Cutting an Air Rocket with your Silhouette

Air Rocket Cut with Silhouette

Earlier this month, we went on a giant 2-week road trip, which included a visit with my Aunt, Uncle, and 2 cousins. My cousins are 8 and 10, and my 5 year old absolutely loves visiting them. It was his one request this summer.

I love hanging out with them as well. They are fun, creative kids. I brought some craft supplies along to play with, including my Silhouette (doesn’t everyone take their Silhouette on vacation?)

I have the Designer Edition of the Silhouette software, and LOVE getting to create all of my own designs. Which is exactly what we did. My cousins showed me the air rockets that they made themselves, using this compressed air rocket template over on The template was a PDF, that I was able to convert into a Silhouette file for making compressed air rockets, and we were able to cut our rocket pieces in no time! I was able to perforate the folds, which my cousins said made the folding process much easier.

Cutting the Air Rocket with a Silhouette


Once we had our pieces cut out of scrapbook cardstock, we made our rockets on the rocket stands they already had there – a pipe attached to a piece of wood, which helps form the body.

on the rocket stand

The rockets were covered in Duck tape, making them air tight.

cover with patterned Duck Tape

My Aunt was a little disappointed with how fast they came together – she says that having the boys cut the pieces for their rockets eats up a significant part of the afternoon! But the boys loved being able to whip up their rockets. Once they were done, all that was left was to shoot them off!

shooting off air rockets

If you’d like to make your own compressed air rockets, you can find the basic information on making compressed air rockets over at Make, and you can grab the compressed air rocket cut file for your Silhouette here.


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Craft Lightning Camp Crafts – Day 5 Roundup

It is the final day of our Craft Lightning week – a week filled with crafts that can be done in 15 minutes or less. My crafting partner for Craft Lightning is Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and each morning both she and I have been sharing a fun and fast camp craft – and each evening we’ve been sharing with you camp crafts from our blogging friends.

If you’ve missed anything so far, check out Day 1 Camp Crafts, Day 2 Camp Crafts, Day 3 Camp Crafts, and Day 4 Camp Crafts.

Let’s get to today’s awesome fast camp craft projects!


Over at Creative Cynchronicity, Cyn made this fun Fire Breathing Dragon Craft – kids will love making this, especially paired with a campfire story about a dragon!

fire breathing dragon


Over at LisaStuf, check out this fun monogrammed coaster - a simple craft for kids to make and give to their parents after camp is over.




Over at 365 Days of Crafts, Niki made this cute hairbow – if your kids have “troop colors” for each of the troops at the camp, these will be perfect for easily identifying which girl belongs in which group – and they’ll have fun making them to boot!



After a day of learning about animal tracks at camp, how about making your very own dinosaur fossils? Kim at A Night Owl Blog shows you how it is done.


Painting is always a fun camp craft – kick it up a notch by painting with scratch and sniff paint, like Sarah from Clever Pink Pirate.


scratch n sniff paint


I was a Girl Scout, and remember spending hours making my swaps before heading up to camp – this rolled-up sleeping bag camp swap made by Marilyn over at 4 You with Love is super cute!


Sleeping Bag Potlatch


Have fun getting around camp on these awesome Tin Can Stilts, Paula at Frog Prince Paperie shows you how! Since you get to make them and paint them, it is like two crafts in one!



Decorate your campsite with these fun paper windsocks from Alli made with Happy. Kids will love coming up with different color combinations, and watching them twist and turn in the breeze.


simple paper windsocks


These feather topped pencils by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe are a fun camp craft as well – you can use store-bought feathers, or ones you find at the campsite!


Feather Topped Pencils


Kids can go home with a fun yarn chandelier to decorate their rooms, Albion Gould shows you how. You can customize the colors and beads in any way you (or your campers) like!

yarn chandelier


My crafty partner for this series, Angie from the Country Chic Cottage made this fun terra cotta solar light – a great no-flame way to light the campsite at night, and a fun souvenir for kids to take home after camp is over.


And I made a simple camp craft – painted wooden frame magnets. A quick and easy camp craft to have handy, and keep kids entertained.

simple wooden magnet frame

I’ve had fun sharing this series with you! I hope you enjoyed all of our fun and fast camp crafts this summer!

Simple Painted Magnet Frames

This is the last craft in our Craft Lightning Camp Crafts series! All week long, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and I have been sharing camp-inspired crafts, and each evening, we’ve been sharing camp-inspired crafts from others around the internet! In case you missed any, here are the roundups from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4! Today I’m sharing a super simple camp craft – something that kids can make without needing too much help from you. A great craft for kids to work on while you’re cleaning up from the last project, or preparing the next one.

simple wooden magnet frame to make with kids

To paint up your own frames, you need:
Unpainted wooden magnet frames (similar here – glue magnet to back)
Paintbrushes (optional)
Glitter (also optional)

wooden magnet frame

Paint frame as desired using paintbrush (or fingers!)

paint frame

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with glitter.

add glitter

When it has dried, brush off any extra glitter, then put in your photo and hang!

simple wooden magnet frame

Be sure to come back tonight for more fast camp craft ideas!

Craft Lightning Camp Crafts – Day 4 Roundup

We’re nearing the end of Craft Lightning week, and we have some more great camp craft ideas to share with you! Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and I put on this week-long Craft Lightning series, and this week the theme is camp crafts!


Laura from Laura Kelly Designs made a quick and fun interactive rainbow tablecloth for the Sock Monkey, tie-dye, rainbow mash-up party she put on.



Kadie from Seven Alive whipped up this fun little nature treasure box – such a great craft to do in the morning before a nature hike!


Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts made these cute numbered shirts with her kiddos. Great for kids to personalize – you can use them to indicate ages, or group numbers.


These no sew zippered pouches made by Heidi from Happiness is Homemade were created using Duck Tape – and with all the colors and patterns of Duck Tape available, these make an awesome camp craft and back to school craft!




How cool is this light up Harry Potter Wand from Marissa at Rae Gun Ramblings? She whipped it up in just 15 minutes, and it makes the perfect camp craft for campfire night!


These glow in the dark mason jar lanterns from Kimbo at A Girl and a Glue Gun make an awesome pre-campfire craft as well… or they could be used instead of a campfire if there is too much fire danger.



This crafty camp sign by Lindsay at Frenchie Wraps can be used to decorate the camp, or can be great for campers to take home to decorate their rooms.



Pass the marshmallows! Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, my partner for this series, just upped the yum factor on traditional s’mores with these Nutella Peanut Butter s’mores. We will absolutely be trying these out at my house!peanut-butter-nutella-smores-004

I whipped up a simple pony bead bracelet – an easy camp craft for kids or adults.

make a pony bead bracelet


Be sure to stop back tomorrow, our last day for Craft Lightning Craft Camp… we have lots more fun crafts to show you!

Pony Bead Bracelet

Digging into a bucket of pony beads always reminds me of summer camp. So when we decided to dedicate this Craft Lightning week to Camp Crafts, and create camp-inspired crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less, I knew I would be whipping up a simple pony bead bracelet. This one is easy to make, and includes knot-tying, which is another camp staple!

Pony Bead Bracelet

To make this bracelet, you only need 2 supplies: cord and pony beads.

supplies for pony bead bracelet

Start by cutting about a yard of cord, folding it in half, and tying a knot in the folded end.

tie knot in middle

Add a single bead on both strands of the cord.

add first bead

Then add a bead on each side.

add 2 beads

Now add another single bead, on both strands, and tie a knot to secure.

tie knot

Repeat the process, adding two beads, then one, then a knot. Two beads, one, knot. over and over until your bracelet is the right length. Then fold the rest of the cording over to tie a BIG knot.

tie knot at end

Cut the excess cord, and tuck the knot into your loop from the beginning to close the bracelet.

make a pony bead bracelet

Super simple to make – and a great camp craft! Come back tonight, I’ll be sharing a roundup of other fast and fun camp crafts… and in case you missed them, check out the Day 1 Camp Craft Roundup, Day 2 Camp Craft Roundup, and Day 3 Camp Craft Roundup.


Craft Lightning Camp Crafts – Day 3 Roundup

We’re halfway through our Camp Crafts week – fast crafts that take 15 minutes or less, this week with a camp crafts theme. I’ve been loving all the Craft Lightning Camp Crafts so far this week – they take me back to my days at camp as a kid. Here are today’s awesome fast camp crafts and projects…


I love this Campfire Wishing Stones by Carla over at Carla Schauer Designs. I will have to make these with my boys the next time we go camping, they’ll love them!

campfire wishing stones


Jen over at My Daylights whipped up some fun window clings – a great craft for kids of all ages… and they don’t use many supplies.



Tiles are an inexpensive craft supply – great for camp crafts! Liz over at Liz on Call used tiles for these simple tile name plates.

tile name plate


Keyrings make a great camp craft, and these Glow in the Dark Lightning Bug Keyrings by Jessica over at Mad In Crafts are genius!

firefly mason jar keyrings

Using nature in crafts is a perfect camp craft – this nature necklace and bracelet made by My Very Educated Mother are such fantastic camp crafts!



Laura over at Laura’s Crafty Life made these fun tin can robots - a fun camp craft for a day camp, overnight camp, or a camp day around the kitchen table.

tin can robots

Bird Feeders make awesome camp crafts – and this Cheerio bird feeder by Ashley at My Craftily Ever After is such an awesome idea!

cheerio bird feeder


I love this paper leaf crown by Jen Goode over at 100 Directions. It makes a great camp craft, and also a great rainy day craft!

paper flower crown


My partner for this series, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made an awesome keepsake storage box – a great place to keep mementos from camp or summer vacation.vacation memory box

And I crafted up something as well! I made this camp-style stained glass.

tie dye stained glass


Be sure to come back tomorrow for more fast and fun camp craft ideas! I’ll be sharing them all week long!

Camp Style Tie Dye Stained Glass

Yesterday, as part of our Craft Lightning Craft Camp, I shared with you simple and easy less-mess tie dye. Because I loved dying shirts at camp. Today I wanted to bring dye into another part of craft camping… because most of the craft huts I’ve seen at camps only have a limited amount of supplies, it helps to be able to use the same supplies in multiple ways – and Rit dye is one of the most versatile supplies out there. It made shirts yesterday, and stained glass today!

camp style stained glass

Craft Lighting is a semi-monthly series where Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I, along with our blogging friends, make fast (15 minute or less) projects on the same theme. This week, the theme is Camp Crafts – and we’re having so much fun with this. In case you missed them, go check out the Day 1 Camp Craft Roundup and Day 2 Camp Craft Roundup.

This camp-style tie dye stained glass is super easy to make. You only need a few supplies
Elmer’s School Glue
Rit Dye
Wooden skewers
Popsicle Sticks
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Hot Glue

Start by making the glue dye. You need school glue that is about 3/4 of the way full – then add your dye.

dye into glue

Use a wooden skewer to stir your glue dye.

mix dye glue

Make as many colors as you would like.

dye glue

Put your glue dye aside, and make your “glass” frames. Start by cutting your bag. You can make two frames from each bag.

trim plastic bag

Hot glue the popsicle sticks in place. I did two vertical pieces first, with a horizontal piece (not glued) behind to measure the distance apart.

make popsicle stick frame

Add the horizontal sticks with hot glue as well, then trim off the extra plastic.

trim off plastic

Now create your designs with the dye glue! You’ll want to use a very THIN layer of dye glue.

create thin layer of dye glue

To create a fun tie dye look, add thin stripes of color.

thin layers of dye glue

Then use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the colors together.

swirl the colors

You can leave the gaps to allow more light through, or close the gaps by spreading the dye glue with the toothpick.

use toothpick to spread dye glue

Once you’ve created your designs, allow them to dry.

allow to dry

Place your tie dye stained glass in a bright window to catch the light!

tie dye stained glass

Then make sure to come back tonight for a round up of more fun and fast camp craft ideas!

Harry Potter Time Turner Necklace

Are you nuts about Harry Potter? I’ve read the books twice (working on a third time – this time to my son), and love to watch the movies late at night, especially while doing some late night crafting. I love all of the wonderful wizarding world happenings in the movies – traveling by flu powder, a magical hat that knows where you’ll be successful, and books that are also monsters. When I was asked to take part in Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings’ Harry Potter series, I wasn’t sure what kind of project to come up with! So many different possibilities… but in the end I decided to make a Time Turner Inspired Necklace.

Harry Potter Time Turner Inspired Necklace

Hermione reminds me so much of myself as a kid – kind of awkward, messy hair, and bossy. But with an awesome gang of friends. She also takes on a lot – including a double course load… assisted with the help of her time turner necklace. There are lots of times when I could use one of those! So, although this one doesn’t have any magical time-altering powers, I still love it. If you want to make your own time-turner necklace, here is how you do it…

Start with these supplies:
Crystal beads to make the hourglass
Hoops in 3 sizes for the body of the necklace
Jump Rings
Jewelry Wire (this is 28 gauge)
Jewelry pliers

supplies for time turner necklace

Start by adding the wire to one of the smallest hoops.

wrap wire on small ring

Then make the hourglass by adding the beads. Wrap the wire on the opposite side of the hoop to secure.

thread through second bead

Thread the wire back through the bead to the center.

add second bead

Twist the wire together in the center, and wrap around, to complete the hourglass look, wrapping the wire around the center to secure before clipping the wire.

twist wire for hourglass

Now that the hourglass is complete, add another small circle. Carefully open it like a jump ring, and loop it through the center circle, holding the hourglass, then close.

add second small ring

Wire the second hoop in place by cutting a 8″ length of wire for each side, and secure the spot where the small hoops meet on each side, leaving the wire tails in place. Use these wire tails to add a larger hoop. Then open up another hoop, and add it to the time turner.

add middle hoops

Secure this hoop in place using the same wire tails, then clip the extra wire.

twist wire on middle hoops

Use a jump ring to add the final, largest hoop. You can use a jump ring to secure the last layer of rings as well, if needed.

add outer hoop

Add a jump ring to the top, and string on a necklace. Your time-turner is complete! Though you can’t go back to this morning to get twice as much out of your day, this craft didn’t take that long, so you still have plenty of time to create lots more today!

time turner inspired necklace

Thanks for stopping by!

Craft Lightning Craft Camp – Day 2 Roundup

It is day 2 of Craft Lightning Craft Camp – a whole week of camp crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less! Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I are sharing a fun, fast camp-inspired craft each morning, and each evening we’re rounding up crafts from our friends around blogland!


Here are today’s awesome projects!

Lisa from Mabey She Made It made this awesome secret message craft … so fun for passing notes to your bunkmate at camp!

top secret watercolor messages


Katie from Made to Be a Momma got camp crafty with a great back to school idea – these painted pencils (with washi tape flags).

painted pencils

Digging into a bucket of pony beads always reminds me of my days under the trees at the camp craft tent – getting splinters on the weather worn picnic tables…  Kara over at Happy Go Lucky made this cute personalized beaded keychains (and they’re splinter-free!)

beaded keychains


Send your camper with a camp journal they’ll make sure to write in – like this Camp Journal that Tracy over at Scrappy Chick made. I wish I had journaled memories to go with my photos from my camp days.

monogrammed journal


Randi from Sowdering about Seattle made this cute vinyl bottle cap necklace charm – what is more camp craft than using bottle caps?

vinyl necklace charm

Over at The Country Chic Cottage, Angie whipped up a dip-dyed burlap bag. Simple, cute, and camper approved!


I played with dye, too – showing you a less-mess way to do some camp tie dye!

Less Mess Tie Dye with Kids - so smart!

Be sure to come back all week long for more fast and easy camp craft ideas!


Less Mess Tie Dye with kids

To me, camp means tie dye. I didn’t get to tie dye every time I went to camp, but it really was one of my favorite activities. One of my favorite camp photos is from a Girl Scout Day Camp where we all wore tie dye camp shirts. So, when trying to re-create traditional camp crafts here at home this summer, of course I had to include tie dye. All this week long, I’m doing a Camp Crafts series here on 30 Minute Crafts, as part of our semi-monthly Craft Lightning series. For Craft Lightning, Angie and I team up with tons of bloggers to create fast crafts that take 15 minutes or less. This week all those crafts are camp themed!

Less Mess Tie Dye with Kids - so smart!Less Mess Tie Dye with Kids - so smart!

I had my nieces over to visit earlier this month, and we got a chance to tie dye together. They had a blast dying their shirts, and I’ll show you how we made it easy for a 3 and 4 year old to dye with Rit dye!

Garbage Bags
Squeeze Bottles
Puppy Pads
Rit Dye (we liked pink, purple, and aqua, but go with colors that work for you)
Rubber Bands
Rubber Gloves

We washed the shirts in the washer, to get out the sizing, and any other gunk from the manufacturing process. We did not throw them in the dryer, instead we just left them wet.

The easiest tie dye method is to accordion-fold the shirt (horizontal or vertical – doesn’t matter), then put rubber bands down the length of the shirt. Their mom and I did this part, because the girls are a little too young, and their hands too small, to handle the rubber bands.

I cut a neck hole and arm holes into the garbage bags to use as smocks to protect the clothes the girls were wearing. In each squeeze bottle, I did a ratio of 1:3 dye to water. Then the girls got to squeeze out dye onto their (still damp) shirts.

squirt on dyesquirt on dye

The shirts were on puppy pads, which absorbed the extra dye. Between the squeeze bottles and puppy pads, we had almost no dye mess on the patio!

less mess tie dye

After getting the dye on, we let them sit for about an hour. Then I put on gloves to rinse out the shirts. Once the water ran clear, I let the girls help take off the rubber bands (cutting them is easy), and then they got to be surprised by how their creation turned out!

Tie Dye with Kids
Come back tonight for another roundup of awesome camp crafts… if you missed yesterday’s, go check out the Day 1 Camp Crafts Craft Lightning roundup!