Happy Birthday Sign

Today is my daughter’s TENTH Birthday. And while I was hanging up our super simple Happy Birthday Sign, I realized that I haven’t ever shared it here on the old blog.  Not that it is anything super fancy or fantastic.

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In fact it is super simple.  But sometimes when you have a lot going on, simple can be exactly what you need.  To make one all you need is to cut out your letters for the word H-A-P-P-Y-B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y onto some black scrapbook paper.  I used my Silhouette CAMEO.  Then I glued the letters onto some fun colored  polka dot cardstock I had cut out into 4 inch squares.

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If you don’t have a CAMEO, no worries…simply print (or hand draw) some letters onto your favorite paper.

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Grab some clothespins and a piece of twine or rope and string it across the room.  Super simple but fun and festive too!

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The lights? Well those are from Martha Stewart. They are powered by a battery so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the ugly electrical cord. And the battery is small enough that it is tucked right in the top of the crown molding over the door. No one is the wiser.

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I have had several of you email me asking me what I was using in some of my photo shots to get the distressed paint, so I thought I would share with you what it is exactly.  I have used this distressed wood photo prop in a few of my latest “product photo shoots”.  Ha—That sounds a lot fancier than it really is!

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{mississippi mud brownie recipe}

Do you remember the Mr. and Mrs. Anniversary sign that I shared with you a few months back? Well, I reclaimed that wood from an old bench swing that we inherited when we purchased our house 8 years ago.  We had great intentions to spruce it up again but it sat under our porch…F.O.R.E.V.E.R!  Chances are it wasn’t going to happen.  So I rescued it from the garbage can…literally minutes before the garbage man came.  I took this picture after my husband so heroically pulled it out of the big black garbage can.

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I saved the wood that we did not use and knew someday I would find another use for it.  I finally realized I could use it as a fun way to add some interest and texture to my photos for this here blog of mine.

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The boards were pretty much the same length after we removed them from the swing.  So, I simply took an old piece of scrap wood, that we pulled out of our kitchen soffet in our recent kitchen remodel, and covered it with Gorilla Wood Glue.  Then placed the wood planks on the wood.

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I added some heavy cans to weigh it down and give the glue a good hold to form a good seal and let it dry for a good hour or so.

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Then I took some Minwax Polycrylic Sealant that we had laying around and gave it three coats allowing it to dry between each new coat.

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This will prevent the paint from peeling off any further and it worked like a charm.

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It has provided a fun way for me to add some interest and texture to my photos.

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{homemade lemonade recipe}

 

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Flower Headband—Scribble Challenge

I was recently involved in The Scribble Challenge with a group of other creative bloggers.  We were sent a VERY RANDOM box of crafting supplies and were challenged to use them all to make something fun and creative.

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When I first opened the box, I was stumped. I don’t normally craft with feathers or glitter, so I knew this was really going to take some creative thinking on my part.  I was also given some fabric squares, wool roving, chalkboard paint, and some glittery brads.

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When I looked at this picture above I realized that the chalkboard paint I had also received was missing…sorry about that.  Here is a picture of what it looks like…

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I debated doing a few different things but ultimately decided upon the one that I felt most reflected my own style of crafting…and since I have three girls…it couldn’t have been more fitting.  I made a flowered headband.

I took 5 different pieces of the fabric squares (I have only 4 pictured below as I decided to add one more at the last minute) and cut two into flower shapes. One larger flower and one the same shape but just a bit smaller.  Then I cut the third piece into a circle that was smaller still.  I took a white feather and cut it at the top and the bottom so that it was about the same size as the circle.  Then finally I cut a very small flower for the top of the barrette.

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I layered the flowers, and the circles, on top of one another in the order shown in the above picture.  (The extra largest flower I added to the bottom of the flower).  I used the glittered brad to hold them all together by sticking the pointed end through all the layers.  I used the glue gun and added some small drops of glue in the fabric of the flower to pucker it up and give it a 3-dimensional look.

Then I made a little ball out of the wool roving.  To do that I simply gathered up a good amount of the wool and scrunched it up into a ball.  Then I added a little bit of soap to my hands and rubbed the wool into a ball in between the palms of my hands.  While standing at my sink I let the hot water run.  Then I kept running the hot water over the wool while continuing to roll it between my hands. 

When the wool is in the shape that you want it to be, turn the water to cold and rinse it a few times to tighten up the wool so that it will keep its shape.

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Then I glued the felted ball onto the brad to make the center of the flower. 

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Glue a barrette or clip onto the back of your flower so that you can attach it to a headband (that I blinged up a bit with the glue and glitter) like I did below…

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Or wear the flower without the headband!  

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And…to use the chalkboard paint, I thought you could make some of these same flowers and then clip them to a little chalkboard sign (which I made out of the box the supplies came in).  Then you can have some fun little table place settings for your spring parties, birthdays or Easter Dinner!  Then your guest can take home their new hair barrette as a party favor!

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Ultimately, I was happy to have been able to create something that my daughter’s actually were fighting over.  I think I will have to make some various versions of these for the other two girls.  What do you think?  What would you have made if you were given these supplies?  I would love to know!

I am also able to offer my own Scribble Shop code: IDEAROOM. This code is valid from March 1st until April 30th and my readers will receive 15% off their entire order at The Scribble Shop.

 

*This post was sponsored by The Scribble Challenge. You can follow Scribble on Facebook, find Scribble on Twitter or join with Scribble on Google+.

Valentines Day Crafts – Candy Rings

I have actually had these pictures taken for several days and totally forgot to share them with you…womp…womp! So I realize this may be too late for you to make some Valentine’s Day Candy rings this year unless you want to make a fun Valentine Craft with your kiddos and have the supplies on hand or have time to run out and get some quickly.

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They literally just take seconds to make but can be worn to provide a little extra festivity to your day. Or you can whip some up really quickly and give them to someone special. valentines day candy rings 2wm Of course we had some empty ring forms laying around which I found after cleaning up my craft room recently *ahem*!! We simply took some Sweet Tart Conversation Heart Candy and glued them right onto the ring forms with some hot glue. They held up really well and then when my little one wanted to eat her ring, we simply broke the candy off. Part of the candy broke off and left a perfectly good piece of candy for her to eat…sans glue. valentines-day-crafts Now, I personally would not eat the candy after wearing it…but this particular child has no qualms about that sort of a thing… Valentines-Day We also tried our hand at making some jelly candy rings. We just simply stuck the candy right onto a ring pop form like we used on these past Candy Rings. valentines-day-gifts Such a simple idea that your kids can help you create. And would be a fun little gift idea or a party favor for a little ones birthday. Change up the candy and make them fit other holidays too for greater flexibility! Valentines-Day I hope all of you have a Great Valentine’s Day!! Pin It

block puzzle

Hey guys…things are still crazy around here.  We are finally starting to get things put back together in our home. Yeah! But we still have a LOT of work ahead of us.  I hope to share an update later in the week if you are interested.  But, in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a fun idea for making a fun Photo Block Puzzle.

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These have been around for a while but I was reminded of them when my mom made one of these with a group of her church friends.  Hers was much larger and the blocks are about 3 inches (I think) each. I thought it would be fun to make one on a much smaller scale and  make one of them for my kids or to give as a gift to someone.

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So I found some 1 inch craft blocks at my local craft store.  They came in a large package of several of them for just a couple of dollars. 

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Then I found a box that measured 2 inches x 3 inches. So that six 1 inch blocks fit almost perfectly into the box.

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Then I found 6 pictures that I wanted to include on my block puzzle.  One photo for each side of the block.  So you have essentially 6 different photo puzzles.  I loaded the photos into my photo program and cropped them so that they measured 2 x 3 inches each.

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I tried to make sure that the lines I would be cutting on would not cut through any important details of the picture.  This will help it so that the final picture will not be distorted.  Then I glued the pieces on the puzzle with Matte finish Mod Podge.

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Then I simply rotated the blocks all in the same direction and then added another photo.  I continued that process and tried to make it so that the photos were on the same plane…if that makes sense.  Either way it will work out.

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When you are finished, every block will have one piece of each puzzle on it.  And you literally have six fun photo puzzles to play with in a nice little box.

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These would be a great activity for your little ones in church with faces of the people they love.  Or a fun way to ask someone to a dance…do they still do that in high school?  Or to give to someone as a small gift idea.  There are so many fun ways these could be used.

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What would you make one for and for who?

*And I would like to thank Kristen Duke for our fun family photo.  It is from 2010 but is still one of my favorites!

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Chalk Board mug gift

I am always looking for a fun and inexpensive gift idea for a teacher or friends.  Now, there is nothing new and exciting about a mug with candy in it…unless that mug has a fun chalkboard label on it.  I saw something similar while perusing the aisles of Target one day.  It had been three weeks since I had been there…THREE WEEKS!  So I was getting my Target fix and saw a Chalk Board Mug. So what is a crafty girl to do? Yep! I made my own.

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Target was even kind enough to have some different colored mugs on sale for $1.99.  So I snagged a couple.  Here is how I made mine.  I cut out a heart shape from my vinyl collection.  Contact paper will work well too.  Make a stencil in the shape or design of your choice.

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Then I used some Folk Art Bake-On Enamel Paint in Engine Red.  I mixed it with some Non-Sanded Grout to Make Chalk Board Paint.  You can find the recipe for that here:

Make Your Own Chalk Board Paint

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Then I simply painted a couple coats of it onto the mug and baked in on low heat in my oven for an hour to set the paint.  So easy.

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Prime the chalk board paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk onto it first and then wipe off the chalk.  This should prime your chalkboard label so that you can write new messages to your hearts content. (pun totally intended)  I also put the word “love” on the other side of the mug using the same process as above.

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A super easy and inexpensive gift idea.  Spruce it up by adding a gift card to Starbucks or attach a package of your favorite hot cocoa mix…or…my personal favorite…fill it with CHOCOLATE!

Oh…and where did I get that adorable framed picture?  That would be from the talented and lovely Lara from Less Cake, More Frosting!  You can purchase your own copy of it in her shop Announced Design.  There are a lot more where this came from.

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This post is dedicated to a week-long series with some other bloggers and shop owners: Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Liz from Hoosier Homemade, and Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake!

On Monday, Liz her adorable Pink Lemonade Pies and a giveaway for The Paper Cupcake. On Tuesday, Gina shared her fun Valentine Mantel and a giveaway for Baybee-Dahl Boutique.  Wednesday, Kellie from Nest Of Posies made some darling Valentine Envelopes.

We have also set up a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week if you are as addicted as I am.

And…if that is not enough…come back tomorrow when we share an amazing Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! Just wait till you see it! Love it!

Need some more Valentine’s Day Ideas? Check out these past Idea Room Valentine’s Ideas.

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video tutorial—tissue paper rosettes

I have gotten a lot of emails and comments from several of you who were having a little bit of difficulty making their tissue paper rosettes.  The word “twist” was a bit confusing and it is hard for me to explain how I was twisting mine.  So I went ahead and made quick video tutorial for Tissue Paper Rosettes.

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Now I must warn you…this is not a high quality production. I simply propped up my cell phone between some cracker boxes and had my son push record and stop when I gave him a cue. He he! But hopefully you will be able to see how I am twisting the paper. I tried to get in as close as possible so you could see the tissue rosette in as much detail as possible. Hope this helps you.

 

 

For the original tutorial you can go here: Tissue Paper Rosette Kissing Balls

I also made some of these and hung them in my daughter’s room which you can see here: Crepe Paper Flower Balls

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These are the perfect decoration for Valentine’s Day and they are really inexpensive to make.  They just take time.  I would suggest making these when you sit down to relax and watch television or a movie! 
 
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It’s Valentine’s Week! Every day this week we are sharing some great ideas for Valentine’s Day. We kicked off the fun filled week yesterday with the Pink Lemonade Pie! And a GREAT giveaway from The Paper Cupcake Etsy Shop! Today, Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage helps you decorate for the holiday. She will also have a giveaway, you won’t want to miss it!! Be sure to head on over and check it out.
 

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New Year’s Eve game

*Update–The clock printables have been removed from the original source where I found mine stated in the post below.  I have added some that I was able to find that might work for you.  You can find them here:

Printable Clock Face 1

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I thought I would share a simple game that I came up with to help entertain your kids (and even adults) during your New Year’s Eve Countdown party this year.  The whole premise behind the New Year’s Eve game is fairly straightforward and simple so even the youngest of children can play along with minimal help.

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We named it Rolling Around The Clock.  Simply because that is all you do. First off you will need some clock faces.  I found some fun free printable clock faces from White Life. They have the following four clock faces that you can download for free.

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If you download some, be sure to drop them a quick note and tell them thanks! Aren’t they so fun? They also print out the perfect size.

I printed them out onto some white Cardstock paper. You can also glue them onto some chipboard or cardboard to give them some stability. Adding a quick layer of Matte Finish Mod Podge will also seal them up nicely and keep them from ripping from little hands and overuse.

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I cut some thin strips of cardboard to make the clock hands.  I made one small for the hour hand and then one longer one for the minute hand of the clock.  I colored them black with a black permanent marker.

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Then I simply took some brads which can be found in any craft store that sells scrapbook supplies and used them to attach the hands to the clock face.

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Now that you have made your game pieces here are the rules for the New Years Eve game.

Roll Around the Clock Game Rules:

Each player will need their own clock face.  You will need two dice to play.  To begin each player will roll the dice.  The player with the highest number will go first.  Each player will start with their clock at 1:00. Then you will take turns rolling the dice.  To start out everyone will just roll one dice. You need to roll the time that is next on your clock and make it from 1:00 to 2:00 to 3:00 and so on all the way to 12:00 or Midnight.  The player needs to roll the number of the dice that corresponds to the next number needed.  After you have gotten to 6:00 you will begin to roll two dice to get the higher numbers. If you don’t roll the number you need, your turn will end and it is the next players turn.  The person who rolls to 12:00 first wins.

You can even add some strategy to the game if playing with older people.  For example, if someone rolls doubles they can choose someone to trade clocks with or choose someone to lose a turn.  Etc.

{Phew…that was tough…explaining the rules of play…if that doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I will try to re-explain them. The game is much simpler than trying to explain it apparently}.

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I would love to hear if some of you end up making and playing this with your kids and family this year! My kids are excited, but I think that mainly has to do with the fact that they get to stay up past their bedtimes!!

And…one last thing…I made some Oreo Pops for New Year’s Eve…who is shocked?!  Haha! You knew it was coming right? But these have a special surprise inside.

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I am not going to take the time to write up a tutorial since there are so many other Oreo Pop Tutorials you can choose from, that I have already shared with you, to follow if you need one. (For example my Snowman Oreo Pops, Santa Belly Oreo Pops and my Mummy Oreo Pops) This is basically a Double Stuft Oreo covered in white chocolate with some sprinkles on it.  BUT…these are special because of what is inside of them…

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Exploding Candy!!

{I found mine at the Dollar Store…Pop Rocks will work too…I just couldn’t find any}

How fun huh?!  And…they really work! I simply removed the double stuff icing and put some melted chocolate on the inside of BOTH cookies.  Then I opened and poured a package of the Exploding Candy on one of the cookies right on top of the chocolate.  Stick the sucker stick on and then place the top cookie on top.  Then I let them harden by popping them in the freezer.  Then simply cover the Oreo with the chocolate and add some sprinkles.  For full instructions for making an Oreo Pop you can see these other tutorials.  For the little New Years Eve Cheers tag go here.

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These are so fun! I had to test one out to make sure it worked.  And they really do pop right in your mouth…like edible fireworks for your mouth!

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

DIY Christmas gift

Need a last minute DIY Christmas gift? Today you can print out this already made template for either soap or sanitizer bottles.  This is one of my very favorite gifts to give.  This gift is perfect for when you have to give out gifts to teachers, neighbors and friends.  They are pretty easy to make and inexpensive. And I love that they are totally practical especially in this season of germs.

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The other thing I love about these is that you can totally customize them in any way, shape or form and for any season.

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Instructions:

1. Remove the label(s) from your bottle.

2. If there is any sticky residue left, you can easily remove it using some Goo Gone.

(I picked mine up from Home Depot)

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3. If your bottle has an insert inside you can remove it with some tweezers.

4. Print out the Christmas Soap insert here.

5. Print it using a laser printer onto your transparency film.

If you do not have a laser printer you will need to print it out and then copy it onto your transparency film. If you do not do this your ink will end up running and falling off into the soap or the hand sanitizer. You can take it and have it printed at your local copy store as well.

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6. Measure your bottle and cut your transparency so that it will fit into the bottle. Be sure to measure it on the top and bottom so that it sits where you would like it to…INSIDE THE BOTTLE!

7. Roll your transparency backwards and slide it into the top of the bottle. Push it into place so that it sits right against the front wall of the bottle. You can use the soap dispenser pump to push it into place.

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Such an easy gift that people can really use.  I love to make these up and give them to my kid’s teachers along with a gift card, but I use Hand Sanitizer instead of liquid Hand Soap.  The teachers always seem to enjoy them as they go through a lot of hand sanitizer in their classrooms.  Here are the links to the other versions of them that I have previously shared.

Thanksgiving Soap/Sanitizer Bottles

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Hand in Hand Sanitizer

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I also wanted to take a minute and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Chanukah, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, Holiday, etc.  Only 2 more sleeps till Christmas!! I wish all of you a happy and safe holiday with family, friends and loved ones! I feel so grateful everyday for this blog and for each of you who follow along! I am truly blessed!

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How To Make Play Dough—Peppermint

Sorry about not getting this up sooner.  Things have been crazy around here with that wind storm.  I just finally found some time to sit down and get this typed up.  Have you ever wondered how to make Play Dough?  It could not be simpler.  I have shared how to make some fun Kool-Aid Flavored Play Dough and Pumpkin Spice Play Dough.  Well, since it is Christmas time, I decided we needed to make some Peppermint Play Dough.  So I fiddled with the recipe a bit and came up with a recipe for some yummy smelling Peppermint Play Dough.

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Peppermint Play Dough Recipe

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons
cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon Peppermint Oil Extract
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil
1 cup water

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1. Mix flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a medium cooking pot.
2. Add water, peppermint extract and oil.
3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes stirring constantly.
4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
5. Knead until smooth.
6. Play and explore with this fragrant, brightly colored dough as you would any play dough.
7. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate to store.

A great way to entertain the kids during Christmas break.  Or a great gift for a neighbor, classmates or friends.  It is so easy to make and is the softest (non sticky) Play Dough recipe I have ever used.  I like it better than the store bought stuff…plus…it smells amazing!!  And if you are feeling extra festive…throw in a handful of red glitter to give it some fun sparkle!

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And, in the spirit of giving, I have provided you with a free printable Peppermint Play Dough label for the tops of your jars or Tupperware containers to label it for a gift.  The labels are 3 inch circles.  If you need them smaller you can simply print the label smaller than 100% to get the size you need.

{Download Peppermint Play Dough Label}

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I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  I would love to hear from those of you who are planning on making some for yourself or who plan on gifting it.  19 more sleeps till Christmas…but who’s counting!!

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