Fun Stuff

What you will need

  • Tissue paper in your favorite colors
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Green marker
  • Liquid Glue

What to do

  1. If your popsicle stick did in fact come from a sticky treat, give it a quick rinse, then use the green marker to color the stick. This will serve as the stem for your floral creation.
  2. Cut out five 3×3 inch squares of tissue paper using all of your colors.
  3. Arrange the squares in a pile, but make sure to offset the edges so that your petals aren’t too orderly.
  4. Gently push one end of your popsicle stick through the center of the tissue paper squares.
  5. Now for the messy part: squeeze 4-6 drops of glue around the tip of the popsicle stick (the side that is pushed through the tissue paper) and use your fingers to push the glue through the tissue paper and onto the stick.
  6. Crumple the edges of the tissue paper squares upwards (like an umbrella closing).
  7. Allow to dry, then pull the edges down and arrange into a full blossom.

You can push your beautiful flowers into the dirt at the edge of a garden or in a window box for a shock of beautiful color all the neighbors will envy. (That is of course, until they get close enough to realize you don’t really have a green thumb at all!)

What you will need

  • 1 Whisk that you no longer use
  • 10-12 Book rings (the metal rings that students sometimes hang index cards on)
  • 1-2 Spools of colored ribbon (preferably spring colors!)
  • Beads, foam shapes or other decorations

While these are the items we used for our wind chime, you can absolutely make substitutions depending on what you have on hand. For example, if you don’t have book rings, try using old keys or other metal items. Just make sure that the noise you’ll hear when they hit each other doesn’t make you cringe!

What to do?

  1. Slip one of your book rings over the skinny end of the whisk and pull it down as far as it will go over the wire arms.
  2. Cut 10-12 pieces of ribbon in varying lengths.
  3. Tie one piece of ribbon at each point where the ring crosses an arm of the whisk. We alternated our green and yellow ribbons!
  4. Rings and Ribbons

  5. Using a double knot, tie a book ring at the bottom end of each ribbon. Make sure that the rings hang low enough to hit their neighbors – the wind chime will sound as the rings tap against each other in a breeze. For added decoration, slip 1-3 beads onto the ribbon before tying it onto the ring.
  6. Add whatever decorations you’d like!
  7. Decorate Windchime

  8. Hang your wind chime where it is sure to be caught in the breeze, then listen for the gentle tinkle of the book rings as the bump into their neighbors.