A Very Chemist Christmas

Christmas is one of my most favorite times of the year.  I love spending time with my family, watching Christmas movies and shows, putting up decorations, and many of the other holiday filled activities. This year, I was excited to be able to celebrate the holidays at work. We had an ugly sweater contest, bought and wrapped gifts for less fortunate families, decorated the laboratory, as well as several other activities. The one activity I would like to share with you guys is the ornaments I made at work. We transformed everyday laboratory items into ornaments for the Christmas tree. The two items used from the lab were a disposable transfer pipet and a petri dish. With the pipet, I made a reindeer using a few arts and crafts supplies, and painted a Christmas tree on the petri dish. I’ve posted pictures below to show you the finished products. As a precaution, I’m no Picasso with the paint brush!

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DIY: Handmade Paper Roll Flowers

While searching Pintrest for do it yourself (DIY) project ideas, I happened upon this simple handmade flower arts and crafts projects. It’s really simple to complete and the finished product is beautiful. I’ve listed the materials I used for this project below along with pictures:
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  1. Empty toilet tissue or paper towel rolls
  2. Paint/Paint brush
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue gun
  5. Paperclips

Instructions:

First, paint the paper roll whatever color you choose. You also may leave it as is. Once you’ve paint all of the paper rolls you need let them air dry. Before cutting the roll, flatten it.
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Then, cut the paper roll into 5 or 6 equal sections, depending on your preference.
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Using the glue gun, start gluing together each of the cut out pieces of paper roll one at a time until you have completed the flower.
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You may chooe to glue 5 or 6 paper roll pieces together. As you glue each paper roll section together, apply a paperclip to the glued sections until the glue dries.
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Be sure to remove the paperclips before hanging the final project on the wall.
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Here’s picture of the finished product:
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