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Incredibly Awesome Crafts for Kids
by Carol Field Dahlstrom
These projects are awesome!
Includes educational trivia with each project. There's painting, wearable
crafts, gifts, dolls, puppets and more. Click on book to read reviews.
There are also a few used copies available for sale.
Family Homesteading Advocate
Simple living for the Urban and
- Do-It-Yourself BirdBath!
- by Kiah Frohnauer
Within just hours you, too, can
have a beautiful birdbath to put in your front yard or garden! This
is easier to make than it looks! First, the things you will need are:
- *Ready Mix Concrete
- *Large outdoor trash can lid
- to use for the mold
- *4' x 4' piece of thick plastic
- 2 of these
- *A piece of wire mesh that will
fit inside the trash can lid. Make it a bit smaller than the inside
dimension of the lid. This helps to add stability.
- *5 gallon bucket
- *Shells, special rocks, broken
pieces of colored pottery or glass, pieces of tile or ? to decorate
your birdbath with.
- To start, line the inside of
the trash can lid with the plastic. Smooth it out so there are few
wrinkles. Lay the piece of wire mesh in it loosely.
- Next, mix the concrete with
enough water to make it slushy-like but not runny. Pour this
into the lid, over the wire mesh. Fill to just below the rim.
Wiggle the wire mesh down into the concrete, so it is covered. Then,
taking the 5 gallon bucket, fill it half full of water and then set
it into the center of the cement and push it down into the cement
about half way, creating the indentation that will hold the water.
Leave bucket in place while the cement sets up.
- Meanwhile, you can add more
cement around the edges. If the cement is too runny to pile around
the edges just add more of the powdered mix. You won't be able
to pile it too high as it will run over the edge but you should be
able to make a nice thick edge.
- Lastly, place your decorative
materials around the edge, wiggling them down into the cement.
By now the concrete should be set
up enough to remove the 5 gallon bucket. Twist it slowly and carefully
remove. If your cement seems too runny, leave the bucket in for
an hour before removing.
- Once the bucket is out cover
the whole birdbath with some plastic and leave to set up for 24 hours.
- That's it! Now all you
need is a pedestal to set it up on. This can be a short log of firewood,
a tree stump that you want to hide, a 5 gallon bucket turned upside
down, or anything you can imagine.
you have a cool, kid's craft idea?~~*~~
HERE and send it to me
with a photo if you have one) and I will
on this page for you!!!
You NEED This Book!!!
Fun Crafts : 500 Creative Activities for You and Your Kids
by Deanna Cook
and the editors
of FamilyFun Magazine.
This is the ONLY
craft book you will ever need for your kids. It has crafts
for every age. There are 13 awesome reviews written
on this book! Everyone loves it! Click on book to read these
Free angel patterns, Easter,
Christmas, Nativity patterns and more