School Spirit Necklace – June 2017
- Flat washer (5/8″ is a good size but any will work)
- Nail polish in school colors
- Painter’s tape
- Cord for jewelry making
- Wax paper, vinyl placemat or other stuff to protect the work surface
- Put down your drop cloth or surface protection before beginning.
- Put your washer down on a flat surface and cover half of it with painter’s tape taping it to the work surface.
- Use your lightest color paint one half of the washer.
- Let the nail polish dry for a minute or two & then carefully remove the painter’s tape.
- Let your first half dry completely before moving on to the other half.
- Next, carefully cover your painted half with painter’s tape.
- You want to make sure your painted half is completely dry before covering it in painter’s tape so you don’t smudge the nail polish.
- Paint the second half of your washer with your darker color.
- Let dry for one or two minutes, then carefully remove the painter’s tape.
- Let your washer dry fully and then flip it over and paint the other side same as the front.
- Once your washer necklace is completely dry, add the cord.
- Take a length of cord about 28-inches to 30-inches. (Length is a personal preference)
- Tie the cord together at the top to make a large circle.
- Lay your tied cord down on a table so that it’s in one narrow strip.
- Place your painted washer on top and pull the looped end through the middle of the washer.
- String your knotted end through the loop and pull all the way up to secure your washer on the end of the cording.
Viola! You have a spirit necklace to wear to school events and such.
Sharpie Dyed Coasters – May 2017
- Ceramic tiles- glazed work best, 4×4 or 6×6
- Assorted Sharpies in the colors of your choice (not fine point)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Eye dropper, straw, or spritzer
- Fixative spray
- Sealer spray
- Felt scrap (large enough to cover the bottom of the tile)
- Elmer’s glue
- Newspapers to use as a drop cloth/surface protector
- Wipe the tile with rubbing alcohol to make sure it is clean of dirt & or grease and let dry.
- Scribble on the tile using 3 or 4 different colors of Sharpie marker. Make sure that the tile is saturated in color.
- Using the spritzer, eye dropper, or even a smaller diameter straw, place a small drop of alcohol on the tile. The colors will run. At this time you can add more drops of alcohol scattered on the tile. Let dry completely.
- Assess your tile.
- If you like what you see-stop.
- If you are not completely happy with your tile
- Add more alcohol drops, 1 at a time. Let dry.
- Add more marker color and then more drops of alcohol. Let dry.
- Wipe the tile entirely clean with an alcohol soaked paper towel and start completely over.
- Place a layer of newspaper on the surface before spraying the tiles. As always, spray in a well ventilated area and ask an adult’s permission first.
- Spray a light coat of fixative to the tile. Let it dry.
- Spray a light coat of sealer on the tile and let dry. Add 1 or 2 more coats, drying completely in between coats.
- Cut a square of felt just slightly smaller than the tile and glue to the bottom of the tile.
- Let dry.
Concerning the fixative and sealer- spray cans of both work best as the liquid/paste ModPodge tends to leave a grainy or textured surface I am told.
Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs – April 2017
- Dishwashing gloves, latex gloves or some kind of hand protection.
- (I forgot to use the tongs and my fingers ended up all kinds of colors !)
- Artificial paper craft eggs (not plastic)
- Box of food coloring
- Jelly roll pan, disposable baking tray or whatever.
- (Remember the food coloring will permanently dye many of the surfaces it touches.)
- Unsharpened pencil, toothpick, or something to swirl the shave cream with
- Cookie cooling rack
- Paper towels
- Newspaper or drop cloth to put under drying rack
- Sealing spray
- Set up the cooling rack with the newspaper underneath
- Fill the tray with approximately 1 inch of shave cream. Smooth the surface using the spatula.
- Squeeze several thin lines of food coloring on top of the shave cream using different colors.
- Using the pencil, toothpick, etc gently swirl the colors. Do NOT over swirl!
- Using the tongs place an egg in the shave cream and gently turn the egg making sure all of the egg is covered in shave cream.
- Using the tongs again, remove the egg from the shave cream to the drying rack. It will be messy but don’t touch.
- Pick up egg #2 and do the whole thing over again but start in an unused portion of the shave cream.
- If the colors get too muted you can add more food coloring and re-swirl.
- Let the eggs dry completely overnight or longer. Do NOT touch !
- Using a paper towel clean the egg removing all of the left over shave cream.
- Spray the eggs with clear sealer-matte or gloss is entirely your choice.
- If you do not spray the eggs you run the risk of the colors rubbing off onto whatever they touch.
Melted Crayon Decorated Eggs – March 2017
These eggs are edible so when you are done coloring them please place them in the refrigerator.
- white raw eggs (in the shell)
- Stove, water, pot, tongs, timer (stuff to hot hard boil eggs)
- Hand held pencil/crayon sharpener (or maybe a vegetable peeler)
- Dixie cups to hold the shavings-sorted by color
- Plastic tray or old dish to hold egg*
*You can create a “cup” for your egg by shaping aluminum foil into an egg shape and placing the foil “cup” on an old pot holder or just use an old potholder. The potholder will protect your hands from the heat of the egg. Experiment !
- Create crayon shavings using a hand held pencil sharpener or maybe a vegetable peeler. You want to create larger one piece shavings if possible. Don’t forget to remove the paper wrapper first. You need more shavings than you think.
- Put shavings in Dixie cups or other small dish keeping the colors separated.
- Hard boil eggs using Mom’s recipe. Leave in hot water. Do not drain or rinse.
- Use egg tongs to remove one egg from the pot.
- Place 1 egg into the tray or cup.
- Gently place the larger shavings by hand on the egg one color at a time.
- For different looks rotate the egg and place or sprinkle other colors on the egg.
- Allow crayon shavings to cool and egg to dry before handling.
- This whole method of dying eggs is very MESSY from making the shavings to actually coloring the eggs.
- I ended up holding the sharpened crayon to the egg and letting it melt onto the hot egg in spots where the shavings didn’t cover.
- A friend suggested using the vegetable peeler after I had finished coloring the eggs. I wish I had thought of it sooner. I would recommend trying the peeler first.
Scratch Off Valentine Day Cards – February 2017
- cardstock paper
- Card template* (found on Pinterest)
- white or light colored crayon
- acrylic paint
- dishwashing soap
- measuring spoons
- paint brush
- dixie cup
- stir stick (You can use a q-tip, the paint brush, or whatever to stir)
- Design a Valentine Day card using cardstock as the base. Make sure there are word bubbles in the design.
- Write a message using a regular pen inside the word bubble.
- HEAVILY color over the word bubble with the white crayon. You can color match the crayon to the paint color if you wish.
- Mix 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part dishwashing soap (I used Dawn) and stir. A little goes a long way. (I used 2 tablespoons of paint to 1 tablespoon of soap)
- Apply a heavy coat of paint over the crayoned word bubble. It works best to daub on the paint rather than brushing it on.
- Let dry.
Give the Valentine Day card to a friend or relative. Include a shiny penny with instructions to “scratch off the paint on the word bubble to find the hidden message.”
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Waterless Snow Globes – December 2016/January 2017
- Glass or plastic jar with lid
- Artificial snow*
- Small decorative items to put inside the jar**
- Glue gun or strong glue
- Ribbon (optional)
- Spray paint (optional) white and color of your choice
- Risers- bottle cap, pink erasers, etc (use your imagination)
*Any type of artificial snow will work as there is no water inside the jar.
(Eco-friendly snow will dissolve in water.)
** I purchased small figurines and some bottle brush trees in the trim a tree department at the local Wal-Mart and Michael’s Craft Store. I suggest you take your jar and lid with you to the store.
- Do a “dry run” by placing your decorative pieces on the lid of the jar. Screw the jar on the upside down lid. This will tell you whether the opening of your jar is large enough for the decorations you have selected.
- Prepare the jar by removing the label and any glue residue.
- Spray paint the lid the color of your choice or at the end of your project cover with decorative tape or ribbon.
- You will need to place your items on a “riser” so that the items are above the screw threads of the jar. The risers can be anything that is glue-able and preferably paintable.
- Glue the riser to the inside of the jar lid.
- Glue your items to the riser.
- Pour a small amount of artificial snow in the jar.
- Carefully screw the lid onto the jar and turn upside down. At this point decide if you need to add more snow or maybe take some out.
- Place decorative ribbon around edge of jar and glue in place (optional).
- Get creative in what you put in the jar. Photos, sea shells or whatever fits in the jar.
- If you want to make a true snow globe with water inside make sure everything inside the jar is waterproof.
- Test your items by placing them in a bowl of water for a couple of hours and see if any of the color runs or the item starts to dissolve.
- After placing the snow in the jar add water with a few drops of glycerin and screw the lid on.
- Seal with waterproof glue (E6000 works well) and let dry.
- Warning: I have never made a water filled snow globe. The directions are what I found on Pinterest.