Creative Capri Suns For Parties

 

We signed up to bring drinks to my daughter’s preschool class and it would pain me to just bring in…well…just regular drinks.  To flair it up a bit, I turned our drinks into a craft and made little Capri Sun people.  You could do a million different themes and variations on these for parties.

Ours were simple.  I took some awesome coordinating card stock strength scrapbook paper and two packs of huge googly eyes I found at Kroger.  I made little bows for the “girl” Capri Suns and the not so shocking, mustaches for boys.   I cut out my own template, stacked the paper and cut four or five bows/mustaches at a time. I dabbed on the hot glue and my girls stuck them on and in about 15 minutes, we were all done!

Cheap, easy and fun for the kiddos.  Without further adieu, I present Capri Sun ladies and gents or for Valentine’s Day, Capri Sun couples?

 

WP_20150211_15_53_11_Pro-001

WP_20150211_15_58_39_Pro-001

 

PIN ME!

WP_20150211_15_54_00_Pro-001

 

 

 

 

DIY Valentine’s For Kids

 

 

 

e47c46869e9439233f40281ea97b539e

Love “Bugs” with gummi worms, Have a “Jolly” Valentine’s Day…seriously cute!  From www.shanty-2-chic.com
60af5bd44ba9789c9d8b2b71b35f330b

Colorful, fun, non-candy and cute.  I love the card with it.  From www.thenerdswife.com

valentine-scratch-off-ticket-cards

 

 So for a kid’s class, don’t do a scratch off offering foot rubs but you could condense the idea into a single scratch off heart that says a fun message.  Tutorial on making a scratch off card from www.pintriedit.com

 

Kids-Printable-Valentines-Using-Extra-Gum1

 Dollar store multi-packs of gum plus this printable=BAM!  From www.passionforsaving.com

29f32c439f16d7f247fbbe0c4bf75bda

If you are bringing a healthy snack or want to give one as a Valentine, you can totally write on bananas and be an amazing person.  From

26043218e6359c0b1bc00c79d23e1aa4

This is an easy and fun Valentine for you kids to make and give.  Cheap too!  From www.parents.com

Bring-on-the-Bling-Valentine-Ring1

 Piper cleaners and kisses make bling rings!  From www.momontimeout.com

c2197e612c294321cd5e38f7a0824878

Dollar store shades in bags with cute tags….lots of rhyming. From www.growingajeweledrose.com

cootie-cleaner-valentines-main

I love everything about these!  It appeals to both my practical nature and need to be What About Bob in public with kids.  Flu season loves you Vanlentine’s Day. There is a printable! From www.somewhatsimple.com

9b4f7584b68b2db191ee16abf502fe22

 

Cheap and easy:  I am stuck on you bag of stickers.  Next?  From www.love-the-day.com

Easy DIY Silhouette

 

WP_20141215_10_11_33_Pro-001

 

If you have a steady hand, I promise on your favorite granny that you can do this easy DIY silhouette.  I did one of each member of my family and this year, I decided to do one as a gift for my sister-in-law.  Here is my simple tutorial!

 

Supplies:

acrylic paint for silhouette in color of your choice

paint for wood canvas

 quality fine to medium-fine tipped paint brush

photograph of person you wish to paint

quality scissors

pen

sealer if desired

Steps:

1.  Take a picture of your subject’s profile, neck up against a solid background to make outlines distinct.  Take picture close enough so that there is only a slight margin around the profile.  Why?  This way when you choose the size you wish to print your picture, whatever size you enlarge it to be will also be the same size of the actual profile.  So if you need your silhouette to be a 5 by 7, if the image takes up the whole picture, you can be sure that your silhouette will be a 5 by 7 when you print if you leave only a small margin around the profile

2. Paint canvas/surface you wish to put your silhouette on if needed. I painted and distressed mine first.

3.  Take printed picture of subject’s profile and cut out slowly with a good pair of scissors to get accurately all of the lines of the profile, neck, head, etc.

3.  Lay cut out silhouette on to surface and trace.

4.  Using the acrylic paint of your choice, take your time to paint the outline steadily.  A good paint brush will make this much easier and precise.

5. Finish painting in the remaining space of the silhouette.  I typically do two coats.

6. Seal portrait if desired.

7. Say “I’m a boss!” You’re done.

WP_20141212_14_59_47_Pro-002

I didn’t like the above orientation so I flipped it for the final product.

WP_20141214_17_17_55_Pro-001

You can use this technique in a million ways including cutting out animals and people on patterned paper,  making paper silhouettes if painting them scares you.  You can silhouette just about anything and cut them out of any medium that creates clean edges.

My sis-in-law loved this gift and I loved giving it. I wrote my nephew’s full name and age on the backside for keepsake.  Pin, follow and enjoy!

WP_20141215_10_11_33_Pro

The Cutest Way To Give A Gift Card

 

Some people don’t like giving gift cards because they think they are impersonal.  I’m definitely not in that category because nothing gets me going like guilt free money to burn in a store I love!

If you want to add a creative touch or personalize a gift card, why not package it in a really cute way?  Enter mason jars for gift card packaging!  I used the same materials to make my DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes but instead, ditched the glitter and water and affixed a gift card inside.  Using a little hot glue, I lined the bottom edge of a gift card and snuggled it in between craft pine trees.  I put both of the teacher gift-gift card jars side-by-side in a wire basket and personalized each card with a chip board letter that I painted red to match.  My little girl dictated the message inside to her teachers with awesome things like, “Merry Christmas.  I love you.  You look like a candy cane.”

The gift cards were small, but cute and practical and who wouldn’t love to get a gift in something like this? The crafter in me would re-use all of the components if I were to get this gift.  Actually, I think I’ll keep it because I love it.  Just kidding… Or….Okay, I’ll give it to them.

If you are really fun, you can actually make the jars into the snow globe with the gift card inside.  Snow globe gift card packaging?  I might choke on a candy cane I’m so excited about that idea.

Put anything you want in a mason jar to make this packaging party, season, or person specific.  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s to hoping that two pre-school teachers like this gift as much as I do!

Follow, pin, share, and enjoy!

WP_20141217_14_19_39_Pro-004

In my dreams, I have that pillow-y fake snow in the bottom of this basket.  In my dreams I also don’t take blog images with my cell phone so I guess, we can’t all be winners.

WP_20141217_14_20_13_Pro

Alone, it’s simple and may need a little pizazz but when packaged with the wire basket and cards, it’s ballin’ out of control.  If only the fake snow…..

Washi Tape Gift Tags

 

20141110-IMG_3074-2

 

20141110-IMG_3124-2

20141110-IMG_3191-001

20141110-IMG_3217 (1)-001

Buy blank mini cards and envelopes and embellish with washi tape.

20141110-IMG_3216 (1)-001

20141110-IMG_3190

I bought these cheap paper doily die cuts from Hobby Lobby in three colors. Use them with stickers and wrap them in washi and holy cow, I love!  I originally made a version of these for my baby shower in a box that I did for Shutterfly.  At my craft party, my friend made the two bigger bag tags/gift boxes.  The “Just For You” Stickers came from Hobby Lobby and were used in the baby shower box blog as well.

20141110-IMG_3198-001

Wrap chip board letters in washi tape.

20141110-IMG_3138-2

 Bakers twine is a cute combo with any gift in a million ways and I’m loving using it with these tags like the one I made above for the Spice Tea gift bottles.

I’ll be posting a few more of these tags that I made on my Facebook page.  Follow me there and on Pinterest.  Pin and enjoy!

Cute Gift Packing With Spice Tea

 

I’m sure other people on planet earth drink spice tea, but I never hear anyone talk about it.  It’s a long stand by at Christmas in our family and it’s yummy in my tummy.

Right now at Target in the one spot aisle, you can get a two pack of these awesome glass milk bottles for 3 dollars.  You can also get mason jars which you saw me use in the DIY snow globe tutorial and for this gift idea here.  I wanted to stray a bit from the jars and use these bottles because they steal my heartstrings.  Milk bottles are used less than the ever popular mason jars these days.

I made the tags and embellishments using washi tape, bakers twine, scrapbook sticker letters and two paper straws from Hobby Lobby.  You can buy these straws at Mighty Dollar by the packs so I would go there.  Way better than the Hobby Lobby deal.  It would be really cute to attach a recipe card to the jar as well but hey, can win them all.

This is a cute appreciation gift for a teacher or a nice “I love you”/ “Just because” gift for a friend. Really,  it’s a nice cozy gift for anyone and they can use the jar again so double score for this awesome jar!  You can double/triple this recipe and make a few of these suckers as gifts.  There she blows, folks!

Spice Tea

1/2 c. instant tea
2 c. sugar
2 c. Tang
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pkg. lemon flavored Kool Aid
1 pack of red hots
Mix all dry ingredients well.  Use 2 rounded spoons of mixture for 1 cup of hot water or simply to taste.

 

20141110-IMG_3134-2

Follow me, Pin, &  Enjoy!

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

20141110-IMG_3083-004

 

Make a craft that makes you look like Martha!  Really, these take no skill!  Anyone can do these beauties. I had a craft party at my house and we all made snow globes and other cute crafts soon to grace this blog!  Thanks to Shelly Griffin Photography for the pretty pictures of these creations.

You will need:

Glitter

Small craft trees {These seen here are from Hobby Lobby, Walmart, & Michael’s.  Yep, I had to go three places to find three sizes. Awesome.}

Mason Jar

Super Glue

Decoupage

Washi Tape if you want to embellish the lid like you see below.

Little deer/bunny/squirrel figurines {I didn’t get them for these jars ,but I die for them!  Check out the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby for these.)

Steps:

Super glue, not hot glue, the trees to the lid

Decoupage/seal in some way the metal tips of the trees and let dry so they don’t show rust when you look at your tree tops

Put a spoon full of glitter into the bottom of the empty jar

Fill the jar with water

Screw on your lid with attached trees

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

 

20141110-IMG_3098-2

The jar above has tinted water due to the trees bleeding color.  It was a neat accident.  I guess you could always use food coloring if you dig this and your trees won’t share their color. The one below has a lid trimmed with Washi tape.  So cute!

20141110-IMG_3102-2

Follow Me, Pin, Try & Enjoy!

Pizza Costume Tutorial

20141031-IMG_2874-001

This is the most VERSATILE and easiest costume to make. If you can think of anything that’s a triangle:  candy corn, pie, ice cream cone, cheese, slice of watermelon, etc., you can use this tutorial and customize it to your heart’s content!

It’s no sew and cost me $7.50 to make!

 

Materials:

1 yard of tan fabric folded in half {for my 4 1/2 year old of average height-use your 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon to do this costume for the price above}

4 sheets of red felt

5 sheets of cream felt

2 sheets of black felt

2 sheets gray felt

Good fabric scissors

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Bowls in two different sizes

A cup

A shirt from your child’s closet for measuring purposes

 

Instructions:

1.  Fold your yard of tan fabric in half.  Hold it up to your child and mark approximately the length you want the end product to be.  Mark lightly.

2.  Find the center point to be the tip of your pizza slice and cut out a triangle.  Make sure to keep the folded part the top of the pizza so a neck hole can be cut out to be worn and draped over your child.

WP_20141011_21_15_17_Pro

 

WP_20141011_21_15_44_Pro

3.  Next you need to cut the neck hole.  Using a shirt from your child’s closet, place the neck hole of the shirt in the center of the crust to measure the width your cut should be. Mark with a pen.  Then measure from the center of your child’s shirt from the back of the neck, to lowest center part of the curve of the neck so you will know how low to go when cutting the neckline.  Remove the shirt,  mark the center of the neck line based on your measurements and cut out.

WP_20141011_21_18_04_Pro

 

WP_20141011_21_21_07_Pro

4.  Get your cream fabric and cut large abstract pieces to look like melted cheese.  You can also do strips and make the cheese look shredded.  Cover your pizza with the cheese and find the lay out that looks best.

WP_20141011_21_41_49_Pro

5.  Get two different size bowls and trace and cut out pepperonis from your red felt.  Lay them over the cheese.

6.  Use your gray fabric to create round scallop shapes to be your sausage.  Arrange the sausage over the other “ingredients”.

WP_20141011_21_44_13_Pro

7.  Lastly, using a cup from your kitchen, trace and cut out olives from your black felt and arrange them over your pizza.

8.  Once you are pleased with your lay out, begin hot gluing the ingredients to the pizza.  Once they are all attached, flip your slice over and trim off the overhanging felt.

WP_20141011_21_55_36_Pro

9.  Cut four strips of tan felt of the same length and width to make ties to go under the arms of the costume.  Put the costume on your child to see where the strips should be attached.  I marked where I should glue my ties with safety pins before taking it off of her.  Once you have found the placement you need, attach them to the inside of the crust. You can see the finished ties in the first image of this post.

WP_20141011_22_04_26_Pro

The pizza was blowing in crazy winds but still looked cute!  I’m going to save their costumes for her kids one day.  See the Play-Doh tutorial here.

20141031-IMG_2861

 

 PIN AND ENJOY!

WP Like Button Plugin by Free WordPress Templates