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Clothepins + Embroidery Floss = Beautiful Organization

What a beautiful image from Lisa Jordan at Lil Fish Studios!

In her blog post here, she describes the process she used at add more “aged” clothespins to her collection, using an iron solution.

I do a lot of embroidery in my studio, and have to confess to having a tangles of floss like Lisa had before sorting it so elegantly!  I know I can never be so organized as  having all the little cards, perfectly wrapped and arranged in a color coded box.  This looks like just the solution for me…simple,practical and beautiful, in every way!

I would (will) keep them on one of my tables in a wooden bowl, where the rainbow of colours and distressed wood can always be seen, and selected for the project at hand!

Posted by Living Crafts on Aug 18, 2013 10:21 PM | No Comments

Twinkletoes First Shoes + Giveaway

How to Make a Pair of “First Walker” Shoes

By Sharon Raymond of SimpleShoemaking.com

How many pairs of shoes does a child grow out of before he or she is fully-grown? I don’t know the number, but I do believe if we were making some of those shoes, the cost of raising a child would plummet (a slight exaggeration) and our children’s feet would be healthier.  And, if we use recycled materials to make them, our children’s shoes would have a smaller “footprint” on the earth.

Here’s a pattern and directions for making simple children’s shoes in a “first walker” size. The pattern can be reduced or enlarged on a photocopy machine by about 8 percentage points without becoming too distorted to be usable.

I think these shoes make great baby shower gifts. There will, no doubt, come a time when these “first walkers” will fit perfectly.

Consider checking the sizing of this pattern by making a “mock-up” from inexpensive felt to try on your child before cutting into your actual shoemaking material.

Pattern and Materials:

Pattern: twinkletoes shoe pattern by Sharon Raymond

Uppers: Make the upper parts of the shoe from thrift-shop leather goods, leather or fabric upholstery remnants, hand-made felt or felted wool coats, recycled denim or canvas.

Soles: To make children’s footwear as flexible as bare feet, there are a couple of materials I use. For those who want their children’s shoes to be made of all natural materials, natural rubber soling is available on my etsy shop. A child wearing shoes with natural rubber soles can feel the topography of the earth, yet will be protected. This soling must be stitched with a stitching awl as described below, as holes pre-punched in it seal right up.

Another option, readily available and thin enough to provide that barefoot feel, but in no way “natural”, is the grey hall-runner available at home building centers. It has rubberized material on the backside that can serve as soling. If you put a few layers of fabric or felt, or a single layer of leather over the fuzzy side-up, the texture won’t be noticeable underfoot.

A third option is to cut them from thrift store leather goods. If you use leather, I suggest that you use two layers, with the “fuzzy” sides facing out. The fuzzy side on the bottom provides traction and the one on the top absorbs perspiration. This is the option I have used on the sample pair of shoes shown here. If you prefer rubber bottom soles, cut them from bicycle inner tubes.

Thread: I use heavy-duty waxed braided cord from Tandy Leather. Four-ply waxed Irish linen or stitching-awl thread can also be used. It’s best to use a synthetic thread when stitching the upper to the sole, as organic materials deteriorate when in contact with the ground.


Elastic: For this size shoe, I use six inches of  3/8″ elastic for running through the channels. To get the elastic through the channels, make a little tool from a piece of plastic milk carton, about 5″ long and 3/8″ wide. Cut a little slit at one end. Use like a sewing needle or bodkin to pull the elastics through the channels.

To make colored elastic, I use permanent markers to “dye” the elastic in the area where it is exposed, between the toe piece and the heel piece.

Tools:

The tools for making these shoes are simple – a decent pair of scissors, a “scratch” awl from the hardware store for punching stitching holes, a couple of layers of corrugated cardboard to place below your upper material when punching holes with the awl, a glue stick, a marker appropriate for your material, permanent markers for “dyeing” the elastic and a couple of tapestry needles for stitching leather shoes, or sharp needles for stitching fiber shoes.

If you want to make proper round stitching holes in leather, the 00 round-hole drive punch from Tandy Leather, # 3777-33, is the tool for you. You will need a plastic cutting board to place under the leather piece while punching, and a rubber mallet or other non-metal hammer for pounding on the punch.  The little “spring punch”, # 3236-00, from the same source, can punch holes nicely if they aren’t more than 1/2″ or so from the edge.

A stitching awl (Tandy Leather # 1216-00) can be used for stitching the upper to the sole. A video showing its use can be seen at www.simpleshoemaking.wordpress.com.

left to right: spring punch, stitching awl, 00 drive punch, scratch awl, rubber mallet.

Assembly:

Make the soles: If your material is sturdy and sueded on both sides, you might only need one layer for soling. If your soling is different, cut out the leather or fiber topsole, then use a glue stick to adhere it to the bottom sole material. When the glue has dried, cut out the bottom sole to match the topsole. Mark the stitching holes onto the topsole with silver pen or permanent marker.

Cut out the upper pieces: Draw around the toe piece and the heel piece onto your upper material, then cut the pieces out. Be sure to flip the patterns over when drawing the second shoe.

Punch out the stitching holes: Punch out the stitching holes on the patterns and transfer them to your shoe pieces. Also, mark the center of the heel and the toe, and the location where the heel piece meets the toe piece, indicated on the patterns by a spiral. On fabric or felt, use whatever mark-maker that is suitable for your material, to mark the location where stitches should go through the fiber.

For leather, I like to use a silver gel pen to mark the location of stitching holes, it usually comes off with soap and water applied with a cloth.  After marking, punch out the holes. To accomplish this, either place your shoe part on a few pieces of cardboard and punch down with an awl, or use the 00 punch as described above.

Make the channels for the elastic to pass through: if you are using leather, punch out the stitching holes along the two lines shown on the patterns. If you are using felt or fabric, you have made stitching marks. You can turn the channel either to the inside or the outside. Use the “simultaneous running stitch” to stitch the channel.

For the simultaneous running stitch, cut a piece of thread about four times the length of the distance you are going to stitch, and put a needle on each end of the thread.

For stitching fiber shoes, attach a sharp needle to each end of the thread. Stitch into the first mark on one end of the heel piece, then down through the corresponding mark on the sole. Bring that thread back up in the second mark in both sole and heel piece, and tug on your threads so they are the same length. Pass the second needle down into that second mark, while holding the thread that is already there to the side, to protect that first stitch from being split.

Give a good tug on both threads after each stitch to create a nicely-seated seam.

Keep repeating this process.

Hiding knots: Each time you stitch, at the end you have two loose threads. To tie the threads in a hidden knot, put each needle through only one layer of your shoe material so the threads meet inside the area stitched. Tie a tight square knot, then run the ends of the threads under a few stitches before cutting them off.

When working with leather, you will have punched stitching holes. Proceed as described above, and for the neatest appearance, develop a pattern of which thread goes into the hole first (from the top or bottom) and whether the second thread goes to the right or left side of the first. Consistency is the key – and that’s why your work won’t look as neat if you make a running stitch with one thread all along the seam, then fill in the gaps with the other thread; you’re missing that tug on both threads after each step that makes the threads grab each other and settle in.

Embellish: Embellish the shoes if you like – embroider, applique, reverse applique, stamp, paint.  Since I made shoes from leather, I punched holes along the decorative lines on my pattern, about 3/16″ apart. I then transferred the marks to my toe piece, punched them out, then stitched with 4-ply waxed Irish linen.  It’s fun to add a little touch of embellishment to the heel piece also.

 Run elastic through the channels: Use the plastic bodkin to pull the elastic through the channel so it emerges at the other end. Put one end of the elastic through the slit, then pull it all the way through with your plastic strip.  Once the elastic is through both channels, check for twisting, then overlap the two ends about 3/8″ and stitch them together. After stitching, pull on the elastic until the stitching is hidden inside a channel.

Stitch toe-piece and heel-piece to the sole: Now that the uppers and soles are complete, stitch the shoes together. I usually start stitching on the inside of the shoe, where the heel piece meets the toe piece. Cut a length of non-degradable thread about four times the distance around the shoe, which is about 12 inches x 4 = 48″.

For fiber or leather soles, use the “simultaneous running stitch” described above to stitch the shoes together, unless you are using a natural rubber sole. As described above, a stitching awl is needed to stitch a natural rubber sole to the shoe.

In the toe area, the distance between stitching holes or marks is greater on the toe piece than on the corresponding holes on the sole; this causes the toe area to “pop-up” and not press down on the child’s toes. I usually wet leather when stitching in this area so it’s moldable, and do my best to gather the leather so it doesn’t overlap on itself.

If you are concerned that stitching through the soling might result in these stitches wearing out sooner than you’d like, remember that the part of the foot that touches the ground is the part you can see when walking barefoot in wet sand. However, if your child does wear through stitches, you have the skills to re-stitch!

When you’ve stitched all around the shoe, hide your knot as described above. Spray water inside the toe piece of a leather shoe, and stuff it hard with fabric or paper bag scraps. Let it dry for a few hours until it keeps a nice, rounded shape.

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For twenty five years, Sharon Raymond has had a passion for making simple footwear. She first learned shoemaking when living in England in the early 1990s; since then she has written seven books about shoe making, and taught the craft of shoemaking to hundreds of students. She delights in learning, then sharing, how to make simple footwear, often inspired by ancient and far-away cultures.

Sharon disseminates her joy of shoemaking from her home studio in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

You can read more about Sharon’s work on her website:

www.simpleshoemaking.com

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GIVEAWAY!

Sharon will send out a PDF of her book, How to Make Simple Shoes for Children with Your Own Two Hands! to five lucky winners! Enter a comment on this post by Sunday March 24th,  Midnight PST for a chance to win.

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March 21st, 2013: A note from Sharon:

“Beautify the earth, sister!”   Now that’s a comment in response to the “First Walkers” tutorial that brightened my day! Along with the other 100 and more – I’ve never experienced such an audience!

In gratitude, I will send a pdf of How to Make Simple Shoes for Children to anyone who makes a pair of these shoes and sends me a photo at  sharon@simpleshoemaking.com by Thursday, Midnight, March 28. I’d love to post a gallery of them on my Simple Shoemaking facebook page.

Plus, I’d like to learn how the pattern works when made in a variety of materials, from fiber to felt to leather; what types of embellishments you create; tips that you would like to share with others, and how the pattern might be improved.

Please feel free to email questions that come up along the way, and have fun “beautifying the earth!”   Sharon

 

Posted by Living Crafts on Mar 10, 2013 06:31 PM | 115 Comments

Felt Floral Scarf

Perfect for Spring!

We can feel that Spring buzz in the air….the time for fresh colours and flowers and pretty things! While most of us may still be yearning for the return of our flowers in the garden, this scarf can brighten the transition from Winter to Spring!

A great project and tutorial by Amy  at Watch Me Daddy

Posted by Living Crafts on Mar 3, 2013 10:00 AM | No Comments

Periodic Table for Fiberistas!

Our kind of Science! At first glance, humorous- but also an immensely practical and useful chart for knitters, spinners and feltmakers!

Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Mar 1, 2013 02:39 PM | No Comments

Books: Room for the Baby

Room for the Baby by Michelle Edwards

(Random House) Michelle Edwards does it again, with her new story for kids who are awaiting a new baby in the house!

In her story, the mom has a lot of items that she’s kept to recycle and reuse — some day.  Sounds familiar?!  Now, a baby is on the way, and the big brother-to-be is helping mom and dad make room for new baby, and not only they find room for the baby, but also a lot of everyday discarded items that they can recycle into useful items for her.

Filled with practical uses of the new and used supplies you have held onto “for future use,” this story is sure to appeal to your children who experience the love of crafts in their household, and awaiting their new sibling’s arrival.

Following is a quote from the publisher’s website: “Inspired by her creativity, the neighbors get involved, and soon everyone is stitching and knitting something. As the months go by and the family celebrates the Jewish holidays from Passover to Hanukkah, big brother helps his mom get ready, too. But things move slowly and he continues to worry: will there ever be room for the baby?”

Michelle Edwards has been a columnist for our Evolving through Crafts column, and also her book Knitter’s Home Companion has gotten rave reviews on our blog.  To read the review click here.

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GIVEAWAY

Random House is giving away a copy of Room for the Baby to a lucky winner!  Enter a comment on this post by Sunday, February 17, Midnight PST for a chance to win a copy of this book.  You must reside in U.S. to win a copy.

Posted by Living Crafts on Feb 4, 2013 10:34 PM | 42 Comments

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List

Seven minutes of inspiring fiber art images. In this video TAFA shares members visions of red: of boldness, love, and passion…
some heat to get our fiber circulation pumping for Valentines Day crafts!

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List is a business community of entrepreneurs rooted in textile and fiber art products and traditions. A majority of our members have social and environmental agendas at the core of their business. TAFA unites old and new traditions, their historical and modern importance, giving a shared platform to both contemporary and traditional textile techniques from all cultures.”

TAFA presents an inspiring collection of all things Fiber Arts….Beautiful pictures and links to fiber artists and fiber suppliers around the world….a delightful place to spend a few Sunday hours with a cup of tea!

www.tafalist.com

Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Feb 3, 2013 12:43 PM | 2 Comments

Celebrating Candlemas

On February 2nd, we celebrate Candlemas,  also known as St. Brigit’s day or Imbolc-the midway marker between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
Candlemas is a celebration of light and transformation as we mark the sun’s growing strength. As the days grow longer we start to look forward to Spring and with this growing momentum, engage our own dreams, ideas and ambitions to bring them to fruition.

Candlemas has always been a special celebration in our family.
We celebrate the day as a time to start bringing all the thoughts and ideas that have come forward during the quiet, contemplative time of winter, into a period of germination. Just as the plants are starting to wake up underground; as the sap is starting to flow again through the trees;  the young animals are growing within their mothers, preparing to be born, so are our hopes and visions.

Becoming aware of Candlemas, many years ago, also led us to take a greater pause through the winter; to be sure and slow down and use that time for meditation and clear thinking, so that we are ready to grasp the strength of spring renewal and shoot forward towards our goals.

Each year we plant a Wish Garden, sometimes with close group of friends, some years as a community party, and some years, just as a family.  We usually dip candles in our own beeswax from our hives and prepare a planter filled with earth, through the day.

This evening, before we start our evening meal, we write out our wish for the year. When the boys were younger, they would draw a picture to represent their wishes.

We each dig a little hole in the pot, fold up our wishes and plant them deep within the hole, then cover the wish with a spring bulb or some seeds, and some more earth.

Then we plant our candle on top and light it, representing the returning sun warming the earth so the seeds can came forth and flourish. The wish garden sits in the middle of the table, alight, and we leave the candles burning in the planter, until they burn down completely. Then the planter stays in the kitchen where we can watch and wait and as our little plants start to sprout, coming into full growth 4-6 weeks later- for Spring Equinox.  A warm welcome to spring and it’s renewal.

  This has been a wonderful tradition to share with others….in some years we have made one large wish garden created by our community. One year we made a wish garden outdoors in a special spot on our new porperty- a way to connect to the earth with a sense of beginnings and renewals in that new place.

One of my favourite occasions was one Candlemas that we invited everyone we knew from our different social circles to come and join us. The house was full of children and conversation and laughter. We dipped candles, had a potluck meal,  and each family created their own wish garden to bring home with them.

Just before the end of the evening, all the gardens, alight,  were together in one room- a shared community wish, full of light and warmth. It was a sacred moment.

Here’s to family celebrations, beginnings, and giving our dreams room to flourish!

Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Feb 2, 2013 02:07 PM | 10 Comments

Beads and Buttons Tutorial and Oakmeadow Giveaway!

 Beads and buttons are fun to make, especially by children who love hands-on learning, but clay can also be used to explore any academic subject.  Here are just a few ideas to get your imagination started:

- Create letter and number shapes for alphabet and math learning.

- Sculpt bird heads when studying how bird beaks are shaped differently fo rdifferent purposes.

- Make a model of a Mesopotamian ziggurat, a Mayan temple, an adobe dwelling, or an Egyptian pyramid.

Enjoy this craft from Clay Fun, an Oak Meadow original publication, which is part of our Second Grade curriculum.

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

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Giveaway

Oak Meadow Curriculum and School has generously offered a complete homeschooling curriculum package for one grade of your choice (preschool through 8th grade). That’s a value of $120-$420! Simply visit Oak Meadow’s latest issue of Living Education, a quarterly journal that inspires and informs home learning with strategies, tips, and crafts.

Leave a comment here with feedback and/or suggestions for future issues and you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway! We will pick one lucky Living Crafts winner on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012.

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 6, 2012 09:50 AM | 369 Comments

Farewell to Living Crafts Magazine – Moving to Web

 

Five years ago this week, the first issue of Living Crafts hit the newsstands across the United States.  Right from the first issue, it was distributed in major bookstore chains, Michael’s, and JoAnn’s.  As a matter of fact, it remains the only one to this date distributed to natural food chains and co-ops.  We have decided to cease publication of the print magazine due to increasing costs of production and printing, which exceed the revenue from subscriptions and advertising.  Summer 2012 issue is our last issue, and after five years we cease publication of Living Crafts magazine and become a web-only company.

Living Crafts was inspired by motherhood, created to serve families embracing a natural life and a desire for self-sufficiency.   Having worked for natural lifestyle magazines since 1996, starting a natural craft magazine was the “natural” step.  Using our own savings, my husband and I started the magazine in 2007.  Living Crafts was welcomed very warmly and with the support of subscribers and advertisers, grew and flourished.  Many of you paid for your first subscription before we even had published our first issue, and have stayed loyal subscribers to this day.  I am filled with gratitude and thank you for your support.  Subscribers are what make a magazine,  and those of you who supported us helped keep it going.  During the last five years we have served thousands of mothers, grandmothers, and teachers in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Europe with our editorial, customized just for you.  Many blogs, online magazines, books, toy and crafts companies were created, inspired by our seasonal editorial.  As I watched everyone’s progress online, my hands were tied with the print production aspects of the magazine, and did not start a blog until three years later. 

In the first couple of years our articles were ahead of the mainstream craft magazines in providing articles on natural family crafts.  We were the first magazine to dedicate our editorial to address the mother-child need for a natural play environment that went beyond the craft itself, but covered the emotional and spiritual aspects of a child’s world and the crafting mothers’ community.  We were pioneers in articles that connected a woman’s hands and heart through connecting with her tribe, and the spiritual realm.  Soul Crafts column, Our Tribe, and Evolving through Handwork became our most popular columns.  With Sage, we honored those who contributed years of their lives to making toys, creating art, and ….  Many crafting mothers’ groups were formed, and the readers were encouraged to buy local and visit local farms to buy their wool or dye their own yarn and sew their own.  Soon after, with launching of new magazine-like websites, like Pinterest, many of our subscribers replaced buying a subscription or a back issue with marking their favorites, creating their own online albums, organizing ideas and patterns available online, quenching their thirst for stacking up printed magazines, books, and craft supplies.

Right in front of my eyes our loyal community of natural crafters moved towards the web even more, and while so many still loved Living Crafts in print, they did not subscribe to our magazine.   We finally did start our own blog in December 2010, and our online audience grew while print subscriptions stayed still.

The most basic team required to print a magazine includes a customer service representative, a graphic designer, photographers, editors, contributors, and illustrators, and a newsstand manager.  Add a printer’s invoice to that and the cost becomes enormous for a publisher that carries a single title.  Three specific reasons have come together to end Living Crafts as a print magazine.  First, just a year after the launch, our community moved increasingly to the Web.  Unfortunately we did not have our blog and good content yet (until December 2010) so we lost some of our readers to the various Web community, as most crafters now check Facebook or Pinterest before they check their e-mail. The second reason is the increase in printing and production costs in the U.S.  In order for us to print on recycled paper in the U.S. we had to pay higher costs than most craft magazines.  The third reason is the advertisers’ exedus to the Web where they can capture higher number of people for the same dollars, including on our own website.  Even our own web community of FaceBook, Pinterest and blog visitors are larger  than community of our paid subscribers.  Obviously many of our advertisers have been hard hit by the economy.  The first item to cut is usually advertising dollars.  Our subscribers, too, have been affected by the economy, and although many would love to subscribe to Living Crafts, family priorities draw them to the Web for their crafting needs.  In addition to all the above, in order to keep the magazine profitable, I had to work extra hours.  This affected my family, and my health, to the point that I developed chest pains.  Luckily, the test results came back negative, as they were due to stress, but it was a big scare.  My heart was talking, and I had to take note.  If we were to continue to print the magazine, it would only mean more stress.

When a magazine ceases publication, its subscriptions are usually fulfilled by another magazine within the same publishing house.  Publishing a single title, we had to go outside to find a suitable magazine.  When I thought about which magazine is most compatible with Living Crafts, I remembered Linda Ligon, founder of Interweave Press, and my former employer.  She was the first to call.  She immediately made an introduction to the executive management and we thought their Stitch Craft Create was the closest to our publication.  Stitch Craft Create will fulfill Living Crafts’ subscriptions beginning with their Winter 2012 issue. If, for example, three issues remain on your subscription to Living Crafts, you will receive the next three issues of Stitch Craft Create.  My wish is for your understanding and that you enjoy their magazine.

While this is a huge change for those of us who love the print edition of Living Crafts, myself and my team included, we are still a community. We have a growing social-media community, with 7,000 Facebook fans and 2,000 followers on Pinterest, and 3,000 followers on Twitter. It was inevitable that our community should move to the Web.  Even though most people love the joy and comfort of reading a magazine or a book, most people now spend the majority of their reading time online.

Recently, when my sister wanted to felt a silk-wool scarf for a friend, even though she knew about the Fairy Scarf in the Summer 2008 issue of Living Crafts, she went right to our website to look up the supplies.  Fortunately she found her Summer 2008 issue and used it for instructions; otherwise, she had gone to the Living Crafts website to save time, and found a similar project, competing with our own print issue! 

If you haven’t already, please join us at LivingCrafts.com. Our blog posts include free projects, giveaways, book reviews, and product sources, and above all friendship.  Soon we’ll revamp our website and provide many of our natural and organic product databases and articles online.  Our plan includes a chat room and store. 

You can still purchase back issues until they last, and we’ll also be providing some of the projects as digital online patterns for sale.

My heartfelt thank you for all of your goodwill and support for the last five years.  Many of your letters have brought tears of gratitude. Please leave a comment and tell us how you feel.  I look forward to many many years ahead providing the same service online, when self-sustainability and use of Mother Earth’s supply become the norm in our society.

Love,

Pardis

Pardis Amirshahi, Founder

Posted by Living Crafts on Nov 6, 2012 11:45 AM | 52 Comments

Bag Holder Tutorial and Oak Meadow Giveaway

Our friends at Oak Meadow Curriculum and School recently asked families how they define  “citizenship.” Over 700 varied and thoughtful responses focused on kindness, stewardship, personal responsibility, compassion, and cooperation.  Yet, the most often mentioned tenets of good citizenship were recycling and taking care of this Earth that we all share. With that in mind, here’s a practical and charming craft to share with the children in your life (and a great way to corral plastic bags for reuse!). For more ideas and inspiration on how to cultivate citizenship at home, visit Oak Meadow’s recent issue of Living Education.   

Tree Saver Plastic Bag Holder

Supplies:

  • Large empty tissue box
  • White glue
  • Twigs
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Light brown poster paint
  • Dark brown poster paint or marker
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface

 

Instructions:

  1. Take a walk and collect several twigs in assorted lengths. Look for twigs with interesting branching patterns.
  2. Paint the outside of the tissue box with light brown poster paint. Let dry.
  3. Use a darker shade of poster paint or a dark brown marker to draw wavy bark patterns on the tissue box. Let dry.
  4. Draw a bird on a sheet of construction paper. Cut out smaller pieces of brightly colored construction paper and glue them to the bird to make bright feathers, eyes, and a beak.
  5. Stand the tissue box on one end. Arrange the twigs and construction paper bird on the front of the box. Glue in place.
  6. Cut out leaves, butterflies, a bird nest, or anything else you want from construction paper and glue them to the front, sides, and top of the box.
  7. Tack the box in a convenient corner of the kitchen and enjoy it every time you need to grab a plastic bag.

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GIVEAWAY

Oak Meadow Curriculum and School has generously offered a complete homeschooling curriculum package for one grade of your choice (preschool through 8th grade). That’s a value of $120-$420! Simply visit Oak Meadow’s latest issue of Living Education, a quarterly journal that inspires and informs home learning with strategies, tips, and crafts.

Leave a comment here with feedback and/or suggestions for future issues and you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway! We will pick one lucky Living Crafts winner on Tuesday, September 4th.

 

 

 

Posted by Living Crafts on Aug 25, 2012 06:22 AM | 464 Comments























  




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