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Monday, June 11, 2012


School is either already out or about to end. If you’re not a member of the 1% and have the luxury of sending your kids off to summer camp, followed by a family vacation before the start of school in late August/early September, you’re going to be looking for things for them to do. Outdoor activities are great, especially if your community has a swimming pool, but what do you do when those summer rains hit and you don’t want your kids playing video games 24/7? Think crafts! And to help you out, I’m going to feature lots of kid-friendly projects over the next few months. So stock up on some basic crafting supplies, and have fun.


Materials: jars, bottles, and cans in various sizes; scraps of colored or variegated yarn; rubbing alcohol (optional); white acrylic primer (optional); decoupage medium; foam brush

1. If using a glass item, clean the surface with rubbing alcohol. If using a can with images on it, apply a coat of primer and allow to dry completely.

2. Working from the bottom up, apply a coat of decoupage medium to the surface of the container. Wrap yarn tightly around the jar or can. Don’t leave any gaps between the rows of yarn. Working an inch or two at a time will keep the decoupage medium from drying before you finish wrapping the yarn.

3. If using multiple yarns, make sure you begin the next piece where you previous one ended.

4. Once the entire container is wrapped and completely dry, apply a layer of decoupage medium to the yarn.

Option: create dimension by adding additional layers of yarn on over the first layer at different points on the container.

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