Monday, October 10, 2011

Tubular Scarves...

I made these scarves out of tee shirts; really easy and turned out cute.  Just cut the bottom part of a cotton tee shirt into strips and stretch them out so that the fabric rolls and makes little tube-like rolls.  Check out the pictures.  My daughter wears hers all the time and looks very cute and stylish.

With the scarf shown I cut the tubular rings and braided each side at the top then knotted the sides for decoration.  I also added a silver chain as an embellishment.  It is more like a scarf/necklace.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Recycled Plastic Shopping Bag Holder

Our activity days group which are 8 and 9-year-old girls did an activity with empty "Clorax or Lysol" wipes containers.  We were talking about recycling and the importance of recycling and repurposing items. 

Scrapbook paper scraps were used to decorate the container.  These cute containers were repurposed and used to hold  and organize the plastic shopping bags that you get when you go grocery shopping (if you are not using your earth-friendly totes). 

In order to create these you will need an empty large Clorax wipe container, some scrapbook or patterned papers, a strong adhesive and some embellishments (I used ribbon, brads and a paper flowers).

This is how my container turned out; at the activity each girl was able to personalize her own container.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Classroom Valentines

Classroom Valentines are so much fun for the kids to make. I have to rack my brain every year to think of something unique and creative for the kids to do because they think the "store bought" version of the Valentines are boring.

This year my preschooler and kindergartner are doing airplanes for their Valentines. We have to have things that are not too "girly" since I have three boys. So here is what we came up with. I am sad to say again this is not my original creation, but I tweaked it a little to fit our needs. I got the idea from the family fun website.

Here is what I came up with:

In order to make these Valentine planes you will need a package of Smarties candy (we got the big ones in the Valentine packaging called Love hearts, but you can use the regular size as well)
You will also need a stick of gum and a rubber band or hair band (I bought the clear hair bands because they were cheaper and the right size).
Some packages of gum have the white wrappers around them that you can stamp directly on the wrapper (the gum that I bought in the big package did not so I made my own wrappers our of the CTMH B&T paper from the new Sweetheart Level 2 paper pack X7134B )
Simply cut the papers to fit around the stick of gum and then stamp as desired or just use the pattern on the paper).
Wrap the band around the wings and the Smarties to attach and then cut or punch out a heart for the back wings.

Your finished product will be a Valentine airplane perfect for sharing with friends and classmates. The card that we are giving with the airplane treat says: "Valentine, you are just "plane" cool".

Friday, January 28, 2011

Valentine Fuzzy Cupcake

I saw these little fuzzy sock cupcakes on a CTMH art board so I am sad to say that they are not my original idea, but I altered the project to fit my needs.  This is what my kids are going to give their teachers this year for Valentine's Day.  They are so easy to make and are a calorie-free option for a holiday that is usually full of so many sweets.

I found the fuzzy socks on Aeropostale's website they were on sale $4.49 for a three pack so I got an awesome deal. 

Here are instructions if you want to make these darling cupcake creations:

Cut a piece of B&T paper or stamped cardstock 3"x9" (this measurement may need to be adjusted depending on how thick your socks are).  Use a decorative punch to punch out a design on the top edge. Run your paper through a paper crimper to make it look more like a cupcake wrapper.

Roll the socks and push them up slightly to make the top layers tiered. Wrap your paper around the cupcake and secure the wrapper (I used double-sided tape).  Cut a 1x8 strip of paper to wrap around the middle (decorate the strip with stamps or other embellishments).  Tape the paper strip into place and package your cupcake as desired.  Here is the finished product: