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Monday, November 23, 2015

8 Fall Corn Crafts

Corn is one of the best vegetables in the world.  I dare you to deny it.  Cook it, smother it in butter, sprinkle it with salt, and chow down.  Yep, heaven on a cob.  And, let's face it, if you don't like it in its original form you'd have to be crazy not to like popcorn.  Have you ever tried cheesy barbecue popcorn?  Or there's my absolute favorite - white chocolate orange popcorn.  It is as good as it sounds.  I promise.

Fall/Thanksgiving is a great time to appreciate corn in all its glory.  Try out some of these fun corn-themed crafts with your kids.  They will love them!

#1. Popsicle Stick Corn
  • 3 yellow craft sticks (or you could paint them; try making them look like Indian corn)
  • Green construction paper
  • A black Sharpie marker
  • Glue/masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Magnet and hot glue (optional)
Directions: Place the three crafts sticks next to each other vertically.  Glue or tape them together.  Flip them over and, using the Sharpie marker, draw corn kernels.  Cut out leaves from the green construction paper and glue/tape it onto your corn.  (Optional: glue a magnet to the back and allow to dry.)  Display!

#2. Bubble Wrap Indian Corn
  • Bubble wrap
  • Paint (red, orange, yellow, brown, & black)
  • Paintbrush/foam brush
  • A paper plate
  • 2 pieces of white paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Elmer's glue
Directions: Cut a piece of bubble wrap so that it's a little smaller than your white paper.  Squirt different colors of paint onto the paper plate.  Using the brush, paint the bubble wrap.  Once all of the bubbles are painted, turn the bubble wrap over and press it onto your piece of white paper.  Let dry.  Cut an ear of corn from your paper (you could make multiple).  Glue ear of corn to the other white piece of paper.  Cut leaves out of the green paper and glue them to the bottom of the corn. Hang up for everyone to see.  

#3. Water Bottle Corn Luminary
  • Empty water bottle
  • Tissue paper (yellow and green)
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
  • Glow stick
Directions: Remove the cap from the empty water bottle.  Wrap the bottle in yellow tissue paper.  Then, wrap it again with the green leaving some yellow to show.  Tie off the top of the water bottle with raffia and cut off any excess.  Wait for it to get dark or go to a dark room in your house.  Place a glow stick inside the bottle and watch your corn glow!

#4. Fruit Loop Corn
  • Fruit Loops (red, yellow, & orange)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Paper
  • Crayons (green & yellow)
Directions: Using the crayons, draw an ear of corn onto the white piece of paper.  Glue Fruit Loops to the cob.  Allow to dry.  Eat the extra Fruit Loops (this was my son's favorite part).  Show off your darling picture.

#5. Footprint Indian Corn
  • Paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Paint (yellow, orange, red, & brown)
  • Paintbrush/foam brush
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Elmer's glue
Directions: Pour out a little bit of each paint color onto the paper plate.  Using the paintbrush/foam brush, paint a child's footprint different colors. Press the foot down onto a piece of paper.  Remove foot and allow paint to dry.  Once dry, cut out leaves with the green construction paper.  Glue them to your corn and display your Indian corn footprint keepsake.  

#6. Beaded Indian Corn Ornaments
  • Pony beads (black, red, orange, yellow, & white)
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
  • Wire
Directions: Thread one pony bead to the middle of a piece of raffia.  Fold the raffia over so the tips connect.  Bead the next 11-14 pony beads through both ends of the raffia.  Once that is done.  String another piece of raffia through the first bead.  Connect the ends and bead another row of pony beads through both ends of the raffia.  String one more piece of raffia through the first bead and follow the same steps.  You should have 3 rows of Indian corn.  Tie them off as best you can.  Tie a thin wire around the knot and create a loop for the ornament.  Cover the wire with another piece of tied on raffia.  Hang your beaded Indian corn ornaments around the house.  

#7. Button Indian Corn
  • Buttons (red, yellow, black, brown, orange, & green)
  • Elmer's glue/hot glue
  • A piece of paper
Directions: Arrange your buttons on the paper so that it looks like an ear of corn.  Glue the buttons to the paper.  If you are using hot glue, be careful not to touch the hot glue that comes through the button holes (trust me on this one).  Allow to dry.  Display for everyone to see.  

#8. Corn I-Spy Bottle
  • Empty water bottle
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Corn kernels
  • Small objects from around the house (buttons, beads, sea shells, pom-poms, jiggly-eyes, etc.)
  • Masking tape
Directions: Remove lid from empty water bottle.  Using a funnel, fill the water bottle a with corn kernels.  Take time to stop and add objects into the bottle.  By doing this, you won't end up with all of your I-spy objects at the top of the bottle.  Make sure to only fill the bottle about 3/4 the way or the kernels won't move around and the kids won't be able to see the I-spy objects.  Twist the lid closed and tape around it to secure the corn inside.  

Here's a quick look at some of the objects in our bottle.  

My kids absolutely love their corn I-spy bottle.  What am I talking about?  I love the corn I-spy bottle just as much as they do!  

P.S. Can you spy me in the last picture?

Looking for more holiday crafts to do with your kids/grandkids?  Check out my post of over 100 holiday crafts for kids.  

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party

My Princess turned 7!

She looks way to grown up!  *sob*

Princess loves reading the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  When I asked her what kind of birthday party she would like, I wasn't surprised when she said a Rainbow Magic Fairy party.  I was concerned that her friends wouldn't know the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  After fretting about it a few days, I came up with the idea to introduce the kids to the books.  I wanted to make them feel like they were inside one of the books and had to act everything out.  Let me show you how I did it.

We sent out invitations that said that it was going to be a Rainbow Magic Fairy party.  Jack Frost is the villain of the Rainbow Magic Fairy books, so when the guests walked up to the front door this sign was there for the kids to read:

When they walked into the house there was no party stuff - no decorations, no cake, only a few fairies on the wall.

I went to the Rainbow Magic Fairy website, created my own fairies, printed them out, and stuck them all over the house.

I had the kids put their presents on the hutch.  I mention this now because it will be important later on.

Once the guests were gathered, I told the kids that decorations and a note had arrived from one of the Rainbow Magic fairies.

Princess read the note to her friends.  Here is what note #1 said:

I separated the girls into groups of two.  They decorated with flowers, butterflies, balloons, streamers, and tissue paper flowers.

Princess grabbed a tissue paper flower to decorate with.  To make the flowers I followed THIS tutorial.

Goofy worked very hard on this section of the wall.

Aren't the decorations fabulous?  I love seeing what the girls came up with.

Another fairy came and left the counter looking like this (see above).

What do you think we are doing next?

Princess read note #2:

The girls rushed to the counter to choose a pair of wings and a wand.

Sitting down and ready to decorate.

Brownie and Goofy decorating their wings together.

Looking good.

All done!  The girls danced and ran all over the house in their wings.

When everyone was done, they gathered up to read note #3:

We all headed outside.

Outside they found a music speaker, a pile of toadstools, and note #4:

I set out the toadstools in a circle on the grass.

Musical toadstools was a hit.  It's just like musical chairs, only they stepped on the toadstools instead of sitting on chairs.  I removed one at a time until only one person was left.  Whoever was the last person standing got a prize.  We played it twice.

Round and round and round they go.

Squish!  I looked all over Pinterest to see if I could find a way to make toadstools.  Everything was more expensive than I liked.  Finally, I came up with my own idea.  I made the toadstools using foam poster board for the base, red & white felt, stuffing, scissors, and a hot glue gun.  They were SUPER easy to make, very soft, and the kids loved them.

Princess having a blast at her party.  That smile is why I do what I do.

I told the girls to head back inside to open presents.  But when we go to the hutch...

The presents were GONE!  (I asked my friend Bestie to help me with the party.  She took pictures and helped with the various activities, but her main job was to hide the presents while the kids were outside playing musical toadstools.)

I wish you could have seen the looks on the girls' faces.  They were outraged!  Luckily, we found note #5:
Here is a picture of the map

Can you tell it's my kitchen?  The girls were supposed to follow the directions at the bottom and then, following the arrows, they would find Jack Frost's Ice Castle (a.k.a. the toy room).

Holding hands and dancing around "Fairy Island."

They tip-toed up to Jack Frost's Ice Castle and carefully opened the door.  This was by far my favorite part of the party.  The girls were all afraid that Jack Frost or a goblin was going to jump out at them.

Instead they found the presents and a note from Jack Frost:

Here are a few more pictures of Jack Frost's Ice Castle.

The walls were covered in blue, plastic tablecloths.

Goblins and snowflakes were everywhere!

My kids loved having Jack Frost's Ice Castle in the toy room.  We kept it up for at least a month.

Princess and her friends gathered in the living room to open presents.

They were all so generous; she was spoiled.

After presents, another fairy came and left this on the table along with note #6:

The cupcakes were exactly what Princess wanted - spice cake.

Pink frosting for the birthday girl.

Take a look at some of these lovely creations.

Once the girls were done with cupcakes and ice cream it was time to go home.  But not before a visit from one more fairy.

Note #7:

A goody bag for everyone.

We all had fun, but no one was happier than Princess.  Happy birthday sweet girl.  I love you!

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