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2251  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Bed Slat Headboard/Magazine Rack on: July 16, 2006 05:45:07 PM
Say WHAT??   Huh

I wish I had pictures to explain, but when I was single...living in my own place I had a set of bunk beds given to me.  I took the top bunk part of my twin bunk bed frame apart to where I only had the framed tubular metal rods that the mattress usually goes on...I put it against the wall and shoved my lower bunk (minus the posts for the top bunk) against it like a headboard.  It looked like a giant, wide ladder.  I opened my zines to the middle-most page and hung them on all the 'slats', then tucked them in behind the next row of zines.  It looked really cool...kind of like some stands I've seen at libraries.  It held at least 20 magazines and it was a nice, interesting display for no money!

It looked like this...http://ourhouse.ninemsn.com.au/ourhouse/factsheets/db/intheworkshop/01/188.asp
I guess you could use a couple of old wooden ladders or wooden shutters would be cool, too.
2252  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Craft projects for 7 year old girls on: July 16, 2006 04:14:58 PM
Kids that age like those 'rock crystals' that you grow...that could be a craft one day and something cool to look at for many days to come

Buy the cheap ceramic/plaster or plastic stained glass items (ready-to-paint) and paints to go with them

Sprout seeds in a cool-whip container with wet cotton

Those swirly colored, foul smelling 'plastic' balloons that you blow up with the tiny straws are cool

Make your own board games or trivia games

Teach them basic hand sewing (like how to sew on a button, etc...I taught my siblings when we were young!)

Make greeting cards (Thank You cards for teachers/parents, birthday cards...whatever)

Before school starts back make mini scrapbooks or journals and add pictures or drawings of your summer together

Have a 'day spa' with mini mani/pedicures, facials, hair and make up tips...take lots of pictures for your scrapbooks

Learn Origami together

Decorate some dollar store sandals with fun fur or strips of old fabric just to kick around the house in.

Get language audio tapes from the Library and learn an 'exotic' foreign language (French, German, Italian for example)  Even if they just learn a phrase or two they'll feel SO sophisticated...or spend the day just pretending to talk to each other in a foreign language.

Make Kool Aid play dough. (Google the recipe) It's easy, inexpensive and smells good...let them pick the colors and call it modeling clay...'play dough is for little kids!'

Do plastic canvas cross stitch...great for beginners and cheap

Learn some Sign Language...it always comes in handy...especially at school!

Make paper beads out of sale papers...see website http://www.tappi.org/paperu/art_class/paperBeads.htm (other crafts on this page, too!)

Make Kool Aid Popsicles out of an ice cube tray with toothpicks or the 'real' popcycle molds

The list goes on...there ARE a lot of free craft sites out there...do a web search.

2253  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "_____ in a box" gift ideas. on: July 16, 2006 01:37:31 PM
First Post Ever:

I made one of these for my daughter...and they're great for the little toddler gifts that we're obliged to give now and again.

It's not a box exactly, but close enough...start with something like a Pringles or SlimJim Jerky can. (Any slim, tall can that doesn't smell bad, with a good lid)

Cut the cover of a coloring book to fit around the can, securing with glue or tape...either one works.  Alternatively, you can cover the can with ribbon, paints, fabric, any pretty or cool papers you have...just maybe put clear contact paper around the finished can so it won't get soiled.

Cut the coloring pages out neatly from the spine of the book and roll them up whichever way they fit best in the can.  (I rolled mine starting at the short side of the page since it was a full sized coloring book.)  For the jerky cans, I got one of those really thick half-page size coloring and activity books at the dollar store...the can is smallish, so those smaller pages work great for that.  You should leave enough room in the center of the can for the following:

Take new crayons out of a box and put them in the center hole.  You may also want to add some stickers for added interest!  (You can buy a bunch of crayons on sale before school starts and keep them for these projects...you KNOW you'll have to make at least three or four of these for your friend's munchkins for birthdays, baby showers, etc.)

The can went in my daughter's diaper bag and saved the day many times when we needed to keep her busy!  You could lable your can "Artist in a Can"...or "Contentment in a Can"...or just put the kid's name on the outside.
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