DIY Glitter Playdough Recipe | Cute Beltz

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Add some sparkle to your homemade playdough with this glitter playdough recipe! This is a kids’ favorite and one of the best playdough recipes to make for kids birthdays or other special occasions. This playdough recipe is not edible, but it does not need to be refrigerated so it is easy to store and keep. Use multiple colors and glitters to make all kinds of playdough that can be used to create every kind of shape and object, making this playdough recipe for kids a great choice, especially for crafts with young children.

Ingredients:

  • flour – 1 cups
  • salt – 0.5 cups
  • cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
  • cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • water – 1 cup
  • food coloring
  • glitter

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients except glitter into a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix ingredients until consistent.
  • Add to a pan at medium heat.
  • Cook until mixture is a doughy ball.
  • Put on wax paper and add glitter.
  • Knead until dough is smooth and consistent.
  • Store in a sealed container but do not refrigerate.

If you want to add even more sparkle to your playdough sprinkle some glitter on after you’ve finish kneading everything together. This recipe is very kid friendly and easy to make! It is particularly fun to make after you have made some simpler playdough recipes with your kids and they can make something a little bit more difficult with your help.

What are some things your kids would add to their playdough  to make it fun to play with? – Cute Beltz

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Tips for Starting a Scrapbook | Cute Beltz

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Scrapbooking is a fun way to combine photos and memories into a family keepsake!  The idea of starting and maintaining a scrapbook can seem tedious, but once you get going, it’s easy to create something your family will cherish.

So, what do you need to get started? You’ll need basic supplies like an album, archival paper, photo corners, a glue stick, scissors, a paper trimmer, photos, and mementos.

The most common album sizes are 12×12-inches, 8.5×11-inches, and 6×6-inches. Some people go for larger size albums, as it gives more space on each scrapbook page. Smaller ones are perfect for event-specific scrapbooks.

Choose colorful paper to make a lively background for photos and other tidbits. Try to choose paper that complements, rather than distracts from, your photos. Pictures and memorabilia should be the focus of the page.

Bring your photos out of hiding.  When photos are just sitting around, they don’t tell a story. Imagine finding a long-lost family picture. What would you want to know about the people in the picture? Keep these thoughts in mind as you start scrapbooking.

Use embellishments like stickers, yarn, buttons, glitter, safety pins, and pretty much whatever sticks. They enhance your pages, and add an extra-personal touch. Some love glitter and totally bling out their pages. Other people are into tags. Don’t hold back!

Using glue will help your photos stick around for years to come, so you want to be sure to use an acid-free kind (acid can speed up the deterioration of photos). Some of the most popular adhesives are photo squares, removable glue dots, and craft glue.

For layout inspiration, check out books, magazines, and websites. Craft stores often have sample layouts displayed. Websites with loads of inspiration include Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook.com, and Two Peas In A Bucket.

To begin your layout for a page, choose four to eight photos that tell a story. Pick a few colors from the pictures and choose coordinating paper and embellishments. Lay your photos out on the paper to see how they best fit before you do any gluing. If corners and edges are securely stuck to the paper, the pictures will stay put. Start with less adhesive than you think you need.

Journaling is a key step in telling your story. Include the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, and “why”, along with how the people in the pictures felt. Have others weigh in for a different perspective. Make sure whatever pens and markers you use are acid-free. Adding a title will give your audience a quick idea of what the story. Make a mistake? No worries! It makes it even more real. There you go, you scrapbooking pro, you. Have fun!

Check out some of these scrapbooks for inspiration!

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5 Creative Ways to Repurpose a Crib | Cute Beltz

You’re ready to retire your crib for good, but what to do with that once-so-important piece of furniture? Don’t just put stash it in the basement — repurpose it! Yes, you’ll have to be a bit crafty to pull these awesome ideas off, but the result is totally worth it. Not only can you feel great about a new, totally customized piece of furniture, you can also pat yourself on the back for being eco-friendly!

Create an Arts and Crafts Station

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These adorable art tables, chalk boards, and white boards made from outdated cribs are as cute as they are convenient. Use the space to keep your child’s craft supplies organized and as a great spot for them to sit and create. Use Chalk Paint on any surface you’d like, or opt for IdeaPaint’s award-winning dry erase whiteboard paint to transform any smooth surface into an erasable canvas. (Below from left to right: Crib desk http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-cot.html  and Crib to Easel and white board paint (http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2010/02/crib-to-easel.html).

Build a Cozy Daybed or Loveseat

Similar to the benches above, a comfy daybed or loveseat can be created by simply removing one side of the crib, adding steel corner braces to secure the remaining three sides, paint if desired, and make an easy mattress cover. Accessorize with numerous pillows of different sizes in coordinating colors and fabrics and you’ve got a cozy new loveseat. See how to repurpose your crib to make a cozy daybed: (http://www.2littlehooligans.com/2011/10/21/baby-crib-turned-front-porch-daybed/).

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In the Laundry Room

Old bassinets and Moses baskets are great for sorting and storing laundry. Or, build a drying rack, as pictured here, for your non-dryer items and delicates. A crib side rail could also be hung from the ceiling using a chain at each corner to create a suspended drying rack for clothes on hangers or just added clothes storage space. See how to make a drying rack from your old crib: http://cottagelife.com/64108/diy/projects/creative-ways-to-use-an-old-crib

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Organize your Pantry or Kitchen

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If you don’t have a scrap book or wrapping room, consider mounting the side rail in your pantry or your kitchen. By attaching some simple containers, you can open up an enormous amount of storage space for your spices, mixes and other foods and things that are touch to organize in the kitchen as it is. If you have an empty wall, you have an opportunity to install this cute idea in your home.

Create a Neat Magazine Rack from that Recycled Crib

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Here is an idea to hang your magazines or books on in a fun and creative way so you can see what magazines you have rather than stacking them in a corner. It not only serves a purpose, it could even be an art piece in your home.

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DIY Home Accents | Cute Beltz

Do-it-yourself home accents transform any space into one you can call your very own. Follow these tips to make over any room with budget-friendly projects you can complete in a weekend.

Chevron Vase

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Customize a plain vase by taping off a chevron pattern with painter’s tape (it need not be perfect). Spray-paint the exposed area with a lighter shade of the vase color. Remove the tape when the paint is dry.

Memo Board

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This magnetic memo board is as functional as it is stylish. Simply cut decorative paper to fit inside a cookie sheet and glue it to the pan. Add magnets and important papers, notes, or letters, and you’re ready for business. Place it on a desk or hang it in the kitchen to ensure your family always stays on task.

Rosette Lampshade

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Embellish a plain lampshade with paper roses. Use a compass to draw an 8-inch-diameter circle onto drawing-weight paper. Cut the circle into a swirl to create a paper coil about 1/2 inch wide. Roll the paper tightly starting at the outside end of the coil. Release the coil slightly and manipulate it until you have created a flower shape, then hot glue it at the base to retain the shape. Use hot-glue to adhere roses to the lampshade.

Ombré Dyeing

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Hot from the runway, ombré dyeing is a variation on basic tub dyeing giving fabrics a subtle, ethereal look. We put the trendy technique to work on these ordinary, store-bought throw pillows. For maximum results, always make sure you take the process slowly and follow through with each step

What you’ll need (per pound of dry fabric):

  • 1/4 cup professional textile detergent
  • 1/3 cup soda ash
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Two 5-gallon buckets or plastic containers
  • 1 tablespoon urea powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons fiber-reactive dye
  • 3 cups non-iodized salt
  • Rubber gloves
  • 2-3-cup plastic mixing container
  • Ruler
  • String
  • Two binder clips
  • Stool
  • Spring clamp

Directions:

1.Wash fabric with professional textile detergent, following manufacturer instructions. Combine soda ash and 3 gallons of warm water in a bucket, stirring until dissolved.

2. Submerge fabric in soda ash mixture. Do not overstuff; instead, soak only fabric that easily fits in bucket. Allow fabric to soak in soda ash mixture for at least 30 minutes.

3. Combine urea powder and 1 cup warm water in a mixing cup. Pour a few tablespoons of urea mixture into a plastic mixing container with fiber-reactive dye in bottom. Work the powder and urea water into a smooth paste, then stir in the rest of the urea mixture to make a concentrate.

4. Add salt to 3 gallons of warm water in your dyeing tub, stirring until dissolved.

5. To create the lightest shade in your ombre pattern, add about 1/3 cup dye concentrate to saltwater and stir.

6. Wipe the inside of dye tub to prevent unwanted dye marks on fabric.

7. Create a tool to help you hold your fabric longer by tying strings to two binder clips and then wrapping the string around a ruler. Wring out fabric and attach binder clips.

8. Dip fabric to desired point and hold for 10 minutes or until you reach preferred color intensity.

9. With clean, gloved hands, remove fabric from dye. Hold undyed end of fabric with one hand while wringing out excess dye with the other.

10. Place dyed fabric on a clean surface protected from the dyeing area.

11. To create the next intensity of dye, pour about 1/3 cup of the dye concentrate into the dye tub and stir.

12. Dip fabric to desired point (we suggest several inches below your last dip point for a noticeable progression) and hold for twice the amount of time of first level or until you reach preferred color strength.

13. Repeat steps 8 through 12, each time doubling the amount of dye you add and the amount of time you leave the fabric submerged. For more than three levels of ombre, you’ll need to make more dye concentrate. Use a spring clamp and stool or ladder to hold fabric while dyeing if desired.

14. Rinse fabric with cold running water until water runs clear.

15. Wring fabric again, squeezing out as much excess water and dye as possible.

16. Wash fabric in hot water using professional textile detergent. If you’re unable to wash immediately, lay fabric flat on clean plastic wrap and wrap completely to prevent unwanted dye marks and drying.

What are some ways you add DIY accents to your home? – Cute Beltz

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DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids | Cute Beltz

With Father’s Day right around the corner, so we’ve been thinking about easy-to-make gifts for Dads that you can make with your kids.  While plenty of dads might be pleased with gifts like a lap top case or a traditional tie, wouldn’t they love something handmade from their kids even more? After all, it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend, right?

Crafting up the perfect Father’s Day gift is easier (and often cheaper) than you think.  Check out some of these ideas!

Desk Organizer for Dad

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Help Dad sort office supplies in style with this neat desk organizer.

What You Need:

  • 3 aluminum cans
  • DecoArt no-prep metal paint (3 colors)
  • Sponge brushes
  • Dishwashing glove (optional)
  • Colored rubber bands
  • 3 metal-rimmed tags
  • Crayons
  • 2 small binder clips

Directions:

1. Paint 3 empty aluminum cans with no-prep metal paint; set aside to dry. (Make it clean and easy by wearing a dishwashing glove to hold the can while your child paints.)

2. Stretch colored rubber bands around the body of each can. Crisscross them for a more abstract look, or follow the can’s grooves to create evenly spaced stripes.

3. Let your child write d-a-d, one letter per tag. Loop a rubber band through the hole and wrap it around the can. Use binder clips to hold the cans together.

Dad Rocks Salt Dough Personalized Paperweight

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Rock, fabric, scissors and — craft! Turn a stone from the yard into a personalized paperweight for Dad.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • bowl
  • cookie sheet
  • 1/2 cup pea gravel

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

2. Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl. If dough is too sticky add small amounts of flour until it is doughy and pliable. Be careful not to add too much as the dough will dry out and your creation will crack.

3. Shape a piece of the dough into a ball in your hands. Place the ball on the cookie sheet and flatten to about 1/2″ thickness.

4. Carefully select pieces of pea gravel to spell out “DAD ROCKS”. Press them firmly but gently into the salt dough.

5. Bake your paperweight for 2-2.5 hours until completely dry.

Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling or removing from cookie sheet.

Optional: You can spray your creation with acrylic sealer or paint it with a clear coat sealer.

Peekaboo Letters Father’s Day Card

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of cardstock or construction paper (colors do not have to match)
  • 3 different colored or patterned papers (or have kids color white paper with markers or crayons)
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • Craft knife

Directions:

1. Choose which piece of cardstock will be your card and fold it in half.

2. Use a pencil to write the letters D A D in block letters down the front of the card diagonally.

3. Open the card and place it on a cutting board. Have an adult use a craft knife to carefully trace the outline of the letters and gently pop them out of the card. Set the pop out pieces aside, do not discard.

4. Place the card on the work surface so that the front of the card is facing up. Hold the patterned papers under the card cover to help you decide which patterns to use for each letter. Once you have decided, glue them in place, checking the front to make sure they look good. You may need to trim your patterned paper in certain spots if the overlap.

5. Open the card and lay it flat so that the front if now facing down onto the work surface. Take the second piece of cardstock and trim it to fit onto the inside of the card. This will hide the patterned papers from view when the card is opened. Glue it in place.

6. Position the card with the front facing up again. Take the pop outs from the letters and trim out the center piece of the D’s and the A. Glue them on the front of the card in the appropriate places.

7. Allow your card to dry them write a nice message for dad inside!

What will your kids be making dad for Father’s Day? – Cute Beltz

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Are You Crafty?

old coffee table turned Children's chalkboard Table with benches!

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I love crafty people, especially one’s that know how to take a piece of furniture and find another use for it.  Like this coffee table, where they made this table into a chalkboard table and added benches for the kids, great idea. Checkout the tutorial –> DIY Craft Tutorial. I have also witnessed people turn an old entertainment center into a kitchen, very creative!  So, have you re-purposed any furniture?  What was it and what did it become?

Go create something fabulous! –CuteBeltz

 

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Here’s a treat for all the crafters from Oprah & Martha Stewart

I had to share this.  Ok, I just finished watching Oprah and her special guest was Martha Stewart today.  Martha was great as always, showing us “how to craft,” with all her great crafting tools and decorative supplies.   So, if you like to craft or are ready to start crafting you have 24 hours to save 50% off one Martha Stewart item at Michaels!  Click here for coupon, http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Martha-Stewarts-Craft-Kit-Essentials.

Enjoy and let’s get crafting!