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DealDash Kids: Fun Crafts to do on Spring Break

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When you have young kids going on a Spring Break vacation isn’t in the cards. Here are some fun crafts from DealDash to do on school break.

When you have kids, you know the importance of keeping them occupied, especially during a school break. Kids need to do things to exercise their mind and creativity. There are so many activities kids can do besides going online and playing video games. Arts and crafts are one of the best things to do with your kids. There are so many crafts to choose from so I have narrowed down the best ones that kids will enjoy on their school break. Read on for some great craft ideas from DealDash.

Spin Tie Dye Art

Tie-dye activities are always a fun activity to do, and now that the weather is getting warmer you can do this one outside if you have a deck or patio.  The best way to do a tie-dye activity is to use your salad spinner as a spin art machine. Your kids can tie-dye many different things by using a salad spinner. It is important to use washable paint so you will not have any permanent marks on the spinner and no splatter. Kids will love this one because they can get outside and get a little messy.

Create a Fairy Garden

If you want to put your child’s imagination to good use, you should create a fairy garden. All you have to do is sprinkle some glitter over your garden and add different things such as colorful stones and rocks. Your kids will enjoy this activity because they will think the glitter is pixie dust.

If the weather where you are isn’t so nice yet, no problem. You can stay inside and help the kids paint stones for the fairy garden. There are kits to do this at the craft store, or you can easily use (washed) stones from outside and acrylic paint. If you would like your designs to last all through the year, be sure to spray a clear coat of paint on after the rocks are decorated to keep the rain off.

Slime

Slime is one of the most exciting crafts to do with your kids. All you need is glue, water, food coloring, and Borax solution. You can create different types of slime by using food coloring. Adding glitter and other things to your slime can also make it a lot of fun. Your kids will have a good time making slime and will enjoy playing with it. You can also add larger elements such as beads or foam balls to make textured slime. This activity is surprisingly not very messy.

Thanks for Reading

Crafting with your kids can be a lot of fun. I hope these three crafts have given you some ideas.  These crafts are easy to make, and it very fun for your kids. Arta and crafts are a great after-school activity to do once the homework is done or taking a break from electronics, not just on vacation breaks.  Your kids will activate their creativity and will enjoy spending time with you. Trust me, when they are older they will fondly remember the times spent crafting with you and not watching a screen.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on crafting with your kids. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here. Also read our sister blog, DealDash Tips. We love to hear from our readers. If you have any comments please leave them down below.

Crafting with kids is fun and keeps them happy. You can get gift cards to big box stores that have craft supplies from DealDash. Always get your gift cards DealDash for the best deal. DealDash  has gift cards for all occasions. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Have a great time on DealDash and happy bidding everyone! 

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Redecorates Your Bathroom

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Your bathroom might be the smallest room in your house, but you spend a lot of time there. Why not spruce it up?

The easiest and least costly way to make your bathroom look freshly updated is giving it a new coat of paint. Try a vibrant new color to really make this small space pop! If you’re transitioning over from plain white walls and you’re not ready to make a huge change yet, why not pick a favorite color and get a lighter version? Here’s a hint that I learned from my realtor when we were picking the colors that we wanted the builder to paint each different room – After picking the color on the paint chip that you like from the paint store, pick the color that is 1 color lighter (or above) the color that you chose. Once the color is on the wall it will appear darker, and therefore look closer to the color that you originally wanted.

Another easy (and not too expensive) fix for your bathroom that will transform it’s look is to change all of the hardware in the room. For example, if all of your hardware is currently chrome, change it to bronze or stainless steel. The most common hardware items that will need to be changed are:

  • Knobs on drawers and medicine cabinet
  • Towel rack
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Doorknob
  • Shower curtain rod
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Sink faucet
  • Tub faucet

If you’re not quite ready for the time and commitment to change all of the hardware, but want a totally different looking bathroom, try retiling the floor.  This is a fun project that doesn’t take a lot of money, especially if you have a very small bathroom. You can get a very fancy and luxurious set of tiles for your bathroom and feel like a king or queen.

Lastly, if all of the previous suggestions are not feasible for you at this time, then a fresh set of hand towels, some fancy new guest soap, a new bathroom rug, and a deep cleaning will make any bathroom look great. Scrub that toilet and sink until it sparkles, and you will have a bathroom that anyone would be proud to call their own.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you’re looking to redecorate any of the rooms in your home, check out DealDash. DealDash has many decorative items for your home. Here is a link to check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Crafts: Crayon Art

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Melted crayon art is beautiful and fun to make. Here’s how…

Making craft projects is what keeps life exciting, and melted crayon art is very easy to do, doesn’t require many materials, and can produce a finished project in less than an hour. What’s not to like?

My daughter brought home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch at her school, and I was instructed that we needed to decorate it in a non-scary way and return it to school in a few days. Since we needed to transport it back to school I figured that carving probably wasn’t the best option, stickers would just fall off, and drawing on it with a sharpie marker just wasn’t very fun. With those things in mind, I decided that we would make her pumpkin into a melted crayon project. Here is a quick tutorial in case you would like to make your own melted crayon art.

Materials:

  • Canvas of some type, it can be anything from a cardboard box to an actual art canvas
  • Crayons. They can be the cheap ones from the dollar store, if you like. The amount of crayons you need is proportional to the size of your project. A 24 pack of crayons is good for a small to medium-sized project.
  • Glue gun with glue
  • Hair dryer
  • Newspaper or large piece of cardboard to contain the mess

Step 1:

Using your glue gun, glue the crayons to the top of your canvas. Point the tips of the crayons down.

Step 2:

Using your hair dryer, put it on high heat and point it to the bottom half of the crayons.

Step 3:

Continue along the crayons until you are satisfied with the amount that they have melted. I found that I needed to concentrate the hair dryer in one spot for about 5 minutes to get them melted as much as I wanted.

Step 4:

Let dry. After drying you can remove the crayon wrappers and the remainder of the crayons that weren’t melted – or you can leave them on the canvas. It’s completely your decision.

I hope that you found this to be a fun craft project. If you like crafts, be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has many fun craft items for auction. Just click this link here and you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes: Beauty Bath Bombs

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Many women and children (and even some men!) love to take a relaxing bath before bed. Homemade bath bombs can make your bath extra luxurious.

Bath bombs are very easy to make, the ingredients are relatively inexpensive, and you can make them tailored to your own scent preference. Not only that, you can even make them into fun shapes for your children or to give as gifts. Don’t pay those outrageous mall specialty store prices, make your own! Once you have the basic recipe you can include any sort of color, scent, or shape that you like. This is also a fun project that you can do with your kids, if they are reluctant bathers, this might help.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt (preferably the fine-grained type)
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Almond Oil (or grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or any other carrier oil that you choose)
  • 3/4 tablespoons Water
  • 2 teaspoons Essential Oils (Any scent you like, you can even mix them)
  • Liquid food coloring (optional, but extra fun)
  • Mold (Silicone is the easiest to remove the bath bomb)

Directions:

  1. Using your dry ingredients, combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of corn starch, 1/2 cup of epsom salt, and 1/2 cup of citric acid in a large bowl. Be sure that your dry ingredients are mixed well.
  2. Using your liquid ingredients, combine 2 1/2 tablespoons of almond ( or other carrier oil) oil, 3/4 tablespoons of water, and 2 teaspoons of essential oils in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine the mixture of wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix together. Please be sure that they are mixed extremely well, otherwise you will have chunks in your bath bombs, and no one wants that!
  4. Add your food coloring. Approximately 3-6 drops of food coloring is appropriate, depending on how light or dark you would like your bath bombs. If you would like to make more than 1 color of bath bomb, separate your mixture into different bowls. The more bowls you use separate your mixture, the less food coloring you will need to use in each. Mix food coloring well, you can even put gloves on and squash it around with your hands.
  5. Time to fill your mold! spoon some of your mixture into the mold, and squash down tightly with either a spoon or your hand. Continue filling and squashing until your bath bomb has reached the top of the mold. You can even layer different colors on top of one another.
  6. Let your mixture dry in the mold for 1-2 hours, depending on how big the bath bombs are.
  7. Remove from the mold, put on waxed paper, and continue to let them dry overnight.
  8. After drying you can store them in airtight containers and use as needed.

If you are having a difficult time finding the perfect silicone mold, you can use metal or plastic molds as well. Even a muffin tin will work in a pinch! For kid’s bath bombs I like to use fun-shaped silicone ice cube trays. You can make more bath bombs that way, so they can throw in 2 or 3 per bath.

I hope that you have found this article helpful. Check out DealDash‘s Fashion, Health, and Beauty category for more great beauty products. DealDash is always on trend. Just click here and you will be taken to DealDash so you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes: Mason Jar Candle

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Mason jars have been very popular lately, and you can bet that mason jar objects are a little bit more expensive than plain ones. Why not make your own mason jar crafts? Let’s start with a mason jar candle.

Mason jars are a classic example of Americana, they bring back great nostalgic memories for a lot of people, especially people who had a grandma who loved to garden and can her own vegetables. Mason jars are everywhere now, and more often than not they are merely vessels to hold another decoration. Today we will use a mason jar to create a candle that you can enjoy for yourself or give as a gift.

Materials:

  • Block of meltable candle wax – you can get this at any craft store
  • Mason jar
  •  Candle wick about as tall as your mason jar
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Pot that the measuring cup will fit in
  • Candle scent (optional)
  • Coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut enough wax off of your block to fill your mason jar about 75% full – this doesn’t have to be an exact measurement, you can always save the rest of the wax for another time if you don’t need all that you prepare.
  2. Put your pot on the stove, place your glass measuring cup in the pot. Place your wax in the glass measuring cup. Put enough water in the pot to come about 1/2 way up the glass measuring cup.
  3. Put your burner on medium heat and wait for the wax to melt.
  4. Put a dab of super glue or glue from a glue gun on the bottom of your mason jar and stick the bottom end of the wick down. You can then put a pencil across the top of your mason jar and lightly tape the top of the wick to the pencil to anchor it so it doesn’t move around when you pour your wax in.
  5. When your wax has melted you can now add your scent and color if you so desire. You can also leave it scentless and colorless if you like.
  6. Using a pot holder, pick up your glass measuring cup and pour your wax very carefully into your mason jar. Try not to disturb the wick too much, and don’t over-pour the wax, be sure to leave some of the wick visible.
  7. Remove your pencil anchor and trim the wick to your desired length.
  8. All done!

Wasn’t that an easy and fun project? If you are in the market for more home decor items be sure to check DealDash. DealDash has many home decor, art, and useful home items up for bid. Just click this link and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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