Make Fish Pen and Pencil Holder for Dad’s Desk on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up in the middle of June already. Show Dad that he is the Big Fish in your world by making him this fish pencil holder as a gift. He can hold both pens and pencils in this fish. Of course, this can be made as a present for anyone, not just your dad…such as Mom for Mother’s Day or for a birthday. Be sure of a big catch when you’re fishing for a pencil with this big fish of the deep sea. Directions are below.

Make Fish Pen and Pencil Holder for Dad’s Desk on Father’s Day for a Great Gift







CRAFTS MATERIALS THAT YOU WILL NEED:

– Pencils & Pens

– Old Sponge Ball (Nerf Ball)

– Scissors

– Glue

– Paint and Paint Brush

– Sturdy Cardboard

HOW TO MAKE THIS CRAFT TO MAKE DESK HOLDER FOR PENS AND PENCILS

Step 1







Cut a flat edge on one side of an old sponge ball.

Step 2








In a circle around the top cut several holes large enough to hold pencils.

Step 3

Paint on a fish face and glue on a sturdy cardboard tail to serve as a rudder.

Sit him on your desk and fill to the gills with pencils and pens for your Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, or who ever you want to give this great gift to.

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Make Newspaper or Magazine Holder Rack for Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up in the middle of June…which isn’t too far away from now. Do you want to start planning a great gift for your Dad? This is an arts and crafts project that uses a cork and a wire coat hanger to make a great rack to hold magazines and newspapers. If your Dad reads a lot of periodicals (newspapers and magazines), then this might be the perfect craft to make for your Dad. Instructions are below…enjoy.







Make Newspaper or Magazine Holder Rack for Dad on Father’s Day

CRAFTS MATERIALS THAT YOU WILL NEED:

– Wire hanger

– Gummed tape or felt / fabric or ribbon

– Bottle cork, optional

HOW TO MAKE THIS CRAFT TO MAKE RACK HOLDER FOR MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS

Bend the wire hanger as indicated in the illustrations below.

Step 1








Straighten hook on wire hanger as pictured above.

Step 2








Now bend hook on wire hanger down as pictured above.

Step 3







Now bend arms on wire hanger down as seen above. Letter ‘C’ is where the cork will be placed.

Step 4







Now pull apart hanger about 6 inches at the top. Remember, the cork can also be seen as letter ‘c’.

Step 5

Cover the hanger entirely with gummed tape. If you don’t have gummed tape, then wrap your hanger in ribbon, fabric or felt…but you will need to use glue to secure to the hanger.

Step 6

Insert the end (C) into the center of the cork, if you have one. The cork will keep the holder from scratching table, desk, or floor when it stands with magazines held neatly in it.







This holder is the perfect size for magazines and newspapers of most sizes. Your Dad or Grandpa would love this for Father’s Day…however Moms and Grandmas would love this as well for Mother’s Day or a birthday as well.

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Shadow Boxing : How to Make Shadow Boxes from Cardboard Boxes

This is a great crafts project idea for kids and teen who want to display their trophies, nick nacks,  pottery, and ornaments in these modern shadow boxes. You can make them from corrugated boxes that you find around your house. If you want to decorate your room, and at the same time de-clutter your desk or shelves, then shadow boxing if the crafts activity for you.







Shadow Boxing : How to Make Shadow Boxes from Cardboard Boxes : Arts and Crafts Idea for Kids and Teens

Crafts Materials Needed:

– corrugated cardboard box

– scissors

– tape

– paint and paint brush

Step 1







Find a square corrugated cardboard box (width and height about the same size) and cut it in to two pieces so that the depth of each box is about 3″ – 4″ deep.  See the picture above.


Step 2

On two sides of each frame, cut a slit one and a half inches deep exactly in the middle of the side. Reference the picture above.

Step 3

Place the slits of one square over the slits of the other. Press together.

Step 4

Tape the outside edges.

Step 5

Paint the frames attractively.

Step 6

Have Mom or Dad hang your shadow box frames / shelves to the wall.

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Make a Table Tennis Ping Pong Balls Holder and Dispenser

Table tennis / ping pong balls are always ready to ping pong into action when you store them in a convenient ejector-dispenser holder. This is a great de-cluttering crafts activity for those who have a ping pong table. All you need are a few items from your house and you are set to making this cool ping pong ball holder and dispenser. Have fun.







How to Make a Table Tennis Ping Pong Balls Holder and Dispenser Crafts Activity for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed:

– cardboard tube from a wax paper roll or paper towel roll, etc.

– cardboard

– scissors

– tape

– ping pong balls

– paper cups

Step 1

Roll a length of cardboard to a diameter (width) slightly smaller than a wax-paper tube, paper towel roll, etc.

Step 2

About two inches from one end cut out a circle the size of a ping pong ball.


Step 3

Tape up the cardboard length into the roll size that fits into the wax-paper tube roll.

Step 4

Now glue small paper cups in place to seal the ends.

Step 5

Slide the cardboard roll inside a wax-paper / paper towel tube roll.

Step 6

Now insert table tennis / ping pong balls through the opening.

At table tennis time, it will be fun to slide the tube open and bounce out a ping pong ball. This is a great way to clean up clutter in your game room or organize and de-clutter your house / basement / game room / child’s room or wherever you have your table tennis / ping pong table.

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How to Make a Message Board Box Organizational Craft Idea for Kids

If your family practically runs an answer-phone service for you when you’re out, they’ll appreciate this handy message taker box. You can use this as a phone call message organizational center for the rest of the family as well. The box opens up for paper, pens, and pencils.  You have the choice to but a clock face on the top of the box or to put a chalkboard on the top of the box.







How to Make a Message Board Box Organizational Craft Idea for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed:

– prong fastener

– construction paper or cardboard

-scissors

-marker

-cardboard box

-notepad

-pencils

-OR chalkboard paint and chalk

Decide whether or not you want a chalkboard or a clock on the top of the box. If you want a chalkboard, skip steps 2 through 5.

If you want the clock on the top of the box, just start with step #1.

Step 1

Use a cigar box, candy box, or other box made of heavy cardboard. Put a note pad and a pencil inside.

Step 2


Glue a construction paper or cardboard clock face on top. You can trace around a bowl or other round object to make a nice circle.

Step 3

Now, take your marker and write out the numbers on the clock. It is easiest to make the clock numbers evenly spaced by writing out the numbers on each quarter … 12, 3, 6, and 9. Then go ahead and draw the numbers in between.

Step 5

Now, either cut the hands out of cardboard or construction paper….make the minutes hand noticeably shorter.

Step 6

Now, take the prong fastener and put it through both hands, the circle shape, and the box. Then open up the prongs in the back of the box. Now the clock’s hands should move smoothly.

Step 7 – If You Want Chalkboard on Top of Message Box

If you want a chalkboard on the top of the box, then take chalkboard paint and give the top of the box several thorough coats of chalkboard paint. Let dry. Put chalk in the box and an eraser.

To use the Message Board Box:

If you are using the clock on the top of the box, set the hands for the time you expect to return home, each time you leave. Your family will be able to tell callers the best time to call back again. If you made the top of the box into a chalkboard message center, then family members and friends can leave messages to each other or take down phone messages.

There is paper and pencils inside the message box…utilize this for messages that need to be portable.  Have fun.

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Make Stationery Holder Crafts Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day







Make Stationery Holder Crafts Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day

Need ideas for gifts to make for your Moms for Mother’s Day? Every Mom I know has a box full of stationery for times when they need to write correspondence and other type of letters. This attractive and useful gift is made from a pressed paper package tray and cover from a super market.

To make it you will need the following crafts materials:

-pressed paper tray and cover
-stationery
-paints
-scissors
-brush
-ruler
-pencil
-glue or paste

Step 1

Remove the cover from the tray.


Step 2

On the cover, make a line marking off about 1/3 the length of the cover with a ruler and pencil.

Step 3

Cut away 2/3 of the cover with a pair of scissors.

Step 4

Glue the remaining section of the cover to the tray.

Step 5

Paint designs or decorations on the holder, inside and out, and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Step 6

Paint a small decorative design, monogram, or initial in the upper left hand corner of the stationery sheets that will go into the holder, and allow them to dry.

Step 7

Place the stationery in the holder and your gift is ready to be presented.

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Make Letter Holders Box as Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day







Make Letter Holders Box as Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day

Make this cool letter holder as a gift for Mom  on Mother’s Day or Dad on Father’s Day or for someone else you love. You can  make this attractive and useful letter holder box gift in which to hold correspondence letters.

To make it you will need the following crafts materials:

-glue
-colorful greeting cards
-magazine cut-outs
-paints
-brush
-nail
-firm rectangular cereal box
-scissors
-needle
-wool
-colored paper

Step 1


Cut the cereal box down to the height you want, with a pair of scissors.

Step 2

Cut a piece of colored paper to fit around the box, and glue it in place. Allow it to dry.

Step 3

With a nail, punch evenly-spaced holes at 1/2 inch intervals about 1/4 inch down from the top, all around the box.

Step 4

With a needle and wool, run an overcast stitch through the holes to make a decorative finish.

How to Make an Overcasting Stitch







Make a knot at the end of your piece of thread. Point the needle away from the hand with which you are working and toward the shoulder of the other hand. The stitches should be about 1/4 inch apart. End a row of overcasting stitches with a few little backstitches one over the other.

Step 5

Cut a colorful picture from a greeting card, and glue it to the front of the box.

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Make Bulletin Boards to Organize Family Events

It is so hard to get everything organized and de-cluttered when you have kids. If you have a lot of dates, appointments, grocery list items, messages, and other important facts straight, then why not make a family oriented family board. Making this family bulletin board can help you and your kids more organized and help you remember dates and other important information and appointments. The easy to make instructions are as follows…this is perfect for Moms and Dads to make or for kids to make as a gift for Mom or Dad … or to even make for their own room.







How to Make Bulletin Boards to Organize Family Events with the Following Arts & Crafts Activity for Kids

CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED:

*A large piece of heavy cardboard

*Thumbtacks

*Crayons

*Pad

*Pencils

*String

*Calendar

HOW TO MAKE THIS ARTS AND CRAFTS ORGANIZATIONAL PROJECT:

Everyone in the family will thank you for this cool idea!

Step 1

Cut a heavy piece of cardboard about 3 by 4 feet.

Step 2


Draw and color a simple border around the cardboard.

Step 3

Write “Family Bulletin Board”, or any other name you choose, in crayon across the top.

There are many ways you can decorate and arrange this easy-to-make bulletin board. Here are some suggestions:

Divide your board with crayon lines into three divisions. Print column headings like “Grocery List”, “Messages”, “Regular Chores”, etc. Under the Grocery List heading, tack up a pad. Tie two or three pencils to strings and tack them up next to the pad.

Draw a box in one corner and push about 20 thumbtacks in it. These will be used for tacking up messages. You might want to print the most important telephone numbers, like Daddy’s phone number or the doctor’s phone number in a space marked “Phone Numbers”.

Tack up a small calendar. Under the heading Chores, you can list the things that are to be done on certain days, like you’re to cut the grass on Fridays, or your sister is to take her piano lessons on Tuesdays, or the laundry is to be called for on Mondays.

It is nice to record family appointments like picnics and visiting grandma in a box headed “Special Announcements”. You’ll find that everyone in the family will make much use of your very practical bulletin board.

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Make Sewing Box with Step by Step Instructions for Mother’s Day

If your Mother or Grandmother is a big sewer, embroiderer, etc and has a lot of thread, needles, and other sewing supplies, then why not make them a sewing box? Sewing boxes make great Mother’s Day gifts as well as presents for birthdays and other special occasions.  Below you will find easy step by step instructions for putting together a great sewing box. Good luck.







Make Sewing Box with Step by Step Instructions : Make for Mom and Grandma for a Great Gift for Mother’s Day

CRAFTS MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

*empty shoe box

*heavy yarn or cord scraps of gift wrapping paper

*small boxes, of any size

*rubber cement, or other glue

*nail and hammer or paper punch scissors

*tape measure

*shellac

*brush

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING SEWING BOXES:

Step 1







Glue decorative paper all over the shoe box and the cover in patchwork-quilt fashion. The scraps of paper can overlap one another, be upside down or right side up. Put a coat of shellac all over the box.

Step 2








Cover the insides and outsides of the bottoms of smaller boxes (a cheese box, kitchen match box, for instance) with scraps of gift wrapping paper also in patchwork-quilt fashion and see where they fit into the shoe box. Glue them into the box. They will hold yarn spools, small scissors, thimble, and other sewing tools.

Step 3







About 2 inches from the top of the box, in the middle of each side, punch out two holes about 3 inches apart, for the handles of the box. Pull through two lengths of heavy yarn or cord and on the inside make triple or quadruple knots. The box is then finished. If you have money to spare, buy some yarn spools, a thimble, a package of needles, and two or three skeins of embroidery yarn.

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Make Recipe Books for Recipes for Mom on Mother’s Day

What Mom or Grandmother doesn’t love getting a personalized recipe book? This one is so special too….It is completely filled with envelopes so your Mom or Grandma can put recipes that they find in magazines or books, and keep them all in one categorized place. Make this for Mother’s Day, for a gift on a birthday, or any other reason you have to show love to your family and friends. Have fun.







Make Recipe Books for Recipes for Mom on Mother’s Day

CRAFTS MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

*notebook, 8Y2 by 11 inches

*decorative paper

*2 pieces of ribbon, each 8 inches long

*glue

*colored pencil

*scissors

*tape measure

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING RECIPE FILE BOOK:

Step 1







Paste two pages together on two sides (marked A and B in drawing) and leave side C open. Repeat this until you have 24
“envelopes” in the notebook. Mark each envelope with the kind of recipes to be kept there—Appetizers, Soups, Meats, Fish, Vegetables, Desserts, Drinks, Sandwiches, etc.

Step 2







Glue the pieces of ribbon onto the center of the back and front covers of the notebook.

Step 3







Glue decorative paper onto the covers. Cut the ends of the ribbon on the bias, to prevent fraying. You can make the same file for patterns, bills, or personal letters.







How to Make a School Supply Box Craft Idea for Kids

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How to Make a School Supply Box Craft Idea for Kids


Get your kids excited about going back to school with this cute and functional organizer. From crayons to calculators, this sturdy box will keep supplies handy for your busy youngsters. This is an affordable craft so it can be totally customized each year according to their current interests and ever-changing style.

Crafts Materials Needed:

Shoe Box

3 to 5 Colors of Construction Paper

Scissors

Clear Tape

School Theme Stickers

Colored Markers

Paint (optional)

Plastic Peanut Butter Lid

Frozen Juice Can

Instant Pudding Box

Glue

Decorations


How to Make a School Supply Box Craft Idea for Kids


Cover the bottom of the shoe box with construction paper, using tape to secure the edges and corners. Decorate the sides with school theme stickers and use colored markers to personalize the overall look. Next, cover the shoe box lid in a different color of construction paper, securing all edges and corners with tape.


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How to Make a School Supply Box Craft Idea for Kids



How to Make a School Supply Box Craft Idea for Kids


The peanut butter lid, juice can, and pudding box will be the trays on top for organizing supplies. Prepare the trays by cleaning them thoroughly and making sure they are dry. Most peanut butter lids are already a nice primary color so you can choose to leave it as is. For the other two, remove the tops from the containers. Either paint them or cover them with a different color of construction paper.


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Attach the trays to the top of the shoe box with glue, paying careful attention to how the weight will be distributed once they are holding supplies. In other words, don’t line them all up along one edge or your box will fall over when used.


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After the trays have completely dried, use more school theme stickers, treasures from summer vacation, and colored markers to complete the decorations. This is a good time to allow your child to add a little funkiness to his or her box. Glue on pom-poms, glitter, googly eyes, tiny creatures, or happy meal toys. Keep in mind that your child will be using this box every day at homework time so it needs to be something that is fun to look at and is all about them.


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When everything is in place, the decorations have been completed, and it is completely dry, fill the box with school supplies. Place the lid on top and organize the most used items in the trays. They can hold almost anything your child will need.


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One great thing I have discovered since my child started preschool with his own school supply box is the portability. If he wants his Nana to help him with his homework one night, he really enjoys packing up his supplies and holding his box on his lap in the car. There is a sense of pride that comes with having your own little box of supplies and he looks forward to homework every day. Crafting with your child is a time to bond and I hope your kids will enjoy this project the whole school year. Be sure to pass this idea along to moms who home school as they have an even greater challenge in keeping supplies from taking over their entire house.


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Jacilyn Wheeler—Christian, Mom, Virtual Assistant

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Homework Organizer Crafts Project for Parents and Kids to Declutter Paperwork


Homework Organizer Crafts Project for Parents and Kids to Declutter Paperwork




How to Make a Homework Organizer to De-Clutter School Paperwork


My kids had their first day of school today. I spent the entire day cleaning and organizing the house because after an entire Summer of kids being at home, the entire house was a cluttered mess. After I finished de-cluttering my kitchen, I realized that as soon as the kids get home, my kitchen is going to get cluttered again within a week. Why? Because with school comes tons of school papers … homework, tests, crafts, artwork, notifications, and so much more … and all of these papers will pour into my house. I never know what to do with all of quickly growing stack of homework and school papers. I am afraid to throw things away for fear that either my children or me will need that paper soon. So I decided that I would create a school papers organizer. This school paperwork organization system is the craft that I will share with you today.


Crafts Materials Needed for Homework Organizer to De-Clutter School Paperwork


Crafts Materials Needed:

Cereal Boxes and other boxes in various sizes

Scissors

Glue or Glue Stick

Tape

Contact Paper

Wrapping Paper  or Construction Paper or Tissue Paper or Decorative Papers

Sharpie Markers (or other Permanent Markers)

Wipeable Markers

Step 1 – Planning Stage

The first step is to plan out how the boxes that you have will fit together to hold school papers and possibly folders and what ever other items that you will want to store in this schoolwork organization box. Cereal Boxes seem to be the perfecgt size to hold paper, but all cereal boxes come in many different shapes and sizes, so please make sure that looseleaf paper will fit in your cereal boxes too.

Plan out this craft and then make circles out of the tape

When you know where you want the boxes to lay, then loosely keep them in place by making tape loops (as seen above). This will hold the boxes in place long enough to tape the boxes in place more securely later.

Step 2 – Tape Boxes Together Securely


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Now, first of all, painting tape wouldn’t have been my first choice, but my kids are always stealing my tapes, so this blue tape is what I was stuck with. After you have loosely secured the boxes together with tape loops, then you can take tape and tape everything together more securely. You can see above that I didn’t go overboard, I just taped where tape was needed.

Step 3 – Cover / Wrap Your Boxes with Colored Paper


Cover / Wrap Your Boxes with Colored Paper



Now it is time to cover your boxes with colorful paper. I have four kids, and I decided to use a different color for each child. I also tried to keep in mind what colors my boys would reject as being too girly. Attach the paper with glue or glue stick.

Step 4 – Cover with Contact Paper


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Now you can start covering the homework organization box with contact paper. The reason we are doing this is so that you can leave notes to each of your children…or they can leave notes to you. I also like covering the box with contact paper because it laminates and protects the surface of the box from spilled drinks and other liquids. Since this will be in my kitchen, I wanted to make sure that the surface was protected.

Step 5 – Label with Permanent Markers


Homework Organizer Crafts Project for Parents and Kids to Declutter Paperwork




Now you can use Permanent Marker, such as a Sharpie marker, to label the boxes. I put each of my children’s names on each of the boxes in big bubble letters to show each of them which box is theirs. Below my children’s names are notes to my children (or notes from my children to me) that is drawn on with a wipeable marker. Every day we can wipe off the wipeable marker to leave new messages to eachother. I wrote out on the middle box to show where they should pick up notes and papers that need to go back to school. You can set up this however you feel would work best for your family.

An extra that I decided to add to this project was to pick up 2 wipeable boards, which I picked up from the dollar store. Oone  is an empty wipeable task list and one is an empty wipeable calendar. I used hot glue to glue each of these to the side of the box. But really I could have just drawn the calendar and task list on the contact paper.

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