Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here with a clever craft to make your St. Patrick's Day pop (literally)!Here is a fun favor idea for St Patrick's Day! Leprechaun hat poppers!!!
Although the first couple of steps are best done by an adult, the decoration of the hats would a be a fun family project.
- Craft roll (I used a kitchen towel cut in 2 inches tubes)
- Tissue paper (green or black)
- Cardstock in green, black, and yellow
- Craft glue and small brush
- Twine or ribbon
- Your choice of candy to fill
- The printables used are from the free printable page on Catch My Party
First you need to close one of the circular ends of your craft tube.
- Cut a piece of tissue paper about an inch bigger than the diameter of the tube. Use the scissors to cut small slits all around the circle, it will make it easier to glue.
- Glue the tissue paper circle to one end of the tube with slightly diluted glue, using the brush to gently pull the paper down around the tube.
Now you need to close the other end of the tube but this time it is the "popping" end, therefore you need a handle to rip the tissue paper open when you pull.
- Cut a circle of black cardstock slightly smaller than the diameter of the craft tube. Pierce a hole in the middle (with a skewer for example) and thread the twine through. Secure the twine with a knot and you may even tape the knot to the cardstock.
- Cut a circle of tissue paper bigger than the tube, like you did in step one. Pierce it in the center and thread the twine through
- You now have a piece of cardstock on top of the tissue paper, with the twine going through
- Fill the tube with candy
- Close the tube with the tissue paper (repeat step 1), making sure the card stock is inside the tube
- You now have a popper, you just need to decorate it to look like a hat
STEP 3Cut all the pieces for the hat from the colored cardstock
- From the green cardstock, cut:
- A circle the size of the tube for the top of the hat
- A rectangle the width of the tube and long enough to wrap around the tube
- A circle about two inches bigger than the diameter of the tube for the base. Cut a hole in the middle slightly smaller than the size of the tube to make it easier to glue
- From the black cardstock, cut a 1/2 inch strip to make the belt
- From the yellow cardstock, cut the buckle
Here are my favorite parties for the week...
A rustic party with sweet Little Red Riding Hood and the woodland creatures, a delicious ice cream party where the princesses from Frozen make an appearance, an adorable celebration with the characters from Doc McStuffins, and a fantastic party for Minecraft fans.
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So here are my tips for avoiding that dreaded let-down called "after-party clean up."
1. Make sure you've prepped your house beforehand. Clear up counter space to make room for dirty dishes, and make sure your dishwasher is empty before the party even starts.
2. Use disposable flatware, plates, and napkins if you're having a lot of guests. While not the best eco-friendly option, no one wants to run load after load in the dishwasher, which also uses water, electricity, and soap.
3. Enlist a friend, and together do small amounts of clean up during the party. I like to grab a friend, and while we're chatting, both do a little clearing or putting things back in the fridge.
4. Now that spring is almost here, host your party outside. No one worries about spilled wine on the grass.
5. But just in case, keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water around (my favorite stain remover). It will come in handy when chocolate cake ends up on your white couch.
6. After the party is over, use this mental trick while cleaning up. Instead of focusing on your disheveled house, reminisce about the best or funniest moments of the party (this is fun to do with your husband or friend). It will make the task at hand seem that much more palatable, and probably make you want to do it again... kind of like childbirth. :)
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I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...
Treat your family to some St. Patrick's Day treats, they're healthy!
Get into the groove with these music birthday party ideas!
Kids will love these rainbow fruit skewers for a after school snack!
For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!
Happy Spring everyone. Still waiting for the last snow to melt here in New York, but I see the spring light at the end of the snowy tunnel. Plants are starting to come up, birds are singing, and the chipmunks are starting to dig to recover their winter leftovers.
I have Easter on the mind today. I wanted to share a real easy tutorial that you and the children can craft together using plastic water bottles or soda bottles and some washi tape. Pretty easy, right!
Step 2: Making your handle. This is a little tricky and requires two people. I measured out the size handle I wanted and doubled the size so I had two of the same size pieces of washi tape. Then I put stuck them together to make the handle.
** The key is leaving some room at each end of the handle to stick the handle to your plastic container. Then once you start covering it, the handle will be covered up.
Step 3: Start your washi tape pattern around your basket piece.
Didn’t they come out so cute?! The children can make them for their teachers, neighbors and grandparents. I am hoping to find enough plastic bottles around so we can make some to bring over to the nursing home.
Until next time – Party On Friends and THINK SPRING!
Thank you, Melissa, I love how your crafts turn everyday objects into such sweetnees! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.
Have you thought about throwing a rainbow party? I’ve come up with a few tips + ideas to help you throw your party.
1. Rainbow DecorYou’ll need lots & lots of color! Nothing says rainbow party without it. And adding stripes, or polka dots will add a fun touch! I used many colors, and even paired them with polka dots, and chevron prints.
2. Fun BackdropA fun backdrop adds so much to a party! I decided to keep my backdrop simple with items I already had around the house, and opted to save the rainbows for the party printables.
3. Party printablesMichelle from Printabelle has some of the cutest printable sets I’ve seen. I found her free rainbow party printables here on Catch My Party. I used the printables for the party favors, the drink bottles, straws, and treat bags. You can download the whole rainbow collection and go to town decorating!
I also came across the most darling rainbow cupcake toppers by Blanca of Creativities Galore! They were so sweet, and I just knew I had to have them for my rainbow party. I put one in each of the guest’s mini cupcake. Don't they look sweet!
4. Fun Party Guest FavorsThe possibilities are endless for guest favors, especially for a rainbow party. At my party, each guest got to take home a special handcrafted rainbow party crown made by the very talented Shawna of Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events and a colorful bottles of bubbles.
There really is no right, or wrong way to throw a rainbow party. Just make sure you have lots of color!
For more rainbow party inspiration, check out these fantastic rainbow parties on our site!
Here are seven must-have ideas for throwing an awesome Lego birthday party! If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. And I just have this feeling Lego parties are going to be even more popular in the coming future!
An amazing cake can be the focal point of the party table. This one has candy Legos pieces and figures!
For more party inspiration, check out all these incredible Lego parties on our site!
Here are my favorite parties for the week...
A fantastic puppy party for a dog and all of his cute furry friends (no joke), an breathtaking and magical fairy mushroom party with fun activities and gorgeous decor, a festive St. Patrick's Day dessert table with green shamrock cookies and a modern feel, and an elegant and lovely Cinderella inspired party for two sweet little girls.
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