Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Seashell Fun

Heyy all my crafty mommies, and shell loving kiddos!!! No longer do you need to feel as though the shells collected from the beach this past year were a waste. Not that collecting seashells are every really a waste of time, but still, this is just a conformation for you all.

I have put together a list of things you can make with your seashells, to liven them up or put them to good use:

1. Seashell portraits
One of the simplest things you can do with seashells, is to gather all of the really big ones and paint them. We used nail polish for this because they were left outside and our traditional paints would have washed off, and acrylic is too thick for our liking. You can make everything from  memory shell, to  pictures of fishes!
PS: dont think your artistic skills are up to par? No problem! Paint a shell all one color and let dry, then using some clear glue, make squiggles all of the shell. Next pour a colorful sand on the shell and let dry to make your shell look like fan coral.

2. Seashell Earings
This is another super well known use for seashells, but why leave it out? You don't always have to invent the wheel, sometime remembering a good idea is good.You can buy earring backs at just about any craft stores as well as wall mart.I use a hot glue gun for this craft just so that it sticks better, but a super glue will work as well.
       1. Paint your seashell (if you would like) and let dry
       2. Once dry glue it to the earring back, and let dry

3. Seashell Vase
Personaly, I am not a fan of flowers, but my mother loves to send then to me for every occasion, so I have an ever growing collection of flower vases in my house, that look dull since I don't try to fill them with flowers. So this summer I went on a quest to find and collect 500 tiny seashells to help fill my vases with. I ended up with a lot more and was able to fill all of them up. This is a great touch to our bathroom, and my office,  reminding me of the beach all year round.

4. Seashell Mobile
For this craft you want to use slightly more light weight shells, since drilling a hole in them increases the risk of breaking them and your glue may not hold up on  a heavier shell. The easiest way I have found to do this is with a clasp, glued to the concave side of the shell. Use a thick piece of string to loop through the clasp and then again around a wooden ring, before tying off at the top.
Side note: seashells re really porous, so regular glue does not always work so well with them, however Beacon has a sea shell glue that works really well. If you use this kind please be sure to let the clasps sit for a whole day before continuing, because it takes a while to set.

5. Seashell Necklaces
Of course, there are so many ways to make a seashell necklace, and it is probably one of the most common use for seashell findings. My daughter and I went all out this year, using both gemstones, and shark teeth to help add creativity to our necklaces.
(from left 3 mermaid, one just shell)
 1. Paint your seashell
 2. Decided if you want the mermaid version or shark version
             A.Mermaid: Using a glitter glue, glue a colorful gem in the center of the concave side of your shell before adding a final layer of glitter.

B. Shark: Using some glue create a puddle in the concave said of the shell, add the shark tooth, or teeth, then top off with a top layer of glue in order to trap the tooth, teeth into a glue resin.

3. Let Dry before adding it to your necklace

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Homemade Wreaths

Hey guys so Autumn is coming and that means Thanksgiving!!!  I absolutely love fall colors and weather.  So in light of the changing seasons I have started putting together some more fall appropriate crafts for all you crafty souls, and parents of craft loving kids. The first is a homemade wreath. You can make these with leaves, pinecones, small sticks, walnuts, and pretty much anything else you find in nature. For this, due to the chemicals in the spray paint and the hot glue guns please work with a parent or responsible adult.

Step 1 is going out and collecting these items. Yes of course you can go to Michaels or other crafts stores and buy these items, but getting to take a long hike where your kids are engaged in finding “treasures” and hand picking your wreath parts makes the wreaths that much more personal.
            A quick side note is to make sure that if you are collecting pinecones or sticks, make sure they are dry in order to minimize any kind of molding or deteriorating. If you are getting leaves though, you want to make sure that they are still green, and are not falling apart with dryness.

Step 2 is to spray paint your “treasures”. So pick out some fun fall colored spray paint and spray your findings in whatever colors you like. I put down newspaper as a table cloth (you can use gloves to protect my hands from being painted as well as a facemask to minimizes the chemicals being breathed in) and then spray an even coat of paint to the item and then lay it out on another sheet of newspaper in order to dry for at least 4-5 hours.
            Side note: if you are painting leaves, then let them fully dry and then set aside in a book and press for 3-4 days.

Step 3- grab your glue gun, your painted items, and your wreath rings. It’s time to put it all together. Set up a new newspaper table cloth, and then set your pinecones, sticks or base wreath items out around the wreath ring and applying ample amounts of glue, stick them to your wreath. Then take your leaves, walnuts, or other more frilly, or fun items, and glue them on as well. Then let the glue dry and your items set which should take about 4-5 hours.

Step 4-  This is the Glitter Step!!! So once your wreath is dry enough to move it to an upright position, tape a piece of newspaper on the back-side of the wreath and using a glitter spray paint to glitter-fy the wreath. Then remove the newspaper from the back side and allow your wreath to dry completely before hanging in your house or on your front door.

As a side note, try to hang your wreath indoors, and out of too much sunlight, because otherwise the wreath will break down faster.

Here are some of the wreaths that my daughter and I have created:

Monday, September 14, 2015

BeYou-T-Fit Survey

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