Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Project for kids to make

I cannot believe it is already Memorial weekend.  Besides, it is almost June and time for summer to begin.  There is one project that will need adult supervision or teen help because it involves using a craft knife.

Tablecloth Weights

Materials:   4 smooth, flat, clean river rocks about 1-inch - 2-inch in diameter,  4 ironing board cover fasteners (they're usually sold in packs of 4),  acrylic paint in various colors, clear acrylic spray, strong glue that can bond to non-porous material (such as E6000), paint brushes,  scissors and newspaper (optional, to protect work surface)

Cover your work area with newspaper.
Paint rocks with acrylic paint using whatever designs you choose.
Allow paint to dry. Then, spray each rock with clear acrylic spray to seal in the paint.
Use your scissors to cut the elastic on the ironing board cover fasteners to fit to the back of your painted rocks.
Glue each clip to a rock using your strong glue that can bond non-porous materials, such as E6000.
Allow glue to dry (it may take several hours for the tablecloth weights to fully dry and you may have to wait to use them at your next picnic).
To use, clip each Memorial Day Tablecloth Weight to each corner of your picnic tablecloth to keep it from flying away.

A Star-spangled Welcome

Materials:  Double-sided tape, 4 (5- by 6-inch) pieces each of red, white, and blue card stock, Cardboard, cut into a 10-inch circle, plus more for a star (we used a cereal box), Clear tape, Tacky glue, Aluminum foil, and String

To make a paper cone, place a strip of double-sided tape along the shorter edge of a piece of card stock. Roll the paper as shown, then press to adhere. Repeat with the remaining sheets of card stock.
Place a strip of double-sided tape on the back of each cone. Lay the cones in alternating colors on the cardboard circle and press to adhere. Turn the wreath over and secure each cone to the back with a piece of clear tape.

Apply glue to a scrap of cardboard, about 3-1/2 inches wide, cover it with aluminum foil, and smooth out any wrinkles. Cut the covered cardboard into a star shape (download our template). Apply glue to the back and press it onto the center of the wreath, then let it dry.
To hang the wreath, make a loop from the string and tape it to the back of the cardboard.

Patriotic Bracelet

Materials:   1 sheet red cardstock, 1 sheet white cardstock, 1 sheet blue cardstock. Scissors, craft knife (for adult use ONLY), clean kitchen cutting board,     pencil, glue stick, tape, ruler, paper advertisements or magazine pages featuring patriotic images (optional), stickers featuring patriotic images (optional),   washable markers or crayons (optional)

Cut a strip from your cardstock that measures 1/2-inch wide and 8 inches long.
Cut a medallion (circle, oval, star, or square) about 2 inches in diameter from a contrasting color of card stock.
Mark two slits on the back side of medallion, a little wider than the 1/2-inch strip.
Cut slits with craft knife (adults ONLY).

Slip 1/2-inch strip into one slit, and out the other. Slide medallion onto center of paper strip.
If desired, cut out small patriotic photos from catalog or use your cardstock to make a star or flag and glue on top of medallion, covering the paper strip that is peeking through.
Alternately, stick stickers on paper medallion and bracelet band to decorate.
Tape to fit comfortably on child's wrist. Trim excess paper, if desired.

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