Crafts

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Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeders

It’s DIY Friday! For this week’s craft, we’ll be making quick and easy bird feeders! This activity is quite simple using only a handful of supplies to make – in fact, you should be able to find some of your supplies in the bathroom! So start saving your toilet paper rolls – they come in handy for tons of crafts. Recycling doesn’t have to be boring. We even have a bin dedicated to collecting our rolls! A little peanut butter and birdseed make a delicious treat for our feathered friends. Let’s get crafting some toilet paper roll bird feeders!

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeders
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeders

You Will Need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Peanut Butter (try chunky!)
  • Bird Seed
  • Butter Knife
  • Paper Plate
  • Twine/ribbon
  • Scissors
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeders
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeders

To Begin:

  1. First, start by spreading a layer of peanut butter on your toilet paper roll using your knife.
  2. Next, pour the bird seed to fill the paper plate.
  3. Like a rolling pin, roll the peanut butter covered toilet paper roll in the seeds. The seeds will stick to the peanut butter coating it in seeds.
  4. Next cut a piece of twine or ribbon. String through the hole in your toilet paper roll and tie.
  5. Hang your bird feeders in a spot visible from the porch or window and enjoy a day filled with birds!

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Make Slime!

Elmer’s Slime Kit

Playing with slime is a sensory play activity allowing adults and children to utilize and understand all five senses. When several senses are stimulated at once, creativity and learning are built through exploration. Sensory play also encourages development of coordination and fine motor skills making it a great recreational activity for everyone to enjoy! Making your own is easy – we recommend making some with all of your residents!

You Will Need:

  • Elmer’s Slime Kit (available at Walmart)
    • Includes Glitter Glue
    • Includes “Magic Solution”
  • Extra Glitter
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stirring Stick

To Begin:

  1. Begin By dumping the entire bottle of glitter glue into your mixing bowl.
  2. Next, add extra glitter if you wish.
  3. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Next, add the “Magic Solution.” If you can’t find the slime kit with the included “magic solution” Contact Cleaning Solution works just the same!
  5. Mix well.
  6. Allow 5-10 minutes to set – it’ll be extremely sticky and hard to manipulate if you try to play with it right away.
  7. Store in a small Ziploc container or bag to enjoy at any moment!

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Straw Fireworks

Corwin 4th of July Straw Fireworks
Corwin 4th of July Straw Fireworks

4th of July is just a few weeks away! Have you made plans? Maybe you’re having a cookout, shooting off some fireworks, or heading to the beach. Whatever you do, you’re not going to want to miss out on this great motor skills activity! Set up your own Straw Fireworks Painting Station with just these few materials:

You Will Need:

  • Red, white and/or blue paper
  • Red, white and blue paint
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Paper Plates

To Begin:

  1. To set up your very own straw painting station you’ll want to start by prepping your straws for your residents or community
  2. To create your firework “stamp” start by cutting your straw down the middle. You should have two straw “flaps.” Continue cutting each “flap” in half until they’re too small to cut anymore. Fold your “flaps” down. You’ll want to make sure the “flaps” are all equal length. This will help the stamp lay down flat.
  3. Once you have plenty of straw stamps made to share, squeeze red, white and blue paint onto their own respective plates. Place a few straw stamps with each color.
  4. Allow residents to choose between a variety of paper color – we stuck with the festive red, white and blue.
  5. Dip the straw into the paint then press onto the paper. You may have to use your fingers to help the “flaps” touch the paper. Once they touch the paper, lift the straw – you should be left with a beautiful firework! Layer with different colors to create a more dimensional effect.
  6. Allow to dry, hang and enjoy!
Prepped Straw Stamps
Prepped Straw Stamps
Straw Stamp
Straw Stamp
Straw Stamping
Straw Stamping

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Sassy Sunglasses – National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day is coming up this June 27th, 2019! Get your community involved by designing your own funky sunglasses! Just pick up a party pack of sunglasses, some craft supplies, and provide a few creative minds. What kind of sunglasses will you create?

National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day

You will need:

  • Party Pack of Sunglasses
  • Self-Adhesive Gem Stones
  • Pom-Pom Balls
  • Washi Tape
  • Assorted Fabric Roses
  • Ribbon
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day

To Begin:

  1. There’s no wrong way to decorate your sunglasses, just go with the flow and create whatever YOU think looks good! Here are a few examples:
  2. Adhere gemstones along the top or sides to add a bit of bling.
  3. Pom-pom balls are great accessories as well. With a little bit of hot glue, stick as many pom-poms as you can to your glasses!
  4. Use washi tape to add some color to the sides of your sunglasses.
  5. Add a dab of hot glue and a fabric rose to your shades to create a floral masterpiece.
  6. Ribbon is great for wrapping and winding around your sunglasses – secure with a dab of glue. You could even add a bow to sass it up a bit!
  7. Whatever you choose to use, your sunglasses are sure to look super sassy! Have a happy National Sunglasses Day!

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No-Sew Summer T-Shirt Tote

Summer No-Sew T-Shirt Tote
Summer No-Sew T-Shirt Tote

Summer Solstice is June 21st, meaning Summer is almost here! Just in time to go out, visit the beach, and enjoy the warmer weather. For this week’s craft, we will be recycling old (or new) T-Shirts and turning them into the perfect beach bag! So grab your shirt, and let’s hit the beach!

You Will Need:

  • Old T-Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Your Hands
T-Shirt Tote Bag
T-Shirt Tote Bag
T-Shirt Tote Bag
T-Shirt Tote Bag

To Begin:

  1. Grab your T-Shirt! (It should be a boxy, unfitted shirt) Lay out your tee, front side up, on a flat surface. Your shirt should be wrinkle-free.
  2. Using your scissors, cut off the sleeves of your shirt. I cut mine right up the seam.
  3. With your scissors, cut out the collar of your shirt roughly 2 inches from the collar. The gap between the collar and sleeve will determine the width of your handles on your tote.
  4. Next, determine how deep you want your bag to be. By laying a large book on top of my shirt, I guessed the size of my bag. You can mark this roughly by using a marker or pencil.
  5. With your scissors, cut vertical sections roughly 1-2 inches apart to the line you just drew.
  6. For this step, you get to decide whether or not you would like fringe on the bottom of your bag or not. If you want fringe, leave your bag as is. If you don’t want fringe, turn your shirt inside out for the next step.
  7. All of your sections should be in pairs except for the sides. With your scissors, cut the seams on the side of the shirt so that all of your sections have pairs.
  8. Next, working from one side to the other, double-knot your sections to their respected pair.
  9. When you are finished you should be left with fringe with small holes between the sections. To close the holes, grab a strand from one pair and a strand from another and tie them together. Repeat this step to all of the sections until all of the holes are closed.
  10. If you like fringe, your bag is complete! If not, continue to step 11.
  11. Make sure your strands are tight enough that they won’t come apart. Next, trim the excess fringe from your bag and flip inside out.
  12. And there you have it! The perfect Summer Tote!

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Father’s Day Photo Magnets

Father's Day Photo Magnets
Father’s Day Photo Magnets

Mother’s Day was just this past week, but aren’t you already thinking about Father’s Day?! If you remember, our craft for Mother’s Day entailed turning a mason jar into a photo vase. (You can view that tutorial at https://www.mycorwin.com/mothers-day-photo-vase/ ) We hope you held onto your mason jar lid – you’re going to need it for this craft!

You will need:

  • Mason Jar Lid (2 pieces)
  • Photo of you and Dad
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Super Glue
  • E6000
  • Magnet (available at Walmart)

To Begin:

  1. Print out an image of you and your Dad together – you may have to adjust the size so that it’s small enough to fit within the diameter of the mason jar lid.
  2. Once you have the right size photo, lay your mason jar lid on top of the part of the image you wish to cut out. Holding it down with one hand, use a pencil to trace around the lid with the other.
  3. You should be left with a circle surrounding you and your Dad. Using your scissors, cut out the circle you just drew.
  4. Place the photo aside. Next, use super glue to attach the two pieces of the mason jar together so that they don’t come apart. Squeeze together and allow time to dry.
  5. Next, add a few drops of super glue to the inside of your mason jar lid. Align and place your photo inside.
  6. Flip over your mason jar lid, using a small amount of E6000 (an industrial strength glue) attach a magnet to the center of your lid.
  7. Allow time to dry.
  8. Attach to your fridge or gift to that special father figure in your life!

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Flag Day Windcatchers

Flag day is coming up this June 14th! Don’t miss out on our craft of the week – start collecting your supplies now! To celebrate Flag Day we created our very own windcatcher! Hang these babies outside and watch ‘em dance!

DIY Flag Day Windcatcher

You will need:

  • Red, White or Blue Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive foam stars
  • Red, White and Blue Ribbon
  • Hole Punch

To Begin:

  1. First, take your sheet of colored construction paper long ways and trim a strip of paper about 2 inches from the top. Set this strip aside.
  2. As shown in the video, take the larger piece of construction paper and roll it to make a cylinder – both ends should be touching. Secure with a piece of tape.
  3. Whip out the 2-inch strip you cut earlier and add a piece of tape to either end. Attach one side to the top of your cylinder and the other end directly across from it – this should form a handle.
  4. Next, using your hole punch, punch holes along the bottom about 2 inches apart from each other.
  5. Using your scissors and a ruler, measure and cut your red, white and blue ribbon into 12-inch strips. You want to have roughly the same amount, but enough to fit into the holes you just punched.
  6. Thread the ribbon through a hole, tie a knot in the middle and let the tails hang.
  7. Repeat step 6 while alternating ribbon colors to fill all of the holes punched.
  8. Finally, add adhesive foam stars, glitter or even sequins to decorate your wind catcher.
  9. Hang and enjoy!

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World Ocean’s Day Sensory Bottles

It’s DIY Friday! This week we’ll be following a super cute, easy and satisfying tutorial on how to make your very own Sensory Water Bottle! World Ocean’s Day is rounding the corner and what cuter way to celebrate than by creating our very own ocean-in-a-bottle!

Sensory Water Bottle Tutorial

You Will Need:

  • Water bottle with lid
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive Foam Stars
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Stirring Stick

To Begin:

  1. Start with a clean, plastic water bottle with a screw-on lid.
  2. We’ve experimented with all types of glue, but glitter glue gives the best result. Squeeze a whole bottle of glitter glue into your bottle.
  3. Top it off with any type of water – we had boxed water on hand.
  4. Add as much and however many colors or textures of glitter you want.
  5. Add sequins if you wish.
  6. Add a drop of whatever color food coloring you like (preferably the same color as the glitter glue.) We used teal. Try not to add too much, otherwise, you won’t be able to see what’s happening in your bottle.
  7. Add floating objects of your choice. We took adhesive foam stars, stuck them back-to-back, then put them in our bottle.
  8. Once everything has been added, seal your bottle tightly with the lid and shake vigorously.
  9. When you are happy with your sensory water bottle, you can glue the lid shut.
  10. Shake and enjoy!

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