Monday, October 16, 2006

Wind Chime/Window Cling Ideas from TuttiJudi

(no preview yet - waiting on Judi)

Judi had taken my Raggedy Kit and created a silent windchime (more of a mobile) for her daughter's room, which apparently was all raggedys.

Supplies: shrinky dink kit (Walmart sells them in computer paper aisle, also found them at Office Max in the past)
string (she used some metallic red string she found at JoAnn Fabrics)
cuphook

Tools: computer, printer, oven, cookie sheet, hole punch, scissors

1. Print out designs according to directions in shrinky package - do them large because they shrink down quite a bit. Leave a spot for your string hole (see below). Printer settings on best.
2. Cut out your shape and put in a hole using hole punch, don't get too close to the edge or you will lose your hole. You can't cut a shrunken dinkie so do this now.
3. Shrink according to the package and remember ovens vary so keep an eye on them. (I've done shrinks with a computer before and they turn out nice but you have to be quick at getting them flat, googling for some tips might help.)
4. Add string to attach items and hang.

For the top she used the alphas for her daughter's name. One hole was punched on the top to go to the cuphook and five along the bottom to attach the elements. For the 5 items hanging she used Ann and Andy and the button, spiral and flower.

She added that she's made simple layouts with lots of contrast onto window clings and shrinky dinks for her windows. She said they make really unique and personal holiday decorations. She's also done this to make those wine glass charms and place settings.

All of these ideas are great to do with kids!

HOW COOL?!?! Thanks Judi!

PS Don't put these where they will get wet. I made a key chain and it held up great to scratches etc... until it got really wet.

1 comment:

homeschoolmom4663 said...

I tried this. I made a bunch of circles with alphas printed on them. Cut a hole on top and bottom. Linked them together like a chain with s hooks and hung them in my dd's room. They say the things she says and important phone numbers on the ones that hang by her phone. She adores them. Thanks Judi for a neat idea.