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Tooth Brush Butterfly or Tooth fairy

You take:

markers or crayons
white paper

Fold paper in half, cut wings out of the paper, butterfly, dragonfly or angel wings keeping the wings attatched don't cut the folded part.

Glue glitter and glue the toothbrush to the folded area.
You have created your own tooth fairy or butterfly.

Submitted through e-mail by nancy

Spray Painting Using A Toothbrush

watercolor paint
old toothbrush
paintbrush (optional)


Take an old toothbrush and put paint on it

Now aim the toothbrush bristles at your paper.

Rub your finger against the bristles and spray the paint on the paper.

Use a paintbrush to complete your picture - if you want.

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  Use dental floss to remove photos from magnetic style albums.  Carefully slide the floss behind the picture using a gentle, back and forth sawing motion.  Ta Ta. No damage to the precious prints.  Gina Irving, Burke, VA

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Toothbrush Painting         

Materials Needed:

Old Toothbrush





Simple... Use the toothbrush instead of a paintbrush to paint a picture!

Another idea... Draw pictures of teeth on gray paper. Using the toothbrush and white paint, "clean" the teeth. When the paint dries, you can draw a happy face on the teeth pictures!
Submitted by Marti

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Toothbrush Craft

Materials Needed:
bulletCrayons, Paint, or Markers
Cut a large toothbrush handle shape out of the cardboard and color it your favorite color. Cut a piece of sponge to glue on where the bristles would go.

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Spatter Painting

Cut squares of wire screening and frame with masking tape.  Place paper, leaves, or whatever you wish to paint in a box, or old cake pan.  Place the screen on top of the container and spatter paint with a toothbrush.

Brush 2 times a day for at least 2 minutes.

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Toothbrush Bracelets

These bracelets are really decorative and very environmentally friendly. Some toothbrushes work better than others, I find it easier to work with transparent ones.

This project is rated AVERAGE to do.

What You Need
bulletOld toothbrush
bulletTweezers or pliers
bulletLarge mug
bulletOven gloves

How To Make It

  1. Remove all the bristles from the toothbrush with tweezers or pliers.
  2. Boil water.
  3. Keep water boiling, put toothbrush in water for five minutes.
  4. Remove toothbrush with tongs, bend to desired shape.
  5. If toothbrush doesn't bend enough, submerge again in water.
  6. Remove brush and bend as much as possible.
  7. Place bent toothbrush in bottom of mug to hold it's shape while it cools.
  8. Pour cold water in mug and remove your new bracelet.
This project was contributed by:
Anna Doddridge, 7/7/97

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Tooth Box

This little tooth box is ideal for use at Preschool, Elementary School, Daycare or anywhere a child might lose a tooth. The child is less likely to lose the tooth if put in the box. The box is clear so the child can look at, or show off, the tooth without removing it.

This project is rated EASY to do.

What You Need
bulletTic Tac container
bulletGraphics program that supports labels
bulletLabels for printer

How To Make It

  1. Peel labels off of the Tic Tac box.
  2. Take the lid off the box. Wash the box and lid in soap and water.
  3. Let dry completely.
  4. Draw a picture of a tooth on a piece of paper. Scan the picture and scale it to size. You may wish to use a graphics program and import a picture of a tooth.
  5. Center the picture of the tooth in the middle of the label.
  6. Insert text on the right side of the tooth that says: This is _____'s tooth!
  7. Insert the poem below or your own original poem on the left side of the tooth.
  8. Print off the labels.
  9. Peel and stick on the Tic Tac box.
  10. Make several to have on hand.
  11. When a child loses a tooth, place the tooth in the Tooth Box. Write their name on the box.
NOTE: We used Avery Label #5160 for our labels to fit the box.

I have a little tooth box,
it is special as can be,
for I have lost a tooth today,
it keeps it safe for me!

Copyright Sharon Mehl 1999

Share these ideas with your friends!

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September 28, 2008

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