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HOW TO MAKE A SPARKLING FUN LIGHT

 

sparkling fun light picturte

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a sparkly fun light.

When I was making my scary candle holder for Halloween, five-year-old Goddess said she wanted to make a jewelled candle holder.

I explained that jewels and beads would be practical as we cover the whole thing with tissue paper, so the embellishments need to be flat.

We compromised with sparkling metallic sequins and the end result was beautiful.

She had a lot of fun making it as well and the jar doubles as a treasure trove and night light. This is a clever and fun way to recycle glass jars.

I love those sequins and always keep a supply on hand. They can be bought at craft and dollar stores. They have the sparkle of glitter but are not nearly as messy and they can be used for so many cool projects. Check out the pictures below these instructions for some other fun projects using metallic sequins.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD MAN AND HIS HOUSE

 

make your own gingerbread man picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – make your own gingerbread man and houses.

The houses can be made large enough to use as a clever wrapping solution for Christmas or small enough to hold a tiny battery tea light and hang on the tree.

There are two gingerbread man projects – an ornament made out of recyclables and a recipe for the delicious cookies.

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EASY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF

easy Christmas ornaments picture

 

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – Christmas ornaments that are so easy you can make them yourself.

This week’s projects include a cute little sled out of paddle pop sticks, a wine cork tree, photo blocks to hang on your Christmas tree and little stars the kids can decorate.

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EASY AND CHEAP HOMEMADE TOYS – BOUNCING BALLS AND CATERPULTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making homemade toys.

This week’s instructions are for a homemade bouncing ball, a catapult and a paper plate dinosaur.

Every child loves getting new toys but the joy and satisfaction they get from making their own are even better.

Teaching kids to make their own toys helps them to understand the value of things – the time it takes and the steps required to complete a project.

I try to find projects that do not require a lot of expensive craft items and these projects fit the bill.

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EASY SPOOKY ART PROJECT FOR HALLOWEEN

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – spooky art for Halloween.

This is actually a collage and a great project to teach kids how to achieve balance in an artwork.

I cheated when I did this project with my art students, many of whom do not have the fine motor skills for using scissors and cutting out.

Instead of cutting out dozens of scary houses and even more bats, I found some inexpensive spooky stickers to use.

If you are doing this project with just a few people, cutting out the bats and the spooky house is easy. I’ve even provided a template for the house.

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EASY TO MAKE MUMMIES AND MONSTERS FOR HALLOWEEN

 

mummies and monsters for Halloween picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – easy to make mummies and monsters for Halloween.

These fun crafts are the perfect way to help your little ones get into the spirit of Halloween.

The mummies are so easy even the three-year-old Goddess enjoyed the fun.

Who doesn’t like making scary monster faces? This one is made out of a tissue box. Watch out when you put your hand in his big mouth – you may just end up with a handful of treats!

The creepy candle holder takes a bit more skill, but the kids can still help with the glueing.

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HOW TO MAKE A COLLAGE TO TEACH ABOUT A BUTTERFLY’S TRANSFORMATION

 

COLLAGE PICTURE

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a collage that shows the story of the butterfly’s journey from humble caterpillar to spectacular flying insect.

In last week’s project,  Making these Fairy Furniture Projects is a Walk in the Park, I shared a park adventure that resulted in many nature treasure finds, and how we transformed them into wonderful fairy garden furniture.

I also promised to show you how to use some of these treasures as a story time prop by making a collage that illustrates the change from caterpillar to butterfly.

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FABULOUS FUN WITH FOIL

FABULOUS FUN WITH FOIL picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – fun with foil.

I love offering craft projects that don’t require you to go out and spend money. You’ll have what you need for this one right in your kitchen.

In fact, it was the main material used in last week’s project, How to Make a Magical Moon Mobile

Aluminium foil has been commercially available since 1910. Prior to that foil was made from thin sheets of tin which is why it is still sometimes referred to as tin foil.

Aluminium foil is made by rolling sheet ingots cast from molten billet aluminium and then re-rolling them on sheet and rolling mills until the desired thickness is achieved. The standard household thickness is 0.016 mm. The shiny side of the foil appears during the final pass through the mill when two sheets are rolled at the same time.

Aluminium foil is used for packaging, cooking, insulation and art, among other things.

This week I’m using it to create a beautiful foil relief and a foil sculpture.

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HOW TO MAKE A MAGICAL MOON MOBILE

 

magical moon mobile picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a magical moon mobile.

There really is something magical about the moon and the stars and they make the perfect object for a mobile, especially in a kid’s room.

This one is super sweet, ridiculously easy and requires only a few materials, all of which you probably already have.

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EASY FATHER’S DAY CRAFTS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – easy Father’s Day gifts to make.

For us here in Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, September 4. I know my American readers have already celebrated this one in June, but if you like these crafts, why not bookmark them for next year?

This week’s projects are for some easy little boxes (I even provide a template) and a child’s drawing candle holder.

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