Sunday, January 1, 2012

january crafts

January 2012
Cold Weather Crafts

When the weather outside it dreadful, stay inside and craft the winter blues away with these clever creations.

Cardboard car and gas pump

Cardboard Box Car and Gas Pump

A fun cardboard car and gas pump combo will drive your kids wild!

Kids will think it's wheely awesome when they find a real key in the ignition of this cardboard car.

What you'll need: 30x16x14-inch box, scissors, hot-glue gun, black electrical tape, blue painter's tape, self-adhesive utility lights (available at hardware stores), 2 large yellow and 3 red plastic jar lids, 2 large red pom-poms, 2 tin cupcake liners, black marker, colored paper, yellow masking tape, blue plastic dinner plate, key, 4 large blue plastic jar lids, 4 large black coffee can lids, 1 plastic ketchup flip top

Make it: Position assembled box so that flaps are on top and bottom. Hot-glue bottom of box shut and glue the two longer top flaps down inside the box. Cut the remaining two flaps so the rear is 3 1/2 inches long and the front is 7 inches long. Bend the front flap in half at a right angle to create a triangular dashboard. Cut two 3 1/2-inch triangles from scrap cardboard and glue to each end of dashboard; secure with hot-glue gun. Adhere two horizontal strips of black electrical tape to front of dashboard for windshield wipers, and use strips of blue painter's tape to create a grille, car doors, and door handles, as shown. Mount each self-adhesive utility light to a yellow plastic jar lid and hot-glue to the front of car for headlights. Hot-glue two red plastic jar lids to back of car for taillights, and glue a large red pom-pom inside each. Glue a metal cupcake liner above each red taillight. Use marker to draw a license plate on colored paper and attach between taillights using yellow tape. Hot-glue the remaining red plastic jar lid to the center of a blue dinner plate and glue onto dashboard for a steering wheel. Push key into cardboard to the right of steering wheel. Glue a blue plastic jar lid to the center of a black plastic coffee can lid; repeat to make four wheels, and hot-glue each in place. Hot-glue a ketchup cap to the back left side of car for a gas tank.

Cardboard Box Car: Back Bumper

Have your tot personalize his cardboard car by helping him create a fun license plate.

Cardboard Box Gas Pump
The best part about this cute cardboard gas pump? Every fill-up is free!

 What you'll need: 10x8x12-inch box, 12x10x10-inch box, hot-glue gun, scissors, green paper, double-stick tape, black contact paper, X-Acto knife, 5 feet of 1/2-inch clear plastic tubing (available at hardware stores), spray bottle, green masking tape, assorted office supply stickers and labels

 Make it: Assemble both boxes and hot-glue flaps shut. Position the smaller box vertically on the floor and place the larger box on top horizontally; secure in place with hot-glue gun. Cut a 6-inch square of green paper and adhere to front of bottom box, as shown, with double-stick tape. Cut the letters G, A, and S and a 3x5-inch rectangle from black contact paper. Place the letters over the green square on front and stick the rectangle on the right side panel of the top box. Use an X-Acto knife to cut a 1-inch square in the right side panel of the top box and a 1-inch hole in the top of the right side panel of the bottom box. Hot-glue one end of the clear plastic tubing to the bottom of the spray bottle and insert handle into the 1-inch square on top box to hang. Insert the opposite end of tube into the 1-inch hole in the bottom box; secure with hot-glue gun. Attach a piece of green paper to the front of the top box and secure with green masking tape. Embellish paper with assorted stickers and labels as shown.

Cardboard Box Kitchen

Cardboard Box Fridge
Stock this fab cardboard refrigerator with faux food for hours of pretend play.

What you'll need: 16x12x28-inch box, 16x12x9-inch box, X-Acto knife, hot-glue gun, crafts knife, thick rope

Make it: Assemble both boxes and place the smaller box on top of the larger box so the top of the larger box is the same length and width as the bottom of the smaller box; secure together with hot-glue gun. Use an X-Acto knife to cut the top, bottom, and right edges of the front panel of each box to create fridge and freezer doors. Cut two holes, about 6 inches apart, in the freezer door and two holes, about 9 inches apart, in the fridge door. Thread a length of rope through each set of holes to make handles and knot in back to secure.

Cardboard Box Kitchen Sink
You may not be able to get your child to put his dishes in the real sink, but we promise he'll spend plenty of time at this cardboard one.

What you'll need: 18x12x22-inch box, small metal or plastic bowl with lip, pencil, X-Acto knife, cutting mat, hot-glue gun, small Play-Doh container, 2 large plastic bottle caps, bubble container, thick rope, fabric panels or pillowcases

Make it: Position flat box so flaps are in front and back. On a short side panel of the box (this will be the top), turn the bowl upside down on the left side and trace rim. Cut out the circle, about 1/4 inch inside the traced line, using an X-Acto knife and cutting mat. Cut a 1-inch hole in the top right and top left corners of the front of the sink; thread a length of rope through, and knot each end behind to secure. Assemble box and close flaps with hot-glue gun. Rest the bowl inside the round cutout on top of the sink. Behind the bowl, place an upside-down Play-Doh container between two plastic bottle caps and secure all with hot-glue gun. Attach an empty bubble container to the Play-Doh container with hot-glue to create a faucet. Hang fabric panels or pillowcases from rope to create a curtain.

Cardboard Box Kitchen Stove
This cardboard stove will be a hot hit with your tot chef.

What you'll need: 12x12x22-inch box, X-Acto knife, cutting mat, thick rope, 3 brads, 3 Play-Doh lids, 3 plastic caps, 4 CDs, 20x12-inch piece of cardboard, scissors, 3 adhesive-backed kitchen hooks

Make it: Position flat box so flaps will be at right and left sides. Use an X-Acto knife and cutting mat to cut an oven door, as shown. Cut two 1-inch holes, about 6 inches apart, on oven door for handle; thread a thick rope through and knot in back to secure. Push a brad through the center of each plastic Play-Doh lid and use to secure to the front of the stove for controls above the oven door. Hot-glue a plastic cap over each brad. Assemble box and hot-glue flaps shut. Glue the four CDs to the top of the box for burners. Bend the right and left 4 inches of the 20x12-inch cardboard piece at right angles to create a backsplash about 12x12 inches. Trim bent side sections into triangular shapes, keeping the full width at the base. Round off the top of the middle section with scissors and hot-glue to back of stove, as shown. Adhere plastic kitchen hooks to backsplash to hold play utensils.


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Cornstarch Clay Creatures

making the clay and the creatures can fill an entire empty afternoon and seems to inspire the dreamy state kids to get into open-ended projects.

Materials for clay

  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch


 In a small saucepan, mix the salt and baking soda with 1/3 cup of water and bring to a boil.

 In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water and stir well.

 When the salt mixture boils, remove it from the heat and add the cornstarch mixture. Stir vigorously for a minute or two to thicken the clay. Spoon it onto a sheet of waxed paper and allow it to cool before working with it.

 Tips for Creating Creatures

 This recipe yields enough for two kids to each make a sculpture or two, but if friends are over (as they often are on winter weekends), definitely double the ingredient amounts.

 Put out decorative "stick-ons" in little bowls or paper cups. Fun embellishments, as shown above, include sequins, tacks, keys, cup hooks, soda-can tabs, nuts, bolts, washers, and screws. The end piece from a lamp pull-chain makes a nice bell to hang on a reindeer's neck.

 A cookie sheet covered with waxed paper can serve as a drying rack (sculptures take a few days to harden).

 The sculptures dry to a hard, pearly finish.



Wallpaper a Light Switch Plate

Whether you want to coordinate your light switches to suit your decor,match the pattern of the surrounding wall or you'd just like to create an decorative home accent, this wallpapered switchplate craft is a simple and effective way to update a room.

The method used is similar to creating a paper book cover. Just follow the easy step-by-step instructions.


wallpaper scraps ,borders or samples

light switchplate or outlet plate

masking tape or paste


Photo 1: Match surrounding patternscissors  &/or  exacto-knife


To cover and create outlet or switch plate covers that match the pattern of the surrounding wall, follow these steps: Match the pattern on a scrap piece of wallpaper with that on the surrounding wall

Photo 2: Cover switch plate and glue in place

Wet or apply paste to the paper, position it and gently remove the wallpaper and plastic cover from the wall. Next, fold the edges back around the cover and secure them with wall covering seam repair . Cut the corners for crisper folds.

Photo 3: Remove excess wallpaper

Finally, cut out and remove the excess wallpaper using the openings in the plastic cover as a guide.

Alternative Steps :

Place the switchplate on your wallpaper sample, and center it on the design that you've chosen.

Apple - Vintage Fabric -  Light Switch Plate - Double ToggleUsing a pencil, lightly mark the outline of the switch hole on the front of your wallpaper. With sharp scissors, cut a line down the center of the rectangle that you have just created. At the top and bottom of the rectangle, cut outwards from the middle line to each side of the rectangle, forming two flaps that you can fold to the back like tiny shutters on a window.

Turn over the wallpaper so that you are looking at the back. Align the switch hole with the cut out in your wallpaper. Now trace around the switchplate in pencil; next, draw another line 1/2" larger all around. Cut out this larger rectangle.

Place your cutout on the front of the switchplate, aligning the switch holes and folding the 'shutters' to the back. Fold each side to the back to form crease marks, then release. At each corner, snip at a 45 degree angle from the outer pencil line to the inside pencil line. This is to allow you to fold the corners neatly.

Wet the wallpaper and reposition on the switchplate. Fold the switch hole flaps to the back.
 Now fold the outside edges to the back, being careful to form neat corners.

You will find that the wallpaper will probably not stick in place on the back. Reinforce the hole flaps and each edge with masking tape.

Attach to the wall and enjoy a bright new room accent for very little money.

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