmen and give as gifts for your family and friends
Thanksgiving Leaves – November 2018
Use your imagination and make several different types of leaves and scatter them on the Thanksgiving dinner table, hang as a garland or whatever strikes your fancy.
- Leaf patterns in various sizes
- Autumn themed-scrapbook paper, fabric, or felt
- Pen, pencil, sharpie marker, embroidery thread, etc
- Heat and Bond iron on adhesive
- Hole punch
Directions for Scrapbook Paper or Felt:
- Trace various shapes of leaves onto the back of scrapbook paper.
- Cut out.
- Add veining to the front of the leaf or leave as is.
- Use the sharpie on the paper leaves and embroidery floss on the felt ones.
- Add names and use as place cards for dinner or string on twine and make a garland to hang or use your imagination
Directions for Fabric:
- Iron your fabric to remove all wrinkles and creases.
- Trace the leaf pattern onto the Heat and Bond adhesive as directed. (YES-you need to READ THE DIRECTIONS first thing)
- Cut out the leaf pattern ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTIONS and bond to another piece of fabric.
- Cut out shape and decorate with the leaves as suggested above.
Terra Cotta Pots Pumpkin Candy Dish-October 2018
- Terra Cotta Pot
- Terra Cotta Pot Tray
- Drawer Pull or Cork
- Hot Glue
- Mod Podge or white glue
- Small paint brush or use your fingers
- #2 Pencils or a dowel
- Wrapped candy
You could really use any number of things for the stem – pieces of wood, dried grape vine, dried pumpkin vine, etc. It’s your choice.
- “Paint” the 20” or so piece of twine with mod podge or white glue.
- Wrap the wet glued twine around the dowel and let dry for the most part.
- I left a length of twine in the middle unglued and straight in order to make it easier to wrap around the cork.
- Make sure the ends of the twine are glued and pinched together to prevent unraveling.
- Gently twist the twine loosening it from the dowel and remove.
- Set aside to finish drying completely.
- Turn the saucer upside down.
- Apply a generous blob of hot glue to the saucer and immediately place the cork in the center of the glue and gently press down.
- Run a bead of hot glue completely around the base of the cork and immediately place the twine around the base.
- Push gently on the twine making sure it is firmly in the glue. Let dry.
- If desired, use a sharpie marker and draw a jack o’lantern face on the pot.
- Fill the flower pot with individually wrapped candies and enjoy.
Pencil Pouch Tube & 3 Ring Binder Pencil Pouch – August 2018
Pencil Pouch Tube
- 1 toilet paper tube
- 1 or 2 rolls of duct tape
- 2 magnets
- Cutting mat (optional)
- Cut a strip of duct tape long enough to cover the tube and overlap just a ½” or so.
- Starting at the top of the tube place the duct tape at the top edge and smooth onto the cardboard overlapping the tape in the center of the back.
- Cut another strip and repeat the process overlapping on the back but in just a slightly different spot.
- Continue until the tube is completely covered.
- Flatten one end of the tube and measure the length.
- Cut a piece of duct tape the length plus ½” of the bottom measurement.
- Centering the duct tape place it on the tube allowing the bottom half of the tape to be folded over and onto the back of the tube.
- Smooth the tape both on the tube and the ends that overlap.
- Using the scissors, cut the overlap off close to the tube.
- Cut the last piece of duct tape so it fits around the top of the tube.
- Smooth it onto the tube with half the tape above the top of the tube.
- Cut several slits in the tape stopping at the top of the tube. (like fringe)
- One at a time push the pieces of duct tape into the inside of the tube and smooth in place.
- Glue 2 magnets to the back of the tube (where the duct tape overlapped) and let dry.
- Hang in your school locker and fill with pens and pencils !
- I recommend NOT using the magnets that come as one long piece on a roll and you cut off what you need. I can never get them to lay flat. I have had much better luck with the round magnets.
- I measured my duct tape pieces on an old quilter’s cutting mat that I use for all sorts of crafting. It works best to lay the tape sticky side up when measuring and cutting.
3 Ring Binder Pencil Pouch
- One gallon sized slider style storage bag*
- Duct tape in desired print or color
- Cutting mat (optional)
- Hole punch*
- Measure and cut 3 inches off the bottom edge of the storage bag. Discard the cut off piece.
- Measure and cut 5 pieces of duct tape to 10 ½” each.
- Starting at the upper edge center and attach a 10 ½” piece of duct tape over the plastic of the bag and over the edge.
- Press to adhere.
- Repeat with 3 more pieces of duct tape overlapping just a bit where the edges meet to cover the bag.
- Overlap the bottom edge of the final piece of duct tape and press to the other side.
- Turn over and cover the other side using tape cut to 12” each.
- Center the tape on the bag before sticking it to the bag.
- Fold over the extra to the front of the bag.
- To reinforce the sides of the bag, cut 2 pieces to 7 3/4” each.
- Press half the tape on one side covering any uneven edges and turn the excess to the opposite side. Repeat for the other side.
- For the bottom, cut another piece of duct tape 10 ½” and attach part to one side and fold the rest to the other side.
- Use a three-hole punch to make holes for the 3 ring binder along the bottom edge.
- If the bag is too thick to fit inside the 3 hole punch, using a piece of loose leaf paper trace where the holes should go and use a hand held hole punch and punch the holes one at a time.
- Fill with pens and pencils and put inside your binder !
* I used a Ziploc bag instead as I didn’t have any slider bags. It worked just fine.
Always measure your bag for the exact number of inches needed for the piece of duct tape as your bag might vary a little from my numbers.
DIY Glow in the Dark Jars- July 2018
- Jar (wide mouth glass preferred but plastic will work.)
- Glow in the Dark Paint (use several colors if you can)
- Paintbrushes (preferably long handle ones that reach to the bottom of your jar)
- Paper plate
- White School Glue (optional)
- Glitter (optional)
- Squirt some of your assorted glow in the dark paints onto the paper plate.
- Wash and dry a jar. Mason jars work great as do old pickle jars and other repurposed glass jars. (Make sure you remove the label and glue from the jar first.)
- Start painting your jar with the glow in the dark paint. I recommend using a different paint brush for each paint color. Paint your jar starting at the bottom of the inside, dabbing small dots of glow in the dark paint inside the jar and on the bottom. Leave room in between each color so you can add another color.
- Let the jar dry. In order to activate the glow in the dark paint, you are going to need to allow your jar to soak up UV rays. An hour in the sun should be enough. A bright light bulb can also activate your glow paint, but the sun is going to work best.
- (Optional) Cover the lid with a thin layer of glue and sprinkle it with glitter. Shake off the excess glitter and allow the lid to dry.
- Once dry, place the inner lid onto your jar and tighten the unpainted ring of the mason jar around it.
- You can also paint various color dots of the glow in the dark paint on the lid.
Any time you want to reactivate your glowing fairy jar, simple recharge the paint with some time under a bright light bulb or in the sun.
Cereal Box Magazine Holder – June 2018
- Super large empty cereal box (box that will hold 2 bags of cereal at 1 time)
- Wrapping paper and tape or Spray paint
- Spray box*
- Measure: the magazines you want to store & the cereal box you have emptied. As long as the magazines measure less than the cereal box you are good to continue.
- Draw a line 4-5 inches above the bottom of the box only on one side panel of the box.
- At the top of the box on the opposite side of the line you just drew, mark a dot 2 inches in from the edge.
- Draw a diagonal line connecting the dot at the top to the line drawn near the bottom on both sides of the box.
- Cut along the line and discard the cut off parts.
- Now you need to choose whether you want to spray paint the box or cover it in wrapping paper.
- After the box is “covered”, place magazines inside and put on shelf.
To make a spray box, spread plastic drop cloth or newspaper on the floor. Put a roll of tape or some kind of riser on the center of the drop cloth. If spraying inside protect the wall with more plastic. Place the object to be sprayed on the riser and spray according to the directions on the can.
Binder Clip Photo Holders-May 2018
- Large Binder Clips (2-inch wide works best)
- colored scrapbooking paper and/or cardstock scraps
- photo (1 or 2)
- two identical buttons
- yarn, string or embroidery floss
- scissors or paper trimmer
- exacto knife (optional)
- double sided tape
- sewing needle (larger eye is preferred)
- 2 flat buttons (no shanks)
- Measure your specific binder clip for exact size.
- Using a paper trimmer or scissors, cut a 2-inch by 3 1/4-inch piece of decorative paper. (You can also cut a little bit longer piece of paper and then trim it with the exacto knife on the backside of the clip after it has been taped down.)
- Apply a piece of double sided tape to the top edge of the binder clip. You want the tape to go to the very edge.
- Continue adding tape at the bottom edge on the front and along the bottom of the clip
- Place the paper slightly under the top curl of the clip and press it in place.
- Fold the paper around the bottom of the clip and press it in place.
- Fold the paper up the side of the clip and press it in
place. Make sure it is tight up to the curl on the backside of the binder clip.
Next, you add the buttons. This serves two purposes. One, it looks pretty. Two, it helps make sure your picture doesn’t slip around when it’s on display.
- Pull a 12-inch piece of yarn, string or floss through the front of one button and then the back of the second button. Next, thread the needle through the other hole of the back button and come out the hole of the front button.
- Place the buttons on either side of the clip.
- Tie a knot and trim the ends.
- Mount your photo on cardstock and slip it in between the “ears” of the binder clip. You can add a second photo to the back and make your photo holder double sided!
Button Bowl-April 2018
- flat buttons (no shanks)
- Elmer’s glue
- Mod Podge
- paint brush
- roll of painter’s tape (used as a stand for the balloon)
- Blow up balloon to where it is about medium size–still had some squish to it.
- Draw a line around the balloon marking the edge of where the buttons will go. Holding the balloon by the bottom and/or knot edge paint the top half of the balloon where you want the buttons to stick with the glue. Place in the roll of painter’s tape. Be careful as the balloon needs to be balanced or else it will roll over onto the table. LET DRY COMPLETELY. (I used a paint brush to spread the glue around and then let it sit for about two hours to fully dry. The Elmer’s glue created a coating on the balloon so that the buttons wouldn’t slide off while I applying Mod Podge.)
- Repeat above step adding one more layer of glue and LET DRY COMPLETELY.
- Decide whether you want the buttons upside down or right side up before you start applying them. Apply thin coat of Mod Podge using a clean paint brush to the balloon & add the buttons. Try to keep the buttons as close together as possible. Keep applying the buttons till the balloon is covered up to the marker line. Apply one final coat of Mod Podge making sure there is mod podge in all the spaces in between the buttons.
- After all of the buttons were applied to the balloon, apply 2 more coats of Mod Podge–letting each coat DRY COMPLETELY before applying another.
- Once the Mod Podge is completely dry, flip over the balloon so that the dish/bowl is sitting right-side-up on the roll of tape. Then, using the scissors, pop the balloon.
- Carefully remove the balloon from the button bowl being careful not to peel the glue from the bowl. Very carefully trim the excess glue from the edges of the button bowl and it is ready to use. (A small scissor works well.)
It was fun making the bowl but I wish I had used smaller buttons than I did. Remember to get the Mod Podge in between all the buttons as this is what holds the bowl together. It is probably not waterproof so please keep it where is will stay dry. Last but not least, it used a whole lot more buttons than I thought it would.
Mason Jar Easter Basket – March 2018
- Pint or quart Mason Jars with screw band and lid*
- Foil wrapped chocolate carrots
- Green paper shred or edible green Easter grass
- Small chocolate bunny
- Fancy scrapbook paper
- Ribbon (width of the screwband) (optional)
- Hot glue gun or regular glue (optional)
- Take a handful of green shredded paper & roll it into a ball before you put it into the jar
- Place the chocolate bunny in the jar.
- Add a foil wrapped chocolate carrot, and then sprinkle candy around it on all sides until you’re happy with how it looks.
- Place the circle on top of the metal lid, then twist on the metal screw band over top.
- Cut a length of ribbon making sure there is enough ribbon to circle the screw band and then tie a nice looking bow. At this time you can add a spot of glue to the screw band to hold the ribbon in place or just add glue to the back of the bow.
- you can substitute any clear glass jar with a tight fitting lid as long as it is large enough to get the items inside.
- I suggest you add a name tag or write a short message on the scrapbook paper.
- Make several, hide them indoors or out and wait!
Natural Bath Salts – February 2018
- Epsom salts
- Rock salt (you can use kosher salt, sea salt, or rock table salt)
- Food coloring**
- Pure essential oils (provides scent, optional)
- Liquid soap (optional)
- GLASS jars with tight fitting lids
- Silica gel packets (recycle from other items that came with one) (optional)
- Mixing bowls
- Large spoon, measuring cups, funnel (optional)
- Wash & completely dry glass jars. Set aside.
- Make 1 batch of basic recipe salts.
- Mix 1 cup Epsom salts & 1 cup rock salt. Stir well.
- Add fragrance, coloring, and/or liquid soap.* Stir well.
- Add silica gel packet on top of salts and place lid on somewhat tightly.
- Add about ½ cup of bath salts to the tub under running water.
- Colored salts- Add 5 drops of food coloring and stir well. Then add more drops 1 at a time till you get the color desired.
- A few drops go a long way.
- Scented salts- add a FEW drops of pure essential oils. Take note of the fragrance and what that fragrance supports, such as relaxation, energy, etc. 2 or more scents can be mixed together.
- Pure essential oils are concentrated so don’t over add.
- Foaming salts-Any bath salt recipe can be made to foam in the tub by adding liquid soap to the salts. After adding coloring and/or scents, add ¼ cup liquid soap for every 2 cups of salt mixture. Stir well and spread out on a clean cookie sheet and allow to air-dry completely. Once dry, store in glass jar with tight fitting lid.
*I found the pure essential oils required for the bath salts at CVS in North East. Do not confuse the flavored oils for $1.19 with the pure essential oils that normally run anywhere from $8 to $10 per bottle. You must use the pure essential oils.
**per the website, the food coloring will not stain your skin or the tub. However, if you spill the food coloring it will stain whatever it touches!
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Snowflake Window Clings and Snowman Tea Light- January 2018
Snowflake Window Clings
- Puffy paint (I like the glittery kind.)
- Plastic ziploc-type bag
- Snowflake template or other design
- Flat, smooth, moveable surface such as a cookie sheet, cutting board, etc.
- Place template or pattern to be traced on flat surface referred to above and tape corners down.
- Cut plastic bag along seams, lay flat over template and tape down.
- Shake the bottle of paint making sure that the paint is completely mixed and has not separated.
- Using the puffy paint, trace the lines of your pattern.
- This will take some practice to know how hard to squeeze the paint bottle, where to start & stop each line, etc. Try overlapping the lines instead of starting & stopping when crossing an existing line.
- Thicker lines make the window cling easier to peel and stick or remove but will also add some additional drying time.
- Move board with snowflake on it to a place where it can sit undisturbed for 24 hours and let it dry. Drying time depends on how thick the lines are. If you touch the paint to see if it is dry your fingers will leave marks in the paint for everyone to see.
- Carefully peel the snowflake away from the plastic bag and gently apply to window.
To remove from the window carefully lift an outer edge of the window cling and peel slowly until completely off the window.
Store between 2 layers of plastic and store flat.
Easy Snowman Tea Light Ornament Craft
- Battery operated tea lights
- Holiday colored pipe cleaners, cut into about 2 inch pieces
- Pom-Poms – same colors as the pipe cleaners
- Ribbon cut into about 4 in. pieces
- Glue or glue gun and sticks
- Sharpies – black and orange
- Color the flame on the candle orange
- Glue “headband” to tea light
- Glue the pom pom to each side of the tea light covering the ends of the headband
- Attach the ribbon in a loop fashion onto the back of the ornament centering it in the middle of the ear muffs (optional)
- Glue near the top and the bottom of the tea light
- Draw a snowman face on the front with a sharpie!