Using Water Bottles As Art

Using Water Bottles As Art

There are many art projects you can engage in by using water bottles. This is a great way to create something beautiful whilst recycling. Encourage your young ones and others to go GREEN with these crafts endeavors.

Lava lamp
All you need are simple materials that can be found in the kitchen or around the house: –

1 transparent bottle with cap
Water
Food coloring
Either vegetable or mineral oil
1 flashlight
Salt or baking soda

First, fill the water bottle with oil, about three quarters and add on water. Leave a little space at the top. The water will descend to the bottom and minute bubbles will emerge. Add a few drops of food coloring, two or more to add dimension. It will take a few moments for the color to merge. Switch on the flashlight and point it to the makeshift lamp. Drop little bits of baking soda or salt into the concoction, and voila, you now have your very own unique home-made lava lamp. To get the same effect later on, attach the cap on the bottle and turn it upside down. A word of caution – do not expose the lava lamp to high temperatures as it can explode.

Water bottle hat
A contraption your children will love.

2 socks with cuffs folded
2 plastic water bottles
2 pieces of aquarium plastic tubing, preferably 42 inches
1 baseball cap

To start off, sew the socks directly unto sides of baseball cap. Discard the bottles’ caps and fill with water. Thrust the plastic tubing through the holes made vacant by the discarded caps and place the bottles in the sock pockets. You can further embellish the water bottle hat with stickers or drawings.

Message in a Bottle
This is a beautiful piece of art that can be tailored for any special occasion.

Empty water bottle
Ribbons
1 sheet of stationery paper
1 cup granulated sugar
Plastic or acrylic jewels, beads and confetti
Paint
Marker pen (choice of color is infinite)
Thumbtack or glue

First, make sure that the bottle is clean and free from all labels. Using your marker pen, write a note or poem on the stationery paper. Tie the note with some ribbon, leaving one end and attaching it to the end of the bottle cap using a thumb tack or glue. Set it aside. Pour sugar into the bottle, enough to ensure that the letter is visible in the neck for easy removal. Now, drop the beads, confetti or jewels into the sugar. Carefully, push the note into the neck of the bottle. Make sure that the long end of the ribbon is also in the neck and put in the cap. Decorate your bottle using paint, making your designs as festive as possible.

Recycled garden
A garden made from recycled bottles and other easy to find materials.

Empty 2 liter bottles
Paint
Pipe cleaners
Dryer sheets
Drinking straws
Construction paper (various colors)
Popsicle sticks
Glue
Cardboard box
Styrofoam bowl (for containing paint)

Fashion flowers out of the dryer sheets, and place them one inside the other. This can be done by dipping each cut flower into a Styrofoam bowl filled with paint. Do not forget to lightly pinch the flowers in the center. Next, wrap the pipe cleaners around the pinched areas and twist to hold the flowers. Fluff the flowers to make them seem alive. To form the stems, slip the pipe cleaners down into the drinking straws. Utilizing the cardboard box as the base, cut out one side and start decorating with construction paper. You can fashion a fence using Popsicle sticks. To hold the flowers in place, cut the bottom of the water bottle and place it upside down into the bottom of the box. For grass, use green construction paper.

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Candle Making At Home – Learn How To Make Candle

Candle Making At Home – Learn How To Make Candle

A candle is a solid block of fuel, which is made of wax and an embedded wick which is lit to provide light and sometimes heat. Most candles today are made from paraffin but it is sometimes made from beeswax, soy wax and other plant waxes. There is also another type of candles, the gel candles which is made from a mixture of paraffin and plastic.

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Candle making today have gained so much popularity, which brought about the rising number of people seeking to learn how to make candles. It is either a form of hobby or for the purpose of business.

Learning how to make candles at home is easy and a lot of fun. The supplies that you will need are crock pot or a double broiler, thermometer, candle wax chips (preferably pre-formulated for candles), glass container with a lid (for the candle), an appropriate sized pre-tabbed wick (the larger the jar, the larger the wick diameter needs to be in order to burn a puddle to the edges of the jar), essential oils or scented candle oils and food coloring.

The first step is to heat the wax in the crock pot, while the wax is heating, pre-heat the candle jar in the oven on the lowest setting. When the wax reaches 160 degrees mix scented oils first and stir, then add food coloring and stir. Avoid having a very high temperature. Now, take the candle glass out of the oven and pour the candle ingredients into the jar and straighten the wick. Stick the wick to the base of the jar to make the wick stand straight up on its own.

Let the candle completely cool at room temperature, this will usually take around 6 hours. If it has completely cooled down, trim the wick and your ready to use your very own candle. You can also be creative and use different containers as mold.

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Splish, Splash! Fun and Educational Ways of Playing With Water

Splish, Splash! Fun and Educational Ways of Playing With Water

There are so many things your baby or toddler can learn through water play. And it is so easy, no need to spend lots of money on toys and they’ll be playing for hours.

Some useful things you might need are

– different size pots and pans OR/AND

– tubs you use for hand washing clothes

– containers of different size and shape

– funnels

– scoops (use big plastic serving spoons. in fact, many kitchen utensils often come handy in child’s play)

– wine corks (they float and the collecting process can be quite enjoyable for the parents)

– plastic syringe, small water pistol or an empty shampoo bottle

– food coloring liquids of different colors (you can buy them in a baking section of your supermarket)

– tongs (try to find ones covered with plastic or rubber as the metal ones can be quite sharp)

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Obviously, water will be splashed, otherwise it wouldn’t be so much fun! So, choose the area of play carefully. When my son was a baby we did this sort of play either on our balcony on hot days or in the bath tub. No need to fill the bath with water, just place all the playing materials into the tub, strip to a nappy and a t-shirt and play away. You can even climb into the bathtub with your little one if the tub is big enough, try it, it’s fun!

Once my son got a little older we would play with water using large pots and containers placed on a table and I would just cover the floor under the table with a large plastic tablecloth.

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Some of the things you can do (please don’t limit yourself to any lists, use your imagination)

– “fish out” wine corks (or other floating objects) with a scoop, tongs or just fingers

– try counting them out loud when you place them into a container

– fill up and squirt water with a plastic syringe, try aiming at some light objects that could fall when you get them, like toy soldiers or cars (or even those useful wine corks)

What’s developing and improving: hand-eye coordination, muscle tone, fine motor skills, counting skills

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– fill up different-size containers with water to different levels and pour the water out into other containers through funnels. I would often use glass jars of different sizes and put them inside large pots so that water wouldn’t spill all over the table when my son was pouring it out. IF YOU ARE USING GLASS JARS TAKE GREAT CARE AND NEVER LEAVE THE CHILD AT THE TABLE UNATTENDED!

– take 2 large pots, leave one empty and fill the other one with water. place several smaller plastic containers or glass jars inside the empty pot. The child can either use a small plastic container, a scoop, a serving spoon or even a syringe to fill the empty jars and containers with the water from the large pot.

– add some color to the water with food coloring and learn colors while you are playing. They will also be learning how fun and interesting it is to mix colors. Stick to only a few colors and try to select primary colors such as Green, Red and Blue. Kids get confused very easily if you try to teach them too many colors at the same time.

What we are learning: volumes, concept of empty/full, colors, color mixing.

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Imaginative play

– one of my son’s favorite games during bath time was “Rescue”. We would use small dolls, rubber animals and toy soldiers and if they fell into the water we would Rescue them by putting them back safely into the toy boats and ships.

other things you can do pretend playing with water:

– play “fishing” in the tub (make a fishing rod out of a small and smooth tree branch, thick knitting needle or even a pencil and some rope)

– giving dolls a bath, washing their hair

– washing the dishes

– etc. imitate anything that mum does around the house or help mum for real. you can give the child a clean sponge or a mop with a short handle.

– in the bath pretend it’s raining while you pour water through a strainer

So go on, start splashing – water can be fun all year around!

Slava Prakhiy is the creator of Bright Tomato Publishing www.brighttomato.com.au where educational products for babies and toddlers are created by a real mum and tested by real babies and toddlers. Check out our JUMBO Reading Cards, suitable from 3 months of age.

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Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath Salts in Ten Minutes or Less

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath Salts in Ten Minutes or Less

Aromatherapy bath salts are one of the quickest, easiest goodies to make for the bath – and one of the most healing. With just a few simple ingredients you can make your own aromatherapy bath salts to ease your aching back, calm your frazzled nerves or relax yourself for a deep, restful sleep.

We all need down time, and we all need to have fun. Life is so busy these days that it can be hard to carve out the time. Making your own aromatherapy bath salts is a great way to give yourself a break.

First, you give yourself some ‘fun’ time by making your scented bath salts – mixing, stirring, smelling… and, most especially, experimenting. Don’t be afraid to blend together a few of your favorite essential oils to create your own custom scent. Play! The creative process is half the fun.

Second, you actually have to lie in the bath for a while (here’s your down-time) to use your aromatherapy bath salts. Give yourself candles, a glass of wine or tea, soothing music – all those good, stress-draining, nerve-calming accessories. Lock the door and slide into warm, scented bliss – your own hand made, master crafted aromatherapy bath salts, created just for you!

Aromatherapy Bath Salts Quick Trick

If you honestly don’t have time to make bath salts but you still want some aromatic down-time in the tub, try this instant ‘cheat’. Add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt to your hot running bathwater. Pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil (any type will do) into a small glass. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Adjust the water temperature and slide into the tub. Pour in the essential oil mixture and swish it around a bit. Lie back and relax.


10 Minute Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipe

3 cups Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
15 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (or one of the blends below)
Optional: 10 drops of your choice of food coloring

Measure salt and baking soda into a large glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowl (not plastic – it will absorb the essential oils.)
[Three minutes]

Stir together the salt and baking soda using a metal spoon (a wooden spoon will absorb the essential oils.)
[One minute]

Drop in the essential oils and food coloring, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the salt.
[Two minutes]

Stir until thoroughly mixed.
[One minute, maybe two]

Pour your essential oil bath salt mixture in a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Click on the following link to learn why you should use dark glass. http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/storing-essential-oils.html
[One minute]

That’s it! Nine minutes (plus one extra for spills or finding your glasses.) Quick, easy, painless!

It’s best to let your aromatherapy bath salts cure at least 24 hours before using them so the salt can really absorb the aroma.

Use about one cup of salts per bath. This aromatherapy bath salt recipe makes enough for three baths.

Essential Oil Bath Salt Blends

Cheer Up! Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

7 drops Bergamot essential oil

7 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil

Super Sedative Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

8 drops Sandalwood essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Cedar essential oil

Pain Relief Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

10 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Chamomile essential oil

2 drops Marjoram essential oil

Making your own aromatherapy bath salts is so easy and quick that almost anyone can do it. It’s a great activity to do with your children or grandchildren (just make sure an adult handles the essential oils.) Family time and play time all in one!

Plus, aromatherapy bath salts make great gifts – why not make up a big batch and share the love. We all have friends and relatives who could use a friendly jar of aromatherapy bath salts. Just remember to save some for yourself!

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose, or cure any condition.

Kyley Zimmerman works from home and focuses on making her family life happy, healthy and eco-friendly.


She shares her love of making natural bath, body and home products at http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/ Check it out!

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