Summertime Arts and Crafts

This issue of LW is going to give parents some great ideals for summer crafts to kill that boredom of a rainy day or to beat the heat.

WIND SOCKS

Materials:
markers, paint and brushes,crayons,glitter, construction paper, glue, crepe paper streamers, and string.

Step 1:
Use markers, paints, or crayons to decorate a 6 by 18 inch strip of construction paper. Try making stars, flowers, or birthday candles, adding glitter, or giving the wind sock a face by glueing on paper cutouts of eyes, ears , a nose and a mouth.
Step 2:
Next, cut nine 26 inch long crepe paper streamers and glue them to the back of the bottom edge of the paper.
Step 3:
Finally, knot a 30 inch piece of string at each end and staple the knots to the tube sides to make a handle.
Step 4:
Hang the wind sock on a porch or patio where it will be protected from strong winds and watch it ride the gentle breeze.

LIGHTHOUSE IN A BOTTLE
Materials:
1.5 liter sport water bottle, craft knife, aluminum foil, red acrylic paint, black tape, play-doh or clay, flashlight, white craft foam, and clear packing tape.

Step 1:
Use a craft knife (adults only) to cut the bottle in half. Glue aluminum foil inside the cone-shaped portion of the top half (this creates a reflective dome), then use red acrylic paint to coat the outside of the foil lined section.

Step 2:
When the paint is dry, apply 3 inch vertical strips of black tape, spaced evenly, around the unpainted portion of the bottle top.

Step 3:
In the bottom half of the bottle, pack a baseball sized ball of Play-doh or clay. Stand a flashlight upright in the clay and press down to secure it in place. Cut a notch down from the bottle's edge to allow access to the flashlight's switch.

Step 4:
Next, wrap a 11 1/2 by 10 inch sheet of white craft foam around the bottom half of the bottle( the foam will extend about 4 inches above the bottle) and note approximately where the flashlight switch opening is. Remove the foam and cut out a switch opening. Re wrap the foam around the bottle and secure the overlapping ends with clear packing tape.

Step 5:
Finally, fir the cut edge of the bottle top just inside the foam sleeve and securely tape the foam to the bottle with colored tape.

GARDEN SUNDIAL
Materials:
Polymer clay (such as Fimo), chopstick, terra cotta plant saucer, protractor and compass, and enamel paint and brushes.

Step 1:
Toll a small ball of the clay, stick the chopstick pointer (called a gnomon) into it, then press the clay onto the center of the upside down saucer. The angle between the gnomon and the saucer should be the same as the latitude where you live (between 24 and 49 for most states.)

Step 2:
Gently remove the gnomon, bake the clay according to the directions, then glue the gnomon and clay ball back in place.

Step 3:
Set the dial outside on a level surface with the gnomon pointing north. At noon, mark where the gnomon's shadow falls on the plate's perimeter. Without moving the plate, mark off the afternoon and next morning hours.

Step 4:
Decorate the dial with paints, then secure it in its original position. It will be accurate if you don't move it, and remember to reset it when daylight saving time is over.

A DOORSTEP GARDEN
Materials:
old boot, pebbles or aquarium gravel, potting soil or loam, and small bunch of annual flowers

Step 1:
Remove the lace from the boot or loosen it enough to allow the tongue to be pulled forward.

Step 2:
Fill the bottom of the boot with a layer of pebbles or gravel to provide drainage.

Step 3:
Pack in a 2 inch layer of potting soil or loam.

Step 4:
Fit in the root base of annual flowers ( pansies, marigolds, or impatiens work well)

Step 5:
Gently pack more soil around and on top of the roots. (remember to water the flowers regularly because they can not draw moisture from surrounding soil,)

TERRA COTTA BIRDBATH
Materials:
2 unglazed clay pot trays, one 8 1/4 inches in diameter and one 12 1/4 inches in diameter, unglazed clay pot 6 inches in diameter, permanent enamel satin finish paint, paintbrushes, and clear satin finish enamel glaze.

Step 1:
Invert the smaller clay tray and the pot on a newspaper covered surface so your child can paint a decorative design on the stand. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Step 2:
Seal the paint with a coat of clear satin glaze.

Step 3:
Center the inverted pot on the tray base.

Step 4:
Set the larger tray right side up atop the pot and fill it with no more then 3 inches of water.( don’t paint the larger tray, the unfinished surface will provide a better grip for the birds)

HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER
Materials:
clear plastic container, sugar, water, beet juice, string, and tree branch.

Step 1:
To start the project you need a small clear plastic container. You can make the tub a bit more fancy, and a little easier for the hummingbirds to use by cutting three even scallops in the top edge of the tub. This allows the hummingbirds to hover in the “valleys” and get closer to the food.

Step 2:
Cut your string into three even pieces. Punch holes in the center of the top part of the scallops and put one end of the string into the hole and tie a knot to secure it. Do this with all three pieces of string into each of the three holes.

Step 3:
Gather the other end of the strings together and tie them together into a knot.

Step 4:
Dissolve one part sugar to three parts hot water. Add some beet juice because hummingbirds are attracted to the red coloring. Fill the container half full with the mixture.

Step 5:
Using the string, hang the feeder from a tree branch. This will help to keep ants from getting into the food.

HOME-MADE SIDEWALK CHALK
Materials:
1 cup plaster of paris, 1 cup of water, and powdered tempera paint.

Step 1:
Find a mold for your sidewalk chalk. You can use small paper cups, toilet tissue rolls, candy molds, etc.

Step 2:
Mix the plaster of paris and the water together. For colored chalk, add powdered tempera paint to achieve the color you want. Let stand for a few minutes and then pour into mold.

Step 3:
Set aside and let dry completely. This can take anywhere from several hours to a few days depending on the size of the mold you chose. Once dry, remove the chalk from the mold. If it is still moist, let air dry for 24 hours.

HOME-MADE BUBBLES
Materials:
1/2 cup dish soap, 1 1/2 cups water, and 2 teaspoons sugar

Step 1:
Mix all 3 ingredients together. Don’t stir or shake too much =) Store in a sealed container. Experiment with blowing bubbles using different items. Enjoy!!!

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