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Paper Mache Maracas…FAIL

Ok, the third, and hopefully the last, fail post (for a very long time) of the week... Christmas break and, once again, my girls were bored.  What can we do with things I have lying around the house?  (Insert--me: search, girls: "no", me: search, girls: "no", me: search, girls: "no", finally...)  "How about paper mache maracas?"  "YES!!" Before I go on...I am not going to tell you how to make the maracas in this post.  I'll save that for when we can re-make them and they turn out...now let's continue... I knew we had flour, water and newspaper in the house, and I thought for sure we had some left over water balloons lying around.  After looking all over the place, I could NOT find the balloons.  I've got my girls all psyched up for these maracas and now we can't make them...what to do...?  Hmmm...how about a sandwich bag?  I'll just blow air into it, twist the top so the air can't get out, and tie it off with a twisty tie...  Good idea, in theory (mistake #1). My girls had … [Read more...]

Borax Crystal Snowflakes…FAIL

I have no idea why this week turned out to be a FAIL week for our projects but sometimes life just is that way. We promised to share our failures along side our successes. So here is another FAIL. This is what you SHOULD end up with photo courtesy of About This is what I got What I did wrong---I estimated rather than measured Here is what you will need measuring cup and spoon Borax 20 mule team bowl (pint size) boiling water pencil string pipe cleaner food coloring (optional) Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal parts and twist together Attach string to each snowflake and hang using a pencil, make sure they do not touch the side or the bottom of the jar Fill the jar with 1 pint of boiling water and carefully MEASURE 3 tablespoons of borax and stir until disolved. (you may add a drop or two of food coloring at this point). Set them aside for 24 hours and when you come back to them you WILL have pretty crystal snowflakes. Just in case you … [Read more...]

Tortilla Chip Snowflakes…FAIL

I labeled this "tasty treats" because NORMALLY it IS a tasty treat but when you get distracted and side tracked they burn in the oven and then they are no longer tasty =) Making your own tortilla chips is REALLY easy and they taste amazing (most of the time). Here is what you will need tortillas cooking spray sugar baking sheet oven scissors I used a circular cookie cutter to cut the tortillas into smaller circles first (if you get the burrito size you can get quite a few smaller circles from each one) Once you have the amount of circles you desire fold them in half and start snipping pieces out (much like you do when you make paper snowflakes) Place them on a baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray Bake at 350degrees F for 7 minutes (NOT 20 like I did...LOL). Then sprinkle with sugar once you remove them. ENJOY! Here is how they are supposed to look (this was the only one that wasn't burned to a crispy black dirt flake) *just a little funny thing to … [Read more...]

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