DIY Homemade No-Cook Play Dough

DIY Play Dough feature

DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

Apparently, today is National Play-Doh Day. Really, who makes up these holidays? Oh, right, companies do – so they can squeeze more money out of us jamokes! Not this year, my fellow frugalistas! I’m going to teach you how to make your very own play dough.

DIY Play Dough trio via @poorandpretty

I haven’t made this since I was in elementary school. I have fond memories of mixing this up in the kitchen with my Nana, and playing with food coloring to make different shades. Even though she told me not to eat it, I would always sample a little bit. It was disgusting. Please don’t eat it. It’s not at all like licking the brownie batter bowl.

DIY Play Dough ingredients via @poorandpretty

This is a very simple recipe that requires no cooking, so you can easily make it with kiddos!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • less than ½ cup salt (⅓ cup is too little. I use a ½ cup measuring cup and don’t fill it all the way)
  • food coloring

DIY Play Dough kneaded via @poorandpretty

1. Mix the flour and salt together, then add the water and blend until you reach a doughy consistency. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. Too crumbly? Add more water.

DIY Play Dough rolled via @poorandpretty

2. Split the dough into three equal-sized balls and decide which colors you’d like each to be.

DIY Play Dough food coloring via @poorandpretty

3. Add food coloring to your first dough ball and knead, knead, knead.

DIY Play Dough lime green via @poorandpretty

4. Keep kneading! Getting the color to blend in well is the hardest part. When you’re happy with your color, wash your hands to remove the food coloring, and repeat step 3 for your other two dough balls.

DIY Play Dough marble blue via @poorandpretty

I made lime green, pink, and this cool marble-blue color. I could have kept kneading it, but I really like the marbled look!

DIY Play Dough in storage via @poorandpretty

That’s really it! You can fancy it up with a little veggie oil to make it a bit more glossy and moist. Or try it with Jell-O to make it scented (there’s a good recipe for that here). Store them in airtight containers and they’ll keep for a few days, possibly even weeks. As a kid, mine never lasted more than a day because I would build something with it and leave it out to dry. :)

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15 Beginner Sewing Tutorials for National Sewing Machine Day

Guys. Sewing machines are apparently SEW important (I had to) they’ve got two days dedicated to them. One is June 13th and the other is tomorrow! The first US sewing machine patent was issued to Elias Howe Jr. on September 10, 1846. Jury’s out as to why June 13th is significant. I’m celebrating by breaking out my sewing machine and tackling a few beginner projects. Here are 15 to inspire:

handmade poppy pouch - poor and pretty

1. Field Poppy Pouch via For the Makers — this tutorial uses a needle + thread, but I used my sewing machine to sew the sides. It was the first non-test project I completed on my sewing machine, so I had to include it.

fabric napkins and placemats via smile and wave

2. Cloth Napkins and Placemats via Smile and Wave. This is a great first project – you just need able to sew in a straight line!

felt coaster via whimsey box

3. Felt Coasters via Whimseybox. I do have a lot of felt lying around…

felt ipad case via cheryl style

4. Felt iPad Sleeve via Cheryl Style. These would make great gifts for friends with tablets! Make them smaller, and you’ve got an iPhone sleeve.

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

5. Tea Bags via A Beautiful Mess. I made these — along with teacup candles — for Jordan’s wedding shower, remember?

envelope pillow covers via i heart stitching

6. Envelope Pillow Cover via I Heart Stitching. Pillow covers are an easy way to switch up your living room or bedroom style.

herbal sachet via craftypod

7. Heart Herbal Sachets via CraftyPod. How cute is this little herbal sachet? Fill them with lavender and chamomile and place them under your pillow if you’re having trouble sleeping. You can also store them in your dresser to make your clothes smell lovely.

circle garland via natty by design

8. Circle Garland via Natty By Design. Use a big craft circle punch to cut out a bunch of colorful circles and string them all together with your sewing machine. Easy!

brigitte head scarf via tilly and the buttons

9. Brigitte Scarf via Tilly and the Buttons. This adorable head scarf is from Tilly Walnes book, Love at First Stitch, filled with lots of fun clothing and accessory sewing tutorials.

cotton top via a beautiful mess

10. Simple Cotton Top via A Beautiful Mess. I love how summery and breezy this top is!

hem jeans via brit + co

11. How to Hem Your Jeans via Brit + Co. Hemming jeans is Sewing Machine 101, and comes in handy for shorties like me.

maxi skirt dress via delia creates

12. Maxi Skirt / Dress via Delia Creates. Delia calls this the “Versa Skirt” because it’s so versatile. I usually have a hard time finding maxi skirts that I’m not tripping all over (though I suppose knowing how to hem would be helpful there, too!)

paper bag skirt via simple simon + co

13. Paper Bag Skirt via Simple Simon and Company. This has got to be the cutest elastic waist skirt ever!

color inserts via BurdaStyle

14. Color Inserts via BurdaStyle. Add a pop of color to a blazer, pair of jeans, or any other article of clothing. BurdaStyle is a great resource for seamstresses of all levels.

bow belt via tilly and the buttons

15. Bow Belt via Tilly and the Buttons. I couldn’t resist including this bow belt! I want to make these in every color imaginable.

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Maker Takes: Veritas

For the Makers Veritas feature

For the Makers - Veritas

Veritas, the latest For the Makers collection, is all about back-to-school marbling. But I have to be honest: I’m not really into the marbled look. I think it’s a beautiful art form, but it’s not really my thing. So, I color-blocked everything in my kit instead.

For the Makers Veritas - finished projects via @poorandpretty

This may come as a shock to you, but I’m more into pink than blue. (Who knew?! ;) So I did a lot of color substitution.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook supplies via @poorandpretty

For the Honor Society Notebook, I mixed together magenta and white acrylic paints (actually, I think the magenta is a fabric paint) for a lighter pink color.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook painting via @poorandpretty

I taped off the section I wanted to paint with washi tape and used a foam brush to slather on the pink. Don’t forget the spine!

For the Makers Veritas - cork stamp via @poorandpretty

While I waited for the paint to dry, I made a heart cork stamp using leftover supplies from the Toketee Collection.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook via @poorandpretty

After affixing my label, I dipped my stamp in the paint and stamped little hearts all over the front of the notebook. Cute! Here’s a tip for stamping: it’s better to apply the paint to the stamp with a brush, rather than dipping it in the paint. As you can see, I have a few half circles from the cork getting into the paint.

For the Makers Veritas - color block pencils via @poorandpretty

I liked the pink color so much, I decided to color block the pencils with it! I also used the gold fabric paint that came with my tote bag Brit Kit I picked up during my road trip! I did 3-4 layers of gold because it was a bit more translucent.

For the Makers Veritas - color block aurelian locket supplies via @poorandpretty

Occasionally, For the Makers will share an alternative way to make one of their projects on their blog, The Source. They suggested painting their Aurelian Lockets with nail polish for an enameled look. So I grabbed a hot pink OPI color and painted away! You can see the finished locket below:

For the Makers Veritas - Dalton Pennant Create via @poorandpretty

I squeezed the word “CREATE” on my Dalton Pennant, which of course is also very pink. I love how it came out! So inspiring. :)

For the Makers Veritas - finished projects via @poorandpretty

I went a bit outside the box, but I really love how everything came out. Yay creativity!

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Full disclosure: This post is not sponsored by For the Makers, but if you sign up for a subscription using the link above, I will receive a small discount off of my next box. (Lead image is from For the Makers.)

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Giveaway: Win a Timex Weekender Brit Kit!

Timex Weekender Brit Kits

Remember the crafternoon I hosted a few weeks ago with Timex and Brit + Co? Well, I’ve got a few leftover Brit Kits so I thought I’d give them away to you, crafty readers! The kit comes with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, three colors of embroidery floss, a pack of embroidery needles, and instructions — everything you need to embroider your own watch. This is a super-exclusive giveaway, because they aren’t available anywhere else!

Timex Weekenders closeup

Here’s a side-by-side closeup of the two watches: you’ll notice the green is a bit larger than the orange.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish's watch

This is just one of the fun patterns you can use to on your watch strap. See all of the patterns we chose at my crafternoon here. Feel free to think outside the box, too!

How do you win? Just leave a comment below and tell me which watch color you’d prefer: orange or green. That’s it! The contest will be open until Friday, September 5th, and I will announce the winner on Saturday. Open to US residents only. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Jenn!

 

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Crafternoon: Par-DIY with Timex and Brit + Co!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY feature pic

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - my watch

Yesterday, I hosted a par-DIY — or “crafternoon” as I’m calling it — in collaboration with Brit + Co and Timex. The two companies teamed up to put together a craft box with everything you need to embroider your very own watch.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Timex Weekender BritKit in lime

The kit — similar to the ones I get from For the Makers — came with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, a set of embroidery needles, three colors of embroidery thread, and instructions. The kits are not available for purchase, but if you want to do this fun activity at home, you can pick up a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru here (in lots of fun colors!) and grab embroidery thread and needles from your local craft store. Brit + Co even published their tutorial here.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - lime green + orange

I wore lime green and orange (remember this outfit?) for the occasion, and chose the lime green watch.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - guests!

After a few last-minute cancelations, my crafternoon ended up being a more intimate gathering of myself and five friends — Brittany, Michele, Mish, Nicole (Nic), and even Jeff came by!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Brittany's watch

Brittany chose the orange Weekender and created her own dotted Aztec pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Michele's watch

Michele went with the green watch and used the chevron pattern from the Brit + Co tutorial.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish embroidering watch

Mish also chose orange and went with a fun triangle pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Nic's ombre watch

Nic’s green watch ended up being the party favorite — she also embroidered triangles on the strap, but she used the three colors of embroidery thread in her kit to create an ombre pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Jeff's watch

Jeff impressed us all with a story about his very own symbol. “Like Prince?!” Brittany asked. Yep! When Jeff was in art school, he created this symbol that he has used as a signature ever since. Naturally, he stitched it on to his watch!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - guests

I set up a table in the kitchen as our work area and tried to add as much vibrancy and inspiration to the room as possible.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

Stan and I have yet to tackle the horrific green walls and countertops in our kitchen, so I put up a few handmade tissue paper pom poms in various colors. (Learn how to make your own here.)

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - fruit kebabs

I also served snacks on colorful platters…

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - sangria in multicolored glasses

And drinks — including my delicious homemade sangria — in my favorite glasses, made by Rachel DeCavage of sugarplum USA. I wish she had been able to attend, but she was vending her new brand, cinder + salt, in Boston.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - pink paper straws

Can you believe I found these cute paper straws at Stop & Shop?! They’re pretty and biodegradable — double win!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish's watch

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - my watch and matching outfit

The watches came out so great! I loved hanging out with a few of my craftiest friends to step away from screens and create and chat for a few hours. Thank you so much to everyone who made it, and to those who didn’t: maybe we’ll see you next time! I’m already thinking up ideas for crafternoon two!

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