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by Tamona on September 11, 2012 · 0 comments

T-Shirt Bag Tutorial

Do you have old t-shirts laying around the house that no one wears or someone outgrew? I typically keep them in my craft bucket so I can play around with them and use the scrap fabric as patches. Imagine turning an old shirt into a shopping bag or a Trick or Treat bag for Halloween. I did it and now you can do it because I made a video!
You will need the following items:

An old shirt
Scissors
Sewing machine or needle and thread
*Optional extra pieces of fabric or felt to design the bag*

Spirit Stick Tutorial

It is time for homecoming and that means Homecoming Mums and Spirit Sticks. Since I already showed you how I make my Homecoming Mums, I figured it was time to share directions for making a fun Spirit Stick. This project is really simple and you can make this stick with leftover Homecoming scraps and some FREE supplies from the local home improvement store.

Blow A Balloon Up w/Carbon Dioxide Gas

Do you remember how much fun science projects were when we were kids? My first project was a volcano with apple cider vinegar, food coloring, and baking soda spewing from it. I was feeling a bit nostalgic today so I figured I would recreate carbon dioxide gas. Instead of a volcano, we decided to just blow a balloon up with practically no hands!

Parents, you will need to do this project with your children for safety purposes. You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Distilled vinegar
  • An empty water bottle
  • 1 rubber band
  • 1 balloon
  • 1 funnel

I had a totally different tip planned for today but the best made plans are typically ruined. My plan was ruined by a teen throwing my car key into a pool that resembles Shrek’s swamp. I guess I will have to adjust my day and just give you some crazy at home recipes for useful household cleaning tips. These projects can be completed using things you have in your house.

Homemade Febreeze

  • 3 tablespoons of fabric softener (Downy Suavitel, Purex etc.)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol

**You can alter this recipe and exclude rubbing alcohol. **

Homemade Detergent

Basic (small scale 5 gallon bucket) Recipe:

  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Vinegar or Water (optional and can be replaced with water)
  • 2 bars of soap
  • *Fill 5 gallon bucket with water*
Basically, you use equal parts Borax and Washing Soda. If you are making a smaller container of detergent, then just fill whatever container you use with hot boiling water. The amount of Borax and Washing Soda can be tweeked as long as you keep them equal.
In this video I used twice the amount of ingredients because I made a 10 gallon bucket.

Homemade Drain Cleaner

Drain Cleaner

To keep drains clean and clear, prevention is the best solution.
Once a month:

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover the drain. This solution will foam and fizzle so don’t worry about that. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then run cool water down the drain.

Clear a CLOGGED drain:

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 1/2 salt

Let this mixture sit and then pour 2 cups of boiling hot water. *Best if you let the mixture sit overnight before adding the water*

Homemade Fabric Softener

  • 8 cups of water
  • 3 cups of distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups of conditioner or essential oils for fragrance

Use 1/4 cup when washing clothing. Soak a towel or piece of fabric in the fabric softener and toss it in the dryer for homemade dryer sheets.

Oven Glass Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of water

*Rub this mixture over the inner glass of the oven door. Let it sit for 30 minutes and voila!

Dishwasher Detergent

  • 2 cups of Washing Soda
  • 2 cups of Borax

Use 1/4 tablespoon in dishwasher. Vinegar should be used as a rinse aide.

All Purpose Floor Cleaner

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tsp of dish detergent

Toilet Cleaner

  • Coca Cola

Microwave Cleaner

  • 2 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water

*Heat in microwave for 3 minutes and then use the solution to clean the microwave.

Baking Pan Cleaner

  • 1/4 c of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of peroxide

*Rub on the pan and let it sit 15 minutes

Porcelain Cleaner

  • Cream of Tartar

Rub it on and wipe it away!

These are few great cleaning products you make yourself using things that might be in your house already! Please feel free to share more cleaning tips and tricks!

Chalkboard Paint

I hope you guys are making some great things today. Thirteen years ago, I made something great and I need to celebrate. Tax Deduction #2 is having her 13th birthday today!! I won’t be doing much posting today but I do want to share this fun craft with you. Did you know you could turn any paint into chalkboard paint? You will need:

  • Non-sanded grout
  • Paint (whatever color)
  • Chalk (to play with when you are done)
  • Paint brush
  • Drop cloth or bed pad to keep tidy
  • Mixing stick
  • Paint can opener
This craft is super easy and super fast to make. It is a worry free rules free project and I am making chalkboards all over my home. Let me know if you have any questions or if there is something that has you puzzled about this process.

 

Homemade Detergent

Welcome to Make Something Mondays!

My family and I love to make stuff. Its literally that simple. We make stuff. We are always creating something to decorate our home, re-purposing something old, or just doing a fun craft project to keep the kids busy. I figured its time to share those crafty ideas with you. Check us out every week as we bring fun to the blogosphere!

 

 

Hello my lovely Make Something Monday Family! I thoroughly enjoy doing Make Something Mondays. I can barely choose which project to do each week. This week I decided to teach you to make your own laundry detergent. The formula is very simple and cannot be ruined.

Basic (small scale 5 gallon bucket) Recipe:

  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Vinegar or Water (optional and can be replaced with water)
  • 2 bars of soap
  • *Fill 5 gallon bucket with water*
Basically, you use equal parts Borax and Washing Soda. If you are making a smaller container of detergent, then just fill whatever container you use with hot boiling water. The amount of Borax and Washing Soda can be tweeked as long as you keep them equal.
In this video I used twice the amount of ingredients because I made a 10 gallon bucket.

If you don’t find these items in your store, always check online sites like Amazon. Here are a few I found:

Lollipop Topiary

This week we are going to make a candy tree. This is great for a candy land type project for kids. You could do this exact same project with a snowman but a candy tree is probably the easiest candy land object. These make great centerpieces also. Let’s get started. You will need:

  • Styrofoam cone
  • piece of a swimming noodle
  • candy (suckers are great when dealing with styrofoam
  • hot glue gun
  • Large or different sucker aka lollipop

 

Hot glue your noodle piece as shown above to the bottom of the cone shaped Styrofoam. This gives your tree some height and makes it look like a real tree.

For the next step, I broke the sucker sticks so they would be somewhat short.

Next, put the suckers into the Styrofoam at an angle.

When you are done, make a topper or pop in a nice big sucker!

Candy Bouquet

Welcome to Make Something Mondays!

My family and I love to make stuff. Its literally that simple. We make stuff. We are always creating something to decorate our home, re-purposing something old, or just doing a fun craft project to keep the kids busy. I figured its time to share those crafty ideas with you. Check us out every week as we bring fun to the blogosphere!

 

 

We are working with candy today! Halloween is just around the corner so I figured it would be fun incorporate some candy projects. Today’s project is a small candy bouquet. You will need:

  • A vase
  • Candy
  • Toothpicks
  • Tape
  • Wacky noodle
  • ****possibly a hot glue gun***

With a project like this one, you may want to see me create it myself.

Hair Clips

Welcome to Make Something Mondays!

My family and I love to make stuff. Its literally that simple. We make stuff. We are always creating something to decorate our home, re-purposing something old, or just doing a fun craft project to keep the kids busy. I figured its time to share those crafty ideas with you. Check us out every week as we bring fun to the blogosphere!

 

 

Level of difficulty: Easy Supplies: Box Cutter Foam Template Scissors Glitter Glue Adult Hair Clip or Hair Pin

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