Thursday, May 14, 2015

Two Ingredient Lip Gloss

This is a perfect rainy day craft for tweens who love something with a little extra sparkle.  Teaching kids how to make their own lip gloss lets allows you know exactly what ingredients are being used and lets them get super creative!

Add 1 cup of petroleum jelly into a microwave safe bowl

We put our bowl in the microwave for between 3-4 minutes, making sure to stir it every 30 seconds.  Help younger children with this step, as the bowl gets quite warm.  We used oven mitts to remove it from the microwave.

Separate the melted jelly into two different cups before adding your drink crystals. Skip this step and mix the crystals directly into the bowl if you're only doing one flavor.

We chose Raspberry and Watermelon!

Pour your crystals into the cups.  We used 4 of these single serve packets per cup - feel free to add as much as you want until you like the color.

We found some sugar crystals (the kind used to decorate cakes and cupcakes) and added them to our watermelon mixture for some extra sweetness and exfoliation.  This step is optional, but does make a really pretty finished product. 

Fill containers with lip gloss.  We found these ones at our local dollar store, but use what you have around the house - we've seen really cute ones made with old mint containers.

Decorate!  Again, this step is totally optional but it does add some extra pizazz.  We used leftover jewels from some of our Sticky Mosaics kits, but you can use stickers, tape, or even markers!

Leave them to sit for about 2 hours so that they harden up (you can even throw them in the freezer for a while).  Once completed, you'll have your very own homemade lip gloss.

The recipe made about a dozen containers, which would make them great to use as party favors or a sleepover craft!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Birdseed Ornaments

 Pour the following ingredients into a bowl:
 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed

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  Spoon mixture into the cookie cutters.  Pack it down to make sure it's smooth.

 Cut your straw into pieces and push one into each mold - make sure it goes all the way to the bottom because this is where you'll put your ribbon through once completed.

Leave for 3 hours before removing them from the cookie cutters.  Once removed, we let ours sit overnight to completely harden before we removed the straws.

 Remove the straws, string ribbon through the hole and hang them outside!

 Encourage kids to keep track of how many birds visit their feeder.
Don't forget to collect the ribbons once all the seeds have been eaten.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tissue Paper Flowers


 1. Cut a full piece of tissue paper in half width wise. Layer the pieces on top of each - the piece you place on top will be in the center of your flower. We used 2 layers of each color and cut the green sheets a little smaller then the rest to create a smaller center.

2. Take the green center, fold it length wise, and snip the edges. Unfold and place back in position of step 1.

3. Start folding your tissue paper in accordion style.

4. Complete accordion folding until you have reached the end. 

5. Cut the ends with scissors to create a rounded petal look.

6. Attach a pipe cleaner in the center of your tissue paper. Twist the pipe cleaner to secure - make sure the twist is facing down to your bottom color, not your center color.

7. Open your flower with the green side up. Carefully pull one layer of tissue up towards the middle. Try to be as gentle as possible so you don’t rip the tissue.

8. Take your time and keep going! 

 9. You’re all done!

Get creative and make different sizes, and color combinations! Decorate the top of a present, or create an over sized bouquet for a fun Mother’s Day surprise!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter Eggs: Sharpies


For a no-mess decorated egg use colored sharpies!

Try using simple designs of lines and dots to create different eggs.