t's the first of the month again and time for another Papertrey Ink Senior DT challenge! This month we were charged with creating a Halloween treat that you could enjoy giving to those special trick-or-treaters or party attendees! I contemplated a few things... I have a friend that gives special treats for her special treaters... larger than the typical generic candy in a bowl...and always with a special personal touch. She and what she does is what I thought of...Thinking of that brought on an Ah Ha! moment!
While visiting my Father in Portland we visited OMSI and they were demonstrating how to make Flubber.At the time I only had my older 2 girls but I snagged one of their give away recipes... and it has been a staple play item in our home ever since. You can find it here if you want to make your own! Here are parts one and two or the recipe before mixing them together. I had to giggle when Ella brought me the food coloring and begged for purple... I was so glad it wasn't pink...not a great Halloween color! LOL! But honestly... you could do just about any color. Now is a great time to find those back to school sale glues too... Target had these for 20 cents and the recipe takes 4 small bottles (2 cups).
The batch is pretty large and at first I thought I would place the flubber into mini condiment containers... but alas, It was 8am and I was in my robe and wasn't about to stop what I was doing to go to the store. Then it dawned on me how cool it would be to create one in one of Papertrey's awesome tins. I divided the flubber into 12 and got started. Now..I filled it to the rim and know that you can get probably 18 out if it weren't to the top.
I had a great time with Ella and Pepper playing with the Flubber. This is a great project that can involve your kids and help them get into the spirit of the season.
I used Plum Pudding and Spring Moss together... great Halloween colors. Thank goodness for Simple Alphabet. It's one of those sets that I can't imagine living without! Being able to just align my letters and stamp once and in a small size is invaluable for mass producing too. It would make this a snap if I were making 30 of these for sure. I wish you could see the glittery purple in the middle of the "O"s and circles in the Plum Pudding cardstock...They're purty! :)
The Flubber smooths out when left for a short time. Its really cool stuff. It lasts longer and is healthier than candy and is something that they can play with for weeks to come. Quite a special treat as far a my girls are concerned! ETA: Flubber shouldn't be given to children who might ingest it (Choking Hazzard). I have also received several emails about this with concerns about Borax. The only information I can give is that OMSI provides the recipe again here...Flubber...in the Playground section along with several other recipes for children use, not sure if thats a good or bad thing now.... If you have the slightest concern, try a recipe that will work better for you such as homemade play dough or Silly Putty. I'm all for being safe. :) Simply use the alphabet to create an imaginative name to coordinate with your spooky sentiment for the variation! Thanks to those who gave me the heads up!
I hope you will check out what the other Senior DT has come up with for their special treat!
- Stamps- Spooky Sweets, Simple Alphabet, Borders and corners circle
- Ink- Black, Plum Pudding
- Cardstock- Plum Pudding, Spring Moss
- Other- Round Tin, Super Jumbo Scalloped Cirlce punch, Purple Twinklette, Silver Just glitter Marker, Synthetic Sponge.