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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Too Easy Melted Bead Suncatchers

Reblogged from craftster.com: “Melted the beads (400 degrees for about 20 minutes) in a metal cake pan and some ceramic dishes. Drilled a hole in them and strung them on fishing line.” “I used very cheap beads!! It was a big bag of beads from Michaels that I spent about four dollars on. For the blue and green catchers , I sorted the beads out. I had to buy a clear bag of beads too because there were no clear beads in the first bag I bought. Most importantly…make one thin layer of beads at the bottom of the pan. After the beads cool, you can just turn the pan upside down and the suncatcher falls right out…  I was able to melt these beads in cake pans,ceramic carafes and coffee mugs. I also did a group in a muffin pan…..that worked really well.”

Doitandhow Update: For the suncatcher, we tried clear, colored transluscent and opaque pony beads. The colored transluscent beads give prettier results. You can also use other size pans. I used a mini muffin pan and made cute little discs of colors. Once cool, they just pop right out! WARNING: melting plastic is stinky, if not toxic (?) so make sure your kitchen is well ventilated.

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Glowing Pool Party Balls

Insert glowsticks into balloons and let them float in the pool for an inexpensive, but awesome party lighting effect.

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in $ave it, Crafts, Party Ideas


Realtor Trick: Use Vanilla to Freshen Your House

Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven. It’s actually a common realtor trick. via


Assorted Pranks

I’ll admit, I can be a prankster. However, I do draw the line at anything that is hurtful, damaging or scary. What’s left, you ask? Well… funny. Anything funny, silly and goofy. Like exchanging your co-workers’ phone handsets with bananas and wrapping the handset in gift wrap. It’s silly – I love it. And just did it last week to 6 (a bunch of bananas worth) co-workers!  Here are a few more ideas for you. Remember to play nice though boys and girls!


Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Fun, Pranks


Handy Crabs

These are a cute beachy project. 2 overlapping handprints on tan paper and a marker for eyes (or glue and google eyes) are all you need! idea via

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Animals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Scout Meeting


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