Salt Dough Handprint Snowmen

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This was a hassle. Fun for the kids and super cute, but salt dough is such a pain in the butt! If anyone has a better salt dough recipe than this one, please let me know!

•1 cup flour
•1 cup salt
•1/2 cup water

It’s easy to manipulate, but it takes forever to dry! I’ve tried letting it air dry, baking it in the oven at 200° for a few hours, but it still takes forever! This particular project ended up sitting for almost a week before I was content to paint it.

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Rant over! Mix your ingredients together until you have the consistency of play dough. Roll it flat and get your kids handprints in the dough. Then you cut out around your handprints and use a straw to cut out a hole for you to string it up.

After it has set to complete hardness, you are all set for the next phase. I put several layers of white paint on them, giving an hour between coats, to dry.

Once you are sure it’s dry, it’s best to let it dry overnight, outline the handprints with a sharpie. Afterwards, let your kids go to town, making snowmen out of their fingers.

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Arthur was content to draw the snowmen and be done. He wanted to get back to his toys. Make sure you have enough room to put the kids name and year, unless you want to put it on the back.

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Chiara just colored away. She did make snowmen, but by the end they were obscured by the amount of color. It’s totally her though!

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This is Chiara’s masterpiece. I think the most important thing to remember is to not stifle the kids creativity. Let them be them!

After the coloring is complete, the sharpie ink having had time to dry completely, sprinkle a little white glitter, think snow sparkle, over it and spray it with lacquer. I personally went with spray mod podge. Now I have a beautiful and unique keepsake that remind me how small their hands once were.

Craft on all, craft on!

Crafty Stained Glass

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This was a project, adapted from this site, that was easy to throw together as a last minute rainy day activity. I shouldn’t say rainy, it was just dripping a little, but I wanted to get the kids off the kindles! All you need is wax paper, popsicle sticks, glue and markers, I used the sharpies I got for shield decorating.

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First you need to make your frames. I used hot glue on the corners to make sure they were sturdy.

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I used my trusty glue sticks to attach the wax paper to the frames. I folded the excess over and used more glue to ensure a sturdy hold. Cut off the excess if you so desire, I did.

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Let the kids loose with the markers. I put them on a foam plate to protect my table, but it ended up not being necessary.

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I geeked out a little on mine, adding shadowhunter runes. After all, a sharpie is a mundane’s stele!

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I used tape to attach yarn as a means of hanging it.
Then you hang it in a window to add some color to your plain old windows! Gorgeous, simple and super fun for the kiddos!
Color on!