My children get excited when I suggest a craft (and my oldest also suggests them). I love to do this for them, but with the age range from two to seven, it's not always easy to find a craft that excites all of them...and the time to do it. Using paper towels, pipe cleaners, and markers, we made a few cute tie-dyed flowers. Even my five year old son loved making these tie-dyed flowers. Thank you to Viva Vantage paper towels for sponsoring this post.
To make your own easy tie-dyed flowers, begin by gathering your materials.
paper towels (sturdy like Viva Vantage)
water (in a spray bottle or eye dropper)
newspaper to dry
We began by coloring our sturdy Viva Vantage paper towels with regular Crayola markers on a protected surface. Chose two or three colors that blend nicely.
It's nice to leave a bit of white on the paper towel. Also consider coloring lightly, even with the side of the marker.
Place the paper towels on a magazine or newspaper to spray each paper towel with water. As an alternate, you could also use a an eye dropper. Allow to dry.
3. Fold and Secure
Cut the ends of the folded paper towel. Cut in a round or pointed style, depending on what you want petals to look like. In the photo above (highlighted with the arrow), I made additional petals by cutting an inverted "V" at the point.
Fluff the colorful paper towel flower, and fold the pipe cleaner to fit in your vase. Create a leaf, if desired. This leaf is a spiral.
The Stretchy, Strong Difference
This was my first time buying Viva Vantage paper towels. I appreciate the Choose-A-Size style and how they are very durable and stretchy. I washed all of the dishes in the sink below, including pots, pans, plastics, and the bowl from my mixer (with cookie dough remnants). I washed all of them in my soapy water with just ONE small paper towel. Remember, they are Choose-A-Size, so it was fairly small, but it still didn't shred because it's designed to stretch and work.Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All experiences and opinions are my own.
I decided to take it a step further on a different day. When I have a really dirty or greasy dish, sometimes I skip the dishcloth and go straight to a paper towel, but typically it tears and doesn't scrub well. I had roasted potatoes in a baking dish at a high temperature. I was able to scrub that clean with just one towel without soaking the dish first. It took a little elbow grease, but the paper towel held up surprisingly well. I also scrubbed my slow cooker clean after cooking a whole chicken in it. I let it soak for about ten minutes and then scrubbed it with just one Viva Vantage towel.
I found Viva Vantage paper towels to be durable and didn't break up on me like other towels have in the past when a bit wet (and these were soaking wet). I'll be looking to use Viva Vantage again (call it breaking up with my old towels if you like). If you are looking for sturdy paper towels who can really clean for you, I suggest you try Viva Vantage. I like the Choose-A-Size and the Walmart price.
What do you look for in a paper towel? Will you give Viva Vantage a try?
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