St Patrick’s Day Printable: Origami ‘Cootie Catcher’

St Patrick's Day Printable: Origami Fortune Teller (Cootie Catcher)
Originally published 3/15/2013 – Republished 3/15/2016 My FedEx Out of Office blog post is up for March, and I almost forgot to share it with you guys before St. Patrick’s Day!   This is a fun printable (with Dot artwork, naturally!) that your kids can fold up and have fun sharing with their friends. You remember these from grade school, right?  You would make them out of a piece of notebook paper, then play with them telling fortunes until they were confiscated by a mean teacher!  We always just called them fortune tellers, but according to the internet, they are also known as Cootie Catchers.… [ KEEP READING ]

Make your own Retro Inspired Canvas Print (Tutorial)

how to make your own Retro photo canvas - tutorial
How to transfer a photo to canvas for a neat, retro look! This is a fun project if you’d like an inexpensive way to make your own “canvas print”, and you like a retro, old fashioned feel.  It makes a great gift, too (like the one used in the tutorial, a great wedding momento!) I did this for my December post on FedEx’s Out of Office blog.  It is easy to do, but be warned it is a bit time consuming when you get to the final step of removing the paper from the canvas, so I wouldn’t go any larger than 8×10″ for this project.… [ KEEP READING ]

The Homemade Shrinky Test Lab (redux)

everything you need to know about making shrink plastic out of #6
So way back in 2008, one of the first big “experiments in craft” I did for Dabbled was what I called the Shrinky Dink Test Lab.  I had run across the idea for using #6 plastic to make homemade shrink plastic (aka ‘Shrinky Dinks’) at various places on the crafty webs, but I decided to delve a little deeper.  I started with a basic project (Doodle Charm Earrings), and that led to other questions.  What about coloring with other materials like colored pencils?  How do you seal your plastic afterwards so the marker doesn’t rub off?  And successes and failures in all this also led to interesting effects that could be achieved.… [ KEEP READING ]

Science Fun with Kids: Oil & Water Fireworks

Fireworks in Oil science project - dabbled.org
So my 7 yr old came home the other day from camp and was like “Mom, we’ve got to go do this experiment, it’s so cool!” And it WAS pretty darn cool, so I thought I’d share it with you guys! These are his instructions, and he did the experiment and showed it to me: You’ll need 3 jars.  Fill the first one 1/2 full with water (room temperature), second one 1/2 full with oil, and the third 1/4 full with water and 1/4 full with oil. Then take food coloring, and put a few drops in the first jar, and stir.  … [ KEEP READING ]

“Tie Dye” Nails done by a total amateur

how to paint your nails in a funky tie dye way
I must admit that I’m not a nail person, generally.  I keep my fingernails natural and short, because I tend to be rough on them, between projects, typing, and just general life.  But, as I have recently discovered by discovering Pinterest, apparently interesting nail polish is very hip right now, and I figured why not try something wild.  The thing about most of the nail polish ideas I’ve seen, they look awesome because some professional nail person did them, on their totally perfectly shaped nails, with their nail person skill, and probably an assistant! So what happens when a total amateur tries one of these fancy techniques?  … [ KEEP READING ]

Some of the Most Popular Posts on Dabbled

I haven’t really looked at my Analytics lately, so I pulled it up today.  And I thought you might be interested in what are the most popular posts on Dabbled recently.  Most of these are old projects, that new people are just discovering, but who knows, you might have missed them too! So here are a few of the most popular in the last 30 days (counting down the top 8- if I have time tomorrow I’ll do some more–I should be working on my Dalek cake right now, but I’m procrastinating…) How to Make a Paper Graduation Cap This one makes total sense, since it’s June and we’ve just had Graduation season going on.  … [ KEEP READING ]