1) Toilet Paper Roll Recycled Cars
I found this idea in Family Fun magazine and I couldn’t resit trying it out for my car-lover.
* toilet paper rolls
* plastic lid tops
* nail & hammer
* hole puncher
* hot glue gun
First, paint the paper rolls and let them dry. Use a hole puncher to create holes on both ends for the straws. Cut the straws just a little smaller than the toothpicks. You will insert the toothpick inside the straw, then the straws inside the holes, creating the axle for the wheels. Use your hammer and nail through the center of each plastic lid, (using a nail the width of the toothpick). This will create the hole for the toothpick. The lids will go on each end of the toothpick and hot glue in place.
You can find a fancier “How To” version here.
I have to add that these aren’t the sturdiest cars! They certainly didn’t last very long, but were very fun to make and a great lesson to teach your kids how to recycle ordinary things in new ways! I thought they could make great stocking stuffers.
2) Frame Your Child’s Masterpiece
This is so easy and can be a great treasure for any grandma, mom or special family member to receive. I purchased half price pre-cut matte’s at the local craft store.Tape the artwork on the back, and tape a piece of yarn, length wise, for hanging.
3) Support Hand-Made Artists
Times are tough and money is tight. Think about spending your money more wisely this year by discovering and supporting a new artist. So many of us creative mom’s want to stay home with our kids, but still have to nurture our creative spirits (and bring home some bacon), and nothing helps more than keeping our art going!
Go to ETSY and play around. And check out a few of my new favs:
(10% of her proceeds in December go to Toys for Tots)
Give your kids the best gift ever, by giving YOURSELF the gift of rejuvenation!
5) Take a Virtual Restore and Renew Retreat
You can find so many amazing mom’s doing really amazing things through the web. The following women offer mindful writings, products and services that support your personal wellness.
Owning Pink is a beautiful community started by the lovely Lissa Rankin. Her blog offers wonderful reminders and support that invite you to feel safe while exploring your truth. Give yourself, or a mom in your life, the gift of renewal by introducing her to this lovely community.
Here I go again…but let me remind you, that Kestan put me up to this blog entry. He loves his mommy and thinks my upcoming e-course is going to be especially awesome for other mommies. (And so do I!)