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A Cheap & Easy Craft: Desk Organizer

By Karen Harris

Supplies 

  • 3 Pringles (chip) cans
  • cardstock, wrapping, construction or other paper to wrap around cans
  • stickers, markers or crayons to decorate paper
  • tape, twine , hot glue gun (optional)
     

Project

Measure can and cut paper big enough to fit around can, with a little overlap. Decorate paper if desired. Use glue stick on inside of paper and wrap it around each can. Overlap ends of paper and tape down. Now attach the three cans together. I used the hot glue to put a dot of glue on the ends of the cans where they fit together (make sure the taped sides are all toward the center where they won’t show). Use the  twine to tie around all three cans. This will help secure the cans and add a little decoration. Use organizer to hold pens, small papers, scissors, pencils…

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A Cheap Gift Idea: Mosaic Bean Trivet

Supplies:wood plaque, craft paint, glue, beans, spray finish, and feltMosaic Bean Trivet

By Karen Harris

 
Supplies 

  • Wood plaque (found at craft stores)                
  • Dried beans (at least two different kinds)
  • Craft glue
  • Felt (optional) 
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Brush on or spray on finish

Project

Paint the wood with an acrilic paint the color of your choice. Decide what design you want to have on your trivet. If you want you can draw the design on the wood. Start with a heavy line of glue and push the beans down into the glue. Continue adding glue and beans small spaces at a time until board is filled. Let glue dry for a few days so that it dries all the way through before putting the finish on. After it is dry put on the finish. Cut a piece of felt the size of the bottom of the board and glue it on.
Another idea would be to use smaller discs of wood and make coasters.

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Family Activity for Thanksgiving Celebration

ThankfulA Thankful  Activity for All

An idea to connect with family members who live too far to join you during Thanksgiving celebration. 

Supplies

  • Colored card stock paper or construction paper
  • Leaf templates (large enough for a picture to be glued on), autumn leaves (go for a walk  with the kids to collect the leaves), or draw your own Autumn leaves
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Magnets – some come in a roll and can be cut to desired sizes (optional)
  • Tape (optional)

Project 

Ask your relatives to send you a picture and share with you one thing they were thankful for this year. 

  Thanksgiving activity

Cut out all the leaves in different color paper and leaf shapes (they all should be close to the same size).

Glue the pictures on the leaves.

Write your family member’s thankful thought  under or above the picture.  

Display Ideas 

  1. Glue a magnet behind each leaf and display on the refrigerator.
  2. On Thanksgiving Day, have the family members take turn reading the thankful thoughts and then display the leaves on a wall (you can group the leaves by family). You could play a game by placing the leaves with the parents’ pictures on the wall and have family members match the kids’ leaves to their parents.
  3. Display all the leaves around the dining room table’s center piece, and read them during Thanksgiving dinner. 

You can easily find free printable pictures of leaves on the internet to use as template for this project. Some children would prefer coloring/painting the leaves and that’s great too. 

Don’t forget to take a picture of the display on Thanksgiving day to send to your relatives.  

Brigitte S.  

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