18
Aug

Kids craft ideas: how to make homemade playdough

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homemade playdough recipe image |Creative Commons| FrankenberrysKiss via http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankenberryskiss/5411776103/

How to make homemade playdough ? All of us have enjoyed experimenting with play dough as kids. However, for those of us who missed out on the joy of make their own play dough from the scratch, we are here to share a play dough recipe that works! Not only works, but also makes amazing, easy, great quality play dough. This can be a great rainy or snowy day project you could do with the kids. Making your own play dough with your child can be fun. So try this play dough recipe and have fun.

Ingredients needed:
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup salt
1 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils

Steps to make play dough:

a.      Start with one cup of flour and two-tablespoon cream of tartar. Sieve them first.

b.      Add in 1/2 cup of fine salt.

c.       Stir in 1 cup warm water with one tablespoon of vegetable oil with a spoon or fork. Mix until there are no more lumps.

d.      Pour into a non-stick pan. Then stir over low heat. Keep on stirring. The dough will begin to thicken and look somewhat like mashed potatoes.

e.       When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your play dough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer. Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like play dough.

f.        Turn the dough out onto an aluminum foil on an activity table with storage. Knead vigorously until it becomes soft and smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.

g.      Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the play dough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves to keep your hands clean. Work the dye through, adding as necessary to achieve your chosen color.

h.      When you are done, store your play dough in an airtight container.

Precautions:

1. The dry and wet ingredients need to be mixed separately and then combined. This makes all the difference.

2. If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to usability. Once it dries past a certain point, you will just have to start over.

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15
Aug

How to make paper placemats

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Craft Ideas: Hand painted paper placemats by hfordsa (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hfordsa/1239694019/) via Creative Commons

More great Craft Ideas! Placemats can not only protect your dining table from water and other stains, increasing its life, but they can also be used to spruce up your table for special occasions and everyday meals. You can use different placemats on different occasions. Since purchasing several placemats for different occasions can be expensive, your best bet is to make your own at home. This will help you save money and allow you to use your creativity. You can make paper placemats in any color, pattern or theme of your choice. Even children will enjoy making placemats. Here are the steps you can follow for this project.

Choose the right kind of paper

For each of your  paper placemats, you’ll need one piece of decorative paper and a piece of heavy paper, such as card stock, which you’ll use as a backing. Both pieces of paper should be 11 by 17 inches in size. Instead of using decorative paper, you can also use affordable Silver Celebrity paper placemats, which are simple and great for regular use. These are available in a set of 50 reusable mats printed with food-safe, soy-based ink. You can decorate them with small beads, ribbons, or any other embellishments as desired. If you want something more colorful, try using the garden-themed paper placemats by Studio Oh!, which are perfect for special occasions.

Cut the paper to give it the right shape and size

Once you have selected a paper placemat or a decorative paper, use a rotary cutter to cut it into the desired shape and size. Trim a quarter-inch off of each edge of your paper using scissors with decorative edges.

Paste your decorative paper onto the thick paper backing

Use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply a layer of glue on the back of the decorative paper. Place the decorative paper on the heavy paper backing and gently remove any bubbles with your hand. Allow your placemat to dry for at least one hour. If you’d like to make your placemats more durable, you can also laminate them with plastic sheets.



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14
Aug

DIY recipe card organizer

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Craft Ideas: Christmas Recipe Box by Shimelle Laine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shimelle/3074323204/) via Creative Commons
Customized tin lunch boxes are becoming a popular craft among scrappers all over. Tin lunch boxes can be used for many purposes. In the past, I’ve found these tin lunch boxes to be great card organizers. You can also design a recipe box to store and protect your secret recipes. If you have extra scrapbook supplies laying around, you can add a personal touch to these tin boxes as you prefer.

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit each side of the tin. You may have to measure the dimensions of your tin box and cut the scrapbook paper accordingly. For a flawless finish, try to match up the patterns where the papers overlap one another.
  2. Use a double fold bias tape or a strong adhesive glue to attach the scrapbook paper to the tin. For best results, use a plastic spatula to smooth over ridges or uneven surfaces that may come about.
  3. Once you’ve covered the tin, you are finally ready to embellish it. Ribbons are best for lining the boarder of the lunch box as well as the handle. Depending on the purpose of the tin lunch box, you can use stamp letters and cut them out to spell CARDS or RECIPES. Other playful embellishments such as paper hearts and flowers also look great on these tin lunch boxes.
  4. Optional: If you choose to make file cards, you can cut your own file folders or purchase dividers from craft or office supply stores. You can stamp and write categories on each file divider and decorate the card if you wish.

A personalized tin organizer is a very inexpensive project and makes a great gift for almost any occasion! When your organizer is complete, you’re all set to display them out for everyone to admire.

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13
Aug

Best of the Web No. 2

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Craft Corners Best of the Web

Who isn’t something of a DIY enthusiast these days? Whether you’re an avid Martha Stewart crafter (start from scratch) or maybe more of a semi-homemade crafter, you’ll never go wrong with these crafty DIY projects. DIY projects will not only give you inner satisfaction but it can also save you tons of dollars on everything from birthday cards to baby shower gifts. Anything DIY related will surely give your crafts a more memorable touch. So, put this week’s tutorials and ideas into good use. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

On the Go QuiltingJuly

My name is Marsha and I blog over at www.quilterinmotion.wordpress.com.   I am a full-time RVer who loves to quilt and craft.  I have two sewing machines with me at all times and I have all the “tools of the trade” I need to be successful at making quilts and other projects.   I’d love to share with you a tutorial and have you visit my blog.  I think you’d enjoy the variety of topics I cover, including sewing, quilting, needle felting, crafting, cooking and travel.  I’ve been a quilter for many, many years and taught myself to sew when I was in the fifth grade using my grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. – Marsha

Llevo el Invierno

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Hello everyone, I´m Eri. Llevo el Invierno is the name of my blog, which I like to share tutorials especially for kids, I am a mother of two small children who daily inspire me to create clothing, toys and accessories, these are cordially invited to visit my blog, I’d love to know and share my ideas with you! One of my tutorials is this whale with spiracle of yarn, instructions and template are available on the blog http://llevoelinvierno.blogspot.mx/2012/04/make-whale-friend.html. – Eri

Bron’s Space

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Bron’s Space is my little place where I share with my followers and readers my passion for paper crafting. I use rubber and digital stamps and colour my images with my Copic markers. I am self-taught and really enjoy bringing my images to life with the Copics. I also believe that on my blog you will find variation of styles. I don’t stick to one style but tend to go with whatever I am feeling on the day. If I am in a darker mood then I tend to use darker colours, whereas on other days I love to use bright, vibrant, uplifting colours.

Bron’s Space is also my place to talk about things happening in my life. It is my little space, so if I need to vent, I will! Through Bron’s Space I have been able to venture into the crafting world and I have made so many friends from all over the world, making this a very rewarding adventure.

I would love for you to stop by my blog and come with me on my journey. – Bron xo

Under construction

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Hello! My name is Agata Pfister and I hail to you from Switzerland. I also hail from a little piece of blogland where I share my passion for scrapbooking, cardmaking and life in general. My blog is called “Under construction.” That’s how I see my albums that relate our life’s story: Each new layout is like a new brick in their construction. I usually blog in both French and English and I like to share my favorite techniques, especially when it comes to stamping. I use it mostly on cards that I make for challenges or magazine calls. From time to time I also show my crochet and felt creations. I love learning new things and making new friends so do not hesitate to stop by! You’re always welcome! – Agata

 

Something Gone Missing

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My name is Carol and I like to create with many different mediums and create different styles, depends a lot on my mood at the time but also like to try something new.  Mostly stamping, pretty papers and a bit of digital Scrapbooking.  I love starting with a blank piece of paper and creating with  inks and stamps from various companies. Hopefully transforming into something you are really pleased with.  I love to share my tips and tricks of the trade and visit like minded folks out in blogland and time from time I’m afraid a bit  about boring old me.  Please drop in by and say hello, always lovely to meet like minded folks. – Carol

Luv-a-Lot Land

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Luv-a-Lot Land is a crafty place, where you will find inspiration in scrapbooking, cardmaking, altered projects, and kids crafts.  I specialize in projects made with Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker, Ruby Rock-it! Bella! Fundamentals, Momenta & Prettly Little Studios products.  Occasionally I offer video and step by step instructions on certain elements for scrapbooking, giveaways, and links to other crafty contests.  Above all I like to document my family special and everyday moment through crafting. – Jodi

 

What’chu Talkin’ ‘bout Willis?

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Hello, sweet friends! Tania here (that’s pronounced tahn-ya for those unsure). I blog over at What’cha Talkin’ ‘Bout Willis? My blog is home to a hodge-podge of crafting adventures, including scrapbooking, papercrafting and sewing projects—with tons of free tutorials. All this is mixed in with a healthy dose of Willis family life where I chronicle the adventures of life with two spunky princesses.  I am currently designing online content as a Crafting Expert for Fiskars, and also design for Little Yellow Bicycle as their Training Reel Expert.  All that means is that I get to create fun projects, then make video tutorials showing you how to create your very own! Come on over and pay me a visit!  You’ll feel right at home. Be sure to visit my About Me page to get to know me just a little better. – Tania

Today’s Scrap by Vicky Day

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Hi!  My name is Vicky Day aka Today’s Scrap.  Today’s Scrap is a digital scrapbooking site where I feature the scrapbooking kits I have designed, which are exclusively sold at Digital Scrapbook Pages dot com. I also give free examples away from time to time and share tutorials and how-tos regarding digital scrapbooking. You will also see that my kits are very printable and can be used in hybrid projects and card-making. I hope that you will stop by and leave a comment to let me know you paid a visit! – Vicky

All these unique crafts make great gifts and things you can make for even yourself. If you’re a devoted scrapbooker, you can create the most precise cuts for scrapbooks, cards, small crafts, and other detailed work with a scrapbook paper cutter. The professional-grade, double-ground blades on these scissors produce consistently smooth cuts that’ll make every one of your crafty designs worthy of being showcased!

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12
Aug

DIY Baby bottle organizer

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Baby bottle organizer – When nursing, you know how often your baby gets hungry. Making your own baby bottle organizer to hold your wide glass baby bottles conveniently on your counter will make grabbing one to prepare milk for your baby a lot easier! Your hands will be full (literally) so it doesn’t make sense to keep your bottles in the cupboard when you have to feed your baby so often. Here’s how to make one!

Plastic caddy

Get a plastic caddy (shown above) which is ideal for this project as it has a handle which makes for easy transporting. Also, it has sections, guaranteeing that your bottles won’t get jumbled or topple over each other if you take some out. You can also use them to hold baby bottle nipples and lids.

Lining caddy

You can use shelf liner paper to line the bottom of the caddy sections if you like. You can change it regularly to keep the bottom of the caddy free from grime and moisture. Some like to use clear plastic shelf liner, as it creates a barrier between the bottom of the caddy and the bottles. Similarly, you could simply wash the caddy periodically to maintain a hygienic environment for the bottles.

Share your own ideas for homemade baby bottle organizers!

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11
Aug

Make your own bar stool cushion covers

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Craft Ideas: Image via Rennett Stowe creative commons

Summer time brings brighter days and warmer nights, which often means more time spent relaxing with friends and families, hosting barbeques and having pool parties while enjoying the serene weather conditions.

To update the look of your bar stools so they can better match the refreshing weather (and all those refreshing summer cocktails) here are some simple steps to redecorate bar stool cushion covers.

You’ll need:

  • Cushion foam or sponge material  (If you’re replacing old cushions you can use the cushion padding from those)
  • Fabric
  • One roll of thin elastic
  • Button cover kit (if you’d like cushions with buttons)

Depending on the amount of cushions you’re covering, you’ll want to have enough fabric to cover the size of the cushions with 3 inches left to wrap around the back of the cushion. You can trace the circle marking where you’ll cut directly on the fabric by using a fabric marker.

Once the circles are cut, you can serge the edge of the fabric to give it a nice finish. If you don’t have a serger machine you could use a zig zag stitch with your regular sewing machine.

Now take elastic and line it up with your serged or zig-zagged edge, then pull the elastic very taut so there is no slack. Slowly sew the elastic and fabric together, making sure the elastic stays in place. Once you’ve finished sewing elastic onto the entire circle the edge of the fabric should pucker.

If you’re not adding buttons, your cushions are now complete! To add buttons, take your button cover kit and cover the metal buttons with scraps left from your new fabric. Once they’re all covered, you can hand sew them to the cushions in any pattern you desire.

Now that the bar stools have been revived, isn’t it time to revive yourself with a cold drink at your bar?

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