Thursday, January 31, 2013

Craft day with the great grandkids

I am just now getting to posting this.. 2+ months later.
The day after Thanksgiving I spent with the great grandkids crafting.  Even the two year old joined in and did a great job with a little help from her mom.

We worked on 4 projects, and I have pictures of 3 and will tell you about all 4.

One thing we made were Christmas bulbs for the tree.  We took Styrofoam balls and modge podeged them with red tissue paper.  We stuck skewers into the balls to help facilitate even coverage of the tissue paper.  We let that dry and then took glitter glue and decorated them, then used water bottle caps with a tiny hole drilled into them and gold cord strung through for hanging on the tree.

We also made reindeer decorations.  We used the bottoms of 4 cup drink holders, the kind you get with take-out when you order more than one soda drink to go.  The bottoms are shaped in a sort of tri-pod.  We painted these brown, glued on google eyes, a red button for a nose, and a red bow.  Between the “ears” we glued pipe cleaner antlers and a gold cord for hanging.

What would Christmas be without candles?  We used toilet paper rolls for the candle sticks, and painted them...each great grandchild chose a different color.  We used construction paper to make “flames” and attached the “flames” inside the tube at the top.  We cut the bottoms of the tube into tabs that were then attached to a paper plate.  Rope tinsel was then used as candle rings.

Finally, I printed out some candy canes, and then we scoured magazine pages looking for things the color red.  We cut the red things into tiny scraps, then glued them into every-other stripe on the candy cane, making them look like mosaic candy canes.  These we put on the fridge with magnets.  I don’t have a picture of any of the candy canes, but you probably can imagine them from the description.

We had a lot of fun and maybe we will make this a yearly tradition?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How to make a Recycled Wreath

I know...Christmas is over.  But I wanted to post an easy way to make a recycled wreath.  Think beyond Christmas, here.  Think Valentines day...Easter...4th of July, baby showers.  This technique can be used for all Holidays by changing the doo-dads you add.  In this wreath the doo-dads would be the gold poinsettias and the gold bow.

Now on to the how to.  I don't have step by step pictures, but I think you will get the gist of it by explanation.

You will need:
1 Wire coat hanger
A bunch of shopping bags (these were from Walmart)
Doo-dads of choice.
Glue gun

Step one:
Bend your wire hanger into a wreath shape.

Step two:
Cut your bags into strips.  I cut mine into 1inch wide X 5 inches long.  You will need a bunch of strips.  Don't obsess over this...cut your strips approximately the same length and width.

Step 3:
Using a larks head knot, attach the strips to the coat hanger wire.  Pictured is a larks head knot.  If you need further instructions you can find that here:

As you add your strips, periodically stop and push or "bunch up" your strips.  It takes a while, but you  will soon have the whole wire wreath full of plastic strips.  When your hanger is full, you can give your wreath a "hair cut".  Trim the strips as needed for symmetry.

Step 4:
Attach your doo-dads using your hot glue gun.  This could include bows, flowers, Easter eggs, hearts, baby rattles and pacifiers, etc.  You are only limited by your imagination.

There you have it...easy peazy...If you have any questions or clarifications are needed, feel free to ask in the comments section.

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