Kids love to make crafts and the laundry room holds supplies for lots of fun winter crafts!
01 of 05
Detergent Bottle Snowman
This cute little fellow is made from a concentrated HE detergent bottle with the label removed. He even has his own hat! I added a scarf, trim to his hat and buttons. All can be easily glued on. A permanent marker was used to draw his face. I did punch holes in the bottle to insert the twig arms. You might need to help the kids with that part.
The snowman will look great when joined by his friends as a centerpiece or as an accent on a wreath. As I look at his plump shape, I can see a Santa or... penguin. Just add a bit more felt trim and you'll have some great decorations!
02 of 05
Detergent Lid Bells
Take a look at your detergent bottle lids and imagine a bell. If the lids are not a color you like, spray paint the lids any color you want and give them time to dry completely. An adult should punch a single small hole in the top of each one.
Using yarn or a shimmer thread attach a jingle bell at the desired length, pull the string through the hole in the top of the cap and knot it so it won't slip through the hole. The outside of the bells can be decorated with stickers or glitter or foam... cut-outs. You can also add a bow to the top. Then, just add an ornament hook through the knot to hang on the tree. Or, you can make a group of the bells to decorate a doorknob or wreath.
03 of 05
Decorative Snow from Detergent
If you live in warm climate with no snow, you can make your own for decoration. Just pour 2 cups of Ivory Snow Flakes or Zote Snow Flakes in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup water. Using an electric mixer, whip until soft peaks form.
The snow can be used to decorate windows, gingerbread houses, branches and ornaments. Dampen your hands first before decorating to keep the suds from sticking. The snow will dry in just a few hours and last for weeks indoors. To remove the soap, just add water and clean... away!
NOTE: Detergent snow is not edible!
04 of 05
Scented Soap Balls for Gifts
These are great gifts that the kids can make for teachers and friends. Just combine 2 cups of Ivory Snow flakes or Zote Soap Flakes and 1/4 cup water plus 1 tablespoon of food extract or essential oils and a couple of drops of food coloring. The food extract can be lemon, vanilla, peppermint or any flavor in your kitchen and the essential oil can be your favorite scent.
Mix all of the ingredients together and form into small balls. You can use a mold from the craft store or form the balls... freehand. You should be able to make 8 or 10 soaps. If the consistency is too soupy, add a bit more Ivory Snow flakes until it binds together. Allow the soaps to dry overnight before packaging for gifts.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Soap Sculpting Clay
Once again we are combining Ivory Snow, Zote Soap Flakes or any brand of soap flakes and water. Use 3/4 cup Ivory Snow and 1 tablespoon water. Mix well until it has a clay-like consistency. It can be molded into a variety of shapes - snowmen, animals, jewelry. Allow to dry overnight. As the pieces dry, they will turn from the grayish color to a pure white.
If you leave them uncolored or add food coloring, the sculptures can be used in the bath as a bar of soap would be used.
The sculptures can... also be decorated the next day with markers or acrylic paints.