I might or might not have been saving up some straws for this project. :) It's a fun way to upcycle some used straws (wash them & let them dry before storing them). There are several straw-melting tutorials on the internet, including this one.
If you try this project, be careful & do it at your own risk, as it uses heat & melting things. If you're a kid, make sure to have a responsible adult help you.
straws (red, blue, clear)
aluminum foil (some tutorials use baking paper I think)
towel or ironing board
And there you have it! You could use this for a suncatcher, keychain, etc. You could also have your students do the patterning of the straws & then the cutting out the harp shape (make sure it's cooled!). You'll probably want to do the ironing step since it could be a bit dangerous. Each student could take one home as a practice aid for remembering the colors of each string. How would you use it?
I've got another melted straw project planned for the future too!
If you do this project, please show me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Apparently I didn't schedule this post ahead of time....oops! And it seems to have posted as backdated.... :/
Happy February! Vintage Valentines are just so cute to me (but some do look a little creepy too...). Anyway, with Valentine's Day approaching, enjoy these 14 vintage Valentines (because Valentine's Day is Feb. 14...so clever, huh?)!
Continue to the end of the post for some discount codes from a few of the Etsy sellers in this roundup!
3. I love clowns. Not the creepy kind, but normal clowns. :) Anyway, here's a cute glockenwspiel-playing clown & puppy valentine from Venturing Vintage. (While you're over there, look at the cute little skunk that makes an appearance in a lot of the pictures.)
9. A harp valentine! This one also unfolds, so be sure to check out the other pictures here. This one's from kinseysue as well.
10. These little bass-playing birds remind me a little of Cinderella. This valentine is from BoutiquityVintage.
Now for the coupon codes!
Use code HARP10 for 10% off any purchase of $20.00 or more at VenturingVintage!
Get free shipping (plus there's a 15% off sale at the time of posting) from thefreakfiles with code FREESHIP!
Which one is your favorite?
For Valentine-themed lesson ideas, check out last year's Valentine's Day Roundup.
If you need some printable activities, take a look at the Valentine's Day Music Bundle in the Fischarper TpT store.
Want to see more roundups? Peruse the roundup category.
Not too long ago, Fischarper launched merch! Here's a little glimpse into that aspect of the Fischarper brand.
The focus is mainly on quirky & fun music merchandise. Who says musicians always need to be proper?
For my storefront, I'm using Tictail. What attracted me to Tictail is that there aren't any fees until something sells, & Printful can integrate right into it. :)
There's a little more to it than that. If you have questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section below! I'm not a pro, but I'm glad to answer questions that I can or try to point you in the right direction.
I might try the Etsy store as well.
One thing that's really important to me is where items are made. For example, I prefer not to purchase items made in China for various reasons including ethical, environmental, & political. It can be frustrating when this detail is left out of online merchandise listings. "Made in" is clearly posted in each item description in the Fischarper store.
Go browse the Fischarper store, & let me know which item is your favorite! Have a special request? Contact me to see what we can do!
Oh & Tictail just might have a discount code for first-time customers once you log in, or you can subscribe to the Fischarper email list for a 10% off code good through 1/31/18!
Got some tissue paper left over from Christmas gifts? Upcycle it with this DIY artwork, somewhat inspired by this mid-century modern art DIY from Better Homes & Gardens.
water & dish
paper cut to size of picture frame
Paint your tissue paper with various colors of watercolor. Allow to dry completely.
Cut harp shapes out of the tissue paper. You can freehand it or resize the template from the DIY Harp String Art.
Arrange your tissue paper harps on the paper cut to the size of your picture frame. Once you have them arranged, glue them down. If any rip, just cut out some more.
Place your art in the frame and enjoy!
What colors would you like to use for your watercolor harp tissue paper art? I'd love to see your art on on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Have you got some corks just sitting around? If you don't, you might be able to find a friend who'll give you some for this project.
adhesive cork sheet
blank labels (or blank paper or cardstock)
Watch the video below for an overview of how to make this project, then read the written instructions for more details.
Step 1: Print your harp stamp template.
Step 2: Cut it out & trace it onto your cork sheet.
Step 3: Cut the harp shape you just traced out of the cork.
Step 4: Remove the backing & stick the harp onto the the side of the cork that didn't get messed up by the corkscrew. Trim the harp if necessary to fit the cork.
Step 5: Use your new stamp to make a label for the top! Stamp onto a blank circle label or a piece of paper or cardstock. Trim any cork sticking out of the top (from the corkscrew) to make a flatter surface. Glue the label or paper (cut to size) to the top of the cork....or stick the label if it will stay!
After you stamp your harp stamp, you can add strings with a marker or pen if you like! You can use it for cards, lessons, or diy gift wrap!
What would you use this stamp on? Be sure to show me what you do on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
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