Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
After letting the blown up balloon sit overnight, release the air. Stretch the opening over the funnel. Pour rice into funnel top. Pull down on balloon as you are filling it with rice. This will help get the maximum size for the ball.
Carefully cut the neck of the balloon off. Using one of the previously cut balloons, wrap around the filled balloon, sealing off the opening. Stretch the remaining balloon over the ball. You're done! These remind me of the stress-balls that they sell in the store. They are durable and lots of fun to play with. Have fun!
SHOPPING TIPS: This is a VERY cheap project! I bought a bag of 25 balloons for $.88! I had the rice at home, so this project was dirt cheap. Happy Shopping!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Once muffins are cool enough to touch, spoon pizza sauce over top of english muffins.
Add any toppings and sprinkle cheese on top.
Cover all of the english muffins with toppings. Place in a 375 degree oven for 8-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Carefully remove from oven. Enjoy!
*Disclaimer: do not allow children to place/remove items from the oven. This can result in serious burns. Allow english muffins to cool entirely before letting children add toppings and cheese. The pizzas will be very hot when removed from the oven, so be cautious when serving to small children.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Measure out 2 cups of water. Microwave water until it boils (approx. 5 minutes.) CAREFULLY remove water from microwave. SLOWLY pour in baby wash.
**If you pour baby wash in too quickly, it will boil over and may cause burns. Please be careful!!**
Place half of the paper towel roll in your container. Slowly poor the mixture over the wipes. Place lid on container. Let stand 5 minutes. (I purchased a wonderful container that has a vent in the lid. This prevents the lid from popping off due to the steam. If your container doesn't have a vent, simply tilt the lid.)After 5 minutes, slowly pull the cardboard center from the wipes.All done! I throw away the first few wipes to remove the glue that held them on to the cardboard center.
Don't have a baby at home? Try making disinfectant wipes instead! Simply replace the baby wash with household bleach. They work just as well as name-brand wipes, but for a fraction of the cost.
SHOPPING TIPS: This recipe will save you so much money. I spend approx. $1.25 a month on wipes for my kids. Watch the sales and coupons and you will soon notice that the Bounty paper towels go on sale about every 2 weeks. When I find a really good deal, I stock up! Remember that each roll makes two batches of wipes.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Take the can of food and open using a side-cutting can opener. Empty contents, remove label and wash thoroughly. Let dry.Gather your items to put inside the can.I use an empty lip-gloss container to put a few toe rings in so they don't get lost.
Cut the paper to fit around the can. Use tape to secure edges.
Fill can with items. You may add some tissue paper or paper shred to keep items from rattling around. Take lid and put super glue around the rim. Place back on can and press firmly for at least 60 seconds. Finish decorating can as desired. (I usually make a cute tag with the contents listed, add a fun eyelet and attach to a ribbon.)
*SHOPPING TIPS: I keep a stash of about 15 cans in all different sizes in a box downstairs. You can buy the contents for the can at almost any dollar store and you've been shown how to make the toe rings to go inside. Be creative and have fun with it!
*TIP: Start saving a few cans NOW to be used in a future post!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
7. Repeat the same process on the car with the charged battery.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Viola! You have an adorable toe ring! (I took a picture of my ring on my finger--after looking at the close-up picture of my toes, um, well, lets just say that it wasn't pretty!)
*SHOPPING TIPS: I bought the elastic cording at Joann's with their 50% off coupon that comes in each Sunday's paper. The total cost for the entire roll was around $2 after coupon. The crimp beads go on sale about every other week at Michaels and Roberts Crafts. They also put out a 50% off coupon each week that brings the price down to approx. $1.50 for 50 beads. Each toe ring costs about $.20 each---much cheaper than buying them in the store! Customize your own to fit your personality and style!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Take canning jar and wash with warm soap and water. Rinse very well. Add 1-2 cups of the beads to the jar. (Use more if your flowers are very top-heavy and less if your flowers are delicate.)
Choose a ribbon that coordinates with the flowers. Tie around the jar.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
2 small binder clips
Lighter or a match
Small buttons (optional)
Variations to clips. The one on the left is for a boy. Feel free to email any photos of your own creations. Good luck!
*Disclaimer: These clips are not intended for newborn babies. Only use these with a child who can sit unassisted. Never leave baby alone with the clip, as it can become a choking hazard.*
SHOPPING TIPS: I purchased the binder clips in a 12 pack at our local dollar store on their "$.88 Tuesday" sale. The ribbon was purchased at Joann Fabrics for $1 per roll (4ft. per roll.) I had the buttons and felt lying around in the craft drawer. Watch sales for ribbon for the BEST pricing. My total cost per clip: $.35/each. ($.15 per set of clips and $.20 for ribbon)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
At the end of each post, I will try to add a section called "Shopping Tips." This section will give tips, pointers and the average cost of the item made. This way, you can make your own projects for a fraction of the price!
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