Time to Clean the Fridge with These Helpful Hints!

Stop Cringing When You Look in the Fridge and Follow these Helpful Hints for Cleaning It

The refrigerator is easily the most used appliance in the kitchen, and the most neglected when it comes to cleaning. How often have you noticed crusted-on spills, drips, and glops, but merely closed the door, putting off the cleaning for another day? Or maybe you’ve placed other food items on top of the messes, so that you don’t have to be reminded of cleaning. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that your fridge should be cleaned at least biannually, if not quarterly. And it’s much easier than you’d think.fridge cleaning tips

Whether you have a side-by-side, a French-door model, a traditional freezer top/ fridge bottom, or the inverse (freezer bottom/ fridge top), the cleaning is performed the same way. The first thing you must do is take everything out. This is the perfect time to check dates on condiments and other items, and toss what’s expired. Take a look at any leftovers that may have been lurking too long as well.

To clean, start at the bottom of the fridge. This is typically where the produce drawers are located. Pull the drawers out, and wipe down with a warm soapy cloth. Some people prefer to use multipurpose sprays, but they’re not food-safe; use a spray bottle containing equal parts of water and vinegar instead to ensure that you don’t toxify surfaces. Rinse thoroughly in the sink, and dry with a hand towel. Before returning them, wipe down both the shelf that sits atop the drawer and the bottom surface of the fridge interior with a soapy cloth. Instead of dish soap, you could also use a solution of 2 tablespoons of baking soda in one quart of hot tap water. This will clean and help eliminate odors. Be sure to wipe dry all the surfaces with a clean cloth, then replace the drawers.

Repeat these steps with the rest of the shelves. You may decide to remove the shelves and give them a good scrub in the sink. Use a Scrigit Scraper™ to remove stubborn foods and to clean along the edges. Once the shelves are clean, wipe down the walls, back, and top of the fridge interior with the soap or baking soda solutions before putting the shelves back in place.

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Scrigit Cleaning Fridge Shelf

Last but not least, remove the shelving containers on the door and clean thoroughly. Wipe down the entire door. Make sure to also clean along the insulated rubber gaskets on the top and side of each door to remove any crumbs and grime.

You can repeat these steps with the freezer as well, though most freezers tend to stay fairly clean. If you find that you need to give it a good wipe down, make sure to remove all food and turn up the thermostat to keep the cleaning solution from freezing on the surfaces. Remove any ice trays, or if you have an ice maker, turn it off and remove all sitting ice. Give your freezer at least 15 minutes to warm up. Do not use soap to clean! Use only the hot water and baking soda solution or the vinegar solution to wipe down the shelves, bins, walls, top, and bottom. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.  Check the dates on all food and toss expired items. Turn the freezer back to 0° and allow it to get to temperature before restocking.

For some additional tips on organizing your fridge, look here.

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Moving Season Means Cleaning Time

Helpful Hints for Cleaning Before and After Moving

Peak moving season starts in April and runs through September. Out of around 40 million people who move each year, about 80% move during this time period. Weekends are the busiest moving days. Moving boxes

When you put your house up for sale, you want it to look its best. Before you move, you need to clean your place so it looks nice for the new people. If you are renting, you want to make sure you get your whole security deposit back. After moving into your new place, you will want to clean even more thoroughly.

Moving is the ultimate motivation for decluttering your home. Give away, recycle, or discard all those things that have accumulated since the last time you moved (or regret having moved to your new place). Pack up all the items you plan to keep, and carefully label the boxes. No, you will not remember where you put everything.

Once each room is empty, or at least consolidated into boxes stacked by the furniture you will be moving, you can start the cleaning process. According to cleaning and organizing expert, Donna Smallin Kuper, here are some important steps.

  • Start high. Dust ceiling fans and corners, door and window moldings with a long-handled duster or broom. Clean lighting fixtures. The last thing you should clean in any room is the floor.
  • Go low. Move furniture and large appliances so you can vacuum underneath and behind. Roll up large area rugs and vacuum underneath.
  • Do it room by room. Plan to clean one room at a time until the job’s done.

One of the challenges of cleaning is to remove spots of food or dirt from floors, walls and countertops without damaging the surfaces. Another challenge is to quickly clean corners, edges, grooves, and other tight spaces. Your fingernails are probably not strong enough to handle the task for a whole house cleaning. Screwdrivers and kitchen knives will scratch the surfaces being cleaned.Scrigit for a deep clean

One of Donna Smallin Kuper’s favorite tools for small cleaning tasks is the pen-shaped Scrigit Scraper that will not scratch most household surfaces. “This is one of those products you don’t realize you need until you try it.”

  • Kitchen. The Scrigit Scraper is ideal for removing spots of dried food or other mysterious substances throughout the kitchen. The tool also is great for cleaning the edges around the sink, faucet, sink drain, cook top, and countertop. In the refrigerator, use the tool to clean along the edges of the glass shelves. The versatile scraper tool also gets dirt out of corners of drawers, floors, and countertops.
  • Bathroom. Here again, the Scrigit Scraper provides a non-scratch way to clean along the edges of sinks, drains, faucets, and toilets. If there is crusty lime scale around the faucets, soften this substance with vinegar or Lime-A-Way before scraping. The tool is also the right size to clean many types of shower door tracks and quickly removes soap buildup.
  • Throughout the house. Use a Scrigit Scraper to clean off spots of unwanted substances. Soften the spots with cleaning spray or water when needed. Use the tool to clean sliding window and door tracks along with your favorite spray cleaner.cleaning edges with Scrigit Scraper

Remember to use your Scrigit Scraper to remove the adhesive product labels and price stickers from all the new products you purchase for your new home. A new one with sharp edges will work better. You can also restore the tool’s edges with very fine sandpaper or the fine side of an emery board.

Once you get done with all the moving and cleaning, reward yourself by trying out a new restaurant or other treats that you enjoy.

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Easy Method for Making Colorful Placemats

How to Make Your Own Springtime Placemats

The birds are chirping, blooms are sprouting, and there’s more daylight to savor… it must be Spring!  The season calls to mind milder temperatures and a yearning to get outside and start planting.  But why not bring the outdoors in?  You can enjoy spring flowers year-round with your very own homemade placemats!Flower design for placemats

For this project, you will need:

  • Paper, plastic, or vinyl placemats (enough for your table setting) in your choice of solid color or print (Note: the mats must be smooth on the surface)
  • Dry rub transfers in a flower pattern(s) of your choice – make sure to purchase enough for all of the placemats
  • Small, pointed scissors
  • Scrigit Scraper™

If using vinyl or plastic placemats, thoroughly wash them in warm, soapy water and allow to air dry.

Begin by cutting out the flowers. Be sure to keep the back contact paper intact. Take your time and carefully cut along the edges of your flowers, including any stems or leaves. By the time you are done, there should be no background to the cut-outs, unless you choose to keep it there for design purposes. Cut as many or as few as you’d like.

Arrange your flowers on your placemats. You may lie all of them out at one time, or work on one placemat at a time. Keep in mind, the placemats do not need to match symmetrically; each placemat can serve as its own work of art!

Once you have decided upon your design, carefully peel off the backing of the first flower and position it. If you are creating a layered look, position the background flower(s) first. As you position the flower, use your Scrigit Scraper™ to rub the transfer onto your placemat. Rub in all directions to ensure a complete transfer. If using paper ones, take your time and be gentle so as not to tear the paper. You will need to use a little more pressure in rubbing a transfer onto a vinyl or plastic placemat.

Once you have your design finished, set the placemat aside and begin the next one.

If you make a mistake, you can always cover it with another transfer. For paper placemats, you can just start over with another blank slate. With vinyl or plastic placemats, you may want to remove the transfer and start over.

While you can’t really protect your paper placemats, you can protect the plastic and vinyl ones by applying either a clear spray paint or clear acrylic spray. Make sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

And there you have it! This technique can be used to make seasonal placemats; you can purchase dry rub transfers in all sorts of designs. Have fun with it, and Happy Spring!

Contributed by guest blogger Cyndi G.

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Best Ways to Clean Up After Toddlers

Scrigit Scraper™ Makes Life with Toddlers Much Easier

toddlers can be messyThe giggles. The snuggles. The milestones. The messes. Oh, the messes! Children bring with them a hodgepodge of sticky, messy goodness. Whether it’s the toys they drooled on after breakfast, the spaghetti they ate for lunch, the stickers they played with after nap time, or the markers they used to draw all over themselves, toddlers are especially prone to creating monstrous messes all over the house and car. Here are some ways you can stay on top of it, while still being able to enjoy the wonderment of your children as they explore their environment.

Cleaning toys. How many times have you collected Lego® bricks off the floor, only to see some goopy mess (Jelly? Milk? Pudding?) puddled on the inside? Before you decide to soak them overnight, use Scrigit Scraper™ to get out all of the debris. The flat side is perfect for scraping in tight corners. Once you’ve removed all of the goop, wash the toys in warm, soapy water. Don’t toss them into the dishwasher, as many plastic toys cannot withstand the high temperature.

scraping sticker off wood floorRemoving stickers. They’re on the floor, on the furniture, on the books, on the kids. Children love stickers! However, they’re not very discerning about where the stickers are applied. To safely remove stickers from your wood furniture and floors, appliances, laminates, and metal and glass surfaces, gently scrape them off with the rounded tip of your Scrigit Scraper™ instead of using your fingernails. The polycarbonate plastic is about the same hardness as fingernails, but more durable, and will not damage most household surfaces. Remove any remaining adhesive marks by applying olive oil (or any cooking oil) to the area, and rub with a soft cloth. Do not use oil on painted surfaces, as it will stain.

Removing wax crayon marks. Toddlers love to draw on walls and tables, don’t they? Before you reach for your bottle of degreaser or multipurpose spray and create a bigger mess, try this trick. First, scrape off all loose crayon with Scrigit Scraper™. Next, use a hair dryer to warm the remaining traces of wax. Wipe clean with a soft cloth soaked in hot soapy water. Repeat with the hair dryer and cloth until the crayon is gone.

Maintaining gear. High chairs, car seats, and strollers are infamous for having little crevices where crumbs and other food messes tend to congregate. With our 5-pack of Scrigits, you can keep one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, one in the car, one in the diaper bag, and one in another handy location! Use it for big cleans once per month to completely freshen gear (remove all of the cushions, scrape all dried debris, and wipe everything down with a sanitizer), and use it daily to scrape up the small spills that inevitably occur when you’re on the go. The more you use your Scrigit, the more uses you will find for it.

For ideas on how to get your toddlers and older kids to clean up after themselves, look here.

Contributed by guest blogger and mom, Cyndi G.

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Best Way to Clean Wet Dry Vac Filter

Helpful Tips for Cleaning a Pleated Wet Dry Shop Vac Filter

A wet dry shop vacuum is great for heavy duty cleaning throughout your house and in your vehicles. Often called a shop vac based on the brand name and registered trademark “Shop-Vac,” the vacuum with a big tank holds a lot of dry debris or water. If you notice that the vacuum is losing suction when being used for cleaning dry surfaces, it is time to clean the cylindrical pleated filter. The tank could be almost empty, but a clogged filter will dramatically reduce suction. The pleated vac filter can be cleaned and reused many times. However, if you see dust being discharged from the vacuum exhaust, the filter is either not installed correctly or needs to be replaced because it has a hole or tear in it.Shop vac with vac filter

Cleaning the vac filter on a regular basis is a good idea to keep your vacuum working the most effectively. It is amazing how much dust and debris builds up on the filter. Here are a few simple steps for cleaning the filter, including one that is usually not included in other guides.

1. Open Vac
Follow the instructions for your particular shop vac to release the top motor assembly from the lower tank. The cylindrical pleated vac filter should be hanging down from this top unit. With this top unit only partially removed from the tank, bang the lower rubber ring of the filter against the inside of the tank to cause as much debris from the filter to come loose and drop into the tank.

2. Remove Filter
Then completely remove the top unit from the tank and follow the instructions for your shop vac to remove the filter. Note that you might want to wear a dust mask during this whole cleaning process. Then put the filter in a plastic trash bag, hold the bag closed, and gently bang the rubber edges of the filter against a hard surface, such as the floor, to dislodge more dirt from the filter without damaging the filter.

Cleaning vac filter3. Special Step to Clean Out Pleats
If you use the shop vac for cleaning a variety of surfaces, there is usually a mixture of dust, hairs, pet fur, and who knows what else that stays stuck in the pleats. The best way to remove this clingy mix is to use the flat blade of a Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool. The wedge-shaped top end of the scraper is just the right size to remove the debris from each pleat without tearing the filter, though still be careful not to press too hard. While a large screwdriver can be used for this cleaning process, its narrow shape is much more likely to poke a hole in the filter.Scrigit Scraper flat tip

Once you have used the Scrigit Scraper to clean each pleat while holding the filter over the trash bag or can, put the filter bag in the bag and gently bang the filter against a hard surface to knock the loosened debris off the filter.

4. Optional Washing Step and Reassembling the Vac
If you need to resume using the shop vac, reinstall the filter and you are ready to go.  For a more thorough cleaning, use a spray of water from the inside of the cylinder outwards to wash off more dust stuck to the filter. See this video on how to wash the filter. However, once the filter is wet, it must be completely dry before being put back in the vac and used. If you skip the pleat cleaning step using a Scrigit Scraper before washing, the clumps of dust and hairs in each pleat tend to turn into a stringy glop of mud and are then harder to remove. Do NOT use a brush. The bristles will ruin the filter.

Once the vac filter is cleaned, dry, and inspected for damage, put it back in the vacuum. You are ready for more heavy-duty cleaning.

 

 

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5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen without Toxic Chemicals

Avoid Using Toxic Chemicals to Clean Your Kitchen

Take a look at the ingredients list of any commercial household cleaner and you will find a collection of words that are practically unpronounceable.  We typically use harsh cleansers to disinfect and clean our homes, not paying much attention to the chemical film that is left behind, or the pollutants we spray into the air. Luckily, there are some tried and true products that you can use to effectively clean your kitchen (and bathroom, too!) without having to worry about breathing in or coming in contact with toxic chemicals.  The best news is that these items are probably already sitting in your home.clean kitchen without toxic chemicals

1. Vinegar
Vinegar has been used as a medicinal application, cleanser, and food preservative for more than 2000 years.  Its typical 5% acidity and antiseptic properties makes it the perfect tool for household cleaning.  Diluted at a 1:4 ratio with water, vinegar can be used to clean floors and cabinetry.  However, at full strength, it can be applied to cutting boards and countertops to naturally disinfect surfaces; sprayed onto glass for streak-free windows; or even used on stainless steel sinks and appliances to really bring out the shine!

2. Baking Soda
Like vinegar, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) has been used as a cleaning agent for thousands of years.  Its gritty texture is perfect for scouring jobs in the kitchen.  Mixed with water as a paste, baking soda can be used to scrub dishes and tile grout.  Use your versatile Scrigit Scraper™  to assist with scraping burnt-on foods after soaking or getting into corners, edges and crevices.  While baking soda is a natural degreaser and scourer, it becomes a super stain remover with the help of a halved lemon.  Sprinkle some baking soda onto a copper-bottomed pot, rub with lemon, and watch the original patina shine through!  Baking soda is great for cleaning ceramic sinks and tubs without the noxious smell of commercial cleaners, and is a superb natural cleanser for greasy ovens.

3. Olive Oil
For cleaning and removing scratches from wood furniture and cabinets, use equal parts of olive oil and vinegar, such as a half-cup of each. Use a clean soft cloth to rub in the mixture. Rub back and forth with the grain. Use another clean soft cloth to remove the excess liquid and buff the wood. For light-colored wood, you can substitute lemon juice for the vinegar.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Rather than suffering with the noxious fumes of ammonia or bleach, hydrogen peroxide is an odorless, non-toxic solution.  Long used in wound care for its antiseptic properties, peroxide has also been used for hair bleaching, teeth whitening, and household cleaning.  Combined with baking soda, it is effective in removing tougher stains, such as coffee or tea stains in ceramic mugs.  However, with a 1:3 warm water ratio, you can also use peroxide to wipe down the stovetop, clean the inside of the refrigerator, or clean the microwave.

5. Hot Water
This one is often overlooked as a way to avoid toxic chemicals.  At the right temperature (at least 140°F), hot water can kill many bacteria in your kitchen.  Most people maintain their hot water at 120°F to minimize the chance of scalding, thereby rendering it useless for killing most bacteria.  But hot water in and of itself can remove dirt and grime from countertops, appliances, sinks, floors, cabinets, and dishes.  Some people opt to exclusively clean with hot water; its sanitization properties are effective at 170-180°F.  Therefore, you may choose to boil some water to use as a cleaning agent.  Just be sure to use sturdy rubber gloves when handling.

For other household cleaning ideas to avoid toxic chemicals, look here.

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7 Gadgets for Minor Home Repairs

Scrigit Scraper Chosen as 1 of 7 Gadgets for Minor Home Repairs

Entrepreneur Christina Daves presents her favorite products as a recurring guest on television show Good Morning Washington. On one segment of “Try It Tuesday,” she featured seven gadgets that are easy to use for doing minor home repairs and household cleaning. The handy pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit Scraper was one of her favorite products included in the group of seven. Christina described the tool as “so cool” for cleaning up the house, such as quickly removing spots of dried food or drops of candle wax instead of using your fingernails.Gadgets for minor home repairs

Here is a complete list of the seven products.

– Erase-A-Hole wall repair putty in a convenient stick deodorant style container
– Slobproof Paint Pen – holds a small amount of your paint for touch-ups
– ScreenMend for easily patching window and door screens using a hairdryer
Scrigit Scraper for removing spots of unwanted substances and stickers
– Furniture Repair Markers in wood tones for making scratches disappear on wood surfaces
– Fanbladecleaner – a large plush sock for dusting ceiling fan blades
– BaseBoard Buddy – an angled pad on a long handle for cleaning baseboards

Christina Daves is an award-winning inventor, serial entrepreneur, publicity expert, author of PR for Anyone, and keynote speaker. She is best known for creating a line of accessories for decorating those ugly plastic medical boots. She eventually got some celebrities to wear her CastMedic Designs accessories, such as Diana Ross. This helped her get on several of the national morning and daytime shows. She used her entrepreneurial spirit to build on this exposure and grow her businesses.

“Try it Tuesday” is hosted by Veronica Johnson (on the left in the photo) who is a meteorologist on the TV station and is one of the hosts of Good Morning Washington. This program airs on WJLA, the ABC Network affiliate covering Washington, DC and neighboring Maryland and Virginia areas. The program also airs on sister station NewsChannel 8.

So if you are looking for handy gadgets for doing minor home repairs and household cleaning tasks, check out this episode of “Try It Tuesday.”

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Quick Holiday Gift Ideas You’ll Love

Take a Look at These Clever Holiday Gift Ideas

We all know the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be exhausting!  What can make it even more stressful is coming up with a gift for someone whose tastes we may not be familiar with—a neighbor, a coworker, a boss, a new friend.  Sure, there are generic gifts available at retailers, but why not save a few bucks and give something that shows the receiver you were thinking of them? Here are 4 holiday gift ideas that add a thoughtful touch from Guest Blogger Cyndi G.

1) Homemade hot chocolate gift basket

Holiday Gift ideas-mugThe most important part of this gift is the mug you choose.  Make sure it’s large enough to fit the items you’re including.  You can always choose a mug with a holiday theme, but why not choose one that reminds you of the intended recipient?  Perhaps a mug with flowers to give a nod to your neighbor’s garden, or one with an inspiring or funny quote to give to your boss.

Use your Scrigit Scraper™ to remove the price sticker on the bottom, and wash the mug thoroughly.  After it is completely dry, add an unopened envelope of hot chocolate, a few marshmallows, and either a couple of candy canes.  Place the mug in a cellophane bag, tie off with a piece of wrapping ribbon, and your gift is set!

2) Polymer clay ornament or key chain

clay ornamentsThis gift is so charming and simple, you will wow your recipient with your artistic creativity!  Head to your local craft or hobby store, and purchase polymer clay in your favorite colors.  You can find a multi-colored pack here.

You can design the clay any way you choose.  Whether you decide to form a heart, or stamp a butterfly (rubber stamps can be purchased at your local craft or hobby store), or design a flower, make sure that you leave approximately ½” at the top to poke a hole for stringing.  Use either end of your Scrigit Scraper™ to shape the clay and create a hole for hanging. Bake on a lined cookie sheet at 150° for 10-15 minutes and allow to cool completely before stringing with ribbon.

3) Gardening gift basket

Along the lines of the other basket, this is a fun one to throw together for a recipient who may or may not have a green thumb!  You can use an oversized mug, or a small flower pot for this gift.  Place 1 cup of potting soil in a sandwich-sized plastic zip bag, and add it to the pot.  Toss in a packet of flower seeds, a pair of rolled-up gardening gloves, and a Scrigit Scraper 2-pack or single scraper. The tool can be used for various gardening activities, such as poking holes in the soil for the seed and cleaning mud out of the bottom of your shoes.  Place the entire mug/pot in a cellophane bag, and tie off with a ribbon.

These holiday gift ideas are by no means exhaustive of the possibilities!  Instead of hot chocolate, use packaged herbal tea bags and shortbread cookies, or gourmet ground coffee and biscotti.  Add pretty jewelry stones to your polymer ornaments (after baking) with a little craft glue.  Whatever you choose to do, your recipient will be appreciative of your efforts, and your gift will certainly stand out from the status quo.

4) Scrigit Scrapers

Scrigit stocking stufferIf you don’t have time to make something, remember that a Scrigit Scraper 2-pack makes a very thoughtful gift for people who like to cook, work on craft projects, tackle DIY projects, and work on their cars, boats and motorcycles. The pen-shaped non-scratch tool is very helpful for parents with young children, teachers, and even school bus drivers. You can even decorate individual Scrigit Scrapers with small stickers.

For more easy holiday gift ideas, look here.

Happy Holidays!

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Three Easy Christmas Tree Ornament Crafts

A Tree Ornament is An Easy Way to Spruce Up Your Tree or Decorate Your Wrapped Gifts

The holiday season is upon us, and in between the shopping, baking, cleaning, and decorating, there is also the traditional tree decorating.  Some people put up their Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, while others choose to wait until they’re well into December.  The Romans used evergreen boughs and trees as a celebration of winter solstice and a symbol of new life in the spring.  Though the Germans are credited with introducing America to the modern Christmas tree, it didn’t really become an accepted holiday ritual until the late 1890s.  Today, we decorate our trees proudly with store-bought ornaments, handmade tree ornament crafts, and other decorations.tree ornament crafts

While store-bought ornaments can be beautiful, the charm of handmade decorations calls to mind the simplicity of German trees with their ornamental fruits, nuts, and cookies.  Here are three easy tree ornament crafts from Guest Blogger Cyndi G. that you can make for your own tree, to give as gifts, or to attach to wrapped gifts as fun bauble.  You will need ribbon, cord, or fishing line for each of these crafts; cut to desired length to hang.

Round Stenciled Ornament

Supplies:

Round shatterproof ball ornamentStenciled ornament

Acrylic paint in two colors

½” wide paintbrush

Paper plate

Small paint dauber

Adhesive stencil

Rubbing alcohol

Cotton ball

Glitter (optional)

Wash ornament and allow to completely dry.  Using the cotton ball, apply rubbing alcohol to the entire surface.  Once dry, you are ready to paint.  Make sure that your painting area is covered with newspaper or other protective material.

Shake your primary paint well, and squeeze a small amount onto the paper plate.  Using your brush, cover the ball completely and evenly.  You may use a hair dryer to speed up drying times.  Apply two coats.

When completely dry, attach the stencil.  If you need to move it, use your versatile Scrigit™ Scraper to gently lift the stencil and then reattach.  Shake your secondary paint well, and squeeze a small amount onto the paper plate.  Using your dauber, lightly tap the paint into the open spaces.  If you’d like to apply glitter, do so now and allow the stencil to dry before removing.  You may use a hair dryer, but make sure it’s on the lowest setting.

Thread the precut ribbon or cord through the ornament cap, and tie the ends together in a tight knot.  You’re ready to hang!

Fanciful Wood Snowflake

Supplies:Snowflake ornament

Precut wooden snowflakes

Craft glue

Glitter

2 Paper plates

Spoon

Parchment paper or craft paper

Lay out a sheet of parchment or craft paper.  This is your drying area.

Prepare your paper plates by pouring several tablespoons of craft glue onto one plate, and the glitter onto the other.  Lay the snowflake in the glue, then turn over to ensure coverage on all sides and surfaces of the snowflake.  Quickly lift the snowflake and place into the glitter.  Use the spoon to drizzle glitter onto the uncovered areas (you don’t want to flip the snowflake in the glitter, or you’ll have glitter everywhere!).  Place the snowflake onto the parchment paper to dry.

Once your snowflakes are completely dry, thread the precut ribbon or fishing wire through one of the snowflake holes and toe the ends together.  These look very whimsical attached to a wrapped gift under a bow!

Simple Salt Dough Ornament

Supplies:star salt dough ornament

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

1½ cups warm water

Craft spray

Cookie cutters (optional)

Rolling pin (optional)

Large baking sheet

Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 300°F.  In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt thoroughly.  Gradually add in the warm water, stirring as you go.  Once all of the dough has been mixed, knead with hands for 10 minutes, and then allow the dough to sit uncovered for 10-20 minutes.

You may choose to roll out your dough to create a bunch of symmetrical ornaments.  Roll out to desired thickness, then use cookie cutters to create shapes.  If the dough sticks, use a little flour to dust both your rolling surface and your rolling pin.

You may also create free form ornaments, and adorn with fingerprints, children’s handprints, or even pet paw prints!  Just roll some dough into the shape of a meatball in your palms, then flatten to desired thickness.

Place shapes onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and use your Scrigit™ Scraper to create a hole at the top for hanging and add designs.  Bake in the oven until hardened (typically 1-2 hours).  If the shapes still seem doughy or puffy, keep baking until firm.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  These may be painted using acrylics, or bedazzled with glitter and glue—the options are endless!  No matter how you choose to decorate your salt dough ornament, always use a clear craft spray at the end to seal out moisture and protect from cracking.  Thread the precut cord through the hole, and give as a gift to your favorite people!

You can make all of these tree ornament crafts in a single afternoon, so why not make it a craft party?  Invite your friends over for some laughter and fun, or sit down with the kids or grandkids and explore your creativity.  Maybe this activity could even become a new tradition for you and your loved ones!

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Easy Turkey Thanksgiving Craft Project

Here’s a Fun Thanksgiving Craft That’s Sure to Gobble Up Attention!

The turkey is basting, the pies are cooling, and the guests are arriving.  While the food takes center stage at the Thanksgiving dinner table, fall and holiday décor add to the ambience of the meal.  This year, why not spruce things up with festive paper turkeys?  This Thanksgiving craft is fun and simple to make with just a few items from your local craft supply store.  While the photo above depicts plain paper, you can use coordinating printed paper for a craftier look!  Turkey Thanksgiving Craft

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 pieces of decorative paper in red, orange, and yellow, or purple, red and yellow as in the photo. (you can opt for sturdy scrapbook paper or card stock)
  • 1 piece of dark brown card stock (this is for the body, so feel free to use another color, or even a brown print!)
  • 1 each, white paint pen and black paint pen (you may opt for googly eyes)
  • White glue
  • Transparent tape
  • Scissors
  • Flat ruler (approx.. 1” wide)
  • Pencil
  • Scrigit Scraper

Once you have all of your supplies, you’re ready to get started!

Step 1:  Starting with the red piece of paper (purple in photo), line up the edge of your ruler with the side of the paper.  If you are using rectangular paper, start on a long side. Take your versatile Scrigit Scraper and run the rounded tip of the angled end along the entire length of the ruler.  You should now have a 1” scored strip. Fold it back over itself on the opposite side of the paper, and run the flat end of the Scrigit Scraper along the fold a couple of times.  Tear off or cut off this strip and set aside.

Turkey craft score & foldStep 2:  Repeat Step 1 for the orange piece of paper (red in photo), but score 2 strips and remove. Set aside one strip for the turkey claws.

Step 3:  Repeat Step 1 for the yellow piece of paper, but score 3 strips and remove.  Set aside one strip for the beak.

Step 4:  For this Thanksgiving craft, you are now going to make the “fan” body of the turkey.  With the remainder of the red sheet of paper, line up the ruler with the edge of the short side of the paper at a right angle to the previous scoring, but this time only score on one side of the paper and do not tear anything off.  Repeat the ruler process along the entire length of paper, creating 1” score marks.  Then, starting with the leftmost score, fold the paper inward and run the Scrigit Scraper alongside the fold. Turn the paper over and fold on the next scored line, again running the Scrigit Scraper on the fold.  Turn the paper back again and repeat this process to create an accordion-style fold pattern in your paper.

Step 5:  Repeat Step 4 for the remainder of the orange and yellow sheets of paper.

Step 6:  For each color, fold the entire accordion into a strip. Fold the strip in half end-to-end.  Take the center-most edges and tape them together to form a fan shape.

Step 7:  Lay the folded red strip down with the fold towards you and the taped center edges on the left. Place the folded orange accordion (with the taped edges on the left) to the right of and touching the red accordion. Place the shortest yellow accordion (with the taped edges on the left) to the right of and touching the orange one. With the bottoms of the strips lined up, tape the folded strips together on both sides. Then open the fan. The body is now complete. Set aside.

Step 8:  Take the dark brown card stock and fold in half (if using rectangular paper, fold width-wise).  Score the fold and refold several times and tear. Taking one half, create a 2” strip using the method from Step 1. Do not fold down the center of this strip.  Once created, set it aside.  With the other half, draw a fat bowling pin (use the image above as a reference), approximately 3” tall.  Cut out the shape.

Step 9:  Using the yellow strip of paper, draw and cut out a small piece for the beak as in the photo.  Use the orange strip to draw and cut out claws, and the red strip to draw and cut out a wattle, as in the photo above.

Step 10:  Using your white and black paint pens, draw the eyes onto the body. (If using googly eyes, glue them).  Glue the wattle to the underside of the beak, and then glue the beak to the body with the taped edges of the body facing backwards.  Glue the claws to the body.  Glue the body to the front of the accordion, applying glue lightly to the edges of the yellow folds.

Step 11:  Your turkey should stand up on its own.  If it doesn’t, glue or tape the remaining brown strip of card stock perpendicular to the bottom of the turkey.  Trim the excess of the strip behind the turkey.

Step 12:  Enjoy your creative Thanksgiving craft!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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