Jenga Block Keychain

Today I am sharing my Jenga Block Keychain.

 My husband and I enjoy visiting yard sales.  When we go, I am always looking for things that I can craft with.  The other day I found a package of Jenga blocks for 50 cents.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but they were wooden blocks that were all the same size and I was sure I could risk 50 cents on a big bag of them.

I researched some ideas for using Jenga blocks and found some cute Jenga block keychains.  The wheels in my head kept spinning and this is the result…

Jenga Block Keychains

I love how it ended up!  I started by having my dear hubby drill a small hole in one end of the blocks.  I used some small eye hooks purchased at a home improvement store to screw into that hole.  To decorate it, I cut Designer Series Paper in pieces big enough to cover one side.  I used tombo adhesive to attach the DSP to the wooden block.  On the other side of the block, I used a stamp from the Workshop Words set and stamped the logo using StazOn ink.  Next I covered all this with 2 thin coats of clear polyurethane.  I used the heat tool on setting 1 to speed the drying time between coats.  Obviously in the picture I have used 2 blocks so that you are able to see both sides.  Only one of these is actually attached to my keys.

One of the things I like most about the Jenga Block Keychain is that you can still tell exactly what it used to be.  It is also the perfect size to add to your set of keys to make them easier to locate, but not too bulky.  I have been carrying these around for some time now and it is holding up beautifully.

Back to school…

Can you believe summer break is over already?  On Sunday we moved our son back to his dorm room in Tennessee.  Bittersweet.  He LOVES college and was anxious to reconnect with all his Union friends.  I will miss him terribly though.  This week our daughter will be off to grad school too—6 hours from home.   She is such a hard working student and I know she is going to love the challenges that this next degree will require.  God is obviously working in both our kids and I am so proud of them for their obedience to Him.  But boy, is my house going to seem really empty!

To lighten the mood I am going to participate in National Tell A Joke Day.  Now, to be fair, I need you to understand that this holiday is on Friday, but I am posting this on Thursday so you will have some time to look up a good joke and participate in the celebration with me.  PLEASE leave your joke in my comment section so I will have plenty of laughter to distract me from my mostly empty nest.

In true back to school spirit, I have a little math humor…

SCHOOL: 2 + 2 = 4.

HOMEWORK: 2 + 4 + 2 = 8.

EXAM: Matthew has 4 apples, his train is 7 minutes early, calculate the sun’s mass.

As a student who did not enjoy math (and as a homeschool mom who disliked it even more by trying to teach it), I had to chuckle at that one.

I want to say a big thank  you to all my friends who are teachers and give so much of themselves to their students.  I pray that in  your classroom this year, the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ would be felt by each person that walks through the door.  May you have many opportunities to demonstrate God’s love to your students and their families this year!

And for our project I am going to share something I did in a class at the end of the school year.  It would make just as cute a teacher gift for the beginning of the year as the end…


These little water bottle tags are easy to make and versatile, but most of all it is a thoughtful and useful gift for the teacher.  You could change out the water for a soda and add a small candy bar to the pocket.    Maybe you could even decorate a different one each month for a little gift, so teachers feel appreciated all year long!

Please don’t forget to leave me a joke in the comments section.  If you don’t have one handy just do what I did and Google good clean jokes.  Hope you all have a great day and remember—tell a joke tomorrow!

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