Arts and Crafts Idea: Foam Sheet Glasses Case

Are you a camp director, teacher, or home school mum looking for a new arts and crafts idea for your kids?  Or maybe you are a recreation director at a senior centre or nursing home and could use a new project.  Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting and fun for all.  This glass case can be used, given as a gift, or converted into a necklace purse.

To make the glasses case, you will need the following simple materials:  a square of craft foam, plastic or large blunt needles, lanyard lace or thick yarn.  Cut two rectangles from the foam, each 3-1/2 inches (9 cm.) by 6 inches (15 cm.).  With a hole punch, make holes on three sides of each rectangle, leaving one short side un-punched.  Make the holes 1/2 inch apart and allow at least 1/4 inch between the hole and the edge of the craft foam.  The holes need to line up so that the two pieces can be laced together.  If you are preparing the craft for small children, you should make the holes yourself.  Otherwise, the crafters can do this step if you have enough pairs of hole punches.

At this point the crafters can cut decorative shapes from other colours of craft foam, or you can buy sets of ready-cut foam shapes.  If you are doing the craft at a special event, like vacation school, choose shapes that echo the theme of the event.  For instance, if the vacation school or camp has a cowboy theme, find shapes that fit well, such as boots, cowboy hats, and stars.  Let the kids choose the shapes they like and glue on as desired.  You might also like to provide beads or sequins to glue on as well, especially if the crafters are a little older.

The next step in this arts and crafts idea is to thread the plastic needle with the yarn or lanyard lace.  Yarn might be a little easier to handle, but lanyard lace is shiny and attractive.  In a pinch, some teachers of small children use a bobby pin as a needle.  It is certainly a safe alternative.  Simply loop the yarn through the opening and use the open end of the bobby pin as if it were the point of the needle.  The children can now begin to lace the front and back of the glasses case together.

To turn this arts and crafts idea into a necklace purse, simply attach a piece of lanyard lace to each corner making a long handle.  Kids will enjoy using this case as a place to store secret notes and small objects.  If they’d rather, they can give the glasses case to a parent, grandparent, or friend who wears glasses.  Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting for all.

Furnishing A Dollhouse

Now that you have built your dollhouse, the next step is to find the furniture to fit in. You want the house to show comfort and life. Children cannot play with a dollhouse without furniture. In most case you would just buy them ready made, but many who have taken the time to make their own doll’s house became fascinated with arts and crafts doll house project, and would prefer to make their own doll house furniture.

Most of the furniture and hand-made dolls are made with intricate detail. When you design a doll’s house furniture itself, you create your own custom furniture made to your exact taste.

Make your own doll house furniture is not so difficult. In fact, most stores have arts and crafts kits and these kits come with instructions. All you have to do is buy the glue, put them together and paint. Dollhouse furniture kit prices vary depending on the type of furniture you put together and the type of wood you use.

When you make your own dollhouse furniture, it takes time and you need to be very patient. You want the best result and the reward is countless. It can also be a fun hobby which can contribute on reducing stress. You are making these furniture for the dollhouse you just built, yet if you do will you could make this a career.

There are many different options available. You can start looking for a doll kit online where you can find the best deal or at your favorite art and craft shops.

Now that you’ve decided to make the doll house furniture on your own, you need to decide on few things. First you need to decide what type of decorations you want. Would you like antique furniture, modern furniture, a certain style or something else? You can get ideas from magazines. You can see the dollhouse furniture online. Second, you need to decide on the quality of doll house furniture you want. Do you want to put time and effort to make expensive doll house furniture, which will give more value to the house or prefer a cheaper range. Either way, the children will appreciate it just the same.

Whatever you decide to do so, you are sure to have hours of fun to build furniture for the rooms in your new doll house. Once you have some furniture in there, do not forget accessories. These small items such as framed photos, flowers etc; that make dollhouse look great and unique.

Tools for the dollhouse furniture

If you have built your dollhouse, you would already have some tools but for the dollhouse furniture you would need some more.

You would need the following:
•CRAFT SQUARE
•SCALE LUMBER GAUGE
•REGULAR EASY CUTTER
•CRAFT RULER
•SANDER, COARSE GRIT
•BRUSH, SOFT HAIR ROUND, SIZE 000, 00, 0
•BRUSH, UTILITY SET
•3 PC SYRINGE SET
•MICRO VAC
•MICRO VAC AC ADAPTER
•STRAIGHT EDGE 6″
•BRASS BAR CLAMP 12″
•MITER RITE
•HAMMER
•RAZOR SAW BLADE
•ANGLE SETTER/PROTRACTOR
•MAGNETIC GLUING JIG
•MAGNETIC PLATES 8 PCS
•MICRO HAND DRILL
•20 BIT SET/PLASTIC INDEX
•BRASS BAR CLAMP 3 3/4″
•MINI 4 CORNER CLAMPS
•MICRO GLAZE
•MICRO SANDER