Anyone that has purchased natural dishwashing rinse from somewhere like Whole Foods knows that it’s expensive. It’s about $5 a bottle and depending on your settings it doesn’t last you a long time. I refuse to buy the regular kind with all the chemicals in it that will sit on my plates.
Just to give you an idea what you can avoid, these are the ingredients in the most popular brands rinse aid. Take a look and ask yourself if you want those ingredients on the dishes and glasses you drink and eat out of.
Sodium Cumene Sulfonate Ethanol
This is a very simple way to replace all that.
All you need is
1 gallon of White Vinegar
25 to 30 drops of essential lemon oil
drop the essential oil directly into the vinegar and shake it a little. Mark the bottle and keep it under your sink for refills into your dishwasher. It’s that easy and it saves you money.
When it comes to craft with the kids, it usually revolves around paper and card, but what if you want to do something a little bit more special? Canvas is one of those materials that looks very artful. And if you’ve got creative children that want to do a little bit more, canvas is the perfect, erm… canvas! So, let’s get some ideas down.
The great thing about canvas is that it’s a way for you to create abstract art, and what better way to be abstract than to not even bother touching a paintbrush! Pour painting is just that, you pour the painting mixture onto the canvas. Just be sure that you do it in a space that you don’t mind getting messy!
If you are looking to create something a little bit more artistic, and you like quotes that inspire you dotted around the house, all you have to do is find one that appeals (you can find plenty on brainyquote.com, put the letters on to your canvas, and then pick your paint colors. Be sure to paint them onto the canvas with the large strokes, and then when you are finished, remove the tape, and you’ve got swathes of color with an inspiring quote
Use Vinyl Transfers
You don’t even have to use paint to create something beautiful, you can use vinyl rub-on transfers to decorate your canvas. If you’re not well versed in vinyl, vinylcuttingmachineguide.com can provide a useful starting point, not to mention the best type of cutting machines out there. The great thing with vinyl transfers is that you can iron them on and not only is it a quick way to make a beautiful picture, it is relatively mess-free!
Pixelated patterns are incredibly hypnotic, if you want something chequered that takes pride of place on your wall, or if you are looking to keep the kids occupied with quite a complex challenge, this involves many subtle levels of creation. To begin with, you draw equal sized squares across the canvas surface, and then you paint each square a slightly different tone, so if you don’t have an abundance of paints, this is where you have to get mixing. The result is something pretty, yet appeals to the organized person.
Add Some Twinkly Lights
Make them even more festive by adding some battery operated lights to the back of your canvas. Of course, Christmas is very close by, and what better way to invoke the spirit of the season and what could be more beautiful than by having a canvas take pride of place in the middle of your living room, with a wonderfully Christmassy quote, lit up with twinkling lights?
The great thing about canvas craft is that it will keep the children occupied for hours on end, the result isn’t just something that can be stuck up on the fridge! It’s a very artful way to get your children involved with crafts, and it’s not just about sticking a few pieces of paper onto a bit of card! A canvas is something you can keep forever.
<blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BpAQyaNAo1j/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading” data-instgrm-version=”12″ style=” background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px); width:calc(100% – 2px);”><div style=”padding:16px;”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BpAQyaNAo1j/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading” style=” background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;” target=”_blank”> <div style=” display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;”></div> <div style=”display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;”> <div style=” background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;”></div> <div style=” background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0;”></div><div style=”display:block; height:50px; margin:0 auto 12px; width:50px;”><svg width=”50px” height=”50px” viewBox=”0 0 60 60″ version=”1.1″ xmlns=”https://www.w3.org/2000/svg” xmlns:xlink=”https://www.w3.org/1999/xlink”><g stroke=”none” stroke-width=”1″ fill=”none” fill-rule=”evenodd”><g transform=”translate(-511.000000, -20.000000)” fill=”#000000″><g><path d=”M556.869,30.41 C554.814,30.41 553.148,32.076 553.148,34.131 C553.148,36.186 554.814,37.852 556.869,37.852 C558.924,37.852 560.59,36.186 560.59,34.131 C560.59,32.076 558.924,30.41 556.869,30.41 M541,60.657 C535.114,60.657 530.342,55.887 530.342,50 C530.342,44.114 535.114,39.342 541,39.342 C546.887,39.342 551.658,44.114 551.658,50 C551.658,55.887 546.887,60.657 541,60.657 M541,33.886 C532.1,33.886 524.886,41.1 524.886,50 C524.886,58.899 532.1,66.113 541,66.113 C549.9,66.113 557.115,58.899 557.115,50 C557.115,41.1 549.9,33.886 541,33.886 M565.378,62.101 C565.244,65.022 564.756,66.606 564.346,67.663 C563.803,69.06 563.154,70.057 562.106,71.106 C561.058,72.155 560.06,72.803 558.662,73.347 C557.607,73.757 556.021,74.244 553.102,74.378 C549.944,74.521 548.997,74.552 541,74.552 C533.003,74.552 532.056,74.521 528.898,74.378 C525.979,74.244 524.393,73.757 523.338,73.347 C521.94,72.803 520.942,72.155 519.894,71.106 C518.846,70.057 518.197,69.06 517.654,67.663 C517.244,66.606 516.755,65.022 516.623,62.101 C516.479,58.943 516.448,57.996 516.448,50 C516.448,42.003 516.479,41.056 516.623,37.899 C516.755,34.978 517.244,33.391 517.654,32.338 C518.197,30.938 518.846,29.942 519.894,28.894 C520.942,27.846 521.94,27.196 523.338,26.654 C524.393,26.244 525.979,25.756 528.898,25.623 C532.057,25.479 533.004,25.448 541,25.448 C548.997,25.448 549.943,25.479 553.102,25.623 C556.021,25.756 557.607,26.244 558.662,26.654 C560.06,27.196 561.058,27.846 562.106,28.894 C563.154,29.942 563.803,30.938 564.346,32.338 C564.756,33.391 565.244,34.978 565.378,37.899 C565.522,41.056 565.552,42.003 565.552,50 C565.552,57.996 565.522,58.943 565.378,62.101 M570.82,37.631 C570.674,34.438 570.167,32.258 569.425,30.349 C568.659,28.377 567.633,26.702 565.965,25.035 C564.297,23.368 562.623,22.342 560.652,21.575 C558.743,20.834 556.562,20.326 553.369,20.18 C550.169,20.033 549.148,20 541,20 C532.853,20 531.831,20.033 528.631,20.18 C525.438,20.326 523.257,20.834 521.349,21.575 C519.376,22.342 517.703,23.368 516.035,25.035 C514.368,26.702 513.342,28.377 512.574,30.349 C511.834,32.258 511.326,34.438 511.181,37.631 C511.035,40.831 511,41.851 511,50 C511,58.147 511.035,59.17 511.181,62.369 C511.326,65.562 511.834,67.743 512.574,69.651 C513.342,71.625 514.368,73.296 516.035,74.965 C517.703,76.634 519.376,77.658 521.349,78.425 C523.257,79.167 525.438,79.673 528.631,79.82 C531.831,79.965 532.853,80.001 541,80.001 C549.148,80.001 550.169,79.965 553.369,79.82 C556.562,79.673 558.743,79.167 560.652,78.425 C562.623,77.658 564.297,76.634 565.965,74.965 C567.633,73.296 568.659,71.625 569.425,69.651 C570.167,67.743 570.674,65.562 570.82,62.369 C570.966,59.17 571,58.147 571,50 C571,41.851 570.966,40.831 570.82,37.631″></path></g></g></g></svg></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px;”> <div style=” color:#3897f0; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:550; line-height:18px;”> View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0;”></div> <div style=”display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px;”> <div style=” background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;”></div> <div style=” width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg)”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto;”> <div style=” width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);”></div> <div style=” background-color: #F4F4F4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);”></div> <div style=” width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);”></div></div></div></a> <p style=” margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BpAQyaNAo1j/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading” style=” color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;” target=”_blank”>What kind of music do mummies like most? Wrap music! ? Paint your own mummy this Halloween and add colorful wiggly eyes for a spooky touch ? #CraftProjectIdeas? -? -? #HalloweenCrafts ##kidscrafts #creativekids #craftprojects #kidscrafts101 #creatingcreatives #craftsforkids #canvascrafts #paintingforkids</a></p> <p style=” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;”>A post shared by <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/craftprojectideas/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading” style=” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;” target=”_blank”> CraftProjectIdeas.com</a> (@craftprojectideas) on <time style=” font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;” datetime=”2018-10-16T18:30:06+00:00″>Oct 16, 2018 at 11:30am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src=”//www.instagram.com/embed.js”></script>
Many brides and grooms are choosing to DIY their own weddings with the help of friends and family. You can save some time and money by doing the big day preparations yourself. Moreover, cramming your weekends full of wedding planning activities will give you the perfect opportunity to spend some quality with your friends and family.
Unless you are a talented tailor, you should leave the wedding dressmaking to the experts. If you are shopping online for wedding dresses such as bridesmaid dresses and bridesmaid gowns from Azazie, make sure that you get the best. Here are some tips that will help you to DIY your wedding:
You should invite some of your friends who love the crafts to help you design some wedding stationery. If you are designing some invitations or save the date cards, you should hand make them individually or use the computer. When making your own stationery, you can create the design that you have always wanted and make it as personal as you want.
When it comes to wedding food, you can bake your own cake if you are good at baking. Just make sure that you set aside enough time before the wedding for baking and decorating the cake. Doing so will help you to avoid last minute stress. If you do not have time to decorate the cake yourself, you should write a set of instructions and ask a friend to do it for you.
Depending on your wedding venue, you can do the cooking yourself. If you want to save money, you should leave breakfast to the professionals and cook the evening meals. You can also ask your friends and family members to bring a dish to the reception if you do not have the time to cook a whole buffet.
If you are willing to learn how to choose and arrange flowers, you should head to the local flower market and ask for advice from the florists. Buying and arranging the wedding flowers for yourself can help you to save money. You are going to need some pretty ribbons and vases to pull off this part.
If you do not want to spend money on flowers, you can pluck them from your garden or a friend’s garden. This means that you have to choose blooms that are in season at the time of the wedding. However, if you have your heart set on a specific set of flowers, you should probably go with a florist.
You can also create your own wedding favors to save money. You can choose to collect sweetie jars and fill them with edible gifts or bake your own pastries. If you do not want to waste time thinking about party favors, you can just order sweets in bulk.
Film Your Own Wedding
If you have already hired a photographer to capture the magical moments between you and your spouse, you might not have enough money for a videographer as well. The biggest regret that most newlyweds have is not taking videos of their wedding. You should enlist the help of a few good friends and ask them to take turns to film your big day.
Whether you want to use jars and candles or centerpieces to decorate your wedding, you have endless possibilities from which you can choose. Just make sure that you choose a theme and stick with it.
DIYing your own wedding is something that will save money. If you follow the above tips, you can have the wedding of your dreams for much cheaper.
It can seem like a constant battle to keep the kids occupied. You don’t just want to put them in front of a screen, but sometimes they struggle to entertain themselves. If you want to help make sure they don’t get bored, it’s helpful to provide them with some things to do. On a rainy day, staying inside and doing some crafts is ideal. Paper crafts are often the perfect option. You only need some paper or card to get started, and perhaps a couple of other items. They’re usually safe activities that the kids can do unsupervised too, as long as you don’t mind a little mess. Try out these crafts for a fun time with the kids.
By Cards and Doodles on Flickr
Making cards is always fun, and there’s always some reasons you can find to give them. Maybe it’s Christmas, someone’s birthday, or a new baby in the family. You can also encourage the giving of cards just because, as a sweet way to show affection. There are all sorts of things the kids can do when they’re making cards, from cutting and sticking to drawing and breaking out the glitter. Some robust card is often best, but paper will do in a pinch. Employ a range of other materials too and even consider making some 3D designs or perhaps even some pop-up cards.
Paper mache is a great craft for using up any paper you’ve got and for getting a bit messy too. It works well with newspaper because it’s thinner, but you can use other paper. All you need to do is get some glue and start layering paper and glue over a mold. Balloons are great if you want to make anything round, giving you the ability to make it any size you want, as well as easily remove it by popping it. You can experiment with all kinds of shapes, but this might be one craft that requires supervision.
By Miguel on Pexels
Origami might not immediately seem like the ideal paper craft for kids. It can be fiddly, which makes it hard for small fingers. But the fact that it can be a little tricky is great for developing dexterity and accuracy. There are plenty of easier projects to try too. If you want to try some origami, thin origami paper is best. If you use thicker paper, a couple of folds in you’ll be wishing you had something thinner. Try starting with these origami crane instructions to make an iconic origami figure. Once the kids have got the hang of it, they’ll love making them again and again in different colors. Slightly larger pieces of paper can make it easier.
There’s always a holiday around the corner. Holiday crafts are a great way to get the kids excited and keep them occupied. Paper decorations have long been a favorite kids craft, so why not keep the tradition alive? Paper chains are easy to make, but there are so many other shapes and designs you can try. Try cutting out some decorations to hang on strings or stick around the house, or maybe to hang on your Christmas tree.
If all you have is some paper and glue or scissors, there’s still so much you can do with the kids. Give them some crafts, and they’ll have plenty of creative fun.
Fall is one of the best times to spend with the family. The night are colder, and there’s nothing quite like spending quality time with your children. As the nights draw in, and the season becomes wet, you’re going to need to find ways to keep your kids entertained. Crafts are the perfect solution to this. Not only can you make some cool additions to your house, but it’s a great way to bond. It’ll teach your kids hands on skills, and keep their brains engaged, rather than them being in front of the TV all the time. Here are some great crafts ideas to bring the whole family some fun.
We’ll start with the easiest first. Now fall has hit us, the leaves have started to drop. Go out on a nature walk, and pick you the prettiest one’s you can find. This one is a great way to combine fun with exercise as an added bonus! Grab a piece of A3 paper when you’re home, and some brown and dark orange paint. Simply get your children to arrange the leaves on the paper and glue them down. To fill the gaps, get them to dunk their hands in the paint and imprint all over the paper. What you’ll be left with is one colourful memory of a fun filled day. You might hate the mess, but this is the part your children will love the most!
This one’s going to be a tricky one, that you’ll find yourself doing most of.It’s a homemade coffee table. You’ll need some wood, a chainsaw, a normal saw, and a hot glue gun. Grab about two large thick planks of wood from your local DIY store, as well as one big square piece. Measure and mark every 55cm. Then, if you don’t have a chainsaw, check out this site because you will need one. You need a straight sharp cut that the chainsaw can provide. Cut through each mark. Then decide how far apart your want the four leg pieces, and cut a square out of your big square piece to cover the top. Thoroughly sand down all pieces of wood and apply a coat of gloss. Glue together the pieces so it stands as a coffee table. This is where you can get your children to help. You can paint the table whatever colour you’d like!
This one’s halloween themed, and the kids can help all the way through. Creating some hanging bats to either put in the house, or on the front door is the perfect way to add a bit of spookiness. You’ll need to grab some black card to begin with. Cut a template of a bat out of the card. Grab a some white paint and get your children to draw on some eyes, and even some fangs. Put a hole in the bottom of each bat and feed some string through. You can then hang these throughout the house, or on the front door, and scare any visitors