DIY Bookmark

What you need:
• Clear Con-Tact Paper®
• Old artwork
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Hole Punch
• Ribbon

What you do:
• Measure and mark back of artwork into rectangle(s) of bookmark size. 1 1/2″ by 5″
• Cut out bookmark carefully.
• Cut out 2 rectangles of Con-Tact Paper for each bookmark that are 1/2″  wider and longer by 2″
• Remove backing from one piece of Con-Tact Paper and carefully center artwork rectangle on sticky side. Press down.
• Remove backing from the other piece of Con-Tact Paper and carefully place on other side of artwork, making a sandwich.
• Air bubbles can be smoothed out using the edge of the ruler.
• If the edges of the Con-Tact Paper are not even, they can be trimmed slightly after first drawing a new straight line as a guide.
• Make a hole on top of the bookmark with a holepunch.
• Thread a ribbon  through the hole.
• Tie the ribbon in a knot and trim the ends to be even if you wish.

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Columbus Ship

What you need:
• 2 milk cartons
• 2 straws
• play dough
• black and white construction paper
• double sided tape
• scissors
• glue
• crayons

What you do:
• Tape a piece of black construction paper about ½ way up the milk carton.
• Tape black construction paper all the way up the back of the milk carton, leaving about 1 inch sticking over the carton.
• Tape white construction paper over the rest of the carton.
• Glue two chunks of play dough into the center of the ship.
• Cut two to three inch piece off the bottom of the second milk carton.
• Tape it onto the ship. (Covering the play dough).
• Poke two holes in it right above the play dough chunks.
• Stick two straws through the holes you poked in the top carton.
• Cut out two rectangle pieces out of the white construction paper.
• Poke two holes in each rectangle with scissors and thread onto the straws ass masts.
• Draw windows and a door with crayons.
• You are ready for a voyage!

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Paper Plate Bat

What you need:
• 2 paper plates
• acrylic paint: black and white
• scissors
• glue

What you do:
• Paint the paper plates black and let dry.
• Paint circle eyes and mouth with teeth on one of the plates. Let dry.
• Cut one of the paper plates in half for the wings. Shape them as wings of a bat.
• Make ears out of the second plate scrapes.
• Glue the wings and the ears to the back of the body plate.
• Display.

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Paper Plate Owl

What you need:
• 2 paper plates
• acrylic paint: brown, yellow, white, black, orange
• glue
• scissors

What you do:
• Paint the paper plates brown and let dry.
• Paint circle eyes on one of the plates. Let dry.
• Paint orange triangle for a nose. Let dry.
• Cut one of the paper plates in half for the wings.
• Trim the top of the remaining paper plate to form two ears at the top.
• Glue the wings to the back of the body plate.
• Display.

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Papier Mache Mask

What you need:
•  A gallon-sized milk jug
• News paper
• Flour
•  Salt
•  Acrylic paints
• Scissors
• Utility knife

What you do:
• Using  scissors, cut the milk jug along the seam.
• Cut the eye holes with a utility knife.
• Shred newspaper lengthwise in two-inch strips.
• Make simple non-toxic paste.
• Begin with one cup of flour, one teaspoon salt and two cups of lukewarm water.
• Blend the salt and flour. Gradually add the water while stirring to form a smooth paste. Try to dissolve all lumps. Add enough water so you have a thin soup-like consistency.
• Dip one piece of newspaper in the paste.
• Strip the excess liquid by squeezing it between your index finger and thumb.
• Apply to the back side of the jug, beginning at the top.
• Work in one direction.
• Overlap strips of newspaper, smoothing them out with your fingertips to release trapped air bubbles.
• Cover the entire backside of the jug.
• Turn the jug over and cover it with newspaper as well.
• Wrap the handle in strips. Overlap sides.
• Place your mask under a fan or in direct sunlight to dry.
• Base paint your dry mask both front and back using a white or light-colored acrylic paint.
• Wait a minimum one-half hour before applying a second coat of paint to cover newspaper bleed.
• Let dry for one day.
• Paint the face however you desire.

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Piggy Bank

What you need:
• One balloon
• A lot of old newspaper
• A paper egg carton
• Masking tape
Papier Mache Paste
• Pink, black and white paint
• Cards stock
• Brush
• A craft knife

What you do:
• Blow up a balloon
• Separate 5 paper egg carton sections (one for each leg and the snout).
• Use the masking tape to attach them to the oval-shaped body.
• Cut a couple of ears out of the card stock.
• Use the masking tape to attach them to the body.
• Tear a lot of strips of newspaper. Strips should be about 1 inch or less wide.
• Dip each strip of paper in the papier mache paste and wrap around the balloon.
• Have at least two to three layers surrounding the balloon.
• Let the papier-mâché balloon dry for a few days.
• When it is dry, you can pop and remove the balloon from the inside.
• Paint the pig.
• Paint the pigs eyes and nostrils.
• Along the top of the pig’s body, carefully cut a slot large enough to fit any coin.

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Papier Mache Paste

What you need:
• Water
• Flour

What you do:
• Boil 5 cups of water in a saucepan.
• In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of sieved flour with a cup of cold water.
• Mix to a smooth consistency .
• When completely free of lumps, add the mixture to the water in the saucepan.
• Gently boil, stirring constantly for two or three minutes until the mixture thickens.
• Allow to cool before using.

This will make a runny glue. If you prefer a very thick glue (or if you are in a hurry for it to dry) use this recipe
instead:

Thick flour and water glue:
Use 1 whole cup of flour to three cups of water. Make using the same method as above.

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Paper Butterfly

What you need:
• Old Magazines
•  Wire
• Scissors

What you do:
•  Cut  a 4.5 x4.5 inch square.
• Cut  a 3.5 x 3.5 inch square.
• Accordion-fold a 4.5×4.5 inch piece of paper diagonally to create upper wings.
• Accordion-fold a 3.5×3.5 inch  piece of paper to create lower wings.
• The finer the wrinkles the more elegant the butterfly effect later.
• Twist a wire around the middle of the 2 folded squares to secure them together.
•  Pull the folds open a bit, to resemble butterfly wings.

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Bird in a Cage

What you need:
• An assortment of construction paper
• String or crochet thread
• Double-sided tape
• Plastic lids (Hummus container works great!)
• Small beads
• Double-faced tape
• Scissors
• Pencil

What you do:
• Cut 12″ x 1/4″ strips of paper .You will need four strips per bird cage.
• In the center of each paper strip, make a tiny hole .
• Draw a bird on one of papers.
• Cut out your bird, and make a hole in the center of it’s back.
• Accordion-fold a piece of paper to create wings.
• Make a hole in the body of the bird and insert the wings.
• Cut a 14″ length of string. Tie your bird to the end of the string, and the tie a not in the string 1.5″ above the bird.
• Thread the string through the holes in your four paper strips. Slide them down the string until they meet the knot.
• Secure the strips together (just above the knot) by running a small bead through the holes.
• Run a strip of double-faced tape around the edge of the lid.
• Take your bundled strips, and fan them out like a starburst. Stick the ends of the strips to the edge of the lid, keeping them evenly spaced.
• Cut a strip of card stock 1.5 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the lid diameter. If your lid diameter is greater than the width of your paper, cut two strips.
• Wrap the strip around the tape-covered edge of the lid. Press down and smooth with your fingers.

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Kids Clock Craft

What you need:
• Paper plate
• Craft foam
• Metal fastener or scrapbook brat
• Watercolor
• Black Sharpie marker
• Paint brush
• White craft glue
• Scissors

What you do:
• Color the paper plate with watercolor.
• Let it dry.
• Use scissors to cut out clock arms from craft foam.
• Poke a small hole in the ends of the clock arms to insert the fastener through.
• Poke a small hole in the center of the paper plate.
• Use the marker to write on the clock numbers.
• Insert fastener through the clock arms and then through the hole in the center of the plate.
• Close back of fastener loose enough so that clock arms will move.

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Mod Podge Recipes

Recipe #1:
What you need:

• 1 part white glue
• 1 part water
• Jar

What you do:
• Fill jar half way up with white glue (like Elmers)
• Then fill jar up with water.
• Shake Well.

Recipe #2:
What you need:
• Stove
 • Sauce pan
• 1 1/2 Cups flour
• 1/4 Cup  sugar
• 1/4 Tsp oil
• 1 Cup water
• Spoon
• Mason Jar or air tight container

What you do:
• Take the Saucepan and put it on Medium to Low heat on the stove top.
• Add the 1 and 1/2 cups flour 1/4 a cup of sugar, 1 cup water, and 1/4 a tsp oil.
• Stir up all your ingredients over medium to low heat ( depending on how hot your stove top gets) for 5 to 10 minutes but make sure NOT TO BOIL  the mixture.
• Stir constatnly until well mixed.
• Take your Mason jar or other air tight container and pour the mixture in, let it cool to room temperature and seal.

Heart Candle Holder

Holiday Planter

Magazine Frames

Little Tree

Egg Shell Picture Frame

Decoupaged Easter Eggs

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Crepe Paper Rosettes

What you need:
• Styrofoam ball
• Crepe paper streamers
• Ribbon
• Sewing push pins
• All purpose glue
• Ruler

What you do:
• Measure your crepe paper strips at 9 x 1  inch.
• Cut.
• Crumple the strips up, to make them softer and more fabric looking.
• Straighten them out.
• Begin to roll. Start small and then get a little looser. Like a real rose.
• Gather the end piece of crepe paper and then add a dab of glue to the outside of the flower, itself, and stick it on the edge.
• Start putting flowers on the ball.
• Use some sewing push pins to adhere the ribbon to the ball.

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