Easy Witch Halloween Costume

Easy Handmade Witch Halloween Costume

This year we did an easy take on a classic Halloween costume, the witch.  This is an easy costume because you can use things that you probably already have in your child’s closet. [Read more…]

Candy Alphabet Travel Game

Candy Alphabet Travel Game

This post should probably be titled Candy Alphabet Travel Game Prototype 1.   I have had this idea for quite a while.   It is a take on one of those chocolate advent calendars but  with different candy behind each door.   Trouble is, it was just an idea flitting around in my head and I hadn’t had a chance to really ponder it and explore different options of how to put it together.  As our Disney trip was fast approaching, I knew I wanted to make this but I didn’t know how.  This is the first prototype that I came up with and it has some flaws but the general idea of it worked out great.

Candy Alphabet Travel Game_square

I used my Silhouette CAMEO and the print and cut feature to make the front template.  Each Letter had a door around it.  The top and bottom of the door were cut with dash marks and the right side of the door was a straight cut line.  I also added a little trapezoid cut out to make it easier for my kids to open the doors.   If I make this again, I would do longer dash marks because the doors didn’t open cleanly, they kind of ripped when they were opened.

Candy Alphabet Travel Game TutorialOnce I had the front made I went to the store and picked out a variety of little candies to put behind each door.   Now do you remember seeing those candy lei’s that people give at graduations and stuff? That is the inspiration I used for helping the candy to stay put behind each door.  I took some plastic wrap and made a little nest around the candy.  I left one side of the candy exposed and put that up against each door.  I twisted the candy wrap in between candies and taped it onto the backside of the front paper.   The back part was tricky.  I took an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and cut two borders of dashed lines around it.  Then I folded one up and the other over to form a sort of box with a lip.  I laid the Alphabet candy sheet on top of it and taped the sheet around the edges.  Not the best way to do it but I was running out of time to experiment some more.

DIY Paper Advent Calendar

Sorry for the poor photo, it was starting to get dark out so the lighting was really bad in the car.  Now everyone knows the alphabet travel game.  You start with A and look outside as you drive for each letter in the alphabet.  Same goes with this game.  The kids started with A and as soon as they saw the letter A, they could open up the A door and eat the candy that was inside.  Next they moved to B and so on.  My younger daughter had a harder time with it and so she just opened the doors of whatever letter she saw, not it order.  My 2 year old son simply opened all the doors and ate candy to his hearts content.    Given that this idea is super cool but the execution of it needs some tweaking, I would love to hear from you on how you would do it! What ideas do you have for making this DIY Candy Advent Calendar/ Candy Alphabet Game better? I think it would be fun to use for holidays or other occasions as well but I want to think of a better way to do it.  If you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments! This project is made from paper (mostly) and it is a part of a round up of 44 Silhouette Paper Projects (I am number 32!).  Check em out below!

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

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DIY Honeycomb tray upcycle

Happy Monday morning friends! Today you get a double treat, a tutorial and a giveaway for one of the BEST crafting tools around!!  Now that is a good start to the week right?! So first off let me share this project that I whipped up on Saturday. This project has been on the to-do list for almost a year now and I finally got around to it.  Ahhh! It feels so good to check a project off the list!! I bought this rather large gold tray at a yard sale last year and I liked to gold color but man was there a lot of gold! I wanted to do something to it to tone it down a bit. [Read more…]

Cardboard Cereal Box TV Tray

Cardboard Cereal Box TV Tray

I am constantly amazed by all the things you can make with a cereal box! It is like free material at your beckon call.  I used a cereal box again to make the TV trays for my daughters My Little Pony Equestria Girls party.  They are super easy to make and the girls each loved having their own snack tray (and I loved that I wasn’t serving them non stop!). [Read more…]

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Party

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Party

This party seemed like it happened forever ago, which it kind of did.  I threw my daughter a surprise birthday party (which was really hard for me to do because I love getting her involved in the party planning).  Since it was going to be a surprise, It needed to be something that I could set up the day of her birthday and not be extremely time consuming to put together.   Her birthday was around the time that the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls movie was coming out so I thought it would be perfect (and easy) to do a movie surprise party.

Ombre Cake with StarsI stuck to my guns and kept it pretty simple this time.  The most elaborate thing I did was the cake.  I was originally going to just do cupcakes but then one day, for some reason, my husband and my daughter were drawing out her birthday cake and he was making it a million layers high.  My daughter got so excited and was set on having a tiered cake.  What was he thinking?!! I toned it down and did three small layers which appeased her.  I tried doing an ombre effect on the cake but I should have made the colors more contrasting because it wasn’t as noticeable as I was hoping it would be.  Lastly I added some glitter stars, seven for her 7th birthday.

cutie mark tattoo My little pony partyThose of you who have seen My Little Pony know that each pony has a “cutie mark”.  I made some cutie mark temporary tattoos for the girls so they could pick which pony they wanted to be.

equestria girls party decor little ponyFor the decorations I only had the dessert table and then I strung some Christmas lights from the ceiling too.  I love the magical feel that the twinkle lights give to a party.  To make the Christmas lights extra special, I put some white cupcake liners around some of them and hung some pink stars (previously Christmas ornaments) on them as well.  Please excuse the poor picture quality of some of these pics.  The lighting wasn’t stellar because it was set up in our basement.

my little pony equestria girls party favor

For the party favors I sent the girls home with a treat color coordinated to go with each pony.

my little pony equestria girls party favors

My daughter loves Hi-Chews so I did two pony treats with Hi-Chews.  Here is a quick breakdown:

Twilight Sparkle: Grape and strawberry Hi-Chew

Flutteryshy:  Mini mint with sprinkles

Pinkie Pie: Melon Gummy Rings

Rainbow Dash: Mini Gum balls

Rarity: Purple and Blue Mike and Ikes

Applejack: Green Apple Hi-Chew

I will share the favor bags in a separate post with their own DIY tutorial!