How to Make Gourd Rattles and Maracas

I have an awesome fall craft for you today.  In this post I’m going to show you how to make Gourd Rattles and Maracas.  When you fill these gourds with pebbles they make the most playful sounds.  It is a festive way to use these gourds this fall season.  The kids will love playing with these noise makers…. Not to mention the great fun they will have making this craft.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make Gourd Rattles and Maracas



 

Materials Needed

Gourds (2 Round or 1 Oblong)

Large Bowl & Water

Awl (Parental Supervision)

Pebbles

Paper

Glue

2 Sticks (for Round Gourds)

Acrylic or Tempera Paints

Paintbrush

1/2 Glue & 1/2 Water Mixture

 

Step 1



Soak the dry gourd for 24 hours.



Soak the dry gourd for 24 hours.


Step 2



Using an Awl.... punch a hole in the gourd.



Using an Awl…. punch a hole in the gourd.  (Parental help needed for younger kids.)

 

Step 3



Shake out seeds.



Shake out seeds.

 

Step 4



Drop in pebbles.



Drop in pebbles.

 

Step 5



Glue paper over the hole.



Glue paper over the hole.

 

For Round Gourds

Step 6



Punch holes in both ends.  Shake out the seeds.



Punch holes in both ends.  (Parental Supervision)   Shake out the seeds.

 

Step 7



Put stones in the gourd.  Insert stick.



Put stones in the gourd.  Insert stick.

 

Step 8



Paint bright designs with acrylics or tempera paints.



Paint bright designs with acrylics or tempera paints.  Let dry.  Make a mixture of half glue and half water.  Brush it over gourd.  Let dry.  Re-apply.

 

And, there you have it…. you have a gourd rattle or gourd maracas.  What did you decide to make?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to take a picture of your finished gourd craft…. add it to the comment too.  I’d love to see it.

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How to Make a Double Edged Paper Airplane

Paper airplanes are a lot of fun to make and today’s paper airplane craft is no exception.  Put a spin on the traditional paper airplane with this Double Edged Paper Airplane craft.  This paper airplane can not only fly well, but it flies fast too.  Today I will show you step-by-step how to make this plane and if you scroll down towards the end of the post I will even show you how to make this Double Edged Paper Airplane with a video.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Double Edged Paper Airplane



 

Materials Needed

Standard Printer Paper

Stapler (staples)

Scissors

 

Step 1



Fold sheet of paper over once.



Fold sheet of paper over once.



Fold sheet a second time.



Fold sheet a second time.



Fold sheet a third time.



Fold sheet a third time.


Step 2



Unfold the paper.



Unfold the paper.

 

Step 3



Cut center fold about half way down.



Cut a line a little further than half way down the paper

 

Step 4



Cut a short line... 2 lines up on each side



On the opposite side of the line cut in the last step, you will be making 2 short cuts. Cut 2 short lines on the second line over on both sides.



Here is another look at this step.



Here is another look at this step.

 

Step 5



Fold triangle on both sides up to the second line



Fold a triangle on each side of the top second line over.

 

Step 6



Fold over again.... this time to the center.



Fold it over again except to the middle.

 

Step 7



Fold over tops of each point.



Fold over the tops to the side, as shown.

 

Step 8



Fold over 2nd top point and then staple together.



Staple over the two flaps, holding the two sides together.



It should then look like this.



It should then look like this.

 

Step 9



Fold down top third of airplane.



Fold top third of the airplane down.



Like this.



Like this.

 

Step 10



Fold corner over.



Fold down two triangles from the corners to about the center of the airplane, as shown.



like this.



like this.

 

Step 11



Now, fold entire flap over.



Fold down two triangles to about the center of the airplane from the sides, as shown.



Fold the other side the same way.



Like this.

 

Step 12



Fold in half lengthwise.



Fold airplane in half length-wise.



Like this.



Like this.

 

Step 13



Fold top of each side to bottom of plane.



Fold top of each side to bottom of airplane to make the wings, as shown.

 

Step 14



now you have your finished Doubled Edged Paper Airplane.



And, now you have your finished Doubled Edged Paper Airplane.  Go fly it and watch it soar.  Enjoy.

Here is our video on How to Make a Double Edged Paper Airplane

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How to Make a Wearable Puppet Stage

Oh boy…. do I have a fun craft for you today!!  In this post I’m going to show you how to make a Wearable Puppet Stage.  Kids love putting on puppet shows.  Well, why not wear a puppet stage?  It just makes sense…. carry this puppet stage on your chest and you are all ready to put on a puppet show for your family and friends.  Keep in mind you will need a bit of help from an adult with the cutting of the box.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Wearable Puppet Stage



 

Materials Needed

One cardboard box approximately 7″x9″x16″ with all flaps intact (small appliance boxes are good)

scissors

2 lengths woven nylon or cotton rope or clothesline 36″ long

large staples and stapler or glue

paint or something to decorate the box with

 

Step 1



Cut one flap off one long side of the box.



Cut one flap off one long side of the box. Cut flaps on short sides in half, as seen in above sketch.


Step 2



Staple or glue half flaps and remaining long flap together.



Staple or glue half flaps and remaining long flap together.

 

Step 3



Cut side (with flap removed)  down at both corners and fold down as in above illustration.



Cut side (with flap removed) down at both corners and fold down as in above illustration.

 

Step 4



Turn box upside down so the hole is now on the bottom.



Turn box upside down so the hole is now on the bottom.

 

Step 5



Ask an adult to help you cut an opening



Ask an adult to help you cut an opening that is about 4 1/2″ wide and 10″ or 11″ long. Also ask an adult to punch 3 holes in each side, as seen in picture.

 

Step 6



Tie a knot in one end of each piece of rope. Put rope through the 3 holes as in sketch above.



Tie a knot in one end of each piece of rope. Put rope through the 3 holes as in sketch above.

 

Step 7



Draw a Background on the back panel ... as seen in the picture.



Draw a Background on the back panel … as seen in the picture.

Optionally, you can Cover outside of puppet stage with adhesive plastic, paint it, cover it with colorful duct tape, cover with wall paper, or just leave it as is.

 

Step 8



Now you can Wear puppet stage as in above illustration.



Now you can Wear puppet stage as in above illustration. Or you can optionally set it on the table. This is a fun way to put on a puppet show!

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How to Make a Changing Story Board

Today I’m going to show you how to make a changing story board.  You can bring your stories to life by using your creativity and a little bit of imagination.  As the story evolves you can change your story board to depict the story you are trying to tell to your family and friends.   You will actually have moveable figures and changeable backgrounds for your story…. what better way to actually tell your story than to have visuals.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.



How to Make a Changing Story Board



 

Materials Needed

2 poster boards

markers and / or poster paints

scissors

stapler and staples (optional)

glue or paste

tape

card stock to make figures

 

Step 1



Fold one of the poster boards as seen in above



Fold one of the poster boards as seen in above. Basically folding forward and then fold backwards…then forwards…backwards…etc.


Step 2



Tape folds on back of poster board.



Tape folds on back of poster board.

 

Step 3



Glue folds onto bottom of the second poster board



Glue folds onto bottom of the second poster board, as seen in the picture. You can cut off folds that you don’t want before you glue it down. along sides of board.

 

Step 4



Draw a background that depicts your story.



Draw a background that depicts your story. This should be drawn on on upper section (2nd poster board).

 

Step 5



Bind edges with tape.



Bind edges with tape.

 

Step 6



Place figures in various folds as story is told.



Make cut out figures or objects.  Place figures in various folds as story is told.

 

Step 7



Scenes may be changed easily.



Scenes may be changed easily. Night or stormy sky may be added by drawing and coloring on another poster board and folding along top about 2 in from edge.  Hang over top of board, as seen above. Cut the bottom of sky to show hills in background. Shrubs, houses, wells, etc. may be placed in folds.

And, that’s it.  Use your imagination to make any story line you can come up with for your story board.  Share your story with your family and friends…. they are sure to love it.

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How to Make a Milk Carton Row Boat

Today I have a craft for you that is perfect for the nice warm summer season.  In this post I will show you how to make a Milk Carton Row Boat.  Made from a couple of milk cartons this row boat will actually float.  What is nice about milk cartons is that their waxy surface makes them completely water proof…. perfect for the water.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Milk Carton Row Boat



 

Materials Needed

2 Milk Cartons

Pen or Pencil

Scissors

Tape

Nail

String

 

Step 1



Rinse out 2 finished Milk Cartons.



Rinse out 2 finished Milk Cartons.  Let dry.


Step 2



Put carton on its side... draw a line 2 inches from bottom.



Put carton on its side… draw a line 2 inches from bottom.  Cut along this line.

Step 3



Draw what you see above along the top edge of the carton.



Draw what you see above along the top edge of the carton.  For the oar locks…. make a dot in the center of each.

 

Step 4



Cut along the unwanted part using guidelines from last step.



Cut along the unwanted part using guidelines from last step.

 

Step 5



Use 2nd milk carton.



Use 2nd milk carton.  Cut a seat that is about 1.5 inches wide.

 

 Step 6



Cut strips that are a bit wider than the width of the first milk carton.



Cut strips that are a bit wider than the width of the first milk carton.  Fold tabs as seen.



Fold tabs down.



Fold tabs down.

 

Step 7



Draw oars on extra milk carton.



Draw oars on extra milk carton.  Cut out 4 of them.

 

Step 8



Tape the seats into the boat.



Tape the seats into the boat.

 

Step 9



With a nail, poke a hole in each oar lock.



With a nail, poke a hole in each oar lock.  Also, poke a hole in front of boat.  Put an oar in each oar lock.  Tie string around the hole in the front of the boat.  Now go play with your boat.

And that’s it.  You just made yourself your very own Milk Carton Row Boat.  Use it in your pool, bath tub or any body of water.  Enjoy!!

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How to Make Crepe Paper Mache Rock Sculptures

HAVE you ever wished you could suggest a use for the interesting stones that children bring home? Here is an idea. By adding crepe-paper mache to these rocks, the children can produce interesting creatures of the imagination. These can be used for paperweight gifts, but the experience of making them has its own reward. With crepe-paper mache children can make rocks into birds, animals, vehicles, fruit, vegetables, holiday novelties.  Sounds fun, right?  Sure does.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make Crepe Paper Mache Rock Sculptures



 

Materials Needed

Crepe Paper of Different Color

1 Cup Measuring Cup

Bowl

Water

Mixing Spoon

Flour

Salt

Rock

 

Step 1



Cut up crepe paper into tiny pieces.



Cut up crepe paper into tiny pieces.


Step 2



Make about one cupful of crepe paper.



Make about one cupful of crepe paper.

 

Step 3



Add enough water to cover paper... soak overnight.



Add enough water to cover paper… soak overnight.

 

Step 4



Mix and rub wet paper into into fine pulp.



Mix and rub wet paper into into fine pulp.

 

Step 5



Mix in 4 or 5 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of salt.



Mix in 4 or 5 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of salt.  Work until texture of clay.  Add more flour or salt as needed.  Make a different batch for each color.

 

Step 6



Use the mixture as if it were clay.



Use the mixture as if it were clay.  Use rock as base, and crepe clay as head, wings, feet, tails, or whatever else your sculpture needs.  It will dry as hard as the rock.



Here are more ideas



 

Here are some more ideas.

 

And, there you have it.  A great way to mold many different items simply by making Crepe Paper Mache Rock Sculptures.  What did you land up sculpting?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to take a picture of your item as well…. you can add the picture to the comment.  I’d love to see it.

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How to Make a Folded Paper Windmill

Today I am going to show you how to make a Folded Paper Windmill.  This windmill is so much fun to make and it is simply made from 4 sheets of paper.  The majority of the craft supplies needed can be found in your home so you can get started with this craft right away.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Folded Paper Windmill



 

Materials Needed

4 Sheets of Paper

Scissors

Paste/Glue

Ruler

Pencil

Paper Fastener

 

Top of Windmill

Step 1



Cut a square piece of paper



Cut a square piece of paper (such as 8 inches x 8 inches).


Step 2



Fold into 16 squares and then unfold.



Fold into 16 squares and then unfold.  Detailed steps are below.



Fold page in half.



Fold page in half.



Fold page in half again.



Fold page in half again.



Open back up.



Open back up.



Fold in half twice in the other direction.



Fold in half twice in the other direction.



Open back up again.



Open back up again.

 

Step 3



Cut 3 slits on both sides.



Cut 3 slits on both sides.



I am numbering the squares to help show you how to fold it.



I am numbering the squares to help show you how to fold it.

 

Step 4



This is the top of the windmill.



This is the top of the windmill.  The square will naturally fold into a house shape.  Paste in place as I will show you below.



Fold #8 over #12.  Paste.



Fold #8 over #12.  Paste.



Fold #9 over #5.  Paste.



Fold #9 over #5.  Paste.



Fold #16 over #4.  Paste.



Fold #16 over #4.  Paste.



Fold #13 over #1.  Paste.



Fold #13 over #1.  Paste.



View from one side.



View from one side.



View from other side.



View from other side.

 

House

Step 1



Start off again with 8x8 inch piece of paper, folded.



Start off again with 8×8 inch piece of paper, folded.

 

Step 2



Now, cut off the last column of squares.



Now, cut off the last column of squares.



It now looks like this



It now looks like this, above.

 

Step 3



Now, cut three slits on both sides.



Now, cut three slits on both sides.

 

Step 4



Fold the house and paste in place.



Fold the house and paste in place.

 

Windmill

Step 1



For the tall, lower part of the windmill... fold the paper so there are 15 squares



For the tall, lower part of the windmill… fold the paper so there are 15 squares (3 squares in each column).  Follow directions below.



Cut a piece of paper 8 inches x 10 inches.



Cut a piece of paper 8 inches x 10 inches.  Measure out lines 2 inches apart.  Fold on these lines.



Now fold the paper in half twice in the other direction.



Now fold the paper in half twice in the other direction.  Open back up.



Now cut off rectangle so there are 3 columns with 5 squares in each.



Now cut off rectangle so there are 3 columns with 5 squares in each.

 

Step 2



Now fold the paper into long rectangle, like above picture.  Glue together.



Now fold the paper into long rectangle, like above picture.  Glue together.



Now fold the paper into long rectangle, like above picture.  Glue together.



Like this.

 

Pinwheel

Step 1



Fold square piece of paper into fours.  Unfold.



Fold square piece of paper into fours.  Unfold.

 

Step 2



Cut slits on a diagonal.  Don't go thru to center.



Cut slits on a diagonal.  Don’t go thru to center.

 

Step 3



Bring all corners to center.



Bring all corners to center.  Put brass fastener thru center and into windmill top as seen in next pic.



Finished Windmill



And, there you have it….. you just finished making your Folded Paper Windmill.  How did you Windmill turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to take a picture of your Windmill and share it in the comment as well.

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13 Cool Bubble Wrap Crafts for Kids



13 Cool Bubble Wrap Crafts for Kids



Bubble Wrap can have many uses.  You can use bubble wrap to package items so they deliver safely…. you can use bubble wrap as a stress reliever…. you can even use bubble wrap as a noise maker.  But, did you know that bubble wrap is an awesome material to use in crafts?  It really is.  This week I was scouring the internet looking for some cool bubble wrap crafts for kids…. and I found 13 of them.  I couldn’t help but show these bubble wrap crafts to you as they are as much fun as they are creative.  So, scroll through these 13 bubble wrap crafts… you are sure to find quite a few that you will enjoy making.

13 Cool Bubble Wrap Crafts for Kids

(1)  Bubble Wrap Hopscotch

Bubble Wrap Hopscotch

This is a fabulously cool idea…. I just love it!!  I found this awesome bubble wrap craft over at Givers Log.   Here she uses bubble wrap to create this fun activity that kids have been doing for years…. hopscotch.  What child doesn’t love jumping on bubble wrap… now there is plenty of chances to do just that.

 

(2)  Bubble Wrap Fish



Bubble Wrap Fish



Bubble Wrap is a great medium to paint with.  Bubble wrap has tons of cuts and grooves giving this fish a bunch of texture.  Make sure to check out Free Kids Crafts to get all this crafts details.


(3)  Bubble Wrap Greeting Cards



Bubble Wrap Greeting Cards



Check out these beautiful Greeting Cards…. and for each of them bubble wrap was used.  I found this bubble wrap craft over at Creative Jewish Mom… and as she says, she is very creative.  In this post she shows you how to make Rosh HaShana Cards with bubble wrap.  Keep in mind with this technique you can make any greeting card you wish.

 

(4)   Tactile Letters using Bubble Wrap



Tactile Letters using Bubble Wrap



I found this really cool site that in order to help teach children the letters and the sounds they make they integrate the letter of the week with a sensory experience…. in this case they used bubble wrap and glued it to a letter B to help teach the children the Letter B and its sound.  Check out Teach Preschool for all the details.

 

(5)  I Don’t Want to Stay Down Doll



Bubble Wrap Doll



Here is one of our posts that we made a few months back.  Here we used bubble wrap to make a “I Don’t Want to Stay Down” Doll.   This doll is a traditional Romanian Toy.  It is called a “Hopa Mitica” Doll and it won’t stay down no matter how hard you try…. it keeps popping back up.  Check it out to make one for yourself.

 

(6)  Bubble Wrap Travel Game



Bubble Wrap Travel Game



Here is a creative way to use bubble wrap….. Create Bubble Wrap Bingo.  Using the large bubble wrap Apartment Therapy shows you how to make this awesome Bubble Wrap Travel Game.  Make this craft and carry it in the car for long trips…. the kiddos can pop the bubbles every time they see one of the items.  Check out the site for all the crafting fun.

 

(7)  Roller Pin & Bubble Wrap Painting



Roller Pin and Bubble Wrap Painting



This is a great way to have children paint…. after all look at the great texture bubble wrap and the rolling pin create.  This is such a great idea.  I found this bubble wrap craft over at Teach Preschool and it looks super fun to me.  Imagine all the great paintings your kids could make.  Check out the site for yourself.

 

(8)  Bubble Wrap Butterflies



Bubble Wrap Butterflies



Aren’t these butterflies just simply magnificent?  And, they are made from bubble wrap…. which of course makes them perfect for this post.  Teaching the Little People came up with this idea and it is such a great one…. she points out how making Bubble Wrap Butterflies are a perfect way to teach your little ones the letter B.  Check out her site for all the details.

 

(9)  Bubble Wrap Snakes



Bubble Wrap Snakes



These bubble wrap snakes are sssssssssoooo…. cute!!  They are fun, colorful and they even spring to life.  I found this bubble wrap craft over at Fun Art 4 Kids and I love it.   She used bubble wrap, paint and a popsicle stick to create this springy snake.  Make sure to check out her site to get all the details.

 

(10)  Bubble Wrap Advent Calendar



Bubble Wrap Advent Calendar



Here is another bubble wrap craft that is from our site.  We showed you this craft last year just in time for the Christmas Holidays.  In this particular post we showed you how to make an Advent Calendar out of Bubble Wrap.  What better way to count down to the Holidays than to do it with a advent calendar you made yourself.  Make sure to check it out.

 

(11)  Bubble Wrap Crocs



Bubble Wrap Crocs



This bubble wrap craft has got to be one of my favorite bubble wrap crafts I found.  Just look how adorable these crocs are!!  I found this super creative bubble wrap craft at Positively Splendid and it is pretty incredible.   Amy at Positively Splendid shows you step-by-step how to create these bubble wrap crocs so check it out for yourself.

 

(12)  Bubble Wrap Corn



Bubble Wrap Corn



Look how amazing this bubble wrap corn looks…. it really looks like Indian Corn.  I found this bubble wrap craft at Parents and it looks like a lot of fun.  This bubble wrap Indian Corn makes the perfect decoration for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Make sure to check out the website for the step-by-step tutorial.

 

(13)  Bubble Wrap Egg Dyeing



Bubble Wrap Egg Dyeing



Here is a super duper creative way to use Bubble Wrap.  Use Bubble Wrap to dye an egg.  I would have never thought to do this…. but Family Fun did.  They will show you how you too can make your Easter Eggs using Bubble Wrap.  Cool idea!!

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15 Cool Crafts Made with Altoid Tins



15 Cool Crafts Made with Altoid Tins



If you ever had an Altoid mint you know that the mints come in this wonderful little tin.  But, who would have thought all the imaginative things you could do with this little tin.  By scouring the internet I came across a bunch of Altoid crafts you can make.  In this post I am listing 15 of the coolest crafts you can make with Altoid Tins.   The crafts range in skill level between easy and more challenging.  But, you can count on each of them being a lot of fun.   So, scroll through the different Altoid Tin crafts and you are sure to find one that you will like.  So, grab your Altoid Tin Containers and let’s get started on some fun crafts.

15 Cool Crafts Made with Altoid Tins

 (1)  Altoids Mini Flashlight



Altoids Mini Flashlight



This Altoid Tin craft is a little more complicated than we typically list in this blog, but how can I make a post about Altoid Tin Crafts without putting this one in it.  I found this craft over at Instructables and it is an awesome one.  Check out their site to find out how you too can make this Altoid Tin Mini Flashlight.


(2)  Altoids Turtle Keepsake Box



Altoids Turtle Keepsake Box



Check out this elaborate Keepsake Box…. and it is made from an Altoid Tin container and Super Sculpey.  I found this fun Altoid Tin craft over at Sculpey Club….. check out her site for all the fun crafting details.

 

(3)  Altoids Pincushion



Altoids pincushion



I absolutely love this Altoid Tin Pincushion idea.  What you can’t see here is that inside she added magnets so that inside you can hold pins, needles and such.  Make sure to check out My Recycled Bags so you too can make this Altoid Pincushion.

 

(4)  Altoid Tin Wallet



Altoid Tin Wallet





Altoid Wallet



Here is a great way to keep your cash….. keep it in an Altoid Tin Wallet.  Roxy Craft shows us how to make this wallet from an Altoid Tin Container…. she explains the craft in a very detailed step-by-step “how-to”.  Check out the site for yourself.

 

(5)  Magnetic Travel Board Game Set



Magnetic Travel Board Game Set



This Altoid Tin Craft is from our very own site.  I previously posted How to Make a Magnetic Travel Board Game Set from an Altoid Tin Container.  It is a fun craft and the outcome is you will have 8 games to play in the car while traveling.  Make sure to check this one out.

 

(6)  Altoids Tin Garden



Altoids Tin Garden



Here is another great way to use those extra Altoid Tin Containers…. use them to make a beautiful garden.  Gomi Style shows us how to do just that.  Just by adding a bit of potting soil to the tin you can have your very own small little garden.

 

(7)  Travel Candle



Travel Candle



I found this idea over at Design Sponge and what a great idea it is.   Here she gives you all the step-by-step details on how to make a travel candle out of an Altoid Tin Container.  She points out how great these can come into handy during an emergency… after all, you never can have enough candles.

 

(8)  Altoid Tin Mini Toolboxes



Altoid Tin Mini Toolboxes



I found this awesome Altoid Tin craft over at Alpha Mom.  She came up with this super creative idea to surprise Dad for Father’s Day.  She made a few so that Dad could hold the bits and bolts of his choice.  Make sure to check out the website for all the crafting details.

 

(9)  Altoid Tin Gift Card Holder



Altoid Tin Gift Card Holder



Here is a clever way to keep a hold of all those Gift Cards you have accumulated.  Store them in this Altoid Tin Gift Card Holder.  I found this Altoid Tin Craft over at Yahoo Voices and I dig the idea.  Check out the website for the tutorial.

 

(10)  Altoid Tin Jewelry Box



Altoid Tin Jewelry Box



You would never believe it by looking at it, but this beautiful jewelry box is made from an Altoid Tin and Polymer Clay.  I found this fun Altoid Tin craft over at TLC and I love it.  Get the full crafting “how-to” over at the website.

 

(11)  Pocket Yard Pool Table



Pocket Yard Pool Table



Ok, how cute is this pool table?  So cute!!  And it is small enough that you can take it pretty much anywhere.  How many other pool tables can you say that about?  You can find the tutorial over at Instructables.   This is just so creative.

 

(12)  Business Card Holder



Business Card Holder



What a clever way to hold your business cards…. and I must say quite attractive too.   This is a great way to use your left over Altoid Tin for something useful.   Check out Better Homes and Gardens for all the crafting details.

 

(13)  Altoid Earbud Case



Altoid Earbud Case



This is a fantastic idea.  Did you ever put your earbuds somewhere and when you wanted to use them you found they were tangled up?  Well, this Altoid Earbud Case will prevent that…  put your Earbuds inside and find that they will never tangle again.  Charlotte’s Fancy came up with this brilliant idea.  Check out her site for the details.

 

(14)  Doll Suitcase



Doll Suitcase



Isn’t this an adorable suitcase for your doll….. and, your doll will surely love it.  Made from an Altoid Tin and masking tape this suitcase has an aged look to it…. like a suitcase that is well traveled.  Check out Crafty Crafts for the full instructions on how to make this.

 

(15)  First Aid Kit



First Aid Kit



Everyone needs a first aid kit.  You don’t know when you will need some first aid treatment…. so having a kit is very important.  But, sometimes a first aid kit can be bulky and when you are “out & about” you can’t carry a bulky one…. well, how about making a first aid kit out of a Altoid Tin.  Check out Instructables for all the details.

Top image by Alpha Mom

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How to Make a Glove Bunny for Easter

Get ready for a fun and creative craft because I have just that for you today.  In this post I am going to show you how to make a Glove Bunny for Easter.  That’s right…. it’s an Easter bunny made out of a Glove.  This is a great craft to do to actually use that glove that you no longer have the pair for.  After stuffing the glove you have a nice, cuddly Easter Bunny that would be perfect as an Easter decoration or a nice cuddly friend.  The choice is yours.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make a Glove Bunny for Easter



 

Materials Needed

Glove

2 Safety Pins

Stuffing

Glue

Clothespins or Clips

Cap

yarn

Construction Paper

Ribbon or Twist Tie

Cotton Ball

 

Step 1



Get a glove.



Get a glove.  Then fold middle finger down and the two outside fingers can be pushed to the back.



This is what the other side looks like.



This is what the other side looks like.


Step 2



Pin middle finger down from inside of glove.



Pin middle finger down from inside of glove.

 

Step 3



Fill with stuffing.



Fill with stuffing.

 

Step 4



Fold bottom part inside glove.



Fold bottom part inside glove.

 

Step 5



Glue and clip shut.



Glue and clip shut.

 

Step 6



Get a cap.



Get a cap.



Fill cap with glue.



Fill cap with glue.  Fill with tiny, cut pieces of yarn… as well as tiny little paper eggs that you cut out.



For a tiny handle use a ribbon or twist tie.



For a tiny handle use a ribbon or twist tie.

 

Step 7



Put tiny basket handle over one arm and then pin both arms together.



Put tiny basket handle over one arm and then pin both arms together.  Pin from behind arms.

 

Step 8



Glue cotton ball to back.



Glue cotton ball to back.

And, that’s it…. you just finished making your Glove Bunny for Easter.  Isn’t he a cutie patootie?!  Let me know how your Glove Bunny turned out in the comments below.  And, take a picture of it too and post that with the comment as well…. I’d love to see it.

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How to Make a Sock Baby Doll

I have a fun craft for you today.  In this post I’m going to show you how to make a Sock Baby Doll.  That’s right…. it’s a baby doll made out of a sock.  This craft is a great way to put to use those socks that no longer have a match.  Plus, you probably have all the materials needed for this craft in your house… so no need to buy any more materials.  Give this sock baby doll to your best friend…. or better yet keep it for yourself.  The choice is yours.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make a Sock Baby Doll



 

Materials Needed

Sock

Scissors

Needle & Strong Thread

Stuffing

Black Marker (optional)

 

Step 1



Cut a sock where you see dashed lines



Cut a sock where you see dashed lines… to look like this…



After cutting, the above pieces are what you should see.



After cutting, the above pieces are what you should see.


Step 2



Turn sock so top hole is in the front as in image B.



Turn sock so top hole is in the front as in image B.



Sew front and back of each leg together as shown.



Sew front and back of each leg together as shown.

 

Step 3



Stuff the legs and sew hole closed.



Stuff the legs and sew hole closed.

 

Step 4



Turn doll around so that sewn up hole is in the back.



Turn doll around so that sewn up hole is in the back.  Gather and draw in with strong thread the section shown in the image above.

 

Step 5



Draw or sew a face on.



Draw or sew a face on.

 

Step 6



Fold each square in half.



Fold each square in half.



Sew sides with dashed lines.



Sew sides with dashed lines.



Fill with stuffing.



Fill with stuffing.



Sew shut.



Sew shut.

 

Step 7



Sew on arms.



Sew on arms.

Awesome job…. you just finished making your Sock Baby Doll.   How did your baby doll turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  Also, take a picture of your sock baby doll and add that to your comment as well… I’d love to see it.

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How to Make a Cork Bunny

I have a fun and creative craft for you in this post….. today I’m going to show you how to make a Cork Bunny.  Made from a cork, toothpicks and a template this craft turns out really cute.  It is a perfect craft for Easter.  Make a few and decorate your house in time for Easter.  You will need some help from an adult as there is a part in this craft that a knife is needed.  An Adult should do this section of the craft.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Cork Bunny



 

Materials Needed

Cork

Knife (for adults only)

Printer & Paper

Cardboard

Scissors

Glue

Cotton Ball or Pom Pom

2 Toothpicks

 

Click on template image to make larger and to print.



Bunny head template



 

Step 1



Ask parent to cut small slit in cork for head to fit.



Ask parent to cut small slit in cork for head to fit.


Step 2



Print out bunny head or draw a small head.



Print out bunny head or draw a small head.

 

Step 3



Glue 1 head on to cardboard.



Glue 1 head on to cardboard.



Cut out bunny on cardboard



Cut out bunny on cardboard… turn over and paste other head on this.

 

Step 4



Push bunny head tab into cork slit.



Push bunny head tab into cork slit.



It should look like this.



To look like this.

 

Step 5



Glue on cotton ball or pom pom.



Glue on cotton ball or pom pom.

 

Step 6



Break 2 toothpicks in half... use each half for a leg.



Break 2 toothpicks in half… use each half for a leg.

 



Finished cork rabbit



Remember you can make a bunny with your own drawn head…. or use the template.

And, that’s it…. you just finished your Cork Bunny.  Doesn’t he look cute?!  Make a few and decorate your house for Easter.  Let me know how your Cork Bunny turned out… take a picture of it and leave it with your comment in the comments section below.

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How to Make a Flying Bird Decoration

Today I’m going to show you how to make a flying bird decoration.  When made correctly this bird will flap his wings with just a bit of movement of the string.  Crafters of all ages will enjoy making this craft…. even the youngest.  We provide many templates that you can choose from to make this flying bird.  You can choose one of the colored templates or you can print off the black & white template and color the bird yourself.  The choice is yours.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Flying Bird Decoration



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Scissors

Glue or Tape

String

Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils (optional)

 

Click on template images below to make larger and to print.

Black & White Template



flying bird black & white template



 

Aqua template



flying bird aqua template



 

Blue Template



flying bird blue template



 

Red template



flying bird red template



 

Yellow template



flying bird yellow template



 

Step 1



Print template.



Print template.


Step 2



color in your bird and wings



If you printed the black & white template…. color in your bird and wings.

 

Step 3



Cut out wings and bird.



Cut out wings and bird.

 

Step 4



Fold wings in middle.



Fold wings in middle.

 

Step 5



Glue or tape wings on bird's body cut-out.



Glue or tape wings on bird’s body cut-out.

 

Step 6



Fasten string to bird.



Fasten string to bird.  Raise string up and down and bird will flap wings.

And, that’s it… you just finished making your flying bird decoration.  Isn’t it cool with just raising your string up and down you can make the bird appear as if he is flying.  Enjoy playing with your flying bird.

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How to Make a Paper Bag Bunny Puppet

I have a fun and creative craft for you today.  I am going to show you how to take a paper bag and make it into a bunny puppet.  Sounds like fun, right?  It really is.  And, the timing of it couldn’t be any more perfect.  After all, Easter is in just a few weeks.  Made with string or yarn the arms and legs of the puppet actually move.  When you aren’t using it as a puppet hang the Paper Bag Bunny up as an Easter decoration.  People are sure to love it when they see it.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make a Paper Bag Bunny Puppet



 

Materials Needed

Paper Bag

Newspaper

String or Yarn

Several Sheets of Paper

Scissors

Glue

Pencil

 

Step 1



Wad up several sheets of newspaper and put in paper bag until 3/4 full.



Wad up several sheets of newspaper and put in paper bag until 3/4 full.


Step 2



Close the open end of bag with string or yarn.



Close the open end of bag with string or yarn.

 

Step 3



Cut 8 strips of paper each approximately 3/4 inch by 18 inches long.



Cut 8 strips of paper each approximately 3/4 inch by 18 inches long.

 

Step 4



Glue ends of 2 strips of paper together at right angle



Glue ends of 2 strips of paper together at right angle (so it looks like a letter L).

 

Step 5



Keep folding each strip over the other strip until entire strips are used.



I colored each strip a different color to help you visualize how to fold these.  1)  did #1 in last step.  2)  fold blue strip over and crease.  3)  fold red strip over and crease.  4)  fold blue strip down and crease.  Keep folding each strip over the other strip until entire strips are used.  Glue last fold together.

 

Step 6



You will need 4 all together.



Now you have a springy arm or leg.  You will need 4 all together.

 

Step 7



Draw and cut out bunny hands, feet, ears, eyes and mouth.



Draw and cut out bunny hands, feet, ears, eyes and mouth.

 

Step 8



On each side of the bag, glue on arms.



On each side of the bag, glue on arms.  Spread out extra edges of the top of the bag to form a skirt.  Under skirt, glue legs.  Glue on hands and feet to legs and arms.

 

Step 9



Glue string to hands and feet.



Glue string to hands and feet.

There you go….. you just finished your paper bag bunny puppet.  Isn’t it adorable?  Now move the strings and watch the the bunny dance.  What else can you make him do?

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How to Make a Plush Bunny for Easter

When you think of Easter what is one of the characters you think of?  A bunny, of course.  Well, today I’m going to show you how to make a Plush Bunny.  This bunny is perfect for the upcoming Easter Holiday, but honestly can be made and enjoyed any time of the year.  Made with felt and some cotton for stuffing this bunny is sure to be soft and cuddly.  Make it as big or as small as you would like.  We made our bunny pretty small.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Materials Needed

– string and needles
– scissors
– felt / fabric
– paper
– pencil
– paint
– 1 toothpick
– wool / cotton – things to stuff (I used 2 cotton pads for that)






 

Step 1

Draw the pattern on the paper, like this.






Use the scissors to cut it out.






 


Step 2

Fold the felt in half, place the bunny pattern on it and trace it there.






 

Step 3

Cut the bunny out of felt (remember, you folded the felt before that so you’ll have 2 bunnies of felt now).






 

Step 4

Sew the two bunnies starting at the bottom. Use a blanket stitch along the sides.






To make a blanket stitch, push the needle through the fabric then pull the needle through the loop.






Sew as far as you are comfortable before stuffing. The size of the opening will depend on the size of your doll.






 

Step 5

Prepare your stuffing material: I made little pieces of the cotton pads.






Place the stuffing material in the bunny, taking care to fill all available places.






It should look like that.






 

Step 6

Sew it shut.






Now the bunny looks like that.






 

Step 7

Using the toothpick and some paint add eyes and a mouth.






Look how cute he is !
You can continue to decorate it if you feel like it.






Awesome job!!  You just finished your Plush Bunny.  Isn’t it a cutie patootie?  How did your bunny turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, take a picture of it and add that to the comment too… I’d love to see it.

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How to Make Easter Standup Animals

I have a fun and easy craft for you today.  I’m going to show you how to make Easter Standup Animals.  These Easter Standup Animals are a perfect decoration for inside your house this Easter.  And, the youngest of crafters will enjoy making these as they are made from a template.  You can choose to print off the colored templates or print off the black & white templates and color them yourself.  The choice is yours.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make Easter Standup Animals



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Scissors

Glue

Crayons

 

Click on template images below to make larger and to print.

Baby Chick Black & White



Baby Chick Black & White



 

Baby Chick Color Template



Baby Chick Color Template



 

Baby Chick 2 Black & White



Baby Chick 2 Black & White



 

Baby Chick 2 Color Template



Baby Chick 2 Color Template



 

Bunny Rabbit Black & White



Bunny Rabbit Black & White



 

Bunny Rabbit Color Template



Bunny Rabbit Color Template



 

Step 1



Print out template.



Print out template.


Step 2



Cut the figures out.



Cut the figures out.

 

Step 3



If you printed out the black and white template..... color them now.



If you printed out the black and white template….. color them now.

 

Step 4



Paste and fold where images above tell you to.



Paste and fold where images above tell you to.  Spread paste near the top on the back of each figure, and paste them together. The bottom part should not be pasted, as it spreads apart. Fold the bases (bottoms) outwards, each side in an opposite direction.

 

Step 5



Then stand your figures up for Easter.



Then stand your figures up for Easter.

There you go…. you did it.  You finished making your Easter Standup Animals.  Now you are all set to begin decorating your house for Easter.  Enjoy!!

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