DIY jingle bell bracelet

I love jingle bells at Christmas! When I was in grade school I actually got in trouble for putting them on my shoestrings. Not that I was a fidgety child or anything! {wink} So when I saw these beautiful red jingle bells at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores I had to pick up a bag and make myself a bracelet.

Of course little ones ran off with it after I jingled them into giggles. They eventually gave it back and I plan on wearing it on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. (It’s a great way to make them think Santa’s on the roof! His reindeer always have bells on their reins, right!) 

I thought it also a great idea for kiddos to make as Christmas gifts for moms or moms to make as gifts for their little girls. Here’s how!

You’ll need a few supplies: jingle bells, thin elastic and ribbon.

Measure or estimate wrist size and then thread your bells. I alternated large, medium and small.

Next cut equal lengths of various coordinating ribbon and tie them on to fill in the spaces. It’s that easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY monster pedestal jars

I shared our new Trick or Treat Halloween party collection weeks ago (blog post, collection in the shoppe) and I mentioned that my monster pedestal candy jars were my favorite craft project. And this morning I’m going to tell you how I made them. It’s super easy!

You’ll need glass glue, sharp scissors (these are Martha Stewart brand), black vinyl (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby),

candle stick holders from the dollar store and you may even get lucky and find your glass jars there. I picked all of mine up at a nearby Dollar Tree with the exception of the Jack-o-Lantern bowl. It’s a bit larger and I picked it up at Target. And last but not least, you’ll need lots of candy! You may recognize my orange gumballs, green and white sixlets and mini marshmallows from my DIY monster cello bag treats in Monday’s post. They were left overs. {grin}

Just attach the candle stick holders, cut out the self-adhesive vinyl in simple shapes, stick them to your bowls/jars,

fill with candy, give them fun names like Frankenstein bolts, ghost mist and pumpkin seeds and serve!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY monster cello bag treats

We always like to give a little something special out on Halloween to the kiddos in the neighborhood that the boys play with. Last week I was browsing around and ran across some adorable ghost cello bags from The Gaines Gang. I immediately thought clever! And then the next thing I thought was how I could make my Trick or Treat collection monster pedestal candy dishes (tutorial coming this week) into cellos and give them out on Halloween.

The fabulous thing is, these aren’t only cute. They’re super simple. All you’ll need are pretzel cello bags from the craft store, I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, and a wide tip Sharpie! Crafting doesn’t get much easier than that.

Jack-o-lantern,

Frankenstein,

and ghost!

I just filled each with candies (orange gumballs for my jack-o-lantern, green and white sixlets for my Frankenstein and mini marshmallows for my ghost), tied them with pretty ribbons and done.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! {UPDATE: I made Thanksgiving turkey cello bag treats!}

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DIY fall dessert stand

This morning I thought I would share a lovely and easy way to display fall treats. It was as simple as popping into my JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store and picking up two wood slices (in the wood crafting section) and two mini bales of hay (with seasonal) and stacking them.

And then to my bakery for some mini apple pie fritters and

some oh so yummy pumpkin donuts. If you’ve not had pumpkin donuts you are really really missing out! The dessert labels, banner and owl cookies are from our new Pumpkin Patch party collection that will be available in the shoppe this week.

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired! 

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create an art gallery

As I mentioned in my last post, our newest collection is an art birthday party. This collection was so fun to create. And when we thought about activities for the kids there were so many great ideas, but my favorite was sharing their art in a gallery.

A little side note, before I became a mom I used to think “I’ll never cover my fridge with my kid’s pictures!” Well, okay, I still don’t, but that’s only because I gave them both their own 36×52″ framed cork-board in their playroom (which happens to be on the main floor just off of the kitchen)! Long story short, they love showing it off and I truly love seeing it.

Included in the printables for this collection we designed four whimsy frames for the kids to create on: red/blue, orange/yellow, purple/chartreuse and black/white. We also created “award badges” that you can give to each guest. They say things like most creative, best in show, most artistic, best design, most colorful and best color palette. A great way for every child to feel special. The printable is the rectangle tag in the center and then we created the crepe ribbon backer. (You can see how to create a similar idea with our graduation collection.)

For the art project, we created 3-D cupcake art. We didn’t buy a thing, we just gathered odds and ends from around my craft room like tissue paper (cut into squares), pom poms, ribbon, crepe paper, felt and cupcake wrappers, just to name a few. I loved how they all turned out!

And last but not least, here’s a look at the Art Gallery entry sign that is also part of the printable collection. We printed it at Costco for $5.99 and embellished it with yellow crepe paper. Can you tell I’m loving crepe paper lately?! It’s inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors and so simple to manipulate. LOVE. By the way, Happy Belated Birthday to little Emma, my assistant’s daughter, and the muse for many of these ideas.

You can see more details from our new Art birthday party collection in the shoppe now, AND stop back in for more details including the dessert table. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography!

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art party Crayola crayon craft

A few weeks ago we shot our newest party collection, a creative Art birthday party complete with activities, a fun dessert table, placesettings, monogrammed t-shirts, custom cookies, cake pops and so much more. It was great fun and I’ll be sharing it all with you over the next several days starting with this easy Crayola crayon bowl craft. We used several of these as centerpieces for our tablesetting, but they could also be perfect for the art table in your kid’s playroom.

You’ll need a glass bowl that is the same height all the way around (I picked mine up at the Dollar Tree), a few boxes of Crayola crayons and a hot glue gun. The fabulous thing about hot glue and glass, it sticks great and when you’re ready, it pops right off.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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FREE Easter printables designed for Parents magazine

For my “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article with Parents magazine we created a few FREE Easter printables. The “Happy Easter” wrap is perfect as a napkin ring, beverage wrapper, or

vase and craft jar wrapper. Download the Easter wrappers and two pattern sheets (used to make the mommy bird craft seen at the beginning of the article).

Other ideas for the table include surprising your guests by dressing up their cups with colorful straws and a Murray Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookie (YUM!),  

and by embellishing the backs of the chairs with fun and simple crepe paper ruffles. And if you didn’t see the other crafts included in the article, here’s a quick recap:

Make sure you hop over for your FREE Easter printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter egg flower craft for Parents magazine

This is probably the craft I loved creating the most for the Parents magazine “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article. These DIY felt and Easter egg flowers are so simple, the kids can help and you can color coordinate them to any Easter color palette!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Egg
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Hot glue
  • Lollipop sticks

Easy steps:

  1. Hollow out your eggs and wash gently (see the pictorial in yesterday’s post about the mommy bird egg).
  2. Let the kids finger paint the eggs and set them to dry on lollipop sticks. (You can also paint the lollipop stick to look like a stem if you want to display in grass or moss!)
  3. Cut petals out of felt.
  4. Hot glue petals to the base of the egg (near the larger hole) and display on lollipop sticks.

You can see more craft ideas and download FREE PRINTABLES from my article at parents.com. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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