Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful day however you spend it. Thank you for being a part of our holidays! We are so grateful for each and every one of you.
If you think we’re obsessed with putting candy eyes on treats….you are correct. How cute are these reindeer cupcakes? They are super easy to assemble and are a definite crowd pleaser!
Ingredients: chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, Nilla wafers, red and brown m&ms, pretzels, and candy eyes.
1. Bake cupcakes and let cool completely.
2. Frost a cupcake with chocolate frosting and immediately press in two pretzels and a Nilla wafer while the frosting is sticky.
3. Add a dot of frosting to an m&m and stick it to the top middle of the Nilla wafer.
4. Add a dot of frosting to the backs of two candy eyes and stick them to the bases of the pretzels.
That’s it! So easy, so cute, and SO delicious.
Here’s a rainy day craft that’s perfect for kids of all ages: paper plate Halloween characters! The sky is the limit when it comes to these paper plate people (we even made them for Easter!). Your kids will have so much fun with paint, paper, and glue, they’ll be asking to make a whole fleet of googly-eyed buddies.
Supplies: paper plates (we used small, round dessert-sized plates), acrylic paint, a foam paint brush, construction paper, glue, scissors, and googly eyes.
To make the bat:
1. Paint a paper plate black with acrylic paint. Let dry.
2. Cut two wings and two strips for the legs out of black construction paper.
3. Fold the strips of paper accordion-style and glue to the back of the plate along with the wings.
4. Glue two googly eyes to the front of the plate.
To make Frankenstein:
1. Paint a paper plate green with acrylic paint. Let dry.
2. Cut hair, a mouth, and two bolts out of black construction paper. Glue hair and bolts to the back of the plate.
3. Cut two strips of green paper and fold accordion style. Glue to plate.
4. Glue googly eyes and mouth to the front of the plate.
To make the Jack-o-Lantern:
1. Paint a paper plate orange with acrylic paint.
2. Cut a stem out of brown paper, a leaf out of green paper, and a mouth out of black paper. Glue the stem and leaf to the back of the plate and the mouth to the front.
3. Cut two strips of orange paper and fold accordion-style. Glue to the back of the plate.
4. Glue two googly eyes to the front of the plate.
We hope you and your little ones enjoy this fun and easy craft! Subscribe to blog.vickybarone.com in the right side bar to keep up with all of our upcoming Halloween and Fall inspiration.
1. Watermelon, Mint, & Feta Salad | 2. Watermelon & Blackberry Margarita Popsicles
3. DIY Place Cards | 4. Watermelon Raspberry Slushies
5. Watermelon Bloody Mary | 6. Honey Grilled Spicy Watermelon
Today is National Watermelon Day! Celebrate with these six watermelon-themed ideas! Today is as good a day as any to try your very first watermelon bloody mary, right?
Teacher Appreciation Week is next week! Here is the gift we made for my boys’ teachers, complete with Starbucks gift cards and their sweet little faces.
We are also excited to introduce a new service we’ve been working on for quite some time now. Places for Faces is an application that helps you to personalize any party with faces! Using Places for Faces, you can upload an image of yourself or a friend and add a variety of stickers that match the occasion such as birthday hats, bow ties, tiaras, veils, and so much more. You then choose from a range of templates such as cupcake toppers and thank you notes that save directly to your computer to print as many times as you like. Here is the birthday party that inspired Places for Faces one year ago!
We are thrilled to be in the final stages of preparation and cannot WAIT to launch Places for Faces! If you are interested in being one of the first to try the application, add your email to the subscription list at the bottom of this post. We can’t wait to share it with you!
For this project, we uploaded the boys’ pictures to Places for Faces and added the yellow flower sticker. We are constantly finding more and more ways to use Places for Faces, especially when we’ve got these cute little mugs to work with!
Materials: A small terracotta pot, acrylic paint (we used outdoor patio paint), paint brushes, a Styrofoam ball, moss, plastic party picks, tape, a gift card, and this free printable thank you note.
Click the link above or the image below to download the free PDF! I left a space for you to hand write your child’s name or have them sign it themselves!
1. Have your child help paint the terracotta pot. Let dry completely.
2. Add the Styrofoam ball to the bottom of the pot (this is to help the picks to stay where you want them).
3. Cover the Styrofoam with moss.
4. Attach the thank you note, face, gift card, or anything else you’d like to add to the plastic picks using tape or glue.
5. Insert gift card and thank you note into the pot, stabilizing it within the foam ball.
This sweet craft would make a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift as well!
Are you making anything for Teacher Appreciation week? We’d love to see it!
Don’t forget to subscribe to Places for Faces to be the first to know about the launch AND be one of the first participants! Just add your email in the space below and click subscribe!
Thank you to all those teachers out there! You are so appreciated!
P.S. Here is the Teacher Appreciation gift I made last year!
Add a personal touch to those less-than-personal gift cards with these adorable felt gift card holders! They are perfect to hang on the Christmas tree or tuck into a card this holiday season!
Materials: Felt, scissors, all-purpose thread, a hot glue gun, and a sewing machine.
1. For the main pocket and loop, cut felt into two 3.25″ x 2.25″ rectangles and one 4″ x 0.5″ strip.
2. To decorate the front of the gift card holder, cut different colored felt into different sizes and shapes to create the designs you like! See the pictures above and below for ideas.
3. Make a loop with the 4″ x 0.5″ strip and sew onto back rectangle.
4. Sew design onto front rectangle using different types of stitching (you can also hot glue any pieces to the front – like our red bow)
5. Sew front and back rectangles together, leaving the top open to insert a gift card.
6. Trim edges of felt to create clean lines and any excess thread.
Make sure you loosen the stitching on your sewing machine before starting this project, otherwise the felt will stretch and your rectangles will look a little lopsided. If you don’t have a sewing machine, no worries! These can also be hand stitched or simply hot glued. Felt is very versatile so be creative!
P.S. These gift card holders look great with our Wine Bottle Holiday Sweaters 😉
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