How to serve & Display Treat Cones and Snow-Cones!

I love party cones but it can be hard to figure out how to display or serve them. The other day I was at the supermarket and saw the perfect solution (and it was free!)


The top of this caddy was made from a yogurt display. Some grocery stores have the yogurt in these boxes on the shelf but if not you can ask for them. Other items in cups are shipped this way too so they are sure to have something similar and free is good! Watch the video to see how I made this!

Yogurt box or another box with holes in it (you can get these free at the supermarket)
Shoe box close to the same size as the yogurt box
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Crepe Paper
Bakers Twine
6″ paper Doilies
Paper Straws
Hook & Loop Tape aka Velcro

Tip! Papermart sell the clear cello cones that fit perfectly in the box. The ones I used were the 12″ which are good for candy, for popcorn you might want the bigger one though.

They have snow cone cups too!

1. Cut the bottom off of the yogurt box and the top off of a shoebox and glue together. This is the base we will decorate. You can attach the lid to the box with Velcro if you wish or glue it in place.

2. Cut crepe paper to fit the box and glue it to the edge of the lid pleating as you go.

3. Fold doilies in half and glue over crepe paper.

4. Wrap with bakers twine and glue on buttons.

5. Add paper straws sat the edge of the crepe paper to neaten it up. Add cones to the holes and you are all set!

I hope you try this for your next party! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.



Classic Americana & Versatile Kraft!

Hi Friends! One of the most versatile supplies in my craft room is Kraft paper. One minute it is covering my work surface to protect it from ink and paint spills and the next moment is it being used to beautifully wrap a gift. Kraft doesn’t just stop at paper, you can get so many products from Papermart made from sturdy kraft paper and cardboard and with just a few supplies tun them in to beautiful custom party decor and gift packaging.


The big reason I like kraft is that it goes with everything! It is may favorite neutral. Sure black is elegant and white is a pure blank canvas but kraft is comfortable and since it is a mid value color already you don’t have to do much to it to make it look done. Watch the video and see what I mean.

Here is a list of supplies I used:


Directions: Distress the kraft paper products with gesso and ink. Layer on paper and stamp. Embellish with jute cord and star garland.


Try dressing up your kraft paper products with pastel shades of acrylic paint for Easter, bridal and baby showers, try mint and gold for weddings and try stamping polka-dots with a wine cork and any color acrylic paint on kraft paper to make a cheerful birthday wrap! The more you use kraft paper the more ideas you will come up with! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!




The Easy Way to Build a Pinata!

Howdy friends! I love pinatas! As soon as my kids were old enough to wield a wiffle ball bat I made shaped pinatas for their parties. Their is nothing better than being blindfolded and whacking a moving object to make candy fly out in all directions! Pinatas are expensive to fill so why not save money and make the pinata from stuff around the house! All you need is cardboard boxes, party streamers, masking tape and white glue. If you are lacking in party streamers or any supplies for your party be sure to check out our sponsor Papermart so you can save even more. Now, Let’s make a pinata!

You can customize the design to fit any theme simply by changing the shape you start with and the color of streamers you choose. I used white streamers for the top of my cupcake pinata then spritzed it with purple spray ink, easy! I want to thank Papermart for sponsoring today’s video, do check them out if you are planing a party. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

School Vacation is Almost Here! {Got Crafts?}

Christmas vacation starts tomorrow! Are you ready? Today I am going to share a project that will keep the girls entertained this vacation. A couple of weeks ago the folks at Sunshine Shoppe Supply asked me if I’d like to try some of their products.  They have a wide assortment of hair bow supplies and cute jewelry kits for babies, kids and adults. I knew my girls would love making some headbands for their friends this Christmas so I grabbed  a DIY Shabby Chic Headband Kit and a small sampler of Diamond Mesh sheets.

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I no sooner had the supplies laid out and my girls dove in!

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I chose the peacock collection but they have several other colorways to choose from and they are all on sale right now for $8.99. The kit makes 6 headbands!

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My girls are pros at crafting so they used a hot glue gun but if your kids are not as graceful with glue I recommend a thick quick setting cold glue such as Helmar 450 or Aleens Thick and Tacky glue. You might want to let them dry on waxed paper in case the glue seeps through though.

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I think my girls did a great job, the only downside was that we ran out of supplies too soon, the girls wanted to make more!

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One other note, we cut the diamond mesh easily with scissors to add a bit of bling to the bands, the mesh was not in the kit but it was very affordable, the 6″ pack is on sale for $8.95 and a little goes a long way! The girls also added some handmade clay buttons from my stash to their creations.

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With the long school vacation coming up I’m sure your little girl would love a headband or jewelry kit from Sunshine Shoppe Supply! It would also be a fun project to make for a birthday party or playdate.

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I want to thank Sunshine Shoppe Supply for sponsoring us today and I do hope you check out what they have to offer. In addition to crafting kits they have bulk wholesale supplies perfect for folks who like to sell their hair bows. There are some beautiful, unique stuff worth a look! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Party Craft: Pom-Pom Earrings & Tassel Necklaces!

Good evening crafty friends. Phew! What a day! I swear I spent all day baking and I have only 2 cakes and a dozen cupcakes to show for my trouble. I made such a mess I had to clean the kitchen 2 whole times! How do people do this on a regular basis? It’s awful! I made each of my girls (they are twins you see) their own cake for their birthday this year. They had let me get away with cupcakes the last few years but Maizy was looking through an old scrapbook (this is the downside of scrapbooking folks) and saw a picture of the horse cake I made for their second birthday and wanted a horse cake this year. Oh boy, I had borrowed the pan last time and there was no time to get it so I started with a sheet cake and some creative cutting and you can even tell it is a horse. I’m good with that!. Lila wanted one of those “Big Top Cupcake” cakes and when it was done it looked like a beehive so ta-da, it’s a beehive and I totally planned it that way LOL! I’ll share photos of the cake tomorrow but tonight I wanted to show you the party favor/craft I have planned for the guests of the all-girl birthday party:

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I wanted to make something simple, that anyone could make with no crafting experience. Also it had to be quick because the kids will want to run around and play and I’m all for unstructured activities at a birthday party. This is a 10 minute craft that is easy for everyone! Grown-ups are needed for the hot gluing or give the kids tacky glue. I got my huge spools of bakers twine at Papermart, you get 240 yards per spool so you can afford to make a lot of these! Watch the video to see how:

The key to making this (or any) craft with kids to ABP: Always be prepared. Here are the kits I have prepared in advance so the kids can grab the color they like and go. Some have clip-on earrings and some have pierced earrings so I might have to swap finding but that is quick and easy. 

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And the finished project it adorable. I will even wear mine with pride!  (pardon the cheesy “Senior Picture” pose hahahaha!)


Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Pinata!

Howdy folks! I started training for a race today. My son runs cross country for his school and every year they have a “parent race” and I figure what’s good for the goose is good for the gander so I am going to run it. I have 2 goals:

  1. To finish the race and not have a heart attack.
  2. Not to come in dead last.

So today instead of walking my dog I jogged the first 3rd of our route, walked a third and jogged the last third. That might sound impressive but our route is 1/2 mile long. The race is 1.62 miles long.  I had to drag my dog the last third of the way because she is more of a leisure breed I think. Come to think of it I probably am too. My ankles hurt and my lungs burned.  Good times. I am trying to recruit other moms of x-country runners to join me because misery loves company I guess. 🙂 I have to say though, a half an hour after the run I felt really good and had lots of energy the rest of the day too so that is worth a little bit of agony I guess…right? Oh, you did not come hear to read about my running? OK then, here is my work desk this week, my twin daughters birthday is this weekend and here is the pinata we began tonight:


You might wonder why we spend so much time making something that is going to be destroyed (I think that when I see the elaborate food some people cook) well, I’ll tell you:

  1. It is fun to design and make.
  2. It is inexpensive (cardboard and party streamers) and it is nice to save money on the pinata and spend the money on the good fillings!
  3. What kid doesn’t love a pinata?
  4. It is really fun and freeing to make something that you know is temporary, it is liberating!

I was running low on cardboard and had to get creative with this. I just had some new goodies arrive from Papermart today so I used the box as the belly of the pinata (I filled the box chock-a-block full of candy) then I used a panel of flat cardboard for the nose and tail. I had to scrounge clean cardboard from a pizza box to make the fin and some tapering pieces from the box to the ends but who cares, it will all be covered in crepe paper! Man, I love making pinatas!  If only I could figure out how to put the squiggle over the “a” whenever I spell pinata….

Do you want to see what other craft folk have on their desks today? Well hop over the Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: How to Make Votive/Floater Candles and Tea Dying too!

Howdy folks! I have a sweet little project for you today that would make a lovely wedding or bridal shower favor or Mother’s Day gift:

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These are sweet heart shaped votive candles that are stable enough to float in a bowl of water too. Imagine 3 of these in a shallow bowl of water with colorful glass marbles as a centerpiece or one at each place setting as a favor at a wedding.  Most of the supplies I used today came from Papermart, they have the best prices hands down and you should check them out whenever you need bulk supplies like when planning a wedding. You will need: Paraffin Wax (you can get this at the grocery or craft store but if you need a lot mail order it from a candle supplier to save 70%), wicking for 2″-3″ diameter candles, Heart shaped silicone muffin cups (I got a pack of 12 at Target and they are perfectly fine to use with food after you are done!), crayons for coloring the wax, wax melts for scenting the wax (wait for a sale at ACmoore when the go for 2/$1) Tulle, jute twine, bakers twine, large unstrung merchandise tags, a Popsicle stick, black tea bags, your choice of stamps, water-based markers and ink and a clean soup can.

Watch the video to see how to make this. Be sure to pay attention to the safety information (don’t burn your hands off!) regarding wax melting:

Pretty easy huh? And inexpensive too. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you, Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Fun & Interactive Centerpiece! {Video Tutorial}

Want some party decor that doubles as an icebreaker? Try crafting this photo prop centerpiece:

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There are no flowers in it so it can be made months in advance (or 2 days in advance in my case LOL!) and it will keep if you want to use the elements over again! I made 6 of these for a friends 40th birthday party and the materials totaled $25 and the supplies came from Papermart! Best of all he spools of Tulle are so long and the bags of feathers so generous that I have loads leftover for future crafty fun! I also used black marbles for table scatter. Watch to see how I made this in real-time and high definition! {gosh, I’m getting fancy!}

I did a few things before hand such as cut out the masks/crown and score the rosettes. I recommend if you are doing a project like this to go assembly line style: Do all of the die cutting at once, then assemble all the vases, glitter all the tags, etc. It keeps the mess under control and is quicker than having to switch gears all the time. If you need templates for the masks, photo props and crown you can find them in printable templates as well as SVG cutting files in my shop:

Photo Booth Props!Royal Whimsy Party SVGMasquerade Mask SVG

Click here to download the “40 is Fabulous” printable labels I promised for free!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

One of these days I’m just going to buy a cake…

I say it every year, the night before my kid’s birthday “next year I am buying a cake!” but for some reason I never do. Well, there was that year when my son turned 2 and my twins were a month old. That year I ordered a “Blues Clues” cake but other than that I have made them all. I even looked at the pre-made cakes at the supermarket but none of them were what I, or rather my son, wanted. He wanted to take “Angry Bird” cupcakes to school and, well, Angry Birds are pretty simple and I figured I could whip up a batch post-haste:


Many times I make my own cakes because being a vegan I cannot eat store-bought cakes with eggs and milk in them. I had no desire for my normal, heavy, dense cupcakes so I made Jackson’s cupcakes with fresh eggs from our chickens. I was a bit afraid because someone told me that fresh eggs bake differently but luckily the were light and fluffy, what a concept!


I used to make my frosting from scratch, the stiff, untasty, decorating stuff but a couple of years ago I decided that the kids would rather have frosting that, I don’t know, tastes good so I went over to the dark side and embraced the Pillsbury! I took 2 tins of vanilla icing and divided them (BTW I made a batch of chocolate and white cake-that’s why the 2 containers of frosting) and tinted it blue, green, yellow and red and iced the cupcakes a solid color. The eyeballs were flattened mini marshmallows with a chocolate chip stuck in. The beaks were candy corn dipped in yellow frosting (fancy, I know), the angry eyebrows were black licorice…a note about black licorice: buy licorice whips and not Twizzlers unless you want to spend a lot of time cutting the thick ropes into this strips. The Zombie pig teeth were flattened mini marshmallows cut into 8ths and the snouts were the marshmallows dipped in green frosting, I only had mini marshmallows left over from my homemade marshmallow shooters (don’t worry, it was a fresh bag!) but I think the snouts would be better from standard marshmallows. I am a make-do kind of girl especially the night before a birthday LOL!

So, there you have it, easy angry bird cupcakes! Now I have a year to forget that I hate baking before I make another batch LOL! I hope everyone in the path of the “Superstorm” heading up the east coast is prepared and safe, I have heard we may get a few inches of rain AND snow but it won’t be the first year I’ve taken the kids trick-or-treating in the snow, plus, I’m a Mainer ans we are pretty hardy folks! Stay safe and til next time happy crafting!