I have a had a packet of new, bright coloured, sharpies sitting in my art cupboard for nearly two months. Every now and then I look at them and wonder what project will be worthy of cracking that plastic packaging and getting them out.

On the weekend I found a whole bunch of empty CD cases. I nearly threw them out, but then I had an idea… and idea that involved the CD cases and the brand new sharpies!

We made a CD case stained glass window!

Make a CD case stained glass window!

To get started on your own CD case stained glass window you’ll need:

  • Some old CD cases
  • Some permanent markers (we used Sharpies)
  • A ruler (optional)
  • Something to cover your work surface
  • Hot glue gun

Make a CD case stained glass window!

I gave a short explanation about how the permanent markers would not wash off clothes, or furniture, or walls and then let my kids loose to add colour to the CD cases.

Make a CD case stained glass window!

You need to pick which side of the case you will draw on, the side with the circular indentation for the CD or the nice flat square side. Once you have decided which side just set to work filling it in with lots of colours.

We used the rulers to make random intersecting lines on some of the CD cases (on the flat square side) which were lots of fin and easy for my smallest boy to colour in.

Make a CD case stained glass window!

When all the CD cases were filled with colour we had a bit of fun holding them up to the sunshine to make the colours shine on the floor or our hands, as well as looking through them to see in multi colour!

Make a CD case stained glass window!

Then we chose a few of our favourite coloured cases and arranged them in a rectangle. A few dabs of hot glue stuck them together easily and they were ready to hang in the window. Our very own CD case stained glass window!

Make a CD case stained glass window!

Have you got any old CD cases lying around?
What else could you make out of them?


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Homemade Crackers

September 1, 2014


There is that certain lilt in his voice that makes me think he is about to ask for something he knows he can’t have, or tell me something totally ridiculous. It ends up being the latter.

“Mum… if someone says ‘biscuit’ how can you tell if they are talking about a sweet biscuit, or a savoury one? ”

“I don’t know” I mumble.

“Because the word biscuit just means biscuit, and it would be really bad to be expecting a Timtam and get a BBQ shape instead… or the other way around. So how can you know?”

“I guess you’d have to ask.” I say, hoping that is the end of this deep and meaningful conversation, but it’s not.

“People should use a different word, something more… descriptive. Something like Ssss-biscuit for sweet biscuits and… oh wait that wouldn’t work.”

“Crackers” I say through gritted teeth.

“Maybe you could call them biscuit-ahs and biscuit-ers?”

Are you serious kid?? You are driving me bonkers… no… crackers!

“Crackers… you can just call savoury biscuits crackers ok! Crackers!!”

And that is how this Australian, who lives in Australia, and would normally call them biscuits, ended up calling these yummy homemade olive oil biscuits… CRACKERS!

homemade crackers - simple herb and olive oil cracker recipe.

Making homemade crackers seems hard, but it’s actually dead easy. The ‘dough’ is super simple, no yeast, and you can flavour them any way you like.

These are kinda like mini baked tortillas, except it doesn’t matter if they don’t end up the least bit round when you roll them out. I enlist my kids to help roll them out, so ours aren’t always as thin as they could be, but it doesn’t matter much.

You can sprinkle these with anything you like – we almost always go with fresh or dried herbs, whatever we’ve got and some sea salt. So yum.

homemade crackers - simple herb and olive oil cracker recipe.

Homemade Crackers
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Serves: lots

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • ½ tsp salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Seasoning of your choice – herbs, paprika, pepper, garlic

  1. In a large bowl combine the flour and baking soda. Make a well in the centre and add the olive oil and half the water.
  2. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, adding a little more water as you go if needed, until it comes together as a rough ball, Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes smooth dough.
  3. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and set it aside for a while at room temperature.
  4. Meanwhile prepare your seasoning and add a little olive oil to a dish for brushing.
  5. Preheat your oven to 210 Celsius and line 3 large trays with baking paper.
  6. Pinch small, marble sized, pieces of dough from the ball, roll them into rough balls, and using a little flour so they don’t stick roll them out into rough oval shapes. Make sure to roll them as thin as you possibly can.
  7. Put the rolled crackers onto the trays, brush well with lots of olive out and sprinkle with your seasoning of choice and some salt.
  8. Bake the crackers in a hot oven for 5-8 minutes or until they bubble and begin to turn golden brown.
  9. Allow them to cool completely and story them in an air tight container, or scoff the lot while they are still warm with some dip!

So get the rolling pin out and make some biscuits… I mean crackers!

homemade crackers - simple herb and olive oil cracker recipe.

What do you call them? Biscuits or Crackers? Or something else?


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