How To Tuesday – Summer Cards with a surprise

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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
-colored paper
-circle punch
-black marker
-glue stick
-wiggly eyes
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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.

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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!

How To Tuesday – Vintage Tennis Racquet Cork board

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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.

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You’ll need:
-tennis racquet
-paper & pencil
-cork
-scissors
-black marker
Glaziar Push Points or glue gun

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

DIY hot pads


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This part might seem confusing but your just quilting the hot pad. Start right in the center of your fabric and stitch a line (about one inch). With your needle down in the fabric lift your presser foot and turn your fabric (put your presser foot back down) and sew another line. Again stop and turn your fabric each time your line of stitches will be getting a little longer as you make your way from the middle to outer area of the hot pad. This does not need to be perfect, it is fine if the spaces between your lines are not exact.


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And stitch the pinned strips all in place.

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