Author: Melanie Lowe

Simple Valentine’s Day Heart Light Craft Project

This simple Valentine’s Day heart light decorating craft project is a super popular one with Sunday school classes and even Girl Scout troops. It is really unique and somewhat of a retro craft project. I am not too sure how many kids still get to make this awesome Valentine’s Day heart light craft.
I think this is really a great Valentine’s Day craft for any kid out there though. They can even hang it in their bedroom on Valentine’s Day for a fun holiday night light! Or you could use it to decorate your office!

To Make This Simple Valentine’s Day heart light Craft Project You Will Need:

  • 2 string of wire heart shaped garland in any color
  • Baby food jars and their lids
  • String of mini Christmas tree lights red if you can find them
  • Red or pink spray paint
  • Glue Stick
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire clippers or scissors
  • Box cutter

Now, this is one of those holiday craft projects that you may want to be around while the kids are making it to ensure their safety.

The first step is to have the kids lay some newspaper out in the yard. They should spread out all of the baby food jar lids out and paint them with the spray paint. I like to use red or pink spray paint, but you can choose whatever color paint you want.

Now, let them dry completely.

Now, use the box cutters to out a small V in the middle of each lid. You may want to help the kids make the first few cuts until they are comfortable using the box cutter.

Now, hot glue all of the lids together in a Valentine’s Day heart shape. They should use all but of the lids needed for the heart. Now, I personally think epoxy glue is the best for this simple project, but hot glue will dry a lot faster.

Now, you need to cut off individual pieces of your wire heart embellished string garland for each baby food jar. Each piece needs to be about 7 inches long. I find this simple wire garland at the craft store all of the time. It does cut simply with scissors, but older kids might feel important with the wire cutters. For small kids you could pre cut this wire garland into pieces for them.

Now, have the kids curl up each piece of garland inside of the baby food jars. Obviously one piece is inside of each little jar. They should be pressed closely to the bottom of the jar.

Now, flip the jar lid shaped Valentine’s Day heart face down on a clean work surface. Have the kids start screwing on all of the glass baby food jars to the lids.

Flip the heart over.

Now, start at the top of the tree and start insert the individual Christmas tree lights into the V’s the kids cut on the lids. One per jar if you want. Work you way zig zagging down the tree.

End on one side of the bottom row of jars. Be sure you left enough of the string of lights hanging out so it can reach a plug in the house.

Now, you are finished! This simple lighted Valentine’s Day heart project looks great sitting on top of a dresser leaning on the wall. If you’d like to see more craft projects you might like this video.

The Drill Press – An important tool for every craftsman

If you’re into wood work, either as a hobby or as a profession then you need a drill press. What exactly do I mean when I say woodwork? Well, it means a lot of different things to different people. To some it’s a creative and artistic pursuit, which enables them to set their imagination free crafting out of wood whatever enters their mind. For others it means repeating drilling tasks over and over again to get your job done. Whichever one you are, you will be well served by owning a high quality drill press.
As the name suggests a drill press is a type of drill. It differs from the hand drill in that it is actually mounted in a frame. This allows a higher degree of accuracy, and precision. It also makes for a much easier job when you have a lot of work to do!

We will go over the key points that you need to consider, to get the best drill press.

 

Accuracy:

The beauty of a machine like the drill press is that they’re extremely precise. Once you have the measurement settings adjusted to your needs you can reduce a task to simply pulling a lever. And you should get perfectly accurate results every time. However, to ensure the best results you have to make sure that the drill press you choose is high quality like the wen 4208 drill press, or similar

image source: Drill Press Pro

 

Speed:

It’s a good idea to get a drill press that has variable speed controls. That means you can adjust the spindle speed to a variety of different RPM depending on which material you are drilling into. It’s a must-have feature if you think you will drill multiple materials – for example both wood and metal.

 

Power:

Another important thing to consider is how much power you need. In most cases anything that has a motor with at least 1/2 a Horse Power should be more than ample for your drilling needs. If you’re drilling a particularly tough material it may be a good idea to get a drill press with an especially high powered motor.

Conclusion

The drill press is one of those tools that a wood worker simply must own. There’s a lot of choice when it comes to finding the best drill press so be sure to consider the points listed above before you buy one. If you are a first time drill press user then maybe start of with a cheap drill press to get an idea whether you actually like doing wood work or not, you can invest in a more expensive model later on.

Girls Guide to Setting Up a Home Office

Here are a few tips for women to consider when setting up a home office. With a little work, you can set up a nice, clean workspace just for yourself.

1. Choose a room with windows and a phone jack if possible.

When choosing a spare room in your home (if you are fortunate to have one) in which to create your home office, choose one, if possible, with windows and a phone jack. The window will allow you as much natural light as possible and will help keep you from being bored. If you set your desk up near the window, it will help elevate your mood while you work.

You need a phone jack to connect your fax machine, and possibly your telephone. For example, if you are planning on having a dedicated phone line for your office, you may wish to purchase a phone with an answering machine as well. However, if you already have a phone system in your home that includes satellite receivers that simply need to be plugged into the wall, that one phone jack can simply be used for your fax machine.

2. Set ground rules regarding your office with your family.

If you have small children, this step is a must. You want to ensure that there are no misinterpretations regarding your expectations for your new office. For instance, it is important for kids to realize that when you are in the office, you are working. They can’t simply interrupt you whenever they feel like it. If you are planning to work from home full-time, or even if your aren’t for that matter, they need to know when they should interrupt you, as in a case of an emergency, and whey they can not. Again, the important thing is to let them know what you expect as you use your new office.

3. Before you set up your home office, ensure that you have your computer(s) set up the way you’d like.

Chances are you already have a personal computer that you use at home. If you currently only have a family computer set up in the living room, you may wish to purchase a computer for yourself. After all, it wouldn’t be fair to keep the computer for yourself, unless, of course, you intend on your significant other (or spouse) or children coming in and using it, as they need it. However, that is not the intention of setting up your own office.

4. If you don’t already have an all-in-one printer (a printer which includes a fax machine, scanner, and copier), purchase one!

An all-in-one printer (personally, I would recommend a HP) will be your new best friend. With it you can fax, copy, scan, printer pictures, as well as do your regular printing. They are pretty inexpensive considering all of their functionality. A good one from HP costs about $200 or so. These are but a few guidelines for setting up your own home office. Stayed Tuned for many more!