Slime

I played with all sorts of slimy stuff as a kid. Sticky, stretchy, moddable, gelatinous blobs have always been popular. (Think Silly Putty, Play Doh, Gak, and Floam.) I don’t have a clue why that is. It’s fun to play with but now there is another use…cleaning!

Cleaning slime is an interesting idea. Stores sell it, so why not make your own? It’s cheaper, incredibly easy, and so fun! The kids will love this DIY. You need water, liquid starch, and glue. Glitter and food coloring are optional. This slime helps to get all those crumbs that fall in impossible to reach places. I could really use it around my center console and my keyboard!

I would use this as a ‘stress ball.’ It would be just the thing to squish and stretch my worries away. I love the idea of putting glitter or googly eyes in the slime too. Purple with glitter is my favorite! I’m curious to try making slime with liquid starch. I’ve always gone the Borax route in the past. Wonder How To has that old standby recipe here.

Learn how to make your own slime here…

LittleThings: Homemade Cleaning Slime (Recipe)

peanut butter wine bottle

Wine bottles are the new thing. They are the perfect craft supply; wonderful for repurposing and DIYs. An added bonus is that you get to drink the wine first! The only downside is those pesky labels. Sometimes they just won’t come off. This tip from the Little Things should help with that.

The next time you have a bottle to clean try using peanut butter. Interesting. This isn’t a magic trick; It will still take some work. You can’t just drink the wine, dab with Jiff, and then miraculously your bottle is all clean. Scrape and peel as much as you can, soak in warm soapy water for 40 minutes, scrape some more, and then comes the peanut butter.

I don’t’ know if I could do this. I like eating peanut butter too much. I’m not sure I could waste even a tablespoon! Lol. I might have to try some. WD40, Goo Gone, or Windex. I’ve heard that hand sanitizer works well too.

I’m feeling educational today. Everyday you are supposed to learn something new so today let’s learn about peanut butter and it’s history. It all starts back in 1890. Peanut Butter Lovers will walk you through the timeline.

See the full tutorial here…

LittleThings: Peanut Butter On Wine Bottle Tutorial (photos)

Crafts

Ana White is amazing and I am so excited to feature her and her craft table design here today. Word to the wise, this isn’t a repurposing or furniture restoration project. It’s better. This is a 100% do-it-from-scratch DIY with an intermediate skill level required. It is soooo cool and I’m willing to have my husband make it for me. Lol.

This might sound a bit tricky but with such detailed instructions we should be ok. There is a shopping list, cutting list, tools needed list, and a tutorial. All fabulous and detailed. There is everything we need to succeed. Are you going to try it? Let me know how it goes! Post some pics.

You know who loves crafts? Martha Stewart! And that is why when she has a roundup on craft rooms we need to sit up and pay attention. These rooms and spaces are creative and bright and I know you will just adore them!

Check out the full tutorial and plans from Ana white here…

Ana White: Modern Craft Table (plans)

Colorful Roses

Roses are considered the flower of romance. Especially the red ones. That’s probably why 110 million roses were given this past February 14th. That is a crazy amount of flowers! Yes, we all know roses are romantic but do you ever think about them being fun and something to DIY with? Well you should! Kathy with the Crafty Chica has a really fun tutorial on how to tie dye roses in all the colors of the rainbow.

You will need some white roses for this project, although other flowers work nicely too. Daisies and daffodils seem to absorb colors quite well. You will need colored dyes (food coloring works too), a cup for each individual color, and a knife. You will also need about 24 hours until the dye is completely absorbed. I’ve tie-dyed tees and towels before but never flowers; this will be a blast!

Nature does a great job growing and coloring roses but this is just fun. I would love to try this if I needed a specific color for a themed party or event. It’s ok if you don’t think tie dye and flowers go together. There are so many other things you can dye! DIY And Crafts has 40 projects that will brighten up your life and color to everything you can imagine. Find their full roundup here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Eggs

Easter is almost here and my holiday Pinterest board is filling up with crafts and recipes that I really want to try this year. Last year I ran out of time because we were so busy with family. I maybe got two things done. This year I’m aiming high…three things. Lol. I want these string Easter eggs to be one of them.

String easter eggs is such a fun and simple craft. You need some string/yarn/thread, a small balloon, a small prize to put inside your ‘egg,’ and equal parts water and sugar. I have all those things already! You are also going to need something to mix the sugar/water in and something to pop your balloon with.

Here are 37 other Easter themed crafts you should think about trying this year. Country Living knows what’s up! I really like the ombre eggs. See all the other brilliant craft ideas here.

Hop to it! Here’s the full tutorial from Instructables…

Instructables: String Easter Eggs

Soda Tabs Repurposed

Hmmmm. What are your thoughts on the mysterious pop tab? Probably that it’s not really all that mysterious. We use them to open our sodas and that’s really all. The cans we repurpose but the tops? A DIY here and there but not that often. This is a fun project because it’s easy and it’s a twofer. Two for the price of one. Crocheting and repurposing/upcycling.

Would you wear a dress made of these. Maybe. I’m on the fence. You might have to watch the video a few times, I know I did! She goes so fast! The project will be so cool when complete!

Want to see something crazy made from pop tabs? How about an evening dress? Recycle Art has one. For those of us a little less ambitious maybe a nice necklace and earrings? Check out this one from Andairadas (you’ll need to let Google translate the website.)

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Button Bowl

Buttons…I love buttons! They have so many uses when crafting and DIYing. They are affordable and often there are a lot just laying around the house just begging to be used up. I am actually fresh out because I just made this adorable button owl but I’m going to go find some more so I can make this ridiculously cute button bowl! I’m really happy to be featuring this craft from Designs By Kristen. It’s going to be great!

It’s so simple! This bowl would be a great craft to do with the kids! You will need white glue, a paint brush, a balloon, something to stand the balloon on, scissors, and lots of cute flat buttons. Don’t forget to go slow and have fun with it. Also, this isn’t going to be water resistant. Decorative only!

Try making some of these button crafts, featured over at Top Dreamer, if you have any buttons left. If you are out of buttons, these crafts are so great you should probably just go out and buy more.

Learn how to make your own here…

Designs By Kristen: Create A Unique Bowl Using Old Buttons

Dollar Store

Kids. Love ‘em. Kids. EXPENSIVE. I love them to pieces but I am always on the look out to find creative ways to save money while entertaining my little darlings. One thing, or rather I should say one place, that has helped immensely with that is my local Dollar Store. What could be more affordable that one dollar? I’ll prove to you with these 20 ideas how helpful this magical store can be to parents.

I’m not sure about #10. Ketchup in the car? Lol. Jk. But seriously, the Dollar Store has so many great things that can help organize your little’s life. Toy storage, car snacks, toothbrush mayhem, hair bows and ties, electronics and games. Those alone should be enough to convince you but there are soooo many more! There are umteen craft possibilities too. Still unsure about the Dollar Store? Rachael Ray has broken it down for us… the good, the great, the bad, the ugly, and the terrifying. I found this article super helpful!

Check out Diply’s full article to see all 20…

Diply: 20 Brilliant Dollar Store DIYs Every Parent Should know

3D Drawing

This craft is great for kids and adults alike. It’s pretty cool, really clever, and super easy. In my experience, those are the best kind of crafts when trying to hold the kids’ attention. Drawing in 3D is much easier that I ever imagined! You’re going to want to pay attention to this!

DaveHax is the best! With a notebook, ruler, and pencil he shows us how to turn ordinary boring art into an optical illusion! Who wouldn’t want to learn that?! Do you remember those posters that were around in the early ‘90s? You looked in the middle or crossed your eyes and the pic would move or you would see the hidden image. It NEVER worked for me. These are different. These optical illusions are do-able and see-able.

Here are some other fun optical illusions for kids. Nowhere near as frustrating as those dumb posters! NIH has a bunch! (National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences). Check them out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

There are several ways to re-use plastic bottles, so the next time you lean to throw one in the recycling bin please think again. Plastic bottles are amazingly versatile, and can be used for a variety of unique and interesting home decorations. Things like room dividers, chandeliers, vegetable containers and jewelry stands are just to name a few. Many of these projects only require a small amount of time and effort, and typically just a pair of scissors!

Many of us are amazed at the huge variety of crafty ideas that arise from repurposing old stuff. Don’t you love to see people making treasure out of trash? If you have any old bottles you will be pleased to see our collection below. You can even get the kids involved in collecting bottles for crafts.

1. Spinach wall garden:

spinach wall garden
Butterbin.com

2. Green bottle Christmas tree:

plastic green tree
Tuteate.com

3. Monster wall containers:

monster wall containers
Butterbin.com

4. Decorative plastic flowers:

decorative plastic flowers
Hastalosjuegos.es

5. Crafty parrot:

plastic parrot art
Icreativeideas.com

6. Plastic pig planters:

plastic pig planters
Howtoinstructions.org

7. Plastic door curtain:

plastic-door-curtain
Fvue.nl

8. Plastic snack bowls:

plastic snack bowls
Socreativethings.com

9. Fun bubble snakes:

plastic bottle bubble blowers
Housingaforest.com

10. Red glitter candle holder:

sparkle candle holder
Guidecentr.al

11. Decorative vase plastic bottle:

decorative plastic vase
Villadajvv.blogspot.com

12. Blue plastic light:

blue plastic light
Personalise.co.uk

13. Jewelry tray:

plastic jewelry stand
Epbot.com

14. Decorative plastic art:

plastic bottle art
Diy-enthusiasts.com

15. Plastic bottle foot stool:

plastic bottle foot stool
Sodahead.com

16. Cute plastic planter:

plastic bottle planter
Woohome.com

17. Wall planters:

plastic wall planters
Savedbylovecreations.com

18. Plastic bottle room divider:

plastic bottle room divider
Interldecor.blogspot.com

19. Plastic bottle sprinkler:

plastic bottle sprinkler
Woohome.com

20. Plastic rose lamp:

rose candle holder
Amazinginteriordesign.com

21. Jugs to store pencil crayons:

storage jugs for pencils
Butterbin.com

22. Apple containers:

plastic apple containers
Creativejewishmom.com

23. Magazine holders:

magazine holder
Socreativethings.com

24. Plastic butterfly art:

plastic butterfly art
Icreativeideas.com

25. Festive colorful wreath:

festive plastic wreath
Woohome.com

26. Hanging chandelier:

plastic bottle chandelier
Bouf.com

27. Plastic bird feeder:

plastic bird feeder
Socreativethings.com

28. Braided plastic bottle basket:

braided plastic bottle basket
Butterbin.com

29. Decorative wall or tree planter:

decorative plastic wall vase
Dumpaday.com

30. Beach candle holder:

sand rock plastic candle holder
Craftingagreenworld.com

31. Plastic bottle gardening:

plastic bottle gardening
Butterbin.com

32. Delicate clear bottle vase:

clear bottle vase
Wikihow.com

33. Plastic bottles greenhouse:

plastic bottles greenhouse
Ana-white.com

34. Unique yarn dispensers:

yarn dispensers
Pinterest.com

35. Cute plastic penguin:

plastic bottle penguin
Woohome.com