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Puffy Paint

Puffy Paint
I can't believe I've never tried this project before. It was so easy and fun that I ended up doing it three times this week... first with my own kids, then as a project at my son's school, and then with our music class. I have a little bit of PTSD after working with lots and lots of squirrelly little 4 and 5 year olds. Puffy Paint 1 c. salt 1 c. flour 1 c. water a healthy squirt of food coloring or tempera paint. Put in squeeze bottles for Puffy Paint Paradise.

Kleas: Lantern Walk Despite the rain, our preschool celebrated Martinmas last night with a traditional lantern walk. We ended up making lanterns that look very much like last years. I experimented with something new and Peanut and I made these... ...a cross between paper lanterns and yarn bowls. Day 1: using a mix of glue and water we pasted white tissue paper over the bottom part of balloons. They dried over-night in the basement. Day 2: The kids added colorful tissue paper. Again, drying in the basement. Once dry, we cut the balloons out. Then we punched four holes along the edge, strung yarn through them and attached them to sticks, for carrying. Although the lanterns had trouble staying lit in the wind and rain, we had a lovely walk by the lake which ended in a spontaneous game of swinging from the willow tree.

Easy Soap, Scrubs and Lotion Recipes | Soap Recipes for Beginners Nothing’s more fun than sharing and swapping a good recipe. Here are a few of our favorites for making everything from skin nurturing soaps and scrubs, to solid perfume and more. Share your recipes by using the “comment box” at the bottom of this page. Gardener’s Soap Recipe 8 oz. Melt base and scent. Honey Bee CP Soap Olive Oil 32 oz. At trace, add fragrance and 1 Tablespoon of honey. Easy Shea Butter CP Soap Coconut Oil 16 oz. Easy Lip Balm Recipe – using Lanolin 1 oz. Skin Firming Gel – using CroThix CroThix has a secondary use as a skin firming agent. This makes (4) four ounce containers of gel-crème. Water 13 oz. Heat the water and Glycerin to 170 degrees and set aside. Lotion bars! Easy Lotion Bars 4 ounces Mango or Shea Butter 4 ounces Beeswax, Yellow or White 5 ounces Liquid Oil (Jojoba or Grapeseed are both excellent) 2 teaspoons of Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in another container. Cookie Cutter Soaps by T.J. 1. 2 tsp.

Homemade Microwave Puffy Paint DIY paint that puffs up in the microwave? Sounds like a surefire hit to me! I saw this idea on Mommy Labs awhile ago and filed away for a rainy day. We started with one cup of flour and mixed in 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter. Rubber band the baggies like you would if you were icing a cake and snip off the teeniest little bit of the tip. Paint away! We made about ten paintings this morning, and we still have plenty of paint leftover so that Sawyer can have a chance to try it when he gets home from school too.

Homemade essentials - DIY crayons, play doh, baby wipes & more Via: Crayons, play doh, bubble mix, baby wipes … if you feel like you’re constantly refilling your toddler consumables, why not save yourself a trip to the shops and make your own? Here are 15 ideas for cheap and cheerful everyday essentials. (Above: recycle old crayons into fun shapes. Get the tutorial here). Via: Easy peasy bath paints: combine shaving foam with food dyes. Via: Play doh is a kiddie winner every time, so why not whip up this homemade recipe on a rainy day. Via: If there’s one item that gets a daily workout more than any other, it’s the humble baby wipe. Via: Fun for craft, and yummy for eating! Via: These DIY fruit roll-ups put supermarket snacks to shame! Via: This simple bubble mix recipe makes the ambitious claim of creating the BEST BUBBLES EVER! Via: Via:

Chalkboard Wine Bottles Pages This Blog Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Chalkboard Wine Bottles Chalkboard paint in a can is great stuff! What you need: Chalkboard PaintEmpty Wine BottlesChalk How to make it: Fill in the sink halfway with hot tap water and place bottles in the sink, label down.Let it soak for about 30 minutes. Once dried, spray the wine bottles with chalkboard paint. Linking up to: Posted by Blythe at 9:00 AM Email ThisBlogThis! Labels: chalk, chalkboard, paint, tutorial, wine bottles 6 comments: MaryAnneOctober 27, 2011 at 7:13 AMI love that these are entirely covered with paint - it's a different look than I've seen before. Load more... Newer PostOlder PostHome

How to make Paper Clay I fell in love with sculpting with paper mache during my first project five years ago. However, I never really found a recipe that was worth the time and effort and mess that it took to get what I wanted. As a result, I used Celluclay for most projects. However, I recently stumbled upon an incredible blog called, Ultimate Paper Mache where Jonni (the artist and blogger) shares all sorts of tips, tutorials and recipes to help anyone on their way to successfully paper mache-ing. I am blown away by what Jonni can create, but I was especially grateful for the recipe she shared on how to make your own paper mache clay. Hot dog! For my purposes, I ended up altering the recipe just slightly so that I could get the thicker consistency that I like. Paper Clay: 2 Cups toilet paper 1 Cup regular joint compound (the premixed kind. 3/4 Cups flour Start off by soaking your toilet paper in water: When it is fully wet, remove cardboard center, squeeze out as much water as you can and break up into chunks.

Crafting ideas from Sizzix UK: The Vintage Cabinet box I will be perfectly honest. As much as I love this die and its possibilities, this idea was originated by Patricia Villa Boas, the Portugal distributor of Sizzix and the organizer of Chocolate Quente, the event where I taught this project. But with her permission granted, I can share it with all here. Beware it is a picture heavy post.All measurements are in inches as it is easier for this project. the funny thing was that I originally did it all in inches, then thinking that in Portugal all would be in centimetres I translated the measurement, leaving in the UK the inches. First class, they wanted all measurements in inches so a quick change was needed. Cut the 12 x 12" in to two 6 x 12". One of them trim 1 1/2" off the bottom -not including the white strip!) Then score it at 3 3/4" from the left edge. Score at 3" from the other score line - or at 6 3/4" from the left edge if it is any easier. Take the other 6 x 12" and trim it in half (so that you get two 6 x 6"). Like this.

MY DIY | Neon Rope Hanging Planter I was wandering around the hardware store (one of my favorite pastimes) and spotted some hanging plant holders. After studying it for a minute, I realized it was totally DIY-able! With some rope and a few knots you totally can create a one in 15 min flat. Then, take it a step further by custom dying the rope to match your décor. I partnered up with Bing on this project, using the search engine (available on iOS) to find some inspiration and research the knotting process. After browsing, I cashed in the reward points I received from clicking to score some rope on Amazon. What you need:RopeTie DyePots PlantsHooks Spraypaint (pink & yellow) What to do:-First cut 8 pieces of rope (length depends on how low you want the plant to hang and size of your pot) -Knot all for pieces at the bottom. This post was created in partnership with Bing.

walking water Another terrific and very simple science experience our children find interesting is what we call ‘walking water’. For this experiment all you need is paper towel, a couple of glasses and some water . We prefer to colour the water to make it easier for the children to see what is happening. Fill one of the glasses with the water and raise it up higher than the other glass. Place a strip of paper towel from the top glass, ensuring it touches the bottom, down to the lower glass. Now watch what happens as the paper towel absorbs and syphons the water through the paper into the lower glass. It will take a little while … but eventually the entire glass of water will empty into the bottom glass. Oh … and on the advice of our children, next time we won’t use yellow water.

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5 If your gift list is long and your budget is small here are some great Handmade Gifts that you can make. Keep in mind that handmade items are not just beautiful but special… I love to give them and I love to receive them. Jersey Knit Bracelet Lovely! This would make a perfect gift for any of your girlfriends. You can choose the colors and recycle t-shirts that you have around the house. Cheap and cute! tutorial Paper Clip Earrings Tutorial This is a brilliant idea… and the possibilities are endless. Love it! Printed Candles Who doesn’t love a candle? Think about how many different stamps you could use to customize this project. tutorial Hot Chocolate Art! What a great gift for neighbors and teachers… I am personally a hot chocolate lover so this would make a great gift for me tutorial Tile Coaster You can buy these plain tiles at Home Depot for under a dollar. I’ve seen them with family pictures also… Way cute! tutorial Bow Belt I was amazed how easy this tutorial was. So Pretty! tutorial Paper Plate Clock Cheap?