Beat summer boredom with these crafts

Catherine Wiggins

By Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent

   Since school is out, odds are that you’re already bored. Summer is meant to be fun so with these five unique summer projects, your summer will be 50 times better.

Project 1: MELTED CRAYON ART

You’ve seen all those artsy photos that show how pretty melted crayon art can be. It may seem hard but once you see the steps it’s easy as 1-2-3.
Items Needed: 1 blank white canvas, a packet of crayons (as many as are needed, usually one), a design (it doesn’t have to be elegant), hot glue gun, and a hair dryer
Step One: Use the hot glue gun to glue the crayons in place to fit your design on the canvas. This step is simple; just make sure you have help using the glue gun because it’s easy to burn yourself on it.
Step Two: Use the hair dryer to melt the crayons. Be careful. Hot wax can burn. When working with a design, make sure to notice your outline and where the crayons need to stop melting. Do not melt the crayons all the way, the picture won’t look right.
Step Three: Wait for the wax to cool. After the wax is cool, you can hang this up anywhere you want.

Project 2: SPRAY PAINT GALAXY

You’ve seen spray paint art before, either as graffiti or as actual art. With spray paint, you can create galaxies and really cool textures and designs. The simplest design to start out with is a galaxy.
WARNING: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMEDED THAT YOU SPRAY PAINT OUTSIDE TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE HARMFUL FUMES. IF YOU DO SPRAY INSIDE, PLEASE WEAR A MASK AND HAVE A WINDOW OPEN AND A FAN RUNNING TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE FUMES.
Items Needed: 4 or 5 cans of spray paint in red, black, blue, purple, orange and yellow, a big canvas (doesn’t have to be super big, just big enough to space a few plates out) or poster board, different sized circles (like paper plates, old frizbees, Pringles tops, ect.), a mask to protect yourself from the fumes, a fan if you are spray painting inside
Step One: Find a flat surface to paint on. Make sure it is well-ventilated. Exposure to the pigment, binder and solvent in spray paint can cause eye and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness and nausea, so care must be taken when using this paint.
Step Two: Use paper plates or other round objects for planets. Can lids like Pringles lids, old Frisbees, buckets and empty plastic containers work well. Set up your painting by laying the plates out where you want the planets to appear on the poster board or canvas.
Step Three: Outline your planets. Use black spray paint and lightly mist around the edges of the plates to create the outlines of the planets.
Step Four: Fill in the planets. Remove the plates and fill in the planets with whatever color you want — red, yellow and orange are the best colors.
Step Five: Add texture. Spray a layer of black over some of the planets’ colors. Take some newspaper or a magazine page, crumple it up and then smooth it out over the wet paint.
Step Six: Create the sky. Put the plates back over the planets and create the sky. Begin with a black layer. Then spray purple in places. Finally, spray blue.
Step Seven: Create the stars. Grab the white can of paint and make a light mist of stars. To practice, use another sheet of paper.
Step Eight: Take off the plates. After you take off the plates, let it dry and you have created your own galaxy.

 

Project 3: MOVIE NIGHT OUTSIDE

Grab some friends, go outside, start a fire, and have a movie night.
Items Needed: projector, speakers, laptop, chairs and blankets
Step One: Pick a movie.
Step Two: Hook laptop up to projector with HDMI cord.
Step Three: Hook up speakers to laptop.
Step Four: Test movie and sound.
Step Five: Enjoy a night watching movies under the stars.

 

Project 4: WATERCOLOR TEMPORARY TATTOOS

Watercolor is a perfect paint for temporary tattoos. Watercolor stains the skin and stays on for a day or two. Just make sure you know the colors and the design and have the paints and you’re all set.

 

Project 5: SUMMER JOURNAL

A journal that describes all of your summer adventures with your friends. That’s the perfect project that will help you keep your memories with you for a long time, or until you throw the journal away.
No matter what, this summer can prove to be the best one yet.

Source: WikiHow

Catherine Wiggins is a rising sophomore at Williams High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

 

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