favorite subject! Use
your favorite sandwich filling and cut flower shapes out of the
sandwiches. It’s just soooo special!
brand new clay flowerpots, or if you have to, use plastic, and
fill with assorted party snacks, like chips, pretzels, trail mix,
popcorn, etc. For an extra special tablecloth use some fake grass
like Astroturf. It comes in such luscious colors like gray, green,
brown, and my favorite, a lovely shade of blue turquoise.
the favorites of all true gardeners: DIRT
(Oreo cookies are the secret here) and
Remember to serve the youngsters first to get them out of your
"Bubbles" of Odd People comes this great idea!
Bubble’s Bubble Solution: 10
cups water to 4 cups dish-washing liquid, plus 1 cup Karo corn
syrup. Don’t eat it though!
make small wands - use 18-gauge cloth-covered wire cut to a length
of 15 inches. Bend the wire into a lollipop shape, securing the
end of the wire where the loop meets the handle with a dab of
glue. To make a star, divide the circle into five even increments,
then crimp with pliers. To make a heart, crimp only the top center
of the circle. A tin can, with its top and bottom removed, also
makes great bubbles. Carefully trim any sharp edges, dip one
end in solution, and pull through the air to make one long bubble.
Want a summer craft
to keep you busy? How would you like to make an easy shell wreath?
This is courtesy of Debbie The Seed Queen.
Different sizes, shapes and colors of sea shells
12 – 18" Willow wreath form
White craft glue
Glue gun and Glue
sticks for glue gun
Mouse-over DTS's wreath
some white craft glue liberally onto the willow wreath form. I
suggest using both the craft glue and the glue gun because the
glue gun glue will hold it instantly but the craft glue will stand
up better to temperature fluctuations. Especially if this is going
on a door – you don’t want all your shells to fall off. If it’s
going inside the house, the glue gun is just fine.
the Spanish moss until you have an ample amount covering the top
of the wreath. Next start gluing your shells all around the
circumference of the wreath, leaving an opening for the bow. Make
a bow out of natural colored raffia and glue onto the topmost part
of the wreath. If you have an unusual shell or a crab claw, glue
that onto the top of the bow. You could even make miniature ones
with those little tiny wreaths and some small shells.
You can use the same approach to decorate mirror edges or create
shell fridge magnets.
entertaining game after the refreshments have been served – how
about a "Whack the Puter Piñata!" I know you want to do
that sometimes – we all do! Here’s how:
2 old padded bras (of course we'd have to borrow some)
Newspaper, cut into 1-by-6-inch strips
Strong white paper (20-pound copy paper works well)
Tissue paper in several colors
Rotary cutter (optional)
Self-healing mat (optional)
Large needle or piece of wire
Candy, treats, and small prizes, for stuffing
1. Inflate the balloon, and coax it into a round shape by wrapping
it with cloth tape. Set it aside.
2. Make paste: In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup wheat-paste powder with
4 1/2 cups water. Dip newspaper strips one at a time into the
paste, and place them on the balloon, overlapping the strips
slightly, until the balloon is completely covered. Let dry
overnight. Strategically place the cups (just the cups) from the
padded bras to make four corners and repeat the newspaper strip
process at least twice more for a total of three or four layers if
To complete the piñata, use a utility knife to cut a small trap
door near the top. Make two vertical cuts 3 inches apart, and
connect them with one horizontal cut at the top to create a flap;
fold the flap back. Using a piece of wire or large needle with a
length of strong cord attached, punch two holes at the top of the
piñata, and pull the cord through the holes. Knot the cord above
the piñata, leaving enough to use for hanging.
Paint the piñata to resemble a computer monitor with the
letters OGG prominently displayed on the "screen" of
course. . Fill the piñata with a selection of candy, treats, or
prizes; push the flap back into place, and hang your piñata.