Toilet Paper Roll Penguins




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Toilet Paper Roll Penguins 

What you will need to get started:

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The How To:

Step 1: Place the black sock over the toilet paper tube. You may have to cut the ends as needed. Tuck the ends inside the toilet paper roll and secure with a few small dabs of glue. christmas-penguin-2

Step 2: Put the hat on. To do this cut off the ribbed end of the sock. Place the sock over the top of the toilet paper roll. Fold the bottom up a little to give the effect of a beanie. Pull the rest of the sock up and tie a bow using a thread from the burlap or twine. Trim the hat above the bow to your liking. Embellish with a small snowflake, button, or rusty jingle bell.christmas-penguin-3

Step 3: For the Belly cut a small triangle out of the burlap and cut the top corner off. You may want to put your scarf on quick just to see how much of the corner to cut. Glue the burlap belly on making sure the fat side is at the bottom like in the photo below.

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Step 4: Put the scarf on. Just wrap it around and tie a knot in it making sure the knot is slightly to the right or left side, which ever you prefer. For the scarf we used an old tea towel. We made a small cut into the tea towel then ripped it the rest of the way to give it a frayed look.christmas-penguin-5

Step 5: The Face-

The eyes– Glue two little beads on for the eyes. An easy way to do this is to slip the bead on the end of a toothpick and put a tiny dab of glue on it. Then use the toothpick to stick the eyes where you want them. Once the eye ball is in place gently pull the toothpick out.

The nose– Color the tip of a toothpick with an orange marker. Snip the tip of the toothpick off with scissors and glue the nose ( orange tip) on the penguin.

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How cute are they? Theses are great gifts to give to teachers and neighbors along with some cookies, of course 😉 Check out my easy recipe for Double Chocolate Cake Box Cookies, a plate of these would compliment this gift perfectly!

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Sock Soothie

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Sock Soothie

This Sock Soothie  has become my new best friend. I mean seriously, this thing is amazing! You can use it for a number of things such as, After a long hard day at work, in a long car ride, if you have a sore neck., or just to relax on the couch. Better yet, they are super easy to make and budget friendly!

What you will need:

2 long tube socks

6-8 Cups of Epsom Salts depending on the length of your sock

5-10 dashes of essential oils; a relaxing, soothing scent. ( I put lavender – teatree in mine )

bowl

spoon

funnel or empty toilet paper roll

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The How To:

Step 1 – Add 5-10 drops of a relaxing/soothing to about 6 cups of Epsom salts. I know I only have a 4 cup measuring cup in the picture but I had to add more. Mix with a spoon.

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Step 2 – Place your sock around the toilet paper roll and push the sock about half way up the roll.

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Step 3 –  Use a scoop or measuring cup to slowly add the Epsom salts. You want to fill your sock up but you don’t want to overly filled or it will get hard and uncomfortable. I start with 4 cups then hold the end of the sock super tight ( so salts don’t spill everywhere!) and place it around my neck to see how it feels. This helps me so I know whether or not I need more salts.

You will have to put a scoop of salts in then hold your sock up in the air so the salts move to the bottom of the sock.

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Step 4 – Tie the end of your sock soothie in a knot. Now, if you are an expert sewer you could sew it at the top, I tried this and the sewing machine ate my sock. I think I’ll stay away from the sewing machine for a little while, LOL.

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Step 5 –  Next, take the sock you want on the outside and put it over top the sock that is filled with salts. This just keeps the salts from falling out the tiny hole’s in the sock. You may even want to use a third sock depending on the quality of the sock,  I was fine with just two.

It is much easier if you get someone to help you with this part.

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Step 6 – You have a few options here. You could tie a knot in the sock, sew it, or tie a small piece of string around it. I used a piece of string so I didn’t cover the design of the sock with a knot. I tried to sew it but like I said above the sewing machine was hungry! =P

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Step 7 – Enjoy! SS9

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