Last year, before my son’s school, closed for the holidays, a long list of winter home assignments were given that also included making an interesting Christmas-themed craft. With the ongoing snowfall outside my home, I thought of making a cuddly snowman with paper mache and deck it up. My son and I arranged the supplies, and here’s how we accomplished the project.
We have tried to consolidate a few easy air dry clay tutorials so that you can unleash the sculptor in you in the best DIY way possible.
Who doesn’t love cheesecake? The way it melts in your mouth is just heavenly. Although when it comes to making cakes at home, you got to rely on your oven. Surprisingly, my mother (the best cook on this planet) suggested a recipe for making cheesecake without going through the hassle of baking. Since I make fewer trips to the kitchen, my first stint with peanut butter cheesecake was a hit.
Do your little kiddos love treating the walls as their canvas and draw doodles with crayons whenever you are not around? While it’s good to nurture their artistic talent, the walls (wallpapers in most cases) should be spared at least. If you think removing the vivid crayon markings is no less than a rocket science, then scroll below to see what’s in store for your walls.
Ways to Clean Crayon off Walls
- Prepare a paste of baking soda and water and apply it over the marks with a sponge or rag.
You may even sprinkle some baking soda on a clean, moistened cloth or sponge and scrub off the markings. And once they come off, clean the wall with soap water to remove the baking soda residue.
- Dab some regular toothpaste (not gel toothpaste) on the wall and start rubbing with a scrub brush or a rag. Rinse off the paste with water after the marks are removed.
The method works well for walls coated with a flat paint.
- Apply some mayonnaise on the scribbled wall and allow it to sit for a while. Use a damp cloth to rub it off.
- Set the hair dryer on low heat and start heating the area where the crayon markings are till the wax begins to melt. Wipe it off with a cloth soaked in soapy water.
Alternative method: As heat is necessary to melt the wax, you can place some paper towels on the surface and move a clothes iron (set at low heat) over it. Clean it off in a similar manner.
- Rub the region gently with a paste of dishwasher detergent and water using a clean, dry cloth.
Note: Do a spot test as the bleaching agents in the detergent can ruin the walls.
- Roll a piece of bread into a ball and rub the surface properly till the crayon marks get off the walls.
Rub the crayon-scribbled wall with an unpeeled cucumber for cleaning.
While pencil eraser, steel wool, and baby wipes are the other cleaning options, removing off the crayon markings with some baby oil, shaving cream, or hand lotion can make your walls spotless once again. Likewise, applying hair spray and cooking spray can do away with your little Picassos’ wall art.
Note: Although it is believed that cleaning the crayon-filled walls with a cloth soaked in turpentine, ammonia, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol can help in getting rid of the marks, the paints may peel off. So make sure you apply it over an inconspicuous area on the walls before use. Also, do not forget to wear gloves beforehand as applying these cleaning solutions with bare hands could be risky.
Try any one of the methods to bid adieu to the crayon drawings on your beautiful, stain-free walls. Next time, keep an eye on your children when they pull out crayon sticks from the box to avoid going through the same hassle again.
There are basically two kinds of houses: big ones and small ones. Most people would naturally prefer the former with perhaps sprawling lawns, ample storage spaces, expansive areas to while about, indulge and make merry. Now hang on; what if owing to compelling circumstances, one has to rope in for a small dwelling? What if there is a big family to squeeze into the minimum available spaces of a small house?
The mere thought of pasta can make anyone’s mouth drool. And if there is a huge stock of pasta in your kitchen, then for your next necklace-making adventure you can stop fetching for the beads. With myriad varieties of pasta that comes in several shapes and color, I was confident about making an interesting jewelry craft for my kids.
I remember the fun I had during a summer outing in my childhood when I learned making sparkly, shimmery glue with glitters. The old pics I stumbled across some months back reminded me of the entire thrilling experience, so much so that I have made up my mind to do this same activity with my kiddos this summer. From the bits and pieces my memory could retain along with some help from the net, I managed to shape up this tutorial.
Doing some out-of-the-box crafts has always been my fascination since childhood. Keeping in sync with the recycling trend, I happened to discover a unique form of art using melted crayons. The entire process of drawing, melting, and drying was anything, but tiresome. Let me show you how it was done.
Make Easter fun by hand painting eggs. It is a brilliant way to give vent to your creativity. Here are a few egg painting styles you can try.
Although most of us wait all summer eagerly for the snowfall, the children miss out on some exciting outdoor activities and end up getting bored at home. Facing the same dilemma last winter, I came up with the idea of adding a pop of colors to the sparkling white snow carpet in my backyard. And you would be astonished how it was accomplished using a couple of kitchen ingredients.