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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

‘Soft as a Cloud’ Playdough…using only 2 ingredients!

‘Soft as a Cloud’ Playdough…using only 2 ingredients!

All you need is:

1 part conditioner
2 parts corn flour/corn starch
Food coloring (optional)

That’s it!

Step 1
Pour your conditioner into a bowl (we used a home brand conditioner – note that not all conditioners are of the same consistency so you may need to add a little more or a little less corn flour to get the right consistency for you)
Step 2
Pour in the corn flour/starch
Step 3
Give the mixture a good stir
Step 4 (optional)
Add a few drops of food coloring
Step 5
Mix well using your hands. This part smells delicious!
Step 6
Have FUN molding, squishing, shaping and playing with your new *Playdough*!


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Design your own Christmas Bulbs

Design your own Christmas Bulbs

I love this! Such a cute idea and a great way to spend time with the kids!

Put a piece of crayon in a clear Christmas bulb, use a blow dryer to melt the crayon while turning the bulb to distribute the color!!

Other suggestions from facebook replies:

Daidre S. ~ I tried this last weekend with my kids. A few tips:
1. do not use plastic bulbs, they melt(duh moment there) luckily we bought glass ones too!
2. One crayon color only. Even if u try one color at a time, it all melts together in the end.
3. While swoo
shing the melted crayon around watch out for the hole at the top, you don't want second degree burns.
4. Wear gloves! Thick ones! That bulb gets hot and stinky!!!
5. Basically a do it yourself project with no kids.
But hey, I got a BROWN Christmas bulb after all my trials and tribulations!!
Oh, and I had to use our gas stove to actually melt the crayon, my blow dryer was shooting sparks at the glass bulb. My daughter thought it was cool she seen "lightening!"

Julia M-M ~ This works WAY better with nail polish. The cheaper the better as they are more runny. Do one color at a time though or you'll get a weird color pool at the bottom. If I want sparkles, I'll start with clear and sprinkle in the glitter, let it dry then add whatever is next. It's stinky but they turn out beautiful.

Aimee M. ~ I done this with my family tonight but we used paint. Depending on where you store Christmas stuff the summer heat might make them melt again in balls. Making a mess or getting on whatever they are stored with. The paint worked well but make sure u turn upside down in plastic cup to drain. If u like the design after drained good use blow dryer. Some of mine I left to long in cups draining turned almost a solid color. So after most paint was drained I used blow dryer to set the marble look. (Instead of leaving over night to drain and dry.) Also when putting paint into glass balls - I used nickle size amount of each color or more and kept tapping ball in palm sideways over and over making paint swirl. Ours turned out great and the smaller kids can do these with plastic and without getting burned with wax too.


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Notes Throughout the Year

Notes Throughout the Year

Start the Year with an empty jar; fill it with notes about good things that happen throughout the year. Then, on New Year's Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.


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3D Paper Snowflake

3D Paper Snowflake

What you need:

  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • stapler
  • eraser

  • 3 sheets of A4 paper
  • wood glue


Take 3 sheets of A4 paper. Fold them in half (try to be precise) and then unfold.

Cut the sheets along the line of folding. You’ll get six smaller sheets of paper in total.

Take those six sheets and fold each one like this: take a short side and fold it up against a long side to make a triangle of sorts. Cut the bottom rectangle off to make a perfect square. (In other words, cut each of the 6 smaller sheets into perfect squares.)

Fold all squares diagonally.

Measure off 3 segments (each is 2 cm/0.8 inch long) on the longer edge of the triangle. Start from left corner. (Mark at 2 cm, 4 cm, and 6 cm.)

Now, fold you(r) triangle into a smaller one, with the measured segments side facing you. (Fold in half.)

Draw cutting lines parallel to the diagonal edge (the long side) of the triangle (use marked points).

Mark a point in 1cm/ 0.4 inch distance from side edge of the triangle. Draw a guiding line parallel to this side of the triangle.

Make diagonal cuts along your guiding lines. Cut only to the distance line. (1 cm from the other short edge of the triangle.)

Erase all guiding lines.

Are you done with cutting? Let’s go back to the square! Unfold your triangle twice.

Time for rolling! Take two innermost paper points together to form a tube. Stick them together with a glue (put a little bit only on the corners).

Flip the whole thing to the other side.

Take the next two paper points and pull them on the opposite side of the first tube. Stick them with the glue as before.

Repeat the procedure with flipping the paper and joining the paper points together on opposite sides until all paper points have been joined.

Yay! One of your six basic pieces is ready. Repeat all the steps with the other triangles.

Now, after you’ve prepared five other pieces, join three of them together at the top with a glue. You’ll get two, three-armed pieces.

It’s time to staple together previously joined two pieces.

You’re almost done :) Now you just need to staple together every pair of arms.

You’ve made it!


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

DIY Tissue Paper Stained Glass Turkeys (Kids Craft)

DIY Tissue Paper Stained Glass Turkeys (Kids Craft)

The materials we used to make our Stained Glass Turkeys were
brown cardstock paper,
red cardstock paper,
yellow cardstock paper,
colored tissue papers (fall colors such as red, orange and yellow),
clear contact paper,
googly/wiggle eyes,
pencil and
turkey templates.

I cut the fall colored tissue paper into several pieces. I also cut out turkey templates – the turkey and tail feathers outline. You could make your own template or use mine. Download my Turkey Template HERE.
TIP: The tissue paper pieces, the templates, the tail feathers outlines, turkey bodies, beaks and wattles were cut before I made this with my kids. My kids only had to decorate the turkeys.
To make the tail feathers outline, I folded my brown cardstock paper in half. The paper I used was a 12×12. You could use a 8.5×11. I placed the template on the folded paper. The dotted lines of the template go on the fold.

I traced the template onto the paper. I cut out the pattern. I then cut into this pattern piece to create the outline. You could make the outline as thick or thin as you like. ... I unfolded the paper.

I then placed the tail feathers outline on the sticky side of a piece of contact paper. My kids decorated their turkeys by placing pieces of tissue paper within the turkey feathers outline.

I placed another piece of contact paper (sticky side down) on top of the finished turkey. I smoothed it out.
I turned it over so I could see the outline.

I cut the excess contact paper.

My kids glued the turkey’s body in the middle of the feathers.

They then glued the googly eyes, wattle and beak. Our cute turkeys are done.

They look beautiful on our window. Look at the glorious fall colors shining through the tissue paper feathers of the turkey.


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Cute Fall Craft

Cute Fall Craft

handprint, painted owl craft

your hand :)

> paint your hand and then place your hand on the paper. paint a tree branch with your finger or paintbrush. paint feet, eyes, beak/mouth.

How cute is this!?!?!?!


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Paper Plate Owls

Hoooooray for fall! Isn't this cute?!

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Paper Plate Owl

what you'll need:

paper plates
crayons or markers
yellow & orange construction paper


> draw feather bumps on the center of the paper plate.

> fold over, at a slant, both "sides" of the paper plate to make wings.

> fold down the "top" of the plate to make the head.

> color in the wings.

> cut a triangle beak and two feet from the orange construction paper. attach the beak to the bottom of flap head. attach the feet to the bottom of the plate.

> cut circles from the yellow construction paper for eyes, about 1 1/4" diameter or so. attach them to the top fold-over for eyes. make a black dot on each.

fall, owl, decorations, kids, easy, simple, fun

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