On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Craft Book Review

On our shelves this week is a craft book review!

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Paper + Tape: Craft & Create

by Marisa Edghill

*affiliate link*

This book is full of paper crafts, and most use washi tape. My Falafel happened to go on a washi tape binge last week, and used up all four rolls I had, so we improvised. I got out the blue painter’s tape (I have no idea why we have an entire roll of this since I never tape when I paint- ha!) and some card stock, and we made one of our favorite projects from the book.

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Paper Pyramid Pouches

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She made this orange one all by herself.

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Using the recommended materials (origami paper and washi tape) make them much cuter, but I think ours are just as sweet. And I love that they still worked, even though we used what we had.

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There are so many projects in this book! Everything from Paper Puppets to Washi Tape and Paper Beads. My 10 year old was so into this one, even though the crafts are geared toward adults. We did the pouch project together, and once we did one, she made a whole army of them on her own. Luckily, she stuffed them and gave them as gifts.

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If you like working with paper, this book is a fun addition to any paper craft library.

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::Even though I received this book to review, as always all my opinions are mine, mine, mine::

Floral head garland for Prom

My daughter had the pleasure of attending a prom with her boyfriend, that her best friend invited them to, given by her friend’s church. For her outfit, I made The Bee a floral head garland, since the theme was “Enchanted Forest”.

  Floral head Garland for Prom

It was super simple to do with silk flowers, and I think it added a little bit of whimsy to her outfit.

Floral head Garland for Prom

Did you know that I was a floral designer for many, many years? It’s true! So glad to be able to use my skills for my kids.

Floral head Garland for Prom

More details on that stunning dress here.

Floral head Garland for Prom

I kept it fairly sparse, so that the brown covered wire would show through, and give it more of a foresty fairy look.

Floral head Garland for Prom

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Their attempt at a Charlie’s Angels type pose. I love these two silly girls.

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Her first corsage.

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 Ack! When did my baby get all grown up?!

Anyhow, please leave a comment below to let me know if you want a tutorial on how to make this simple head garland, and like magic, I will!

What have YOU made today?

Freezer Paper Stenciled shirt

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Yesterday, Abby from Sew Much Ado posted her FREE PDF’s over at Project Run and Play. I loved it so very much that I had to try out a freezer paper stenciled shirt for my girl!

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

My husband helped me out by cutting the stencil for me, because I don’t use exacto blades. Ever. I am terrified of them! But he is quite adept at using them, thankfully.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

I did the painting part. Since I used this rib knit shirt, the paint just soaked into it. I had to do three layers, and finally added a little white to it for the paint to show up.

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 We all love how it turned out!

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

I really love that you don’t even have to know about the website to appreciate the shirt. My girl is totally a “project run and play“. I cannot wait to make one for me. Maybe I will add “Virtual Assistant” to mine to make it official.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt by Falafel and the Bee: Free Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Have you tried Freezer Paper Stencilling?

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Today I have a fun and super practical craft for you, and the best part? All you need is two things for this easy kid recycling project.

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We buy bandages that come in these oval shaped containers, and not all places recycle #5 plastics yet, so I have been hoarding keeping them until I came up with a project. The Care To Recycle® program has spurred me to get them out and make something with my kids. We decorated the containers, and then came up with many practical uses for them. For me, that is key to keeping something around. It has to have a place or purpose!

To decorate your own, you will need:

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A Band-Aid container and washi tape. Scissors are optional (the washi tape rips fairly easily).

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Start with ripping (or cutting) strips of tape and laying them across the middle of the container lid.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Since our tape was pretty transparent, we did a few layers. That’s it! The great thing about using the tape, is that it is removable. My initial thought was to decoupage them (as I am known to do), which works, but it doesn’t come off so easily if you would like to change it up, or even recycle the container (if you find somewhere that does take them). With this tape, you can change the design as many times as you want, and even take it off completely when you are done with it.

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Now for the fun part. Filling it!!

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My daughter’s dolls had a lot of fun in these portable doll beds!

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You can also make an emergency kit for someone going off to college, or a new driver!

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Of course, you can also make a box decorating kit for someone else to make.

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Some other ideas we had:

  • medical kit
  • portable sewing kit
  • treasure box
  • jewelry box
  • gift box
  • notions organizer
  • party favor box
  • hair tie/ ribbon holder
  • pencil box
  • Mother’s Day gift box
  • car activity box
  • miniature doll house
  • toy bathtub
  • glasses case
  • toiletry holder for traveling
  • bank/ money box

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Here are some tidbits of info for you provided by Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies :

 Parents are an emerging bright spot when it comes to extending in-home recycling habits to the bathroom.

  • A 2016 consumer survey on in-home recycling habits, conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., shows that 60% of parents would be more likely to discuss recycling with their children if it was an activity they could do together and they had more creative, engaging ways to explain the impact of recycling.
  • The study also revealed that:
    • One-third of regular recyclers (34%) admit that it never even occurred to them to recycle in the bathroom!
    • The largest obstacle when it comes to recycling personal care products in the bathroom is a lack of tools and resources; only one in five recyclers have a recycling bin in their bathroom.

 Care To Recycle® seeks to break down barriers commonly associated with recycling in the bathroom by showing that recycling in the bathroom can be easy and fun!

  • Everything from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to soap and bandage boxes can be recycled. To better understand which bathroom products can and cannot be recycled, visit www.caretorecycle.com.
  • The more you know about what’s recyclable, the more likely you are to do it. For tips and tools to become a better recycler, visit www.caretorecycle.com.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

From Trash to Mjolnir: DIY Thor’s Hammer

If you recieve my newsletter, you know that we are preparing to go to Comicon this year. As you may have guessed, we are all wearing cosplay costumes. I am working on them right now. Can you guess what I am going as? I will give you a hint: From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

Did you guess the god of thunder and lightning?

Today I am sharing how I made Thor’s Hammer from common items in your recycling bin. From Trash to Mjolnir.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

It all started with a box. My husband brought me this small box he had from work, when I told him that I wanted to make a Mjolnir Purse! That man knows me.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

If you want to make your own Hammer bag, you’ll need your own rectangle box with an attached lid, a hot glue gun, paint, styrofoam to-go container, toilet paper tubes (or a paper towel tube), strap, fabric, and strong glue (like E6000).

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

To get started, I hot glued designs around the edges of the box. Then took the toilet paper tubes and unwound them, then rewound them tightly into a handle. It would be easier with a paper towel tube, but we don’t ever buy them, so I was working with what I had.  I made small cuts around the bottom of the handle so that it could lay flat on the box.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

Next,  I hot glued the handle to the top of the box. I covered where the tube meets the box with some hot glue. I also cut out two panels of the styrofoam, hot glued those on to the sides, and etched a design using a chopstick.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

I painted the whole thing silver and added a little black for the shading.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

I cut a strip of brown vinyl fabric that was in my stash, and hot glued it to the handle. The last thing I did was to make a strap out of that same vinyl fabric. I did sew it, but you could also use glue, if you want, or even an existing strap. E6000 was used to glue the strap on to the sides because they will need to be extra secure.

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It opens and closes like a normal box.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

And now I have my very own Mjolnir Purse!

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

The best thing is, I used up things I had to make it.

I think that makes me worthy.

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How about you? What have YOU made lately?

 

Easy Twig Frame

Today I am sharing a project that my ten year old did by herself. This one was made in one afternoon, from start to finish!

Easy Twig Frame

Easy Twig Frame

Seriously easy. Falafel went outside and collected thin sticks (which was not hard to do with all the wind we have had- there was plenty!). She then grabbed an old frame we had. She broke the sticks into small pieces to fit around the edges.

Easy Twig Frame

She then hot glued them around the edges. That is it. They don’t have to go a certain way. You can glue them vertically, horizontally, or even angled like she did.

Easy Twig Frame

If you want a neater look, you can pick off the glue strings, but we both really liked the effect, so she left them.

PS- That photo was taken with our good friend when The Bee (now 16) was only 2.

PSS- If your child wants to do this, please make sure they can use the hot glue gun, or supervise closely.

Paper Feather Tutorial

I was perusing pinterest the other day, and came across a photo of paper feathers. When I followed the link, it was a dead end. So I decided to whip my own up, and while I was at it, make a paper feather tutorial for you too!

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Paper Feather Tutorial

As always, let’s gather the materials. You don’t need very many for this.

  • pair of scissors
  • 2 old book pages (I keep some for crafting purposes) or other paper you would like to use
  • glue
  • pipe cleaner/chenille stem

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First, rip off a small strip of paper. This is to cover the stem. I brushed glue on the bottom of the pipe cleaner, but you could just squeeze some on too.

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Twist the paper on tightly. If it doesn’t reach all the way down, you could add a piece of paper, or just snip that end off.

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Lay your pipe cleaner on one paper, lining up the part you just covered with the edge of the paper. Spread glue all over the paper, and the pipe cleaner.

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Place the other piece of paper on top and press down, smoothing out any bubbles.

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I pinched the pipe cleaner, and then ran my finger down each side, making sure the paper was tight around it. Don’t worry about any pipe cleaner sticking out the top. You will trim it later.

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Let it dry.

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Once it is dry, you can draw the shape of a feather on, or just wing it (ha. get it? WIng it!).

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Cut it out.

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Take your scissors and make small angled cuts down to the stem. Repeat for other side.

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I then went over it again, at slightly a different angle, catching some of the pieces.

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That is it! Becuase the pipe cleaner is in there, you can bend them any way you want.

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Or keep them straight.

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I think they look great in a vase, but would also be perfect for hats and recycled apparel.

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What would you use these for?

Decoupage boots

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First I have to tell you that my youngest is rough on her shoes. She plays hard and we live in WA state, so usually that play is in the rain and mud. These boots were new at the begining of the school year. That is September. I suppose 5 months is a good run for her, but these were not cheap. She has wide feet so our options are limited. Enter: Decoupage Boots!

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Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I wanted to extend their life a little longer. Give them a reprieve.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I got out my E600 glue, trusty white glue and water mixture, some fabric scraps, and a paint brush to get started.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I had to glue down that toe to begin. I let it dry outside for a while.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

Since this is the first time I had ever tried this, I was feeling my way through. I learned a few things as I went. Firstly, make sure to apply the glue mixture to small sections of the boot. Cut the fabric and lay on top of the glue. At first I was using pieces that were too large, and when I cut them into smaller strips, it went much smoother.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I didn’t worry about getting the edges perfect. In fact, if you leave a little fabric hanging over the edge of the boot, you can go back when it is dry with a precision knife, and cut the excess off.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

Since it won’t fray once dry, you can leave the edges raw, on the boot. I didn’t use a knife on the top.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

After it was all dried and the bottom edges trimmed, I sealed it with a coat of polycrylic. That is it!

Not perfect by any means, but it certainly accomplished the goal. Now my girl can continue to wear these boots a little bit longer.

What have YOU saved from the landfill today?

Chalk on the Wild side review with Valentine Chalk printable PDF

I was given Chalk on the Wild Side to review (*affiliate link*), so the first thing I did was hand it over to my youngest! I knew she would be the perfect judge of what this book had to offer.  I told her to look in it to see if there was anything she wanted to make.

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Um, yes. EVERYTHING.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

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We settled on a few projects to start with. The first we made was the multi-colored chalk. It turned out to be perfect to use for Falafel’s classroom valentines! I came up with a free PDF printable for those of you who want to do the same.

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The chalk was super easy to whip up, and the only thing we didn’t already have in the house was plaster of paris.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

We packaged them individually in these tiny cello bags, and stapled the tent card on the top.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

The directions in the book are very clear with great photos. Our 10 year old had no problem following them. We did it together, but let her lead. That makes all the difference, sometimes.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

There are more than 25 different projects to make and multiple recipes to follow. My child was ecstatic reading the possibilities.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

Her classroom doesn’t allow sweets to be passed out with the Valentines, so this is a perfect alternative!

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

The next project we tried out was the chalk dough.

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This one was also right up my girl’s alley. She LOVES getting her hands into it!  Messy?? Then YES.

Chalk on the Wild Side Book review: making chalk dough

She got to make this one all by herself, and she was beyond thrilled.

Chalk on the Wild Side Book review: making chalk dough

Even though it was not warm out, she played outside with this stuff for a good long time. It is crumbly, but if you press it together, it sticks.

Chalk on the Wild Side Book review: making chalk dough

The projects in here are not just for Summertime! There are some indoor chalk projects, bathtub chalk, as well as some that you can even use in the snow.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

This book is definitely one that we will keep as a boredom buster and a reference. A great addition to our crafty library.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

*Even though I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for a review, all opinions are mine, mine, mine.

Making Books with Kids review

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I had the pleasure of reviewing this book: Making Books with Kids (*affiliate link*), recently.

My youngest (who is 10) and I picked out a few types of books to make, and played around with them.

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The instructions are written clearly, and the books are easy enough for my daughter to make on her own. There are even pages to cut out to make pop-up books, which she can’t wait to try.

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I was interested in doing a stitched binding book (of course) and I chose to use all recycled materials, which was a creative choice on my part.

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We have a special book of Fairy Tales that I rip up and use for crafts (like these and these), and thought they would make a great art book…or two.

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I folded each page in half with the folded crease facing the edge, so paints and markers would be less likely to bleed through to the back.

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My girl had so much fun painting and drawing on these. So did I.

For the covers, I used old paper bags we had.

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These books were quick and easy to whip up, and we only needed a few tools! A bone folder is helpful, scissors (or paper cutter), awl, needle and embroidery thread.

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We used a permanent marker and watercolors, but you really can embellish with anything, depending how thick your paper is.

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This book is one we have gladly added to our personal library as it will be sure to get lots of use! I love the verstility of these crafts and that it inspired us to sit down and create. Anything that does that is a big thumbs up in my book.

*I did recieve a free copy of this book to review, but as always all opinions are mine, mine, mine*