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How to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Learn how to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments with this easy DIY. And your little ones will have fun helping you too!

 

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

 

This morning was a rainy and chilly one.  A perfect day for staying in our pajamas and adding some touches of Christmas throughout the house. So we made homemade salt dough ornaments. I had never made them before but they were really easy to make. The kids loved helping roll out the dough and playing with the cookie cutters and the house smelled like Christmas. Salt dough ornaments look great on the tree, you can add to a garland, or paint them and use as gift tags.

Homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Homemade scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I did a blend of Eucalyptus and Orange)
  • Twine

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix together flour, salt and spices. If you choose to add some essential oils, add those in as well.
  3. Add in 1 cup of water
  4. Mix well until dough comes together. It should not be sticky.
  5. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Use some cookie cutters to cut out your ornaments.
  7. Make a tiny hole on the ornaments using a straw.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 1 hour then flip and bake for an hour on the other side.
  10. Let cool. String with twine.

 

For more Christmas DIYs check out

DIY Christmas garland

My Homemade Irish Cream (this is a family favorite)

 

 

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DIY fall garland and mantle decor

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

Fall is by far my favorite time of year! This past week I started adding some fall decor throughout our home. One of my favorite places to switch out the seasonal decor is our fireplace and mantle as it is the focal point of our family room. (You can see my post on how we whitewashed our fireplace here). I am in love with the way my mantle decor came out featuring this  easy DIY fall garland. It was super inexpensive to make too as most of the things can be found at the Dollar Store.

Below I’m sharing my DIY fall garland and mantle decor so that you can

recreate the look too!

DIY Fall Garland

DIY fall garland

You will need:

  • Twine
  • a needle
  • faux leaves (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
  • Foam pumpkins
  • Foam acorns
  • Whatever else you want. Wooden beads would be cute too!

Directions:

  1. Thread the twine through the eye of your needle and tie a knot at the end.
  2. Using your needle, puncture a hole through the leaf and thread the twine through. Next do the same with your foam pumpkins and acorns. You will need to exert a decent amount of pressure to thread the needle completely though the foam pumpkins and acorns.
  3. Continue with whatever pattern you choose.
  4. Once finished, cut the needle off the twine and tie each end.
  5. Hang on your mantle, windows, doorways, or wherever you’d like.

 

Mantle decor

I chose to go with more of a fall/harvest theme with pumpkins, leaves and flowers vs Halloween since I can keep it up throughout Thanksgiving but you can do whatever you like. And most of my mantle decor was $30 or less!

Click the links or thumbnail photos below to shop!

The farmhouse window panes and boxwood wreath stay up all year long and then I usually just switch out the other pieces as the seasons change.

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

I got the glass vases and faux flowers from the Dollar Store.

I love these black tapered candlesticks which you can leave up throughout

most of fall and winter.

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

 

 

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

 

Faux boxwood wreath

Farmhouse window panes

Muted faux pumpkins

Candlesticks

Fall book stack

 

 

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Easy homemade bubble solution with 3 ingredients

Homemade bubble solution

When I think about summer I think about the smell of sunscreen, playing outside all day, eating endless watermelon and popsicles and bubbles. My kids love bubbles. It will occupy them for hours. At the beginning of every summer, I buy bottles of bubbles and usually after a few days, they end up getting spilled all over the deck. Using only 3 ingredients that you probably already have at home, you can whip up a big batch of this easy homemade bubble solution with my recipe below. I’m also sharing how to make your own bubble wands.

(For more summer activities and ideas be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post and check out some other of my blogger friends I’ve teamed up with!)

Easy Homemade Bubble Solution

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 cups of dish soap
  • 3/4 cup of corn syrup, glycerine or sugar

Directions:

  1. In a large gallon jug, pour the water, dish soap and corn syrup (or glycerin or sugar) stirring until well combined. Let it sit overnight.
  2. Pour into separate smaller bottles or set up a large bubble station outside with some bubble wands (showing you how to make your own below)

easy homemade bubble solution

 

Homemade Bubble Wands

homemade bubble wands

You will need:

  • pipe cleaners or a thick wire
  • scissors or wire cutters
  • beads

This is a great activity for your kids to do on their own. I made a few wands ahead of time and laid them out to show as an example. You may need to be close by to help with the cutting.

Tip – I found that a thick wire (old wire hangers are great!) work better than the pipe cleaners. Eventually the pipe cleaners got soggy from the bubbles and didn’t hold up as well.

 

easy homemade bubble solution

 

easy homemade bubble solution

Check out these other summer activities/ideas

No mess watercolor painting – The Very Best Baby Stuff

Yummy homemade popsicles – Christina on the Daily

Ocean beach float recipe – Our Robins Nest

Peach and arugula salad flatbread – Home with the Wileys

Best of summer and rainy day activities – Caitlin Houston Blog

Summer activities – Arataria at Home

 

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How to make homemade edible playdough

How to make homemade edible playdough

This morning I was looking for a fun sensory activity that would occupy both a baby and a toddler. Let me first of all preface this by saying that not every day of quarantine has been like this morning. Some days we get crafty and have little projects but mostly I’ve been perfectly ok with the kids having screen time. (Hey whatever works right?) This morning though I was feeling all “pinteresty” and we made homemade edible playdough.

I’m sharing my recipe below on how to make homemade edible playdough using ingredients we already had on hand.

How to make homemade edible playdough

How to make homemade edible playdough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of canned frosting
  • 2 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl mix together the frosting and confectioners sugar until dough becomes crumbly and slightly lumpy. (This is how the dough will look)How to make homemade edible playdough
  2. Add in sprinkles if you want to make it a little more colorful
  3. Roll into balls and play!

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

For more ideas on how to occupy your little ones at home check out

15 things to do with your kids while you’re social distancing

 

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