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Culled from the creative minds of two zany moms who still remember what it's like to be a kid, Make Fun Stuff! is the perfect answer to summertime boredom. In its cheerful and colorful pages, you'll find DIY activities that range from old favorites (marbelize paper, anyone?) to quirky and stylish crafts (such as making a messenger bag out of comic books) to low-tech adventures (like rigging up simple speakers out of used cereal boxes). Table of Contents Crafts Chapter Take aim with a catapult Fire a pen crossbow Design a kite Fly a kite Fold a paper airplane Whip out a ninja star Marbleize pretty paper Cut festive papel picado Paste up a piÑata Light paper-bag luminarias Fill a sea globe Pour a sand candle Weave a friendship bracelet Hook a gum-wrapper chain Link a daisy chain Tie-dye a stripy shirt Tie-dye a swirly shirt Cover an mp3 player Roll up a duct-tape rose Bead charms Mold clay monsters Create silhouette portraits Draw a cat Sketch a dog Draft a horse Draw awesome manga Flip out with a flip book Pop out a 3-d card Sport a comic-book tote Beautify sneakers Punk up high-tops Trick out slip-ons Fashion a no-sew skirt Paint one-of-a-kind nails Make a crazy ponytail Ink a fake tattoo Annoy with a balloon horn Toot a straw horn Wire cereal-box speakers Screen-print a t-shirt Make a compact disc-o ball Snacks Chapter Roll candy sushi Pull tasty taffy Kick up some ice cream Make fruity soda pop Build a jiggly city Make a dessert aquarium Bake stained-glass cookies Separate an egg Make fortune-cookie dough Fold fortune cookies Freeze smoothie pops Blend a smoothie Make chewy fruit leather Roll pasta dough Fold tortellini Enjoy purple pasta Dye rainbow celery Twist up soft pretzels Chill refrigerator pickles Sculpt snack art Roast veggies in the wild Grill cheese on a stick Bake a cake in an orange Cook campfire candy apples Concoct chocolate anthills Make edible fake barf
Sarah Hines Stephens first learned to cook in order to get out of doing the dishes, and she still prefers making messes to cleaning them. One of three creative sisters, Sarah hails from generations of do-it-yourselfers: quilters, artists, writers, and gardeners. When Sarah is not facilitating semiexplosive science experiments and kid-friendly crafts, she writes books for kids. She has written more than sixty books, some for kid-friendly brands such as Gymboree and Scholastic. She lives with her husband and two children in a home filled with glitter, fabric scraps, glue, and power tools in Oakland, California.
Bethany Mann is Sarah’s sister and partner in creative mess-making. With a rallying cry of, “Hey, we could totally make that ourselves!” she has fearlessly led her family and friends in numerous craft adventures. These days Bethany channels her artistic powers for good by using recycled materials and growing vegetables. Her projects have been featured in craft books for adults and on DIY TV. She lives with her husband, teenage son, and a menagerie of rescued pets in Santa Cruz, California. Read her blog at BitterBettyindustries.blogspot.com.