"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: 3 Kinds of Homemade Finger Paints

If you cringed when you saw the craft for this week, don’t worry, I’m right there with you. Deem me a terrible mom if you want, but I loathe doing a lot of crafts–not because I don’t like crafts, but because I despise the cleanup. Let’s face it, when it’s all said and done, usually your kid is a mess, your work area is a mess, and you are a mess.

But I’m starting to embrace the mess. And I realize that part of the fun for kids doing crafts is the mess. So this week’s craft is full of mess . . . . homemade finger paints. (Mess, mess, mess, mess, mess. Have I used that word enough yet? It’s starting to sound funny now when I say it.)

There are three different paint recipes to try: 1) a cornflour/cornstarch recipe, 2) a plain flour finger paint recipe, and, I quote, 3) a “best ever” homemade finger paint recipe.

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So this is a pic of shaving cream paint I made for my kids last summer. They were easy to make, and easy to clean up–I actually had them paint in the tub (lol)–but they did stain. Why am I using this pic here, then, if it doesn’t have anything to do with the 3 homemade paint recipes I’m sharing in this post? Well, I needed a picture of homemade paints, and this was all I had. (Plus it shows I CAN be crafty.)

I picked these particular recipes because

  • They promise to only require “common and cheap household ingredients” and “very little time and effort” (You know I’m already on board with the “little time and effort” part!)
  • Only safe ingredients are used, so you can make these paints with even your youngins
  • They claim to be “easy to clean” and “completely washable” and apparently “do not stain clothes”

This site also suggests some fun variations to try when making your paints, like changing the consistency with dishwashing liquid and adding textures and scents.

So, if you want to get a little messy with your wild things, click here to try one (or all) of the recipes.

And don’t worry, if you don’t want to get too too messy, you can click here for suggestions for how to reduce the mess before, during, and after painting.

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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Let’s Do This (Or Not): Too Tired to Try Tuesday

So I have yet another confession for you: I have never been on Pinterest. Well, that’s not completely true. I have clicked on links from people that have taken me to Pinterest, but I have never gone on there of my own volition looking for new ways to prepare mac and cheese or looking for fun and crafty things to do with all of my empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I’m sure you’ve noticed, there is no Tasty Recipes or Fun Crafts tabs on my blog.

The reason I don’t go on Pinterest is not because I don’t want to be fun and crafty, or because I’m opposed to other people being fun and crafty, it’s because 1) I know it’s going to be another time suck that I can’t really afford (I mean between my family, sleep, my “real” work, blogging, and more sleep, there’s just not enough time in the day), but more importantly, 2) I’m afraid that going on there is going to make me feel even worse about my already lacking domestic abilities.

I’ll be honest, I’m not so much into cooking or baking, and there are no wheels that start crazy spinning when I discover I have extra tissue paper and pipe cleaners on my hands. Martha Stewart I am not, that’s for sure. This is not to say that I can’t cook or bake or craft with the best of them, because I’ve been known to whip up a tasty dish every now and then, and I could turn a plastic bag and dried out wipes into a piece of art if I needed to–I simply don’t have the passion for these things right now. I really wish I did, but I just don’t.

I am, however, envious of mommies and daddies that do. And I really hope that I can cultivate these passions as my kids get older. Because, another confession, I kinda do want to be that mom who always has something fun to do with the kids and can whip up a tasty, healthy meal with ingredients I already have on hand and without having to consult a cookbook.

Because I’m not there yet and can’t share with you crafts and recipes I’ve tried and can give you my stamp of approval on, I’ve decided to dedicate my Tuesday posts to sharing crafts and recipes that I’d really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. And so I give to you Too Tired to Try Tuesdays! (Like the alliteration there?)

TTTTT imageI guess this means I will have to start poking around on Pinterest. And like actually sign up for Pinterest. Shit. Ah well, if it provides you fine people with some new ideas, I’m up for it. And if it turns out I can figure out what I’m doing on there, I’ll share my page (is that even the correct term for Pinterest?) or board, whatever the hell it’s called, with you.

I’m also 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’ve just been lamenting about how I have so little time to do stuff, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)

Ok, so my first Too Tired to Try Tuesday share comes from a fellow blogger over at Naps Happen: it’s a PEEP volcano. I’m not a Peep person myself, but this looks like a really fun activity. (Heck, maybe I will actually have to try this!)

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Just before disguising the top of the soda bottle with an entire can of whipped topping and a little strawberry syrup for authenticity.

Click here to get step-by-step instructions on how to make it and see a video of the finished product. And while you’re there, stay and look around a bit, I guarantee you’ll have more than a few chuckles.

Let me know if you try this, I’d love to hear how it turns out.