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Encyclopedia of Needlework, by Thérèse de Dillmont - Home, Preface, Table of contents, Chapters I - 16. Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk. By Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child One of our favorite outside activities at our home is drawing with chalk on the driveway.

Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories. My daughters and I were talking one day as we played hopscotch about how to make chalk and I thought to myself, let’s try it! It ended up being quite a lot of fun. What you will need: • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes • Scissors • Duct tape • Wax paper • Small bucket or disposable container to make the recipe • ¾ cup of warm water • 1 ½ cups Plaster of Paris • 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint • Paper bag or a “mess mat” ** we made six tubes of chalk – we simply doubled the above recipe Step 1: If you are using paper towel tubes, cut each tube in half, so it is roughly the length of a toilet paper roll tube. Step 2: Cover one end of each tube with duct table to hold the contents within. Step 3: Cut as many pieces of wax paper as you have tubes.

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Lace work

Button it up! Diane Gilleland, aka Sister Diane, produces CraftyPod, a blog and bi-weekly podcast about Making Stuff.

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She also runs DIY Alert, a website about all things crafty in Portland, Oregon. Sarah Johner, both a crafter and a junker, enjoys everything from sewing and button crafts to collecting vintage pottery. Her blog, Making Projiks, The Misadventures of Mama & Jack, can be found at Amy Karol lives in Portland, Oregon with her three beautiful girls and husband and has always wanted a pet koala bear. She wrote Bend-the-Rules Sewing, The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew, and you can find her up to no good over on her blog,

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Silk screenign/painting

Snow-Globe Soap. Dec19 by Brenda Ponnay Stuff their stockings with something they can wash their hands with!

Snow-Globe Soap

By Brenda Ponnay What’s cuter than a button, small enough to fit in a stocking, won’t rot your teeth and leaves you squeaky clean? A mini snow-globe soap, of course! This is technically just “melt and pour” soap so it might be considered cheating to some hard-core soap enthusiasts but I’m not about to mess with lye or distilling vodka when I’ve got a small child acting as my personal assistant. First you’ll cut up the glycerine into 1-inch chunks. Don’t be fooled by the picture above. After you’ve poured the glycerine, let it cool just enough to form a thin skin on the top.

After all your toys are arranged, you can add your snow. Next you’ll pop it in the freezer for about twenty minutes or until the cubes are cool to touch from the underside of the ice cube tray (be sure to check the middle). If you found us through Stumble Upon! Make: Projects - Doortop Stash.

Rug making

Jewlery. Chrocket. My Favorite Blogs. Dying. DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars. The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night.

DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars

These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp design and appropriating its parts to make something more attractive for display around a house or home. A more electronically-savvy individual can take the more complex route and built a solar lamp from the ground up using small solar panels – though the aesthetic result may not be as impressive. Whatever route you choose to go, these are fun and sustainable gadgets that make it easy to go green, automate the process of turning on lights at night and can add some color to your porch, patio, garden or windowsill.


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