Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sock Bun: Sink or Float?

Last night I tried the sock bun that is supposed to leave your hair curly by morning
 without using any products or heat. Who would have though that you could use a sock to create curls?
Here is what the blogger claims it did for her:

I took an old dress sock and cut the toe off. 
(I couldn't find any with holes so I used one that collects lint balls)

Once you have cut the toe off you just roll it up until it looks like a srunchie.

Put your hair in a high pony tail on your head, dampen hair with sprayer
 and then roll according to directions (Video Here)

Here are my results.



I haven't decided whether to Sink or Float this one just yet. I am going to attempt it again, but use a little bit of anti frizz serum and instead of a hair band I am going to use a scrunchie for the high pony. My hair curled but it was not leave the house, without a hat, worthy.

Have you tried this? How did it work for you?

Rice Krispie Snowmen: Float or Sink

I got this idea from a post on Pinterest but her directions were far more complex than I was willing to commit to. I modeled mine after hers, but made them my own. 

"My Inspiration"
I made one batch of Rice Krispies , then rolled them into balls on wax paper. I did not waste any time assembling. I put the head on while they cooled and found that the weight of the head actually made the bottom flat (Instead of having to cut the bottom flat). I'm not really one for time consuming projects to produce a snack so I used frosting in the tube, for easy application, to glue things onto my bodies once they had cooled. I used cookies for the base of the hat and Rolos for the top of the hat. I lined my hats with colored frosting from the tube to hide the gap. The sour licorice strips worked great for the scarves. Chocolate Chips and Red Hots were an easy way to create the buttons, eyes and nose.

I used these for my daughter's "Friend" Gifts for Christmas.
The feedback I got was all positive.
Here is my final product:

Rice Krispies Snowmen : FLOAT!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Paper Beads : Float or Sink

When I saw paper beads on Pinterest I knew that I needed to try to make them. This is something that my six year old, AshLynne and I tried out together after stopping by the craft store and purchasing some Mod Podge. (Tip: a little goes a long way, buy the smaller container and save some money!) It comes in a couple different finishes, I went with a glossy finish.

I found that my favorite thing to make the beads out of was junk mail or old magazines that are stuffed in a dusty corner...or if you are a little bit lazy, like I can sometimes be, the Pottery Barn catalog that has been sitting on the counter for months waiting to be looked at makes great beads too. (Tip: Ads in the magazine are thicker, roll better and have a lot more color.) There are different Guidelines you can use when cutting the strips of paper you need to make these, but I just cut mine with a paper slicer and used any shape that was produced. I actually rolled my paper around another paint brush handle and then applied the Mod Podge.

Super easy and can be done even by a six year old! 
She only needed help applying the sealer.

This project FLOATS

The only negative thing I will say is that it is time consuming. Mod Podge dries very quickly, but it takes a while to make enough beads to actually create a piece of jewelry (will post a picture when Ash has made something out of them)

Happy Frugal Crafting!

Click here for directions!