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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

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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

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!

Valentine’s Day Waffles

Valentine's Day Waffles

Make Valentine’s Day breakfast special with this quick little breakfast hack! No fancy ingredients or techniques needed for this wow-worthy meal, just frozen waffles, cream cheese, and jam. The great thing is that you can make this idea work for as many or as few waffles as you need! Make a solo waffle sandwich with just a heart cut into it, or if you’re feeding a whole crowd, spell out I LOVE YOU and make extra hearts too. Watch the video below to see exactly how we did it, and read the written instructions for even more tips.

Valentine’s Day Waffles from Kathleen Ballos on Vimeo.

what you need:

  • Frozen waffles
  • Cream cheese
  • Jam (raspberry, strawberry, or anything red)
  • Kitchen knife

how-to:

Valentine's Day Waffles

Step 1
Begin by toasting your waffles as you normally would. Once they’re ready, use a kitchen knife to carefully cut a heart shape out of the center of one of the waffles. Leave one waffle as-is.

Valentine's Day Waffles

Step 2
On the plain waffle, spread some red jam all over it. You can even try spreading a layer of cream cheese onto the waffle first, before the jam – we found this made the jam look even redder.

Valentine's Day Waffles

Step 3
Finally, put the cut-out waffle on top forming a waffle sandwich! Repeat this process, making as many waffles as you need. You could make a whole bunch of hearts, do I heart U like we did, or spell out “I LOVE YOU” if you’re feeding a crowd.

Note: As you cut and prepare the waffles, you may want to preheat your oven to a low heat setting (about 300 F) so that you can keep the finished waffles warm. Simply place the complete waffle sandwiches on a baking sheet and cover them loosely with foil. Once all the waffles are ready, remove from the oven and serve.

Valentine's Day Waffles
Valentine's Day Waffles

Looking for even more Valentine’s Day recipes? Try your hand at this adorable pink mouse cake or these heart-shaped strawberry shortcakes for the sweetest desserts around.  Running low on time? These white chocolate heart toppers come together super quickly and can be put atop store-bought cupcakes. Or check out these heart-shaped music note toppers for all the loved ones that make your heart sing.

Valentine's Day Waffles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A-Frame Valentine’s Day Village

A-Frame Valentine's Day Village

Valentine’s Day is only a couple days away so if you haven’t already decorated your home, today’s super quick and simple DIY is exactly what you need! Inspired by holiday gingerbread houses, we instead gave them a Valentine’s Day look on these adorable A-frame structures. We made ours using recycled cardboard and craft supplies as we already have so much candy and other sweet treats around the house. The great part is that you get all the fun of decorating a gingerbread house, but none of the sugar-high aftermath! 😉 Make a whole village of these houses and arrange them down the center of your dinner table, on a windowsill, a bookshelf ledge, or wherever you like! Watch the video below to see the full instructions, or keep reading for the written step-by-step.

what you need:

  • Recycled cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sharp scissors or craft knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Assorted items for decoration (ie felt, yarn, pom poms, washi tape, sequins, etc)

what you need:

A-Frame Valentine's Day Village
Step 1
Using a craft knife or a sharp pair of scissors, cut two triangles identical in shape out of plain cardboard. Measure the length of the longest side of the triangle and cut out two rectangles of any length but this exact height.
A-Frame Valentine's Day Village
Step 2
Glue the triangles to the rectangles to form the shape of an A-frame style house. Glue all edges together. Make a few houses in this technique, mixing up the sizes of the triangles and the length of the houses as well. Keep in mind where you’d like to display your village and make enough houses to fill that area.
A-Frame Valentine's Day Village
Step 3
And now the fun part: decorate the house! Make cute shingles out of felt or line the roof with pom-poms, cut-out a felt door or decorate with simple hearts.
A-Frame Valentine's Day Village
Great job! Your Valentine’s Day village is all set and you can decorate your desk or your kitchen table to help celebrate this day of love and friendship!
A-Frame Valentine's Day Village
And why not make a few puppets to inhabit your new village? This Valentine’s Day unicorn puppet and Queen of Hearts puppet look like the perfect tenants, don’t you think?
A-Frame Valentine's Day Village
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Ease your Valentine’s anxiety with a homemade stress ball! This isn’t just any stress ball – it’s an olive, because “olive being your friend”. Also, “olive you”. This DIY is relatively quick, doesn’t require many supplies, and will be super cute with all of the olive puns available.

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

I love that it is so functional too! Or should I say “olive” that it is functional? 😉 It’s a nice alternative to passing out candy, and the teachers will love your child for not contributing to the Valentine party sugar high!

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

what you need:

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

• Flour
• Funnel
• Small plastic bottle
• Spoon
• Balloons (red & green)
• Scissors
• Hole punch (small)
• Baker’s twine
• Cardstock
• Printer or marker (not pictured)

what you need:

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Step 1
Use a spoon and funnel to place flour in a small, (empty and dry) water bottle. Fill the bottle a little more than half way.

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Step 2
Place the end of the red balloon over the mouth of the water bottle, and hold it in place. Squeeze the bottle and shake the flour into the balloon. Once the balloon is full of flour, squeeze off the “neck” of the balloon before pulling it off the water bottle. It may have some extra air in it, so slowly let the air out over your kitchen sink, as it may also shoot out some flour! Make sure the opening is facing downward into the sink. Tie off the end of the balloon. Re-shape the water bottle before filling the next balloon.

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Step 3
Cut off the excess neck of the balloon after you have tied it off. Cut off the entire neck of the green balloon, and slightly below the neck.

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Step 4
Stretch out the green balloon over the flour-filled red balloon. Make sure the tied end of the red balloon goes in first. Shape the balloon a bit with your hands, until it is oval-ish and olive-ish!

Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Step 5
Print off an olive pun on white cardstock, such as “Olive you” or “Olive being your friend”. Cut the words out in a strip, and cut a triangle into each end of the strip. Punch a small hole into one end of the tag, and use baker’s twine to tie the saying to your olive stress ball.

Olive Stress Ball Valentines
Olive Stress Ball Valentines
Olive Stress Ball Valentines
Olive Stress Ball Valentines

Now your Valentines are ready to de-stress your friends, while expressing how much you love them! Olive Valentine’s Day, don’t you? Happy crafting!

Mix ‘n’ Match Snowman Magnets

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Build a snowman (or a snow lady or snow kid) without ever stepping out into the snow! These mix and match magnets are fun to make and even more fun to play with. Create one snow person, then change out a piece or two for a whole new look!

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Use these magnets on a magnet board for a fun snowy day activity. Or keep them on your refrigerator so the whole family can join the fun of designing snow people!

Templates for snowman accessories make it easy to jump in, but you can design your own items for the snow people to wear too. Maybe your snowman wants boots or your snow lady could wear a skirt. They could even have animal ears!

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Do you want to build a snowman? They grab some supplies and get started!

what you need:

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

how-to:

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Step 1
Paint the front of the discs white. It will take several coats of paint, so continue with the steps while you wait for each layer of paint to dry.

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Step 2
Print out the Mix ‘n’ Match Snowman PDF. Trace the pattern pieces onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper. Group the templates by the color you want the pieces to be.

You may want more than one of some pieces, just in different colors.

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Step 3
Iron the freezer paper to the felt pieces. The shiny side of the freezer paper will hold to the felt and make it easier to accurately cut the shapes.

Cut out the shapes, then peel the freezer paper away.

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Step 4
After the discs are all painted and dry, add a few details with paint.

I painted simple carrot noses, dots for eyes, and a little smile. The dots don’t have to be perfect because they represent lumps of coal. You can also add buttons to some pieces and a headband for earmuffs.

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Step 5
After the painted details dry, start attaching the felt pieces. Place the pieces on the wooden discs first to see what parts hang over the edges. Add glue only to the areas that will stick to the discs.

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

For the felt elements with more than one piece, layer the pieces. Decorate as many snow people pieces as you want!

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Step 6
Glue a magnet to the back of each disc.

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets
Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Grab three magnets and design a snowman! Take a few more pieces and build a few more snow friends!

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Swap out a piece to try out a new look for your snow person. What scarf does this snow person want to wear today?

Mix 'n' Match Snowman Magnets

Add all these magnets to your fridge or a magnet board and see what other kinds of combinations you can come up with!

Happy crafting!

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Are you in a pickle, trying to figure out what to give your friends for Valentine’s Day? The best way to show a friend they mean a great dill to you, is with a little pickle piñata! Fill it with some dill-icious Valentine candy and prizes, and your friends will be dill-ighted! They will really relish it.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

These would also be fun for party favors honoring a pickle enthusiast! We have one at our house for sure. You could also use them for a “pickles and ice cream” baby shower! The tag could say, “Thanks a great dill for coming!” Let’s make some pickles, shall we?

Pickle Piñata Valentines

what you need:

Pickle Piñata Valentines

• Twisty balloons
• Balloon pump
• Newspaper strips
• 1 C flour, 1 C water
• Craft foam beads
Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint (alfalfa, black & white)
• Wax paper
• Tacky glue
• Clear tape
• Sponge brush
• Pouf mesh sponge
• Box Cutter
• Cooling rack
• Scissors
• White cardstock
• Baker’s twine
• Marker or printer (not pictured)
• Small hole punch

how-t0:

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 1
Tie a knot in a twisty balloon, about 1.5” from the opening. Continue to tie knots in the balloon, about 1.5” from each previous knot. Use a balloon pump to blow up the first section. Tie off the end, and then cut the section off just above the first knot. Blow up the next section, tie off the end, and cut just above the knot. Continue to blow up each section, until you have several pickle-shaped balloons. Tape down the knots on each side of the balloons.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 2
Mix 1 C flour and 1 C water. Dip a newspaper strip in the mix, and use two fingers to “squeeze” off any excess paste. Lay the first strip across the top of the balloon. Continue to glue newspaper strips to cover the entire balloon. Glue at least two layers of newspaper to each balloon, and smooth out any lumps. Place on a cooling rack to dry overnight. Repeat with each “pickle” balloon.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 3
Once the paper mache is completely dry, paint the pickle white using a sponge brush. Allow to dry.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 4
Paint the pickle alfalfa green. Allow to dry.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 5
Place a small puddle of alfalfa green on a piece of wax paper, and place a dot of black in the puddle. Mix together with the end of a paintbrush. Dip your mesh pouf sponge in the paint, and dab off any excess. Use the sponge to apply splotches of paint to the pickle, and allow to dry.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 6
Use a box cutter to cut three sides of a small rectangle into the back of your pickle. This will be the door that will need to open enough to place small candies and prizes inside. Pull out the remaining balloon, and shake out any glue flakes. Fill the pickle with Valentine goodies, and close the small door.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 7
Paint a bunch of craft foam beads alfalfa green on a piece of wax paper, using a sponge brush. Once dry, glue the beads to your pickle, randomly spacing apart. Allow to dry. You may want to touch up the paint on or around the bead “warts”, using a paint brush and alfalfa green. Allow to dry, and then you may also want to re-apply some of the darker green (made using alfalfa green and black) using the mesh pouf. Allow to dry once again.

Pickle Piñata Valentines

Step 8
Write or print “You mean a great dill to me” on white cardstock. Cut a rectangle around the writing, and cut a triangle in each end of the tag. Use a small hole punch to put a hole in the end of the tag, and use baker’s twine to attach the tag to the pickle.

Pickle Piñata Valentines
Pickle Piñata Valentines

No big dill, right?! Your pickles are ready to go! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pickle Piñata Valentines
Pickle Piñata Valentines
Pickle Piñata ValentinesPickle Piñata Valentines
Pickle Piñata Valentines