Monday, February 2, 2015

Kid Friendly Crafts + $10 Family Christian Giveaway

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I love doing crafts with my girls. Crafts are excellent for bonding time. I'm going to show you a few simple, affordable crafts that you can do with your kids. We made a Valentine decoration vase, bath bombs, and bracelets. So, get your supplies ready and let's get ready to craft.
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Valentine Decoration Vase
glass vase
conversation hearts
pipe cleaners
coffee filters
crepe paper
tape
(optional) LED candle light

Stephanie (my co-blogger) and I hit the Dollar Store to make these cute vases. I made this vase for under $5 dollars. The hardest part is playing around with the coffee filters. First of all pour in your candy hearts. I bought two bags, but I probably could have used 4 bags. Fold your coffee filters in half and then half again. You can cut a scalloped shape into the edge of the flower if you want. Holding the coffee filter play around with it until it looks like a flower. You can use tape to hold the shape and attach it to the stem. We tried using glue, but we had better luck with the tape.
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I didn't love the look of the flowers, so I put a led candle in mine and removed all of the stems from my flowers. I thought it gave it a more romantic look.

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I have tried making bath bombs before and made a huge mess. This kit from Family Christian makes it so easy and gives you almost everything you need. I'm guessing you could probably make 50 bath bombs with this kit, which is a deal, because the normal price per bath bomb is usually $6. The best part is making them how you want them. We had a blast making them. To order yours click here.

Bath Bombs (makes 6)
1 cup citric acid
2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
food coloring
1/4 teaspoon of essential oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
spray bottle filled with cold water
sheet molds
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In a large non-plastic bowl using a metal whisk combine citric acid, baking soda, and corn starch. Add food coloring, in small amounts, until you get the color you want. Remember, when you spray the mixture the color will darken.
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Once you have everything mixed well, add your oils. We used orange scent and almond oil. Mix well.
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Spray the water a very little at a time and continue to whisk. You do not want this mixture to start fizzing. That's why you must lightly mist and stir. Once it gets to the point that it sticks together, stop misting. 
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Overfill the molds slightly. Fill two halves to form a ball. Press and pack firmly.
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Allow molds to set for at least 60 minutes. This gives them time to stick together.
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Once the 60 minutes has passed, very carefully remove them from the molds. If they come apart, press them back together. I decided to keep a few of them that came apart, well apart. Half of a bath bomb gives your more use and still makes your bath very lovely.
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I allowed my bath bombs to dry over night on a tray. 

My bath bombs are now ready to use or give away. 
The last craft was a Melissa and Doug Sweet Hearts bead set from Family Christian. You can pick one up for your little sweetheart by clicking here. As you can see above, the colors are beautiful. This kit comes with everything you will need except for scissors and a little imagination. 
My youngest is 8 years old and she loves making jewelry to give away. She immediately started making bracelets to give away to her friends. You can see Keira hard at work making her masterpiece. 
She ended up making her bracelet a little bit big, so this is where mom comes in to help make the right size and to tie the knots.

I hope you enjoyed these crafts. Making crafts is a very special time I share with my kids and my friends. I hope you also will make some memories with your family.

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What craft would you like to make with your kids?