Make your own pralines

craftster Coconut Kiss

I’m beginning to think about making an advent calendar.
This time I’d like to wrap some self-made pralines which is the reason that I searched for recipes.
Wow! Again there exist gazillions of links, you can find some links below.
On the photo you see a ‘Coconut Kiss’, the recipe can be found at craftster. It seems to be simple and delicious, I put it on my list ;-)

At craftster (these are the links I’m interested in, there are much more!):
Traditional brazilian sweets part II: “Coconut kiss” – “Beijinho de coco”
Fudgie-Crispie Ball Things
Sugar-spiced walnuts recipe

Onkel Heinz Pralinenmacher (German)

Google search result for ‘praline recipe’ (viz. mostly recipes in English)
Google search result for ‘praline rezept’ (viz. mostly recipes in German)

Edible Origami – Crane Croutons

unikatissima Edible Origami-Crane croutons

Once again an idea I love: origami cranes as salad croutons (or the other way round? ;-))
But I guess its too time consuming for me. ;-)


At Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories:
Edible Origami. Crane croutons for your salad.

And for the making of ‘totally normal’ paper origami cranes:
Google search result for ‘origami crane’
Google image search result for ‘origami crane’

Flour Glue

unikatissima Flour Glue

I already presented the Rice Glue, here is an instruction for making flour glue.
It seems that it can be used very good for paper or cardboard and if you increase the amount of the ingredients (and add a little turpentine) it seems that you even get wallpaper glue.

What I really appreciate is, that those glues are non-toxic, that I don’t have to buy stuff to make them and that the making doesn’t seem to be too tedious.

Flour Glue

Here at unikatissima: Rice Glue

Homemade Paint Recipes

unikatissima Homemade Paint Recipes

Via one of my most preferred check-this-out blogs art for housewives I found a website with homemade paint recipes.
I liked best that they are made with stuff from household and tempera paint or food colouring.

On the photo you see some of the ingredients I already gathered, but unfortunately I don’t have no tempera paint nor food colouring at home.
Still to purchase :)

Homemade Paint Recipes
via art for housewives

Galathite (milk stone)

unikatissima Galathite Milk Stone Button

Once I heard that you can make your own plastic – I’ve been interested immediately ;-))
Further research showed the word ‘Galathite’ and a website with wonderful galathite jewelry.
Needless to say that I wanted to know how to make this myself and I found several tutorials (see links below).
The bottom line is to extract the casein from low fat(!), warm milk by dint of vinegar, to shape it and then let dry.
On the photo you see a button (my first try). I wouldn’t use it, because it can break a little too easily. If I had made it thicker, I think that it could be used.
I sanded and polished it which was very easy. It has a beautiful soft shine (which I couldn’t show unfortunately on the photo).
I didn’t really care about quantities while trying it but even so I’m satisfied with the result. It was also very fast: after about 15 Min. the button moulding blank was ready and could begin to dry.
Best to try it yourself ;-)

Galalithe: a French tutorial, that I show here, because I like the photos of the work steps best

At instructables:
Homemade Plastic
Make plastic out of milk

Jewelry from galathite

Nature Paper

Nature Paper

Once I found a tutorial on how to make paper from vegetables, but I don’t find back the tutorial (it was at ARD-Buffet, but it seems to be too long ago).
On the photo you see a card made with cucumber paper for a friend for the end of fast.

How to make cucumber paper:

  1. Cut the cucumber in slices of about 0,5 cm / 0,2 inches.
  2. Put the slices between two layers of tissue paper.
    They must overlap to form a sheet of paper!
  3. Put everything into the microwave and put several plates as weight onto your paper-to-be.
  4. Heat at a high temperature for about 1 minute.
    (Note: Please be careful when using the microwave!)
  5. After 1 minute the tissue paper is wet, you have to change it. Also air the cucumber paper a little bit.

Repeat steps 2 – 5 until the tissue paper stays nearly dry.
Lay between new sheets of tissue paper and between several layers of old newspapers and put some weight on it.
About once a day you must replace the moist tissue paper and newspapers by dry ones.
After 2 – 3 days your cucumber paper is ready for use.

Cucumber seems to be one of the easiest vegetables to be used for paper. You can also use other vegetables, but I haven’t tried them and can’t say, how thick the slices must be and how long it takes.
The paper is real paper: You can write on it, you can cut it and so forth.