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Make Your Own Glow in the Dark Playdoh

glow in the dark playdough Make Your Own Glow in the Dark Playdoh
My kids are absolute suckers for anything that glows. And they are also sucker for playdoh, even though they are way beyond the preschool play time years. So what could be better than glow in the dark playdoh? Well, nothing! Perfect for summer evening fun, this dough is simple to make, lasts well in a sealed container and is buckets of fun. Be sure to store the dough in an airtight but clear jar in the sunlight so that the glow can “charge” during the day for plenty of glowing fun at night!

Difficulty level: Easy, but an adult needs to make the dough
Time required: 20 minutes plus charging time

Things you’ll need:
2 T. Cream of tarter
1 c. Flour plus more for working the dough
½ c. Kosher Salt
1 T. Vegetable oil
Glow in the dark paint
Glass jar

Things to do:
1. Mix the first four ingredients in a bowl and then add 1 cup of BOILING water. Stir until you have a sludgy, smooth mixture free of lumps.
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2. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface (it will be hot!) and knead, adding more flour as needed, until you have a smooth, elastic dough. Allow the dough to cool.
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3. Re-flour your work surface and begin working in the paint, a tablespoon at a time, adding more flour as the dough becomes sticky. Check for glowyness occasionally by taking to a darker area of your workspace.
4. Once you’ve reached the desired level of glowyness, place the dough in an airtight, clear container (a glass jar works well) and place in a sunny spot to “charge up” for a few hours. Once it’s nice and charged, turn off the lights and play away!
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Clothespin Mermaids

September 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Clothespin Mermaids Clothespin Mermaids
I don’t know very many kids who aren’t fascinated by mermaids and for good reason, they are pretty amazing as far as magical creatures go. These little clothespin mermaids are fun to make and even more exciting to add to your daily dose of play. Look for paint, craft foam and fabric that match or look good together and make a whole family of mer-people!

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

Things you need:
Round clothespins
Blue acrylic paint or other colors of your choice
Royal blue craft foam sheet or other colors of your choice
Fabric scraps
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Paint the clothespin from the split down with a color of paint that closely matches your craft foam and allow the paint to dry.
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2. Cut fins from the craft foam.
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3. Add details to the mermaid such as hair and eyes with paint or markers.
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4. Tie a scrap of fabric around the mermaids body to create a top. Trim away excess fabric at the back.
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5. Glue the fin in place and allow it to dry before playing.
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Upycle: DIY Playing Card Notebooks

Playing Card Notebooks Upycle: DIY Playing Card Notebooks
I have a pair of little scribblers here in my house. Always writing notes, drawing sketches, taking down ideas. And they love little notebooks to write their words and pictures in. These little playing card notebooks are so much fun to make and pocket sized for easy toting and perfect for their scribbles. I bet your little artists and writers will love them just as much.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Blank paper
Double sided tape
Playing cards
Washi tape
Pencil or pen

Things to do:
1. Carefully trace the outline of the card onto the paper at one end. Repeat, running across the end of the page.
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2. Fold the paper just at the top edge of the outline of the card so that when you cut them out you’ll have a doubled card shape piece of paper.
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3. Repeat until you have enough pages for your book. Fold each in half.
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4. Cut the double sided tape into thin strips. Lay the tape at the top edge of one of the folded pieces of paper and top with another. Repeat until you have a nice stack of folded papers.
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5. Apply double sided tape to the back side of two cards and press them onto the first and last page of the stack of papers.
6. Cut a piece of washi tape longer than the top of the card.
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7. Lay it along the top edge and then fold over to the back to bind the book. Trim away the excess tape.
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DIY Alphabet Magnets

DIY Alphabet Magnets DIY Alphabet Magnets
My kids love alphabet magnets, even though they are long past learning their ABC’s. Spelling out words and messages on the fridge never seems to get old but (and especially as they get older and learn longer words) a basic set of letters really isn’t enough. You need lots of every letter to really get a-spellin! This project allows you to make as many sets of letters as your kids need AND in the colors you like!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30-50 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Wooden letters
Acrylic craft paint
Tacky Glue

Things to do:
1. Lay out all your letters on a covered work surface and paint a base color on each of the letters.
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2. Allow the paint to dry and add a second coat if necessary.
3. Using a contrasting color of paint, add dots, stripes or wiggles to decorate the letters.
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4. Once this paint is dry, apply a small dot of glue to the back side of each letter and place a magnet on the dot. Allow the glue to dry before sticking the magnets to your fridge.
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Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks

Playing Card Bookmarks Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks
We play a lot of cards in our family and, inevitably, we have ended up, over the years, with several incomplete decks from toting cards with us on trips or days out. I hate to toss those cards so I’ve kept them all for various projects and here’s an excellent one! Bookmarks! Perfect for keep your spot, easy to make in bulk for gifts or as Valentines using only the hearts cards, these are easy and fun!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Playing cards
Hole punch
Yarn matching the cards

Things to do:
1. Punch a hole at the center top of each card.
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2. Cut yarn into 8 inch strips.
3. Fold two pieces of yarn in half and tuck though the hole, back to front.
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4. Slip the tails into the holes and pull through to create a tassel. Trim ends evenly.
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‘Back to School’ Custom Pencil Bouquet

Custom Pencil Bouquet Back to School Custom Pencil Bouquet
The leaves are starting to fade into golden hues, meaning school is just around the corner! What better way to welcome the change of season than with an adorable bouquet of back to school pencils! Your son or daughter are sure to love these customizable pencil sets that allow their unique personalities to show through. Put a bouquet in their backpack the night before class for a fun surprise, or give to their teachers as a thoughtful gift. Everyone is sure to adore these darling pencils!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 13 and up.

Things you’ll need:
Tacky Glue
Paper of Your Choice
Paper Cutter

Things to do:
1. Measure your pencil in length and width. The easiest way to measure width is to roll the pencil in the paper and make a small mark with a pen. Measure the pencil in length with a ruler.
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2. Trim a strip of paper that corresponds to the length and width of your pencil.
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3. Cover the strip of paper with a thin layer of glue. Make a zig-zag pattern with your glue and spread over the surface evenly with your paint brush. Make sure you cover the edges well, otherwise the paper will curl up.
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4. Place your pencil alongside of the paper and make sure your measurements were correct before wrapping the pencil in the paper.
5. Begin to roll your pencil with the glue side touching the pencil. Once you’ve completely rolled your pencil, press down firmly to ensure the paper sticks to the pencil. If excess glue squeezes out when you apply pleasure to the pencil and paper, simply wipe it off with a rag.
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6. Allow pencil to dry before sharpening. Complete these steps with several more pencils and tie a decorative ribbon around the bunch to make an adorable gift!

DIY Tissue Paper Flower Pot

Tissue Paper Flower Pot DIY Tissue Paper Flower Pot
This craft is a wonderful activity for a child’s birthday party. The steps are easy and fun, and the result is a really cute pot that anyone would enjoy having in their home. When you’re finished, plant a seed inside, and watch it bloom into something beautiful.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 5 and Up
Time to complete: 30 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mod Podge
Ceramic Pot
Tissue Paper
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Cut several 2″ wide strips of tissue paper. The amount of paper you cut will depend on how large of a pot you are using.
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2. Paint a smooth layer of Mod Podge onto the ceramic pot.
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3. Place the strip of tissue paper onto the layer of Mod Podge. Try to get the top of the tissue paper even with the top of the pot.
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4. Cut any excess tissue paper from the bottom of the pot, leaving a half inch extra.
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5. Secure the excess tissue paper inside the bottom rim with Mod Podge.
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6. Apply a topcoat to the tissue paper.
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7. Continue this process until the entire pot is covered, slightly overlapping the pieces of tissue paper as you go.
8. Apply a second layer of tissue paper until you reach your desired look.
9. Let the pot dry completely before use.

Make Your Own Paper Plate Frisbees

Paper Plate Frisbees Make Your Own Paper Plate Frisbees
Frisbee is probably the more quintessentially summer game, am I right? The word summer conjures up images of people hanging around a sunny park tossing the Frisbee back and forth and for good reason, it’s a ton of fun! This craft creates a simple Frisbee out of some very simple household supplies. Easily personalized, this is a great craft for picnics, BBQ’s and parties and is especially fun if you use colorful and bright washi tape for the construction!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes or less

Things you’ll need:
Paper plates
Washi tape

Things to do:
1. Using the scissors, cut a large circle out of each of the paper plates, leaving only the curved rims intact.
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2. Lay two paper plates together, right sides together
3. Run a strip of washi tape around where the two edges meet and fold down on either side to secure the two plates together.
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4. Additionally, you can decorate the plates with markers or stickers!
5. Give it a toss and watch it fly!

How to Make God’s Eyes

Gods Eyes How to Make Gods Eyes
An old camp favorite, these little string and stick works of art are so satisfying to make. Perfect for a hot lazy afternoon, you can make these with whatever materials you have on hand. While here we used small sticks, you can scale them up with larger sticks or use craft sticks or dowels. This is a great stash busting project as well as you can use any weight and amount of yarn to create them. I bet you’ve forgotten how fun these little babies are to make!

Time required: 30 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy – great project for the kids!

Things you’ll need:

Things to do:
1. Hold the two sticks to form an X , pinching with your thumb and forefinger to hold them in place.
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2. Wrap the yarn around at the join, over-under0over-under for several rounds until the X is secure.
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3. Begin your wrapping pattern, going over and around the back of one stick and then, as you come back to the top, bringing it across at an angle to the next, repeating the process as you go around the X.
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4. Repeat this until you are ready to switch yarn. Tie the new yarn to the old yarn so the knot falls on the back side of one of the sticks and continue the wrapping pattern.
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5. Continue until you have filled up as much of the stick as you want. Cut the yarn and tie off, using the tail as a hanger if desired.
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DIY Marshmallow Shooter

DIY Marshmallow Shooter DIY Marshmallow Shooter
I’m going to let you in on a little secret before you start this project. You can not make just one of these. You might think one is enough, but trust me, you’ll need at least two and preferably one for every single person you know. Over the top fun to play with, these marshmallow shooters are easy to personalize thanks to washi tape so it’s easy to keep track of which one belongs to who. And they look pretty darn awesome too!

Time required: 25 minutes
Difficulty level: moderate to difficult (but worth it!)

Things you’ll need:
About two feet of ½ inch PVC pipe
½” T joint
½” end cap
(2) ½ “ L joints
Hack saw
Measuring tape
Washi tape, 1 color or pattern per shooter
Mini marshmallows

Things to do:
1. Mark your pipe. Lengths don’t have to be exact, but you’ll want 3 pieces to be approximately 6 inches long and two pieces at 3 inches.
2. Using your hack saw, cut the pipe carefully at each mark, trying to make the cut as smooth and straight as possible.
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3. Wrap washi tape in several places around the straight pieces of pipe.
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4. Push two of the long pieces into perpendicular holes on the T joint.
5. Attach the cap onto the long piece that points down on the T joint.
6. Push one short piece into the other end of the T joint and attach an L joint on it’s other end.
7. Attach the other short piece to the L joint and add the other L joint to the open end.
8. Finish by attaching the final long piece of tube to the open end of the L joint.
9. Insert a mini marshmallow into the long high end and blow a short puff into the other end to send the marshmallow flying!
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