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Saturday, May 7th, 2011
4:41 pm
Silly Putty Help!
I was trying to make some silly putty using the following recipe:
2 parts white glue
1 part liquid starch
food coloring

This recipe is everywhere on the net, so people have clearly had some success with it. I got a liquid that never turned into anything but a liquid.

Some details:
The glue I was using was old, possibly as much as 10 years, but it still flowed like glue's supposed to.
The starch I was using was niagra spray liquid starch, I just unscrewed the spray top and poured.
I used 1/2 c. glue, 1/4 c. starch.

Any ideas for what might have gone wrong?

ETA: I got different starch, sta-flo, and new glue, and the recipe worked (without food coloring). So probably either the starch or the old glue was the issue.
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
9:57 pm
St. Patrick's Day crafts
(ok, so I realize this community is pretty much dead, but according to the userinfo some 70+ people have it on their watch list, so here goes...)

First off, the idea behind this craft is extremely versatile, so evenif you don't do St Pat's day, follow along and use your own imagination for whatever else you can do with the same idea.

After a few days of bugging me for a St. Patricks Day craft, I finally pulled out a bunch of stuff we had laying around and let my 6-year-old daughter at it (with a bit of help from her brothers. and from me). I started with, well, anything green I could find, then some gold I happened to have, and kind of went from there. I had green foam paper which I used for the base of it, but you could use cardboard or something too. Cut out 9 heart shapes--3 large, 3 medium, and 3 small. each was decorated in green and gold fabric, foil paper, trim, glitter, etc. then we glued them stacked small, medium, large, to make a 3-layered leaf. used popsicle sticks in the back to hold them together, and ended up with this:

...after which my daughter was on a roll. she wanted MORE st. patricks day crafts. so I thought a bit and decided a rainbow in the same idea would be nice. gathered up fabric scraps, yarn, ribbon, etc. (and some scrapbook paper for the orange, since we didn't have much for that) and cut out a big cardboard arch, drew lines separating the spaces for the different colors, and made this a bit more mosaic-like:

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
11:28 am
nice springtime craft.
my mom did these with my 4 (almost 5) year old daughter... I think she cut them herself:

all you need is tissue paper, green pipe cleaners, and old buttons... cut the tissue into flower shapes, poke a little hole in the middle to stick the pipe cleaner through, and twist it through the hole(s) of the button.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
8:22 pm
paper storage
Hi mamas,
Hopefully someone here can help. I'm having a terrible time coming up with an efficient way to store paper for my son's crafts. It's all different sizes and types, and I don't want to just stack it because then it's hard to get to the paper on the bottom. What have you done for storage?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
10:40 am
perpetual calendar
Saw this on Photojojo yesterday and thought of the community:

DIY Perpetual Photo Calendar.

Looks like a great activity for the kiddos. A photographic scavenger hunt (I'm going to take the pics for my 3 yo as he finds the numbers, but older kids could take their own) and then a fun calendar with a chance to revisit the concept every month when you change it around!
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
3:26 pm
Is it too early to be looking at Christmas crafts?
I wasn't specifically looking for Christmas crafts, but I came across this.  It's a Christmas tree made out of candy (basically).  I'd really like to do this with my kids this year.  :)
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
4:42 pm
How to Felt Soap

We haven't tried this one yet, but plan to once we pick up the supplies. I thought it was a cute idea and I know my daughter will really get a kick out of it. I thought I'd pass it along!
Thursday, September 18th, 2008
7:26 am
Michael's website has a ton of craft ideas for all kinds of things on their site. They have all sorts of recipes and ideas for seasonal food and decorations. They have some of the cutest Halloween stuff.
Just thought I would share.
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
5:08 pm
more nagging--tags
I'm thinking this is they type of community in which a tags system would be rather beneficial, so I've added tags to posts as they are posted. the list is short now, obviously, and only I can create new tags, but if you could, go through the list and see if anything applies, and tag your posts? I'll add extra ones if needs be, but I've noticed some of the newest posts are getting along fine with some of the tags I've already created, so it could be rather helpful to me if you'd try to remember to do this. if the community starts to get to be high-traffic, I'll think about adding another mod to help with the making of new tags.
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
1:40 pm
Simple Editable Play dough
Equal parts Peanutbutter, honey and icing sugar..... Mix together, let children play and then eat this dough.... It's tasty and the kids love playing with it....

This recepie is from Jon and Kate plus 8, she has a lot of really neat recepies and idea's.
Friday, September 12th, 2008
2:37 pm
A *baking* craft...
I hope this is okay since it's baking vs. arts & crafts...but we just made these over the weekend and they were a HUGE hit. Whether your kids are old enough to help with the dough-making, or just able to plop some m&m's on top at the end, it's a pretty simple project with a great 'wow factor' at the end.

I saw this on a baking community I'm on, so I'm just going to re-post the directions here:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops!Collapse )
1:21 pm
pathetic mod nagging.
well, we've got quite a membership list in our 2 days of existence! which should go without saying that I expect some activity around here now... special thanks to those who've already posted, supplied the icon for the community, suggested interests for the interests list, or commented on anyone else's posts. meanwhile, to get the rest of you to show some face, how about an introduction of some sort? in a comment to this post write why you're here, what you expect of the group, whether you expect to be sharing ideas much or mainly looking for them, and of course a bit about the kid(s) in your life (mainly the ages you'll be working with, and anything else you feel comfortable sharing) and, you know, whatever else.

about me.Collapse )
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
3:27 pm
something we made....
this was last february, but hey, I've got pictures so I may as well post them, right? I wanted to help my older kids (3 and 4.. well, 2 and 3 at the time) make something to send their grandparents for valentine's day, so we put together these....

yummy!Collapse )
12:58 pm
obligatory first post:
Hi and welcome! as you can see, things are quite new around here, so feel free to jump right in with posting. meanwhile...

1) any ideas to fill out the interests list? it seems kinda sparse, and, you know, the more things listed, the more likely people will find us...

2) icons? I am terrible at making them (ok, I just plain don't know how) so if anyone wants to submit any, on-topic, of course, I'll consider using one of them...

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