Friday, May 28, 2010

Framed and Recycled Flowering Plant Display

This is a very simple project to make.  I hung cut plastic water bottles with living plants in them but you could hang lots of things- jewelry, photos, tools, keys... so many things!

What You Need:

  • Peg Board
  • Frame
  • Jig Saw
  • 4 Drywall or Wood Screws
  • Paint- I used a color called "Sprout" 
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Small rocks

1. Measure the back of the frame, draw a line where the edge of the frame is and cut the peg board a little smaller than the edge of the frame.  

2.   Cut pegboard with your jigsaw.

3.  Use drill to screw pegboard into the frame.  I put the screws in the corners because the wood was thickest in the corners and the screws didn't go through the frame.

4.  Our theme is recycling so I decided to go with plastic bottles for the display.  Put a few rocks at the bottom of plastic bottles with their tops cut off and plant small rooted plants into them.

5.  Take 24 gauge wire and wrap around plastic bottles then go through two peg board holes and tie in the back.

6.  I put the framed pegboard on a French easel.  Also, there is a notice about a workshop we are having at the UCLA Commons here too but you could just leave it plants or add your own touch.  I think this would be a great display for a wedding or party entrance.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sleep Board

This blackboard display with sleep chart is very easy to create with a sewing machine, some scrap fabric, shelf paper, the Cricut cutting machine and a printer.

I cut all the letters out of shelf paper with the Cricut using the Don Juan cartridge. I  cut and sewed clouds out of felt, cotton broad cloth, shelf paper, and cork and printed out animals with the regular printer on color paper then put it all together on the Family Commons black board.  The line graph is a chart of how much sleep children need as they grow.  It drops to 8-9 at 12 years old but before that it is significantly higher.