Sunday, January 31, 2016

January craft night - Hula Hoops

I don't know about you but I've always sucked at hula hooping. Then I realized it wasn't me it was the hoop. Using the $2 gem from the toy store only works when you are a kid because they are sized for kids. As an adult you need a bigger hoop to match your bigger frame. So introducing the DIY hula hoop. 

Supplies you need:
3/4" diameter 160 psi irrigation pipe

10 3/4" male/ male pipe couplers
About 1/2 yard fabric cut into ~2" strips
Gorilla glue or some type of glue that adheres to plastic

To make: 
First you will need to size your hoop by stretching the pipe out so that the hoop is about as tall as your belly button. Cut the pipe using a utility knife. 
Now heat the first end of the pipe in boiling water for about 45-60 seconds. Fit the coupler into this end. If you would like to weight your hoop you can either add sand or water. For an average sized person add about 2-3 cups of water. Now without spilling heat the other end of you pipe in the boiling water. Heat this side longer about 60-90 seconds. Then fit the pipe with the coupler into a circle. 

Now try out your hoop. Easy right!?!? 
If you're still having trouble stand with your feet staggered front to back and move your hips in a slow front to back motion. 

Ok now to cover the hoops. Using the glue make a line along the top of the piping and start wrapping it with the fabric in a spiral motion. Adding another line of glue when you reach the end so that there is glue all the way around the hoop. When you get the the fabric end apply a little glue to make it stick. Overlap the next section with some more glue and keep going. 

Ending a piece of fabric:

Mid section wrapping spiral: 

Starting a piece of fabric:

Wrap the fabric to the end. Let the glue dry overnight and then get to jamming out with your fun new toy. 

In addition to using this for fun and exercise we also are teaching our 2 year old son to ski using the hoop as a leash. It teaching great forward motion and does not pull back on them using traditional leashes. 

December craft night - Santa Logs

These Santas turned out so cute. What an easy way to add a little nature to your holiday decorating. 

To make:
Cut a tree branch from the yard into three pieces of varying length. Don't make them larger than your Christmas storage bins. Cut one end of each section flat and the other at 45 degrees. 

Paint the bottom half of each angled face white and the top third red. Add eyes using black paint or a sharpie. Hot glue on a button or small branch nose. 

We used wire to lock our guys together so tightly wrap your logs with wire so they remain together. Then cover the wire with ribbon. Using hot glue to secure everything in place. If you want to learn how to make the perfect Minnie Mouse bow check out this tutorial. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

October Craft Night (forgot to post)

Wood is my thing. I love making stuff out of it and painting it and cutting it up. Pretty much anything wood and I am in!!  These are just another thing that you can do with all the scrap wood you have laying around. These little cuties range for. About 3" high to about 6 or 7" high. They are just left over 2x4's from another project. We have painted them using  acrylic paints (50 cents each at the craft store) and decorated them using ribbon and tulle and coiled up wire. The stems are just 5/8" dowels cut to be about 3" long and glued in a hole that we made with a drill. Easy least and a fun way to decorate for the fall. Hint... If you leave one side a plain pumpkin and the other with Jack-o-lantern faces you can use them September through Thanksgiving to decorate. Love long term holiday decorating. 

November Craft Night

With just a couple of fun items you too can have some awesome holiday decorations. Check out the list of materials below and the pictures. 

Shadow box materials:
Shadow box of desired size
Scrap booking paper cut to size of frame back
Small ornaments or decorations
Paper craft stickers

Use your creativity and any materials that  you can find to create a piece that is unique to you. Remember to make it three dimensional by adding things to the background and the foreground. Most importantly...have fun!!

When we were done with the shadow boxes we had a bit more time and oodles more materials. So with a couple pieces of scrap wood we created these beauties...

And the overall shots...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April showers bring .... Craft Night!!!

For this months craft night we made wooden holiday signs. Most people stuck with the Spring theme and made signs saying either "Spring" or "Easter". They came out very festive and will be great additions to bring in the new season.
Here is Tina's creation:
This is what Carissa made:
Side one of Pat's creation:
And the flip side:
Jennie added some great sparkle:
This is Darline's side one:
And the other side:

Other people got creative with what their signs said. 
Jen made an everyday sign with their last name:
Kate made an adorable sign with her daughters name:
And Holly made a festive fall sign fit for Halloween and for Thanksgiving:

How to make:
-Cut 2x4s in 4", 5", 6", 7", 8", and 9" lengths. Sand the edges
-Paint the edges and ends 
-Cut paper 3.25" wide by the length of each block
-Modge Podge the paper to the wood - apply glue under and over the paper and then again over the letter
-Embellish for fun and pizazz
-Make sure the let the blocks dry fully before you put them away