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Fake Candles Craft – Great for all seasons/holidays (and so easy to make!)

 

I will be the first person to say that I am not very crafty. I used to be, and I still want to be, but it’s not always easy for me to do the crafts I want to do. I simply don’t have the time between my family, work and my blog. I also don’t have the physical space needed to do a lot of different crafts. On those occasions I do a craft it’s usually something quick and easy.

I am addicted to Pinterest. I “pin” crafts all the time on that site – both for my own personal use and for work (I work with kindergartners).

I’m a HUGE fan of decorating for the holidays and seasons, so many of my craft pins are related to them.

One evening while browsing on Pinterest I saw a craft where you can make candles out of paper towel (or toilet paper) cardboard rolls. I wish I had the original site/photo that I saw the project on. I suppose if you look up “paper towel candles” or “floating candle craft” on Pinterest you might find similar ones.

Please disregard the strings. I made these to be hanging candles but you can make them without the string to display on a table top.

Floating Candles

I have a lot of paper towel and toilet paper tubes collected to use on crafts with the kids I work with. I already had the main piece I needed for the “candles.” Here are the rest of the supplies.

  • Paper towel/Toilet paper cardboard rolls
  • Hot glue gun (I used Westcott Mini Hot Glue Gun (High Temp Model) and Wescott Hot Glue Pen)
  • Hot glue gun sticks (I used Westcott because they work with my glue gun/pen)
  • Paint (I chose white and a glitter paint to add some sparkle)
  • Paintbrush
  • Finishing line or clear string (only if you plan on handing the candles)
  • Long needle (only if you plan on hanging the candles)
  • Scissors (Westcott has great non-stick scissors which are ideal for this project)
  • Small battery operated candles (I got mine from the Dollar Store – 2/$1)

Directions:

Make sure your cardboard roll is clean. Pull off any loose paper towel/toilet paper.

Using the scissors, cut one side of the roll with a bit of a “wavy” pattern to it. When candles melt they don’t always melt evenly, so you want to give your fake candle as realistic of an appearance as you can. I neglected to do this part at first. I decided to do it after I had painted them.

You can also cut the tubes to different sizes.

Using your selected paint, paint the entire tube. You might need to do 2-3 coats depending on the paint you used.

I found it easier to stand the tube upright. I put the tubes over prescription bottles so they would stand up right when I was painting them and when they are drying. Spice jars might work too.

Paint an inch or two on the INSIDE of the tube on both end too. You don’t want any of the original cardboard color to show.

Allow the tubes to dry completely.

Plug in your hot glue gun and make sure you have plenty of glue sticks on hand (this craft requires several glue sticks). I’m glad my Wescott Mini Hot Glue Gun heats up quickly. I was anxious to see how my candles would look.

I opted for my Westcott Mini Glue Gun High Temperature Model because I wanted the glue to be a “liquidy” as possible. It can reach up to 400 degrees! This model Wescott Glue Gun is great for;

  • Glass
  • Stone
  • Marble
  • Ceramic
  • Floral arrangements
  • Denim
  • Heavy fabrics

I realize that cardboard is not on this list. I was a bit worried the glue might be too hot, but it wasn’t. It worked out perfectly for my needs.

Westcott also has a low temperature model which is great for crafting;

  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Silk

Once the hot glue was ready I took one of my painted tubes and squeezed some hot glue on the INSIDE of the tube about an inch or so down. This glue will act as a “ledge” that your battery operated candle will sit on when in use. You cannot glue the battery operated candle to the tube or you won’t be able to turn it on/off. You need to be able to remove it from the tube. By making this “ledge” the candle has something to sit on so it won’t fall through the tube.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just squeeze some glue around the sides (even back and forth if you want). It’s just a way of keeping the battery operated candle from sliding through the tube.

Once that glue hardens (it did so quickly) you are ready to add glue to the outside. Using your hot glue gun, squeeze glue all the way around the end of the tube you made the inner ledge. You want the glue to look like it’s dripping – just like hot wax does on real candles. You can keep adding glue until you get your desired look. I ended up going back over a few of them with my Westcott Hot Glue Pen because it gives you precision accuracy, so I was able to add just the right amount of glue in the places I felt like I needed a bit more.

Photo Source: Westcott

This little Hot Glue Pen from Wescott is ideal for any crafting project you might have. It’s also great for quick repairs around your home. The Wescott Hot Glue Pen features;

  • Non-Stick tip for easy clean-up
  • Nozzle changes from blue to red, indicating when the pen is hot and ready for use
  • Top-mounted finger trigger allows for controlled glue dispensing

It can also be used on;

  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Silk

After you have achieved the look you are going for, let the glue dry completely. After it’s dried you can go back over it with some more paint (I used both white paint and a clear glitter paint).

Allow the tubes to dry completely.

The tube before I painted over the glue and tube with more white paint and glitter paint.

The glitter paint gave the tubes a nice texture.

If you want to hang your candles up to give them a “floating candle” appearance (great for Halloween), thread clear string or fishing line into a long needle (a quilting needle would work).

Using a long needle, pop a hole in one side of the candle (just below where you made that inner “ledge” out of hot glue) and pass the needle all the way through to the other side, keeping the needle as straight as possible (another words have the needle go straight across – not at an angle). If you don’t go straight across your candle will tip when you hang it up (unless you are not going to hang it up). Decide how much string you want and then cut and tie off the end.

If you prefer to make a centerpiece simply use your hot glue gun to adhere the candles to whatever platform you want to use.

Here are some photo and a brief video of my finished candles.

 

I intentionally took the video in the dark so that you can see the lighted candles.

This project was so much fun and oh-s0-easy to make. I plan on making this again but as a centerpiece for Christmas. I was going to make 3-4 candles of varying height and glue them together and surround them with some greenery and small ornaments. If/When I make that I’ll update this post with a photo or two.

People assume that hot glue guns are only to adhere a few things together. As you can see there are plenty of other fun things to do with hot glue. Just check out Pinterest. You’d be surprised at how many fun projects you can do. I have seen jewelry, wallets and bowls made out of hot glue.

Wescott non-stick scissors are great for this project. They cut through the cardboard tubes with ease.

Even hot glue dispensers have evolved over the years. The Westcott brand of hot glue guns and pen feature non-stick tips for easy clean up, a nozzle that changes from blue to red so you know when the pen/gun is ready for use, and a finger friendly trigger for dispensing the glue.

If you would like to learn more about Wescott products visit WestcottCreativators.com or WestcottBrand.com/products.html. You can also find some wonderful, creative ideas on the brand’s site or by visiting WestcottBrand.com/craft-projects.html.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on their website (bottom right).

Do you use hot glue guns for crafting? Have you ever tried a hot glue pen?

What are some of your favorite projects you’ve made with hot glue? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Westcott to bring you this information. I received free products to do this project as well as compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New! Disney Princess Mystery Boxes from Pley.com

 

Disney Princesses are extremely popular. Not a day went by at school where I work that I didn’t see a child wearing a Disney Princess outfit or top, or wearing Disney Princess accessories.

In our class we did Show & Tell. EVERY DAY at least one little girl brought in something Disney Princess related to share with the class.

I have to admit, if I was younger I would probably be totally into the princesses too. I was when I was little (Snow White and Cinderella were my favorites). Even as an adult I find a lot of princess things adorable and something I wish I had to play with when I was younger.

Monthly subscription boxes are also very trendy these days. In fact, I subscribe to three of them (Horror Block, Bam Box and Pop in a Box). I get super excited when I see one of the boxes have arrived and I can’t wait to tear into them.

Children enjoy receiving mail too – most especially packages. Imagine their delight to receive a monthly subscription. Even better, what if that monthly subscription featured Disney Princesses?

The company Pley (Pley.com) now offers a monthly subscription program staring the beloved princess characters.

Each month your child will receive 5-8 exclusive items and activities featuring one of the Disney Princess characters.

I received a Disney Princess box from Pley. Inside I found the following goodies.

It’s a nice sized box.

Look closely at it. You’ll notice that there are cut out on the box. That is because the box magically transforms into something your child can play with. I thought it might be a crown due to the shape of the cut outs, but I was very wrong.

More on that later in this post.

As soon as I opened the box I could see the long, red hair of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Ariel is my husband’s favorite Disney Princess (I think it’s the red hair – LOL). She’s also our daughter’s favorite Disney Princess.

As you can see from the print on the inside of the box it does not transform into a crown. It looks like something else.

Inside the box I found a lovely Ariel doll. She the same size as a standard Barbie doll. She has pose able arms and beautiful, long red hair just begging to be brushed.

Also inside the box as a pair of Little Mermaid pajamas.

These are VERY NICE, quality pajamas. They are soft to the touch. They featured banded arms and leg bottoms so that they don’t roll up.

The pants feature Ariel and Flounder. The top features both characters and the number 89.

This set already came to great use. I donated it to the classroom where I work. We need changes of clothe for when children have accidents or spill something on themselves. One of my little girls had an accident and these pants fit her perfectly. It didn’t matter that they were pajama bottoms. They looked like leggings.

At the end of the day I gave her the top to take home with her so she had the matching set. My student and her mom were thrilled by the unexpected gift.

Also included in the box was a cute set of Little Mermaid sunglasses (they had some “bling” on them too) and a cute little Flounder figurine that goes great with the Ariel doll.

Notice the little “diamonds” on the side of the glasses near Ariel. How cute!

Now for the box. The box, as it turns out, is Erik’s ship from the movie. It’s a really cool thing to do to make the box into a toy as well. Unfortunately we didn’t see any directions for it. My husband and I both tried to put it together but had no luck. We can sort of visualize how it will look, but we can’t get the pieces to work for us. So… the ship is a “work in progress.” Once we finally figure it out I’ll update this post with the picture.

I think the Disney Princess monthly subscription from Pley.com is an awesome idea. What little girl wouldn’t enjoy getting princess toys and more on a monthly basis.

The boxes are actually shipped out every other month – so it’s more like a bi-monthly box. But that is still just as awesome.

The boxes start out at $24.99 for one box, or $22.99 per box, depending on the length of your subscription.

This would make a magical gift for a child’s birthday, Christmas, getting great grades at school or “just because.” Imagine the excitement on your child/grandchild’s face when they open the mailbox to find a box with Disney Princess written on it. It will totally make their day!

Pley.com has other subscription boxes as well. You can learn more about them on their website.

For more information click on the image below.

Disney Princess Pleybox, Disney Pleybox, subscription box, toys, disney, princess
Kimberly

*I have partnered with Pley.com to bring you this information. I received a free box to review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Update on our end of the year party

 

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Back in May I wrote a post about an end of the year party my job was hosting for the children that are in our program. If you happen to miss that post, or wish to re-read it, you can find it here – Make your next party extra special with fun and games from Oriental Trading Company.

I had been meaning to write an update post, but between end of the year stuff (school year), our son’s prom, our son’s graduation, family up from Florida and a million other things, I haven’t really had a chance until now. I’m officially on summer vacation. I don’t go back to work until September. I like having the time off, but not having a paycheck for two months is no fun.

Anyway…

There was a huge glitch in our end of the year party. It was pouring rain that way. Torrential rain in fact. We were stuck inside (in the gym) for the duration of the party. Since there was a huge bouncy house set up, plus tables for crafts, snacks and other things, we didn’t have the room necessary to set up some of the games we had planned on doing.

The Rubbery Ducky Game had to go. It was not a good idea to have a bucket of water inside the gymnasium with 200+ kids, about 25+ counselors and parents (with younger siblings) running around. It’s OK. The ducks were given away as prizes instead.

For the very same reason the Goldfish Game also had to be cancelled. We handed out the little goldfish as prizes, as well as “just because” (we had 144 of them!).

Both the Bean Bag Toss and Ping Pong Ball Toss games I had were set up for a bit. For a while the kids were playing them the right away, but as time went on the kids opted to play “catch” with the bean bags (tossing them back and forth to each other) and the ping pong balls were all over the gym (those things sure can bounce!). It’s OK. As long as the kids were having a good time.

I feel like those games would have done better if we were outside. The gym was just too crowded and LOUD. It took away from the fun of everything, sad to say.

The Alligator Ring Toss Game was a huge hit. The kids did have fun with that game for a long time, that is until one of the kids thought it would be fun to sit on the Alligator and popped it. We did have a patch for it, but with all that was going on no one knew where it went. Thankfully it’s not a bad rip, it’s just a tear in the seem. I think some duct tape or packing tape will do that trick.

We kept the game (of course) because once it’s fixed we can use it again and again. The best thing about this game is that when not in use you can take the air out, fold it up and pack it away. It takes up very little room.

The crafts were a huge hit. The kids had fun with those. Some even got creative and mixed/matched pieces from other craft kits to build their own project. We also had markers, crayons, glitter, gems and other goodies on hand for the kids to embellish their craft pieces with (if they chose to).

FYI… when you are doing crafts on such a large scale always make sure an adult writes the name of each child on the back of the project so that you know who it belongs to. At the end of the evening we had dozens of completed crafts with no names on them and we had no clue who they belonged to so we had to toss them out. It was such a shame too since they turned out so good. This was a good lesson learned for the next time.

The left over crafts are being held on to for the “School’s Out” program.

The biggest hit was the temporary tattoos. OH MY GOODNESS! The kids went CRAZY for them. I was seeing kids running around with several on each arm. Some even tattooed their legs and faces.

We had dedicated adults to apply the temporary tattoos, but the line was so long that older kids in the program stepped up to help out. We must have had a half dozen people just applying the temporary tattoos.

By the end of the event there was just a small handful left. I’d have to say about 95% of the tattoos were used at the party. I consider that a total success!

Our program does an end of the year party every year. Oriental Trading is going to be our “go to” resource for games, prizes, crafts and more.

As a teacher’s assistant, I rely on Oriental Trading Company frequently. They are an ideal source for prizes, crafts, and little gifts to give to the kids for the holidays.

There are times that the teacher is not in, so I am in charge. Every day we read a book to the kids and then do a project based on what we just read. I cannot tell you how many time I have relied on crafts from Oriental Trading Company to help me out in a pinch. I keep books on hand along with ready made crafts from Oriental Trading Company. That way if my boss it out on a moment’s notice I don’t have to scramble to find something to do. I’m all set!

If you are interested in learning more about what Oriental Trading Company has to offer, visit them online at OrientalTrading.com. Be sure to check out their summer section for fun summer toys, game, decorations and more.

Oriental Trading Company can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

Have you ever purchased from Oriental Trading Company? Are you considering making a purchase? What “needs” do you have (crafts, party supplies, decor…)?

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Oriental Trading Company. I received free products in exchange for my review/post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Make your next party extra special with fun and games from Oriental Trading Company

 

I miss hosting birthday parties for my kids. Our daughter is almost 20 and our son is 17 1/2. Needless to say it’s been a long time since we hosted a “kiddie” party for them.

When I had birthday parties for our children I used to go all out and make it fun for everyone – both young and old. I used to also love to send everyone home with a goody bag filled with great goodies.

At the end of May, the organization I work for is hosting an end of the year party. The actual end of the year (school year) is the end of June. With prom, graduation and vacations, the organization I work for plans their end of the year party a month early.

I worked the end of the year party last year. It actually fell on my birthday, so I only worked a couple of hours before my boss told me to go home and enjoy my birthday. This year my birthday is the day after the party, so I’ll be working the whole day.

The organization I work for loves to go all out and show the kids a great time. There is a bouncy house, cotton candy, water balloon games, crafts, organized sports/games, and even a slide show featuring photos taken throughout the year.

We had a meeting about the party a few weeks ago and discussed some ideas. This year, instead of face painting (which “melts” when the kids sweat running around), there will be hand painting and temporary tattoos. We also wanted to feature a few more fun games to the kids to enjoy. That gave me some ideas.

Oriental Trading Company has always been my “go to” site for crafts, holiday decor, goody bag items and party supplies. I knew they would have a lot of fun things we could utilize at our end of the year party.

Here are some of the ideas I came up with, thanks to some great items I was able to get from Oriental Trading Company.

Rubber Ducky Game

I am going to mark the bottom of 2 or 3 of these adorable little Rubber Duckies from Oriental Trading with a star on the bottom of them. I am then going to put them in a big tub of water. The kids can take turns picking one of the duckies from the tub. If they pick one of the ones with the star on the bottom they will win a prize (we plan on giving EVERYONE a prize regardless, but the ones who pick the stared duckies will win a larger prize.

I haven’t found a good size tub yet. I have one in mind, I just don’t know where to get it. I think I might need to swing by Home Depot or Lowes. They might have what I’m looking for.

Bean Bag Toss

I found colorful (and very well made) bean bags on the Oriental Trading website. I also picked up some inexpensive plastic bowls at a local dollar store.

I’m going to label the bowls with number (10, 25, 50, 100, 500 – or something similar). I am going to place them back to back at the end of the year party (lowest amount first, higher amount in the back). I’ll then mark the gymnasium floor with painters tape (easy to remove). To play the kids will have to stand on the tape (younger kids can move up closer) and toss 3 bean bags into the bowls. The prize they win depends on how many points they get (we’ll have to work on the prizes for this game).

Ping Pong Toss

I was gong to set up this game similar to the Bean Bag Toss game mentioned above. I was going to use some of the ping pong balls I got from Oriental Trading along with inexpensive, colorful planters from a local dollar store.

I have to give this game a test drive first to make sure the ping pong balls don’t bounce out of the containers. I might have to put something in the bottom of the containers/planters to stop them from bouncing out.

The scoring has yet to be determined.

Goldfish Game

This game is one that I am most excited about. We see this game at the local county fair and have played it in the past. The Goldfish Game where you toss ping pong balls into glass bowls. If you get one in you win a goldfish. In fact, one year we won seven Goldfish. All of them died within a few days except one. He’s 7+ years old now and as big as a Koi Fish (he’s about 8″ long!).

Since we don’t want to use live fish, I thought it would be fun to use clear plastic cups filled with water (a few of them could have a little “Goldfish” in them). If a child gets a ping pong ball into one of the cups they win a “Goldfish.”

We’ll be using some of the ping pong balls (pictured above) a well as some little plastic “Goldfish” from Oriental Trading.

I love this idea!

Ring Toss Game

Oriental Trading Company has an adorable, inflatable Alligator that comes with rings that you can use to toss on his nose or tail.

Currently the game is still in the box it came in. I haven’t blown it up yet because I know I’ll never get it back in the box. I also don’t want to take a chance of popping it. I plan on blowing it up the day of the party.

At only $7.49 for the set I thought it was a great deal and it looks like a lot of fun, especially for the little ones (our kids range in age from 5-13).

In addition to games we are going to have hand painting and temporary tattoos for the kids to enjoy. Oriental Trading has A LOT of great temporary tattoos to choose from including the popular Shopkins brand. I ordered Shopkins, pirates, sport, hearts, emojis and other popular designs for the kids.

The temporary tattoos from Oriental Trading were inexpensive and you get A LOT in each pack (most have 72 in each pack).

As I mentioned earlier in this post, instead of face painting we are going to offer hand painting and the temporary tattoos.

I have white poster board and a huge piece of flat cardboard. I am thinking about putting the tattoos on the poster board (using water – the same way as if you applied it to your skin) to show the kids the available designs. I haven’t made it yet, but that is my “game plan.” I also plan on putting the tattoos in baggies with sticker on them so the co-workers doing the tattoos and hand painting can easily find the designs they are looking for.

Lastly I picked up a lot of magnetic crafts for the kids to do. I love the ones from Oriental Trading because most of them are individually packaged so you don’t have to worry about missing pieces or kids taking pieces from other kids.

Most have peel and stick pieces which means you don’t have to worry about glue and all that mess.

A few crafts I picked up from Oriental Trading will require glue, and some are ones that you color (we’ll need markers and crayons). We’re reserve those ones for the older kids and let the little ones enjoy putting together the easier ones.

As you can see, Oriental Trading Company has so many wonderful products that can help turn your next party or get together into something spectacular. And it won’t cost you an “arm and a leg.” Oriental Trading’s prices are fantastic (very affordable) and with the help of some inexpensive dollar store products, you can stick to your party budget easily.

I’m going to do an update post on our party and show you some of the things mentioned in this post at the party. Stay tune for that post which I should have up by the end of the month.

For more information about these and other products, visit OrientalTrading.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom right of their website.

Do you shop at Oriental Trading Company?

What do you think of my game and project ideas? Do you think your child would enjoy them if they were at our end of the year party?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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PEEPS… they’re just not for Easter baskets anymore

 

Our son at Easter time many years ago.

I have very fond memories of the Easter holiday from my youth. I miss the excitement of waking up Easter morning and racing my sister to the front door where the Easter Bunny left our baskets. Each year the baskets got better and better.

One year the Easter Bunny brought me a basket made out of solid chocolate – including the handle. The only non-edible thing in that basket was the grass and the packaging for some of the treats that were inside. Sadly, when I was taking it downstairs into the playroom (where I spent most of my time) I slipped and fell down the stairs, making the basket fall on the floor and shatter into a million pieces. I never had the change to enjoy it.

Easter was no Easter without a basket that contained marshmallow PEEPS. They were a staple in every Easter basket. My husband’s Easter was the same way. He never had a basket that didn’t contain PEEPS.

PEEPS have come a long way over the years. They used to come in bunnies and chicks in just a few colors (white, pink, yellow…). Now they are available in a rainbow of colors, a variety of flavors and even ones dipped in chocolate.

PEEPS are no longer just for Easter. PEEPS are available year round for most major holidays (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween…).

Here are some fun “creations” and recipes I have made over the years using PEEPS.

Adding a PEEP to a mug of hot chocolate is SO GOOD!!!!

Christmas S’mores

Cupcake “toppers” for Halloween

Celebrating the 4th of July with PEEPS!

PEEPS as a fun addition to a floral bouquet.

I used a gel icing tube to write out “Love You” and added a lollipop stick for a marshmallow lollipop.

I made a gift basket with holiday PEEPS using the plastic “sticks” they use in floral shops to hold cards.

Summer time means S’mores time! These were made for the 4th of July.

I think most people still think of PEEPS as an Easter thing. I went so far as to create an Easter basket made out of PEEPS. I think it turned out really good. Everyone who saw it loved it.

It was so easy to make and you can make one quickly and easily too. Why spend money on a pre-made basket from the local drug store when you can create something fun (and edible!) like this.

Pick up large PEEP packages (any flavor/variety). Tape them together (using clear tape) to form a “box” shape (four sides and one on the bottom). Then fill with “grass” (I used edible grass) and other treats.

I found the cutest plastic eggs at the local dollar store that looked like chicks. I filled them with jelly beans.

The plush PEEP bunny can be purchased from the Peep store. There you can find a fun array of PEEP related products including toys, home decor and of course PEEPS you can eat. PEEPS can also be found at many retail locations around the country.

I have a special discount code for the PEEPS store too. Keep reading for the code.

Here is the basket that I made.

A fun thing you can do with the plush PEEPS toys are to use them like you would an “Elf on a Shelf.” Pick up a PEEP bunny or chick and place it in different spots around your home. Tell your child/grandchild that he (or she) is keeping their eye on them, looking for good behavior, so they can report back to the Easter Bunny.

PEEPS are not only for crafts and recipes, they can also be used as an educational and science “tool.”

I am a big fan of Pinterest and I check out the site a few times each day. I came across a lot of super cool ideas that utilize PEEPS. I even found some that are great for STEM activities.

I also found some PEEP activities on the Teachers Pay Teachers website. One in particular looked like it could be fun for the kindergarten class I work with. It involved having the kids take home a PEEP (I was going to put them in snack sized bags to protect them) and taking care of the PEEP all week and documenting things (mostly drawing since the kids can’t really write yet). It reminded me of when my daughter had to take home a fake baby for her home economics class and write a report about it.

Sadly a health issue popped up that prevented me from following through with this activity. In fact, I had planned on doing a whole post about it.

If you are interested in learning more about what I had in mind you can find it here – PEEP Day: It’s a PEEP thing. You can also do a search on the site for more PEEP activities.

PEEPS are so much more than a fun treat.

I am also truly amazed at how far PEEPS have become. They keep coming up with mouth-watering new flavors.

Years ago I would have told you that PEEPS were a “kid” treat. Not anymore! PEEPS are for anyone who loves marshmallows. PEEPS are just as much for adults as they are for children. My husband and I love them I think more than our kids to (LOL). Our kids are 17 and 20 and they still enjoy them as much as they did when they were little.

It’s hard not to love those sweet, colorful, adorable bunnies and chicks.

PEEPS are available in flavors such as Sour Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch and Party Cake. They also available in “dipped” flavors such as Coconut, Orange, Lemon, Blueberry and Chocolate Mousse.

If someone wee to ask me what my favorite PEEP flavor is, it would be hard to pick just one. I like them all, but a few stand out to me the most including Party Cake, Sour Watermelon, and Orange Dipped.

If you are a fan of all things PEEPS then you’ll want to check out the PEEPS online at MarshmallowPEEPS.com. You can also check out their online store for A LOT of fun PEEPS products (pillows, plush, blankets…) and more at PEEPSandCompany.com. There you can also learn about other brands under the PEEPS “umbrella” including Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews. On both sites you can find more fun recipes and craft ideas using PEEPS.

You can save 25% off your order on the PEEPSandCompany.com website using the discount code “eastertreats.”

What is YOUR favorite PEEP? What do you like to do with them? Do you eat them, use them in recipes or something else? Feel free to share your thought in the comment section. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Buy One, Get One (BOGO) Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kits

 

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Are you into crafts? Are you familiar with the brand Stampin’ Up?

I love doing crafts. The problem is that crafts never seem to turn out right for me. I have great ideas, it’s just that I can’t execute them the way I envisioned them.

I think the craftiest thing I have ever done was stenciling the entire dining room to make it resemble a country garden. It took me over a year to complete it (the dining room is not that big either). By the time I was done I had the entire room done including a 5′ tree on one wall. I even used 3D butterflies throughout the room to give it a bit more dimension and realism. After I was done I was so over it and had my husband re-paint the room.

I do a lot of crafts with the kids I work with. I think I enjoy children’s crafts more because it’s OK if it doesn’t turn out perfect.

One type of crafts the kids I work with enjoy is using stamps. You can do so much with them from pictures to cards and from decorating other crafts to simply stamping a project with “Good job” or “A+.”

I like using stamps made for adults too. At one point I had a lot of them. I used to like to make my own cards. They didn’t turn out amazing like most handmade cards do, but most of the time they turned out decent enough.

If you are a crafty person, or you like crafting with stamps, you are probably already familiar with the brand Stampin’ Up. Stampin’ Up not only sells a wonderful array of stamps, they also sell other craft suppiles including embellishments, paper and crafting tools.

I just found out recently that Stampin’ Up also offers a monthly crafting subscription service called Paper Pumpkin. I LOVE that name! It’s so cute.

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Each month, Paper Pumpkin subscribers receive a project kit that contains almost everything you need to complete the craft. A few other thing might be needed, but most things people already have on hand like scissors, glue and tape.

I love the idea of a monthly craft project. It’s great for people who love to craft as well as for novices like me who want to craft but is still learning how.

This subscription service would also make a great gift for the crafty person in your life.

There are two different ways you can subscribe. You can either subscribe month to month (and cancel at any time) or  you can pre-pay and save extra money.

I was sent two different Paper Pumpkin kits to check out for myself. I should make note that I have not made the craft in the boxes – YET! I’ve been busy with back to school stuff, last minute vacation days and a few other things. I haven’t had much time. I would prefer to do these crafts on a nice fall day at my leisure. I don’t want to feel rushed when I do them.

These are the two Paper Pumpkin boxes that I have received thus far.

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Inside Box

Craft 1

Back of craft 1

Stamps

The first craft box I received from Paper Pumpkin is a treat box kit. The package came complete with cute paper boxes pre-cut (you just need to fold and assemble them) and yarn to make colorful tassels. In addition I receive a pad of ink and a set of stamps (pictured above). The acrylic block is to use with the stamps. Everyone gets one of these blocks with their first Paper Pumpkin craft kit from Stampin’ Up. It can be reused again and again with all the stamps. The stamps peel on/off the acrylic block.

I plan on making these treat boxes for Thanksgiving. I think they would look cute at each place setting. I’m not sure what goodies/candy I would put inside. I’m thinking after dinner mints.

This is the second Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box I received.

Inside box 2

Card Craft

Craft Craft 2 back

Stamps

The second kit (August 2016) contains supplies needed to make a lot of beautiful cards. You can see from the one photo that Stampin’ Up includes EVERYTHING… right down to the tiny clothes pin.

Of the two crafts, I think I’ll be making this one first. I have a need for the Thank You cards.

This is such a fun idea!

Starting August 2016 through October 10, 2106, customers can use the special Buy One, Get One code (BOGO) to get a second kit for free. You can keep the kit for yourself, give it to a loved one or save it as a last minute gift. To purchase a Paper Pumpkin kit visit this page

For more information visit StampinUp.com. Look for the brand on social media too.

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber or Stampin’ Up customer?

Do you like the monthly craft kit idea? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free products to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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