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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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Mini Cake Stand

I have an order that includes a mini cake and I was thinking on buying a cake stand. After looking for prices, I decided that I can do it myself for much less money. So, I went to the Dollar Store and found some candle holders that are the perfect size to hold a round cake up to 4″. Then I went to Walmart and bought a strong glue to put it together. Let’s see the step by Step.

Materials: 

  • Glass candlestick holder
  • Glass Pillar Candle Holder (I used round, you can use square too)
  • E-6000 or any other strong glue that dries clear.

Step by Step:

  1. Clean with alcohol de bottom part of the Pillar Candle holder and the top part of the candlestick holder. This will help to clean any oils or dirt that prevent it to glue together.
  2. Meassure to make sure where is the middle and mark it with a washable marker.
  3. Sand the places your are going to glue them together with sand paper. Clean with alcohol again.
  4. Put some glue in the candleStick holder and glue it to the center of the pillar candle holder. Put something a little bit heavy to make pressure and help them stay in place. Let dry for at least 24 hrs.

There you go! You have a cake Stand. 
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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 Hanging Decoration


Looking for an idea of a hanging Christmas decoration I found a picture of a what we can call a chandelier with a wire wreath, some pine pieces, clear ornaments etc. I looked really beautiful but I didn’t have most of the materials. So, I decided to make something similar but with other materials. 

I gotta say that the Dollar Store has been my favorite  to buy the material needed to make my Christmas crafts this year. The best part is that you can take something cheap and transform it in a really beautiful decoration.

Well, with nothing more to say, let’s start this week’s craft.

Materials:

  • Christmas wreath (you can use the one that resembles pine or the one that comes covered in Christmas garland)
  • Bells garland or any other accessory you want to add.
  • Battery operated lights
  • 6 clear ornaments
  • 4 color ornaments (of your choice)
  • Clear twine (the one used for jewelry making)
  • Fine wire

Step by step:

  1. Wrap the lights around the wreath and wire the battery box.
  2. Accomodate the bells garland around the wreath and hold with wire leaving the bells hanging.
  3. Cut the clear twine depending on how long you want the decoration. I cut four 11″ long, three 13″ long, two 15″ long, and one 20″ long.
  4. Tie one end of the shorter ones to the wreath and the other end to 4 clear ornaments. Tie the 13″ long to the wreath and to 3 color ornaments. Do the same with the other ones. For the longest one I put wire in the middle of the wreath and tie it there and to a clear ornament.
  5. Put 4 pieces of wire on top at the same distance from each one and tie them together to create a hanger. 

That’s it! A beautiful Christmas hanging decoration.

Hope you liked it! Don’t forget to comment and share.

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Inside Marshmallow Roasters


Some time ago, I saw a video about how to roast marshmallows indoors for that cold days or even for a party. So, I started investigating and I found how to make it. The better part is that it cost me only $3 to make one.

I will use them for my sister in law’s baby shower. It is perfect because the theme is the outdoors, camo and things like that. 

Everything was bought at Dollar Tree Store. So, let’s see how to make it.

Materials:

  • Ceramic bowl (the shallow the better, it cost me only $0.01 on Dollar Tree Sale) You can also use flower pots.
  • 2 bags of Stones 
  • 1 canned gel fuel (the one used to heat up food)


Procedure:

  1. Put a layer of stones in the bowl, enough so when you put the gel fuel can, only the tip is out.
  2. Put the canned gel fuel in the middle of the bowl.
  3. Cover around the can with the stones and voila!

Just take the cap off and light it. You have your own inside marshmallow roaster. Handle with care because it might be hot.

I did another one with a metal bowl, but it was too shallow so I put aluminium foil as a base, then stones, canned fuel, more stones and it’s done. My sister in law Decorated it with some fall leaves to match the decorations.


Good craft for this season, right? Remember to comment and share with your friends!

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Masquerade Party Invitations


Well, my daughter’s FROZEN birthday party just passed a few weeks ago. But, I still have to mire parties to plan. That means more crafts! 

For today’s craft I have the invitations that I made for my sister’s Quinceañera that would be a Masquerade Party. 

I made the invitations on Google Drive and send them to print at Vistaprint.com. They came out really pretty and for a really good price. They came with a plain white envelope that I decided to decorate, so that it look better. That’s what I’m going to show you today… how to decorate a plain invitation envelope. In this case, for a masquerade.

Materials:

Additional to your printed invitations and envelopes, you will need:

  • Ribbon
  • Masquerade mask stencil (my invitations were 4×6″ so my mask measurements where 2×4″ aprox.)
  • Cardstock
  • Mod Podge
  • Little brush (to apply the Mod Podge)
  • Pink glitter
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Self stick beads (optional)
  • Exacto knife


Procedure:

  1. I closed and glued every envelope.
  2. Cut a side with scissors or decorative scissors. In the center of that side I cut a little U-shape, so people can pull the invitations with two finger without damage the envelope.
  3. Trace the masquerade mask shape in cardstock and cut it out with an Exacto knife.
  4. Apply Mod Podge with the brush to the mask and apply glitter. Shake the excess. Repeat in each one and wait until it dries completely. Apply more Mod Podge on top of the glitter to seal it and it doesn’t come out easily. Wait until it dries.
  5. Decorate each mask with the self stick beads.
  6. Cut the ribbon so that it fits around the center of the envelope. Glue it with hot glue at the back of the envelope.
  7. Glue the mask at the front center of the envelope. 
  8. Your invitation is ready!

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Photo Christmas Ornaments


Looking for something different to make and give as my daughter’s 2nd birthday party favors, this idea came to my sister in law’s mind, and then in mine. 

I went to the Dollar Tree store and found out that they already have Christmas decorations. The I found some Clear plastic Christmas ornaments that I can open and put anything I want inside and the perfect size for a wallet size picture. 

So, we decided to make it happen. Here the step by step….

Materials: 

  • Clear plastic Christmas ornaments
  • Styrofoam snow
  • Snowflakes conffeti 
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic snowflakes
  • Tweezers

Step by step

  1. Trace the circular shape of the ornament in the back of the picture and cut it.
  2. Open the Christmas Ornaments.
  3. Put some styrofoam snow and snowflakes inside.
  4.  Bend the picture to fit throughout the hole. Unband it with tweezers until is fully open and doesn’t move.
  5. Put the cap on.
  6. Make a ribbon bow of the size of your choice and glue it with hot glue to the cap of the onament. 
  7. Now you have your own picture ornaments.

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