Menu Monday #4

Howdy!

It’s dinner time! Or, at least, time to make it!

Today let’s stir up some soup!

Supplies to make the bowl:

  • Paper (card stock is preferred)
  • Glue
  • Tape (like scotch)
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • A compass or a couple sizes of circle (a jar and a smaller circle object, for instance)

Ingredients for the soup:

  • Paper
  • A kind of stuffing (tissue paper, tissue, stuffing, etc.)
  • Beads or bits of foam or paper or something of the sort…
  • Paint
  • Modge podge or a clear drying glue
  • Toothpick

This first section is making the bowl. If you have a bottle cap or something else you can use as a bowl for this craft, then you can skip to the next part (after the “- – – – – – -“)

Take your paper, you are going to cut out a shape like this:

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Basically a rainbow a half circle in a half circle. I used a jar as a stencil for the bigger half circle, and a pencil sharpener for the other.

NOTE: Make sure that the half circles are about as half as they can be, not more, not less. And make sure that the smaller circle is the same length from the large circle the whole way around.

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Now pull the two ends together to make a cone/bowl like shape with an open bottom. Tape the ends together.

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Now put the bowl thing you made on some paper and hold it Carefully. You don’t want to bend the bowl, resulting in a lopsided traced circle. I set it on the paper, and then laid my two fingers on top of it like above.

Then trace the inside of it (Carefully). Then cut around the lines you made (not on them, the circle should be a little bigger than the traced one)

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Now see how the circle can lay on the bowl?

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Put the circle on some paper or something (in case it gets stuck to it in the proceeding steps), and then place the bowl on top of the circle, lining it up with it, so that it’s fully sitting on it (or as much as it can be). put a drop (only a drop) of glue in the center of the circle. Get out your toothpick. Hold the bowl gently, similarly to how you held it to trace it earlier, and use the toothpick to push the glue to the sides of the bowl, so that it can dry holding the bottom edge of the bowl to the little circle/ bottom of the bowl.  Let dry.

Take the bowl off the platform it was sitting on, but be careful (I wonder how many times I used that word) in case it stuck, (and make sure the base is securely glued on) You may paint it if you like.

 

And now you should have a nice bowl!

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Let’s make the soup now, shall we?

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Glue some stuffing into the bottom of your bowl.

Cut a circle of paper slightly smaller than the rim of your bowl. It should sit in the bowl leaving some space left for a thick layer of “soup.” You may need to push the stuffing down. That’s fine; it’s there to (hopefully) help hold up the paper. Now remove it, so you can put glue…

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…along the edges of the stuffing in the bowl. Push the paper circle over the stuffing (make sure the edges meet the bowl, but don’t cave it in) and put something with a little weight on it (like a paint bottle), to hold it down while it dries (so the stuffing doesn’t push it up).

Once dry, put a pretty large glob of paint (the color you want your soup to be) into your bowl, as well as another glob of modge podge/a clear drying glue (The glue helps take up space and make the paint more liquid-y). Mix them together in your bowl and spread the paint mixture evenly over the bowl. Add more, if needed, until your bowl is filled up as much as you want. (The paint should be deep enough that your beads and things are taller, but that they don’t practically sit on top of the soup. They’re supposed to be in the soup 🙂 )

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Drop beads or pieces of foam or paper into the bowl for the things in the soup (carrots, beans, or whatever is in your soup).

Let dry.

And now you have some tasty soup for your doll! 😀

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I made four kinds; one for each doll: Black bean, broccoli cheddar, clam chowder, and chicken noodle soup.

I hope you enjoy this craft!

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How to Make a Doll Sized Watering Can

Good morning!

Today I will show you how to make a watering can for your dolls. This is a great craft for recycling and using simple things to make something cute. Here’s how mine turned out:

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GATHER:

  • a paper towel roll cardboard tube
  • scissors
  • glue (preferably hot glue)
  • acrylic paint
  • Optional: modge podge

GO:

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Cut a two inch tube from your paper towel roll. This is the main can section.

Then cut the following things:

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A strip for the handle (I curled the edge to make it prettier)

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A shape that fits over a little more than halfway across the top of your can. Trace it so that the shape fit at the front top of your can. the picture shows how I traced the piece.

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A rectangle ish shape with a bottom slightly curved outwards, and rounded edges at the top. Taper the sides slightly towards the top (the pic is from before I tapered it). The sides of this shape curve in to make the spout. The bottom connects to the can.

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A shape that fits the bottom of the can, for, well, the bottom of the can. 😛

Now glue the handle onto the back side of your can, the top onto the front half of the top of your can, and the base of the can to the bottom. Curve the spout around a pencil or your finger and glue onto the front side of your can. (did that all make sense? 🙂 ) Hold each piece in place until it has dried! Sometimes the gluing can be tricky because the pieces like to shift around, so be careful to hold them steady 🙂 .

Your can should look something like this:

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Now you can paint it! I mixed up a lavender-y color for my can, but you can do whatever you like! I think that silver would look nice as well. Once your color has dried you can paint on a design or another coat if you like. I just left mine a solid lavender with no design. I chose to seal it with modge podge to keep the paint from rubbing off on anything.

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And it’s finished!

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Prince Nibbles the 1st seems to like it 😉

I hope you enjoy this craft! Do you enjoy gardening? I do, but tend to have a hard time keeping at it… 🙂

Until next time,

~Gracie 😉