Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Colored Rice

Most of us don't want to deal with glitter, so we turn to sequins and other sparkly objects instead.  You can make your own colored rice as another alternative!

white rice
white vinegar
food coloring

Combine 1/2 cup white rice, 5 drops of food coloring and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.  

Stir until the food coloring is evenly distributed.  

Spread on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.  

Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes to dry. Store in plastic baggies when cooled.

sprinkle rice over glue on a piece of paper, dig for buried treasures in a bucket of colored rice, pour into jars and seee what patterns you can make... other ideas?  Leave your comments below!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Craft Box

I'm thinking about putting together a craft box to have on hand.  I'm still using craft supplies with my son that I had when I was in high school. I won't tell you how old those supplies are.  We won't use all the supplies all the time, but it would be nice to have them when I want to do a special project.

Here are some ideas of supplies to keep on hand, put together by the seasoned mamas around me:

  • apron
  • bag of craft buttons
  • bag of craft feathers
  • boondoggle string
  • chalk
  • cheap stickers
  • clear contact paper
  • colorful tissue paper (leftover from wrapping gifts - cut some into squares/shapes and store in baggies)
  • construction paper (sheets)
  • construction paper (cut into shapes and store in baggies)
  • cookie cutters
  • crayons
  • Dixie cups (for pouring glue into)
  • finger paints
  • foam sheets
  • fun looking canisters
  • glitter
  • glitter/regular glue in little tubes
  • glue dots
  • glue sticks
  • googly eyes (aka wiggle eyes)
  • kid scissors
  • markers
  • old spice jars (for storing glitter)
  • paper plates (cheap, thin; large, small)
  • paper towel or toilet paper rolls
  • pipe cleaners
  • pompoms
  • q-tips (for dipping into and smearing glue)
  • sequins
  • tacky glue
  • tongue depressors
For storing these items, I will probably find a large-ish tub with a lid from Target.  I would love to keep everything in one place!

These items can all be found on Amazon, Toys R Us, Michaels, etc.  You can also check Oriental Trading Co.!

Now it's your turn - leave a comment letting me (and my readers!) know what your favorite go-to craft supplies are.