Make Your Own Craft Supplies for an Afternoon of Fun

If your kids are running out of things to do, try these really cool crafts... guaranteed to keep the boredom blues at bay. These craft activities are perfect for a rainy afternoon — and you don't need to worry about shopping for supplies. Make the following craft supplies with ingredients from your pantry!

Colour Sand
Add 5 to 6 drops of food colouring to 1/2 cup of fine table salt. Stir well. Microwave 1 to 2 minutes. You can also air dry the salt by placing it on some wax paper. Once dry, store in an air tight container. Use to create sand art or use as glitter!

Salt Sculptures
Mix 4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of salt. Sculpt into any shape: a dinosaur or other animals, figurines, flowers, toys, etc. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Let cool and paint with acrylic paint.

Pasta Jewellery
Mix 1 tablespoon of food colouring with 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. Create different colours. Find macaroni or any other shaped pasta that you can run a thick string through. Mix pasta in the colour mixture and let dry on newspaper. String pasta using thick thread or wool to make bracelets or necklaces.

Kool-Aid Dough
Mix 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, 3 tablespoons of oil, and 1 small package of Kool-Aid. Add 1 cup of boiling water. Stir together and knead until a soft dough is formed. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.

Silly Putty
Combine 1/2 cup of white glue and 1/4 cup of liquid starch in a bowl. Stir until well blended and knead with your hands until smooth for a few minutes. It will stretch like taffy. You can even roll it into a ball and bounce it! Keep refrigerated in a sealed container. Don't have liquid starch? Make your own with this recipe.

Make Your Own Stickers
Mix 2 teaspoons of white liquid glue with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar in a small bowl. Use a small paintbrush to paint this mixture on the back of small pictures, magazine cut-outs, pictures you have drawn, coloured paper shapes - anything! Lay them painted side up on a newspaper and let them dry. When dry you can lick them to stick them - but we recommend you use a small damp cloth!

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