Some of you might consider me to be cheap! Others may consider it just common sense or even eco friendly. The truth of the matter is that the main reason for this blog is that we are on a tight budget, and I don’t like to spend extra money where it isn’t needed!

I always look at things (considered rubbish by others) and think can we use this in our homeschooling? Once this question is answered it is easy to decide what to do with the object. One great example of this is the fact that we NEVER throw away egg shells anymore! Now before you think that’s just gross or weird, understand that I rarely have to buy glitter anymore. You can imagine how much this saves me each year (I have a 3yo addicted to “sparkles” for her collage), and making them into organic glitter saves putting them in the bin. Cereal boxes and tin cans are also useful things to keep, the boxes can be used instead of buying cardstock for a whole list of projects. My aim is to write about some of the things that I we do so hopefully it saves others some money that would otherwise have been used to a similar end as our thrifty substitutes.

So all I can say for now is happy forraging!

Glue (made with cornflour)

3 table spoons of corn flour
2 cups water
4 tablespoons cold water (extra)
Old clag bottle, squeeze-type sauce container or other container

·         Bring the 2 cups of water to the boil in a small heavy based saucepan
·         Mix the cornflour with the extra cold water and then add to the boiling water, remember to stir constantly.
·         Once the mixture has reached a clear and thick consistency, then remove from the heat and let cool.
·         Pour into the chosen container and label.

#    I keep this in the fridge so that it keeps longer.

Baked Craft Clay

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Food colouring

·         Mix together the flour, salt, water and vegetable oil and knead until smooth.
·         Separate into parts and add a few drops of different colours of food colouring.
·         Mould into shapes/designs
·          Put shapes on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 149’c for about one hour until the clay is baked.
·          Seal with shellac to make shiny. Paint them for fun.

Homemade Clay

2 cups salt
3/4 cup water
1 cup cornflour
1/2 cup water

·         Mix salt and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

·         Remove from heat.
·         Mix the cornflour with the ½ cup of cold water, once a smooth consistency add to the saucepan.
·         Stir constantly and heat again on medium heat until smooth and thick.
·         Refrigerate for a few hours. Store in an airtight plastic Ziploc bag.

Home-made stamp pads

I now make home-made stamping pads (my 3yo loves stamping), here is how I make them.

What you will need:
·         Cheap kitchen sponges (as many as colours you wish to make)
·         Enough containers to house the sponges (old takeaway containers work well)
·         Poster paint (in your selected colours)
·         A  little water

What to do:
·         If you need to cut down the sponges to fit in the containers
·         Wet one of the sponges then wring out the water,  leaving the sponge damp
·         Add  paint of selected colour to the sponge and work it into the sponge
·         Lastly add a little more paint (a thin layer to the exposed surface of the sponge, you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge)
·         Lastly repeat for the other sponges and colours

NOTE: remember to keep the lid on the stamping pads when not in use.  If they dry-up just wash them out and repeat the process.