• Rockin' Chalk

    July 30, 2012

    What’s up, people?

    Have you ever played hopscotch? Well, apparently, hopscotch has been around for a reeeeally long time, like maybe even 300 years! Here is how you play.

    You draw a long set of boxes on your driveway (or at a playground near you) with sidewalk chalk. (Sidewalk chalk is that big fat colorful chalk you can buy at most craft stores, and this time of year, summer, lots of grocery stores have it, too.) Some of the boxes will be two next to each other.

    Then you get a little rock or stick and throw it somewhere onto the boxes. Then you hop along the boxes to the very end, turn around, and come back to pick up your rock along the way back to the beginning. If you are hopping onto just one box, you have to hop on one foot. If you are hopping onto the sections where there are two boxes, you hop into both boxes, one with each foot. So, imagine getting to the end and having to turn around on one foot!

    Hopscotch is really fun to play with friends. My friends and I sometimes turn it into a competition, so if you put your foot down when you’re supposed to be hopping on one, you’re out. The last person standing wins!

    There are so many things you can do with sidewalk chalk, even cool art!

    Have fun!




  • Seashell Necklace

    July 25, 2012

    What’s up?

    You know how when you’re outside in the summer, you can get really distracted by rocks in the creek or shells at the beach? Do you ever collect a bunch and bring them home and then let them sit in a box? I have to admit, I do this all the time. But I figured out a cool way to use those rocks and shells to make some very summery jewelry. The best part is, if you make crafts like I do, you probably have a bunch of these items at home.

    First, get some string or yarn, in a color that you would want to wear as a necklace, and cut a piece about 18 inches. Second, you’ll need a button for the clasp of the necklace. The button should have holes big enough to put the string through. Then get some wire, either jewelry wire or that green floral wire, or anything you can use to wrap around the shell (just know that people will see it). Then grab one of your favorite shells, one that you want to wear around your neck. Wrap the wire around it in different directions, so that it stays in place, and make a little loop at the top. String the button onto one end of the string and tie a knot in it. Put the shell onto the other end of the string, make a loop at the top big enough for the button to fit through and voila, you’ve got yourself a perfect summer necklace!

    I didn't end up using a button for my clasp. Instead I just overlapped the leather string and tied a simple knot at each end. That way it slides back and forth and I can put it over my head and tighten it if I want.

    This is what it looks like up close.

    And this is what the back looks like. My mom helped me put a ring aroudn the wire in the back so I could loop my leather through it. We found the leather at a craft store.

    You can also paint the shell if you want, or decorate it with glitter. I'm going to paint mine gold. I think it’s a good color for the hot summer we’re having, don’t you?

    Have fun!




  • Summer Lights

    July 23, 2012

    Hi guys,

    I found a way to reuse all the glass jars my mom puts in the recycling bin. It’s a good craft for summer, because most summer nights my family, or me and my friends, are outside. I’ve just been using fabric scraps to cover the glass jars and to create little summer lanterns! You can also use acrylic paint or tissue paper, there are lots of cool things that could be put on the jars. I used some leftover jewelry wire to make hangers for them.

    Summer lanterns

    I use decoupage, or a mixture of glue and water, to stick the fabric pieces on the glass and then I coat them with a layer once everything is where I want it. If you are going to use paint, be sure to coat the jar in decoupage once you are finished so it doesn't peel off. See the ones I made? This is what they look like when they are hanging. (My dad put the hooks on the deck for me, we used plant hangers so they are far away from the wall.)

    summer lanterns on deck

    They have little candles in them. Mom said I could make more and whenever we are outside at night we can use them as lights. They’ll look so cool when there are more of them, and we probably won’t even have to use electricity! This is what they look like when they're lit and it's dark out.

    summer lanterns lit up

    I love the way they twinkle, and I think you will, too. (Just be sure you have an adult's permission and supervision whenever you are using candles of any kind.)

    Have a pawsome day!




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