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Christmas/Winter Punch Art: Mason Jar Snow Globe


snowglobe rev 2 002Snow Globe Punch Art

Use as gift tags, package decorations, paper tree ornaments, string them together to make a paper garland for tree or mantle/etc., use on a handmade greeting card, great for a kid’s craft, scrapbook, & more…..

I love punch art and snow globes so why not compare the two?  This is a super easy project to do – the hardest part is to glue down the snow flurries without getting glue “all over” the place!

If u have any questions please let me know.  Hope u enjoy the project!!!

ITEMS NEEDED:
Blue cardstock
White & cream cardstock
Cardstock scraps in other assorted colors and patterns

ALSO NEEDED:
Mason Jar Punch
Large Wave Edging Scissors
Other Assorted Punches: deer, moose, tree, etc.
Scissors
Glue Stick
Mini Circle Punch

 

Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance. Next cut strips of paper about 2" wide and punch the "snow drifts". I like to vary the depth of the snow. Use a wave punch to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance. I also punch some for the jar to lie on it's side.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance.
  2. Next cut strips of paper about 1 1/2″ wide and punch the “snow drifts”.  I like to vary the depth of the snow. I also punched some snow drifts long wise for the jar to lie on it’s side.
  3. Use large wave edging scissors to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance.
  4. Glue the snow drift to the jar front.
  5. Punch small/mini shapes – trees, moose, etc. in plain and patterned cardstock.  This is a great way to use up paper scraps.
  6. Crimp brown paper and then punch select shapes (ex: trees, snowmen) to glue behind the colored shapes to create a 3D effect.
  7. Lay out designs and then glue them down.
  8. Last glue the tiny white/cream/silver circles to the exposed blue to create a snow storm.  Add one or two mini snowflakes for a special accent.

Some examples of "snow globes" u can make!

Thanks so much for seeing “What I’m Up To!!!!”

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Here are some tips for making ur “snow globes”!  

  • Fir Trees: Trim trunk from green/patterned fir trees. Glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. To create more depth use a second brown tree behind one of the “firs” if using them as a pair. Glue the thicker tree to the edge of the thinner tree.
  • Trim Fat Tree to Cone Tree: Trim trunk from the tree. Glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. When dry trim the tree into a cone shape.
  • Bare Branch Icy Trees: Punch brown trees and then glue the white trees on top of the brown trees. Let dry. Trim the trees to fit snow globe.
  • Christmas Tree: Trim trunk from the green tree and glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. Trim candy canes to fit the tree and then glue on tree along with the “ball ornaments” (circles).
  • Snowman #1: Use a cream snowman on a white snowdrift to set the snowman off the best (and vice versa).  Trim the arms off the white/cream snowman and glue the brown snowman to the back. Trim excess paper off hat and glue to snowman’s hat. Add eyes with a black marker. Cut a tiny carrot nose and glue on face. Trim a mini heart punch to fit the snowman and glue in place. Or add buttons to the snowman with a marker.
  • Snowman #2: Trim the arms off the white/cream snowman and glue the brown snowman to the back. Trim the hat to roughly a round shape. Glue small circle to the snowman’s head. Add eyes with a black marker. Cut a tiny carrot nose and glue on face. Trim a heart punch to fit snowman and glue in place. Or add buttons to the snowman with a marker.
  • Reindeer & Moose: Trim the antlers off the deer & moose. Attach the crimped antlers to the back of the animal. Attach a small red rhinestone or the glittery red circles provided to face of the reindeer. Glue brown circles behind the glittery red circle to make the nose stand out.
  • Penguin: Trim the feet and bill off the black penguin. Glue the yellow penguin behind the black one. Glue stocking cap to head of penguin.
  • Other Animals: Glue a crimped brown shape to the colored shape. Allow to dry then glue to snow.
  • Gingerbread Cottage: Trim icy roof from glittery cottage and glue on top of gingerbread cottage. Trim candy canes and glue on “path” to the cottage. Glue smoke puffs in place or use snow.
  • Snow Flakes/Circles: Use the mini snowflakes to accent snow globe – one per globe. Use the tiny circles to create a “shaken snow globe snowstorm”.
  • Snow Scene on a Homemade Card:  One cute way to use ur snow globes is to spread the scene out over 3 snow globes and then use the set on the front of a homemade card.

Valentine Gingerbread Angel Revisited


 

Valentine Gingerbread Angels Revisited

Christmas is over and my mind has turned towards late winter and spring crafting.  So last night after making several examples of one of my last year’s Valentine project, Gingerbread Angels, for a friend on Listia I decided to re-work the project.  The wings just don’t look right to me – maybe if the hearts making the wings were larger?   I set myself to ponder the matter and it didn’t take very long!

That’s because recently my eyes were opened to the infinite ways your punches can be used other than to just punch out the same old boring shapes.  See my Pinterest board Using Your Stampin Up Bird Punch for the examples of creative uses for a bird punch that inspired me.

So giving the desire to re-work the angel’s wings and my newly acquired punching skills I quickly came up with a punch to use – ok, it was the first punch I picked up but I did have to play around with it for a few minutes!!!  A cameo punch cut in half turned out to be perfect to give my baby Gingerbread Angel flight!

Here are photos and instructions for the newly designed wings.  Please take a minute or two to look at the old tutorial, Gingerbread Angels, as there are some good suggestions there and some tips to make this project without having the punches I used.

Materials

  • Light brown cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Pink or red cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Baby rick-rack or other trims
  • Narrow ribbon

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • EK Success Large Slim Paper Punch – Gingerbread Man
  • Fiskars large squeeze punch – 2” cameo
  • Heart punch (0.25 inch)
  • Small diameter hole punch (1/4th inch)
  • Glue stick, Elmer’s purple
  • White glue

Photo Tutorial

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

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Craft Stick Snowman Ornament


005Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – – –   Paint Stick Snowmen.  As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes.  I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project.  It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.

I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project.  Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.

These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.

Materials

  • Craft sticks
  • Homespun fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Mini buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Snow scene “fabric” or quilt batting

Also Needed

  • White craft glue
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Orange marker
  • White paint

Instructions

  1. Paint the craft sticks white and allow them to dry.  I used two coats.  On some of the sticks I use some white fine glitter paint over the last coat to add some sparkle to the ornaments.  I’d recommend 2 coats of this for maximum effect!
  2. Break off about a third of the toothpick.  Then color it orange with the permanent marker.  This is much easier than getting the paint out and making a mess!  I also like Amanda’s idea of using an orange toothpick and I have some colored toothpick on-hand but wouldn’t you know it there are no orange ones!
  3. Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch square from the material.  I like the way homespun fabric drapes and how flannel looks but you can use any you have on hand.
  4. Glue the square to the top of the craft stick to make the hat.  See Amanda’s excellent tutorial for how to do this.  I found that doublestick tape works really well for attaching the fabric when you are doing a bunch – and it eliminates drying time!   But when you tie off the hat with the embroidery thread leave long tail ends and tie them in a knot so you will have a hanger.  I forgot to do that with mine so will have to go back and attach a loop.
  5. Cut a one half inch strip of the snow “fabric” and glue it to the bottom of the cap.  Then trim the end off.
  6. See Amanda tutorial and read the comments for some additional hat ideas.
  7. Cut (or tear) a one inch strip of homespun fabric for the scarf.  Tie it around the snowman’s “neck” and then fringe the ends.  How long you want your scarf is up to you.  I prefer a short scarf.
  8. Apply 2 dots of glue with the bamboo skewer for the eyes (cut the sharp tip off if kids are doing this project) and then glue on two peppercorns.
  9. Apply a line of glue for the nose and glue down the orange toothpick piece to finish the carrot nose.  You could also cut a nose out of orange craft foam.
  10. Apply 5 dots of glue for the mouth and glue down 5 peppercorns.
  11. Glue 2 or 3 mini buttons on the snowman’s “body”.
  12. Let dry completely and the hang on the tree.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love to hear your comments! 

Buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Seed Packet Ornament


Seed Packet Ornament

I found these cute seed packets on clearance for TEN CENTS at the local dollar store and just could not resist them! I really did not have an idea in mind but after a little thinking I came up with a way to use them on my seasonal garland.

Of course this would be just as easy to make the ornament with a spring or summer theme.   So save those empty seed packets from the trash and up-cycle them to a new life on your seasonal wreath or tree.

Materials Needed

  • Seed Packets
  • Buttons
  • Raffia
  • Cardstock

Also Needed

  • Cosmos Flower Punch
  • Pinking Shears
  • Glue
  • Glue Dots
  • Hole Punch

Instructions

  1. Empty the seeds from the packet.  I am saving mine to be planted per the package direction.
  2. Glue the seed packet to a piece of cardstock and allow to dry.
  3. Cut around the packet leaving a 1/4th to 1/2 th inch border.
  4. Punch two holes in the top of the seed packet and attach a raffia hanger.
  5. Punch two cosmos flowers from contrasting cardstock.
  6. Glue the two punches together and attach a button to the center with a Glue Dot.  Bend the petals of the upper punch up around the button.
  7. Attach the flower to the seed packet.

Rustic Burlap Pumpkin


Rustic Burlap Pumpkin

I love autumn best of all the seasons.  It’s always been my favorite time of the year and I only truly feel alive when there is a nip in the air.  Living in Louisiana all my life I THOUGHT the fall leaves were beautiful, but it wasn’t until my husband and I lived in Virginal for a while that I made my first trip to the mountains and discovered how colorful fall leaves really are.

Subsequent visits to the Ozark, Ouachita, and Smokey Mountains proved equally colorful.  It’s been a while since I’ve last visited the mountains – illness has prevailed both physically and financially  – and I have no hope of visiting them soon but sometimes when I drive through a hilly (for Louisiana) area I pretend I am in the mountains.

Right now pretending and creating fall crafts will have to be enough.   So I present to you this Rustic Burlap Pumpkin.  I am using mine as an ornament for my Fall Garland but you could use this on a greeting card or a scrapbook page or even frame it for a cute fall wall decoration or use it as a package decoration for a fall gift.

Materials

  • Burlap, assorted colors
  • Cardstock
  • Embroidery thread, orange
  • Fabric glue
  • Green buttons
  • Raffia

Also Needed

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Needle
  • Scissors

Photo Tutorial

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Up-Cycled Button Container


Up-Cycled Button Container

I LOVE the buttons in the small “button containers” for around a dollar from Wal-mart and Michael’s – the ones with a plastic barrel and enormous button top – and I’ve saved all the empty containers with endless crafting possibilities in mind!

There are just so many uses for these little containers:

Decoratively store your buttons until you are ready to use them.  Try displaying them in an old shadow box!

  1. Decoratively store your tiny crafting materials (like those googley eyes that always end up EVERYWHERE) in the same manner.
  2. Use every part of the button container: Use the LARGE button top as a craft accent on a “Cute as a Button” photo frame or other button craft project.  Use the barrel of the container as a drawer organizer in a shallow drawer.  And finally use the ribbon as an ornament hanger.
  3. Turning the entire container into a sewing ornament with fabric, rick-rack, lace and buttons.
  4. What ideas can you come up with?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please take the time to leave me a comment.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Recycled Triangle Beads: Wooden Candy Corn Pins


Recycled Triangle Beads:  Wooden Candy Corn Pins

Last summer I found these really dated wooden bead belts at a local craft/home decor store for a grand total of twenty five cents each so even though I’d never dream of wearing one (and I am NO fashionista!) I bought several just for the beads.

The round spacer beads I had an instant use for but I held on to the triangular ones for a while because the holes just don’t run the right way to use them as beads.

I really wanted some candy corn look-a-likes for a fall craft idea (more on this later) and after many attempts using paper, foam and felt that just weren’t what I wanted I thought of using the triangular beads from the belts. Even though I eventually decided NOT to use them on my fall door hanging I did use them as Trinity Candy Corn Pins.

I teach the children at the church I attend on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings so I have plenty of crafting opportunities and I really like to do crafts that will be kept and used.  Even though I do a lot of “paper and glue” type crafts I am always on the lookout EVERYWHERE I go and with everything I use for FREE AND CHEAP CRAFTING MATERIAL.  And this was just a perfect project for the kids – cheap, quick & easy and hopefully one that will be worn for years!

We put these on a card with a poem to make a great gift (and testimony) for a parent or grandparent.  I am sharing a poem I’ve had practically forever with you.  I have no clue as to the origins of the poem and I have rewritten it several times myself.  If it sounds familiar to anyone I’d love to know the author.  HappyBird’s Crafting Haven also has a slightly different poem (on a really cute bag header), Christian Candy Corn Poem, that is “not copyrighted so others can use and enjoy freely”.

Of course if you have been reading this blog for a while you KNOW I just can’t do a craft without a lesson to go along with it.  Following is the lesson I used to TRY to explain this to for and five year olds.  This is a very simplistic explanation of the Trinity and all the errors are mine, all the things I have right are from God!

TRINITY LESSON FOR CHILDREN

  • “Tonight we are going to discuss one last “icon of fall”.  So far this month we have talked about what we can learn from some of the common things we see in the fall like that just like fall leaves we are all FALLEN and fall short of the glory of God,  how scarecrows can remind us we need not be SCARED for He is with us, that some of the FRUITS we should strive to have are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control, and that we need to let our light SHINE OUT for Jesus just like pumpkins made into jack o’ lanterns.”
  • Start off the discussion by asking a question, “What is your favorite trick-or-treat candy?”  Let the kids name a few types of candy and then direct their attention to CANDY CORN.  “So how is the trinity (the three persons of God) like this piece of candy corn?” Direct the children to see that there are THREE different colors in a SINGLE piece of candy.  “Each of the three colors are different but the all make of the piece of candy corn.  Without any of the colors it’s just not candy corn.”
  • “We talked earlier in this lesson series about the three persons of God and tonight we are going to explore it a little more.  Does anybody remember back to March (around St. Patrick’s Day) when we used ice, water and water vapor to help us understand that there is ONE GOD in THREE PERSONS?”
  • Read the poem and the Bible verse and discuss how each of the persons of God is different but how they are all the same.  Explain that the candy is really not exactly like God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – that it is really a very simple object used to try to explain a very complex being and that we can never really fully understand God because we a human and He is divine but that the simple piece of candy (give the kids each a piece) can HELP us to start to understand Him.  Remind them that this is something we will all spend the rest of our lives trying to understand and that we will only understand it completely when we are in the presence of God.

CANDY CORN TRINITY POEM

YELLOW is for LIGHT that Jesus is.  We find this in John 9:5, NIV; Jesus said: “‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.'”

ORANGE is for the SON OF GOD that Jesus is.   We find this in Matthew 3:16, 17; “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

WHITE is for HIS WORDS which are so sweet.  We find this in Psalm 119:103; “The sweet taste reminds us of the sweetness of God’s Words!”

Thank you for reading (and I hope enjoying) this tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

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Thanks again. 

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Site Review: Listia dot com


Site Review: Listia dot com

I have been gaga for a little over a year (since June 23, 2011) about listia.com.

Listia is a site where you can trade items you don’t need anymore for credits and then get free stuff in return you want with the credits you earned by listing your unwanted items. Click here to read the rules.

1) List Old Stuff

Give away stuff you don’t use anymore like clothes, electronics, DVDs, toys, books… anything!


2) Earn Credits

People bid on your stuff using credits they’ve earned. The highest bid wins.


3) Get New Stuff

Use credits you’ve earned for giving stuff away and win something you want!

What can you get? Hand-made craft items, crafts materials, vintage items, buttons, pretty much everything (except I haven’t seen a kitchen sink yet!).

I “recycle” my extra craft items here get LOTS of “NEW TO ME” crafting materials, so not only are you sharing items you don’t need with others you are getting lots of great stuff you’d like to try in exchange.

Take a look and start “trading” items today. Click here for an invite and you will get 100 credits to spend just for joining.

Click here to see my current & recent auctions:

I will be listing these items soon:

  • Christmas in July: 144 Craft Items & a GIN Bonus of 12 Craft Kits
  • Lot of Sugar Cookie & Gingerbread Christmas Craft Items & Craft Kits

Thanks so much for taking a look at my second favorite site (guess which is first???) these days.  I’d love to see you join Listia.  If you already are using Listia or join let me know your “handle” because I’d love to trade items with you.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

BoTTle ChArMs


BoTTle ChArMs

This spring I found some really cute colored bottles with clear plastic daisy “charms”... and I wanted more, more, and even more – – – BUT of my OWN design and my OWN price of course!

So, the “bottle idea” that has slowly been simmering in the back of my head since February (and YES, that IS spring in Louisiana!) has FINALLY spring-ed sprung forth!

After several “comme ci, comme ça” (which is just about the extent on my high school French) attempts at using wire to attach beads or charms to bottles the perfect solution struck me – WINE CHARMS!

AND for further “wowzers”, I actually had some on hand AND I could put my stubby crafty little fingers on them! Well I finished off that package up in one sitting “sew” it was time to start looking for more charm rings and thought maybe, just MAYBE, I could make some of my own?

So, heigh-ho, heigh-ho it’s off to the web I go!  A search turned up several wine charm ring tutorials from wire loop earrings and memory wire and I had the further idea to use chain in place of the ring.

With the addition of a few fresh seasonal flowers wouldn’t these make adorable party decorations – any where from sweetly old-fashinned to casual to sime-formal?  I can see them as individual place setting decorations & take-home-party-favors for a wedding or shower.  Fill the bottles with colored water.  For Thanksgiving or a fall party group an old number of bottles of differing heights in the center of a round table for a greater impact as a centerpiece.  For a rectangular candle place a rattan table runner (or four placemats) down the center of the table.  For a beach wedding or party stagger bottles of differing heights, add water or sand and flowers to the bottles and lay sea shells & starfish, fishnet, etc. among the bottles.  The possibilities are endless!  You can even add paper hearts or other shapes on a bamboo skewer cut to fit the bottles.

B.T.W.: Did you know you can EASILY clean old bottles with SALT WATER? This tip comes courtesy of my friend Maggie. Pour about a half teaspoon of salt in the bottle and fill with warm water. Shake up and then let sit (I waited overnight). Then simple empty the salt water and rinse out with warm water. The air dry and your bottle should sparkle like new! I REALLY like that you do not have to rinse and rinse and rinse some more to get the soap residue out of the bottle.

Materials

  • Wine charm rings
  • Wire loop earrings
  • Memory wire
  • Chain
  • Small round beads
  • Seed beads
  • Charms
  • Old or broken jewelry:  beaded or charm bracelets, chains, necklaces and chain bracelets
  • Jump rings

 Also needed 

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Round tip pliers (optinal)
  • Small bottles & vases

Costs: This is a great rainy day activity and “use-it-up craft” to make something with the odd bottles & vases (new or old) and those odd & end pieces of jewelry, charms and beads you have laying around the house!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble supplies.

 

Photo 2: Add beads and a charm to the charm ring or hoop earring . If the ring is not big enough to close around the bottle extend the ring a little with jump rings!

Photo 3: As you can see darker beads show up better on clear bottles. White and translucent light colors will disappear against the clear glass. Use light colored beads on amber or other dark colored bottles.

Photo 4: Another alternative is to use chain. This actually is an old chain bracelet with a charm added.

Photo 5: The back of the bracelet closes with a toggle clasp.

Photo 6: You can even make your own chain by joining split ring jump rings!

Photo 7: I joined the jump ring chain on this bottle with a short piece of torn fabric and then knotted it. The bottle actually has a chip in the lip (say that five times fast!).

Photo 8: Add a key charm and you have the finished product. The fabric “knot” totally hides the chip!

Photo 9: Canalize old bracelets for beads and charms! I got two bottle charms out of one old bracelet I got on sale for $1 years ago. I never wore it and it came in handy for this project. Note that oval or rectangle beads with a horizontal hole can only be strung on flexible wire.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial on decorating your bottle with bottle charms. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that you have great sucess in decoraing som four your windowsill . If you have any questions or if ANYthing is not clear, please let me know in a comment so that I can improve the tutorial.

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Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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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