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Repurposed CD Jewel Cases

My good friend Patti, recently presented me with a ginormous box of empty CD jewel cases, and asked me if I had any creative ideas for them.  I love a repurpose challenge!  I took a huge stack home with me and here’s what I came up with.

We now have an awesome and free “stained glass” window in our family room.

I just stuck them to the window with double stick tape.  The edges were tricky because these things don’t like to be cut.  They’d rather crack, snap  and send pieces flying across the room. Watch your eyes!  With patience and a little finesse, I managed to cut them down to fill in the gaps.

It’s a fun and looks really cool at night. The best thing is when we get tired of it, it will be super easy to take down.

Here’s a close up of my never-gonna-be-finished Kermit portrait, that had a cameo in the first photo.

For 5 years I’ve been saying I will finish him…some day, and haven’t yet.  When I tried to donate him to Goodwill, Der and the boys pitched a fit, so here he sits ever so patiently waiting to be completed…one of these days…maybe.

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Rainbow Paper Suncatchers

I freehand cut blue sheets of paper into clouds.  Then I cut their centers out.  I cut 2 at a time, so there would be twins that we could stack to match.

After cutting tissue paper into thick strips, I gave each boy 1 in every color.

Conrad’s friend, Gavin, was over again and was happy to make one too.

The photo’s pretty self-explanatory, but you outline the cloud with glue and overlap your tissue paper on each previous piece.  We made sure to leave plenty of tissue hanging out the bottom of the cloud.

As you can see we used white glue, but glue stick would have been better.

If you look closely at the tops of the clouds, you can see the hanging string we glued to the tops, in-between the paper.

The cloud shape is clearly visible through the tissue paper, so it was easy to see where to put the next layer of glue, in order to attach the twin cloud.

The boys gently tore any tissue poking out of the top.  Scissors would have created a cleaner edge, but this way was much faster.

Rainbows are so happy!  I love them!

I also love how the different colored paper overlapped creates new colors.  It was a makeshift course in color theory for the boys.

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Cornstarch Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I saw this on Pinterest, and had to try it.  I swear I don’t spend all day on Pinterest, though I probably could.

I mixed up the chalk paint like the recipe said.  1 part cornstarch 1 part water and then I just added food coloring until I liked the saturation level.

It was all very pretty to look at.

Then I called Jeremia out to paint by himself.  I felt like he needed a break from his brothers.

As you can tell by his smile, I was right.

It was HOT outside, like 110 degrees HOT! The paint dried almost as soon as it hit the ground.  This project would be better suited for a cooler day, but we’ve been so busy lately, I felt like it was now or never.

I didn’t even bother to clean the pine needles off of the driveway.

When JP was done painting his potted plant, I called Ami and Conrad out for their turn.

I always ask Conrad why he doesn’t put shorts on instead of jeans, when it’s so hot and he says “I just like pants”.  I say “Suit yourself goofball.”

The painting was fun-ish, but it was frustrating how quickly it dried.  It would be a great project for cooler weather.

The best part about the whole thing was when we decided to have a chalk paint race.

I dumped the paint out, on the downhill part of our driveway, and we watched the colors run together, and made guesses on which color would go the farthest.  Orange won.

It was seriously fun.  And gorgeous.

When Derek got home, he took special care  and tried not to park on it, because it was so cool looking.

I took this one with Instagram.  If you haven’t tried Instagram, you should.  It’s just another way too addicting modern marvel.

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So Tiny

I am not a huge fan of spiders, but I have to give them props.   This teensie, tiny work of art was in the chicken coop fence.

They are master craftsmen, better yet, craftarachnids.

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Easy Homemade Stickers

Due to my old broken book fetish, and general love of all things paper, I have accumulated quite the collection of paper.  As you all know I have made beads, bowls, jewelry, creatures, and more with my abundant paper supply.  I am always on the lookout for what else I can make with my medium of choice.  Recently I came upon someone with handmade stickers made using vintage maps.  I got to thinking how I could make my own.

Here’s what I used:

Cute, fun, or interesting paper

Full sheet sticker labels-These can be pricey.  I luckily had some leftover from fundraising projects we did years ago.

Die punches- These can also be spendy.  To save fundage on these I waited until they went on sale at Michael’s for 50% off.

A glue stick *Edit*  I have discovered that rubber cement is much more reliable.  With the glue stick there is a 50/50 chance it will give out.  No matter what glue you use, it is imperative to peel the sticker away from the backing slowly and carefully.

First, I cut the sticker paper to size with my chosen paper.

Next, I thoroughly coated the back of my paper with glue, being careful to cover the entire thing.

Then, I slowly smoothed the glued side of the paper onto the label, pressing firmly.

Finally, I punched out my shape.

Voila!  A one of a kind, super cute sticker was born!

And then I kept going…

and going…

and going.

I was unstoppable.

These are going to go on the summer craft list for the boys.  I know we have some chewed up Dr. Suess books, courtesy of a certain rotten dog named Bug, that would lend themselves nicely to fun stickers for the boys.

If you like the stickers, but don’t want to fuss with making them, check out my Etsy shop and buy some for yourself.  Each sticker is guaranteed to be a one of a kind.  They would be great for letter seals, scrapbooking or just adding cuteness to any old thing.

AND, because I love you, I will be giving away 30 stickers to a random commenter.  So leave a comment and you could be 30 stickers richer by the end of the week!  Don’t be shy, you know you want them!

You have until midnight Wednesday, May 9th to enter.  I will use a random number generator to choose the winner and announce it on Thursday.

Good luck and “may the odds be ever in your favor”.

Shout out to the “Hunger Games” for being a good read and super quotable.

** Update 5/9/12 

I’ve decided to extend the timeline for the sticker giveaway.  You now have until midnight, May 14th to enter.  This will allow late readers time to enter.  I’ll announce the wiener (snort, snort) Tuesday the 15th.   Don’t think that you can’t enter to win just because we know each other.  So far I know at least 50% of my readers on some level.  Some of you are old friends from school, some are cancer world friends, some are family-don’t let that stop you.  The winner will be chosen at random.   Oh and don’t worry, commenting doesn’t sign you up for mailing lists or any other such nonsense.  And free stuff is always awesome, soooo enter, enter, enter!

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Quick and Easy Thank You Cards

We had a stellar Christmas and even though we are halfway through January we just sent out our thank you cards for our gifts.  It’s never too late to say thank you.

For these thank you cards I folded cardstock in half and cut them to fit some spare card envelopes I had on hand.

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We put the ink pads I scored at Goodwill to use for this project.

I had the kids each spell out “Thank you” using their finger prints.  Jeremia had an easy time of it.  Conrad had to do a practice one and Ami needed a little help from Dad.

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Making the letters wasn’t hard, but getting the spacing right proved to be a challenge.

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After they finished the outside, I told them they could make any fingerprint creature they wanted, except a bird since that’s what we put on our Christmas cards.  Then we passed them all around so we all had a chance to “sign” them.

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Fingerprint art is so much fun and the possibilities are endless.

Jeremia did aliens. I did piggies. Conrad and Ami switched it up doing people, aliens, robots and finally caterpillars. Der did adorable jumping people.

We had fun and laughed a lot.  Good times!

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