DIY

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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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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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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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Armed Forces Day – Tie-Dye Shirts

Red, White and Blue Tie-Dye Shirt
Red, White and Blue Tie-Dye Shirt

It’s DIY Friday! Let’s join forces to create an army of tie-dye for Armed Forces Day! Did you know before President Harry S. Truman declared Armed Forces Day, each branch in the military had their own special day? Now the annual celebration commemorates all branches of the military at once! Here’s to all of our brave soldiers in every branch – Thank you for all that you do!

You Will Need:

  • A white cotton t-shirt
  • Rubber Bands
  • Blue & Red Tie Dye Mixture with Bottles (Accessible at Walmart or Michael’s)
  • Gloves
  • Two Plastic Bags
  • Container

To Begin:

1. Start with a clean white, cotton t-shirt (other fabrics have a hard time holding color). Lay your t-shirt out as wrinkle-free as possible.

2. Starting on one side of your t-shirt, under the armpit, begin to fold your t-shirt in 1-inch sections back and forth to look like an accordion.

3. Once you reach the other side of the t-shirt and the bottom half of your shirt is scrunched up, grab a rubber band and tie it around your shirt. Do this with as many rubber bands as needed to maintain its accordion shape.

4. You should be left with a tuft of fabric including the sleeves and collar. Take the fabric and ball it up. Wrap a few rubber bands around this part to keep its shape. You should be left with something like this:

White Cotton T-Shirt Before Tie-Dye
White Cotton T-Shirt Before Tie-Dye

5. Now that we’re all prepped, we can get to tie-dying! For these next couple of steps, you’re going to want to work outside.

6. Using the instructions on the tie-dye box, mix your dye.

7. On the accordion side of your t-shirt apply a liberal amount of red dye. Be careful not to get any on the top half of your shirt. We held the shirt over a paper bowl, squeezed dye onto the shirt. The bowl helped to catch any extra dye not absorbed.

8. Once the accordion is coated, take a plastic bag and tie it around that part of the shirt to keep it from touching anything.

9. On the top half of your shirt liberally cover it with blue dye.

10. Like the bottom half, tie a plastic bag over the top half of your shirt.

11. Place in a container to soak overnight.

12. When the shirt is dry, remove it from the bags and cut the rubber bands.

13. When you open it up you should be left with stars and stripes!

14. Wash your shirt in cold water and you’re ready for Armed Forces Day!

Tie-Dye Armed Forces Day
Tie-Dye Armed Forces Day

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