How To Make Crepe Paper Flower Lollipops {DIY Party Favor}

I love crepe paper crafts. It comes in so many bright colors, it’s inexpensive and it’s easy to craft with. What more can a girl ask for?! {grin} For spring and likely my Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, these little crepe paper flower lollipop favors will be gracing my table. I might even add name tags and use them as placecards! {Just thought of that as I type…}

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Okay, let’s get crafty!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make these crepe paper flower lollipops, all you need is:

  • Crepe Paper (in a variety of colors)
  • Tape
  • Lollipops (these pretties came from Candy Galaxy)

Yep. That’s it!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And to make them, that’s a simple list too.

  1. Cut 8″ strips of crepe paper.
  2. Fold it in an accordion style, about .25″ for each back and forth bend.
  3. Loosely wrap it around the base of the lollipop and tape.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for layered effect as shown.

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And you’re done! Pin the following image so you don’t forget to make these for your next party!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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Purple Minion Valentine Card Box {Easy Kid Craft}

Yesterday I posted a bit of inspiration for Valentine Card Boxes and today I can’t help but share my youngest son’s Valentine Card Box, a purple minion from Despicable Me 2! I’m such a proud momma!

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It’s hilarious and so fun. And I know what you’re thinking, but no… really… this was all him. I helped him find some goodies at the store to pull this guy off, but then he went for it. Craft supplies everywhere and the kitchen had to be swept twice to get up all the little scraps of paper, tape… oh and we won’t talk about the glue on the kitchen table… but in the end, I’m so proud of my crafty kid.

So sorry that there are no “in process” craft shots, but I wasn’t planning to share until it was done and he was so proud… and I was so proud of him. This pic is even taken with my iPhone!

If you want to make your own Purple Minion Valentine Card Box for your class Valentine party, here’s what he used:

  • Plastic purple tablecloth,
  • Purple tissue paper,
  • Box (just one we had around the house with a hole in the top, hidden by the crazy hair),
  • Aluminum foil,
  • Construction paper, and
  • Lots of glue and tape
  • Optional: 3″ hole punch

Easy steps:

  1. Select a box with a hole in the top, or cut one.
  2. Wrap box with purple plastic tablecloth (or wrapping paper).
  3. Punch two large aluminum foil circles for glasses.
  4. Cut out two eyes, mouth, teeth, arms, hands and boots from construction paper and apply with glue liberally. {grin}
  5. Glue tissue paper to top for hair and snip with scissors for crazy effect.

Want more Valentine Card Box and DIY Valentine Card Ideas for Friday, make sure and browse my Valentine Pinterest board with over 350 ideas!

I also have several free Valentine printable downloads here on the blog:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And if you like this idea, I’m sure my son would appreciate a comment or two!

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Kid Craft: Footprint Manger Scene {DIY Tutorial}

Our faith holds first place in our house at Christmas time and I love reminding my children in the mix of all the excitement what this season really means.

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I warn you… the painting of the feet is ticklish so you may want to place a towel… or two… down. I warned my boys and they still flopped all over the place. {grin} In the end, it was so worth it to have their little (or not so little anymore) feet cradling their version of the baby Jesus.

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To make your own Footprint Manger Scene, you’ll need:

  • Square white canvas
  • Sharpies – 12 ct. multipack, 4 ct. metallic assortment and either the silver or gold 4 pack (I LOVE them all and they’re all on sale at Staples right now!)
  • Brown craft paint for foot
  • Pearl white craft paint for head (we chose to stamp his head on with a finger but there are light Sharpies in the pack)
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: white Kraft paper

Footprint Manger Scene Kid Craft | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And now for the easy kid crafting steps:

Footprint – paint your child’s foot liberally with brown paint and then press evenly to the center lower portion of the white canvas. Allow to dry completely.

Prep and practice – since canvas is unforgiving, I put white paper (available in rolls like gift wrap) out under the canvases so my kids could practice what they’re planning to draw before they put Sharpie to canvas. You can see in the top image my youngest practicing his stars. {wink}

Draw – then just let them go! You can see from the side-by-side shot below that our manger scenes are slightly different, but in my mind that is what makes them that much more precious.

Artist signature – and don’t forget to let them sign their art. We like to date ours too!

Kid Craft: Footprint Manger Art | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Staples has all the Sharpies for your holiday needs! I mean $6 for a 12 ct Multi Colored pack of Sharpies! Woo Hoo! And the Sharpie Metallic Assorted 4-CT pack, including the Silver pack and the Gold pack are only $5. I’m personally a bit obsessed with all my Sharpie colors, but the metallic are my new favorites!

Sharpie Craft

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

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DIY Christmas Ornament: Paint Dipped Snowman

Our Christmas tree tells a story… the holiday story of our family. And I love every inch of it!

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Almost every ornament was either collected during a holiday outing, given to us as a gift or handmade by my sweet babies. There is nothing designed or matchy-matchy about it, but it’s completely beautiful and wonderfully sentimental!

This paint dipped, hand-drawn snowman ornament is our latest ornament addition. To make these with your kiddos, you’ll need:

  • circular, flat front, clear plastic ornaments (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • pearl white craft paint
  • orange and black Sharpies
  • flat paint dish or plate
  • sheet of paper

DIY Snowman Ornament | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make your own:

  1. Trace an outline of the ornament on a sheet of white paper and draw a simple snowman face in the outline to get your proportions correct
  2. Place paint on a flat surface and roll the back side of the ornament around in the paint until covered
  3. Flip ornament over and allow to dry completely
  4. Using the guide you or your child drew on the sheet of paper, draw the snowman face on the ornament with Sharpies
  5. Hang and enjoy

DIY Snowman Ornament | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In my opinion, there is nothing sweeter than something your little one made for you.

Here are a few of my other favorite holiday projects you might enjoy!

Rudolph Treat Bags

Snowman Gift Wrap + FREE Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Tree Footprint Art

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

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crafting with kids: Thanksgiving kids table

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving kid crafts?!

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My kiddos love getting Kiwi Crate boxes in the mail! It’s always exciting to see what’s waiting for them inside and this time it was a special Thanksgiving kid craft box.

Not a member of the Kiwi Crate club? You don’t have to be for this special box. You can buy just this one! {grin}

The box includes everything you need to complete two crafts (even the crayons!): turkey placecards for six and a turkey bowling/toss game. See all the details and contents of the Kiwi Crate Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box.

We’ve already crafted ours, and will be using the placecards and the game to decorate our Thanksgiving kids table this year. But if we hadn’t, I would keep them as crafts for Thanksgiving Day. I’m always looking for ways to keep the boys busy while we cook! {grin}

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Hop over to Kiwi Crate and order your Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box now.


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10 Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

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

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How to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I owe this post to my sweet neighbors. They were playing on their sidewalk last week (as you can see… Day 55 of our summer photo journaling) with DIY sidewalk chalk paint. It looked like so much fun so of course I had to run home and make some for my boys.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Here’s how you can make a batch of easy DIY chalk paint for your kiddos (and YES, it washes right away with a good rain or the hose!). You’ll need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Plastic cups and paint brushes

And the easy steps:

  1. Make a batch of paint (1:1 ratio of cornstarch to water). It will be thick, so if you prefer watery paint, just add more water to your mixture.
  2. Separate your paint into plastic cups
  3. Add food coloring
  4. Mix
  5. Paint

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A big thank you to Emma and Ally for the idea and the creativity!

By the way, if you want to know more about photo journaling with your iPhone, I have a few tips for you.

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

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crafts for kids {summer reading ideas}

10 Summer Reading Ideas

Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fifth installment, summer reading crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas
  4. 10 water play ideas

Summer Reading programs can be found at libraries and book stores nationwide. But how can we keep our kids entertained while learning? We’ve listed a few great ideas:

  • Maps for Kids & Summer Reading via KC Adventures suggests tagging the books location or even following a characters travels via the map. Love this!
  • DIY spiny spellers via Filthy Wizard are the perfect way to make spelling practice fun.
  • Kids Book Report Worksheet via b.nute is a FREE printable that helps kids remember more from each story.
  • Sight Word Jenga via First Grade Diaries can be tailored to any age {think spelling bee!}
  • Popsicle Flashcards via Scholastic gives kiddos a darling way to match words from word families for little ones to antonyms/synonyms for the older kids.
  • Flashlight Word Game via Kiwi Crate has  a name that speaks for itself, but I have to give Kiwi Crate serious props for a fantastic idea!
  • Cut Paper Making a Book via Art for Small Hands would make a wonderful summer reading reaction journal. Have your reader stop about halfway through the story and predict what will happen next.
  • Storytelling Stones via Red Bird Crafts is a lovely way to make reading and writing come alive through your child’s imagination.
  • Fishing for Letters via first palette is a fantastic way to learn letter identification, letter sounds or even short spelling words.
  • Sight Word Twister via Mom With A Lesson Plan get kids outside playing while beefing up those reading skills!

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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crafts for kids {10 water play ideas}

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Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?What better way to play and grow with water and ice!

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fourth installment, water crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas

 Summer days are filled with sunshine and laughter. Your kids are sure to love these great ideas for fun water play.

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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crafts for kids {12 math practice ideas}

12 Fun Ways to Practice Math

Need fun and creative ways to help your kids with math practice this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our third installment, math practice for kids. Make sure you check out our first two roundups too: 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids and 12 science crafts for kids.

My middle child, a.k.a my drama queen, has just recently learned her division facts. Not bad for a rising 3rd grader {proud mama grin}. But the accomplishment made me think about what other fun math craft ideas we could find to keep her growing this summer.

There’s no shortage of talented mommies who share some magnificent math practice and craft ideas:

  • Make Your Own Abacus via Homeschooling Hearts and Minds uses household items and helps little ones understand place values.
  • Pumpkin Pie Fractions via Almost Unschoolers is a great visual for early fractions
  • Lemonade Stand via Family Education combines money lessons and good old fashioned fun!
  • Don’t Get Zapped {game} via Teach Beside Me can be tailored for any math facts, even for older kids.
  • Hopscotch via A Girl and a Glue Gun may look like just a felt game, but it can easily be changed to a face-paced math quiz. Have your child(ren) add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers she jumps on.

I’m sure I’ll be reciting math facts in my sleep this week {smirk}

  • Lego Math Fun via Kids Acitivities Blog uses Legos to stretch those minds.
  • Rock Counting via Thrive 360 Living is fantastic for little ones learning to count or write numbers. (and I love anything that can travel with me and my brood!)
  • Milk Cap Math via love2learn2day keep your kiddo on his math facts toes!
  • Juice Can Lid Play Money via Crafitments teaches all about money and coin values
  • Paper Plate Math and Alphabet Game  via Kiwi Crate is a simple, but effective tool for teaching
  • Sudoku Printables via kid giddy uses shape identification and the popular puzzle to engage school-aged kiddos.
  • Walking Water via play based learning; OK, so technically this is a science experiment, but I love the measurement component as a math concept, too!

And make sure you join us on our Crafts for Kids {the series} Pinterest board for more clever craft, gift and treat ideas.

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

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