Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pinterest Poser Challenge & Cheap Thrills

It's time again for the Pinterest Poser Challenge In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,* every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.**

My kids have been off school at least one day a week since, well, um, since school started in September.  Between snow days, teacher record days and holidays, my kids are home A LOT.  

We are not a family that takes a vacation on every school vacation.

We are also not a family that can easily go to the movies on days off.  It's either too expensive to take five of us or it's too hard to find a movie that is interesting and appropriate for the age range of 11-3.  So, I've been left to come up with crafts and activities that cost very little and are fun.  That's where Pinterest has come in handy and it's this week's Poser Challenge.  

This week I'm focusing on my obsession with tissue paper and the magic of the Dollar Store.  And simple, extremely cheap ways to keep kids busy.

Dollar Store Magic
There's no place like the Dollar Store for a good time.  Okay, there's a lot of other places.  But I promise, if you give your kids $5 each (or tell them to bring their own money) and let them make their own purchases, they will have fun.  
The Dollar Store is all kinds of color and happy and full of things you don't even know you need and want.

Not only did we get craft supplies, we got fake mustaches, gumball machines, ice cream and more.

Time to get our craft on...

ModPodge + Tissue Paper= Rainbows and Smiles

This Rainbow project was fun, easy and cheap.  I found it on Pinterest when I searched for "St. Patrick's Day crafts."  I cut out a rainbow arc from a $1 poster board and cut out squares of $1 tissue paper.  The ModPodge was already in my craft closet, so that's the only thing that wasn't $1.  Then we squished the paper together and stuck it on the ModPodged poster.  Quick, easy, cheap and the result is a happy rainbow to put anywhere.

But we weren't done yet.  We bought three glass containers while on our shopping trip to the Dollar Store.  The kids slathered the glass with ModPodge, stuck the tissue paper squares on and then put on one final coat of ModPodge.  

They all turned out super cute. 

Even Wade's 3-D version.
Okay, so these projects may not go viral on Pinterest, they may not even be something you'd make.  
Put a candle inside the glass, sit back and watch the tissue paper glow.  Beautiful! These would make a cutsie center piece, keepsake or gift for grandparents.

But next time your kids have no school for the 850th time this year and you are completely out of ideas and/or money, remember this Poser Challenge.  Remember that the Dollar Store and tissue paper (and good old Mod Podge) can kill a few hours.  

Have you made something from Pinterest lately?  
Do tell.

Please share whatever you're working on in the comments here or over on Facebook.

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Here are some of the projects I've already attempted, the good and the bad:

Last week's fun 
homemade photo booth- click here

Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here

Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here

Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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1 comment:

  1. I never would have thought of giving them 5 bucks and letting them loose at the dollar store. That's brilliant!