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?
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!)
what you need:
• Pipe cleaners (in a rainbow of colors!)
• Paper party cups
• Tacky glue
• White pom poms (0.75 in)
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”
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.
Squeeze a line of glue onto the back of the small purple arch, and place it near the middle of the paper cup.
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.
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.
Happy crafting, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.
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.
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!
what you need:
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set
- White cardstock
- Empty fries container
- Double-sided tape
- Bone folder
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.
Carefully unfold your empty cardboard fries box and use a pencil to trace onto the backside of each painted page. Cut out.
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.
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.
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:
- Pom poms
- String/embroidery thread
- Hot glue gun
- Needle and thread (optional)
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.
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.
And voila! Your extra lucky socks are all ready to wear!
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!
Video and photography by Caroline Gravino
Creative Direction by Handmade Charlotte
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”!
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!
what you need:
• Brown paper grocery bag
• Cardstock or cardboard (a cereal box would work!)
• 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
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.
Paint one circle yellow using a sponge brush and acrylic paint.
In the middle-ish of the circle, paint a hot pink triangle with “soft” or rounded edges.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Fill the pouch with small candy and prizes, and then continue tying the tablecloth strips through the holes, until the circle is completely sealed.
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!
Voila! Your lion is complete. Happy crafting!
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.
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.
Ready to make your own rainbows?
what you need:
- Felt in a Rainbow of Colors
- Black Embroidery Floss
- Wooden Skewers
- Freezer Paper
- Craft Glue
- Printable template
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apply glue the white backing pieces and then attach the rainbow pieces.
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.
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.
Place the circle over the skewer. Press it so that the circle wraps around the skewer, keeping the front of the rainbow flat.
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.
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!
This post is a paid partnership with Paramount Pictures and their new film Wonder Park coming to theaters March 15.
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.
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!
what you need:
- Empty cardboard box
- Paint (white, blue, grey, glitter, etc)
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Markers or crayons (optional)
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.
Cut out the clouds using your craft knife and cutting mat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.
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!
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!
what you need:
- Folk Art Glitterific Acrylic Paint
- Folk Art Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint
- Mini arctic animals
- White styrofoam (recycled if possible)
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
Paint the animals in shades of blue and white. Let dry.
Apply a coat of Glitterific on top and let dry. We used kaleidoscope, aqua, and silver for a wintery feel.
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.
Apply a coat of clear hologram Glitterific onto each of the blocks and let dry.
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.
And if you’re looking for even more wintery ways to use Glitterific, check out these adorable snowmen cupcake toppers!