My youngest son and I decided to make some cards to send to his friends. I found this tutorial online for making wind-up paper butterflies
. They flutter out when the cards are opened, so we thought caterpillar cards would be perfect for hiding the butterflies inside.
All you need for the cards are:
-blank white cards & envelopes
Simply punch of a bunch of colored circles and let your kids glue them down to make a caterpillar. Then they can draw a face, legs, and glue on some wiggly eyes. It’s super easy and B was able to do all the cards by himself.
Now the butterflies are a bit trickier, but the instructions are really good
. Here are a few things that worked well for us…. We had to use 20 gauge wire instead of 24, I cut the wings a little smaller (so they would be lighter, and ended up cutting the top wings wire shorter once it was assembled to help lighten those wings too. While there was a bit of trial and error with these, they are pretty magical! You wind them up, then sandwich them in the card, put it in the envelope and mail it. His friends will have quite the surprise when opening, I just hope we don’t scare anyone too bad!
I got this vintage tennis racquet in a box of other thrifted goodies that I was buying and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. It is super cute, and I could of just hung it on the wall..but I decided to turn it into a simple cork board, here’s how.
-paper & pencil
–Glaziar Push Points
or glue gun
First lay a sheet of paper under your tennis racquet and use the pencil to draw a dotted cutting line by going in between the string.
Cut out your paper template and make sure it fits pretty snugly into the frame of your tennis racquet. Then trace the template onto your cork using a black marker. Cut the cork out with scissors.
Fit cork into the back of your racquet and push a few of the glazier push points around the inside edge to hold the cork snugly against the string of the racquet. This way when you turn it over to hang it, it will still be easy to use the cork with push pins, but the strings of the racquet still show. If you don’t have push points on hand you can also use a thick ring around the outer edge of glue from a glue gun, however this would be much harder to remove if you ever decided to use the racquet for a different project.
Want even more ideas for old tennis racquets? How about…
–Turn a vintage tennis racquet into a mirror
–or turn a vintage tennis racquet into a jewelry display
–Add a thread heart to a badminton racquet