Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bottle Cap Magnets

Bottle Cap Magnets


Bottle Caps
Dictionary Page(s)
Mod Podge (I used homemade; half water, half glue)
Mode Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray
Permanent Markers
 Hot Glue Gun

Rip a page out of an old dictionary.  (Or get one cheap at the dollar store.)  Cut 2 1/2" squares, being sure to get as much text in your square as you can.  I spray painted the caps but I will skip this step next time as I don't think it'll make a difference. 
Paint a thin coat of mod podge on the bottle cap, cover the top, sides, and bottom.  Place one square of your dictionary cut out on the bottle cap and begin covering in mod podge.  Gently fold/wrap the bottle cap with the paper, being sure to cover the entire surface with mod podge.
Let the mod podge dry completely, if you flip them over when one side is dry, they will dry more quickly.  When they are completely dry decorate each cap with permanent markers.  I like to doodle on a scrap paper first before I actually start drawing on the cap.
Once you have all the caps designed flip them over and use a hot glue gun to glue a penny inside each cap.  This will raise your magnet up so that it sticks just outside the cap so it can stick directly onto whatever you are putting it on.  You could also use a button, washer, or anything you can think of that would be small enough to fit in the cap and raise it up just slightly.  
 The magnets I used had adhesive already on them so I just peeled off the paper and stuck them to the pennies.  If yours aren't sticky, just use a glue gun.
Finally, take the magnets outside a spray the tops and sides with a light coat of Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer.  This will protect the paper, your drawings, and give the magnets a little shine.
If you are giving the magnets as a gift you can glue dimes or washers onto a note card so the magnets will stick to the card.  I used Canadian pennies and dimes for this project since I have absolutely no use for them!
Flip it!
Make an alphabet set for kids!
Create letters to spell names!
Use any kind of fun paper you like!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ladybug Appetizer

Ladybug Appetizer

Ingredients (what I used to make 36)

Cucumber (1 1/2)
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes (36)
Black Olives (9)
Cream Cheese (6 oz.)
Sour Cream (6 oz.)
Ranch Seasoning Packet (1)
Food Coloring (red, blue, green)
Fresh Rosemary (1 sprig)


Mix cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch packet together (put a small about to the side; about 1 tablespoon).  Slice cucumbers in about quarter inch pieces.  (I didn't do this, but in the future I would lay them out on paper towel to blot out some of the water to make them less slippery!)  Arrange cucumber slices on a platter and put a generous dollop of dip on each one.  Slice tomatoes in half and arrange on top of the dip to look like the shell of your ladybug.  Slice the olives into quarters and arrange on dip to look like the head of the ladybug.  Take rosemary leaves (needles) and put two between the tomato and olive to look like antennae.  With small amount of dip you set aside, add food coloring until it is a dark brown or blackish color; put in the corner of a sandwich bag and snip a very tiny piece off the corner.  Gently pipe dots onto the tomatoes to look like the spots.  I garnished the plate with extra sprigs of rosemary.   

Flip it!

Use more cream cheese to make your dip thicker or more sour cream to make it softer!
Use crackers, pita chips, etc. instead of cucumber!
Use chives instead of rosemary for the antennae!
Use different color tomatoes to make other bugs!
Add fresh herbs to the dip instead of ranch seasoning!