Monday, April 18, 2011

Fun and Fast Foam bookmarks

I LOVE these! Black craft foam from your local craft store- its in the kids section and super cheap, one pretty doo-dad per mom, roll of sticky-back magnet and some hot glue and its ready! I cut the foam about 1 1/4 inches wide and in the neighborhood of 3.5-4 inches long. Cut the ends with decorative scissors or pinking sheers and then the moms folded the foam strips, peeled the paper off the magnests, stuck them to the inside of the foam so that they connect then hot-glued the decorative bit to the outside :) Viola! bookmarks that won't fall out of your book.
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Cheery Springtime Flower Pots

I was running out of energy with just 2 MOPS meetings left, but REALLY wanted to do this cute activity. So I did a bit of research a week before it was due and found that I could get all my materials locally, thanks to Home Depot :) I got all the 4" pots and the foam brushes and the chalkboard paint. and Its tintable! Rust-Oleum makes this fun tintable chalkboard paint and you can choose from 12 colors :) I ended up with raspberry (shown) a mossy green and periwinkle blue. The instructions reccomend 2 coats with 4 hours of drying time in between, due to MOPS style timing I gave it one coat and said a little prayer :) It turned out great! I did wait the 3 days before taking chalk to it though- I figured I should follow SOME of the directions.
So that is basically it: pots, paint, chalk and flowers! I purchased starters for the flowers and plan on sending them home for the moms to plant, potting soil and carpet don't get along well. Oh, and if you are hoping for a one-stop craft I am sorry to say I had to hit my local craft store for the chalk... but I did find supplies for another craft on sale- making it worth it!
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