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I was on the site: Organizing Home Life the other day and Ginny, the author, made a post about labeling your leftovers in the fridge using dry erase crayons. *Go to her site here*
Dry erase crayons?! I didn’t even know these existed! After all these years (ok, only about 2) I’ve had to suffer the effect of letting my oldest daughter learn to yield a dry erase marker, getting it all over her hands and things. Crayons are great, dry erase crayons? Even better.

So anyways, I bought a pack of dry erase crayons and found that in addition to being able to write on Pyrex lids, I could write on other things too. Think of some of the benefits. Remember seeing those trendy drinking glasses in the store with the bit of chalkboard paint on them so you can use chalk to label your glass? Well now you can use the glasses and cups you already own. When you’re ready to label things you can mark drinking glasses, wine glasses, plastic cups, glass bowls, heck, I even wrote on my kitchen counter, windows, mirrors and coffee cup. Non-porous surfaces are the key. The crayon writing doesn’t rub off easily but with a little bit of water and a rag it wipes clean.

Trying to rub off with a dry rag

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Rubbing it off with a damp rag

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Difficulty: Easy peasy. Materials needed: Sta-Flo liquid starch, Elmers Glue-All liquid Glue, food coloring, measuring cup (optional), spoon, bowl, scrap newspaper or paper towel, and a airtight jar of some sort for storing it.

This was a rewarding project to do outside with my 5 year old. It turned out just like store bought silly putty but even better because we got to make it.
Arrange your arsenal of supplies:

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Measure out the glue, we used a whole bottle.
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Add the food coloring… Pretty!
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Pour into bowl, then measure the exact same amount of Sta-Flo as you used Elmers Glue. We used a measuring cup because reading about other peoples silly putty adventures, getting equal amounts is key.
Pour Sta-Flo into the bowl now and stir.
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Whoa! Looks crazy! Let it soak for about five minutes, stir again.
Take the gunk out and let sit on newspaper or paper towel for a couple minutes to drain off extra liquid.
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Then squeeze and press the stuff till it resembles silliness.
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And then play.
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This putty is such a cool texture, it stretches and melts but doesn’t leave visible residue on hands or table. Note that if for whatever reason water or liquid gets on it, it will make a horrible mess! Keep it dry for sure.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy day after day.
For a birthday present idea, put the putty in a cool container, and throw in a couple of google-y eyes. For a batch that made about a cup of putty, it cost around $2.37, add $1 for a latch top airtight glass from the dollar store and you’ve got a unique fun gift to give for under $5.

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Rated: Easy, embarrassingly easy.

Materials: Any scrap fabric that suits you

    I don’t purchase wrapping paper at any retail store, ever. I find wrapping paper at yard sales or just use last weeks sale ads and dress it up with a pretty ribbon. It works for me, but my mother in law, Melody has come up with a winning idea. She didn’t use paper at all this Christmas. She found heaps of different sized, unique fabric laying around her house and wrapped all gifts in them. She secured each package with yarn that she had. The result was a soft, warm gift wrap that can be reused. Simple, yet very unique. For those who don’t have fabric and yarn in their household, swing by your Grandmas. She has a closet full.

    Merry Christmas!!
    Carie

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Rated: Easy! Materials: Leaves, an ugly used door mat, spray paint colors of your choice

    So your once colorful welcome mat is now a sad looking rectangle. It happens to everyone. Your first thoughts may be to go buy a pretty new one and spend $20 or you might just hold onto it as is because even though it’s ugly, it still serves it’s purpose well.

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    Did you know though that with just a few minutes of your time, you can turn your tired mat into a one of a kind welcome mat?

    Step one is clean your old mat well. Smack it around, turn it upside down and jump on it. Do that until your not seeing dirt come off it anymore.
    Step two is find a variety of fall leaves and arrange on your mat.

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    Step three is to start spray painting, being careful not to blow your leaves away. You’ll want to keep the leaves exactly in the same spot until you are done with all the spray painting. I used 3 almost empty spray paint cans in a rust red, brown and a teeny bit of yellow. I used an enamel kind, it should be water proof and last.
    So that’s all that’s to it. Let it dry and use.

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Rated: Easy to Moderate (because of running a drill)
Materials Needed: Acorn caps, a drill with drill bit, wire or string, beads (optional), spray paint (optional), necklace clasp (optional)

    No need to spend money on new jewelry, look outside under your local oak tree. Free and biodegradable 🙂
    Gather the acorn caps, more than you think you need. Next, Prepare to drill every cap, choose a drill bit that will work well with your choice of necklace wire or string. Find center and drill away. Drilling the holes took some time but man oh man does my daughter love her necklace. She wore hers all day, and the day after.

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    Now that you have a bunch of acorn caps with holes, it’s time to create the necklace. Tie one cap to the end of your wire or string (or use your necklace clasp) and then begin to bead them. I thought open end to open end would look awesome, like wooden beads, but what do I know. My craft volunteers like to mix things up.

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    When all the string/wire is filled, save some room and create a loop to go over the opposite end of the necklace. Or, if you have a professional clasp, use that.

    And here we have the finished product. Yay!

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    Even though we kept the original look to the acorn caps, you could always spray paint the caps to any color.

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Rated: Easy! Materials Needed: Acorns, glue gun with glue sticks, cheepo frame with backing, paint (optional)

    Oh the many acorns in our yard. If only there were some sort of use for them…. Hmmmm…. What else is there an abundance of in this world of ours? Horribly ugly picture frames with no glass in them. Stop by any yardsale or thriftstore and find them priced at .10 to $1.00.

    Our local thriftshop charged me: $1.00 for the one in the pictures

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    Paint your frame if you want to because fall colors are more than brown you know…
    Also, since you will see part of the cardboard backing through the acorns, paint the cardboard to a color you like.
    Then use your hot glue gun and glue glue glue.

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    I laughed at how ridiculous it seemed to glue acorns onto a board but it was actually pretty fun seeing the colors and shapes blend together.

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    The end result looked very 70’s macrame. I imagine you could hang it on the wall for the fall season or use it as a back drop for things to go on top of it like family pictures or a welcoming message to guests. If you happen to have a business open to the public, attach your daily specials or sales promo with double sided tape or more hot glue.

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    All in all, it was great to be having fun outside and goofing around with acorns but my joy was definitely seeing my girl create some art of her own. Amazing!

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Creating Carie is about pulling out the gifts in us. Where ideas are tried and shared, using the objects around us to create solutions for life’s opportunities.

On this site, you’ll find fresh ideas and old ideas with new life breathed into it. Remember that guy who said “there’s nothing new under the sun.”? I totally can relate to what he’s talking about. However, just because the fall season comes every year at around the same time, is it ever boring? Heck no. There’s always creativity to be sought out even in the most repetitive looking projects and ideas.

Carie

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