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Guide for creating duct tape bottle holders.

How to Make Duct Tape Bottle Holders

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With summer approaching my family and I are getting ready for lots of summer fun! We love enjoying the outdoors, whether we are out in a boat, canoeing or hiking in a forest. Luckily, there are many parks and outdoor areas near us so we can explore nature. This weekend we set out for some early summer fun at a local park, and to make our day more enjoyable, we took along some SunnyD in a handy duct tape carrier.

Guide for creating duct tape bottle holders.

The big activity this weekend was finding frogs, toads and tadpoles – one of my kids’ favorite spring adventures. Frequently the frogs and toads are too fast for us, but once in a while we are successful.

A birthday card with 50 thumbprint designs.

Thumbprint Birthday Cards

My husband and I both had birthdays last month, and my daughters made these cute Thumbprint Birthday Cards based on a design they found on Pinterest.

A birthday card with 50 thumbprint designs.

The inspiration for the design was a picture from Cherion Brandon: My Crafty Life, which is a cut out design using stampers.  My daughters changed it up and use their own thumbprints to decorate the cards, which is a fantastic way to personalize the cards!

A nutcracker cake on a plate with ornaments.

Cookie Christmas Tree

Every year my kids and I like to create a Holiday food craft, and this year we made a Cookie Christmas tree and decorated it with candy.

Cookie christmas tree on a plate.

Using Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Every year at Easter the children and I enjoy using natural dyes for Easter Eggs. We started doing this years ago, when my oldest was enrolled in a Waldorf enrichment program. When they told us to use natural materials to dye the eggs I thought it was kind of silly, after all food coloring is cheap and easy! But once I did it once I was hooked, since it is fun to see the amazing variety of colors that can come from nature.  It is the perfect Easter chemistry project, and the results are always bright and colorful.

Dyeing Easter eggs with Natural dyes - a fun Easter project to naturally dye eggs in a rainbow of colors

Simple Duck TapeĀ® Keychain for Back to School

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Duck Tape® is a useful product for crafts and back to school projects. It comes in such a great variety of colors and patterns, which make it perfect for hundreds of uses. This fall I wanted to make a simple keychain to keep the spare key to my daughter’s college apartment on.  We have a whole bowl of keys in the front hallway, and it is much more convenient to have them on unique, easy to identify keychains, so I don’t end up grabbing the wrong one!

Duck Tape KeyChain

Layered Relief Print Art Project

otter pictureThis is a layered relief print art project my 12 year old son did last week.  This is a somewhat time consuming project (and therefore perfect for summer vacation) which involves cutting multiple layers out of one printing block, gradually cutting away the entire block.  It was fun, and more interesting than just cutting one image into the block since the layers add depth and color.

The tools you need are a printing block, brayer and paint and tools to carve with.  We got an E-Z cut printing block from our local art store, and the cost was less than $3 for a 4×6 block.  The E-Z cut block is made of a synthetic rubber-like material that is very easy to carve.  We used X-acto knives to carve the block, and they worked pretty well.  We also found some chisel blades for the X-acto knife handle that fit in it and were very helpful when it came to removing lots of material quickly.  We used acrylic paints, and a brayer that I had from rubber stamping.