Product Ideas

Stick Bracelet

Jumbo craft sticks
Small glass or jar
Rubber bands
Washi tape, patterned paper with glue, paint, or paint pens
Prep time: 1 hour to make
24 hours to dry
Instructions: Step 1: Boil a pot of water.

Step 2: Add the jumbo craft sticks to the boiling water and let soak for 15 mins. Add a couple more jumbo sticks then you expect to use, just in case a couple break!

Step 3: Find a small glass or jar (the size of a wrist) to place the sticks in.

Step 4: Remove the sticks from the water and work them inside a glass/jar. You can either work them inside the glass/jar or if you prefer you may wrap them around the outside of the glass/jar and secure them with rubber bands.

Step 5: Set aside for 24 hours to dry.

Step 6: Decorate! Decorate your bracelets however you like! We suggest either wrapping the bracelet with different patterns or colors of washi tape or placing stick on quotes on top of patterned paper and then glueing the paper to the bracelet. You may also choose to paint your bracelet or write on it with paint pens!

Step 7: Let your bracelets dry and then they are ready to wear!

Button Coasters

Materials: Tape
Scrap paper
Hot glue gun
Time: 20-30 minutes
Instructions: Step 1: Stick 3 to 4 pieces of tape (sticky side up) onto paper

Step 2: Place buttons flat side up onto the tape (be creative with your patterns!)

Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to glue all the gaps between each button

Step 4: Glue each button, trying to even out the surface with layers of glue

Final Step: After the glue is dry, peel the coaster off

Beaded Key Chains

Materials: String
Metal rings
Metal bead cylinders
Time: 20-30 minutes
Instructions: Step 1: Tie firm knot with the string around the metal ring

Step 2: Attach a bead onto the string and add a metal cylinder

Step 3: Continue adding bead and metal cylinders

Step 4: Thread a metal clinger through one of the strings and tie a loop around the loose string

Final Step: Tie the two strings together to secure the beads

Mason Jar Cookie Kits

Materials: 2 cups of all purpose flower
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 mason jar
Colored ribbon
Time: 30-60 minutes
Instructions: Step 1: Add 2 cups of flower to the jar

Step 2: Add 1 cup of brown sugar to the jar

Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the jar

Step 4: Add 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the jar

Step 5: Decorate with a ribbon

Step 6: Create a tag like the one below highlighting the ingredients that still need to be added and the final cook-making steps; tie this tag onto the jar.

3/4 cup of unsalted butter
* 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
* 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly blend together the butter or margarine, the egg, and the vanilla. Empty jar of cookie mix into the butter mixture. Mix until completely blended. Drop teaspoons full of batter about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Greeting Cards

Materials: Paper
Time: 30-60 minutes
Instructions: Step 1: Fold a blank cards in half

Step 2: Decorate the cards and envelopes. Think about upcoming holidays and designs that are relevant to your customers.

Step 3: Write the following details on the back of your card:
Artist: [your name and age]
A percentage of the profits earned from this card will be donated to [charity name and a brief explanation of the charity's work]
I am donating a percentage of the profits I earn from this card to One Hen, a nonprofit organization that teaches financial literacy and social entrepreneurship to youth around the world.

Step 4: Combine the cards with the envelopes.

Step 5: Sell the cards individually or as a pack.

Braided Headbands

Materials: Old T-shirts
Measuring Tape or Ruler

Feel free to add more personality with colored rope, ribbons, or even a ball chain.
Time: 30-60 minutes
Instructions: Step 1: Choose a long, stretchy t-shirt.

Step 2: Cut a few strips from the shirt. The strips should be at least 18 inches long. The width depends on how thick you want your headband. I suggest at least an inch.

Step 3: Tie the strips in a knot around the hair elastic.

Step 4: Braid the strands until it reaches around 16 inches in length.

Step 5: Knot the other end and tie it tightly to the hair elastic.

Lampshade Bowls

Materials: Old lampshades (Try to find some around your house but, if you do not have any, check out your local thrift store - they usually sell lampshades for a very small price.)
Heavy duty wire clippers
Old fabrics
Glue gun
Time: 30-60 minutes
Instructions: Step 1: Use wire clippers to cut off wire clips from the lampshade.

Step 2: Rip fabric into long thin strips.

Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to glue fabric and wrap your bowl.
- Start by glueing the piece of fabric to the inside of the lampshade.
- Then begin to wrap the fabric around the lampshade until the fabrics runs out.
- At that point, glue the end of the fabric to the lampshade.
- Then start with a new piece on the inside of the lampshade until lampshade is covered with fabric.

Step 4: Place lampshade (with the small end down) onto a piece of cardboard. Then trace and cut out a circle.

Step 5: Use the piece of cardboard as a template and cut out two pieces of fabric that are the same size. Then glue the pieces of fabric to each side of the cardboard.

Step 6: Run a line of glue around the interior small end of the lampshade then press the small circle into place

Step 7: Let dry and then fill your basket with items of your choosing!


Materials: Borax (1 box)
Elmer's glue (4 oz bottle)
Food coloring (8 drops)
1.5 cups of water
Time: 20 minutes
Instructions: Step 1: In one bowl mix 1/2 cup (4 oz) glue and 1/2 cup water. Add food coloring if you want colored slime.

Step 2: In another bowl, mix 1 teaspoon borax with 1 cup water until the borax is dissolved.

Step 3: Add the glue mixture to the borax solution, stirring slowly.

Step 4: The slime will begin to form immediately; stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky. (No one makes slime without getting a little messy!) Don't worry about any leftover water in the bowl; just pour it out.