Wheat Grass Leprechaun Hats for St. Patrick’s Day Centerpieces

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Holidays, Kids, St. Patrick's Day

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Just look at this fresh green color! I just love it! It makes me so excited for spring! I put 25 of these centerpieces together for a St. Patrick’s themed church party. I was asked to be over the decorations, and I didn’t have much of a budget to work with. The idea of wheat grass centerpieces came to mind, and I knew it was just the idea I was looking for. For one, wheat grass is super cheap to grow especially if you happen to have bulk wheat berries on hand (which I always do to make this bread!). Secondly, it doesn’t take much time – a week and half, two weeks maximum. AND, the grass is so bright and fresh looking – just the color pop I wanted!

St.-Patrick's-Day-Wheat-Grass-Centerpiece

I found the planter pots at the Dollar Tree. I was so excited they were green and resembled leprechaun hats! To plant the wheat grass, I basically followed these directions. The grass grew so fast! My kids and I had a LOT of fun watching it grow from day to day.

To finish the centerpieces off, I hot glued black ribbon around the brim of the hat and added a gold paper buckle. I am so pleased with how they turned out. It may be too late to grow wheat grass for St. Patty’s Day, but wouldn’t these be cute with a colorful polka dot ribbon for Easter with maybe some eggs peeking out the top? Oh, the possibilities! You really should try growing your own sometime. It’s quite fun!

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Cupid’s Arrow Class Party Valentine Game

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Holidays, Kids, Primary, Valentine's Day

Cupid's Arrow Valentine Game

This year, I have been my daughter’s kindergarten class room mom.  It has been such a fun experience.  I love this age because it really doesn’t take much to make them happy.  Simplicity is a-okay for 5 and 6 year olds.

Our last class party was on Valentine’s Day and we did several activities, but this is the one that stood out.  I called it “Cupid’s Arrow”.

I used a large red poster board, cut out a large heart, and decorated it with crepe paper ruffles.  For the arrows, I used craft dowels and foam valentine stickers.  Just stick two foam stickers to each other with the end of the dowel sandwiched in the middle.  I used hearts stickers on one end and lips on the other.  You could also use pipe cleaners, and cut your arrow tips and fletchings out of paper to glue to the ends.  I liked the weight of the dowels, and with the foam stickers there was no major danger of someone getting accidentally hurt (you never know with kindergartners!).

Valentine Arrows

To play the game, I held the poster up while each child stood from a marked distance and tried to throw the three arrows through the heart.  I made two posters and we had two stations going at once.  The children moved through the line fairly quickly, and each got three turns.  This was a big hit with the boys.  They LOVED it.

I decided I could definitely incorporate this into Primary Singing Time for Valentine’s Day.  I’m sure there are so many ways you could spin an activity like this, but for my primary I had children come up and throw the arrows through the heart.  If they missed, I chose the song, and if the arrow went through the heart, they got to choose.

You’re a Real Gem Valentine Printable

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Crafts, Holidays, Valentine's Day

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So I know Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away, but we just finished my daughter’s Valentines, and I had to share because they turned out so cute and came together quickly.  So, in the small chance that you may need a last minute idea, here you go. I spotted these eraser rings at Target in the Valentine section (Target has THE cutest things).  They were in a bundle and only cost $3 for 24 rings.  I picked up some small 3×4 clear bags from Hobby Lobby, created a label, and we were good to go. Click here for the printable.  Print the labels, cut them out, and fold them in half.  Stuff an eraser ring (you could even use Ring Pops, costume jewelry rings…) into a bag.  Fold the bag over two times and staple the label over the top.

Real Gem Valentine Front and Back

Write the names on the back and you’re ready to roll.

Real Gem Valentine

My daughter is super excited to pass these out on Friday!

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Necktie Baby Shower Bunting

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Baby Shower, Crafts, Holidays

Necktie Bunting

Last weekend some friends and I celebrated the arrival of a sweet new baby boy. A small shower was held in the little man’s honor, and I was asked to make this cute bunting for the occasion. I love buntings because not only are they super showy, but they are so so so simple especially with the help of my Sizzix Eclips. I found this cute tie shape from lovepapercrafts.com, cut it out on my machine, and was ready to go.

I always use my sewing machine to put any bunting together because it’s quick and simple, and it makes it so whatever shape you are stringing together stays put and doesn’t slide around. I use clear thread and adjust my sewing machine on a wide zig-zag setting. For this bunting I used baker’s twine, but you can use yarn, jute…any sort of string. Simply line the twine or string along the top of your shape, and zig-zag stitch across the top of it. When you get to the end of your shape, place the next one in line and repeat.

Sewing Bunting

Here’s a close up of how the stitching will look.

Bunting Stitches Close-Up

Aren’t they cute?!

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How to Make a Paper Cone for Gift Wrapping

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Crafts, Holidays, Valentine's Day

Valentine Craft

I saw the idea for these paper cones for gift wrapping a few years ago on Cake Journal and fell in love with them.  They are so cute and pretty basic to put together.  You can fill them with any small candy or treats.  I stuffed mine with a Valentine variety of white chocolate popcorn – so yummy!  Fun to make and they come together quickly once you’ve gathered your materials.  Use them this Valentine’s Day or adapt the colors and embellishments for any occasion.

Craft Materials

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cardstock
  • cone template found here
  • tissue paper cut into 8 x 20 inch rectangle
  • embellishment (optional)
  • ribbon
  • glue stick
  • stapler

Step 1: Trace the cone template onto your cardstock and cut out the cone.  Glue the long egde of your tissue paper on the rounded edge of the cone, folding little pleats into the tissue paper as you work.  This will be the inside of your cone, so if your tissue paper has two sides make sure the wrong side is facing you as your glue the paper onto the cone.

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Step 2: Adhere glue to one of the straight edges and fold cone together.  It works well to use your fingers to mold the tip of the cone as you secure the paper to the glue.  Use the stapler to fasten the cone together.  In the photo you’ll see I have only one staple, but later I added a second staple near the middle of the cone for extra stability.

Valentine Craft

Step 3:  Glue the embellishment onto the front of your cone and fill it with goodies.  I used a disposable piping bag to put my popcorn in which fit beautifully into the paper cone.  If you’re using wrapped candies you probably won’t need an additional bag.

Valentine Craft

Step 4: Finish the cone off by tying the tissue paper up with a bow.  Simple cuteness, right!?  Enjoy!

Valentine Craft

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