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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
Scissors
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:
Pencils
Paintbrush
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Ruler
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
Scissors
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
Scissors

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:
Yarn
Scissors
Sticks

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
Marker
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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DIY Bubble Snake Maker

DIY Bubble Snake Maker DIY Bubble Snake Maker
Now that the summer heat is really setting in in my neck of the woods, I’m constantly on the prowl for fun activities that keep the kids outdoors without overheating them. This bubble snake maker is a huge hit on that front. So much so that we keep a set in the yard all the time. It entertains for ages and all ages. You need surprisingly little bubble solution to make gobs of bubbles so making a small amount is really the best way. One dip will last for a good ten minutes of solid bubble making!

Time required: less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy, but requires use of a sharp knife or saw

Things you’ll need:
Small, empty plastic water bottles
Craft knife
Old washcloth
Scissors
Duct tape
Dishwashing soap
Water
Bowl

Things to do:
1. Using your craft knife, cut off the bottom of each bottle and discard.
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2. Cut a circle of washcloth just slightly bigger than the bottom of the bottle. You want to be able to tape it against the sides so it’s stretched tightly across the bottom without too much excess.
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3. Using your duct tape. Tightly tape the washcloth across the bottom of the bottle. Make sure to tape it securely all the way around.
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4. Mix 1 tsp dish soap in 1 c of water in the bowl. Dip the washcloth end of the blower into the solution briefly and then blow into the top to create thick ropes of bubbles.
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Upcycling Bottle Cap Checkers

August 1, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Bottle Cap Checkers Upcycling Bottle Cap Checkers
My whole family are big into board games, we love them and are constantly on the hunt for new favorites, but the old standbys remain dear to to our hearts and checkers tops the list for most family game nights! This fun checkers set it perfect for popping into a bag for on the go fun and is downright fun to make! Get the kids involved! Choose silly colors for the pieces! They’ll love to make and and love to play with it even more when they’ve helped to create the game themselves!

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

Things you’ll need:
Checkers board (make your own here)
24 Clean bottle caps
Acrylic paint in two colors
Paintbrushes

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, squirt out about a teaspoon of paint in each color. An extra bottle cap makes a great paint holder!
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2. Using the paintbrush, paint the inside bottom of each cap, 12 of each color.
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3. Allow the caps to dry thoroughly before using.
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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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