Past Krafts with Kathy

2019

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Stress Balls August 2019

Materials Needed:

  • 1 balloon      (not a water balloon)
  • Filling-flour, baking soda, cornstarch, fine play sand*
  • Plastic 16 oz water bottle cut in half, keeping the top half  
    • (makes a funnel)
  • Coffee stir stick, chop stick, pencil, whatever to use as a poker
  • Large bowl

Directions:

  1. Inflate and deflate the balloon several times.
  2. Place balloon over top of water bottle
  3. Fill with 5.5 to 8.5 ounces of powder mixture holding balloon over large mixing bowl. 
    • Balloon should be fairly full.  Often this is 2-3 inches of fill in the balloon.
  4. Use the poker to help the mixture flow through the funnel & into the bottle
  5. Tap balloon on counter to help settle contents and add more as needed.
  6. Carefully remove from neck of funnel.
  7. Tie balloon.
  8. SQUEEZE GENTLY !
  9. *a mixture of the corn starch, baking soda, flour, etc works better than just straight flour
  • Firm ball: use flour, baking soda or cornstarch
  • Medium ball: mix rice with a small amount of flour to prevent sticking
  • Soft ball: use dry rice, small beans, split peas or fine play sand from the hardware store.

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Chalkboard Flower Pot July 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Flower pot with a wide band at top of pot
  • Spray paint in color of choice
  • Blackboard spray paint
  • Spray sealer
  • Painter’s tape  (wide is better)
  • Wax paper, aluminum foil, or whatever    (I used wax paper)
  • Drop cloth or other workplace protection
  • Live plant and potting soil
  • Chalk

Directions:

  1. Wash flower pot allowing it to dry completely before painting.
  2. Spread drop cloth.
  3. Spray inside of flower pot with sealer following directions on can.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Spray flowerpot with color of choice and let dry.
  6. Spray second coat and let dry.  
  7. Place half of the painter’s tape on edge of wax paper and place other half of painter’s tape directly under the rim of the flowerpot.
  8. The only exposed part of the flowerpot should be the band along the top or the rim.
  9. Spray with chalkboard paint.
  10. Spray second coat.
  11. Wait a minute or two and remove the painter’s tape.
  12. Let finish drying.    
  13. Fill with dirt and plant of choice.
  14. Write message on rim.   

The pot can be used as a flowerpot or a catch all.  Use your imagination.

Write a note when watering is needed next or just a happy note to whoever is walking by.  

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CD Magnets – June 2019

Materials needed:

  • Old, no longer wanted cd’s
  • Magnets (I prefer flat magnets, not those that come in a roll)
  • Photos   5×7 works best
  • Elmer’s glue
  • scissors
  • pen

Directions:

  1. Print photos 5×7 size from home on light weight cardstock or at the photo kiosk
  2. Holding cd behind photo and in front of a bright light center the cd
  3. Carefully set photo face down and trace around cd
  4. Cut out photo slightly inside the line
  5. Before applying glue, dry fit the photo to the cd to see if any extra trimming  needs to be done.
  6. Glue to cd making sure there is a fine line of glue around the outer edge (a little bit of glue goes a long way)
  7. Glue magnet to back of cd
  8. Let dry and then place on anything magnetic

I used photos that were printed on cardstock.  If using “real” photos I suggest smoothing the glue on the cd with your finger before attaching the photo to the cd.  Remember a little glue goes a long way.

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Mother’s Day Vase – May 2019

Directions:

  • Empty glass jar
  • Spray paint
  • Ribbon
  • Drop cloth- remember spray paint is not removable!
  • Greeting card for Mom
  • Flowers for the “vase”

Directions:

  1. Remove label and any glue from jar
  2. Put drop cloth down and spray paint the jar
  3. Let dry and turn upside down and spray again.
  4. Let dry completely
  5. Spray a 2nd coat just to be sure of complete coverage.
  6. Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar
  7. Place flowers in “vase”
  8. Present vase of flowers and the Mother’s Day card to Mom !

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“Stained Glass” Sun Catchers April 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Coloring page printed on printer paper
  • Sharpie type markers-fine point work best
  • Mason jar screw band-wide mouth or regular
  • Glue-Elmer’s School glue is what I used
  • Cooking oil of any variety
  • Cotton balls
  • Ribbon -25” or so
  • Pen or pencil
  • Q tips-optional
  • Work surface protection

Directions:

  1. Place the screw band on the coloring page and trace the outside of the band using either pen or pencil.
  2. Color inside the circle using markers.
  3. Place the colored page on top of wax paper or paper towel. 
  4. Using the cotton ball lightly coat the colored part of the paper with cooking oil.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Turn over the paper and lightly coat the back of the paper.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Cut the circle out, cutting slightly inside the line drawn earlier.
  9. Dry fit the circle to the inside of the screw band, trimming as needed.
  10. You want to trim just enough so the paper will lay flat inside the screw band but still touching all the inner edges.
  11. Remove the paper and place a thin line of glue around the inner edge of the rim.
    1. A q-tip might be helpful.
  12. Press the circle of paper onto the rim and let dry.
  13. Wipe off any excess glue that might have seeped thru to the front.
  14. Wrap the ribbon around the screw band and knot, having the knot at the top of the picture.
  15. Knot the end of the ribbon.
  16. Hang in a window and enjoy the “stain glass” sun catcher.

NOTES:

Colored pencils do not give you that translucent effect.

I used skinny ribbon but any width ribbon will work.

The ribbon used will determine if you need to glue the ribbon to the screw band or not.

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Fabric Easter Basket – March 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton fabric scraps cut into about 2” squares
  • Pinking shears preferred (regular scissors will work but not as pretty)
  • Pen or marker (I used a sharpie & it transferred to my fabric)
  • Hole punch
  • Wire edge ribbon  (12” or so)
  • Mod Podge
  • Piece of aluminum foil, wax paper or paper plate
  • Small bowl to set upside down balloon in while Mod Podging
  • Work surface protection (old vinyl tablecloth works well)

Directions:

  1. Cotton fabric scraps cut into about 2” squares
  2. Inflate balloon to desired size.
  3. Cut fabric scraps into 1 ½” or 2” squares using pinking shears.
  4. Draw a line around the balloon marking the top of the bowl you want to make.
  5. Paint the balloon with 1 coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.
  6. Place a scrap of fabric on the foil or whatever and paint it with Mod Podge.
  7. Immediately place on the balloon and smooth out any wrinkles.
  8. Continue placing scraps of fabric on the balloon until the balloon is completely covered, keeping the scraps below the marker line.
  9. Letting the Mod Podge dry completely in between coats, paint 2-3 more coats on the balloon.
  10. Pop the balloon and peel away. Discard the balloon.
  11. Using the hole punch, place a hole not too close to the top of the basket. Place the second hole directly across the basket on the other side.
  12. Scrunch together the ribbon and thread it through the hole bending the edge of the ribbon up to lock in place.
  13. Do the same for the other side forming a handle for your basket.
  14. Your Easter basket is now ready for the fun part-decorating! Place some Easter grass inside and add some light weight eggs, wrapped candies or whatever.

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No-Sew Sock Penguin – February 2019

Materials needed:

  • 1 black sock (I used men’s socks)
  • 1 sock in color or pattern for the hat (I used children’s socks)
  • Rice (will need 4 or 5 cups per penguin)
  • rubber bands (or thread)
  • white and orange felt
  • ribbons
  • tacky glue
  • black sharpie
  • Scissors (make sure they are sharp!)

Directions:

  1. Start by filling the black sock with rice (you’ll need a nice amount of rice).
  2. When you are happy with the amount of rice and the rough shape of the soon to be sock penguin tie a rubber band at the top. If you use a sock with arch support you may be able to skip the rubber band.
  3. Now take another rubber band and place it just above the middle of the sock, to separate the body and the head. You will probably have to shape the body a little with your hands.
  4. Cut the excess sock. You can secure the top by adding some glue from the glue gun.
  5.  Cut a white oval shape (measure it against the body to get things right) out of white felt.
  6. Glue it on the sock with tacky glue Cut a small beak out of orange felt and glue it onto the head. Draw two black eyes with a black marker.
  7. Add ribbon to make a scarf (Glue down ribbon if desired)
  8. Lastly cut one colorful sock (at the middle). Roll it up a little bit to get the hat shape and place on top of the penguin. (You can glue the “Hat band” for a cleaner look)

Notes: You can make a lot of variation just by changing the hat. One penguin I used the toe of the sock and another I used the left over leg.

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Ribbon of Cheerios Bird Feeder – January 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Cheerios   (plain is healthier for the birds)
  • Ribbon-narrow works best
  • Scotch tape -optional

Directions:

  1. Cut a length of narrow ribbon about 2 feet long.
  2. Cut the ribbon on the diagonal or tightly roll a piece of tape around the end of the ribbon.  This will help threading the ribbon thru the hole in the Cheerios.
  3. Thread lots of Cheerios onto the ribbon.
  4. Tie a knot at the bottom of the ribbon preventing the Cheerios from sliding off. Leave about a 3”-4” tail on the ribbon.
  5. Take the Cheerio string outside and tie it to a branch of a tree.  If possible tie the “Ribbon of Cheerios” to a branch where there are several other branches for the birds to sit on while munching on the Cheerios.
  6. When the cereal is all gone simply untie the string, bring it in the house and refill.

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