Di's Delightful Creations
Mom's Special Pocket
Magnetic Jeans Pockets
Pocket cut off back of old jeans
1. Trace the shape of the pocket onto cardboard.
2. Cut out the cardboard shape.
3. Hot glue the cardboard to the back of the pocket along the pockets edge.
4. Attach the magnetic strips to the cardboard and you have a magnetic pocket.
Write little sentiments, "I remember when's ...", little
photos, frecipes etc for Mom to treasure!
When checking pockets at laundry time
A mother really never knows
what her hand will meet in a pocket
When checking everyone's dirty clothes.
When you check my pocket, Mom,
filled with special things for you,
Know you'll find my hugs and kisses
and love from me to you!
Submitted by Dori
This is a gift for an adult to make with a young child. It's a poem with a handprint and an optional photo of the baby/preschooler.
This project is rated EASY to do.
What You Need
Small child in play clothing.
Print out of handprint poem (make extra copies).
Optional small photo of child.
Water based paints - finger paints or tempera paints.
Bowl or something to hold the paint.
Brush or sponge to apply paint to child's hand.
Paper towels or some other way to do a quick cleanup!
How To Make It
Here's the poem for you to copy, format and print in your favorite word processor, or you can print out this version :
Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls
But every day I'm growing --
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away
So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small
Put a date here
Love, put child's name here
What to do:
Print the poem (make extra copies).
Apply the paint to the child's hand, then press their hand to the paper near the poem.
This might take several attempts to get a good print, patience is the key.
Clean that little hand, before you get handprinted, too! Personalize with the date and name (if it isn't already). Let dry, then glue on a photo, if desired.
Submitted by Rosellen
1 1/2" metal button with red fabric or a 1 1/2" wooden circle, paint 2/3rds red and 1/3rd black. Use a permanent marker to draw lines down the back of the ladybug. With #2 round brush, highlight the wings with light ivory on the fabric or painted surface. Using the stylus, make black dots on the wings with black paint. Tear a strip of fabric for a bow (about 1" wide). Tie and hot glue to the center. Trace a flower and flower center onto a piece of Heat and Bond (fusible webbing). Fuse to fabric. Cut flower out. Fuse center to flower and glue in place on top of bow. bend thin wire into antennas and glue behind the head of the ladybug. Glue 4" doily folded in half on back of body. Glue bar pin to doily.
Submitted by Elizabeth
Making Ribbon Roses:
Ad an extra touch of elegance to all of your gifts with a rose made out of wire edge ribbon. The are very simple to make and with the large variety of ribbon textures and colors you can create a whole bouquet of roses in a few minutes.
2 feet of wire edged ribbonA pair of sharp scissors Cut a 22-inch length of ribbon and tie a knot in one end pulling it taut.
Pull the material back on one side of the open end ofribbon to expose the wire.
Gently gather the ribbon pulling down to the knotted end.
Gather all of the ribbon down by the knot end, it will ruffleand begin to curl.
Leave the long exposed wire free.
Holding the knot in your left-hand start shaping the rose as you wrap the ribbon around the knot. Keep the wrapping motion tight at first to form the bud of the rose, then wrap the ribbon with less tension giving a flare to the petals.
When you reach the end of the ribbon fold the raw edge down touching the gathered edge.
Wrap the wire around the free edge and tightly around the knot until the rose is secure. Cut off any excess wire.
Finish off your ribbon rose by adjusting the ribbon to give the fluted effect of petals. Perfect!
Submitted by TenderTears
1 cup clean sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp. powdered alum
1/2 cup water
Old cooking pot
Old wooden spoon
Old cutting board
1. Put all the ingredients into the pot and stir with your hands or an old wooden spoon.
2. Place on medium-hot. Continue stirring the mixture with the spoon.
3. As the mixture becomes warm, it will begin to liquefy. Continue to stir for two to three more minutes, until the clay thickens.
4. Remove the pot from the heat and spoon the mixture onto an old cutting board. Let it cool!
5. Roll the clay into balls, then mold it into anything your heart desires. Let it dry overnight. You can also glue the clay around a
wooden frame to create a unique picture holder.
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup liquid starch
How to make it:
1. Combine sand and cornstarch in an old pot.
2. Add liquid starch and mix.
3. Cook the mixture over medium heat while constantly stirring. Eventually, the mixture will thicken and turn into dough.
4. Remove pot from the stove and let sand castle clay cool.
5. Remove clay form the pot and knead it 20-30 seconds before using. Let sand castle clay sculptures dry until hard.
1. Color you sand castle clay by adding 1 Tbs. of powdered tempera paint to the mixture before cooking.
2. Use candy molds and cookie cutters to shape sand castle clay.
10 parts sand
1 part white glue
3 parts water
No more washed away sand castles. This mixture of sand and glue will hold
together your work of art.
Mix sand, water and glue together in a large bucket. If the mixture it too thick, add more water.
Expect your sand sculpture to last weeks -- even if it rains.
Submitted by JeanneM