Mehndi Box

You never know what you are going to pick up at a carboot sale which is where I found this wooden trinket box to decorate. I started out with the bare wooden box  and painted  it a teal colour .Once everything was dry, I piped on the henna and  finally  added the gold glitter. This was the finished product. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out and I think the gold really  brings everything together.

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Salt Dough Creations

Around the same time that I did the Playdough post (I’ll leave the link for that at the bottom of the page), Isa and I got creative and thought we’d try making some salt dough magnets. He really loved rolling the dough and cutting out the different letter shapes and was so excited to see the end result whilst we were making them. They are extremely inexpensive to make, and  very verstaile, you can turn them into magnets like we did or you can pierce a hole in the top before baking so you can hang them up as decorations. You could also make them as gift tags too and I have even seen others create salt dough medals. The possibilities are endless.

To make these salt dough creations you will need

  • 225g Flour
  • 112g Salt
  • 100ml Cold Water

First of all you need to mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Then add the water in stages till you get a good consistency dough to work with (you may not need to add all of the water) as you don’t want the dough to be sticky. If the dough is too dry and crumbly add a little more water.

Roll out the dough and cut out shapes as desired, if you are creating ornaments to hang use a straw to pierce a hole near the top of your shape.

Leave to air dry on a tray for around a week or bake in the oven at 120°c for around two and a half to three hours. You could even try putting them in the microwave for 3 minutes if you’re really pressed for time ( I haven’t tried this method myself though). You will know when they are done as they will feel firm, hollow and dry.

Once they are all baked and cooled you can now add your piant and glitter. 

And there you have it, your very own salt dough creations.

 

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Recipe taken from: http://simplybeingmum.com/2013/03/18/simple-salt-dough-recipe/

 

For my previous Playdough post click here: 

https://aniqahahsan.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/playdough-recipe/

 

 

Tile Painting

It’s nearly Eid again and it’s a time when i’m reminded of the Eid Melas we used to go to when we were younger. For those who don’t know,  in South Asain culture Mela simply means fair and this usually happens after the month of Ramadan ends. There used to be loads of different stalls selling all sorts of things from asain food, clothes, jewellery and toys for kids.  There were rides and arts and crafts stalls too ( this was my favourite part and where I got decorate this tile as a kid). Over the years the Mela has now changed and has become more of a music festival for this reason it’s not as child friendly and we have stopped going but we will always remember the good old Mela days.

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Making a Wooden Box

 

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I made this box many years ago when I was in school. It’s not just a box that we decorated; we measured,cut, and assembled various pieces of wood to build the box from scratch.  Once we had the initial box shape we sanded down the corners to give the box curved edges and added a golden clasp to the front. After that we painted the outside and  used a decoupage technique to add the rose pattern on top. We then added a few silver gems on top.  There’s also a rim of blue glitter around the lid of the box which isn’t visible from the photo  but it adds a really nice effect to the finished look. I know the finish could have been neater but I’m really pleased with how the box turned out and will probably make another one again soon.

Playdough Recipe

Keeping a 3 year old entertained can be difficult when the weather’s bad outside and it’s always a struggle to keep them away from the TV. I thought I’d make some playdough for my younger brother to keep him occupied during the holidays  even if it was only for a little while!

I wasn’t too sure if this was actually going to work but to my surprise it came out great so I’m going to share the recipe with you guys.

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Supplies

  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 1/4 c. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar 
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2.5 cups Plain flour
  • Gel Food colouring

Instructions

  1. Mix everything but the food coloring together in a large pot until somewhat smooth. It will be lumpy. Not to worry, the dough will get smoother as it cooks.
  2. Cook the dough over a low heat. Mix frequently. The water will slowly cook out of the mixture and you’ll notice it starts to take on a sticky dough appearance. Keep mixing until the edges of the dough along the side and bottom of the pan appear dry. Pinch a piece of dough. If it’s not gooey, the dough is ready.
  3. Place the dough on a counter top or large cutting board that can withstand a little food coloring.
  4. Knead the warm dough until it’s smooth and then divide it into the number of colors that you’d like to make.
  5. Add the colouring and knead until the colour is all incorporated.
  6. Play with the dough right away or store it in a large Ziplock bag or sealed container. Unused, it’ll keep for months.

Recipe taken from: Tinkerlab

For more ideas on projects to do with young kids or to see the original post for this recipe visit her website http://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough.

 

 

 

 

 

Mindful Colouring for Adults

Today the number of colouring books on the market for adults has grown exponentionally. The first time I saw them featured on the French news a couple of years ago I knew they were going to be huge. Since then I have always wondered if they actually worked to relieve stress and anxiety  as claimed, so I thought I would try them out for myself and see.

Although it is satisfying to see the end result, the process can ironically be quite be the opposite of relaxing. The patterns in this book were ok but more often than not they are so intricate that it becomes such a tedious and frustrating task, some would even go as far as describing it as stressful. For some, even deciding on what colours to use where can be a source of frustration because at the end of the day they do want to produce something that looks half decent too and for this the colours need to match.

I do find there is a certain stigma attached to people who like to do these sorts of activities, even if the stigma is a taboo. People may look down upon those who enjoy this activity as there is no real skill or difficulty involved in carrying it out and because it is also deemed as something that children do but if it helps people  relax and relieves stress then I think we should  look more favourably upon these sorts of activities and do even more to promote them.