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Better Homes and Gardens More 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.
 
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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.
~~*~~Do you have a cool, kid's craft idea?~~*~~
You DO!?!?
Well, just CLICK HERE and send it to me
(along with a photo if you have one) and I will
post it on this page for you!!!
Thank you,  Kiah
 
You NEED This Book!!!
Cool Craft Book!!!
Family 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 great reviews!


 
 






 

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