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Mother’s Day DIY gift, a cute Popsicle Puzzle from the heart…

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Mother’s Day is almost here and we have the perfect DIY gift idea. A Popsicle Puzzle…. Personally I don’t want my kids spending money for a present or need a big gift. The perfect present would be a long nap by myself followed by something small and meaningful from the heart that is cheap or free.

My kids love to color and paint. A couple weeks ago I had asked my 8 year old and 11 year old to draw something nice for our art wall. Both of my kids were not sure what to draw, so I gave them some inspiration. Paint something special for me, Mami. Something that I would like or has something to do with me. The result was two beautiful drawings that mean so much to me.

We decided to use these paintings as inspiration for our puzzle and Eva drew a third picture as a free template to use. But it could be anything, a coupon for a nap for example, a photograph, a card or a copy of a ticket (don’t use the original).

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We copied the original pictures because they were part of the art wall, but you could also use the original masterpieces. Other than that you only need popsicle sticks or craft sticks, pencil, ruler, scissor, glue and an envelope.

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We used 17 popsicle sticks which measured:

6 3/4 inches x 4 1/2 inches or 17.5 centimeter x 11.5 centimeter

We measured in centimeter and cut the masterpieces in 1 cm stripes (make sure that your craft sticks also measure 1 cm or change accordingly)

We glued the paper stripes on the sticks and let them dry overnight.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms everywhere. Not just one day a year, let’s celebrate every day.

Here is our free template for you:

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The time we celebrated the birthday of one of our favorite plush animals… or a Teddy Bear picnic with DIY template

This is a throwback post from 2013 when we had a plush animal birthday party…

So actually it is much better than a Teddy Bear Picnic…. Drumroll please: we celebrated the 4th birthday of one of our most favorite stuffed animal, Billy the Squirl.

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Luca had the idea, because shortly before, we were celebrating the birthday of my husband and had a huge casino poker party. Luca had helped in some preparation for this party and saw us crafting, baking, making….. So about 5 days after the birthday bash for Chris, he announced that Billy was celebrating his birthday the following Saturday. I asked him what a great birthday party needs and he came up with (in his order)

1. Invitations

2. Cake

3. Party Hats

4. Presents

5. Balloons and a banner/decoration

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We created a guest list, which included Mickey Mouse, Schafi, Hippo and some other friends, but was limited to 12 guests. We also invited a real friend and his stuffed animal to make the party even more fun.

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Luca started to make the invitations. It was so much fun to see the enthusiasm he had making them. Because the Teddy Bear Picnic was part of the Summer Bucket List, it was the perfect match.  Eva and I created a template for a garland, party hats, party signs and miniature cupcake topper, which is available for downloading. We wanted to make it simple enough that Luca could either make the decoration almost by himself or at least be able to help, since it was his party. The next several days, we worked on the party. One day, we made garlands, the next day wrapped presents and the day before the party we baked the cake. It was perfect, because the anticipation grew with each day and the projects were short enough to not lose interest after a while. We wrapped a small box of peanuts and Eva made some presents like an outfit, a backpack,  a miniature notepad, a necklace (I think Billy is ready for school now) and wrapped them all in several little gifts. They looked so cute… Another great idea was the trail mix from Kian and doggy, Luca’s friend. The day of the party, Luca woke up extra early and could not wait to get started… He helped us to decorate and together with his brother, they brought all the birthday guests, the cake and the presents outside. It was time to get the party started…

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INSTRUCTIONS:

You need:

Templates – cut out

colorful paper – we used different scrapbook paper in different colors and different patterns

scissors, glue

stapler or tape

stretch cord for party hats

toothpicks for cupcake topper

colorful balloons – we used water balloons, streamers and ribbons, colorful fabric samples, etc…

Direction:

How to make the garland:

Trace the template on different colors of paper and cut out. As more colors and patterns as more fun the garland will be  You should have a nice stack. Take both ends of a strip and form a circle. Staple or glue the ends together. Take the next strip of paper through the first circle to connect them and form another circle. Tape or staple the ends together. Continue to get a long and pretty garland.

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How to make the party pats:

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Depending on the size of the stuffed animal or doll, trace one of the larger circle templates on colorful paper and cut out. Cut straight into the circle until the middle. Repeat and cut off about 1/3 of the circle (sorry, maybe the pics are clearer than my instructions 🙂 ) Take the ends and form a party hat, secure with tape or glue. The stuffed animal gets his first fitting. To secure the strap, we hot glued a stretch cord to one side of the hat. Once it is dried, fit it again to get the correct size for the strap and hot glue the other end. Let it dry completely.

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How to make the cake topper:

Trace the small circle template on colorful paper and cut out. You could also use a small circle punch. We cut a toothpick in half and glued them on the back of the circle. Stick them in frosted cupcakes or in small tea sandwiches.

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How to make the birthday signs:

Trace both templates on different colored paper and cut them out. Glue the smaller square on top of the larger square and let them dry. We handwrote the signs, but I think it would be even cuter to use a spectacular font from your computer.  If your children are big enough, they could write something inside as well.

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Cake and More:

We used half a recipe for a small cake and had some leftovers, which I baked in a miniature muffin tin to serve as cupcakes.

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To make it more festive, we blew up water balloons (which was too hard for Luca), and tied them together to make a garland. Luca helped us by taping them on the umbrella behind the picnic area. We first used a towel or a picnic blanket and covered it with colorful fabric samples to keep with the theme. We brought the guests, miniature cups and plates, the cake and cupcakes, the presents and extra balloons for the blanket outside and we were ready to party…

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Crafty Friday – DIY Confetti Cupcake Toppers – soooooooooooooo cute

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One of our favorite party decorations are cupcake toppers. They make cupcakes or other food “instant-party ready”. Most of the parties we do, have a theme and the cupcake toppers are like the extra cherry on top…. Most of the time, we design the cupcake toppers and wrappers to go along with the theme. They just need to be cut out, glued together and they are ready to party….

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Not all of our toppers are round, we like to use shapes, glitter and embellishments too. There are so many options. Some of my most favorite toppers we made are the ones for the French Chic Elegant wedding set. The way they sparkle, I love it….
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We like creating and crafting things that go along with the current theme we are working on  or an upcoming holiday….
You can make cute cupcake toppers yourself. Here is the tutorial for our

Confetti Cupcake Toppers

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You need:
– dyed and colored paper or dyed coffee filters
– scissors
– construction paper
– glue
– toothpicks
– glitter
– stencils or circle punch
– embellishments like tulle, diamonds, crepe paper, lace, feathers etc.
Because we had some dyed coffee filters leftovers in all hues of pink and some orange that we didn’t want to throw away, we came up with the confetti cupcake toppers. essentially it could be also done with tissue paper or any other kind of paper, but we wanted to use our leftovers.
How-to:
This is a pretty fast craft, which is perfect for making with kids. It would be lovely to make some toppers for a birthday of someone special and to involve the kids this way.
We folded several layers (three) of coffee filters 3 times (as many times as you want to still be able to cut through) and fringed one end. The next step was to cut the fringes off to make small confetti pieces. The more shades of color, the prettier the confetti….
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We started by adding glitter to the confetti to give it extra sparkle. Punch out circles with the circle punch or use a stencil and cut them out. Spread a thin layer of glue and dip the circle into the confetti. After the circles have dried, you might need to cut some extra confetti off. Glue the sticks on the back and let dry completely.
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Voila, you just made a cupcake topper. They are pretty awesome like this, but we do like to embellish them even more and used crepe paper, diamonds, glitter, tulle and feathers to make them even more spectacular.  We also wrapped the cupcakes in crepe paper for a quick and cute wrapper.
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And what is better than a cupcake with a cupcake topper? A cupcake with THREE cupcake toppers. It was a joke, but it actually looks AWESOME. So now, let me have a cupcake….
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Beginner Simple Paper Clay Recipe

 

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After a rather long break, crafty Friday is back and better than ever. We have lots of crafts and projects that are ready to be shared. A couple days ago, we posted about our candy theme this year and got lots of questions about how to make the paper clay/ paper mache from the candy tutorial. This is the beginner recipe which is pretty simple and only uses 2 main ingredients, paper and water. We have used this clay recipe in the past for example to make the mushrooms for our forest Christmas theme.

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We also made various props for our Halloween Circus theme like the giant snake of the snake lady, the knifes of the knife thrower and the weights and medal of the strongman.

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Lets get started:

Ingredients:

Paper, Glue, Paint

You also need a paper shredder (optional), bucket, hand blender, kitchen towel/cheese cloth and a bowl

How to:

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With our photo props, we accumulate a lot of waste paper which we love to recycle into paper clay projects. You can also use regular paper, envelopes (without the plastic windows), newspaper, brochures or any old scrap paper. All plastic and staples need to be removed before it can be either shredded or ripped into very small pieces. (the smaller, the better)

 

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We usually fill a medium bucket about three quarters full.

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For each  3 to 4 cups paper pieces, we use about 1 cup of glue. Paste should feel like a play dough consistency that shouldn’t be too dry or too wet.

We used the clay in molds as well as shaped it by hand. Depending on the size, it can take several weeks to dry. We have let the clay air dry as well as  let it dry in the oven at the lowest temperature. But be aware that the paper could brown or even burn if it gets too hot.

The texture of the clay is rough and grainy, which worked out perfect for these projects. To get a smoother surface, the dried clay object can be sandpapered. Afterwards it is ready to be painted.

We will share a couple of other clay projects in the upcoming month…..

 

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Candy Candy Candy

 

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It’s the year of candy for us…. Let me explain. Every year we have a different Christmas theme. Wait what, why are we already talking about Christmas you might ask yourself. In the past we had different colors and themes like beach, forest, Harry Potter, damask black and white etc…. Last year’s Christmas was a magical forest and for the first time we had a little reveal for the family for this years theme. It was a little box filled with candy and a message announcing “Candy Christmas”.

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Because candy is such a fun theme that could be used all year around, we will also have a candy themed birthday party for Olivia in June…. and how about a candy Valentines?We have already been dreaming up some amazing candy creations and parties and can’t wait to share more throughout the year. My sister finished drawing some delicious candy which will be incorporated into the candy designs for the parties. Here are the different steps of one of her unedited drawings:

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We will share lots of sweetness throughout the year. Like our paper clay candy which might be transformed into a Christmas tree garland or table decoration. If you want to sweeten your own party, we included the different steps on how to make the candy.

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We used our beginner paper clay recipe which is basically only paper and glue. You can find the recipe on how to make the paper clay for all kinds of fun projects here:

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To make the balls, you also need a measuring spoon (we used 1 TBSP), different paints, clear foil and hot glue.

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It will be a sweet year 🙂

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crafty Friday and the first post for the bucket list – a Teddy Bear picnic

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Actually it is much better than a Teddy Bear Picnic…. Drumroll please: we celebrated the 4th birthday of one of our most favorite stuffed animal, Billy the Squirl.

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Luca had the idea, because shortly before, we were celebrating the birthday of my husband and had a huge casino poker party. Luca had helped in some preparation for this party and saw us crafting, baking, making….. So about 5 days after the birthday bash for Chris, he announced that Billy was celebrating his birthday the following Saturday. I asked him what a great birthday party needs and he came up with (in his order)

1. Invitations

2. Cake

3. Party Hats

4. Presents

5. Balloons and a banner/decoration

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We created a guest list, which included Mickey Mouse, Schafi, Hippo and some other friends, but was limited to 12 guests. We also invited a real friend and his stuffed animal to make the party even more fun.

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Luca started to make the invitations. It was so much fun to see the enthusiasm he had making them. Because the Teddy Bear Picknick was part of the Summer Bucket List, it was the perfect match.  Eva and I created a template for a garland, party hats, party signs and miniature cupcake topper, which is available for downloading. We wanted to make it simple enough that Luca could either make the decoration almost by himself or at least be able to help, because it was his party. The next several days, we worked on the party. One day, we made garlands, the next day packed presents and the day before the party we baked the cake. It was perfect, because the anticipation grew with each day and the projects were short enough to not lose interest after a while. We wrapped a small box of peanuts and Eva made some presents like an outfit, a backpack,  a miniature notepad, a necklace (I think Billy is ready for school now) and wrapped them all in several little gifts. They looked so cute… Another great idea was the trail mix from Kian and doggy, Luca’s friend. The day of the party, Luca woke up extra early and could not wait to get started… He helped us to decorate and together with his brother, they brought all the birthday guests, the cake and the presents outside. It was time to get the party started…

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INSTRUCTIONS:

You need:

Templates – cut out

colorful paper – we used different scrapbook paper in different colors and different patterns

scissors, glue

stapler or tape

stretch cord for party hats

toothpicks for cupcake topper

colorful balloons – we used water balloons, streamers and ribbons, colorful fabric samples, etc…

Direction:

How to make the garland:

Trace the template on different colors of paper and cut out. As more colors and patterns as more fun the garland will be  You should have a nice stack. Take both ends of a strip and form a circle. Staple or glue the ends together. Take the next strip of paper through the first circle to connect them and form another circle. Tape or staple the ends together. Continue to get a long and pretty garland.

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How to make the party pats:

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Depending on the size of the stuffed animal or doll, trace one of the larger circle templates on colorful paper and cut out. Cut straight into the circle until the middle. Repeat and cut off about 1/3 of the circle (sorry, maybe the pics are clearer than my instructions 🙂 ) Take the ends and form a party hat, secure with tape or glue. The stuffed animal gets his first fitting. To secure the strap, we hot glued a stretch cord to one side of the hat. Once it is dried, fit it again to get the correct size for the strap and hot glue the other end. Let it dry completely.

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How to make the cake topper:

Trace the small circle template on colorful paper and cut out. You could also use a small circle punch. We cut a toothpick in half and glued them on the back of the circle. Stick them in frosted cupcakes or in small tea sandwiches.

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How to make the birthday signs:

Trace both templates on different colored paper and cut them out. Glue the smaller square on top of the larger square and let them dry. We handwrote the signs, but I think it would be even cuter to use a spectacular font from your computer.  If your children are big enough, they could write something inside as well.

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Cake and More:

We used half a recipe for a small cake and had some leftovers, which I baked in a miniature muffin tin to serve as cupcakes.

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To make it more festive, we blew up water balloons (which was too hard for Luca), and tied them together to make a garland. Luca helped us by taping them on the umbrella behind the picnic area. We first used a towel or a picnic blanket and covered it with colorful fabric samples to keep with the theme. We brought the guests, miniature cups and plates, the cake and cupcakes, the presents and extra balloons for the blanket outside and we were ready to party…

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bloody or slime Halloween candles – an easy, fast and very spooky craft

I usually post crafts I do with my kids, but I love to do projects just for me too… I recently posted about the spectacular Halloween Table we did a couple of years back. If you haven’t read about it, check it out here:

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/the-best-and-creepiest-halloween-dessert-table-ever/

The bloody candles were a last-minute extra creepy idea we had. You need white candles, red candle wax (for blood) or green candle wax (for slime), a lighter, some newspaper to cover the working area and a candle holder or something to hold the candle in place. Easy peasy…

We accidentally bought a red candle which had white wax inside. I double checked before, but somehow grabbed the wrong candle in the end. Thankfully I still had some candles at home. We used a dark fuchsia red in the end and it still looks nice and authentic.  As candle holders, we used styrofoam bowls, which we turned around and made holes inside to hold the candles. We put the white candles in the candle holders, used an extra candle to make first the red and later the green wax hot and poured the liquid carefully over the white candles. Because the wax hardens pretty fast, we had to work fast, but still be careful to not get burned.

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scary pumpkin monsters

Yesterday night my sister and I carved pumpkins. This was only part 1, because tonight Luca, my husband and I will carve some more. Let me present to you: the pumpkin eater and the evil grinner: 

They came out really cute or should I rather say scary 🙂 For a more dramatic results, we carved out some parts and only scraped others. The evil grinner was also marked with a black sharpie and the pumpkin eater got to eat a little pumpkin. Maybe I will still carve a face for the little guy.

We first draw a design on the pumpkins which looked like this:

We then cut off the top off, cleaned out the insides and started to carve. It is a lot of fun, but really messy and I expect tonight to get even messier. I will keep you updated.

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decorating the house for the holidays with children

Since we live in Florida, we don’t get the typical seasons outside of our house. But not inside! I love to decorate for each season and holiday. Right now our house smells like a big pumpkin pie and we have leafs, nuts, pumpkins, straw, berries and other fall decoration all over. This makes me feel so good and I love to share or pass on this love of the different seasons to my kids. Of course we go to the pumpkin patch and do fall crafts, but I also like to include them in the decorating. We have a fireplace where they can go wild. They are allowed to decorate it for each holiday.  I have to check to see, if I have pictures throughout the year, but now it is covered completely for autumn. We use different things (from streamers, stickers, drawings, crafts to leafs, nuts, flowers, buttons or whatever I can find in the house that matches the theme). I bought foam leaf and pumpkin stickers for a craft project and Luca decided the fireplace was the perfect place to display theme. We also used hazelnuts to make a border on top of the mantel. I mean the boys did it all by themselves and I only took pictures. The fireplace looks beautiful and perfect and I could have not done it better. Plus Luca was really proud of him and feels very important. I think every house should dedicate a corner, a door, a fireplace, a corkboard or big frame to let the kids decorate for a holiday, birthday or just because…. and I don’t mean to just hang art from school… I think you will be amazed what your kids come up with – at least I am with mine and I think the hazelnuts idea was genius…

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A bucket list update… no, actually it’s a wrap… goodbye summer… hello fall

We had a lot of fun with our summer bucket list and were crossing off things left and right…. but we didn’t do all… which is kind of ok. I am happy with the things we did (a lot of stuff wasn’t even on there) and the day just has a certain amount of hours. ( I need to clone myself to do all the things I want to do) 😉 Also we have  already a start for next year ) Unfortunately I was also  too busy posting about everything…. I could do at least 5 posts, but let me see what I can fit in here to wrap up the summer bucket list 2012. I will still write some “how to” posts in the future and link them back, but this is the official end of summer – school is back on – and my last official post about it 😦 ok, I am also sad about it…. at the same time I am super excited about the fall, the upcoming holidays, the birthdays of my boys and all the new exciting things we have planned. No time for sadness…. here are some of the things we did this summer:

Played in the yard

Visited the Miami Children Museum

Had a picknick in the park and played some soccer

Build a tent in the living room on a rainy day

Stamp summer flowers with potatoes

Visited the butterfly museum

Thanks for stopping by… I hope you liked our adventures as much we did….

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