Towel Origami

The following is a post from contributing writer Lana.

My kids and I are in a hotel room.  We’ve read all the books, and I’m trying to keep the television off.

What can I do for fun?  I need a project – ASAP!

I love those easy projects (that are either free or cheap) that you can do with kids, and my list of 77 ways to fight boredom is about all used up. 

So, we decided to Make Towel Origami.

I gave each of the kids a towel, hand towel or washcloth and let them experiment.  My kids came up with snakes, guns, Leaning Tower of Pisa and many more.  There is no right or wrong, no messes, and you can’t hurt a towel.

How to make a Towel Swan

Supplies:  One child and one washcloth.

Instructions

1.  Lay out the wash cloth.

2.  Fold one corner to center.

3.  Fold an adjacent corner to the center.

4.  Begin to twist the side of the towel starting with the top all the way to the bottom.

5.  Now twist the other side.

6.  Flip the towel over and bend the towel in half.  You are almost done!

7.  Bend the head down. Fluff the feathers.

Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work out right the first few times.  Keep experimenting.  Roll tighter.  Have fun!

Towel origami is so cool to make and possibilities are endless.  Look at my son’s elephant.

Blessings to you!  You are loved!

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Homemade Heat Pad in Minutes with Kids

The following is a post from contributing writer Lana.

Do you know anyone who gets earaches, muscle aches or cramps?

Sometimes applying heat helps soothe the pain.

(Especially those horrible earaches that come suddenly, on the weekends, when all the doctors in the world are not answering their phones.  Yes, I am speaking from experience –  I’m a Mom.)

My kids love using and making their own heat pads and giving them as presents!

Supplies Needed:

  • 9 x 12 inch soft felt rectangle (Don’t use any fabric that has foil thread in it.)
  • Rice
  • Hot Glue Gun (To be used by a responsible adult only.)
  • Cute kids

Instructions

1.  Pick out your material.  (I found mine at Hobby Lobby on sale for 4 for $1.00.  They have a plethora of soft felt designs.)

2.  Have your cute kid fold the felt in half to make a crease.

3.  Hot glue the short sides of the felt.  Be careful, it is called HOT for a reason – just ask my fingers.

4.  Hand the cooled off pouch back to the cute kid.

Have the cute kid fill the pouch with rice.

If you want less mess, put rice in a container that pours.

Use enough rice so the pad will lay flat but not bulge.

5. Have another cute kid make sure the heat pad is flattened out.

6. Hot glue the remaining open side.   Use lots of glue – don’t be stingy.

7.  Shake the heating pad to make sure none of the rice falls out. If you have a hole, just glue it.

 

To heat:  Set in microwave on high for 15 second increments.     
Caution: 
It could be very hot!

Other suggestions:

  • Add essential oils i.e. Lavender or Peace and Calming to make the heating pad aromatic.
  • Sew the edges after the cute kids go to bed to make it last longer.
  • Would be perfect for a new puppy who is separated from his mother for the first few nights.
  • Instead of heat, put in the freezer for a cooling pad.

Seriously, this is a very quick and cheap craft that the kids love to do!  I love finding activities that make my kids use their imagination and/or help others, such as building a bean teepee!  These type of activities just make my kids smile, therefore, I smile.

(The heating pad will not cure any infection – this is just to provide temporary relief.  Please consult a physician if you are in pain.)

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How to Make Kitchen Cabinet Doors

The following is a post from Lana (like banana).

This post will show a you a few skills needed to make beautiful cabinet doors for the kitchen or any cabinet.

Most people might not need NEW doors but just need an updated look.  Look at how we glazed kitchen cabinets before we decided to expand our kitchen.  It was easy, fast, and cheap but without a “cheap” look. 

For the rest of us – who NEED to start from scratch,  here are some instructions.

Please note:  We are not professionals.  We do what works for us.  Please keep that in mind…thanks.

 Supplies:

  •  3/4 inch cabinet grade pine plywood (For the Door)
  • 1 x 2 inch select pine (Trim)
  • Wood Glue (We use Elmers.)
  • 1 inch Brad Nails (To hold in place while drying.)
  • Table Saw, Power Saw, and Miter Saw (You can rent these for a day or buy them and remodel your whole house.)

Measure Measure and Measure again.

Measure your opening for your cabinet door.  We allowed an 1/8 inch gap (on all sides) between the door and the opening. If you are having trouble understanding – go look at a hardware store and look at their cabinets.  Studying other’s work will give insight and understanding.

Shop Around

For a totally frugal project call around and get prices for wood.  Cabinet wood varies from place to place.  Even when you do find an inexpensive price look at each piece of wood.  Some could be warped or split in shipping.  We had to really seek  good material on our last shopping trip.

Cutting the Wood

There are two ways to cut wood.

  1. With the grain (Ripping)
  2. Against the grain (Cross-cut)

Handy Tools

  • The clamp.  It can act like as an extra hand.

 

  • A chalk box that makes a blue chalk line.  It makes perfect lines with a pop of string.  I love playing with these things!

  •  A circular saw.  This tool can be used for so many other projects.  If you are a DIYer it would be worth the expense to add one to your collection.
  •  An extra 1 x 2 board.  It also serves as a guide or “fence” when cutting a straight line.Now it is time to cut.  You might want to measure one more time.  I mean it.  It is NOT wasting time to be sure.

Using your measurements start cutting the wood.  Plan ahead to get the most out of your wood.  It is like scrapbooking.  Use the sheets of wood to get the most doors possible.  You can use a sheet of paper to practice on if needed.

Sometimes we used our table saw and sometimes we used our circular saw depending on the size of the sheet of wood.

Are you still wanting to know more?  Stay with us.

Now your door needs some trim. There are different thoughts on trim.

  • Buy it pre-made.
  • Be adventurous and make your own.  (We are in this group.)  This is for the more experienced wood cutters.  Once you master this you are a star!

Make a notch in your wood to fit around the door.  That is an easy sentence to write but not so easy to make.  If you are unsure of this process, please, please, please ask questions at your local hardware store.  Mistakes can cost a lot of money.

To make trim for one door:

  •  Use a table saw blade to cut a 1 x 2 x 8 –  1 inch deep and 3/8 inch wide – cut 2 boards with the board being vertical.
  • Then set the table saw blade to cut 3/8 inch deep and 1/2 inch wide – cut the same 2 boards while they are laying flat.

Attaching the trim:

  • We use wood glue to fasten the trim and finishing nails to attach the trim to your naked door.

Our finished door.

Then you just need to paint or stain to your liking.

Are you going to try this?  Let me know how it goes!

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Disclaimer:  This post is designed to use common sense.  Fingers do NOT grow back – so don’t cut them off.  Power tools have lots of power.  This author and website are not responsible for anything that might happen during a DIY project.  If you feel you need more explanation please ask in the comments or ask your local hardware store professionals.  By the way, we are not  professional builders – we do what works for us and it saves us MUCHO money by not hiring someone else.

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