Monday, September 24, 2007

Edible Crafts - Crafts that are fun to make and yummy to eat



Making crafts can be really fun. What is more fun is to make a craft that you can eat. YUMMY!

Try out these crafts Now!

Candy Bird Nests

You can make these cute little candy nests as treats to serve at parties.

You'll need some adult supervision in melting the chocolate

Supplies:
A large mixing bowl and a spoon
1 cup chocolate chips and/or peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles and/or cereal (like crispy rice cereal, cornflakes, or crumbled-up shredded wheat)
A muffin pan or a flat baking pan
Aluminum foil or Waxed paper
Candy that looks like bird eggs (peanut M&M's, jelly beans, or yogurt-covered almonds)
Optional: Marshmallow chicks

Directions:

1. Put a piece of aluminum foil (or waxed paper cut into squares) on top of a muffin pan or a flat baking pan (a flat baking pan makes flat nests). If using a muffin pan, make indentations in the paper or foil in each of the depressions. If you're using waxed paper, try cutting individual squares of paper for each of the muffin holes (this makes the waxed paper maintain the cup shapes).

2. Have an adult melt the chocolate chips (and/or peanut butter chips) in the microwave or in a double boiler (do not overheat the chocolate or it gets grainy). When they are melted, mix the chocolate with the chow mein noodles or cereal in a large bowl.

3. Working quickly (before the chocolate solidifies), put a few spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture in each cup of the muffin pan, forming little nests (or if you're using a flat pan, after putting the mixture on the pan, make an indentation in it with the back of a spoon).

4. Put a few egg-shaped candies in each of the little nests. If they won't stick, use a dab of peanut butter or marshmallow cream to glue them in.

5. Let the nests cool. If you like, add a marshmallow chick to each nest (glue it with peanut butter or marshmallow cream). You now have cute candy nests to eat and enjoy.

For a non-chocolate version of these nests, use marshmallows melted with a little butter instead of the chocolate mixture (use the Rice Krispies treats recipe: 3 tablespoons butter, 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows, 6 cups cereal).


Rainbow in A Cup

This cute snack is simple to make, but each layer has to set before you add the next layer, so start days before you want to eat it.

Supplies needed:

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple Jello
Hot and cold water
Clear plastic cups
Refrigerator

Directions:

1. Make the red Jello according to instructions on the box. Pour a small amount in the bottom of each clear glass (about one sixth of the cup).
2. When the red Jello has set (this will take hours or overnight), repeat using the orange Jello.
3. Repeat with the yellow, green, blue and purple Jellos.

You now have rainbow Jello to help you celeberate any festive occasions!


Sweet Necklace or Bracelet

This is an easy way to make a very sweet, edible necklace or bracelet using licorice whips and Fruit Loops cereal and/or Cheerios. This is a good group activity for a child's party.

Use long licorice whips for necklaces and short ones for bracelets -leave a lot of extra room for tying the ends.
String the cereal onto the licorice whips.

Tie the ends together.
Wear and eat!

Cup o' Fish

Make an edible aquarium in a cup. This is a great party treat you can make.

You will need:

blue jello
gummy fish (or fruit-flavored sharks)
clear plastic cups

Directions:

1. Make blue jello according to the directions on the box.
2. Pour into clear plastic cups.
3.Let them cool in the refrigerator until partially set - about an hour.
4. When they're partially set, place a few gummy fish in each cup.
5. Put them in the refrigerator until they're completely set.

Eat and enjoy!

Variations include:

Frozen fish-popsicles (just freeze the jello in popsicle molds - add the gummy fish when they are partially set - unmold very gently when entirely frozen). These are really messy to eat and are best eaten outside.

An entire punch bowl of fish jello (made like the cup o' fish)!


Fire Truck Snack

Each fire truck takes one and a half graham crackers. This craft makes a great snack that kids can make themselves (with some guidance). This craft can be messy!

Supplies:

A paper plate
Graham crackers (1 1/2 per fire truck)
Tiny Ritz crackers (for wheels)
Stick pretzels
Black licorice
Softened cream cheese (or thick frosting)
Red food coloring
A red jellybean, a red Dots candy, a cherry, or a strawberry

Directions:

1.Have an adult mix a few drops of food coloring to the cream cheese (or frosting). The children will use this edible "glue" to put their fire truck together.
2.Start with a whole graham cracker. Using the back of a spoon, spread some of the "glue" on one side of it.
3.Put half a graham cracker on top of the "glue." This is the cab of the fire truck.
4."Glue" a red jellybean, a red Dots candy, a cherry, or a strawberry on top of the cab. This is the fire truck's red light.
5."Glue" four of the tiny Ritz crackers to the sides - these are the wheels.
6. On the back of the truck, "glue" two pretzels parallel to each other. Then "glue" in broken pieces to make a tiny ladder.
7."Glue" on a piece of licorice - this is the firehose.

You now have a tiny fire truck that is great for snack time!














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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fun with egg cartons

Eggshell or Egg Carton Tulips

Make a bouquet of delicate eggshell tulips for your Mum, using eggshells (or foam egg cartons sections) and pipe cleaners. Younger children will find it easier to use the egg carton sections.

Supplies needed:
Eggshells (or foam egg cartons sections)
Green pipe cleaners
Tempera paint and markers
Hot glue or white glue

Directions

Clean eggshell halves and dry them gently. Or, for an easier craft with more durable flowers, use foam egg carton sections. Cut the cartons sections to look like a tulip.
Using tempera paint, decorate the shells to look like tulips. Let the paint dry overnight. When the paint is completely dry, add details to the tulips using markers.

Twirl one end of a green pipe cleaner into a spiral shape (this will be glued onto the base of the tulip).

Glue the spiral to the tulip (if using white glue, let it set for a few hours).

Egg Carton Ladybug

This is an easy way to make ladybugs using egg cartons, crayons or markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. Googly eyes are a nice touch.

1.Separate one cup from an egg carton.
2.Using markers or tempera paint, children can paint the egg carton cup red. Then, using black paint, color in the head, and make spots on the body.
3.Using the point of a scissors, an adult should make 6 small holes (3 on each side) at the base of the cup (these will be for the legs). Make 2 small holes (for antennae) where the top of the head will be.
4.Insert a black pipe cleaner into each a side hole and out the other side for the legs. Use half a pipe cleaner for the antennae.
5.Glue on googly eyes or paint on white eyes.

The Seven Dwarves
Supplies
Egg carton, fabric, yarn, permanent markers, paint and other materials to decorate, tape, scissors and glue.

1.Cut the bottom off an egg carton and trim the rough edges (ensure the lid and locks are removed).
2.Attach an additional 2-cup piece to the egg carton (to make the 7th dwarf).
3.Turn upside down - decorate the "upper" row of humps as faces with beards, hair, etc; decorate the lower row of humps (bodies), covering with small squares of fabric to make the bed covers.
4.Use the lid of the egg carton to form the bed's head and foot boards. Attach to the bed.
5.Decorate with stickers, paint, etc.


Egg Carton School Bus

Materials:
lid (TOP) of an egg carton
yellow paint or markers
black construction paper or 2 lids from milk jugs (for wheels)
black marker
OPTIONAL: small cutouts of people from magazines, coloring books or hand drawn

Instructions:
1. cut the lid off an egg carton

2. Paint (or color with marker) the lid yellow. We only used one coat, but you could do two.

3. While the paint is drying, cut 2 circles out of black construction paper

OR use the lids from milk jugs as an alternative to construction paper wheels


OPTIONAL: Also while the paint is drying, cut small images of people from magazines or coloring books or draw your own.

Once the paint is dry, glue on the wheels.

OPTIONAL: Glue the images of people onto the bus. The carton we used had holes down the center, so we glued the people into the holes. If yours doesn't have holes, just glue the people onto the bus... you can draw "windows" around them with a black marker.


Write SCHOOL along the top of the bus













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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Creative Soap Crafts


Creative Soap Crafts


Soap is a craft that is fun and easy to make. It's a great project to do where you can make the soaps as gifts for Mother's day or as a birthday gift ect. Please ask an adult to supervise so as to ensure that there are no accidents and less mess at the end of the day!

Simply follow the instructions below and you'll be on your way to one of your first bars of soap... where you choose all the soap colors and shapes.

You will need the following materials:
- One bar of color free soap
- Essential oils of your choice
- Food coloring of your choice
- Almond Oil
- Vitamin E Oil (optional)
- Oats

Instructions:
1. Shred soap in a blender or food processor.
2. Boil a pot of water and put a glass bowl over the pot.
3. Put some almond oil into the bowl.
4. Place the soap into the bowl.
5. Take the water from the pot and pour it into the bowl until the soap changes into paste.
6. Add oils, color, and Vitamin E as you prefer.
7. Let your soap cool in the molds of your choice. (Your mold could be ice cube trays, cookie cutters, or anything else that you might come up with.)
8. Allow the soap to air out on wax paper for a day or two.

Try out different colors and shapes for your soap and have fun with your experiment. Best of Luck!














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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Creative Refrigerator Magnets

There are several types of refrigerator magnets that you can make with a little effort and the right materials. Below are some ideas for making magnets for gifts or just for fun.

1. First you need to gather the needed ingredients. The easiest magnets to make are flat magnets that you print out on your printer. These magnets are great for personalized favors and gifts. You will need special magnet sheets that are designed to be printed on, which should be available at most office supply stores as well as online.

2. If you are artistic, then you can draw your own images and scan them into your computer. Or you can draw them using a paint program. If not, you can do a search for free clip art and images, which should turn up plenty of images that you can use. These images can be imported into a word processor.

3. Next, you can insert the desired text. To make sure the text is readable, insert a box with solid background into the picture. This is where you will insert your personalized text. Think funky or cute and humorous. You can use famous quotes or motivation phrases when you are making the magnets as gifts for friends and relatives.

4. Finally, print out your magnets on your color printer. If you don't have a color printer, then you local copy shop should be able to print these out for you for a reasonable fee. Add your own touches by coloring the images using markers and glitter pens etc.


5. You can also make three-dimensional magnets by using plaster of paris and cookie or soap molds. Fill the molds with the wet plaster and insert a circular magnet into the wet plaster. Cookie cutters can also be used instead of molds.

6. Once the plaster dries, the magnets can now be painted. Other types of decorations can be used as well, like glitter. Once the paint dries, you will have a lovely keepsake item or gift that will last for years.

In summary, with a few cheap ingredients and a little time, anyone can make their own refrigerator magnets. Enjoy!













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