Sunday, May 31, 2009

Make your Own Funky Bracelets

Are you a teen and haven't got megabucks to spend on accessories? Here are some Great ideas to look fashionable with these trendy Bracelets. What's more, you'll have lots of fun making them too!

Let's start with something that is really very easy to do and yet the end result is a Funky Bracelets

Button Bracelets

Try out different colour co ordinations. You could make bracelets using shades of the same color for both the ribbon and buttons, or for a more striking look, alternate colors such as black and white. You could also use metal or jeweled buttons to make the bracelets extra fancy!

Materials

* 1/4 inch wide ribbon, 14 Inch length

* Scissors

* 8-10 flat back buttons (depending on button size)

* pencil

* Gem or jewel glue

* needle and thread

1. Wrap the centre of the ribbon around your wrist, leaving extra ribbon on each end for the ties. Mark the size of your wrist on the ribbon with a pencil.

2. Use gem or jewel glue to tack the buttons in a row along the ribbon. Let the glue dry overnight. For extra hold, thread a sewing needle and, starting from the back of the ribbon, sew the buttons in place. Tie the bracelet to your wrist with a bow. Trim off the excess ribbon if needed.

Dice Bracelets


Materials

* Dice beads

* Black or white beads

* Elastic thread

1. Thread dice bead then black or white bead alternatively. Measure the bracelet around your wrist as you work. Once you have reached the length for your wrist, tie a knot with the two ends of the thread. Then cut off any excess thread close to the edge.


Fishing Swivel Bracelets


Fishing Swivels are small metal items used to keep fishing lines from tangling (they are also sometimes used on kites for the same reason)> Swivels come in different sizes and can be found wherever fishing supplies are sold. Keep in mind that smaller swivels are easier to open than larger ones.


Fishing swivels make instant jewelry - all you need are beads and swivels to make a bracelet. For extra Zaz, you could add pretty charms to dangle from the bracelets.

Materials

* fishing swivels

* seed beads

1. First open up the wires on all of the swivels. (You will need about eight swivels to complete a bracelet). Link the swivels together before adding the beads. Don't close the wires yet! Thread on a few small seed beads to the open wires.

2. Pinch the open hooks closed. If the are stiff, you can use pliers to close them, or ask someone with strong thumbs to close the wires for you.

3. Keep adding links until the swivel chain fits around your wrist. Link the last open wire to the first to close the bracelet around your wrist.


Mod Bead Bracelet

Give plain wooden beads a mod makeover with easy - to - do decoupage. Paper napkins, tissue paper, and newspaper are the best choices to decoupage onto beads. You can paint the beads for a splash of color, glue on glitter, or cut our words form magazine to create your own cool styles.


Materials

* Large wooden beads with holes

* Colorful paper napkins, wrapping paper or magazines

* Decoupage glue

* Paintbrush (for glue)

* Elastic cord ( cut into 9-inch strand)


1. Tear off small pieces of paper napkin or tissue paper to apply to the beads. Paint small sections of the bead with decoupage glue.

2. Apply the napkins bits to cover the bead. Continue adding the pieces, gluing and overlapping the edges until the bead is covered.(Be careful not to cover the bead holes!)

3. Roll the end of the paintbrush over the paper to smooth it in place or use your fingers to smooth the paper (wash your hands if they get too sticky) Let the beads dry.

4. Seal the beads with a final coat of decoupage glue. Make sure all of the sections are covered with glue. Let the glue dry.

5. String the beads onto a piece of elastic cord. Tie the cord into a square knot. To tie a square knot, hold the ends of the cord in each hand. Cross the right end over the left and wrap it around, just like when you are tying a bow in your shoelace. Then, repeat the steps, only this time tying the left end over the right end. Pull on the ends to tighten the knot.

6. Clip off the excess cord. Put a dab of decoupage glue on the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying.

Junk Drawer Charm Bracelets

Go on a treasure hunt for small objects you can hang from a bracelet. Everyday objects like safety pins, colorful charms. Look for items that have an opening to connect with a jump ring. Add beads or jewelry charms to make a design that is truly one of a kind.

Materials

* Chain bracelet

* Jump rings (1 for each charm)

* Head pins

* Small found objects (plastic capsule toys, safety pins, beads buttons, game pieces or anything small that you can hang)

* round-nose pliers

* wire clippers or nail cutters

1. Charms with openings can be attached to the chain with a jump rlng. First open the jump ring with your pliers. Thread the opened jump ring through the opening in the charm. Then attach the jump ring to the chain and close the ring with your pliers.

2. Beads need a head pin before they can be attached to a jump ring. You can find many interesting and different beads such as dice bead. Thread the head pin through the bead.

3. Bend the head pin wire over in a 90 degree angle. Loop the wire at the top of the object with round-nose pliers. (If you don't have pliers, you can wrap the wire around a wooden skewer to make a loop.)

4. Wrap the end of the head pin wire around the base of the loop a few times to secure the loop in place.

5. Clip off the excess wire with wire cutters or old fingernail clippers. Continue adding pieces to the chain bracelet until you have covered the length of the chain.


Sequin Bracelets

Materials

* Assorted sequins

* 24 - Guage wire

* Wire cutters or nail clippers

* 1 large seed bead, size 6/0 ("E bead")

1. Cut off about 36 inches of wire. Choose a large sequin that will be used for the "button clasp" at the end of the bracelet. Bend the wire in the middle and make a loop that is big enough for the large sequin to pass through, but not so big that the sequin will slide easily out. Twist the wires a few times at the base of the loop. You will now have a loop with two wire ends.

2. Thread your first sequin onto one of the wires. Then pass the other wire through the sequin in the opposite direction.

3. Slide the sequin close to the loop, being careful not to twist the wires. The sequin should lie flat with the wires passing over the surface.

4. Add the next sequin as you did in steps 1 through 3. Slide the second sequin next to the first. Turn the sequin around twice to twist the wires between the sequins. This will keep them neatly spaced and separated.

5. Continue adding sequins. For an interesting pattern, mix large and small sequins of different colors along the wires. Measure the bracelet around your wrist as you work.

6. As soon as you have enough sequins threaded on the wires to make a bracelet, add your large "button" sequin on the end. This time pass both ends of the wire through the sequin at the same time going in the same direction. Add the large seed bead on next, sliding the bead next to the sequin.

7. Bring both ends of the wire back through the large sequin, skipping over the bead. The bead will act as a "stop," preventing the wire from slipping back through the sequin.

8. Twist the wire ends around the wires directly under the large sequin several times to secure the sequins in place. Clip off the excess wire with wire cutter or nail clippers to finish the bracelet.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Everyday Supermarket buys that can transform into hours of Creative FUN

As a parent you could use your weekly shopping trip wisely. Yes, it need not only sustain your children's healthy bodies but also play an important part to fuel their imagination and spark their creativity. Every week as you stock up the pantry, you could add to your kids' "Imagination Treasure Chest".

The supermarket aisles are simply bursting with potential craft material to keep little hands busy and minds imagining. Even better, you won't bust the household budget paying for craft supplies.

Try out these wonderful ideas NOW!

1. Cardboard boxes from cereal, tissues, biscuits, yogurt or eggs all form the building blocks for big-project sculptures. Of course, really big boxes, such as from fridge or washing machines will be ideal for cubby house, but I've yet to find them in supermarket aisles.

2. Paper plates are not just for eating off. They transform easily into masks, hats, groovy handbags, clock faces, train wheels, steering wheels and spiralling snakes and much more.

3. Empty ice-cream containers covered in aluminium foil become knights' or astronauts helmets.

4. Pasta such as macaroni and penne are great for threading on ribbons or lengths of elastic to make fun necklaces or bracelets.

5. Dried beans and lentils create colorful mosaic pictures. Use a paper plate as a canvas and add pasta such as fusilli (twists) or farfalle (bow ties) for variety. Alternatively, make a musical shaker by placing dried beans and lentils in plastic baby bottle or between two paper plates that are stapled and decorated.

6. Cotton wools makes woolly sheep, wonderful clouds or beards on a mask, and really bushy eyebrows, too.

7. Used toilet rolls become binoculars for safaris, kazoos for making music and periscopes for submarines.
Play dough FUN

8. Plain flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil and food coloring are all you need for playdough. Add in Glitter for the sparkly touch!

9. Cornflour mixed with water and a few drops of food coloring makes "goop", a gooey
alternative to paint that toddlers will love.
Bubbles away

10. Detergent and a splash of glycerine added to water makes a fabulous bubble mix for hours of bubbly FUN.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fun Halloween Costumes

Make these cool costumes for your kids for this Halloween.

Astronaut Costume
Astronaut Costume

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Pencil
Plastic bucket (3½- gallon, 14-quart, or 12-quart sizes work well)
Hammer and nail
Wire cutters
Craft knife
8- by 12-inch piece of foam board
White duct tape
Dish towel
2 white 1-gallon plastic milk jugs
White plastic utensil tray
Adhesive-backed Velcro
¾-inch-wide clear plastic tube cut into two 3-foot lengths (sold in many hardware stores)
Blind-spot mirrors and reflectors (sold in many hardware stores)
White turtleneck and sweatpants
Flag and letter stickers
Rubber boots

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. To make an astronaut helmet, draw an oval face opening (at least 7 inches wide by 5 inches high) in pencil on the plastic bucket. Use a hammer and a nail to make a pilot hole in the plastic, then cut out the oval with wire cutters. With a craft knife, cut out two 2- by 9-inch foam-board rectangles to use as helmet braces (a parent or other adult's job). Round off the lower corners and duct-tape the tops against the inside of the helmet.

2. Roll up a dish towel, wrap it around your child's head, and tape it closed to form a ring. Remove the towel ring from your child's head and tape it inside the top of the helmet. (When it's time to wear the helmet, lower it straight down so the towel ring fits onto your child's head and the foam braces slide between the space pack and his back.)

3. For a space pack, wrap white duct tape around two empty milk jug air tanks to hold them together. Then fashion four 17-inch-long duct tape straps (as described in the Slime Bucket directions). Use two of the straps as suspenders to connect the air tanks to the plastic utensil tray control panel, taping the ends securely. Have your child try on the space pack, and adjust the suspender lengths if necessary.

4. Use the remaining two straps as side bindings that extend from the air tanks to the sides of the control panel. Once you've taped them to the back of the jugs, have your child try on the pack again to determine the right strap length (there should be little slack). Trim the straps if needed and attach the free ends to the inside of the utensil tray with adhesive-backed Velcro.

5. Use a craft knife to cut an asterisk shape in both sides of the utensil tray (adults only). Push one end of one of the clear plastic tubes through each hole and insert the opposite ends into the milk jug tops, taping them in place. Finally, decorate the space pack with mirrors and reflectors, and attach stickers to the turtleneck, sweatpants, boots, and helmet.

Wicked Witch Costume
Wicked Witch Costume

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Newspaper
Masking tape
Scissors
Skein of gray yarn
Black electrical tape
Black paint
Cardboard
Tinfoil
1x2 yard piece of black gauze fabric
Black ribbon
10 water picks (available at florists)

Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours

1. For the hat: Roll a tall newspaper cone (ours is 15 inches high) and tape it to hold. Roll up the bottom edge until it fits comfortably on your child's head.



2. For the hair: Cut a slew of 20-inch strands of yarn. Cut a 6-inch strip of electrical tape and press a bunch of the yarn strands onto it. Tape the yarn bunch to the rim of the cone. Continue making yarn bunches until the rim -- minus a section near the face -- is covered.

3. To finish the hat: Use three sheets of newspaper to form the hat brim. Roll in the outer edges, taping them in place, so that you create a circle with a rolled edge. Trace around the cone bottom onto the center of the brim, then divide the circle like a pie, cutting along the center lines. Push the cone up through the brim and tape in place. Paint the hat black. Cut out a cardboard buckle, cover with foil and tape to the front of the hat.

4. For the robe: Fold the fabric in half so the short ends meet, then cut an approximately 7-inch hole for her head. Have your child slip on the robe; then cut a fringy edge on the bottom. Belt the robe with a black ribbon.

5. For fingernails: Your child can press the water picks onto her fingers.

6. For spooky accessories: you could add a plastic snake necklace, striped tights, and black lipstick and many more .....


Clown Costume
Clown Costume

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Colored face paints
Makeup brush and sponge
Nylon tulle
String
Curly wig

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. With a damp sponge, apply white face paint to your child's entire face, including his eyebrows. Use a small makeup brush to paint his upper and lower eyelids white.

2. Once the base coat dries (it usually takes just a few minutes), brush on facial features: a green diamond and blue star to accentuate his eyes, a round red nose and full red lips. Finish up with pointy red eyebrows about an inch above his real brows.

3. To make a clown collar, start with a 7- by 36-inch piece of nylon tulle (available at fabric stores). Thread string through the mesh along one long edge, gathering the collar as you go. Then tie the string ends into a bow behind your child's neck.

4. To complete the look, add a curly wig and baggy clothes (overalls or pajamas will do the trick) to the collar

Sunflowers Costume
Sunflowers Costume

CRAFT MATERIALS:
9- by 12-inch sheets of craft foam (3 yellow, 4 green, and 1 orange)
Scissors
Low-temperature hot glue gun
Cloth tape
Velcro fasteners
Pen
Sewing elastic
Red and black face paints

Time needed: Afternoon or Evening
1. For the flower petal headband, cut out 12 yellow craft foam petals that measure approximately 7 inches high and 3 inches wide, tapering to 1 1/4 inches at the base. Snip a 1/2-inch slit in the bottom center of each one. Glue together 1 1/2-inch-wide strips of orange craft foam, overlapping the ends a half inch to create a 23-inch-long headband. Starting 1 1/4 inches in from one end of the headband, cut 12 1 1/4-inch slits spaced a half inch apart.

2. Push the base of each petal through a slit, then bend each petal's tabs in opposite directions and secure them to the headband with cloth tape. Glue a Velcro fastener to the ends of the headband. To help hold the headband on your child's head, have her try it on and use a pen to mark a point above each ear. Make holes at the marks. Thread through the ends of a long piece of sewing elastic, adjust the length to fit around the back of your child's head, and knot the ends so they won't slip back through.

3. To make the leafy bib, cut out 10 green craft foam leaves that measure about 3 inches wide and 5 inches long. Hot-glue them by their tips, as shown, to a 1/2- by 18-inch strip of green craft foam. Glue a Velcro fastener to the ends. Use the same method to make leafy wrist and ankle cuffs.

4. Paint a ladybug on your little flower's cheek for good luck.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Make your own latern

Paper Lanterns


A fun paper lantern to decorate your home for Chinese New Year. Make many lanterns of different colors or decorations and hang them around your home.


What you'll need:

Construction paper
Scissors
Tape
Stapler
Ruler
Pencil
Glue, glitter, sequins, if desired to decorate your lantern



How to make it:

Use your ruler to measure and cut one inch off the short end of your paper. Set aside to use as the handle.
Fold your paper in half lengthwise.
Draw a line one inch from the end of the long edge of the paper opposite the folded edge. This will be the line where you stop cutting.
Measure and mark lines one inch apart starting at the folded edge and moving towards the "stop cutting" line. (see photo)
Cut on the marked lines up to the "stop cutting" line.
Unfold the paper.
Re-crease the paper in the opposite direction. This will hide any pencil marks.
Match the long edges together on the lantern and use tape to hold it in place.
Staple the handle to the top of the lantern. (see photo)
Make as many lanterns as you wish and display them around your home.
If you wish, add glue, glitter, sequins or other things to decorate your lanterns.



Soda Bottle Lanterns

What you’ll need:
One 2-liter soda bottle
Utility knife
Pair of scissors
Assorted colors of tissue paper
Elmer’s glue
Water
Small paintbrush
Single-hole punch
Wire
Newspaper
Glow sticks
Tree branches or dowels (optional)

What to do:
Cover your work area with newspaper or a tablecloth (vinyl protects best) and lay out your supplies.

Wash, rinse, and dry the soda bottle to make sure it is clean. (For large groups you may want to clean all bottles in advance.)

Take a 2-liter soda bottle and pierce a slot in the cone-shaped top of the bottle with a utility knife. Make sure the slot is large enough to insert the blade from a pair of scissors. (Please note: an adult should assist younger children with this step.) For large groups we suggest that a few adults cut the tops off all bottles in advance to save time.

Insert scissors into the slot and cut off the top of the soda bottle and discard (recycle, if possible) the top.

Take the bottom half of the soda bottle and punch two holes directly across from each other approximately one-quarter of an inch from the rim. (You will later string a piece of wire across to act as a handle.)

Select the pieces of tissue paper you’d like to use. Cut or tear tissue paper into desired shapes. (Some participants may want to sketch an idea or a pattern to use when making their lanterns. Others work without a sketch.)

Fill a small glass or jar with 2-3 ounces of water and add an equal amount of glue. Stir the mixture until the glue dissolves into the water. At SADD we like to call this the “magic mixture.”

Dip a small-sized paintbrush into the mixture, hold a piece of your tissue paper against the outside of your soda bottle lantern, and paint the magic mixture onto your tissue paper, sticking it to the soda bottle lantern. The tissue paper should be completely covered in the magic mixture and stick to the soda bottle lantern.

Continue to place pieces of tissue paper onto the soda bottle lantern and cover them with magic mixture. You can overlap pieces of tissue paper to create a design and experiment with different techniques by layering colors of tissue paper to create different colors. Make a collage with your tissue paper until your lantern is completely covered with colors or your desired design.

Once you’ve covered your soda bottle lantern completely, continue to apply small amounts of magic mixture over any pieces of tissue paper that appear to be dry or not sticking to the soda bottle.

Once your lantern is complete, set it out to dry overnight.

When you are sure your soda bottle lantern is dry, cut a 12” length of wire (any type of wire that you can bend with your hands is fine). Thread the wire through the two holes punched across from each other. Twist the wire around itself to secure it on each side, leaving a little bit of slack in the middle to make your lantern handle.

Hook the wire handle of your lantern onto the end of a small branch or a wooden dowel, or you can simply carry the lantern by its wire handle.

When it comes time to light your lantern, for safety reasons it is recommended to use glow sticks. Most schools, city buildings, community centers, etc. will not allow open flames inside buildings.



Glowing Lantern

What You'll Need:



16 regular craft sticks
1 sheet patterned tissue paper
Glow stick
Tools:

Craft glue
Scissors

Step 1: Place a sheet of tissue paper on your work surface, printed side up. Smooth out all wrinkles.

Step 2: Beginning at the lower left corner of the paper, glue a craft stick along the bottom edge, lining up the stick with the bottom of the tissue paper. Glue a craft stick up along the left side, perpendicular to the bottom stick. Glue two more sticks to complete the square, making sure all the angles are square.




Arrange craft sticks as shown.



Step 3: Glue on four more craft sticks to create another square that touches the right side of the one you just made. Repeat two more times so you have a total of four boxes in a row. Let dry.

Step 4: Trim the tissue paper that extends above the top edge of the squares. Also trim the right side of the paper 1/4 inch beyond the edge of the craft stick.

Step 5: Stand the shape on its side, and fold it into a cube shape without a top or bottom. Glue the tissue-paper flap to the first stick to secure the cube.

To make your lantern glow, place a lighted glow stick in the middle of the lantern. Never use a candle or fire of any sort, as the paper may burn.


Paper Mache Lanterns
Paper Mache Lanterns

These are easy and beautiful paper mache balloon lanterns. They work great as party decorations, house decorations and out door lanterns for the summer time.
Material
Tissue paper in desired colors
balloon
Glue
Leaves (optional)
Encouraging words, printed out on paper and cut(optional)
Wire for hanging
Instructions
Tear the tissue paper into strips (about 1 inch wide). Blow up your balloon to around the size you would like your lantern to be.

Mix glue and water, 2 parts glue to one part water, it should be a milky consistency. Slide a piece of tissue paper in and out of the glue mixture. Tissue paper is delicate and will rip easily when it gets wet, try to keep it straight, not twisted, and place in on the balloon. Continue this with each piece of tissue paper until the balloon is well covered.



Let dry, you may want to put one more layer of tissue paper on it once the first has dried.

Pop the balloon and cut the jagged edge off, cut this down far enough so the heat of the candle will have a place to escape out the top. Punch two holes in either side of the balloon.

Make a hanger with copper wire or an old wire hanger. I twisted the wire to make a spiral which keeps the wire from falling off the lantern.

Place a tea light in a glass candle holder then place that in the lantern. Or to be safe you could place a battery operated fake candle inside.

WARNING: Do not leave this candle unattended. This lantern is made off paper and is highly flammable. When you place the candle inside, feel around the lantern and make sure you can not feel heat on it, just coming out the top. Battery operated tea lights would work as well and be safer.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fun Crafts ideas for your pre-schoolers

Memory Book
Memory Book

Create a new tradition by making a memory book together with your kids. Then update it once a year as a mini time capsule keepsake.
Prep time: 30 min.

What you'll need:
Felt
Construction paper
Yarn, string, thread or cord
Needle
Scissors
Glue
Crayons, markers or colored pencils

What to do:
Cut felt or paper to the desired size (these will be the pages of the memory book) and bind by sewing with yarn, string or cord.
Glue-in pieces of construction paper or felt to create pockets for keepsakes and souvenirs.
Each year, a new "chapter" is created, items and information are added to the book, and parents and kids can look back on their past

Alphabet Book
Alphabet Book

Materials
Construction paper
Hole-puncher
String or yarn
Markers
Crayons

Instructions
Ask a grown-up to help you punch holes along one edge of the pieces of construction paper.

Stack the paper together so that the holes line up.

Thread pieces of string or yarn through the holes and tie knots to create a book.

Write a title on the front of the book, like 'A-B-C' or 'My Alphabet Book'.

Write each letter of the alphabet on the pages of the book and draw pictures of things that begin with each letter.

Flip through your book and practice your ABC’s!

Envelope Art
Envelope Art

This project requires very little set up or clean up.
Total craft time is about 30 minutes.

You'll Need:
envelopes
crayons
markers
glue
paper
Envelope Art
What to do:
First you'll need to seal the envelope.
Draw a nose, whiskers or other features.
Cut construction paper ears, hat, or hair


"My Favorite Things" - Homemade Placemat Craft for Kids

You'll Need:
construction paper, cardstock, or poster board
one roll of contact paper or laminate sheets
glue Stick
photos, magazine images etc.
optional craft supplies; stickers, markers, crayons etc.

Directions
First have your children select and cut photographs
and/or magazine pictures. Attach the pictures to the
paper using a glue stick. Finish decorating the placemat
with markers, stickers and drawings.
Don't forget to write your name with bold letters.

When everything is attached and dry...cover the placemat
on both sides using the laminate paper, following the directions on the package.

Edible Jewelry

Ingredients
3 ounces shoestring licorice (red &, black)
1 cup checkerboard pretzel
1 cup Fruit Loops cereal
2 cups assorted varieties Cheerios toasted oat cereal
1 cup gummy Lifesavers candy, use your imagination

Directions
1Use the licorice as your"string" and thread the other ingredients onto it.
2Use various lengths to create necklaces, bracelets,& rings.
3Wear your creations with pride, then eat them when the mood strikes.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Versatile Punch

Punches come is so many shapes, sizes and types. They range from mini/baby to Mega or Super Giant. They are so many types available such as Corner, Border, Tile, Square, Oval and Circles, Profile (where the results look like stencil), Word range and many more.
For individual punches, there is such a variety available you will be at a loss to choose from the many different floral, animal, shapes,etc.

As a matter of fact, once you start making crafts and cards using punches you are very likely to get hooked into using Punches as they are very addictive. Its so simple to use and with good color coordination and creativity the the type of craft or card you can make is endless.

Bookmarks

Use 2 contrasting colored papers. Cut out 1 of the colored paper as a slightly larger rectangle ( give a border of 1 cm) than the other paper. Punch out 3-4 shapes of your desired shapes in a row from the centre of the smaller rectangle. (Use the punched out shapes for other projects). Paste the smaller rectangle onto the larger rectangle. Decorate with colors or glitters if desired. Punch a small hole on the top of the larger paper. Insert a lace, ribbon etc and tie it up.

Tile Punches


For a classic look use tile punches to make cards. These are great for Christmas or Father's day cards.
Choose a card stock. Next choose 2 complementing colors that contrast with the card stock. Punch 2 squares each. Paste them alternatively to create a double colored square. Write or stencil your message such as "Merry Christmas" on the bottom.

Corner Punches


Have fun and mix and match. Corner punches need not be for corners after all. Create a lovely checkered card using a corner punch.
Use a square card stock. Cut out about Eight 2cm squares from a contrasting or complementing colored paper. Fold each square diagonally and punch with your favorite corner punch. Paste the squares onto the card stock to form a checker board.

Variation - Instead of a Corner punch, use a shape punch such as a flower, teddy bear etc.

Below are some pictures of more complicated cards for you to try out and have fun. Enjoy



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Have Fun with Sand


While on vacation this summer, take home some sand from the beach. Sand art is very easy to make and pretty too.

Try to collect clean, fine sand. You should strain the sand you have collected to remove any large pieces from it.

Carefully mix the sand with powder paint - choose a variety of different colours. Keep the different colours of sand separate.



Once you have your coloured sand made you can carefully pour sand into a glass jar in layers to make a pretty decoration.You could use different and creative containers to pour the different coloured sand. If you add a layer of soil on top of your layers of coloured sand, you can grow small cactus plants in the jar. These make lovely decorations, and gifts for your loved ones.






While away long summer afternoons with sand art. Also called sand painting, this is a simple but satisfying craft that's good for Earth Day in the springtime or any dry summer day that follows.

What you'll need:
Construction paper
Glue
Sand

How to make it:
Give each child a piece of construction paper, and allow them to draw a picture or write words with the glue. Make sure that they do not put globs of glue in any one spot.
Before the glue dries take the picture over to dry sand and with your hand pour sand onto the glue.
Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake off the excess sand.
Let it dry flat for about a half an hour depending on how much glue was used.

Tips:
This can also be done with colored sand, but, for those on a budget, regular sand works just as well.

For older children or those who have more budget or have made different colored sands:

Sketch a pattern or picture on a piece of paper.
Carefully apply glue to the sections of your pattern that will be covered with the same colour sand.
Make a paper funnel and slowly spread the coloured sand on the glued areas.
Allow the glue to dry and carefully brush away any excess sand. Continue filling in your pattern or picture using only one colour of sand at a time.

Tip 1: You could use large label stickers to draw patterns and cut out.
After pouring one colored sand, brush away excess sand, then peel the next area and continue with another color.

Tip 2: You could use fine salt instead of sand. Use food colouring to colour the salt instead of powdered paint.


Sand Art on Glass

Material

Clean sand. (beach sand, toy sand box sand or even construction sand will do. )Note: sift out any unwanted particles, like rocks or pebbles.
Small plastic bags
Food Colouring
Picture frame with glass (Old ones work great.)
Drawing or Colouring book picture (not too detailed)
Permanent Marker
Elmer's white glue

Instructions

Coloured sand

Divide the sand into small plastic bags, according to how many colors you want in the picture.

Add food coloring to the sand in a bag, one drop at a time until the color is what you want.

Pour the sand out into a small butter bowls to dry .

Picture

Remove the glass from the picture frame and clean.

Pick out a favorite picture or drawing.

Lay the piece of frame glass on the top of the picture.

Use a black permanent marker to trace the picture onto the glass.

Have the kids place clear drying glue on the glass where they want the same color. (One colour at a time) For instance, blue - Fill in all the areas of the picture on glass that they want to be blue with glue.

Sprinkle the coloured sand onto the wet glue.

Tap the glass to settle the sand and to loosen any that is not glued down.

Pour off excess sand back into bowl.

Repeat for next color next color until the picture is all filled in.

Allow the glue to dry overnight. Place the picture back into the frame with black marker showing forward. BEAUTIFUL !



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