How to Get Rid of Ants with Three Ingredients

The following is a post from Angie.

How to Get Rid of Ants from The Happy Housewife

When ants show up in your home, often your first reaction may be to grab the phone and call the exterminator.  (Or, perhaps that is your second reaction, as your first reaction may be to want to squish them all.)  Before calling the exterminator, save yourself money and chemicals in your home by trying a simple, three ingredient solution for getting rid of ants in your home.

After adding a screened-in porch, we started getting ants in our home from time to time.  We tried ant solutions that we could buy at the store, as well as numerous exterminator visits (spending almost $300 one winter because of multiple visits).  This three ingredient solution was the cheapest method, using only items that I happened to have at home.

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Mix the Borax and sugar together until well combined.

2. Add the mixture to your warm water and mix constantly until the powder has been completely dissolved.

3. Seal the mixture in a jar or container for future use, and use only what you need in the next steps (and save the rest).  It is important that you clearly label the jar, as it will just look like water.  Do not leave this where children can get to it.  (Because this is such an easy solution to make, however, I only kept what I made until after the ants had been gone for a week or more.)

4. Fill some jar lids, milk caps, or other shallow containers with cotton balls or a wad of paper towel.

5. Add the sugar-Borax solution to the prepared lids making sure to soak the cotton balls (or paper towel).

6. Wait.  It may take the ants a while to find the solution.  But, once they do, let them feast (and take the solution back to their home).  At our house, to speed up the finding process, I placed a couple of the soaked cotton balls directly on the ledge in my kitchen where most of the ants were.

Be prepared – more ants will probably show up once they find the solution.  However, within a day, you’ll probably see much fewer ants.  Over the course of just a few days, all of the ants should likely be gone.  Because we had watched the ants quite a bit, we noticed where they were coming from and made sure to use a sealant to seal the area to stop them from coming back in the future.

What other solutions have you taken to solve an insect problem in your home?

You could also try this method for how to get rid of black ants.

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Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5

By contributing writer Beth

These Easy Embellished Flip Flops are crazy simple to do. I made these from beginning to end in less than an hour. This is a super easy craft for kids and adults. There’s no sewing and no glue. Just flip flops and cute fabric.

These Easy Embellished Flip Flops are crazy simple to do. I made these from beginning to end in less than an hour, and they cost under $5! It's a great craft for kids too.

And how cute is this stretchy fabric with the lace stripes in it? I love how girly this is!

I paid less than $5 for the supplies. I bought the flip flops at the craft store for $1.99. You can also use any flip flops you have lying around that could use a facelift. I paid $2 for 1/3 yard of knit fabric, and I already had the pinking shears. So $3.99 was all it cost. What a sweet deal!

If I made another pair, I’d pick navy and white jersey knit and put them on red flip flops. How nautical and cute would that be with your favorite t-shirt and cropped jeans?! You could do this for a birthday party craft if you have a beach theme or a nautical theme.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Supplies

Supplies Needed

  • 1 pair of flip flops (I got these at the craft store for $1.99)
  • 1/3 yard of stretchy knit fabric
  • pinking shears or scissors

Instructions

1. Cut the length of the fabric to form a long strip 6 inches wide. You’re essentially cutting the fabric in half.

I use pinking shears because I like the way it makes the edges a little more fancy. You can definitely use regular scissors for this if you’d rather have a nice, neat straight edge on your ruffles.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 1

2. Cut the fabric into strips about one inch wide. For these large flip flops, I used 48 total strips of 1 inch x 6 inches of stretch knit fabric.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 2

3. Tie a double overhand knot (yes, that’s a normal knot) securing a strip to the strap on the flip flop. You’ll want the knot to rest on the outside of the strap. Slide the knotted fabric down to the bottom of the strap before adding the next strip.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 3

You’ll keep pushing the strips down each time to make sure they’re snug and tight against each other with no gaps. The inside of the strap will look like this when you’re done.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 3

4. Repeat with both sides of the strap and then complete the other shoe.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 4

If one of the strips gets tied funny or sticks out in a weird way, you can trim it to make it match the pieces beside it.

You’re ready to sport your newly embellished flip flops!

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5

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Edible Marshmallow Paint

This easy edible marshmallow paint is safe for kids and is made from common kitchen ingredients. You can let young kids help to measure and stir, and, of course, choose the colors!

Summer is a great time to enjoy doing crafts with your kids. Most kids love to paint and are proud of their creations, but they’ll be even more proud if they help to actually make the paint. This easy edible marshmallow paint is safe for kids and is made from common kitchen ingredients.

You can let young kids help to measure and stir, and, of course, choose the colors, and they’ll be happy to sample a few marshmallows while you’re at it! Just remember to be careful and help protect your kids from the hot bowl and ingredients.

And to protect kids’ clothes while you do art projects, try our Easy Sew Waterproof Art Smock. If you have older kids who like to use acrylic paint, encourage them to try Painting on Recycled Materials.

Edible-Marshmallow-Paint-ingredients

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, combine the marshmallows and corn starch. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and then mix.

2. Stir in the water and heat for another 30 seconds.

Edible Marshmallow Paint - Step 2

3. Stir in the corn syrup and heat for another 30 seconds.

4. Separate into four small containers. Add 1 small drop of food coloring to each one and mix with your stir sticks or spoons.

Edible Marshmallow Paint - Step 4

5. To use, dab a small amount on the end of a paint brush and paint away!

This easy edible marshmallow paint is safe for kids and is made from common kitchen ingredients. You can let young kids help to measure and stir, and, of course, choose the colors!

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Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets

These Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets are a fun way to celebrate Independence Day and honor the men and women who are the true superheroes this 4th of July.

By contributing writer Beth

These Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets are a fun way to celebrate Independence Day and honor the men and women who are the true superheroes this 4th of July.

My kids love to play superhero and save the day. They help the weak and fight the bullies. They’re just all around great at fighting for freedom. So when I saw this idea for felt cuff bracelets, I wondered if I could create a fun and patriotic way for them to celebrate our Independence from tyranny while role playing with their friends.

I pulled together items that I already had around the house so this is an inexpensive project. You can use felt, lace, ribbon, or any fabric that fits the red, white, and blue theme.

Always be careful with scissors and hot glue guns around children. Proper supervision is required to keep everyone safe.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

Supplies Needed

  • Paper towel tube
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Instructions

1. Cut the paper towel tube. First cut it lengthwise. Then cut the tube into four sections creating four cardboard cuffs.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

2. Prepare felt for Cuff #1. Cut out a white felt rectangle that has the same surface area as the cuff.  Then cut two strips of ribbon and a red felt heart. Position the ribbon on the edges and then place the heart in the center. Make sure the sizing works before hot gluing all the elements in place.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

3. Prepare felt for cuff #2. Cut out a red felt rectangle to cover another of the cardboard cuffs. Cut a navy felt zig zag the approximate length of your rectangle. Cut out 7 – 8 white felt circles. Arrange the elements on the red band the way you like them before hot gluing them all in place.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

4. Prepare felt for cuff #3. Cut a red rectangle the size of another cuff. Cut out three different sized felt circles (large white, medium navy, and small white). Cut out a red star. Stack these in the middle of your bracelet: large white circle, navy circle, small white circle, then red star. Glue in place once you like the placement.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

5. Prepare felt for #4. Cut out a navy rectangle the size of another cuff. Cut out three red felt strips and a white felt star. Lay the strips horizontally on the navy felt rectangle. Place the star on top. Hot glue everything in place.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

6. Attach felt to tubes. Hot glue the rectangles onto their respective cuffs. If you have excess fabric on the ends then hot glue them onto the back side.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

7. Shape the cuffs. Place the cuffs into a small diameter glass while they dry and cool so that they’ll keep a smaller rounded shape. Share with all your friends and enjoy!

These Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets are a fun way to celebrate Independence Day and honor the men and women who are the true superheroes this 4th of July.

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