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November 2023 - Miss Barb's Beach

Hello, friends! We are very excited to tell you that this month is all about the woman behind Craft Corner. Our program will be all about (you guessed it)... Miss Barb! YAY!

We love Miss Barb for her gentleness and kindness, we enjoy hearing her stories, and appreciate having her teach us how to glue, tape, and color a craft every month! On top of all this, she is an A+ ally, always using her voice to advocate for the LGBTQ community.

So, what does one do in Craft Corner for the crafting queen herself? What kind of craft will exude the essence of Miss Barb's favorite thing? How entire beach?!?

Here is Miss Barb with the craft directions!

🏖 Miss Barb's Beach 🏖


🐚 Card stock for background

🐚 Blue or waves-themed paper

🐚 Tan or sand-themed paper

🐚 Yellow paper

🐚 Liquid glue & Gluestick

🐚 Twine

🐚 Mini Seashells

🐚 Scissors

🐚 Pen

🐚 Decorative stickers


1. Poke a small hole into to top of the paper with the scissors about 2 inches down from the top and in from the side. (Be careful!) Try to keep them evenly spaced.

Next, cut 14-16 inches of twine and feed one end in from the back of the paper. Tie a couple of knots on top of each other so the knotted twine is “locked” to the front side of paper. Repeat for other side. This creates a way to hang your craft!

2. Cut a 4-inch tall rectangle from the tan/sand paper. Use the glue stick to place this to the bottom edge of the background paper.

3. Cut from the blue/wave paper a 3-inch strip. Then freehand cut a scalloped pattern to the top edge with your scissors. Use the glue stick to cover the back of this “wave”. Place this piece above the “sand” by tucking the paper behind it. Give all the glued pieces some firm pats.

4. Cut a circle from the yellow paper for the moon 🌝 or sun 🌞. Use your gluestick to secure it at top of the page.

Add decorative stickers if you have them. The craft stores do carry many “ocean/sea” themed stickers.

5. To finish off this project, we add the mini seashells! 🐚

You can find these at the craft stores. You can also use some from any past beach-combing trips.

Use Elmer’s glue or the Tacky glue to drop a few dots on the paper and on the shell, then place it on the paper. Do one at a time. It’s ok if you can see the glue: it will dry clear. You’ll want enough glue to get a good connection. Continue with a few more shells. Don’t use too many or too large of shells, it will make your project heavy and the twine hanger might rip.

Most important part is this: Set your creation on a flat surface (maybe in the sun) and let it COMPLETELY dry. If you pick it up too soon, the shells are likely to fall off.

Once you have adult permission, proudly hang your creation! You can admire it while you dream about hearing the crashing waves 🌊, the giggle of the mermaids 🧜‍♀️, and the squawk of seagulls! The mighty and powerful ocean calls for you!

It’s one of my favorite things!

~ Miss Barb

P.S. An additional idea is to use a marker to draw some tiny seagull silhouettes. They will look as if they are flying in the distance. It’s like just drawing the top hump part of an "M."

We hope to see you at our program this Saturday, November 18th, in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.


We will be at Winnie & Mo’s, 343 A St, starting at 10:30am.


We will be at Discovery Dance School, 310 E Clark St, starting at 1:30pm.

The space is ADA compliant. You may park in the parking lot either in front of or behind the studio.

NOTICE: There is an anecdotal rise in COVID-19 cases around SE Idaho. To protect the performers and participants in our program, we will be highly encouraging the use of medical masks during the program. We will provide KN95 masks for those that do not have their own.

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