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Kid Friendly Slime. DIY Troll Hair Headbands. My daughter’s softball team name this year if Troll-rific.

DIY Troll Hair Headbands

So cute! For softball opening day, the teams get dressed up and parade themselves in costume and to loud music. Needless to say, I had to figure out how to make DIY Troll hair headbands. It was actually very simple and inexpensive. After making about nine of them, I decided to do my very first live Facebook video. Watch the Video Tutorial: Time: 20-30 Minutes Materials: HeadbandsTulle (6” X 25 yard rolls)ScissorsRubber BandsRibbonFelt FlowersHot Glue and Glue Gun Instructions: I made each headband different, but you will need about 10-12 twenty-two inch strips of tulle. Make mini felt flowers to glue onto the headband to embellish it. Felt Flower Video Tutorial: I made different color combos. Make Edible Orbeez Water Ballz Polymer Balls - Easy Instructions. DIY Watercolors. Small Measures: Homemade Watercolors.

I share my home, and my life, with an MFA-toting husband (whose concentration was in painting and color theory), and an active, inquisitive, art-loving 2 year-old.

Small Measures: Homemade Watercolors

Between the two of them and my own ongoing craft projects and homemade gift-making endeavors, suffice to say, there is a good deal of paint in our lives. Over the winter, I committed myself to organizing our craft/guest/office room. Going through a box of art supplies, I found a very old set of watercolors-as in, freshman-year-of-college-in-’94 old.

I figured it was time to get a new set. Wanting to keep our art supplies as non-toxic possible, it occurred to me that I could make my own watercolors instead of buying them. For today’s Small Measures, in celebration of the Color theme on Design Sponge this month, I’m offering you an incredibly easy and affordable recipe for creating watercolors at home. I really love this watercolor recipe, for so many reasons, but primarily for two. Puffy Paint. I can't believe I've never tried this project before.

Puffy Paint

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. In particular my own kids, who tend to just dump out all the paint, smear it all over their bodies, and then run away screaming. They can engage with art projects sometimes, but it's a delicate trick... figuring out what will draw them in. This project was perfect because the bottles are just so irresistible to squeeze that no one could deny their hypnotic powers.

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. Craft Page: How to make Non Toxic Natural Craft supplies and materials for kids. Healthy, eco friendly, green paste, dyes, glue, glitter, clay, paper,paint, play dough, more. Natural Bubble Soap Solution Tools needed for this project Container like Plastic jar 1 cup water 2 Tbs light karo syrup or 2 Tbs glycerin 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid Directions: Mix together and have fun!

Craft Page: How to make Non Toxic Natural Craft supplies and materials for kids. Healthy, eco friendly, green paste, dyes, glue, glitter, clay, paper,paint, play dough, more

For Colored Bubbles: Containers 1 cup granulated soap or soap powder 1 quart warm water Liquid food coloring Plastic straws Dissolve soap in warm water. Handmade Paint Brushes for Kids Make paint brushes from a variety of recycled materials! Make Non Toxic Glitter This glitter can be used for almost any type of project and may even be mixed with glue for special crafts Baking Pan Jar 1/4 cup of salt (or granulated sugar) 1/2 teaspoon of LIQUID food coloring Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Oven for 10 mins 1/2 cup coarse salt (non iodized) or 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 -10 drops food coloring (a drop at a time), adjust for desired color Measure salt or sugar into a clear jar with a tight fitting lid.

Some recipes suggest that you bake in the oven for 10 minutes. DIY Floam. Rainbow Bubble SnakesHousing a Forest. Summer is here and our family is SO excited!

Rainbow Bubble SnakesHousing a Forest

The kids are planning and scheming about what we are going to do this summer. Love it! One of the fun activities that they wanted to try was making bubble snakes that are all over. The best part is they are easy to make and use things that I had laying around my house. Perfect! Start by cutting the bottom of the water bottle off. Pour some dish soap into a shallow container with a little bit of water and gently mix. We decided to add some color to the bubble snakes with food coloring.

Annika added a rubber band to hers as well as the tape. Rainbow snakes were definitely a hit in our house! Please remind your kids to blow air out not suck air in! Walking on Eggs Packing Peanut Experiments Exploding Peep Geysers Shooting Water Experiment.