When my son got a bad case of eczema as a baby I started making this washing powder thats all natural chemical-, irritant- and bad-stuff free. Not only did his eczema go away, I also saved lots of money on washing powder and dishwasher pods.
Its easy and really cost effective if you buy the ingredients in bulk.
Spread 2kg bicarbonate of soda (bicarb) in a thin layer over baking trays. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 1hour. Bicarb is fluffy and shiny but when it is ready it will be dull and grainy. The chemical process actually now makes it washing soda and the weight will have reduced to about 1,5 kg.
Mix the washing soda with 2kg Bicarb and 1kg Epson Salts. You may want to divide that beforehand into two bowls to be able to mix it if you don’t have one very large bowl. You can add an additional few drops of essential oil and mix it through… I prefer lemongrass.
Store in an air tight container until needed.
For softener I use half a cup of Vinegar in a large load. Its not as soft as store bought conventional softener but it does the trick and I am willing to sacrifice as much for the environment!
From the Washing Powder recipe above, take 2 cups and add enough lemon juice to make it sticky and clumping. Fill ice cube trays (not so much that it won’t fit into the pod holder) and push down with gloves or cover with cling wrap because as it can very abrasive and drying on your hands. Leave in the sun for a day or two to dry out… It is ready when you can pop it out of the tray without it breaking.
You can use a tablespoon or two of the powder as it is as well or add a little citric acid to make it fizz.
Use salt as normal and Vinegar as rinsing aid.
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Still having Christmas with other family or friends? Heres a full list of my DIY Christmas series. These are mostly made with found objects around the house and easy to do with kids.
This fun project is easy to do with toddlers if you are not too focused on having it perfect.
What you’ll need:
- Paper plates (preferably 2 small and two large ones)
- Green Paint
- 2 x Toilet paper rolls
- Glitter, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, sequence etc. to decorate your tree with.
Let your toddler paint the back of the paper plates. This is what mine looked like after they were done. I kept their Read the rest of this entry
Oh how I love these bulbs… Buttons, buttons and more buttons! This one is more for older kids if you want to do it neatly with a glue gun as the buttons are too heavy for glues that don’t dry as quick but younger kids can probably do something similar with craft glue and something other than buttons.
You will need:
- Polystyrene balls (purchased at CNA, PNA and Crazy Store in South Africa)
- Glue Gun
- Lots of buttons (Also purchased at Craft stores. I bought mine at CNA)
- Rope, ribbon or lace
Now before you get all excited about all the buttons and start glueing like me, take a scissor and make a hole for the rope. I added the photos from a previous post cause with this one I accidentally got ahead of myself.
Squirt a little glue inside and quickly insert the rope.
Make sure there’s enough glue to hold, squirt a little on top if neccessary.
Now you can glue your heart out… its best to glue the button instead of the polystyrene ball as the glue can melt the ball and its better for exact placing of the buttons.
When done, it will look something like this… the best of all is that each ball will look different!
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This is the third post in the DIY Christmas series. These glitter rope bulbs are very easy for kids of 6+ to make.
You will need:
- Craft Glue
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Ive been busy with creating DIY Christmas ornaments and will be sharing them in the following month. Here is my first attempt at a globe made from recycled materials. It may cost you if you don’t have the tools but if you do, its very cheap. I made my own version, but saw the original post HERE. Read the rest of this entry
This is such a fun project to do with toddlers and its super easy!
What you’ll need:
- 2 bowls and a cup measure
- Access to warm and cold water
- Teaspoon and mixing spoon
- Craft/ office glue (Elmers glue)
- Gel food coloring (or any form of coloring)
- Glitter (optional)
Mix 1/2 cup glue with 1/2 cup water
Add coloring and glitter
Mix 1/2 cup cold water with 1/4 cup boiled or warm water
Add 2 tspoons borax
Pour glue mix into borax
Start taking all the glue out with your fingers and the glue will magically transform into bouncy frozen glitter slime! You can break it and press it back together again and bounce it around when its settled enough.
Make sure to store it in a glass container to ensure it doesn’t dry out. It happens within a day if not in a sealed container!
Sell it as an Entrepreneurs project or make it for Christmas gifts!
Finally its time for some FREE Party Printables! This week its Frozen. I found that boys also love Frozen but really struggle to find Printables so I designed one specially for them. Click on the link below to download, open in Word or any other editing programme and insert your own info. Alternatively you can also print it out and write it by hand. Read the rest of this entry
Hey Moms of Crafty Kids, here’s a great competition for 4-13 year olds to show their Craftiness! One awesome Kid from each category will win a R250 voucher from takealot.com. If a US reader wins, they will win a $20 voucher from Amazon.com.
The two categories are:
Kids, make a creation of your own with found objects like recycled materials and whatever Crafty stuff you can find at home, like paper plates, toilet rolls, yoghurt containers, tin foil… use your imagination but REMEMBER… Read the rest of this entry
I found this great, easy to make Face Paint recipe on Popsugar.com and decided I had to share! This is fairly easy to make but does take a bit of time as each color must be mixed
separately. You’ll do better than me if you have a bigger little mixing container for each color rather than having to wash the mixing bowl after every color. I used acrylic water bas Read the rest of this entry
This bird feeder is fun to make and quick and easy to do with toddlers. I just love recycling materials and what better to recycle than toilet paper rolls! Read the rest of this entry
When my husband wanted to take my 2yo daughter on a business trip with him I knew we were going to need some In-Flight Activities to keep her busy. I made this in a rush the night before so I think I will do one of these properly again, but for this one I just wanted to make something fun for her to do. I sent her off the next morning with a backpack filled with snacks, Pipe cleaners, colored Ice Cream sticks and this book and a sticker book for the activities in the book. It seemed to do the trick and
this is what I did:
I found a bunch of scraps of cardboard left over from other activities and some glue-pens, markers etc. and some stickers. I didn’t have much to choose from sticker wise but I found sea animals and flowers so I thought I could make a page for the sea activity and a page for the garden activity. I also had some bows and butterflies etc. made for creating cards so I counted what I had of what and used that as the counting page since Hanlé has become really interested in counting as of late.
- Use A4 cardboard for the cover if you like, and about 10 A4 pages for the rest
- Get all of them together neatly and fold all of them together in half (don’t staple yet)
- Keep the book together as if it was stapled as you need the order of the pages to work out in the end. Now you can either Plot your pages and start working from the back, as it becomes difficult to write on the back of a page once you have glued layers of cardboard and bows on the other side (activity page). If you use glitter glue like me, you will also need to take those pages out to dry so doing the back first will save some time BUT if you are not going to use glitter glue and don’t mind a thick book, feel free to staple and start from the front, then you can write the activities on a separate piece of cardboard, cut it out with a nice pattern scissor and just glue it on the left sides to the backs of the activity pages.
- If you start from the back, write the activity on the left page and create your activity on the right… take note of the page that goes with it to the right as the order will be messed up once you take it apart for all the glitter glue to dry.
- Draw a few coloring pages with open pages in between… its important for creativity to draw their own pictures too!
- Once everything is glued and dried (for me it was the next morning), re-order your book, open it up and press it against a soft surface like a couch with the cover facing up. Open up your stapler and staple three times along the centre fold (one in middle and one on each side) to ensure the book is fixed properly. (Note: Staplers staple at least 1-2 mm below the edge so align it with the fold and take it up a bit before you staple otherwise the staples wont align with the fold and your book will have a new centre fold!)
- Stick all the stickers that belong in a scene on one page of the sticker book and add some extra random stickers for free play. This is their book so they should have fun creative pages for themselves as well.
- If you are sending your toddler away with the book, remember to send the sticker book and some crayons to draw with.
This is what it looked like when it came back… I was impressed as I thought there would be torn pages and Dora stickers in the sea and fish in the garden but it seems daddy took note of the instructions 🙂
This is so easy to make even for kids though not cheap at R150 for all the accessories but so worth it as a gift for anyone who loves sewing and will appreciate expensive (or even cheap dollar store) new threads and accessories.
What you will need: Just a glass bottle (I re-used a jam jar and stuck a spindle of pins on the lid to make it look new) and whatever you want to put in it. Read the rest of this entry