Tie Dye Kids Craft: Coffee Filters

Tie Dye Kids Craft: Coffee Filters

This tie dye kids craft is easy to do and inexpensive as well.   You could even incorporate this craft into a family home evening!

Tie Dye Kids Craft: Coffee Filters

I love this easy craft because it is low cost and simple.  This also makes good practice if you would like to tie dye other projects!

How To Tie Dye Coffee Filters

Gathering Ingredients

Here are the tools you will need to get this craft started.

food coloring

straws or droppers

an ice cube tray

coffee filters

water

Most of the ingredients were already in my home.  Because we don’t drink coffee in my house I had everything except  coffee filters.  We also didn’t have an ice cube tray.  To make this a free project I got some coffee filters from a friend and they also gave me an ice cube tray.  You also may be able to find an ice cube tray at the dollar store as well as some of the other ingredients.

Tie Dying the Coffee Filters

First of all put a little bit of water in the ice cube tray.  After that you will put a few drops of food coloring in each ice cube spot.  Stir the water/food coloring mixture.  Then take out the coffee filters and straws or droppers and flatten the coffee filters.  After that dip the straw or dropper into the food coloring.  Once you have the food coloring mixture in the straw or dropper slowly let out the food coloring mixture onto a flat coffee filter.

The trick to using a straw is to dip the straw into the mixture and place a finger at the top of the straw so that the mixture remains in the straw until you release your finger and it falls onto the coffee filter.  Droppers may be easier for younger hands.

Although this is a messy project it is fun and really easy to do!  One idea for this craft is to have it as a family home evening activity!   After the lesson you could do this simple craft then have treats!  Your kids will love it!

Remodeling a Doll House: Removing Carpet

Remodeling a doll house can be an exciting adventure for you and your girl!  In this post I will show you how to easily remove old carpet from a doll house!

Remodeling a Doll House

I got this doll house and I knew it would be a project. This wasn’t a problem though since we love projects at my house.  This project has become an adventure for my girl and me that we will remember for years to come.   I wanted our lives to be more about experiences this year, so I gave my girl this doll house just as it is for her birthday. Now she is picking out what she wants in it and helping me remodel it to her taste.

Removing The Old Carpet

First of all we needed to remove the old carpet in the doll house.  I did this part on my own since I didn’t think my girl would be very interested in this part of remodeling the house.

It started out looking pretty dirty.  It also looked like it had been glued down and when I pulled up a corner I was sure it had been glued down.  There were two types of carpet to this doll house: felt and cotton fabric.  This part had cotton fabric.

Doll House Carpet Before edit

The first thing I did was grab some acetone.  I found this in fingernail polish remover in my home which contains acetone in it. You can purchase this from the 99 cent store for 99 cents or from any retail store for pretty cheap.

Doll House Acetone edit

I poured the acetone on the carpet and let it sit for a few minutes and as a result the carpet was easy to slowly pull off.

Carpet

It looked a little rough after pulling up the carpet so I took an old towel and rubbed the remaining carpet off the floor.  It is important to do this while the acetone is still wet so that it is easier to rub off.

Doll House Removed Carpet Edit

Doll House Scrub edit

 

After rubbing the excess, the floor looks smoother and it is now ready for new carpet to go in!  This is the conclusion of this part of the project which means on to another part of remodeling.

Doll House Carpet removed edit

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