I love this post at Teacher Tom where they created a homemade pinball machine from an old building toy. This is a great project for kids and dads to work on together since there's enough information and pictures for you to create something similar on your own.
I am so thrilled with this sweet photo pendant I made with a kit from one of my sponsors, Photo Jewelry Making Supplies! It was really easy and and I thought I would show you how I did it but the directions that are included make it super easy too. Here is the kit I used.
The kit comes with absolutely everything you need, even the toothpicks to do the stirring with. My pendant uses the clear coating so this is a project just for adults. The pendant is 17mm square and includes a beautiful box chain to wear it on.
Pick your photo (I chose a picture of my youngest but I'm going to do one for my other two as well) and re-size it to fit your frame. You can use the software that is included in the kit or do it on your own.
Use a bit of the super glue to set the picture in the frame, then follow the directions to mix together the clear coating and the activator. Once it is mixed, transfer it to another mixing cup and then slowly and carefully pour it into the frame making sure it doesn't overflow.
To make sure it is completely flat while drying I put the pendant on a clip board so the jump ring could hang off the edge. Leave it to set for 24 - 48 hours.
The whole process couldn't be easier and I had the hardest of the kits! If you don't want to bother with the clear coating there are lots of frame choices where you just slip the picture into the frame behind a clear piece of plastic. I think it would be really nice to use some of your child's artwork as the photo too.
This is such a nice gift for Mothers Day but they have lots of things that dads would like so keep it in mind for Fathers Day too!
I adore this idea! We Bloom Here shows you how to make a simple mechanical from a milk carton and some wire. You rotate the handle and the figure on the top moves. This is a simple project for older kids and patient adults but I'm sure the younger ones will be mightily impressed with your handiwork :)