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Friday, February 07, 2014

Heart crayons


I've been wanting to try this artsy Valentine's craft from Parent Hacks for a while now.  (I'm not ambitious enough to melt them down as per the instructions from the post Recycle Old Crayons Into New Shapes.)

Then one day I looked around the house and saw this:

Later in the week at the store I saw this:

So we put the crayons in a bucket with warm water, and peeled the labels off:


And chopped them up.  (Turns out I cut the pieces too small.  Next time I'll make them 1.5 - 2 cm, or about 1/2 inch,  in length.)


The bits go in a silicone baking pan:


Pop it in the oven at 230 F for about 15 min (you can see some aren't quite melted yet).  Tip:  put the kitchen exhaust fan on and / or open a window to get fresh air into the room.


Let the whole thing cool and then pop them out!


Any rough edges can be smoothed down by rubbing across a piece of paper.

Just make sure that kids don't eat them!

Friday, August 09, 2013

Hawaiian style necklace


(This idea came home from school.)

  • string or thin yarn
  • colourful straws cut into small pieces
  • colourful pieces of tissue paper (shown), wrapping paper or lightweight fabric

Monday, August 06, 2012

Expecto patronum!

Hoping to create a birthday event worthy of the Patronus Charm, but don't know what a Patronus Charm is?

Not to worry.  There are some terrific resources out there for creating a very Harry Potter birthday!  Check out these Potter-themed fonts for your invitations too.  My favourites are Harry Potter and Wizards Magic.

Make the day a magical one!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Snowmen in summer


  • Marshmallows (varying sizes if you want to get fancy)
  • Toothpicks or skewkers to hold the mashmallow's together
  • Decorative icing

  • Assemble marshmallow's as desired
  • Decorate accordingly

Friday, September 16, 2011

Paper roll people



  • Any size paper roll can be sued (paper towel, toilet paper)
  • The arms are made from two different sized drinking straws, the shorter / larger of which represents sleeves
  • The top fringes represent hair, which could also be crafted with yarn or ribbon glued to the top
  • Bodies and clothes could be drawn or painted on the tubes themselves

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Be still my heart and get crafting!

A heart craft round-up:

Woven heart pockets


3-D heart

Quick and easy Homemade Valentine's Day cards

valentine_1 valentine_2

Print your own maze Valentines:

The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.
[Download the PDF for the Heart Maze.]
[Download the PDF for Heart Maze Valentine's Day cards.]

One a little more little kid friendly.
[Download the PDF for Heart Maze Valentine's Day cards.]


The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.

Heart sun catcher

Heart necklace

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas craft round-up, part three

Salt-dough ornaments

2009_12_salt_dough_candycane 2009_12_salt_dough_girl 2009_12_salt_dough_tree

Reindeer antler headband

Handprint angel

Santa mask