We can’t get enough of arts and crafts, especially the ones made by our kids. We just love the sight of their little fingers getting busy with the cutting and gluing and folding and the rest. They even help themselves through craft-making by brushing up on their creative and motor skills, fun, and education all in one. A parent’s dream.
This time around, my daughter who’s ten, came up with a brilliant new idea to help me with my teabags. It was an idea that I didn’t know I needed till she brought it up, and boy I’m glad she did.
I drink a lot of tea, so there’s always a couple of teabags lying around. Then my daughter thought of an idea to hold these teabags using paperclip earrings! Now I can hold them up while dipping into the cup or even wear them. I could even use the paperclip earrings to hold new pictures. They’re so lightweight and easy to make.
- Earring hooks
- A few sequins, rhinestones, craft feathers (fun but not essential)
- Clear packing tape (an easy form of lamination)
- Any fun images drawn on paper, cut out of magazines, or printed from the computer
Time: 30 minutes
- Loop a paperclip through the little circle at the end of the earring hook. Add sequins for a bit of pizzazz.
- Create your designs by coloring, printing, and clipping images. Then use the clear packing tape to “laminate” them: cut around the edges of your images, tape completely on both sides, and cut out the pieces leaving a small border of tape all around the edges.
- Now you have a collection of colorful images and messages to clip into your earrings. We also rummaged around and found some other light-weight odds and ends to hang from our earrings – a plastic whistle and a mini watercolor set from a party good bag.
You can make them for yourself, swap designs with a friend, or give them as a gift.
Curious Jane, founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, offers project-based after-school programs and summer camps, revolving around creativity in the arts and sciences.
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