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?

 

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DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

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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

 

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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!

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Gifts in Jars: DIY Mixes and Seasonings

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Do you know someone who is a mom, loves to cook, likes to eat more naturally, loves creativity, likes practical gifts, and loves to save money?  Me too, sister.  Enter this gift idea that I can’t wait to give and would love to receive.

Make knock off baking mixes/seasonings and put them packaged in cute jars.  Above I made onion soup mix in the large jar which is great for roasts.  In the smaller jar, I made Rachel Ray’s homemade taco seasoning.  It’s all of the yummy with none of the junk and preservatives that come in the pre-made packs.

I embellished the jars with washi tape a.k.a my new addiction, twine, craft paper, a chip board letter colored with a metallic pen, dye cut doilies and gift tags tucked in mini craft bags.  The recipes were written on the tags inside the bags with a gold pen.

The full recipe for the onion soup mix is shown. 5 tablespoons = 1 packet. I tripled it for this jar.  The full taco seasoning mix is not shown on the card because it’s two sided so don’t make it how you see it here.  You’ll be bummed.  See that recipe here.

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DIY Play-Doh Costume Tutorial

 

 

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Materials:

Embroidery Hoop {Size Based On Size Of Child- I used an 18 inch for my 2 1/2 year old.}

Hot Glue Gun & Sticks

1/2 Yard of Yellow Felt

1/8 Yard of Colored Felt Of Your Choice

1 Sheet of White Felt With Adhesive Backing

1 Sheet of Red Felt

Good fabric scissors

 

Time:

Approximately 45 minutes-1 hour

 

Cost:

10 dollars  {Using 40% off coupon Hobby Lobby Coupon for yard of yellow felt and embroidery hoop}

 

Steps:

1- Hold up yellow fabric to child and measure where you want it to fall in length and cut if needed. I did not need to cut mine.

2-Take out interior ring from center of embroidery hoop.  This will be the frame of your Play-Doh can.

3-Fold top edge of yellow felt over top of hoop, hot gluing it as you go.  If you pull it just a little taut, it will create a little ledge, giving the appearance of a can.

 

 

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4- Cut a strip of colored felt approximately 6 inches to create lip of can, again hot gluing over the embroidery hoop.  Make sure the closing edges of the yellow felt match with the closing edges of the blue felt so that you have them center in the back.  You don’t want to see “seams” in the sides or, heaven forbid, front of your costume.  Measure how far down the colored lip of the can will fall very well before gluing.

5. Use left over colored felt to make two shoulder straps so the can–can be worn.  I measured the spacing of these while my husband helped hold the hoop over my toddler.  Hot glue the straps to the top interior edge of can, pulling very taut.  I glued them once, then pulled them even tighter and re-glued the slack.

6.  To make the logo, what I did was simple.  Pull up the logo on the site logonoid.com. Download the image and open it in whatever sort of picture viewer you have on your PC. Magnify the image on your screen to the size you need and then put your white felt with adhesive backing over the screen.  The screen will create a back lit effect allowing you to lightly trace the logo onto the felt with a pencil.  When you trace the wording, also trace the shape of the red arching behind the wording.  Using quality fabric scissors, lay your traced sheet over a red sheet of felt cutting out the shape of the red arching first. Set red arch aside and then cut out the words on your white felt. Remove adhesive backing, center  the words on top of the red felt and BOOM!  You look way more talented than anyone ever has to know!  I layered the red background with a thin line of color to match the can lid and the original logo.

7.  Hot glue the logo to the center of the costume.  Be careful to space this well before you glue. You will need to put your hand behind the inside of the costume, smoothing the logo from both sides as glue you since it needs to lay curved over the front.  It’s the only way to keep it from bunching.

8.  Lastly, I cut a large u shape out under each side of the hoop so that she could easily move her arms however she needed.  To keep it even, I cut the big “U” out of a piece of cereal box and drew it on each side before cutting.  I put her in the costume to measure about where each arm hole should fall before making any cuts.

 

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Colored lid can be smoothed by hand and it really looks like a can lid!  I, however, did no such smoothing in the freezing artic winds that were blowing us around!  You can also simply wrap the felt for the lid to fit the underlying hoop leaving no overhang.  That would be even more simple and no worries about it bunching.

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Homemade Halloween Costumes

 

This year I tackled all three of my daughter’s costumes.  They are all no sew, handmade, and 10 dollars and under!  Ever since I started making bouquets and wreaths with felt, that fabric has become my jam.  Easy costume tutorials to come!  Pin and enjoy!

 

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You can smooth out the colored lip of the can to stand out like a real lid.  I didn’t for these pictures though because it was crazy when we showed up to trick-or-treat.

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Play-Doh is my second child’s favorite thing.  Seeing my brother in a scary clown mask, is not.

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Eden loves pizza so I thought I would make her one.  Pepperoni, cheese, sausage, olive pizza! Comfortable, lightweight and so cute!  It was being blown against her in this picture.  The weather left a boatload to be desired.

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Introducing the toy claw machine, baby edition!  There is a baby in there.  I confused everyone because I told them she’d be dressed as a dog, yet she wasn’t a dog for Halloween.  Oooooooo, the plot thickens.

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Fresh hot glue strings still dangling form the claw from the last minute panic of getting it finished and getting to meet everyone to trick-or-treat.

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Her pizza sat perfectly center but not in the Antarctic freezing winds that swirled around us.  My Play-Doh girl originally had on a solid blue shirt to match the color of her Play-Doh can but it was too cold to coordinate.  On the coats went.

Tutorials to come on all of these get ups!  

The Best Homemade Caramel Dip

 

1 can Eagle Brand Milk

2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 sticks margarine

1 cup light Karo syrup

2 tablespoons of water

 

Bring to a boil on medium heat stirring constantly.

Boil for one minute, reduce heat and boil slowly another 2-3 minutes.

Stir in one teaspoon of vanilla.

Thickens as it cools.

 

Hey, nobody said smack your granny homemade caramel was healthy.

 

 

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Free Money For Christmas

 

1.  Rewards, Baby!

Do you have a credit card that you use during the year?  We use our credit card pretty frugally but we still accrue points that can be redeemed for rewards.  All year-long I don’t touch the rewards and then at the end of the year, I redeem my points for a Visa Gift Card.  You can redeem to individual stores if there is a certain store you need Christmas gifts from, have them put a cash value deposited into your account, or choose a Visa card.  This Christmas I will have a 50 dollar Visa card to put towards gifts.

Cost to redeem awards:  0 dollars

2.  Work That Facebook Group

All over Facebook you can find groups that you can post items for sale in your area.  You can get rid of things you don’t want or need and have extra cash while you’re at it.  I started clearing some things out last week and I will have 100 dollars but the end of this week from doing this. Not too shabby.

Selling items on an on-line group:  0 dollars

3.  Consign

If you don’t want to sell in internet groups, it’s not too late to try to consign clothes you no longer need.  If you wait a month or so, you are sure to have some money in your account.

Consigning worn clothes:  0 dollars

4.  Because Amazon Loves You

If you sign up for an Amazon credit card, they give you a 75 dollar credit to your account!  Now I don’t recommend going around and signing up for a billion credit cards but getting rewards from one to a store you frequent isn’t out of control crazy.  I use Amazon a ton and they have fast shipping and GREAT prices on items you would buy in stores.  I am using this 75 dollar credit this year and saved it just for the holidays!  You don’t ever have to use the credit card if you don’t want to but the credit is yours to have.

Opening an account: 0 dollars

5.  Transfer Yo’ Drugs

If you aren’t happy with your current pharmacy (which I wasn’t)  and you have prescription you fill monthly for your family (which I do), many pharmacies offer a 25 dollar transfer credit for moving your prescriptions to them.  I have moved all of mine over to Kroger recently and after all my transfers were made, we received about 150 in credit to our Kroger Plus card.  That is almost two weeks of groceries for us.  So, you can transfer to a place like Kroger and use the money you saved on groceries towards gifts OR transfer to a participating place you shop like Meijer and get the same credit.  The great part:  they have groceries but also a huge toy department so you can put that money directly towards Christmas gifts for the kids.

Moving your prescriptions:  0 dollars

 

All of these suggestions cost you nothing but can give you spending money for gettin’ your HO HO HO on.  This Christmas I will have over 200 dollars from doing the above things.  CHA-CHING!

 

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Easter Basket Items for Toddlers and Young Children

1.  Glow stars for walls and ceilings

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2.  Pinwheels

3.  Bath crayons, foam, color tablets, and fizzers

4.  Watering can, garden/sand tools.  These look precious in baskets!

5. Electronic egg hunt.  Hide this little battery powdered egg for your kids and it will call out from it’s hiding spot to help draw your kids to your sneaky hiding spot.  You can find this in the Easter aisle of Hobby Lobby every year.  Use your coupon that runs weekly for any item 40 percent off and it will be a couple bucks!

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6.  Pretend baby bottles and juice cups with the disappearing juice

7.  Personalized stuffed bunnies for 6.50 on Etsy.  Click here.

8.  Carousel tokens for the mall carousel

9.  Play jewelry

10.  Foam capsules that slowly turn into animals etc. in cups of water.  These can be in girl or boy themed capsules.

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11.  Eco microphone

12.  Slime/silly putty

13.  Sunglasses

14.  Uh-oh throw back time….How about Wooly Willy’s or let the ladies put the hair-dos on Harriet.  These are at the Parent Teacher Store and often at Cracker Barrel.

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15.  Crazy straws or the crazy straw glasses that they wear.  The glasses are now in the one spot at Target.

16.  Easter or cartoon themed cups/sippy cups

17.  Talk-Backs.  Sold at the Parent Teacher Store, these are small little colorful discs that allow your kids to record themselves for up to 30 seconds and play it back.

18.  Kite

19.  Punching balloons.  Buy these in the party favor aisle and you will get several in a pack to split up amongst the Easter baskets.  Also great for young babies about 6 months plus because they can grab the rubber band attached to the balloon and bop it around to their delight.

20.  Blow up balls for swimming pools or back yard

21.  Maracas, tambourines, whistles, tone block,  recorders.  You can always find these lately in the one spot aisle at Target.  They are good for babies to toddlers and are made of wood so they are nice and durable but cheap!

22.  Bug hunting kits with butterfly net and magnifying glasses for the coming spring weather.  Great for boys and girls!

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23.  Money/coins hidden in Easter eggs

24.  Craft sets.  Hobby Lobby sells holiday kits of door knockers, frames, etc. for your little one to decorate for very cheap.

25.  New fun toothbrush in their favorite character or maybe one of the motorized ones or ones that sing

26.  Pez, of course

27.  Seeds and a small pot to grow spring/summer flowers together.  Cute and a little project for you both to share!  Target one spot has colorful plastic small pots that are next to nothing.

28. Books/bath books

29.  Neat night lights that casts a scene on the ceiling available Target, Walmart, Kroger, Lowes, etc.  Ten dollars and under.

30.  Flashlight

31.  View finder/view master….old school, baby.

32.  Kaleidoscope

33.  Cereal and flavored milk straws.  Several come in a box and can be split between siblings baskets or some set back for later.

34.  Sea monkeys.  The easiest pet you’ll ever have.

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35.  Fake stretchy snakes, butterflies, dinos, and reptiles.  You can buy these in the dollar aisle/party favor aisle at Walmart and several come to a pack for next to nothing.

36.  Play Doh

37.  Cookie mix and cookie cutters to make with you that day or in the future (add a can of sprinkles in the basket, too, perhaps)

38.  Mini Magna Doodles for the car

39. Throw back alert!!!!  Plastic balloons! Was it just me and my sister or did you guys use this goop to blow up “balloons” on the end of straws?  The “balloons” harden and don’t pop and they were neat.  They are pretty stinky though so you’ve been warned pre-balloon blow.  Still, they are fun and have been around a long time.

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40. Wooden play cookies or food from the dollar spot aisle at Target

41.  Water bottles in fun kid colors or with their name.

42.  Fit in your hand wind up toys from Toys r Us (can find them in almost any character or animal and they can each do their own trick)

43.  Pocket volcano, great for your experimenter boy or girl alike.  Just like the old school ones, add vinegar and baking soda to this tiny guy.  These are available in the Parent Teacher Store in the science aisle.

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44.  Bubble bath

45.  Put a sprinkled, spring colored icing doughnut in a small cellophane treat bag since Easter baskets usually are given before breakfast

46.  A disposable camera for them to shoot around

47.  Paintbrushes

48.  Grow-a-animal.  You these guys.  Put them in a bowl of water and they grow a billion times their size.  Cheap thrill both literally and figuratively.  Available at Hobby Lobby.

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49.  Easter egg chalk

50.  Zoo pooper.  No?  Oh.  Please read the word bubble on the left on the packaging.  Oh yessssssss.

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