A Homemade Christmas Gift: No Sew Superhero Mitts

Do you have a Superhero wannabe in your house? Then you’ve got to check out today’s homemade Christmas gift idea!  Create super cool, no sew superhero mitts!

No Sew Superhero Mitts

Do you have a Superhero wannabe in your house? Then you've got to check out today's homemade Christmas gift idea!  Create super cool, no-sew superhero mitts!

So, I love these mitts.  I actually want to keep a pair for myself, but fortunately for my nieces, they get to have them for Christmas! (Their Dad is going to be jealous…)  This project was so fun to do, mostly because it was so easy!  Quick and easy crafts are just my style 😉

How to make No Sew Superhero Mitts:

Supplies needed:

  • Child’s mittens in red ($1 at most retail stores)
  • Colored felt in yellow and blue
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue

Directions:

  1. Begin by laying the mittens flat. Press them as flat as possible and lay them out in the direction they are worn. This way you can be sure you are applying the design so it rests on the top of the hand.
  2. Cut two yellow circles out of felt. Make sure they are even with each other and cut to fit the size of the mitten. Apply a generous amount of fabric glue and press them to the top of the mitten.
  3. Using your blue felt, cut out the letters to spell BAM. Don’t worry about making them perfect as comic book writing is usually a little wild! For our sample, we simply free-handed the letters.
  4. Apply glue to the letters and press them directly over the yellow circle. Hold in place until dry and secure.

Do you have a Superhero wannabe in your house? Then you've got to check out today's homemade Christmas gift idea!  Create super cool, no-sew superhero mitts!
Your no-sew hero mitts are now complete! When washing, turn them inside out and allow them to air dry. This will help protect the embellishment.

 

Frugal Fun: Inside Out Sensory Slime

Inside Out Sensory Slime: This is a fund activity for kids AND adults! The slime takes on the shape of whatever container it's in, breaks apart easily, and stretches out too!

This is such a fun activity for kids (and adults)!  We played with this Inside out Sensory Slime for a long time too. That’s always a bonus in my books. Something that keeps Sienna entertained for more than a few minutes. 🙂 I even threw a little bit into a zippered plastic bag so that I could have some in my purse for Sienna when I have appointments…etc. Just make sure to keep the bag closed tightly when the slime is not in use!

It’s easy and fun to put together too. It’s possible you have the ingredients on hand already, or else they’re easy to grab.

slime ingredients

INGREDIENTS

These ingredients are needed for each batch of slime.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In one medium bowl, mix 1 teaspoon borax with 1 cup of water.

slime mixing 1

2. In another bowl, pour one whole 4 oz bottle of Elmer’s school glue. It’s important to use Elmer’s for the recipe to turn out right. Add food coloring to the glue now, using the guide for each color. Add 1/2 c water and mix well.

Red: 80 drops red
Blue: 17 drops regular, 3 drops neon blue
Green: 15 drops regular
Yellow: 10 drops regular
Purple: 10 drops neon purple

3. Pour one mix into the other, it doesn’t matter which way you do it but it looks a little different each way. The picture of the blue slime is what it looks like when the water is poured into the glue. The green slime is what it looks like when the glue mix is poured into the borax mix. Again, it doesn’t matter, it’s just different.

slime mixing

4. Mix with your hands, and then separate the slime from the water using your hands.

5. At this point, the slime isn’t going to look right, but after you squish it around for a few minutes it takes on the right consistency.

Inside Out Sensory Slime: This is a fund activity for kids AND adults! The slime takes on the shape of whatever container it's in, breaks apart easily, and stretches out too!

The slime takes on the shape of whatever container it’s in, breaks apart easily, and stretches out too! Store in a plastic bag with as much air removed as possible, and take care to not let it sit on any surface that might stain, as well as any carpet or clothing.

Inside Out Sensory Slime: This is a fund activity for kids AND adults! The slime takes on the shape of whatever container it's in, breaks apart easily, and stretches out too!

Kids Craft: Duster Monsters

Kids Craft: Duster Monsters

Kids craft: Duster Monsters - Not only is this Duster Monsters craft perfect for kids, it's cheap and really easy!

While summer is winding down, there’s still a bit of time to get a fun easy craft made before back-to-school time!  Not only is this Duster Monsters craft perfect for kids, it’s cheap and really easy! Plus, I’m sure there could be a few hours of fun playing with the “puppets”. I found all the supplies for these Duster Monsters at the dollar store. 🙂 My only word of advice is to monitor young kids closely because this craft does use a hot glue gun. Though I suppose you could use white glue instead.

Kids Craft: Duster Monsters

Supplies:

  • Dollar store dusters
  • Googly eyes
  • Colored pompoms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue/gun

Directions:

  1. Fluff dusters
  2. Glue eyes, pompoms and pipe cleaners to create a face.
  3. Use the handle to operate as puppets.

Since the end of summer typically holds less sunny days, this could be a great rainy day activity!

Kids craft: Duster Monsters - Not only is this Duster Monsters craft perfect for kids, it's cheap and really easy!

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7 Frugal Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer

7 Frugal Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer

If you are looking for ways to keep kids occupied this summer without spending a fortune, you've got to check out these Frugal Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer!
Are you already fearing the summer time boredom blues? The Summer months can be a fun time, but it can also get kids in a bit of a rut. If you are looking for ways to keep kids occupied this summer without spending a lot of money, you can in fact keep them active, occupied, and keep those imaginations going! Here are 7 Frugal Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer:

1. Create a sidewalk chalk art show.

Get out the sidewalk chalk (a buck a box at most dollar stores) and let the kids choose a space they wish to decorate. Let them really get into it creating murals and sketches, and then host an art show. Invite neighbors to come and see the artwork, while sipping on lemonade and cookies.

2. Hold a bike wash.

Get out the buckets, rags, and soap and hold a neighborhood bike wash. You can even let kids run their bikes through the sprinklers if you wish. Give kids the chance to get those dirty bikes shining like new while working together at the same time.

3. Go on a nature themed scavenger hunt.

Create a list of random objects and have children go on a scavenger hunt for them. Choose items easily found in nature such as rocks, bird feathers, a flower, a leaf, etc. This will allow them to get outdoors and get active while also enjoying some competitive fun.

4. Volunteer together.

Local animal rescues and food pantries can always use a hand. Get out and get active with one that interests you. It is a great way for kids to give back to their community while enjoying some time together as a family. You might even decide to continue volunteering after summer is over.

5. Create an indoor drive in.

Give each child a box to decorate as a car or vehicle of their choice. Then, put a movie on and provide plenty of snacks. Allow children to “park” their cars and watch the movie just like they are at a real life drive in. They will love it!

6. Host a field day.

Host a field day of outside games and activities. They don’t have to be difficult or pricey options, just try ones like hula hooping, sack races, face painting, and ball games. Kids are sure to enjoy the atmosphere, friendly competition, and fun!

7. Make your own kites.

There are so many kite tutorials online from the simple to the extravagant! Make your own kites and then take them for a spin. You can even give out awards for the most creative, highest flying, etc. How fun does that sound?

Summer doesn’t have to drag or cost big bucks either. Give these tips a try and you are sure to entertain your kids for less.