Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fun Copy-Cat Pinterest Crafts to Get You in the Back To School Spirit! - #Crafts

I can't believe school starts on Monday, for Ashton.  It seems like the summer just flew by!  So we've been figuring out what to do with the last few days we have left before the big day.  I went scouring the Internet for fun crafts and games to play with Ashton and decided to post a few of my favorites!  

What you'll need:
  • Large empty soup can 
  • White paint
  • Colorful fabric
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • 1-2 strips of mounting putty
  • Large box of colored pencils
  • White ribbon (optional)
Directions:
  1. Paint can with white paint and let dry.
  2. Cut two strips of material long enough to wrap around the top and bottom of the can to create a decorative border.  Attach with white craft glue.
  3. Roll the mounting putty in you palms and wrap around the center of the can.
  4. Press colored pencils into the putty, working your way all around the can.
  5. Tie a piece of ribbon around the can for a decorative touch.
*If your pencils keep falling out of the putty, either increase your amount of putty or add more putty around the can toward the top and bottom for a better hold.  
*To use a pencil, simply pull it off the putty and gently press it back into the putty to put it back!

Candy Pencils (Great back to school gift for teachers and students!) (http://www.thriftyandthriving.com/2011/08/back-to-school-gifts-for-teachers-or-kids-candy-pencils/)

What you'll need:
  • Rolo's
  • Hershey's Hugs (or kisses)
  • Yellow and pink cardstock
  • Foil
  • Glue dots
  • Ribbon or string
  • Craft scissors with pinking edge (optional)
Directions:
  1. Pull the Hershey's label out of the Hug, and use the glue dots to attach the Hershey's Hug (or Kiss) to one of the ends of the Rolo.  
  2. Cut about a 1" thick pink strip to add to the top of the Rolo to resemble an eraser.  Cut a circle and attach it to the top to finish it off.
  3. Cut a piece of yellow cardstock to wrap around the Rolo's.  Fold it about an quarter of an inch over and over to create the crease marks for the pencil then attach it to the Rolo's.
  4. Cut a thin piece of foil cover the part where the yellow and pink overlap, this works as the metal portion of the pencil.  
  5. Lastly, you can attach a note to the finished product with a ribbon or string.
(Optional:  You can cut one end of the yellow cardstock with pinking scissors so it has more of that sharpened pencil look.)

What you'll need:
  • A regular old hardboard clipboard (about 9 x 12 1/2)
  • 12 x 12 cardstock scrapbooking paper in a pattern you like
  • Spray adhesive or mod podge
  • A glue gun
  • Embellishments for the clips 
Directions:

  1. Carefully trace the scrapbooking paper around the clipboard and at the top where the metal clip attaches.  
  2. Cut out the scrapbooking paper to fit the clipboard.
  3. Spray the back of the paper with a spray adhesive or coat with mod podge.
  4. Affix the paper to the clipboard and gently press all over the paper to adhere it to the clipboard.
  5. Using a hot glue gun, glue your embellishments to the metal clip and let everything dry overnight.

Cute Clock Creature  (http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/clock-creature-673088/)
What you'll need:

  • Alarm clock
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Marker or Pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 1/4 yard faux fur
  • Tacky glue
  • 2 adhesive-backed velcro dots
  • Masking tape
  • Giant googly eyes
Directions:
  1. Trace the face of the clock onto a piece of cardboard.
  2. Draw a head around the clock outline, then draw a pair of feet.  Sketch the clock window on the head, using a ruler to approximate it's size and placement and cut it out.  Cut out the head and feet.
  3. Trace the head and feet onto the back of the fur and cut out the shapes.  Glue the fur pieces to the matching cardboard pieces.
  4. Attach one side of each Velcro dot to the clock face and the other to the back of the head, lining them up.  The Velcro will allow you to remove the head to access the buttons or dials.  
  5. Tape the feet to the head, leaving a N-inch gap to allow for folding.
  6. Finally glue on the googly eyes and stick the head in place.

What you'll need:
  • Shoebox with lid
  • Broad-tip markers, Crayons, and/or washable paint and heavy duty brushes.
  • Flexible foam shapes and Textured Collage Shapes
  • Small box with lid
  • Empty yogurt container
  • Scissors
  • School Glue
Directions:
  1. Use markers, crayons, and/or paint to decorate the outside of the shoebox and it's lid and wait until it dries.
  2. Glue colored paper around the yogurt container and set aside to dry.
  3. Glue the small box lid upside-down to the shoebox lid (so it forms a shallow storage tray) and set aside to dry.
  4. Glue the container and the small box without the lid to the top of the shoebox.
  5. Decorate the organizer with foam shapes or colorful collage materials.
  6. Now you can store glue in the small box, smaller items like erasers in the small box lid, and crayons, makers or pencils in the yogurt container.
  7. Store larger items inside the shoebox.

School starts for us tomorrow and I figured today we would go all out and have fun today and these crafts look like a blast!  When does school start for your child(ren)?  Are you prepared?

The craft projects featured in this post are not mine however any opinions stated in this post are mine and unbiased.  I was not compensated for this post in any way.  For more information please see my disclosure policy located in the PR section of my site.

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