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Kids crafts, How to make a stress ball, perfect for tweens or teens summer camp arts and crafts ideas, boy or girl scout craft ideas, low cost craft projects for a family reunion

How To Make A Stress Ball ~ Kid Crafts perfect for boy scouts, summer camp or family reunions!

This is a low cost project that kids of all ages will love.  My daughter made these in her 5th grade class and thinks they are the coolest thing ever. I remember making a version of a balloon stress ball when I was a kid too, but this version is much improved from what I made 20 years ago lol.

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To make this project you will need:

  • 3 balloons
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup of flour
  • empty water bottle (with thin sides that you can squish)
  • funnel and pencil or chop stick
  • scissors
  • wet wash cloth

We bought our supplies at the local dollar store, but you can find balloons at almost any store!

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  1.  Start with putting about 1/3 off a cup into a water bottle with a funnel. Use a pencil or a chop stick  to poke the flour into to bottle.  How much flour you need will vary on how big your balloons are. You want to fill the balloon all the way up, but too much flour will make it hard and not enough will make it to squishy.
  2. Take one balloon and blow it up as big as you can, then let all the air out.  Then blow it up again about half way, and twist it closed (NOT TIED IN A KNOT) just twisted.
  3. Hold the twisted part of your balloon and put the opening of the balloon over the water bottle.  Hold it tight and allow the neck of the balloon to un-twist.  You can now start to squish the flour from the bottle into the balloon.
  4. Once all the flour is in the balloon, hold the neck of the balloon and slowly let out the air. SLOWLY if you do it to fast the flour will fly out as well, making a huge mess.
  5. Take a wet rag and wipe off any flour that make have gotten on the outside of the balloon. You need the balloons to make a seal, and if there is flour on the outside they will not seal together.
  6. Set the balloon on the table and cut the neck of the balloon off.
  7. Take a 2nd balloon and also cut the neck of that balloon off. Put your fingers inside the opening to make the hole larger and wrap it around the balloon you have with flour on it. Careful not  to spill the flour out.
  8. Once again wipe off any flour that may have gotten on the outside,  and do step 7 again with another balloon. For a total of 3 balloon on the outside.

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I was looking at some old Mother’s Day cards my kids have given me over the years and I came across this finger print flower poem.  I loved it then, and still love it now.  So my girls made a few of them yesterday for a fun after school project.

The poem reads…

I made you a flower

With my finger and my thumb

So you will have these memories

For all the years to come

Happy Mother’s Day 2012

To make these all you need is a white price of card stock cut into a strip, colored paper to make the card, green marker to draw a stem, paints and some cute little fingers.

Have your child dip their finger in green paint to create the leaves.  Then dip their pointer finger in paint to create the flower petals.  I found it was easier for them to follow a circle drawn with pencil.  Attach the poem and you are done!

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Garden Markers DIY made with Wine Corks
With spring on the horizon you may be thinking about all things garden related. Garden markers can be a great way to keep your plants organized all throughout the growing season. You can make your own garden markers at home, using just wine corks and a few other supplies. So skip the store bought, here is how you can get started crafting your own!

Supplies needed:
Wine corks
Magic Marker
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If you don’t have wine corks on hand, you can buy them by the bag at most craft stores. Or, have your friends save a few for you. You will need one cork for each plant you wish to mark.
Directions:
1. Begin by writing the name of each plant on the wine cork. Use a permanent marker to do this. Just press firmly and start writing.
2. You may want to poke a hole in the cork prior to inserting the stick. Use a sharp object such as a screwdriver to do this. Just press and remove.
3. The chopstick or wooden stake can now be added. Just press it into the cork.Your wine cork garden markers are now ready to be used. If you wish to spray them with a clear coat before using, you can. This may help protect them against the elements. Then, press the wine cork garden marker into the soil near the plant it identifies.

How easy was that? Give this wine cork garden marker tutorial a try and get your garden looking great for less.

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How to make a hooded towel, so easy!

This is one of my all time favorite things that my mother in law has taught me! She gave me one when I had my first baby and I fell in love with them and have been making them for baby shower gifts, and for my own babies ever since!

You will need

A bath towel

coordinating wash cloth (or for bigger kids, a hand towel)

Sewing machine

coordinating thread

sewing scissors

pins

a cute baby to wrap in the towel when you are done

We have used hand towels for making them as the kids get older. These are great at the pool, where the child might feel cold coming out of the water and they can curl up in the hooded towel for a bit. Of course,they are also great for bath time too. I meant to buy a washcloth for the one I was making today but accidentally got a hand towel. Which would be fine, but I bought it for a baby gift and those are way too big for babies! Also, I bought them on vacation at IKEA so there was no returning to get the right size. Oops. So be careful to get the correct size when buying them.

Begin by cutting off any tags that might be on the towels. The side with the tag will be your “wrong side” when you turn it wrong side out. Once the tags are cut off,turn the washcloth or hand towel wrong side out, fold it in half so the short sides are together and pin along the edge of one of the long sides. My picture didn’t show this well, so if you have your long rectangle, and fold it in half short sides together. you will not pin it closed on the ends you just folded, but one of the other 2 open sides. make sense?

Now that it is sewn there, turn it right side out again. You should have a square with the back side, and the side you just sewed meeting making a corner like this.  That still leaves you 2 open sides.

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Now the side with the edging of the washcloth (where you folded them together to begin with) will be folded over, just a little bit, this is your judgment. For a larger hand towel I do about 3 inches where for a wash cloth you want to leave the room there. so an inch-inch and a half should be good.

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Once you have that folded over you will now only have the one side left. This should be the side that is opposite the top (the half fold). Pin this last open side to the wrong side of the bath towel. To make sure you have it centered, fold your bath towel in half. Lay your wash cloth inside the bath towel so that the side you sewed on the washcloth is the back and matches up with the middle fold of the bath towel. Now pin together. Do not pin all 4 pieces together. You will sew it shut if you try that. Pin around so that they both still open, like a cape.

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Sew them together. When you get to the back, with the layering it may catch on your machine. Just guide it through gently. This is pretty easy to sew straight here. I simply follow the edge of the towel as my guide. If you line it up and follow that, it should have a nice, straight seam when it is done.

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Once that is sewn, you are done! Now all that is left to do is wrap it around your freshly bathed kiddo!

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