Stress Balls August 2019
- 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
- Inflate and deflate the balloon several times.
- Place balloon over top of water bottle
- 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.
- Use the poker to help the mixture flow through the funnel & into the bottle
- Tap balloon on counter to help settle contents and add more as needed.
- Carefully remove from neck of funnel.
- Tie balloon.
- SQUEEZE GENTLY !
- *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.
Chalkboard Flower Pot July 2019
- 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
- Wash flower pot allowing it to dry completely before painting.
- Spread drop cloth.
- Spray inside of flower pot with sealer following directions on can.
- Let dry.
- Spray flowerpot with color of choice and let dry.
- Spray second coat and let dry.
- 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.
- The only exposed part of the flowerpot should be the band along the top or the rim.
- Spray with chalkboard paint.
- Spray second coat.
- Wait a minute or two and remove the painter’s tape.
- Let finish drying.
- Fill with dirt and plant of choice.
- 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.
CD Magnets – June 2019
- 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
- Print photos 5×7 size from home on light weight cardstock or at the photo kiosk
- Holding cd behind photo and in front of a bright light center the cd
- Carefully set photo face down and trace around cd
- Cut out photo slightly inside the line
- Before applying glue, dry fit the photo to the cd to see if any extra trimming needs to be done.
- 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)
- Glue magnet to back of cd
- 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.
Mother’s Day Vase – May 2019
- Empty glass jar
- Spray paint
- Drop cloth- remember spray paint is not removable!
- Greeting card for Mom
- Flowers for the “vase”
- Remove label and any glue from jar
- Put drop cloth down and spray paint the jar
- Let dry and turn upside down and spray again.
- Let dry completely
- Spray a 2nd coat just to be sure of complete coverage.
- Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar
- Place flowers in “vase”
- Present vase of flowers and the Mother’s Day card to Mom !
“Stained Glass” Sun Catchers April 2019
- 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
- Place the screw band on the coloring page and trace the outside of the band using either pen or pencil.
- Color inside the circle using markers.
- Place the colored page on top of wax paper or paper towel.
- Using the cotton ball lightly coat the colored part of the paper with cooking oil.
- Let dry.
- Turn over the paper and lightly coat the back of the paper.
- Let dry.
- Cut the circle out, cutting slightly inside the line drawn earlier.
- Dry fit the circle to the inside of the screw band, trimming as needed.
- You want to trim just enough so the paper will lay flat inside the screw band but still touching all the inner edges.
- Remove the paper and place a thin line of glue around
the inner edge of the rim.
- A q-tip might be helpful.
- Press the circle of paper onto the rim and let dry.
- Wipe off any excess glue that might have seeped thru to the front.
- Wrap the ribbon around the screw band and knot, having the knot at the top of the picture.
- Knot the end of the ribbon.
- Hang in a window and enjoy the “stain glass” sun catcher.
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.
Fabric Easter Basket – March 2019
- 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)
- Cotton fabric scraps cut into about 2” squares
- Inflate balloon to desired size.
- Cut fabric scraps into 1 ½” or 2” squares using pinking shears.
- Draw a line around the balloon marking the top of the bowl you want to make.
- Paint the balloon with 1 coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.
- Place a scrap of fabric on the foil or whatever and paint it with Mod Podge.
- Immediately place on the balloon and smooth out any wrinkles.
- Continue placing scraps of fabric on the balloon until the balloon is completely covered, keeping the scraps below the marker line.
- Letting the Mod Podge dry completely in between coats, paint 2-3 more coats on the balloon.
- Pop the balloon and peel away. Discard the balloon.
- 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.
- Scrunch together the ribbon and thread it through the hole bending the edge of the ribbon up to lock in place.
- Do the same for the other side forming a handle for your basket.
- 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.
No-Sew Sock Penguin – February 2019
- 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
- tacky glue
- black sharpie
- Scissors (make sure they are sharp!)
- Start by filling the black sock with rice (you’ll need a nice amount of rice).
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut the excess sock. You can secure the top by adding some glue from the glue gun.
- Cut a white oval shape (measure it against the body to get things right) out of white felt.
- 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.
- Add ribbon to make a scarf (Glue down ribbon if desired)
- 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.
Ribbon of Cheerios Bird Feeder – January 2019
- Cheerios (plain is healthier for the birds)
- Ribbon-narrow works best
- Scotch tape -optional
- Cut a length of narrow ribbon about 2 feet long.
- 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.
- Thread lots of Cheerios onto the ribbon.
- Tie a knot at the bottom of the ribbon preventing the Cheerios from sliding off. Leave about a 3”-4” tail on the ribbon.
- 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.
- When the cereal is all gone simply untie the string, bring it in the house and refill.