Monday, September 10, 2012

Seven Craft Supplies From The Kitchen

I have two grandmothers. One is Italian, and spends hours perfecting dishes like broccoli rabe and lasagna. The other one burns Minute Rice. Genetics are such that I inherited the culinary skills of the latter.
Other than making coffee, or mac and cheese, I avoid the kitchen. But as any hoarder will tell you, there is always something hiding in a drawer, waiting to be used. Here are seven common kitchen items you can easily re-purpose for crafting.
  1. Aluminum Foil- Line a baking sheet with foil to bake polymer clay on, ball it up and use it to add bulk to polymer clay, or use it under a messy project (Mod Podge doesn't seem to stick to foil.) Use a piece of thick (professional quality or heavy duty) foil and lay it on a mousepad. Using a stylus, draw designs onto the foil to create embossed designs. You can use a drawing and trace over the lines, if you'd rather not work freehand.
  2. Chopstick- one is the loneliest number ever if it's a lone chopstick. Great for stirring thicker liquids, like paint or Mod Podge, even in taller jars. Also can be used as a stamp to create dots out of paint. These are also sturdy clay tools, great for shaping with. Worst case scenario, coat it in glitter, add ribbons, and make a magic wand.
  3. Salt- other than the obvious salt dough (1 cup salt, 2 cups flour, and 1 cup lukewarm water), salt can add an interesting effect to watercolors. Liberally wet down a piece of paper, slosh on watercolors (the cheap kid's ones are fine), and sprinkle on salt. The salt will suck up some of the color. Let it dry totally, and then brush off with a stiff dry paintbrush.
  4. Tupperware/ Plastic Containers- storage!! Store homemade Mod Podge (1/2 white glue and 1/2 hot water, stirred well. On a side note, I tend to make mine a little thicker, maybe 65% glue. Do NOT try to make this thinner than 50/50 mix), doodads and trinkets, and just about anything. these are airtight, and translucent so you can see whats inside. Also great for rinsing off paintbrushes or storing a small craft for on-the-go.
  5. Cans- the kind with the pull-off lid work best for crafting because they contain the least sharp edges. Clean well and give a quick bleach and water soak, then let dry. You can cover the outside with fabric, felt, or pretty paper and make pencil holders. Weigh them down with rocks inside and use as a centerpiece base. Poke a hole in the bottom, sponge on white and green paint, and make outdoor flower planters. The tuna or cat-food sized cans are great for paper clips (use E6000 to affix a few magnets inside the lip to keep stray clips in check). Obviously, eat the food inside first (Chef Boyardee for dinner tonight?)
  6. Glass Bottles or Jars- (resealable lid)- soak off labels, clean, sterilize, then use to hold 'in a jar' gifts . Hey, if other people bake, its a cool gift. Or fill with candies or homemade bath salts and add a pretty bow, as a gift for other culinary-challenged people. (NON resealable lid) fill wider-mouthed jars with candies and add small scoops for a candy buffet or party centerpiece. Use as candle holders. Get really fancy, and fill with a few inches of colored water and use as floating candle holders.

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