Candy Coated Marshmallows For Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for a yummy treat for your kids for Valentine’s Day, you might like this one – candy coated marshmallows! (My hubby ate 3 of them last night so they must be pretty good!) πŸ˜‰

You will need marshmallows, paper sticks, candy melts and sprinkles or edible decorations.

Melt some candy melts in a small container according to the package directions. I melted mine in the microwave.

After the candy melts are melted, dip one end of a paper stick into the candy.

Push the stick into the middle of the marshmallow.

Submerge the marshmallow in the melted candy, turning it so it is completely covered with the candy.

Allow the excess candy to drip back into the dish and then lay the coated marshmallow on a piece of wax paper. Or if you have a piece of styrofoam, you can stick the marshmallow into the styrofoam to hold it.

Quickly, before the candy hardens, add the sprinkles or edible decorations to the marshmallow. I used gourmet white sugar…

Sprinkles…

And candy hearts.

You can also use more of the melted candy wafers to decorate by letting some strings come down from a spoon.

And there you have it! Pretty candy covered marshmallows for a fun Valentine’s Day treat! You can stick them in a block of styrofoam for serving too. Or put them into individual plastic treat bags and tie them closed with a ribbon bow. πŸ™‚

Valentine’s Day is Coming!

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚ Today is January 25th and Valentine’s Day is just about 3 weeks away. So I want to start sharing a few ideas to make your Valentine’s Day more fun. πŸ™‚ Today we’re going to make a simple Valentine’s card that adds a little something extra to it. This would be great for your kids to make at home for those in-school Valentine’s Day parties.

This card doesn’t need any fancy supplies. You will need some construction paper, scissors, markers, a single hole punch and some new pencils.

I discovered through a bit of trial and error, that making a heart that is a little bit bigger makes this card work better. I started out using a cookie cutter to trace around for making a heart, but it wasn’t really big enough to insert the pencil without tearing the paper. Let’s get started! πŸ™‚

Start by folding one end of a piece of construction paper over about 3 1/2 to 4″.

Cutting on the folded edge, cut out the shape of half of a heart. Remember, make it a fairly large heart.

Open your heart and lay it flat on the table.

Using the hole punch, make 2 holes in similar areas of the heart as in the following picture. Don’t get too close to either edge of the heart or it’s easy for the hole to tear out.

Check to see if the holes are big enough for the new pencil to fit through. If they aren’t big enough, you can make them a little wider with the hold punch by sliding it over just a tiny bit and punching it again.

Next, decorate your Valentine heart. πŸ™‚ And you might want to sign your name on the backside.

Slide the pencil through the 2 holes and your Valentine is ready to share! πŸ™‚

You might be able to find some really cute Valentine pencils at a nearby store. I didn’t have any right now and we just had another snow storm so I’m not planning to be at a store any time soon! πŸ˜‰ I hope you will have fun making your own happy Valentines to share with others this Valentine’s Day! πŸ™‚

Yarn Gnomes

I had fun today making an adorable yarn gnome!

For this little cutie, you will need white yarn, colored yarn, scissors, glue (or glue gun), 1 small round wood bead and a toilet paper roll.

First we will make the hat. Cut a piece off the end of the toilet paper roll less than an inch wide. Anywhere between 1/2″ to 3/4″ is fine.

Next you’ll need to cut a bunch of pieces of yarn 8-9″ long. It will depend on the thickness of your yarn how many pieces you will need. I used around 34 pieces for my hat.

To begin making the hat, take one piece of yarn and fold it in half.

Slide the folded end of the yarn through the cardboard ring you cut off the toilet paper roll.

Take both ends of the piece of yarn and feed them through the folded end of the yarn.

Pull it up snuggly, but be careful not to bend the cardboard ring.

Continue adding pieces of yarn in the same manner until you have filled up the cardboard ring.

Push the yarn close together so you don’t see the cardboard underneath.

Made it all the way around!

Now push all the ends of the yarn through to the other side of the ring.

Cut another piece of yarn to tie all the ends of yarn together.

Trim the longer piece of yarn down to the same size as the top of the hat. You can trim the hat tassel more evenly if you like. Wad up a tissue into a small ball and stuff it into the hat to give the hat some shape.

Now on to making the gnome’s face/beard. You will make a pom pom in the following manner: wrap the white yarn around your hand (or a piece of cardboard) at least 50 times. Again, it depends on the thickness of your yarn. The more times you wrap the yarn, the fuller the gnome’s beard will be.

Carefully slide the yarn bundle off your hand, holding the yarn together as it’s wrapped. Cut a piece of white yarn and tie it tightly around the middle of the yarn bundle.

Cut the loops in half on both ends of the yarn bundle.

One half done…

Now fluff the pom pom up using your hands to move the loose ends around.

If you like, you can trim the pom pom down into a smooth ball shape or because it’s a gnome, you can leave his beard looking at bit scraggly. I went with scraggly. πŸ˜‰ Put a good amount of glue inside the bottom of the hat.

Push the white pom pom against the hat and hold in place for a little bit.

Lastly, glue the wood bead in place to be the gnome’s nose.

Allow the glue some time to dry before handling the gnome too much. You can trim his beard to look the way you like it. All done and you have an adorable gnome of your own! πŸ™‚

If you want to hang your gnome up, you could use a piece of matching yarn or thread and run it through his hat. Or make it a magnet by gluing a magnet on the back. I hope you will enjoy your new friend! πŸ™‚

Making Wishes!

I’ve been thinking today about ways that we have fun making wishes. I know that these are just for fun, but they can be just that…fun! Just making a wish can add cheer to your day and give you something positive to think about. So, what are some ways we make wishes? Here’s a few that I thought of…

#1.) You make a wish before you blow out the candles on your birthday cake.

#2.) You can make a wish on the first star you see in the sky at night. When I was a kid, we would say this little poem when we saw the first star…yes, it had to be the first star you saw. πŸ˜‰

“Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.”

#3.) You can make a wish when you find a “wish chip” in a bag of potato chips. Just in case you haven’t heard of “wish chips”, it’s a chip that is folded over. Like these two chips…

(I was married before I heard about “wish chips”, so don’t feel bad if this is the first time you’ve heard of them.) But check out this chip! It’s folded over TWICE so does that mean you can make 2 wishes on 1 chip?! πŸ™‚

#4.) You can make a wish before you blow all the white fluffy seeds off of a white dandelion. πŸ™‚

#5.) One of my favorite childhood memories was when it was my turn to break the wishbone when Mom cooked a turkey. πŸ™‚ Two people hold the wishbone between them, each having their hand on one side of the bone and their thumbs resting on the side of the top of the wishbone. On the count of three, both people pull up and out and the wishbone breaks into 2 pieces. The person that gets the biggest piece is supposed to get their wish. πŸ™‚

Do you know more ways to make wishes? That’s the ones that have come to my mind today. I can almost hear Jiminy Cricket singing…”When you wish upon a star, Makes no difference who you are…” πŸ˜‰ Happy wishing!

Making Super Simple Flowers

Yesterday it was raining and storming and so gloomy and today it’s cold and snowing! I think we all need something to cheer us up, so let’s make some flowers!

This project calls for some cardstock or regular paper, some sticker note flags, a large button for each flower and some glue.

The sticker note flags that I’m using I found at a Dollar Tree store, but you can likely find some in the stationery section of any big box store or an office supply store.

Only the pointed tip of these flags is sticky, but it’s not necessary to glue down the rest of the flag because they will be glued in place later all at one time. Pick the color of flags that you would like your flower to be. I went with yellow for my first flower. (Note: While I used colored paper, the flowers will show up brighter on white paper.)

Begin by placing the flags in a circle with the points facing out. These will be the petals of the flower. Overlap the square ends of the flags in the center.

Keep placing the flags until you’ve made a complete circle. It doesn’t matter that the center looks a bit messy because it will be covered up.

Glue a large button in the center and your first flower is complete! Feel free to decorate the rest of the paper as you like.

My second flower was made using blue flags on red paper. This time I laid the flags out opposite each other and they look lined up a little better on this flower.

I glued a yellow button in the center of this flower.

One more little trick you might want to try is to add another layer of flower petals before gluing on the button. I like using a different color of flags and trimming a little bit off the square end to make them fit on the flower.

And then add the button. πŸ™‚

Your flowers could be hung up and enjoyed by the whole family or you could turn them into a card to share with someone special. I hope you’ll have fun making some colorful flowers and brightening your part of the world. πŸ™‚

Fun Finger Puppets From Dollar Tree

I made a stop at a Dollar Tree store a couple days ago and I found some cute finger puppet craft kits. The store I was in had 3 different sets.

Monsters…

Medieval…

And animals.

I bought the animal one and thought I would share it with you today. πŸ™‚

This is what you will find inside the package:

The 3 colored squares of felt actually have shapes cut into them that you will need to punch out. Have a pair of scissors handy for any pieces that might need a little help getting free.

You are now ready to start making your puppets! You will need your own glue. I suggest you lay all the pieces together for each puppet before you start gluing the pieces on. These little guys are pretty cute!

Mouse

Dog. The picture on the package shows curling the dogs ears down in front but I didn’t actually glue these puppets together because I wanted to pass this set on to some kids. So my dog’s ears are straight up. πŸ™‚

Bee. This one is so cute!

Tiger

And last, but not least, an adorable owl!

Each kit costs $1.25 (plus tax) and makes 5 puppets. Not bad, eh?

I found these in the Valentine’s Day section of the store. I hope you can find some near you! The kids will be putting on a puppet show before you know it! πŸ™‚

New Lego Minifigures!

Have you seen the new Lego Minifigures that just released on January 1, 2023? This is Series 24 and there are 12 different minifigures that come in surprise packages. You can’t see which one you are getting until you open the package. But that’s half the fun, right? πŸ™‚

Inside the package, along with your minifigure, is this paper showing all the minifigures that are available.

Here’s what I saw when I opened my first pack:

Put him together and you have a cool guy with a koala bear!

I also had a second pack and this is what was inside it:

This guy obviously loves carrots and can be made 2 ways. The first way he has orange hair.

Or he can be a carrot mascot in a carrot costume. πŸ˜‰

So I now have a start of a new Lego collection! (These little things are addictive!) I bought these online through Barnes & Noble but they are now available in other stores too. Have fun collecting! I’d love to see which ones you get in your surprise package! πŸ™‚

Hairy Fun With Paper Rolls

Have you been saving up those paper towel and toilet paper rolls and wondering what crafts your kids can use them for? Here’s a fun one that girls will like maybe more than boys, but boys can have fun with it too. Let’s make some funny heads with hair you can fix into different hairstyles. πŸ™‚ You will need a toilet paper roll, a single hole punch, yarn, some markers and a pair of scissors.

Start off using the hole punch to make holes all around one end of the paper tube.

Leave a little space from the end of the tube. If you get the holes too close to the end, the holes will tear out easily. (I found out the hard way.)

Cut 1 piece of yarn at least 12″ long for each hole. I had 17 holes on my tube. You can do just 1 piece of yarn per hole, which is how I started out, but I went back and put 2 pieces of yarn in each hole and I like it better with 2.

Take a piece of yarn and fold it in half.

Slide the loop through 1 hole. It doesn’t matter if you start on the inside or the outside of the tube. It will work fine either way.

Pull the loop partway through the hole and then push the ends of the piece of yarn through the loop.

Pull on the ends until the loop part touches back to the paper tube. Pull it gently snug but not hard enough that the paper rips.

Continue adding 1 or 2 pieces of yarn in the same manner to each hole.

It will look something like this when you have put yarn in each hole.

Draw a face on the side of the paper roll.

Now you are ready to start styling your character’s hair! Like tying another piece of yarn around the hair to make a ponytail.

Or a side ponytail…

Or maybe try a braid.

In the next 3 pictures, the character has 2 pieces of yarn per hole. I like it because there is more hair to work with.

Swept to one side…

For this last picture, I twisted the hair together and stuffed some of it down inside the paper tube. πŸ™‚

I’m sure your little hairdressers will come up with ideas of their own. πŸ˜‰ Some barrettes or clips would add to the fun. I hope this will bring some fun to your day!