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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any day!) with these neat notebooks! Turn a few simple supplies into an adorable notebook for jotting down homework, writing secrets or playing tic-tac-toe. This is an advanced beginner project and would be a fun activity for a rainy day or birthday party.


Things you will need (per notebook):

  • Two foam sheets in the color of your choice
  • 10 index cards (you can use any color or type of paper you like, though I recommend something heavier)
  • One pipe cleaner
  • Peel-and-stick letters (and shapes)
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch


Step 1: Trace an index card onto each piece of craft foam and cut the pieces out.


Step 2: Punch four holes down the short side of an index card and use this as a template for marking holes on all of the other pieces. Punch all of the holes out. If you cannot use the hole punch on the foam I suggest carefully trying scissors.


Step 3: Sandwich all of the notecards between the foam sheets and use the pipe cleaner to bind the book as shown. After the book is bound you need to trim the ends. Make sure to leave tails that are about one inch long.


Step 4: Take the tail at the top of the notebook and bend it to the back. Next, tuck it under the part of pipe cleaner that was originally pushed through the top hole to the front of the notebook. Wind the pipe cleaner tail like this several times, trim any excess, and tuck the end in so it doesn’t poke you.


Step 5: Take the tail at the bottom of the notebook and push it through the front of the bottom hole to the back. Repeat step four.


Step 6: Decorate the cover of your new notebook with stickers, peel-and-stick letters or shapes and other decorations.


Congratulations! You have made a neat notebook! My notebook is ready for St. Patrick’s Day thanks to the clover cutouts I added. You can customize this project for other holidays or birthdays too. How did your project turn out? Did you do things differently? Please share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!


Here is a fun magnet project that recycles old bottle caps.  This project can be tailored to your age group and can be both an advanced beginner or advanced project based on the supplies you use.  This project uses a variety of supplies making it a great project for using leftover scraps and supplies that you have lying around your craft bin.

Things you will need:

  • Clean bottle caps (the twist off kind work best)
  • Paintbrush
  • Decoupage glue or a mixture of school glue and a few drops of water
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scraps of paper in the colors of your choice
  • Peel and stick magnets
  • Crayons (optional)
  • Beads (optional)
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Stickers such as letters or flowers seen here (optional)

Step 1: Flip your bottle cap over and trace around it onto your piece of paper.  Carefully cut out your circle so that it fits snuggly inside your bottle cap.

Step 2: Apply a thin layer of glue to the inside of your bottle cap and firmly place your paper circle on top.

Step 3: Choose your decorations and stick them in your bottle cap.  Here I’ve used peel and stick flowers.  You can also use other stickers, glitter or anything else you can think of.  To attach something that is not peel and stick simply spread a thin layer of glue onto the decoration to be attached and press into place.  To make this an advanced beginner project you can use crayons to decorate your paper circle (before gluing in place) instead of using hard to grasp items like beads or tiny stickers.

Step 4: Spread a thin layer of glue inside your bottle cap making sure to cover all of your surfaces completely.  If you only use a thin layer of glue it should dry clear.

Step 5: Cut a piece of peel and stick magnet to fit the back of your bottle cap.  Flip your bottle cap over and attach your magnet.

Congratulations you have made a bottle cap magnet!  Your new magnet is sure to brighten up any fridge!  This project is easy to customize for any skill level or occasion.  Try using holiday stickers to make magnets as fun gifts.  You can also personalize them with your initials or a small photo.  Did you do this project?  How did it turn out?  Feel free to share your comments and photos in the comments section.  Happy crafting!

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