Doily Dinosaurs

This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.

Doily Dinosaurs

Who says dinosaurs have to be scary? Not us! Use bright colors and doilies to make the friendliest crew of dinosaurs that you’ve ever laid eyes on! We used recycled corrugated cardboard for the main structure of these guys, but you could swap in thinner cereal box cardboard or even paper plates instead.

Doily Dinosaurs

We definitely took a few liberties with the shapes and colors of these dinos to make them as fun as possible, but spend some time researching different dinosaurs with your kids as inspiration for your own set! Look at the shape and features on each and think of different ways to include doilies in each. If you’re like us, you’ll go for some bright shades of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint too instead of the duller shades normally used with dinosaurs. Keep reading for the full instructions below!

Doily Dinosaurs

what you need:

Doily Dinosaurs

how-to:

Doily Dinosaurs

Step 1
Gather up some plain corrugated cardboard and lay it flat on your work surface. We like to start by cutting a doily in half to use as the dinosaur’s body. Place the doily half onto the cardboard and trace/draw around it, forming a head and back details. Our cardboard wasn’t quite long enough to include a tail, so we had to make that a separate piece, but you can draw that on now if it fits. Use a craft knife and cutting mat to carefully cut out, and use scissors to smooth any edges or make smaller details and snips.

For the legs, we drew two upside-down U shapes with a pencil and cut them out. Then cut two narrow slots in the curved side so that the legs fit snugly and securely onto the dinosaur body.

Repeat this process for different dinosaurs. Do a search on Pinterest for dinosaur inspiration and don’t forget to mix and match different sizes of doilies for smaller and larger dinos.

Doily Dinosaurs

Step 2
Give the cardboard cut-outs a quick coat of paint – we used a few different shades for a super colorful dino bunch. Paint each side, and let dry – don’t forget the legs!

Doily Dinosaurs

Step 3
Once the paint is completely dry, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the main body area that will be covered with the doily. Gently set the doily in place, and apply another coat of Mod Podge on top to seal it. Let dry.

Note: before attaching the doily down, make sure you’ve got only one and not multiples stuck together. 

Doily Dinosaurs

Step 4
Use a hole punch on black paper to cut out perfectly round eyes and use more Mod Podge to attach, as well as any other details like horns.

Once the Mod Podge is all dry, slide the legs onto the bodies and voila! Your doily dinos are ready to play.

Doily Dinosaurs
Doily Dinosaurs
Doily Dinosaurs
Doily Dinosaurs
Doily Dinosaurs
Doily Dinosaurs

 

St Patrick’s Day Good Luck Charm Necklace

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

Do you have a good luck charm? We love a good pair of special lucky socks or even a lucky penny, but if you’re looking for a little extra luck this St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll definitely want to try your hand at this colorful good luck charm necklace! Create this adorable pastel rainbow of beads, pasta noodles, tassels, bells, and charms to wear around – you’re sure to get lots of compliments, and using green beads will prevent any pinches too! This is a great craft to make with supplies you happen to have on hand, with the special addition of a shamrock-shaped charm if you can! Watch the full how-to video below, and keep reading for tips and tricks for all the luck you need this March!

what you need:

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

  • Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set
  • Paintbrush
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Beads (assorted shapes and sizes)
  • Jingle bells
  • Mini tassels
  • Pom poms
  • Pasta noodles
  • Shamrock-shaped charm
  • Glue (optional)

how-to:

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

Step 1
Prep your beads! If using pasta noodles and plain wooden beads, pick out a few shades of paint and apply onto each. We used a few shades of pastel to create a sort of rainbow look on the necklace.

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

Step 2
Cut a long piece of string and thread all your beads on. If you’re using a shamrock charm like we did, you’ll want to put that on first so that it hangs in the center of the necklace and then add beads on either side to keep it centered. Alternate between painted noodles, jingle bells, tassels, and other beads for a fun mix-and-match look. If your pom poms don’t have holes in them, use a dab of glue to secure them onto other neighboring beads. Let dry.

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

Step 3
Once all the beads are on, tie the two loose ends of the string together securely in a double knot. Make sure that the necklace is big enough to fit around the wearer’s head! If you want a shorter necklace, you can get a clasp from the craft store and tie those two pieces to the ends of the string here instead.

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

And voila! Your lucky necklace is ready to wear!

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

St Patrick's Day Lucky Necklace

Video and photography by Caroline Gravino
Creative Direction by Handmade Charlotte

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

For holiday celebrations and kids’ parties, I’m all about customizing inexpensive dollar store items to make it look like I purchased boutique party supplies! Rather than thinking of these as just “rainbow party cups”, I like to think of them as “chenille rainbow party cups”! Doesn’t that sound nice and fancy?

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Rainbow cups are useful (necessary?) for St. Patrick’s Day, rainbow and unicorn parties, or just for fun on a rainy day. You can fill them up with Lucky Charms, green milk for breakfast, or any other festive drink or treat. Leprechauns love to eat and drink out of rainbow cups, so you may even use them as bait! Sometimes they leave behind some Lucky Charms or chocolate coins. (wink, wink!)

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

what you need:

Pipe cleaners (in a rainbow of colors!)
• Scissors
• Paper party cups
• Tacky glue
• White pom poms (0.75 in)

how-to:

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Step 1
Cut your pipe cleaners down to various sizes. They can be approximate – It’s okay if they don’t line up perfectly…the pom pom clouds will cover the ends.
Pink – 5 2/8” Orange – 4 7/8” Yellow – 4 3/8” Light blue – 3 ½” Blue – 2 5/8” Purple – 2”

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Step 2
Bend the purple pipe cleaner into a small arch. Next, bend the blue arch to fit right over the purple arch. The light blue should fit over the blue, and so on. Basically, bend your arches into a rainbow, and make sure they all fit together nicely.

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Step 3
Squeeze a line of glue onto the back of the small purple arch, and place it near the middle of the paper cup.

DIY Rainbow Party Cups
DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Step 4
Lay the cup on its side with the purple arch facing up, and squeeze a line of glue right around the outside edge of the arch. Place the blue arch on the line of glue, and then place a line of glue around the blue arch. Continue gluing the arches onto the cup in this fashion. As the arches get bigger, you will need to bend them inward a bit, to fit around the curves of the cup. It almost helps to imagine folding them in half, without creasing the middle.

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Step 5
Once you have glued the last arch down, glue three white pom poms on the bottom of each side of the rainbow. Allow to dry.

DIY Rainbow Party Cups
DIY Rainbow Party Cups
DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Happy crafting, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

DIY Rainbow Party Cups

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Learn how to do finger knitting and make a lucky charm for your house with this shamrock banner! The style is simple but fun and you and your kids can make it together!

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Finger knitting is easy and a great way for kids as young as four or five to practice fine motor skills. But older kids will enjoy this too! Once they learn the process, they can make the cord that forms the shamrock. Then work together as you attach it to the banner.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Now, get your fingers ready for some lucky knitting!

what you need:

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

  • Bulky or Super Bulky Weight Green Yarn
  • Canvas or Other Heavy Weight Fabric
  • Green Felt
  • Green Embroidery Floss to Match the Yarn and Felt
  • Thin Dowel Rod or Thick 12-inch Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Needles – Embroidery and Large Tapestry
  • Craft Glue

Note: If you don’t have bulky yarn, you can use regular yarn too, but the knitted cord won’t be as full. You can also hold several strands of yarn together so that it’s bulkier, but they can be trickier for young children.

how-to:

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 1
Hold the end of the yarn with your thumb on your non-dominant hand.

Weave the yarn under your first finger, over the next, then under and over again.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 2
Wrap the yarn under your pinky finger, over the next finger, then under and over again.

You should have yarn showing on each of your fingers now.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 3
Now you need to repeat the steps above.

Wrap the yarn under your first finger, over the next, then under and over again.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 4
Weave back to the start again, by wrapping under your pinky finger, over the next finger, then under and over again.

You should have two loops of yarn showing on each of your fingers now.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 5
On your first finger, grab the loop that’s closest to your palm. Bend your finger down so you can slip the loop off your finger. You should still have a loop on your finger.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 6
Repeat step five on each finger. Now you should have one loop left on each finger.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 7
Weave the yarn under and over your fingers again, working from one side to the other and then back again. You should have two loops of yarn showing on each of your fingers again.

Now, repeat steps five and six, slipping the loops closest to your palm off the ends of your fingers.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 8
As you repeat the steps, the cord on the back of your hand starts to grow. You can pull the end a little to see how long it is when stretched in its cord shape.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Keep finger knitting until the cord is about 4 feet long.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

If you need to take a break, slide the wooden dowel/skewer through each stitch and then slide it off your hand. When you’re ready to start again, slip your fingers into the stitches and start knitting.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 9
When the cord reaches 4 feet long, cut the yarn, leaving a tail that’s about 8 inches long.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Slip the end of the yarn through each of the stitches and then remove them from your fingers.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 10
Pull the end of the yarn tight to hold the stitches in place.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Thread the end of the yarn through a large needle and then weave the end through the knitting. Slide the needle off and trim any extra yarn. Repeat this at the starting end of the knitted cord.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 11
Cut two 1×3 inch pieces of green felt and a 11×15 inch piece of heavy fabric. Press the felt pieces in half the long way.

Tip: You can make your own heavy fabric by fusing two layers of lighter fabric together with fusible web.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Hold the folded felt pieces behind one of the 11-inch sides of the fabric. Using the smaller needle, stitch them with green embroidery floss and running stitch to make two small sleeves for the wooden rod to go through.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 12
Shape the knitted cord into a shamrock shape. A shamrock looks sort of like three hearts with a stem.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 13
Thread your embroidery needle with three strands of floss that match your shamrock. Come up from the back and then go back down, sewing the knitting in place. You only need one stitch every inch or so.

Tip: You can glue the knitting to the fabric instead of sewing, but it isn’t as nice a finish because the glue can come through the yarn.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 14
Cut out a bunch of small felt circles.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Glue the circles around the outside of the shamrock.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Step 15
Slide the wooden dowel or skewer through the sleeves at the top of the banner. Cut an 8-inch piece of yarn and tie the ends to the wooden dowel.

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Now you can hang your new banner for a bit of luck and a fun way to add some green to your home!

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

If your kids really enjoy the finger knitting, make the cord longer so you can fill in the center of the shamrock. Or make a second piece to fill it in a second shade of green.

Want to add something extra? Attach green or sequins around the edges instead of the polka dots! You can also paint or embroider a fun phrase above or below the shamrock. Try “Lucky Me!” or “Good Luck!”

Finger-Knitted Shamrock Banner

Happy crafting!

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Who doesn’t love a good rainbow? These quick hand-painted party favors are so simple but have such a playful look perfect for your next party. Plus with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, why not give out these rainbow favors as good luck for all your friends? If you’re like us, you probably have a stash of odds and ends leftover from other parties that don’t quite match up. These favors are a great way to put those to use – just divide them by color and fill each box with what you have, and compliment them with a handful of colorful candies, crayons, toys, and stickers.

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Plaid’s Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set makes crafting these goodies super easy – you’ll have all the rainbow paints you need all in one place! We used seven shades here for a smaller rainbow, but you could use the whole set and have 18 different colored boxes. Keep reading to see all our tips and tricks below!

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

what you need:

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

how-to:

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Step 1
Paint vertical stripes onto a piece of white cardstock and let dry. We did this with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink – you can repeat colors if you need more than seven favors. Let all dry.

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Step 2
Carefully unfold your empty cardboard fries box and use a pencil to trace onto the backside of each painted page. Cut out.

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Step 3
Flip the papers over and use the template box to transfer the folded lines onto the back of each new box using a pencil. Then with a ruler and bone folder, go over each of the lines forming gentle creases. Fold along each of these lines.

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Step 4
Use double-sided tape (or hot glue if you prefer) to assemble the boxes. Gather goodies, candies, and treats in rainbow colors to match each of the boxes and fill accordingly.

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors
Painted Rainbow Fries Favors
Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Looking for even more rainbow projects? Check out these celery-stamped favor bags, these paper plate rainbow clutches, or how about these rainbow spinning tops!

Painted Rainbow Fries Favors
Painted Rainbow Fries Favors
Painted Rainbow Fries Favors
Painted Rainbow Fries Favors
Painted Rainbow Fries Favors
Painted Rainbow Fries Favors

Happy crafting!!

Lucky Socks for St Patrick’s Day

Lucky Socks for St Patrick's Day

Avoid getting a pinch this St. Patrick’s Day with these lucky green socks! They come together super quickly and are the perfect fun and silly touch for any outfit. Kids who love to dance will especially love these playful socks as they jingle with every step. We used these green unicorn socks as our starting point but any socks you have on hand will do. Watch the how-to video and read the full instructions below!

what you need:

Lucky Socks for St Patrick's Day

  • Socks
  • Pom poms
  • Tassels
  • Bells
  • String/embroidery thread
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread (optional)

how-to:

Lucky Socks for St Patrick's Day

Step 1
Cut pieces of green string or embroidery floss into short lengths about 4″ long. Thread each through a gold jingle bell and tie two knots to secure it in the middle of the string. Repeat for as many bells as you like – we did six bells, three for each sock. Lay your socks out flat and apply a dab of hot glue to the top edge. Carefully press the two loose string ends of one of the jingle bells into the glue to secure in place.

Lucky Socks for St Patrick's Day

Step 2
While the glue is still hot, place a colorful pom pom (we used pink!) onto the glue. Repeat with two more bells next to that first one, and for the other sock as well. You can place these bells and pom poms on the sides like we did, on the back instead, or even all the way around if you want some super lucky and jingly socks!

Similarly, cut two more pieces of string, also about 4″ each, and thread two mini tassels onto each one. Tie a double knot to secure them in place in the middle of the string. Just like with the bells, apply a dot of hot glue to the top edge of the sock (next to the other pom poms), stick the loose ends of the string in place, and cover with another pom pom.

Lucky Socks for St Patrick's Day

And voila! Your extra lucky socks are all ready to wear!

Lucky Socks for St Patrick's Day

If you don’t want to permanently turn your socks into these jingly lucky socks, instead of using hot glue, using a needle and thread to attach the strings and pom poms instead. That way, when St. Patrick’s Day is over, you can simply snip the threads, remove the charms, and wear the socks plain again. Happy crafting!

Lucky Socks for St Patrick's Day

Looking for even more St. Patrick’s Day crafts? Check out these pipe cleaner rainbow crowns, these jumbo lucky charms hair clips, or how about this cardboard rainbow puzzle?!

Video and photography by Caroline Gravino
Creative Direction by Handmade Charlotte

Lion Favor Pouch

Lion Favor Pouch

They say spring comes in like a lion, and I’m ready for it. Bring it on! These fun favor pouches were inspired by the saying, but there are so many occasions that could use a little handmade lion. I can imagine making them for a circus, safari, or jungle party! They would be adorable for a baby shower as well. Although Valentine’s Day is over, you can save the idea for next year, and that will give you plenty of time to make enough for a class party! Add a tag that says, “I’m not lion when I say I like you”, or make one for the guy in your life and tell him he’s your “mane man”!

Lion Favor Pouch

You can create your own color scheme too. Fill the pouch with candy, temporary tattoos, or small favors of your choice, and delight your guests with some wild packaging!

Lion Favor Pouch

what you need:

• Brown paper grocery bag
• Scissors
• Cardstock or cardboard (a cereal box would work!)
• Pencil
• Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint (yellow, hot pink, black, white, light pink)
• Sponge Brush
• Paint brushes
• Plastic tablecloths cut into 6 ½” x 1” strips (yellow, orange, pink)
• Small hole punch
• Candy or small favors

how-to:

Lion Favor Pouch

Step 1
Create a 4” circle template using cardstock or cardboard, and then trace the circle onto a brown paper bag two times. Cut out your circles.

Lion Favor Pouch

Step 2
Paint one circle yellow using a sponge brush and acrylic paint.

Lion Favor Pouch

Step 3
In the middle-ish of the circle, paint a hot pink triangle with “soft” or rounded edges.

Lion Favor Pouch

Step 4
Once the triangle is dry, paint a smaller black triangle at the bottom of the pink one, facing the opposite direction. Paint two small black eyes on each side of the hot pink nose.

Lion Favor Pouch
Lion Favor Pouch
Lion Favor Pouch

Step 5
Once the black triangle is dry, paint a white half-circle coming off each of the two edges. Connect them a bit at the bottom.

Paint a small, light pink cheek on each side of the bottom of the hot pink triangle.

Paint some tiny black dots in each white half-circle, once the white paint is completely dry.

Lion Favor Pouch

Step 6
Place the yellow circle with the face directly on top of your second circle, and while holding the two firmly together, punch evenly spaced holes all around the edge of the circles – a little over ¼” apart. The holes should line up perfectly on the two circles.

Lion Favor Pouch

Step 7
Continue holding the two circles together. Alternating colors, you will tie your tablecloth strips through each hole. Each strip should go through both circles. Start by folding the strip in half, and twisting the end to make it skinny enough to fit through the hole. Place the strip through the first hole, from the top (going through the yellow circle with the face, first). Once it is through, pull the loop apart, and place the loose ends of the strip through the loop. Pull gently, until you have a knot at the circle, with two strips hanging down. Repeat this step with alternating colors of tablecloth strips, until you get to your last 5-10 holes. STOP!

Lion Favor Pouch

Step 8
Fill the pouch with small candy and prizes, and then continue tying the tablecloth strips through the holes, until the circle is completely sealed.

Lion Favor Pouch

TIP: Friends will need to untie a few strips to retrieve prizes, so I might suggest including a few extra tablecloth strips (7 or so), in case your friend wants to “sew” the lion back together again!

Lion Favor Pouch

Voila! Your lion is complete. Happy crafting!

Lion Favor Pouch
Lion Favor Pouch

 

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

What’s at the end of the rainbow? It’s a potted plant! That might not be as exciting as a pot of gold, but these felt rainbow plant picks make any bit of green a little magical.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

When you choose your colors for these rainbows, remember that you don’t always have to use traditional colors. Pastels are fun and bright, and you can even make some of these without a full rainbow! In fact, picking out the colors for your plant picks is half the fun.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Ready to make your own rainbows?

what you need:

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

  • Felt in a Rainbow of Colors
  • Black Embroidery Floss
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Freezer Paper
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Craft Glue
  • Printable template

how-to:

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Step 1
Print the Rainbow Plant Pick PDF on regular paper. Trace the template outlines onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper. Trace the faces onto the cloud and rainbow shapes.

Group the templates by the color of felt you want to cut them out of. This makes it easier to cut the pieces and use less felt. It may be helpful to plan your colors on the printed page (especially for keeping them in rainbow order). Then transfer that to the tracing.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Step 2
Iron the freezer paper to the felt pieces. The shiny side of the freezer paper holds to the felt so you can cut the pieces with accuracy.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Step 3
To make the faces, thread the needle with three strands of black embroidery floss. Tie a knot in the other end of the thread. With the paper still attached, stitch the face through the felt and paper. Use french knots for eyes and a scallop stitch for the mouth.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Peel the paper off all the felt pieces. But when you remove it from the embroidery, tear around the stitches so you don’t tug at them.

If embroidery isn’t your thing, you can use black acrylic paint and a tiny brush to paint these faces on instead.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Step 4
Apply glue the white backing pieces and then attach the rainbow pieces.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

For the regular rainbow, work from the largest “bow” to the smallest. For the cloud and rainbow, attach the cloud first, then add the remaining pieces from top to bottom.

When gluing the heart, the rainbow shapes don’t go all the way to the edges. It helps to apply the glue to the rainbow pieces, starting with the center and working out.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Step 5
Flip the felt rainbow over and lay the top of a wooden skewer on the middle. Apply ample glue to one of the felt circles.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Place the circle over the skewer. Press it so that the circle wraps around the skewer, keeping the front of the rainbow flat.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks
End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

When the plant picks dry, they should feel a little stiff. And that means they’re ready to decorate a potted plant!

Add them to some lucky shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, your favorite summer container garden, or even a vase full of cut flowers.

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks
End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Once they’ve been in a plant, you probably want to keep them only for plants. But you could certainly make these picks to decorate the top of a cake too. Because it’s fun to add rainbows to everything!

End of the Rainbow Plant Picks

Happy crafting!

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

This post is a paid partnership with Paramount Pictures and their new film Wonder Park coming to theaters March 15.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

Ever wonder what you can do with a box? The sky’s the limit with these cardboard cut-out cloud stackers! With just a little imagination, create something wonderful in celebration of Wonder Park coming to theaters March 15! We have a serious love for repurposing regular, everyday items into something completely new, and is there anything more different than a plain cardboard box and fluffy clouds? With just a little bit of paint, transform your recyclables into these super fun cloud stackers. Kids will love getting creative and painting a cotton candy texture onto them.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

Wonder Park tells the story of a young girl named June who imagines and builds an out-of-this-world amusement park that magically comes to life.  Watch the trailer below!

These cardboard stackers are the ultimate way for a child to expand their imagination. They can be arranged and rearranged into towers and shapes of all different sizes. And when you’re done playing, these clouds take up almost no space at all. It’s truly amazing what you can create using your imagination. So save a few boxes and share your family’s creations using #WonderBox and #WonderPark – we can’t wait to see what you dream up. Families can also upload their #WonderBox creation for a chance to be 1 of 5 lucky winners of a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card! Visit the film’s website for more information and keep reading to see all our tips and tricks for making these cloud stackers!

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

what you need:

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

  • Empty cardboard box
  • Paint (white, blue, grey, glitter, etc)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Markers or crayons (optional)

how-to:

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

Step 1
Flatten your empty cardboard box and use a pencil to draw cloud shapes on it. Your clouds can vary in size (our largest one was about 18” across while the smallest was about 10”) and shape. One thing to keep in mind is to draw some clouds with flat bottoms so that they can sit on the floor nicely and form a stable base for your cloud tower.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

Step 2
Cut out the clouds using your craft knife and cutting mat.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

Step 3
Time to get painting! Put some white, pale blue, and pale grey paint onto a paper plate or palette and have your kids paint all over the clouds. Mixing and blending the colors together really makes for a fluffy cloud look! You can also give your kids glitter paint to add a little extra sparkle. Let the first side dry and then flip to paint the backs as well.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

If your kids are a little young for painting or you want a less-messy crafting option, you can choose to give the cloud a quick coat of white paint yourself, let dry, and then have your little ones add some texture with blue or grey markers.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

Step 4
Once all the painted clouds have dried completely, use the craft knife and cutting mat to make little slots into each of the clouds. There isn’t an exact science to this, you can cut slots into the clouds wherever you like – some on the bottom, some on the tops, etc. Make sure to keep the slots fairly narrow (not wider than the thickness of your cardboard) so that they can stack together nicely. If the slots are too wide, keeping the cloud stackers together later will be challenging and form wobbly towers.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds

You can make other shapes to add into your clouds too – cut an arch to make a rainbow, or trace a dinner plate to make a bright yellow sun.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds

The mini rockets were made out of paper towel rolls with painted cardboard triangles glued to the base. Paint a paper plate and roll into a cone to form the point, using glue to attach to the top of the rocket.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Wonder Park

Learn a little bit more about the film and make plans with your family to see it in theaters March 15!

Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. One magical day, June is running through the woods to find her way home where she discovers an old rollercoaster car and climbs inside. She suddenly finds herself in Wonder Park, an amusement park she had created in her mind and put aside. All of her rides and characters are brought to life but are falling into disarray without her. Now, with the help of her fun and lovable park characters, June will have to put the wonder back in Wonder Park before it is lost forever.

Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Cardboard Stacking Clouds
Wonder Park

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

Embrace these last few weeks of winter with this handmade glittery arctic play set! If you’re like us, you love adding a touch of glitter to nearly everything and Glitterific makes it easier than ever before. No more loose glitter shedding everywhere you go! For this mini arctic scene, we grabbed animal minis from the craft store, gave them a quick paint, and of course added Glitterific on top. For even more fun, make this mini igloo too using recycled styrofoam!

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

This simple project is a great activity for a snowday or makes a fun indoor activity while away at a wintery cottage. We’ve got a bit of a thing for arctic animals – remember these abstract painted toys from last winter? Keep reading for all our tips and tricks on making your very own set of arctic animals that you can bring around in your pocket!

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

what you need:

how-to:

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

Step 1
Paint the animals in shades of blue and white. Let dry.

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

Step 2
Apply a coat of Glitterific on top and let dry. We used kaleidoscope, aqua, and silver for a wintery feel.

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

Step 3
Use a ruler and craft knife to cut even blocks out of your white styrofoam. You can cut the blocks to be whatever size you like – ours were about 1 1/2″ x 1″ x 1″. Make sure to use a new, sharp blade for this so that the cuts are as clean as possible.

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

Step 4
Apply a coat of clear hologram Glitterific onto each of the blocks and let dry.

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set
Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set
Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

If you want to build an igloo, make sure to cut a U shape out of foam as well to be the opening. When stacking the igloo blocks, it helps to place a clear glass bowl upside-down in the center so that the blocks can lean against it. Use Mod Podge to attach the blocks together, or keep them loose to arrange and rearrange later.

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

And if you’re looking for even more wintery ways to use Glitterific, check out these adorable snowmen cupcake toppers!

Make Your Own Glittery Arctic Play Set

Happy crafting!