Monday, 25 February 2013

Favor/treat bags

When planning my sister's shower, I could't believe how much paper crafting had made it's way into decorating. Was a great surprise!  After all, I had most of the supplies on hand. All I had to do was pick colors and design.  I'll share some of my creations over the next week, but today I will show you my favorite - the confetti popcorn bag.

I was able to go to the party section in my craft store and buy white paper bags by the dozen for about $3.00.  They were slightly smaller than lunch bag size which was too big.  So I cut three inches off the top with my paper trimmer:

Now they were the perfect size!  The next step was to choose one of my Martha Stewart border punches.  This one is called "footlights edge."  This step is so easy - just  place the folded bag in the punch just like you would any paper and punch through all the layers.  They way it is folded, you will ended up with a perfect continuous border.

After than I just printed out "Pop Corn" on white cardstock and punched it out with my scallop punch, layering it on a larger piece of scalloped piece paper.  Underneath is a strip of ribbon I notched at the ends to make pretty.

I was so happy with the end result.  I will definitely repeat this for the kid's birthday parties!  I could see choosing other color bags and making them for whatever theme the party is.

Thanks for reading!  And Enjoy some popcorn.  Btw, the confetti popcorn recipe can be found on my Pinterest files on the "Fun Kid food"  board .


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Home made Valentine's

We are a big allergy family.  At Halloween, we have to throw out everything with artificial colors, nuts or gluten.  At Birthday parties or school parties, my kids do not get to eat birthday cake, cupcakes or pizza.  They miss out on so much which is a real bummer.

So when I send in school treats, I try to send something that is more all inclusive.  If I can make something normal for  just one allergy kid, that makes me happy.  So for Valentine's Day, I dug into my Pinterest folder to see what I could see.  I came up with these great ideas that were so easy to execute.

The first step is easy, just gather your supplies.  I chose red cardstock since it was a Valentine, after all. A bag of 12  bouncy balls ($3 at Target for a bag of 12 - look in the party section), stapler, your paper Valetine and plastic bags.  The paper Valentine I printed out using Word on my computer.  The plastic bags I bought at Walmart in the craft section near the beads.  A sandwich baggie would work too.

OK, first measure your bag to determine your cardstock size.  My bag was 2.5 inches wide, so I made a card stock square measuring 2.5 x 6.  Fold in half and attach your printed out Valentine with a tape runner or your favorite adhesive.

Place the toy inside the plastic bag.  Fold the card stock over the bag.

Next, just staple the cardstock onto the bag.  Make sure the bag is fully attached to the card stock.  When stapling, it's easy for the bag to slip down.

All done!  This is a great way to provide favors or holiday treats that are cute and allow you to think outside the box.  Change the colors, the paper, the treat, and you have endless world of possibilities. This "cutie" clementine was perfect for my younger son's preschool class.  Nice break from all that sugar, and the kids loved them.

Thanks for reading and sharing my project-


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Valentine's project

Life has been so crazy since the story closing this time last year, and frankly, losing my mom at the same time, well, it has taken it's toll.  I lost all interest in scrapbooking and reading and all the other things I love to do.

But as they say time heals wounds and I can feel myself coming back to life slowly, day by day.  I've been doing some projects lately and would love to start sharing again.  First up is a fun Valentine's project.

I originally saw one of these at my local grocery store....for $20!  Loved it, but with three kiddos and at home, no way was I shelling out $60. But I thought it really couldn't be that hard to make, right?

So first up was buying some candy - 3 bags which was too much.  One and half was plenty.  ($12)  The original had tootsie rolls in a clear vase.  I opted for Hershey's kisses in pink wrappers.  While at the new dollar store in town looking for vases, I stumbled across these adorable balloons and mugs.  I thought, why have three vases to store, collecting dust when the kids can actually use mugs?  So mugs it was.  ($6 for balloons and mugs)

Next, also at the dollar store I bought floral foam.  ($1)  I knew I had a ton of wooden meat skewers at the house already, so I was all set.

Most of the candy, I could just push the wooden skewer through.  Just went right through the wrapper into the chocolate.  But some were too solid, like this butterfingers.  So I had to tape the candy onto the skewer.  Tape wasn't great, so I resorted to a couple of glue dots....perfect!  Two mini dots held up great, although I did put the tape on too.

After that, I just added more and more candy, adding more and more pieces.  Since the ballon had a wider stick, I put that in pretty early so I wouldn't run out of space.

Finally, I was done!  All three bouquets took me less than half and hour, and the cost for all three together, NOT each, was $19.  It would have been less had I not over estimated how much candy I would need.  Major hit in my book, but the best part was  how much the kids loved them.  And like I thought, K has already used her mug to make hot chocolate in - yum!

Thanks for reading!  Until next time-