Saturday, August 9, 2014

Summer Crafts and 'Baking'

Our most recent projects include making a string of punched tin lights for the Bunkie and trying every popsicle recipe we could find!

Tin Lights
1 string of mini lights
25 tin cans (we raided the recycling for ours - thankfully, being summer, there was not shortage of beer cans to round out the number we needed :)
hammer and nail

I removed the top of each can and gave them a good cleaning.
Sophie found it easier to just jab the can with the nail.

We used a flat screwdriver to punch the end hole where we inserted the lights - this took a while (a couple of rainy afternoons. We also pressed the tin on the inside back against the light sockets to secure them.  Here you can see our progress.
Helpful Hint: Be SURE the lights work before you attach the cans! 
This is the finished strand on our kitchen counter (nice wavy panorama :).

And the final installation in the Bunkie -
they look fabulous!!
Sprite and Gummy Bear Popsicles
1 can of Sprite
1 package of gummy bears
popsicle mold
* open Sprite and let it go flat overnight in the fridge
* we put three gummy bears in each mold and filled with Sprite
* freeze
These have been quite popular and we've made them twice so far!
Jello Popsicles
We found a recipe that promised no dripping for these popsicles.  Unfortunately, they tasted awful!
So, here is our plan for the next time ~
You'll need:
*boxes of Jello (each makes about 5 popsicles)
*fruit juice, lemonade or koolaid
*equal amounts of water
Make the Jello following the instructions on the box. 
Substitute juice for half the water required. 
Boil it to be certain all the Jello powder dissolves.
We used Dixie cups and wood sticks for the molds -
pour Jello mixture into each cup,
let set, add stick and freeze.
Ideas for our next projects include Glow Bubbles, whipped cream waffle cones and water balloon splat paintings! I'll keep you posted...

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