Sherri Richards, Published July 05 2013
5 arts and crafts supplies you can make at home
Cardboard tubes (from toilet paper rolls, or cut paper towel tubes in half)
Quart-size plastic contain-ers (such as recycled deli containers)
Tempera paint (in desired colors)
Plaster of Paris
Tape off one end of each tube with duct tape, completely sealing the end. Cut freezer paper into 6-inch squares and line each tube with one piece.
In a plastic container, mix plaster of Paris as directed, first mixing in 2 tablespoons of desired color tempera paint with the water and mixing slowly while adding plaster to water and paint mixture until completely combined.
Using the rubber scraper, fill each prepared tube with plaster mixture. Tap the tube on work surface to release air bubbles.
Plaster will set in about an hour, and can be removed from tube after about 2 hours. Peel away the duct tape first, then the cardboard tube and finally the freezer paper. Once chalk is removed from tube, place on a cooling rack and let dry completely, one to three days depending on humidity, before using.
2. Kool-Aid Play Dough
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
1 package Kool-Aid pow-der
1 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons oil
Stir together the flour, salt and Kool-Aid powder in a bowl. Add the boiling water and oil. Stir until the mixture forms a ball.
Gently knead a couple of times then set aside to cool down. Keep in a resealable plastic bag or in a small container.
Use different flavors of Kool-aid for different colors. To brighten, add food color-ing.
3. Puff paint
1 tablespoon self-rising flour
1 tablespoon salt
Combine flour, food color-ing and salt in small bowl. Add enough water to form a smooth paste.
To use: Paint on a thick sheet of cardboard with brushes or cotton swabs. Microwave the design on high for 10 to 30 seconds until the paint puffs and is dry.
4. Goop (homemade Silly Putty)
¼ cup warm water
½ teaspoon Borax
¼ cup cornstarch
2 to 3 ounces white glue
Plastic freezer bag
Dissolve the Borax into the water. Place all ingredients in freezer bag and mix thor-oughly for several minutes. Let sit for half hour or longer, and knead again.
To store, dip goop in water and place in airtight container. Or, fill a balloon with your goop mixture. Use as a stress-relieving ball or add a string to make a yo-yo.
5. Crayon Rocks
Chopstick or other stirring tool
Put equal parts soap and beeswax in a bowl (about one tablespoon per crayon). Add 10 or more drops food coloring (more for vibrant colors). Microwave until the soap and beeswax melt together, stirring occa-sionally.
Remove from microwave and stir constantly as mixture cools. It will start to clump and thicken.
Once cool enough to han-dle, pick up a glob of the mixture and form into a rock shape. Apply pressure evenly as shaping the rock to prevent cracking. Repeat until mixture is gone.
Allow crayons to harden for about an hour, squeezing occasionally to ensure they cool and harden evenly without cracks.
Moisten fingertips with wa-ter and polish the crayons by rubbing water into their sur-face.
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