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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!

Did the Easter Bunny go overboard this past Easter? Do you have leftover plastic eggs overflowing from baskets? You can save those eggs for next year or turn them into festive musical maracas for Cinco de Mayo! After a fellow blog reader asked what she could do with all of her leftover plastic eggs I was prompted to turn them into a craft….A Cinco de Mayo craft no less! You can research and discuss the holiday or simply treat this as a musical project.

Things you will need:

  • Empty plastic Easter eggs
  • Various “fillers” such as dried rice, beans, coins and beads
  • Stickers
  • Glue or tape
Step 1: Open your egg and fill the bottom portion about half way with a filler. In this picture I am using dried rice. You can make a variety of maracas and fill each one with something different. For example you can fill one with coins, another with beads and another with beans. While you are filling the eggs try to guess what each one will sound like when you’re finished.

Step 2: Glue around the inside rim of the top of the plastic egg.
Step 3: Put the top on your egg and wipe excess glue from the outer rim.

Step 4: If you want you can use clear tape instead of or in addition to the glue when sealing you egg. Simply take little bits of clear tape and work your way around the outside of the egg until it is taped shut.

Step 5: Let the glue dry and decorate the egg with stickers.

Congratulations! You have made an Easter egg maraca just in time for Cinco de Mayo or for anytime you want to make music! If you’ve made a bunch with different fillers you can shake them all and play a guessing game trying to figure out what is inside each one. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to share your comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting!


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