Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Suggested item of the day- Educational Work Out Books

Books on movement, working out, etc. We received a large amount of these and are looking for the lucky party that really wants them. Many are just older versions, still very good.

Or what else can you do with them.. working on a collage? Some great images that can be used.

There are many ways to re-use books in general as well. This article has some interesting projects.

Friday, October 22, 2010

DIY Halloween Decorations

From the simple to the complex, not too much longer before the little goblins and princesses hit the streets for Tricks and Treats. Get into the spirit! Here's some ideas for things to do at home to spruce up for festivities or just handing out candy.

Well this is cute as a button. Rather self explanatory, but many opportunities for your own creative ideas.

Another idea from this website- http://www.scaryguys.com/spider.htm

Read through the directions, simple supplies are needed that are available at the store- pie plates, tubing, black fabric, rope, and wire. Throw in random silly string and cobwebs, pretty cool decoration for a house party.

Another great project!
This looks amazingly real. The supplies are paper mache (easily substituted by making your own using newspaper), glue, poster board or Matt board (available at the store), duct tape, paper towels, something for eyes (the example from the website uses earrings), styrofoam ball (maybe available), cardboard tube (available), Kleenex, wire (available), and paint.

Directions are available here:

Or perhaps an elegant Halloween party is your style. How about this wreath-

It calls for a foam wreath frame but also a metal frame would work which we have a couple of. We of course have ribbon but perhaps some Halloween fabric available at the store could be cut to work as well.

 A very simple project. Visit the website for decorations-


And this one is also very cool and will be implemented at the haunted house at Class Act on October 30th.
"A Nightmare on Walnut St."

We have bottles, card stock, yarn for hair, and lots of tissue paper for stuffing.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Halloween Costumes Ideas!

A good idea to start from but... we think it could be much more. How about making it 3D using our plastic core board or matt board and having actual items be in place to be removed.

Here's some examples of pieces that could be used on the costume. Butterflies, wooden sticks as bones,  there are several various types of hearts, tubes for added decoration as intestines, and apples for your Adam's apple (if applicable).

But we have lots and lots of apples. How about being an apple tree?

OR Better yet! Be the "Forbidden Fruit".. the Millennial Generation has to make all costumes sexy these days. Add a cute brown dress, brown tights, leaves (we have more then enough leaves), and attach apples. Done.

 Maybe this will be the writer's costume.. 

And here's one more costume idea. Fabric, poster board, and stuffing all available at the store!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Volunteer Projects

Recently one of our new volunteers, shared a project she worked on a class. The top is made of bags that she ironed to melt as a sheet. The bottom is made from newspaper. Very cool project!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Project Idea #2- Straw Chandelier

What's the point of straws after using them? If you're eco-friendly you'll wash them and reuse them continuously until the little things are hole-y. But there are other things if that is.. getting on the gross side.

Check out this project-

We won't go into full details of the project.

But the supplies needed are:

  • one bolt of 24-gauge wire

  • 120 drinking straws

  • 1 yard of 10-gauge wire (you can also use an old wire lamp shade or heavy gauge wire coat hanger)

  • We have plenty of wire and straws for use. And better yet, our straws are in bright colors!
    Read all the directions for creating this pretty cool project at Design*Sponge!

    Thank you to Meg Thilmony for sharing this great idea with us!

    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    Halloween is 23ish days away!

    For all those that have been thinking and planning ahead for their costumes. Well here we are to help you out.

    There are many categories of costumes out there- adorable, funny, scary, sexy, child like, couple costumes, ugly, etc etc. Well for this blog entry let's go with.. original. One's you may not have seen before and we'll post some more as the weeks progress. Of course, think ahead! It might be 23 days away, but pretty soon it will be.. tomorrow.

    Idea #1- Supplies you'll need:
    Little decorations to dress up the basket

    All of these supplies are available at The I.D.E.A Store!

    Idea #2- Beehive
    Supplies you might need:

    All at The I.D.E.A. Store!

    Idea #3- Victorian gown
    This is made entirely of recyled materials.
    Coffee filters
    Tea bags
    and much more..

    Check it out-

    Idea #4- Half human... thing

    So this one is pretty intense but there are a variety of supplies at the store that could be used..
    Miscellaneous metal pieces
    Old trophies
    Computer equipment

    and so much more that your creative mind will have to come up with!

    Just for fun.. check out this

    There is a lot going on in this costume.
    Probably has string, felt, cloth, beads, misc plastic pieces, etc.. Just too amazing not to share!

    Saturday, October 2, 2010

    Heavens to Murgatroyd! What's This??

    Okay - who knows THIS one?

    2 Clues... We think it came from the ocean and it looks like it has a small seed in each segment...