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Potato Print Checkers Board

Potato Print Checkers Board Potato Print Checkers Board
Chess and Checkers are a long time favorite in our house. They are both a great game that both kids and adults can play together, especially checkers. And while we have ourselves a nice, fancy board, this more casual version has been great for taking on trips to the beach, to the park or even for a backyard game. Because it rolls or folds nicely, it’s the perfect solution for an on the go game board.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Potato
Sharp pairing knife
Burlap fabric
Acrylic craft paint
Newspaper
Scissors
Sewing machine and thread

Things to do:
1. Cut a square of burlap for the game board. The size is really dependent on your game pieces, as you’ll need a 12 by 12 grid that will fit the size of your checkers. Press any creases out of the burlap.
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2. Stitch all the way around the burlap to keep the edges from fraying. Trim away any threads or fraying pieces.
3. Cut the potato in half and then, using your game pieces as a size guide, cut a square shaped stamp at the cut end of the potato.
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4. Lay the burlap out on newsprint to absorb any paint that works through the open weave of the fabric.
5. Dip or paint the stamp with paint and stamp onto the burlap, skipping a stamp sized piece between each stamping to create the grid.
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6. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before using.
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Make Your Own Candy Medals

Make Your Own Candy Medals Make Your Own Candy Medals
Summer isn’t summer without a wide array of games and competitions between friends, coworkers and family members. Whether it’s a company retreat, a family reunion or just a gathering at the park, the warm evenings of summer are perfect for a good old fashion competition! And what’s a competition without medals? This project creates sweet treat medals that anyone would be happy to win!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon or other ribbon of your choice
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wrapped Candies in roughly square shapes
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut the ribbon in to 3 foot sections, one for each award. You can coordinate the ribbon to the party theme or just play with what colors you have.
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2. Flip the candy over so the back side is facing up.
3. Loop the ribbon around so that the two ends meet flatly and the loop is smooth and set to hang around someone’s neck.
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4. Hot glue the cut ends to the back of the candy. Allow the glue to dry before passing out the prizes!
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Colored Oats for Sensory Play

Colored Oats for Sensory Play Colored Oats for Sensory Play
One of my favorite activities for toddlers is the age old sensory play. Young children love to feel different textures running through their fingers and can play for hours at a sand table or with a simple bin of rice. Rolled Oats make for a great addition to sensory play, being very unlike most grains or materials normally used, and these color oats have the added fun of bright and cheerful hues. Make sure you use old fashioned oats and not quick oats for this activity. These also make great art supplies! Allow kids to drizzle glue onto paper and sprinkle oats to make fun designs!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Old Fashioned Oats
Food Coloring
Bowl and Spoon
Water
Paper Towels
Plates or Trays

Things to do:
1. Place about 2 tablespoons of water into the bowl and add several drops of food coloring to it. You’ll want the color to be pretty intense so be generous with your coloring.
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2. Stir the water to evenly distribute the color.
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3. Pour in a heaping cup of dry oats and toss carefully to distribute the colors all over the oats. You want the oats to be just barely damp, only enough to spread the color, and not sopping, so add more oats or water as needed.
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4. Once all the oats are well colored, dump them onto a paper towel lined plate or tray and spread them into a thin layer.
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5. Set the plate in a warm, sunny spot to dry thoroughly before allowing kids to play. Repeat with other colors and mix together for a rainbow effect or keep separate as desired.
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DIY Flower Bower Fairy Garden Fence

July 28, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

DIY Flower Bower Fence DIY Flower Bower Fairy Garden Fence
What better way to surround your fairy garden than with a flower covered fence! These tiny flower garland covered fences add a touch of whimsy and beauty to even the smallest and plainest of fairy gardens. You’ll want one flower garland for each four-panel section of fencing for this project.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Miniature daisy flower garland
Miniature iron fence sections

Things to do:
1. Starting at one end of the fence, wrap one end of the garland tightly around the foot.
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2. Using the open sections of the fence and the bobbles on the top as securing places, weave the garland up and around the fence, trying to make it looks as natural as possible.
3. When you reach a join in the fence, bend the fence at whatever angle you’ll position it and wind the garland around the join and onto the next section of fence.
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4. Continue to wrap the garland around the fence until you reach the end of the fence. Wind the back through the fence and tuck it in to finish.
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DIY Coffee Bean Candle

DIY Coffee Bean Candle DIY Coffee Bean Candle
This coffee bean candle will fill your home with the sweet aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. It’s super easy to make and looks lovely displayed in your home. You can choose the glass jar and create custom looks that will compliment any living space.

Difficulty level: Beginning
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
White Wax
Coffee Fragrance
Eyedropper
Wax Wick
Glass Jar
Whole Coffee Beans

Things to do:
1. Melt the white wax in a pan over low heat. Be careful to watch the wax, because it will melt quickly and be extremely hot.
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2. Fill the bottom of the glass container with whole coffee beans.
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3. Pour the hot wax over the coffee beans until the jar is ¾ full.
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4. Add several drops of coffee scent to the hot wax and allow time for the wax to cool and harden.
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5. Once the wax begins to harden, you can move the coffee beans around in the wax and find a placement the way you like.
6. Once the wax has hardened, add more whole coffee beans and pour more hot wax over the surface.
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7. Add a final layer of coffee beans on top of the hot wax. By pouring several layers of wax, you can ensure you have coffee beans throughout.
8. Allow the wax to harden completely and trim the wick to your desired length.

DIY Outdoor Game Score Boards

DIY Outdoor Game Score Boards DIY Outdoor Game Score Boards
We love dice games of all kinds and are constantly filling up our evenings with them. But now that the long summer evenings are here, we’ve transitioned from indoor games to outdoor ones and these score boards help turn our favorite games into fabulous summer fun! The chalk ink will only wipe away with water, making the score card semi permanent (until you’re ready to make score cards for another game) while you can keep score in regular chalk, wiping away the numbers at the end of each game.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes per board plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Sample paper score card
Mini Chalkboards
Chalk Ink Pen
Chalk

Things to do:
1. Plot out the words for your game board, switching things around to make them fit well on the chalk board.
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2. Using your Chalk Ink Pen, transfer the words from your score card onto the chalk board.
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3. Keep track of your score using chalk as you play a game with friends and family.

Burlap Gingerbread Men

July 25, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Burlap Gingerbread Men Burlap Gingerbread Men
These cute little gingerbread men make the perfect addition to gifts, food goodies or as holiday decorations! Scale these up or down to make tags, ornaments or wreath adornments. Make sure to soak the burlap well with fabric stiffener to create a nice, stiff finished product.

Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Burlap
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Scissors
Tiny and Micro Buttons
White paint
Paintbrush
Glue

Things to do:
1. Spray the fabric well with Stiffy Fabric Stiffener until it’s well soaked and then hang to dry for several hours. It should be very stiff once dry.
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2. Cut out gingerbread man shapes from the fabric.
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3. On a covered surface, paint the edges of the gingerbread men with the white paint and allow it to dry.
4. Using the glue, attach Micro buttons for the eyes and Mini buttons for the buttons on the gingerbread man. Allow the glue to dry before using.
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DIY Fairy Garden Tree Swing

DIY Fairy Garden Tree Swing DIY Fairy Garden Tree Swing
Fairies, of course, love nothing more than having fun. And they also love the outdoors, naturally, so swinging the day away on a beautiful outdoor swing would make any fairy’s day, don’t you think? This flower bedecked outdoor swing is the perfect addition to your fairy garden, sure to lure all the neighborhood fairies to your garden for their magical fun!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mini wood signs
Drill and small bit (the bit should be just larger than your wire)
12 gauge wire
Flower garland
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Using your drill, bore two holes close to the ends of one of the signs.
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2. Measure out a length of wire that is 3 inches longer than double the length of the drop you need for the swing. So, for example, if your swing needs to hang 12 inches, cut 27 inches of wire (12+12+3).
3. Feed the wire into one hole and then back up through the other. Once it’s centered, flatten the section that runs under the swing.
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4. Roll the tops of the wire into hooks for hanging.
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5. Cut the garland into two lengths, each 1 ½ times as long as your swing drop. So, for a 12 inch drop, cut 18 inches of garland for each side of the swing.
6. Wrap the end of one piece of garland tightly around the wire where it meets the swing.
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7. Wrap the garland around the wire, working up toward the hook. When you reach the hook, cut off any excess garland. Repeat with the other side of the swing to finish.
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DIY Giant Yard Dice

DIY Giant Yard Dice DIY Giant Yard Dice
Summer is here! Yay! And that means spending as much time as possible outside, am I right? We love to have people over for backyard BBQ’s and to play games into the evenings and these giant dice are perfect for all sorts of Summer games. Make as many as you need for your favorite games in bright colors to show up against the grass. Be sure to seal your dice with polyurethane if they will be stored outside!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Hollow Wooden Cubes
Acrylic paint in two colors
Paintbrush
Plate or lid for paint
Outdoor sealer
Circle stamp*

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the sides of each cube, allowing the sides to dry before flipping the cubes over to paint the bottom side. Repeat until you have a solid coat of paint on all sides.
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2. Once the cubes are painted, squirt a dollop of the contrasting color of paint onto your plate or lid.
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3. Lightly dip your stamp into the paint and apply dots to each side, following the pattern of a die. Allow the sides to dry before flipping over to add dots to the other side.
4. Once all the dots have been applied, coat each side in polyurethane if desired. Leave the dice to cure until the polyurethane has totally cured.
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* If you don’t have a circle stamp handy, you can cut a potato using an apple corer or small round cookie cutter to make an easy circular stamp.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden Rose Arbor

Fairy Garden Rose Arbor Make Your Own Fairy Garden Rose Arbor
Fairies love garden, especially flower gardens. And no flower garden is quite complete without a pretty little rose arbor. This rose covered arbor will be the crowning glory of your fairy garden, sure to lure the tiny folk to your enchanted world.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mini rose garland
Tiny Arbor
Wire cutters
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Cut the garland into four 12-inch sections, set the remaining piece of garland aside.
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2. Wrap one of the sections around one of the feet of the arbor, wrapping tightly at the base, and then more loosely as you work up, working up to the top and then wrap tightly around the crown. Repeat with the remaining sides.
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3. Cut the remaining section of garland into four equal sections.
4. Wrap each of the four pieces tightly around a pencil to create small rose bushes.
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5. Push each of the “bushes” onto the base of the arbor legs and then place in your garden.
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