Have lots of these empty Altoid tins lying around? Put 'em to good use. On the right, I used sand paper to scrape off the paint and writing. I cut out words (printed on cardstock) and stuck them on adhesive magnets (bought from Wal-Mart). And there you go.
empty altoid tin, construction paper, computer, lots of words!, adhesive magnet strips (available in rolls), scissors
A place to store ribbons! My Converse shoebox. I knew this box would come in handy. Poke holes on opposite ends of shoebox and glue/tape 2 chopsticks together and put them through the ribbons' spools to hold them in place.Punchholes through the front of the shoebox to string your ribbon through!
chopsticks (or skinny wooden sticks to put spools through), shoe box, spools, hole puncher
I didn't really have any "real" wood for this, so I used extra base board we had lying around. I sawed it myself! Then I carved holes and hot-glued little pieces of wooden sticks (i used chopsticks) to hold the spool in place! Be sure to sand down the sharp spots. It's no fun getting a splinter.
wood (or baseboards like I used! lol), saw (please be careful!), TONS of wooden chopsticks or a long skinny wooden pole (from Michaels), wood carving utensil, hot glue, hammer, nails, sand paper
Another fun thing... make envelopes! I used old magazine paper from a Dooney& Burke catalog (these catalogs are HUGE). The pages are a little thicker than the normal magazine pages. You can also use regular magazine pages, but they are not as sturdy and cool!
colorful pages from big designer magazines or catalogs, glue (Elmer's is ideal), scissors
My handy dandy crafty tool belt! I got tired of going back and forth from the table to the floor, grabbing scissors and pencils and glue, so i made a craft belt. I bought an apron made of canvas and cut it up, made pockets and attached the strings... and BAM! A crafty tool belt!
I've never carved anything before. Until now! I have a package with different sizes of wood blocks. This is one of the smallest ones, so I decided to carve out "love". Be sure to have the right carving tools or whatever! Not bad for a first-timer, eh?
Print out random words (be sure you have adjectives, nouns, verbs, all that jazz). It is best to use card stock for printing. You can buy rolls of adhesive magnets at Michael's or Wal-mart. Cut out each word and glue or stick to magnet. Cut out each magnet and tada! You've created word magnets!
computer & printer, lots of words, cardstock, adhesive magnets
Use 2 different color buttons (about 9 buttons of both colors). Glue little magnet pieces on the bottom of the buttons. Altoid tin box is metal so magnet works great! Play in the car as you travel! But don't play and drive.
empty altoid tin, buttons (2 different colors), hot glue, small round magnets, ribbon or stickers for the tic tac toe grid
Jacob and I combined our jeans and even bought some ginormous jeans from Goodwill to make this huge quilt. I wanted to give it the frayed look so I did the sewing and cutting on the outside. This quilt is perfect for a queen or king size bed. Can you see the design/pattern we made?? *It helps if you have different shades of blue jeans! :D
sewing machine (we broke 2 needles during this project! i suggest a strong sewing needle!), sharp scissors, tons of old/unused jeans, fabric or bedsheet (to put on back)
This picture of Jacob and the quilt was taken before we sewed on the back side
the backside of the quilt matches with our pillows
Jacob and I bought these plain mugs from Michael's (the craft store). The little package came with special markers specifically used for mug coloring. These mugs are NOT microwavable (sucks), but they make great pencil holders!