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Glitter-ize Old Glass

Glitterize Your Old Glass

Glitterize Your Old Glass

 

 

 

Pinterest is at it again with awesome things for me to do! I found this awesome craft that can turn any boring old Glass it to something amazing!!!! It may just be me that thinks everything is better with glitter but I cannot help but be distracted by shiny things.  It really is a curse.  Anywho, I am pretty sure that everyone has some old glasses, mirrors or serving trays that they would like to spruce up.  This is a great way to make something old look new! Here is how:

Supplies:
Clean Glass or Glasses
Mod Podge Matte Finish
Glitter
Painter’s Tape (You might be able to use masking tape but I know sometimes it leaves a residue and you cannot put these glasses in the dishwasher after the glitter has been applied.)
Paint brushes (any sizes and tips are up to you as it will be your design)
Sheet or cover (to keep glitter from getting all over the place)
Large canister or plate (to place the glitter in while applying it to the glass)

Directions:

1. Put the painter’s tape around the areas you do not want to glitter. Make your own design! Get creative.

2. Use your paint brushes to add Mod Podge to the areas you do want to glitter. Nothing has to be perfect so do what you want with it.

3. Place your sheet or cover down before glittering so it can catch any spillage.

4. You can either sprinkle the glitter over the Mod Podged area and put a canister underneath it so you can save any unused glitter or fill a canister or plate with glitter to roll the Mod Podged area in. Either way is good. I personally like to roll mine in the glitter to make sure the entire surface is covered.

5. Let the glass set for a few hours to make sure everything has dried.

6. Remove painters tape and excess glitter.

You can use this concept on many old smooth surfaces. The glasses are not meant to be put in the dishwasher however so be careful what you decide to decorate.

Make Your Old Trays Look New

Collectors Serving Tray

Collectors Serving Tray

 

 

I love this idea! I happen to think that serving trays add a touch of class to any environment even if they are just purely decorative. I like even more that you won’t have to go out and buy one you can make your own out of an old serving tray you want to spruce up or if you find an unfinished one you can now make it your way.

 

Supplies:
Old Serving Tray (or new unfinished tray)
Collectible Cards, Magazine Cut outs or Playing Cards
Eco-Friendly Crafting Glue
Eco-Friendly Spray Adhesive
Clear Gloss EZ paint (an eco-friendly spray paint, if you have clear gloss spray paint at home any will do)
Crafty odds and ends you have been holding on to.

 

Instructions:
1. If you have an unfinished wood tray make sure it is sanded and smooth before starting to decorate.
2. Find your decorations. Whether you have playing cards, collectible cards (I would kind of like to see one done in Garbage Pail Kids cards lol). Try to plot out your decorating placement and strategy before gluing anything to the tray to make sure it looks right and fits together nicely.
3. Once you have decided on placement you can move on to gluing your items to the tray with the eco-friendly crafting glue (You can use hot glue or anykind of glue you have at home. The point is to use what you already have at home and not buy more.)
4. After everything is glued and has set for 10-15 minutes, spray the entire tray with spray adhesive just to make sure everything is secured to the tray. This also helps if you have glues gems or anything that isn’t completely flat onto the tray.
5. Once you have let the spray adhesive set for another 10 minutes or so you can begin to spray the tray with the clear gloss spray paint. I suggest multiple coats only because you plan on washing this item repeatedly after uses and you want to make sure you can keep the tray looking pretty and lasting as long as possible.

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Super Summer Beach Craft

Super Summer Beach Craft

Super Summer Beach Craft

Supplies:
Shells
Rocks
Sea Glass
Seaweed
Plaster of Paris
1 1/2 cups plaster of Paris in a quart-size resealable bag
Water (salt water or fresh water)
Chopstick
Any other odds and ends you have around at home that you might want to use to decorate.

Directions:

1. Comb the beach for super cute treasures for this craft or if you have some beach fun at home that you have been looking for a reason to use bring it with you.

2. Put your hand into damp, hard packed sand. Make sure to leave about a 2 inch clear impression.

3. Put all of the fun beach stuff you found or brought with you inside your print and decorate anyway you like.

4. Add a cup of water to the plaster of Paris in the plastic bag. Knead the mixture until the plaster and water have fully combined.

5. Slowly pour the plaster into your print. Use a chopstick to lead the plaster into the hands and thumbs if the plaster doesn’t flow into them.

6. Once the print is filled and smoothed out, place the chopstick at the bottom of the palm print and let sit to dry. Make sure the chopstick is in the plaster deep enough to be able to hold the plaster once it has dried.

7. The plaster must sit for about 30 mins at least. To remove your print dig out carefully around the hand, than use the chopstick to lift the print carefully out.

8. Wrap up in something soft when transporting back home. You can make multiple prints and put them in vases or to use as summer decorations laid on a table top. You can display them anyway you want.

If you really want to make this craft green teach these little print makers the importance of the beaches and oceans and keeping them clean. Talk to them about erosion and make this an all around project that has meaning and a lesson. Look up the items collected on the Internet to find out what they are and where they came from.

Fun 4th Craft

The 4th of July is almost here! Get ready for backyard BBQ’s and block parties galore! Don’t be left out of the fun. Fireworks are not good for the environment so make your own fun with everyday items you have around your house.

Fun 4th Craft

Supplies:
Craft knife
Thick rubber band
Paper clips
Sticker stars
Bendy straw
Glitter
Stickers/Glow in the Dark Stickers
Paint
Markers
Odds and ends from around the house

Directions:
1. Use a craft knife to cut a small X in the center of a plastic coffee lid.
2. Push one end of a rubber band up through the opening and stretch it around the center of a paper clip to keep it from pulling back through. Decorate the lid as patriotically as you want.
3. Cut the straw one 4-inch straight length and one 4 1/2-inch length with the bendable portion near the center. Shape a second paper clip into a small hook. Then slide it into the straight straw part & use it to pull the other end of the rubber band through.
4. Insert one end of the bendy straw through the protruding loop of the rubber band for a handle.
5. Then start to play!

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Tread on My Shirt Please!

Tread on My Shirt Please

Tread on My Shirt Please 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials:
T-shirt (old or new)
Con-Tact paper (cardstock or any heavy paper)
Cardboard
Ecotools FacialSponge or Ecotools Cosmetic Sponges
Eco Kids Natural Plant Dye Eco Paint Set made in the USA
Old Shoes
Liqui-mark Ecolorgy Washables Broadline Markers

Directions:

1. Create a template from a piece of Con-Tact paper. (Draw your own design or download shapes).

2. Insert a piece of cardboard between the shirt layers to keep the paint from bleeding through to the other side of the shirt. Remove the paper backing from the contact paper template (if you are using it) and press it onto the shirt. (you can use cardboard or cardstock as your template too!).

3. Lay a towel or table cloth down under everything in case of a mess.

4. Using Ecotools Cosmetic Sponges , dab Eco Paint onto a clean shoe tread. Practice printing on a piece of paper first to make sure you like the design, then gently press the paint-covered tread onto the shirt, adding more Eco Paint and repeating as needed.

5. You can also add to your shirt by using Liqui-mark Ecolorgy Washables Broadline Markers or by hot gluing odds and ends you have around the house that you didn’t know what to do with. Buttons, broken jewelry, hair clips, anything!

6. Once you are done painting, wash the shoe immediately with soap and water and set somewhere safe to dry. Let the shirt dry completely before peeling off the template, then wash the shirt according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions. It might be best to wash the shirt inside out in cold water for the first few washes to make sure the colors don’t bleed and get on other items just in case.

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Stained Glass Heart

Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

Supplies:

Wax Paper
Crayon Shavings (adults can shave the crayons with scissors, a knife or a grater)
Scissors
Iron
Hole Punch
A few inches of string or ribbon from around the house

Directions:

1. Fold a piece of waxed paper in half. Draw half a heart with the center of the heart at the fold.

2. Open the waxed paper and place it flat on your work surface.

3. Sprinkle/place the crayon shavings on the waxed paper. You can sprinkle randomly or you may want to make a pattern with the shavings. A light layer of shavings works best.

4. Cover the waxed paper with an additional piece of waxed paper.

5. Put a towel or washcloth on top of the waxed paper (this will protect the iron), then have an adult iron the two layers of waxed paper together on low heat.

6. Cut out the heart image .

7. Punch a hole near the top of your heart and thread a string through the hole for hanging the heart.

8. Hang it in front of a window so the light can shine through.


Make your Own Magic 8 Ball

MAGIC 8 BALL

MAGIC 8 BALL

SUPPLIES:

Packing Peanut (if you have them lying around the house like I do) or a craft Styrofoam Ball
Fiskars Kids Classic Blunt Tip Recycled Scissors
White Craft Foam
ECO-Green Permanent Markera>
Hot glue gun
Small, clean glass jar with lid (ie a baby food jar)
Eco Kids Eco-Dough

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut 6 hearts from the craft foam and write an answer with permanent markers. You can make them say anything you want. If you want to give this as a gift to someone maybe say I’ll do it or Take a Break. Get creative!

2. Attach the hearts to the cube with hot glue and let it sit for a few moments before touching it.

3. Place the answer cube in the jar and fill the jar with water right to the top. Close the lid tightly and test for leaks. If your jar isn’t watertight, maybe use the hot glue to seal it.

4. Cover the jar clay or dough. Make sure to leave the bottom of the jar clear. Then decorate as you see fit. You can use stickers, glitter, old buttons or broken jewelry and hair clips! Make it your own!

* Depending on the size of your jar after you are done you can cover the clay or dough with clear nail polish to keep it from cracking.


Make your own Recycled Monsters!


MATERIALS
:
Fibrecraft Foam Sheets
(any colors you want to make your monsters and garden)
Cloth, buttons, any odds and ends you can find to dress up your monsters and garden
Sparkling Glitter Shakers(if you have)
WASHABLE MARKERS
Glue-On Googly Eyes
Recycled Construction Paper
Pipe Cleaners Assorted Colors
Multicolored Poms
Recycled Scissors
Natural Children’s White Glue


DIRECTIONS
:

First cut out the shapes for your monsters, flowers, plants and trees. If you have stencils or want to make stencils go ahead! You can use them for future projects. After getting your pieces cut out figure out what pieces you want to glue to which. You can either glue everything on to a paper or box or make everything loose to rearrange over and over again.  Then begin gluing everything together.  You can even tie things together if you have ribbons lying around.  You can sew buttons and other odds and ends to them.  You can use anything you find lying around the house.  You don’t even have to use foam to make your monsters, use news papers or magazines, use cotton balls if you don’t have pom-poms, what ever you want to decorate.  Use your imagination!!!

Recycled Crafts! My favorite!

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Author Laura Martin offers bunches of one-of-a-kind, save-the-Earth craft ideas that you can make from things you would have thrown out or intended to recycle. Each project features step-by-step illustrated instructions, and a full-color photo of the finished artwork. You will learn fun facts about trash throughout history, where our garbage goes, and stories of artists who – like you – make beautiful things from junk. This book has even been printed on recycled paper.
This is one of my favorite things to do from when I was a child. I love making things out of treasures I have found around the house or while out and about. Teach your children or students the art of recycling, reducing and reusing in one of the most fun ways possible.