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Club VBS 2012 – SpaceQuest


Club VBS 2012: SpaceQuest

One of the themes for Vacation Bible School this year is Club VBS: SpaceQuest, an out-of-this-world experience!  It was the theme we used at my church and it was such a BLAST!!!
VBS got here so much quicker than I EVER expected it too – and I was totally NOT READY for it! But fortunately I am not the one in charge – God is!!! He so blessed me for the week and took care of each night – lesson, craft, games, helpers, and all.   And the kids, the helpers, and even me all had a wonderful time!

Here are my versions of the outer space decorating, activity and craft ideas I found on-line.

These would make great rainy day activities or add up to a super-fantastical outer space birthday party!

Moon Shot

My “rocket ship” is a little different than the one I modeled it from.  The only box I had available was not quite tall enough so I had to cut the top part-way off it off, flip it up and reinforce that part with a broken hula-hoop.  Never throw ANYTHING away!  I also added the SpaceQuest logo from the clip-art on LifeWay’s VBS site and put a starry night backdrop behind it. It didn’t turn out looking too terribly bad – from the front that is!!!

Plastic Cup Rocket Launcher

This is so super easy, and SO fun to do!  The kids really loved these.  It’s also very inexpensive and would make a great party game.

Instead of having the kids I taught (age 3) draw a rocket on their own I found calendar “die cuts” of rocket/space shuttles at the local teacher supply store (also a great place to find cheap room or party decorations).  I also found some later at the Dollar Tree for, well, a dollar!  The kids added accents to the space ships with crayons.  They can also add their own “logo” to the ship either with a sticker or crayons.  The “rockets” really look like they are blasting off when you launch them.

If you are going to have the children draw their own rockets use white cardstock.  The “rocket” will stand up better than plain paper with heavy use.

Instead of using a slit in the directions I used the “hole-punch” method described in the comments and found this works GREAT!

I also found astronaut calendar cut-outs which could be taking a “moon walk” instead of blasting off.

Comet Toss

I really love this craft as it is so easy to do and you can go so many ways – our solar system, random planets, moon-scape scene, etc. – AND you can use whatever materials you have on-hand to decorate it!

Luckily I found a big piece of black felt in the Children’s Church Supply Closet and I had some fabric scraps from a DIY “solar system fabric book” that came in a BIG bag of fabric remnants I bought at an estate sale so this was essentially free.

I cut the planets out and glued them to a felt backing with fabric glue for re-enforcement and then glued them to the felt.  Be aware that the balls will not stick to the fabric planets.   As I did not have all the fabric planets and wasn’t too concerned about being accurate I just glued them down randomly.

I also added felt planets and stars cut from felt scraps and to add some “sparkly” added several foam outer space glitter stickers.

I left off the “orbit lines” of the planets for scoring as the kids I taught are 3 years old and I really didn’t want to make it a game where you scored points.

I push-pinned the game to the edge of a bulletin board and let it hang down.  For “asteroids” I used Ping-Pong balls with self-adhesive backed Velcro pieces attached to them.  You really, really need to use adhesive backed Velcro as you just CAN’T easily glue Velcro to plastic balls.

This would also make a great “Pin the Astronaut on the Moon” game.  Glue a large felt moon to black felt and then add a Velcro strip to the back of foam astronaut sticker.   Add craters to the moon with darker grey felt circles.  Further decorate the background with fabric paint and/or felt stars, planets, comets, etc. and of course a U.S. Flag!

It could also be cute to make a super cute Outer Space Scene “rearrange-able puzzle”.  All you need is an 11”x7” inch piece of black felt and felt star, moon, comet, planet, astronaut and space ship “stickers” for the kids to rearrange.  If you are particularly handy you can make a pocket for the “stickers” to reside in. Glue a piece of ribbon on the back of one side of the felt so the space scene can easily be rolled up and secured for transport.

Solar System Canopy

I modeled this after an Oriental Trading Company product I REALLY, REALLY wanted but just couldn’t afford.  I had given up on this idea but a couple of days before VBS I found a bed canopy on sale for less than $10 at Justice.  I had purchased a small glow-in-the-dark solar system model from the Dollar Tree eons ago in the event that one of my kids would need to do a Solar System project in school.  I also found some glow-in-the-dark planets and stars like you would “glue” to the ceiling at you guessed it – the Dollar Tree!

First I pinned them on with safety pins but that just looked “tacky” and there was the (however remotely possibility) safety issue if one of the pins snapped open and stuck one of the kids so I tried sewing them on with a needle and thread but that was taking FOREVER!  So after giving up and moving on to suspending the planets from the top of the canopy some brainstorming I “sewed” them on with FISHING LINE!!!  It worked perfectly and you don’t even need a needle!  Someone I had put glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling for a previous VBS probably around 25 years ago.  Can you believe they were still there? So after hanging the canopy from a hook in the ceiling I was all set for a starry night.

WOW, did the kids love this!  They had the best time sitting inside the canopy and counting down to blast off to see the stars – – – and listen to the Bible story.  Just in case I had one child scared of the dark I got some of the battery operated push on lights shaped like stars and moons from my favorite store.  They MAY have liked those more than the stars on the ceiling!

Collecting Moon Rocks

This was another one of the games we played that the kids LOVED.  They had a blast looking for the “hidden” moon rocks.  I used plastic whiffle balls but as my son pointed out moon rocks “aren’t white and don’t have holes in them – that’s pumice!”  He is a little bit of a smart aleck takes after his mom!  Wadded up balls of aluminum foil would work equally as well.  Provide some astronaut gloves (i.e.; adult gardening gloves or leather work gloves) and a “specimen bag” (any type of bags you can find).  Be sure to have the kids do the “moon walk” (i.e.; take big and bouncy steps)!

Decorating on a Shoestring

For some cheap decorations I stopped a local teacher supply store and picked up some solar system posters for a dollar each.  I also found some great bulletin board posters, cut-outs & borders at the Dollar Tree.  I set up the room in stations: Moon Room (Reading), Bible Dress-Up, Mission Central, etc.

For cheap Bible dress-up clothing I asked church members for old t-shirts and scarfs.  Cut the tees down the front, turn them inside out and then tie them with a fabric belt, scarf, sash, or tie.  I also made some belts by braiding some torn t-shirt strips.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I hope you found an outer space idea or two that suits you.  I’d love to see your space craft projects – either your version of these or a totally new one to me.  Send your photos to me at buggal1989@yahoo.com

Happy Crafting!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 26: Even More Cookie Cutter Ideas & Links Found On-The-Web


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 26: 

 Even More Cookie Cutter Ideas & Links Found On-The-Web

This is the next-to-the-last post I have planned for my series “Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore”.  I hope you have enjoyed this series.  The last (?) post will be a wrap-up summarizing all the posts.  So if you missed any of the posts you’ll be able to catch up and not miss out on any of the really great crafts and ideas!  And I’ll let you know how the e-book idea works out!

Here are some more ideas and links to tutorials on using cookie cutters as a crafting material I’d like to share with you.  The tutorial links I have given are not the only links I found on the web, just in my humble opinion the best.  I’d love for you to share your favorite tutorial with me.

Please visit these blogs and join me in thanking these bloggers for sharing their crafts and ideas!  

I’ve also have started pinning each of the ideas I find on my Pinterest Boards.  I have two on “Cookie Cutter Crafting” currently, 100 Plus Ways To Use Cookie Cutters and “My Cookie & Cookie Cutter Crafts.   I’d love for you to follow these boards.   If you’d like to be a contributor to the 100 Plus Ways board send me an e-mail expressing your interest and include your e-mail address.  I will add you and you can add to the collection of ideas.   I’d really LOVE for this to become the “go to site” for unique cookie cutter uses.

P.S.: Here’s a great post on the history of cookie cutters by Karen’s Cookies tracing their roots going back over 2000 years. Fascinating!

Melba

Cookie Cutter Craft Ideas & Links to Blogs

Let me say one word about these blogs,”Wow!”.  There are several ideas I found on these sites that are new to me – sun art, floating candles, bird feeders!   I don’t intend to do tutorials on them right now but there are a few I am dying to try so keep an eye out for them on buggalcrafts sometime in the future (and I said it WAS almost the end of the series!  Did you really believe me?).

I have includes a brief description of each craft idea.  Please visit the links provided for details on the craft project or idea.

Bird Feeder Cookies: Create these cute bird seed ornaments to hang in the trees to feed the birds.

Clay Candle Holder: To make a clay candle holder, roll out a layer of air-dry clay and then cut four or five clay shapes using the same cutter. Layer them on top of each other, wetting each layer before adding another. Using a mini circle cutter, lemon juicer, etc. that is a little larger than the diameter of the candle you plan on using, cut the center out of the clay (leave the bottom layer intact). Check the fit with the candle being aware that the clay will shrink some as it dries. Allow your candle holder to dry and then is ready to paint as desired and use. And as a bonus, here’s a link to another cute cookie cutter clay idea.

Cookie Cutter Stamping: Make cookie cutter stamps from styrofoam and use the stamps to decorate solid color gift bags and wrap.

Cookie Cutter Soaps: Mix together 1 cup of soap flakes, a few drops of food coloring and 2 tbsp. of hot water. Press the mixture inside the cookie cutters and allow the cakes of soap to dry and harden for several days before popping out of the molds and using.

Cookie Cutter Honeycomb Candles: Make candles from honeycomb wax sheets and cookie cutters that can stand upright.

Cookie Cutter Floating Candles: Make floating candles from wax purchased wax or recycled from to-small-to-burn candles. Melt the wax following package directions (add color and scent if desired). Pour a thin layer of melted wax on a heavy plastic plate. Allow the wax set just slightly and then place the cutter in the wax. This will make a “mold” that will prevent the remaining wax from seeping under the cutter. Add the wick to the center of the cutter and pour the wax till it almost fills the cutter. Allow to harden completely then push the candle out of the cookie cutter “mold”. An alternative is to pour a layer of melted wax on an aluminum wrapped jelly roll pan. Allow to harden slightly then cut shapes with the cutter. Add a wick to the top of the candle and pour a layer of wax over the wick.

Cookie Cutter Stacked Shape Candles: Cut and stack cookie cutter shapes out of a slab of warm wax to make these unusual candles.

Collection of Cookie Cutter Ideas & Swaps:  Visit Craftster for some more great ideas about using cookie cutters. Simply search for “cookie cutters” and find craft projects, swaps and more!

Cookie Cutter Crayons: Use old, broken crayons to make big, cookie cutter shaped crayons for your kids. Make solid color or multi-colored crayons!

Cookie Cutter Crafts: This is a very nice post describing some cookie cutter crafts from kid’s crafts (like magnets) to items from the home (like the wax catcher below).

Cookie Cutter Candle Wax Catcher:   Check out this tutorial on making candle wax catchers.  To make it a “Cookie Cutter Craft, simply cut the clay with a mini cutter.   Roll out air drying clay with a rolling pin (or use an unopened soda can for an impromptu rolling pin) until the clay is about 1 inch thick and perfectly flat. Use mini cookie cutters to cut out shapes from the clay. Place a taper candle in the center of each shape and cut around the bottom of the candle using a sharp knife or use a ½ inch round cookie cutter to cut out a circle. Once the clay has hardened, slip the clay shape on a taper candle until it stops for a simple AND useful homespun embellishment.

Cookie Cutter Decorating, Not Your Typical: Here are some inexpensive suggestions that aren’t just “cookie cutter decorating”! There are some great ways to display your vintage or favorite cookie cutters. I found these ideas on several sites but this link is to my favorite site.

  • Plate Rail Display: Display your favorite cutters on plate rail molding. Hang a single piece or stack them to make cookie cutter “shelves”. Use small nails if needed to keep the cutters in place.
  • Cookie Cutter Border: Display your cutters by mounting them in the place of a wallpaper border.   Mount single cutters every four to six inches   around your kitchen walls.  Another way to make a decorative cookie cutter border is to string cutters together with torn fabric strips making a garland. Another alternative is to stamp or stencil a cookie cutter border using the cutters themselves or  stamps made from potatoes or sponges. Still yet another way to create a cookie cutter border is to decoupage cookie cutter die cuts around the room. Some examples: Stamp animal cookie cutter shapes around a child’s room.  Tie hearts and star cutters together to make a county border for your kitchen.  Share your ideas in a comment.
  • Cabinet knobs: Replace the current knobs on your kitchen cabinets with outline cutters.
  • Curtain Tie-Backs: For a primitive effect slip a cookie cutter onto each curtain tie back. Or make your own tie back by tying a cutter to raffia or ribbon and tie the curtain back.  How about mounting a cutter on a plain metal hook type tie back?
  • Window Decorations: Suspend several in each window from a thin strand of wire or ribbon.
  • Cookie Cutter Wall Display: Tie a torn fabric strip on each cutter as a bow and mount them directly to the wall with straight pins in a pleasing pattern.
  • Cookie Cutter Counter Display: Fill a gallon size jug with your favorite or vintage cookie cutters. Mix copper, colorful plastic, and metal for visual impact. Or use a quart size jar to display tart molds. Use a round tart mold in the place of the flat lid. Secure with a Mason jar ring.
  • Window Shade or Blinds Pulls: Use mini cutters as a pull tag on a window shade or blinds. This also works for a light or fan pull.
  • Curtain Rod Finales: Glue cookie cutters on the end of curtain rods.
  • Cookie Cutter Candle Centerpiece: Place a cookie cutter on a pretty plate, set a colored votive candle in the middle of the cutter. Scatter decorative accents like fresh or dried floral materials, clay “cookies”, buttons, beads, or pebbles around the cutter. Take care to not use flammable materials if votive will be lit.
  • House Plant Pokes: Glue onto short dowels to make plant pokes for a cute country kitchen accent.  Or how about dressing up a plant for a new mother gift by using mini baby related cutters?
  • Wallpaper Cookie Cutter Die Cuts: Use a cookie cutter to cut wallpaper shapes for home decor. Decoupage these on wooden canisters, candles or other decorative accents.
  • Curtain Weights: Sew mini cookie cutters along the edge or hem of a kitchen curtain to help it hang straight as well as adding a decorative accent.
  • Cookie Cutter Chandelier: Spray paint and glitter cookie cutters. Tie to ribbons and hang from the ceiling, chandelier or light fixture, etc. to create holiday atmosphere.

Cookie Plate: When giving a plate of cookies during the holiday season, or anytime!, add a finishing touch to make the gift truly unique. Attach a seasonal cutter (or two) along with a recipe card so the recipient can make more of your cookies any time they like. To make a decorative, disposable plate simply punch holes around the edge of a paper or foam plate. Then thread ribbon or trim through the holes and tie in the ends in a bow.

Garden Stakes: Make these cute stakes to mark your garden rows or dress up your flower beds.

Holiday Wreath: Make a delightful “Sweet Treat” Holiday Wreath for your kitchen door with cookie cutters and baking items. Tie on miniature or regular size baking utensils such as a whisk, wooden spoon, measuring cups & spoons, etc. Add candy canes and cinnamon sticks and then finish it off with a gingham bow. This wreath can serve as a “gift bag” when presenting baking supplies to a favorite niece or friend. Tie on the cutters (copper ones are especially nice) and other items with raffia or ribbon so they can be easily removed. Add a few cut-out decorated cookies wrapped in cellophane and a copy of the family recipe as a special finishing touch.

Miscellaneous Uses: Here are a few other uses I found around the net.

  • Use as a pattern to cut non-slip shapes for bathtub grips.
  • To hold small items for organization place several large outline cookie cutters in a drawer.  Glue in place if needed.

Martha Stewart’s Cookie Cutter Ornaments: Cookie cutters make great ornaments for your Christmas tree or wreath. They also work equally well for other seasons such as Valentine’s Day. Click here for the tutorial of the ornaments I made.

More Than Cookies; 8 Easy Cookie-Cutter Crafts: Here are eight more crafts with cookie cutters.

Round Cookies Without a Cutter: Don’t have a round cutter in the size you need?  This is a great tutorial on making uniformly round cookies without a cookie cutter.

Sewing & Needlework: There are tons of craft projects using cookie cutters as templates. Here are a few.

  • Use cookie cutters to trace patterns for embroidery or other stitchery work.
  • Use a cookie cutter as a template to create fabric shapes and attach them to sewing projects with iron-on fusible webbing. Stitch around the shapes with contrasting thread if desired. Make denim patches for jeans, shapes for quilt blocks, shapes for appliqué projects and more!
  • Use a cutter as a stencil with fabric paint on a t-shirt or tennis shoes.

Sugar Craft Cake Catalogue: This on-line catalogue also features some great ideas of “things to do” with cookie cutters. Plus they have some great baking items for sale!

Ten Crafts To Make With Cookie Cutters: This wonderful blogger gives ten great non-food uses for cookie cutters.

Tips on Using a Cookie Cutter: These are some great tips on how to use a cookie cutter on this blog including a really great idea for making cookie shaped bird feeders.

Tips on How to Cut Perfect Cookies: Some really great tips on using a cookie cutter! You will find tips on choosing a cutter and how thick to roll the dough using size of the cutter as a measure. Click here for an earlier post in the series with tips my mother, grandmother and great-aunt taught me when I learned to make cut-out cookies.

Zoo Trip: This is a great post with tips for making a zoo trip more memorable from food to crafts. This would be a great birthday party idea or even a school field trip for young children.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed this post and the “Cookie Cutter” series.  If you have any questions or if something is not clear, please let me know so that I can make any improvements needed.   

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Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

My Granddaughter’s Luau Birthday Party!


My Granddaughter’s Luau Birthday Party!

I love planning parties and all the stuff that goes along with them.  My granddaughter will be 11 soon and her party was yesterday.  This year’s theme was “Luau” with a whiff of tropical island, pirate, beach party, etc. (wouldn’t want to miss a genre!).   We had a great time (ha!) getting this all together and only had one major blow-out!

We did run into a minor, maybe major, problem in the midst of all the planning, shopping, cooking, decorating, etc. that goes along with a party.  My foot had been sorta hurting for a while – felt like I was stepping on a rock and had told my docs that this was happening but never really pinned it on a cause other than the fibro.  Then about 3 or 4 weeks ago starting hurting down-right BAD! So I BEGGED for and got an appointment with my internal medicine doc and he finally was able to give me a diagnosis – PLANTER FACISITIS.  So, while I was supposed to be resting my tootsie I was busy doing all this!  You’ll be glad to know that today I stayed off it except for a brief excursion to teach my Sunday School class and it hurts a LOT, A LOT less!

My hubbie jumped into the deep end and had to do a lot of the legwork for the party while I got to be a backseat driver for the event!  And while we did have to scrap a few things I had planned along the way the kids and even the parents seemed to have a great time.  Of course hubbie has prohibited any party talk for a good while – maybe even forever???

So now the party is over and we even weathered our first time hosting a slumber party well.  I thought I’d share some photos and things I learned along the way with you.

Forgive the order of the photos for this gallery shot (click on a photo to open a slide show with bigger photos).  No matter what I do (re-name, etc.) I cannot make it show in order!  Any help?  T.I.A.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy!  Please leave a comment – I live for them!  Especially now that I’m chair and couch bound for some time!

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