Crafts

giant rosary

I have been eyeing this wooden rosary at a fancy home decor store for a few years. I didn’t buy it because they wanted close to $200. So I waited for years hoping it would go on sale but it never did & then it suddenly dawned on me: I could make it myself. I got the beads from a craft store & ordered the cross from Etsy. I painted a whitewash on them & strung them together. Easy peasy & it cost be $35 to make it myself instead of $200.  I can’t believe it took me so long to think of it.

fairies in a jar

This is a beautiful yet inexpensive way to light up a backyard in the summer that kids will love. Use any glass jar & I bought my glowsticks at the dollar store. Add some glitter to the jar. I used a combo of clear & silver glitter in mine. Snap the glowstick & shake it to activate. Once glowing, cut off the end of the stick & pour the liquid into the jar. Place the lid on the jar & shake until the liquid & glitter spread all over the jar. It should glow for a few hours.

WARNING:  I am not sure how toxic the liquid is so please wear gloves while making this project.  Also, please don’t use the jar for food again after its been used for this project.  Just save it to re-use the next time you want to make another fairy light.

melted crayon art

Here is a fun one to do with kids:
1.  Glue crayons to a sturdy art board.
2.  Use a hair dryer to melt the crayons.

melted crayon artMY TIPS:

  • Use Crayola crayons.  I tried a generic brand & the colours never ran.
  • I used regular school glue to attach the crayons because I was worried that if I used a glue gun it might melt from the heat of the hair dryer.
  • Fair warning: Use newspaper or an old sheet to protect not only the surface underneath where you are working on but also the area behind the artwork because the wax tends to blow around a bit.
  • Be patient.  It takes a while for the crayons to start melting but once they do, the magic happens quickly.
  • The closer you hold the dryer to the drips, the more the colours will blend into each other creating a pretty effect.

BONUS TIP:
Uh-oh…How do I get wax out of my carpet?

I found this remedy on the internet & it worked like a charm.
Place a brown paper grocery bag over the spill with the printed side facing up so that the printing won’t transfer to your rug.  The paper acts as a blotter & will soak up the wax.  Use an iron on the lowest setting so you don’t burn your rug.  Iron the paper until it has soaked up all the wax.