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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Glow-in-the-Dark Handprint Ghost T-shirts

Proud of the handprint ghost shirts they made

Proud of their shirts!

If you missed it when I shared it last week on Facebook, the kids and I had some fun doing a Halloween craft — we made glow-in-the-dark handprint ghost t-shirts — so I’m resharing the post I wrote for CraftyChild.com (formerly KidsCraftsFunandGames.com).

So yes, I did this craft, so technically I can’t claim I am (or was) too tired to try, but hey, I’m too tired to find something else to share, so that’s gotta count for something, no? Ahhh, laziness. 😉

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Solid-colored, long-sleeved t-shirts (We grabbed some from our dressers.)
  • Nontoxic glow-in-the-dark gel paint (Found this in the crafting paint aisle at Wal-Mart.)
  • One paintbrush (We happened to have a paint sponge on hand, and I found this worked great.)
  • Puffy paint in various colors (In keeping with the Halloween theme, we used white, black, orange, and a glow-in-the-dark white)
  • Baby wipes (or wet paper towels/any other wet cloths) to wipe off hands
  • Newspaper or butcher-type paper to cover the table/floor (optional)

To see the complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Baby Princess Leia Halloween Costume

Ok, ok. You see “costume” in the title and you’re thinking, “No way am I actually making a costume!” Right? Well no worries, my friends. Not only is this costume easy peasy to make (ok, you do need to be able to make a stitch, but there’s just a few, I promise), but the directions are easy to follow, and Robyn from Hollow Tree Ventures is hilarious, as usual.

Photo courtesy of Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures.

Photo courtesy of Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One pair of thick, brown opaque tights (adult size)
  • One white child-sized t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and brown thread

Then there’s mostly cutting involved, with some rolling and twisting and a few stitches thrown in. And then you’ll have this adorable baby Princess Leia costume.

To see Robyn’s complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Scribble Lanterns

When I came across these adorable little lanterns from Valarie at A Place Like This, I just knew I wanted to share them with you. Fair warning that this craft is a little more involved than the ones I have shared in the past, but the end result really is fantastically cute and perfect for fall.

scribble lantern

Photo courtesy of Valarie at A Place Like This

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 18 x 12 manila drawing paper
  • Tissue paper in a variety of colors
  • Double stick tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue or Glue Dots
  • Scissors
  • Leaf or other pattern for tracing and cutting into lantern
  • Poster board
  • Pencil
  • Variety of color crayons
  • Flickering LED light (optional)

Then you do some scribbling, folding, cutting, tracing, and gluing, and you’ll end up with this adorable lantern. For added fun, add a little flickering LED light!

To see Valarie’s complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Foam Dough

Today’s craft is by far the easiest craft I have ever shared. E.V.E.R. There are only two ingredients (or three if you’re feeling wild and crazy), and it takes no time at all to make. But, it will likely keep the kiddos entertained for a while. And it’s a cinch to clean up. So? Win, win, win, win! Thanks to Mom Trusted for sharing such a great craft idea!

Photo courtesy of Mom Trusted

Photo courtesy of Mom Trusted

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Shaving cream
  • Corn starch
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Cups, bowls, spoons, play dough tools, etc. (optional)

Then you’ll do a little mixing and be done. Yup, I said done. Within minutes you’ll end up with a “soft and silky” moldable dough that’s ready to go. (Warning: Make sure your kids don’t eat this because of the shaving cream.)

To see the complete post with instructions and photos from Mom Trusted, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Dry Sparkle Snow

If you opened this post hoping it had something to do with actual snow to help you continue to fight this summer heat, I’m sorry. This dry sparkle snow craft from Jeannette at Mommy Needs a Martini won’t do that. (Well, unless you do it inside with the A/C blasting.) BUT, it will be fun. And, if I’m going to be completely honest? Messy! This craft will be very, very, very messy. But still, fun!

dry sparkle sand

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large bowl or bin for mixing
  • Flour
  • Baby oil
  • Glitter
  • Spoons, measuring cups, small Tupperware containers, etc.

And after you mix it all up, you’re left with some pretty, sparkly dry snow that your kids will have a blast molding, and shaping, and digging in. But hopefully not using for snowball fights! (Although if you’re really concerned about the mess, you could always do this outside.)

To see the complete post with full instructions and photos from Mommy Needs a Martini, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Colored Rice for Sensory Play

So my cousin messaged me yesterday to share a fun colored rice sensory activity she found from Powerful Mothering that she was going to do with her boys and thought it would be a good fit for a Too Tired to Try Tuesday post. I thought the activity looked fun, plus I was stoked she’d done my crafting research for me this week. So? Sold! How much lazier can I get than that? (Side note: if you have a fun craft or recipe that you’d like to share in a Tx5 post, please send it along — I’m always looking for ideas!)

color-rice-sensory-play

I can already see the gazillion grains of rice you’ll be finding all over your house after letting your kids have at this stuff, but it’s probably an even trade for the amount of time you’ll gain while they’re busy playing with it! (Or even better idea, let them play with it outside!) And it’s gotta be much better to deal with than sand, right?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rice
  • Vinegar
  • Various colors of food coloring
  • Zip lock bags
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Wax paper
  • Various containers (e.g., funnel, cups) for playing
  • Storage containers

Then you do some mixing and drying, and you’re left with your colored rice. Couldn’t get much easier than that really. Add some fun containers and imagination to the mix, and your kids could be entertained for quite some time.

To see the complete post with full instructions and photos from Powerful Mothering, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Handprint Fireworks T-shirts

In all of the hubbub of moving, I forgot to scout out an activity or recipe to use for today’s Too Tired to Try Tuesday post. So I’m sort of cheating with this one. Because I’m sharing a craft that I came up with and did with the kids and published over at Kids Crafts Fun and Games.com yesterday. So I guess I’m not really cheating because not only did I come up with the craft, but I also, like, actually did it, which goes against the whole lazy tired part of my Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts.

What is this grand craft I came up with, you’re wondering? Dooo dooo dooo dooo (*trumpet sounding*) . . . handprint fireworks t-shirts! Perfect for the 4th of July.

4th-of-july-t-shirts

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plain solid-colored t-shirts (We happened to have red and blue on hand.)
  • Craft paints in various colors (In keeping with the 4th of July theme, we used red, white, and blue acrylic paints; you can also use fabric paints.)
  • Small containers to pour the paint into (We used a few small paper plates.)
  • Paint brushes
  • Baby wipes (or wet paper towels/any other wet cloths) to wipe off hands

Then you do a little palm painting (with various colors) and pressing, and voila, you have handprint fireworks t-shirts. I warn you, this craft was messy, but it was easy and fun.

To read step-by-step instructions, get some helpful hints, and see some more of my photographic magic, please click here.

Oh, and a fun note: I’m going to be a regular contributor over at Kids Crafts Fun and Games.com, so you can check out all my crafty stuff here. (So far there’s only two posts.)

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)