Today's guest blogger is Michele Made Me sharing her favorite book, "When We Were Very Young" by A.A. Milne. Michelle shows you how to make a terrific rhythm-and-rhymes shaker using a plastic jug and bread tags!
The boy received A.A. Milne's book of poetry "When We Were Very Young" as a gift from his Grandma a few years ago. This book, originally publishedin 1924, is filled with delightful poems, some of which are nostalgic, some of which are thoughtful, but most of which are silly and funny. These are the ones the boy and I love best. We read them together before bed, often clapping our hands as we do because we just can't help ourselves. He's got rhythm, the boy does. And Mr. Milne's poems are very rhythmic indeed. This got me thinking about a craft that would go along with our beloved book. Whatever could I make? Well, a shaker springs to mind. And the recyclables are waiting, ready to be transformed... Are you ready? Let's shake a leg then!
Tutorial: Plastic Jug 'n Bread Tag Shaker
What you will need:
*plastic jug *2 wooden skewers *2 wine corks *several bread tags *a colourful scrap of junkmail *pair of scissors *marker *ruler *hole punch *carpenter's glue *Mod Podge *paint brush *drill with small bit
1. Start with a clean plastic jug. Using a ruler and marker, draw a straight line somewhere near the middle of the jug.
2. At the line, cut off the bottom of the jug. Trim the cut edge of the top.
3. Using your hole punch, punch 2 holes in each side of your jug top.
4. Prepare your corks.
5. Cut each cork in half. Sand down the cut edges to make them smooth.
6. Drill a hole in the cut side of each cork piece. Go as deep as you can without piercing the other end.
7. Cut 4 small circles out of colourful junk mail. Use Mod Podge to glue a circle to the top of each cork piece.
8. Cut your skewers so that they are 1 inch (25 mm) wider than the width of the opening in the plastic jug. Divide your bread tags into two equal batches. Place each batch on a skewer.
9. Place a skewer through the holes on either side of the jug as shown below.
10. Put some carpenter's glue into the cork holes.
11. Place a piece of cork onto each end of the skewer.
12. Repeat steps 9 through 11 for the other skewer.
13. Let the carpenter's glue dry for a good long time. And you have shakability!
Enjoy your utterly recycled plastic jug 'n bread tag shaker (with a built-in handle no less). And stand back as your child lets loose banging out the rhythm in the rhymes!
Oh, and by the way, my name is Michele, and I blog and craft my little heart out over at Michele Made Me. The boy and I often put our heads together and happily concoct crazy crafts most often using recyclables. For example, we've made box chain jewelry from junk mail, photo hearts from tissue boxes, and a 5 Senses book from paper and fabric scraps, among many others. Feel free to drop by for a visit anytime you like. I would love to have you!
Thanks so much for inviting us over Cassi. It has been a real honour and a pleasure. Let's do it again sometime, shall we?
Thank you, Michele! To see the rest of the books and crafts in this series click the button below!