Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves

By contributing writer Beth

This Shaving Cream Paint craft is fun to do with kids on a lazy afternoon. As they dream of cooler temperatures, they can create fall leaves as sweet reminders of the beautiful colors of autumn.

This Shaving Cream Paint craft is fun to do with kids on a lazy afternoon. As they dream of cooler temperatures, they can create fall leaves as sweet reminders of the beautiful colors of autumn.

You can do this with toddlers and above. The ingredients are non-toxic, but the paint can stain clothes. So make sure that everyone wears their art smocks.

If you do this craft with older kids, have them do research on different trees that lose their leaves in fall. Then let them choose the types of leaves they want to design. Then have them cut out their favorite leaves.

This is a great time to talk with the kids about how the trees are preparing for winter. The leaves change color because it’s time for the tree to seal off those leaves and stop making food. The tree grows new leaves again in spring when there is once again plenty of water and sunshine to begin the food-making process inside the leaves.

Some questions you could ask your kids:

  • Are there trees in your yard that lose their leaves?
  • What types of other trees grow around the area that also shed their leaves in fall?
  • How are the leaf shapes different?
  • How are they similar?

Oak and maple leaves have beautiful and unique shapes. Big leaves and small leaves may fall from trees, and varying sizes work perfectly for little hands.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Supplies

Supplies Needed

  • card stock
  • scissors
  • shaving cream
  • acrylic paint in fall colors
  • popsicle sticks
  • shallow pans such as pie plates (I used foil pie pans)
  • cardboard or newspaper for covering your work surface

Instructions

1. Trace (or draw) and cut leaf shapes from card stock. If you’d like, you can use the shapes my daughter drew. Download here and print directly on your card stock.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 1

2. Put shaving cream in a shallow pan and spread it out to coat the pan.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 2

3. Squeeze lines and spots of paint into the pan. Make sure to use contrasting colors to create dramatic differences and unique looks for each leaf.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 3

4. Use your fingers or popsicle sticks to create swirls. Make sure to explain to the kids that there is a difference between swirling and mixing. We are not trying to blend the colors but to create fun patterns of movement.

If you have enough pans, it would be great fun for each child to create their own swirling paint pattern.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 4

5. Press a leaf cutout into the swirled shaving cream. Press straight down to keep the paint from smearing or mixing too much and distorting the pattern.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 5

6. Pull the cutout straight up out of the paint. Place it on some scrap cardboard or newspaper. Wait 30 seconds.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 6

7. After the paint has had a chance to dry just a little, scrape off the paint from the cutout with a popsicle stick. You can try scraping in different directions for varying effects.

Allow the cutouts to dry completely.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 7

Repeat with all the leaves.

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves Step 8

Enjoy your new reminders of autumn and treasure the season you’re in!

Shaving Cream Paint Fall Leaves - finished

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Duct Tape Composition Notebook Cover

By contributing writer Beth

This Duct Tape Composition Notebook Cover is great for back-to-school fun. Your kids will love designing their own personalized journals to stand out from the crowd.

This Duct Tape Composition Notebook Cover is great for back-to-school fun. Your kids will love designing their own notebooks to stand out from the crowd.

This tutorial takes from 5 – 10 minutes and doesn’t require any special equipment. The supplies are easy to find at an office supply store or any store that sells school supplies. This brand of tape comes in many designs and colors, so you’ll be able to find the design that suits each child’s personality.

Let’s get started!

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook - Supplies

Supplies Needed

Instructions

Start by turning the notebook so the back is facing up. I start on the back and finish on the front so that all of the uneven finishing pieces of tape are on the back of the notebook. This happens because you wrap the overhang to the back over the spine in the steps to cover the front.

Cut off a piece of tape long enough to overhang both sides by at least an inch. Place the tape onto the top edge of the notebook so that it hangs over the top edge at least half an inch.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

You can see when the book is flipped over how it overhangs on the top and sides.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Open the back of the notebook and work on the outside corner first. Cut two slits coming out from the rounded corner of the composition notebook cover.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Cut out a triangle of tape from the top side using a straight line from the top edge to the top of the first corner slit you cut. So you’ll see that a triangle of tape is now removed from the top edge and the other corner slit remains.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Fold down the slender piece of tape straight in on the diagonal angle. This will help keep the rounded edge of your notebook.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Now press in the side piece to be straight on the edge of the notebook and press in toward the binding.

(Ignore the pointy corner on this image. I had not yet cut out the triangle piece when I photographed this step.)

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Leave the top edge away from the cover for now.

At the spine, cut out a trapezoid where the tape will be flat against the edge of the notebook and the sides will point slightly toward the outer corners.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Fold down the front edge. See how the angle of the spine cut allows for the tape to lay flat against the cover without getting near the paper. This will also keep the tape from causing bulk in the center.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Smooth the entire top of the front piece of tape down all the way to the corner you already prepared in earlier steps. Now the top front corner is complete.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Press down the back edge on the other side of the spine so that the sticky side of the tape has all been wrapped.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

This is how the front piece will look when finished.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Continue to finish the front of the notebook with new strips of tape that slightly overlap the first piece. Thankfully, you’ll only need to smooth them over the front edge until you get them to the bottom where you’ll finish the bottom front corner the same as the top corner.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Repeat all these steps on the back EXCEPT do not make them overlap the spine. Just have the back pieces cover the back edge and slightly overlap the front piece that is wrapped around.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

You’re finished! Great job!

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DIY My Little Pony Keychain

These adorable My Little Pony keychains take less than 5 minutes to make and are perfect backpack accessories for back to school or inexpensive party favors.

Do your little girls love My Little Pony? Mine sure do! Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash have become household names around here. These adorable My Little Pony keychains are perfect backpack accessories for back to school! They make great inexpensive party favors too!

Each keychain takes less than 5 minutes to put together and your kids will love having their favorite pony on their backpack.

My Little Pony Keychain Supplies

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Open your My Little Pony toys and place your drill bit on your drill.
2. Carefully place your My Little Pony toys on your thick wood board (this will prevent the drill bit from going through the table).
3. Use your drill to carefully drill a hole through the tail of each pony.
4. Place your key chain hook through the drilled hole and hook it onto a keychain ring.

These adorable My Little Pony keychains take less than 5 minutes to make and are perfect backpack accessories for back to school or inexpensive party favors.

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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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