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DIY Doctor Play Kit.

Hunter and Hope are really into pretend play at the moment, so I thought it was time to introduce Him and her to my favourite roll play toy as a child, the Doctor Play set. I had a Fisher Price one as a girl, and it really got a workout. Instead of buying her a whole lot of plastic stuff, I rummaged around in a few drawers and cupboards and put together a fun set that cost me next to nothing.
Apart from gathering supplies, I made a gauze surgical mask.
-Plastic Syringe
-Plastic Tweezers from a dressing kit
-Tongue Depressor
-Stethoscope (I bought this off ebay for $4, it’s not excellent quality but it does work. Make sure you supervise your child as yelling or banging on stethoscopes can cause hearing damage.)
Other items you may want to include:
-Cotton Balls or swabs
-Eye Patch
-Note pad and Pen
To make the surgical mask
You will need:
Cotton gauze 8″x10″
2 x elastic pieces 10″ long
safety pin
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies

This size suits a small child, you may want to adjust the measurements for older kids.
How to:
1. Cut your gauze square and elastic.
2. Fold the gauze in half and sew along the dotted line.
3. Turn inside out and press.
4. Fold open sides over twice as pictured and press.
5. Stitch along dotted line.
6. Fasten your safety pin to the end of the elastic piece and thread each through the side tubes.
7. Tie off the ends.
8. Move the elastic around to hide the knot.
To decorate the case:
-This was an old case I had kicking around the sewing room, if you don’t want to buy one you can use a lunch box or even a biscuit tin.
-Trace a circle around a bowl or plate onto some adhesive paper.
-Draw a large cross and colour in with a marker pen.
-Cut out and stick onto case or tin.DIY-Doctor-Play-Kit

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DIY Chocolate Sundae Gift Idea.

What’s not to like about toasted marshmallows and melted chocolate? Just package chocolate,graham crackers,and lots of marshmallows for smores snacking. You can use clear plastic type box,or a gift basket,a jar would work to.I’m sure most people would love this gift I know I would!
This icecream sundae box is from homemadetipjunkie.com I thought this was such a cool idea.Just attach a tag that says just add icecream,very cute! Use some waffle cones,cone bowls,and a variety of sprinkles in small baby food jars,or baggies just add some nice ribbons tied on the bags or jars in a nice gift box.Add a jar of homemade chocolate syrup .You will find the recipe on this blog under diy hot fudge sauce and whip cream.
Very thoughtful unique gift idea and affordable.

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Simple Homemade Spa Baskets.

Make several spa baskets for the girls on your Christmas list.You will need small baskets, how many will depend on how many you want to make.Also try to buy baskets second hand, and spray paint if needed.
You will need baggies for your homemade bath salts, recipe to follow.Epsom salts,a towel,and face cloth for each basket buy a whole set if your doing several baskets.Try to buy everything in bigger packs.A pack of candles,bars of soap you can buy at the dollar store a quarter each bar.A roll of ribbon ,and card stock.Loofah sponges usually come in three packs for a buck.Buy a big bottle of bubble bath and some travel size containers,or use some you already have to pour bubble bath into smaller bottles.Use some perfume you already have for your bath salts.
To make bath salts put epsom salts into seperate bowls with your desired amounts.You can do red and white for a candy cane look,or one orange,pink,blue,white,and green.Just add a couple of drops of food colouring to each bowl and mix well.Then add a few drops of perfume to each bowl and mix well.Spread the salts onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and let dry a few hours.Then transfer into small baggies about half full,and tie with a ribbon.
Then put your baskets together add 5 little bags to each basket of bath salts,a candle,a rolled up towel,and cloth,a loofah sponge,bubble bath,and a bar of soap.Each basket will cost about five bucks.
Try brown sugar scrub treat as well to add to your baskets the recipe is at http://savedollarblog.com/?s=brown+sugar+scrub
Also try oatmeal bath bags which are really pretty to add to your baskets also the recipe is at http://savedollarblog.com/2012/10/07/pretty-diy-oatmeal-bath-bags/
Also if you would like to make body scrub,lipbalm,bath fizzies,and bath snow balls with free printables go to http://www.i-do-it-yourself.com/2009/08/diy-homemade-spa-gifts/
People on your list will appreciate this homemade gift.Who doesn’t love a spa basket to pamper yourself with.It is easy and affordable.The possibilities are endless.So you can make cute little spa baskets for everyone and stay within your budget.
What are some of your homemade spa recipes?

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New Uses for Old Things.

Image This is such a cute idea for a little girl.Convert an old kitchen stool into a nightstand.Wrap an old retired tu-tu around the edge of the seat,and secure it with double sided tape.You will have a one of a kind night stand.So adorable!

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