How to Make your Own Homemade Playdough Recipe

Today my son asked me to fetch him some playdough to play. The problem was, I hadn’t any at home and getting to the store was kind of difficult. So, lucky me, I remembered a Pinterest posting about a recipe to make your own play dough and I thought to give it a try. It worked out wonderful! As a bonus, I don’t have to worry so much that my youngest would eat some, as she usually does with the store-bought play dough. It is really easy and fast. I made mine in about 20 minutes. And you probably have all the ingredients in your house like I did, too.
So here is how to easily make your own playdough for your kids to have some fun with.

Ingredients for homemade playdough recipe

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring
  • Aroma (optional, I didn’t use any)

Directions on how to make homemade playdough

  1. In a saucepan, combine the flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
  2. Add the water and oil and mix well.
  3. Turn the heat on, and let the mixture get warm over low to medium heat. Stir for about 4-5 minutes, until you have an elastic mixture.
  4. Now let it cool down a little so you can handle the dough and divide it into as many parts as you want. Mix in the food coloring of choice.
  5. Let it cool as much as necessary until your kids can handle the dough. That takes about 5-10 minutes. That’s it! The homemade playdough is ready for use!
homemade play dough
Our very own homemade play dough!

That was easy, right? Never run out of play dough again and no worries about chemicals? And save money, too? Well, I for one have found a keeper recipe! Next time I will let my kids be involved in the procedure. They can easily help with the ingredients and later on with mixing the food coloring into the dough. This should double the fun for sure since they are crazy about helping out in the kitchen every single time.

So the only thing left to do is to go and have some quality time with your children. Cause that is what it’s all about, isn’t it? And you know what? They would make a great gift, too!

Easy Kids Craft: Penguin Finger Puppets

This post contains affiliate links of products I recommend, which means I may receive a commission if you click an ad link and purchase something, at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

This easy kids craft project was shared by a close friend of mine and her kids! She knows how I am always looking for new fun crafts for kids to make, so she immediately sent it to us! They did a wonderful job, I can tell you that! Thank you so much for sharing!!! We can’t wait to make some craft together, soon!

Easy kids craft penguin finger puppet
Easy kids craft penguin finger puppet

Materials to make some cute penguin finger puppets

So, it is quite simple to make the penguins and a lot of fun, too!!! You will need stuff that you will have probably already in your house:

  • Black cardboard or paper for the penguin’s body
  • White cardboard or paper for the eyes and belly
  • Orange cardboard or paper for the nose
  • Paper glue
  • Scissors
  • A black or other color marker for the eyes or googly eyes
  • A pencil for tracing, if you need to
  • Other colors of cardboard or paper  and yarn if you’d like to add some more details
ready pinguins
DIY penguin finger puppets

How to make the easy kids craft penguins

  1. To get started, you’ll need to cut out of the black cardboard the penguin’s body and cut out two holes for the fingers. The shape of the penguin’s body is quite simple, you will not have any trouble with it, but if you want, first trace the shape of the body with a pencil and then cut it out Out of the white cardboard cut some oval eyes and the belly, like shown in the image. Also, cut a small triangle out of the orange cardboard.
easy kids craft penguin finger puppet diy and items
Items to be glued on the penguin’s body

2. Now, you can glue all elements on the penguin’s body. You can make him take on any expression you can think of.

easy kids craft penguin finger puppet diy
The first penguin
easy kids craft penguin finger puppet diy
and the second penguin

3. Now, take the marker and draw some details on the eyes to make your penguin alive, and ready you are to begin playing with them!!!

4. You could also add some other decorations to them if you would like to. A scarf, a hat or funny hairs out of yarn, would be a funny addition, don’t you think?

Last step: Have fun!!!

Once the penguins are ready, your kids can begin their adventure!!! Think about a story, add items and scenery, and just get started. Even a cute little diy puppet theater like this one from the blog Ruffles & Rain Boots would be wonderful for this and other stories to imagine and play!

If you liked this easy kids craft, you might like our unicorn puppet craft, too!

How To Make DIY Ikea Hack Kids Bookshelves

diy books shelves
Our children’s new bookshelves

As our children book collection grew larger, we didn’t have any place to arrange my children’s books! And I certainly didn’t want to spend a lot of money to store them. While surfing the web one day, I came across the idea of an Ikea hack kids’ bookshelves and the day came to make it! In that post they painted the shelves white, we, on the other hand, thought to make them cheerful and colorful!

What did we do to make these Ikea hack kids bookshelves?

First of all, we bought some inexpensive selves used for storing spice containers. We used the ones from IKEA, which cost 6.99$ each. I am sure there are other selves or spice racks suited for this as well, but those were used also in the original article I got the idea from, so I used them, too.

This post contains affiliate links of products I recommend, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something. Thank you!

ikea bekvam shelf
Ikea shelf

Next, we bought some plastic-acrylic paints– they were cheaper than the ones made for wood. We went for the colors green, yellow and red and our super-dad painted them. You can choose any colors you like, so it will match the room’s decor. Also, chalk paints are very popular these days, you could use them, too! And I am sure, spray paints would work great as well!

ikea hack kids bookshelves shelf and paints
Everything is ready to start painting

After they were completely dry, our dad put them together. Although first, we wanted to make one shelf green, one yellow and one red, our dad assembled it using different colors – brilliant!

ikea hack kids bookshelves
All colorful, dry and ready

Then he got his drill and put them up on the wall. Come to think of it, all the hard work was done by my hubby. Thank you so much for that!!!

And here is the result! Colorful, vibrant kids bookshelves, perfect for any kids room! Aren’t they great?

ikea hack kids bookshelves childrens book shelves
Finished children’s bookshelves

The kids loved them, they immediately wanted to start reading their books!!! You can read a post about our most children’s favorite books and our book advent calendars!

We made pompoms!!!

my pompoms
Those are the first tries – it’s going to get better, I promise!!!

As promised, I took my kids today outside and on the way to the grocery I made a quick stop at a store with yarns. We made plans to have some fun play with pompoms!

I bought a few nice ones – actually, some were chosen by my three-year-old son (you know how they choose, right? Son: “That one mom, I want that one!” Me: “Oh that’s nice! But isn’t this one with the many colors super-great?” – Well, it worked half the times and we, fortunately, avoided that awful brownish one he wanted at first!).

So, back at home, we began with the pompom making!!! That was fun!!! First, I tried a few methods and determined that I liked the one with only using the hands better. Next, I asked my boy for his helping hand. Literally! I used his sweet little hand for the first step. He was delighted! I don’t think he stands often that still for that “long”. Meanwhile, my 18-month old girl decorated the whole house laughing and running around with the neon-yellow yarn! She was having a blast!!! As soon as my son’s job was done, he moved on helping her decorating! You can imagine what my house looked like!

Next, I made the knot (it has to be as tight as possible). And then the cut with the scissors (you’ll need a good scissor for best results). And then… well then… well, at least my kids loved them, lol!!!

It took a few moments for me to realize that trimming the yarn was of out-most importance!!! Also, I maybe should choose some thinner yarn next time. Oh, and next time I’ll choose some funny yarns, too. You know, those fluffy, or flattened ones. And I saved the yarn that was trimmed. I really don’t know why!!! Maybe I’ll find some way of using them, stuffing something with it, perhaps.

Anyway, it was fun and we will surely make lot’s of them – after all, we have the yarn!!!

Amazing Dried Citrus Ornaments for DIY Christmas Decor

dried citrus ornaments
Dried citrus fruit ornaments (image source)

Making our own Christmas ornaments with my kids is one of my favorite activities this time of year. One cheap but awesome and beautiful idea is to make some Dried Citrus Ornaments for DIY Christmas Decor, using citrus fruit peels! Sooooo nice!

You can use any citrus fruit you like; oranges, mandarins, limes, grapefruits or lemons. Then, you have two choices. Either cut the fruit carefully into thin slices or peel carefully the skin off the fruit.

Dried orange slices and other natural craft material can also be found on Amazon.us:

 

If you choose to slice the fruits, arrange the slices on a lined baking tray and put the tray in a preheated oven at about 90-100°C. They should not touch each other. Bake them for about 2-3 hours, depending on how thick the slices are while turning them on the other side every 30 minutes or so. You should check every slice separately and when one dries out, get it out of the oven and let the others dry some more. Let them cool down completely and then pierce a hole in them. Now you can use anything you like, some yarn, cord or a nice ribbon, depending on the use you are planning for them. Even paper clips or ornament hooks could do the trick.

Using cookie cutters to make citrus peel ornaments

If you choose to use the peel, take some nice cookie cutters, like for example a star-, moon-, tree- or heart cookie cutter and cut the shapes out. Now, do the same as above. Isn’t it easy?

You can use also some spices or essential oils for more aroma, and even decoration!

Related: Orange Peel Roses: Step by Step photo instructions

Related: Orange Peel Rose: a Romantic Dried Fruit Decoration Idea

dried citrus ornaments
Dried citrus fruit ornament with cinnamon decoration (image source)
dry ornaments3
Dried citrus fruit ornaments on hooks (image source)

This post contains affiliate links of products I recommend, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something. Thank you!

Did you know you can buy dried natural materials to create your wreaths or garlands? There are even whole dried oranges or handy mixes of materials… You can find them here from Amazon.co.uk:

For more DIY Chrismats Ornaments, check out some of our other ideas: