Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lid Stamps

There are many tutorials on making lid stamps online.  I don't think it's anything new but for us it sure was a fun couple of hours.  Ever since our magnetic lid board I am always saving lids.  We raided the recycling bit and found about 20 lids from milk, soda etc.  I broke out the box of foam craft stickers and a washable ink stamp pad and let the kids go at it.  Brooklyn figured it out right away and made a bunch of stamps.  Coby found one he liked and stuck with it for  awhile.  We even cut some of the larger craft foam sticker pieces and made some letters (note to self buy craft foam letters next time I am at the store).  Easy cleanup and they held up well enough we can use them again.  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

TP Bird Feeders

I had seen this on several Pinterest posts.  It looked like a fun afternoon winter craft.  The kids had a great time making these - lots of finger licking.  We hung them up outside and they only made it one night.   Either the birds attacked them out of starvation or the morning frost was too much for the cardboard to handle.  When we do this again I am going to try using small sections of pvc pipe and see how it goes.  Overall a fun but not very effective craft project.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Salvage Blocks

There are alot of great things about being a teacher, but this has to be one of the best.  We are lucky enough to still have a full construction class offered at my school.  Over the past few years I have watched trashcans of small pieces of scrap wood be hauled away to the dump.  Don't get me wrong, the class doesn't waste wood but they make mostly big projects like sheds, bookshelves and doghouses.  The wood is high quality and this year I finally got the nerve up to ask our shop teacher if I could have some of the scraps.  He was thrilled to have someone who wanted to take them.  I brought the kids in on the weekend and we went through the pile.  I found about 75 pieces that were in good shape and a good size for blocks.  We used sander to round off the points on the corners and smooth out any rough parts.  I brought them home and the kids have been in block heaven for the last couple of days.  Not every high school has a woods program but if you live in a town that does give them a call.  It's a great place to get wood scraps and they might even do the sanding for you if they have the time.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Christmas Window

Christmas has come and gone but I still wanted to share our Christmas window.  The kids did almost all of the work this year.  We again used the spray starch technique that I learned about at Creative Juice and have used it several time with great success.  This year the kids wanted a tree and presents on the window.  I cut a bunch of small rectangular strips of tissue paper in two different greens.  I also cut circles for christmas balls and three large presents.  The kids put them all on the window by staying in the dry erase markers lines I had drawn on.  We finished it off with some snowflakes and enjoyed its vivid colors all December.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Stick Horse and Dino

I had forgot to post about these cuties when we finished them.  It was late at night and my Coby had went to bed early.  Brooklyn said, " I want a stick horse", and I promptly replied, " I'll help you sew one".  It was her first big sewing project.  Yes she had a lot of help from Mom but she did most of the pinning and sewing herself.   After we finished we thought we had better make one for her brother as well so along came the stick dino.  Both I was able to make with just smaller scraps we had and some cheap craft felt.  The reigns on the horse were ric-rac and for my son some tshirt yard I had made.  The sticks were a large dowel I had and the end of a broken broom I had sawed off and kept.  They both love them and have continued to gallop around the house.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hair Accessory Board

This was a great craft project for Brooklyn and I.  We use some old particle board I had on hand and some fabric from the scrap board.  It was a great way to use up some short scraps of ribbon as well.  After we covered the board we stapled in the ribbon.  The only tricky part was the headband loops but they came out pretty well.  It's hanging in the bedroom know and I wonder how we ever did hair in the morning with out it... oh yes, know I remember it involved alot of yelling, digging and miss matched accessories.  It has been such a hit with Brooklyn that we also made one for her friend for her birthday.  These are for sale at stores for about $8.00 but it was so much more fun to make it ourselves.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving day Bow

This was a fun Thanksgiving craft project.  I got this idea from Pinterest and then followed it back to This Crazy, Blessed Life.    On her site she does a great job on a tutorial and in no time had about 10 of these made.  A trip to the craft store (s) - it took us 4 craft stores to find all of the correct colors of ribbon .We gave them to friends, teachers and even made one for little brother to wear as a pin.  It was a huge turkey success!