Painted Clay Flower Pots

Let’s Get Silly, Faces that Is

Yesterday I shared a post on how to make Tissue Paper Flower Pots. We loved the way they came out. But, I still had lots of clay pots sitting around the house, I kept thinking what we could create with those. Then, I looked over at my kiddos being silly, as usual, and realized let’s get our silly faces painted – well on the flower pots at least.

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Here’s what you’ll need to create your silly face flower pots.

Small terra cotta pots

A Pencil

Acrylic Paints

Paintbrushes

After you’ve painted your flower pots you might want to add:

Soil and Seeds or a small spiky plant (for hair)

Painted Clay Flower Pots

Painted clay flower pots +krafts and kiddos

Using a pencil, outline the face. Make it as silly as you want. As you can tell I’m not the best artist, so the sillier the better on this one was perfect for us. Then begin painting over your outline. Start by outlining the facial features with your black paint. Let dry at least 10 minutes.

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Continue painting the insides of the facial features with bright colors. If you decide to add a plant to your flower pot, the brighter the color is better, this will really show the contrast. Then let dry completely.

Painted clay flower pots +krafts and kiddos

Once you’re all done you can add soil and seeds and watch your plant grow. Which would be great fun for the kids to watch because it’s like the flower pot has grown “hair”. Another option, just buy a small spiky plant and place inside your pot. Either way this silly flower clay pot will be a big hit with the kids and adults alike!

I hope we made you smile today. Sometimes it just feels good to let the sillies out, as my kids would say. This fun and silly craft is the perfect idea for those days when you could just use a smile + some extra fun.

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Tissue Paper Flower Pots

Let’s Decorate Flower Pots

Every time I’m at Michaels craft store I honestly think I buy a few ceramic flower pots. No craft or plan in mind, I just know, I’ll find a fun way to re-purpose them for a flower or plant. So today I decided we would use some of our old tissue paper to decorate our ceramic flower pots.

Tissue paper flower pots + krafts and kiddos

We had so much fun creating these mosaics on the flower pot. It’s so simple, which is ideal for us. With summer here, we’ve been so busy enjoying the sunshine – these kind of crafts have been perfect for us.

Here’s what you’ll need

Tissue paper flower pots + krafts and kiddos

Assorted Tissue Paper

Scissors

Sponge Brush

Mod Podge – Matte finish

Ceramic Flower Pots

First I cut the tissue papers into strips, then into small squares. Depending on what size pot you use, you may only need to cut a few strips of tissue paper to get enough.

Next, start to apply mod podge around the outside of your pot and about 1/2 inch over the top rim.

Add assorted tissue papers onto your flower pot to make your collage.

Tissue paper flower pots + krafts and kiddos

Continue applying Mod Podge + tissue paper, until you’ve completely covered your flower pot. If some pieces are too long, you can always cut them with your scissors so they fit into place.

Tissue paper flower pots + krafts and kiddos

This simple craft is inexpensive and not too hard for the kids to help with.

Tissue paper flower pots + krafts and kiddos

Thanks for following along today and learning how simple it is, to use old tissue paper + ceramic pots to create some adorable tissue paper flower pots. Now where will you put yours?

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

It’s Ice Cream Week

Happy Friday! So glad you stopped by to finish your week here as a stop. All week long I’ve been featuring fun, and oh-yes, yummy ice cream treats. Since it’s Friday let’s kick start our weekend with one final sweet treat.

Ice Cream, you scream…we all scream for ice cream, and yes I just went there.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice cream cone cupcakes

Here’s what you’ll need to make these amazingly delicious cupcakes.

Ingredients

1 Box – Pillsbury Funfetti Cupcake Mix + Ingredients listed on Box

1 to 2 Containers – Pillsbury Funfetti Vanilla Icing

24 – Flat bottom Ice Cream Cones

Assorted Sprinkles

Pre-heat your oven. Mix cake batter as instructed on the box. Divide batter evenly in the muffin cups. (I use an ice cream scooper filled) to keep the cupcake batter evenly divided.

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Now you can place the ice cream cones upside down in each cupcake.

ice cream cone cupcakes

The trick to the perfect ice cream cone cupcake, just make sure you straighten the cones before placing into the oven.

Ice cream cone cupcakes

Bake cupcakes for approx 16 minutes or until the box recommends. Remove and let cool. Once cupcakes are completely cooled (about 30 minutes) remove the paper baking cups.

Next, start frosting and decorating your cupcakes. I must’ve caught my daughter sneak quite a few extra sprinkles into her mouth, not the cupcake. These are tasty treats. It’s hard to believe these are cupcakes and not actual scoops of ice cream.

These cupcakes taste as good as they look, I promise. Perfect sweet + crunchy blend.

Ice cream cone cupcakes

Store any left-overs you don’t eat into a loosely covered container. Biting into these cupcakes is the perfect mix of sweet with a bit of crunch. Who knew that baking a cupcake with a cone on top could taste so great. My kids will make sure to let you know what a great treat these Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes happen to be.

Ice cream cone cupcakes

This fun sweet treat is possibly one of my favorite cupcakes. You could always bake these using your favorite cupcake mix and frosting flavor. Add chocolate chips, nuts, or other hard candies or fruits instead of regular sprinkles. So many ways to make these cupcakes the perfect creation for you and the family to enjoy.

For more Ice Cream ideas try our Make your own Ice Cream Sandwiches. If you’re looking for some creative craft ideas and other ice cream recipes take a look at these from earlier this week.

I hope you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by Krafts and Kiddos.

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Ice Cream Crafts and Recipes

It’s Ice Cream Week

I’m so excited this week, probably because it’s all things Ice Cream here at Krafts and Kiddos. Yep, all week long I’m featuring Ice Cream crafts, recipes, and activities.

If you love sweets as much as I do, then you’re in the right place.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite ice cream crafts and recipes. I’ve been lucky to meet some amazing bloggers on my journey and I’m always inspired. Here are just a few of my favorite Ice Cream inspired crafts and recipes.

Here’s a great Ice Cream Handprint from Katie at A Little Pinch of Perfect

Ice Cream Handprint by A Little Pinch of Perfect

Now how cool is this one from Home Grown Friends
I can’t wait to try making some of this, the kids will have a blast making Ice Cream Playdough

Playdough Ice Cream by Homegrown Friends

Create some Ice Cream Hands from A Teaching Mommy

Ice Cream Hands by A Teaching Mommy

I just love this Summer Ice Cream Sundae “Sand” Castle from B Inspired Mama

This is such a creative way to play.

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Ice Cream Recipes

Now here’s an ah-mazing Ice Cream Cookie idea from Smart School House
They look perfect for a birthday party or shower.

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I love this Brownie Batter Oreo Ice Cream from Six Sisters Stuff

Brownie-Batter-Oreo-Ice-Cream by Six Sisters Stuff

If you missed my last post…I show you how to Make your own Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make your own ice cream sandwiches

So many great ideas, I’m sure you’ll be inspired to make or eat some ice cream later today.

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I hope you’re enjoying this week’s theme here at Krafts and Kiddos. The kids and I are having a blast making and creating things this week that have to do with ice cream. I actually ate a bowl of left-over ice cream earlier tonight, that was from our ice cream sandwich making. I snuck it by the kids so they wouldn’t ask for any. Instead they got a regular ol’ cookie for dessert, so not too shabby.

Stay tuned the rest of the week for even more ideas from our Ice Cream Week.


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Easy to make Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Theme this Week

Wow, it’s Tuesday already…I was away this past weekend visiting with my best friend and the time just flew by. I had a great weekend but glad to be back sharing with you.

This week I’m even more excited because it’s Ice Cream Week as our theme! Yep, you read it right, all things Ice Cream. I couldn’t be more excited to share recipes, crafts and activities all week long related to everyone’s favorite sweet aka ice cream.

Easy to make Ice Cream Sandwiches

Easy to make ice cream sandwiches

Here’s what we used to make our own ice cream sandwiches.

Cookies

Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

Sprinkles & Cake Ice Cream

Assorted Sprinkles

First I put a few scoops of each flavor into small bowls, and then placed those into the freezer until I was ready with cookies and sprinkles. In the meantime I grabbed my cookies, placed them on a platter and put some assorted sprinkles in to a small bowl.

Easy to make ice cream sandwiches

After 10 or 15 minutes I removed my ice cream flavors from the freezer and let the fun begin. Scoop your ice cream flavor directly onto your cookie then sandwich the two cookies together. You can even roll your sandwich in sprinkles to add a little more color and of course sugar.

Easy to make ice cream sandwiches

Building your own ice cream sandwiches is such a blast for the kids, but let me warn you – it’s messy! The ice cream can melt pretty quickly so probably best to enjoy making these and eating them outdoors, if you can.

The toughest part is probably eating just 1, very tough….this I promise. If you’ve made all your ice cream sandwiches but have quite a few left-over, just place those in the freezer for later.

We used small 3 inch cookies but you could use larger cookies or even homemade ones, making your ice cream sandwiches unique and tasty too!

Add your favorite ice cream flavor + cookies, and you’ve got yourself a scrumptious treat. Enjoy!

Easy to make ice cream sandwiches

Who knew, making your own ice cream sandwiches could be SO easy. Now you do, and I promise your whole family will be so glad you made these.

You like sweets? Well then, stop by all week for more Ice Cream recipes, crafts, and activities. It’s going to be a fun week for sure!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?


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Beach Scavenger Hunt

It’s Beach Week

I hope you’ve had a great week. Maybe you headed to the beach? If not, I have a few creative ideas to bring the beach to you, with some fun activities for the kids. All week long I’ve shared great ways to enjoy the beach, as part of our Beach Theme, and today is no different….

Next time you’re at the beach and the kids become restless, or maybe you need a break from splashing out in the water. Try a fun Beach Scavenger Hunt.

Printable Beach Scavenger Hunt

Beach Scavenger Hunt

Click Here to download your free printable 

Adding a fun beach scavenger hunt to your next beach trip is always a lot of fun for the kids. I enjoy walking with our sandbuckets… .(that’s actually on the list to find, hint, hint) and helping the kids find their treasures. I hope the next time you’re out at the beach you’ll try a super fun Beach Scavenger Hunt.

In case you missed any of this week’s Beach Theme activities, here’s a few ideas.

Make a Seashell Letter

Sand Dough Recipe

10 Tips on Packing the Perfect Beach Bag

 Click Here to Download your Beach Scavenger Hunt

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed our Beach Week here at Krafts and Kiddos. Are you planning a beach trip this summer, if so where do you go?

Have a great weekend!

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Easy to Make Sand Dough

It’s Beach Week

I’m so excited you’re here to see what we’ve been enjoying this week, as part of our Beach Theme. All summer long I’m featuring a different theme to keep the kids busy, and this weeks happens to be one of my favorites.

I love the beach, and the kids do too. Luckily, you don’t even have to go to the beach, to enjoy todays activity.

Let’s Make Sand Dough

Easy to make sand dough

Why not bring the beach to your home, especially if you can’t just pack up and get to one. Even if you can, this is a lot of fun for the kids to help make, and of course to play with.

Here’s what you Need

4 Cups of Sifted Sand

2 Cups of Cornstarch

3 Cups of Water

Wax Paper

Baking Sheet

Wooden Spoon

Old Pot

Food Coloring (Optional)

Instructions

Place a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet and set aside. Then, mix your sand + cornstarch + water into your pot over medium heat on your stovetop. I’d recommend using an old pot that you totally don’t mind getting back in perfect shape. We ended up soaking our pot afterwards for a good day or so, before we could really use it again.

Next keep stirring with a wooden spoon. At least 5 minutes or longer. The mixture will thicken up like a cookie dough mix. Once you have it mixed through, pour your dough onto your wax paper.

Here’s what it will look like

Easy to make sand dough

Next knead your dough and either split up into parts, where you can add food coloring or leave as-is. Either way the kids will enjoy their easy to make sand dough.

Easy to make sand dough

The kids can use play-dough cutters or regular ol’ cookie cutters to make shapes, or sand castles from their sand dough. We used our play-dough set with under the sea fish shapes. I was pleasantly surprised that this recipe isn’t a very messy one on the first use, but it does soften up a bit, after the first use – so going outside wouldn’t be the worst way to play with your dough.

Easy to make sand dough

You can add food coloring to chunks of your sand dough. Here’s a few colors we made.

Easy to make sand dough

Here’s one we made using blue food coloring.

Easy to make sand dough

My kids loved rolling out the dough in different colors to make fun sea shapes. We used play-dough cut-outs. Regular cookie cutters would work great too.

Easy to make sand dough

Once you’re all done with your sand dough for the day, just store in air-tight containers and re-use the next time you want a little beach fun without leaving your house.

Easy to make sand dough

My kids were absolutely thrilled to use their sand dough, they were content playing and making sea shapes for over an hour – in our house that’s a miracle, and trust me, I’ll take it! I hope your kids have just as much fun!!!

Let me know how your sand dough comes out. I’d love to see pics! Stop by Instagram or Facebook and share a photo. Just click on the link below and follow along.


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Seashell Letters

It’s Beach Week

July is officially here, and the 4th of July has come and gone… I hope you had a very patriotic and festive holiday and enjoyed some amazing fireworks with friends and family. We had a very relaxing holiday, which was just perfect for me. I know this month will get busy, before I know it, so being with my kiddos and hubby was perfect this year.

To keep the kids busy this summer I decided to have a theme each week, that includes a craft, activity, or food…and what better way to kick off the month of July than enjoying a Beach theme all week.

I’m super duper excited to share some great beach themed ideas with you this week.

We happen to live near the beach, but I know not everyone is so close – so I have some really fun ideas that don’t include actually going to a beach. Instead let’s enjoy some crafts or activities that remind us of the beach.

Seashell Letters

Seashell Letter

Here’s what you’ll need to make a beautiful Seashell Letter.

Seashell Letter

Wooden Letter (I used 11″ long size)

Assorted Seashells

Hot Glue Gun

If you haven’t been to the beach recently to collect a bunch of shells, no need to worry… You can buy a bag from your local craft store or online. Convenient right? That’s why I love this craft so much, it can be done using old seashells you’ve collected along the way or you can buy a bag that work just as great!

I had the kids pick which seashells they wanted to use and let them pass their favorites to me. Dab a small amount of hot glue onto the back of each shell and press firmly into place. Continue all the way up until you cover the letter completely.

Seashell Letter

Working together with the kids to create these colorful and beachy seashell letters is so much fun. It’s a great way to bring the beach home without actually going there. My kids loved sifting through seashells and picking their favorites and placing them in just the “right” spot on the letter.

Here’s a few ideas on how to pack the perfect beach bag, including tips on what to bring, beach activities, and ways to make your beach trip perfect. See it here!

Thanks for stopping by to check out this weeks Beach Theme here at Krafts and Kiddos. Stay tuned all week for fun activities to inspire your beachy side. I’ll be posting beach inspired ideas all week, so glad it’s summer!


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Watermelon Smoothie

It’s Smoothie Saturday

I hope you had an amazing 4th of July yesterday. One filled with lots of family and friends, relaxing and taking in all the patriotic fun for the day. We enjoyed a festive bbq, I made homemade potato salad + my hubby did the grilling, topped by watching fireworks with the kiddos.

With the holidays over, we are back to our groove here, for another edition of Smoothie Saturday. Each Saturday I feature a new smoothie recipe you can enjoy by yourself or share with the kids – either way this is a great + refreshing drink.

It’s July and summer’s in full swing so here’s what’s on the menu:

Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie

Ingredients

2 Cups – Watermelon

1 Cup – Apple Juice

6 Strawberries, sliced

1/3 cup – Plain Greek Yogurt

5 – Ice Cubes

Makes 16 oz.

Add all your ingredients into your blender, mix well, and you’ve got yourself a refreshing summer smoothie aka a Watermelon Smoothie.

This one also happens to be my daughters favorite…Once I whip this together, she’s the first to the kitchen to enjoy a cup. This is the perfect smoothie for a hot summer day. We make this one a lot, it’s a great snack for the kids too!

If you’ve ever missed a Smoothie Saturday. Here’s a few more recipes you might enjoy.

A refreshing Pineapple-Mango Smoothie or a fantastic Blueberry Smoothie

Thanks for stopping by for another Smoothie Saturday, one of my favorite days each week to share a new recipe with you. Do you have a favorite so far? Or do you want to see a certain recipe?… If so, drop me a line, I’d love to know!


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