Paper mache crafts for kids

paper mache pig by bacondog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bacondog/404586213/) via Creative Commons

How to keep your kids entertained this summer?  It is a major challenge for parents when their kids are home all day and you don’t get to send them off after breakfast.  Now you actually have to entertain them all day.  How do those elementary school teachers do it?

Well, if your children like to craft, that is certainly an option.  If they don’t like to craft – get them into crafting so that you can get them busy making paper mache crafts this summer and hang on to a tad bit of your sanity.

When it comes to paper mache, the possibilities seem to be just about endless.  There are so many creative things you can do with it.  Here is a little paper mache craft that I learned about recently, one that your kids are sure to find entertaining.

Making a paper flower vase.

Materials needed:

  • Paper mache
  • Empty juice jar
  • Paint (or markers)
  • Plain white paper

I suggest working on projects like these, which can get a little bit messy, on a surface that you don’t mind getting stained – maybe an old shoe bench or something.

Step 1

The first thing you have to do is paper mache the jar of juice to cover it with three pieces of plain white paper – that is, of course, after you have your kids drink all the juice.  Allow it to dry.

Step 2

Use any paints or markers that you want to color your paper mache vase a fun color.  If you know what kind of flowers you will put in your vase, you can paint it so that they will match.

This not only a craft but also a great way of killing two birds with one stone – giving your kids an outlet for their energy and imagination on a warm summer day and decorating your home.

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Create A Planter With A Wooden Pallet

diy wooden pallet planter

Create your own gardener at lower cost, thanks to a wooden pallet. It will have its effect on a balcony as a terrace. we show you how to, in pictures…

Create furniture with recycled wooden pallets also applies to the garden. On his blog, we  unveil a tutorial easy and not expensive to transform an old palette in practical and decorative planter for the balcony. Follow the guide

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 Necessary equipment:

– a wooden pallet

– a bag of compost

– strawberry plants

– a hammer stripper nails

– a jig saw

–  screwdriver

– a cutter

– a wall stapler

 

1) Take a muscled honey to undo the palette and retrieve boards using the stripper nails and a sledge hammer hammer. Remove nails using the hammer and pliers.

diy wooden pallet

2) Cut the boards you need. We did cut 6 boards of 25 inches in length and 6 boards of 15 inches. In order to make feet for my gardener , we have recovered four plots of the palette. Add 3 boards of 25 inches in length to the bottom.

diy wooden pallet planter

3) Start making the bottom by screwing two feet under a Board then two other feet under another Board. The third will hold with a furring Strip below

diy wooden pallet

4) Little by little you can mount the rest of the crates with cleats to secure the sides with the bottom (see photos). Again, there are vertical furring to the four corners of the case to secure the sides together.

diy wooden pallet

5) Cover the bottom of the crate with a tarp or a garbage bag. Let it back up to half of the flower container so that you don’t flood your deck at the time of watering your Strawberry!

6) For the second half, cover with a so-called tarp geotextile and found a little everywhere in garden centers. Everything has been fixed with a wall stapler.

diy wooden pallet

7) And finally… the part that we prefer: planting! we mixed half of the soil with normal dirt in order to get the richest possible soil. We tried to add enough space between the plants, hoping to soon see them grow! Excited to be in a month so we can see the first strawberries.

diy wooden pallet

DIY paper Halloween lanterns

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Making your own Halloween lanterns is fun and when they are done you have a cool new Halloween decoration. These look really cool with a candle or electric tea light inside of them.  This is a project that kids can participate in too, with a little help from an adult. Happy Halloween crafting!

Here’s what you need:

White chalk

Four pieces of black card stock

Four pieces of vellum

An X-Acto knife

Darice tape double sided

A tea light or electric tea light candle

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take your black construction paper and cut four pieces so that they are 5 inches wide and 7 inches tall.
  2. On all of the pieces, fold the long ends an inch inward toward the side that will be the inside of your lantern. You are making flaps that you will tape together to create the lantern.
  3. Draw a border an inch and a half in on each of your sides so that it looks like a frame. Use some white chalk to draw designs you want such as bats, cats pumpkins etc. inside the area of these frames. The design need to be attached to the frame, because you will be cutting around them and you don’t want to cut them out!
  4. Use an X-acto knife to cut the paper out around your shapes. Use the chalk marks as your guide.
  5. Then cut pieces of vellum so that they can be taped to the inside part of each side of your lantern. Use your Darice double sided tape to secure the vellum on all the inside lantern frames.
  6. Now use the Darice double sided tape along all of the flaps and stick them together. Just light a small tea light, and you will have a beautiful and festive lantern!

How to make an Asian inspired home

"Japanese living" | by Emile Bremmer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/echbremmer/2752746847/) via creative commons

 

There are many themes that you can incorporate into your home whenever you’re decorating it. One of the most fun themes that you can do with interior decorating is to have an Asian themed house. This can be relatively simple to achieve as long as you have a few key elements, then you’ll be completely immerse in whatever culture you choose to emulate. For now, let’s focus on Japanese style.

What you’ll need

What to do

When it comes to using all the fantastic items that you’ve for this decorating party, then all you really need to do is coordinate them together.

  • Use the paper screens to your advantage; partition them off to create separate quarters in any of your living spaces. This not only adds more “rooms” to small areas, but it also gives the illusion of having rice paper walls just like in Japanese style homes.
  • While you don’t have to necessarily sleep on these, it would be a great idea to get some bamboo floor mats. These could be fun to use as a type of hallway rug or centerpiece in the middle of a floored area.
  • Another fun option to incorporate is to use paper lanterns. They can be used outside during the warmer months of the year or inside depending on which area you’re decorating. What’s fun about using them outside is the beautiful glow that they give off instead of a straight lamp.
  • When it comes to decorating using foliage, the best route to go is using something like a bonsai tree. They come in all shapes and sizes, so depending on the area, you can have something as large as a chair or something as small and a breadbox. Make sure to search around and see what fits your space best.
  • One final touch to make it completely Japanese themed is to take pictures of calligraphy and place it on your walls. They can come in different forms; posters, scrolls, and even taking it a step further, painting it on the wall yourself.

So there you have it! This are just a couple ideas to get you started to have your very own Asian inspired house. One way to finish off the look is to store everything you need on some folding shelf brackets, they come in a compact design and can hide away anything that you have that isn’t really in theme with the rest of what you’ve created. Let us know how your decorating adventures go in the comments below!

Make your own DIY bobby pin holder

DIY Bobby Pin Organizer by Hey Paul Studios (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hey__paul/7510377868/) via Creative Commons

 

Are you tired of constantly losing your impossible-to-find bobby pins? Not to worry – you can tackle this problem by making a quick and easy DIY bobby pin holder! Today’s inspiration came from a handy item you might have in your own kitchen: a magnetic knife strip. To get started on making your own bobby pin holder, here is what you’ll need:

  • mirror medicine cabinet
  • ruler
  • adhesive-backed magnetic strip – use a strip that is at least 1 inch wide
  • scissors
  • foam mounting squares
  • scrapbook paper in a pattern or print of your choice

What to do:

  1. Open your medicine cabinet and use a ruler to measure the door’s width.
  2. Grab your scissors and cut a length of magnetic strip that is at least one inch shorter than the width of the cabinet door.
  3. Cut a strip of scrapbook paper that is about a half-inch longer and wider than the magnetic strip. Cover the front of the magnetic strip with the piece of scrapbook paper. Fold over any excess paper and press it into the adhesive backing of the magnetic strip to keep it in place.
  4. Use the foam mounting squares to mount your magnetic strip to the back of the cabinet door.
  5. Add your bobby pins and enjoy never losing another one again!