I found this idea for home-made bubble mixture and bubble wands and had to make it straight away! When I was little I used to refill bottles of bubbles with washing-up liquid but the addition of glycerine is a big improvement. As I used pomegranate scented washing-up liquid my bubbles smell delicious.
If like me you’ve not got around to sending some important cards (whoops) there’s always e-cards. So I didn’t feel so guilty about not getting around to it (or spending anything) I created my own e-card. Find or create your own image or you could use mine.
You will need:
- Windows Mail
- An image, which has been uploaded onto the internet
- The code
What to do:
- Open Windows Mail and click “Create Mail”. In the “View” menu ensure that “Source Edit” is checked.
- Along the bottom of the window, open the “Source” tab and paste in the code.
- If you wish to change the image:
- Find an image (to get the URL of an image right-click and select “Copy image URL”)
- Follow the instruction in the comment (words contained in these symbols: <!– –>) marked “1.”
- To change the message now open the “Edit” tab at the bottom and edit message, font and colour as you please.
Copy the following:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN”>
<META content=”text/html; charset=iso-8859-1″ http-equiv=Content-Type>
<META name=GENERATOR content=”MSHTML 8.00.6001.19170″>
<!–1. If you wish to change the image: Paste the URL inbetween the quotation marks directly following the words img src. Now follow instructions in comment 2.–>
<img src=”https://craftywiththepennies.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/snowman.gif?w=779″ width=”50%” height=”50%”/>
<p style=”font-family:’Comic Sans MS’, cursive; color:#0f0047;” >lots of love<br/>!!Your name!!</p>
<p style=”font-family:Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size:12px” >If you can’t see the image click
<!–2. Paste the URL inbetween the quotation marks directly following the words a href.–>
A sweet, last minute gift idea for any child you are seeing on Christmas Eve. This Magic Reindeer Food will guide Father Christmas to their house!
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 tbsp of oil
- 1/2 cup of water
- Biscuit cutters
- Fine piping nozzle or a straw
- Acrylic paint
- Thread or ribbon
- Measure out flour and salt and place in a mixing bowl.
- Add the oil and water and stir until all the ingredients come together. If necessary add small amounts of water until the dough is soft and pliable.
- Roll out evenly and cut out shapes of your choice with the biscuit cutter (dip it in oil if the dough is sticking to much to the cutter).
- Use the piping nozzle or straw (or anything which will make a small hole) to create a hole to hang your decoration from. Its best to place this somewhere near the top but not too close as to make in vulnerable.
- Bake them in the oven at 100°C until they are completely dried out. I’ve found this takes at least three hours!
- Paint them as you please with acrylic paint (this will help prevent moisture get back into the salt dough).
- When the paint is dry add the thread/ribbon to hang them by.
These magnetic paper dolls are just so adorable, I’m dying for a reason to make some. They would make a wonderful gift!
Packing a few craft materials in a nice bag or box along with some beautifully typed-out instructions can really add value to a few items which won’t break the bank. Search the internet for ideas, below are a few ideas which I’ve found to adapt to make a craft kit.
Designing your own bookmarks makes a very lovely, but inexpensive gift.
You will need:
- A favourite quotation of the recipient (or quotation from their favourite book)
- Computer and printer
- Printer paper
- Laminating pouches
- Scissors or paper trimmer
What to do:
- Using an auto shape tool draw a rectangle a suitable size and shape for a bookmark (I made mine 21cm x 7.5cm) and make the border narrow and a pale grey.
- Type out your chosen quotation and add clip art or images of your choice. Print.
- Place the paper into the laminating pouch (if you want to ensure they are waterproof cut them out along the grey line first).
- Cut out along the grey line (if you cut them out before laminating them leave a few millimetres of plastic around the edge to ensure they are sealed).