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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2008 02:14:18 PM »

Take foam sheets and cut them into concentric hearts, circles, flowers, etc., then put them in a baggie with a glue stick and a peel and stick pin back to make foamie brooches.  You could include buttons, google eyes, pipe cleaners, etc.

I can picture the patients/clients/residents with smiling suns and flowers pinned on their clothes.   Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2008 10:58:19 AM »

enough memory wire & beads & ends to make a memory wire bracelet

or prethreaded string with twisted wire needle and beads to make a necklace
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« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2008 07:13:05 PM »

This thread has really gotten my brain whizzing!

What about pre cut paper strips (magazine or scrapbook paper) with instructions for the folded bracelets?
This is the closest tute I could find.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2370.0
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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2008 08:56:23 PM »

Embroidery is always good, maybe crochet or simple beading. Maybe card making. What a wonderful idea.
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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2008 10:06:06 PM »

One thing I was asked for awhile back was a kit to make a Angelican Rosary. Yes, it's religious, but in the right setting it would be fast and simple because all it is is basically stringing on beads. The count is easy so to put a kit together would be a breeze and you can make them with small or large beads (for kids!) and it is very inexpensive!

www.anglicanprayer.org/pamphlets/P43_Circle_of_Prayer.pdf

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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2008 10:15:45 PM »

That would be great for certain hospitals. What a cool idea.
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« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2008 10:16:32 PM »

I think the mini origami stars would make a good project. They're a little tricky to figure out at first, but once you figure them out, they're so addicting! And the kits would basically cost nothing to put together. Just a direction sheet and some strips of recycled paper out of magazines or whatever.
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http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/japan/morigami_star.htm
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« Reply #27 on: July 27, 2008 01:17:10 PM »

Here are a couple of ideas to check out:

Retro window watchers to brighten up their space when then return home:
http://www.freekidscrafts.com/retro_window_watchers-e288.html

How about organizing a swap among the patients so everybody goes home with a variety of momentos from people who share their problems. Give everyone a cap to pin their swaps to just like the Olympics...as they face their own special challenge. The girl scouts do this too.

Here's some simple beading ideas

http://www.freekidscrafts.com/ladybug_friendship_pin-e335.html
http://www.freekidscrafts.com/ladybug_beaded_banner-e389.html
http://www.freekidscrafts.com/beaded_penguin-e125.html

Not everyone likes to do the same thing so it's good to have a variety of options.

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« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2008 07:29:57 PM »

Def. check out local 1$ stores and see what jumps out at you. The possibilities are probably endless.

I saw someone said something about a card making kit.. that is a great route to go. And easy.. just throw some embellishments in a bag, card-stock and a bit of double sided tape (so you don't get into buying tons of glue) and there you go. Tags are another route in that dept.

What about mini scrapbooks.. they are all over the place and def. at dollar stores.. just cut paper to fit the scrapbooks (cardstock, graphic paper, etc.) and put ribbons, embellishments, stickers, etc. into a bag as well. That is something that takes a bit of time to make (even with all the gear in front of you) and something they could add to when or if they wanted.. and it is easy cheesy to put together. Mostly just paper!

What about small paint by numbers? I see those a lot.. and some are really detailed and cool. Could be a bit messy, but eh.

Personal journals are great too.. bookmark making kit.. hm.. really this list could go on forever. Friendship bracelets are easy to put together too.. make an instruction sheet and all you really need is thread or threading floss. Sachets, anything you can do with tissue paper (b/c it is so inexpensive).. such as cover/decorate a tealight holder, make faux stained glass, yada yada yada. OHH I did this recently for a bunch of friends - I found these great "decorate it yourself" travel mugs at the dollar store and instead of coloring the pattern inside I used it and cut out some really cute and funky fabric and monogrammed each for a dif. friend.. you don't have to get that fussy - maybe pre-cut a few pieces of fabric (if you can find the mugs that is.. they were sort of a one off) and they can pick and choose what they would like, or decoupage them, whatever they would like to do! Good luck finding those, though  Sad I should have bought tons while I had the chance.. *sigh*

Anyway hope this helps  Smiley
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