Summer is a great time for arts and crafts that can get messy - just set up a table outside and make sure the hose is handy! Then, read this post at Casa Maria's Creative Learning and get inspired for an afternoon of finger painting!
This Rubber Band Bulletin Board makes a great place to stash all your summer souvenirs! The board I made is 10½" by 11" but you can make it any size as long as you use rubber bands that will stretch comfortably across your cardboard. Of course, there are an endless number of ways to customize it, so be sure to make it yours!
Materials: corrugated cardboard (10½" x 11") 9 4" rubber bands wood grain contact paper scissors pencil
How to Make It: 1. Measure and cut the contact paper so it is 1" larger on all sides than the cardboard.
2. Cut 1" squares from the corners of the contact paper.
3. Peel the paper backing off of the contact paper then lay the cardboard down in the center.
4. Wrap the contact paper over the edges of the cardboard and smooth it down.
5. Stretch one rubber band across the cardboard horizontally, then stretch the next rubber band across the cardboard vertically; continue until the board is covered.
6. You can hang the board by using one of the rubber bands on the backside or you can attach magnets on the back and it's perfect for hanging on the fridge!
Not too long ago the nice people at Elmer's sent me a Craft it! Kit full of tools and glues to try out and now two readers are going to get a chance to win one too!
The kit includes: 9" x 12" Mini Bi-Fold Foam Board, X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster Craft Knife, X-ACTO Designer Series 12" Metal Ruler (not pictured), X-ACTO Designer Series 12" x 12" Self Healing Mat, X-ACTO Designer Series 8" Scissors, X-ACTO Designer Series 5" Precision Tip Scissors, X-ACTO Designer Series Basic Shape Templates, X-ACTO Designer Series Decorative Shape Templates, Painters Bright Colors, Painters Sherbert Swirl, Craftbond Dot Runner, Craftbond Thin Medium Glue Spots, Craftbond All Purpose Glue Stick, Craftbond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen, and six rolls of Elmer's Designer Tape.
I really enjoyed using the Dot Runner. I used to do a lot of scrapbooking and was familiar with tape runners but they always seemed to get wonky after awhile so they ended up being more frustrating than they were worth. This cool little tool rolls so smoothly and leaves behind a line of little tiny dots of adhesive that have a lot of holding power. Very quick and clean, I think it's going to be my new go-to glue!
I used some of the tools to make these cute flower fans from recycled cardboard that are perfect to cool you off on a hot summer day! They would also make a great party favor or craft, or the kids could make up a bunch to sell at a lemonade stand.
Flower Fan Video Tutorial
You Will Need: cereal box cardboard pencil round object to trace, about 7" in diameter Designer Series 8" Scissors acrylic paint foam brush small paint brush Painter's paint pens popsicle stick Elmer's Designer Tape in green Elmer's Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen
Elmer's would love for you to visit their new Facebook page, Elmer's Craft it! where you'll find DIY tips and crafting ideas!
The giveaway is now closed, thanks everyone!! Now for the giveaway!
To enter this giveaway for an Elmer's Craft it! Kit valued at $250 leave a comment on this post. I'd love to know a little about how you craft with your kids: How often do you craft? Do you join in? How do you feel about the mess? I'm just curious about your crafting experiences so let me know in the comments if you care to share :)
Comments will close at midnight PST on Saturday, June 23rd and the winners will be announced here on Monday, June 25th. Two winners will be chosen using the Random Number Generator.
This giveaway is available in the USA only.
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