11/18/14

Salt Dough Napkin Rings

About this time every year, my girls like to make salt dough. It's cold outside and the holidays put us all in the mood to craft. Last year, we used our salt dough to make Christmas ornaments (you can read more about that here). This time, I spied a cute "Salt Dough Leaf Napkin Holder" tutorial over on Imperial Sugar's website and the idea stuck.


This salt dough recipe is a bit different than the one we used last year. It reminded me a bit of making playdough. Here is the recipe via the Imperial Sugar website.  

Supplies:
  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Tin foil covered baking sheet
  • Red, yellow and orange food coloring
  • Leaf shaped cookie cutter
  • Straw 
  • Ribbon, twine and/or tulle
  • Paint Pen






 Directions:
  1. Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until hot.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.
  5. Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture.
  6. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.
  7. Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.
  8. Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch.
  9. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.  Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes. Make a hole at the top of each leaf with a straw.
  10. Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.
  11. Let cool, then add details with a paint pen. 
  12. Attach to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.
For more fun activites to try with your kiddos during the holiday break check out the Thanksgiving page on the Imperial Sugar website. There you can find recipes for all courses- appetizers, main dish, side dishes, candy, breakfast for company etc. Plus lots of crafts for kids, edible crafts, free printables and activity sheets.  Happy crafting!


Like this post? Join the thousands of other readers that have subscribed to Crafty Texas Girls.
Click below to get your free subscription delivered directly to your inbox.
Subscribe to crafty texas girls

Keep in Touch with Crafty Texas Girls
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Blog

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
All photos and text on craftytexasgirls.com are copyright protected. You may not copy entire articles or posts (even with a link) without my express written permission. Email any requests or links used to craftytexasgirls@gmail.com. 

11/14/14

Rustic "Days til Christmas" Sign

I don't have my Christmas decor up yet. I like to wait until after Thanksgiving. Then we put it up and enjoy it through New Years. So right now, I have a chance to get a head start on my Christmas crafting.


I am working with Michaels again to share my 'spin' on a Christmas craft. I took their "Christmas Decor" quiz and from looking at the photos, I am definitely a 'rustic' girl who likes a bit of 'glam' too. Which style do you identify most with?

Michaels is hosting a "Pinterest" party at all of their stores on Saturday, Nov 15th from 1-4pm. You can pop into your local store and try any of their Pinterest-Inspired Christmas Projects.

I loved the Count Down to Christmas plate idea. But wanted to make it more 'rustic'. So I shopped my Michaels and found some great supplies to make a Count Down to Christmas plate- with a rustic twist.

 Want to make your own Rustic Count Down to Christmas?


Here's what you will need:
-Black Chalkboard paint
-Wood
-White Chalk Paint (Martha Stewart)
-Stencils (Martha Stewart)


1. Paint your wood with the black chalkboard paint. Let dry.



2. Use the stencils to write "Days Til Christmas". This took a few attempts. I used white chalk paint, so when I wasn't happy with the way it looked on my first try, I just used a wet sponge to wipe it away and start again.


 
3. Let the count down begin!


Pop on over to your local Michaels November 15th from 1-4pm  and have fun crafting!



Like this post? Join the thousands of other readers that have subscribed to Crafty Texas Girls.
Click below to get your free subscription delivered directly to your inbox.
Subscribe to crafty texas girls

Keep in Touch with Crafty Texas Girls
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Blog

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
All photos and text on craftytexasgirls.com are copyright protected. You may not copy entire articles or posts (even with a link) without my express written permission. Email any requests or links used to craftytexasgirls@gmail.com. 

11/8/14

Girls with Glasses

I am taking a break from my usual craft posts to bring you a little PSA about 'girls with glasses'.

So here is it is : Glasses are cute!


Glasses have gone from a necessity to a coveted accessory. You can get them in both prescription or non-prescription lenses. Glasses for all!!


My favorite pair is from Firmoo. I am loving the color, shape and quality. What about you? Are you a girl who wears glasses? Whether you need to or just want to-- check out Firmoo for your favorite lenses. (See the ones I have by clicking here.)


Wondering how to choose the perfect pair of glasses online ?
1.You can use the Virtual Look Viewer to check if the shape of the frames suits your face or not. 
2. Comparing the fame size data with the old eyeglasses is also helpful to find your perfect new Firmoo glasses. The specification like weight, sizes of the frames can be found at the product page. 


PS. Want to see a 'behind the scenes' photo from my Firmoo glasses post?? This my friends is what happens when your mom is a blogger... and you learn how to work use the camera timer! Lol!


 Have a great Saturday! 
 
Like this post? Join the thousands of other readers that have subscribed to Crafty Texas Girls.
Click below to get your free subscription delivered directly to your inbox.
Subscribe to crafty texas girls

Keep in Touch with Crafty Texas Girls
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Blog

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
All photos and text on craftytexasgirls.com are copyright protected. You may not copy entire articles or posts (even with a link) without my express written permission. Email any requests or links used to craftytexasgirls@gmail.com. 

11/6/14

Goodbye Halloween, Hello Christmas!

Halloween came and went-- so much fun and then it was done! Made me feel kind of sad when that it all passed so quickly.


My oldest dressed as a 'gypsy' - purely because she liked all the accessories that came with the costume. And my youngest was Strawberry Shortcake because the costume was 'not itchy'. :) I wore Afton's blue 'Katy Perry' wig from last year and my hubby turned his Sriracha Sauce shirt from Target into a costume by letting me make him a green 'cap/hat'. It was a fun night.



With Halloween 2014 in the books, the world has moved onto Christmas! To help get us all reayd, Michaels' is hosting another in-store Pinterest party.


You may remember how much fun I had at the last one. (See all the photos from the Michael's party here!) And this season's is looking even better! I love the materials they sent me for project inspiration. What's your holiday style? I think I gravitate towards Rustic.

I was also given a gift card by Michael's to go shopping!  I am planning on making a few of these gorgeous decorations, so stay tuned. 

You can get in on the fun by going to your local Michael's store on November 15th from 1-4pm. There will be lots of crafty project ideas and supplies to get you ready for Christmas! 



Like this post? Join the thousands of other readers that have subscribed to Crafty Texas Girls.
Click below to get your free subscription delivered directly to your inbox.
Subscribe to crafty texas girls

Keep in Touch with Crafty Texas Girls
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Blog

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
All photos and text on craftytexasgirls.com are copyright protected. You may not copy entire articles or posts (even with a link) without my express written permission. Email any requests or links used to craftytexasgirls@gmail.com. 

10/24/14

Pumpkin Door Decoration


Great artists work with oil paints, water colors, or pastels. My favorite medium... 'butcher paper'.

I spent a few hours at my daughter's school this week working in 'butcher paper'. I lucked out and found a few other women who support my passion for crafting in colored paper. They have helped me carry out all my crazy paper-based ideas :)


First up, the 3rd Grade Harvest Program called for some easy/free stage decor. Butcher paper to the rescue.


I made the pumpkins by creating 'pillows' from butcher paper. I folder the paper in half, cut the pumpkin shape, then painted on some polka dots. After the paint dried, I stapled the edges shut with the exception of the top. Then I stuffed the pumpkins with newspaper and all the paper from our recycling bin :) I closed the tops with a few more staples. A stem and a leafy vine finished the look. And those trees? Just crumpled brown butcher paper and staples. The sign was the same... paper, paint and hang!


Next, we brought a festive feel to the 3rd Grade Hall with these pumpkin doors. Pretty easy to do... just cover the door with orange paper and add a funny face. I made each face different. The best part was seeing the kids reactions the giant pumpkin doors:)





 What is your art 'medium' of choice? Hot glue? Fabric? Paint? If you get a chance, give butcher paper a try! 

 
Like this post? Join the thousands of other readers that have subscribed to Crafty Texas Girls.
Click below to get your free subscription delivered directly to your inbox.
Subscribe to crafty texas girls

Keep in Touch with Crafty Texas Girls
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Blog

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
All photos and text on craftytexasgirls.com are copyright protected. You may not copy entire articles or posts (even with a link) without my express written permission. Email any requests or links used to craftytexasgirls@gmail.com. 

10/20/14

Pipe Cleaner Princesses

Play dates at our house always include two things-- jumping on the trampoline and crafting. Afton's most recent play date was planned for a Friday after school. Before she left for the day, Afton told me "Mom, don't forget to get a craft. I have a play date after school!"


But instead of buying a craft this time, I just decided to pull out a bunch of supplies and see what the girls came up with. With blogging, I have been lucky enough to receive a package of goodies from CraftProjectIdeas.com every quarter. Pipe cleaners, beads, sequins. These are staples in a 'crafter's pantry' :)


I did a quick search through my Pinterest Craft Board to see if I had any inspirational ideas that might be fun to try with the girls. And I saw these cute Pipe Cleaner Dancing Princesses by Zing Zing Tree.com.  Head over Zing Zing Tree to see her detailed tutorial for making these dolls.


PIPE CLEANER PRINCESSES
-3 pipe cleaners per princess
- Napkins (I used ones left over from Maisy's Frozen Party)
- Optional: sequins, beads, straws


We made the head and arms with one pipe cleaner.  So start by bending it in half and twisting to make the head. Bend up the ends to make the arms. Then the legs with the other are made from the second pipe cleaner. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist to attach to the body. (After dressing the doll, we  added the third pipe cleaner to her waist as a belt. That third pipe cleaner helps to support her waist too!)

Image via Zing Zing Tree-- she has more 'step by step' photos for this tutorial.
 Once I showed the girls how to make the bodies, they did the rest. Beads became bracelets, straws cut in half were turned into knee socks. They added hair and even shoes.


I tied a thin string of elastic to each doll's head and the girls played with them like they were marionette puppets. They were so pleased that they had made their 'own dolls'.


I love when we can use things we already have to be crafty. To me, this was a "Pinterest win!".


See more fun craft ideas I like on my Pinterest Craft Board or follow us on Instagram @craftytexasgirl.

Follow crafty texas girl's board Craft Ideas on Pinterest.

Like this post? Join the thousands of other readers that have subscribed to Crafty Texas Girls.
Click below to get your free subscription delivered directly to your inbox.
Subscribe to crafty texas girls

Keep in Touch with Crafty Texas Girls
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Blog

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
All photos and text on craftytexasgirls.com are copyright protected. You may not copy entire articles or posts (even with a link) without my express written permission. Email any requests or links used to craftytexasgirls@gmail.com. 
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Site Design By Designer Blogs