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Friendship Bracelet~ Easy DIY

Friendship bracelets are always fun.  Kids of all ages love getting them, and receiving them.  My 10 year old was so excited to share this tutorial.  She recently learned how to make these easy bracelets, and loves it.

You will need:

Yarn

Scissors

Cardboard (lightweight: cereal boxes, 12 pack soda boxes both work great)

To begin, you are going to cut your loom out of cardboard.  make a 3 inch circle, and then cut a small hole in the middle.  (a hole punch is the perfect size if you have one that will reach into the center of your circle).  Now cut 8 small lines around the outer edge of your loom.  They don’t have to be perfectly spaced, but you don’t want them all next to each other either.  Cut them like this:

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Now cut 7 lengths of yarn.  Make them about 1 ft long.  Put your yarn together, put through the hole in the center of your loom, and then tie them together in a  knot on one end.

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Once you have them in a knot, slide your knot so it is touching the loom and the strings are hanging on the other side.  Make sense?  Take each string and slide them into a slot on your loom like this:

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You want the yarn to be in firmly, but don’t pull too tight and rip your loom.

You will have one empty slot in your loom.  Put it at the top, like the 12 on a clock.  Now count down 3 slots clockwise from that empty slot, grab that length of yarn, and slide it into the empty slot at 12 o’clock.

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Once the string in slot 3 has been moved up to the empty slot, rotate your loom so that the new empty slot is at the top.  Repeat that step by counting 3 down and moving the string to the empty spot.  Continue doing so, while occasionally checking your hanging yarn lengths to make sure they are not tangled.  Also remember to keep it tight to get a neater looking bracelet.

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Once you have created the bracelet the length you want, remove it from the loom.  Tie a knot in the end of the bracelet that you just removed from your loom. Measure a finger width from your new knot and knot again, leaving a space in between the knots.

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Trim your ends and you are done.  To put the bracelet on, take the space between the 2 knots you just made and slip the knot at the other end in between these 2 knots.

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There you go!  An easy activity your kid can do and feel the rewards of creating something unique and fun!

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Football Superbowl party ideas, low cost and easy ways to decorate for game day, Football Food, Game day recipes made easy and budget freindlyFootball Super Bowl Party ~ Fast, Easy, Low Cost Ways to Decorate for Game Day

Are you hosting a football party or maybe a Super Bowl Party?  My son was having a Football Party, but I did not want to spend a bunch on decorations.  But at the same time I wanted it to look fun and festive.  I decided to make fun, low cost football serving containers for the chips out of a brown paper lunch sack.  At first I just dumped the chips right in the bag… but that left grease spots all over them.  I found it works best to keep the chips in their normal bag, and fold the top down or cut it off.  Then use the brown paper bag as the outer shell.

A bag of chips has a LOT of air in it, so I bought medium size bag of chips and it filled up the small (standard) lunch sack just perfect.  Start out by taking the flat, brown bag and drawing on the black laces of the football.  I did mine with a sharpie marker.  Open up your bag and  then fold down the top a few times to create a “bowl” out of your bag. Put your opened bag of chips inside, cut off the top of the bag or roll it down so it will not show.  You can use Football Stickers  and Craft Twine to decorate the bag too.  Clean up is super easy, just toss the bag in the trash and you are done 🙂

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Thanksgiving Pie~ Paper Plate Craft

Here is a cute way for your kids to think about, and share what they are thankful for.  Would be a cute craft for them to put together as they wait for the yummy Thanksgiving feast get to ready!

You will need:

3 paper plates

brown paper

orange paper

1 brad (to hold the plates together)

glue

something to write with

Begin by cutting a large circle out of your brown paper.  I simply traced my plate on the back of my paper.  Cut the middle out of a  paper plate to create a template for the filling of your pie.  Take your template and trace a circle to cut out of the brown paper.  You should end up with a big letter o.  Glue that down well to one of your paper plates.

Using your template you made from the extra paper plate, trace a circle and cut it out of the orange paper.  Glue it on top of the brown.  This will be your pie filling.

Take your last paper plate and have your child write what they are thankful for.  Leave a little space between.  May be a good idea if your kids are young to take a ruler and draw lines for each “slice” so they know where to write.  Also have them write “I am thankful for” on top of the pie.

When they are done writing what they are thankful for, help them poke a hole through the CENTER of both paper plates.  If it isn’t directly in the center it will not rotate correctly.  Now cut out a slice from the top plate only.  Make sure you don’t cut too far and go through your hole you made in the center. Now simply line them up and secure your brad through both of them.

Easy peasy!  My kids loved making these and I loved hearing what they were thankful for.

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1st photo

What child does not like marshmallows-even more– cupcakes!  
Add a movie and you have a fun night with the whole family,
while eating these adorable popcorn cupcakes!

2ndSupplies:
Cake mix
White Frosting
Cupcake holders
Marshmallows
Paper
Red Marker
Tape
3rdInstructions:
Bake Cup cakes and let cool.
Frost cupcakes once they are cooled.
Apply the marshmallows on the top.
My 7 year old put them on the top-there is no specific way to make them look.
4thNext:
Make the striped muffin cups.
I drew out a pattern like this.
They have them online for free, but I decided to free hand mine.
5thI cut out the pattern and added stripes.  The stripes are 3 lines thick.
Meaning when I ran the marker across to make a stripe, I did so 3 different times to make a wider stripe.
I connected the two sides together with tape, which then formed a cup.
I dropped the cupcake into the cup.
6thALL DONE!

DO NOT PUT IN OVEN TO TOAST THE TOP OF THE MARSHMALLOWS!
Frosting will melt.  I tried this to see what would happen and I had   marshmallows and melted frosting everywhere. ha ha!
You can use a longer lighter and lightly toast the marshmallows, or a blow torch.  I chose to leave them plane.

They made my heart giggle when I saw them the first time.  My daughter and I had so much fun putting them together.
Perfect for a Circus Theme party too!
 

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