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Old 01-05-2005, 04:37 AM
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Winter Crafts

Well where I live winter is in full swing. Does anyone have any great winter crafts they would like to share???

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Old 01-23-2005, 02:12 PM
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I like to knit, especially afghans! They keep me warm and toasty too! What kind of crafting are you interested in doing?
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Old 01-24-2005, 02:29 AM
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Good morning! Isn't winter a poo! Not sure what you like to do...

Fleece tie knot blanket - hat of fleece
so cute and fun to do both

Make all kinds of bookmarks...
Ribbon + beads (I made 100! FUN)
Paper embroidery
Felt and paper (type saying on paper)

Make Christmas ornaments (start early)

Jar gifts (blessing--prayer--journal)

Let me know what you like!

"Married men live longer than single men. But married men are a lot more willing to die"
Cute quote!!!
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Old 01-24-2005, 06:50 PM
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Micheal craft stores often has craft idea sheets for free. They have
ones just for kids but there are often seasonal ones
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I know alot of ppl are talking about painting light bulbs ...
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Maybe snowflakes..many diff. ways to do this..construction paper, gliitter, cotton balls, maybe out of a butter bowl lid-cut out a design and cover it with paint or material..
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U can make a sonwman out or a 2 liter bottle
or
a old Cd..(or the ones from the mail) my daughter did in Scouts...they painted them white and put a pom pom on the nose, the wiggly eyes (or any kind u want) and a felt black peice for the hat-but im sure u could use paper too
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Also Styrofoam balls make a very cute snowman..

CINNAMON SOCK SNOWMAN:

This craft recycles socks and tin cans lids.

Materials:
Adult white sock
Tin can lid (remove sharp edges)
Cinnamon ornaments
3 rubber bands
¾ cup dried beans, rice, corn, peas or any similar material
Fabric paint
Scraps of material, buttons, etc.
Fiberfill stuffing

Directions:
Put tin can lid in the toe of the sock. Add about ¾ cup dried beans. Stuff the neck of the sock with fiberfill. Secure with rubber band. Stuff sock with additional fiberfill to make head. Make sure to leave about 3 or 4 inches from the top of the sock empty. Secure the top of the filled section of the sock with a rubber band and fold the sock back down to make the hat. Decorate with paint, cinnamon ornaments (see directions below), fabric, and buttons to make the snowman's face and clothes.
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Cinnamon Ornament Recipe
Materials:
½ cup white glue
1 cup cinnamon
1 cup apple sauce

Directions:
Thoroughly mix the ingredients to make a “dough”. Roll out dough with rolling pin. Cut shapes out with cookie cutters. Let pieces dry for 3-5 days. Sprinkle with glitter and paint as desired. Attach to snowman.
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baby food jars make cute gifts too..candle jars, little candy jars, jewelry jars, penny jars, change jars
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I ALSO HAVE A LIPGLOSS and SLIME Recipe: if anyone wants it

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T-shirts are always a hit! Handprint crafts....

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Any popcprn lovers or know someone who is I have a cute idea:

take a single package of microwave
popcorn, a sheet of construction paper, and stickers or
whatever else you want to decorate the paper with. You
then wrap the construction paper around the popcorn
(like a card), and add stickers or whatever. On the
front, write "Just 'popping' in to say....." and write
whatever you want
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For something very different. you can get a 16 oz bottle of soda and
drink
it. Wash it out well and let it air dry.
Cut a flap in the body of it . than fill the inside with all sort of
stuff.

i usually use a theme..the person's fav color, animal or the holiday
that is
coming or season.

Place a large mailing labelof the flap Cover the label with clear
tape....I
glue on the cap. These aare very fun and never fail to ellict some
wise crack
from someone else in line or the clerk at the p o
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NATURE BOTTLES:
make nature bottles similar to the way we make the
wave bottles. Take empty drink bottles and add nature items or habitts
for insects, etc. My favorite is when we did the "ocean" in a bottle.
Added sand, shells and blue colored water. I also like the bubble bottles
I made. I filled about a 1/4th of the bottle with watter and added some
liquid dish soap. The kids love to shake the bubble bottles. make nature
bottles similar to the way we make the wave bottles. Take empty drink
bottles and add nature items or habitts for insects, etc. My favorite
is when we did the "ocean" in a bottle. Added sand, shells and blue
colored water. I also like the bubble bottles I made. I filled about
a 1/4th of the bottle with watter and added some liquid dish soap.
The kids love to shake the bubble bottles.Corn Starch,
Water)
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Paper Baskets:
(great for any time of the year. Use a different shape to make baskets
for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, or even Thanksgiving)
Materials List:
paper
scissors
glue
pencil
decorations

Fold the paper in half.

Take one side of the paper and fold it back on itself. Repeat on the
other side. Your paper should now be folded in quarters, but it should
be like a fan fold
draw a design or trace a pattern on the paper. Make sure it touches on
both sides, and leave a bit room at the bottom. Add a tab to the
bottom of your pattern.
Cut out along the lines.
The four shapes are the four sides to your basket. Fold each of the
bottom tabs towards the center.
Cut out a small tab from the scrap paper. Fold it in half. Put glue
along the outside. Put the tab on one edge of the basket, and glue to
the other side of the basket to complete the square.
Cut out a square from the extra paper. Put a bit of glue on the top of
each of the tabs. Put the square into the center of the basket to
make the bottom.
Add a handle of twisted paper, or ribbon.
(Hints:For your first basket, use an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. Your
finished basket will be about 2 inches square.For a stronger basket,
glue a cardboard square under the bottom of the basket)
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Hairy Heads
Materials

old knee hi or cut off panty hose,
grass seed,
dirt,
2 small elastics, and
decorations
Put 2 tsp of grass seed in the bottom of toe of the
panty hose. Add 1-2 cups of dirt. Make sure the seeds
stay in the top of the head, otherwise you’ll have hair
sprouting from under the eyes. Use the small elastic to
pinch off a nose about half way up the head. Use the
second elastic to tie off the bottom. Decorate by
pasting on eyes, mouth, ears, or what ever else intrigues
the kids. Use paper, felt, colored plastic, markers,
pipe cleaners, any materials you have on hand.

Keep the Hairy Head in a small dish with water in the
bottom. The ‘hair’ should sprout in less than a week.
Kids can style the hair with elastics, clips and scissors.
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Egg Heads
Materials

egg shells
dirt
grass seed
markers
Break an egg and try to keep as much of the shell in one
piece as possible. (You may want to use a knife to help
break the egg.) Pour the egg into a bowl to be cooked
latter. Carefully wash out the egg shell.

Use the marker to draw a face on the shell. Fill it 2/3
full with dirt and t
Then sprinkle some seeds on the top.

Water your Egg Head every day and it should start
sprouting hair in 2-3 days
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I also have a cute pic (I will email u if u want it)
U make animals out of a terra cotta pot..these are cute. I cant find the instructions but the pic shows u pretty much what u need to do
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Friendship Pens


Make them for yourself or swap 'em with your friends! Why not use your school or scout colors or your favorite colors.

Ages 8 and up.


You Will Need:

Ball Point Pen
Multi-Color Yarn
Tacky glue or Low Tack Glue Gun
Beads (Optional)

Instructions:

Using as little glue as possible, place a very thin bead of glue near the tip of the pen and up about 1" on to the barrel. Starting near the tip, wrap yarn tightly around pen without leaving any gaps. Add more glue as you go. You can change yarn colors but it is much easier to use multicolor yarn.

When you reach the end, trim and secure with a little dab of glue. Cut three 12" pieces of yarn. Knot the three pieces together near one end. Braid and end with another knot. Glue on pen end.

Add additional braids if desired. Your can also add pony beads or alphabet beads.

Variation for Scouts
Use the Number Beads found at MakingFriends.com to decorate pens with your troop number.



Sorry I got carried away there..I have more than this, ..lol
Anywasy I hope u find something helpful!
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Old 01-25-2005, 03:23 PM
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Hummingbird, I love your ideas! I would really be interested in the Bottle crafts you mentioned.

Tell me more about the ocean bottle. Did you add cornstarch to the blue water, sand and shells? In what quantity did you add the water and cornstarch? I would love to make one and send to a nephew!

Deb, I know a couple of sites with some fun crafts for children:

http://familyfun.go.com/
http://familycrafts.about.com/ - this one has some really fun recipes too for eraser chalk, airdry clay, sidewalk chalk, etc.....

My boys are older so they don't "craft" anymore, but you know me, I'm always crafting or painting. I would love to offer craft/art classes to children. That would be fun!
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Oh geez hun I dont know for sure Ive never made that one yet..I found it and was thinking about it ...

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by hummingbird_0331
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NATURE BOTTLES:
make nature bottles similar to the way we make the
wave bottles. Take empty drink bottles and add nature items or habitts
for insects, etc. My favorite is when we did the "ocean" in a bottle.
Added sand, shells and blue colored water. I also like the bubble bottles I made. I also like the bubble bottles I made. I filled about
a 1/4th of the bottle with watter and added some liquid dish soap.
The kids love to shake the bubble bottles.Corn Starch,
Water)
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Did I misread this? I thought you had made these. I got the cornstarch mixed with the bubble bottles mixed up with the ocean bottle. But they both sound neat. Do you have pics and website to these? I would appreciate it.

Thanks.
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Old 01-25-2005, 04:39 PM
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Hi ladies, Great ideas hummingbird, I babysat my 2 GD's today because of a snow day and Cyn you will like this they made "mini" gumball jars out of mini clay pots and I found some small round jars for the top. They had so much fun. Cyn if you go over to the "embarassed" thread I told what happened today when I was in Walmart with them!!
Im gonna print out those ideas Hummingbird for the next time they come. I like to always have something different for them to do when they come.
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cyn, no u didnt read it wrong I said MOST of them I did..I just remember sving this and there wasnt a site to it that I have anywhere?? I think a lady has snet it to me and i kept it and posted it right from my notepad..Im sorry to have confused anyone

I do have pics of ALOT of the things I posted thou...I didnt make all these crafts (YET) but I plan to..when it says "I" im not meaning "ME" its just copied from my emails..sorry


Sandie..im glad u like them...I have more to post soon...keep lookin..lol
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IM SORRY..TO SET THE INFO RIGHT...
on the crafts.."I" personally havent made all these crafts listed..when it says "I" these are from friends and ppl have sent these to me and i copied them..so I isnt refering to ME..

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