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DIY Fluffy Slime

Looking for crafts to do with the kids on Easter Day, I found the recipe for slime. It worked good, but I wanted to make the fluffy one. So, I started looking for videos on how to make it, but all of them were so complicated or required a lot of ingredients. 

I decided to try and look for a more easy and affordable way. This is how I came to this easy recipe for fluffy slime.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1/2 cup Shaving Cream
  • About 1 tablespoon of StaFlo or liquid Starch (I pour it in its same cap and add to the mixture as needed)
  • Food Coloring or acrylic paint (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Bowl and spoon

Step by Step:

  1. Pour the glue in the bowl, add the shaving cream and mix until well combined.
  2. Add food coloring if using. Quantity varies of the color you want. Mix
  3. Add the StaFlo slowly mixing each time until it stops sticking to the bowl. Take it with your hand and continue mixing.
  4. Remember, the more you play with it in your hand the more is going to come to consistency. 
  5. I also added a little bit of body lotion to help with elasticity, but not necessary.

It’s a fun activity to make with the kids. 

Hope you like it and let me know if you tried it!

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Wall Herb Garden

The moment in the year when everybody is preparing their piece of land to plant has come. I have been into holistic remedies ultimately, mostly essential oils; but I also took a course of Natural Holistic Remedies that talks mostly about the different herbs and their uses in health and beauty. 

So, this year I decided I wanted to start my own herb garden. I knew I wanted it portable, something that I can carry inside if the weather is bad or just want it handy in the kitchen. But, also wanted to use things that I already had handy and not having to spend money on stuff. 

I went and bought some plant pots, seeds, soil, labels and gloves to start. But, when I got home I was out of ideas about as the pot holder; until I entered in the laundry room and saw the safety gate I used to maintain my daughter out of the kitchen when she started to walk. It was the perfect fit, so I started it. Let see how….

Materials:

  • Evenflo Classic Gate
  • Plant pots
  • Soil
  • Seeds (I started with basil, cilantro, dill and pepper)
  • Zip ties
  • Gloves(optional)
  • Labels (optional)

All this materials, except the gate, I found on Dollar Tree. 

Step by step:

  1. First thing I did was put some screws in the gate sides to lock it in place and it doesn’t close.
  2. Plant your seeds as said in the instructions and label them. The labels I used are plastic and where bought at the dollar store. I put the name of the herb in front of the label and the days that was supposed to take to germinate, just to remember.
  3. Stand your gate against the wall and start organizing your pots. Take one and put a zip tie around it and around the plastic part of the gate to hold it in place. 
  4. Repeat until you have all the pots in place. Remember to leave room for the herbs to grow.

Now, you have a wall her garden that you can hang or screw to the wall or just leave it standing against the wall for you to move it inside when necessary.

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Quinceañera Masquerade Centerpiece

On December 2016, my family and I celebrated my sister’s Quinceañera with a Masquerade Party. I made everything, from the invitations, centerpieces, party favors, big Mask, etc. It was really fun and easy to do. 

Most of the materials like the dolls, the archs, styrofoam circles and flowers, I found on a website called http://www.lacrafts.com. The masks, pipe cleaner, kebab sticks, where at the dollar store. The paint andrhinestone ribbon were in Walmart. 

The colors for the quinceañera were fuchsia and black.

Let’s start with the project!

Materials:

Steps:

  1. Paint the styrofoam disk with the fuchsia paint and a sponge brush. It doesn’t have to cover it completely, just a little paint to give it color. Wait until it dries completely.
  2. Glue the rhinestone ribbon to the border with a little hot glue.
  3. Practice putting everything in the place you want before gluing it. I separated the base from the archway and use it as a candle holder.
  4. For the mask, I gluedone kebab   stick in each side and cover them with pipe cleaner. I also glued a feather in each side amd  cover it with another plastic less elaborated mask found in the Dollar Store in the other side to make it 3d because the tables used were round.
  5. Glue everything on place.
  6. Decorate the candle with some ribbon and a flower. Glue it to the base and put a necklace covering around it.
  7. I also decorated the archways with flowers. 
  8. Stick the mask pushing it against the foam until in place.
  9. Add desire embelishments. I used some Sweet 15 embelishments that I found on my local Farmers Market, but L.A. Crafts also have them.

Change the colors for the ones of your party!

You can also make this for a wedding taking out the mask and changing the Quinceañera doll for a bride and groom figurine

Hope you liked it and don’t forget to share!

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Aloe Soap


When I was in my teen years, I suffered from Acne almost all the time. I read that Aloe is a good antibacterial and antiseptic, and that is good to treat skin problems like Acne. My mom had the most biggest and beautiful Aloe plant. So, I decided to buy some soap base and make my own soaps to treat my acne. 

Recently, I have started making them again as a petition from my husband to prevent the itchy and dry skin caused by the winter. Here is how I make it.

Supplies:

  • Clear soap base (glycerin or Olive oil) Found at Michael’s
  • Whole Aloe Leaf (found at the grocery store)
  • Essential Oils (optional and in accordance with your preference) I used tea tree because is good in the skin too.
  • Wood pick or spoon
  • Soap mold

Procedure:

  1. Peel the Aloe leaf and take out the pulp (gel) with a knife. Put in a bowl and blend it with a hand blender or any blender until the gel forms without any solid pieces.
  2. Melt the soap base in a double boiler. When it is melted, add the aloe gel and the essential oil and stir it with a wood pick or spoon. Put on mold and let solidify. Now you have your own aloe soap.

**Remember to use essential oil and not fragance oil** 

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Christmas Centerpiece


Like I said in previous posts, this Christmas I have made tons of crafts. Beginning with ornaments, centerpieces, hanging decorations, etc… I use almost all the materials from the Dollar Tree Store, so they end up being beautiful and most importantly cheap. 

I knew I needed a centerpiece for my dinner table, so I decided to make one with ornaments too because that’s what most of my decorations are made for. It is very easy and looks good! Let’s see how to make it.

You will need:

  • Glass vase (I used a little round one, but you can choose anyone you like. Just make sure your ornaments are going to fit through it.)
  • Ornaments (use different sizes and colors)
  • Bouquet (I used a little glittery branches bouquet, but you can use poinsettias or any other you want)

Instructions:

  1. Start putting the ornaments inside the glass vase. Accomodate in the way you like them.
  2. Cut the glittery branches with a wire cutter and accomodate in the center and covering some of the spaces.

Easy like that! You have a beatiful centerpiece. If you want a bigger one, just use a bigger vase and more ornament. I did a little one because my table is not too big. You can also put a candle in the center instead of flowers. 

Hope you liked the idea and don’t forget to comment and share! 

Happy Holidays!

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Ornaments Christmas Wreath


Christmas season is here! What a perfect season to make crafts. I’m puertorrican and in Puerto Rico the Christmas tree, the lights and decorations are up before Thanksgiving Day. I’m no exception.

I have seen these beautiful Christmas wreaths made with ornaments to hang in the front door and I immediately felt in love with them. The only problem is that the price is high. Cost varies from $35 and up. 

So, I decided to make one myself and the best part is that it only cost me $10. Another advantage is that you can make it the color you want and with the decorations you want. 

It cost me $10 because I bought all the supplies in the Dollar Store. The only disadvantage is that they only have certain colors of ornaments like green, red, silver and gold. That was not a problem because this are the colors I wanted all my decorations.

But, if you want another color it may cost you more (anyway less than buying one already made).

Without more to say, let’s know how to make it.

Supplies Needed:

  • 5 tubes of ornaments (I used 1 tube of the 3″ in red, 1 tube of the 2.5″ in green and 3 tubes of 1.5″ assorted colors)
  • 1 wire wreath
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Christmas garland
  • 2 battery operated Christmas lights 2ft long. (Optional) I used the ones with snowflakes.
  • Paper tape
  • Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • Big artificial Poinsettia or any other decorations (optional)

Step by Step:

  1. Cover with paper tape the wire wreath all around front and back.
  2. Start gluing the ornaments in the outside border first and then the inside border. Start with the bigger ones, then the medium, etc… Glue them to the wire wreath and together for more support.
  3. After the outside border and the inside border are finished, glue or tape the lights making a circle between both borders. One lights set in the left side and another one on the right.
  4. Glue the battery boxes to the back of the wreath, one on the right side and another one on the left.
  5. Do the same as Step 3 with the garland trying to cover the lights wire and empty spaces.
  6. Cover any hole or empty space with the more smallest ornaments. 
  7. Tie a string or a piece of ribbon in the middle highest part of the wreath to hang it in the door. You can use a wreath holder if you like.
  8. Make a big bow with the Christmas ribbon and glue it in the center covering the hanger string.
  9. Glue the Poinsettia or any other decoration you want and hang it in the door.

Now you have a DIY Christmas Wreath that cost less than buying it already made. The best part is that when someone come to visit and tells you how beautiful it is, you can be proud to say “I made it!”. Probably, they won’t believe you but it is a priceless feeling. 


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Stay tuned for more DIY Christmas Decorations.

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Vinyl Kitchen Aid Cover

Recently, one afternoon, my husband came home from work with a gift for me. My always wanted 1st Kitchen Aid. I love crafts but I also love baking, and that useful tool that is the dream of every bake lover was top #1 in my Wish list. My adorable husband knowing that found a good deal in a new Kitchen Aid and decide to surprise me. 

After I take it out of the box and watch it, and test it; I realized that I needed a cover to protect it from dust and everything else. So I decided to go the other day to a craft store to buy some fabric to make it a cover. I don’t have a sewing Machine so I have to do it all by hand. I went to Joann and bought a yard of  vinyl (just used exactly half yard) and a sheet of felter and started the work at home. I download a pattern for the front and back from internet but needed to add more inches because it was too small. But, i think you don’t even need a pattern, if you do, there are some in the internet. Basically you just need a U shape with the meassures I’m going to give you. Let’s begin…

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard vinyl 20 gauge clear
  • Felter (color desired)
  • Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • Ruler or meassure tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pins

Instructions:

  1. Downloand and print or make your own pattern for the front and back of your cover. Must be U shaped and meassure 15″ high and 10″ wide. Trace the pattern in the vinyl with the pencil and cut it. You must make two of these.
  2. Cut a large rectangle of vinyl that should meassure 35″ long and 16″ wide. Now, you should have two 16″x 10″ U shaped pieces and one 35″ x 16″ large rectangle. 
  3. Fold the U shapes in half upside down and mark the center of each one (the half should be 5″ in the round side of the U shapes). Do the same with the rectangle in the side that meassure 35″ bend in half and mark it (the half should be 15 1/2″).
  4. Align the middle of one U upside down with the middle of one long side of the rectangle. Put some pins on it and all the way around. Sew it together with needle and thread or your sewing machine.
  5. Cut a 6″x 6″ vinyl square to make a side envelope to put your instructions manual. Secure it with pins in the place you want (I put it in the right side) and sew it together.
  6. Repeat step 4 with the other U shaped side. And you will end with this…
  7. Cut felter strips 1″ wide and glue it to the ends to cover the sewed area.
  8. Optional: cut a vinyl strip 1″ wide x 5″ long and sew it at the top of the cover to make a handle. Decorate as you like. 

Now, you have a cover to protect your Kitchen Aid from dust, water, etc… You can make a cover like this for all your kitchen machines, just meassure the machine you want to cover and make it!


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