How to Make an Organizer out of Old Plastic Bottles

Today I have a super easy craft that is very useful.  I’m going to show you how to make an Organizer out of Old Plastic Bottles or Jars.  This craft is a great way to recycle those old plastic bottles and jars.  And, the outcome is a beautiful organizer.  You will need a little bit of adult help as you will need to use a cutter to cut the plastic bottles all different sizes.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get this craft started.

Check out our other Plastic Bottle Crafts.







 

Materials Needed

Old plastic bottles and jars

Fabric

Glue

Scissors, cutters (Adult Help)

Ribbon







 

Step 1

Collect a few jars and cut them in different heights as shown.







 


Step 2

Cover the jars with fabric and glue it in place as shown. Place the jars together and glue them on a piece of cardboard.







 

Step 3

Draw around the jars and cut it out so that the base looks like it is shown







 

Step 4

Add a ribbon and your Organizer is finished.







And, that is it…. you have a beautiful organizer made simply out of old Plastic Bottles and Jars.  Now, the question is….. what are you going to organize?  What are you waiting for… get started.

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How to Make a Cardboard Box Lantern

I have a fun and creative craft for you today.  In this post I will be showing you how to make a Cardboard Box Lantern.  That’s right…. it is a lantern that you can use outside that it made from a cardboard box.  The box is simply decorated with colored sheets of paper and the box is fitted over a light bulb.  This Cardboard Box Lantern will be a great addition to any light fixtures you use outside during a party.  It is sure to help get the festivities going.  So, let’s get started with the craft.

Check out our other Cardboard Box Crafts.







 

Materials Needed

A square box

scissors

glue

butter paper

some wire

colored paper







 

Step 1

Draw lines as shown on two opposite flaps of the box.





 


Step 2

Cut the edges of the cardboard box equally on two opposite sides as shown.







 

Step 3

Now, when you bring all 4 flaps together, it will form a shape as shown below.







 

Step 4

On the bottom of the box, cut out a small square as shown below.







 

Step 5

On every side of the box, draw and cut out a diamond shape as shown below.







 

Step 6

Cover the box with butter paper







 

Step 7

Cut out colored paper strips as shown below





 

Step 8

Fix some wire on the top as shown to hang the lantern.





 

Step 9

Cover the lantern with paper strips as shown.







 

Step 10

Put a bulb in the lantern and hang it up on your porch.  That’s it…. the Cardboard Box Lantern is finished.  Now, set it outside for your next party….. it is sure to be a conversation piece.

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How to Make a Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

Welcome birds into your neighborhood this spring…. Make your own bird feeder with recycled materials and place it on your windowsill, porch or garden. The birds can perch on the pencils and pull out seeds from the holes on the sides of the water bottle. Plus, it is super easy to refill your Bird Feeder by the cap of the top of the water bottle.  Imagine watching the birds feed off of the Bird Feeder you made yourself…. wouldn’t that be so wonderful?!  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started with the craft.

Check out our other Plastic Bottle Crafts.







 

Materials Needed

plastic bottle

pencils

bird seed

knife/ blade (use with an adult’s help)

twine







 

Step 1

Make 2 holes (adult help) opposite to each other near the bottom of the bottle to allow the pencil to go through it as shown.





 


Step 2

Pierce another two holes (adult help) to put another pencil through it at 90 degree angles.







 

Step 3

Pierce holes (adult help) above the perches a little larger than the size of the seeds.





 

Step 4

Tie some twine on top of the bottle to hang it.





 

Step 5

Fill the bottle with bird seed.







 

Step 6

Hang your bird feeder on a branch, or outside your window and enjoy the chirping of the birds.







And, there you have it….. your very own Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder.  Now go hang it up outside and enjoy watching the birds feed off of the bird feeder you made yourself.  Enjoy!!

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Block Printing for Kids : Making Block Prints from Cardboard

This method of making a block print will achieve results similar to a linoleum block or wood block, but will avoid the unnecessary cost and dangers of these block printing techniques. This version of block printing is much safer.

Block Printing for Kids : Making Block Prints from Cardboard



Block Printing for Kids : Making Block Prints from Cardboard



CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED:

1. Cardboard or pieces of rubber inner tube

2. Scissors

3. Glue

4. Wood block or heavy cardboard

5. Water soluble block printing ink

6. Ink roller (brayer) and rolling surface (glass is good)

7. Newspapers or magazines

8. Paper

HOW TO MAKE THEM:

1. Cut a silhouette shape or shapes from your cardboard or piece of rubber inner tube with a scissors or other suitable tool.

2. Glue the cardboard or rubber shape or shapes firmly to a piece of wood or heavy cardboard. Press under heavy books or some other weight to make sure that the shapes are flat.


3. Place some ink on the glass rolling surface and roll it out until it is smooth and tacky.

4. When the ink roller (brayer) is evenly coated with ink, roll it over the surface of the prepared block. Make sure that the roller makes complete revolutions to thoroughly coat the raised surfaces of your block.

5. Lay your paper on a pad of newspapers or magazines and print the block. Exert heavy pressure for a good print. Standing on the block will assure adequate pressure.

NOTE: This technique is especially suitable for making greeting cards, posters, Christmas cards, and bookplates. It may also be used with permanent printing inks or textile paints to print textiles.

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10 Cool Crafts Made from Old, Worn Out Books – Upcycled Books



11 Cool Crafts Made from Recycled Books



While roaming the internet the other day I came across quite a few cool crafts made from old, worn out books….. 10 of them to be exact.  They were so cool I had to show them to you.  All of them have instructions so that you too can make these creative items.  From Wreaths to a Kindle Case you are going to be surprised in the things you can do with books to upcycle them…. I know I was.

10 Cool Crafts Made from Old, Worn Out Books

(1) Rose Wreath



Rose Wreath



Look how beautiful this wreath is!!  It is just incredible.  And, the cool thing is that if you check out ByStephanieLynn you will see that the instructions on how to make this book wreath isn’t that complicated at all.  And, it sounds like so much fun.

 

(2) Kindle Case



Kindle Case



Look how creative this craft is…. so creative.  Here is a great way to hold and protect your Kindle…. and it is inexpensive.  I found this craft over at SuddenlyFound and she will show you how you can have this Kindle case made from a book too.


(3) Book Page Fabric



Book Page Fabric



This book craft is pretty interesting.  Turn book pages into pieces of fabric.  DesignSponge turned book pages into a writing pad, a tiny notebook and a cleanable writing pad for under the computer.  Make sure to check out her site so you can see all the pictures of all she made.

 

(4) Secret Storage Areas



Secret Storage Area



This craft always reminds me of something from a Spy Movie.  This is so cool…. what child wouldn’t love a secret hiding space?  And, what better way to do this than in a book.  Education.com shows you how to do this.

 

(5) Book Purse



Book Purse



Isn’t this book purse an original idea?  It really is.  And, I can totally assume that you would be the only one carrying around a purse like this.  If you are wondering how to make this purse go check out Curbly for all the details.

 

(6) Book Vase



Book Vase



Check out these beautiful vases made from books.  Aren’t they so cool?!  And, they aren’t that difficult to make either.  You can find out the step-by-step “how-to” over at CountryLiving.  Just skip over to slide 8 to see this particular craft.

 

(7) Book Table



Table Made from Books



Here is a table constructed out of books.  Looking at this I would wonder how stable this desk could possibly be.  But, if you check out the original post over at Instructables they explain how if constructed correctly this table is quite stable.  Check it out for the full how-to.

 

(8) Book Page Wreath



Book Page Wreath



Here is another Book Wreath that I loved so much I had to include in this post.  This particular book page wreath was done by LivingWithLindsay and she explains beautifully how to make this wreath for yourself.

 

(9) Book Clock



Book Clock



This clock is absolutely adorable and would work out perfectly in any child’s room.  I found this book craft over at DesignDazzle and it’s a fun craft.  She has the complete tutorial over there, so make sure to check out her site.

 

(10) Book Picture Frame



Book Picture Frame



Here is a cool way to present those photographs for all to see.  How about use an old book with an interesting cover and recycle it this way.  WikiHow shows you how to do this beautifully with a step-by-step tutorial.

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Crafty Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper & Greeting Cards



Crafty Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper & Greeting Cards



Christmas has come and gone.  And, with Christmas comes the mountains of used wrapping paper from all those gifts you received.  Most of the time we land up throwing it away…. we don’t even think twice about throwing it away.  Or, how about all those Holiday Greeting Cards you received this year….. what do you land up doing with them once the Holiday is over?  Throw them away, right?  Well today I’m going to show you crafty ways to reuse these items.    From Christmas decorations for next year to decorative gift boxes there are plenty ideas for reusing your wrapping paper & greeting cards.  You are sure to find an idea for yours.  So, without further ado….

Crafty Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper & Greeting Cards

(1) Wrapping Paper Wreath



Wrapping Paper Wreath



Here is a great way to reuse your wrapping paper.  Take your wrapping paper and make it into a festive Holiday wreath.  Check out Instructables for the How-to.

 

(2)  Iron the Wrapping Paper



Iron the Wrapping Paper



If the receiver of the gift was careful and the wrapping paper isn’t torn too bad you could actually reuse it.  But, you may be wondering what to do about all those wrinkles…. no worries.  Martha Stewart tells you to iron it on low heat and reuse it.


(3) Gift Card Ornaments



Gift Card Ornaments



Here is a fantastic idea to transform all those Holiday Greeting Cards into some beautiful Christmas Ornaments for next year.  Look how beautiful they turn out.  Junk Mail Gems shows you step-by-step how to make these beautiful Christmas Ornaments for yourself.

 

(4) Decorative Bowls



Decorative Bowls



Here’s a great craft for the kids.  Take the old wrapping paper…. shred it up…. and make it into decorative bowls.  Instructables shows you step-by-step how to do this.  The kids will love showing off the bowl they made themselves.

 

(5) Holiday Tins



Holiday Tins



Here is another great way to reuse that Holiday Wrapping Paper…..decorate tins with the wrapping paper and make them into beautiful Holiday Tins.  CraftStylish shows you step-by-step how to achieve this.

 

(6) Gift Boxes



Gift Boxes



You know what I never have enough of???…   Gift Boxes.  I’m always buying gift boxes for my gifts every Holiday Season.  Well, no more.  There is no longer a need because CraftyPod shows us how to make our very own gift boxes from Greeting Cards.  They come out looking perfectly festive.

 

(7) Wrapping Paper Collage



Wrapping Paper Collage



Here is a great craft for the kids…. and it uses Wrapping Paper scraps.  It is a perfect way to use up those little pieces of wrapping paper that you would normally throw away.  KinderArt shows you how to do this with your kids…. they will have so much fun.

 

(8) Serving Tray Liner



Serving Tray Liner



Here is a beautiful way to reuse your Holiday wrapping paper.  Simply iron it on low heat and then place it in one of your serving trays.  You will have a wonderfully festive Holiday serving tray for your New Years Party.  Martha Stewart shows you how to achieve this.

 

(9) Christmas Card Basket



Christmas Card Basket



Here is a creative way to use up all those Holiday greeting cards you have from this year.  Instead of throwing them away why not make this adorable Christmas Card Basket that you can use next Holiday Season.  Made from Christmas Cards and yarn you and your children will have so much fun making it.  Check out AllFreeCrafts for the tutorial.

And, there you have it…. 9 crafty ways to reuse your Holiday wrapping paper & greeting cards this Holiday Season.  Do you have some other ways to reuse wrapping paper and greeting cards?  Let me know in the comments below.  I would love to hear them.

Top image by tillwe

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How to Make a Decorated Candle Jar

Today I’m going to show you how to make a decorated candle jar perfect to give as a gift for the Holiday Season.  Imagine how much your friends and loved ones would enjoy a gift that you made yourself.  They would totally love it.  And, this decorated candle jar turns out beautifully…. so you will be so proud to give this craft as a gift.  So, let’s get started.

Laura from  Dacian Moon Handmade will show you, step by step, how to make a decorated candle jar.







 

MATERIALS NEEDED

– tracing paper
– image from computer
– craft glue (that will be transparent when dry)
– scissors
– self-adhesive crystals
– paintbrush
– recycled jar – it shouldn’t be too tall, but large enough to place a tea candle inside







 

Step 1

Print the image on the tracing paper. You will need to print it twice because the image must go around the jar.







Cut off the images. I need 4 trees to cover my jar.







 


Step 2

Using the craft glue…







… cover one side of the jar…







Then place one image on it.







Repeat that until the whole jar is covered.

Let it dry.







 

Step 3

Over the image add glue again spreading it with the paintbrush…







… like that.

Wash your paintbrush immediately with water or else it will bind itself.







Let it dry well.

This layer of glue placed on top of the image will protect it and give you the chance to make some interesting patterns when you spread it.







 

Step 4

Take one self-adhesive crystal…







And place it on the upper part of the jar.







Decorate as you please…







… now you can light the candle or give as a gift.







Awesome job…. you just finished your decorated candle jar.  How did your candle turn out?  Take a picture and share it with us in the comments below.  Now, go wrap your decorated candle jar and get it ready to give as a gift.  Whoever you give it to will LOVE it!!

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How to Make Pinball Machine Game from Old VCR Tapes Craft

Today we will show you how to make a pinball machine out of an old – recycled VHS / VCR tape. This is a fun craft for older kids and teens.

You might want to check out our other pinball machine making craft



How to Make Pinball Machine Game from Old VCR Tapes Craft



How to Make Pinball Machine Game from Old Recycled VCR Tapes Craft

Crafts Materials Needed

– VCR Tape
– Screw Driver
– Paper
– (optional) Glue Gun (Parental Supervision or Help) or Glue
– (optional) Stickers

Step 1



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Take the screws out of the vcr / vhs tape to open it up.

Step 2



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Open up the casing so that the vhs tape looks like this. You can make a Rubber Band Powered Car Out of the 2 Spools if You want.


Step 3



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Take everything out of the vhs tape so that it looks like this. Store all of the parts as you will use them later.

Step 4



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Bend the metal part to look like a check mark, as pictured above.

Step 5



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Use scissors to cut a slit, as pictured above.

Step 6



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Put check mark through slit and glue it there from the outside of the tape.

Step 7



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Now cut a hole directly under neath the hole that you see in the metal pieced-check mark that we just glued to the tape.

Step 8



Step 8 : Making VCR Tape Pinball Machines in Easy Crafts Step



Now take a paper clip…



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And unfold it so that there is a loop on one and … then stick the straight end through the hole in the vhs tape and the metal check mark..

Step 9



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Now fold the paper clip around the check mark to keep it connected.

Step 10



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Now glue small parts to inside of the vhs tape for barriers.

Step 11



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Take the part of the vhs tape that looks like this and…



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Glue it to the bottom, back side of the tape for a bit of a tilt.

Step 12 (Optional)



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to make spinners…fold little pieces of paper and fold them like an accordion…backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards…



How to Make Pinball Machine Game from Old VCR Tapes Craft



Then glue the starting piece to the ending piece to form a star like shape.

Finished Pinball Machine



How to Make Pinball Machine Game from Old VCR Tapes Craft



I decorated the pinball machine with stickers to make it more fun to look at…but these are optional.

You can use beads or candy to shoot up into the pinball machine…just pull the paper clip down and release.

Now notice that there are numbers on the board. When the marble, or bead or candy lands on one of the barriers, they get that number of points.

You might want to check out our other pinball machine making craft

Here are some other Pinball Making Tutorials Online that will give you some great ideas. Read them below

How to Make a Simple Pinball Machine

FETCH! Pinball Wizard

Design Your Own Pinball Machine.

Use Your Creativity to Make More Obstacles

Fire the marble out of the cannon / plunger by lowering the pencil a bit, putting the marble in the top of the cannon, and then pull the pencil down, and let go. Now hit the flipper to keep the ball up in the air longer. Write the number of points that you get with each turn down on a piece of paper. However…make your pinball machine the way that you WANT it to be…no the way that I want mine to be like.

Have fun!

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How to Make Simple Pinball Machine with Recycled Materials Crafts Project for Kids

This is a super cool crafts activity that we are going to do today. If you love playing pinball, then you will love making this simple machine…a pinball machine. Just recycle some old stuff from around your house … such as a cardboard box, pins, paper towel roll, a marble, and you will have your own handmade game / toy to play with.

You Might Also Enjoy : Making Pinball Toy from VHS Tape



How to Make Simple Pinball Machine with Recycled Materials Crafts Project for Kids



How to Make Simple Pinball Machine with Recycled Materials Crafts Project for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed

– Cardboard Box

– Extra Piece of Cardboard

– Some Thin Cardboard…Like from a Cereal Box

– Tape

– Glue

– Rubber Bands

– Strong Cardboard Tube (about 6 inches long)

– Pencil

– If you want to decorate it – decorative paper

– ruler

– marble or ball-like candy

Optional Materials to Use for Obstacles

– pins, straws, bottle caps, bottle, paper fastener, other household items (use your creativity)

Step 1



Step 1 : Making Cardboard Box Pinball Machines



Take your cardboard tube and trace 2 circles with it. Then cut them out about 1/4 inch smaller than the circle you traced.



Step 2 : Making Cardboard Box Pinball Machines



Cut Out these two circles….like I said, a bit smaller than you had traced them at.

Step 2



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Glue these 2 circles together.


Step 3



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Tape these circles to the eraser-side of the pencil. Tape it VERY well by taping it around the base of the pencil too.

Step 4



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Now take out 4 rubber bands, any size…just make sure that they are sturdy rubber bands. You are going to tie them all together by following the 3 steps above. Just put one end of a rubber band through another rubber band (#1) and then pull this rubber band through itself (#2) and then pull (#3).



Step 5.5 : Making Cardboard Box Pinball Machines



Link all 4 of these rubber bands together using this method.

Step 5



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Now take the cardboard tube out and poke a hole through it with a scissor 1 inch from the bottom. Do the same thing on the other side of the cardboard tube.



Step 6.1 : Making Cardboard Box Pinball Machines



Just showing you that I poked the hold in it with a scissor. Do the same thing on the opposite side.

Step 6



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Now pull the rubber bands through both ends of the tube so that it looks like the picture above.

Step 7



Step 7 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Now tie very loose knots on both ends of the rubber band chain…one on either end of the cardboard tube.

Step 8



Step 8 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Now pull the pencil-circles piece through the cardboard tube, making sure to avoid the rubber bands. While the cardboard circles are at the top… pull 2 rubber band loops over the pencil. Do one on the left and then the one on the right.

Step 9



Step 9 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Cut 2 inches out of the box on the bottom right. I decorated my box with cool paper, but you don’t need to.

Step 10



Step 10 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Cut out a piece of cardboard that is about half the length of the pinball box. The width of the cardboard should be about an inch higher than the height of the pinball box. Draw a line where the height of the pinball box would be, as I did above. Then cut slits in the cardboard like I did above, in the portion of the cardboard to the right of this line.



Step 10.1 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Now bend on this line.



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Glue it on the left side of the opening in the box. Glue at bottom and also glue it to the side of the box, where it touches the pinball box.

Step 11



Step 11 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Cut a thin piece of cardboard that is about 1 and a half times the width of the pinball box. It should be the same height of your pinball box. Now cut slits on the right and left side of this cardboard.



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Now paste it to both sides of the box.

Step 12



Step 12 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Cut another piece of cardboard that is about 1 and a half times the width of your pinball box….it should be about 2 to 2 and a half inches high. Now cut slits all down the bottom of this piece of cardboard.



Step 712.1 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Turn the pinball box over. Now bend and fold the cardboard piece that you just cut to look like the picture above. This is going to be the stand for your pinball machine so that it is tilted. Glue this stand on the bottom of the box (at the back of the box).

Step 13



Step 13 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Measure about 3/4 inches up the bottom of the pinball box. Cut a hole half way up the height of the box, at the point your measured 3/4 inches.  Then also cut a hole on the barrier.

UNTIE THE LOOSE KNOTS IN THE RUBBER BANDS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CARDBOARD TUBE!!

Then put the cardboard tube cannon into the 2 inches gap in the box….and then put the rubber bands through each of the holes.

Double knot on both sides.

Step 14



Cut hole and put notches in the side of the box



So first make your flipper with cardboard or Popsicle sticks and. I taped mine with red duct tape to make it look nicer.

We are going to cut a hole in the pinball box to put the flipper in. Use your judgment, depending on your box, on where you want to place the flipper.

Then Make a notch at the top and bottom of this hole to fit the flipper in securely.



Step 14 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



I put the flipper in. Make sure that it works properly. If this doesn’t work properly for you…use a paper fastener. Directions are in this tutorial that I found on the net.

Step 15



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Cut a long and thin strip of cardboard.



how to make an envelope fold



Fan Fold it…Fold forwards, then backwards, then forwards, then backwards….



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Until it looks like this.



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Now touch the first strip to the last strip and it turns into a star. Glue it together. To hook it to your pinball machine…use a sewing pin / doll pin and stick it in the center of it. Now when a marble hits it, it spins.

Step 16



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To make some good barriers, use doll pins or sewing pins and stick them just far enough from each other that the marble will fit through, but make it move in different directions.

Step 17



Step 17 : Construction Pinball Simple Machine Activity for Children



Cut a 2 inch piece of cardboard out and cut strips out like I did above.



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Now fold and glue it at the bottom of the pinball box, like I did in the picture.



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Paste another one like the previous one…do a 3rd or 4th one too if you want to.

Step 18



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I put a piece of decorative paper in each half circle.

Step 19



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Put a score in each of them too. These don’t have to be just at the bottom…they can be anywhere on the pinball board.

Use Your Creativity to Make More Obstacles



How to Make Simple Pinball Machine with Recycled Materials Crafts Project for Kids



I didn’t quite finish it because this is where YOUR creativity comes in. We can post your ideas here.

You Might Also Enjoy Our Other Crafts Tutorial : Making Pinball Toy from VHS Tape

I found a few other Pinball Making Tutorials Online that will give you some great ideas. Read them below

How to Make a Simple Pinball Machine

FETCH! Pinball Wizard

Design Your Own Pinball Machine.

Use Your Creativity to Make More Obstacles

Fire the marble out of the cannon / plunger by lowering the pencil a bit, putting the marble in the top of the cannon, and then pull the pencil down, and let go. Now hit the flipper to keep the ball up in the air longer. Write the number of points that you get with each turn down on a piece of paper. However…make your pinball machine the way that you WANT it to be…no the way that I want mine to be like.

Have fun!

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How to Make Cardboard Tabletop Billiards Pool Table Craft for Kids

So what if you can’t afford a big expensive pool table to play billiards with. Today we will show you how to make a tabletop billiards game that you can make with a recycled cardboard box and some checkers (or bottle caps). If you can flick with your finger, than you will be able to play this game. Instructions for building your own cardboard pool table is illustrated below.



How to Make a Toy Pool Table with Checkers and Cardboard



How to Make Cardboard Tabletop Billiards Pool Table Craft for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed

– A cardboard box, preferably with low sides (but you can also just cut it to be a low box.  (About 30 inches by 20 inches would be good)

– Checkers or milk container crafts … you need 21 caps or checkers.

– felt or paint

– A paper or plastic cup

– tape

– glue

– scissors

– tape

Step 1



Step 1 : Making Cardboard Billiards Pool Table Games Crafts Activity



If you don’t have a low-sides box then cut it down so the sides are low.

Step 2




Step 2 : Making Cardboard Billiards Pool Table Games Crafts Activity



To make this look more like a pool table, you want red or green paint or felt on the bottom of the table. This is just decorative, so if you don’t have either felt or paint, then pass by this step.

Step 3



Step 3 : Making Cardboard Billiards Pool Table Games Crafts Activity



When paint or glue is dry, then you can move on to this step. Take the cut and trace out circles on all 4 corners of the box. Cut out these circles on all 4 sides.

Step 4



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If your Mom has any old stockings, ask her if you can use them for this project. As a last resort, you can use socks, but stockings are preferable. Cut the feet off of 4 feet on either stockings or socks.

Step 5



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Turn the box over and paste the stockings around the circles..these will be the pool table’s pockets where the pieces will be caught.

Step 5



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Now take very thin cardboard and cut a thin strip from it.

Step 6



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Now wrap this thin cardboard around the third finger…this is your flicking finger. This will help you flick without it being painful. Don’t do it too tight or you will lose circulation in your finger.

Wrap clear tape all around this finger to keep it in place.

Step 7

Do you have checkers? If the answer is yes…then make sure that you have 10 black checkers and 10 red checkers. You also need one piece that is a different color. You can paint that other piece another color or take a white piece of paper and tape or glue it to the extra piece.

If you don’t have checkers, than you will need 21 milk carton caps.  You need 10 caps in one color, 10 in another color, and one cap that is another color. In the example picture below, we have 10 black, 10 red, and 1 white. You can use paint or buy containers with specific color caps, though this could take forever.

Step 8



How to Make a Toy Pool Table with Checkers and Cardboard



The above picture illustrates that way that you set up the table. You put the one white piece in the center of the board and then you put the other pieces the way that you see above.

How to Play Flicking Finger Billiards

Each Player or Team Has a Color. The Team or Player who Has Chosen to be black, goes first.

The player with a black checker, tries to flick it against a red checker to get it into one of the 4 pockets. If he DOES get a red checker into a corner pocket, then he gets to go again. If he does not get a red checker into a pocket, then it is the red checker player’s turn. The player with a red checker, needs to try to flick his red checker into a black checker to make the black checker go into a pocket.

The players should try to avoid hitting the white checker into a pocket. If either player flicks the white checker into a pocket, then he will need to take that white checker  AND one of his checkers out of the pocket and back onto the table.

The first player to flick all of the other players checkers into the pockets wins.

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How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts

Who doesn’t have tons of old t-shirts that they don’t even wear anymore? I have tons so I decided to make a tote bag out of one of them. I hate to sew, so I thought of a way to do it without sewing. It landed up being very easy to make. These are so easy to make that you can make a dozen of them to take with you to use instead of plastic or paper grocery bags. Why throw more plastic bags into a trash heap, when you can help the environment by not using these wasteful bags anymore. Follow the easy-to-follow, step by step instructions below.

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How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts



How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts

Crafts Materials Needed

– Old T-Shirt
– Scissor

Step 1



Step 1 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Take out your t-shirt. Cut off the sleeves and a portion of the collar as well.

Step 2



Step 2 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



This is what your t-shirt will look like after you cut off the sleeves and collar.


Step 3



Step 3 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Now cut slits on the bottom of the t-shirt (going through both sides). Cut each slit about a half inch apart. We are going to use these slits to tie the bottom of the t-shirt together with double knots. If you don’t know how to tie knots, then the instructions below will help.

Step 4



Step 4 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Step 5



Step 5 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Step 6



Step 6 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Now pull the 2 tabs sticking out until it is tight and you have one knot. Now do this process again to make a double knot.

Step 7



Step 7 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



After you have tied all of the slits together, your bag will look something like the above picture.

Step 8



How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts



This is what your bag looks like with stuff in it. It is very sturdy as this tote bag is filled with very heavy books. I hope that you had fun.

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Making a Greeting Card Display Wall Hanger Crafts Idea for Kids

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, how about learning how to make this Greeting Cards Display Craft. You can hang it on a picture hook, or hang it from other high places. Then you can look at the love that people sent to you in Valentine’s Day cards, Christmas cards, Birthday cards, or whatever.



Making a Greeting Card Display Wall Hanger Crafts Idea for Kids



Making a Greeting Card Display Wall Hanger Crafts Idea for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed

– wire coat hanger
– scraps of ribbons, any color
– decorative paper or wrapping paper (optional)
– glue
– scissors
– tape measure or ruler


Step 1 (Optional Step)

Glue and wrap strips of decorative paper, wrapper paper, ribbon, or yarn all over the hanger so that the wire does not show anywhere.

Step 2

Have 15 to 20 ribbons of varying lengths—from 15 to 36 inches. Glue them on the hanger, both on the upper and lower parts, about 1 to 2 inches apart.

Step 3

These ribbons should be used to pin on, or glue on, Christmas cards, Valentine’s Day cards, or birthday cards, or whatever.

The hanger can be displayed on a picture hook anywhere in the house.



Greeting Cards and Valentines Cards Display Hanger Crafts Idea for Kids



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How to Make Colorful Milk Carton Candles from Old Candles

Today we will show you how to make a beautiful, colorful candle. This candle is made by using bits and pieces of old candles and placing them in the milk container, which would be used as the mold. You will be able to use this candle for a very, very long time, as it will be a very large candle. Find out how to make this recycled candle below.

How to Make Colorful Milk Carton Candles from Old Candles



How to Make Colorful Milk Carton Candles from Old Candles



CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED

Bits of left over candles

Quart milk container

Scotch tape

Paper clip

String

How to Make the Colorful Candle

Step 1



Cut off top of quart milk container




Cut off top of quart milk container (dotted line).  Make hole in center of bottom, as in Figure 1.

Step 2



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Pull a length of string from top through bottom hole. Stick in a pin to hold string in place. Fasten piece of Scotch tape over hole at bottom to prevent wax from escaping, as in Figure 2.

Step 3



When hard, remove mold



From top, pull string taut, and fasten to top of container with a paper clip.

This part an adult must do. The adult should fill container with melted wax and allow to harden.

When hard, remove mold, as in Figure 3.

Now you can enjoy your beautiful, colorful candle that was made from bits and pieces of old candles. It feels good to recycle / upcycle unused items.

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How to Make Flower Vases With Recycled Plastic Bottles

This is a recycling and a Mother’s Day Present Arts and Crafts Activity for Kids to Make. Recycling can be your way of taking care of the environment. Here’s a great craft activity that makes it really fun to recycle. Make a flower vase out of an old plastic bottle and then put fresh flowers in it for Your Mom. The simple step by step illustrated instructions follow.

How to Make Flower Vases With Recycled Plastic Bottles Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day







Craft Materials Needed

Plastic bottle

White paper

acrylic glitter glue

scissors

glue

pencil







Step 1

With the help of an adult cut off the top of the bottle








Step 2

Cut a piece of paper wider than the circumference of the bottle and slightly longer than the length of the bottle







Step 3

Roll the paper around the bottle and glue it in place.







Step 4

Draw a design on the outside of the bottle







Step 5

Go over the design with acrylic glue. Allow to dry. Put some flowers in the vase and surprise mum!!







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How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


As my kids get older and older, there seems to be more and more books that we need to cover. I have become a pro at turning brown grocery store bags into neat little school book covers. Yesteray, I covered my son’s Math book cover into a homemade comic book cover.  Today, I decided to cover my daughter’s book with book cover made from a decorated gift bag. I will detail how I turned a gift bag into a homemade school textbook cover in the tutorial / article below.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(1) First, get out a gift bag that you don’t need anymore. I used a gift bag that my daughter received a birthday present in.


where to cut the gift bag


(2) You will now need to cut out either the right or left side of the gift bag and also the bottom of the gift bag. Look at the blue lines above. (Please note that in the picture above, I had already cut the side of the bag open.)


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(3) After you cut out the side and bottom of the bag, it should lay out easily, like you see above.


Now lay the book on to the center of the gift bag


(4) Now lay the book in the center of the gift bag…or if the bag is big enough, place the book where you think the decoration will meet the front of the book. Trace the bottom and top of the book onto the gift bag’s surface.


how to make a book cover from a gift bag


(5) Now fold the top of the bag down and the bottom of the bag up so that they meet the 2 lines that you drew in step 5.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(6) Now place the book back onto the gift bag (on top of the newly created flaps).


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(7) Open up your book so that you can fold the gift bag over your book’s cover.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(8) Next, fold your gift bag’s flaps over your book book’s cover. The book cover should slide into the book’s flaps that you just created.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(9) This is what it should look like (above) when the one side of the book’s covers is slid into the brown paper bag flaps. You should take some scotch tape to tape the flaps onto the front of the gift bag. A few pieces should do the trick.

The other side of the book’s cover is harder to fit into the gift  bag flaps, so you will probably have to slide the bag over the book cover.


How to Make a School Book Cover Out of a Decorated Gift Bag


(11) If all works out well, your book cover should look like this. If you had problems, you might need to use more tape. This is fine too. Ask your parents for help if you just can’t do it. Don’t feel bad, it is a bit tough the first few times you try to do your own book cover (for parents who are out of practice too). 🙂

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How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag

How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag

How to Make School Book Covers Out of a Brown Grocery Store Bag – Make it Fun with Comics Strips and Contact Paper


As my kids get older and older, there seems to be more and more books that we need to cover. I have become a pro at turning brown grocery store bags into neat little school book covers. I decided to turn my son’s Math book cover into a fun comic book cover. I still remember my Charlie Brown metal lunch box from when I was a kid and I read the comic strips on that lunch box a zillion times when I was bored at school. Although I don’t want my son to read the comic strips on his book during Math class, I figure that there will be times at school when he is bored and will enjoy looking at these comic strips. I covered the book cover with contact paper to protect the comics. I also put a word search on there, which can be done over and over again since the contact paper can be used as a wipe-able surface for washable markers. I hope you enjoy this comic strip grocery store bag school book cover project (wow – that would be hard to say in one breath). 🙂


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(1) First, get out a store brown grocery bag.


First cut down the side


(2) Next, cut out the right side of the bag (the creases form a rectangle) … cut this side out.


Secondly cut the bottom out of the bag


(3) Now cut out the bottom of the bag too.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(4) After you have cut out the bottom and right side of the bag, you will have a rectangle shape. Lay this out as flat as you are able to.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(5) Put your school textbook in the center of the brown bag.  Trace the bottom and top of the book onto the brown grocery store bag.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(6) Now fold the top of the bag down and the bottom of the bag up so that they meet the 2 lines that you drew in step 5.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(7) Now place the book back onto the brown bag (on top of the newly created flaps).

How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag

(8) Next, fold your brown paper bag flaps over your book book’s cover. The book cover should slide into the book’s flaps that you just created.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(9) This is what it should look like (above) when the one side of the book’s covers is slid into the brown paper bag flaps.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(10) The other side of the book’s cover is harder to fit into the brown paper bag flaps, so you will probably have to slide the bag over the book cover (like shown above).


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(11) If all works out well, your book cover should look like this. If you had problems, you might need to use tape. This is fine too. Ask your parents for help if you just can’t do it. Don’t feel bad, it is a bit tough the first few times you try to do your own book cover (for parents who are out of practice too). 🙂


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(12) If you want to make things a bit fun for your kids, then take out their comic magazines and paste them onto the brown paper book cover.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(13) It is also a lot of fun to paste on puzzles and quizzes to give them activities to do when they are bored or done with work at school.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(14) Anything with fun illustrations or cartoons can be pasted onto the inside flap covers too. No need to waste good brown paper bag space.


How to Make a Comics Covered School Book Cover with a Brown Grocery Bag


(15) Don’t forget about the back of your child’s book too. After I pasted on all of the cartoons, comics, puzzles, trivia quizzes, etc, I took out a sheet of contact paper and covered the entire book. Now the book cover is protected and my son can do the puzzles over and over again. Good luck.

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