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Bubble Stationery and Homemade Envelopes

Sent in by:
Morgan of Bethesda, MD and Alexandria of Boaz, AL 


What you need for this ZOOMdo:
  • paper cups
  • dishwashing liquid
  • food coloring
  • straws
  • blank paper
  • envelope, to use as a pattern
  • old calendars or magazines
  • marker
  • glue stick
What you do for this ZOOMdo:

  1. To start, mix dishwashing liquid and a few drops of food coloring together in a paper cup.
  2. Dip a straw into the cup and blow bubbles through the straw onto a piece of paper. Make sure you just blow out on the straw, not in. Dishwashing soap tastes terrible!
  3. Try the same thing with another color. Experiment and see what different kinds of designs and color combinations you can make.
  4. Then, leave your stationery on some newspaper to dry.
  5. Once it's dry you can use it to write a letter to a friend.
  6. Now that you've got your own stationery you need something to mail it in, right? How about a recycled envelope?
  7. First carefully take apart the envelope so it's flat. This is your pattern.
  8. Next tear the pages out of an old calendar or magazine. Choose a page with colorful pictures and designs.
  9. Put the pattern over the page and trace it with a marker. Cut it out.
  10. Fold the flaps over and glue the side flaps to the bottom flap. Be careful not to get glue on the inside of your envelope.
  11. Press hard on the glued areas and let them dry.
  12. To use the envelope put your letter inside and fold the top flap down. Then, glue or tape it shut.
  13. You can even use it to send a cool idea to ZOOM!
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