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Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekend Project! Fun for the Kids!

This is a very fun coloring folder to make for the kids for those long rides to grandma’s house. I would think they’d be fun for party favors as well!!!

To make this project you will need the following items:
Colored card stock
3 sheets of Whisper White card stock
Double sided tape - preferably the Red Line tape
Fun to color in rubber stamps - kids themes
Decorative paper
Fastener
Corner Rounder (optional)

Start out with your colored card stock. Cut it 8-3/4" x 4". Score on the long side at 2-7/8", slide over to 3-5/8", 6-1/2" and 7-1/4". Fold all the score lines in using your bone folder to get a nice sharp fold.

For the box that will hold the coloring cards cut the card stock 4-3/4" x 3-1/4". Score on the long side at 1/4" and ½". Turn and score the other end the same. For the bottom part of the long side score at 1/4" and ½". You will be snipping away the bottom corner squares on each side leaving one for a flap. Cut away 3 of the 4 visible squares on the bottom corners. The one square left is the flap that you will fold in first when assembling this piece. So when you cut the 3 squares off the corners, make sure you cut the same 3 off on the other side. You will need to cut one side of the square left so it will be held on by one score line. Make sure you snip the other side to match or your flaps will be on different folds. And if that happens it is ok, it will still work.

I used a 3/4" punch to make the half circle mark on the center of the coloring card holder.

Next you will tape the flap in first and then the edges but you will tape them all at the same time. If you tape the flap first and secure it, it makes it a bit difficult to tape the other edges. It can be done but not very easy. Set the taped piece in place on the left large piece of the inside of the holder. If you happen to tape it on the right then you will just move your crayons to the left. Not a big deal. Kids aren’t picky when it comes to stuff like this. They just like getting "stuff!"

Using the Red Line tape, tape the crayons in place.


For the coloring pages I cut the white card stock 3-3/4" x 2-3/4". I cut 3 sheets of card stock up for this. Not all of my stamped images stamped clearly so I had room for error. Fill the holder with as many coloring cards as you’d like or that will fit.

For the front I used some fun decorative paper I ran across. I cut the larger piece 3-5/8" x 2-5/8". For the flap I cut that piece 3-5/8" x 1-1/4". I used the corner rounder on the two corners. I then taped them in place.

You have several options as to how you want the cover to close. I chose the easiest and the quickest. I used the seamless hair binders. Others will work, even rubber bands. You may want to find something that the kids can afford to lose! I had thought about using brads and hemp but then the brads had sharp ends and I didn’t want to have that on something that children play with. And I thought about using a magnet sheet but keeping in mind that kids set things anywhere I could only imagine what would be clinging to it!! SO I went with the hair binder.

This was a very fun project to make. And with August just around the corner and BIG sales on crayons it’s a good time to get some of these started and wait for those low price school supplies to make their way into your carts!!!

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Thanks SO much for stopping by,
Wanda

10 comments:

Pam Clay said...

Very cool project! Thanks for sharing!

t.allman said...

Great project Wanda. Wouldn't this be nice to take to a young person in the hospital. I just love seeing what you come up with. Thanks for the good directions too.
Nanc

MJ said...

This is wonderful! What a great super fantastic terrific (you get the idea) idea!

Melissa said...

SO cute Wanda!

Many Blessings,
M.

JenniferL. said...

Super cute and clever idea!

Deanne Stewart-Mills said...

what a fantastic idea! I teach kids classes every 2nd school holidays, and this is a great project. It is sure to be a hit.
Deanne
xx

sohottstamper said...

Neat idea. You could also make a coloring book using some color in images and the My ABC's wheel. Love the colors in your project also. ~San

Sara Paschal said...

This is AWESOME, a wonderful idea!

Beckie said...

This is very cute! What a clever idea!

Sara Paschal said...

Just made one today for the little one. I linked you up, thanks for the awesome idea, your directions and photos are wonderful.

Sara