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  • Turkey Pinecone

    Cut a small diamond out of yellow construction paper and fold in half to create the beak.

    Cut a wattle (rectangle with a heart shape at one end) out of red construction paper.

    Glue beak, wattle, and google eyes to pinecone.

    Twist dark pipe cleaner around pinecone base and poke into orange.

    Glue fall leaves to opposite side of orange to create tail feathers. (Or trace your child's hand on two different color sheets of construction paper. Cut out and glue them together,...

  • Spooky Halloween Tea Light Holders

    Spooky up your next Halloween party with these tea light candles. They are created by rolling different lengths of corrugated cardboard around tea lights and then decorated with netting and spiders. This project is inexpensive to make and takes very little time to complete.

    Supplies needed:

    • tea lights
    • orange corrugated cardboard
    • plastic spiders
    • wide orange netting on a roll
    • double-sided adhesive
    • clear double sided adhesive
    • scissors and ruler


    1. Cut 30-35 cm lengths of corrugated cardstock at different heights. These...
  • Canada Day Shirts

    What you will need

    • White t-shirt
    • Red paint
    • Plate
    • Piece of cardboard

    Let's get started

    1. Put the cardboard between the two layers of shirt so that that paint won't bleed onto the back.

    2. Pour red paint onto plate and coat child's hand in it.

    3. Press painted hand firmly in the middle of white shirt.

    4. And voila. (you can fill in any areas that got missed by using a small paintbrush)

    5. The next step is...

  • Canadian Flag Cake

    What You Need

    1 pkg. (298 g) prepared pound cake, cut into 12 slices
    2 cups boiling water
    2 pkg. (85 g each) Jell-O Strawberry Jelly Powder
    3 cups ice cubes
    3 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
    2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping

    Make It

    COVER bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake slices; set aside.

    ADD boiling water to jelly powders in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add ice cubes; stir 3 to 5 min....

  • Father’s Day Cards

    What you'll need:

    • Solid color paper cut to 4" x 12"
    • Coordinating paper for the tie
    • The tie template offered here (see special printing instructions below)
    • 2 small buttons (try raiding your "extra button" collection)
    • Scissors
    • Adhesive

    1. Fold your 4"x12" paper in half for the card.

    2. Cut out a tie shape from the card stock you choose.

    3. Adhere the tie to the center of your card about 1" from the...

  • Make your own Snow Globe

    Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved snow globes. I pretty much love everything tiny (tiny rabbits, tiny knitted bows, tiny pizzas, etc.) and tiny things inside a bubble that you can fill with glitter and snow have got to be top of my list.

    These snow globes are so easy and so much fun to make and make the perfect present or mantelpiece topper. The funnest part is picking...

  • Pop Tab Bracelet

    This soda tab bracelet is a great way to show off your resourcefulness and attitude toward recycling and reusing found objects. It is a great accessory for Earth Day and festivals like Tabfest that celebrate tab-collecting organizations like the Ronald McDonald House. Once it is finished, this bracelet is truly a durable and colorful accessory.

    What You'll Need:

    - 20-25 Pop Tabs. Make sure that these have been washed and that there are no sharp edges.
    - Two pieces of 18-20" ribbon....

  • Spaghetti Dogs

    A friend sent me the link to this disgusting food art knowing full well that I'd be compelled to try it with my kids. And I did. And they loved it.

    If you want to try it, just stick dry spaghetti noodles through hot dogs and boil. I thought about adding a sauce, but I think the kids would see that as detracting from the fun.

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  • Candy Wrapper Belt

    Alright, here it is. Now you, too, can wear a fantastically cool candy wrapper belt.

    Candy Wrapper Belt

    candy or gum wrappers (the bag they're packaged in works well, too)
    straight edge (optional)
    tape measure
    clear packing tape
    double stick tape
    x-acto or utility knife (optional)
    2 d-rings in width of your choice (D-rings can be purchased at fabric stores. I made belts using 1 1/4” and 1/1/2” rings. These are probably the best for fitting through belt...

  • Plastic Grocery Bag Sit-Upon

    These rainproof sit-upons made out of old grocery bags started with a discussion about plastic bags being one of the main items in land fills so I started looking into things that could be done with them.

    1. You need to gather about 8 plastic grocery bags preferably in 2 different colors.
    2. Fold the bags so the handles and bottoms are folded in on themselves.
    3. Place the same colors parallel...