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DIY Tea Cup Candles | indiasroses.com

If you follow my blog regularly you will now have noticed that this week has been very project oriented and every post has been some sort of DIY. I’ve been feeling very inspired in our new home and I’m just having a lot of fun creating and embracing the new space and really making it feel like our own.

A little while back I made teacup candles which are an inexpensive and fairly easy item to create. I picked up the tea cups I used at the local thrift store for .10 cents a piece and you can buy wax from the craft store or melt down candles from the dollar store or if you save old candles you can melt them down and make something new. (more…)

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How To Make Beautiful Orange-Clove Pomanders That Will Have Your Whole House Smelling Like Autumn | indiasroses.com

With the Autumnal Equinox right behind us and the promise of cool crisp days full of showers and the ever changing rainbow of Autumn leaves in our future it was most certainly time to embrace the season and bring a bit of Fall festivity into our home. As a child growing up off the grid we often spend time doing hand crafts and I think my Mom always took advantage of anything that would sit us down at the table and keep us occupied for a long while. I remember making clove oranges every holiday season my entire life. I’d sit down at the table with my brother and sister and we’d spend an afternoon covering every inch of orange with whole cloves. It smelled amazing and by the end of the afternoon we were sticky with citrus juice and rich with the smell of spice. (more…)

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A weeks worth of snail activities for children: indiasroses.com

My two and a half year old daughter is a handful. An adorable, loveable, sweet, curious handful, but a handful none the less. She is very smart and becomes under stimulated incredibly easily. And as everyone with a toddler should know under stimulation breeds misbehavior, tantrums, and a whole lot of unpleasantness all around. So in a hope to improve the general atmosphere of our home I have initiated Theme Weeks!

Each week we pick a theme and base our play and learning around it. This week I chose SNAILS. So instead of seeing my daughter struggle and wondering what activity I could do with her and getting overwhelmed by the mass quantity of possibilities on my Pinterest feed I narrowed it down by choosing one theme. This week whenever I noticed she needed a little something I first thought snails and from my own creativity and a little help from Snail Crafts on pinterest we were set. It was amazing how much easier it was to come up with fun ideas when I’d narrowed it down to one specific topic.

A weeks worth of snail activities for children: indiasroses.com

We started off by collecting three garden snails to be guests in our home for the week, and learned how to keep them moist and happy with a little help from Wikihow: How to Care for Garden Snails.

A weeks worth of snail activities for children: indiasroses.com

After carefully observing them in their new terrarium home we moved on to something we could get a little rougher with… Polymer Clay (we used Sculpey brand clay because it’s incredibly easy to manipulate). We rolled the clay into long snakes and then rolled the snakes into spiral snail shells, formed little snail bodies and added a set of copper wire eye stocks and were set to bake them. We followed the baking instructions from the side of the clay package and a half hour later we had fully cooked, solid and very hot snail toys. We let them cool for 15 minutes and they were ready to go.

A weeks worth of snail activities for children: indiasroses.com

After having a chat about Simple Snail Anatomy (Eye Stalk, Shell, Muscular Foot, Mouth) we got into a discussion about Escargot and she was inspired to do a little imaginative play in her kitchen.

A weeks worth of snail activities for children: indiasroses.com

We also had a snail inspired lunch of peanut butter and jelly rolls, banana slices and carrot slivers served on a bed of fresh baby spinach; it was a big hit, and way easier than you would think. When I was putting it together I was surprised to see that once all the elements were placed together it looked great, so don’t be intimidated and give it a try.

A weeks worth of snail activities for children: indiasroses.com

Having spent some time on snail anatomy I got to thinking about spiral shells and spirals in general so we spend an afternoon with our pens, crayons and paper drawing lots and lots of spirals and talking about how they go around and around and around. We also made spiral shell sun catchers by putting our own spin on this great little tutorial over at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas about making coffee filter art.

By the end of the week my daughter could identify and draw a spiral tell you the basic anatomy of a snail, and is a much more pleasant, much happier, much less whiny little person who loves snails, and I feel like a great, attentive mother. Wins all around in my book.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment and/or ask questions

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Halloween is almost here and I know some of you have been feeling a little short on creativity, so here are three India’s Roses craft tutorials guaranteed to be EASY, lots of fun and under $5!

Window Corner Spider Web. All you need is: Paper and Scissors

Nuclear Baby Food just takes: Glow Sticks and Jars

Pumpkin Toddler Crayons only need: Old Crayons, Scissors and a few kitchen items.

Papier-mâché Pumpkins are easy as: News paper, flour, tape and water.

Happy Halloween Crafting!!!

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My home was in need of a little something extra for the Halloween/Fall season. I wanted something fun and festive that wouldn’t cost much and that’s when I had the idea to make these cute little papier mache pumpkins. They’re super easy and super low cost! All you need is Paint, Newspaper, Tape and Flour! 

This is a kid friendly Craft! (more…)

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I have been swept up in the incredibly inspiring worlds of Craftgawker and Pinterest, and I find it so exciting that there is this super meticulous way of organizing every single thing you find on the internet into categories or boards as Pinterest calls them. Recently I re-found this great tutorial for a cute and easy little necklace pendant shaped like a birds nest full of eggs. I was so excited since I’d seen the tutorial B.P. (Before Pinterest) and couldn’t wait go give  it a try.  I’m so happy I did because it only took a few minutes and made a beautiful piece of jewelry wonderful for casual wear or really precious family symbolization.

The original Tutorial over at Love Stitched is broken up into easy to follow steps. I used copper wire to give the piece a little personal touch but a birds nest in any color would be beautiful. Just make sure the holes in your beads are bigger than the gauge of your wire.

If you’re a Pinterest fan as well feel free to click the link in the sidebar and follow my boards. I’d also love to follow you so be sure to leave a link to your page in the comments.

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Do your house plants seem a little dull? Maybe they’re just lounging around being lazy producing absolutely no glitz or sparkle. Well that’s not their fault, they are only plants after all and sometimes it takes a little more than water and sunshine to make a girl feel pretty.

But do not fear! A Marble “plant bling” (I’m kicking myself for stooping so low as to use the word “bling”) tutorial is here!!!

And for those of you not into the whole DIY thing you can enter to win your very own 3 piece set by leaving a comment on this page (scroll down for details), and if you don’t like those odds head on over to my Etsy shop and buy some pre-made plant flair all of your own! for only $8 shipped!

This is what you’ll need!

Ruler

Copper Wire (I use 16 gauge but anything small will work)

Marbles (One marble per stake)

Wire Cutters (or funky scissors you don’t care about denting)

Needle Nose Pliers (I like the round ones)

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My daughter is just starting to hit the age where she is able to imitate some of the things I do with my hands and being a big believer in Arts and Crafts I really wanted to start early with fun things like drawing and painting. She had her first finger painting session at about 6 months and it went really well. We both had lots of fun smearing the paint around and she didn’t even put any of it in her mouth, but paints are messy and I was looking for a quick easy project with little to no clean up.

I started out with a box of crayons, but with her little fingers and lack of quardination there was no way my 8 month old baby girl was going to be able to hold a crayon, so I got creative and made these SUPER EASY Pumpkin Toddler Crayons!

You will need:

A Box of Crayons

Tin Foil

2 Cookie Sheets

Scissors

Small Ice or Chocolate Mold

A Small Jar/Cup

To start you’ll want to dump out the crayons and sort them into groups by similar colors. They don’t need to be exactly the same shade because the colors will mix together when you melt them. Preheat the oven to 300 ° (Fahrenheit)

After sorting your crayons you’ll need to peel the paper off of each one. There’s no need for the papers so be a rough* and messy as necessary.

* You’ll break all your crayons later so if you break one now don’t worry about it

Place the jar or cup opening down on the table.

Tear off a piece of tin foil large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the jar.

Mold the tin foil around the jar.

Lift the tin foil off the jar and place opening up on the table.

With your scissors cut around the opening leaving about a 1/4″ lip on the edge. Be careful not to squish your tin foil cup

Fold the lip against the outside of your cup and use your finger to make a little pour spout on the side. You will need to make a cup for each color grouping of crayons.

Break up the crayons in each color grouping and place them in the cup.

Place the crayon filled cups on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and bake for 7 minutes.

While the crayons are in the over prepare your second cookie sheet with a piece of tin foil and place your mold in the middle of it.

After the crayons have melted remove them from the oven.

Pick up each cup by the side opposite the pour spout and slowly fill each mold with melted crayon.

Warning: Be careful not to touch the bottom of the cup it is very HOT

Allow your Toddler Crayons to cool for 2-3 hours before gently popping them out of their molds

Note: To cool the crayons more quickly place the mold tray in the freezer for 30 minutes

Now you’re all set! Grab your little one and start Coloring!

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment!

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This is a simple spider web I made using the “paper snow flake” theory with a little bit of a twist. All you need is;

Scissors

Paper

Penicil

Pen

Tape

Eraser (optional)

Start with your piece of paper on a hard surface.

Fold the bottom side (Side A) to the right side (Side B) creasing the paper at the bottom right corner (creating Fold C)

Fold, the left edge (Fold C) to the right side (Sides A and B) creasing the paper at the bottom right corner (creating Fold D).

Fold the left edge (Fold D) to the right side (Sides A, B and Fold C) creasing the paper at the bottom right corner so that Side A, Side B, Fold C, and Fold D all line up on top of each other.

Hold your folded paper up to the light and look for the silhouetted line of the edge farthest from the top.

Cut along the line you just found, and save the paper scrap for later.

Draw a curved line from the High point at the top of your paper to the Low Point about 3/4 of an inch from your Cut Line.

Cut along the line you just drew.

Draw a rough Guide Line along the right side of your paper about an 1/8 of an inch from the edge, Then draw curved lines about a 1/4 inch apart starting at the left side of your paper and ending at your Guide Line, and following the original curve of your Cut Line.

Cut along the curves you just drew, but do not cut on Guide Line.

Cut along all curve lines creating 1/4 inch paper flaps.

Cut out every other paper flap starting with the second from the top.

Unfold your Spider Web and Carefully smooth the folds.

On the Paper Scrap you saved draw a little Spider.

Cut around your little Spider, and tape him to your web.

Now you’re ready to hang it up!

Thank you so much for reading my Tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it!

Happy Halloween!

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The other day while in the grocery store my darling little SweetPea was experimenting with her voice and discovered how to scream. As I pushed my cart through the isles and she perfected her new found screech I realized that I was now “that parent” with “that kid” who wouldn’t stop screaming in the grocery store.

We were out shopping with my Mom and had a few more stops to go before we could head home; One of those stops being our neighborhood craft store. When we arrived my Mom and I split up, SweetPea and I heading off to the yarn section to pick out some festive fall colors for SweetPea’s new pumpkin hat I had planned on knitting her, and my Mom headed off to her own end of the store.

After a few moments SweetPea began so shriek loudly and I returned a smile to a silver haired woman who knowingly looked our way. Usually when my Mother and I are done shopping it takes a while to reconnect and make our way to the check out, but before I could even start to look for her she’d already found us having made her way across the store following the deafening sound of SweetPea’s playful cries.

Thanks to all that noise my little one was making we were able to shave moments off our trip and head on to our next destination.

Thanks so much for reading

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