Thursday, October 4, 2012

Soda Tab Bracelets

(project link in every title)


  • Cloth or Satin Ribbon in your color choice (not curling ribbon)
  • Soda Tabs (approximately 12-14 per bracelet)
Step One...the most difficult part was trying to figure out exactly the layout for the soda tabs and how to lace the ribbon through to get the look shown in the picture (as the picture from Pinterest did not include a tutorial or link).

The Soda tabs lay on top of each other and you simply weave the ribbon through. I will try and update with more detailed instructions later, but for now...see me or one of the Crafters for more detailed instruction. Lol.

Yarn Words

 Yarn Words 
(Project link in every title)

Materials used:

  • Wire Coat Hangers
  • Yarn (various colors)
  • Pliers and/or wire snips
Students were encouraged to do any word or name of their choice. We then stretched out the wire hangers straight. Then the most difficult part of the whole project began; bending and forming the wire into letters. Some students had to use pliers to get the wire to bend just how they wanted it. Some needed help on how to form the letters efficiently without wasting wire.

Once the letters were formed, wrapping the wire with a yarn of their choice was the next step. The only seemingly difficult step there was trying to figure out the perfect way to tuck the loose ends in to keep it all from unraveling.

Upon completion they can easily be hung on a wall or nested somewhere on a shelf.

What is this Pinterest you speak of?

Most of the ideas for the crafts that our club have done thus far are from a website called Pinterest. What is this Pinterest I speak of?

Pinterest is an online bulletin board essentially, hence the term "pinning" that refers to saving cool ideas that you see onto your personalized, virtual bulletin board. I was introduced to Pinterest by none other than a group of Elementary school teachers that I went through new hire training with last year. Pinterest is not just arts and crafts though. It is everything! Yes, they even have a category for that.

To sign up, the easiest thing to do is link it to your Facebook account. When you sign up with your Facebook log in, it's much easier to add friends to follow and them follow you in return. Why would you want to follow someone? Well, let's say Valerie finds a cool project she wants to bring it to my attention for our Arts & Crafts Club then she could pin it and let me know about it. Then the next time I go into my Pinterest I will see Valerie's pins. Why couldn't I just search it myself? The thing with Pinterest is that there is SO MUCH stuff out have to pin the idea if you ever want to find it again. Lol.

So what types of things more specifically will you see on Pinterest? I mentioned you will see just about anything, but to give you a better idea these are some of the categories that you can search...

Animals, Architecture, Art, Cars & Motorcycles, Celebrities, DIY (Do it Yourself & Crafts, Design, Education, Film, Music & Books, Food & Drink, Gardening, Geek, Hair & Beauty, Health & Fitness, History, Holidays & Events, Home Decor, Humor, Illustrations & Posters, Kids, Men's Fashion, Outdoors, Photography, Products, Quotes, Science & Nature, Sports, Tattoos, Technology, Travel, Weddings, Women's Fashion, & lastly Videos....

So as you can see...almost anything can be found here. My favorites categories are Recipes, DIY & Crafts, and...who am I kidding...I don't need to list them all again. Lol.

Once you sign up for Pinterest, get pinning! Huh? When you look through all the images on the main page if you click on one you will see a button called "Re-Pin". That allows you to save it to your virtual bulletin board. On your bulletin board you can also create categories of your own to help organize your pins, because as you begin to get addicted to the amazingness that is will have wished you started categorizing to start with.

These are the basics, but I could go on and on about all of the possibilities. If you are interested or need further instruction/help with Pinterest, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Here's a link to my Pinterest page if you like to see more or possible follow me.
Nixsy52's Pinterest

The Academy of Choice Arts & Crafts Club

Welcome to the Academy of Choice's Arts & Crafts Club Blogspot!

In this club it's all about crafts personalized by the students. Student interests, designs, and creativity are what drive this club. Project ideas, Instruction, and most supplies are made available by the school and Miss Harris.

Examples of activities may include knitting, scrapbooking, recycled crafts, sewing, model/cars/airplanes, cross stitch, soap making, candle making, etc. The possibilities are endless, especially with online resources like PINTEREST!