pipe cleaner glasses.

PIPECLEANER.jpgSo not the most complex of crafts, but my kid was pretty stoked to make and wear some pipe cleaner glasses. We even made a matching pair for his favorite stuffed piggie.

A good diagram and instructions are here

Take 1 pipe cleaner and wrap one end around in a circle.
Then wrap the other end around in a circle leaving a space in the middle between the 2 circles.
Take another pipe cleaner and cut it in half.
Wrap one piece around each of the circles. And there you have it – glasses!

pipe cleaner snakes.

SNAKESMy husband came home with a random pile of pipe cleaners and Milo was all about making something with them. We scoured through pinterest and landed on making snakes out of pony beads and pipe cleaners. A simple craft, but one that my 7 year old can do almost completely on his own, so he felt accomplished. He made five total, and has plans to give them to his friends. I helped with the glueing of the eyes, since we used hot glue for that.

Pipe cleaners
pony beads
googly eyes
hot glue

Fold the end of the pipe cleaner over a bit to make the head. Put beads on the pipe cleaner until reach the end, but leaving about an inch or so to fold back into the beads to close up. Hot glue the eyes onto the head.  easy peasy!

wookie birdhouse.

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After a little hiatus from crafting – We finally had time to make a project! Milo and I made a chewbacca birdhouse. Save that almond milk container and make one yourself!

You will need:
Popsicle sticks
Empty Juice or Milk container (we used an almond milk container)
Brown, White and Black Paint
Foam Paintbrush (for painting all over) and small paintbrush (for details)
Hot Glue Gun
Googly Eyes
Xacto Knife

1. Clean out your juice container and cut out a large opening in front.  Paint the inside of your birdhouse and the cap (nose) black.
2. I found my popsicle sticks were too long, so I had to snap the ends of just about all of them to get them to fit. In the smaller areas you will need to snap them in half or so.
3. Glue them to the carton using hot glue. Be careful if you have little hands helping! Milo doesnt go near the glue gun because hes scared of getting burned (as he should be!)
4. Paint your birdhouse brown. THIS was a great step for little hands.
5. When its all dry, paint the black and white details.
6. Affix the eyes with hot glue, screw the cap on, and you are good to go!