Summer Series–Cardboard Box “TV”

Hey friends!!  Do you follow me on Instagram?  If you do, you probably saw the picture I posted of my kiddos coloring a box last night.  The other day one of my daughters told me she wanted to be on TV and she even came up with a way to make it happen.  Smart kid, I tell ya!  She’s super creative and I pretty much always love her ideas.  So, she said, “Why don’t we get a box, color it like a tv, and pretend we are on tv?”  Well kid, I think that’s genius!  So we went to Walmart and got a moving box for $3.77.  This is the link for the one we bought.

When we got the box home we had to do a little “TV” prep work to do.  After taping up the ends, we painted the whole box white.  Ours was brown with green pictures and lettering all over it.  Once it was painted we got out a big scrapbook and traced it onto the side so we had a guide for cutting out our “screen”.  Once the screen is cut out cut a little door in the back and let the kids go crazy decorating that bad boy!


Now that it’s beautifully customized, hop in!


Now the only thing left to do is get an audience…


Since they are watching this amazing TV show at home it’s okay to have crazy swimming hair like the cute chick in the audience!

And there you have it, folks!  Thanks to a very creative little girl we now have a fun project for under $4!  It’s almost like a few projects rolled into one.  Painting-check.  Coloring-check.  Becoming a tv star at only 4 and 7 years old-check!  Now, I’m off to think of some other fun things to do with a box.

Before I go, don’t forget to check out our preview Summer Series posts!
“Frozen” Glitter Gak
2-Ingredient No Bake Clay


Summer Series–2 Ingredient No Bake Clay

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Hey peeps!  So today I am back with my Summer Series.  If you missed the first post where we made “Frozen” Glitter Gak you can go check it out here and see what the series is all about.  So far the kids are loving the little projects that we’ve been doing.  I’m excited to keep trying more stuff!  This weeks post is all about clay.  It’s easy, fast, fun, and cheap.  All the things I’m looking for while we do the series.  This clay is pretty awesome.  I don’t know that it would be much good for anything more than cutting out shapes but if you experiment with sculpting it at all I would love to know your results!

It doesn’t get much easier than this.  All you do is mix 2 parts cornstarch with 1 part school glue.  Mix, roll, and cut out.


I’ll go a little more in depth now.  When you mix the ingredients start off by stirring with a spoon.  When you can’t really stir anymore get in there with your hands.  It’s gross but just knead it until you get a nice ball.  We rolled ours out in between 2 sheets of parchment paper.  I would say our dough was between 1/8-1/4″ thick and it worked well.  We will roll it out to the same size next time.  Once you have it rolled, cut it out with cookie cutters and put it somewhere to dry for 24-48 hours.  We let ours dry for a few days but that’s just because we were busy and didn’t have time to paint them but they were dry by the next day.

Once they are dry get out all your paint supplies and let your kids go to town!

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Look at those paint action shots.  Mad photography skills I tell ya!  We decided to add some glitter after everything was all painted.  What can I say?  We like glitter over here!  We may get some magnets and glue them onto the back but that will have to be next time we get to the store.  Here is the finished product.


And let me just brag for a second.  Do you see that sunflower in the middle right-ish side of the picture?  One of my girls had a scalloped circle that she cut out.  She decided it needed something else so she got a smaller circle and made an indent in the middle and rolled some extra dough to make a stem and leaves.  She does not get her creativity from her momma!

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Summer Series–“Frozen” Glitter Gak

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Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by!  Every Tuesday this summer I will be sharing a project to do with your kids.  This is my attempt to keep my sanity by keeping my kids happy!  I’m sure all of the posts will be things we find off of Pinterest so be sure to go to the links I provide to check out the genius behind all of these fun projects!

So, are your kids on summer vacation yet?  My kiddo has been on vacation for about two weeks now but they have been a crappy two weeks so we are just now getting into a good groove.  The flu decided to weasel it’s way into our happy little home and it refused to leave for two weeks.  So glad that’s over!  But now we are in vacation mode, which means, fight mode!  With 3 kids in the house it is so important to keep them busy so we make it to the end of the summer with the same number of kidlets!!  I’m pretty sure if I didn’t keep my girls occupied my son would want to pack up and run away haha.  But never fear!  With the powers of Pinterest it is so easy to keep them busy and not break the bank.  One project we love to make is Gak.  We found a pin a few years ago from Lil Luna and tried it out and it has been our go to recipe ever since.  You can go view her post by clicking here.  Apparently she is in AZ, too, trying to beat the heat.  Maybe we should be pals.  Lil Luna, if you are reading this can we our kids have a play date?  Now, let’s move on from me being an internet creep and get into some Gak, shall we?

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So recently we decided to see what all the fuss with Frozen was about.  I must say, it’s so adorable!  I’m almost tempted to move back to freezing North Dakota just so I can have my own Olaf.  Almost!  Instead of going back to freeze in North Dakota, we decided to make our Gak Frozen themed.  With the help of some purple food coloring and lots of glitter we ended up with this!


If you’ve never made this stuff you are missing out.  It’s super cheap, super easy, fun to play with, and keeps the kids busy for hours!  My girls were literally playing with this for 2 hours.  And we will be able to play with it some more because it keeps really well in a Ziploc bag.  Just squeeze the air out.  I’m not sure how long because we usually end up tossing ours after playing with it a few times.  But here is how you can make your own.

Pour two bottles of Elmer’s glue into a bowl.  Fill the empty bottles with water, shake them up, and pour them into the bowl with the glue.


Stir that up and then add your food coloring and glitter if you are using it.  Mix it up well.


Now is the fun part when it turns from colored, watered down glue into Gak.  You will mix half of a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of borax.  Mix that into the mixture and it will pretty much immediately turn into Gak.  Stir it as much as you can and then get in there with your hands!  The more you squish it and play with it the better it will get.


This is the point of the process were we pretty much lose my son.  He came back to touch it once.  It went something like this.  Ewwwww, that’s gross.  And then he was gone.


But that’s okay.  He still has a lot of fun pouring in glue and stirring it and my girls love playing with it so in the end I have 3 happy kids.  I have fun with it too!  This stuff is so fun and I love how it sort of “melts” when it sits.  These started as little balls that were lined up.


And look how fun it is when you stretch it.


The only thing I am bummed about was the glitter.  We used a crap ton (yes, this is an actual measurement) of glitter but it really didn’t sparkle like we had hoped.  It was still a ton of fun though.  For just a couple of dollars you can have fun with your kids and give them something to do for hours.  We love playing around with different colors.  Word on the streets is next time we make Gak we are making green, purple, and pink.  What can I say?  These people know what they want!  Well I hope you guys get busy making something fun.  I would love to hear some other ideas!  Come back to visit soon!!