Make your own jellyfish in a bottle :D

 The other day, while I was thinking to get something to put in the water bottle to shake for fun. I saw a plastic grocery bag next to me and then this idea popped up. I think.. well, give it a try. With some trials and errors, my little jellyfish comes alive just like I thought it would be. 🙂

Things you need to make your own jellyfish (Hope you can find all these in your kitchen) :

1. A transparent plastic grocery bag
2. A plastic water bottles.
3. Thread
4. Food coloring
5. Scissors

Instructions:
• Flatten the bag and cut off the handle and the bottom part (see picture 1)
• Cut along both sides (see picture 2) to split into 2 plastic sheets – by the way, we only use just one of them.
• From the center of the plastic sheet, fold it like a tiny balloon to make the head part and tie it with the thread – not too tight (see picture 3). You must leave a little hole in order to pour some water in the head part (see picture 7-8).

• Now you’ll get the head balloon part and the remaining will be its tentacles. Cut from the edge up to the head part roughly. You’ll get for about 8-10 tentacles (see picture 4).
• For each of them, cut again into 3-4 small strings (see picture 5) – and just cut off the remaining part.
• Trim to make random long and short tentacles (see picture 6)

When finished, you’ll get something like this (the left pile is all the pieces we cut off)• Put some water into the head part to make it be able to sink (see picture 7). You must leave some air inside to make be able to float up (see picture 8).
• Fill up your water bottle (see picture 9).
• Put your jellyfish in the bottle with a few drops of blue food coloring. Screw in the cap and that’s all. : )

** Don’t forget to make sure the cap is properly closed and tight before give it to children ** 

How to play: Just let the kids turn it upside down – they’ll be surprised to see it moves every time they turn the bottle. And they’ll try to confuse this little jellyfish by turning the bottle back and forth very fast – well, my boy did . : )

For young kids, this will help him exercise his hand and arm muscles when he flips, rotates or turns the bottle. They can also learn about the relationship between the direction of bottle and the movement of the jellyfish. For older kids, you can ask them questions about why the jellyfish always floats up to the water surface and what is the differences between the real jellyfish and the one in the bottle.

You can make a few extra bottles for your child’s friends. Trust me! They’ll have much more laugh and fun playing together. : )

Source: Bhoom Play

TakeAlong Games

Play on a pillow in the car, on mom’s bed where it’s comfy, or at the doctor’s office.

Throw them in a little drawstring hobo sack and you’ve got a complete game bag

Today we’ll make a game of Checkers but there are many games you can try:

• Go Fish
• Tic Tac Toe
• Chess
• Dominoes
• Memory

Let’s get started 🙂

Grab bright felt colors (found at most fabric shops)

Start by cutting your checkerboard pieces.  You want the board to be two layers of felt so it’s sturdy.  If you plan to place a different game on the opposite side (like Tic Tac Toe)…then the other game can be serves as your second layer.  But if you use a light color of felt–like I did with white–you may need two layers of white and then your other game on the back because the white is a bit see-thru.

Okay, CUT:
•  (2) checker boards 17 x 17 inches – White
•  (32) checker squares 2 x 2 inches – Blue
•  (4) binding pieces 17.5 x 1.25 inches – Yellow


• Place one white checker board square aside for later.
• Start arranging squares on the other checker board piece.  Start on the diagonal and leave a 1/2 inch border on the four sides.
• Pin the squares in place.  Be as liberal or simple as you want with the pinning.  The squares stay in place fairly well because they’re felt.
• Starting with the top right corner square, sew them all in place, around each side of each square.  I know that sounds tedious but it goes quickly if you work in lines. First sew the right sides of one row of squares, then sew the left sides of the same row, then move to the next row, then turn it and sew the other sides of the rows, etc.  Try your best to keep the squares touching but don’t fret if they don’t! Handmade gifts are cool for many reasons…and one is that they don’t look perfect.  Gives them some charm.

• When the top checkerboard is done, lay it over the other large white square piece.  Pin them together and baste sew them about 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around.  Use a rotary cutter to trim any uneven edges.

At this point, you may choose to add a different game to the back.  I created a Tic Tac Toe game fairly easily.  Then just sew the entire board game to the back of the checker board, as we did above, and we’ll bind it all together.

Each side will be bound separately. So…

• Grab one strip of binding and fold/sandwich it around one side of the board and pin it in place. Do the same for the opposite side.


• Sew the two bindings in place.  Just do a topstitch, about 1/8 inch from the binding edge.
• Trim any excess felt so the binding is flush with the board.
• Sandwich the other bindings around the other sides and sew them in place as well.
• When you get to the corners, sew a small line at the corner edge so there aren’t any open spaces.



• Trim any excess felt from the ends.


And your board is done! Now let’s make some checkers.

Find something round to trace your circles, like a thread spool that fits the size of the squares.

• You need 12 checkers for each player and each checker is double layered….so trace and cut 24 circles from two different felt colors (48 circles total).




Now let’s add little charms to one side of each checker…so that when players reach the other side of the board, they can say “King me!” or “Queen me!”  I chose hearts and stars.  You can do whatever you like or even draw with a sharpie marker to make it fast/easy.


• Draw and cut small hearts and stars from felt.



• Sew each charm to one side of the checker pieces.  Then place another plain checker on the back and sew around the two circles.


Colorful Checkers!

Finish up the project by making a large drawstring bag to hold the game board and a smaller bag for the checker pieces, using the Hobo Sack Tutorial.



Now you’re ready to play anywhere, anytime!



Happy Checkering!

Source: MADE

Art, Recycling ideas: Orange “roses”

Art, Recycling ideas: Orange “roses”

Orange “roses” you can decorate a fragrant mixture of dried flower petals..

Апельсиновыми "розами" можно украсить ароматную смесь из засушеных цветочных лепестков

Starting from the top of the fruit, spiral cut away thin strip of peel. The upper edge of trying to capture the white stripes.

Начиная с макушки плода, спиралеобразно срезаем тонкую полосу кожуры. По верхнему краю стараемся захватить белую полоску.

Получается вот такая заготовка розы

It turns out there is a blank roses

Начиная с макушки, полоску скручиваем в плотную спираль.

Готовую свежую "розу" кладем на картонку и помещаем на отопительную батарею. Высыхает примерно за две сутки. Становится твердой, прекрасно д

Cooked fresh “rose” to put a piece of cardboard and place them on a radiator. It dries in about two days. Becomes a solid, well-d

Готовые "розы".

  Если кожура у апельсина толстая, после срезки первого слоя, срезаем второй слой - белый. Из него "розы" получаются цвета масла.

 If you peel an orange with a thick, after cutting the first layer, cut-off the second layer – white. From a “rose” colored oils are obtained.

 

If tangerine cut into thin slices and dried in the battery, get a fashionable addition to the dry flower arrangements.

Если мандарин покроить тонкими ломтиками и высушить на батарее, получим модное дополнение к сухим цветочным композициям.

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Апельсиновыми "розами" можно украсить ароматную смесь из засушеных цветочных лепестков

Source: Craft Craft

Finger Knitting How-to

You know how I love to make handmade gifts from just about anything. well, this is anything. Sitting on the couch on a lazy Sunday..that beats gift-getting for sure. It is a gift itself. 

 Today’s craft  is a really easy way to make something from nothing, quickly, especially if you use a super-bulky yarn.

 

 You end up with a long coil of knitting like this, that curls itself into a sort of tube.

 

 The boy is using a finer and less expensive yarn, here.  You can pretty much use whatever yarn you have sitting around to do this. 

 

 

 As a scarf!!

 

 Instructions:

 

 Materials: 

Any yarn

An eager kiddo

 Time: However long you want!

 I think that super-bulky yarn is a good weight to start with.  Its easy to work with on the fingers and your kiddo will get something done pretty fast.

 

 Start by placing the yarn in between your thumb and hand, such that the tail hangs behind your hand.

 Pick up the yarn that goes to the ball, leaving the tail in between your thumb and hand. Bring the yarn behind your middle finger and over your ring finger.

 Now, bring the yarn around your pinky, behind your ring finger and over your middle finger.

 Next, bring the yarn around your index finger.

 

 Now, we’re going to head back again. Bring the yarn behind your middle finger and over your ring finger.

 Then, around your pinky, behind your ring finger, over your middle finger.

Starting with your pinky finger, bring the lower loop on your finger over the upper loop and over your finger. 

Continue this process on each finger, bringing the lower loop over the upper loop and over your finger.  Bring the tail in between your index finger and your middle finger.  This is your home base. Now, repeat.

 Wrap the yarn around your index finger.

 Proceed to repeat the over and under until you have two loops on each finger.

 Pull the lower loops over all the upper loops and over the finger, starting at the pinky.

You end up back at home base and you just keep repeating.

This is how the back looks.

This is how the opposite side of the finger knitting looks.

To finish, cut the yarn and bring the end through each of the loops.  If your child wants a break at any point, bring a pencil or pen through the loops in this same way and set aside.  Then, easily place the loops back on the fingers when you want to continue.

 Take the loops off your fingers and pull tightly.

Voila – there’s your finger knitting chain. 

Source: Flax And Twine

10 Cute & Clever Centerpieces

Looking for wedding centerpiece ideas that’s a bit outside the box? I’m a big fan of weird and quirky and I’ve been collecting unique centerpiece ideas just for you!

 1. Carnations in test tubes, held by rolls of colorful yarn is pure genius, not to mention DIY friendly too {by Rachel Ray}.

carnation diy centerpiece

2. Who knew industrial could be so girly? Check out this DIY cinder block centerpieces, as well as several other cute centerpiece ideas {over on Yes, Please}.

cement block diy centerpiece

 3. Not a flower kind of girl? How about fruits? And afterwards, you’d have plenty of fruits for pies {by MSW}.

fruit centerpieces

 4. There’s something so magical about woodland wonderland weddings. To get the look, you just need bits of moss and ferns sitting pretty in glass cloches {via Unruly Things; photos by Erin Grace}.

cloche centerpiece

 5. They say origami is both an art and a science, but what they didn’t tell you is it also makes original and inventive wedding centerpieces {by Lo Bjurulf for Ikea}.

origami centerpiece

6. Woodland weddings get 2 votes from me. Here’s another take on the theme that’s Alice in Wonderland inspired {via MSW}.

woodland centerpiece

7. Let’s not forget cottons are flowers too {via forget.me.knot}.

cotton centerpiece

 8. Did you know wine glasses doubles as cloches and candle holders? What a useful glassware {by Rachel Ray}.

diy wine glass centerpiece

 9. More than a staple, wheat can also stand on their own as wedding centerpieces {via Aisle Dash}

wheat centerpiece

 10. A fun reminder of the “chemistry” that brought you and your fiancee together, a test tube rack centerpiece is just the right theme {via Apartment Therapy}.

test tube rack centerpiece

 I hope this post inspired you to come up with some brilliant centerpieces of your own. If you’ve got some to share, I’d love to hear about it!

Source: Swoon

DIY Paper Calla Lilies

Usually when I think of calla lilies, I think of plain old white ones. But there is a whole world of colored calla lilies out there. Gorgeous pinks, corals, mangos, yellows, and deep purple, even. Colors that make me want to go find gelato or sorbet right this instant. Here is a simple way to dress up a gift using just a few supplies – maybe for your dear, sweet mom for Mothers Day?!

Materials needed: various colored paper, tape, stapler, hole punch, yellow crepe paper streamer, scissors.

Step 1: Begin by cutting a square of paper in the shape of the top left image shown above. The size of the paper will depend on the size of the flower you want.

Step 2: Cut a 5 inch piece of crepe paper, fold it in thirds widthwise  then in half lengthwise. Pick up your petal shaped paper and bend both sides together while holding the crepe paper rectangle inside. Staple the layers at the base of the flower and set aside.

Step 3: Repeat, and staple this flower to your first flower. When you have two or three flowers stapled together, you will want to hide the staples by covering them with a green leaf. (You can use a little double-stick tape to secure the leaf to the flowers)

Step 4: Punch a hole through the leaf and flowers, for your ribbon, twine or string to go through.

Step 5: Wrap your gift and tightly tie your flowers on top.

You can put as many flowers on each gift as you like – check out the photos below, you can go nutso with the flowers! 😉

 

 Happy Wrapping!

 Source: Oh Happy Day

Confetti Egg Game :)

I love parties that involve surprises. And crowd participation. So, just in time for Easter festivities, we decided to throw a party with confetti eggs (which are a little surprise in and of themselves) with a little twist – one golden winner!

DIY Party: Glitter Confetti Eggs

Confetti eggs (aka Cascarones) are like mini pinatas for your head. Traditionally, hollowed out eggs are broken over the head of a friend, showering them with confetti….and supposedly good luck (but definitely confetti).

We decided to shake things up in our hunt this year by turning it into more of a game. You still fill most of the eggs with confetti (or birdseed, or, in our case, Fruity Pebbles since they still look like confetti but I don’t feel as bad about leaving them in the park for birds to nibble). But – one of the eggs in the batch is filled with gold glitter, and whoever ends up with the head full of glitter gets an awesome prize (besides all the good luck they have coming to them).

 Party Rules

  •  Hide your confetti eggs as you would normal eggs, and let your friends go hunting for them.
  • Once everyone has collected the eggs (or as the eggs are found – your choice), the *kindly* smashing upon heads begins.
  • No throwing eggs! Proper egg-smashing etiquette requires your hand to come in contact with the other person’s head so that you aren’t hitting anyone too hard or poking anyone’s eyes out.

The lucky winner who gets the glitter egg smashed on their head goes home with the grand prize of the day. I’m always a fan of large quantities of fine chocolate, but you can get creative with what the prize will be.

Variations: If you’re really feeling feisty (and don’t mind a messier activity), I think it would be fun to leave a few eggs raw, just to keep things interesting (and provide some real motivation for running from the egg smashers coming toward you). Or, really shake it up and try things like jello filled eggs, or powdered sugar filled eggs, or whatever you’ve dreamed of dumping on someone’s head.

How to Make Confetti Eggs:

Materials Needed
Raw eggs
Egg dye (we used good ol’ vinegar and food coloring)
Confetti (or birdseed, fruity pebbles, or your filler of choice)
Gold Glitter
Tissue paper (we used a round 1″ punch to make our tissue paper perfectly sized)
Glue

Pin/Needle
Scissors

Step by Step:

 

 1. Using your sewing pin, poke a single, small hole at the top an egg.

2. Open up a larger hole at the bottom of the larger part of an egg.
3. If your yolk is too large, sometimes it helps to use a toothpick or something to stir the yolk up and make it more liquid
4. Let the egg drain out of the larger hole into a bowl, blowing the residue out through the small pin hole in the top of the egg if you need to encourage the yolk out a little more quickly.

 


5. Rinse the egg shell (you can add a little bleach to get rid of the egg smell) and allow it to dry.
6. Use dye to color the eggshell (you’ll have to fill the hollow shell with dye to make it stay submerged); allow to dry thoroughly.

 


7. Fill the egg about halfway with confetti (or whatever you decide to put inside). Use a funnel if needed.
8. Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger in size than the egg’s hole. Glue the paper to the edges of the hole.

 

9. Voila. Your eggs are filled. You are ready to party.

 

Have fun out there, kids. May confetti-filled eggs make all your dreams come true.

Source: Oh Happy Day