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Button Bowl-April 2018

Materials Needed:

  • flat buttons (no shanks)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Mod Podge
  • balloon
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • roll of painter’s tape  (used as a stand for the balloon)
  • marker


  1. Blow up balloon to where it is about medium size–still had some squish to it.
  2. Draw a line around the balloon marking the edge of where the buttons will go. Holding the balloon by the bottom and/or knot edge paint the top half of the balloon where you want the buttons to stick with the glue. Place in the roll of painter’s tape. Be careful as the balloon needs to be balanced or else it will roll over onto the table. LET DRY COMPLETELY. (I used a paint brush to spread the glue around and then let it sit for about two hours to fully dry. The Elmer’s glue created a coating on the balloon so that the buttons wouldn’t slide off while I applying Mod Podge.)
  3. Repeat above step adding one more layer of glue and LET DRY COMPLETELY.
  4. Decide whether you want the buttons upside down or right side up before you start applying them. Apply thin coat of Mod Podge using a clean paint brush to the balloon & add the buttons. Try to keep the buttons as close together as possible. Keep applying the buttons till the balloon is covered up to the marker line. Apply one final coat of Mod Podge making sure there is mod podge in all the spaces in between the buttons.
  5. After all of the buttons were applied to the balloon, apply 2 more coats of Mod Podge–letting each coat DRY COMPLETELY before applying another.
  6. Once the Mod Podge is completely dry, flip over the balloon so that the dish/bowl is sitting right-side-up on the roll of tape. Then, using the scissors, pop the balloon.
  7. Carefully remove the balloon from the button bowl being careful not to peel the glue from the bowl. Very carefully trim the excess glue from the edges of the button bowl and it is ready to use. (A small scissor works well.)

It was fun making the bowl but I wish I had used smaller buttons than I did. Remember to get the Mod Podge in between all the buttons as this is what holds the bowl together. It is probably not waterproof so please keep it where is will stay dry. Last but not least, it used a whole lot more buttons than I thought it would.

Mason Jar Easter Basket – March 2018

Materials Needed:

    • Pint or quart Mason Jars with screw band and lid*
    • Candy
    • Foil wrapped chocolate carrots
    • Green paper shred or edible green Easter grass
    • Small chocolate bunny
    • Fancy scrapbook paper
    • Ribbon (width of the screwband) (optional)
    • Hot glue gun or regular glue (optional)
    • Scissors


  1. Take a handful of green shredded paper & roll it into a ball before you put it into the jar
  2. Place the chocolate bunny in the jar.
  3. Add a foil wrapped chocolate carrot, and then sprinkle candy around it on all        sides until you’re happy with how it looks.
  4. Place the circle on top of the metal lid, then twist on the metal screw band over    top.
  5. Cut a length of ribbon making sure there is enough ribbon to circle the screw       band and then tie a nice looking bow.  At this time you can add a spot of glue to      the screw band  to hold the ribbon in place or just add glue to the back of the bow.
    • you can substitute any clear glass jar with a tight fitting lid as long as it is large enough to get the items inside.
    • I suggest you add a name tag or write a short message on the scrapbook paper.
  6.  Make several, hide them indoors or out and wait!

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Natural Bath Salts – February 2018

Materials Needed:

  • Epsom salts
  • Rock salt  (you can use kosher salt, sea salt, or rock table salt)
  • Food coloring**
  • Pure essential oils (provides scent, optional)
  • Liquid soap (optional)
  • GLASS jars with tight fitting lids
  • Silica gel packets (recycle from other items that came with one) (optional)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Large spoon, measuring cups, funnel (optional)


  1. Wash & completely dry glass jars. Set aside.
  2. Make 1 batch of basic recipe salts.
  3. Mix 1 cup Epsom salts & 1 cup rock salt.  Stir well.
  4. Add fragrance, coloring, and/or liquid soap.* Stir well.
  5. Add silica gel packet on top of salts and place lid on somewhat tightly.

To Use

  • Add about ½ cup of bath salts to the tub under running water.


  • Colored salts- Add 5 drops of food coloring and stir well.  Then add more drops 1 at a time till you get the color desired.
    • A few drops go a long way. 
  • Scented salts- add a FEW drops of pure essential oils.  Take note of the  fragrance and what that fragrance supports, such as    relaxation, energy, etc.  2 or more scents can be mixed together.
    • Pure essential oils are concentrated so don’t over add.
  • Foaming salts-Any bath salt recipe can be made to foam in the tub by adding liquid soap to the salts. After adding coloring and/or  scents, add ¼ cup liquid soap for every 2 cups of salt mixture.  Stir well and spread out on a clean cookie sheet and allow to air-dry completely.  Once dry, store in glass jar with tight fitting lid.

*I found the pure essential oils required for the bath salts at CVS in North East.  Do not confuse the flavored oils for $1.19 with the pure essential oils that normally run anywhere from $8 to $10 per bottle. You must use the pure essential oils.

**per the website, the food coloring will not stain your skin or the tub.  However, if you spill the food coloring it will stain whatever it touches!
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Snowflake Window Clings and Snowman Tea Light- January 2018

Snowflake Window Clings

Materials Needed:

  • Puffy paint (I like the glittery kind.)
  • Plastic ziploc-type bag
  • Snowflake template or other design
  • Flat, smooth, moveable surface such as a cookie sheet, cutting board, etc.


  1. Place template or pattern to be traced on flat surface referred to above and tape corners down.
  2. Cut plastic bag along seams, lay flat over template and tape down.
  3. Shake the bottle of paint making sure that the paint is completely mixed and has not separated.
  4. Using the puffy paint, trace the lines of your pattern.
  5. This will take some practice to know how hard to squeeze the paint bottle, where to start & stop each line, etc.  Try overlapping the lines instead of starting & stopping when crossing an existing line.
  6. Thicker lines make the window cling easier to peel and stick or remove but will also add some additional drying time.
  7. Move board with snowflake on it to a place where it can sit undisturbed for 24 hours and let it dry.  Drying time depends on how thick the lines are.  If you touch the paint to see if it is dry your fingers will leave marks in the paint for everyone to see.
  8. Carefully peel the snowflake away from the plastic bag and gently apply to window.



To remove from the window carefully lift an outer edge of the window cling and peel slowly until completely off the window.

Store between 2 layers of plastic and store flat.

Easy Snowman Tea Light Ornament Craft

Materials needed:

  • Battery operated tea lights
  • Holiday colored pipe cleaners, cut into about 2 inch pieces
  • Pom-Poms – same colors as the pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon cut into about 4 in. pieces
  • Glue or glue gun and sticks
  • Sharpies – black and orange


  1. Color the flame on the candle orange
  2. Glue “headband” to tea light
  3. Glue the pom pom to each side of the tea light covering the ends of the headband
  4. Attach the ribbon in a loop fashion onto the back of the ornament centering it in the middle of the ear muffs (optional)
  5. Glue near the top and the bottom of the tea light
  6. Draw a snowman face on the front with a sharpie!

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