Frank ‘n Friends Favor Boxes!

Howdy folks! I love this time of year! I have some gourds on display in my home and pretty soon I will be putting out the corn stalks and hay bales outside for decoration. We have pumpkins on the porch already that we are so excited to carve but we don’t want them to spoil! At least we can make up a bunch of these cute boxes to decorate with:

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I really like this idea because I can enjoy these sweet Halloween boxes and then fill them with candy and give them away on Halloween night or drop them off on friends doorsteps for fun! That is called “booing” or “ghosting” and I live in a community with very sneaky peeps who deliver goodies all around each others houses in October. It is a lot of fun! Of course all of the parents know who the treats are from before we let out kids have them (but don’t tell the kids that!)These boxes are made from paper take out boxes from Papermart so you know they are just as affordable as they are cute. Watch the video to see how to make them:

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Paint the box with the main color.
2. Paint the face details.
3. Cut two 1/2″ long pieces from a paper straw and hot glue to the side for bolts on Frankincense’s Monster.

TAKE THIS IDEA AND RUN WITH IT! Think of all of the fun things you can paint on these take out boxes for different holidays and events! Happy crafting!

Cute Kids Craft! Bottle Cap Pins (or magnets)

Hi friends! A while back I asked my niece (who then asked her young and single friends) to save me bottle caps and I was rewarded with a bounty of them! I teach a monthly free kids class at the local library and I wanted a fun way to use some of them up and here is what I came up with. A fall craft for kids. Watch the video:

Fun huh? all you need is paper, bottle caps, glue, google eyes and some circle punches or small coins to trace. So…does anyone else have any bottle cap craft ideas? Leave them in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Fall or Halloween Home Decor Craft for Kids {or you!}

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a cute pumpkin themed wall hanging using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

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There are  a lot of techniques in this video but you can totally make this project with your kids. I recommend using thick ‘n tacky glue if the kids are helping out, otherwise the hot glue gun is handy. You can keep this plaque strictly fall themed or you can add a face to the pumpkin and some spiders and cobwebs and make it for Halloween like I did in this video:

Supplies:

  • Crepe paper in orange and green
  • Floral wire
  • Jute cord
  • green and black in pads
  • chalk and sponges/cotton balls
  • tacky glue or hot glue
  • Gold paint OR embossing ink and gold embossing powder
  • scissors, wire cutters, pencil, protractor, black paper scraps, cardboard or mat board scraps, cardstock or construction paper
  • You can find my spray ink tutorial here

Simply follow the instructions in the video for making the honeycomb pumpkin and decorating the wall plaque! Did you know I post many videos that never make it to my blog? Click here to be notified whenever I post new video and follow along in the fun! I hope this project inspires you to craft with your kids or grand kids and for yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by today and til next time happy crafting!

Do You Want Some More?

Hello Friends! Today I have a quick and easy DIY s”more kit project for you using inexpensive supplies from Papermart:

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I occurred to me that folks outside of the US and Canada might not know what the heck a s’more is, or how to make them so I’ll tell you! S’mores are an American campfire tradition, they call them s’mores because they are so tasty after you eat one you will want some-more! First you roast a marshmallow over the fire, then you take a graham cracker and add a piece of chocolate on top, place the roasted melty marshmallow on top and top with another graham cracker.  Yum! These little DIY s’more kits make wonderful party favors for a camp-out or bonfire (that is probably another American tradition too!) I have even made these kits with Christmas themed marshmallows or “Peeps” and called them “Santa S’mores” and sold them at craft fairs for $1 each and they sell out every time! Watch the video to see how it is done:

supplies for this project:

Directions:

  1. Place food items in clear bag. Seal closed.
  2. Fold scrapbook paper in half, add doily and tape to bag.
  3. Decorate with twine, buttons and die cuts.

I hope you make some of these DIY s’more kits but you better make extra because everyone will want some-more! Happy crafting!

A campfire cake kids can make!

Hi friends! Today I have a baking tutorial but it’s not really about the baking. I, with the exception of bread, do not enjoy baking. Or cooking. Or sports. My kids however love to cook (and play every sport going I might add!) So even though I don’t enjoy those activities I want to encourage my kids to try them. I hear so many moms say “Oh, I wish I was crafty, my daughter wants to learn to make jewelry but I just don’t know where to start…” or “Mr son loves to use clay but I can’t deal with the mess…” or my favorite “My child loves art but I am afraid I will show him how to paint the wrong way.” So I say to you, listen, there is no wrong way to do art. If something falls apart they will learn more than if it turns out perfectly. Give kids a box of supplies and let them have at it. They will make a mess but remind them that clean up is part of the art process too. Furthermore if I can let my kids bake a cake YOU can let your kids make art. You do not need to be an artist to (or a good cook, athlete) to encourage your children. You just need to give them opportunities to try without worrying about failing. There is plenty of time for that when you are an adult but hopefully if they start young enough and build confidence they will not have those insecurities later on. Let them learn, let them make a mess (but make them clean up after themselves) and let’s bake a cake!

You may wonder why we used a cake mix. A couple of reasons: They could do it all themselves. they still got to pour and measure and results were nearly guaranteed. Also I rarely bake so my supplies go stale, sugar and baking powder go hard in the container and if you have ever bit into a hard clump of baking powder in a cake it makes your mouth afraid to take another bite. Don’t ask me how I know….

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This project costs about $10, here are the supplies you will need, you probably have them on hand already:

  • 2 boxes of cake mix in your favorite flavors
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting *get the kind with sprinkles!
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1/2 bag of chocolate candy melts (or you can met a couple of chocolate bars-optional)
  • Oreo cookies or graham crackers

*the cake mix will call for eggs and vegetable oil so make sure you have them on hand before you start!

Tools:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 9″x13″ baking dish (lasagna/casserole pan)
  • big top cupcake mold if you have one OR you can use a high walled Pyrex oven safe bowl, bunt cake mold or anything that will give you a similar shape and go in the oven. Use what you have!
  • Mixing spoons, glass measuring cup, straight or offset spatula (or whatever you like for applying icing) and a teaspoon.

Tip: To crush the Oreo cookies (or Graham crackers) to make the ash/dirt place them in a plastic Ziploc bag and roll over them with a rolling-pin.

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I think the cake turned out super cute and everyone said it was delicious (I don’t eat eggs so I can’t say) and the girls were so proud to have made it themselves! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Party Pinwheels Tutorial!

Hi Friends!  Today I have a fun craft/toy/decoration that you or your children can make: Party Pinwheels! And they really spin!

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I bet you have all of the supplies you need at home but if you don’t check out our sponsor Papermart where you will find the best prices on the highest quality party and craft items. For this project you will need:

  • Doilies
  • Scrapbook paper
  • bamboo skewers
  • floral wire
  • beads
  • glue stick
  • scrap paper or waxed paper
  • wire cutters/pliers

Watch the video to see how it is made:

I hope you try this fun and easy craft! It is a great way to use up leftover scrapbook paper too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wait Summer! Don’t Go! {A fun outdoor craft!}

Hello friends! Every month at my local library I have a free craft night for children. I wanted to show the kids how to make something that they could use outside during these last remaining weeks of summer and I decided on this fun fish windsock:

To make this craft you will need:

  • 9″x12″ watercolor paper or poster-board
  • crayons
  • watercolors/brush,water
  • fishing line or string
  • tacky glue or a hot glue gun
  • wiggle eyes
  • Time: This craft will take about 30 minutes

Note: to make this project weatherproof substitute the crepe paper with ribbon or strips of plastic (you could cut strips from a disposable plastic table cloth or plastic bag) and laminate the watercolor paper before gluing it into a cylinder.

Please watch the above video to see how it is made! Happy crafting!

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