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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Easy Japanese Paper Lantern Craft

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If your studying about Japanese culture, this Japanese Paper Lantern craft is a great activity to do with your kids and is much easier than it looks.

Materials:

  • cardboard
  • ruler
  • a box cutter or sharp knife
  • scissors
  • a pencil for marking
  • two sets of disposable wooden chopsticks(4 sticks) or small dowel rods
  • crayons
  • long Japanese Shoji paper, wax paper, or other long strip of white paper
  • a tea light or candle

Directions:

Base and top
  1. Cut two 6 inch/15 cm squares from cardboard.
  2. On one square, measure and cut out a smaller square about 1 /2 inches/4 cm in from the edge for the top hole. The hole should be about 3 1/4 inches or 8 1/2cm.

Paper
  1. Cut a long strip of white paper about 6 inches/15 cm wide and 20 inches/50 cm long
  2. Roughly mark the paper into 4 1/2 inch/12 cm panels. There will be 4 panels to the lantern. remember to leave a little extra on the ends.
  3. Use crayons to draw a design on each panel. Choose whatever theme you wish.

Assembly
  1. On the cardboard base and top, mark 4 holes, 1 inch/3cm from each corner. 
  2. Use a sharp pencil to start the holes.
  3. Break apart the chopsticks. There will be a skinny end and slightly fatter end. 
  4. Push the thin end of each chopstick through the base piece al the way till just before the bottom.
  5. Push the top piece with the large hole on the top to make the frame. 
  6. Wrap the decorated paper around the chopstick frame and glue the ends together.
  7. Alternatively, you could wrap and glue the paper first, remove the paper loop, decorate and put it back on. 
  8. Put a small candle inside and light your lantern.

You can use the Recycled cooking oil candle idea, too. 

Recycled Cooking Oil Candle Craft

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Looking for a way to recycle all that cooking oil after dinner? Here's a simple and resourceful idea to make small candles from waste cooking oil. This is a good activity to do with the Easy Japanese Paper Lantern Craft.

WARNING: Fire Hazard!
This activity must be done under close adult supervision. Don't use candles inside. Do not leave candles burning unattended!

Materials:


  • used cooking oil
  • old cloth or rag
  • container to catch filtered oil
  • oil coagulant (optional)
  • a paper clip
  • thick cotton string or wick
  • aluminum muffin tin or used tea light tin


Directions:


  1. Use an old cloth or rag to filter impurities from used cooking oil. 
  2. Open a paper clip so it sits with end sticking up as shown above.
  3. Cut a length of wick or thick cotton cord and insert the open paper clip rod up inside the cord to make your wick stand. 
  4. Place the wick stand in an aluminum muffin tin or used tea light tin.
  5. Use an oil coagulant if desired. I often find used cooking oil will coagulate by itself.
  6. Pour some oil into the tin. 
  7. Light your oil candle.


Warning: The oil candle makes black smoke and smells like whatever you were cooking.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Easy Toilet Paper Roll Kaleidoscope Craft

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Here's a really simple recycled toilet roll kaleidoscope craft for kids. Actually it's not a proper kaleidoscope, nothing turns or needs a mirror. This is a perfect for Kindergarten or Elementary students. Te one pictured above was taped to the window, but you can just hold it up to the light.

Materials:


  • toilet roll tube
  • colorful cellophane
  • non-sticky, reflective/holographic tape
  • colorful paper
  • decorative tape or paper
  • scotch tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • glue


Directions:


  1. Cut a toilet roll tube into 1/4 sized rolls.
  2. Roll and glue holographic/reflective tape into very small loops or tear drop shapes. 
  3. Lay the 1/4 toilet roll on the table and fill with the reflective loops.
  4. Place small, irregular pieces of various colored cellophane over the top of the roll and tape everything in place with clear, scotch tape. Now, one end of the toilet roll is completely closed and looks like a small stained glass window and there are little reflective loops inside. 
  5. Turn over the toilet roll.
  6. Trace the toilet roll opening on wax paper and cut out with a little extra around the traced circle. 
  7. Place the wax paper over the open end of the roll and tape the sides down securely. 
  8. Now decorate the outside of the toilet roll with colorful adhesive tape, stickers, or paper .
  9. Hold the the kaleidoscope roll up to a light or window and look through the wax paper end. Roll with your fingers and see the swirls of various colors.



Easy Thanksgiving Paper Plate Mayflower Craft

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Here's a simple Thanksgiving Mayflower craft idea. Cut and paint the boat piece. Cut other pieces for the sails and drinking straws for the masts. Easy and fun to make. Follow the link below for more.

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Thanksgiving Paper Roll Thankful Turkey Craft

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Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the good things in our lives. I've seen Thankful turkey crafts with things written on flat turkey tail feathers. Here's a nice alternative. Write the things your thankful or on strips of colorful paper, then roll and glue together. Glue these paper rings to your turkey template for the tail feathers. Great idea. Follow the link for this and loads of other variations on the turkey craft.

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Thanksgiving Styrofoam Turkey Crayon Holder Craft

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Parents.com Thanksgiving Day craft for kids--a Turkey Crayon Holder!

Use Styrofoam balls to make this simple Thanksgiving turkey crayon holder. Add a face. The crayons just push right into the turkey to make colorful tail feathers. These also make great party favors for your Thanksgiving party. Follow the link for the complete tutorial.

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Wild Thaksgiving Paper Plate Turkey Craft

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Use half a brown paper plate as the base for this wild Thanksgiving turkey face. Add paper feathers for a great hairdo. Follow the link below for more.

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Thanksgiving Fall Leaf Garland Printable

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Visit the great site below for the free printable template of this cute and colorful Fall Leaf Garland. String it up for a Thanksgiving decoration. It'll look great on the wall.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Free Printable Thanksgiving Kids Table Craft

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This awesome set of Thanksgiving printables includes a coloring sheet placemat, crayon holder, napkin holder and big turkey centerpiece to put on a paper cup. Just print out and color. Visit the site below now!

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