Bring some fall colors into the home! Nature, education, and creativity combine to make a lovely autumn decoration. Experiment with shapes and colors and try to identify the type of tree by leaf-shape.
• Fresh leaves
• A heavy book
• Modpodge (optional)
• Glitter glue
• Metallic permanent markers
• Embroidery hoop
• Hot glue gun
1. Collect leaves from outside. Try to get as many shapes and sizes as you can. Identify what you are collecting.
2. Press the leaves inside a heavy book. Let dry (this may take a few days).
3. Remove the dried leaves and coat them with modpodge to prevent future crumbling.
4. Decorate the leaves with glitter glue and markers.
5. Hot glue finished leaves to the embroidery hoop. Hang.
Create a unique gift for just about anyone (including yourself) by making organic handmade soap. Experiment with scents and textures until your tween has the perfect combination.
• 1 or more pounds glycerin soap base
• Double boiler (or create one from two pots)
• Water or milk
• 1/4–1/2 teaspoon assorted additives per pound of soap.
• Sugar, salt, and oatmeal all work well as exfoliants. Honey, cinnamon, and extracts (vanilla, peppermint, almond, orange, lavender – the list goes on!) all provide scents
• Soap molds or muffin tin
1. Use a food processor or cheese grater to finely shred soap base
2. Put about half of the shredded base in a pot, using a double boiler works best.
3. Add just enough water or milk to cover the soap. Milk burns easier, but will make a smoother soap.
4. Put the boiler on low heat and as the soap melts add more of the shredded base. Stir well and watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn.
5. Add more milk or water as needed.
6. When the soap is melted, add any scents or additives.
7. Pour the liquid soap into molds. Tap molds on a solid surface to remove air bubbles.
8. Cover the mold with a towel overnight.
9. Put the mold in the freezer for a few hours the next day, then remove the soap from the mold and enjoy.