Monthly Archives: September 2007

Beauty Bath Bar

Beauty Bath Bar
1 bar of soap
acrylic paints
paint brushes
2 oz. canning wax
  • Paint a design over one side of the bar of soap, using the acrylic paints and paint brushes.
  • Meanwhile, in a double poiler over medium high heat, place canning wax.
  • When wax is completely melted, use a disposable brush to paint a layer of clear wax over the painted design on the bar of soap.
  • Set the bar of soap aside until the wax dries.
  • The protective layer of was will allow the soap to be used while the painted desing remains on the bar!

Modeling Clay

Modeling Clay
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
food coloring
  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine baking soda and cornstarch.
  • Mix well and add water.
  • Continue to heat for 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  • CONTINUE TO STIR–as mixture will thicken very quickly.
  • Cover a flat surface (counter, kitchen table) with additional cornstarch.
  • Spread mixture over cornstarch and knead by hand until mixture turns into a workable clay.
  • Divide clay into several sections.
  • Make a hole in the cneter of each seciton and add a few drops of food coloring to the hole in each section.
  • If desired, use a different color for each section.
  • Knead the sections by hand until the color has distributed throughout.
  • Place any leftover clay in a ziplock bag and refrigerate.
  • Use leftover clay within 3 days.

For a permanent sculpture, let the modeled clay air dry overnight.

Finger Paints #1

Finger Paints #1
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups water (as 1 cup then 3 cups)
food coloring
  • Compine flour and 1 cup water into large saucepan. Stir in water until smooth.
  • Add the remaining 3 cups water and place over medium heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a sustained boil (can’t be stirred down) for 1 minute then remove from heat.
  • Let cool.
  • Pour into 3 or 4 separate cups (paper cups, plastic bowls, etc.) and add food coloring. These cups are just for mixing paint.
  • Store the paint in a air-tight plastic bowl, cup, or large ziploc bag.
  • Paint on wet or dry butcher paper or finger paint paper.

Sticker Glue

Sticker Glue
1/4 of a 3 oz. package of unflavored gelatin
1 Tbs. cold water
3 Tbs. boiling water
1/2 tsp. white peppermint extract
2 drops of boric acid solution
  • Sprinkle gelatin in cold water to soften.
  • Pour into boiling water, stirring until dissolved.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix very well.
  • To use glue, brush thinly onto back of sticker design. When applying to paper, gently moisten.
  • Store unused glue in a small jar or something with a lid.
  • Warm in a pan to turn to a liquid again.

Funny Putty

Funny Putty
1/2 cup liquid starch
1/2 cup school glue
  • Mix starch and glue together
  • Store in either a Ziploc bag, a plastic Easter egg or an empty film canister.

Face Paints

Face Paints
6 tsp corn starch; divided
3 tsp. water; divided
3 tsp cold cream; divided
Food coloring
6 cup muffin tin
  1. In each cup of the muffin tin, put 1 tsp. of cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. each of cold cream and water.
  2. Add different color food coloring to each cup. Mix very well.
  3. Use paintbrush or a cosmetic sponge to apply.

Finger Paints

Finger Paints
2 cups cold water
3 tsp sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 Tbs. light corn syrup
Liquid food coloring
Small bowls or jars with lids
  1. In a small pot, stir water, sugar and cornstarch. Whisk over low heat for 5 minutes until mixture is thick and clear.
  2. Stir in corn syrup. Pour paint into small containers with lids.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to each and shake until color is well mixed.