Friday, August 22, 2008

What do I do with all of that Kool-Aid?!?!

This month, I bought 4 copies of the All You Magazine. Some of the coupons in there are for free food items when you buy 3 Kraft/Nabisco/Oscar Meyer products. See this post for more information. Buying 3 packets of Kool-Aid is the cheapest way to go, but what do you do with all of the Kool-Aid if you are not going to drink it? I went researching and here a a few ideas I am going to use.

Kool-Aid Finger Paint
2 cups flour
2 packs unsweented kool-aid
1/2 cup salt
3 cups boiling water
3T. oil
Mix wet into dry. The kids love the color change. Then finger paint away.

Kool-aid Playdough
1 Cup Flour
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Packet Unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/4 Cup Salt2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
1 Cup Water
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.Add water and oil.Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.Knead until smooth.Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Kool-aid Sand Art
Inexpensive glass bottle with cork; found at craft stores or any bottle with lid
Several different and colorful flavors of Kool-Aid (8 quart presweetened) or other brands
Dry pudding mix or cocoa, if desired for brown color
Ice tea spoon
Small funnel or frosting decorating tips
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Kool-Aid Scratch & Sniff Watercolors Recipe
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Kool-Aid
1 Tablespoon Warm Water* I recommend using several flavors of Kool-Aid for an assortment of colors and scents.
Mix water and drink mix in small containers. (small muffin tins work great)
Paint your picture the way you would with any watercolor paint. Let dry overnight before scratching and sniffing.

Fruity Scented Kool-Aid Bath Salts Recipe
1 Quart Epsom Salt
1 Packet Unsweetened Kool-Aid
Mix the Kool-Aid and Epsom salt in a bowl.Pour into a pretty container.
TIP: Make several batches of this recipe in different flavors and scents and layer the different colors.

Kool-Aid Hair Dye Recipe
Plan ahead, this takes several hours to get vibrant results!
2 or 3 Packets of Kool-Aid (Unsweetened)
1/4 Cup Hair Conditioner
Mix the hair conditioner and Kool-Aid in a bowl.Use plastic gloves to apply the mixture to your damp hair and leave it on as long as possible...several hours or overnight. You can cover your head with plastic wrap to avoid contact with clothes and skin.Rinse it out in a sink being careful not to stain clothes or exposed skin, counter tops, etc. Do not shampoo right away, just rinse. This will allow the color to set.*For darker or longer hair you will want to use more than 3 packets of Kool-Aid in order to get vibrant colors.

Kool-Aid Tie-Dye T-Shirt Recipe
Several Packets of Unsweetened Kool-Aid
Small Plastic Bowls
Plastic Gloves
Rubber Bands
Use an assortment of Kool-Aid colors!For each color of Kool-Aid, put 1 packet of Kool-Aid and 1 ounce of vinegar into individual plastic bowls. Mix until dissolved.Pull and twist your t-shirt into different shapes and use the rubber bands to hold in place. Dip rubber-banded ends in bowls.Heat set with an iron on medium-high setting using an ironing cloth between shirt and iron. Do not wash for at least 24 hours. Wash separately from other clothes the first wash in case some color is released into the water.
TIPS: Kool-Aid stains your skin so be sure to wear rubber gloves when tye-dying your shirt.Do not use a shirt that has been prewashed or dried with fabric softener because the colors will not set.

This is one I would love to make if I had the packets!

Some of these I will probably never try, but some I will, just thought I would share some ideas I found to get rid of some of those Kool-Aid packets!

1 comment:

Cherie said...

I love these ideas!! I'm definitely going to try the finger paints and the play-dough. My son 19 mos old now and would love these!