My Paper Adventure

May 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Posted in crafts, Quiet Activities | Leave a comment
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A while ago I was looking for easy, small quiet activities for my son, and decided to make him a paper theater type of adventure.  Its not really a paper doll, its a paper action hero.  I love that he comes with radio operator, aviator, and astronaut outfits.  Plenty of stuff for hours of imaginative play.  He could easily be printed on magnet paper for play on the fridge, or printed onto transfer paper to be ironed on felt for a flannel board.  The boy is from a series published in 1925 and the artwork was done by Orpha Klinker – it is now in the public domain. Continue Reading My Paper Adventure…


3D Fairy Tale Theater

August 23, 2011 at 9:45 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool, Quiet Activities, thrifty projects | 3 Comments
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Its hard to imagine it, but there was a time, not really that long ago, when kids had to amuse themselves without the internet (late 1980’s,) game systems (1970s,) computers (1950s,) televisions (1920s,) or even radios (1915.)  One of the things that they did was make elaborate paper theaters and dioramas.  And since pretty much everything printed before 1921 is now in the public domain so you can find lots of really neat free printables online. Continue Reading 3D Fairy Tale Theater…

Homeschool Weekly Planner Page

August 10, 2011 at 11:38 am | Posted in homeschool | 5 Comments
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I’m cheap frugal.  I just hate to buy an organizer when I can make one that is just exactly what I want for so much less.  I made this year’s version using a three ring binder and a three hole paper punch (I actually just took last years out of the binder and stuck it in an envelope in case I need it for some reason.)  The website where I got my weekly page from last year updated to a newer version that I really don’t like, so I made my own.  I normally start my week on Sunday, but decided for record keeping purposes I would leave the weekend at the end – we don’t often do school related things on the weekend but six boxes looked so much neater than five, and I will use it occasionally.  I also left some blank lines at the bottom for a to-do list or other notes.  I really like leaving the spaces mostly unlabeled – you write the date at the top of the box and can fill it in with whatever information is needed each day. Continue Reading Homeschool Weekly Planner Page…

Handmade Christmas: Free Printable Measurement and Temperature Guide

November 19, 2010 at 10:47 am | Posted in crafts, Handmade Christmas | Leave a comment
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I was looking at my calendar yesterday, and suddenly realized that Christmas is around a month away.  Where did this year go?  I need to get busy making my gifts for this year!

My family trades names, so that each sibling or spouse buys one gift for one person.  It is much simpler than buying gifts for everyone, and we can focus more on enjoying each others company during the holidays than opening gifts.  We also have the option of making something small, like cookies or an ornament, as a stocking stuffer for each family. Continue Reading Handmade Christmas: Free Printable Measurement and Temperature Guide…

50 cent clock make over

June 3, 2010 at 9:34 am | Posted in crafts | 1 Comment
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My sister from Florida came to spend a week with me – yay!  Of course, we had to visit the second hand stores while she was here, and I found four of these Ambien clocks, new in the package with batteries, for 0.50 each.  Cheap clocks are incredibly easy to redo, so I thought I’d share :0)

First, turn over the clock and look for a tab slot – most clock faces are held on by three little tabs.  One tab may be longer than the others, so leave that tab for last.  Flip the clock back over, and slide a flat head screwdriver or knife down between the face and the slot, gently popping the tab out.  After you do two of the three tabs, the clear shell should just lift off.

The hands should just be pressed onto a movement, carefully pull them straight up.  You may need to use a knife or screwdriver to help loosen them – be very careful not to bend the hands.  Set them aside.

Remove the paper clock face, and set it aside.  Now, you have several options.  You can design your own clock face, use a photo, scrapbook paper, old magazine, etc, or paint over the existing clock face.  I found several scrapbook papers that I liked, and printed a clock face onto them.  I cut them out, used my crop-a-dile to punch out the middle hole, and stuck them on the clocks.  Quick, and really cute.

Here is the blank clock face that I designed to fit my clocks (9″ across, I printed on a 12″x12″ paper since it wouldn’t fit on a standard 8.5″x11″ sheet.)   You could open this file in a photo – editing software and insert a photo as the background.  OR, you could design something, or use free clip art, etc as the background.  You could also use plain white paper, like my husband suggested – blah, too plain for my tastes ;0)

Once you have the paper attached, slip the hands back onto the movement, and snap the cover back in place.  You are done!  Here is the finished clock – how cute would that be in a girl’s room?

You can also paint the clock if you don’t like the color – neon pink won’t really do for what I needed these clocks for, so I pulled out a few cans of spray paint.  You could use a brush on paint for plastic as well.

After two coats, my clocks and hands looked good, so I left it at that.  Here are the four clocks that I redid:

So, for $2.00 and some stuff I already had, I have four decent looking clocks.  The green and white is my favorite.  And, as easy as this is to do, you could really change out the paper seasonally if you really wanted to.

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