Thursday, July 18, 2013

Instructions for the DIY Segment from the July 2013 Episode of Chet Chat

Did you love the kid-approved DIY segment from last night's Chet Chat episode?  Do you want to tackle one of these projects at home on your own?  Here are the instructions!

"An Apple a Day" Notepad

Materials needed:
Blank paper
Hot glue gun
Red magic marker
Twig or stem (from apple)
Green card stock paper (for leaf)
A pen/pencil
Binder clips (or rubber bands)

A classic teacher treat with a crafty twist that even kids can help make!

First, have your little one play project leader by drawing a half-apple shape or heart on a sheet of paper (you may also opt to have them trace a cutout).
Using scissors (mom's or dad's job), cut out your desired number of notepad pages. You may need to repeat this process a few times.
After you've finished cutting, have your "project leader" color the outside edges of the papers red using the magic marker (or green for a different look).
Divide the pages into two piles.
Next -  Mom/Dad this is you again! - apply hot glue to the inner edges of the pages so they stick to the stem. Use the binder clips to help keep the pages together.
Once the glue has dried and cooled, have your "project leader" fan the pages so that it creates an apple.
Finally, add a cutout green leaf with your child's name on it and bring it to school the next day.

DIY Flower Pens & Vase

What you need:
One faux flower per pen
Mason jar (or any other container you'd like to use)
Sea glass (or rocks, pebbles, coffee beans, etc)
Floral tape
Scotch tape (to make holding the flower to the pen easier)
Scissors or wire cutters (to make the flower stem the same length as the pen)
Baby powder
Grosgrain ribbon

Use your scissors or wire cutters to trim the flower stem so it's the exact length of the pen(s).
To make the next part easy, use a piece of scotch tape to hold the stem in place to the pen.
Starting at the end of the pen, wrap the floral tape around the pen. Make sure you're pulling it tight as you wrap just so as to not rip the tape. Use your thumb to help secure and smooth on the tape.  It's best to use small pieces and layer as you go along.
Wrap all the way down to the point. You may want to re-wrap on both ends.
Repeat until your desired number of pens are completed.
Here's where the baby powder comes'll notice your floral tape is sticky on both sides. Once you've finished wrapping, sprinkle the baby powder on your hand and rub gently onto the tape. This will help the pens feel less sticky and also helps to seal the tape.
Grab your mason jar and fill the bottom with sea beads (or your choice of filler). This will help hold the flower pens in place.
Tie it off with a ribbon bow around the mouth of the container. (Dabbing regular glue on the edges of the ribbon where you cut will help stop any fraying.)

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