Friday, January 6, 2017

How to decorate Princess Elsa Easter eggs

Popular Easter egg designs will include those characters from Disney’s hit animated movie, Frozen: Princess Anna, her sister Princess Elsa, Kristoff the outdoorsman, Olaf, Sven the reindeer and Hans the handsome royal. Instead of purchasing the typical and costly Disney Easter egg coloring kit, be unique and decorate your own.

How to decorate Princess Elsa Easter eggsTo make Queen Elsa Easter eggs, supplies needed include:

- Hard boiled eggs
- acrylic paints or markers in blue, brown, black, red and pink colors
Hot glue sticks and hot glue gun
- Black sharpie markers (fine and medium point)

To begin, boil the eggs and let them cool.

To make Elsa’s facial features:

1. Start with Elsa’s hair as this is a large part of the egg. Cover one side with brown paint or marker for the back of her head. Then, draw several slanted lines down the front of the egg forming Elsa’s bangs. To create Elsa’s “braid”, make criss cross X-shaped patterns in the lower brown portion of the egg.

2. Draw two circles somewhat close together near the top portion of the egg. Add a couple semi-circle lines to the sides of the circles to form eyelashes

3. Using red marker or paint, draw a smile for Elsa’s mouth

4. For Elsa’s rosey cheeks, use pink marker or paint to form two smaller circles.

Once Princess Elsa’s hair and facial features are complete, prop Elsa up in a cardboard egg holder or use the caps off of 12-16 oz water bottles as a base.


To decorate Disney Frozen's Olaf the Snowman Easter Eggs, visit How to make Olaf the Snowman Easter eggs.

Friday, November 4, 2016

How to Make Olaf the Snowman Easter eggs

Popular Easter egg designs will include those characters from Disney’s hit animated movie, Frozen: Princess Anna, her sister Princess Elsa, Kristoff the outdoorsman, Olaf, Sven the reindeer and Hans the handsome royal. Instead of purchasing the typical and costly Disney Easter egg coloring kit, be unique and build your own snowman … Olaf!

To make Olaf the Snowman Easter eggs, supplies needed include:

- Hard boiled 
eggs
- baby carrots
Hot glue sticks and hot glue gun
- Black sharpie markers (
fine and medium point)
- scissors
- pencil
- scotch tape
paring knife
black pipe cleaners
Olaf template

To begin, boil the eggs and let them cool. Gather several baby carrots, clean them and then cut one end off at a slanted angle. If desired, thin the baby carrot into a pointed nose shape using a paring knife so that it fits Olaf’s face.

To make Olaf’s facial features:
1. Download the Olaf face template available here.
2. Print the template (use zoom in feature for a smaller version) to fit the egg.
3. Cut out the pieces of Olaf’s face (eyebrows, eyes, mouth) and tape the pieces onto the egg.
4. Trace each piece using a pencil and then remove the taped pieces.
5. Color in the design using black Sharpie markers.
6. Using hot glue or craft glue, glue the slanted end of the carrot onto egg
7. Erase excess pencil marks using an eraser

Finally, cut a black pipe cleaner into 3 pieces and then glue the pieces to the top of the egg.

If preferred, one can make a 3D stuffed Olaf carrot nose instead of using carrots. Visit Howto Make an Olaf the Snowman Halloween Costume for detailed information.

How to Make an Olaf the Snowman Valentine’s Day Box

Popular Valentine’s Day gifts and exchange cards will include those characters from Disney’s hit animated movie, Frozen: Princess Anna, her sister Princess Elsa, Kristoff the outdoorsman, Olaf, Sven the reindeer and Hans the handsome royal. Instead of purchasing the typical and costly Disney Valentine card holder, be unique and build your own snowman … Olaf!

To make an Olaf the Snowman Valentine card box holder for boys and girls, supplies
How to Make an Olaf the Snowman Valentine’s Day Box
needed include:

- White wrapping paper
White tissue paper (optional)
Foam sheets: orange, black, brown, white
Olaf template
- Empty cereal box
- Scissors
Hot Glue sticks and glue gun

To begin, cut a hole in the top of the box. Then, wrap the box in white paper, cutting around the opening just made in the box. If desired, cut small squares of tissue paper, scrunch up and then hot glue the squares to the box. These scrunched up squares of tissue paper will give Olaf a 3D, soft and fluffy look. Using this 
template, cut the black, white, black circles out of foam. Layered, these pieces will form the eyes. Cut the circular nose out of orange foam, mouth out of black foam. Arrange the cut foam pieces on the front of the box as pictured. Glue the foam pieces into place using hot glue.


Be sure to add the child’s name / photo to the top of the box so children will know who’s creative Valentine Box it is. To complete the theme, purchase 
Disney Frozen Valentine exchange cards at Amazon.comPrime members receive free 2-day shipping on millions of items!

How to Make a Princess Elsa Valentine’s Day Box

Popular Valentine’s Day cards for this year will include those characters from Disney’s hit animated movie, Frozen: Princess Elsa, her sister Princess Anna, Kristoff the outdoorsman, Olaf, Sven the reindeer and Hans the handsome royal. Instead of purchasing the typical and costly Disney Valentine holder, be unique and build your own!
How to Make a Princess Elsa Valentine’s Day Box

Queen Elsa of Arendelle, also known as The Snow Queen, is the older sister of Princess Anna and was next in line for Arendelle's throne until her powers over ice and snow led her to become the famous Snow Queen. To make the fairy princess holder for special deliveries of Valentine's Day cards from cupid and other pen pals, supplies needed include:

- Cereal Box
- 
2” Letter stickers
- 
Sparkle snowflake stickers
- Artificial flowers or 
other bling for braid
- Small rubber bands
- 
Hot glue sticks and hot glue gun
- Scissors
- Ribbon
- 
Off white colored yarn
- Blue construction paper or cardstock
- 
Elsa face template

To begin, cut an opening in the top of the cereal box. Then, cover the box in colored paper of your choice (cardstock is heavier and will hold up better, but construction paper will do).
Print the Elsa face template using a color printer. Cut around Elsa (including the hair) and glue the image to the front right side of the box, leaving room on the left front side for the child’s name.

To make Queen Elsa’s hair:
Use a wide object to wrap the yarn around. For example, use a kitchen chair and wrap the yarn around until pleased with the thickness of the ponytail. Slide the yarn off of the object and cut in ½, making 2 long groups of yarn. Set one group of strands aside (this will be used for the bangs). Using the other group of long yarn strands, tie one end with a rubber brand. Braid the ponytail and secure the end with the other rubber band. Decorate the braided ponytail with bling, ribbon, artificial flowers or something more lovely for Valentine’s Day, like hearts or diamonds!

Using the other group of yarn strands, cut into strips of various length. Lay the yarn strips over Elsa’s head to form bangs. Once satisfied with the look, hot glue the strands in place.

Finish the Frozen Valentine’s Holder by decorating the left front side and back side of the box with sparkle and letter stickers. Be sure to include the child’s name on the box so others know whose crafty creation it is. To complete the theme, purchase Disney Frozen Valentine exchange cards at Amazon.com. Prime members receive free 2-day shipping on millions of items!

How to make a SpongeBob Squarepants Valentine’s Day card box

How to make a SpongeBob Squarepants Valentine’s Day card box
This one-of-a-kind design is perfect for special deliveries of Valentine's Day cards from cupid and other pen pals! The Spongebob Valentine Card holder starts with an inexpensive tissue box, but one can modify the design slightly using a larger box for even more valentines. Ideal for classroom parties and design contests!

To create a unique Spongebob Squarepants Valentine Card Holder, supplies needed include:

Cube tissue box
- 7 
yellow sponges
- 2 
googly eyes
- Pink chalk
Foam sheets: black, white and pink
- Yellow construction paper
Hot Glue sticks and glue gun
- Scissors

Start by gluing 2 sponges horizontally on the box. Cut 2 larger circles out of white foam. Glue the googly eyes on to the center of each white foam circle. Cut two smaller circles out of a sponge to form the cheeks. Using the excess sponge, also cut the nose. Cut eyelashes and mouth out of black foam. Cut the tongue out of pink foam. Teeth can be formed using white foam. Assemble the pieces and glue to box using hot glue or super glue. If using hot glue, sand the box a little to give it a rougher surface to attach to. Otherwise, the hot glue fell off once it dried. In this example, the back of the box is not covered in sponges, but yellow construction paper. Cover the back side and top of the box with yellow construction paper. Be sure to add the child’s name / photo to the top of the box so others can easily identify who’s crafty Valentine Card Box this is.

For help with cutting and shape formations, download the Spongebob face template 
here.


To save money on supplies, check your cleaning supplies for sponges. Or, buy in bulk online at 
Amazon.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Halloween costume ideas for sports fans

Try something a bit different this Halloween with a fun and sporty costume. Instead of the typical witch or zombie outfit, consider one of these playful options:

With the fallout over the Deflategate scandal, one can make a Tom Brady Deflategate Halloween costume that is sure to turn heads. Follow these simple instructions for this creative costume.
Tom Brady Deflategate Football costume
For those less creative, folks can still show their fan loyalty by dressing up as their favorite team player with a 
NFL uniform or jersey. Or, simply go as the football or the goal post.

Guys, take the party a step further with a funny and eye-catching 
knocked-up cheerleader costume. Parents, dress your little ones up as a football and a football player. This adorable duo makes a great team!

Play ball! With the 
Chicago Cubs first playoff appearance in ages, one can expect many tiny cubs and cub fans running around this Halloween night. Purchase the uniform set available online or create your own bear cub with a furry mask. Don’t forget the peanuts and popcorn to create a unique family or group costume set.


Add a 
referee and let the games begin.

Top 5 Halloween costumes for adults

If you want to stand out in a crowd this Halloween, keep these top five costumes in mind. As predicted by the National Retail Federation, the most popular adult costumes for Halloween this year will include:

Top Halloween costumes for adultsWitch: The traditional witch costume is always a hit. The fun and imaginative costume can be accessorized to your liking with optional hat, broomstick witchy socks. One size fits most, even full-figure gals!

Batman
: complete costume includes one piece jumpsuit with mask, cape and boot tops. Padded muscular chest makes for one hot Batman! Adults can choose to go as a group with this theme by including a Robin or the Joker.

Zombie
: Scare away the ghouls and goblins with a unique Zombie costume for men and women. Outfit comes complete with mask, attached wig and body parts.

Star Wars character
: You pick the one. With the release of the Star Wars The Force Awakens movie, Darth Vadar, Jawa, StormTrooper and Princess Leia will be plentiful this Halloween.

Pirate
: Ahoy Matey! This unisex costume is easy to assemble yourself or purchase the complete outfit online. Women can transform into a sexy pirate maiden, while the men will look like a true pirate captain even in tights.


If one chooses to be a little different, consider a costume like no other. Visit 
Presidential election candidates make great Halloween costumes for some unique dress up ideas that are sure to be the talk of the party!