Have you ever wanted to wear a lollipop, but it was just too sticky? Then let this simple and easy tutorial guide you through how to make your own sugar free and totally wearable polymer clay lollipop.

What you will need

Step 1:Collecting your Different Colors

Start by rolling out small balls of each color, about a third inch round each. Separate the white and translucent first, as they will be stained by the other colors if you mold them with your hands while having other colors on them. Start with translucent, then sparkly white, light blue, silver, teal, red, and then finally bronze for the best effect.

Step 2:Making the Lollipop

After the balls of clay are rolled out and kneaded, roll them all individually on a flat surface to about 6 inches long. Twist them together gently and roll them all together, twisting it up as much as you would like as you roll it thinner, to about a foot in length. Then roll it up in a circle and tuck the end of the twist on the side so that it leaves a slight indent in the clay for the popsicle stick.

Step 3:Adding the Stick to the Polymer Clay Lollipop and Final Touches

Roll the plain white to about a third inch thickness and cut the end flat. Attach the stick to the base of the lollipop and sort of squish them together to make them fuse. Cut out a piece of wire that is slightly longer than the lollipop from the bottom of the stick all the way to the top of the lollipop. Twist the wire with a loop on the end and make sure it will fit. Use a skewer to poke a hole almost through and bake it at 275F for 15 minutes. After it comes out of the oven, superglue the metal piece into the lollipop securely and let it cure, then you are technically done. However, it will look much better if you leave the stick matte but drip clear nail polish or glaze on the candy part of the lollipop.

Do you have sharpies stashed everywhere, from your closet to the fridge? Then you may have a few too many. Here are a few Sharpie crafts to help you use them up before they dry out.

 Tie-Dye Fabric

For this you will need to purchase rubbing alcohol. Put it into a spray bottle and set it aside. Also use a plastic surface, a binder works well because the angle allows the color to flow as well as provide with a surface that can be damaged with little worry. Using non metallic sharpies, draw random colors all over white fabric and spray it down with the alcohol to make the color run. You could also spray the alcohol on the cloth while the cloth is on photo paper or thick drawing paper to make an awesome background as well as a tie dye. If you choose to dye a shirt, wait 24 hours for it to stain the cloth completely and then wash it by itself thoroughly, as alcohol is flammable. Dry it on low. 

Body Art Sharpie Crafts

You can also draw on your skin or someone else’s with a sharpie. You can make a wide variety of fake tattoos with just a black sharpie and a touch of talent. Hearts and swirls are easy to draw, but try birds, skulls, or whatever seems fun to you. But oh no, your mom is about to come home and your brother is covered in scribbles! What do you do? Grab the Rubbing alcohol. Get a few cotton pads and rubbing alcohol and melt the ink right off. This trick, however, will not help keep you from getting grounded for not doing your chores. That was completely your fault. Craft with caution.

Decorate your Room with the 7 Souls of Undertale

Draw 8-bit hearts on graph paper and color them in with sharpies for an extra pop. For the size I use, I filled in 4 blocks on the outline for each pixel, and made the white part on the side to make it seem shiny. Note- color in one direction to prevent it from looking like you just scribbled with reckless abandon. You can use these glue dots or double sided sticky tape to attach it to the wall or to a drawing book.

I learned a very simple way to make a tea cozy for any teapot, and thought I would share it. With a machine this simple and easy project should not take longer than an hour, by hand it will take significantly longer to sew the tea cozy.

What you will need

Make your Tea Cozy Pattern

Start by taping the lid on the teapot so it does not slip off. Roll out your butcher paper on the floor and lay the teapot on its side on the paper. Trace around the teapot, leaving about a 2 to 3 inch extra on the sides and top. The extra room will help the cozy slip on and off easily as well as keep the tea warm in the pot. After you have your pattern traced, cut it out.

 

Making a Second Pattern out of Muslin: Do Not Skip this Step

After you make your pattern out of paper, make a prototype tea cozy out of muslin. Weight down the paper onto the muslin with some fabric weights and trace it. Your muslin should be doubled so you have two halves to sew. Cut it out with scissors and do a basting stitch around the top of the tea cozy with a one inch seam allowance. Put the prototype over the teapot to make sure it works, and edit as needed.

Cut and Create your Tea Cozy

After your muslin pattern is correct, you can pin it down to the quilted fabric with your weights and cut it out. Your quilted fabric should be doubled up, and your muslin pattern should be just laying flat over your fabric. Take your rope and clip it between the two layers inside out, so that the rope part is facing inwards and the other ribbon-like part is facing outward. Clip all the way around the curve, leaving the bottom open and about a inch on each side unclipped and unsewn. Sew the rope and two halves together using a backwards stitch. Be careful to sew as close to that rope as you can, so that the ribbonlike part does not show.

The Tricky part: Bias Tape

When you have your ribbon sewn in securely, flip the tea cozy inside out and start using your bias tape. Bias tape should be whip stitched onto the edges of your tea cozy. You will need two pieces, one for each side of the tea cozy. First stitch your rope down and cover the end that will fray with the bias tape on the inside of the tea cozy. Whipstitch all the way down, leaving the inch gap on either side open. Sew the same way to the rope on the other side. Then flip it inside out and whipstitch the inch gap closed on both sides, and you are done. Your tea cozy may be washed on delicate and hung out to dry when needed.

Perfect for harry potter fans and chess players alike, this easy-to-make giant chess set is perfect for taking to the park for a giant chess match or for parties.

What you will need:

Preparing your Giant Chess Templates

Once you have downloaded the PDF, you will find the silhouette of a knight, a pawn, a bishop, and a Rook. Then you need to resize them all to be quite large, and piece together the pages once cut out. Make sure that they will fit on the foamboard as this is what your pieces are made of. You cannot easily attach two foamboard pieces together securely.

Tracing onto the Foamboard

After your paper is cut out and ready to go, carefully hold it down as you trace around it with chalk, but do not tape or glue on the template, as the foamboard can easily be damaged by sticky things and may not remove correctly. Trace out double of the bishop, pawn, and rook. The knight is a little different than the other pieces, and there is a second piece that has the ears and the piece that holds it up. Trace both parts. Several giant chess pieces can be traced into one foamboard, typically two.

Cutting out your Giant Outdoor Chess Game Pieces

Set up your cutting mat on a table. Put a piece of your foam board with the template off on your table. Very carefully cut out the outline with your x-acto, note we are not using a boxcutter. An X-acto is a much smaller and more precise blade. Try to keep your lines as smooth and straight as possible. Sand down any rough patches with the sanding block. The foam will easily sand down. DO NOT USE YOUR X-AXTO FOR THIS PART. You risk harming the edges. 

Making your Giant Chess Pieces Usable

 

  

So now you should have a bunch of pieces–Not very helpful or useful right now. We are going to cut the giant chess pieces so the two halves interlock, like a puzzle. For all the pieces, you will want to cut a slit that is just big enough for the foamboard, or about a quarter inch wide. On half one, cut the bottom slot, and the other one requires a slot on the top. I recommend starting at a foot long cut on both halves and adjusting as necessary. Slide them together and you are done! They easily come apart for storage, and store quite well in big trash bags.This chess book will help you practice your moves and is very fun to use along with giant chess.

Fabric Paint Something

So, I just recently realized the glory of Puffy paint, which is for fabric. It is easy to work with and not just for little kids making memory shirts. You can easily make gorgeous designs with just a bit of patience and time.

What you need!

Step one: Draw your template out on paper

For this project, I helped my grandmother add a bit of a personal touch to the collar of an old vest. So to start, she sketched out this figure of a Kokopeli on a piece of scrap paper and cut it out. Depending on the complexity of your art, you may wish to scan or copy your art so the original does not get harmed.

Step two: Putting your design on your fabric

Once you are satisfied with your design, you need to draw it onto your fabric. Pin your design onto your fabric carefully so as not to tear your paper. Trace around your paper and make little dots that puncture the paper and hit the cloth to mark any lines inside of your design that you can connect the dots to later. Make sure you have fully traced it out before removing the paper.



Step three: Filling in your design with fabric paint

After you have your outline down, you may proceed to start filling in color. Note that you should always put your color down before outlining, because the outline will cover up any mistakes. The Scribbles fabric paint has a very fine tip, so you should have no problem applying the paint to your fabric, however do be cautious to stay in the lines. For smaller details you can use the head of a pin or a shish kebab skewer to spread the paint out as evenly as possible. Remember you do not want the fabric paint to be too thick or it will take forever to dry.

Step four: Outlining your creation

The final step is to outline your whole design in black. This will, as I mentioned, cover up any mistakes as well as make it look more clean and precise. Be careful and steady, because if you mess up the outline, there is no turning back. You may wish to get a parent to help you outline, or apply the outline with a skewer or head of a pin. After your outline is done, you are ready to go! If you used the glittery paint I recommended, it will be much shinier after it dries.