How to make an Eco-friendly Slingshot for kids

4.23.2015

Eco-friendly Slingshot for kids
Little boys and weapons go hand in hand. From the moment mine were able to pick up toys, they were using them to assemble some sort of weaponry. This year, I finally gave in and let the boys have their first toy weapons. We are strict about the usage and where the toy weapons can go, but they are overjoyed to have them! AND....I am making Eco-friendly sling shots as party favors for my 4 year old's upcoming Batman Birthday Party. My youngest has been obsessed with batman for several months now. Batman shirts, Batman underwear, Batman figures, Batman Legos, and well you get the point. I thought it would be fun to create Eco-friendly sling shots(with soft ammo) as Batman's weapon of choice.

Eco-friendly Slingshot for kids
Supplies you will need!
-Fresh "medium-thickness" branches with a wide "Y" girth.
-Felt
-Scissors
-Bright hemp cord(optional)
-Elastic
-Large Needle
-Screw
-Screw Driver
-Pliers
-Hot glue gun
-Rose Bush Clippers

First, you must find the perfect "Y" shaped branches for your sling shots. The branches must be fresh. Use your rose bush clippers to trim the ends. Take your "Y" shaped branches and screw parallel holes on each side. Go through the front and back of your holes with the screw until you can see daylight. If you have a power drill use that instead to save time and energy.

Next, take your felt and cut it into a small oval. Cut a tiny vertical slit on each side. Take your large needle and do a simple stitch around the edge of the felt with your bright hemp cord(totally optional).
Take your elastic and lay it across the width of your "Y" branch and leave several inches extra on each side. Cut the elastic ends up several inches so you can thread your needle with the elastic. Push the needle through the first hole and use your pliers to gently pull your elastic through to the other side.

Third, take your oval piece of felt and weave the elastic through the first slit you cut. Be sure the elastic goes behind the piece of felt. Weave the elastic through the second slit. Now, take your large needle and thread the remaining open end of elastic. Push the needle through the second hole and use your pliers to gently pull your elastic through to the other side. Knot off each end of elastic and trim with scissors.

Fourth, get that hot glue gun warming up! Hot glue any cracks in the wood around your screw site. Center your piece of felt and hot glue it to the elastic. Use as much hot glue as possible. Hot glue makes the felt portion harder, which makes it easier for shooting ammo! Let your hot glued sling shot dry overnight. When you wake up in the morning, grab your sling shot and take it for a test drive. My son was all too willing to let me fire my test rounds at him.

Fire away! I hope your little ones enjoy the Eco-friendly sling shot as much as my boys do! And by the way, the party is an outdoor party! Below is a You Tube video that gives you step by step assembly instructions. 


Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway

4.20.2015

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Believe it or not, Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week is coming to an end. We are not leaving, however, without a magnificent closing giveaway and designer Cindy Bapst of Union of Angels! It all started when Jan the owner of The Jeans Whisperer and I got to talking about Union of Angels. I found out that Cindy Bapst is actually a DC area gal! Pretty cool stuff. It was then that I decided to end Eco Fashion Week with the home town inspirational hero. I love this full length maxi dress so much that I purchased it nearly a month ago when it was still freezing cold.

As you can see, Union of Angels clothing is perfectly suited to the rugged Southwest. Modern bohemian is how I would describe their look and feel. A little country with a modern day kiss! I have been purchasing Union of Angels since last year and I am in love with their soft fabrics and stark simplicity. *Disclaimer: I do not know how "Ecofriendly" Union of Angels clothing actually is. Information on the brand and their process is not readily available via their website.

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Special "Incredible" Thank You's go to all of the following: Callirrhoe Jewellery, Pixi Beauty, Rok Cork, Fifth Dimension clothing, Devinto Design, Murva Design, and Sustainably Chic! Click on Fifth Dimension clothing, Devinto Design, and Murva Design to see each and every post from Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week. What a fun ride and absolute pleasure it has been to work with and explore these Eco fashion brands. Keep scrolling....the grand finale giveaway is below!

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design

4.17.2015

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Murva by Ivana Knezovic is someone you will see again, so pay attention ladies and gents! Your eyes will get drawn to her creative and fascinating asymmetric designs. The Ecofriendly fabric she works with is wool and that is something you certainly do not see everyday! Her designs are strong, earthy, elegant, and classic. My Murva dress got me VIP treatment at Elote Cafe when my husband and I were in Sedona! I know there were whispers that I may be an unknown celebrity of sorts. The chef himself even delivered our plates. I certainly felt like a celebrity!

I am wearing Ivana's asymmetric wool white cape dress with tulip hem bottom. This dress may be made of wool, but it is incredibly comfortable! It fits like a glove and is tailored to perfection. This dress will last for a lifetime if I take good care of it. May I recommend very high nude heels with this dress? I wore classic black heels and it still looked fabulous. If you are in Vancouver next week, be sure to check out Murva at The Eco Fashion Week on April 21st at 8:00 PM. Go on, go buy your tickets! You are going to want to see these glorious designs in the flesh.
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Thank you Rok Cork! Rok Cork has sustainable style and fashion oozing from every corner of their online store. You will definitely find something that you cannot live without. The Vegan cork Cheyenne handbag and I are inseparable! You will not see one without the other. This little tote is sleek, modern, light, and incredibly versatile. The straps can easily be removed to transform your purse to a tote! Imported from exotic Portugal. Did I say that I LOVE this handbag?! One of my favorite features is the protective feet on the base. So, that means if you accidentally set your bag on a wet surface it will remain clean and free of debris. They also have the cutest cork sandals your eyes have ever seen. If you love Eco fashion then why are you still here? Go check them out!

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Amy Jennings at Callirrhoe Jewellery has been gracing the virtual runway this week! Pictured in this post is my turquoise jewelry, because I was in Arizona and I had to. Her jewelry is 100% Vegan jewelry with incredible design and texture. Some of my favorite pieces involve her use of driftwood! Even her ring bands are unique with most pieces utilizing a silver and copper metal fusion. Pictured above, you see a black Shiva Lingam statement ring with sterling silver band. The Shiva Lingam stone is often used for balancing masculine and feminine energies. The ring to the right is the acrylic Rose Cameo ring with the sliver and copper fused band. You can also see some raw quartz drop earrings. I have been wearing these earrings everyday and they are only $10 in her Etsy shopOne lucky winner will win the Rose Cameo ring during our Grand Finale Giveaway on Monday, April 20th. So stay tuned!
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
 Seen wearing Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette bronzette, endless silky eye intensity duo eyeliner for brown eyes, and tinted brilliance balm in Baby Bare.

I am so blessed to have Pixi Beauty as our Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week sponsor. I recommend running(not walking) to stock up on their facial Glow Mist this summer. I keep my Glow Mist in my purse for moisturizing touch ups for both face and hair! My favorite Pixi Beauty palette is actually the brow game. I have not had a bad brow day since! Also seen, is the Summer Glow palette bronzette. Summer Glow has everything you need for your Spring and Summer beauty needs. Stay tuned, because one lucky winner will receive a Pixi Beauty Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd edition during our Grand Finale Giveaway on Monday, April 20th.

Be sure to come back on Monday for the final Spring 2015 Eco Fashion post and giveaway! Visit my co-host Sustainably Chic for even more Eco fashion posts! Thanks for joining me and see you Monday!!




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