Bottle Cap Bugs

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  Summer is a perfect time to try simple and fun projects with the kiddos.  Especially when the kids are looking for a good boredom buster. Having taught art for 18 years now, I have also looked for projects that you can upcycle/recycle. These Bottle Cap Bugs are great for kids for all ages because they can be as simple and intricate as you want. Kids can create all different types of bugs. Bees, Lady Bugs, Beetles, and all sorts of imaginary bugs are possible. Plus, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for your supplies.

Supplies Needed:

  • Bottle Caps
  • Transparency Paper
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue or Elemer’s Glue (You can use Elemer’s Glue to glue the wings and eyes of the
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Googly Eyes

Step 1: Using the transparency paper, cut any shape of wing.

Step 2: Color the wings in using the Sharpie markers using any pattern or design.

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Step 3: Hot glue or use Elmer’s Glue to glue the wings onto the bottle cap.

Step 4: Glue the googly eyes on to the front of the bottle cap.

A couple of tips to share while making these cute bottle cap bugs.  Sharpie Markers as you can see can get a little streaky.  If you have younger kids make these, they might have to slow down a bit when coloring to make sure the marker is not too streaky.  Also, remind kids to not drag their hands over areas that have just been colored.  The marker will smear.

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Look at all of this cuteness!  I can’t pick a favorite because I love them all.  My daughter’s just love making these and I’m sure your kids will too.

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Hope you all continue to have a wonderful summer and enjoy all of the fun Bottle Cap Bug Making.

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Recycled Plastic Easter Egg Toadstools

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Here’s a great way to recycle all of those plastic eggs that seem to multiply this time of year right in front of your eyes.  Make these cute Recycled Plastic Easter Egg Toadstools in 15 minutes or less.  Yep, you can have a couple of these done in no time. These are perfect for kids to make for the garden, flower pots, and fairy gardens. This is craft is part of the Craft Lightning Series that the wonderful hosts from Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Creative Green Living are hosting.  Check out all of the other great 15 minute projects featured on these sites all week long. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Small Sponge Dabber
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Branches/Drift Wood
  • Pruning Shears

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Step 1:  Take the sponge dabber and make polka dots on the plastic eggs. Let dry.

Step 2:  Take sticks or drift wood and cut them to size.  You can use pruning shears.  Cut the sticks on the longer side because you will be putting these in the ground.

Step 3:  Put hot glue on the top of the stick and adhere it to the top inside of the plastic egg.

Step 4:  This is completely optional.  If you would like these to last a little longer, spray a clear coat to seal the paint.

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Recycled-Plastic-Easter-Egg-Toadstools 5-Artzy Creations  There you have it!  Quick, fun and simple.  We used these for my daughter’s fairy house that I made them.  It adds extra  cuteness around their fairy house which they both really love.  Plus, this is such a great way to recycle those plastic eggs that just end up hanging around the house!

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Catepillars-With-Recycled-Plastic-Easter-Eggs-Artzy Creations Main    My oldest daughter, Emma made these Cute Caterpillars from Recycled Easter Eggs several years ago.  It wasn’t until I was in my garage hunting around for things that I came upon all of our Easter things.  We had a bag of the plastic Easter eggs that we like to use year to year if we can instead of having to by new ones every year because they just seem to end up in the garbage can.  So, I decided to bust out the eggs and have my youngest daughter Lily make these fun Cute Caterpillars.    I forgot how much Emma liked this project.  This was true with Lily too.  She went bonkers over these Cute Caterpillars.  She can’t stop playing with them.  So here is my  warning to you parents!!!  Your kids will flip over these. 🙂  Gather up all of those plastic egg that you have and let’s recycle them.

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  • Plastic Easter Eggs (I used the ones that have two holes in them.)
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners Per Caterpillar
  • Sharpie
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors

Catepillars-With-Recycled-Plastic-Easter-Eggs-Artzy Creations 3 Step 1: Gather several eggs that have two holes in them.  If any of your plastic eggs are attached, take them apart.  If you have any long plastic string pieces hanging off the egg, trim these with scissors.   Have your son/daughter thread two pipe cleaners through the holes of the egg leaving enough room for the antennas. Catepillars-With-Recycled-Plastic-Easter-Eggs-Artzy Creations 4 Step 2: Twist the pipe cleaners tight a couple of times right underneath the egg.  You may want to help your kids with this just to make sure the pipe cleaners have been twisted tight. Catepillars-With-Recycled-Plastic-Easter-Eggs-Artzy Creations 5 Step 3: Thread the eggs onto the pipe cleaners. Catepillars-With-Recycled-Plastic-Easter-Eggs-Artzy Creations 6 Step 4: When you have roughly around 10 or so, take the next egg and flip it around when threading it onto the the pipe cleaners.  This will create the nice rounded cap end for the end of the caterpillar.  Twist  and trim the ends of the pipe cleaners to make a rounded tip at the end of the caterpillar or as my daughter calls it the caterpillar butt.  🙂  You could use hot glue and seal the end of the egg onto the other one. Step 5:  Use a Sharpie marker and add the mouth.  Hot glue the eyes into place. Catepillars-With-Recycled-Plastic-Easter-Eggs-Artzy Creations 7

So, here is a close up of the caterpillars.  They’re just so darn cute that I have to show you all of them.

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 These bend and curve too.  You’re kids will be able to move them to play with.

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My daughter ABSOLUTELY loves these and your kids will too!  Enjoy making these.  They’re just TOO much fun.

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DIY Pencil Holder For Lockers

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Back to school is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love getting all new school supplies for the kids… and for myself.  I know it’s because I’m a teacher.  But, I think a lot has to do with the excitement of going back to school and getting new students, wondering what my classes are going to be like, etc.  With all of the latest back to school supplies I have seen, they have some really great accessories out there.  Man, sometimes I wish I was back in school myself. O.k. maybe only for just a second.  I was recently fortunate enough that JoAnn.com sent me a mystery box of items that I was challenged to use.  I received the fabric pocket, glitter fabric spay paint by Tulip, and the rhinestones.  I thought all of the items would be perfect for making some of your own locker accessories. So, here is an easy tutorial for a DIY pencil holder for lockers.

Here’s What You Need:

This is for the Fabric DIY Pencil Holder.

  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Crystal Light Container
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Trim
  • Fabric Pocket
  • Rhinestones
  • Heavy Duty Magnets (3 Per Container)

This is for the Paper Pencil Holder.

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Crystal Light Container
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Trim
  • Magnets

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Step 1:

Begin by peeling off the label of the Crystal Light container.  These peel off really easy which makes it really nice.  Cut a couple of inches off the top.  I cut between 3 to 4 inches.  Just cut a little bit at a time though or the plastic may snap off.

Step 2:

If using fabric, cut enough so the fabric overlaps in the back.  This is just like wrapping a present.  You will want to have excess off the ends too.  Apply Mod Podge directly to the plastic container.  Smooth the fabric down so that it is adhered to the plastic container.  If it’s not sticking and giving you trouble, apply more Mod Podge.  It’s o.k. if it comes through the fabric because you will be Mod Podging the outside of the container as well.  Place Mod Podge on the inside lip of the container and fold the fabric over onto the inside.  Smooth the fabric out.

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If making the paper version of the pencil holders, use a hot glue gun to adhere the paper to the plastic container.  Once again, just wrap the container like a present.  For the bottom of the container, cut the paper every so often in strips to fold over and glue to the inside of the container.

Step 3:

I added some glitter to the fabric with this Tulip Glitter Fabric Spray Paint.  Because you can never have enough glitter and bling on things. 🙂  Adhere the pocket to the outside of the pencil holder with hot glue.  This is a iron pocket, but hot glue worked just perfect for this decorative effect on the pencil holder.

Step 4:  

Hot glue the the magnets to the back.  Last but not least, add cute trim or what ever you would like.  You could also add stickers. Just have fun with it!

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Here are the pencil holders on my white board at school.  I ‘m definitely going to use these since I don’t have a container for my white board markers.  Usually my white board markers end up being all over the place, so this will be absolutely perfect.

Check out JoAnn.com and The Big Bling to accessories all of your back to school needs  Because who doesn’t need a little extra bling in their life? 🙂

Enjoy!

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 * This post was sponsored by JoAnn.  But, all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

 

 

DIY Soda Bottle 4th of July Crowns

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Are you looking for a cute craft for your son or daughter to wear in a 4th of July parade or maybe just to wear around for fun? Here is how I made my daughter’s 4th of July Crowns out of empty 2 liter soda bottles.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 Liter Soda Pop Bottle
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Spray Paint
  • Various Trims
  • Rhinestones
  • Hot Glue Gun

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Step 1:  Rinse the 2 Liter soda bottle out.

Step 2: Cut the top & bottom off of the bottle with scissors. Using a permanent marker, draw the design for the top of the crown onto the bottle.

Step 3: Cut the design out of the plastic bottle.

Step 4: Spray paint the plastic crown your color of choice.

Step 5:  Using a hot glue gun, add various trims,  rhinestones, wire, etc. Have fun with this.

You’re Done!

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Fun & Festive For The 4th!

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 My daughter’s can’t wait to wear them in the parade!

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 Well, I hope you’ve been inspired to make your own, or to help your kids make one.

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