Buffer

KITCHEN CRAFTS – Everything’s in the Kitchen for these craft projects

Elvis Elvis

Everything you need for all of these craft projects should be stocked in your kitchen.

Of course we all have some things a little different (like my parents wouldn’t have coffee filters, they don’t drink coffee) but you should be able to do most of the crafts.

CINNAMON POTPOURRI HANGUPS

This recipe and extra details is also featured on my Thanksgiving crafts page.

This cinnamon dough recipe can be used like sugar cookie dough. For best results don’t make them too thick. This craft works for all ages.

6 Tablespoons applesauce

9 Tablespoons cinnamon, plus 2 teaspoons

1 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix all the ingredients together, then knead it until it is the consistency of thick dough.

Roll out 1/8″ thick and cut with cookie cutters or use a knife and cut out your own desired shapes.

With an ice pick or toothpick mark any details and make a hole in the top of the shapes to thread a ribbon for hanging.

Using a spatula lift shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in 120 degree oven for 1 ½ hours, after which , turn the oven off and let sit in the oven 5-6 hours or overnight.

Store in sealed containers until ready to use. They make great sachets or scented hangups for car, home etc…

They do smell good! I recommend hanging one up for the holidays. Also hang one in your car.

ADDITIONAL HINTS: You can double the recipe but it is kind of hard to work the dough well. Smaller amounts at a time work better.

Also it is best to put down a plastic table cloth or old shower curtain to work on as the cinnamon may stain a little.

KITCHEN CRAFTS   Everythings in the Kitchen for these craft projects


MODELING DOUGH

This is a great dough, it’s easy to make and fun to work with.

We homeschool and one of our projects was to make a large relief map. This is the dough we used and it turned out wonderful and lasted quite a while, but there just aren’t too many places to store a 3 ft x 31/2 ft. flat map.

It’s good to use for little ones as well because it is all natural and harmless if they eat it. Tastes kind of like flavorless cookies, all you need to add is eggs and sugar! KITCHEN CRAFTS   Everythings in the Kitchen for these craft projects

Make several batches ‘cause it’s easy.

1 ½ c. bleached flour (makes brighter colors using bleached flour)

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 c. water 2 teaspoons oil (any type vegetable oil will do)

1 teaspoon food coloring

Mix together the flour and cream of tartar.

Mix water with oil and food coloring, and gradually add to the flour mixture.

Cook over medium heat, stirring until a ball forms. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Knead until smooth. Store in tightly sealed containers. (We used zip lock bags after it cooled down quite a bit)

This dough is also good for making dough beads, and other shapes. No need to bake, … just air dry. It can be painted with craft paints if you like. Have fun!

B>Make your own designer necklace:

Roll out dough to about 1/2″ thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters or own design.

Poke a hole through the top for string or ribbon. Place each on a paper towel and bake at 50% power in a microwave for about 3 minutes.

Allow to cool and harden.

Use paint or markers to decorate them.

String it on your ribbon, twine or yarn to make a necklace.


COFFEE FILTER CRAFTS

Coffee filters are a great craft item for kids. We make three different projects from them and they are quick and easy.

FLOWERS

Color on the coffee filters any way you want. Scribbles, dots, lines and such are just fine.

When you’re are done coloring them, lay the filters on a towel on a counter and spray it with water from a spray bottle just until the colors start to run together. Let them dry.

After they are dry pinch them in the center and gather it into a flower shape and use a twisty tie to secure the bottom of the flower.

Spread the petal part of the flower and then twist a chenille stem around the bottom of the flower where the twisty tie is.

Make a bunch, twist the stems together and put them in a vase.

If you would like fuller flowers, double the coffee filters before you pinch and twist the bottom of the flower.

BUTTERFLIES

Color the filter brightly with markers or crayons or decorate with glue and glitter.

When you’re done decorating the filter, pinch the top and bottom together to the center to form what looks like wings.

Pinch the gathered center into the mouth of a clothespin. Glue a bent chenille stem to the clothespin for antennae. Make to dots for eyes and you have a butterfly.

If you want a refrigerator magnet, just glue a magnet on the back of the clothespin.

ANGEL

We made a lot of these last Christmas for decorations. They’re a lot of fun and easy.

Lay the coffee filter open and flat and decorate around the edges and in about 2 inches with glitter or glitter glue, sequins, lace, markers etc…

After it is dry gather the center around 2 or 3 cotton balls, depending on how thick they are.

Tie a twisty tie or wrap a rubber band around the neck of the angel to gather it around the cotton ball.

Decorate another filter by laying it flat and decorating two opposite sides. Pinch the top and bottom together to form wings and secure with a twisty tie.

Glue the wings on the back of the angel with a hot glue gun.

The halo is made from another 1/2 chenille stem formed into a lasso and the loop bent over. Then glue the halo onto the back of the angels head.

If you want your angel to have a face just draw it on. They look fine without it.

You can also put a loop of ribbon on it to hang them on the Christmas tree.

FUN RECIPES

Here are some fun recipes for the you and the kids! It’s all in the kitchen except I keep the glycerin in the bathroom (sorry). KITCHEN CRAFTS   Everythings in the Kitchen for these craft projects

BUBBLES

1/2 cup Dishwashing liquid

4 1/2 Cup Water

4 Tablespoons glycerin

Mix together. Store in airtight container.

FINGER PAINT

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 cup cold water

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin

2 cups boiling water

Food coloring

Mix the cornstarch with 3/4 cup cold water into a paste. Take the remaining 1/4 cup of cold water and soak the gelatin in it.

Pour the 2 cups of boiling water slowly over the cornstarch mixture while stirring.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and is clear.

Remove from heat. Stir in gelatin. Cool and divide into separate jars.

Add color. To store place in airtight container in the refrigerator.