My kids have moved out of the house and have left many items behind. One of the things I seem to have too much of is marbles. I have no idea what I could use them for, any ideas would be great.
By Christy from Booneville, MS
You could fry them and make jewelry:
Paint with them:
Make a stepping stone or trivet or table top:
I suggest to keep things for the grandkids in a few years.
Using marbles or balls as paintbrush
-Put paint in bowls, one color per bowl.
-Put marbles in the paint bowls and roll them around to cover them with paint.
-Put a little bit of water in a spare bowl and reserve it for "used" marbles. (As long as you keep paint from drying on the marbles, clean-up is easy.)
-Put a sheet of blank paper into a cafeteria tray, cookie sheet or box lid. Then, use spoons to lift marbles out of the bowls and gently drop them onto the paper. This is usually done one color and two-or-three marbles at a time. It's okay if a few droplets of paint fall from the spoon too.
-Make the marbles roll around by tilting the tray.
-Students can choose where to drop marbles onto the paper. By dropping fewer marbles at a time, they can affect more control over the marble's paths. Some students may like to experiment with dripping paint onto the paper (from the spoon) without marbles.
-Have students examine and then title their picture. One suggestion might be to have student's identify a feeling's name on the back of their paper, like: "Relaxed", "Frightened", "Happy", "Angry", "Sleepy", etc.
To create interesting pictures use different coloured or textured papers, use balls of different sizes, weights and textures, and/or add metallic flakes, glitter or sand to the paint, or sprinkle a small amount onto the paintings.
Individual paintings can be submitted separately as individual storey squares or affixed to a piece of fabric with glue, staples etc. or attached to a piece of Bristol board or large piece of paper and submitted as a class storey quilt. good luck.
While not a craft, using them in flower vases to hold the stems of your arrangement is a fabulous way to utilize them. Simply fill your vase halfway up or more with marbles, arrange flowers sticking the stems down through the marbles, then add your water. It gives the stems some stability so you can angle them this way and that. And the marbles look great through the water in see-through vases. If you're really motivated, you can heat them on the stove, dip in cold water so they crackle, and then use them. Even prettier.
I saw on GMA this morning where a woman made a lazy Susan by using a large shallow pan with a handful of marbles in it and the. Placed a slightly larger pan on top. She filled it with supplies (you could do spices) and was able to spin the top pan
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