pirate ship craft

Pirate ship craftFor your next pirate bash, make your very own mini ships as table decoration or even as placecard holders with this fun recycle project from Kaboose!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cardboard egg cups (or open walnut shells)
  • Brown acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • ¼ cup modeling clay or play dough
  • 6 toothpicks
  • 1 sheet white paper
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue

For the step-by-step how to, hop over to Kaboose and get crafting!

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owl cupcakes

Owl cupcakesThese owls were so much fun to make and easy enough for little helpers. Here’s what you need:

  • Brownie mix (we used puree apricots in the place of egg and filled the cups ¾ full)
  • Oreo cookies
  • M&Ms (replace with Skittles for egg and dairy free)
  • Cashews
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Cream cheese icing

While your brownie cupcakes are cooling, tint your cream cheese icing orange and divide your Oreo cookies (we removed the white filling, but you could leave it). Next, ice each cupcake, apply your cookies face up, sprinkle the top of the cupcake with chocolate sprinkles to resemble feathers and add the cashew as the hooked nose. Finally, using a toothpick, place a small amount of icing on the back of the M&Ms and apply as the owls eyes.

(Tip: Oreos tend to get soggy when not kept in airtight containers. Plan to ice and decorate within an hour or two of serving.)

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mummy treat cups

Mummy treat cupAs I continue to search for fun crafts for our block Halloween party, I came across these mummy treat cups and thought I would share. (If you’re looking for something a bit more spooky, the orange bow and bow tie can be replaced with a thin mouth out of black craft paper.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plastic or paper cups, bathroom sized
  • White cotton fabric, an old white t-shirt could work great
  • Medium wiggle eyes
  • Black sheet of construction paper (or orange felt)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White craft glue

Here’s how:

  1. Cut a small section from the t-shirt, depending on how many treat cups you will be making. Start with a section about 6″ x 6″. Cut that section into strips ½ inch strips.
  2. Use the glue stick to line one side of a t-shirt strip, then starting at the bottom of the cup, wrap around and press in place. Repeat until entire cup is covered.
  3. Use white craft glue to attach wiggle eyes.
  4. Cut bows out of felt or cut a thin line from the black construction paper. Apply with craft glue.
  5. Fill your cups with fun treats: gummy worms, chocolate candies or candy corn!

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buckaroo photo op

Cowboy cutoutA fun craft for any child birthday is to create a character photo op. We made this one for our cowboy birthday party so that the children could stand behind it and wear the cowboy hat. All you need is:

  • 48″ dowel, ¾ inch in diameter (available at the hardware store)
  • Two wire ties
  • Hot glue
  • Razor/box cutter
  • Sheet of craft board
  • Western shirt, jeans and vest
  • Plastic sheriff badge
  • Cowboy hat
  • Rope for belt
  • Bandana

Have your child lie down on the craft board and draw an outline of him/her. (You’ll notice that our cowboy is a little bowlegged and has one arm raised). Cut the board out using the razor and then poke holes in the center of the chest and at the belt level. Insert your wire ties and secure the cutout to the dowel. Now dress your cutout and secure the clothing with hot glue if necessary. (Tip: We used an old shirt and jeans and cut them to fit the child size.) Pin on your sheriff badge, insert the dowel in the ground (in front of a hay bale if you have one) and set the cowboy hat on top. The kids will have a great time and you’ll get fun pictures for your scrapbook.

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crispy pirate pops

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My oldest is celebrating his fourth birthday this week and we’re hosting a swashbuckling pirate party. I thought I would share a few of the baking ideas I’ve got cooking.

The first is a crispy pirate pop. These will not only be in the goody baskets we’re giving to his buddies, we’re also taking them to his preschool class on Friday. Here are the ingredients, a tools list and simple steps on how to make them for your matey!

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bug-a-licious cookies

Bug cookiesWhen I was a little girl, my uncle would bring me M&Ms all the time, and they are still my weakness today. So when I was scouting for bug cookie ideas, these made my mouth water. I only wish I had known about them before my youngest son’s first birthday party. Yes, it was all the buzz… with bumble bees and butterflies.

Here’s how to make these cool cookies from brightideas.com for your next party.

Image: brightideas.com 

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princess pops

Princess PopsPlaying around in the kitchen this weekend we made princess pops: Oreos dipped in pink chocolate, embellished with a crown outline and packaged in clear cello bags with pink ribbon. These could be a great treat for goody bags or add a name tag and use as your placecard. Here’s how you can make some for your princess.

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princess bling cookies

princess cookiesHere’s a great way to add a little bling to your princess’s special day. These cookies were simple to make. (The cutter is available with our princess invitation and decor.) The best advice I can give with shaped sugar cookies is:

Make more than you need for the party,

Always chill your dough shapes before baking,

Take them out of the oven just as they are starting to show color,

Always move them immediately to a baking rack, and

Don’t forget to experiment and have fun with the icing.

For the crowns, I used a flooding technique. It takes a little prep, but gives you a great result. I’ll post some tips about flooding cookies tomorrow.

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pirate flag how to

Pirate flag craftNo respectable pirate bash is complete without a pirate flag flying!

And don’t let the number of steps keep you from trying this cool craft. It’s actually very easy and is a fun addition to the celebration. Plus, this craft can be repurposed for play or even bedroom decor after the party is over.

Here are all the details including a materials list, tools list, templates and step-by-step instructions.

Happy crafting.

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