I recently learned about an interesting craft idea: apparently if you draw on a ceramic coffee mug with a Sharpie marker, then bake that mug for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, the marker becomes permanent.
Marshmallows can be used for more than just making a delicious snack or dessert food. When marshmallows go stale in my house, we use them to make craft projects. Of course, you can make crafts with the marshmallows while they are still fresh if you want to. Here are a few of our favorites:
Marshmallow mosaic: Mini marshmallows now come in colors. Glue the marshmallows to a paper plate to create a mosaic of an animal, person, or an object. If you don't have the color you want, you can paint the marshmallows or dye them with food coloring.
Marshmallow rainbow: Just like the marshmallow mosaic, you can make a rainbow. Line up the different colored marshmallows so that they form an upside down U on your paper plate. Place like colors underneath of each other so that the first upside down U would be made up of green marshmallows, the one underneath of it yellow, etc. You can even form the appearance of clouds at the bottom of the rainbow with white marshmallows.
There is a classic arc of knitting skill. In the beginning, most knitters learn the easiest cast on and bind off method. Once you master those, many knitters will move on to a slightly more sophisticated set of memorized cast ons (like the Long Tail Cast On) and bind offs (like Jeni's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, so great for socks and hats).
This week my local grocery store had a sale on brown paper lunch bags. I got 50 lunch bags for $.88. Since my daughter uses a lunch box to take her meals to school, I thought it would be a good idea to make a lunch bag puppy dog puppet with the lunch bags.
To make the lunch bag puppy dog craft you'll need the following items:
- 1 brown lunch bag per child
- Brown construction paper
- Black construction paper
- Red construction paper
- 2 googly eyes
I homeschool my oldest daughter, so we like to make our own supplies when possible, such as a pencil box. This craft isn't just for homeschooled children though, any child who needs a box to hold pencils, crayons, erasers, a stapler or any other small school supply can utilize this homemade pencil box craft.
Locate an old small box that you can use as the base for your pencil box. We like to use shoe boxes, but smaller ones that are from younger children. If you don't have any, ask your local shoe store for one. Chances are they'll have one in the storage room they can do without.
If you're a lucky knitter, people will give you yarn. It may not always be the yarn that you want, but of course you accept it graciously and thank the giver. While privately wondering "What the heck am I going to do with this?"
There are a lot of things you can do with a pumpkin besides carving or eating it. For example, you can save the scooped seeds and create a fabulous piece of art. Best of all, even younger children can participate. One of the many things I like to make with my girls is a pumpkin seed smiley face. Here is how you make it:
Scoop all of the seeds out of the pumpkin if you haven't already. Rinse them off under a faucet of running water to remove any strings or pumpkin juice that might be present on the seeds.
Set your pumpkin seeds on a few paper towel sheets to dry. This may take a few days. The key is to make sure no more moisture is left in the seeds. It can help if you place the seeds in the path of direct sunlight.