Pinterest Win: Squishy Bags

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I have no idea what else to call these things, but they are super easy and super fun, and super cheap.

I saw the idea on Pinterest, but never pinned it. I did pin a similar idea here, but this is a little twist on it.

First of all, the first pin I saw said that this is an idea for toddler-age, but my 11 month old seems to really like it, as long as I watch him while he plays with it, because he will try to bite it, and although I double bagged it, I’m scared he’ll break a hole in it, and I don’t want him to get a mouthful of hair gel.

So, here are the supplies.

As you can see, I've already used some of the clear hair gel. I had to make sure this was actually going to work out before taking pictures, LOL.

As you can see, I’ve already used some of the clear hair gel. I had to make sure this was actually going to work out before taking pictures, LOL.

So we’ve got: hair gel, duct tape, glitter and assorted beads. You also need some ziploc-type baggies, that aren’t pictured. All of the supplies, except the duct tape, I got from the Dollar Tree (where EVERYTHING is a dollar!) — I spent a grand total of $10.00 on this project, and I should be able to make ~6 baggies.

Anyways, you have to put the hair gel into the bag. You don’t want to put a whole bunch like I did with the first one I made, you want to put about 1/3 of the hair gel container in it and then add more if necessary.

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I just added more after I’d added the beads and glitter and squished around, to see if more was needed. Side note: this stuff smells *so good*.

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Then, you add your beads and stuff. Just pile it in, zip the top and squish it all around until you’re happy with the consistency of everything.

Then, you squeeze the air out as much as possible and ready the duct tape.

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Please excuse the quality of these photos. I took them with my iPhone and it was late. Anyway, duct tape the zipper part (I put two layers of duct tape on), if you want to duct tape the whole way around, you could do that, too.

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Then you put that bag inside the other bag and repeat the process of squishing, getting out the air and duct taping. Then, you hand it off to your kid.

And you clean up the mess.

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Or, you could sit absentmindedly squishing it for twenty minutes, thinking about your to-do list and organizing the homeschool curriculum and whether or not you should have another apple before you go to bed.

Not that I did that or anything.

Nope. Not me.

Pinterest Win: Mother’s Day Gifts

Since everyone that could check this site has received their Mother’s Day gifts, I can now post the PICTURES from the craft we did! YAY! 🙂

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This was SUCH a cool project that I had pinned on Pinterest and was so excited to try it. (By the way, do  you follow me on Pinterest? Because you should.) Anyways, that pin led me here, where the explanation was and the art project looked even cooler when I saw how easy it was.

The directions are super easy. You take a terra-cotta pot, turn it over (put something under it to make a space between the lip and whatever it is you’re working over, which is what I should’ve done, but didn’t, because I didn’t think it would be necessary, but it is), and then pour paint on the bottom, while gravity does the rest. Super easy and SUPER fun.

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One tip: less is more. As you can see here, the blue is spilling over the pink, which means that the pink won’t be seen. Using less paint and tipping the pot would’ve made sure all the colors would’ve been seen, I think. We’ll do this project again and tweak as we go, so that’s another thing I’d suggest. Tweak as you go.

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We kind of went a little crazy and dribbled pain down the sides and stuff to give it a different sort of look, instead of letting it rainbow down the sides. Because, the rainbow effect is cool, but it takes a while for the paint to pour down the side, which is why I should’ve had the pot on top of something (like a spray paint can, or something) so that I could’ve tipped the pot to make the paint go down faster.

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And here they are after they’ve dried for two days, and I painted the lip of the pot yellow, because the paint dried funny.

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These turned out so cool and so pretty that I cannot wait to do this again, only I’ll plan on keeping all of the pots this time instead of just one, because they were all so unique that it was hard to decide which one should go to whom.

It’s a very quick project and, if your kids are able to keep paint from getting everywhere, it’s one that can be done on your kitchen table, which is where we did it, so that bugs and dirt didn’t get mixed in with the paint. Once the paint is dry, just spray the pot with some Polyurethane coating and voila! It’s all done! And pretty! And ready to impress people! Now, I just have to go find some pretty flowers to put in mine.