Our Favorite Homemade Paint Recipes

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Have you ever made your own paint? If not, these homemade paint recipes are just the thing to get you started. You'll be surprised at just how easy, fast, and affordable making your own paint can be. Here are some of the reasons that we love to make our own homemade paint: It's just plain fun to make things that you'd otherwise buy in the store. It can save you … [Read more...]

Art Tips: Low-cost Stamps made from Cosmetic Wedges

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Have you ever made a stamp from a cosmetic wedge? A few weeks ago I shared this art tip about how you can salvage paper scraps that are left behind on the art table, and I invited you to let me know here and on Facebook if this was a series worth exploring. Enough of you said "yes," that I thought I'd launch this new series and give it a whirl. Today's art tip Upcycle … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Egg Tempera Paint

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Today I'm sharing how to make homemade tempera paint. This paint is beyond simple, made from eggs and food coloring, and it will last indefinitely once dry. I've been interested in whipping up a batch of homemade egg tempera paint for a while, and was eager to try this with my kids. History of Egg Tempera Paint Do you know the history of egg tempera paint? It's quite … [Read more...]

The Butter Experiment

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Last week we made butter! I have friends who made this fine food back in their grade school/scouting/summer camp days, but I haven't had this pleasure until now. As such, this was much an experiment for me as it was for my child. And it was SO worth it. This project appealed to me because it hardly cost a thing, it was super easy to make, and I was rivited by the process … [Read more...]

Homemade Stickers

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After sending our 4 year old friends Josie and Callie some stickers a few months back, they reciprocated by sending us a few sheets of mailing labels to make our own stickers. Brilliant!  Stickers have long been popular around here, they're fun, and they seem to make their way onto everything from lunch bags to birthday cards. Making stickers from mailing labels is an easy … [Read more...]

Salty Sprinkles

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Since last week's Glitter-Fest 101, mounds of paper have been magically turned into sparkly creations -- and my husband and sister have even jumped in on the glittering action. I actually overheard my husband say, "glitter is fun!" In all fairness, I think he was commenting to our 2-year old on how much he was enjoying their time together, but still! The only one who's been … [Read more...]

Homemade Playdough

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My daughter and I are addicted to homemade playdough: Playing with it, cutting it, rolling it, but especially making it. Today I'm excited to share a recipe for how to make playdough. Playdough is an excellent material for exploring a pliable 3-D media, and it has the potential to help a child exercise fine motor skills and develop their creative mind through play acting … [Read more...]