Pinterest Fail: Rainbow Cake in a Mason Jar + Free Printable!

 

 

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up,I wanted to do something fun in the kitchen. When browsing Pinterest, I kept coming across these super cute Rainbow in a Jar recipes. I thought it would be so fun to make and how hard could it be? I even decided to make some printables for Hayden’s teachers that he could attach to the jars.

So I gathered up all the ingredients and supplies to make the Rainbow in a Jar. I followed the directions on a recipe I found on Pinterest. Now, this is where it all went wrong. I started this project while the girls were sleeping and about an hour before I would have to pick Hayden up from school. I wanted to pour the colored cake batter into icing bags so I could evenly layer the colors in the jar, but it was going to take me too long so I decided to spoon it in the jar – which got really messy.

Rainbow Cake Batter

 

Rainbow Cake in a Jar

This was definitely very pretty! So my other mistake was eyeballing it to fill it 3/4 full as directions stated. Since I was a little careless, the following happened.

Rainbow Cake Oven

Yup, overflow! It looks like a science experiment gone wrong. Once it was completely done baking though, I figured I would pull it out and I could salvage it somehow. So I had it baking for 45 minutes as directed. I should have been checking on it in those last few minutes, but I was getting ready to leave so I was distracted. When I went to pull it out of the oven after the timer went off, it was burnt in some parts. Another fail!

Well, maybe I could STILL salvage it. So, I let it cool, took some of the top off and added frosting. Then I went to print the cute printables I made. Yup, you guessed it. The way my day was going, my printer ran out of ink so the tag looked terrible for the picture.

Finished product?

Rainbow Cake in a Jar Pinterest Fail

So, I don’t want to even give you the recipes I followed, but I’ll give you a few tips so your Rainbow in a Jar doesn’t turn out like mine.

- Use GEL food coloring, not drops. This will give you a more vibrant cake batter. #WIN!

- It may say bake for 45 minutes. Set your timer for 35 minutes and take a look at it. Then hover outside the oven and keep peeking in through the glass.

- You may think the jar is not full enough. It is. Don’t add any more cake batter. That stuff will rise fast.

- I give up on my frosting. Why is it bubbly?!

- Make sure your printer has ink!!!

 

So yup, total Pinterest Fail. But if you happen to like the printable and are planning on making something cute for your child’s teachers, check it out below! Just click to print!

I'm So Lucky You're My Teacher Printables

DIY Reindeer Footprint {Great Craft for Little Ones!}

 

 

It’s that time of year again- the time for finding ways to capture every detail of our sweet littles and give unique, creative gifts without going crazy in the process. Fear not, fellow mommies, for today we are going to create a simple gift that you and your loved ones can cherish through the years. Behold, the reindeer footprint!

Reindeer Feet

This is the version I made to keep in my house and get all nostalgic over every year. Isaac and I also made gift versions for his grandmothers:

Reindeer Feet Gift

…and when my 6 year old niece came to visit at Thanksgiving, she helped me make one to give to her mom (call it the super-simplified and VERY festive version)-

6 Year Old Reindeer Feet

(big kid instructions will be marked with **)

Things you’ll need:

-a pencil

-a thing for decorating (I used a sheet of canvas from the pad pictured below; you can use any kind of canvas you like, or even construction paper!)

-brown acrylic paint

-a flat paintbrush for the feet

-red acrylic or Tulip paint or a red marker**

-a black permanent marker**, black acrylic paint, or black Tulip paint

-small round paintbrush for the dots and words (if you’re using acrylic paint instead of Tulip)

-template for your font, which you can find here (I used “Coventry Garden”): http://www.twotwentyone.net/2013/11/free-christmas-fonts/

-a stack of warm wet rags/paper towels and a plastic bag for easy cleanup

Supplies

If this is the kind of project you enjoy doing regularly, I highly recommend picking up an Acrylic Pad like the one in the pic. Michaels has them for cheap (especially if you have a coupon!) and you can cut the sheet to whatever size you need- which is what we did for the grandmas’ gifts.

Directions:

1. THE FOOTPRINT

-Gather your supplies

You’ll want your warm rags, plastic bag, paintbrush, and brown paint within reach.

-Strap that baby down (or have the big kid sit somewhere clear of debris)

My favorite place to do footprints of my extremely active 10 month old is his high chair. I can give him something to occupy his hands while I get to crafting.

**If you have an older child, set a chair in the middle of the room so if they get wiggly you won’t end up with any paint casualties. This is also why we use acrylic paint- it’s water based so it comes out of just about anything with a little warm water and soap.

-Paint the bottom of kiddo’s foot and DON’T LET GO

If you’re feeling especially jolly, you can use this as an interactive sensory learning experience with your little. Mine thought it was tickly so we turned it into a game the first time. The second time, not so much.

-Make the footprint

The key here is speed. If you’re using a canvas sheet, you’ll need to tape it to something hard (I just used the actual pad). Place the foot directly above the place you want it, then quickly smoosh it to the canvas and lift straight up. It doesn’t matter if you’re missing a toe or if it slides a little (I promise my kid doesn’t have one giant foot and one tiny one). If you really truly hate it, you can wipe the paint off the canvas and try again later.

**With a big kid the process is basically the same- give them as much control as you’re comfortable with but do not have them stand on the canvas as they will slide all over and make an enormous mess/terrible print/tears because it got messed up.

-Wipe off your kiddo

Get as much paint off the foot as you can and put your rags right into the bag. Acrylic paint is safe on baby’s skin so don’t stress out if there are a few spots that have to wait til bath time. If you use cloth instead of paper towels you can just throw them in the washer.

-Let dry

Acrylic paint dries fairly quickly but you definitely want to make sure you aren’t smudging brown everywhere when you do the cutesy part so give it a few hours to be safe.

 

2. THE WORDS, ANTLERS, AND EYES

- You can use any font/lettering you like- I chose Coventry Garden from the link above because a) it looks very Christmassy and b) is super duper easy to copy! If you find the handwriting part to be daunting, you can use construction paper for your craft and put it through the printer with your message.

-Write it with pencil first, then trace over with your marker/brush/Tulip paint. I used Tulip fabric paint because it’s easy to do letters (it has a small tip) and it looks really spiffy with the puffiness and shininess. I also find it’s easier to use the tube of paint rather than a brush.

For the antlers, just do a “Y” and add little lines off it. I liked my eyes down low for a squishy little face but you can put them anywhere you like!

**Let your biggie trace over the penciled words with a marker- or if they’re not quite old enough, you can hold the marker in their hand and trace together.

Keep in mind that Tulip paint takes around 4 hours to fully dry and doesn’t come out of anything, ever, so you’ll want to put this in a safe place (overnight if possible).

 

3. THE CUTESY STUFF AND NOSE

I used a paintbrush and acrylic paint because I was out of red Tulip paint. The dot clusters are something my mom always did when I was a kid so I wanted to use them for hers and really liked the way they looked- you could do big polka dots, swirls, etc. in any color you like.

If you’re circle challenged, grab anything that’s the size of the nose you want and trace around it with your pencil (measuring spoons can be great for this!), then fill in with red.

**My niece is an aspiring artist so she really enjoyed using a brush with a small cup of red acrylic paint (and an apron and several rags standing by). If you have a smaller kiddo you can still let them be creative- tape a piece of paper over the footprint area with plain scotch tape and give the biggie a washable marker (after you’ve covered the table).

Let that part dry and you have yourself a one of a kind inexpensive masterpiece to give to family and friends! The canvas sheets go a really long way with this kind of thing- I cut one in half to use for the grandmas’ since I only did one footprint, and used a whole sheet for the double prints and big kiddo. It also looks really pretty in a $4 Walmart frame!

Reindeer Foot Framed

 (santa pig not included)

Merry Christmas and a Crafty New Year!

 Breanna is mom to 10-month old Isaac. She and her husband Mike have lived in Florida all 5 years they’ve been married because they are wussies about cold weather.

Holiday Crafts with Crayola: Handprint Ornaments {Crayola Prize Pack Giveaway!}

 

 

This time of year is the perfect time to sit down and get crafty with your kids! I’ve actually been doing a lot of cooking and baking the past few days and my 5 year old son loves to be in the kitchen with me helping. This weekend, I got out a ton of fun supplies that Crayola sent us so he could create something on his own while I was busy baking. We browsed online to get a bit of inspiration. Then, we decided that he would make a handprint ornament using the supplies that Crayola sent.

Crayola Products

We have made handprint ornaments before, but it’s always required some mixing and baking and painting….with Model Magic from Crayola, it’s so easy! After looking at some pictures, Hayden wanted to completely make this craft on his own so I let him have at it!

All you have to do is flatten the Model Magic, either with your hand or a rolling pin. I absolutely love the consistency of Model Magic and couldn’t resist playing with it myself. It’s lightweight and won’t crumble at all but you can pretty much make it into any shape you want! I actually immediately put this on my son’s Christmas list!

Making Model Magic Ornaments

After Hayden made a handprint into the Model Magic, he got to decorating! He used a combination of Crayola markers and Glitter Glue, but you can also use paint on it too.

Decorating Ornaments

Once he decided he was done decorating, I had him write what year it was so we would always remember how big his hand was in 2013! I helped him insert a pipe cleaner into the top and then we let it dry for about 24 hours so it could really set in.

Once it was ready, it took a place of honor on our tree! Hayden was so proud of this ornament that he made himself and was so excited to hang it up.

Crayola Ornament

Hayden also made a Monster ornament with the Model Magic and he wanted to make sure that I snapped a picture of that to share too.

Crayola Monster Ornament

Hayden had such a fun time making these ornaments with our Crayola supplies. It’s definitely going to be a Crayola Holiday for us this year as he continues to make fun new projects! You can check out the Crayola Holiday Crafts Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

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Disclosure: I was provided a gift pack for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DIY Photo Snow Globe with Photo by Walgreens

 

 

Walgreens is my go-to store. It’s the store that I head to in the middle of the night when I need medicine or a prescription for my sick kid.  It’s the place I go when I need a last minute gift, the hairspray I ran out of or if I need to print some photos to give to friends and family. It’s also my go-to store for creating photo projects.

I’ll never forget when my twins were born and my husband wanted to print some photos to keep up at the hospital and to share with others. He downloaded the Walgreens app and they were ready at the Walgreens down the street in less than an hour. I loved that he was so eager to have real pictures of our girls in hand and I love that Walgreens was able to provide that for him.

I’m a huge fan of making homemade gifts for the Holidays. I love having my son help me as we make gifts for the grandparents or Dad. I always think it just means a little bit more. Since my son was born 5 years ago, we always make sure to incorporate photos into our gifts. His grandparents love receiving pictures of him whether it’s in a photo calendar or an ornament. When I spotted a few different pieces of inspiration on Pinterest for a DIY Photo Snow Globe, I knew this would be the perfect gift for the grandparents – and also my mantle!

Walgreens Photos

DIY Photo Snow Globe

DIY Photo Snow Globe

Materials

-          Empty Jars

-          Glitter

-          Liquid Glycerin {or Baby Oil}

-          4×6 prints from Walgreens

-          Packaging Tape or Laminator

-          Embellishments for decoration

-          Ribbon

-          Super Glue {or hot glue gun if you already have one at home}

Directions

-          If using a food jar, empty and soak it in hot water to get the label off.

-          If you have a laminator, laminate the photo that you are going to put into the jar. If you have clear packaging tape, you can use that also to tape over the photo.

-          Use scissors to cut out the photo you are going to use.

-          Use super glue or a hot glue gun to glue your 4×6 print from Walgreens on the inside of the jar’s lid.

-          Put a few drops of liquid glycerin into jar.

-          Sprinkle some glitter into jar.

-          Fill jar almost to the top with water and then slowly lower picture into jar and attach lid.

-          {Optional} Use a hot glue gun or super glue to glue ribbon around the lid for decoration. Add embellishments if you want!

-          Flip over, shake to see the “snow” and enjoy!

DIY Photo Snow Globe from Walgreens

 

For our first DIY Photo Snow Globe, I decided to make it Holiday themed and featured this adorable picture of my son as a Gingerbread Man. It turned out so well, we decided to make another Photo Snow Globe that featured one of our family’s favorite sights – Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World! We included glitter shaped like stars and my son proclaimed this to be a “When You Wish Upon a Star” Snow Globe.

When You Wish Upon a Star Snow Globe

My 5 year old son and I had such a fun time making our DIY Photo Snow Globe. He’s always been fascinated by snow globes so he loved having the experience to make his very own and was tickled to see his picture featured in it. The hard part is deciding who gets the Snow Globe – it might just stay in our home! The best part was discovering that we can create them for any occasion! We are already looking at old pictures to have printed at Walgreens for different themed Photo Snow Globes!

The next time you’re in Walgreens, check out the Photo Center. You never know when inspiration might hit for a new craft project!

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Walgreens and Mom Spark Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Cornucopia for Kids Craft and Snack

 

 

I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! We have been making sure that we are saying what we are thankful for each night at dinner but then next two weeks we will be busy getting ready for a Thanksgiving Feast at my son’s school and some fun activities at home. I love this post over at De Su Mama, where she talks about The First Thanksgiving and has some recommendations for a great book for kids and some printables.

I’ll also be making a Cornucopia for my son as we sit and learn more about Thanksgiving. A Cornucopia is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers, nuts, other edibles, or wealth in some form. We made these fun Cornucopias that are filled with the perfect snack food for kids!

Cornucopia for Kids

 

These fast and easy-to-make Thanksgiving Cornucopias were inspired from a few variations on Pinterest. These would be a fun and simple craft to make with the kids!

Cornucopia for Kids

Ingredients

- Sugar Ice Cream Cones

- Chocolate frosting or candy melts

- Autumn-colored sprinkles

- Candy and munchies such as cheerios, pretzel sticks, raisins, nuts, M&M’s, granola, etc.

How to Assemble

- If you are using melting chips, microwave ¼ cup chocolate chips in 15 second increments until smooth and creamy.

- Dip the open ends of the sugar cones into the melted candies (or frosting) making sure that the entire rim is covered.

- Sprinkle autumn-colored sprinkles all over the chocolate covered rim.

- Let the cones “set” for about 5 minutes.

- Add a variety of treats to the inside – I used cheerios, pretzel sticks, peanut M&M’s and autumn jelly beans

- ENJOY!

What do you do with your kids to talk about the meaning of Thanksgiving?