Welcome to Sidhe Bowtique, run by us Sylveon, Nymphleona and Meechietye. Here we show you how to make all sorts of upcycled, recycled, and handmade crafts and projects.

Autumn Art Project


1. Cut your brown or gray construction paper to the shape of a tree trunk and glue it to your poster board, the wide roots at the bottom of the page, and the branches reaching up.

2. Cover the branches of your tree with all your leaves, gluing them down when you are happy where you have placed them.

3. Lay the grass on the bottom to make it look like grass.

4. If you would like make a design with all the different seeds and nuts. Put them in the tree, the grass, the sky. Glue them down when you are satisfied with their placement. Make it as abstract or realistic as you want. This is your art project. This is your world.

5. Finish off your picture with some markers. You can draw a sun or animals. You can outline things. You can color a background, shade things, make shadows or show weather in the background. Feel your emotions as you feel each color.

6. What does your amazing Autumn Art Project look like? Like autumn the natural elements of your picture will turn brown and fade eventually, but the feelings you hold in your memory of making your work of art doesn't have to fade! Take a picture of your project so you can always remember what it looked like when it was fresh. And remember that you can repeat it every year, with new colors and new designs.

What is Oobleck?

Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, which means it's viscosity changes depending on pressure. Viscosity is the measure of friction in a liquid and determines how fast a liquid flows. Most liquids have a consistent viscosity, but oobleck on the other hand does not. It has the properties of both solids and liquids. Squeeze it and it feels solid; let it sit in your hand and it'll drip like a liquid. In chemistry, oobleck is known as a colloid, a substance in which the small particles of one substance are dispersed throughout a substance in which the small particles of one substance are dispersed throughout another substance, but not chemically bonded.

Supplies: Directions:

1. Pour two cups of cornstarch in a bowl. Add water and combine.

2. If you opt for color, add your food color in now and stir.

3. Now you should be able to pick up your oobleck with your hands and play with it. If your oobleck is too watery, mix a couple tablespoons of cornstarch in. If it's too solid, mix in a couple tablespoons of water.

*When getting rid of oobleck after play, do not wash down the sink. This can cause a clog. Simply wait for it to dry and dispose of in the trash or vacuum up any oobleck dust.

Solar Oven

Supplies: Directions:

1. Use a ruler to mark the top of your box with lines for cutting a window. Leave enough space along each box edge to attach your plastic wrap.

2. Cut the lid on the lines to create a flap on three sides. Fold back the flap on the lid so it's sticking straight up.

3. Get our your aluminum foil. Line your box's inside with foil. Tape more foil to the underside of the flap that's sticking straight up.

4. Next, take plastic wrap over the lid's opening.

5. Now, with adult supervision, take your skewer and hot glue it to the lid to lean against the flap and keep holding the flap up so it will reflect the sun's light.

Put your food of choice inside the box. Close it and place it in a very hot, sunny spot, facing the sunlight. Make sure the flap is up.

Which snack did you choose? How long did it take to cook? What improvements might you make to your Solar Oven if you had different resources?

Let's Make Slime

Supplies: Directions:

1. In one bowl, stir about 1 oz of glue with 1/4 cup water. In another bowl, add 1/4 cup of borax with 1/4 cup water. Stir until completely combined.

2. Add the borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir together. Now, with clean hands, pick up and knead it together with your hands until it gets less and less sticky. If there is a lot of excess water, simply pour it out.

3. When you're going to use your slime, clean your hands and workspace first to prevent introducing bacteria into your slime. Seal into an airtight bag and leave in the fridge when not in use to prevent harboring bacteria.

*Glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer the more you play with it, meaning it won't maintain its ooey-gooey slime-like quality for long.*

Volcanic Eruption

Supplies: Directions:

(Before you start, make sure to wear eye protection. Do this experiment with adult supervision.)

1. Shape your air-dry clay into a volcano shape, making sure to crimp the bottom with no holes for the lava to seep out of. Make sure you make the vent big enough to pour the ingredients in later for the eruption. Follow the directions on the package for drying/hardening. This part may take days to dry.

2. Once dry and hardened, paint your volcano whatever color you'd like, such as gray or brown, or add streaks of red inside coming from the top vent. Wait for the paint to thoroughly dry.

3. In a cup, mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 3-5 drops of food coloring. Add 3-5 drops of soap and 1 cup warm water. Mix.

4. Place your volcano on the baking sheet. Using a funnel, add 2 tbsp baking soda to the inside of your volcano.

5. Quickly pour the colored vinegar mixture into the vent of your volcano. Watch it what chemical reaction happens when baking soda and vinegar meet!

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Upcycled Treasure Box

Make your own special treasure chest for your favorite items.

Supplies: Directions:

1. First, cut out your favorites pictures, such as pictures from a magazine, your favorite Pokémon you've found online, or pictures you've drawn and colored.

2. Next, paint the Mod Podge all over the shoe box. While it's still wet, layer your pictures all over it like a collage.

3. After it is completely covered with pictures, set it aside to dry.

4. Now, measure out the inside parts of your box (the bottom, the sides, and the top.) Trace the shapes onto felt with a black marker.

5. Finally, cut the felt out, and glue the pieces to the inside of the box where they line up. Keep the lid open to air dry.

What will you store in your treasure box?

Recycled Crayons

Ever wonder what to do with a bunch of little broken crayons? Instead of throwing them away, you can give them a new lift with this recycled crayon project!

Supplies: Directions:

1. First, gather your broken crayons and begin peeling the paper off of them. If the paper is giving you a problem, try soaking them in some soapy water and the paper should come right off.

2. Next, organize your piles of colors by similar colors/shades. This will yield the most consist colored crayons. However, you can also make dual or rainbow-colored crayons in bigger molds and it might be fun too.

3. Now break your crayons into small pieces, as small as possible, so that they will all fit into whatever molds you have picked out. If you can't break them enough with your hands, ask an adult to help you to cut them up with a knife. Gather all the chunks by color, and fill up the mold to the top.(Don't use mold with tiny details as this will be difficult to remove and will break off again when trying to color.)

4. With an adult's help, turn the oven on, put your molds on the oven rack, and cook your crayons at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until completely melted.

5. With adult help, carefully remove the crayon molds from the oven, paying heed not to spill the liquified crayons.

6. Let the crayons cool off and solidify again. If you're not patient enough to wait, you can put them in the refrigerator or freezer to speed the time up.

7. Finally, when completely cooled, pop out your crayons and test out your brand new colors!

Don't have time for this project, but still have a lot of broken crayons? Consider donating your crayons to The Crayon Initiative


Calm Bottle

A Calm Bottle is for helping to cope when you're having big feelings or calming down when you�re very upset, sad, or scared. Make your own special Calm Bottle you can use whenever you feel overwhelmed.

Supplies: Directions:

1. Start by filling your cleaned water bottle a little less than 3/5 full with hot water.

2. At this point, add your beads sequins, Legos, toys or plastic figurines, making sure you don't add too many. You'll still need to add glue, so make sure you don't over stuff your bottle with goodies.

3. Add glitter.

4. Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired.

5. Fill the rest of the bottle with clear glue, leaving an inch at the top. Cap it and shake everything up. If you want more items in it, now is the time to add it. If you want the glitter to fall slower, add more glue. If you want the glitter to fall faster, add more water. If you want more glitter, or another color, do it now and test the results.

6. Once you have your calm bottle the way you'd like it, use your super glue on the lid and screw it shut. Shake it up and watch it work it's sensory magic!

Pokémon Snow Globe

Supplies: Directions:

1. Inside your cleaned out plastic jar or mason jar, use strong glue to attach your Pokémon figurine to the inside of the jar's lid. Wait for it to thoroughly dry before attaching to the jar in step 6.

2. Fill the jar with cold water.

3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of your glitter color of choice. Stir.

4. Add some beads, sequins, mini shells, or cabochons now to match the theme of your snow globe.

5. Add a few drops of vegetable glycerin.

6. Add glue to your lid and firmly reattach the lid on the jar. Now, shake it up and watch it snow!

Pom-Pom Pokémon Art

For this 3D art project, show your love of fluff and stuff with your artistic side!

Supplies: Directions:

1. Pick out which fluffy, pom-pom Pokémon you'd like to do. Google pictures of easy, forward-facing pictures of a Pokemon that fits in this category. Examples might be Jumpluff, Bonsly, Sudowoodo, Oricoio, Swablu, Altaria, Mareep, and Flaafy. When you've found a decent picture (try to enlarge it to fit the page if you can), print it out as a guide to look at or trace.

2. Set down newspaper under your workspace, especially if you're working with paint, as it can get messy. Draw or trace onto your paper the basic outline of your Pokemon using the guide you printed out, if you can. Draw only the body without the parts where the fluff will go. For instance, don't draw Sudowoodo's fake green "leaves" or ALtaria's fluffy body. You will be filling that in later.

3. Next, outline your picture with black pen or marker when you're confident with the lines.

4. When the outlining is done, use your paints, pencils, crayons, or markers to fill it in evenly with color. Be as creative as you'd like. This is your own project!

5. Now find the matching pom-poms or cotton balls for your Pokemon. Place them where they need to go and see if you like their placement. If you're using cotton balls, such as for Swablu, you'll have to tug at it a bit to achieve a pulled cotton look. Next, gently glue it to your paper and wait for it to dry.

6. Finally, on the back of your paper, spread a few drops of glue to the corners and attach it to the cardboard to make it sturdier. Show off your art to to your friends and family!

jumpluff.png bonsly.png sudowoodo.png oricorio.png altaria.png swablu.png flaafy.png mareep.png

Recycled Percussion Instruments

Make some noise with a bunch of recycled percussion instruments!

Supplies: Balloon Drums Directions:

1. With your used bean, soup, fruit, veggie, and coffee cans of various sizes all washed and dried out, we will be making balloon drums. Use paint to decorate the outside of the cans, if you want at this point and wait to dry. Keep in mind the top near the opening will be covered with balloon when we are done.

2. Once your cans are dry, we are going to place a balloon over the opening. To do this we must cut the balloon at its widest point making it semicircle-shaped.

3. Rinse the balloon with water, so that it feels sticky and it'll stretch over the can's top. Use wide rubber bands to hold the balloons in place. To drum, tap chopsticks to a beat against the balloon top.

Recycled Maracas Directions:

1. With different containers, such as used Pringles cans, milk and juice jugs, and water bottles that have been emptied and cleaned out, we can test the sound quality of different types of maracas. Not only can you hear which container sounds the best, but you can also determine which material inside to produce the sound will be best for your percussion band. Determine which items you want to use and if you want to decorate and start with that.

2. Paint or use colorful duct tapes to wrap around your cans/bottles.

3. Once your items have dried completely, put a few scoops of whatever you'd like in them to test out their sound. For instance, dried beans in a Pringles can, dried rice in a jug of juice, Pony beans and Pom-poms in a water bottle. Because you can take the lids off, you can always remove the insides and mix them up to achieve the exact sound you want. Test out each instrument by giving it a shake.

Jingle Bell Tambourine:

1. For this project, you'll be using a paper plate to make a tambourine. Simply punch 10 holes around the edges of your plate.

2. Cut the pipecleaners 2 inches long. Pull the pipecleaners through each punched hole and twist them around once.

3. Thread a jingle bell to each pipecleaner and finish twisting them into a knot.

4. If desired, use markers to decorate your tambourine. Play your tambourine by rhythmically tapping against it.

Rainbow Celery Experiment

Plants rely on water to grow. The water travels up tubes in the plant called xylems to bring this nourishing liquid to every part of the plant. In this experiment, watch how water is used in photosynthesis by seeing the water move through celery.

Supplies: Directions:

1. With an adult's help, cut the 6 stalks of celery at the base. Do you notice the tubes? These will be what sucks up the water for the plant!

2. Fill your clear cups with 4 oz. of water. Add dye to each cup, except for the last, which will be your "control" cup. Make a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple cup, adding enough dye to each cup and mixing to make it very colorful.

3. Place one stalk of celery into each cup. What do you think will happen to the water?

4. Now, leave the celery in the cup overnight.

5. When you return, observe what has happened. Have an adult help you cut the celery stalks in half and see what they look like inside.

Did the water level change? What color dye was the best? What happened in the "control" (plain water) cup?

Liquid Rainbow

For this science experiment, not only will you be creating a really beautiful liquid rainbow, you�ll also be learning about density!

Supplies: Directions:

1. Pour each liquid in the cups as listed above, paying specific attention that they are all 3 tablespoons, all equal amounts. (You may want to set the cups in the order you'll add them into the container: corn syrup, maple syrup, dish soap, sugar water, water, vegetable oil, rubbing alcohol.)

2. Add different but the same amount of food coloring to sugar water, water, alcohol, dish soap (if it's clear) for contrast of each liquid to stand out. Stir in the food coloring thoroughly. Be sure to write down what color you have assigned to each liquid.

3. Start your column by pouring with an eye dropper/baster the corn syrup into a vase or large mason jar, not touching the sides as you drip the liquid out. It's very important to slowly layer the in the order listed above. Continue in the order listed. Don't worry too much if the liquids mix a little as you are pouring, they will work themselves out because of their differences in density. But, take care with the sugar water and water, as those are mixable.

4. At this point, you should have your whole rainbow assembled. You can choose to carefully put a single artificial flower through the liquid in the vase and display in a window or if it's in a mason jar, you can seal it up and enjoy it in the light. Be careful when transporting it. Though like a real rainbow, it won't last forever, but it can turn out pretty cool with your favorite colors and looks amazing in the light.


Density is the degree of compactness of a substance. Although each substance appeared to be the same amount, they varied in compactness or density. Their density causes them to float or sink, which allows them to rest atop other liquids or sink under other liquids. We also learn that water and oil are never miscible (mixable) because oil is hydrophobic (meaning: "tending to repel or fail to mix with water.") Lastly, because of liquid density, you can even trap solid objects inside this liquid rainbow, which is yet another experiment you an try to test the density of solid objects.

Sidhe (pronounced SHEE) means faerie. Our workshop only features the magical projects! Which one was your favorite?

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