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How to Easily Create Beautiful Chalkboard Lettering {+ FREE PRINTABLES}

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - How to Easily Create Chalkboard Lettering. With a print out, chalk, and a chalk marker, I used an easy technique to made my own custom chalkboard with beautiful lettering, plus I'm sharing my design with you in a FREE printable with three variations.

Almost two years ago, I wrote out my “Mommy Motto” verse on a little chalkboard in my kitchen, doing my best to use my prettiest “scripty” print on it. While my handwriting isn’t horrible, neither is it truly decorative, and every time I saw my little chalkboard, I would think “One of these days I’m going to do that verse over in prettier lettering.”

Of course, rewriting the verse on my kitchen chalkboard was WAAAAYYY down on the bottom of the to-do list. It was really on more of the “it-would-be-nice-if-I-ever-get-a-chance-to-do-it” wish list. So many beautiful, wonderful ideas live on that list. All I have to do it wait for the time and/or the money to do them. You have one of those lists, too, right? (If you have a Pinterest account, I bet you do!)

Then one day I saw a graphic on Pinterest that showed how you could easily transfer your design to a chalkboard, and I discovered these things called “chalk markers.” It was like chalk, only also like a marker, and it would last longer because it didn’t smudge.

I was so excited.

Finally, close to Christmas this year, I remembered to look for a chalk marker during one of my visits to Hobby Lobby. When I found them, I got one to put in my Christmas stocking. πŸ™‚  (I figured I didn’t know how well it would work or how often I’d use it, so I picked a simple white marker.)

Once I had my marker, I just needed the time to create my design and redo my chalkboard.

This past week, I finally did it. (Again, there are so many things on the daily Wife-Mommy-Blogger to-do list that those little “just for fun” projects often get set aside.) But my hubby had the day off, the house was relatively presentable, both boys were healthy and happy, and suddenly I had TIME!!!

So, here’s how I did it:

 

DESIGN IT

Having made lots of graphics for my blog, I knew which fonts I really liked, so designing the lettering was fairly easy. I used Photoshop, but you could easily use the free services on PicMonkey or Canva.  I measured my chalkboard so I knew what size I needed to work inside of with my layout. (Mine was 7×11). You could also just search online for any traceable design or image you’d like to have on a chalkboard and use that, too.

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - How to Easily Create Chalkboard Lettering. With a print out, chalk, and a chalk marker, I used an easy technique to made my own custom chalkboard with beautiful lettering, plus I'm sharing my design with you in a FREE printable with three variations.

 

PRINT IT

Once I had my design the way I wanted it, I printed it out in black and white. I added a faint gray border around the outside of the design so that I could easily cut it out of the 8-1/2 x 11 letter-sized paper.

 

CHALK IT

Here’s where you start the magic! I turned the paper print-side down and used a piece of white chalk to color all over the back of the design area. (You could also graphite instead of chalk on the back if you happen to have it, but if you have a chalkboard, you most likely have chalk handy.)

 

TAPE IT

After the back was nice and chalky, I flipped the paper over and taped it, gently, print-size up, on the clean chalkboard.

 

TRACE IT

Using a sharpened pencil, I traced over each letter and design carefully, making sure to apply enough pressure that the chalk on the back would transfer onto the chalkboard underneath.

 

WRITE IT

Time to use that chalk marker! I carefully removed the paper from the chalkboard, taking off the tape from one side and gently lifting the paper away. I wanted to make sure that the complete design had transferred enough for me to go over it confidently with the chalk marker before I moved the design too much. Then I began tracing over the faint chalk lines that had transferred. I traced everything from left to right, in columns almost, to avoid smudging the chalk transfer.  Take your time on this step. I found that having just traced the letters in the previous step (with pencil over the print-out) made it easier to remember how the letters were made. πŸ™‚

CLEAN IT UP

I had a couple of places where my marker tip was just a bit too broad for the delicate lettering that I used (next time I’ll make sure to consider that ahead of time!), so I had to go back after I finished writing it all out, and do a bit of straightening of a “t” or opening up the “b” a bit more. I used a tiny piece of slightly dampened papered towel twisted onto the end of a bamboo skewer, so I could get the fine details worked out.

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - How to Easily Create Chalkboard Lettering. With a print out, chalk, and a chalk marker, I used an easy technique to made my own custom chalkboard with beautiful lettering, plus I'm sharing my design with you in a FREE printable with three variations.

 

ENJOY IT!

I was so pleased with how easily it all came together and how well it turned out for my first attempt. I immediately began thinking of what else I could do with this technique. I do have a small bottle of chalkboard paint on our craft shelf… πŸ™‚ Also, chalk markers come in several different colors. (Beware, though – some chalk markers are PERMANENT on chalkboard and chalkboard paint. Others are not. Make sure you test it first.)

Oh, the possibilities!

 

{FREE PRINTABLES}

Since I had so much fun doing this project, I wanted to share a little bit of it with you, so I’m giving you a few variations of my design as FREE PRINTABLES! You can print one or all three versions, if you’d like.  Just click on the picture of the version you’d like to download, and then select either the “print” icon or the “download” icon at the top of the full-size picture.

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - How to Easily Create Chalkboard Lettering. With a print out, chalk, and a chalk marker, I used an easy technique to made my own custom chalkboard with beautiful lettering, plus I'm sharing my design with you in a FREE printable with three variations.Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - How to Easily Create Chalkboard Lettering. With a print out, chalk, and a chalk marker, I used an easy technique to made my own custom chalkboard with beautiful lettering, plus I'm sharing my design with you in a FREE printable with three variations.Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - How to Easily Create Chalkboard Lettering. With a print out, chalk, and a chalk marker, I used an easy technique to made my own custom chalkboard with beautiful lettering, plus I'm sharing my design with you in a FREE printable with three variations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it! You can use it to make your own custom chalkboard or simply frame it and hang it for a pretty reminder to be joyful, patient, and faithful!

 

WHAT OTHER VERSE OR QUOTE WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO IN CHALKBOARD LETTERING?

(If you try out this technique, please feel free to share you creations in the comments below! I’d love to see them.)


My Kids’ New Favorite Fun App

Life in Lape Haven: My Kids' New Favorite Fun App. While we limit our boys' screen time, we do like it when we find good, educational children's apps that they love to play. There are some they enjoy a lot and a new one that is their favorite.

(Shhh! It’s Educational!)

By the way, this post contains affiliate links, which means that at no additional cost to you, I may receive a small commission when you make a purchase through the links.

This Christmas my hubby really, really wanted to get our boys a tablet so they could play their ABCMouse.com and other learning apps and games without risking Daddy’s Surface or draining Mommy’s phone. When he found a good deal on a Kindle Fire, I acquiesced, even though I didn’t think my boys’ needed access to yet another screen.

However, with parental controls for when they can play, what they can play, and how long they can play, the tablet has actually been a very good tool for our boys. (Yes, Brad was right.) My favorite parental control setting is the one that requires the boys to spend at least a certain amount of time playing the educational apps before they can even see the icons for the “fun only” games.

This meant, though, that we needed to find some really good educational app options for them. We definitely included ABCMouse, but we wanted them to have more to choose from. I also preferred they be inexpensive, or better yet, FREE. Some of the good ones we found are totally free, while others are free but have more with the paid upgrade, and still others are, at most, a few dollars.

Since the boys each have their own profile, we can customize who gets what apps, so Josiah’s educational apps are the counting, colors, shapes, and ABC ones. Ones that he seems to really enjoy are Toddler Counting 123, Phonics Island by 2 2Learn (we upgraded from the free), and Monkey Preschool Fix It! (I really like that one)

For Elijah, some of the apps we included were Phonics Island (even though he’s reading well), Sight Words & Flash Cards Volume 1 by 2 2Learn (also upgraded), and Monkey Word School Adventure, plus some free Kindle books that he can read.

They have been doing well with using their learning apps, and I can definitely tell that the boys are learning, especially Josiah, who has been counting things and trying to identify letter sounds.

Life in Lape Haven: My Kids' New Favorite Fun App. While we limit our boys' screen time, we do like it when we find good, educational children's apps that they love to play. There are some they enjoy a lot and a new one that is their favorite.

However, the other day, Elijah asked if we could find him a new game or app for the tablet and offered to pay for it with his own money from his piggy bank.

We did a quick search on Amazon for apps for kids, and I sorted the results by the highest customer rating. That’s how we found ThinkRolls 2. This app had a 5-star rating from 97-percent of the reviewers, with the remaining 3-percent giving it 4 stars.

If you’ve never heard of the app (we hadn’t), here is some of the game description:

“Thinkrolls 2 is an enlightening logic puzzler for kids 3-9…Children must use all their wits to navigate 28 spunky characters through 235 levels of increasingly complex mazes (117 for ages 3-5 and 118 for ages 5-9)… This clever game of logic keeps kids on their toes as they use properties of matter and basic physics to make their Thinkrolls not only roll, but float, glide, and teleport through a series of themed chapters. Each gradually introduces a new scientific concept in an accessible, easy to understand way. As kids explore and master, through trial and error, how to navigate the twists, turns and many pitfalls, they gain confidence in their deductive reasoning and ability to problem solve.”

It intrigued me, so I looked for reviews outside of Amazon and found this YouTube video, which shows you how the app is played.

Elijah watched along with me, and just a little way into it, he was saying, “Yes, I want that one.”

Not only does Elijah LOVE it, but so does Josiah, and I have been very surprised and impressed to watch them figure out how to move their character through the maze and the obstacles. They are learning how to think through steps to solve a problem, and when they make a mistake, the character doesn’t die. They just hit the do-over button at the top corner, and they can try again. Plus, the game lets them keep trying and trying until they get it. It isn’t timed, there’s no limit on do-overs, and no help prompts, unless you, as the parent, give them a nudge.

Life in Lape Haven: My Kids' New Favorite Fun App. While we limit our boys' screen time, we do like it when we find good, educational children's apps that they love to play. There are some they enjoy a lot and a new one that is their favorite.

Each time they finish a level, they unlock a new little character, which Elijah said is his favorite part. Once he completes the “easy” levels, we can bump him up to the harder levels and see how he does, so the game can kind of grow with them. You can also have up to 6 player profiles on the game with different difficulty settings, so you can have your preschooler and elementary kids playing at their own levels. The game automatically starts wherever you leave off.

By the way, this game isn’t only for kids. When I had Brad play it the other night, I later had to suggest that he quit playing and get ready for bed. Haha. It IS really fun.

It is a purchased app, but the few dollars have already been more than worth it for my boys…all three of them. πŸ™‚

More Daniel Fast Recipes

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - More Daniel Fast Recipes. Hubby and I are in our second week of participating in a 21-day Daniel fast with our church, and I'm finding lots of new recipes to try as we follow the guidelines of this partial fast, which includes only vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and water. These two recipes are our favorites from this week.

Last Tuesday, I told you all about how Brad and I are participating in a 21-day Daniel fast with our church for most of February.

As we head into our third week of this partial fast, I’m so thankful for the internet and all the Daniel fast recipe ideas out there for us to try. Since I’m not used to cooking with just vegetables and vegan ingredients, we would have exhausted my meal ideas within the first few days for sure!

This past week, we’ve found a couple more tasty recipes to add to our Daniel Fast meal planning.

First up is an unleavened flatbread that was fairly easy to make and surprisingly tasty despite its simple ingredients. Elijah and Josiah “helped” me make this Lavash Bread by fighting over who got to roll out the pieces with me.

However, I think their favorite part (and maybe mine, too) watching each flatbread bubble up once we placed them on the hot pizza stone in a very hot oven.

For the recipe, I used about 3-1/8 cup of unrefined whole wheat pastry flour instead of white bread flour and 3/4 cup warm water, along with the oil and salt. We didn’t top it with any seeds. πŸ™‚  Mine didn’t puff as big as the pictures online, but we’re okay with that.

As soon as these cooled enough, the boys devoured two of the eight pieces, slathering them with hummus. In fact, I had to hide some of it so our two little guys, who aren’t doing the fast, of course, wouldn’t eat all our “special” bread.

 

The other recipe that was a HUGE hit this week was the meal I made last night for dinner.

I had seen several recipes for “mock” shepherd’s pie, and I was curious to make one of them. I picked this “Cottage Pie” recipe that uses lentils and mushrooms for the “meat” part of the dish.

Knowing how much Brad loves mashed potatoes, I was pretty certain he would enjoy the meal if only for the potatoes. However, he really, really liked it all and was surprised at how good it was.

What I didn’t anticipate was how much my two little picky eaters would gobble down! It was kind of a gamble for me to make only our Daniel fast food and not prepare something familiar for the boys to eat, but I’m glad I did. Our boys loved it, too! Josiah has been especially fickle with food lately, so I was really surprised when he and Elijah both had second helpings, and Elijah said he wanted “to eat this every day.”

I did adapt my recipe a good bit from the original one in the link, based on what we had on hand.  Here is MY ingredient list:

For the mashed potato topping

8 medium to large potatoes (I baked mine in the oven then scooped out the insides, using my mashed potato shortcut)

2 Tbsp. Coconut Spread (butter substitute)

¼ cup Coconut Milk (You can use more or less depending on your preference)

¼ cup Vegetable Stock (again, however much you need)

¼ tsp Nutmeg (Never used it in potatoes before, but it was good)

Salt to taste

 

For the filling

1 cup Lentils, prepared according to the package instructions (I did drain away the excess water once they were cooked)

1 Bay Leaf

1 tsp Sea Salt

8 oz. Cremini (Baby Bella) mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

4 oz. Button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

2-1/2 cup Vegetable Stock

2 Tbsp. Cornstarch

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 medium Onion, chopped

½ tsp chopped Garlic (about 1 clove)

1 Carrot, diced small (about ½ cup)

1 Celery Stalk, diced small (about ½ cup)

½ tsp dried Thyme (I ran out, or I might have used more)

¼ tsp dried Rosemary

 

I followed the basic directions of the recipe – prepping mashed potatoes, cooking the lentils, then sautéing the veggies (I put the garlic in the filling but not in the potatoes), and then mixing the lentils, veggies, and vegetable stock to make the thickened filling. Then I topped the filling with the potatoes and baked it about 30 minutes at 375.

While this is a really yummy dish, it did take a while to prep (lots of veggies to slice and dice), and it required several pots and pans, even though it all ends up in one eventually.

However, with as well as my boys ate it and as delicious as it turned out, I might be persuaded to make this one again sometime even after the fast is over.


Daniel Fast Recipes: Two That We Loved & One I Won’t Make Again

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday - Daniel Fast Recipes, Two Recipes We Love & One I Won't Make Again. Since hubby and I are participating in a 21-day Daniel fast with our church, I'm finding lots of new recipes to try as we follow the guidelines of this partial fast, which includes only vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and water. These two recipes are our favorites so far.

For the majority of this month, Brad and I will be participating in a 21-day Daniel fast with our church. This partial fast is inspired by two different passages in Daniel, including the story in Daniel 1 where Daniel and his friends refuse the king’s food and request a diet of water and vegetables.

And that’s predominantly what the fast allows: water, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. We eat fairly healthy as it is, but creating meals without meat, dairy, bread, and sugar has been interesting. Thankfully it hasn’t been as difficult as I anticipated. (Note: There are many different takes on a Daniel fast, so my hubby and I decided that we would follow the guidelines that our church set out. Some interpretations are stricter; some are more lenient.)

Over the last week, I’ve been finding all kinds of new recipes to try out, and while some were just okay, others have been very successful.

The first big win so far was this One Pan Mexican Quinoa recipe that was super easy to make and really tasty. All it takes is a handful of ingredients: black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, spices, lime juice, avocado, and quinoa. I don’t always keep quinoa on hand, but I had picked up some at Aldi (who else LOVES Aldi?) so we could try it out. Now that I know what to do with it, it may become a staple around here. In fact, this recipe is going on my meal-planning list because we all liked it so well.


Another yummy meal came about more out of necessity than planning. When we first shopped for this fast, we had two sick little boys, so hubby made the grocery store run. Awesome husband that he is, Brad did his best to cross off every item on the list I’d given him, and then some. When I saw that he’d brought home six different containers of mushrooms, I was a bit surprised, and I knew we’d have to use those up quickly. Thankfully, I found this recipe for Garlic and Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms. I actually didn’t expect them to be as delicious as they were. I had to keep from eating the whole pan before Brad made it home for dinner.

One recipe that I tried that didn’t work at all for us was a homemade applesauce fruit roll-up. Having seen the easy how-to video on Facebook, I thought my boys would enjoy a fun little treat one day. It seemed simple enough – pour some unsweetened applesauce onto a silicone baking mat, smooth it out, then let it dry slowly in the oven all day. After waiting several hours for the applesauce to dry out, I was ready to surprise my kids with a homemade roll-up. Unfortunately, I must have done something wrong because it stuck to my silicone baking mat, and parts of it were really difficult to get off. I figured I would just try again some other time, but then when I gave the boys the pieces that I managed to get off the mat, they wouldn’t eat them. They just didn’t like it. So, that recipe was kind of a flop for us. πŸ™ (By the way, our boys aren’t on the fast, but this recipe would have worked for all of us had they liked it.)

So that’s what I’ve discovered so far during our first week or so of the Daniel fast, at least about the food part. Thankfully, these 21 days aren’t just about a special diet or a list of what we can eat or can’t. It’s a time to focus on drawing closer to God, seeking His face, and spending time in His Word. No matter what recipes we enjoy or fail with during this time, we can depend upon Him to always satisfy our soul.

“You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.”  ~ Psalm 63:5

 

Tried It Tuesday: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies . A tasty but easy tweak to traditional chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is delicious. Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies - genius! Homemade cookies with a hint of gourmet.

One day, about week or so ago, when my hubby came home from work, he said, “Guess what I had at work today?”

Since his office tends to order food in for the employees quite often, it could have been pretty much anything, so of course, I didn’t know.

“Bacon chocolate chip cookies.”

As his words registered, I thought, “That’s genius.” And then and there I told him that I’d be making some…soon.

Because I was sure I could find a recipe for them on Pinterest.

I was right, and I had plenty of options to choose from.

When I realized we had company coming down for the weekend, I knew I had to make these cookies for us all to try out.

Now, I know some people think that bacon in everything is kind of cliché and so overdone, but you know what? There is a reason, people:

Bacon is GOOOOOD! πŸ™‚

Therefore, I set out on Friday to make my first ever batch of bacon chocolate chip cookies. I have to admit that I was pretty excited.

The first step is to cook your bacon, obviously. And while you can do that in any way you like, I prefer to cook my bacon in the oven, per Alton Brown’s method:

“Place the strips of bacon onto a sheet pan fitted with a rack and place into a cold oven. Turn the oven to 400 degrees F and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Remove from rack and drain on paper towels.”

This is an easy way to get crispy bacon without much effort. πŸ™‚

I let the bacon cool a little, then transferred it to some paper towels to drain. I also poured the bacon fat from the bottom of the baking sheet into a measuring cup. I used a 12-ounce pack of bacon and ended up with about ½ cup of fat.  You need ¼ cup for this recipe.

To make the cookies, I adapted this recipe for bacon chocolate chip cookies. You are basically making a traditional chocolate chip cookie, but you substitute ¼ cup of the butter with the bacon fat and eliminate the usual teaspoon of salt. When you fold in the chocolate chips, you can add in bits of crumbled bacon, too. That’s pretty much it!

Since this was my first time making them, I kind of underestimated how much the cookies would spread out on the baking sheet, so as they baked, the cookies spread into one big connected cookie, plus I think I made them too big. I also let them cook a bit too long so they were a little crunchier than I would have liked.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry too much about the presentation of the cookies since I was serving them to my family and very close friends. I did, however, whip out my biscuit cutter to cut out a few round cookies. I did a few with my star-shaped cookie cutter, too, just for the boys. The extra, odd-shaped edges were more like cookie sticks, which made them great for dunking in milk. πŸ™‚

Oh, and despite not being the prettiest cookies I’ve ever made, they were still pretty tasty. Like, really, really yummy. While they are still similar to a regular chocolate chip cookie, they are different enough that they aren’t the same at all.

In fact, I was right. Bacon chocolate chip cookies ARE genius.

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies . A tasty but easy tweak to traditional chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is delicious. Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies - genius! Homemade cookies with a hint of gourmet.

I know that you are eager to try these for yourself, so here is how I made them:

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Life in Lape Haven: Tried It Tuesday: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies . A tasty but easy tweak to traditional chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is delicious. Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies - genius! Homemade cookies with a hint of gourmet.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) Butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Bacon Fat
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/4 cup Flour
  • 1-1/2 cups Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Bacon, crumbled (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon until crispy. (I baked a 12-oz. package of bacon in the oven at 400 degrees, about 12-15 minutes, until crispy.)
  2. Remove bacon to cool and pour off bacon fat in to a measuring cup to cool and solidify.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  4. In a small bowl, blend together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  5. Cream together your softened butter, bacon fat, and sugars in a large mixing bowl until fluffy.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
  7. Beat in vanilla.
  8. Gradually add in the flour mixture. Mix until flour is just incorporated.
  9. Fold in chocolate chips and bacon crumbles.
  10. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment lined (or ungreased) baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 8-11 minutes, until golden brown.
  12. Allow cookies to cool a couple of minutes on the baking sheet, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely...if you can wait that long.
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A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

Remember that day not too long ago where my day was so epically bad that I had to post about it? Yeah, the day with not one, but two potty-training accidents in an hour, spilled milk and flour, scorched dinner, and general chaos?

Remember how I ended that night with such a sweet surprise of silly putty in my back jean pocket?

Well, good news!

I got all that silly putty out, even the deeply smashed in parts, and it was ridiculously simple.

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

First off, as soon as I discovered the silly putty, I pulled out as much as I could. But of course, since I’d sat on it for a while before I found it, it was stuck pretty well.

There was a good bit of silly putty left smooshed into the fabric, and I had no idea how to get it off. I actually waited a day or two before even trying to tackle the mess because I was a little worried that it would require a lot of effort.

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

After I pulled out as much silly putty as I could by hand.

However, I also had a few pairs of Elijah’s jeans marked up with dry erase marker, so I decided to experiment on both problems at the same time.

I investigated silly putty remedies on Pinterest and Google, and I found that many solutions called for ice cubes or freezing the silly putty and/or rubbing alcohol and WD40.

*SPOILER ALERT* – None of those are the easy solution that I found!

I did try stuffing the pocket with ice cubes, and I managed to pick a few tiny pieces off after the ice froze the putty, but glancing around at my table, I spotted something else that I decided to try.

Hand sanitizer.

With its alcohol-base but thicker consistency, I had just seen it help somewhat to get dry erase markers out of Elijah’s jeans, and since so many silly putty solutions suggestion rubbing alcohol, the hand sanitizer was worth a try.

I turned the pocket inside out, with the putty-iest parts showing and squirted some sanitizer on it.

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

Hand sanitizer on the pocket.

All I did was massage the gel into the putty and use my nails to scrub it in a bit. A few seconds of working it in, and the putty dissolved, leaving the jeans clean.

That was it. A few more squirts of the sanitizer and rubbing it in, and the pocket was done. All the silly putty was gone without a whole lot of effort.

After that, I just washed the jeans as I normally would.*

It was amazingly simple.

*Note: Since hand sanitizer is alcohol-based, it might stain some fabrics, such as silk. As with all cleaners, test an inconspicuous spot of the fabric first.


With boys, I’ve learned how to handle all kinds of stains:

How to Get Dry Erase Marker Out of Clothing

How to Get Grease Stains (even set-in ones) Out of Clothing

How to Get Grass Stains Out of Clothes


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