This weekend I got my niece for a crafting weekend. Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend the whole weekend crafting like we wanted to, but we did get some fun things done.
The first thing we did (on Friday night) was make Sprite and gummy bear popsicles. I got white grape juice, too, since it was clear and I stopped drinking sodas for the month of July this past Monday.
We had these ice pop molds from last summer and put five gummy bears in each of 3 of the 4 slots (we were missing the top to one of them… oops). We poured Sprite into one and a half of them and then the juice in the other one and a half. We popped them in the freezer and had them the next afternoon.
When we got back from the movies (we saw The Secret Life of Pets which was adorable) we came home and each tried ours. We discovered that the Sprite didn’t do much for flavor, and the gummy bears were a no-go next time around. The juice was delicious, but the gummy bears were slimy on the outside and hard on the inside; and not at all cold. Yuck combo. Today was decided to try it with just the juice, but we got Skittles instead. I’ll update with a pic of those later, and the verdict.
Today we also did a craft that I’ve seen all over Pinterest and YouTube lately: Sharpie Tie-Dye Shoes.
We started with a $5 pair of white canvas shoes from Walmart (if it didn’t work, we weren’t out much). I already had rubbing alcohol and colorful Sharpies at home.
The first thing we did was take the shoe laces out of our canvas shoes. We then started coloring away. The coloring was probably the most tedious, time-consuming part of the whole process. After we finished coloring them, we took them outside to spray them with the alcohol. Some tutorials I’ve seen suggested using an eye-dropper and dropping the alcohol on that way, but we had plenty of empty spray bottles, so it’s what we did first.
We realized after saturating them that we actually did need the 91% alcohol instead of the 70% that we already had. We made a run to Walgreens where we found the right alcohol and eye-droppers. When we got back and tried again, we discovered some things: 1. We probably should have waited for it to dry before we tried spraying them again. 2. The neon Sharpies don’t work as well as the regular ones. They just fade too quickly. 3. We did the scribble style instead of the dots like some people have done.
We also wanted to decorate flip-flops and make hair bows, too, but that will have to be saved for a later date as it just didn’t happen this time around.
Got any other DIY’s that you’ve done? We would love to try them! Or maybe you’ve found one that you’d like for us to try? Let me know!