Saturday, February 22, 2014

Painting with Condensed Milk




Supplies:
-Small bowls or a muffin tin
-Food coloring
-Sweetened condensed milk
-Paint brushes
-Spoon (for mixing)



Directions:
Add a little bit of condensed milk into each container.  Then add a few drops of food coloring...the amount will depend on how strong you want your colors to be.  I would recommend starting out with 2 drops.  After stirring, add a couple more drops for a darker color.



Stir well.


Here are the colors we ended up with...



My daughter started creating her picture...the paint is a little on the thick side so it was a little hard for her at first...but she got the hang of it.




Here's her finished painting.


It was fun just to drizzle the paint off the paintbrush.


I never did take a picture after our paintings dried.  The end result was a super shiny, glossy painting.  And I was surprised that it wasn't sticky to touch after it dried!  We kept it for about a week...it never attracted any bugs...however I didn't want to keep it longer to see if it ever did. But it was definitely a nice alternative to paint.




Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Feathers and our Dream Catcher Craft

I'm super excited to be joining Craftulate and 49 other bloggers from the Kid Blogger Network
to bring you The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials.  Today we bring you the guide to crafting with feathers.



My daughter was telling me about some bad dreams she has been having, so I thought it would be fun to have her make a dream catcher. When I looked up ideas on Google, I found this Dream Catcher craft made by 4 Crazy Kings that looked simple enough.

Supplies:
-Paper Plate
-Scissors
-Markers, Crayons, Paints
-Hole Puncher
-Yarn
-Beads
-Tape
-Feathers
-Stickers (optional)

Directions:

I first cut out a hole from the middle of the plate (which was super easy since our plates has lines in the middle that guided me where to cut).  I decided that paint would take too long to dry, so we opted for markers to decorate our dream catcher.


I then punched several holes with the hole puncher.  With the hole puncher on the outside of the plate, I punched three holes at one end for the feathers and then one hole directly across from the middle hole...this is to hang the dream catcher.  From the inside of the plate, I punched 9 holes around the plate.  Please note that I did not measure the distance between each hole so it's not perfect.


I cut out a long piece of yarn and took one end and tied a bead to hold it in place. (on the back of the dream catcher).  I then put a piece of tape on the other end of the yarn to make it easier to string beads through it.



My daughter then weaved the yarn in and out of the holes, occasional stringing a couple beads.


Here's how it looked when we were finished.



We then cut three pieces of yarn (however long you want your feathers to dangle from your dream catcher), and we strung beads through them and tied a colored feather at the bottom of each string.


Don't they look pretty?


Here are the dream catchers my daughter and her friends made.





Here are some other fabulous crafts and activities you could do with feathers.

Harry Potter Quill by East Coast Mommy
Feathered Bird by Craftulate
Chicken Windsock by Buggy and Buddy
Easter Egg Decorating by Red Ted Art
Toddler Color Sorting Activity by Funtastic Fun and Learning
Pine Cone Bird Craft by Naturally Educational
Painting With Feathers by De Tout Et De Rien
DIY Gilded Feathers by Happiness is Homemade
Feather and Pipecleaner Angels by Powerful Mothering
Peacocks by 3Dinosaurs
Floam Alien Tot Tray by Life Lesson Plans
Footprint Parrot and Handprint Duck by Handprint and Footprint Art
Easy Owl Mask by Nurture Store
Bright Bird Finger Puppets by I Heart Crafty Things
Owl Activities by KC Edventures

To Make this Guide even MORE Ultimate...please link up your Feather Craft & Activity post below.  There’s no limit to the number of projects that you can add, so feel free to link up any and everything that you have that fits the criteria!