Posts tagged: arts and crafts

“Soap” – March Monthly Unplugged Project

By , March 1, 2011 10:18 am

The theme for March’s Unplugged Project will be (…drumroll please…):


As long as there is some arguable connection to soap, you are good to go!  Be creative, have fun, please join us.

Please share your project either via a link to your blog post, or, if you are blogless, describe your project in a blog comment.  The more projects we have to share, the more fun it is.

For more information on what The Unplugged Project is, I invite you to read-up on it here.



Clam Shell Mobile – “Beach” Unplugged Project

By , August 2, 2010 2:01 pm


As is my pattern these days, I am a day or two late in posting our project for July’s Unplugged Project theme of beach.  Oh well!

I am such a packrat that I have had these clam shells sitting around all summer.  In fact, I am embarrassed to admit that I saved them from a fabulous meal in Upstate New York back in June and brought them all the way home with me!  (I just don’t really trust Arizona seafood.) We soaked them in hot soapy water right away after eating to clean off any grease and smell.

We used a dremel tool to drill a small hole in each one.  You’ll need a good masonry drill or dremel bit for this since, as we discovered, clam shells are quite hard.

Before we began painting, we soaked them again, this time overnight in pure bleach just to get rid of the last lingering slightly clammy smell. We then rinsed them off in cold water and let them dry.

Next we painted the outside of them bright colors. (I think it would also have been a pretty project with them left as-is, but my daughter wanted them to be colorful since this was to hang in her room.)

After the paint dried, we decided to splatter them with gold paint using old toothbrushes.  Fun but a bit messy!

We left the inside natural, but you could paint that too if you want.

After they had dried completely (overnight), we strung a piece of fishing line through each one.  My daughter brought in four sticks from the yard to make the frames for hanging them.

We tied each pair of sticks together in the form of a cross using yarn and then hung one shell off each arm of one of the crosses.  We suspended the second cross below the first using yarn to create a second tier.  We again tied one shell onto each arm and hung our final one much lower from the center.


Beach – Monthly Unplugged Project

By , July 7, 2010 6:49 pm

We are having a busy summer of travel, playing outside with friends, refurbishing and cleaning my precious old doll house (that is finally out of my Dad’s New York attic and home with us in Arizona!), sprinklers, popsicles, etc.  How about you?

I have been blogging even less than usual and have even thought about taking a little official summer break of my own, but I guess I’ll just keep up minimally, as best I can when activities allow.  So, I am late again with this month’s Unplugged Project theme, but here it is:


This seems appropriate for those of us enjoying summer here in the northern hemisphere, as well as for residents of the southern hemisphere who might appreciate a little virtual escape from winter’s chill right about now (am I correct?).

You can blog (or leave a comment) about anything remotely related to the theme beach.  Perhaps something as simple as a trip to the beach, or perhaps a project you made with sand (like the permanent sand castles we made long ago for the Unplugged Project theme hard, or sand pictures that we made for the theme sand, or your own inspiration), or something sun or water-related?  Pretty much anything goes.

If you are unfamiliar with how the Monthly Unplugged Project works, then please read more here and consider joining in, even if only via a comment.  Just unplug, have fun, and tell us what you did!

(You’ll have to plug back in again for that last bit, but you can be quick, right?)

Miniature Food

By , June 21, 2010 1:30 pm


We are very late for last month’s Unplugged Project theme of bread, but since it is my blog, I am just going to slip it in anyhow!

Inspired by my recent emotional reunion with my beloved childhood dollhouse after about 30 years, I thought the kids and I could make some miniature food out of a glue-bread mixture that is commonly used by miniature designers (and me, many years ago).

First take a slice of white bread and tear it up into smallish pieces.  My 4 year-old was a great help with this step.

Pour some white glue on to your bread crumbs and mix it together with your hands (VERY MESSY PROCESS!). Don’t overdo the glue at first, you can always add more if you need to but it’ll probably end up being nearly as much glue as bread crumbs.

Squeeze it and knead it until you have a smooth ball of “dough.”  You’ll know you have the right consistency when it is smooth, looses its stickiness, and feels like real bread dough.

Next, decide what you are going to make and whether you want to pre-color your dough.  If so, you can divide it up and mix in some food coloring or paint to achieve the desired color.  We mixed in paint.  Here we are making green dough for lettuce:

Adding red paint to make cherries for a pie:

Mold your food.  A bottle cap makes a nice little pie dish or plate.  A toothpick is an excellent tool for both shaping and painting.

Leave it out to dry and harden, about 24 hours.  Once hard, you can spray it with a clear acrylic to protect it and create a shiny finish.

Here is some of the food we made:

~Some of my favorites~

Spaghetti and meatballs (in a bottle cap):

Chocolate chip cookies:

Cake and bread:

Hot dogs (with ketchup and mustard):

Now the dollhouse residents won’t be hungry anymore!

PS.  This month’s Unplugged Project theme is sleep.  Why don’t you join us?  Read more about how it works here.

Bread – Monthly Unplugged Project

By , May 2, 2010 2:51 pm

Hello all! Welcome to the month of May. May already? Yikes!

The theme for this month’s Unplugged Project will be:


Remember, it doesn’t have to be baking bread, it can be crafts with bread, learning about bread, the letter “B,” whatever you want.

If you have never joined our Monthly Unplugged Project, please read more about it here.  There are very few rules.  The main ones are that the linky below is only for people who have done a project that is somehow, in some way, arguably related to bread.  Also, please link to your project post, not just your blog in general.  Finally, I’d really appreciate a mention and link to Unplug Your Kids in your project post.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing what creative ideas you come up with this month for bread!

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