I first made these about 10 years ago, when john and I taught at a summer camp together.
The process is very simple, dig up some scraps of construction paper…
Cut a whole pile the same size. The more accurate you are in your cutting, the less sanding you have to do. I had the kids cut out a temple and trace their shape before cutting.
We poured the white glue into little disposable cups and glued the construction paper shapes together by dipping our finger in the glue and rubbing it on the paper. Don’t skimp on the glue, in this case, it’s better to use too much.
Repeat this about 30 times until the paper is layered to the thickness you want…
Here are the ones Dylan Sam and I made…they took about an hour to glue together…and we let them dry for about 4 days…
Then for the part that the kids were looking forward to… The sanding… We started with 150 grit, then 220 as we got closer to finishing. The technique that I found works the best is to sand all of the edges first…
Then, start sanding on an angle, so you can see all of the layers. I tried to show you the angle by sanding only two sides for this picture…
Keep sanding until the shapes look like you want them to. Notice that we did this outside, it does create a bit of dust, so we worked on the grass.
Here are the ones we finished sanding today…
Pretty neat eh?
The final step was to add a varnish or sealer, and for that step, clear nail polish works wonderfully. Be sure to seal the sides and back too. You can see how it brings out the colours in the photos.
And here they are finished…
After we made real fortune cookies, I did a little research on line and found instructions for paper fortune cookies, so I thought, why not make foam fortune cookies?
I am going to use this as a craft with the girl guides group I volunteer with, so these pictures are of the samples I made. I typed out a few fortunes, and cut them into strips to put inside, but I also cut some blank strips for kids to make up their own fortunes. I added photos of the fortunes I made when i baked fortune cookies with the kids too. These would be a lot of fun to personalize, and add some humour.
Start by cutting a circle. You can trace the top of a yogurt container, or just free hand cut a circle.
Fold the circle in half and add your fortune…
Now, this step is tricky the first time, but once you get it, it’s easy! What you do is fold it in half again, but you fold it almost sideways. Take a look at the picture…
Then, to hold it closed, I simply stapled them at the open ends…
That’s it! I keep thinking of ways I could use this in the classroom… What about having students write predictions about what is going to happen in a story, then opening them up later? Or what about asking questions then putting them inside? What about writing math questions? I can keep going…Birthday party invitations…place card holders…party favors…
I know it’s hard to believe, but people sometimes give me a hard time and poke fun of me a little about some of my craft projects. The other day as I was leaving work, a friend of mine, in jest, asked me what project I was going to be working on tonight… The truth is that most of the time, by the time I am walking out of the door of work, I have no idea.
The other day was no different. I drove home thinking that I would put a second coat of paint on Sam’s walls, but when I got home I learned something different. Dylan had a film company coming in to work with his class to film a story he wrote. He told his group that he would bring in a pair of fairy wings for the next morning. But can you believe that we don’t have any fairy wings? I don’t know where we missed this purchase…. We have multiple tiaras, numerous fairy wands, a variety of tutus, and princess ball gowns in a variety of colours (all of which I tried to convince Dylan would make appropriate fairy costumes.) But, no fairy wings! And apparently, fairy wings were essential. Period. So, with that argument settled, we needed to find some wings.
I dug out a couple coat hangers, some of Sam’s old pink tights, and duct tape. Have I mentioned how much I love duct tape yet?
I started by cutting about a foot long length of stocking, poking a small hole in the middle, then stretching the stocking around the hanger. I did the same to the other hanger, then taped them together using duct tape.
Then I used a needle and thread to gather the open ends of the stocking and sew them to the center
After I had finished sewing the wings, I covered my stitching with a layer of duct tape.
To decorate the wings, I dug up some rhinestones and silver sparkly hot glue sticks. I glued the rhinestones on the front and back of the wings, then decorated the remaining space with the sparkly hot glue.
Finally, I duct taped a couple loops of sewing elastic for the straps. Fairy wings done…what’s next? Bring it on!
So, what were the kids doing while I was sewing the miles of fabric for the cupcake quilt?
My daughter was given a kit for Christmas where you could make your own pillow out of polar fleece. (thanks mom!) However, some of the decorations were missing from the package, and my son was interested in making a pillow too. So, we used the pattern, to make another pillow. It is an easy and cute design. I have also seen baby blankets done in the same way.
Here is what the finished products looked like:
We started with a square of polar fleece about four inches bigger than our pillow all the way around. I just laid the two fabrics on top of each other and put the pillow on top and cut around it, I am not by nature one who measures… But measure if it makes you feel better!
Then, I cut out a square from each corner
I cut a fringe around the perimeter, by cutting in at every 1-1 1/2″. You should also cut in at least 3″.
Then, you simply put the pillow in between the two layers and tie double knots all the way around the perimeter.
The only thing you need to be careful of is that the fringe at the front and back match up so you don’t end up with an odd one at the corner. They needed a little help at first, but if your child knows how to tie a knot, this is a pretty easy project! Here is a closer look
Ok, I have had a little break from sewing now… We had lunch, gave the kids their showers, and baked some cookies, so now back to sewing.
Have I mentioned that I am going back to work on Monday? You will probably notice my creativity time drop off at the beginning of next week… Work has a tendency to cut into my time a little. I’m glad a have a job where I can still be creative…but, I can’t wait until summer!