Showing posts with label Craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Craft. Show all posts

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Puff and edible paints for those rainy days

Hmm, it must have been a tough morning if i'm trying to entertain Miss F
before she's even out of her pj's! 

I thought I would post this out now as I can see the big clouds rolling in and I think there could be a chance of us being stuck indoors again for a couple of days. A couple of weeks ago we suffered torrential rain for a week or so and it was a total nightmare. After trying everything and anything to entertain the little ones, I searched some blogs and found this great puff paint recipe from I-mama. I was amazed by how simple this was to make and true to its word, after a quick blitz in the microwave the paint puffed up. We loved it; it was so easy here’s the recipe. 

Combine the following in a little bowl:
1 tablespoon self-raising flour
A few little drops of food colouring
1 tablespoon salt
Then add some water to make a nice smooth paste.

1. Paint away on a thick sheet of cardboard. 
2. Microwave the cardboard painting on high for approximately 30 seconds until the paint puffs and it’s all nice and dry.

And if that doesn’t satisfy your paint recipe desires and you want more, more, more well I have more. Yep, thanks to a great friend at playgroup I have loads of edible paint recipes for you. I think I will be trying one of these this afternoon. 

When you are crafting it up with your little one, getting messy with finger painting, it is one less thing to worry about if you know it’s safe and non-toxic if your child happens to stick their paint-covered fingers in their mouths. Here are some fun “edible” finger paint recipes. You may have these ingredients in your pantry already, so pop an art smock on your kids and get mixing, cooking and painting.

NB. These measurements are approximate and not fine dining recipes so go by feel - it’s finger paint after all!

Basic cooked flour finger paint:
2cups Flour
4cups Water
Food Colouring

1. Mix flour and water in a pot over a low heat till thick. Cool. Add a pinch of salt.
2. Divide and add colour.
Can be stored in covered jar in the fridge for a month or two.

Jelly finger paint:
1 packet jelly (any flavour/colour)
Hot water

1. Mix packet of jelly with enough hot water, little by little until mixture is consistency of paint.
2. Allow to cool.
You can also divide and add colour to create new colours.

Pudding finger paint:
Instant vanilla pudding
Food colouring

1. Mix according to directions on pack.
2. Divide and add colours.

Powdered milk finger paint:
½ cup powdered milk
½ cup water
Food colouring

1. Mix together.
2. Divide and add colour.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Having fun with pasta necklaces

If you are ever looking for a cheap craft idea that you can do indoors on a rainy day, then perhaps consider making pasta necklaces! This is a fun way to keep you and your little ones occupied for a while.

I dyed some pasta many months ago using the instructions below and it was very easy. The colours turned out to be really vibrant and rich. 

The great thing about doing this is that you can just use what you need at the time, and then store the rest of the pasta in bags for their next use. I have bag full of different colours and strings, so, when we are stuck inside, out comes the bag and the necklace-making begins.


Things You’ll Need
Variety of pasta shapes
Food Colouring
Zip Lock Bag or Small Bowl
1 Pour about 1/4 cup of alcohol and about 10 drops of food coloring in a zip lock baggie and mix thoroughly.

2 Add 1 to 2 cups of pasta to the zip lock baggie and shake the mixtures vigorously to completely cover the pasta with the alcohol and food coloring mixture.

3 Let the pasta mixture sit for one hour and then turn the baggie over and let it sit for another hour. You can let the pasta, alcohol, and food colouring mixture sit for as long as it takes to get the deepest color pasta you are looking for. If your pasta is not dark enough then just repeat steps 1-3 until your pasta reaches the desired shade of colouring you are looking for. The longer the pasta sits in the alcohol and food colouring mixture, the deeper the color will get.

4 Once your pasta has reached the desired colour, drain the pasta and separate it into groups of like colors on some newspaper. Let the coloured pasta dry overnight. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Homemade play dough

Well the rain has returned and I was trying to think of something to do with Miss F. I wanted to do something a little different from painting etc. Making play dough was the perfect thing to do, as not only was it fun to work with but we got to make it together as well. Sadly we don’t have any essential oils at home but I will be buying some asap. Can you imagine playing with play dough that smells of sweet orange? Bliss. 

I found this recipe on a great blog that i discovered today 'Mouse house'

For the play dough you will need...
1 and a half cups of salt
3 cups flour
6 tbsp Cream of Tartar
3 cups boiling water
3 tbsp oil

Mix all ingredients together... ...then divide equally into smaller bowls and add a couple of drops of different food colouring to each bowl to make the colours you want (red/blue=purple, red/yellow=orange, blue/yellow=green)

Then add about 5/10 drops of each of your chosen essential oils to each bowl.  I used lavender, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus and sweet orange.

This should keep our little ones occupied for hours and hours. Perfect!