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!

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!

Glittery Good Luck Charms

This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Looking for a little extra luck? Make your own charms using air dry clay and Glitterific paint! We used the night sky and fortune tellers as our inspiration for these glittery blue and purple charms. They’re so quick to make and are great little gifts to give to friends when they need a little luck on an upcoming test or exam!

Glittery Good Luck Charms

The addition of glitter really makes these charms shine. Glitterific paint is the perfect way to accomplish this without the mess and you won’t be finding stray glitter for days like you would with regular glitter! Keep reading for the full instructions below … and good luck!

Glittery Good Luck Charms

what you need:

Glittery Good Luck Charms

how-to:

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Step 1
Begin by rolling out your air dry clay until it’s about 1/2″ thick. We used blue clay, but you can use any color since we’ll be painting them later.

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Step 2
Cut out shapes using your cookie cutters. Shapes like stars, moons, and hands are great if you’re going for a magical, fortune-teller look like we did.

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Step 3
Use a recycled drinking straw or paper straw to poke a hole into the top of each ornament. Let dry completely according to the package directions.

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Step 4
Time to get painting! We used a few different shades of blue and purple paint to create an almost splotchy look, like a galaxy or the night sky. You can do this with multiple paintbrushes and blend the colors together roughly, or use a natural sponge to create more speckles. Let dry.

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Step 5
For a bit more depth, we use a paintbrush to spatter white dots over the charms. Let dry.

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Step 6
And now for the fun part: pick out your shades of Glitterific and use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply it onto each charm. Mix and match colors for a magical, celestial feel. We loved using gold, kaleidoscope, aqua, and silver from this set. Let Glitterific dry completely and then add a loop of string through the hole and add on beads, bells, and tassels if you like.

Glittery Good Luck Charms

Loop these charms onto a backpack, keychain, or just keep them in your pocket!

Glittery Good Luck Charms
Glittery Good Luck Charms
Glittery Good Luck Charms
Glittery Good Luck Charms
Glittery Good Luck Charms
Glittery Good Luck Charms

Good luck and happy crafting!!

WHAT I’M READING RIGHT NOW (AND YOU SHOULD TOO!)

It’s no secret that Jane Mosbacher Morris is one of my very best friends on the planet.  What you might not know is that Jane and I have traveled across the US (and the world!) together.  Remember our amazing Haiti pictures and videos?

WHAT I’M READING RIGHT NOW (AND YOU SHOULD TOO!)

Her first book, Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better is OUT this week, and I’m already in love (you can buy one here!).  It covers how every one of us can be a conscious consumer – regardless of budget – and includes topics like coffee, chocolate, gifts, apparel, and shoes!  It also talks about ways to repurpose items we may no longer need, including recommending some great charities that specialize in specific types of donations.  Below are a few of her and my favorite suggestions for category-specific clothing donations (just a sneak peak of why you should grab this book today!)!

Dress for Success: Preparing for a job interview can take a lot of thought. Worrying about the affordability of an appropriate interview outfit shouldn’t be an additional burden. So goes the thinking of this international nonprofit that provides professional attire for vulnerable women seeking employment. The nonprofit also offers life- skills training and a support system to help women move toward economic independence. Local affiliates accept gently used clothing and accessories and unused beauty products.

Becca’s Closet: In high school, Rebecca Kirtman decided to collect hundreds of prom dresses to donate to girls in South Florida who might otherwise skip the dance due to the high cost of the dress. Becca’s Closet awards “dress scholarships” to high school seniors who have shown leadership in their communities. You can donate your gently used dresses by finding your local Becca’s Closet chapter.

WHAT I’M READING RIGHT NOW (AND YOU SHOULD TOO!)

Brides Across America: This nonprofit helps military brides, many of whom are living on a small salary, feel like Cinderella on their wedding day by giving them beautiful (used) wedding gowns. To donate your dress (and wedding accessories, such as a veil), fill out the application form online.

Once Upon A Child: Once Upon A Child is the largest U.S. resale franchise that buys and sells gently used kids’ and baby clothing and gear, helping moms in two ways: by selling safe, clean products at a good price and by offering parents the opportunity to recycle children’s nearly new items and get paid on the spot.

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

If you haven’t already tried Folk Art’s Glitterific Acrylic Paint, get ready to add glitter to everything you own! It’s SO much fun to work with and has an amazing finish. For today’s project, we made this set of decorative mix-and-match glitter speckled mugs, inspired by so many gorgeous handmade ceramics we’ve been admiring lately. No need to get out the potter’s wheel to craft speckled ceramics from scratch – we used a variety of mugs from the dollar store and gave them this quick makeover using just paint!

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

We love the glossy, sealed finished on these mugs – you definitely don’t have to worry about losing any glitter! Paint any ceramics you like – we’re planning to display these ones on a shelf with some succulents inside. Or, use them as handmade storage vessels for your loose change, craft supplies, or as a pencil cup! Keep reading to see the glitter-filled directions below!

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

what you need:

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

how-to:

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

Step 1
Begin by prepping your mugs to be painted – peel off any stickers and give the mugs a good wash so that you’re starting with a blank slate. At this point, you can apply a coat of multi-surface acrylic paint if you want to add a pop of color – we did this on some mugs, but left others plain. Make sure to read the complete guidelines on the paint bottle that list exactly how to paint on dishware. Let dry.

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

Step 2
Time to add some glitter! For this mug, we kept it super simple and skipped any other colors. Turn the mug upside down and apply Glitterific to the base and work your way down the sides of the mug. Once you’ve covered it as you like, let dry completely.

Note: Glitterific paint is not dishwasher-safe or permanent on ceramics, so these mugs should be used for decorative purposes only. Read more about Glitterific on Plaid’s FAQ page here.

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

And repeat as many times as you like! We had so much fun putting this mix-and-match set together.

DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs
DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs
DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs
DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs
DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs
DIY Glitter Speckled Mugs

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