Spring Cupcake Cup Paper Bouquet Craft

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Flower Cupcake Paper Craft

While you’re waiting for spring flowers to pop out of the ground you can still bring the look of spring indoors by creating your own flower bouquets out of cupcake cups. Making your own spring cupcake cup bouquet is easy for kids and adults and the end result is perfect for using as party decor, a festive centerpiece, or to make your own greeting cards! Here is how you can make your own.

Cupcake Flower Bouquet Craft

Supplies needed:

Pipe cleaners or silk flower stems

Assorted paper cupcake cups

pencil

Scissors

Craft glue

TIP: Choose a variety of colors and styles to make your bouquets really pop! 

Cupcake Flower Bouquet Craft

Directions:

1. If using silk flower stems, remove the blooms so you just have the stems. If using pipe cleaners, you can just use them as is.

2. Turn your cupcake cups inside out. This way the pattern and color is visible.

3. Trim the cupcake cups down into various sizes. The idea is to layer them inside of each other and create various colors and shapes. Begin by trimming the edges of the cup into waves and try placing them inside of each other for various designs.

Cupcake Flower Bouquet Craft

4. You can now start layering your cups to create the flowers. Add a dab of glue to the back of each cup or segment and paste it inside one main cup. You can layer as many cups as you wish to get the look you want.

5. Once the cups are in place and glued, poke a hole in the center with a pencil. You can now thread the flower on the stems or through the pipe cleaners.

6. Gather all of the stems together and place them in a colorful cup or vase.

Your spring cupcake bouquet is now ready to be enjoyed! As you can see it is colorful, cute, and ready to welcome spring. Give one a try! It’s even a super cute idea for kids to make for Mother’s Day!

DIY Easter Egg String Art Home Decor Craft

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Easter Egg Spring Craft Decor

Whether you’re decorating for Easter or just the warmer spring weather this DIY Easter Egg String Art makes a beautiful home decor for your place or as a gift! If you’ve got crafty kids this makes an absolutely fantastic fine motor skills activity for them to not only create but to proudly hang in the house. Below is our tutorial on how to create your own with a printable template to make it even easier for you!

Materials Needed:

Printed Pattern (Print Here: Egg String Printable Template)

Note- you may need to print larger than 100% if you have a larger board.

Wood Board

-Mine measures around 8″x8″. I had some plywood on hand and I stained it a Fruitwood Stain Color I also had. I did not seal it.

Embroidery Floss (8.7 yard pkgs) in colors you desire.

-For this egg, you’ll need: 3 different purple colors to create an ombre look, and 3 white.
Wire Nails: 7/8″ long or something similar
-I purchase a 2 oz package at Lowes
Tack Hammer (Purchased at Lowes for about $7)
Instructions:
Center your pattern on your board and tape it in place. Begin to pound the nails into the wood with the tack hammer. I pounded mine about 3/8″ into the wood. Space the nails about 1/2″ apart, or the size of your finger. I’m right handed, so I begin placing nails on the left, and follow the pattern to the right. I work from top to bottom.When finished, Lift your paper up to the heads of the nails, and then off of the board. You’ll probably have to rip it apart.

Easter Egg String Art Craft Decor

 

Beginning at the top of the egg, tie your white floss around one nail and double knot it. Leave a little excess string to tie it off when finished. Begin with a zig zag pattern, skipping every other nail and then weaving back and forth.  When you are happy with your look, return your floss to the starting area.
–Keep your string tight, make sure your starting knot is very tight. Your floss will probably loosen and unravel at one point so to prevent this, completely wrap the string around a nail head every so often.
To outline the shapes, wrap the floss completely around the nail, and then follow it to the next nail, wrapping and moving to the next nail, and so on. When you meet back where you started, reverse your direction to outline the opposite side of the nails.
–I outlined the “tops” of the colors only, until I got to the bottom section where I outlined the entire section with dark purple.
When finished, you should meet at the beginning. Tie your floss in a double knot with the starting piece.

easter egg string art home decor craft

You can hang it up on the wall or prop it against a mantel or shelf. Add a few decorative bunnies nearby (I personally love these elegant bunnies!) or some colorful spring flowers. It’s fun to see what kids come up with and the different patterns you can create. Try a tie dye egg, or color coordinate with your room!

FREE Garden Seedling Labels + Garden Tips and Recipes

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Free Printable Garden Seedling Labels - Veggies & Blank Make your Own Label

 

When the weather is warm enough and I’m not blogging or traveling you’ll find me in the backyard buried deep into my veggie garden! Actually I should say veggies gardenS as I actually have several! One thing that I seem to be lacking in, however, is properly storing and labeling my seeds! So I’ve put together some FREE Garden Seedling Labels for you to print and use! GREAT for your own personal garden as well as for use in the classroom! AND there are plenty of blank labels too for you to create your own! You’ll find labels for cucumbers, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, zucchini, peas, green peppers, jalapeños, and of course blank ones.

PRINT HERE: Printable Garden Seedling Labels PDF

Check out our other Garden Related Articles:

Planting a Garden in a Wood Pallet
5 Ideas to Spruce up your School Garden
6 Tips to Save Money on Seedlings & Plants
A Cheap Tip to Start Seeds Indoors 
Visiting a Hydroponics Farm
DIY Gardening Bag Gift Craft

RECIPES from the GARDEN: 

Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Homemade Salsa Recipe
Homemade Bruschetta Recipe
Simple Apple Pie Recipe
Flavorful Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Tulip Tomatoes Food Recipe Tutorial

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Tulip Tomatoes Recipe Tutorial

 I’m just so fascinated by food that has been fashioned to look like something else and these beautiful Tulip Tomatoes are great recipe for parties, events, or just a fun activity that your kids who love being in the kitchen can try their hand at! They truly look like a beautiful bouquet of flowers! It would be really easy to line up an assembly line with a few friends to create a larger amount of food flowers.

Yields: 15 tulips

Ready in 30 minutes

Tomato Tulip Foodie Recipe

Ingredients:

15 Large Cherry Tomatoes

16 stalks of chives

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cucumber

1 teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper

Tomato Tulip Foodie Recipe

Directions:

1. With stem side down, cut a cross in the top of each cherry tomato (about 3⁄4 down the tomato).

2. Using a spoon (grapefruit spoon works very well) to gently scrape out the tomato seeds.

Tomato Tulip Foodie Recipe

3. Take a grilling skewer or toothpick and make a hole where the stem currently is. You may need to twist the skewer in a circle a few times to make room for the chive to fit through.

Tomato Tulip Foodie Recipe

4. Finely chop or grate cucumber.

5. Mix cream cheese, cucumber and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tomato Tulip Foodie Recipe

6. Add a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into each tomato tulip (adjust depending on size of tomatoes).

7. Insert a chive into the hole at the bottom of each tomato.

8. Use a damp paper towel to clean any excess cream cheese filling from outside of tomatoes.

Tomato Tulip Foodie Recipe

9. Prepare the tulip bouquet on a large plate or platter. Use the extra chive stalk to wrap around the tulip stems to complete the bouquet.

Isn’t this gorgeous? It’s a fun decorative recipe that’s sure to be the talk of your party or event! It definitely puts a creative spin on an Easter or Mother’s Day meal!

Monsters Inc. Disney Inspired Birthday Banner #DisneySide

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Monsters Inc Disney Inspired Birthday Banner

SH! Don’t tell my son! We are celebrating my son’s birthday at Disney this summer on a big family road trip with all of his cousins so I have been pre-working on birthday party decor. Nothing super fancy since I will have to trek it all down to Florida from Iowa but I didn’t want anything costly because, let’s face it, Disney is costly enough! This Monsters Inc. inspired birthday banner will be the perfect touch to decorate the house with! And it’s simple to create!

Monsters Inc Inspired Birthday Banner

For a Monsters Inc. theme you’ll need blue, green, and purple cardstock, some yarn, googly eyes, and a bit of glue.

Monsters Inc Inspired Birthday Banner

 

Cut as many green and blue triangles as you’ll want for the length of your banner. You can just freehand a triangle and use it as a template for the others or google for a banner PDF template. On the green triangles glue one google eye. (large ones look best but I only had the smaller ones at the time) Cut out (or press out with a circle paper puncher) purple circles then glue randomly on “Sully’s blue banner”. Add a hole on either side of the triangle at the top to thread the yarn through and hang where desired! Super easy and frugally festive!

DIY Disney Countdown Chain for travel and kids

PLUS if you’re planning a Disney trip you can make this super easy and fun paper countdown chain – Disney themed! You’ll need strips of red paper (with 2 white dots painted on), yellow strips of paper, white strips of paper, and black strips of paper (with 2 circles taped on for “ears”). Just put them together like a traditional paper chain and it will be Disney themed! :)

Pete the Cat Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

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pete the cat craft for kids toilet paper tube

 My son is just absolutely obsessed with Pete the Cat and I have to admit – he’s pretty darn cute!! It all started when his kindergarten class read “Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons” and the craziness hasn’t ended yet! A few weeks ago we made this DIY Pete the Cat T-shirt tutorial and now we’ve moved on to this Pete the Cat Toilet Paper Tube craft! Remember you can always cut down paper towel tubes if you’re squeamish about using toilet paper tubes!

 You’ll Need:

Toilet paper tube

Yellow paper

Blue paper

4 groovy buttons

tape/glue

yellow and white paint

black marker

pete the cat craft for kids toilet paper tube

Cut a piece of yellow paper down to size and wrap it around your toilet paper tube then tape secure.

pete the cat craft for kids toilet paper tube

Glue on four groovy buttons. There are no special buttons for this craft – we just found four colorful happy looking buttons to add! (although I personally LOVE these brightly colored buttons!)

pete the cat craft for kids toilet paper tube

For the head and tail we used blue cardstock paper and cut out a tail and a cat head. This doesn’t have to be perfect – as you can see our kitty head is pretty crooked which I think goes along pretty well with Pete! Remember you’ll need to leave a “neck” on the cat head so that you can stuff it inside your tube!

pete the cat toilet paper tube craft for kids

 

Paint yellow eyes onto your cat’s head and add some black rings onto the eyes once your paint has dried. Don’t forget the little white nose! That’s it! It was easy enough for my son to make his own awesome groovy Pete the Cat! You can even revamp this idea and add a Pete the Cat onto a large craft stick if you want!

Dragon Toilet Paper Tube Kids Craft – Chinese New Year & Knight Play

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Dragon Toilet Paper Tube Kids Craft

I just love how simple and awesome this Dragon toilet paper tube craft is for kids!! It’s ridiculously simple which makes it great for preschool age and up! It’s also a fun dragon head for older kids to create with the rest of a dragon body for pretend knight play. You can even stick a craft stick through the bottom of the toilet paper tube so that you have a dragon head on a “stick” for puppet play!

Dragon Toilet Paper Tube Kids Craft

 

This simple craft only needs a few things:

toilet paper tube
4 green pom poms
green paint
2 googly eyes
hot glue or glue dots
red, yellow, and red streams or tissue paper

Paint your toilet paper tube green. If you’re a teacher considered about germs just use a paper towel roll tube cut in half! I used acrylic paint but with younger kids you might want washable paint. Once the paint has dried glue two green pom poms next to each other on one side of the toilet paper tube for eyes, and two slightly smaller green pom poms at the other end of the toilet paper tube for nostrils. Then using glue dots or hot glue add your googly eyes onto a set of green pom poms. Once that has all dried simply stuff your red, yellow, and orange streamers or tissue paper into the dragon’s “mouth”. If you want to blow into the dragon and make the “flames” flutter around make sure to tape the streamers inside the toilet paper tube!

Spring Easter Bunny, Carrot & Egg String Art Craft

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Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft

 

Spring is ALMOST here (kind of, but I REALLY want it to be almost here!) so we’re transitioning our house to beautifully decorated spring decor! This Easter Bunny, carrot & egg String Art craft is just too awesome for words and is easy to create! Below I’ve included detailed instructions along with a printable template to get the perfect shaped bunny, carrot and eggs on your board! And make sure you check out our Spring Collections board!

Materials Needed:

Pattern, printed on 8.5″x11″ paper (not card stock) PRINT HERE: Easter Spring Decor Template

Old pallet board (mine measures 5.5″ x 14.5″) lightly sanded to remove rough edges, if any

Embroidery Floss (8.7 yard pkgs) in colors you desire. I used 1 each of the following colors:

-white
-orange
-green
-yellow
-pink
Wire Nails: 7/8″ long. 2 oz package. Purchased at Lowes.
Tack Hammer (Purchased at Lowes for about $7)
Masking Tape
I cut my pattern apart and used masking tape to place it where I wanted it on the board. Depending on the size of your board, you may need to do the same.
Instructions:
With the pattern taped on your board, begin to pound the nails into the wood with the tack hammer. I pounded mine about 3/8″ into the wood. Space the nails about 1/2″ apart. Some fine detailed areas and curves will require closer spacing to create detail.
Once you’ve pounded in all of your nails, lift the paper up, off the board and then tear it apart. If you forget to lift up, you may need some tweezers to remove little bits of paper that stick down with the nails.
 Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft
Begin at the top, with the bunny. Tie your white floss around one nail and double knot it. Trim the excess. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this! I begin in a zig zag pattern, skipping every other or every third nail and then weave my way back and across and all around. When you are happy with your look, begin the outline.
To outline the shapes, wrap the floss completely around any nail, and then follow it to the next nail, wrapping and moving to the next nail, and so on. When you meet back where you started, reverse your direction to outline the inside.
When finished tie your floss through an outline and double knot it. Trim the excess.
 Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft
Continue with the carrot.
Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft
And finish with the eggs.
Helpful tips:
It is important to keep the string tight, therefore your starter knot must be very tight. You will probably get discouraged when your floss begins to loosen and everything unravels. To prevent this, be sure to wrap the string around a nail head twice, every now and again.
When working with the carrot, I started with the green.
For the egg, I began with the pink, or egg that sits behind the yellow one.
A few other Spring & Easter Crafts:

20 Rainy Day Activities For Preschoolers

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20 rainy day activities for preschoolers kids

The weather has just been nasty outside lately and when you’ve got a preschooler (or several kiddos!) at home cooped up indoors you definitely want to keep them productive! I always turn online for some great crafts and activities to do with kids on rainy days to keep the occupied and learning so I wanted to put together a list of some fun ones that I have found online! Here are quite a few great kids crafts to do on rainy days (or any day!)! Most of these can be adapted to working with larger groups as well! AND Don’t MISS our newest post “6 Sensory Activities for Kids at Home & at School“!

  1. Glitter Homemade Slime
  2. Minion Toilet Paper Roll Craft
  3. DIY Travel Sorting Game For Toddlers
  4. Water bottle Lava Lamps
  5. How To Make A Treasure Map
  6. How To Make Homemade Edible Finger Paints
  7. Kitchen Sensory Bin
  8. Three Ingredient Homemade Finger Paint
  9. Three Rainy Day Activities
  10. Rainy Day Duck Craft
  11. Bubble Painting 
  12. Handprint Flower Garden
  13. Make Your Own Pet Rocks
  14. Toilet Paper Roll Sunflower Stamp Craft
  15. Pumpkin Spice Latte Play Dough
  16. No Cook Scented Play Dough
  17. 3D Doily Flowers
  18. Bubble Wrap Sheep
  19. DIY Washable Sidewalk Chalk
  20. Marble Painting

PLUS some BONUS crafts that we’ve posted in the past:

Flower Craft Sticks Craft
 TP Tube Binoculars
Paper Bag Apple w/Worm
Paper Plate Rainbow Craft
Foam Cupcakes
Paper Plate Sunshine Craft
Walrus Tusk Necklace

Check out our collection of English & Spanish Children’s books for $3 each or LESS!

DIY Pete the Cat T-shirt Tutorial for Kids Craft

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DIY Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

 

OK guys I am SO excited how well my DIY Pete the Cat t-shirt turned out and my son has been proudly showing off his new shirt at school this week! He is OBSESSED with Pete the Cat and to be honest I had never read any Pete the Cat books until I bought him Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons – it’s a current favorite of our kindergarten class. Now I am HOOKED! Pete the Cat is SO cute!! So I looked online for some fun Pete the Cat gear to purchase as an incentive for my son as he learns how to read. I found this Pete the Cat t-shirt which was SO adorable – but I was NOT going to pay $25 for it! Ouch!

 

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

So being true to my nature I came up with a better alternative! I made it myself! Now I’m not super crafty or do great at drawing but if you look at this Pete the Cat t-shirt it looks like pretty basic shapes I could re-draw myself! First I grabbed a plain white t-shirt which you can find at Amazon, Walmart, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. I used a pencil to free draw my shapes and when I was happy with the image I used a Sharpie Black Fabric Marker to go over the pencil. (above you can actually see the pencil leftover on the chin which will just wash right out) The neck was basically two straight lines and the head was an oval shape. Add some ears, whiskers, the eyes and a nose and it’s really pretty simple. If you STILL feel like you can’t hand draw it print out one of the photos on this blog post and either blow it up to place under the shirt or just lay it next to the shirt while you try to draw it!

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

The tail was also very simple. I started on the seam side of the shirt and just drew the tail about half way into the shirt towards the bottom.

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

Here’s a full view of how my Pete the Cat looks after drawing him in pencil and then outlining him in black Sharpie Fabric marker. I do recommend placing a piece of cardboard or layer in between the shirt so that you don’t accidentally bleed marker through the back side. Hand drawing Pete the Cat was actually the quickest part and literally only took a few minutes.

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

Coloring in Pete the Cat, although simple, took the longest. I used only 3 colors – black, yellow, and blue. I started by coloring in Pete’s tail all blue. Then I moved up to the head and did the eyes….finished up the face, then moved down the neck.

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

 

Ta-da! It’s Pete the Cat!! SO simple!! Now that my son has worn his Pete the Cat shirt he’s been begging for me to add 4 groovy buttons on. I was going to just hand draw them on and color them but he wants real buttons sewn on SO I’ll have to add those pictures later since my husband is hand-sewing on 4 groovy buttons for my kiddo. You can sew it directly onto his neck but we’re going to sew it in the blank white space between his neck and tail.

DIY Pete the Cat T-shirt Tutorial

 That’s one proud kindergartener who’s learning to read and can now wear his favorite book character to school any time he wants!

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

And I’m not going to lie….the cats like it too! ;)

Seriously – DIY t-shirts can be SO easy and fun – even if you aren’t super crafty. Check out our DIY Big Hero 6 Baymax t-shirt that’s even easier than this one and literally takes 5 minutes or less to finish the whole shirt!