Thrifty Kids "I'm Bored" Ideas

Well, school has been out for a little over a month now. Have you started getting the "I'm boooooored. Theres nothing to do!" yet?

Here's some ideas for some homemade silliness.

Homemade face paint recipe:

3 tblsps. Cornstarch

1 tblsp. Flour

3/4 cup Karo light corn syrup

1/4 cup water

½ tsp. Liquid food coloring

Mix cornstarch and flour together in a bowl. Gradually stir in Karo syrup and water until smooth. Divide mixture into individual containers as needed and tint each one with the food coloring of your choice. Leave one batch untinted. You an save the paints in babyfood jars for future use.

Your kids could set up a face painting booth in the front yard and invite neighborhood kids to have their faces painted.

Homemade Play Dough

1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons oil
a few drops food coloring

Mix thoroughly and store in a plastic bag. Kids can pull, pound, and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. If left to dry will harden and can be painted. Non-toxic. Tip: If kids dust their hands with flour before play the dough won't stick.

This could be a fun time for the kids to make their own Christmas ornaments and maybe make a special ornament for gifts (grandparents, Aunts & Uncles). If you do use them as ornaments I would suggest you clear coat them when they have hardened.

I like this idea because of the fact that packs of plain pencils are going on sale everywhere right now for as little as a penny.

Decoupage Pencils

Kids can create their own designed pencils for school!

Craft Supplies:

small jar of mod podge gloss luster - a little goes a long way (if you don't have any mod podge, try mixing a little bit of white glue with the same amount of water and use that instead)

decorative paper napkins, tissue paper, or paper streamers


green florist's foam block (optional)

foam brush or paint brush

1. Tear pieces of paper, whatever you are using, into one inch squares. Note: if you are using paper napkins, carefully separate the layers and use only the top sheet.

2. Starting at the top of the pencil, brush on some mod podge down toward the eraser, but don't cover the eraser, unless you want to. (Smile). Put pieces of paper over the entire pencil, overlapping the squares, so that none of the painted pencil shows through. When the pencil is covered, add another coat of mod podge over the decoupaged area.

3. Make a small hole with a pencil that you haven't decorated yet into the foam, making it large enough to hold the square end of a pencil. Now take your decoupaged pencil and insert it into the hole in the foam, eraser side down. Let the pencil dry.

This idea came from AllFreeCrafts

Instead of using the play dough, make up some simple salt dough and make Christmas ornaments. Here is a recipe for a "Microwave version of salt dough.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe


4 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1-1/2 cups of hot water

holiday cookie cutters

decorations - glitter, paint, beads, etc.

Microwave Salt Dough Ornaments


1. Half of the dough recipe featured above is enough to make all the ornaments shown above, plus some extras. You will also need paint in red, green, white, and gold, plus green glitter paint, and trims such as iridescent stars, pom poms, mini candy cane erasers, and glitter chenille stems.

2. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut a variety of snowmen, Christmas trees and stars. Use a toothpick to make a hole for hanging, being sure to make the hole a little larger than you will want as they tend to close when baking.

3. Using a microwave-safe plate (not paper or cardboard), microwave a plate of your ornaments for 1 to 4 minutes, increasing the time by 1 minute increments and keeping a close eye on the microwave as the ornaments bake. Microwave power levels differ greatly, so use high power in a less-powerful oven, but lower it if your oven tends to heat things very quickly. You don't want to risk a fire! Let the ornaments cool completely before decorating.

4. Snowmen: Base coat white. Paint hats black. Use paint or markers for eyes, nose, mouth and buttons. You can also use paint to add a scarf, unless you are using chenille stems. Take one chenille stem and, leaving enough stem to form an arm on the left, wrap the stem around the neck, and form another arm on the right. Cut off excess stem and bend each end in a 1/4" to form hands. Add mini candy cane erasers if desired.

5. Stars: Base coat white or gold. Add green glitter paint, or outline with gold paint or glitter paint, if desired. Glue an iridescent star in the middle of each ornament. Take a chenille stem and, leaving a little extra at the top to form half a loop, bend the stem around each star point, pushing in with your fingers until the stem will retain the star shape. You will find the stem ends at the top with some extra left over. Bend both of these end lengths together to form a hanging loop.

6. Christmas Trees: Base coat green, then re-paint with green glitter paint. Add gold and white accents in a "garland" effect, then use red to add red "balls" to the tree. Glue sparkly pom poms or two iridescent stars glue together on top of the tree if desired.

Variations: These are just some of the possibilities for decorating your microwaved salt dough ornaments. This is also a good kid's craft or group project - just microwave several batches of ornaments and provide a variety of paints, markers and embellishments to let everyone excercise creativity. Properly dried the ornaments should last for years.

And don't forget Halloween. You could make some fun Halloween decorations using this recipe as well.

Receipe from allfreecrafts
This post is linked to :
Things I Love Thursdays at The Diaper Diaries
Thrifty Thursday At Amanda's Cookin'

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