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Friday, January 25, 2013

Creating Your Own Craft Supplies

Crafts are always enjoyable, but it increases the fun when the art supplies are home-made. It is cheap and easy and it wouldn't hurt to involve the children as well. I came across several of these craft supplies I thought were definitely worth sharing.

Our grandchildren love to play with stickers and even though those are not really expensive, I know for sure they would enjoy making their own. Making sticker glue is rather simple and doesn't require much: a package of gelatin, 1/2 cup hot water, a paintbrush, and a bowl.

For making the glue, pour the hot water in the bowl, sprinkle the gelatin on top of it and let it dissolve. Once that is done, you brush it onto the back of drawings and/or pictures and let it dry. They stick by licking the back of the pictures and can be stored for future use.

Glitter is even easier to make and only requires 1/2 a cup of salt, 4 to 6 drops of one shade of food coloring, and wax paper.

Mix the food coloring and salt well until the salt is evenly coated. Distribute it evenly over the wax paper to dry or bake in the oven for about 10 minutes on 375 F.

Store it in air-tight containers or zipper bags to keep the moisture out. It works well with sugar too and if you want to add a little sparkle to it then mix in some of the silver dust which is used for decorating cakes.

That's all there is to it. Have fun!

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