July 25, 2012
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?
July 23, 2012
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.
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.)
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.
I love the way they twinkle, and I think you will too. (Just be sure you have an adults permission and supervision whenever you are using candles of any kind.)
Have a pawsome day!
July 18, 2012
Hello all you furbulous readers,
Have you heard about the pawsome new Leopard-Print Hello Kitty® and the three new build-a-bear smallfrys® at Build-A-Bear Workshop? They’re so cute!
I love the smallfrys because I can take them places with me, and I don’t have to worry about losing them. Since they are small I can fit them in my backpack. I usually take one to the library with me, too. I like having a pal to read to. My smallfrys love books almost as much as I do. My favorite book to read with them is Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss. It makes sense because I’m always going fun places, especially in the summer. Sometimes, the places I go are imaginary, like castles with tall towers and farms with lots of pigs! (I love pigs. They are so cute!) Actually, I think I like those places the best because I can do anything I want.
Where is the last place your imagination took you? Was it an enchanted forest? How about meeting a celebrity that you’ve always wanted to meet?
Keep on dreamin’!