Here’s a fun paint project that you can do with a big kid. I have a love for mason jars and all the craft ideas that put them to use. And these painted jars are a perfect example. You can use them as a colorful flower vase or a jar to stash loose change.
If you’ve been to Anthropologie recently, chances are you’ve seen their homemade snowglobes. I knew we had to make a craft of it. So the other day for our advent calendar we made mason jar snowglobes. This is a really easy winter craft for children. My kids had so much fun that they made one for each windowsill in our sunroom.
All you need is:
miniature trees (michaels)
other miniature winter items (snowman, reindeer, glitter jingle bells are from michaels)
spray adhesive glue
1. Spray adhesive glue on your trees then sprinkle glitter. Let it dry
Then arrange your glittered miniatures on the inside cap of the mason jar. Use the glue gun to attach.
Add fake snow to your jars. Once the glue dries on the cap, turn it upside down and screw the top back on to the jar. Then turn right side up (or upside down) and enjoy!
These days, the classic Mason jars aren’t only used for bottling up fruit, jam or grandma’s favorite soup. I’ve seen them used at weddings, birthday parties, restaurants and for many different homemade gift ideas. Here are a few of my favorite gifts in a jar:
Last week I made 18 jars of strawberry jam. Anyone want to buy one? Seriously…it’s a lot of jam. But they are best gifts to give away. So, you can make your own strawberry jam! It’s really easy and we are right in the heart of the strawberry season. When making strawberries into jam I like to use a freezer jam recipe because it preserves the vibrant redish pink color of the strawberries. If you do a cooked jam recipe, the strawberries change to a dark red. Not as pretty. So here’s my Mom’s yummy freezer jam recipe.
Freezer Strawberry Jam
6 3/4 cups crushed strawberries (I like to blend mine)
1/2 cup frozen white grape juice concentrate
1/2 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 cups sugar
1-1.5 cups ultra gel
Before I go on into the instructions, I want to give you a briefing on ultra gel. This product can be bought through Carnet Foods. It’s a food thickener that is really easy to use and remains stable. You can actually double your recipe and it will thicken, unlike pectin. And you don’t have to wait until it sets; it thickens right there. You slowly stir the gel in until desired consistency.
Combine crushed strawberries, juice concentrate, water, lemon juice and sugar until it dissolves. Gradually stir in ultra gel (1 tablespoon at a time). Allow to stand 10 minutes to thicken. Add more if desired. Pour into containers, label and freeze.
And here is the FREE DOWNLOAD STRAWBERRY JAM LABELS to make your jars look pretty and ready to give away. Enjoy!
Have you made your summer list yet? Schools almost out and it means keeping my kiddos occupied, while having fun of course. This summer list from Whatever pretty much sums up what we’ll be doing this summer. I’d like to add to the list: beach, shell hunting, yard sale, making sand castles, pool, learn tennis, midnight walks, music in the park, garden, fruit picking, Brooklyn flea market, early morning runs…just to name a few. What’s on your summer list?
|via say yes via whatever|
Spring has definitely sprung in my neck of the woods. My lilac tree, daffodils and tulips are in full bloom and their sweet smells fill the air. For mother’s day we thought it would be fun to make May Flower Baskets for some of moms in our neighborhood. These flower baskets were so much fun to make and really put a smile on our neigborhoods.
My older kids and I made a few of these surprise Easter eggs during their spring break to give to some of their friends. They are really into telling jokes right now so we thought it would be silly to share some Easter jokes and deliver them in a fun way. We blew out the eggs, dyed them, then let them dry (outside and inside), added some flower confetti and wrote the jokes on paper strips and then stuffed them into the egg. You can get the step by step tutorial here or here.
Here’s a good tip for the next time you buy flowers for your house. Before you put the flowers in water, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle for maximum water absorption. Fill your vase with water, put your flower food in it and then add a couple of drops of bleach to reduce bateria. Keep water level below leaves or remove the foliage. Enjoy your flowers for the week.
Same bouquet just shorter and in a smaller vase. Usually I like to split the bouquet into tiny flower arrangements and put them in randoms places like bathroom vanity, window sills and bedside tables. Enjoy for another week!
This weekend I am throwing my 4th annual Chocolate Party. Back by popular demand! Since the party is an intimate gathering of friends, I try to put a little more thought into the invites. And since chocolate is involve, I like to also include something chocolate in the invite. Last year, the party’s theme was apothecary, so the invites included chocolate pills. Usually I throw the party around Valentine’s day, but I’ve been behind so since St. Patrick’s day is around the corner I decided to use the color green in the invite. The weather is still a little chilly out here, so I made hot chocolate on a stick–two per couple and used them as the invites. I followed Giver’s Log recipe, and they turned out really good. Very easy and quick to make.
After I made little “hot chocolate on a stick” labels and put two sticks in a clear bag.
And then closed the bags with a large label I made that has all the invite details. I was able to keep everything simple since everyone knows where I live and have all my numbers.
These valentine’s are cute and silly for an elementary-age child. They’ll sure get any child laughing. We made them for my first grader, and she fully participated in the craft. I saw this idea on Family Fun. I know I’m posting a little late, but something you can bookmark for next year.
- wrapped flat, round whirly lollipops (you can get at candy store. I bought mine at michael’s in wedding section)
- brown and pink foam (craft store)
- lips and mustache template (see below for download)
- 1/8 inch hole punch
- happy valentine’s day round labels (see below for download)
- full white label sheets (office supply store)
- 1.5″ hole punch (available at craft stores)