DIY - 10 projects that you can with the kids (crafts)

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    10 projects that you can with the kids


    Although some of these projects are holiday orientaited, they can be adapted to  work with most any holiday or for everyday decorations.


    1- Personalized mugs.

    All you need is a permanent sharpie (any color) and a white porcelain mug.

    Decorate the mug with the sharpie. Once decorated place the mug in the oven, bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then allow to cool. Your decorated mug is now ready to use. Do not place decorated mugs in the dishwasher, hand wash only.

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    2- Make a jewelry hanger from a wooden clothes hanger or an old wooden picture frame.

    Decorate the clothes hanger or picture frame using paint or permanent markers. For coat hangers simple install small hooks along bottom of hanger. For picture frames string a piece of yarn across (you can put multiple yarns across) and hang hooks on the yarn to hang your jewelry on.



    3-  Tea light holders made from painted jars.

    Using an old jar, remove label (empty sauce jars work fine). Wrap a piece of yarn around the jar to create a pattern. Paint the jar with the color of choice. Allow to dry and then remove the yarn. Place your tea light candle in the jar and the design created by the yarn will glow through.

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    4- Waterless snow globe.

    You will need a jar with a lid (sauce jar with label removed works fine), glue (elmer's), figure or insert (small holiday figure can be found at most craft stores). Glue your figure or insert to the center on the inside of the lid. Spread your glue on a piece of wax paper and allow to dry. Once dried remove the glue by rubbing, this will cause it to come off in flakes. Put the glue flakes into the jar, and put the lid on the jar. Now you have your waterless snow globe.

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    5- Make a pencil holder out of cassette tapes.

    Using 4 old cassette tapes and a small round mirror (mirror can be found at most craft stores). Glue the edge of the cassette tape creating a box, then glue the bottom of box to mirror (for best result use crazy glue).

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    6- Birthday candle menorah

    You will need nine birthday candles with holders, air drying clay and acrylic paints. Make a clay block about 6 inches long and 1 inch high and 1 inch deep. Make a small square about 3/4 of an inch. Place your square in the center of the long piece, and place your candle holders in with 4 on each side and 1 in the center. Allowed the clay harden overnight, and paint with acrylic paints. Put the candles in the holders, and you have your birthday candle menorah.

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    7- Candy cane heart

    You will need to candy canes, some glue and ribbon. Lay the candy canes together to form a heart shape putting the two bottoms together and the two tops. Glue the ends together and allow to dry. Make a bow out of ribbon and glue on to where the two tops meet. You can add a piece of string tied in a loop and glued to the top to make your candy cane heart ready to hang on the tree.

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    8- Shell candles

    You will need shells you collected from the beach and votive candles. Make sure you thoroughly clean the shell. Remove the wick from the votive candles and place the wick in the center of the shell. Fill a saucepan about halfway with water, place a glass measuring cup in the saucepan. Cut the wax from the votive candles into small shavings and place in the measuring cup. Heat till the wax melts, then spoon in the wax into the shells till they are almost full. Be sure the wick is standing upright and do not cover the top of the wick.

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    9- Christmas tree made out of shells

    Get a cone-shaped piece of styrofoam and small shells from any craft store. Painted the styrofoam green and allowed to dry. Paint small shells and decorative holiday colors and glue to the styrofoam tree base.

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    10- Shell ornaments

    Using a large shell can be found on the beach, make sure the show is thoroughly cleaned. Drill a small hole in the top of the shell put a piece of ribbon through it  and tie it for hanging. Paint the shell and allow to dry.

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