Scientists Say Glitter is Bad For the Environment

Glitter is popular with many people. You can find glitter on fancy holiday cards, in some cosmetics, and on your preschooler’s latest artwork. One annoying thing about glitter is that it has a tendency to spread. Environmental scientists are calling for a ban on glitter because it is an ecological hazard. Dr. Trisia Farrelly is an environmental scientist. She said all glitter should be banned because it is a microplastic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that microplastics are the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes. Microplastics come from larger plastic … Continue reading

Make Your Layouts Sparkle

Lately I have noticed many fun accents and embellishments on layouts that actually sparkle and add such a fun touch to the layout. Adding something that sparkles can give the layout a more playful or elegant feel, depending on how you use the elements on you page. I thought that I would share a few of my favorite products that sparkle so that you can give some a try if you haven’t already. American Crafts Glitter Gem Pens. These pens come in a wide variety of colors and actually have glitter included in the ink so that as you write … Continue reading

Design Your Own Stickers

Decorating papers and personal items with stickers is a lot of fun, but it’s even more fun to make your own stickers. There are kits available with pre-cut stickers and special markers or glitter pens so children can color stickers in themselves, or they can design their own homemade stickers. Here’s how: Items Needed: Double faced foam tape Scissors Penknife (with adult assistance only) Glitter or colored sand Tiny flat back beads Pen Optional: Glue Items to trace Directions: If you don’t draw, find some items to trace such as bottle caps for circles, or craft foam or craft wood … Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day: Four Leaf Clover Badges

This craft project is so simple and inexpensive to make that your children can make four leaf clover badges for the entire family and all their friends. Items Needed: Heavy Paper or poster board (preferably green) Crayons, markers, colored pencils Glitter, glitter glue, paints, *optional School glue or glue stick Stapler and staples Green pipe cleaners Wire cutters Scissors Double-faced foam tape or pin backs 1. Start by cutting out four hearts for each clover from green construction paper or poster board. You can use the image below as a pattern. If you don’t have green, any paper or poster … Continue reading