These caramel sorting hat cupcake toppers turned out so cute and were so easy! I originally saw the idea on instagram via @theshirleylife.
All you need is two pieces of wrapped caramel.
1- FOR THE BOTTOM PART OF THE HAT: Take 1 piece of caramel and unwrap it. Start warming up the caramel by pressing it with your fingers. Then flatten it out into a circle (it doesn’t have to be perfect) to make the bottom part of the hat. Set-aside on wax paper so it doesn’t stick to your counter.
2- FOR THE TOP PART OF THE HAT: Take 1 piece of caramel and unwrap it. Start warming up the caramel by rolling it between your palms. Form it in to a cone shape. Gently press it onto the center of your first piece to make the hat shape.
3- DETAILS: Use your fingers to pinch and mold the top of the hat so it resembles the Sorting Hat. Then take a small knife and poke it into the caramel to form the mouth and eyes. It’s so easy! The kids could also do this as part of an activity and easily make their own. We used ours as cupcake toppers for dessert.
Happy Sorting my friends!
For Stella’s Harry Potter birthday we had several different activities that the kids loved. We painted wands, made skele-gro slime, and played Every Botts Flavor Bean game.
For the slime we used the borax and glue method (you can see an example here). I labeled the glue “troll snot” and the borax “ground unicorn horn” to make it extra fun. The girls were slime experts so thankfully I didn’t have to help much since I didn’t know how to make it. Just use your favorite slime recipe for this…or ask your favorite 9 year old and they probably know how to make it!
I purchased these little glass jars from Michaels craft store and made the little skele-gro labels you can download in my shop.
I printed and cut-out the labels. I then used clear packing tape to cover the label on both sides (you could just laminate it as well…but packing tape worked great). I then put the label on the jar. Some of the girls added glitter and color to their slime which also looked really cute.
Everyone was happy taking home their own jar of skele-gro!
These wands are soooo easy to make! And it is impressive how good and authentic they look with only a couple of thing and a little work. For Stella’s party we just set-out all the glued chopsticks and let everyone paint their own.
Here is how I painted these ones…
First take a set of wooden chopsticks and break them in two. Then get out your hot glue gun. Note: a low-temp glue gun works best for this because you need to work with the glue and you’ll be less likely to get burned.
Hold the tip of the chopstick in one hand and the glue gun in another. Start by piling up glue on one end of the chopstick. Let it dry…twirling it around slowly helps. Once it seems set keep piling glue to make a knobby-looking end. You can also twist it while piling the glue on to make a spiral of glue around the chopstick. Keep playing around with it until it looks old and magical. Let it dry completely.
Once the chopstick is completely dry, paint it dark brown (I used acrylic brown paint) and let that coat dry. Apply another coat of brown paint if necessary.
Now to give it a little more depth, use black paint to brush it lightly (don’t cover all the brown) and push it all down into the cracks and crevices.
Once it is all dry take gold acrylic paint and lightly brush the tops of the ridges lightly with gold. Keep playing around with it. You can always repaint it if needed and start all over! These are such a fun and inexpensive party favor.
For the sorting-hat cupcake topper activity you can read more here.
I love lego as much as my sweet son Vaughn. So when I saw this vintage letterpress tray I knew it would be perfect for a lego minifigure display. I brought it home and added some screws and picture hanging wire to the back and hung it on the wall in Vaughn’s room. It makes us both so happy. I love that he gets little characters down and plays with them and then puts them back in their little spots.
A great place to look is on Etsy…search for Letterpress Tray and see all the results that come up. Happy organizing my friends.
I feel like it is the perfect decorative addition to his room. I love when form + function meet.
We celebrated sweet Vaughn's 1st birthday on Saturday! I can't believe a year has gone so fast...Vaughn's favorite part was digging in to his cake! Can you tell...he almost ate the whole cake. seriously.
For the invitations I scanned this cute image of Winnie the Pooh from a vintage book I have...then I made the balloons (invitation details on the back ). I attached the balloon to Winnie with yellow bakers twine. So Winnie swung back and forth from the balloon. They actually turned out really cute. Worth the work.
ABOVE: Tigger Tails...Marshmallows on a stick dipped in orange candy melts...drizzled with decorating gel.
Doesn't our birthday boy look SOOOO big!
After lunch the kids packed-up a goody bag and we headed-off to see the Winnie the Pooh movie in theaters. It was really cute (only about 70 minutes long) and so fun to all go together.
In the church I belong to we have a camp for the teenage girls in our area. We had about 78 girls and 38 leaders and I wanted to do a unique and fun treat for them during our service project activity. I saw a similar idea on pinterest (or course) and created my own printables for a Build your own Trailmix bar. Everyone loved it. I included all the usual fixings and a few random things (gummy bears) to keep the teenagers happy. It was a big success.
I hope you enjoy these free printables! Please respect the work I've done and do not share this print with others via email etc. Simply direct them to this page and let them download it for free. If you post photos etc. of this on your blog please link back...thank you!
Download the 24x36 Poster (print it as an engineering print at Staples) here
Download the bag labels here
Baskets: Look at your local thrift store. I got all these baskets for around 25-50cents a piece.
Basket liners: Purchased in the Target dollar spot by the BBQ stuff they recently had.
Table cloth roll: purchased at a local food supply store. You can find these at any party store etc.
Tiny Bottlebrush trees: Lemax village trees...I got mine here
Washi Tape: I used red gingham washi tape under the words "Build" and "Trailmix"
Also - the idea for these a large chalkboard printable printed as engineering prints originally came from Caravan Shoppe...an amazing design and prints website. Check them out for great printables of all kinds.
I first created the invitation (above) to set the tone... we then got to getting all the details for the party
I had seen some similar jars on pinterest so I started collecting food jars and then created these animal lid toppers (I'll do a full tutorial later)...
So a few weeks ago my friend the lovely Amy asked me to create this quote as a printable for her daughters baptism and blessing. It turned out so cute. I've had so much response to it I decided to sell it as a digital file for those that are interested. It prints out very large on a 24x36 engineering print (it costs $3.59 to print...so affordable!) The actual lettering is about a 19x27 inch size. It has a large chalkboard border so you can cut it to fit the frame you choose. Ikea has one that fits it perfectly.
To purchase the Daughter/Son of a King Digital Download:
1- Go ahead and pay $5 via venmo
PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WANT THE "DAUGHTER" OR "SON" VERSION
2- I will email you with a specific link for you to download the file
3- You can print anywhere you like, but Staples will print it as an engineering file for $3.59. Just go online to Staples Engineering Prints page and upload the file. Then you can pick it up at your local staples store.
4- It has a large chalkboard border around it so you can cut it to fit a standard frame. Ikea sells one that is about 19x27 inches and it fits perfectly.