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Beat the Heat with Summer Fun Projects


The school doors are closed, text books are turned in and the kids already have a flip-flop tan! That could only mean one thing: Summer is here!

If you’re like many of us, you don’t have the ability (or energy) to keep your kids entertained 24/7 during the summer break… and, hearing “I’m bored” gets really old – real quick!

So here are a couple projects you can do with your kids (or if they’re old enough, they can do alone) to break up the monotony and boredom!

Button it up!

Button it up!

This is a great, inexpensive way to jazz up your refrigerator – and remind the kids about their chores, too! You’ll need: a package of colorful buttons in different shapes and sizes, some colored thread, small round magnets, and a hot glue gun. First, “sew” thread into the smaller button – just as if you were sewing one onto a shirt. Then, using your glue gun, glue the smaller button on top of a larger button and also glue a magnet to the back of your big button. Set aside to dry, and voila… colorful button magnets!

So what if they’re not real!

Nothing brightens up your day like seeing fresh flowers on the countertop of your home! But, flowers don’t last forever, and it can get expensive buying new ones every week to keep them fresh. So, here’s a twist on your typical vase of flowers…

Here’s what you’ll need: 
• An old vase (that doesn’t have a lot of sentimental value, of course)
• One bottle of acrylic paint
• Patterned or solid-colored card stock
• Glue
• Tape
• Wooden skewers 
• Floral foam for the bottom of the vase

Paint the vase with the acrylic paint, and set aside to dry. Cut out flower patterns with the card stock and tape the wooden skewers to the back of your flowers (you may want to paint your skewers green so they look more like flower stems). Next, cut the flower foam to fit in the bottom of your vase and also cut the wooden skewers different lengths. Poke the skewers into the foam to create a beautiful, lasting bouquet!

Check back for more D-I-Y projects for you and your family!

So what if they’re not real!


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