|Posted on November 23, 2017 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
When I was little, we used to make these plastic wreaths out of green plastic trash bags that we sold at Christmas to family and friends to raise money for school outings. They are still fun(and oh so easy) to make if you have plastic bags you would like to recycle. The complete wreath will last forever (unless someone pinches as happened to me a couple of time when I decorated the garage doors with them!!).
Of course I wouldn't dream of going and buying plastic bags for this project (I recycle, remember?). Instead I used four clear plastic dry cleaning bags that I scrounged from the neighbours and friends and a wire coat hanger stretched into a circle form.
As I said, these wreaths are really simple to make and you can even get your own kids to help out. The following are instructions for making the wreath out of clear dry cleaning bags, but you can use whatever plastic bags (e.g., bread or produce bags??) you have on had. You'll just have to adjust how many bags you will need.
What you need: 3 to 4 plastic dry cleaning bags (if you have to use plastic bread bags, you will need about 20 to 30 bags), one wire coat hanger and scissors
How to do it: NOTE: You may get a lot of static when cutting the plastic strips so work somewhere you don't want to find bits of plastic when you're done.
- First, bend the wire coat hanger into a circle (doesn't have to be perfect) and set aside.
- Next, cut the plastic bags into strips 1/2″ wide and about 5-6″ long. Don't worry about getting the strips perfect - the wreath actually looks better when the strips aren't perfectly cut.
- When you've cut out all the strips, take a one and tie it around the wire circle.
- Keep doing this with all the strips until the wreath is fully covered.
- Fluff the finished wreath up a bit to add volume.
For added sparkle, I pulled a copper wire scouring pad apart and decorated my wreath with it. I made the star garland using empty cereal boxes and glued these to more of the copper wire.
|Posted on August 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Kids love colouring with crayons (and so do some adults!) but often these become too small to use or get broken up into small unusable bits. Still it would be a shame to discard these when you can melt them down to make one large mult-coloured crayon. It's easy to do. All you need are the crayons and a muffin or mini-cake tin. The fancier your baking tin, the fancier the crayon melt will be but all I had were plain muffin tins. Note you can also use those silicon baking trays.
Here's What You Do
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. While they wait for the oven to warm up, your kids can arrange the pieces in the tins. ( I actually didn't preheat the oven. I had baked a cake and once I turned off the oven, I realized it was still hot so I plunked my muffin tin with the crayon bits into the oven. Two hours later, the crayons had melted.)
- But if you are preheating, once the oven has heated up, place your tin with the crayons inside for 15 to 20 minutes. (I didn't do this as I was baking a cake and after removing it from the oven (and turning it off), I simply placed the tin with the crayons inside the warm oven and left these there until the oven cooled).
- Once the crayon shapes have cooled, remove them from the tin. If they stick, place the tin in the freezer for an hour or so and the crayons will pop out.
Told you it was easy. These crayon melts are a great idea if you're taking the kids on a road trip or to an appointment where you have to wait some time. All you need to bring is one crayon melt per child as each crayon has multiple colours.
|Posted on August 19, 2017 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
A neighbour stopped by with a box full of itty-bitty clear glass bottles and asked if I could use them. As soon as I saw these adorable little containers I instantly imagined a fun Halloween idea for each one. But you'll have to wait to see what I'll be coming up with.
|Posted on August 14, 2017 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Have you ever heard of kodedama - Japanese moss balls? This is a variant of bonsai where you wrap plants in moss instead of plunking them in pots. I decided to try it to see exactly how feasible it actually is. I wanted to know how to display it, how to water it, etc.?? Good questions, don't you think? Traditionally these little moss balls which are held together with thin florist wire, are displayed as mini hanging gardens hung from the ceiling - somewhere not too sunny as too much light turns the moss brown.
This project was very easy (a little messy) and took very little time. And since I have nowhere to hang these little moss balls and realizing that watering might prove a problem, I decided just to place the three I made on a vintage silver tray. I added stones to provide a bit of texture. Watering is easy as all I have to do is add enough to cover the stones and the moss balls suck up the water quickly. After a week my plants are thriving. This arrangement looks absolutely charming as a table centrepiece when I add a few tealights.
IDEA: To make this all you need is some moss, florist wire, and a little plant. Nice business idea for someone who likes imaginative gardening.
Try it - you might like it. For the how-tos, click here.