Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Fun

first up: dying Easter Eggs
we dyed the eggs a solid color and then used food coloring to marble them.

I thought this one (below) looked like Earth

Next up: Peep Jousting

We chose our "knights". Jude was purple and Magda was pink, Jude's friend Sam also jousted with the green peeps. (I didn't get too many shots of this competition).

Arrange your peep knight on the plate facing your opponent and insert the "lance". For future jousting I would definitely use a paper plate.

In this bout the pink knight won, purple's lance made contact but pink's lance deflated purple first. Winner.

Then on to Peep Sushi (this was my husband's little project)

first, make rice krispie treats. While they are still warm you'll form them into sushi.
You'll need Peeps, fruit rollups, sushi roll is helpful

Put a blob of krispie treats on the sushi mat (wrap in plastic wrap to protect the mat)
Gab added a strip of fruit roll up (fake seaweed)

Then add some chopped up Peeps (veggies, fish, etc.)

Roll up firmly

Give the logs about 20 minutes to set up and slice. Gab added some sugar sprinkles just for color.
He also made a variety of sushi with the fruit roll-ups chopped up on top

He was having too much fun coming up with ways to interpret the sushi.

Magda loved them and insisted on eating them with her chopsticks. Delish!

Happy Easter!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter Tie Dye Crayons

You can find recycled crayons all over the internet (heck even Crayola sells a machine for kids to make their own). I came up with the idea to use these cookie molds because the round muffin tins just weren't cute enough.
Step by step directions following the images.

step one: gather old broken crayons (bottom of toy chest, ask your preschool, day cares, etc.)

step two: peel and break the crayons into smaller bits (i just toss all mine together because i like the mix and match)

step three: pre heat oven to 350 degrees

step four: fill your cookie mold (or muffin tin) with the broken pieces. don't be stingy because if they are too thin they will break easily

step five: put the crayons in the oven (i put a cookie sheet on the tray below to catch any leaks just in case). set timer for 5 minutes

step 6: after 5 minutes check the status. all the crayons should be melted. If there are any lumps left then leave in the oven for another minute and so on. (mine usually are 6 minutes).

step 7: remove the tray VERY carefully. The crayon wax is super hot and if it drips in your oven it will smoke and stink and be quite difficult to get clean. Set your tray on a towel or trivet to cool down.

step 8: the crayons will set up fairly quickly but will take longer to cool completely. They need to be completely cool to remove from the molds.

step 9: color away!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

easiest tee shirt stencil project

I found these lace doilies at the thrift store for ten cents, most of them were very country images (like hearts with ducks) but i found a tiger and an owl and snatched them up. I knew I wanted to use them as stencils on a tee shirt for the judester and mazzy.

i laid out my drop cloth (old sheet also thrifted from a garage sale). stuck some scraps of foam core board inside the tee to keep it from bleeding through.

step one: gather materials. tee shirt, stencil/lace, spray mount, spray paint

step two: lay the lace face down (really doesn't matter with this except if you want the animal to face a certain direction). spray with spray mount.

step three: flip lace over and position on the tee where you want it

step four: we used a little brown

step five: and we used black on top

step six: remove the lace and voila. grrrr. (i was mad at myself for getting lazy and not putting paper down around the stencil to avoid over spray but it was VERY windy and nothing was staying put. See where i got black paint on the side and sleeve? well i disguised it by spelling out JUDE down the side (i used some plastic stencil letters from a sidewalk chalk set we have) and sprayed it in black. We liked the lettering so much we wrote out something special on the back of the shirt.

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