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Reusable coffee cup sleeves

With the craft fair coming up at work, I am working on making coffee cup sleeves as one of the items for my booth/table. Here’s the work in progress.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I had trouble coming up with the pattern and design. Here are two of the examples, I landed going with design 2 (the one with the grey background). For the back I have been using a complementary corduroy.
  This is how they look on a cup.

  
So far I have created several top designs, these are shown below.

Christmas themed cup sleeves

Coffee themed cup sleeves and coaster

  

Detailed patchwork cup sleeves

Top: Dark purple as the main color and the yellow and green used for contrast

Bottom: Orange red as the main color with pink and teal for contrast

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S for Snake

Sean was so happy with making the giraffe as our first track out project, that we repeated the activity with S for Snake as the subject.

  

Materials we used:

  • Foam board – red for the tongue
  • Champagne Cork for the head
  • White paper for the teeth
  • Wood stick (picked up from Lowes, then cut at various sizes)
  • Bottle caps (6)
  • String
  • Two eyes (picked up from AC Moore or any craft store)
  • Super Glue or Wood Glue (for the teeth and eyes)
  1. Drill a hole in approx. center of the Champagne Cork, wood and Bottle tops.
  2. Tie a knot at the end of the string (big enough to make sure the string does not slip through). You may need to melt the end depending on what type of string you use.
  3. Wrap the other end of the string with a small piece of duck tape – try to get a slightly narrow end at the tip – it makes it easier to thread through.
  4. Sean was able to thread the string through the pieces easily enough (with assistance).  Start with the bottle caps for the tail (it rattles 🙂 ), then the wood pieces and finish with the champagne cork.
  5. Tie another knot on the string, but you will want to bend the snake to make sure you tie it loose enough. If needed melt the end of the string on this end as well.
  6. Cut a strip of the red foam and double it up to cut the tongue shape. Take of the backing and press the tongue pieces together with the string in the middle (like a sandwich).
  7. Glue on the eyes and teeth.
  8. Use paint, crayons, markers or paper to decorate the pieces of wood.

Here was his journal entry, his picture, the word snake he sounded out and wrote and his story.

“Snakes curl around whatever it finds and squeezes it. The snake opens its mouth and swallows whatever it finds. His body is then very big.”

 

Now to come up with the next one….I think we will do “Caves” or “B for Bats” based on our trip to the blue mountains.