Friday, March 29, 2013

String Art Cross

Before posting more on my Kitchen Series, I thought I would share a project that I had my son's 6th grade class make, during their Easter Party this week.  I chose a stringed art project in which they made a cross out of nails and used colorful string for the design.

Here is how we did it:
I needed 15 wood pieces, so I used this very large piece of  old wood and cut pieces that were approximately  5" x 7".

I then created a template on my computer, so the kiddos would know where to place the nails.

Once the nails were in, then the fun part of using string to create a fun design.  We tied a knot on one of the nails and then wrapped it around the whole cross design.  Once that was done then you can go back and make any kind of design you want.  Some of the kids felt adventurous and used two different colors.  

Once they were happy with the result, we tied the string off and they were ready for the final step. 

The final step was to glue on the "Loved, Redeemed, Renewed" banner.  I also came across a neat saying that used these words and they glued it to the back.  It is my hope that they will use it as a daily reminder.

Here is my son hard at work getting his banner cut out, so he can glue it onto his project.

I was a little nervous about the kids using hammers and nails, but they did a great job and seemed to enjoy making this project.  Defiantly an easy, cheap and meaningful project for kids to make! 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kitchen Series - Weekly Menu Boards

During the month of March I have been posting great tools and items for the Kitchen on my facebook page, Dippity Dot Creations, and wanted to share them here as well.

One item/tool my family and I use on a daily basis is a Menu Board. We discovered a few years ago that by making a two week menu and shopping only twice a month for the items needed to make these meals that we were saving time and money. There are a variety of ways to post and display your weekly menu, from ones you can hang or use on your fridge if you have a kitchen with minimal counter space to ones that can set on your counter.

Below are a few ways in which I have upcycled items and turned them into Menu Boards.  Enjoy!  Feel free to email me at: with questions or to place an order.  Also be sure to stop by my facebook page at: Dippity Dot Creations to see other ideas and items available for sale.

The Menu Board above was made from an upcycled metal book stand.  I spray painted it black, then painted the front with chalkboard paint, used vinyl for the "Menu" and days of the week, and finished it off with a distressed look.  I think this is great, because even for those of you who do not like using chalk, paper strips can be made and magnets used to attach them to this Weekly Menu Board.

This next Menu Board is a dry erase style.  I used a picture frame with easel and added designer paper to the inside.  I cut the word "Menu" and the letters for the days of the week out of brown paper and attached them to the designer paper inside the frame.  The glass on the frame serves as a dry erase board, making it easy to display and change your weekly menu.

For those kitchens that do not have a lot of counter space, a large magnet, like the one in the photo above, works great.  I use one like this in my kitchen and love it.  I digitally designed it and then ordered it on a magnet from Vista Print.  The material used works great to use as a dry erase Menu Board. 

I know that there are many other great ideas out there, so if you have one you would like to share, I would love to see it!