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Frosted Glass Votive
small glass jars
colored nail polish
clear nail polish
Wash and dry the jars well, removing labels and glue. Decorate the jars
using the colored nail polish to create designs or cover the entire surface
by blending or layering the polish. Let stand until the polish is dry.
Cover the surface of the jars with a coat of clear nail polish and let stand
until the polish is tacky. Sprinkle with salt to frost and let stand until
completely dry. Brush gently to remove the loose salt. Place a candle in
Helpful hints - lay down a plastic mat to work on - plastic table cloths or
old shower curtains work well for art projects. Try the dollar store for
Instead of a dozen
roses for Valentines, why not give
A Dozen Poses!
12 wooden skewers - available in grocery stores
1 clay pot - 4-6 inches in diameter
red, white and pink small heart shaped doilies - available in craft stores
red card stock paper
double sided tape
Cut each photo into a heart shape, so that it fits the small heart shaped
doily-leaving a boarder showing of the doily. Double sided tape or glue the
photo to the doily. Tape the wooden skewer to the back of the doily. Glue
the doily to the red card stock paper, cut out the card stock in a heart
shape, leaving a boarder of red. Finish all twelve photos. Cut the floral
foam to fit into the clay pot. Decorate your pot using ribbon, paints, paint
pens, jewels, etc. Insert the foam into the finished pot. Insert the
finished skewers into the foam, fanning them out so you can see each photo.
Place the Florist Moss over the top of the foam so it covers it.
Use your imagination! This can be done for Valentine's, Birthday's, Mother's
Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, or for a fuller arrangement, a great
gift for a teacher.
Warning: This is a
fun and messy project! Also, this stuff won't work on chalkboards because
it's too hard. It works great on sidewalks, however, and it lasts much
longer than store-bought chalk.
1 cup plaster of paris (do not pack) Almost ½ cup cool water Liquid tempera
paint in various colors (your kids' teacher may "donate" the paint in
exchange for a few sticks of chalk) Margarine tubs, or other disposable
mixing containers Disposable molds (toilet paper rolls with tape covering
one end to make a "cup") Pour plaster into a container. Using a disposable
stick, stir in most of the water. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of liquid tempera,
mixing well, especially at the bottom. Add a little more water so the
mixture thickens, stir well, and pour into the molds. After the chalk is
completely dry, remove it from the molds.
Festive Felt Flower
Make a beautiful and easy napkin ring from felt - no sewing and no gluing!
Just cut 3 pieces out and slip them together.
Felt - green plus at least one other color
Printer - optional
Either print out the template here (click here to go to the template) or
draw a similar one on paper.
Cut out the 3 pieces to use as templates.
Cut out the leaves from green felt and the other two pieces from another
color or colors. Make a 1 inch slit on the leaves piece and the other petals
piece (but not the bone-shaped piece).
Slip the green piece onto the bone-shaped piece. Then slip the petal piece
onto the same end.
Slip the other end of the bone-shaped piece through the green piece and the
petal piece. The bone-shaped piece should form a loop.
Slip a rolled-up napkin through the loop in the bone-shaped piece and you're
Pine Cone Bird
A easy-to-make Pine Cone Bird Feeder. This is a simple project that even
young children can help make. (Go to a printable version.)
Supplies for each:
A large, open pine cone
Vegetable shortening, lard or suet
Oats or corn meal
A few feet of string
Tie a few feet of string to a pine cone. Cover the pine cone with the
mixture below. Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then suspend it from a tree
Food mixture: Mix 1/2 cup Vegetable shortening, lard or suet with 2 1/2 cups
cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. Optional: add dried fruit
(chopped up), chopped nuts, seeds (especially sunflower and millet), and/or
suet, which are high-energy bird foods.
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