Watch to learn how to make crystal covered pipe cleaner leaves!

This week’s curbside supply bags included the supplies to make Borax crystal leaves. If you weren’t able to get a supply bag this week, you can follow along with these instructions.

Supplies:

  • Borax 
  • Pipe cleaner – in fall colors
  • Popsicle stick
  • String
  • Cup
  • Stainless steel pan or glass 
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Bend your pipe cleaner into the shape of a fall leaf. You will need a place to attach the string, so make sure each leaf has a short stem. Also, the leaf will need to fit in your cup without touching the sides or the bottom, so keep that in mind when creating your designs.
  2. Tie a piece of string to each leaf, and then tie the other end to a popsicle stick. Hang your leaves so that they will be suspended in the borax solution that you will make next.
  3. The regular recipe of ¾ cup of borax and 1 cup of water should be enough for one leaf. Bring the water to a boil. Then stir in the borax. It’s okay if it doesn’t all dissolve. Just stir until you’ve dissolved as much as you can. You want the solution to be completely saturated, so it’s okay if there’s a little borax left at the bottom of the pan. *Note: You can use a regular stainless steel pan on the stove or a glass in the microwave and neither will be damaged.
  4. Pour some borax solution into a cup then suspend the leaf in the cup. Make sure that the leaf is not touching the sides or bottom of the cup!
  5. Take the crystals out of the cup after 5 hours. Leaving them overnight is fine, too. 

*It is not recommended to handle the finished crystals more than you need to. The crystals break easily, so you won’t want to allow kids to carry these around and play with them anyway. They are beautiful to make and display! Try making ornaments out of them by adding a piece of ribbon. 

 

Watch to learn how to make a popsicle stick catapult!

 

This week’s curbside supply bags included the ingredients to make popsicle stick catapults. If you weren’t able to get a supply bag this week, you can follow along with these instructions.

Supplies:

  • 9 craft sticks
  • 4-6 rubber bands
  • 1 plastic spoon
  • mini-pumpkin candies or candy corn
  • markers, paint, stickers, or washi-tape to decorate if desired

Directions:

  1. Take 7 of the craft sticks and tie a rubber band tightly around one end.
  2. Tie another rubber band tightly around the opposite end so all 7 sticks are bound together.
  3. Take the remaining 2 sticks and tie a rubber band on one of the ends. Try to tie the band close to the edge of the sticks.
  4. Insert the 7 sticks banded together between the 2 sticks of the 2 stick bundle.
  5. Tie a rubber band in a cross fashion, joining the two pieces together. The closer the 7 stick bundle gets to the edge, the more leverage the catapult will have.
  6. Decorate catapult if desired.
  7. Use a few rubber bands and attach a plastic spoon to the end.
  8. Launch your pumpkin! The children can have contests to see who can launch it the farthest, or set up small cups and see how many times a pumpkin lands in the cup. Another option is to forego the directions and allow the children to engineer the catapult themselves with the materials provided.



Watch to learn how to make an apple birdfeeder!

This week’s curbside supply bags included the ingredients to make the birdfeeders. If you weren’t able to get a supply bag this week, you can follow along with these instructions.

Supplies:
½ cup birdseed
¼ cup Water
½ packet of unflavored gelatin
1 apple
1 small screw
Twine

Instructions:
1. Bring water to a boil, add gelatin, and stir until completely dissolved.
2. Mix the birdseed into this mixture.
3. Cut the apples in half lengthwise and hollow out the insides with a spoon or knife.
4. Fill each apple with birdseed mixture, set on a sheet pan, and put in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm.
5. Poke a screw into the top of each apple and tie a piece of twine to it.
6. Hang outside for all the birds to enjoy!

As kids are gearing up to go back to school, it’s more important than ever to understand how to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Watch Jason Fritz, MPH, of the Williamson County Cities and Health District to learn how to stay safe and healthy.

Watch to learn how to make a cake in a mug!

This week’s curbside supply bags included the ingredients to make Mug Cakes. If you weren’t able to get a supply bag this week, you can follow along with these instructions.

Supplies provided:
4 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of chocolate chips
2 tablespoons of Sprinkles
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon oil, such as vegetable or canola
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Supplies needed from home:
12-ounce microwave safe mug or larger
3 tablespoons milk
Optional toppings: mini marshmallows, whipping cream, frosting

PREPARATION:
In a 12-ounce mug or larger, mix all ingredients until just combined. Microwave on high for 90 seconds to 2 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn’t spill over. Let cool one minute before eating.

Watch to learn how to make Patriotic Pretzels!

This week’s curbside supply bags included the supplies to make 4th of July themed chocolate dipped pretzels! If you weren’t able to get a supply bag this week, you can follow along with the video using the supply list below.

Supplies provided:
pretzel rods
candy melts, white and blue
sprinkles

Supplies needed from home:
2 microwave safe mugs or bowls
spoons to stir the chocolate

Have a very safe and happy 4th of July!

Watch to learn how to make Brush Bots!

This week’s curbside supply bags included the supplies to make Brush Bots! If you weren’t able to get a supply bag this week, you can follow along with the video using the supply list below.

Supplies provided:
CR2032 lithium 3V coin cell battery (like this)
Mini vibration motor (like this)
Toothbrush head
Craft glue
Washi tape
Googly eyes
Feathers
Pipe cleaners

Supplies needed from home:
Scissors
Other decorations (optional)

We’d love to see your creations! Share them on social media and tag The Georgetown Project!

Happy creating!

Watch Lexy and Griffin to learn how to make keepsake tile coasters!

This week’s curbside supply bags included the supplies to decorate tile coasters, which make a great Father’s Day gift! If you weren’t able to get a supply bag this week, you can follow along with the video using the supply list below.

Supplies provided:
4.25 x 4.25 ceramic tile coasters
I Love You paper to color
Mod Podge
Foam brush

Supplies needed from home:
Crayons or colored pencils
Paper or photos to decorate your tile (optional)

We’d love to see your creations! Share them on social media and tag The Georgetown Project!

Happy creating!