Now that everyone looks up numbers on the internet, the phone companies will eventually stop sending new phone books each year. Until that time comes, however, here are some of my favorite uses for phone books.
1. Gift Bows. Use pages from telephone books to make subtly colored, but surprisingly attractive gift bows.
2. Paper Beads. Slice and roll paper beads from telephone book pages to create unique fashion jewelry.
3. Cutting Mats. Need an impromptu cutting mat? Try using an old telephone book to protect surface and keep the craft knife from being damages.
4. Origami Wallet. Fold a wallet in just a few moments using pages from the phone book.
6. Construct A Building. Amazing building is made from 7,000 phone books.
7. Pen Organizer. Stacks of telephone book pages are cut, folded and glued together to make a great organizers for pens, pencils and other small office supplies.
8. Flower Press. No need to purchase a flower press when old phone books work just as well.
9. Secret Hiding Space. Hardback books are generally used to make hollowed out hiding spaces for valuables. However, because of the size, phone books can be used just as well.
10. Paper Bunting. Phone books make a great disposable bunting for parties and other special occasions.
11. Flowers. You can make gorgeous flowers from phone books (see above photo).
12. Paper Mache. Because phone book pages are so thin, they make a great top-layer for intricate paper mache projects.Pinterest!
source: Wreford Miller
Here is a recipe for cottage cheese pancakes, made two different ways. The main recipe is for a sweet pancake. The variation is for a savory, spinach version. Both are yummy.
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup flour (without lumps)
1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten well
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Pam or other non-stick spray
In large bowl, combine all ingredients except for spray. Mix very well with fork.
Spray high quality, non-stick pan with Pam. Turn on flame to medium.
For each pancake spoon 1-2 Tbsp of mixture onto pan. Cook till edges begin to solidify.
Flip and continue to cook till pancakes are lightly brown on both sides.
You do not need syrup or additional sugar. The pancakes are sweet enough.
Spinach and Cheese Variation: Skip the sugar and vanilla. Instead, add 1/2 cup well drained cooked spinach, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and a general pinch of pepper to the mix. Cook like normal. Top each spinach cake with a tablespoon of warmed tomato sauce.Pinterest!
Participate In Community Resources
Read Great Books (free if from the library)
5. You Can Draw Marvel Characters
6. Draw Your Own Manga by H. Nagatoma
7. How To Draw People by Susie Hodge
8. Landscapes by Ian Sidaway
9. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book
10. How To Draw Animals by Susie Hodge
11. Oodles of Doodles by Mike Artell
12. Kids Draw Dinosaurs by Christopher Hart
13. Experiments With Impressionism
14. Priscilla Hauser’s Decorative Painting
15. Let’s Rock! by Linda Kranz
16. Pablo Picasso by Andrew Langley
17. Pastels by John Blockley
18. You Can Paint Pastels by Marie Blake
19. Edgar Degas (Getting to Know Artists)
20. Painting With Tempera by Paige Henson
21. Easy Origami by Didier Boursin
22. Under the Sea Origami
23. Step by Step Origami by Clive Stevens
24. Origami Toys
25. Crochet by Jane Davis
26. The Busy Mom’s Book of Quick Crafts
27. Little Hands Create! by Mary Dall
28. Big Book of Kids’ Crafts (BH & G)
Learn By Doing
29. Study Cartooning
30. Fold Some Origami Projects
31. Build With Cardboard
32. Learn to Sew
33. Decorate Cakes & Cupcakes
34. Paint With Watercolors
35. Make Some Handmade Paper
36. Create Paper Mache Projects
37. Learn To Draw With Tutorials
39. Design A Flower Garden
40. Craft With Recycled Plastic
41. Draw With Colored Pencils
Explore Interactive Sites
42. Inside Art
43. Portrait For Kids
44. Art Safari Learning Activity
45. Picturing The 1930’s
46. Odyssey Learning
47. Meet Me At Midnight
48. Artie’s House
49. Matisse For Kids
50. Interactive Color Wheel
51. The Dutch House Online
49. Lizzie Visits A Sculpture Garden
50. Design A Greek Pot
51. Explore A Victorian Painting
52. Learn About Landscapes
53. Destination Modern Art
54. Bottlecaps To Brushes
55. Buffalo Hide Painting
56. Art Lab
57. African Life Through Art
58. Renaissance Connection
59. A. Pintura Detective
60. Explore Color
61. Inside Art Learning Activity
62. Explore Pop Art
63. Exploring Perspective
66. Barbara’s Garden
67. AlbrightKnox Art Games
68. Art Connected
69. Be The Curator
70. Vision And Art
71. What Is A Print?
72. Mr. Picasso Head
73. Art Detective
74. Detail Detectives
Download Free Art Software
Play With Free Art Toys
79. Silk Drawing Toy
80. Build Your Own Kaleidoscope
81. The Scribbler
82. Create Your Own Flowers
83. Snowflake Toy
85. Artpad (favorite)
86. The Artist’s Toolkit
87. Still Life
88. Brushster Online Activity
89. Jungle Interactive
90. Flow Interactive Activity
91. The Swatchbox
92. RiverRun Interactive Toy
93. Wallover Toy (favorite)
94. PaintBox Interactive
95. 3-D Twirler Interactive Toy
96. Collage Machine
97. Interactive Mobile
98. Pixel Face Interactive Toy
Watch Some VideosPinterest!
10 free stuffed animal patterns for you to sew for your favorite child, friend, or even yourself.
Patterns vary in level of difficulty and detail of instructions.Pinterest!