Monday, August 3, 2009

Glue Suncatchers !

The kids loved making these suncatchers. Any age can participate.

Plastic Lids
String or Yarn
Markers or Paint

Pour a thin layer of glue into a plastic lid.
Loop a piece of string and put the ends in the glue.
Let this dry overnight.

The next day, gently peel the glue off of the lid. It will be one large piece.
Have the kids color with markers or paint.
Once it is dry, you can hang it in the window with a piece of tape!


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Grassy Gift Bag for spring/summer or Chirsitmas gifts.

This fun little gift bag can be for Easter, Spring, Summer or Christmas. It's a great way to differentiate your gift bag from others and kids love to use glue!

Small plastic bag, the thick kind. This one was from Ulta.
Green Tissue paper
Multi colored Brads


1.Lay down some paper or placemats and put bag on top.

2. Tear the tissue paper into 2 x 2" squares.

3. Glue squares to one side, overlapping them to create a nice cover. Then let dry for about 15 minutes. Turn over and repeat on the other side.

4. Once the bag is completely dry, start poking the brads through and folding back the ends so they stay.

Voila! You are done. For different holidays use different colored tissue and brags. You could use red tissue with white brag for V-day, or Orange tissue with black brags for Halloween.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Silver Picture Frame- a new twist on macaroni

We had a lot of fun making these frames. We used silver and gold paint with different shaped macaroni noodles to make metallic picture frame ornaments for Christmas. The metallic paint gives the macaroni a more grown up look.

Macaroni (different shapes)
Spray Paint
Hole Puncher

1) Cut out a 5" x 5" piece of cardboard and draw a 2" x 2" square in the middle

2) Use the hole puncher to make a hole in the top middle of the cardboard.

3) Cover the cardboard with a thick layer of glue around the outside of the middle square, and quickly sprinkle the macaroni on it.

4) Spray pain the whole thing with silver or gold metallic spray paint.

5) After the paint dries, glue on picture of kids or pets in the middle square. Let it dry.

6) Cut a piece of yarn about 8" long and tie a loop for hanging your picture up on the tree.

Voila you have a perfect ornament that can last for years. Enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2008

A colorful Shoe

What happens to all those shoes that don't fit anymore or one pair gets lost?? Why you turn them into art of course. This is a great activity to teach children about recycling and the loss of a shoe or some other toy that needs parts.

Shoe, straw/hay, tissue paper, & paint

1)Find an old shoe and start painting it different colors or paint a pattern onto it.
2) Stuff the shoe full of some straw/hay
3) paint tissue paper or use colored paper
4) Pour glue into the bottom of the shoe and put in the straw and tissue paper.
5) Let Dry!

Your shoe can be used as a paper weight or a decoration. Just keep it away from the cats and dogs!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sea Shell Swirl

This was fun and easy! We put it in a frame holder to display it.

Supplies: Seashells, Glue, Paper Plate

Directions: Grab a small paper plate and start by gluing a single shell in the middle.
Pick a different color shell and glue around the first.
Continue until you have filled the whole plate.

You can use rhinestones, buttons, and add some charms for a little flair!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Paper Fans

Paper Fans by Chloe & Lucas

Supplies: Construction Paper, Tape, Stickers, (also Rhinestones, Markers, Glue, anything you can glue on to paper)

Take piece of construction paper lengthwise and fold 1 inch, then flip over and fold backwards.

Keep folding back and forth until it looks like an accordion.

Put stickers on folds. You can put stickers on every other fold or do a pattern of stickers.

Gather paper at the bottom and tape together a 1-2 inch high handle.

Voila, now you can stay cool in the hot summer heat!! No batteries required!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Make A Solar Oven!

We cooked some Smores and hot dogs in our solar oven. It is easy to make, and took 20 minutes to put together.

Supplies: 1 box , newspapers, scissors, tape, black construction paper, clear plastic wrap, aluminum foil, ruler. Our box was 14" length X 11" wide X 3" tall. You can use a pizza box also.

1) On top of box, Draw an 8.5" X 11" 3 sided square, this is the flap on top.

2) Cut out the 3 sides of the square and fold flap back.

3) Cover inside of flap with aluminum foil using tape to secure the edges.

4) Line inside of box bottom with black paper. Tape or glue down.

5) Roll up newspapers to 1.5" thick and tape closed. Fit these around the inside edges of the box.

6) Tightly stretch and tape plastic wrap to inside/ underside of top opening.

7) Prop the flap open with a ruler while cooking.

Place the oven in the sun, on a table or chair. The sun will bounce off the aluminum foil and warm up the food inside. It took about an hour for the hot dog to be warm and the Smores to melt.