Homemade Bath Paints

Posted on April 9th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

Not only do I love being a Thrifty Diva, I love not having to go to the store for something. Sometimes I want to have something for the kids to do or play with, but it would involve going to the store. I’ve learned that if I go to the store for one item, I end up spending more. Which lead me to my latest craft…bath paints!

I wanted my kids to have something new and fun to play with and I wanted the ingredients to be at home with us. This easy recipe fit the bill and it was actually a lot of fun for the kids.

What You Need
1/3 Cup dish soap
2 tablespoons of Corn Starch
Food Coloring
Plastic containers for storing

What To Do 
1. Mix your dish soap and corn starch.
2. Divide into your plastic containers into as many colors as you’ll make. So if you want red, blue, yellow and green, you’ll need three containers.
3. Add 3-4 drops of food coloring per container.
4. Paint!  

How easy and thrifty was that!? 


Santa Basket!

Posted on December 17th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I just get so excited when I am crafty. I am especially proud of this project. The whole thing cost me less than $5 and it was so easy. For those of you who aren’t crafty, try this, you’ll impress all your friends!

Sorry for the bad cell phone picture 🙁

What You Need
Apple basket (this is the only way name I know them by)
Red paint (I just bought what was on sale and looked “santa-ish”)
Black Ribbon
Anything that will look like a buckle
Hot glue
Paint brush

What To Do
1. Paint the whole bucket and let dry with red paint.
2. Take your hot glue gun and glue the ribbon around the diameter of the bucket.
3. In the middle of your bucket, glue your buckle.
4. DONE!

How easy is that!? And it’s so cute!

You can use your bucket to put Christmas ornaments in it or whatever you want that is Christmasy!

Freeze Water Balloons for Christmas Decor!

Posted on December 10th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Once again Pinterest has given me a reason to try and be crafty! I haven’t tried these yet, but they are freezing at I type. I just think this is an incredible idea and so thrifty! We already had the balloons and food coloring, so no added cost. And even if you do have to buy stuff for it, it’s very inexpensive! Your kids will get a kick out of this too.

I do think this really has a better effect with snow and you definitely need freezing temperatures. I have been looking for better ways to decorate for Christmas, but I am not all about the cost. So I am going to color mine red and the other just clear so I had red and white HUGE marbles.

What You Need
Food coloring

What To Do
1. As best as you can, put a couple of drops of your food coloring of choice in the balloon then fill it up with water and tie it off.
2. Sit outside. If you do it overnight, it should freeze by the time you get up.
3. Cut the balloon part off once they’ve frozen and BAM you have big huge colored water balls!

Have fun! I know I am!

Find, the original blog here.

My $10 Father’s Day Gift

Posted on June 13th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Yesterday I talked about Thrifty Divas Father’s Day ideas. I shared with you the idea of painted hand prints. Well today I made it and it cost me a total of less than $10! I am so proud of it too! It’s AMAZING and personal. My husband is going to love it. And even better was the canvas I bought was half off at Joann’s Fabric and Craft store! If you want to do this you just need a few simple items.

What You Need

Canvas-The size is really personal. I went with a 9×12 because it’s more rectangular and I liked that. You can do any size you’d like, but be aware of how many children you have.
Acrylic paint-You may even have this in your craft box. If so you can save even more money. The ones I bought were only $2.50 each.
Paint brush-Any will work as long as you can “write” with it.
Kids-You need their hands 🙂

What To Do
1. Write whatever you want on there.
I chose Happy Father’s Day 2012 with my kid’s names on it. You can do whatever you want with whatever color scheme you want. My kids are still too young to write so I had to do it. If yours are older they can even write a little message on it.

2. Cover their hands in paint. This is the part where I thought, “what are you thinking????” My kids are 3 and 1 so it was kind of crazy, but it worked. I did ruin a shirt though. Be careful with this stage with the little ones. My daughter licked her finger. 🙁 Thank God it was non-toxic!

3. Let dry and be impressed with yourself!
This Thrifty Diva is not a crafty diva so I was pretty proud of myself.

What do you think of my creation???


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