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Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wraps

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Learn how to make these quick and easy polymer clay spiral hair wraps. A great kids craft - girls will love making their own cute hair accessories.

Easy to make spiral hair wrap.

Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wraps – Today I’m excited to show you how to make these flexible, removable polymer clay spiral hair wraps. These are ridiculously fast and easy to make. From the moment I decided to try to make these until they were ready to use was about 30 minutes. They’re so easy to make, kids can pretty much make them their selves.

There’s a back story about how these came to be actually. About a year ago my mother-in-law went to Seattle and found some sweet spiral hair wraps to give to Noelle. Noelle’s worn them but honestly I never really looked at them too closely. Then a number of weeks ago I went on a girls trip to Seattle and while we were at Pike’s Market my girlfriend found similar hair wraps for her daughter. When she showed me what she bought, she suggested I should try to figure out how to make them. So when I got home I took a look at Noelle’s hair wraps and I decided to give it a try. What do you know…these spiral hair wraps were super quick easy to make.

Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wrap Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Polymer clay in various colors (Sculpy, Premo, Fimo, etc.) – or if you just want, you can just use one color. Apparently Sculpey has a Superflex Bake & Bend clay that would be perfect for this is you can find it.
  • wooden skewer or something of similar size
  • Cookie sheet lined with tinfoil
  • Optional: glitter to mix into the clay and beads to attach to the bottom of the spiral wrap

Directions:

  1. Choose 2-4 colors of clay and knead the clay until it’s soft and then roll the clay into little logs.
  2. Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
  3. Fold over and twist again. Roll on a smooth flat surface. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the design. *Be careful not to do it too many times or it will all just turn into one color – likely grey or brown.
  4. Roll the clay smooth and until it’s about the 1/8″ in width (smaller than this will mean the spiral hair wrap will easily break) and about 12″ long (although you can make these any length you desire). Feel free to roll in a bit of glitter too if you’d like to make these extra fancy.
  5. Carefully start winding the clay around the skewer until you’ve wrapped it completely (see photo at bottom of post for example). If you’d like to add beads, etc. you can pinch one end into a little loop, otherwise, leave plain.
  6. Once you’re happy with the spiral, gently release it from the skewer and slide the clay off and onto the foil lined cookie sheet.
  7. Cook in the oven at the temperatures listed as per the clay’s instructions (mine cooked in the oven at 275 degrees °F for approximately 15 minutes). Here’s a great chart of cooking times for the various brands of polymer clays.
  8. Take out of oven, allow to cool.

Instructions to place in hair:

  1. Using a small section of hair, about the thickness of a straw, give the hair a little twist.
  2. Place the section of hair in the first channel of the spiral wrap and with one hand pinch the hair against the wrap and with the other hand begin wrapping the hair counter clockwise into each channel all the way down the shaft of the spiral wrap.
  3. Once the section of hair is in place, check to make sure it is in place by giving a little tug. If the wrap slides then redo with slightly more hair.
  4. To remove: Carefully unwind the hair section from the wrap.

NOTE: these are relatively durable but be careful not to just try pulling this out of your hair in one big yank, this will snap the hair wrap. Please do not twist or bend them excessively as this will also cause them to break. These are slightly flexible but it’s best to treat them gently.

Download your printable Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wrap instructions here.

Looking for more crafty stuff for kids: Houses Coloring Page, Word RocksPrintable Secret Decoder WheelMandala Coloring PageRainbow Loom Perler Bead BraceletsBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

Learn how to make these quick and easy polymer clay spiral hair wraps. A great kids craft - girls will love making their own cute hair accessories.

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Word Rocks

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun, Outdoors

Word Rocks - Paint several of rocks with inspirational words and leave them at random places for people to find. A great activity for kids. Fun for the hiders and the finders.

Paint several of rocks with inspirational words and leave them at random places for people to find.

Word Rocks – This summer we had a really neat experience being introduced to word rocks. We were staying at the lake when my friend texted us early in the morning to come for a walk. My daughter had a very late night the night before so I really didn’t want to wake her up. About an hour or so later my persistent friend texted me again saying “it’s so amazing, come for a walk.” It was a foggy, drizzly morning so I assumed she meant that the forest looked quite beautiful that morning, again, nothing I was interested in waking up my daughter for and I couldn’t leave her unattended. Eventually my daughter slowly popped her head out of bed and I was thrilled she’d had a nice long sleep. Later I made my way onto Facebook and saw that my friend had posted a collection of amazing photos of kids holding these beautiful rocks with messages written on them. She had stumbled on a treasure trail of rocks that had been decorated and adorned with lovely, inspiring messages – they were everywhere in the forest, dozens of them. Later in the day Noelle and her friend went for a walk and found tons of these little beauties. On the back of each rock was written #wordrocks. I popped on the internet and found the origins of the word rock story here. A simple and sweet project started by a mother and her son in San Diego, California.

There is so much I love about this little project. I’m a big fan of random acts of kindness and the look on the kids faces when they found the rocks was priceless. It gave them a chance to make some big decisions too…leave the rocks for others to find or keep them for themselves. We also had an opportunity to talk about what all the messages meant in depth and what that meant personally to each child. In the end, each child kept one rock that they identified most with and then took the other rocks back to hide again for others to find. It was all the kids talked about for days.

Summer has now (sadly) passed but the joy and excitement that came with finding these word rocks remains. After continually talking about it, Noelle and I decided it was time to make our own word rocks and find a place to hide them for others to receive as much fun as we did finding them the first time. We collected rocks, painted and decorated them. One afternoon while Noelle had her friend Griffyn over we decided it was time to hide our word rocks. We are blessed to live on the side of a beautiful hill called Christmas Hill in Victoria, BC. We made our way through the trails and up towards the top of the hill, hiding rocks along the way. The girls had so much fun and I really felt like they were reflecting on what they were doing. I highly recommend this fun activity to everyone. It’s fun for kids and adults alike. You never know, someone could find one of your word rocks on a day that they were really struggling and needed a little bit of kindness in their lives. Positive messages have the ability to inspire, brighten your day and enact change. Here’s a local news story from this summer about word rocks here.

How to make word rocks

Supplies:

  • rocks
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • sharpie
  • decorative pens

Directions:

  1. Wash all your rocks so that they are free of dirt and debris. Allow to dry.
  2. Apply a layer of paint to one side of your rock. Allow paint to dry.
  3. Decorate rock using more paint, sharpies and decorative pens.

Are you looking for some ideas for words and phrases to use on your word rocks?  I assembled this great list of 200 positive words and sayings. Download the list here.

Looking for more…Kids (and their parents) will love these fun 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more in the book Craft Camp: Over 40 Fun Projects for Kids

List of 200 positive words and phrases.

List of 200 positive words and phrases.

Hand painted word rocks.

Hand painted word rocks – hide and leave them for people to randomly find.

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DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial

| Crafts & DIY, My Life

DIY Polymer clay stamp tutorial

DIY button stamp tool tutorial – great for pottery, polymer clay, play dough and plasticine.

DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial – A number of months back, I came across a bucket list of things I’d like to try that I had made years ago and forgotten all about. I was so thrilled when I browsed through the list and realized that I had done all but one item on my list. Strangely enough though, I had just signed up to take a pottery class – the one missing item from my list. After my first class, it quickly occurred to me that I had fallen in love with what was to become my new hobby. The tactile, hands-on, fingers in the clay thing and the scent of damp earth seemed to fulfill something in my life that I didn’t even know I was missing. One class turned into three classes; three classes turned into nine classes, and now I’ve just signed up for an advanced pottery class for the fall.

At some point in my research for pottery ideas, I noticed that many of the potters and studios have their signature stamps that they put on all their work. I loved this idea the moment I saw it. I’m still a beginner potter and don’t quite feel like I can use my own signature stamp yet but I still love the idea of having a little extra detail hidden somewhere on the clay piece. One day I popped into a second hand shop and I came across this amazing bag full of antique buttons. For a mere $2 I bought the bag full of buttons and rushed home to figure out how to turn these into stamps. The process is pretty easy and I have to say I couldn’t believe how sturdy and durable these clay stamp turned out. These texture tools are great for pottery clay, polymer clay and the kids will love them for play dough and plasticine.

DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial 

Materials:

  • Buttons
  • Polymer Clay (Sculpy, Fimo, etc)
  • Nylon string (fishing wire will work)
  • Knife
  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper

Directions (see photos below):

  1. Using a 4″ nylon string, find two buttons (similar size works best) and tie the buttons together.
  2. Roll out a piece of polymer clay and form into a cylinder shape. Make the size of the clay a little shorter than the nylon string with the buttons when pulled taut. The role of clay should also be a little fatter than the width of the buttons.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit down the length of cylinder of polymer clay but only half way into the cylinder.
  4. Pulling the buttons taut, slide the nylon string with the buttons on the ends down into the slit.
  5. Gently squish the two sides of the cylinder polymer clay together and slowly roll the clay until the clay squishes down to meet both buttons and fills the space behind the buttons.
  6. Carefully place the button stamp tool onto a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake using the polymer clay baking instructions (I baked mine for 20 minutes at 275 degrees).
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Download your easy to make DIY Button Stamp Tool instructions here.

DIY Button Polymer clay stamp tutorial

DIY polymer clay stamp texture tool tutorial.

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Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths

| Crafts & DIY, Crochet

Easy crochet dishcloth pattern

Easy crochet dishcloth pattern

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths – It’s almost the end of the school year and I’ve been thinking about what sort of thank you gifts to give my daughter’s teachers and instructors (school, piano, dance, baseball, etc.).

I’m all about homemade gifts when at all possible so I started thinking about everything I’ve been learning or working on lately. For the past 2 months I’ve been taking pottery classes, learning how to use the potters wheel. I’ve also started making handmade soap on a regular basis which we now use every day in our household (check out my post on how to make Natural Calendula Soap here). Eventually I settled on the idea of creating teacher’s gifts that combine all my projects. I’m giving them each a beautiful handmade soap dish with my own soap and thick durable crochet washcloths. This crochet dishcloth pattern is about as easy as it gets – a perfect pattern for beginners. You only need to know 2 stitches, the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch. I’ve been really excited about these gifts because they are all things I’ve put my heart into and that hopefully reflect my gratitude to all the people who help teach and shape my daughter.

Download the Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern below.

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton Yarn – I use Bernat Handicrafter (2 balls at a time)
  • Crochet Hook – US L/8 mm.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Directions:

Ch = chain, sc = single crochet (U.S.)

  1. Hold both ends of yarn together (you will be crocheting with them as is they are one the entire time), make a slip stitch and chain 20 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain (feel free to make the cloth bigger or smaller just by increasing or decreasing the number of chains in your foundation chain).
  2. Not turning your work, count back 2 stitches from the hook and sc in the chain  and continue to do 1sc in each stitch along foundation chain until the end.
  3. Once you reach the end, chain 1 and then turn.
  4. Do 1sc in every stitch until you reach the end.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve made a square (you can tell if you’ve made a square by folding the cloth in half diagonally.
  6. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Download the Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern here.

If you enjoy crocheting dishcloths as much as I do, here’s a book that will keep your crochet addiction fed for a long time: A Year of Dishcloths

Looking for more great crochet patterns:  Easy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Boot CuffsCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

easy to make crochet dishcloth

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