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!

How to make a Diego the animal rescuer Halloween costume

Go, Diego, Go! is popular Nickelodeon children’s television series featuring a little boy who loves to rescue animals. His partner in rescuing animals is a small jungle animal named Baby Jaguar. For Halloween or costume party play dates, dress your adventurous little boy as Diego the Animal Rescuer. To create a homemade, unique boys costume, the following
Diego Halloween costume homemade Animal Rescuer
supplies are needed:


·        Brown or blue cargo shorts
·        Aqua blue tee shirt
·        Vest (Tan fleece or felt)
·        Animal patches
·        Hiking boots or shoes
·        Stuffed plush jaguar animal
·        Orange plush backpack
·        Plastic toy binoculars
·        Toy water canteen
·        Hot glue
·        Treasure map
·        Scissors
how to make a Go Diego Go Halloween costumeTo save money on apparel items, check your closets and local thrift stores. Or, purchase the supplies from the comfort of your own home on Amazon.com. Then, dress the child in the tee shirt, shorts and hiking boots. To make Diego’s vest, use tan fleece or felt material and cut into shape. Then, hot glue or sew the animal patch logos on the vest. To complete the Diego the Animal Rescuer costume, add a stuffed plush toy animal or two. For example, a stuffed cheetah beanie baby for Baby Jaguar or a plush animal monkey. Plastic toy binoculars or a water canteen can be hung around the child’s neck as an additional accessory. For the trick or treat Halloween candy bag, use an orange paper sack similar to Diego’s Rescue Pack, or purchase the plush orange backpack online. One can make the Diego costume into a cute couples costume by having the other participant dress as Dora the ExplorerBoots, Baby Jaguar or a map!


Your boy will surely love this costume, with or without Baby Jaguar in tow. 

How to make a Pippi Longstocking Halloween costume

Pippi Longstocking is a young girl known for her wardrobe, unusual strength and rebel cause. Pippi, created by Astrid Lindgren, has been a source of inspiration for gender equality. She has encouraged girls all over the world to have fun, be daring and have faith in their own ability. Her one-of-a-kind style encourages young girls to “be yourself!”

pippi longstocking Halloween costume homemadeCreating a Pippi Longstocking Halloween costume is quite easy and inexpensive. Less crafty folks can purchase a complete Pippi costume on Amazon.com. The supplies needed to create this costume for Halloween, school parties,book character day or library events include:

1. Short denim dress or denim jean bib overalls
2. Long sleeve solid color shirt (pictured with red top)
3. Multi-colored scarf
4. Mismatched long, 
patterned socks
5. Mismatched quilt squares from a local retailer
6. 
Stuffed monkey – preferably one with Velcro on paws to wrap around neck
7. Hot glue
8. Dark eye liner pen
9. 
Orange hair spray or Pippi wig
10. White felt
11. Colorful letter stickers “Pippi”
12. scissors

TIP: If one does not own the above articles of clothing, shop local thrift stores / garage sales to save money while making this Halloween costume.

To complete the costume:

1. Hot glue (or sew) the quilt squares on to the denim dress
2. On the white felt, add colorful “Pippi” letter stickers and attach felt piece to front of denim dress
3. Get dressed: shirt, denim dress, 
socks.
4. Wrap scarf around neck
5. Using the eye liner pencil, add freckles to the face
6. Attach stuffed monkey around neck
7. Spray or dye hair orange like Pippi, or simply wear 
the wig

The more mismatched the outfit is, the better. I have yet to think of an accessory that can be used to compliment as a Trick or Treat bag. Enter your suggestions in the comments section below!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to decorate a snow Queen Elsa Christmas tree

christmas xmas tree decorating queen elsa frozen

All little girls love Disney’s hit movie, Frozen, especially the main character princess, Elsa. Add some character to the Christmas tree by decorating it with it Queen Elsa inspired decorations. Supplies needed include (click links for detail):

- White Christmas tree
Aqua blue and silver ornaments
- Blue and white lights
- Styrofoam balls
- Hot glue
Blue icicle ornaments
Sheer snowflake ribbon in white and blue
Disney Frozen character ornaments
Princess Elsa toy crown

To decorate the Disney Frozen Snow Queen Elsa Christmas tree, begin by adding blue and white lights around the tree. Then, glue Styrofoam balls together to form a strand of garland. Carefully wrap the foam ball garland around the tree. Cut the ribbon in different sizes and drape strands of ribbon vertically from the top of the tree. Add Frozen themed ornaments and toy crown throughout the tree. Form a fairly good size bow out of the blue sheer ribbon and place on top of the tree.


Do you want to build a snowman? Visit How to Make an Olaf the Snowman costume or Decorate an Olaf Christmas tree.

How to decorate a Santa Claus Christmas tree

christmas xmas tree decorating santa
Decorating the Christmas tree is always a fun family activity. Decorating a Xmas tree to look like Santa Claus is even more fun! To make your own Santa Claus decorated Christmas tree, supplies needed include:

- Christmas tree (artificial, preferably, due to the amount of fabric on the tree
Red tulle
Black velvet ribbon, wide
Gold sparkly, thin ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- 4 or 5 
white feather boas
White Christmas lights

Begin by assembling the 
artificial tree. String the white lights throughout the Christmas tree, connecting them end to end. Add your own ornaments and candy canes. Then, starting at the top of the tree, wrap red tulle around the entire tree. Layer the tulle to close any gaps between the layers. After the tree is covered in red tulle, string the white feather boas around the very bottom of the tree. Carefully, prop another white feather boa to the top of the tree forming “Santa’s cap”.


To make Santa’s belt, cut the black velvet ribbon to fit around the center width of the tree. On one end of the ribbon, add the gold belt buckle using the thin gold sparkly ribbon cut to fit. Secure the crafted black velvet “belt” to the center of the tree. For extra decoration, form a bow out of the remaining black velvet ribbon and attach to the back of the tree.

Disney Frozen Halloween: popular costumes and pumpkin template

Disney Frozen Halloween costumes elsa olaf
Popular Halloween costumes for this year will include those characters from Disney’s hit animated movie, Frozen: Princess Anna, her sister Princess Elsa, Kristoff the outdoorsman, Olaf the Snowman, Sven the reindeer and Hans the handsome royal. Many of these highly sought after costumes are sold out in retail stores, but remain available on Amazon.com
 
How to make an olaf the snowman halloween costume homemadeIf one would rather not pay a pretty penny for these hard to find costumes, create your own! The Olaf Snowman costume can be completed with a white a sweat suit and hand decorated baseball cap. To create your own outfit, visit How to Make an Olaf the Snowman Halloween Costume.

Popular Halloween costumes for little girls include Queen Elsa of Arendelle, also known as The Snow Queen. She 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 your own Princess Anna and / or Elsa cape, visit How to Make A Princess Elsa No Sew Cape.
olaf the snowman pumpkin decorating carving
Multiple people (adults and children alike) can dress as a group by completing the entire cast of 
Disney Frozen. Simply add a reindeer as Sven or an outdoorsman, Kristoff. Visit this article on How to Dress as an Outdoorsman.

A Frozen Halloween would not be complete without a jack o’ lantern and lots of candy. Learn how to build a snowman, Olaf that is, by visiting 
How to Carve an Olaf the Snowman Pumpkin for Halloween. Beat the rush and buy your Halloween trick or treat candy in bulk at discounted prices on Amazon.com. Prime members receive free 2-day shipping on millions of items!


Happy Frozen Halloween!