They’re not perfect, and we’ll be making more, but here they are!
The real trick to making “branch blocks” or “natural log blocks” or whatever these are, is curing the wood. “Curing” the wood really means heating and drying it out to kill bugs/bug eggs, as well as to prevent warping and mildew.
To cure the wood, you can either bake your wood in the oven at 175˚F – 200˚F for a few hours. I hear you can also microwave the wood for 1 minute. I preferred the oven, because that meant I didn’t have to cut the blocks while the wood was still moist and green, so I just put a couple logs in the oven to cure before they became blocks.
I made some baking soda deodorant for myself the other day. (Ok, it was a longer while ago than that…)
And it just didn’t work for me. It was nice-smelling, and I really, really wanted it to work. But I guess my skin is a bit sensitive, and the format was just a bit messy, and I just wasn’t feeling it.
So it sat on the shelf. I didn’t want to throw it out.
Fast forward to sometime last week, when I discovered that making a paste of oil and baking soda is a recommended way to remove goo from glass. I had some glass jars and bottles I was hoping to re-purpose, so I had to try it!
It worked perfectly!
Keep in mind that removing the actual sticker goo takes some scrubbing, and that you should wash it with dish soap to remove the oil. But I sure love being able to repurpose those lovely glass jars and bottles that accumulate in our house.
Because they are making my afternoon a little less crazy today.
And all it took was:
Felt of various colors
Magnetized hematite beads
Hot glue sticks& Glue gun
I looked up some of the animals from one of Eve’s favorite shows (Octonauts. That would be Octonauts. Also, Finding Nemo.)
Here’s a few of the felt aquarium buddies:
The process is pretty simple.
You cut the felt into a shape that looks like the fish you want. (See the red ones? No specific species there, but definitely a big hit. Blue “eels” were also VERY simple.) If you want some patterns, I like to look up coloring pages of the shape you’re trying to imitate. You can even pin the paper to your felt to cut it out, if you want.
After the fish are cut out, heat up your glue gun! This next part is a snap. Just a dot of glue, and a bead, dot of glue, and a bead. (For the squid, jellyfish, manta ray, etc: they got 2 eyes, because they looked like their faces were in a frontal view.)