DIY Soap

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Over 2,000 pounds of left over soap  is thrown away every year in the USA. It is $4 billion dollars in 6 years.oatmeal soap2

Here is the way to save the planet, be creative and have fun.

What you need:
• soap left overs
• heavy cream, water, green tea
• paper plate
• butter knife
• mold
• oats ( optional)
• essential oils (optional)
• vitamin E (optional)

What you do:
• Collect all of your little pieces of soap. These are usually the ones that have become small.
• Gather all of the mutant soaps and put them on a paper plate. Get your knife  and cut all of the soap into tiny pieces. The smaller the better usually.
• In a double boiler, heat the liquid you chose (milk, water, tea, etc.) to 170ºF-180ºF (76ºC-82ºC). The water must be warm, not boiling.
• Add the chopped soap while stirring slowly and constantly.
• Reduce the heat so that the liquid/grated soap come to a simmer.
• Stir slowly (but not constantly), until the grated soap turns into liquid.
• Add additives if you want. This is not required but might be something you’d like to do to improve the final soap. Additives would include such items as exfoliating items (for example, oat flakes, lavender flowers, etc.), essential oils, food coloring and so forth. If adding, stir them in well.
• Immediately pour the mixture into the mold(s) and let it cool.

Soap Making Tips.

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Easter Grass

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About two weeks after planting, the seeds will grow into long blades of thick grass, perfect for hiding colorful Easter eggs.easter wheat

You can order packets of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum) from online suppliers or find seeds at health food stores. With seeds in hand, here’s how to get started:

What you need:
• Wheatgrass seeds
• Container
• Potting soil

What you do:
• Soak seeds overnight before planting to speed germination.
• Fill a container with potting soil. If the container doesn’t have a drainage hole, cover the bottom with rocks to keep water away from roots.
• Drain seeds; sprinkle seeds on top of soil so seeds are fairly close together, but not on top of each other.
• Cover seeds with a thin (1/8”) layer of soil.
• Water seeds and keep soil moist.
• Once seeds begin to sprout (in about 1 week), move the container to a sunny window sill.
• Water daily or as needed to keep soil moist.

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Leprechaun Trap

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What you need:Leprechaun Trap
• glass
• toothpick
• double sided tape
• scissors
• green and yellow construction paper
• pencil
• lego pieces
• coins

What you do:
• Cut strips of green and yellow paper.
• Tape the strips around the glass, layering them as you go up the glass.
• Cut a circle of paper slightly smaller than the opening of the top of the glass.
• Tape the paper circle to the toothpick to create a secret swinging trap door.
• Build a ladder for the leprechaun out of lego pieces
• To tempt the leprechaun into your trap balance a few coins on the center of the trap door.
• On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, most children will find that the tricky leprechaun has managed to escape in a glittery trail of green dust — but not before leaving them a few gold coins in the bottom of the trap.

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DIY Reed Diffuser

DIY Reed Diffuser

What you need:reed-diffuser-instructions
• Glass bottle or vase with a small neck opening
• Diffuser reeds (or bamboo skewers)
• 60 ml alcohol
• 60 ml water
• 50-100 drops essential oil (orange is the best)

What you do:
• Make sure your reeds or skewers stick out several inches from the top of the container for maximum scent.
• Mix together alcohol, water, and essential oil in the container.
• Stick the reeds or bamboo skewers inside.
• After about an hour, flip the reeds over to saturate the top part of the reeds that stick out above the oil level. (This helps to speed up the process of the oil soaking up from the bottom diffusing through the entire reed.)
• Rotate the ends of the reeds or skewers once a week to refresh and prolong the fragrance.

Tip: You can substitute alcohol and water with 120 ml vodka.

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Watercolor Mug

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What you need:Watercolor mug
• Ceramic white coffee mug
• Old or Disposable Bowl/Container
• Hot water
• Nail Polish
• Gloves

What you do:
• Fill the bowl with warm water.
• Add a drop of nail polish to the water and let it spread out.
• Dip your mug in the water. (You can use nail polish remover to remove any excess nail polish on the bottom and inside of the mug or sections that got messed up.)
• Carefully pat mug dry with paper towel.
• You can repeat with additional colors if you want.
• Once you’ve achieved the look you want, let it sit for at least two hours.

Tip: Do it outside. Hand wash the mug.

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DIY Ballerina

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What you need:DIY Ballerina1
• Flexible wire
• Napkin
Mod Podge
• Thread
• Pliers
• Scissors

What you do:DIY Ballerina2
• Bend the wire into a “skeleton” of the figurine.
• Tear the rest of napkins into 1/2 inch wide strips.
• Take your wire outline and wrap it with paper strips, then cover it with the Mod Podge.
• Let it dry.
DIY Ballerina3 Fold the napkin as if you were going to cut out a snowflake.
• Choose the right length of the dress for you ballerina and cut the napkin.
• Round the  hemline.
• Curl the “dress” in two directions for the best folds.
• Prepare at least two dresses for one ballerina.
• Make  little holes at the top and the sides of a dress and put it on a figurine.
• Take a thread and wind it around the waist of the ballerina.

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Sock Nicholas

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What you need:Sock Nicholas
• White sock
• 2 Rubber bands
• Stuffing
• Fabric markers

What you do:
• Fill the sock with stuffing.
• Rubber band the top of the sock closed.
• Put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top of Nicholas.
• Draw yeas and nose.
• Use the top of your sock for a fashionable hat for Nicholas.

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Sock Snowman

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What you need:Sock Snowman
• White sock
• Scissors
• 2 Rubber bands
• Rice
• Fabric markers

What you do:
• Cut off the top of the sock from the foot.
• Turn the top of the sock out.
• Attach the rubber band tightly to the bottom  of the sock.
• Turn the sock right side out again.
• Fill the sock with rice.
• Rubber band the top of the sock closed.
• Put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top of your snowman.
• Tie a scarf around your snowman’s neck.
• Draw yeas, nose and buttons.
• Use the toe of your sock for a fashionable hat for your snowman.

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Bird Art

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What you need:Bird Art
• Paper
• Watercolor
• Sharpie

What you do:
• Draw the poles and the wires with a black sharpie.
• Dip a finger in the paint.
• Make finger prints in different colors on the wires.
• Draw the rest of the birds with the sharpie.

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Bloody Candle

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What you need:Bloody candle
• White candle
• Red wax candle or red crayon
• Matches or Lighter / hair dryer if your are using a crayon

What you do:
•Light a red candle and let it drip down onto the top and sides of the white candle.
• If you are using a red crayon, just hold it over the edge of the white candle. Using the hair dryer blow the air downwards.
• Display.

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Web Candle

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What you need:Web candle
• Wax candle
• Pencil
• Alcohol wipe
• Toothpaste
• Paper to put the candle on

What you do:
• Draw a spider web on the candle by pushing the pencil into the wax.
• Trace the design several times with the pencil applying pressure.
• Wipe the candle with the alcohol wipe to get rid of the extra wax.
• Using your finger dab some toothpaste over your web design.

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