Safely Painting With The Earth, A Kid’s Natural Earth Paint Review – #HippyHomeschool Giveaway

What kid doesn't like to paint? It's creative, messy, and so much fun, but it can also be hard to find paints that are totally non-toxic and made from natural eco-friendly materials. I can understand if you don't have enough time to make all of your paints yourself, so you must be wondering what's safe to buy instead? While Crayola and Roseart coloring supplies are labeled non-toxic, they're all made with petroleum-based ingredients that we are trying to avoid in our own homeschool.  Continue reading

Making Paints Like the Greats DIY Natural Herbal Earth Paints – Natural Hippy Homeschool Series

What would this world be without paint? Life would be so boring and our understanding of each other's experiences would be gone. Pieces of art through the ages, help us to understand better what was going on in the time period that it was created. Without paint, we would have no picture of humanity through the ages. I grew up with a love for all things creative, but my mother was the one who instilled in me a deep love for art and the need to express my own self through it. 

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Color the Rainbow With Homemade Block & Stick Wax Crayons – Natural Hippy Homeschool Series

Crayons are a household staple, whether you have kiddos or not. Pretty much every American I know, grew up coloring with crayons as some point in their lives. I grew up with a plethora of art supplies, including the big box of Crayola crayons. You know what I am talking about…Macaroni & Cheese, Cerulean blue, Jungle green; a big box of pretty much every color you could imagine. (Cerulean blue and Jungle green are still my two favorites to this day!) I knew, when setting up Syfy's natural homeschool, that the first thing we needed to stock up on were crayons. What homeschool (or any school for that matter) doesn't have crayons? Now you can stock up with homemade crayons made with ingredients from nature.

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Gettin’ Sticky With It – 5 Homemade Glue & Paste Recipes (Gluten-Free & Vegan recipes included) – Natural Hippy Homeschool Series

Glue is the fiber that binds our crafts together. It holds the paper together in our collages and binds our pages together in our homemade books. Glue is what holds the googly eyes onto the fearsome monsters and feathers onto our beautiful birds. Glue is one of the most important ingredients to any homeschool classroom, but did you know that you could easily make it using natural ingredients from your pantry? I definitely didn't realize it was so easy to make it myself. Continue reading

DIY Natural Herbal Ink & Feather Pen – Natural Hippy Homeschool Series

I am not sure why, but somehow I always thought that ink-making was a thing of the past. I grew up with pens that just worked automatically and never really knew where or how ink was made. I am not even sure that I cared about ink and it's history until I took it upon myself to learn how to make ink for myself. It may sound silly, but I find the idea of being able to make EVERYTHING that we need to sustain our livelihoods, without having to rely on some other source, to be really awesome. Ink is one of those things that is needed for so many purposes and is very easy to create. Saving knowledge, writing letters, and learning to read and write, all require ink (when no computers are involved!). Because of ink, we are able to grasp our history and learn from mistakes. 

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Homemade Clay & Beeswax Holiday Ornaments

One of my favorite holiday traditions that my mom and I would do together every year, was to make handmade and hand painted ornaments. Every year we would go to the local craft stores and get all of our supplies, then we would make an afternoon of it together, molding and shaping, painting, and glittering our creations. Some years we purchased ornaments that simply needed painting, while other years we got creative and turned pine cones into ornaments. To create diversity on our tree, we always liked to mix it up every year and make different types of ornaments. I have totally been wanting to continue the tradition with Syfy, and this year we made two different types of ornaments. I was hoping to make  ornaments that we could also add a bit of aromatherapy too because you know how I love to turn everything into an aromatherapy moment. Continue reading

DIY All-Natural Kid’s Paint That Is Even Better Than My Last Recipe

I really do love to paint. My mother was an aspiring artist in her off time and she always did fantastically fun craft projects with us when we were kids. I am a right-brained thinker, so the artsy fartsy stuff was ALWAYS what tamed my wild ways.My son did not fall far from the tree. He is just as active of a kiddo as I was, and sometimes the energy that he exudes is just beyond me! Arts and crafts are one of the ways that I am able to keep him sitting still for ANY length of time. Sometimes, not even that can stop Super Silas! Continue reading

Homemade Holiday Scented Play Dough For The Little Ones In Your Life

I love playing with play dough. I have always been one of those artsy types of people; as a child, anything that my mom would suggest, that had to do with crafting, I was on board. Now, as a mom myself, I am always turning to the arts and crafts on those rainy days, and pretty much every day in between! One of Syfy's favorite things to do is play with play dough! What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn't like to mold and sculpt their every whim into playdough?  Continue reading

Make Your Own Non-Toxic Oven Clay

When Silas was about 4 or 5 months old, his first Father's Day rolled around and I wanted to do something special for Andy. (This was spring of 2010) After a lot of contemplation on what I could do that would be an awesome keepsake forever, I thought about all of the times that my mom and I would make and paint ornaments for Christmas. I really enjoyed that as a kid and frankly, it was super cheap! So, after working on that idea for a short while, I got the idea to do something that would have Syfy's (his nickname) handprint and footprint in it. Using one the medium heart shaped Wilton cake pans, I shaped my oven clay into a heart! After baking it came the fun stuff, painting it!!! This recipe is great for making Christmas ornaments, barbie doll house accessories(I was a very creative child lol), beads, plates, cups, or anything else that your creative mind can come up with. For a more golden look, paint your creations with egg yolk before baking them.

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