Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Tutorial #DisneySide

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Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Food Recipe Tutorial

 

In just 2 weeks our family will be heading to Disney and have been creating all sorts of “magical” Disney experiences before we leave!  These Mickey Mouse inspired cupcakes are SO easy to make and were created with the intention of being easy enough for kids to make! Perfect for birthday parties, Disney trips, or just plain Mickey fun – they really don’t take much more than a few minutes extra over any other cupcake recipe.

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Cupcake Ingredients:

2/3 C unsalted butter, soft
1 2/3 C sugar
3 eggs
2 C flour
2/3 C cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 C  whole milk

Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Food Recipe Tutorial 

Cupcake Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
-Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
-Cream butter with sugar until light and creamy.
-Add one egg at a time, beating after each addition.
-Add 1/3 rd  of the dry ingredients and 1/3 rd of the milk  with the creamed mixture at a time.
-Beat until smooth after adding the 1/3 rd of the flour mixture and 1/3 rd of the milk to the creamed mixture.
-Add1/3rd of the flour and 1/3rd of the milk until all of the flour mixture and milk have been added. Mix well.
-Scoop batter into lined cupcake tins.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
-Cool in cupcake pan for 10 minutes.
-Remove from cupcake pan and cool on wire rack.

 

Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Food Recipe Tutorial

 

 Mickey‘s ears:  Stick 2 mini Oreo cookies into the frosting on each side of the frosted cupcake.
Mickeys buttons: Small white buttons glued with a hot glue gun to the red paper cupcake liner.

Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Food Recipe Tutorial

Frosting Ingredients:

1 C unsalted butter, softened
3 C powder sugar
3/4 C heavy whipping  cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mini Oreo Cookies
Small Plastic buttons

Frosting Recipe:

-Beat the softened butter  until  its creamy.
-Add  powder sugar  mixing after each addition.
-Mix well… add a small amount of heavy whipping cream after each addition if it doesn’t cream; until it becomes creamy.
-If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if too thin, add more powder sugar, a 1/2 C at a time.
-Add vanilla extract.  Stir well.
-Take a large spoonful of frosting, turn the spoon upside down if the frosting stays on the spoon then it is done. If it drops off the spoon add more powdered sugar and mix well.
-Spoon the frosting into a pastry bag with a frosting tip.
-Frost the cupcakes.

 

Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Food Recipe Tutorial

You can easily create your own Mickey Mouse shirt similar to our DIY Big Hero 6 Baymax T-shirt Tutorial too while the cupcakes are baking! If you’re packing these up for a party or school lunch make sure to print out some Mickey bookmarks or lunch box notes! Or if you’re looking for fun ways to countdown to your next Disney trip make a Mickey themed paper chain like we did!

Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Food Recipe Tutorial

 

 If you want some more inexpensive Disney themed fun or are just looking for cheap Disney souvenir ideas consider things like lanyards, bath toys, stickers, wall decals, die cast cars, flashlights or even practical gifts like Disney bed sheets, hats, water bottles, etc.

Disney Mickey Mouse Inspired Cupcakes Food Recipe Tutorial

Make your Disney experience magical with these easy DIY Mickey Mouse themed cupcakes!

 

 

DIY Patriotic Home of the Brave Art Wall Decor with FREE Printable

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DIY Patriotic Home of the Brave Art Wall Decor Project with FREE Printable
 This beautiful patriotic artwork is so simple to create with the free printable I’ve included below. Grab your kids, just a few supplies, and enjoy celebrating our freedom with this easy and festive patriotic artwork. This is the perfect button craft even for those of you who just aren’t that crafty.
DIY Patriotic Home of the Brave Art Wall Decor Project with FREE Printable
Materials:

8×10 photo frame

Print: Home of the Brave Printable (print on card stock for best results) trimmed to 8×10

Buttons (red)

–I use Forever Findings Buttons, one package of 130 buttons from Wal Mart in Red did the job with some left over

Hot Glue

Old Toothbrush (optional)
Directions:
On a flat surface, begin to affix your buttons. I start with the star outline, and lay the buttons half way over the outline of the paper star. Once the outline is complete, fill in the center with buttons.
DIY Patriotic Home of the Brave Art Wall Decor Project with FREE Printable
The button package usually has a lot of the same buttons, I use those for the center, since I’m going to be covering it up with a second layer of buttons. The center does not have to be completely full, there can be holes. Just be certain you have a button big enough to cover the “holes” left on the first layer.
DIY Patriotic Home of the Brave Art Wall Decor Project with FREE Printable
Begin with a second layer of buttons and hot glue onto the first layer. You can continue with a third layer, or add some more buttons here and there to create more dimension.
DIY Patriotic Home of the Brave Art Wall Decor Project with FREE Printable
When complete, I use an old toothbrush to remove the hot glue strings from the buttons.
Now it’s time to frame. Disassemble frame, removing back and glass. Place your button artwork in the frame, and put the glass behind it. Close up the frame and you’re done!
Display and enjoy.

DIY Monogrammed Wall Decor Tutorial

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DIY Monogrammed Wall Decor

If you are looking for a stylish way to decorate your child’s room or play space, this monogrammed wall hanging is the perfect solution. With just a few dollars’ worth of supplies, you can craft your own monogrammed wall hanging just like the one you see here. Plus, you can use any scrapbook paper you wish giving it a theme or color combo that works for your space. Here is how you can get started.

DIY Monogrammed Wall Decor Tutorial

Supplies needed:

Wooden letter
Scrapbook paper in choice if color/pattern
Pen or pencil
Scissors
Craft glue
Staple gun
Ribbon or yarn for hanging
Mod Podge (optional)
Paint brush (optional)

We found a wooden letter like the one you see here for just $1.50 at our local craft store. (I’ve seen them cheaper at Walmart!) Choose a style and size that works for you!

DIY Monogrammed Wall Decor Tutorial

Directions:

1. Begin by turning the scrapbook paper over so the back side is exposed.
2. Place the letter down on the paper and trace with your pen or pencil.
3. Cut out the tracing carefully. It should now fit nicely on top of the letter.

DIY Monogrammed Wall Decor Tutorial

4. Add a little craft glue to the back of the scrapbook paper. Press it to the letter and smooth your finger over it to remove any wrinkles.
5. OPTIONAL: Cover the paper in a layer of Mod Podge so help protect it. This isn’t necessary but can offer an extra layer of protection and even a shiny finish if you wish.
6. Cut a length of yarn or ribbon and use a staple gun to secure it to the back of the letter. Tie the yarn or ribbon into a ribbon for hanging.

Your monogrammed letter is now ready to be displayed! Hang it on a bedroom door, in a children’s play space, or anywhere you can use some extra charm. It also makes a thoughtful little gift.

 

 

DIY Patriotic Flip Flops Tutorial

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DIY Patriotic Flip Flops Fashion Tutorial

 

Anytime there is a patriotic holiday I feel the need to break out in red, white and blue everything! These incredibly easy DIY Patriotic Flip Flops can add some festive color to any flip flops you can get your hands on! It is time to get those toes ready for the summer season! For about $2 you can’t beat the price! Take a look below at how you can craft your own patriotic flip flops in just minutes, and just in time for summer.

DIY Patriotic Flip Flops Fashion Tutorial

Supplies needed:

Red/white/blue flip flops ($1 per pair at Dollar Tree)
Patriotic scarf
Scissors
Hot glue, glue gun

We found everything we used here at our local Dollar Tree. You can choose from a variety of patriotic colors/patterns they have available to find a match that works for you.

DIY Patriotic Flip Flops Fashion Tutorial

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting the patriotic scarf into thirds.
2. Take a section of the scarf and roll it up into a tube. This will make it easier to tie it into a bow.
3. Tie the fabric into a bow and trim off any excess fabric. This may take a few tries to get it into the bow shape you want. Just be patient and give it a few tries until you get the look.

DIY Patriotic Flip Flops Fashion Tutorial

4. Add a generous amount of glue to the back of the bow. Press it to the top/center of the flip flops. Hold it in place until secure. If you wish, you can tie the fabric directly onto the flip flops as well. This is an option if you don’t want them permanently glued.

Once the glue is dry, your patriotic flip flops are ready to be enjoyed! Give these a try and see how easy it can be to get in the spirit of red, white, and blue! Make sure you check out our Patriotic DIY Wreath Tutorial!

DIY Simple Patriotic Wreath Home Decor

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DIY Easy Simple Patriotic Wreath Decor

I LOVE Dollar Store crafts and it’s never too early to start thinking about summer décor. This patriotic wreath is perfect for your front door, patio, or any place that can use a pop of patriotic color. You can make your own in minutes, and one can be crafted from all dollar store materials! This is a perfect “busy” craft for kids as well. Take a peek below at how to make your own, then find the perfect place for it!

DIY Simple Patriotic Wreath Home Decor

Supplies needed:

Foam wreath form
Patriotic scarves (I used two, both found at the Dollar Tree)
Scissors
Hot glue, glue gun

As mentioned, all of the supplies you see here were found at our local Dollar Tree store, making the total cost for this project around $3.

DIY Simple Patriotic Wreath Home Decor

Directions:

1. Begin by adding some hot glue to the end of the scarf and pressing it to the wreath form. Hold it in place until it is secure.
2. You can now start wrapping the scarf around the wreath form. Pull tightly as you do so there aren’t any wrinkles or sagging in the fabric. Continue wrapping the fabric all of the way around the form until it is covered.
3. Once the form is covered, add another dab of glue to the end of the fabric. This will secure it into place. If you need to, use your scissors to cut off any excess fabric.

DIY Simple Patriotic Wreath Home Decor

4. Press the end into place and prepare to add the bow embellishment. We cut off a segment of an additional scarf, and tied it into a bow around the top of the wreath.

Your patriotic wreath is now ready to be displayed or gifted. Hang it on a wreath hanger or hook for an instant pop of patriotic charm! If you love this you’ll love our DIY Patriotic Flip Flops Tutorial!

10 Playful Paint Recipes for Kids

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10 Playful Paint Recipes for Kids

Summer is SO close to being here I can almost smell it! The kids are getting ancy, the weather is getting warmer, and there are dandelions ALL over my backyard! I’m ready to break out the messy activities and let the kids have some fun outdoors! Here are some great sensory enriching DIY paint recipes for kids that you can create with them this summer.

Smell the fun with this Kool-aid Sand Paint from Learn Play Imagine!

Want some more scented fun? Check out this Scented Chalk Paint from Parenting Chaos!

Texturize it with this recipe also from Parenting Chaos for Textured Finger Paints!

This Liquid Water Colors recipe is lots of fun from Happy Hooligans.

Need just a regular plain finger paint recipe? Tinker Labs has one for you! Or check out this one from Fun at Home with Kids.

One of my favorites is this Window Paint recipe from The Imagination Tree.

If you’re looking for Puffy Paint you can check out my recipe or this recipe from Meaningful Mama.

Have a water lover? You can check out my recipe for Bath Tub Paint or see this one from Simple Fun for Kids.

Lastly if you have a little one you will probably want this Edible Infant Paint recipe from Munchkins and Moms!

 

Below I’ve listed some of our educational sensory activities!

Make Lunar Craters with Flour 
DIY Bug Sensory Bin
Glow in the Dark Play Dough

DIY Bug Sensory Bin Dollar Store Activity for Kids

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DIY Bug Sensory Bin for Kids

Do your children adore sensory bins? (or bugs?!) If so, here is a new one you can try creating – without using live critters! My kids spend countless hours outdoors catching (and releasing) all sorts of bugs. But this Bug Sensory Bin is great to use indoors or to store in the corner of a classroom! Using all dollar store materials you can craft your own bug sensory bin just like the one you see here, and enjoy hours of hands on fun. Here is how you can get started making your own.

DIY Bug Sensory Bin for Kids

Supplies needed:

Assorted rocks

Plastic container/tub

dirt

bugs (plastic or rubber)

As mentioned, everything we used here we found at our local dollar store. They have a huge selection of plastic bugs to choose from including glow in the dark! Choose a container that works for you, as there are many sizes to pick from. We opted for a smaller size since it is easier for children to carry around and manipulate. Please make sure your child will not eat the rocks, otherwise I recommend a larger container with large river stones.

DIY Bug Sensory Bin for Kids

1. Fill one half of the container with the dirt or potting soil.

2. Fill the second half of the container with pebbles or rocks.

DIY Bug Sensory Bin for Kids

3. Go ahead and tuck the bugs into the dirt and rocks so they appear to be crawling out. Hide a few under the soil to be found!

4. Optional: Add any fake plants, spoons, cups, or other manipulatives you wish.

Your bug sensory bin is now ready to be enjoyed. Keep the lid to the container so that when your child is done playing, the lid can be replaced and the items stay safe inside. If you’re really up for a messy activity outdoors let them add some water into it! When you are ready to play again, just open it up and go!

Gather your supplies and give this easy and inexpensive bug sensory bin a try! Also great for preschool birthday parties!

DIY Summer Garden Seed Packet Organizer Tutorial

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DIY Garden Seed Packet Organizer

Gardening is a big hobby of mine, specifically vegetable and hydroponic gardening to be exact, but I’ve got so many seeds stored from year to year that they are getting all piled in a storage container and I wanted an easier way to see them. This DIY Garden Seed Packet Organizer is SO fun and decorative to create and can really spruce up your gardening shed or garage! Not to mention you can find your seeds with just a glance! Here is how you can get started making your own.

DIY Garden Seed Packet Organizer

Supplies needed:

Picture frame

Ribbon or twine

Clothespins

Scrapbook paper

Scissors

Hot Glue, glue gun

Craft paint (optional)

DIY Garden Seed Packet Organizer

 

 

Directions:

1. Begin by painting your frame with the paint. This step is optional. If you find a frame in a color or finish you like, by all means go with it! If not, simply remove the inserts (discard as you will not need these pieces any longer) and apply two coats of paint. Allow to dry. (TIP – scour your local thrift store for inexpensive decorative frames!)

2. Cut a length of twine or ribbon and stretch across the frame. Add a few dabs of hot glue to the end of the twine or ribbon and press it to the back of the frame. Hold in place until secure. You want the twine pulled tightly. (You can also use a staple gun.)

3. Decorate the clothespins by snipping a piece of scrapbook paper to fit. You can then glue the paper to the clothespins, smoothing them over with your finger to remove wrinkles.

4. Take the seed packets and pin them to the twine or ribbon. You can then display the frame just as you would any picture frame.

Your seed packet organizer is ready to be displayed! It is a fun and functional way to keep your seeds safe while adding some charm to your space.

DIY Bird Feeder Suet Recipe

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DIY Bird Feeder Suet Recipe

 

As an early Mother’s Day gift my children bought me an awesome deck bird feeder hook set up with two bird feeders and a suet tray. It was the PERFECT gift for this nature loving mama! The kids were also incredibly excited to start watching birds feed right on our deck so I thought it would be perfect to incorporate their help in creating these DIY Suet Bird Feeder treats! They are easy to whip up and you only need two ingredients!

DIY Bird Feeder Suet Recipe

Supplies needed:

2 cups of birdseed

1 cup of bacon fat/grease/lard

Mixing bowl

Spoon

Cupcake wrappers

DIY Bird Feeder Suet Recipe

 

 

 

Directions:

1. In the mixing bowl, add the birdseed and bacon grease. Stir until the grease softens and the ingredients are well mixed.

2. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cup liners. You want about one tablespoon per cup. Be careful not to overfill.

3. Place the cupcake cups in the freezer for 2-3 hours until solid. This will help hold all of the mixture together.

4. Once solid you can remove the cups and place outdoors.

You can alter this recipe depending on how much you need to make. Just use a 2 to 1 ratio with the seed and the bacon grease (if you don’t have bacon grease a tub of lard is very inexpensive at the grocery store and goes a long way). When I know I want to make a batch, I save my bacon grease in a glass jar until I have enough to make some.

Birds will flock from all over to enjoy these spring suet cupcakes! Just don’t be surprised if they tell their friends about them too. It’s the perfect “treat” for your kids to make and watch the birds enjoy or whip up a big batch and have enough bird treats all summer long!

Recycled Water Bottle Garden Seedling Starter Tutorial

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Recycled Garden Seed Starter Water Bottle

Anyone that knows me or has been around my blog for a while knows I’m a HUGE gardener! This year I started everything from seeds and tried a few cheap alternative methods to buying starter trays! This year I recycled our old water bottles, milk jugs, and 2L bottles and turned them into seed starters! It’s come in handy for our classrooms and students growing their seeds in something sturdier than little Dixie cups as well. (not to mention teaching them about reusing and recycling!) Plus if your kids planted seeds for Mother’s Day you can totally add some pretty ribbon to the bottle! Here’s a quick step by step tutorial to create your own!

Upcycled Water Bottle Garden Seedling Starter

Supplies needed:

Empty plastic water bottle
Scissors
Scrapbook paper (optional for decoration)
Craft glue (optional for decoration)
Potting soil

Upcycled Water Bottle Garden Seedling Starter

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting the bottom half off the bottle. You want to have about 3 inches of bottle when done.

 

Upcycled Water Bottle Garden Seedling Starter

 

2. Use your scissors to poke holes into the bottom of the bottle. These will act as your drainage holes. You can also use a drill but be careful as it tends to slip a little on the plastic.

3. Fill the bottle with potting soil. Add your seedling or seeds per planting directions.

OPTIONAL for Decoration:

4. Cut a strip of scrapbook paper and wrap it around the bottle. Secure it in place with glue. You can also add rhinestones, ribbon, lace, or any other fancy decor that you want if you’re creating it for a gift. Otherwise if you’re just using it for your garden I would skip the decor altogether!

Place your upcycled water bottle seedling starter in a sunny place and watch it grow! In just a few short weeks you can transplant your seedling outdoors and enjoy it all season long. Gather your supplies and give this easy and FREE upcycled water bottle seedling starter a try!

TIP – Use a 2L bottle cut open near the top to grow underground plants like carrots!