Easy Duct Tape Wallet to Make With or For the Kids!

Hi friends! Are you looking for a fun and useful project to make with your kids this summer? How about a duct tape wallet?

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This project is a really great introduction to using duct tape for crafting and my local Dollar Tree usually has some cool patterns in 10 yard rolls. Also if you keep an eye out you can find it on clearance at Joann Fabrics of Wal-Mart or use a less expensive plain duct tape for the inside of the project and splurge on a special design for the outside since you don’t need that much. I think even at full price it is only around $5 a roll. BTW the cheap dollar tree duct tape will work just as well as the Duck Brand stuff for this project:)

Supplies:

  • Duct tape (any brand) Amazon or Dollar Tree
  • Craft Knife *I recommend this fiskars knofe with the locking handle as the blade does not come loose as my other craft knives do but you can use what you have.
  • Craft Mat
  • Non Stick Mat (like a silicone baking mat-do not cut the tape on the silicone mat tho!)

Directions:
1. Make a sheet of duct tape fabric by overlapping 9″ strips of duct tape 1/4″. Flip over the sheet and place it sticky side up on your workspace and cover the back with strips of tape. Tip: For extra strength lay the second strips in the opposite direction. *See tip below for another way to make duct tape fabric.

2. Trim the sticky excess off the edges so you have a square/rectangle. It doesn’t have to be perfect. it should be about 8″ square.

3. Fold over the one side to see about how tall you want your wallet to be (and determine what pattern you want on the outside) and trim off the excess (it will be a strip about 2″ wide, this will become the front pocket.

4. Cut 1/2″ wide strips of duct tape and finish the raw edges if the top of the wallet and pocket. Ise 1″ strips to attach the pocket and seal up the sides.

A couple of tips to make your duct tape crafting easier…

  1. keep a bowl of water handy and dip your fingers i when you are trying to handle the tape, it will keep it from sticking to you. This is helpful when you need to put the sheet of duct tape fabric stick side up.
  2. If you (or your child) is having a hard time making the fabric you can use a piece of tarp or plastic grain bag (like the kids chicken feed comes in) for the back side of the fabric. I do this when I need to make a large sheet of duct tape fabric to conserve the tape. You can get a 6″x9″ tart at the dollar tree too if you don’t have a gain bag handy LOL:)
  3. If working with your kids consider pre cutting the pieces and let them assemble it to save frustration and keep them safe as craft knifes are very sharp. If they want to do it themselves then show then how to tear the tape. The results will be a bit more rustic but that’s OK!

I love that you can express your child’s personality in their wallet and I also love that it can teach them how to look after their money (no more dollar bills wadded up in their pockets to get lost) and since the texture of the tape is grippy it is unlikely to fall out of their pockets when they play. It’s never too early to teach your kids to be responsible with their money or to craft so that is a win-win in my book! Happy crafting!

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Fun& Easy Projects for Kids and Adults! (Summer vacation is coming!)

Hi friends! Sometimes I get a craft supply in and my girls really dig it. That was the case with these plastic tray/frames called Alta-Caps from Craft Chameleon. You can use them to make magnets, jewelry, card and scrapbook embellishments and so much more!

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I asked the girls if they would like to join me on today’s video and design some fun projects, see what they made!

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Supplies:

You could use these accessories with the decorated Alta Caps.

*Note: Don’t use adhesive sheets in punches, it may create a lot of buildup on the punch and make it work poorly, besides, the adhesive sheets cut great with scissors. If you get adhesive on the scissors you can clean it off with goo-gone.

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And now for a funny story…

I wore the butterfly necklace out that night to do some errands. I had to stop by a store and return a couple of shirts and the sales girl complimented me on my necklace to which I proudly exclaimed “I made it! It was super quick and easy, would you like it?” I think I came on a bit too strong, she gave me the ‘get this crazy lady out of here look’ handed me my receipt and said “No thank you ma’am” LOL! Some people just are not ready for my crafty enthusiasm I guess.

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I want to thank Craft Chameleon for sponsoring this post and my daughters for helping me with this video. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? {kit, that is!}

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a snowman kit-no snow required!

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This travel felt board activity is fun for kids to make, give and play with. It might just save your sanity during along car ride to Grandmas this Thanksgiving! Also it is a stash buster project, you can use up all of those felt scraps you have been saving!

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Supplies:
Clear pail
Felt (one 9″x12″ sheet of blue and scraps)
Metallic pipe cleaners
Hook and loop tape-hook side (for buttons or non-felt items)
Cardstock
Buttons
Button jars
Tools: scissors, wire cutters, circle punch
glue

Directions:
1. Cut out snowman, hats, scarves and other accessories from felt scraps. Arrange on a sheet of blue felt.
2. Glue small pieces of hook side of Velcro to backs of buttons and other non felt items. Cut pipe cleaners for hands.
3. Place items in pail and decorate lid!

I hope you give this project a try with your kids and til next time happy crafting!

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3 Patriotic Crafts for kids!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a great 4th of July! Here are a few crafts my daughters came up with to help celebrate the 4th of July! If you enjoy these crafts you can check out their new YouTube channel called CraftyTwins with craft projects for kids designed by kids. They are doing everything from developing the projects to shooting/editing the videos. I wonder how long before I can hire them to edit my videos…. 🙂

First up is Lila with a festive 4th of July Hat, feel free to change-up the colors for whatever you need!

And Maizy’s rainbow-colored 4th of July card with lots of cool crafting tips!

And grab the glue gun for Lila’s 4th of July Flag! Warning, there is a lot of hot glue in this one so kids, get your parent’s help with this one (don’t burn your hands off!)

I am so glad my girls love to craft, it is a wonderful hobby that’s not only fun, but builds self-esteem and develops both sides of the brain. If you are afraid of your kids using up all of your supplies collect a box of items you don’t mind them using up and put it in an accessible spot for them. I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July and as always happy crafting!

Let’s Get Outside and Craft! {Great kids party activity too!}

Hi friends! We went from dreary and mid 50s to Sunshine and 80s this week so I just had to take my supplies outside to craft! Today I am going to show you how to make bubble wands using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch this video to see how.

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Supplies:
Metallic Pipe Cleaners
Raffia ribbon
Plastic craft beads
A bottle or cylinder to use as a form
Scissors
Bubble solution (if you have a recipe share it in the comments!)

Directions:
1. Make a loop in the middle of a pipe cleaner using a bottle as a form and twist the ends together.
2. Add beads if desired to another pipe cleaner and attach it to the first one under the loop. Wrap the beaded pipe cleaner around the handle and form the excess into a heart-shaped handle and twist to secure.
3. Add a ribbon through the end of the handle so you can wear it as a necklace. Enjoy!

The DIY bubble wands actually work better than my beaded metal bubble wands because all of the texture on the pipe cleaners grab more bubble juice so you get more bubble per blow. Cool huh? And i love that they only cost pennies a piece. Summer vacation is only a couple of days away so stock up on great craft supplies from our sponsor Papermart and let your kids creativity (and the bubbles) soar! Feel free to “pin” this idea on Pinterest so you will remember to try it this summer! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fall or Halloween Home Decor Craft for Kids {or you!}

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a cute pumpkin themed wall hanging using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

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There are  a lot of techniques in this video but you can totally make this project with your kids. I recommend using thick ‘n tacky glue if the kids are helping out, otherwise the hot glue gun is handy. You can keep this plaque strictly fall themed or you can add a face to the pumpkin and some spiders and cobwebs and make it for Halloween like I did in this video:

Supplies:

  • Crepe paper in orange and green
  • Floral wire
  • Jute cord
  • green and black in pads
  • chalk and sponges/cotton balls
  • tacky glue or hot glue
  • Gold paint OR embossing ink and gold embossing powder
  • scissors, wire cutters, pencil, protractor, black paper scraps, cardboard or mat board scraps, cardstock or construction paper
  • You can find my spray ink tutorial here

Simply follow the instructions in the video for making the honeycomb pumpkin and decorating the wall plaque! Did you know I post many videos that never make it to my blog? Click here to be notified whenever I post new video and follow along in the fun! I hope this project inspires you to craft with your kids or grand kids and for yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by today and til next time happy crafting!

Wait Summer! Don’t Go! {A fun outdoor craft!}

Hello friends! Every month at my local library I have a free craft night for children. I wanted to show the kids how to make something that they could use outside during these last remaining weeks of summer and I decided on this fun fish windsock:

To make this craft you will need:

  • 9″x12″ watercolor paper or poster-board
  • crayons
  • watercolors/brush,water
  • fishing line or string
  • tacky glue or a hot glue gun
  • wiggle eyes
  • Time: This craft will take about 30 minutes

Note: to make this project weatherproof substitute the crepe paper with ribbon or strips of plastic (you could cut strips from a disposable plastic table cloth or plastic bag) and laminate the watercolor paper before gluing it into a cylinder.

Please watch the above video to see how it is made! Happy crafting!

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