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Table bubbles

This is a repost from last year.  One this rainy day this seemed like just that activity to try again.  This time it was much more fun for my now 5-year-old and 2-year-old.  What a simple activity on a rainy day.

Table Bubbles

We had so much fun making table bubbles.  Not only did my 4-year-old have a blast but my 17-year-old nephew and husband played for at least an hour.  My 18 old month son didn’t care for it so much, as it was hard to blow the bubbles.  But he was more than willing to pop them as you blew them.

Table Bubbles

All that you need is:Table Bubbles

  • 1 med. size bowl
  • 1 dish rag or wash cloth
  • 1/2 cup of dish soap
  • 1/2 cup (or so) of water
  • some drinking straw
  • a table

I mixed the water and dish soap in a bowl with my dish rag.  You then wet the table with the dish rag, make sure you cover any area you are going to blow bubbles on with soapy water.  Next dip the end of the straw into the soapy bowl of water.  Using the soapy end of the straw place it on the wet table and blow away.

Table Bubbles

We were able to blow some huge bubbles.  Next thing you knew my daughter figured out that if you blew a bubble and dipped your straw again, you could go back inside the bubble without it popping.  Have fun and don’t put the wrong end of the straw in your mouth!


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Recovering A Card Table

Recovering a Card Table BEFORE

Who doesn’t need a project?  I love projects and I like to finish them quickly even better.  I found this well used miniature card table and chairs for the kids at a garage sale.  It was  perfect size for my oldest and could be used for so many things.  It was rather ugly though and the vinyl was sun bleached, but for $2 it was a bargain.

The spray paint I picked was not the cheapest but will last forever and it gave my table the look I was going for.  Plus the hammered paint look, hid any imperfections.  Marine vinyl is not cheap, it was about $18 a yard.  I found a coupon for a local craft store and got the vinyl half off.  All and all this table cost me about $16 dollars and a few hours of my time.Recovering a Table AFTER

I thought about covering the table in oil cloth which was cheaper but would not last as long.  I was going for durability and washable.  Plus if I would have to cover it again it wouldn’t be cheaper in the long run.

Recovering a Card Table:

  • I used a Rustoleum spray paint, in  a hammered gray metal (one can did this small table and chairs perfectly)
  • About on 1 yard of marine vinyl (I didn’t use all of this and the amount would depend on the size of table)
  • Staple gun and 1/4″ staples
  • Screw driver

 

Simply unscrewed all the screw that attached the vinyl covered pieces from the metal frame on both the table and chairs.

Chair beforeThe existing vinyl was dirty but otherwise in good condition.  I washed it all off and allowed it to dry before just covering over it.

Measure and cut vinyl to the size of table and chair pads plus with 2″ edge.

Next using 1/4″ staples in an electric staple gun, I stretched the vinyl tightly and stapled my heart out.  Be sure to keep screw holes uncovered or punch through them with a screw driver so you can reattach.

Spray paint all metal frames, I did two coats drying a day in between.  Then I allowed it to dry more than a day before attaching the pads and table top back on.

Simply attach the freshly covered pads and table top back to the frame.  Longer screws were required because of the added vinyl, but only in some places.Recovering a Card Table

 

 

Table bubbles

We had so much fun making table bubbles.  Not only did my 4 year old have a blast but my 17 year old nephew and husband played for at least an hour.  My 18 old month son didn’t care for it so much, as it was hard to blow the bubbles.  But he was more than willing to pop them as you blew them.01152013790

All that you need is:

  • 1 med. size bowl
  • 1 dish rag or wash cloth
  • 1/2 cup of dish soap
  • 1/2 cup (or so) of water
  • some drinking straw
  • a table

I mixed the water and dish soap in a bowl with my dish rag.  You then wet the table with the dish rag, make sure you cover any area you are going to blow bubbles on with soapy water.  Next dip the end of the straw into the soapy bowl of water.  Using the soapy end of the straw place it on the wet table and blow away.

We were able to blow some huge bubbles.  Next thing you knew my daughter figured out that if you blew a bubble and dipped your straw again, you could go back inside the bubble without it popping.  Have fun and don’t put the wrong end of the straw in your mouth!

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