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Shaving Cream Painting Placemat

Today I had the brilliant idea to combine a couple of different crafts that I have seen floating around on Pinterest and modify them a bit.  I have seen Shaving Cream Painting all over the internet and have been hesitant to try it, not because I am a neat freak, if you know me, you know that is not true, but because it seems like such a big mess and can get all over the place.  Well, I put my fears aside today and decided to let Cheyenne try it.

I have also seen placemats made from contact paper and leaves or whatever between the two sheets of contact paper.

I decided I was going to combine the two and voila….Shaving cream painting placemats!!

I got all of our supplies out:

All you need is a can of shaving cream, paint (we used red, yellow an orange), a large baking sheet or container (not pictured), paper or pictures, straight edged instrument (we used a ruler)

I had printed off some templates of different shaped leaves earlier in the day.

I covered the baking sheet in shaving cream and dripped the paint all over the surface of it.

Then I took a paintbrush and just lightly swirled the colors around in the shaving cream, but not too much or the colors will start to blend and you won’t get the marbled look.

Then we laid our paper on the shaving cream and gently pressed down and sort of rubbed around the paper with our hands.

Then I took the paper off and starting at one end, scraped the ruler across the paper to get all of the shaving cream off.  It left a beautiful marbled paper!  Doesn’t it look pretty??  🙂

I did notice that after the first page, the marbling effect went away and it was just mixed colors.  I didn’t have any more paint, as we used the last of it setting this up. Next time, I may have to try adding more paint between pages if we do more than one.

Then I decided to put my fears aside and let her play with the shaving cream since she had been wanting to touch it and play with it the whole time.

She had a blast!!

                          

So while she was playing, I set the papers aside to dry.  After her nap, I cut the shapes out and then we made her placemat.

I didn’t get any pics of the actual making of the placemat, because I suddenly had a great idea to make a border and completely forgot to take pictures.

What we did was cut 2 sheets of wax paper to the size we wanted the placemat to be.  We plugged our iron in to heat up.  Then we placed the leaf shapes on one piece of wax paper and placed the second piece on top of it.  I decided to make a little border around it, so I cut some strips out of brown construction paper and had to do a little patching and gluing to make it the right size, but made a little brown border to go around the edge of the placemat.  Then I placed that on the bottom piece of wax paper and then placed the second piece on top.  Then I took the iron and ironed over the placemat very slowly to heat up the wax paper and let it fuse together.

While I did the ironing, Cheyenne went for a walk with my dad and collected some pecans, so she wasn’t around.  Make sure the ironing is a mom-only job!  Little ones can get burned so easily.  When Cheyenne came back from her walk, she was so pleased to see her placemat! She thought it was so cool and loved that she made it, except for the ironing.

My dad thought it was neat what we were going to do, so when he and Cheyenne went for their walk, they also collected some leaves and he made one with the leaves they collected!!  It turned out pretty cute too!

We are loving fall around here and today a cold front finally came through to give us more fall-like weather.  It has been in the mid to upper 80’s here in Texas, yes, even in November.  But today a cold front came through and it is in the 50s now!  I love fall, because I hate winter.  I am not a fan of cold.  I can handle upper 50s to about mid 80s so we have a very short time each year that I am completely happy! 🙂

I hope you all get a chance to try this!  Let me know how it goes for you.

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Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

I have to admit, fall is probably my favorite season…at least right now.  Spring and Fall are pretty much tied in my mind. I love them both equally…summer is too hot, especially here in Texas. Winter is too cold for my liking, even though it’s nothing compared to the winters up north. But I love fall and I’m so glad it is here!  We are finally starting to experience some fall-like temps after our almost 90* week last week. This week it is in the 70s and I love it!!

Now that it seems that fall may finally be here…better late than never….I decided we needed to make some Pumpkin Pie Play Dough.  I found this simple recipe at 2 Big 2 Little.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup water
red and yellow food coloring (unless you can find orange…I couldn’t)

Once you have all of your ingredients ready, get a medium pot and add all ingredients except for the water and food coloring.  Add your food coloring to the water until you have the desired shade, but note it will be darker than what the water looks like.  Ours was a pretty orange and I was actually afraid it was going to be too bright orange, because I actually wanted a little darker, spicier look and luckily that’s exactly how it turned out.  Once you have colored your water, pour it into your pot and mix everything very well.

Stir over medium heat approximately 4-5 minutes, or until the dough forms a ball in the center of the pot.

Remove from the pot onto your counter or cutting board and let cool.  It will be very hot…believe me.  🙂

Once it is cool, knead it for a little bit until soft and smooth.  I probably kneaded longer than necessary because I love play dough and warm pumpkin pie scented play dough is just like a little slice of Heaven.  🙂

Of course, I couldn’t have all the fun. Cheyenne had to get in on the kneading fun because she loves to help!  I think she really just wanted me to leave it alone so she could play with it.  Then she took it in to her table and got some cookie cutters and went to town playing with her new play dough.

This was so fun!  Since the first time we made play dough, I have loved it!  Cheyenne loves to play with play dough and we love making it.  It lasts so much longer than store bought (as long as it is picked up) and is safer in the even a wee one decides to put it in their mouth, plus you can color and scent your play dough however you want.  There are so many ways to make, color, and scent play dough along with many additives that can be added and so many endless ways to play with it.  Can you tell we love play dough??

I hope you get a chance to make this wonderful play dough.  My hands smelled so good after making this that I didn’t want to wash my hands.  But of course, I did.

Let me know if you make this and how your little ones like it!  Welcome fall!!  Better late than never….

 

 

 

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