Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Smelly Jelly

Smelly Jelly 

2 cups Concentrated Potpourri Liquid
4 envelops Knox gelatin
1 tablespoon salt (to deter molding)

Heat 1 cup potpourri until almost boiling. Remove from heat. Add 4 envelopes Knox Gelatin and 1 tablespoon salt. Stir until dissolved. Add remaining 1 cup potpourri. Pour into clean jars and allow to set. If in a hurry, lightly cover and refrigerate them to speed the process.

I add food coloring if I don't like the color. This can be put in a vase, and as it starts to set, place artificial flowers in the vase. The flowers seem to be real because they have a smell.

Apple Nachos Recipe

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recipe Card Holder

Recipe Card Holder 

What you'll need:
  • Wooden clothespin
  • Magnet (we used the strip variety)
  • Unfinished small wooden hearts
  • Paint and paint pens
  • Paint brush
  • Glue
  • Scotch tape
How to make your Recipe Card Holder Card:
  1. Paint the hearts (you need four total) and set aside to dry. *Tip: to make painting these small items easier, use scotch tape to tape the hearts down to a paper plate or piece of newspaper.
  2. When the hearts dry, use the paint pen to write “#1”, “M”, “O”, and “M” on the hearts. Let dry.
  3. Glue the magnet to one side of the clothespin.
  4. On the other side of the clothespin, glue on the hearts. Turn the clothespin upside down so that it can stand up, then glue the hearts on in order.
  5. Give to Mom so she can use on the fridge or free standing to hold recipe cards

Easy Recipe Holder

Easy Recipe Holder

Here's what you'll need...

• 16 craft sticks

• 2 clothespins

• Glue

• Paint and brush

• Foam Stickers (optional)

• Recipe card or paper

Here's how you make it...

1. Paint your craft sticks and clothes pins, any color you wish!

2. Once the paint is dry, place your clothespins beside each other a few inches apart. Put glue along each clothespin and glue 8 craft sticks on one side, and 8 craft sticks on the other side.

3. Once the glue is dry it is time to decorate your recipe holder. We used foam flower stickers, which you can buy for $1-$2 at a craft or discount department store. Use any decorations you have, paint something or just leave it as is.

4. Now it's time to write out your special "recipe".

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day Flower Pots

 Mother's Day Flower Pots

  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Flower pots
  • Paper Plate
  • Paintbrushes
  1. Lay newspapers over your work area in case of spills.
  2. Lay out colors of paint you want to use on a paper plate.
  3. Paint flower pot a solid color.
  4. Write a special message to mom or paint designs and pictures on the flower pot with your fingers or a paintbrush.
  5. Go a step further and plant a flower in your hand-painted flower pot for your mother.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Homemade Lip Gloss

Invite your kids to make her own flavored lip gloss from simple ingredients you have around the house.
You Need:
Unsweetened Kool-Aid or any flavored drink mix: If you want blue lips, go for the grape-flavored stuff. Cherry-flavored Kool-Aid will give your kid a tasty red lips.
Vanilla extract
Cocoa powder
A small mixing bowl
A spoon: For mixing
Measuring spoons
Cake decorating glitter: To add a little sparkle.
A container for the lip gloss: Find them at your local craft or beauty supply shop. You may want to pick up a dozen or so. Soda or water bottle caps can also make cool lip gloss containers if you don't plan on carrying them around with you.
Paper or stickers: For a label
Food coloring

1. Have her decide what flavor of lip gloss she wants to make before she starts mixing things together.

2. To start, have her put some Vaseline into a (microwavable) mixing bowl and microwave it for about two minutes—until it's a liquid. Try not to let it boil!

3. If she's making chocolate gloss, have her add cocoa powder to the base and mix and stir it up to get rid of any lumps. She should add as little or as much powder as she wants, keeping in mind the more she adds, the darker the tint will be.

4. Then have her return the mixture to the microwave for another 20 seconds and then stir again.

5. If she wants to make vanilla flavored lip gloss, instead of heating the Vaseline in the mixing bowl, just have her add a tiny amount of vanilla extract to it (like 1/8 teaspoon for every 2 tablespoons of Vaseline).

6. To make blue lip gloss, warm the Vaseline in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then stir in some blueberry Kool-Aid.

7. She can now stir in food coloring to tint her lip gloss or add cake glitter to make it sparkle.

8. Finally, get her to pour or scrape the mixture into the lip gloss containers and let it cool. (If you've been using the microwave, be careful, it'll be hot!)

9. When she's finished making the lip gloss, have her make some labels for it. She can print or draw a label on paper and stick it on with a glue stick or print or draw one on a sticky blank address label. She can dress her gloss up with stickers, too!
Homemade lip gloss makes a great gift for your kid's girlfriends. Do this at your kid's next birthday party. An activity and party favor all in one!