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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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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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Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath

Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath
Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath

Memorial Day is rounding the corner, and this year we wanted to make something special in honor of those who have fought and fallen for our country. A Clothespin Wreath! This DIY is so cheap you can get everything you need from the Dollar Store! Not to mention – it’s super cute!! Who knew clothespins could be so trendy!

Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath Supplies
Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath Supplies

You Will Need:

  • About 100 clothespins
  • A wire wreath (available at the dollar store)
  • Red, White and Blue paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Adhesive Foam Stars
  • Command Hook and Strip

To Begin:

  1. Begin by clipping the clothespins to the wire wreath. We alternated clipping ours to the first then second wire.
  2. Fill the entire wreath with clothespins.
  3. Using a pencil, mark on your wreath which clothespins will be what color. R=Red W=White B=Blue
  4. Starting at the top of our wreath and working clockwise, we created a pattern of 4 reds and 4 whites.
  5. We continued this pattern about ¾ of the way. The last quarter of leftover clothespins should be marked blue.
  6. Once marked, remove your clothespins. With a few helping hands, paint each clothespin its respected color. Get creative! Add glitter or even write a soldier’s name on one of the pins to add a personal touch
  7. .Once the clothespins are painted and have been allowed time to dry, we can start clipping them back on!
  8. In the same pattern we started with, clip the clothespins to the wreath starting at the top and working clockwise.
  9. Again, the pattern should be 4 red, 4 white repeating. Once you are ¾ of the way done, the rest should be blue.
  10. Using the foam adhesive stars, remove the peel from the back and adhere to the blue side of your wreath.
  11. Using a command hook hang your Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath wherever you’d like!
Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath
Memorial Day Clothespin Wreath

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Shamrock Sun Catchers

Shamrock Sun Catchers Supplies
Shamrock Sun Catchers Supplies

Are you looking for fun, affordable activities for your community? Look no further – Corwin’s got your back. This week we will be planning for this upcoming Daylight Savings Time! Daylight Savings begins at 2 am Sunday, March 10th, so don’t forget to SPRING forward! Beginning next month, daylight will last longer while we sacrifice our normal sunrise times. Since sunlight will be longer than usual, we decided the best way to celebrate was to capture the sun’s glow in our very own sun catchers!

Sunday Morning Shamrock Sun Catchers

What you will need:

  • Construction paper
  • Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Spray Bottle/water gun
  • Paper Towels
  • Hole Punch
  • Twine

To Begin:

  1. Color your coffee filter with fun colors.
  2. Once the coffee filters are decorated, spread them out onto paper towels (this will lessen the mess)
  3. Next, spray the coffee filters with water using your spray bottle or water gun.
  4. The colors will begin to swirl and mix together.
  5. Allow time for the coffee filters to dry completely.
  6. To make the frame for your Shamrock Sun Catcher, fold a piece of construction paper in half, then fold it in half again.
  7. Cut a heart from the folded paper, using the inner corner of the paper as the heart’s point. This will create a shamrock-shaped hole in the paper.
  8. Then cut around the shamrock-shape again to make the frame. We made ours approximately 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Next, use a glue stick to attach the clover onto one of the tie-dyed coffee filters.
  10. Use scissors to trim off the extra coffee filter.
  11. Hole Punch a hole at the top of your clover.
  12. Thread a piece a twine through the hole and tie.
  13. Hang and enjoy!

Have a sunny Daylight Savings!

Shamrock Sun Catchers
Shamrock Sun Catchers

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