Thursday, June 18, 2009

Make ladybug jewelry and more with CupDepot's plastic cups!


WIND TOY

Materials

  • 2 large plastic cups
  • Clear, flat trash bag
  • Dowel or stick
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Masking tape
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

Directions

1. Cut the bottoms off both cups. Lay the bag flat and roll its sealed, bottom end around the outside of one cup, 1 inch below the cup's rim. Tape in place.

2. Feed the trash bag through the bottom of the second cup, then nest the cup firmly over the first so the rims are aligned.

3. Using the scissors, fringe the tail of the trash bag. Punch opposing holes through both of the cups, just below the rims.

4. Push the dowel or stick through the two holes, wrapping a rubber band around it on each side of the cup to hold it in place.

5. Run like the wind!


FIREWORKS

Materials

Directions

1. Place strips of paper into one end of straw. The more strips, the fuller it looks.

2. Use scotch tape to tape strips in place.

3. Now you have a flameless sparkler.


DRINKING STRAW KITE

Materials

Directions

1. String six straws together to make a four-sided shape called a tetrahedron. It is easiest if you suck the string through the straws.

2. Cover two sides with a piece of tissue paper. Use the tetrahedron to measure the paper. Glue the paper around the straws.

3. Poke two holes in the paper about five inches apart around one straw.

4. Thread one piece of string through each hole and tie around the straw. Then tie the ends together.

5. Tie light kite string to the bridle strings. To make a tail, cut several strips of tissue paper about three feet long. Tie the tail to the bottom edge of the kite.

6. Then run and watch the kite follow you.


LADY BUG JEWELRY

Materials

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray or Vaseline
  • Paint
  • Jewelry Findings

Directions
1. Use plastic spoons, spread lightly with Vaseline or spray on the non-stick cooking spray. Fill the spoon with the plaster of paris (mix using manufacturer’s directions). Use the back of a butter knife to level it off. Set it aside until completely dry, this should take a few hours (once again, see the manufacturer’s suggestions).

2. Once the plaster is dry, slide your oval shape out of the spoon. Use red and black paint to make it into a ladybug!

3. If you are making a necklace, I have found it is easy to use a 2 inch Headpin (this looks like and extra long straight pin without the pointed end). Use needle nose pliers to bend down the end of the headpin with the flattened edge so it looks like a loop. Insert the straight end of the headpin into the plaster before it dries, covering all of the headpin except the loop you made.

4. To make a pin, simply use a hot glue gun or tacky glue to attach the pin back onto the back of your lady bug.

*** This can also be made into a magnet!

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