Showing posts with label Cheap Christmas Presents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cheap Christmas Presents. Show all posts

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Glitter Play Dough


I thought I'd make something a little different this week. I have lots of friends with  young children and have been thinking about presents I could make to give as little gifts - or to go towards bigger gifts.

Thom loves playing with his play dough - his Mama made it for him and it has just lasted forever. But I thought I might sparkle it up a little bit for Christmas and make some glitter play dough (in keeping with my current love of all things that sparkle!). 

It's cheap to make, great for kids and you can get everything you need to make it at the grocery shop! This is my Mum's recipe (plus the glitter!). To make the quantities shown in my photos, I halved this recipe and made an individual batch for each colour.

What you need:
  • 1/2 cup of salt (the standard supermarket kind)
  • 1 cup plain white flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar (find this in the cooking aisle)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (sunflower or vegetable is fine)
  • food colouring 
  • fine glitter (I bought mine at Bunnings)
  • Air-tight containers for storage (again, Bunnings!)

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a pot.

2. Add all wet ingredients to the dry ingredients including food colour to your desired colour (1-2 drops is usually plenty).

3. Cook on a medium heat on the stove for 3-5 mins, stirring constantly. Mixture might look a bit lumpy for a while and then suddenly come together to a thick (almost) play dough consistency.

4. Remove the pot from the stove and add your glitter (use however much you like). I used 1 tablespoon for each batch of play dough, but I think next time I might use a bit more! Mix well.

5. Once glitter is combined you can scrape the play dough into a container. The container needs to be air-tight. 

Safety Note: Unless you use edible glitter for this recipe, make sure the kids don't eat this play dough - I know they tend to nibble at it when given the chance!

Happy crafting!

Caity x

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Christmas Present Ideas For Under $3!

Home Decorating:

Recently I had a few quick minutes to browse through a bargain shop for gift ideas for Christmas... and I came up with quite a few nice present options. Here are three of them below!

This tea towel would be really striking put into a frame (see my Tea Towel Pictures from earlier this year), or simply hung up on a wall in the kitchen using blu-tac and pegs. This tea towel cost me $2.
These pretty pastel plates would be a lovely gift on their own, or they could be hung up on a wall as a set of four or more. These plates were on sale and cost me $0.70 each.

This little black-bird (or birds, if you bought lots of them!) again would be a lovely gift on its own, or it could be painted a block colour, decorated with a pattern, or you could spray glue some fabric onto it.... endless options! This bird cost me $1.

And there were loads more possibilities for cheap Christmas presents in the bargain shops!

Happy bargain shopping!