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Book Page Ornament Balls & Santa Hat Cones- December 2015

Merry Christmas !
The ornaments below would make great Christmas gifts for the book lover on your Christmas list. Change the book pages to sheet music and you have the perfect gift for the music lover on your list. A hint for all you last minute people out there is to leave enough time for the ornament to dry before you wrap them.
Book Page Ornament Balls

Materials Needed:
• Clear plastic or glass ornament balls (purchase at any craft store)
• ModPodge and foam brush
• Pages torn from an OLD book or atlas
• Larger block of thick Styrofoam and several pens or pencils (optional)
• Scissors (optional)

Instructions:
1. Have the block of Styrofoam and pens handy for use in drying the balls.
2. Place one pen into the Styrofoam near the edge but not too close.
3. Tear the page from the OLD book or atlas into small pieces.
a. Using scissors will create a clean cut edge.
4. Just using the tip of the scissors snip the edge of the book page once each side or so
5. So when you put the flat paper against the curved ball they will overlap slightly and lay flat.
6. Carefully remove the loop and metal cap at the top of the ball and set aside.
7. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to both the ball and the back of 1 piece of paper.
8. Place the paper on the ball and smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles making sure the piece
lays flat against the ball.
9. Apply one thin coat of Modg Podge over the new paper.
10. Continue adding pieces of paper until the entire ball is covered.
11. Make sure that the stem at the top of the ball is also covered.
12. Turn the ball upside down and place on the pencil sticking in the Styrofoam. This will allow the ball to dry without sticking to anything.
13. Apply 2 or 3 additional coats of ModPodge to the ornament letting it dry completely in between coats.
14. Repeat the entire process all over again with the next ornament.
15. Be careful when you stick the second pen into the Styrofoam that you allow enough room in between so that the balls do not touch each other.
16. After completely dry, replace the metal loop and hook.
17. Tie a ribbon around the stem for decoration.
18. Wrap in tissue paper and present Christmas morning !

Options:
• Instead of using little squares of paper you can cut the paper into strips approx. ½” wide.
o Center the strips at the bottom of the ball and smooth up both sides of the ball.
o Coat with ModPodge as directed above.
o Continue adding strips until the entire ball is covered.
• Use sheet music or atlas pages instead of book pages.

Santa Hat Cones
These cute little Santa hats would make a nice surprise hanging on a doorknob of someone special. Make a few, hang them on the doorknob, ring the doorbell and run !
Materials Needed:
• One 12 x 12 piece of red scrapbook paper (sturdier is better)(both sides should be red)
• Several cotton balls
• 12” to 15” length of ribbon
• Stapler
• Tape (double sided works best but regular is ok)
• Glue
• Assorted little pieces of wrapped candy

Instructions:
1. Cut a 9” circle from the red paper.
a. You can trace a plate from the kitchen instead of drawing a circle freehand. (Mine ended up being 10” wide.)
2. Fold the circle in half and gently crease the fold. Cut along this line making 2 half circles.
3. Roll one of the papers into a cone and either tape, glue or staple the cone together.
4. Tie a knot at each end of the ribbon. Re-tie the knot once or twice more on top of the original knot.
5. Place one end of the ribbon on the inside of the cone near the top edge with the knotted end pointing to the tip of the cone. Staple over the ribbon. The knot will keep the ribbon from slipping out.
6. Repeat the process directly on the opposite side of the cone with the remaining end of the ribbon.
7. Glue cotton balls around the outside top of the cone forming the “cuff” of Santa’s hat.
8. Glue a cotton ball to the tip of the hat.
9. Fill with assorted wrapped candies and hang on a doorknob or cabinet knob.
10. Take the other part of the circle and repeat the whole process all over again.
11. Tie a ribbon around the top of the ornament ball.


Corner Bookmarks & Slinky Pumpkin- November 2015

Corner Bookmarks
Materials Needed:
• Used envelopes
• Pretty paper minimum of 6” square
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Tape
There are 2 different methods of making corner bookmarks. You can recycle old envelopes or use new scrapbook “pretty” paper.

Recycle Old Envelopes Bookmarks
1. Using unopened junk mail envelopes, mark a dot 2 ’, 3’ or 4” in from the corner on the top and side of the envelope.
2. Draw a line connecting the dots and cut along the line.
3. Discard the larger part of the envelope.
4. Decorate the corner piece with markers, decorative tape, etc.

Pretty Paper Corner Bookmarks
To make a 3” corner bookmark you will need a 6” square piece of paper.
1. Fold the paper in half and crease the paper.
2. Unfold the paper and refold the other direction and crease the fold.
3. Unfold the paper.
4. Draw a diagonal line left to right in the upper right square and again in the lower left square.
5. Draw a “X” in the upper left corner square.
6. With the scissors cut along the fold lines and remove the square with the “X” drawn on it.
7. Cut along the other 2 pencil lines.
8. Discard the triangles.
9. Fold the paper flaps in and tape the top flap to the other flap.
a. Be careful when taping not to catch the bottom full square of paper.
10. Either leave the bookmark as is or decorate the bookmark using colored pencils, markers, construction paper, etc.
11. Place on corner of page to mark where to start reading again!

Slinky Pumpkin
Materials Needed:
• One “slinky” toy
• 2-3 twist ties or a length of very fine wire
• Orange spray paint
• 1 cinnamon stick, twig, cork, etc (suitable for a stem)
• 1-2 leaves silk or artificial, paper, etc.
• Old newspapers or drop cloth (for use when spray painting)
• Scissors

Instructions:
1. Remove the paper from the twist ties keeping the wire or cut a short length of wire.
2. (Using the scissors cut very close to the wire on both sides.)
3. Wire both ends of the Slinky together in 2 or 3 places.
4. Very little wire is needed.
5. GET PERMISSION FROM YOUR PARENT AS TO WHERE YOU CAN SPRAY PAINT THE SLINKY BEFORE SPRAY PAINTING THE SLINKY!!
6. Spread the drop cloth or newspapers on the floor or tabletop as protection from overspray.
7. Following the directions on the can, spray paint the slinky.
8. After drying, turn over and spray the bottom of the slinky. Let dry.
9. Place “stem” in center hole of slinky.
10. Add the leaf.


Peek a Boo Book Page Bookmarks &Coin Magnets – October 2015

Hi Guys,
Have you had fun doing the crafts posted on the site? I haven’t heard from any of you and am curious if the crafts I have posted are too simple, too complicated or …..just right ! Email the library at mccordmemorial@gmail.com or stop in and let me know. Pictures of your crafts would be awesome.
Waiting to hear from you,
Kathy

Peek a Boo Book Page Bookmarks
Materials needed:
• Cardstock
• Book pages removed from an OLD book
• Scissors
• Paper punches (I used 2 different sizes)
• Glue stick
• Hole punch
• Ribbon – scrap approximately 8” long.

Instructions:
1. Cut your cardstock to the size you want for your bookmark. I used a 3” by 12” piece of paper.
2. Hold paper in half creating a bookmark that is 3” by 6”, crease the fold and then unfold.
3. Using your paper punches, punch out circles/shapes in various spots on the cardstock bookmark. Make sure the holes punched are not too close to the edge of the paper.
4. Using the page from an OLD book, cut a piece that measures 2 ¾ “ by 5 ¾”. Make sure that there is printing on both sides of the page.
5. Both the holes punched in the cardstock and the piece of paper must be measured and cut carefully if there are pictures that you want to show through the holes.
6. Put glue all over the backside of your punched cardstock.
7. Place the book page piece on top of the cardstock and press, making sure the text is smooth and completely stuck to the back side of the cardstock.
8. Glue the remaining side of the card stock, fold over and firmly press the halves together.
9. Punch a small hole near the top of the bookmark and loop the ribbon scrap through the hole.
10. Replace the piece of scrap paper, candy bar wrapper, dirty sock or whatever you are using to mark your place with your new bookmark…and read !

Coin Magnets – September 2015

Materials Needed:
1. Coins of different sizes*
2. Magnet discs
3. Hot glue gun and glue stick (liquid glue will work)
Instructions:
1. Plug in glue gun and let warm up.
2. Clean and dry the coins selected.
3. Decide which side you want you to show.
4. Place a small dab of glue on the magnet and IMMEDIATELY place the coin on top of the magnet pushing down gently.
5. Let sit for a little while and then use on the fridge, the metal house door or wherever.
Buttons, small pebbles, beads or whatever strikes your fancy can be substituted for the coins. I used coins that I had collected from foreign countries while on vacation. Please check with your parent when selecting the coins to be used for the magnets. Experiment and have fun.

Tissue box and Tin Can Lantern- August 2015
This month’s tissue box craft was a little bit of a challenge but was worth the effort. A lot depends on the size of the book selected. You may have to search a little bit harder for an appropriate size book so take a tissue with you to make sure your book is large enough.

Tissue Box
Materials Needed:
• Hard cover book large enough to hide a stack of tissues in side and still have a 1/2” or so of “wall” around the edges. (My example only as 3 “walls” as my book was just a little bit too small.)
• Xacto knife
• ModPodge and foam brush
• Clear packing tape (wide)
• Several rubber bands and 4 cans from the pantry to use as weights

Instructions:
1. Remove paper dust jacket and save for later
2. Cut opening about 4” by 3/4” in the center of the front cover of the book.
3. Cover cut edges of book cover with clear packing tape
4. On front page of book trace the tissue leaving a little bit of extra room around the edges.
a. This is where I had to modify my original plans and create a 3 sided box with the top of the book being completely open.
5. Your walls should be approximately 1/2” thick.
6. Start tracing the lines with the exacto knife being careful to stay on the line and cut clean squared off corners. It is easy to get off track and end up with a “wonky” wall.
7. You need to cut the pages to the proper size all the way to the end of the book but don’t cut the back cover.
8. Put the dust jacket back on the book and Modpodge the inside flap to the back of the book.
9. Turn the book over and trace the opening you cut in the front of the book onto the inside of the paper cover of the book and carefully cut out.
10. Starting with the back of the book Modpodge a few pages at a time to the back of the book continuing till all the pages have been Modpodged together. Do NOT Modpodge the pages to the front cover.
11. Put rubber bands around outside edges of the book and place the cans from the pantry on top of the closed book to weight it down as it drys.
12. Apply a coat of Modpodge to the outside edges of the pages of the book and let dry, remembering to keep the front cover separate from the book.
13. Apply 3 to 4 coats of Modpodge to the box letting it dry completely before applying the next coat.
14. Fold the front dust jacket cover over the front hard cover of the book and tape in place.
15. Remove tissues from the original store box and place in your book box.

Tin Can Lantern Tutorial
Materials Needed:
• Empty tin can
• Nails of various thicknesses
• Hammer or mallet
• Cardstock
• Pen or marker
• Scissors
• Water
• Refrigerator freezer
• Old towel
Instructions:
1. Saving the label for later, remove it and any remaining glue from tin can.
2. Set aside the label.
3. Carefully wash can.
4. Fill with water and place in freezer overnight or longer. The bottom of the can may push outward but don’t worry as you can easily fix it later. (The ice prevents the can from denting while you are poking the holes in it.)
5. While the can is in the freezer decide what design you to put on your can. Using the original label from the can trace the label onto card stock and cut out.
6. Draw your design on the card stock. Simple outlines work the best.
7. Mark dots on the outline of your design where you want to poke the holes for the light to shine through. Don’t place holes too close to the top or bottom of the can and try to stay away from the seam. Remember to leave a little bit of space between the holes. You don’t want them too close together.
(Cardstock or heavier weight paper holds up better to the condensation that forms on the outside of the can while you are crafting.)
8. Take the old towel and fold it to make like a pillow for the can. This helps the can not to roll as much when you are hammering. It also keeps your hands warmer and the can colder.
9. Hold a nail over one of the dots on your pattern and hammer the nail until it goes all the way through the can. Different size nails will produce different size holes. Get creative.
a. You can use either a regular hammer or a rubber mallet.
10. Once all the holes are punched remove the paper.
11. Set the can outside or in a bucket and wait.
12. After the ice has melted and the can is empty turn it upside down and gently hammer the bottom of the can flat again.
WARNING-THE INSIDE OF THE CAN IS VERY SHARP WHEREVER YOU PUNCHED A HOLE.
13. Add your candle-either a real wax one or a battery operated tea light.
a. You can either leave the can silver in color or spray point the can a color of your choice.
14. Make several and light the edge of the path or just one to sit on the picnic table but have fun!
15. Remember that most of the crafts presented on Krafts with Kathy can be modified for almost any holiday or gift giving occasion. Have some fun and let me know how your projects turn out. Email us a photo (mccordmemorial@gmail.com) and maybe you will be posted on the MML web page!


Chain Organizer & Decoupage Lampshade – July 2015

Chain Organizer
Materials Needed:
• Foam core board
• I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but it is available elsewhere.
• I also bought the thicker option rather than the standard board.
• Push pins
• 2 Command Hooks (small or medium sized)
• 2 paper clips
• Jewelry from your stash

Instructions:
1. Do an inventory of your jewelry and decide what you want to keep and what you never wear. Put aside the “never wear” for later and just work with the “favorite stuff”.
2. Decide what direction you want your jewelry organizer to hang-vertical or horizontal.
3. Place 1 push pin at each upper corner of the foam core board. They will be used to hang the board from the command hooks at the end of the project.
4. Keeping the foam core board flat, lay out your chains and/or bracelets on the board arranging them in an order pleasing to yourself.
5. Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, put push pins in the foam core board at the top of each chain.
6. You can still rearrange the push pins but there will be a hole in the board where you have removed a push pin that will not go away.
7. Remove the jewelry.
8. Very lightly mark on the wall with a pencil where the 2 outer push pins line up on the wall with the board.
9. After reading the directions, apply the command hooks to the wall where your pencil marks are. Wait 1 hour and then hang your board.
10. Place chains and such back on the board.
11. Your jewelry is now officially organized and waiting to be worn !
12. Get out the “never wear” jewelry and either have a jewelry swap party with your friends or donate it at your favorite thrift store.

Decoupage Lampshade
Materials Needed:
• Lamp shade (plain, light colored or white works best)
• Modg Podge, foam brush, little tray or dish
• Pages from an OLD or DISCARDED book or atlas
• Scissors, wax paper or something to cover the work surface with

Instructions:
1. Select papers to decoupage onto lampshade.
2. Cut into strips or rectangles (4”x6”) or squares (4” to 6 “). Choose a size that works best for your project.
3. Paint a layer of ModPodge on the lampshade covering a small area.
4. Apply a thin coat of ModPodge to the back of the paper.
5. Starting at the top of the shade, fold over a small part of the paper to the backside of the ampshade and smooth the remaining larger part onto the front of the lampshade.
6. Carefully cut slits into the wet paper from the edge of the paper to the edge of the lampshade before folding the paper over the edge of the lampshade. Apply a thin coat of ModPodge on the inside of the shade.
7. Make sure to remove any air bubbles at this time as it will not be possible l ater.
8. Continue covering the lampshade in ModPodge and applying overlapping pieces of paper until the lampshade is completely covered.
9. Cut small slits into the paper and fold over to the back of the shade as you did at the top.
10. At this time you need to decide whether you like the look of one layer of decoupage or prefer to add 1-2 more layers of paper. The more
11. layers you put on the shade the less light penetrates the shade. The example at the library has only 1 layer on it.
12. Finish by applying 1-2 coats of ModPodge to the entire lampshade letting
13. it completely dry in between coats.

 


Bleach-Pen T-shirt & Book Page Flower Pot –June 2015

Remember that most of the crafts presented on Krafts with Kathy can be modified for almost any holiday or gift giving occasion. Have some fun and let me know how your projects turn out.
Kathy

Book Page Flower Pot
Materials Needed:
• Flower pot-plastic or clay. (Smooth sided works best)
• Book pages from discarded old book, atlas or dictionary
• Mod Podge and foam brush
• Scissors
• Work space drop cloth or protection (newspaper, wax paper, aluminum foil, etc.)

Instructions:
1. Wash and dry the flower pot. If using a clay flower pot, you must seal the inside before decoupaging. This can be done with several coats of spray sealer.
2. Cut the book pages into strips or squares and decoupage onto the outside of the flower pot.
a. It is your choice whether you stop part way up the pot at the ridge that is common to flower pots or simply decoupage the entire pot and fold over the top rim the extra book page. (Library sample is done both ways.)
3. When it is completely dry spray it with 3 or 4 coats of sealer.
4. Either put a living plant in the pot or fill it with candy or whatever!

Bleach-Pen T-shirt
Materials Needed:
• Plain, dark colored t-shirt. (Avoid shirts with stretch or pretreated cotton; cheap t-shirts work best!)
• Bleach pen
• 8.5x 11-inch piece of thicker cardboard (or tape 2 or 3 pieces together)
• Masking tape
• Plain paper for practice design

Instructions:
1. Write your message on plain paper and see how it looks. Remember to make sure the letters do not touch each other. Hold the paper up to your chest while looking in the mirror-do you like what you see? Do you like where it appears on the shirt? If yes-you are ready for the next step. If not-start over again until you are happy with your message.
2. Insert cardboard between the front and back of the T-shirt, placing it directly underneath where you will be bleaching. On top of the shirt place strips of masking tape along the edge of the cardboard (under the shirt) as to mark the boundaries where it is ok to write your message.
3. Write your message with the bleach pen being careful where and how you space your letters. THERE IS NO ERASING AND STARTING OVER ! You can trace your lines a second time if you want the line fatter. Just be careful that you don’t make the lines too thick and they touch each other.
4. Let the bleach dry. Carefully remove the cardboard. Hand wash the t-shirt making sure to wash off all the bleach and let dry.
5. You can now place another message on the back of the shirt at this time. Just repeat the steps for writing on the front of the shirt but ……do it on the back ! (see Library sample)
6. Wrap in pretty paper and present on Father’s Day (June 21) to Dad, Grandpa or your favorite Uncle or whoever.

I used the “fine tip” end of the bleach pen to write the message on the front of the t-shirt and used the “broad scrubber” end of the pen for the date on the back of the t-shirt. I liked the fine tip end much better as it was easier to write with and did not drip or splatter like the broad scrubber end did.
These craft ideas are posted for you to have fun creating something new. You can improvise or change stuff as needed. Remember that no two craft projects will look exactly the same! Don’t forget to let me know how your project turned out. Email us a photo (mccordmemorial@gmail.com) and maybe you will be posted on the MML web page!


Mother’s Day Jar Gift & Book Page Switch Plate May 2015

Book Page Switch Plate
Materials Needed:
• Plain plastic or wood switch plate cover
• Book page, scrapbook paper or atlas page cut 1-2 inches larger than the cover being used
• Modg Podge and narrow foam brush
• Scissors
• Pencil with a sharp point
• Xacto knife
• Spray sealer
• Slot head screw driver
• Wax paper to cover work surface (newspaper may leave ink smears on your hands or projects)

Instructions:
1. Clean the switch plate cover and dry completely.
2. Put the screws in a safe place as they will be needed for installation.
3. Apply a generous amount of mod podge to the front of the light switch plate. If you clog the screw holes with Mod Podge just use a q-tip and clean it out.
4. Carefully flip the light switch over and place face down on the wrong side of the book page or whatever paper you are using.
5. Gently push down on the cover making sure the cover is firmly stuck to the paper.
6. Check the front to make sure there are no air bubbles under the design paper.
7. If there are air bubbles, smooth them out towards the edges of the paper.
8. Let it set for a minute or two
9. Starting at the lower corners of the switch plate cover, cut a diagonal line from the corner of the paper to the corner of the cover.
10. Next cut a straight line from the bottom edge of the paper to the corner of the cover.
11. Remove the “triangle “ of paper. Mod Podge the bottom of the back of the light switch plate and fold over the paper gently pulling it tight and adhere it to the back of the light switch plate.
12. Repeat the above steps on the opposite end of the switch plate cover. Let set for a minute or two.
13. Repeat on the remaining 2 sides.
14. From the back of the switch plate cover, using the Xacto knife cut an “X” in the hole where the light switch toggle goes.
15. Pull back each tab of paper and mod podge them to the back of the plate. Let dry.
16. Turn the switch plate right side up.
17. Poke the xacto knife through the back of the screw holes to make a small starter hole.
18. Flip the cover over and push the pencil through the hole from the front making a smooth hole.
19. Do this for each screw hole.
20. Mod podge the light switch cover making sure the front, sides and back gets covered.
21. Make sure the screw holes remain open.
22. Add 1-2 more coats if desired. Let dry completely.
23. Spray sealer on the switch plate and let it dry.
24. Using the saved screws, install back on the wall.

Mother’s Day Jar Gift
Materials Needed:
• A smooth glass bottle, jar or container*
• Oil based sharpies (various colors and tip sizes)
• Rubbing alcohol
• Cookie sheet
• Oven (assure Mom there is no damage to the oven)

* You can buy a smooth sided canning jar at the craft store, recycle an empty jar from home (make sure the label and all left over glue from the label has been removed first) or buy a glass item (vase, bowl, etc.) at the local discount store. You can also Sharpie paint on light colored ceramic mugs.
Make sure if you are decorating a drinking glass of whatever size or shape to keep the design on the bottom half of the item. You don’t want your mouth touching where the sharpie paint is.

Instructions:
1. Wipe down the outside of the jar with rubbing alcohol.
2. Decide on a message or picture you want to put on the jar.
3. Shake the oil based markers for a minute or so.
4. Draw your design on the container.
5. On the bottom of the jar write your name or initials and the date.
Place the jar in the COLD oven on a cookie sheet.
6. Turn the oven on to 350 and set the timer for 30 minutes.
7. It is very important for your jar to be in the oven while it preheats so that it gradually gets hotter and doesn’t crack.
8. Let the oven cool to room temperature before opening the door to remove your jar.
9. Gradual cooling is important as it prevents.
10. Fill the jar with something Mom would like-flowers, her favorite candy, coupons for jobs/chores you can do for her without complaint, etc.
11. Present it to her on Mother’s Day which is Sunday, May 10th.
This craft idea can be done for any holiday by adapting the design to the person receiving the gift.
Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21st), Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Etc.!


Hidden Treasure Book & Photo Bookmarks – March 2015

Hidden Treasure Book
PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR PARENTS BEFORE USING THE EXACTO KNIFE. THEY ARE VERY SHARP AND IT IS HARD TO CRAFT WITH BAND-AIDS ON YOUR FINGERS!
Materials Needed:
• Book (consider size and cover art when choosing book to be altered)
• Mod Podge or craft glue
• Pencil and ruler
• Paintbrush (I recommend using a bristle brush)
• Exacto knife (PLEASE check with your parents before using the exacto knife as they are very sharp)
• Old newspapers or other table protection
• 2 or more cans from the cupboard (used as a riser)

Instructions:
1. Remove book jacket and save for later.
2. Open up your book and outline a rectangle leaving a ¾ to 1 inch border all the way around.
3. Begin cutting out the rectangle with your exacto knife using the guidelines you’ve drawn.
4. The exacto knife will only cut through several pages at a time so you will have to repeat the process multiple times until you get to the last page of the book.
5. Make sure to cut into the corners or you will lose the rectangle shape after a while.
6. The pages don’t have to line up perfectly. Once all the pages are cut out you can trim the interior edges of “the box” if desired.
7. Throw away the page pieces cut out or save for another project.
8. Once you’ve cut through all the layers, put the book jacket back on the book.
9. Mod Podge the inside of the back flap of the book jacket to the back of the book.
10. Mod Podge both the inside cut edges and the outside edges of the book, making sure to get into the corners.
11. This is where I put the book on my risers (2 soup cans) so it would not stick to the table top.
12. Make sure to wipe away any drips or runners in the glue before they dry.
13. Let dry and then add additional coats of Mod Podge.
14. ( I did 3-4 coats on my sample book.)
15. LET IT COMPLETELY DRY !
16. Once dry, fill with your treasures.

Photo Book Marks

Materials Needed:
• Photos in specified pose
• Scissors
• Hand held hole punch
• ¼”Ribbon (approximately 10 inches per bookmark)
• Clear contact paper

Instructions:
1. Take a photo of a friend or relative in a pose that looks like they are hanging from the monkey bars or hanging onto a rope with their hands over their head.
2. Print the photo.
3. Cut away the entire background of the photo leaving only 1/8 – ¼” around the person.
4. Cut 2 pieces of clear contact paper wider and longer than the photo.
5. Peel away the backing from 1 of the pieces of contact paper.
6. Place the photo on the sticky side of the contact paper.
7. Press down only on the photo smoothing out any air bubbles that might be trapped.
8. Take the other piece of contact paper, remove the backing and place over the photo already stuck to the first piece of contact paper.
9. Be very careful to smooth the contact paper so no bubbles or wrinkles appear in the finished product. If needed the contact paper can be lifted very gently and re-positioned.
10. Cut off the extra contact paper around the photo leaving approximately ¼”.
11. Punch a hole between the hands and the person’s head on the picture.
12. Fold the ribbon in half and thread the folded end from the front of the photo to the back through the hole punched in the photo.
13. Thread the cut ends through the loop and carefully tighten the ribbon.
14. Your ”person” is ready to mark your place in a book.

Happy Reading!


Paper Hearts & Decorative Candles – February 2015

Say February and everyone thinks of hearts and romance so here are 2 projects to make to share with friends and family. As always, please send us a photo of your project or post us a comment.

P.S. We here at McCord are excited about this summers’ reading program. There will be programs for all ages and even a craft project or two for you guys. Details to be revealed later in the school year.

Paper Hearts
Materials Needed:
• Paper-book pages, scrapbook paper, atlas pages, etc.
• Length of thread, ribbon or floss
• Decorative brads or staple
• Scissors and/or paper cutter
• Ruler

Instructions:
1. Taking the paper you have chosen, cut it into 1 inch wide strips at least 8 inches long.
2. You will need – 2 strips each 4” long, 5” long, 6” long, 7” long, and finally 8” long
3. Cut a 12” length of cord (or whatever you have chosen to use as your hanger) and tie the ends in a knot.
4. Make 2 piles of paper strips with each pile having one strip of each size, shortest being on the top and longest on the bottom of the pile.
5. Sandwich the hanging loop between the 4” strips and staple the entire pile together making sure to staple the loop with the papers.
a. The hanging cord MUST hang downward. It will be hidden by the paper strips. This will be the bottom of the heart.
6. Loop each strip of paper up to the top until all the strips have been gathered together (each side separately) Make sure all the paper edges are even and then staple.
7. Hang and enjoy.

Experiment with different papers. You will get a nostalgic look using book pages while an old atlas will give an entirely different look. Scrapbook papers will allow you to personalize the heart to the person receiving it.

You can also change the length of the strips to make a larger heart. Measure the starting strip and make each subsequent strip 1” longer creating the same number of strips as above but just longer.

Decorative Candles
Materials Needed:
• Pillar candles (fat, round ones)
• Wax paper
• Hair dryer
• Decorative napkin or markers and white tissue paper

Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than the candle.
2. Decorate the tissue paper with markers. Keep the picture simple as the tissue will tear easily.
a. A decorative napkin can also be used. Make sure to separate the layers of the napkin.
3. Keep the decorative layer and throw away the rest. Make sure the napkin is cut slightly smaller than the candle.
4. Cut a piece of wax paper slightly larger than the candle.
5. Wrap the “picture” around the candle.
6. Wrap the wax paper around the candle on top the “picture” using the extra length of wax paper as a handle of sorts.
7. Turn on the hair dryer to the hottest setting and keeping the hair dryer as close as possible to the candle heat the wax paper.
a. As the wax melts, the tissue paper will become part of the candle. You will be able to see a change in color as it heats. The entire candle needs to be that “melted wax paper color” color to be done.
8. Carefully pull back the wax paper.

Your candle is ready to give.
The candle will be burn just like any other candle.


Book Page Snowflakes, Borax Crystal Snowflakes, Glow-in-the-dark crystal snowflakes,
and Snowflake window clings- January 2015

A new year……a new craft.
I love snow and if I can’t have Nature-made snow then I guess I’ll have to make my own.
Included are instructions to make book page snowflakes, crystal snowflakes and window cling snowflakes. Remember…..no two snowflakes are the same! Send us some pictures of your crafts so we can publish them on the website.
Thanks, Kathy

Book Page Snowflakes

Materials Needed:
• Pages from an old, discarded book
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Sewing or nylon thread

Instructions:
1. Remove single page from discarded book and square the page.
a. I recommend paper to be either 4”, 5” or 6” square.
2. Fold paper in half creating a triangle.
3. Fold paper in half one more time keeping the triangle shape.
4. With the point of the triangle facing down, fold the right side of the paper to the left and crease the fold keeping the point of the triangle as it was and the right point of the triangle above the straight edge of the paper.
5. Repeat the process and fold the left side over to the right and crease.
Both sides should be the same size.
6. This will take a little bit of practice. Just unfold and try again until you get the hang of it.
7. Turn over the folded paper and cut off the points along the top straight edge of the original triangle.
a. You should have a very neat triangle with all edges matching up.
8. Having the open edge of the folded paper on the right, trace your design onto the paper.
9. Keeping the paper tightly folded cut out the snowflake design.
10. Carefully unfold and flatten either between 2 heavy books or by carefully ironing with a dry iron.
11. Hang using thread (sewing or nylon thread) in a window or place of your choice.

Borax crystal snowflakes

Important note: Keep 20 Mule Team Borax out of reach of children and pets. Use caution when handling boiling water and Borax. Adult supervision suggested. Label any containers containing Borax

To make 2 crystal snowflakes you will need:

Materials Needed:
• Borax (I recommend 20 Mule Team Borax which I bought at Wal-Mart)
• 2 pencils or chopsticks to hold the snowflakes suspended.
• 2 wide mouth jars or other large containers
• Hot water (water from a coffee maker or boil on stove top or in a microwave)
• 5 pipe cleaners (to make 2 snowflakes) (color of pipe cleaner will show through)

Instructions:
1. Leave 2 pipe cleaners long and cut 3 in half. (You will have 6 little pieces and 2 long pieces.)
2. Take 3 little pipe cleaner halves and twist them 3 times.
3. Fan them out to form a snowflake
4. Add a long pipe cleaner piece by twisting its end to the middle of the snowflake.
5. This you will use to hang the snowflake from the pencil or chopstick into the jar.
6. Place the pipe cleaner shape in the dry jar to make sure nothing touches the sides of the jar.
7. Trim the edges of the pipe cleaners if they touch the jar sides because it they do touch the jar sides when the crystals form the pipe cleaners will attach themselves to the jar.
8. Remove pipe cleaners.
9. Fill the jar with tap water to determine how much hot water you will need in order to completely cover your pipe cleaner shape in the next step.
10. In a separate dish measure 3 Tablespoons of Borax for each 1 cup of water. Set aside.
11. Heat the water to near boiling and pour into your container.
12. Slowly add the Borax to the hot water. It will fizz and bubble at first.
13. Continue adding the Borax until all has been added. Stir well.
14. Secure your snowflake to your pencil or stick making sure it doesn’t touch the sides OR the bottom of the jar.
15. Let the jar sit for a minimum of 24 hours for the crystals to form.
16. Once satisfied the crystals have stopped forming, remove the snowflake from the liquid and place on a paper towel to dry
17. Empty the containers of Borax water down the sink drain. Soak and then rinse the containers to remove as much of the crystal residue as you can before putting them in the dishwasher.
18. The hotter the water the better when removing the left over crystals from the container.
19. Hang and enjoy.

Crystal shapes can be wrapped in tissue for long term storage.

Glow in the Dark Crystal Snowflakes

Materials Needed:
• Same as the Borax snowflake printed above
• Glow-Away washable paint (available at AC Moore or Michael’s in Erie)
• Paint brush or cotton swabs (used to apply glow in the dark paint)

Instructions:
1. Paint pipe cleaners with glow in the dark paint and let dry a minimum of 15-30 minutes.
2. Bend into desired shape and continue with the Borax Snowflake directions printed above.

I personally have not tried the glow in the dark snowflakes option but wanted to offer it to you in case you are feeling adventuresome and wanted to try it. PLEASE let me know how it turns out if you try it.

Snowflake Window Clings
Materials Needed:
• 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.

Instructions:
1. Place template or pattern to be traced on flat surface referred to above and tape corners down.
2. Cut plastic bag along seams, lay flat over template and tape down.
3. Shake the bottle of paint making sure that the paint is completely mixed and has not separated.
4. Using the puffy paint, trace the lines of your pattern.
5. 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.
a. 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.
b. 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.
6. Carefully peel the snowflake away from the plastic bag and gently apply to window.
7. Enjoy!

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.