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Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!


Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!

 If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy!  If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)! 

I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts.  But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?

So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift?  If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc.  If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.

This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand.  I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash.   I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such.  And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.

This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc.   If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how.  Find one on eHow;  “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.

MATERIALS:

  • Construction or scrapbook Paper
  • Blank note cards (optional)
  • Large envelopes (optional)
  • Stamps (optional)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, gel pen, metallic sharpies, crayons
  • Other Materials: yarn, gift wrap ribbon, rick-rack, sequins, mini pom-poms, “paper” stickers, rhinestones

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut or help your child to cut a piece of construction paper in half then fold it to make a card. The cards can be any size but I found a note card size worked best for me.  If making gift cards to attach to presents cut the paper into fourths then fold.
  2. Provide the paper materials to your child.  Help them to make punch outs if needed. 
  3. Save the reverse punches (the “hole” left behind in the paper).  These make some really cute cards.  For example; Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).  Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).  Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.
  4. Let your kids decorate the outside of the cards the punches and embellishments.  I have posted photos of some sample cards I made.  Coordinate the cards with the wrapping paper if the card is to be placed on a gift.
  5. Help your kids write a personal message on the inside of the card and then let them sign it.  If you are using a dark color of paper give them a metallic sliver Sharpie or gel marker to do this.  Another option is to cut pieces of light colored construction paper slightly smaller than the card and glue it on the insides of the cards.  Either write on it before your child glues it or allow the glue to dry before writing the message.
  6. Finish the card off perfectly with a stamp or sticker won the back.  Or simply write something like “Buggal Cards” or “Made especially for you by Buggal”.
  7. Wrap the card with gift wrap and then delver it in person or put it in an envelope and mail to the recipient.
  8. Don’t forget to take photos for your scrapbook!

  Thanks so much for taking a look.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off. Glue to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete "snowy" look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.Holly Card:  Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern.  Then glue a piece of yarn to the page.  Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch).  The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete “snowy” look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.
Holly Card: Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern. Then glue a piece of yarn to the page. Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch). The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Flower Card:  Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems.  I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper.  Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center.  Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.Present Card:  Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag.  Write a message on the tag and you're done!.

Flower Card: Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems. I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper. Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center. Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.
Present Card: Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag. Write a message on the tag and you’re done!.

Gingerbread Cameo:  Glue a strip of ribbon to the card.  I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose.  Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card.  Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.Snowman Card:  I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them.  Draw on the features and arms with markers.

Gingerbread Cameo: Glue a strip of ribbon to the card. I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose. Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card. Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.
Snowman Card: I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them. Draw on the features and arms with markers.

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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.

Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland


Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland

I’ve posted tutorials for several versions of Cookie Cutter Garland that I made last year but I never got around posting the tutorial for this Paper or Foam Gingerbread Garland.

I love this project because you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish and you can use whatever you have on-hand or can be purchased at a dollar store for under $5.

I challenge you to complete your own garland without buying anything (or with whatever you can purchase for under $5) and send me a photo.  I will definitely add your photo to the tutorial.

Materials

  • Gingerbread Men
    • Gingerbread People Wrapping Paper (on hand)
    • Pad of Paper Gingerbread Men (pad of 50 for $3 from a school supply store)
    • Foam Gingerbread Men (10/$1 from Dollar Tree or Michaels)
  • Candy Canes
    • Paper Candy Cane Garland ($1 from Dollar Tree)
    • Candy Cane Wrapping Paper
    • Foam Candy Canes (10/$1 from Dollar General)
  • Cardstock, Plaid Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper, Brown Paper Bags  (on hand)
  • Thin Cardboard  (on hand)
  • Stringing Material – Jute, Yarn, or Raffia (on hand)
  • Red & Green Wooden Beads (on hand) I used beads from a bead garland purchased years ago at a dollar store for $1.
  • Small Wooden Spools (on hand or $1 for small spools of thread at the Dollar Tree)
  • Torn Fabric Strips (on hand)
  • Small Grapevine Wreaths (on hand)
  • Gingerbread Men Embellishments:  mini cookie cutters, jingle bells, buttons, plastic hair bows, etc. (on hand)

 Also Needed

  • Punches: Heart, Round, Star, Bow, Candy Cane (on hand)
  • Zigzag or Pinking Scissors or Zigzag Punch (on hand)

Instructions

  1. Gather or purchase your materials from your stash or make dollar store, craft store or flea markets.
  2. Punch all shapes needed to decorate the gingerbread men. I used the pieces I trimmed off the candy cane garland to punch the hearts and bows from so that the gingerbread men decorations would match the candy canes.
  3. Make or punch cardstock “rick-rack”.  PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS:  Make the with paper rick-rack made from cardstock (color of your choice – I used white) using zigzag scissors.  I found that if you cut the cardstock in half lengthwise you can then trim the bottom straight edge (the short way) to start the rick-rack pattern, then place the scissors with the right edge of the blade touching the zigzag edge you can cut fairly even pieces of “rick-rack”.  You could also use real rick-rack if you have it on hand.  I recently bought a EK Success Slim Edger Punch: Zig Zag Chain and it’s now super easy to make evenly cut paper rick-rack for my gingerbread projects!
  4. Next decorate the gingerbread shapes.   Glue paper or real rick-rack to the arms & legs (and head if desired).  Then add heart, star or round paper or foam “buttons”.  I added a center (from foam or paper) using a regular hole-punch shape to the heart “buttons”.  Glue the bow on (paper punch or a bow made from a fabric strip). You can use any embellishments you have on hand to decorate your shapes.   I found some plastic little girl bow barrettes that I cut the bow off to use.
  5. Cut out the candy cane shapes from wrapping paper or cut apart from a paper garland.  You could also use pre-cut foam shapes.  I found a package of large (10 inch) gingerbread shapes at the Dollar Tree and a set of smaller ones (6 inches) at Target for $1 for 10.  Michaels and Dollar General also had red candy cane shapes (cut white foam stripes and add to cane if desired) at for a dollar.  Fabric wrapped plastic candy canes could be used in the place of the paper or foam candy canes.
  6. You can also add other foam or paper shapes to the garland, like hearts or stars, to the garland.
  7. Reinforce the shapes (gingerbread, candy cane, heart, and star, etc.) by gluing them on a thin piece of cardboard or thick brown paper bag and trim close to the edge with scissors.  Add a hole reinforcer if desired (see below).
  8. Add a decorative edging to the shapes by gluing them to a brown paper bag, cardstock (red, green or other color to match your décor), wrapping paper, etc.  If using one-sided paper and plan to have a decorative edge showing face the paper to the front of the shapes.  Then trim close to the edge or leave a decorative border with zigzag scissors.
  9. Punch holes in the shapes.  For the first garland I made I punched pinpoint (1/4 inch) holes on either side of the shapes and connected them with raffia.  I used clear hole reinforces from an office supply store to make sure the holes did not pull through.  If you only have the white ones you can put them on the underside of the paper before gluing it together.  Try putting the layers together leaving a gap at the top then put on the rein forcers punch the holes and then glue the edges together.  You could also apply clear round labels before punching the holes.  On the other garland I used a hole punch to put a hole in the top of the shapes and then attached them to the jute with raffia.  Another option would be to string the shapes like beads.
  10. Measure and cut your stringing material to the desired length.  I made mine four or five feet long but you can make it any length needed to fit your “space”.
  11. Attach the shapes by stringing them on jute or yarn like beads or by tying the shapes to a piece of raffia or a piece of torn fabric ribbon.  Be sure to space them evenly.  You can also tie the shapes together with raffia instead of stringing them or tying them on.   If you space the shapes far enough apart you can use the “blank” space between to hang Christmas cards on.
  12. If desired add beads and small wooden spools between the shapes (I wound green thread around them the spools I used).  If your gingerbread shapes are big enough to be in scale you could use the small spools of thread found in a pack of 12 for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.
  13. Make and attach bows then attach them at regular interval down the garland between the shapes.  To make bows tear country print fabric (checked, plaid or striped in the colors of your choice) into 1 to 1 ½ inch wide strips and about 10 inch long.  To make bows first tie a piece of raffia in the center of a fabric strip then tie a simple shoestring type bow.   Use the raffia ends to tie the bows in place.
  14. An alternative of the shoestring bow is to tie fabric strips in different colors simply tied around the stringing material and then knotted in a double knot.  Trim the edges of the bows as needed.
  15. Tie off the ends with small grapevine wreaths or simply loop the ends to create “hangers”.
  16. Your garland is now ready to hang.  Hang it on the wall, above a door, on the tree or above the mantel.  As this is made from paper, don’t use it where it could get wet (or catch on fire).

Thanks so much for taking a look – and don’t forget that I’d love to see what you come up with!     buggalcrafts

HAND-CUT PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS: Make evenly cut paper “rick-rack” from cardstock using zigzag scissors.

• Cut a scrap piece of cardstock to about two inches lengthwise (the length of the scissor blades). You need to be able to make one cut through the paper with the scissors.
• Trim the bottom edge evenly with the straight scissors.
• Then start the rick-rack pattern by trimming the bottom edge using the zigzag scissors.
• FLIP the paper over and place the scissors with the right blade touching the zigzag edge you just cut.
• Flip the paper and repeat again.

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.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment or rate this post. I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Thanks again. 

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

Fourth of July Cookie Cutter Ornament Recycled From a Broken Cookie Cutter


Fourth of July Cookie Cutter Ornament Recycled From a Broken Cookie Cutter

I started with a broken cutter that I was reluctant to just couldn’t make myself throw away (“Do you hear my momma whispering in my ear too?”).  So it sat on my craft desk since Valentine’s Day until I was working on my Patriotic Garland (coming to you in a blog near you soon!) and ding, ding, ding it occurred to me I could make it into a cute ornament for my garland.

What I really like about this craft is that simply by changing the fabric, the trim, and the shape of the cutter you can easily customize this to any holiday or use it “as is” for a “Country Denim Christmas”.   And of course you don’t have to use a “don’t throw it out” cutter, you could use an unbroken one.

 

Materials

  • Red, White & Blue Torn Fabric Strips
  • Red, White & Blue Rick-Rack
  • Star or Heart Cookie Cutter

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric 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.

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post. Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 28: The Series – Links to Posts


Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 28: The Series – Links to Posts

When I started collecting these ideas YEARS AGO I never imagined that I would have them all together in one place on the internet. Heck, at that time there WASN’T an internet per say!

Sometime around Christmas 2011 I started this blog and one of my first tasks was to undertake making tutorials from my list of cookie cutter craft ideas.  I really did not realize what a phenomenal effort this would require though!  So I began by updating my list by searching the internet.  When I first complied my list about 20 years ago I thought, “That’s ALL there is!” Well was I wrong!  I have found TONS more on-line! I have endeavored to make each of these taking photos as I went – and now the “Cookie Cutter” series is almost complete (for NOW!).

 I really hope you will take time to look at a few, see the gallery of photos below, and rate or comment on the tutorial so that I can improve them.  My later ones are definately better than the first.

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore:  The Series

Links to Posts

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #1: Cut-Out “Cookie” or Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament Garland

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #2: “Cut-Out Cookie” Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough Christmas Ornaments\

Click here for my salt dough and cinnamon dough recipes and tips.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #3: “Quilted” Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #5:  Not Just Another Cookie Cutter” Wreath

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #:6:  Gingerbread Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #7: Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 9: Paper Bag Cookie Cutter Shapes Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper & Cardstock, and Sandpaper Cut-out Cookies

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10C: Craft Foam Cut-out Cookies

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 11: Clay Cutters

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 12: Cut-Out Cookies, Holiday or No Occasion At All & Make Your Own Cookie Cutters

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13:  Die Cuts

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 14:  Emergency Phone Number Bulletin Board

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 16:  Crafting With Food or Cookie Cutters As Food Shapers

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17:  Hand Decorated Greeting Card

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 18:  Kid’s Cookie Crafts & Activities

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 19:  Cookie Shaped Note Cards

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 20: Cookie Shaped Note Pad

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 21:  Package Decoration & Name Tags

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 22:  Party Favor

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23:  Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 24:  Simple Stencils

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 25:  Cookie Cutter Gift Ideas

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

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 27: Ladybug Cookie Cutter Pincushion

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore: Post # 28:  The Series – Links to Posts       

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 29: Felt Christmas Cookies

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I hope you found a cookie cutter craft or two that suits you.  I’d love to see your cookie cutter 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

My Pinterest Board: 100 Plus Ways to Use Cookie Cutters


If you Pinterest, please check out my board 100 Plus Way To Use Cookie Cutters: From Crafts to Storage for over 160  uses for cookie cutters from crafts (like cookie cutter pin cushions) to nifty ideas on storing your cutters (from decorative to practical).

You may find lots of uses you never even dreamed were possible!

And if you don’t, then use the photos as a springboard to a great, never dreamed of idea.

I’d love for you to pin items to this board too, just send me your e-mail and I will add you as a pinner.  Let’s make this the GREATEST COLLECTION OF COOKIE CUTTER IDEAS ever!

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