DIY : I love summer. – Mia Robbins – Medium

My Blog today.. and topic is summer fun!

I love summer. We play in the pool, splash around and have tons of fun. Today i’m going to show you a few hacks to keep your summer exciting!

1.Beat the heat hacks

This is an awesome hack I found on Dreamworks TV. If you want to watch the video, here’s the link :

Now i’m still going to tell you how to make these things now.

Sponge Splatter Bomb

First you’ll need the materials. Colorful sponges, rubber bands and scissors are the things you need. Cut the sponges in four strips. Then group them together and wrap a rubber band tightly around the strips of sponges. Move the strings around to make a ball shape. Now have fun dumping and tossing!

Nice lemon ice

You’ll need a plastic zip lock back,straws and some juice of your choice. First, fill the bag with the juice and then seal it closed. Next, freeze the bag for 2–6 hours. Once the juice is done freezing, smash it up a bit. Stick straw and enjoy!

Wet in the Wild Word Game

For this you’ll need sponges and markers. Oh, and you’ll need a pool too! Write different letters on the sponges. Then toss them in the pool and you’re ready to play! When its your turn, grab several sponges and make a word. The first player with 10 points win !

Now, I will show you some more hacks for the summer!

Rainbow Effect fan blades

Rainbow effect Fan Blades

This DIY project might look easy at a first glance and it’s almost true, excepting the fact that you will need some basic assembly skills.

Before you do anything check if the fan is turned off and is not plugged in, after you are positive that it’s safe to start working with the fan proceed to the next step.

According to the fans user manual remove the top protective cover that covers the blades.

Rainbows appear in seven colors because water droplets break white sunlight into the seven colors of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).

Paint the blades of the fan with the above mentioned seven colors, however if the fan have less than seven blades, you can remove indigo and violet and you will still have the rainbow effect.

Wait for the paint to dry, and this is very important because you don’t want the paint droplets to land on your wall or furniture.

Secure the protective blade cover removed in the first step and power on the fan, and enjoy your rainbow fan.

(This is all from the web, not my own ideas, Mia Roy)

To make a pineapple sack you will need:

  • 1/3 yard of green fabric for the leaves
  • 4 yards of pre-made double fold bias tape for the straps or you can make your own bias tape…or use some parachute cording or other really thick string
  • 1/2 yard of pineapple-y fabric for the exterior of the bag
  • 1/2 yard of lining fabric
  • 1/4 yard of fusible woven interfacing (like Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • Basic sewing supplies

Start by cutting rectangles for the bag. You will need two rectangles of your main fabric and two of your lining fabric that are 12″ wide x 13″ tall. Then cut 1.5″ squares from the bottom corners of all four of those rectangles like shown below. Also from your main fabric color, cut a smaller rectangle that is 6″ x 1.5″. This will be used to make loops for the straps. Fold this rectangle in half lengthwise, with wrong sidestogether, lining up the long edges. Then open it up and fold the edges into the crease. Refold on the center crease and sew along the open side.Cut the loop strip into two 3″ pieces. Fold both 3″ pieces in half and baste them near the bottom edge of one of your outer bag pieces like shown in the photo below. They need to be sewn 3/4″ above the corner cutouts and the raw edges should be lined up with the raw edge of the bag.Next, cut two rectangles from your green fabric that are 2.75″ x 12″. These will be channels for the straps to go through at the top of the bag. Hem the short edges by folding them in towards the wrong side 3/8″ then another 3/8″ and then sew along the folded edge. Then fold the bottom edge up 1/2″ towards the wrong side of the fabric. Center one of the green strips along the top of one of your main bag pieces with the raw edges lined up. Sew along the folded edge to attach the strip to the main bag piece. Repeat and sew the other green strip to the top of your second main bag piece, the same way as the first. Place the two main bag pieces together, with right sides together. Sew along the bottom and sides, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Do not sew the bottom corner cut outs. Next, you will box out the corners. Do this by pinching the top corner of the cutouts on the front and back and pulling them apart, line up the side and bottom seams. The edges of your corner cut out should now be straight across, sew across the corner with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat with your other corner. Next, place your lining pieces together, with right sides together. Sew along the sides and bottom, leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom of the lining, right at the center. Box out the corners the same way you did for the main bag pieces.To make the leaves, you need four rectangles of green fabric that are 12″ x 5.5″. Fuse interfacing to the back of two of the rectangles. Then place those two rectangles right sides together and sew them along one of short sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seam open and lay the strip out in front of you, with the wrong side up. With a water soluble pen, draw a line across the strip 1.5″ from the bottom. Then draw a dot on the line that is 1/2″ from the edge on both sides. Draw your pineapple leaves on the line starting at one dot and ending at the other. The leaves don’t have to be perfect, after all no pineapple has perfect leaves! Fold the strip right sides together on the center seam and sew the other side of the rectangles with a 1/2″ seam allowance, creating one continuous loop of fabric. Place the other 2 rectangles of fabric together, with right sides together, and sew the ends together the same way, So now you have 2 loops of green fabric, one with interfacing and leaves drawn on and the other without. With one green loop of fabric inside out and one right side out, slide the right side out one inside the other so that the two are right sides together. Line up the side seams and the raw edges of the two loops and pin them in a few places to keep them straight as you sew. This part is a little tricky. You are going to sew the two loops together along the leaf line you drew. I find this is easiest if the side with interfacing and leaf lines are on the inside of the loop. Then you can sew along the lines working on the inside of the loop and it is easier to move your fabric around. Sew along the line until you get to the tip of a leaf, make sure your needle is down on the point, lift your presser foot, shift the fabric, and then continue sewing down the next edge of the leaf. Continue along the zig-zag leaf line, until you’ve sewn around the entire loop.Now, trim the fabric above the leaves. Remember, you left 1.5″ below the leaves, you don’t want to trim that off. Trim straight across the top of the leaves close to your stitching and trim down into the “V” between the leaves as close as you can get without snipping your threads. Turn the leaves right side out and use a chopstick or other small point to push out the tips of the leaves. Press the leaves with an iron and top stitch along the top. Line up the raw edge of the leaves with the top of the main bag. Baste the leaves in place with a 1/2″ seam allowance. With the lining inside out, place the main bag inside the lining and line up the top of the two bags. Sew all the way around the top with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn the bag right side out through the hole you left in the bottom of the lining. Tuck the raw edge of the opening in and stitch it closed. Tuck the lining down into the bag and press with an iron. Now all you need are straps! For the straps, you can use either double fold bias tape or a thick string like a parachute cord (which you can get in the jewelry making section at most craft stores). If you are using store bought bias tape, you will want to sew it shut along the open side.

To make your own bias tape, cut your fabric into 1.5″ strips. For longer straps, you will need to sew two strips together. For toddler sized straps, the width of your fabric will work (about 44″) for the length of your straps. Fold and sew the strips the same way you made the loops in the beginning (fold in half, then fold edges in to center crease, then refold in center and sew). And real quick, for more on Bias Tape, check out this quick video…

Now, cut two straps to the length you want (44–50″ inches for toddler, 60″ for children and 70″ for adult), Attach a safety pin to the end of one strap and feed the strap through the channel at the top of the bag. When you get to the end of the channel bring the strap around to the other side of the bag and feed it through the channel on the other side of the bag.Repeat with the other strap, starting on the opposite side. Attach the straps to the loops on the bottom of the bag. To do this, feed one end of the strap through the loop and leave the other end out side the loop. Knot the two strap ends together. Your pineapple bag is DONE!

GAK

Homemade Gak recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 oz bottle of regular white glue (Elmer’s or generic is fine, just make sure it’s school glue, not tacky craft glue)
  • 1 teaspoon Borax (I found it at Walmart beneath the OxyClean. It also might be in the laundry aisle)
  • ½ cup of water and
  • 1 cup of water
  • Food coloring

Instructions

  1. Empty the entire bottle of white glue into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add food colouring (the more you add, the brighter it will be).
  3. Fill the empty glue bottle with water. Shake it up to try to get some of the leftover glue out. Pour the water into the bowl.
  4. Stir the mixture until it’s smooth.
  5. Add more food colouring and stir again if you want a brighter colour.
  6. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of Borax in ½ cup of warm water. If you have trouble getting it to dissolve, put the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time and stir until it’s dissolved.
  7. Stir the entire Borax mixture into the glue mixture. It will almost instantly get stringy and turn into slime!
  8. Kneed the rest by hand until all the water is absorbed.
  9. Store in a large freezer bag when you are done playing with it!

Well please use the hacks for summer. These are all from different websites so all credits go to them!

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