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Neat Sweet Treats

6 Feb

Club Creative Studio is always on the hunt for creativity. February is a sweet month to include creativity that has a focus on candy.  I am sharing a few neat ideas that are treats as well. I found a few completed examples of items that I have  created myself in the past.  They are simple enough, a child can do this alone or with minimal assistance.  I hope that you are inspired to create from these ideas, putting your own spin on the projects to make them even better with your own style.

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day as you may be helping a young child share treats with family members, classmates or neighbors. This year, make them personal, create them yourself.

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With a simple paper motif cut-out a flower is made.  Add your stick candy to the center portion through a hole punched section as a focal point. Your sweet treat has become a stem as well.

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Layer cut-out flower motif shapes and you have a three-dimensional petals, the lolly pop can be used to secure the paper and grouped to create a full bouquet or single flower treat.

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While you are discovering crafts made from candy, here is one more idea you can attach to a hand made Valentine card.  I am sure that someone will appreciate the ingenuity.

Have fun creating art your own neat sweets. It is a way to make it a special treat.

Heart to Heart- Easy Paper Crafts

31 Jan

One of the first things that you think about if you are thinking of Saint Valentine’s Day is a heart-shaped symbol.

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The above photo is a sample of a simple made large heart constructed by adding several small heart-shaped loops. The strips are loops connected by a stapled, taped, or glued ends. Vary the width of your paper strips for a different looks if you like. Best place to start: make one heart and then build upon that one adding to the top section with glued tip ends.

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The above photo is an example of how a simple paper weave can be cut into a shape of a heart and used as a Valentine.  Just use various paper strips and weave over under technique. You can buy pre- cut quilling paper strips at your local craft store or make your own strips from a paper shredder. I have a hand-held shredder that works perfect for this project.

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The red and white paper heart above is also woven. Each half  dome-cut paper has three slits cut to matching points and then linked together at the end point, weaving the halves. More ideas in this blog will show you without words how to make your cuts and construct these little woven baskets.  Enjoy making them simply or more complex looking.

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Use felt material as a medium, the same technique of cutting slits and weaving together two parts form a new look. Place candy or paper notes inside, add a handle or hanging loop. In the past I have had various aged students create these weaving projects from construction paper and they were easily created by grade levels as early as first grade.

STEP ONE: SIMPLE SKILL VERSION

Enjoy including creativity into your day today.  I am sure that at least one of these projects featured will be a great family activity to do together or to do in a classroom setting.

STEP TWO: MEDIUM SKILL VERSION

STEP THREE: ADVANCED WEAVES

For a little bit of a challenge in making an advanced version weave, vary where the split lines will go and the pattern will take on a new design!  Best of luck and have fun creating! Use the heart decorations for your home or to give as great paper gifts to others, include the directions or supplies for an added bonus. Spread the word about being creative every day!

I C, U C, We all C, a CD

20 Dec

In this Two-Cent Tuesday post, I share the creativity found in inexpensive recycling.  Reducing the waste specifically from a scratched CD you can bring about some holiday spirit using them in your crafts.  I have gathered a variety of ideas for you to consider as you or your family and friends can try out.  Add your own twist to make your repurposed projects great.

CD wreath idea with six recycled CDs.

Hot glue will usually do the trick well when attaching two disks together.  Making a fun wreath decoration can be quick and easy you can add embellishments such as buttons, stickers or adhesive gems for added sparkle.  To hang a cd wreath simply add string or clear fishing line from the center hole of the cd or hot glue a soda tab to the back side to anchor to a suction cup hook or nail.  Another holiday idea is to use the cd as a base and hot glue a votive candle where the hole is in the center.  This can serve as a protective element to avoid wax spills onto the surface it is placed upon.

Painted image on compact disk.

I don’t know where this image originated but, it is obvious that the artist was having fun painting on the direct surface of a cd.  I have not tried this so I can suggest by guess that acrylic paint will work fine for this project.  Good luck experimenting with the circular canvas.  I think it would also be interesting to leave some of the areas of the actual surface exposed.  It is always cool to see what the item is painted on if it is something that is unexpected and giving a hint of the original cd would be informing too.

Spray paint you disk to use in a craft.

Using other elements from the home, you can produce a wonderful craft and have an activity that produces a take-home item if you have children as guests.  Collect your supplies such as spray painted cd and juice lids, fabric, wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners, stickers, and buttons and use your hot glue to attach your snowman elements.  Personalize for an added touch.  Make sure that the date is included someplace to mark your creative memories.

Remember the floppy disk?

If anyone remembers what a floppy disk is (was) then you may agree that this artist has taken them to a new level. They are artfully made into a creative and colorful sphere.  This reminds me of a lit disco ball that meets up with a holiday ball of holly and misletoe.  You have to appreciate how the mind can create from recycling and repurposing items around us.  Happy creating if you are going to try to create any of the items highlighted here today.  Let us know how you do and what your creative outcome looks like.

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