Pokemon Go Craft: Pokeball Tin

My kids love to play Pokemon Go, and I love that it gets us all out of the house and doing something together (see a whole list of reasons I love Pokemon Go Here). But, sometimes, I just want to stay in. Doing a Pokemon Go craft with the kids lets me avoid the heat on the crazy-hot days, and still gives in to their love of all things Pokemon! This Pokeball Tin is easy to make with the kids – and they’ll love playing with it afterwards! They can draw pictures of their favorite Pokemon to “catch” in their DIY Pokeball Tin.

If you want to check out some other fun Pokemon crafts, Jessica from Mad in Crafts made some fun Pokeball bath bombs, and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made some Pokeball party lanterns.

Make your own Pokeball Tin - a fun DIY Pokemon Go craft to do with the kids!

To make this Pokeball Tin, you’ll need:
Round Tin (find this one at the checkout of Trader Joe’s… it is the same tin I used for my BB8 Tin)
Red, White, and Black multi-surface paints
Paintbrushes

supplies for pokeball - pokemon craft

Paint the top half red.

paint top red

Paint the bottom half of the pokeball white.

paint bottom white

Paint the black stripe.

paint lines

Paint a black circle in the center.

paint circle

Now you can go hunt some Pidgey, Ratta, and Evey!

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Want another Pokemon Go craft? Check out these:

Be sure to check out how Jessica made her Pokemon Bath bombs.

Pokemon Bath Bomb from Mad in Crafts

 

And how Angie made these fun Pokemon party lanterns.

Pokemon Party Lanterns from The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Bandana: Scout Craft

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or Cub Scout, a bandana is an essential tool in scouting. It is super versatile – a bandana can keep your hair out of your face, serve as a temporary sling, be used to tie things together, be dipped in water to help you cool off, put on the ground for a clean place to sit (or on a table for a clean place to put your plate)… there are so many ways a bandana can come in handy, it is nice to have more than one! Which makes making your own bandana super awesome! You can make a bandana with your favorite color or favorite fabrics – or make multiple bandanas with the same fabric for your whole patrol or troop. An easy way to identify members of your group in a crowd!

This project is the last in this week-long series of 15-minute-or-less scout crafts for Craft Lightning Scout Crafts week! All week long, my co-hosts Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings, along with our crafty friends from around the internet … scroll to the bottom of this post to see all their great ideas from today!

15 Minute Bandana

 

To make this Bandana you’ll need:
2/3 yard of a woven fabric of your choice. NO knits (t-shirt fabric).
Rotary Cutter & Ruler or Scissors
Iron and Ironing Board
Sewing Machine

pick fabric

Pick a fun fabric – there are tons of great fabrics out there, find one (or several!) that you love!

Cut the fabric to size. For a standard bandana, you’ll want a 21″ square. If you’d like a larger bandana, cut a larger square – with most fabrics you can go up to 40″ square (that is a BIG bandana!).

cut to size

Take the fabric to your ironing board. Fold over about 1/4″, and press. Repeat for all four sides.

fold and press

Repeat this process a second time, all the way around, this time folding over 1/2″. This will tuck in the raw edges to make your bandana last through the washer and dryer.

Bring your bandana to the sewing machine. Start in the middle of one side. Start stitching along one edge.

stitch down edge

When you get to the corner, stop 1/4″ from the end.

stitch to end

Make sure your needle is down, and lift up the presser foot.

lift presser foot

Pivot your bandana 90 degrees.

pivot bandana fabric

Put the presser foot back down. Then keep stitching.

presser foot down

Repeat on all four corners – stitching all the way around the bandana. When you get back to the beginning, stitch back 4-5 stitches, then forward again, before cutting the thread.

finish ends

Your bandana is complete!

finished DIY Bandanas

And check out these other great scout craft ideas!

Over at Frog Prince Paperie, you’ll learn how to make this fun Crab Craft using recycled cardboard tubes – a great craft that can apply to different scout requirements.

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These bottle carriers that Katie from A Sweet Berry made are a great pre-hiking or pre-camping craft for your scout troop. Final

 

Sewing is an essential skill that many kids are first exposed to through scouting. These lacing cards by Lisa at Stuff n Such are a fun way to introduce a needle and thread! Easy_Sewing_Cards_DIY_wm

 

Michelle at Delicate Construction knows how much STUFF comes with being a scout leader. So, she made this great Scout Patch organizer to help keep it all in one place, and easy to find! daisy-patches-box-

 

If your scouts love Geocaching, you’re going to love this great Geocaching swag, and you can learn how easy it is to make over at Happy Go Lucky!

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Over at Me and My Inklings, Laura is showing you how to make these great tie-dye tote bags.

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Laura also shows you how to make this Udderly Awesome Camp Counselor Gift.

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Etched Mason Jars are a fun craft to make with the whole troop – Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how! monogram-etched-mason-jar-glasses

 

And Angie also whipped up this state tee – which would be great for scouts to wear to camp or on a scout trip! easy-airbrushed-shirt-010

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Flag Retirement Record

Many in the US fly the flag of our country with pride daily. Over time, the flag can get worn, torn, or soiled beyond repair. At that time it is appropriate to retire the flag, which is usually done in a special ceremony where it is burned with the respect befitting this symbol. Some scouts collect worn flags from local businesses to retire as a service project. Being part of a flag’s retirement is very special – in 9 years of scouting, I was part of two retirement ceremonies. At one, I saw one of my leaders collect some of the ashes in a small container. She had attended many such ceremonies, and before each would deposit the ashes from the container into the fire pit. After the ashes had cooled, she would collect some of the cooled ashes, and record the details of the event. Decades later, this practice stayed with me, so I created this Flag Retirement Record. The vial and notebook stay in a small tin, and any grommets collected from the flag retirement could be placed in the tin as well.

This craft is part of Craft Lightning Week, all week long my crafty co-hosts Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings and I, along with some of our crafty friends, are sharing 15-minute-or-less crafts you can make with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, or Boy Scouts! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for their ideas.

Flag Retirement Record

Supplies for Flag Retirement Record:

Tin (like an Altoids Tin)
Small Vial
Printable for Tin
Printable for Notebook
Scissors
Mod Podge
Paintbrush

supplies for flag retirement kit

Cut out one of the symbols from the sheet for the tin – there are nine on the sheet, so one printout is enough for several scouts.

cut out design

Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tin.

thin coat of mod podge

Place the cutout on top. Mod Podge over top. Set aside to dry.

secure with mod podge

Grab the notebook printable. Cut along the center of the line, just from one dot to the other – NOT from edge to edge. You’re cutting a slit in the paper, not cutting the paper in half.

cut dot to dot

Fold along all lines.

fold on lines

Fold in half along longest line, opening center.

fold in half

Fold up the center pieces, creating the booklet.

fold up booklet

Your record book is complete.

folded mini flag retirement ceremony record book

You can fold it in half, and tuck it into the tin with the small vial.

put into tin

Your kit is complete!

Burning a flag is not always a political statement. Done properly, a flag can be burned as a way to retire it from service, with all the respect due this symbol. This flag retirement ceremony record is a way to memorialize these very special occasions.

Check out these other fun and fast crafts to make with your scouts!

Brooke at Artistic Endeavor made these paint dot pendants.

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These Cub Scout Rank Keychains were whipped up by Laura at Laura’s Crafty Life.

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At Busy Mom’s Helper, Danielle shows you how to make these drums with your scout troop.

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Beth Watson made this craft that is also a game with these Frog and Fly games at BW Design Studio.

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Make these sun catchers with Jen Goode from 100 Directions.

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Girl Scouts have a tradition of making “Swaps” for camp – Midge and Madge have a great swap idea.

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Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity shows you how to make Bird Feeders with Craft Sticks.

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Over at My Very Educated Mother, Erin shows you how to make fun Finger-weave bracelets.

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Laura at Me and My Inlkings made sets of Lumi Sticks with her scouts – learn about them as she teaches you how Lumi Sticks are made!

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Need a gift for a supportive parent or great leader – these monogrammed etched jars are a great gift idea, and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how easy they are to make!

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Check back tomorrow for one last set of scout crafts!

 

Knot Tying Practice Sticks

One of the coolest skills I learned while in Girl Scouts was lashing. With some sticks and rope, I can lash together just about anything! And that all stems from the ability to tie basic knots. Knot tying is an essential skill that most kids learn in scouts. These Knot tying practice sticks are great to keep in your scout bag – kids can make their own to practice when they have a few minutes, or you can make several sets to have on hand during meeting downtime, or for group knot-tying practice.

This craft is part of Craft Lightning week. This week my Co-hosts Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings, along with some of our crafty friends from around the internet, are sharing fast and fun crafts you can do with your Girl Scout, Cub Scout, or Boy Scout Troop!

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To make your own knot tying practice sticks, you’ll need:

Paint stir sticks
Paint
Paintbrushes
Paint Pen (I used white)
Rope
Scissors
Hot Glue

supplies for knot tying practice sticks

 

If your paint stir sticks are completely blank, you can skip painting them. I did a quick coat with some multi-surface paint. If you’re making sets for the whole troop, it is fun to make all of the overhand knots one color, the square knots another color, and so on.

paint on sticks

Make an example of the knot.

square knot

Write the name of the knot with the paint pen.

write on end

Wrap the ends of the rope around the top, and glue in place.

glue ends on stick

Glue the rope needed to the front of the stick.

glue on rope

Add a dollop of glue to the end of each of the ropes to keep them from fraying.

glue on ends

Make as many as you like for all the different knots you want your scouts to practice – a bowline, half-hitch, clove hitch, sheet bend, cat’s paw, and more!

finished knot tying practice

And check out all these other great crafts you can whip up in 15 minutes or less:

Terri from Waving my Wand whipped up this snack kit – a fun meeting activity, and great for bringing on hikes!

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At Artsy Fartsy Mama, Lindsay made these Girl Scout bows with bottle cap centers.

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This scout map was whipped up by Karen over at Dragonfly and Lilypads.

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Get ideas for painting rocks and shells from Scrappy Chicks Blog.

 

Carla at Carla Schauer Designs made these great zipper pulls using paracord.

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This washi tape flower pot is a great addition to any flowerpot. Albion Gould shows you how easy it is to make.

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Laura, our guest co-host this week for Craft Lightning, made clay game pieces, and shows you 5 different ways to use them.

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And Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made a fun printable scavenger hunt – great for a day hike, or during downtime at camp.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for more fun and fast craft ideas!

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Painting with Scouts

Getting to do craft projects was one of my favorite part of Girl Scouts when I was younger. With less and less art being taught in our schools, arts and craft projects in scouts today is an opportunity to expose young minds to so many creative concepts they might not otherwise learn – like how colors interact, and how to use paintbrushes.

This project is part of Craft Lightning week. All week long my co-hosts Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings, we’re sharing fast 15-minute-or-less craft projects to do with your Girl Scout, Cub Scout, or Boy Scout. And we’ve invited crafty friends from around the internet to join in. Scroll to the bottom of this post to check out their projects!

Painting with Scouts

Supplies
Color Wheel Printable
Red, Blue, Yellow, white, black paint
Paint Brushes
Paper cups with water
Paper Towels
Paper
Mini Canvasses (two for each scout)

supplies for painting with scouts

Put a drop of red, yellow, and blue paint in the appropriate triangles. In the orange add a drop of red and a drop of yellow, in the green add a drop of blue and a drop of yellow, and in the purple add a drop of blue and a drop of red.

drops of paint

Allow the scouts to mix the paints themselves. There is something magic about watching two colors join to make a completely new color!

mix paints

If they like, on a separate piece of paper, they can see what happens when they keep mixing – adding more of one color or another, or a completely different color. For older kids, let them use the white and black paints to create tints and shades of the colors.

On pain paper, they can practice their painting. When they’re ready, they can start on the canvas. Make sure to have an extra canvas on hand in case they’re not happy with their first attempt, and want to try a new one!

practice painting

I found painting requirements in both the brownie and Webelos scout books – and whether it is required or not, all kids love swirling paint together!

practice painting

Check out these other fun and fast crafts you can do with your scouts!

Ashley over at My Craftily Ever After is sharing these painted Rocks (a perfect compliment to the color wheel craft I just shared!

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Over at Design Dazzle, Toni is sharing this fun frisbee game – great for an active scout meeting!

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The Sit Upon is a classic Girl Scout Craft – and Nikki from 365 Days of Crafts shows you her take on this generations-old tradition!

Sit Upon Girl Scout Craft

 

When your scout meeting plans have to change in a matter of minutes because of the weather consider these paper plate animals from Brooke at Brooklyn Berry Designs.

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Laura shows you how to make hand-stamped jewelry over at Me and My Inklings.

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and Angie from the Country Chic Cottage whipped up these clothespin trivets.

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Stop back by tomorrow for more fun and fast scout crafts!

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Mini Scouting First Aid Kit

When I was a Girl Scout, we made mini first aid kits in film containers. With digital photography taking over, film containers are hard to come by, but mini mint tins make for perfect mini first aid kits that you can slip in a backpack, or even your pocket!

This Scout Craft is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, my crafty co-hosts Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings, along with our crafty friends here on the internet, are sharing scout-related crafts! Check out their fun ideas at the bottom of this post.

Mini Scouting First Aid Kit - a perfect craft for Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts - easy to make and super useful!

Supplies:
Mini Altoids Tin
Mod Podge
Paintbrush
Photocopies of scouting design
Bandaids
Alcohol Wipes
Mini Neosporin

This craft project is a requirement in both the Brownie and Wolf Cub Scout handbooks, so you’ll be making a cute craft, a useful item, and checking off a requirement all at once!

Supplies for mini tin first aid kit

Make a copy of your scouting design. I used the brownie on the front of the brownie handbook shrunk down to 75%, and the scout logo in the handbook, increased to 125%. Trace the lid of the tin, then cut out.

cut to size

cut to the size of the tin

Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the tin.

layer on mod podge

Place the paper on top. Smooth down.

Mod Podge over

Allow to dry, then put the supplies inside. You can fit two or three bandages, neosporin, and an alcohol wipe folded in half.

put in supplies

 

Check out these other great Scout Craft ideas!

Kara from Happy Go Lucky made these scout thank-you notes.

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These tie-dye silk scarves that Laura at Housewife Hellraiser made make great thank-you gifts for volunteers.

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How fun is this “cookie pusher” trenchcoat that Christie from Ritzy Parties thought up! You could switch this up for a popcorn-coat if your Cub Scout Pack participates in Popcorn sales.

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And Laura from Me and My Inklings made these great sit-a-cans, a fun twist on the Girl Scout “Sit Upon”!

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Check back tomorrow for more great scouting craft ideas!

Dream Jar: The BFG Craft

The BFG comes out in theaters this weekend. I had a chance to catch a pre-screening earlier this week, and can’t wait to see it again! I took my 7-year-old. I’m a Roald Dahl fan, and while I’ve read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and others… including plenty of his short stories… I haven’t read The BFG (yet)! My son had read it with his class and was excited to see the movie.

Both of us loved The BFG movie. The story was awesome, and the imagery was stunning. When deciding what kind of The BFG Craft to make, I of course chose the Dream Jars. In the movie, The Big Friendly Giant has shelves and shelves filled with these amazing glowing, moving, fascinating wisps of imagination. I wanted to make my own… and so I did! Here is the Dream Jar I created! It actually moves, just like the dreams in the jars the Big Friendly Giant has.

The BFG Dream Jar - make your own dream jar inspired by the movie The BFG

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To make your own Dream Jar, you’ll need:

Firefly Jar (I got mine for about $19.00… look around for a good price)
Glow Powder
Elmer’s Glue
Polyfil (I used Royal Silk, but any Polyfil should work fine)
Glitter Dust
Paper plate
Small stick for stirring

supplies for dream jar

Take the lid off the jar. The instructions say not to because the mechanism that controls the firefly is very sensitive, and can be damaged. But to make the dream jar, we do need to remove the firefly from the jar… just handle it carefully!

gently remove top

Carefully tie a knot in the wire. Don’t tighten it, you want the large loop.

tie knot

Carefully wind the wire into loops, twisting through the loop made with the knot. The goal is to shorten the wire a lot – we want it to stand up about 3″ from the base.

tie up wire

Carefully remove the wing that isn’t attached to the end of the wire. You do this by lifting up the end of the tape that holds it in place. Or, you can use a craft knife to cut through the tape.

remove one wing

Put about 2 tablespoons of glue on the paper plate. Add about 2 teaspoons of the glow powder. Mix with the small stick, or the end of a pencil.

sprinkle in glow powder

Grab a large pinch of Polyfil, and soak in the glow-glue mixture.

cover with glow glue

Thread through the large loop in the wire, and fold in half to secure.

loop through wire

secure to wire

Shaping the dream:

Add more pinches of Polyfil, not covered in glow-glue. While the glue is still wet, pull, shape, twist… do whatever you need to get your dream to look the way you want. Make sure the glow-glue doesn’t cover the little firefly light. Also, make sure it isn’t too heavy – you want the mechanism to still be able to swing it around.

Spray Glitter Dust. It has a spray-adhesive which will help secure the Polyfil, and it has some extra sparkle!

spray with g;itter dust

Before the Glitter Dust dries, you can sprinkle on some extra glow powder.

sprinkle with glow powder

When done, my finished dream looked like this:

finished dream bits
Allow the dream to dry, finally put in the jar. You can use the firefly jar it came with, or a new wide-mouth canning jar if you don’t want your jar to say “firefly” on the side. If you like, can cut the white rubber ring around the mechanism if you want it to be easier to take in and out.

Put it in a sunny spot to allow the glow powder to absorb some light… then bring it to a dark area, and turn it on. Watch your dream move on its own! Super cool, right? The dream jar is even cooler in person… I promise!

Watch the dream jar in action!

 


 

DIY Stained Clipboard

Summer car trips with kids are a lot easier now than they were when I was a kid. In part because cars are equipped with better air conditioning. But mostly because all of the technology and devices that they can use on the trip! As long as you bring charging cords and headphones, you’re set between potty stops. For our recent road trip, I wanted to give my kids some non-technology options to keep them busy on the road. So I made a simple DIY Stained clipboard. These clipboards are great for drawing, because you can clip your paper portrait or landscape style (because the clip is actually removable). You can also print their favorite printables – games, coloring pages, learning sheets (which might be more your favorite than theirs) to have ready on the road.

DIY Stained Clipboard - make this clipboard with a removable clip that can be used portrait or landscape style

Supplies for DIY Clipboard:

Wooden board (found pre-cut to size at the craft store)
Plaid Wood Stain in your child’s favorite color
Plaid Wood Stain Finish
Stain Paintbrushes
Garbage Bag or other plastic to protect your work surface
Clip (I used one from Heidi Swapp found at the craft store)

supplies for stained clipboard

Make sure to protect your work surface (as you always should with dye), and start painting the dye on to one side of the board. I added a second coat to get a really vibrant red.

brush on stain

Set it aside to dry.

Then turn over and stain the other side. Make sure to get the edges, too.

stain board

Then seal them with the sealer that comes with the dye line. One side, let dry, then the other. This project is done in stages, but each stage only takes a few minutes. Once it is dry, you just need to add the clip! You’ve got a custom, DIY Stained Clipboard.

finished clipboard

There are tons of different colors of dye, and I love the way the dye shows the grain of the wood. I used red for both these clipboards because the kids have the same favorite color – red.

I clipped plain white paper on here for drawing, but you can print out your favorite printables (there are so many available on the web!), for the kids to use. If you’re using your clipboards for road trips like I did, look for fun car games, like i-spy games, car bingo, license plate games, or other games that get the kids active or thinking in the car!

 

Hank the Octopus: Finding Dory Craft

If you’ve seen the new Finding Dory movie that came out this weekend, then you know how good Hank the Octopus is at hiding. Part of that is because he can change colors, which this Hank won’t be able to do… but this Hank is small enough to hide in the most obscure places in the house. Also, if you’ve seen the movie you know that he’s not an Octopus… he is actually a Septopus!

I’ve been having fun making Finding Dory crafts – I made this Finding Dory Search Jar, and now I’m whipping up this cute Hank the Octopus craft that I can hide around the house to entertain the kids! They can even take turns hiding Hank … anything to keep them busy during the summer months, right? You can make your own Hank the Septopus craft, and hide him around your house if you like!

Finding Dory Craft - Hank the Septopus

Supplies for Hank the Septopus Finding Dory Craft:

Three Orange 1″ Pom Poms
Two Orange Pipe Cleaners
Small googly eyes
Hot Glue
Scissors

supplies to make Hank the Septopus - a Finding Dory Craft

Cut two Pipecleaners in half. Cut one in half again, and put one of those segments away, you won’t need it (because Hank is a septopus and not an octopus).

cut one in half

Twist the three full halves together. Twist in the end of the seventh leg into the middle.

twist stems together

Add a dab of hot glue, and add one of the pom poms. If one of your pom poms is smushed, use that one here.

glue in center

Glue a second pom pom on top.

glue on head

Add two small dots of glue, and secure the eyes.

glue for eyes

Glue the third pom pom to the back.

glue pom pom to back

Hank is going to look very flat – give him some dimension by curling his legs around a pencil.

Hank the Octopus from finding Dory

Now to find some fun places to hide Hank! Let’s see how long it takes for the kids to find him…

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Finding Dory Search Jar: Finding Dory Craft

I got the chance to see Disney-Pixar’s new Finding Dory movie that came out this weekend. As a fan of Finding Nemo, I loved seeing another ocean movie, and seeing all my old favorite characters – as well as some new ones! I enjoyed the movie, and know my kiddos will too. So, I thought it would be fun to whip up a Finding Dory craft – this fun Finding Dory Search Jar!

Finding Dory Search Jar - make this fun search jar with the kids this summer! A great Finding Dory Craft.

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Finding Dory Craft Supplies:

Blue tinted Mason Jar (clear jar will work as well)
Vase Filler
Printable Shrink Film
Ribbon
Scissors

Supplies for finding dory search jar, Finding Dory Craft

Print the images onto the printable shrink film. I used the Finding Dory Memory Game. Make sure to read the instructions first, you might need to reduce the amount of ink used when printing.

Cut out the images you want to use. Of course I added Dory, but also Malon and Nemo, Squirt, and others! The kids will love finding all their favorite movie characters in the jar. I also cut out the logo and punched a hole in the top to use as a tag.

cut out shrink film

Using the instructions on the package, heat up the shrink film to make it shrink.

Fill the jar 3/4 full with vase filler.

pour in vase filler

Add in the creatures from Finding Dory.

add in the pieces

Add the lid and tie on the tag, and you’re all done! Such a simple Finding Dory craft to make with the kids – they can help with the cutting, and putting all the pieces in the jar. And they’ll love watching the pieces shrink in the oven!

finished finding dory search jar

The best thing about this Finding Dory craft is that the kids can play with it afterwards… keeping the fun going! Let them know to keep the jar closed (or glue it closed for younger kids), and have them shake, shake, shake to discover their favorite animals… and of course find Dory!

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